Tours – Historic, Cultural or Nature

French Culture*:

Leader – Franceline Davies, 843-837-1213, daviesfranceline@gmail.com

This group will explore French conversation and culture, which may include French language lessons, cooking demonstrations, and discussion.

Taught for  beginners, intermediate and conversation classes, as well as culture and history. The classes take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 times a month at an 1.30 hour for each class. The cost is $50 per month. The group is limited to 12-16 and will meet in various homes. Open for new members.

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Gallery Gals*:

Co-Leaders – Linda Schilder, 571-225-3782 and Sue Evans, 703-517-8092

This group will visit museums in the Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston areas. We will meet at an agreed upon location and drive to the museums. We will expect/hope that members are willing to drive others. The museum visits might also include lunch (depending upon the number of members interested). Open for new members.

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Historic & Unique Tours*:

Leader – Scottie Davis, 843-681-1900

This group concentrates on travel two to five hours from Hilton Head – wonderful places you may not know about or visit on your own. Among past day trips, the group has toured Mepkin Abbey, Sapelo Island, The Citadel and many other sites in and around Charleston. Open for new members.

We offer one day motor coach trips plus a coffee with info on short trips so you can plan on your own. No charge to join the group – only if you take a trip.

Fall Coffee Thursday, October 11- Scottie Davis’ 13 Barnacle Rd-Port Royal Plantation -10 am-noon.

From 10a-11 am, Scottie Davis, Interest Group leader, travel journalist, and tour operator will share ideas for short fall trips to plan on your own; social time will be from 11am to noon.  For pass, email wkgtg77@gmail.com. Directions: Coggins; right on So Port Royal Dr., right on Barnacle Rd.

Spaces saved for WAHHI members on following trips at this special fare.

  Shop til You Drop – Jacksonville St Johns Town Center – Tues., Oct 30 ($74) A day of shopping and girl talk! Great boutiques plus Dillard’s, Nordstrom’s DSW and 30 plus restaurants Deadline – Oct 20. Lv from Hilton Head Walmart parking lot by garden Center at 7:30 am; Hardeeville Super Walmart at 8 am.

 Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival –Moncks Corner – Wed., Nov 28 ($123) Visit historic Mepkin Abbey, view crèches from all over the world, festive lunch at Oscar’s in Summerville. This trip only departs from Hardeeville Super Walmart – 8 am

 Christmas in Charleston- Sat., Dec, 15 ($171) Shop a little, festive lunch at Magnolia’s, Charleston magnificent Moranz Christmas Show at Charleston Music Hall, drive thru James island Lights – snacks and wine on bus home

 Les Miserables-Jacksonville – Sat., Jan 26, 2019 ($160) shopping & lunch on your own at St Johns Towne Center before taking orchestra seats at Moran Theater, snacks on trip home. Lv HHI at 7:30 am; Hardeeville Walmart 8 am.

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Nature Explorations*~:

Co-Leaders – Joanne Voulelis, 585-362-7946 and Marire McClune, 843-368-5407

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – Currently have a wait list.

This year’s nature exploration group will consist of 4 nature presentations, all of which will take place at the Discovery Lab, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The group is limited to 40 members. Participation in the group costs $20 per person which covers the cost of all programs. If you cannot attend one or more of the programs, you may send a sub, provided they are a member of WAHHI. All proceeds from this nature group are donations to the museum for the use of their classroom.

Discovery Lab Open House: Thursday, November 15, 9:30 – 11:00
The Discovery Lab opened in the fall of 2016, just prior to Hurricane Matthew. It is the educational classroom of the Coastal Discovery Museum and it is a cornucopia of nature’s delights. Inside are housed several land and marine animals. There are also opportunities to study nature through a microscope, learn about the life cycle of several critters, explore a variety of sea shells and immerse yourself in nature. Come and Discover!

Critters You Meet in the Lowcountry: Tuesday, January 22nd, 9:30-11:00

This program will highlight some of the “celebrities” of the Lowcountry. Starting from the ground up, learn what makes some of the common tracks and holes on the beach, how to differentiate a heron from an egret and become more acquainted with our amazing dolphins, horseshoe crabs, and alligators. Time permitting, we can visit the butterfly enclosure and learn how to help them survive. This should help you be the “Naturalist” for your family and visitors.

The Historical and Pharmacological Importance of our Lowcountry Trees and Plants: Wednesday, March 20th, 9:30-11:00
The trees indigenous to the low country are amazing! Today’s presentation will share some fascinating facts (and legends) associated with some of our trees and plants, including medicinal uses and the role some trees played in shaping our history. Weather permitting, we will explore the Heritage Garden at Honey Horn and learn about crops of historical importance to South Carolina including indigo, rice and cotton. Perhaps even a “surprise” activity awaits you!

A Sea Turtle Life: Monday, May 6th, 9:30-11:00
Loggerhead sea turtles have been an integral part of life in the low country since, well, the beginning of time (almost)! Predating the dinosaur, this endangered species graces our island each year from May to October. This presentation is timed to get you ready for the 2019 nesting season. You will learn about the life of the loggerhead sea turtle and the important role you can play in keeping them protected.

An email reminder will be sent to all members prior to each presentation. Feel free to contact Marie or Joanne with any questions.
Happy Exploring!!!

To download the list of events, click the link below.

WAHHI Nature Exploration Interest group 2018 (1)

* These groups require a fee & may have additional fees for extra field trips, meals, etc.

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