Today: January 20, 2018
  1. Beautiful Yawkey Trip

    February 1 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  2. Beautiful Yawkey Trip

    February 7 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  3. Dune EcoSystems

    February 8 @ 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  4. Evening Program “Secrets of Charleston”

    February 8 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  5. Charleston’s Ironworks

    February 9 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  6. Soup Supper

    February 9 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  7. SC Aquarium and Sea Turtle Recovery Center

    February 21 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Fall 2017  Trip Descriptions 

* Denotes new trips


 1.  VIP – MFBG Beer Fest *      Saurday, Sept. 9      9:15-5:45      Leader: Ellen


Are you a garden nut, loved to wander among beautiful gardens?  Or would “you” prefer to sit with a beer in your hand and smell the roses or better still trying new foods from local food trucks.  Well, this trip to Moore Farms Botanical Gardens combines all of the above.  Not only beautiful gardens, but Darla Moore’s Botanical Gardens, and did I mention beer, yep, 35 different breweries and for the foodies there will be many food trucks so you can purchase delicious local eats and then there will be live music to boot! And since we want everyone to be safe we will travel together by bus to Lake City SC and once there we will be treated as VIP’s.  “We will be the select” few who will be receiving a special beer mug, a shirt and a surprise gift and we will be among the 100 guests who get to enter an hour ahead of other guests.

Come to this fantastic event RAIN OR SHINE! Monies will not be refunded due to inclement weather. Moore Farms has picnic tables and chairs, bathrooms, as well as seating areas throughout the gardens. We depart Seabrook Real Estate at 9:15 in time to arrive for the VIP hour and return by 5:45.

Min: 35              Max: 38                             Cost: $70.00                   Bus Trip


2.   Three Cheeses in Three Hours    Monday, Sept. 11    12:30-4:00   Leaders:  Shaun & Sarah

Join us at Sarah and Shaun Sullivan’s home on Bohicket Creek to enjoy the good company and expert teaching of the famous “Goat Lady”—Casey Price, proprietress of Johns Island Jeremiah Farm and Goat Dairy—in the preparation of three delicious goat milk cheeses in a three hour span (1-4 p.m.).   These could include a queso fresco, chevre, mozzarella, whole milk ricotta, feta, or even a curried paneer – Casey will choose.  Learn all about Jeremiah Farm, and participate in the cheese preparation as much as you wish; or, simply relax, chat, observe and enjoy the company of friends while savoring refreshments and snacks, complemented by fresh goat cheese.   It will be a fun gathering.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Min: 8                 Max: 16                             Cost: $35.00                   Snacks Included


 3.  Edisto River Adventures: The Big Float *  Tuesday, Sept. 12   9:00-2:00       Leader:  Ellen


Not a paddler, afraid of tipping over but would love to drift down the Edisto? Join us for the Big Float! We will put in the water in Ridgeville and float down river on oversize tubes or floats for approximately two hours, depending on the current. Coolers could be attached to our tubes so that we may have something to drink on our trip. Needless to say we should be very hungry so our guide will have set up a grill at the landing so we can cook hotdogs and anything else we wish to bring and share, depending on the appetite of the group. After an exciting morning on the river our guide will transport us back up in the river in his vehicle to our cars. Water shoes or flip flops are recommended as well as bathing suits, cover-up (an old shirt), hats, bug spray and sunscreen.

Min: 10                Max: 20                           Cost $22.00                     Bring your own lunch


4.  War on James Island with Doug Bostick *       Wednesday, Sept. 13      8:45-12:00   

Leader: Carol

This is a spanking new tour!  Don’t confuse this trip with ‘War on the Islands’ which has proven to be so immensely popular.  We’re running that for a third time on October 5th as Trip #21.  Historian, author, and raconteur Doug Bostick writes: James Island was known as the ‘Jewel of the Sea Islands’ in the 18th & 19th centuries. Find out why on this fascinating bus tour. Surprisingly, the island still boasts a number of historic assets and locations. Discover a lost James Island and learn the stories of Porgy, the lost gold, the shell ring that was used to build St. Michael’s Church, the first shot of the Civil War, ‘Burn Church,’ the Revolutionary Siege of Charles Towne, the house that crossed the harbor, ‘heaven on earth,’ Charles Lindbergh, Walter Hagen and his purple knickers and yellow roadster, and Sea Island cotton, to only name a few!

Min/Max: 36                  Cost: $31.00                   Bus trip


5. Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area Kayak & Canoe Trail *      Thursday, Sept. 14                                                                        8:30-1:30                                    Leader: Steve

This is a Nationally Recognized and Designated Trail located in the heart of the protected Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area in the Francis Marion National Forest.  This beautiful blackwater creek is a tributary to the Santee River and was paddled by the Santee and coastal Plain Indians for thousands of years.  The creek is surrounded by a seasonal floodplain swamp where giant 1,000 year old Bald Cypress trees can be seen in the upper section and Water Tupelo, Water Oak, Water Ash, Red Maple, and Swamp Dogwood shade the banks of its pristine black waters.  It offers spectacular birding and wildlife viewing.  Banks of the river reflect geological precedence of the rice era where historical earthen dikes give way to a flooded subtropical forest of abandoned rice fields once owned by prosperous rice plantations.

Min: 14              Max: 20               Cost: $40.00                                Bring your own picnic


6.  Walk the Beach with a Marine Geologist*        Friday, Sept. 15          10:00-11:30

Leader: Lynn

Another unique tour to learn about our wonderful beaches on the barrier island.  We will meet at the Oyster Catcher Community Center for a short presentation about Seabrook / Kiawah Island formation and the ever changing shapes by nature.  We will then walk out to North Beach for a geology walk describing the dunes, beaches, sandbars and continuing the discussion on the beach formation.  This will be conducted by Marine Geologist Leslie Suatter, PhD, professor at the College of Charleston.  Wear comfortable shoes for the beach. Moderate walking.

Min: 10              Max: 20                             Cost: $21.00


7.  Sea Island Cotton         Saturday, Sept. 16            10:00-1:00               Leader:  Gail

Sea Island Cotton is described as the first cotton ever grown. This cotton was cultivated in a variety of environments including barrier islands such as Seabrook and Edisto. Our guide, Shawn Halifax will demonstrate Sea Island Cotton’s footprints on our very own Jenkins Point. Shawn is Charleston County Parks Cultural History Coordinator, and has over 20 years of experience as an interpreter of natural and cultural history. Shawn’s Sea Island Cotton tours are very popular and have been highly rated by the South Carolina Master Naturalists.

Min:  10             Max:  20                     Cost: $21.00       


8.  U.S. Coast Guard Station      Monday, Sept. 18          9:00-2:00       Leader: Ellen

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790, the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity, and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, shore regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.  Our tour will include: The Captain of the Port building, The Rice Mill Building, Station Charleston, Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) Charleston, USCGC Anvil, USCGC Yellowfin, Small Boats and Utility Boats, Sector Engineering, and the Sector Buoy Yard. This is not an easy tour to set up, but well worth the trouble.  Tour attendees should wear comfortable shoes; please, ladies—no heels.  Picture ID’s required!  There is moderate walking as well as ability to get on and off the boat.

Min: 15                Max: 20               Cost: $10.00


9.  Charleston Harbor Pilots         Tuesday, Sept. 19       9:30-1:00        Leader: Kathy

Charleston is home to the eighth largest container trade in the country.  The Charleston branch pilots provide services to all vessels engaged in domestic and foreign trade entering and leaving Charleston harbor.  The pilots handle vessels calling on Charleston’s five Ports Authority Terminals: 7 private cargo terminals, 2 shipyards, 2 Federal Government facilities, and 3 marinas.  State law requires a pilot on all foreign and US vessels with a draft greater than 11 feet.  Pilots board via rope ladder approximately 15 miles offshore and give orders to steer the vessel through the harbor to its appropriate berth.  They board departing vessels to provide the same service in reverse.  This is a highly dangerous and specialized job.  You’ll meet some of the men in this select group (though there is one woman applicant this year), watch a power-point presentation, and tour the Harbor Pilot building.  This trip—one of our best— is a favorite with Seabrookers, and we are pleased to run it again.

Min: 12              Max: 15                   Cost: $20.00    


10.  Sweetgrass Basket Class      Wednesday, Sept. 20      9:00-1:00     Leader: Carol

We ran this class las spring and had great fun.  Not only did we learn the rudiments of basket-making but we came home with our own—albeit small—sweetgrass basket!  Our wonderful teacher is Sarah Edwards-Hammond, one of Charleston’s finest sweetgrass basket artists and a 3rd generation basket-maker, having learned the craft from her mother and grandmother.  She has taught basket-making in schools, clubs, and museums all over the state and is proud to be an annual instructor for many years at the John C. Campbell Folk School, located in Brasstown, NC.  Our class will be held in the Eagles Nest Art Room at the Lake House.  All materials are included in the price.

Min/Max: 13                                 Cost: $54.00                    


11.  Behind the Scenes – North Charleston Performing Arts Center*     Thursday, Sept. 21

9:00-12:00                  Leader: Frank S.

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center is a 2,300 cushioned seat proscenium theater. Since its opening in 1999, the Performing Arts Center has hosted a variety of events, including major concerts, family shows, ballets and symphonies, art festivals and more. The theater is also home to the Lowcountry’s only “Best of Broadway” series, entering its 14th season, as well as the North Charleston “POPS!” entering its 2nd season.  The Performing Arts Theater has full production capabilities. It features an in-house sound system and equipment including ADA hearing assists, in-house lighting system and spotlights. There are two loading docks; complete rigging grid and the stage is 110 feet by 40 feet. Additionally, there are eight dressing rooms, complete support services, and food and beverage services.  SINHG will take a backstage tour and go behind the scenes to view this center’s features.  Some stair climbing is involved.

Min: 10                Max: 20               Cost: $10.00


12.  Downtown Gullah Tour     Friday, Sept. 22   10:00-2:00  Leader: Maureen

Alphonso Brown is a very busy man.  With his extensive background in music (B.S. degree in musicology from South Carolina State University and a graduate degree from Southern Illinois University), he is choirmaster/organist for the Emmanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street.  At Mother Emmanuel he directs 5 choirs, some of which are featured annually in Piccolo Spoleto and a host of other venues including concerts, television and even film documentaries.  In his spare time, Mr. Brown leads lively Gullah excursions downtown on his 21 seat touring bus.  This 2 hour trip begins and ends at the Charleston Visitors Center and takes you to numerous places on the peninsula where you’ll gain insight into the rich Gullah history of this area.  Mr. Brown knows his stuff–he was born in the tiny hamlet of Rantowles, 12 miles south of Charleston, speaks fluent Gullah and is familiar with its traditions.  We’ve run this trip several times before and always have a fun and lively time.   We’ll carpool to the Charleston Visitor Center where we’ll board a bus for our tour. Participants must be able to board bus.

Min/Max: 21                  Cost: $19.00                   Bus trip


13.  Primate Protection Sanctuary     Friday, Sept. 22     8:45-12:30    Leader: Jean

The International Primate Protection League (IPPL), an international organization dedicated to helping primates in need around the world, maintains a Headquarters Sanctuary in Summerville, South Carolina, where dozens of gibbons (the smallest of the apes) currently reside. Join us for this visit to the unique International Primate Protection Sanctuary and meet with Dr. Shirley McGreal, director and founder of the IPPL, who will introduce us to the gibbons in her care. We will observe the gibbons in their outdoor habitat: we learn about their history and habits as well as the mission of the sanctuary. Easy walking.

Min:/Max: 10                                Cost: $28.00                                 


14.  Progressive Show Jumping Classic-Mullet Hall    Saturday, Sept. 23                              4:00-6:30                                 Leader: Jean

Join us at the PSJ at Mullet Hall Fall Classic. The show riders of the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center will be competing with other riders from across the Lowcountry to continue their pursuit of blue ribbons. The hunter/jumper shows at Mullet Hall are open to the public and events take place all day. The highlight of the day begins around 4:00. The Seabrook Island Equestrian Center will be hosting a reception with beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres beginning at 5:00. Knowledgeable equestrians will join us to explain the event and answer our questions about the competition during the show.

Min:  none        Max: 20              Cost: $10.00


15.  Visit to the New Turtle Hospital at the Aquarium *  

Tuesday, Sept. 26      9:00-2:00                      Leader: Ilse                                                     

Last Fall Kelly Thorvalson, the Sea Turtle Rescuer Program Manager for the South Carolina Aquarium provided an update and overview of the work being done at the Sea Turtle Hospital and the new Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery Center which will be opened in May of 2017. Ms. Thorvalson has been gracious to conduct a tour of these new facilities this coming Fall.  Please join me on this trip in what will be a great experience. Moderate Walking.

Min: 15              Max: 20           Cost $22.00         


16.  Sweetbay Produce & Nursery: Hydroponic Farm    

Wednesday, Sept. 27       9:30-2:45      Leader: Lynn

This is a unique tour for those interested in where the Seabrook Island Club gets some of its produce.  It is located adjacent to the Francis Marion National Forest near Charleston, SC. Sweetbay Produce & Nursery is a state-of-the-art, commercial hydroponic farm. It is a family owned & operated facility specializing in the cultivation of premium lettuces, microgreens, basils, and edible flowers.  Their produce is grown using techniques that help achieve an ideal balance of water, nutrients, temperature, light, and air that are critical elements for high quality yields. Their efforts ensure the freshness and flavor of all of their produce. Sweetbay products are delivered daily in their own climate-controlled delivery vehicles for culinary enjoyment in homes and restaurants all around the Lowcountry.  There will be a tour of the facility as well as a lunch prepared using much of their produce.  Light walking.

Min: 10              Max: 20                             Cost: $27.00                   Lunch Included


17.  Holy Moly         Thursday, Sept. 28         9:00-1:00             Leader:  Gail

This two-hour walking tour with guide Carol Ezell-Gilson begins and ends at Washington Park, at the northeast corner of Broad & Meeting Streets.  Charleston is called “The Holy City” because of its many beautiful old houses of worship.  Charles Town was allowed more religious freedom than any other English colony at the time.  Dissenters from The Church of England and Protestant groups made Charles Town their home.  This tour will highlight nine of Charleston’s churches.  Interiors of 2 to 5 churches will be viewed depending upon availability.  Moderate walking on uneven sidewalks in historic Charleston.

Min: 10              Max: 20               Cost: $23.00        


18.  Harbour Club French Cooking Theme       Saturday, Sept. 30     9:30-2:00                Leader: Maureen


Always a favorite with SINHG members!  The chefs at Charleston Harbour Club will teach us how to prepare a grand variety of French cooking specialties such as: Mushroom Vol au Vent, Vichyssoise, Duck with Warm Lentil Salad, and Pot De Crème.  So roll up your sleeves, the apron is furnished, and enjoy a generous selection of wines while preparing this food during this hands-on class.  We finish with a lunch we have helped prepare!!

Min:20               Max:24                              Cost: $50.00   


19.  Shrimp Boat Trip *    Tuesday, Oct. 3        7:30-1:30       Leader: Lynn

                                                                           (Rain Date, Oct 4)

Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to catch those shrimp?  Shrimping in Charleston is a tradition that we want to invite you to learn! Climb aboard our fully operating shrimp boat, Sea Bounty, and embark to the Atlantic Ocean to go shrimping. At the end of the day whatever we catch is yours, so you get the experience and shrimp for your own dinner! What more could you ask for? Weather permitting (with rain date on Wednesday October 4).  Dress appropriately in clothes that you can work the nets and bring in the shrimp.  Bring your own drinks and lunch.  We will be leaving from the Andell Bluff, just north of the Bohicket Marina.  It is a bit expensive, there will only be six of us for the boat, plus the crew.

Min: 4                 Max: 6                                              Cost: $150.00           Bring Snacks, Boat Trip


20.  Nathaniel Russell House     Tuesday, Oct. 3     10:00-1:00      Leader:  Kathy

Nathaniel Russell was a very wealthy shipping merchant and one who participated in the African slave trade both before and after the American Revolution.  Located in Downtown Charleston, at 51 Meeting Street near High Battery, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum completed in 1808, is widely recognized as one of America’s most important neoclassical dwellings. We’ll learn about the Russell family and the estimated 18 enslaved African Americans who maintained one of the nation’s grandest antebellum townhouses.  Some recovered artifacts, uncovered during archaeological investigations reveal the everyday duties performed by slaves and the spiritual beliefs of the enslaved men and women who inhabited the two-story slave quarters at the rear of the house.

After a multi-year restoration project, the interior finishes and architectural details again reflect Nathaniel Russell’s original dwelling. One highlight, an important architectural feature of the house, is the cantilevered spiral staircase that ascends to the third floor. Outside, a formal 19th c. style English garden surrounds the house. Optional lunch is planned.

Min: 10              Max: 20               Cost: $14.00          Lunch Optional


21.  War on the Islands w/ Doug Bostick     Thursday, Oct. 5         9:00-12:00

Leader: Bob         

At 2:00 a.m. on February 9, 1864, 2,500 Union troops waded across Captain Sam’s inlet, marched across Seabrook Island, and attacked Confederate pickets near what is now the traffic circle at Freshfields.  Over the next 4 days a fierce battle was waged up and down the full length of Betsy Kerrison Parkway.  In July of the same year, 3,100 Union troops made landfall on Seabrook and faced a similar number of Confederates in the Battle of Bloody Bridge, which was fought in stages over 6 days covering the entirety of Johns Island.

On the Sea Islands history abounds in our own front yards.  Join us for our ‘War on the Islands’ bus tour where we’ll visit Civil War and Revolutionary battle sites here on Johns Island and areas of Hollywood, SC.  There has been great demand for this excellent tour over the last few Trip Seasons and we’re delighted to offer it again.

Doug Bostick is an 8th generation South Carolinian with ancestors dating back to George Flagg, Secretary of the Sons of Liberty.  He is an author with 27 books to his credit and a talented storyteller.  Doug is the Executive Director and CEO of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, a land trust that preserves historic sites in the Palmetto State.

Min/Max: 36                                    Cost: $31.00                                   Bus trip


22.  Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery & Deep Water Vineyard/Firefly Distillery 

Tuesday, Oct. 10      9:15-3:15              Leader:  Gail                  

A stimulating two stop trip to sleepy Wadmalaw island.  Our first stop will be a two hour visit to Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery. Operated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) the hatchery consists of 31 acres bordering the North Edisto River south of Charleston, SC.  The purpose of the hatchery is to manage coastal and river fishes such as Atlantic sturgeon and red drum as well recover endangered species. Our guide, Roman Crumpton, will share his enthusiasm for his job as we tour the hatchery and a 30 minute woodland walk exploring the eco system of the entire facility.

Next we will travel the short distance to the Charleston’s only vineyard and winery for lunch catered by the Stono Cafe.  Deep Water Vineyard is a full functioning vineyard and winery on 48 acres of green land.  Muscadine grapes, native to the southeast are grown and harvested on site.  The winery offers five different labels from four varieties of grapes. After lunch, we will learn about the winery, its history and taste some of Wadmalaw’s best red and white wines (Vineyard and lunch 12:30-2:00).

A visit to the adjacent Firefly vodka distillery is optional.  There you can bend elbows sampling some of Firefly’s signature flavor-infused vodkas, the toast of the town. Moderate walking and some standing. Sun gear and insect repellant recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Min: 10              Max: 20               Cost: $19.00                  Lunch Included


23.  Lake Moultrie Locks       Wednesday, Oct. 11     9:00-2:30     Leader:  Steve

The Santee-Cooper Locks in Pinopolis, SC are an engineering marvel.  They were constructed during the building of the Santee-Cooper Project which began in 1939 and was completed in November of 1941, one month before the attack on Pearl Harbor.  It was built to handle elevation changes on a river for transportation of vessels.  Lake Moultrie water level, at full stage is 75.5 above sea level, but is only about 30 miles upstream from the ocean.  Originally they had planned to build a number of locks encompassing 7 ½ separate locks each with a drop to arrive at sea level.  Instead, they decided to do it all at one time with this incredible engineering masterpiece, which was at the time, the world’s tallest single-lift lock.

Our 30 passenger boat “The Osprey” departs up the Cooper River along historical venues where we frequently see bald eagles, alligators and a variety of egrets, herons, and other wetland wading birds.  Historic Rice Plantations bordered the area and as we journey “up the canal” our Captains narrate an interesting history of the area.

Upon arrival, our boat cruises into the locks chamber that is 180’ long by 60’ wide.  We then tie off on the side of the inside of the lock to a float called a camel, and the operator then closes the gates behind us.  We experience an elevation of 75’ to get up to the lake, take a brief shoreline cruise and then upon return, drop 8 stories or 75’ as they drain 6 million gallons of water out of Lake Moultrie into the Tail Race Canal.  It takes less than 20 minutes and is an incredible sensation. New this year—We have added a half hour to the trip to allow for more time on Lake Moultrie, weather permitting!

The Historic Tail Race Canal is the last part of the entire Santee-Cooper Project system before reaching Cooper River.  It eventually continues down to Charleston and the Atlantic Ocean.  The Canal itself is a 4-mile-long connector to the Cooper River and was dug during the original construction project.  

Min/Max: 30        Cost:   $39.00           Optional lunch at Gilligans afterwards.       Bring snack on boat.


24.  Calhoun Mansion: Grand Tour   Thursday, Oct. 12         9:00–12:30 

Leader: Frank S.

We have set up a 1.5 hour Grand Tour of The Calhoun Mansion, a baronial Italianate manor house, widely acclaimed as one of the great post-Civil War homes on the Eastern Seaboard.  The house was purchased by a Charleston native who spent 25 years and $5,000,000 restoring it. Now, the grand edifice that George Walton Williams first created has been reborn. The Calhoun Mansion, the largest single family residence in Charleston, has been brought back to the standard Williams first created.  It is Charleston’s Gilded Age Mansion! Recently featured on A&E’s American Castles, the remarkable 24,000 square foot structure consists of 35 rooms with 14 foot ceilings, ornate plaster and wood mouldings, elaborate chandeliers, and has 23 period fireplaces, a stairwell that reaches to a 75 foot domed ceiling, and a music room with a 45 foot covered glass skylight. The grand entrance hall is an astounding 14 feet high by 14 feet wide and 65 feet long. The mansion also includes truly astounding decorative painting and lighting designed and installed by Louis Comfort Tiffany at the end of the 19th century.

Min:  15    Max:  15        Cost: $65.00   (non-refundable unless a substitute is found)


25.  Bird Banding on Capt’n Sam’s Spit with Aaron Given

 Thursday, Oct. 12  6:45-9:15    Leader:Carol  (Rain date:  Fri. Oct. 27)                    

Calling all photographers and bird lovers—this is a trip you’ll love! Every August, Aaron Given of the Kiawah Conservancy sets up twenty-five 40’ mist nets on Captain Sam’s Spit where, over the next couple of months, he collects birds for banding, measuring, and weighing.  We scheduled our trip for October, the peak migration time for all sorts of songbirds including vireos, warblers, cat birds, chickadees, etc.  Last year we netted all of the above and even a beautifully-colored flicker (large woodpecker).  The plan is to leave our cars at Beachwalker Park, then walk about a half mile on the beach to the banding site. Tides should be favorable, so most walking will be on hard beach (moderate).  Wear boots or shoes you don’t mind getting wet, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.  Bring binoculars, bug spray, sun bloc, water and of course your cell phone or camera to take photos.  If you sign up for this trip, please keep both the original and rain dates free.  Your fee is a donation to Aaron’s work at the Kiawah Conservancy.

Min: 12              Max: 12                             Cost: $20.00


26.  Hampton Park and Citadel Tour             Friday, Oct. 13          1:00-4:45    

Leader: Bob

This Carol Ezell-Gilson tour will explore the adaptable and multipurpose history of Hampton Park starting at its initial beginning as Washington’s Race Course where the wealthy plantation owners showed their thoroughbreds.  During the Civil War, it was modified into a Union Prisoner of War Camp when the area inside the circular racecourse took on this singular purpose. Afterwards, the first Memorial Day was held on May 1, 1865 when black Charlestonians gathered to honor the Union soldiers who were buried there.  Then, in 1901, Hampton Park was transformed once again when the Carolina and West Indian Exposition—the World’s Fair of its time—came to Charleston!

The story of the attempted 1822 slave rebellion will be discussed at the Denmark Vesey statue, erected just 2 years ago on park grounds.   Our group will then visit the Citadel campus next door, to learn about the history of the Citadel Military College which arose from that attempted slave rebellion.  We’ll walk around the center of the campus and learn more of the story of the school and its military leaders.  There is ample on-site parking. Carol Ezell-Gilson designed this tour especially for SINHG, and it involves a fair amount of moderate walking.

Special Bonus – Tour will end in time for Tour Members to stay and watch the Cadet Retreat Parade, scheduled to start at 3:45 and last for an hour!

Min: 10       Max:  20                    Cost: $23.00                                  Cadet Retreat Parade (optional)                       


27.  Heyward-Washington House Series Tour        Monday, Oct. 16

10:00-1:00                 Leader:  Kathy             

Built in 1772, this Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence and Charleston’s first house museum. On our “Signature Series” tour, besides exploring the interior of this magnificent home we will go in-depth into the kitchen building, the only 1740s kitchen building open to the public in Charleston.  We will continue our “behind the scenes” adventure and investigate the formal garden plants that were commonly used in the South Carolina Low Country in the late 18th century.  This extraordinary 18th Century home on Church St. remains one of Charleston’s best historic gems!  Optional lunch is planned.

Min: 10              Max: 20               Cost: $20.00          Lunch Optional


28.  The New American College of the Building Arts

Tuesday, Oct. 17      9:30-2:00     Leader: Ilse

The American College of the Building Arts is a four year liberal arts and sciences college offering degrees in timber framing, architectural carpentry, plaster working, preservation masonry, blacksmithing and architectural stone carving. It is the only college in this country with this program, and students who graduate have no problem finding jobs here and abroad. Previously we toured the old facilities in the Old Jail downtown Charleston but now we have the opportunity to tour the new campus at the Old Charleston Barn. After the tour we will take a short drive to Barsa where we will have a delicious included lunch of paella and tapas. Moderate walking.

Min: 15             Max: 20               Cost: $33.00                   Lunch Included      


29.  The Great Earthquake of 1886          Tuesday, Oct. 18            9:00–1:00

Leader: Lynn

Another historical tour with renowned tour guide Carol Ezell-Gilson, created for Seabrookers who want to know more!  On August 31, 1886, at about 9:40 pm, a magnitude 7.3 or 7.4 earthquake devastated Charleston.  The quake was felt as far south as Cuba and as far north as Boston where church bells rang with the force of it.  Countless brick structures and buildings on landfill suffered great damage.  The waterfront wharves of the port city were in ruins.  This two-hour moderate walking tour will take you back to the devastation through old photos and eyewitness accounts.  You’ll learn of the city’s remarkable recovery after the disaster under the inspiring leadership of William Ashmead Courtney, one of Charleston’s most admirable mayors.  Tour will start and end at Washington Park behind City Hall at Broad and Meeting Streets.   Moderate walking.

Min: 10              Max: 20          Cost: $23.00


30.  Behind the Scenes at Seabrook, Trip 1           Thursday, Oct. 19

9:00-12:00          Leader: Gail                  (Rain date:  Friday, Oct. 20)

It’s been said that if Kiawah is the #1 island destination in the world, than Seabrook is the #1 best-kept secret island destination.  Join us for a guided tour of the magic and the people behind the scenes that make your life here on Seabrook so enjoyable.  Our trip begins at the POA conference room.  It will be led by our own Jim Bannwart, former SIPOA board member.   We’ll learn about some of our island’s infrastructure that we all take for granted but know little about.  Tentative topics include: our road network; the storm drainage system; security; landscaping; the Seabrook Island Utility Commission water and waste systems; and the fire/rescue station.  We will be in some industrial areas, so closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing are suggested.  Some walking required.  Bug spray recommended.  If you sign up for this trip, please keep both the original and the rain date clear.

Min/Max:   11                 Cost: $10.00                  Tour by Seabrook Carriage


31.  Odonata Identification at St. Christopher Camp

       Friday, Oct. 19   8:45-12:00       Leader: Nancy

We are excited to offer a tour focused on Odonates, the order of carnivorous insects, encompassing the dragonflies (Anisoptera) and the damselflies (Zygoptera). The Odonata form a clade, which has existed since the Triassic period. David “Hawkeye” Gardner, Expert Naturalist and Director of Environmental Education at St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center will guide this tour. Mid October is the perfect time to be in search of Odonates and we will be using nets to catch and then release once we have made a positive ID.  David has documented more than a dozen species of Odonates on Seabrook Island – we hope to see those and even more during our morning including the Blue Dasher, Eastern Pondhawk, Fragile Forktail and more!  It is always a good day to hike through the maritime forest, dunes and beach, building our skills in identification. We welcome all levels of experience.  Please note that although there are few hills of any size on Seabrook, we’ll be walking a total of about 1 mile.  Bring sun block, bug spray, water and binoculars.  If you don’t own a pair, David has a large collection of good-quality Eagle Optics binoculars to share.  Your fee is a donation to St. Christopher Camp.

Min: 5  Max: 10        Cost: $12.00      Meet at Hidden Oaks Nature Trail Parking Lot 


32.  Boomtown! *     Tuesday, Oct. 24          9:30-1:00     Leader: Carol

If you began—or ended!—your business career when white shirts were de rigueur and women were chaperoned on business trips, then here’s a fun outing that will shatter your definition of ‘corporate culture.’  Boomtown is a small software company that develops technology for the real estate industry.   Recently the company moved its 230+ employees to new digs in the reimagined Pacific Box & Crate Building along Charleston’s digital corridor on upper King Street.   Gone is the old, squat shoebox building and in its place is a jutting industrial office complex.  Inside and out, it’s funky, fun and it’s all cleverly designed to stimulate ideas and communication.  Lunch is not included but there are several rotating upstart restaurants on campus where we can grab a bite to eat.

Min/Max: 12                  Cost: $10.00                  


33.  Charleston Architecture   Wednesday, Oct. 25  9:00–1:00  Leader: Lynn

Another historical tour with renowned tour guide Carol Ezell-Gilson, created for Seabrookers who want to know more.  Stroll through the historic district and view Charleston’s beautiful and varied architecture. Learn about the unique features of the Charleston single and double house and the configuration of deep lots with dependencies in the back. See buildings designed by Charleston’s first “gentleman architect”, Gabriel Manigault.  Be introduced to Charleston native Robert Mills, first American trained architect who achieved national acclaim and see two beautiful examples of his design. Understand how buildings were modified as a result of calamities, needs for modernization, and society’s taste for more popular architectural styles.  This two hour walking tour will begin and end at Washington Park.  Moderate walking.

Min: 10                Max: 20                    Cost: $23.00


34.  Horseshoe Creek Kayak Paddle *   Thursday, Oct. 26    8:30-1:30 

Leader:  Steve

Enjoy a fun morning paddle through Horseshoe Creek, a tributary of the Ashepoo River, which puts the “A” in the nationally recognized ACE Basin.  The blackwater paddle winds through freshwater marshes, old rice canals, forests and some neighborhoods.  The area will be shaded at times and full sun at other times.  It is tidal but the current isn’t generally too bad.  The ACE Basin is home to a diverse group of plants and animals including endangered and threatened species.  Remnants of the bygone era of the rice culture are in evidence with earthen berms, rice trunks and abandoned rice fields.

Min: 14              Max: 20               Cost: $42.00         Bring your own picnic


35.  Belly Dancing! *     Thursday, Oct. 26   6:30-8:00 PM   Leader: Carol

Okay ladies—you’ve proved your mettle at the pistol range.  It’s now high time to cross off another ‘wanna-do’ on your bucket list.  We LOVE belly dancing!  It’s great fun, good exercise, and we have two lovely ladies from the Middle Eastern dance troupe, Palmetto Oasis, who are coming to Seabrook to teach us the basics.  They‘ll be in costume and they’ll perform for us as well.  The ladies of Palmetto Oasis have been mesmerizing Charleston audiences since 1993.  Most recently they performed at the North Charleston Arts Festival.  They were also featured at a special holiday performance at. . . . . Bishop Gadsen!   And yes, we admit, we’re not quite sure what holiday was being celebrated!  The class itself is easy and will run about 45 minutes; wear comfortable clothing and bring a smile.

Min: 10  Max: unlimited!         Cost: $15.00


36.  Paint with Wine *  Wednesday, Nov. 1   6:00-9:00 PM   Leader: Julia

A little nervous to paint? Don’t be! No talent or experience is necessary. Our talented instructor will guide us step-by-step! You will be amazed at your very own work of ART! Join Julia in a wine and painting class with our guest artist from Charleston Wine and Canvas.  Our class will be held at the Lakehouse so we won’t be traveling far. Come for fun, painting may become your next hobby.

Min: 10              Max: 40                             Cost: $36.00


37.  Waddell Mariculture Center        Friday, Nov. 3     8:30-2:30  

Leader: Cindy

The third time is a charm!!  We will try again to get to the Mariculture Center.  They say the renovations to the facility will all be complete by then and the inside tanks will be filled with fish.  So not only will we learn about the farming and husbandry of marine organisms which enhances commercial and recreational fisheries and production of fresh seafood for SC residents we will also see their live fish.  This is one of the country’s largest and most sophisticated aquaculture research facilities and includes 25 ponds ranging in size from .25 to 1.25 acres, and a research building where we will see a presentation of the work being done here!  After our tour feel free to have lunch on your own in the Bluffton area or enjoy shopping at the Tanger Outlet Mall across the streetYour fee is a donation to the Waddell Mariculture Fund. 

Min: 15              Max:  25                            Cost:  $10.00  


38.  Downtown Culinary Tour     Monday, Nov. 6       1:00-5:30

Leader: Julia

This culinary walking tour offers insight into Charleston’s historical and culinary adventure and surrounding neighborhoods, showcasing four of Charleston’s culinary innovators who exemplify cooking in the New South. The four restaurants featured are trailblazers in Charleston’s culinary scene, edgy and innovative. A broad range of samples will provide insight into Low Country cuisine—enough food to make a meal for most!  The price includes all food and non-alcoholic beverages tastings.  This 2½-hour moderate walking tour will be on uneven sidewalks in historic Charleston.

Min: 14              Max: 16              Cost: $62.00           


39.  Cooking with Dani Manilia     Tuesday, Nov. 7     5:30-9:00 PM   

Leader: Julia

Join us for a cooking demonstration and tasting of French favorites with Chef Dani Manilia at the Persimmon Pond home of Monique Boissier and Jim Sporn.  This is the perfect menu for a holiday buffet or an intimate dinner with friends. Dani Manilia has been involved in the culinary world for over 30 years. She has taught culinary classes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, the south of France, Southern Seasons, and continues to teach at the Culinary Academy of Charleston. A world traveler, Dani now divides her time between the south of France and Charleston.  Menu includes Gougeres, field greens w/ mustard vinaigrette, Pommes Anna, Hazelnut crusted pork tenderloin, and Pear and candied ginger clafoutis.  Bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy the French cuisine while learning to make these French favorites.

Min: 8                 Max: 10                             Cost: $70.00


40.  St. Christopher Camp Operations/Center *     Wednesday, Nov. 8

9:45-11:45      Leader: Lynn

On this trip, you’ll learn what goes on beyond the entrance to St. Christopher Camp.  This is a great opportunity to get to know the mission and operations at the Camp as well as to learn about the conference center and offerings..  It’s a unique chance to go behind the scenes and see the facilities.  It will not involve any nature trails or natural history tours, this is all about the operation of the Camp.

Min: 10              Max: 20                             Cost: $12.00       Meet at Hidden Oaks Nature Trail Parking Lot 


41.  St. Andrews Parish Church         Thursday, Nov. 9        9:00-1:00  

Leader: Frank S.

Did you know that the oldest church south of Virginia is located right here in Charleston? No, it’s not St. Michael’s or St. Phillip’s, but Old St. Andrew’s on Ashley River Road just south of Bees Ferry.  Built in 1706, Old St. Andrew’s has seen its share of prosperity and decline; today the congregation is as vibrant as at any time in the church’s history.  The history of Old St. Andrew’s is a microcosm of Charleston’s past, from the colonial rice and indigo culture and the American Revolution, to antebellum plantation life, the Civil War’s destruction, phosphate mining, the great earthquake, economic decline and resurgence.  Join us as Seabrooker Paul Porwoll provides a fascinating tour of this historic church and its graveyard.  Paul’s book on the history of Old St. Andrew’s, Against All Odds, will be available for sale (cash or check). The tour fee and book sales will support the church’s ongoing historic preservation.  Minimal walking, some over uneven ground.

Min: 6                   Max: 25               Cost: $10.00


42.  Awendaw Creek Kayak Paddle *      Monday, Nov. 13       8:30-1:30 

Leader:  Steve

Awendaw Creek Kayak and Canoe Trail.  This is the National Forest’s only saltwater paddling trail! Meandering through the “cliffs of Awendaw”, we’ll stop to search for Indian pottery and see an ancient shell midden on a salt flat with views of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.  The beautiful brackish water paddle is alongside the Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail.  We’ll also paddle some of the Intracoastal Waterway that is adjacent to the islands in the Refuge.

Min: 14              Max: 20                             Cost:   $40.00                                Bring your own picnic


43.  Coastal Coffee Roasters *   Tuesday, Nov. 14   9:00-1:30  Leader:  Gail

Coastal Coffee Roasters is a family-operated business in Summerville.  They have a passion for fresh, sustainable, locally-roasted coffee from around the world.  We will have a 1 ½ tour of the facility, participate in the roasting process, and taste their wonderful coffees.  Each participant will take home a pound of coffee that they helped roast. We also will enjoy a lunch, freshly prepared at the Coastal Coffee’s coffee house which will include soup/salad/sandwich options.

Min: 15              Max: 20               Cost:  $37.00          Lunch Included


44.  Upper King Culinary Tour     Wednesday, Nov. 15           1:00-5:30 

Leader: Maureen

This culinary walking tour offers insight into Charleston’s Upper King Street district and surrounding neighborhoods, showcasing four of Charleston’s culinary innovators who exemplify cooking in the New South. Except for HoM, where we’ll meet, the tour will feature different restaurants than those on SINHG’s tour in the past. The four restaurants featured are trailblazers in Charleston’s culinary scene, edgy and innovative, and the afternoon combines elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure.  A broad range of samples will provide insight into Lowcountry cuisine—enough food to make a meal for most!  The price includes all food and non-alcoholic beverages tastings.  This 2½-hour moderate walking tour will be on uneven sidewalks in historic Charleston.

Min: 14              Max: 16                             Cost: $62.00           


45.  Behind the Scenes at Seabrook, Trip 2        Thursday, Nov. 16

     9:00-12:00           Leader: Frank S.      (Rain date:  Friday, Nov. 17)

Please refer to Trip #30 for a full description of this tour.   If you sign up for this trip, please keep both the original and the rain date clear.

Min/Max:   11                 Cost: $10.00                  Tour by Seabrook Carriage


46.  The Great Escape! *  Tuesday, Nov. 28   9:30-12:30  Leader: Frank C.

Have you ever wondered how you would react in a crisis?  Will you panic or will you work with a team to prevent disaster?  You will have the opportunity to test your mettle by helping solve a mystery in an Escape Room – an entertainment experience that is growing throughout the world.

On your arrival at “Escape in 60” in downtown Charleston, you will be locked in the captain’s quarters of your ship where Blackbeard has taken your ship’s treasure and left you to sink to Davy Jones’ locker.  You and your shipmates (other members who choose this trip) will have the chance to solve the clues that will enable you to save yourselves in sixty minutes.

Just as intriguing, think of breaking out of prison.  Remember the warden’s office in Shawshank Redemption?  You and your fellow prisoners will be locked in the office trying to find a way to escape. There is one hour until the next bed check! You and your cellmates have made it to the warden’s office and you’ll have sixty minutes to escape the prison before your absence from Cellblock A is realized. Can you find the key that unlocks the door to freedom?

What more fun and excitement could you ask for?  This trip may not be for the claustrophobic but promises to be a unique experience for adventurous clue solvers.

Min: 8                 Max: 16                             Cost:  $29.00


47.  Dune Ecosystems *     Thursday, Nov. 30      8:45-12:00     Leader: Nancy

Dune Ecosystems:  How do they form? What plants live on them?  What birds, reptiles and mammals live on them? What drives biodiversity on dunes? We will spend time learning about all this and more!!!  The majority of this class will be spent outside examining life found on the dunes.  Our guide will be David “Hawkeye” Gardner, Naturalist Extraordinaire and Director of Environmental Education at Camp St. Christopher.  Come join us for a fascinating morning!  Bring sun block, bug spray, hat and water. If you have binoculars, you should bring them too, but if you don’t own a pair, David has a large collection of good-quality Eagle Optics binoculars to share.  Your fee is a donation to St. Christopher Camp.

Min: 8                 Max: 12        Cost: $12.00                         Meet at St. Christopher Camp Bus Parking Lot 


48.  Beautiful Yawkey, Trip 1    Wednesday, Dec. 6   8:30-5:00

  Leader: Carol

Tom Yawkey, long-time owner of the Boston Red Sox and avid conservationist, willed his magnificent South Island Plantation to the SC Department of Natural Resources in what is considered one of the most outstanding gifts to conservation in North America.  This property, located on three coastal islands at the mouth of Winyah Bay, consists of pristine marshes, wetlands, ocean beaches, long leaf pine and maritime forests.  Over the years it has become a refuge for wildlife preservation, providing research, education, field study, and protection for endangered species.  Entrance to the refuge is difficult to come by and strictly limited to groups of 14.  We’ll carpool to the Georgetown area, walk across a pontoon bridge, then tour by van, stopping once to see the Yawkeys’ matching house trailers and retreat.  We’ve run this trip again and again with good reason.  Besides being a wonderfully informative tour, the shore and wetland scenery is magnificent.  Bird and waterfowl migration is at its peak during the winter months, which will make this trip particularly interesting.  Minimal walking; participants must be able to step up into the van.  Bring water and binoculars.  Bugs should not be that much of a problem at this time of year but long sleeves, pants and repellent are recommended.  Your fee is a donation to the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center.

Min/Max: 14        Cost: $10.00       Carpool to site, then tour by van            Bring a picnic lunch to eat on the bus


49.  Holiday Progressive Dinner     Thursday, Dec. 7     4:30-9:30PM 

Leader: Frank S.

The Holiday Progressive Dinner is becoming a Seabrook holiday tradition and it’s one of the best ways to see downtown Charleston during the Christmas season.  The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres at the King’s Courtyard Inn.  We then travel by horse-drawn carriage to a splendid dinner at Circa 1886 and top off the evening with dessert & coffee at the venerable John Rutledge House Inn on Broad.  The carriage ride is a lovely way to glimpse many of Charleston’s historic homes decked out in their Christmas finery.  Most non-alcoholic beverages are included with your dinner; wine, beer, alcohol, and sodas are charged separately.  A caveat: climbing in and out of the carriage may be difficult for some.

Min: 20              Max: 32                              Cost: $105.00 (non-refundable unless a substitute is found)       


50.  Circa 1886 Annual Dickens Dinner *           Wednesday, Dec. 13

5:30-9:30PM              Leader: Lynn

Enjoy a unique Christmas this year.  Come join us at Circa 1886 and travel back in time this holiday season to retell a classic Christmas story. At the 16th annual Dickens Dinner, storyteller Tim Lowry will take guests to Victorian England for a lively retelling of English novelist Charles Dickens’ beloved novella, “A Christmas Carol.” The performance is accompanied by a four-course dinner inspired by the novel, prepared by Chef Marc Collins. 149 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401.  Great food and entertainment.

Min/Max: 10                                 Cost: $100.00


51.  Beautiful Yawkey, Trip 2        Thursday, Dec. 14         8:30-5:00 

Leader: Frank S.

Please refer to Trip #48 for a full description of this tour.

Min/Max: 14        Cost: $10.00       Carpool to site, then tour by van         Bring a picnic lunch to eat on the bus