In March, the Center for Lifelong Learning will be taking a trip to Savannah, Jekyll Island, and Beaufort, South Carolina. The trip is scheduled during the school spring break – March 23-27. The trip includes 8 meals, four nights lodging, transportation costs, and tour fees. We will leave from the Center at 8:00am on Monday and return on Friday. The fee is $455 double occupancy or $555 for single occupancy. This is going to be a great trip.
We will start our journey in Savannah with a guided tour of this beautiful, historic town. There are oak-lined street and several “town squares” with lovely gardens and statues. We will have the opportunity to explore River Street with its 18th Century cotton warehouses that have been turned into unique shops and restaurants.
On Wednesday, we will take a little trip over to see how the nation’s wealthiest citizens lived and played on Jekyll Island. We will tour the exclusive “Millionaires Club” and stroll among the moss-draped oaks.
Thursday will feature a short drive over to Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort has a long history, dating back to the 1500s. Its mansions and landscapes have been used in films such as “Forrest Gump” and “The Big Chill.” We will also visit Parris Island Military Base, where 22000 Marines complete their basic training each year. We will tour the Iwo Jimo Monument, parade field, and Parris Island Museum.
Friday we will be coming home with lots of great pictures and good memories of this exciting area. It is not too late to reserve your space. You can get in on this trip by calling 256-233-8260 to register. The last day to register is February 17th.
Meanwhile, back in Athens, we will be continuing the Our Town Series with an exploration of County Services and Organizations. Even if you have lived in Athens or Limestone County all your life, this series will introduce you to “Our Town.” Forget the pie charts and pie-in-the-sky, get the real rundown on how County Government works and how your officials are working for you. Join us for mouthwatering pie and stimulating conversation as we get to know our city and county better, one piece at a time.
We will kick off County Services with a visit with the President of Athens Limestone Hospital. David Pryor will speak on Tuesday, February 17, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Did you know Athens-Limestone Hospital opened its doors on May 28, 1951 and over 3,000 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on May 25, 1951? Today, Athens-Limestone Hospital is a 101 bed, high-tech, state-of-the-art hospital providing general medical and surgical care for inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room patients, and so much more.We hope you will come out to discover what more is going on at the hospital.
Our March talk will feature Rebekah Davis and information about the Limestone County Archives. Rebekah is all about Preserving and Sharing the Legacy of Limestone County. Ever wonder when Limestone County officially purchased The Square, and from whom? Do you know what Our Town looked like in 1924? Have you discovered the in-laws – and outlaws – in your family tree? Learn how to find the answers to these and countless other burning questions at the Limestone County Archives, home to county government documents dating to 1818, more than 15,000 historic local photos, thousands of family and local history files and references, and two dedicated archivists ready to help you discover your story.
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell