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Welcome to Lifelong Learning at Wofford Fall term events and classes are now posted online. Registration for Fall opened August 8 at 9 a.m. > Clubs, Events and Trips > Special Events

Special Events   

From time to time we will have special one or two session events providing unique topics in a shorter format than a regular term course. These lectures or events may be one session or several sessions or a day-long event. Please be sure to carefully read the event details before signing up. Our special events are open to members and non-members.

  • Special Event: Art of Handmade Paper
  • Instructor: Carol Funke
    Fee: $21.00
    Date: 10/20/2023 -- 10/20/2023
    Max Enrollment: 10
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 10:00 AM -- 3:00 PM
    Location: Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Arts Center, Room 128 Art Classroom
    Artist and author Carol Funke provides all materials for participants to explore the art of handmade paper with this hands-on workshop. The process of papermaking becomes a tactile artistic experience for students of any age. Basic techniques taught include pulling paper, creating textures in the paper, pulp painting, embedding, molding and embossing to mention a few. An exhibiting artist herself, Carol aims to inspire her students to develop papermaking into an art form. 

    There is a $20 paper materials fee that will be applied to your shopping cart to cover all supplies needed for the workshop.


  • Autumn on Lake Jocassee

    This class is FULL. Please click the "Add to Waitlist" button below. 

  • Fee: $60.00

  • Dates: 10/27/2023 - 10/27/2023

    Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Days: F

  • Sessions: 1

  • Building: Off Campus


  • Instructor: Kay Wade

  • A short stretch of South Carolina – known as the Jocassee Gorges – contains more species of trees than almost anywhere else on Earth. The majority are deciduous trees that sport a unique look every spring and fall. Explore the science behind changing colors and meet some of the area’s most interesting and colorful trees - up close and personal - from the comfort of a pontoon boat. Be prepared to view trees in a whole new way… as living, breathing individuals. We will also visit some of the beautiful waterfalls and wild rivers for which Lake Jocassee is so famous.

Website Tip! There is no charge to add yourself to the waitlist. Adding yourself helps us know the interest for the class and in many cases we can add more seats or schedule another section, please add yourself!


  • Special Event: Backyard Wildlife
  • Instructor: Jon Storm
    Fee: $15.00
    Date: 10/25/2023 -- 11/1/2023
    Max Enrollment: 35
    Day of the Week: W
    Time: 9:30 AM -- 11:00 AM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Upper Room
    Students will learn the identification and natural history of common backyard flora and fauna in the Upstate of South Carolina. Emphasis will also be placed on how native plants, pollinator gardens, and other factors can benefit wildlife in your own backyard and beyond. Class time will consist of lecture and a leisurely walk around the surrounding outdoor environment by the classroom to observe and discuss plants and wildlife.


  • SOCIAL EVENT  Dinner and A Movie: Silverscreen Films
  • Price: $15.00
    Date: 10/19/2023 -- 10/19/2023
    Day of the Week: Th
    Time: 4:00 PM -- 7:30 PM
    Location: Wofford College Campus Olin Theater

    Great actors, comfortable seating, hot pizza, new friends, what a recipe for fun! The Lifelong Learning Social Committee has planned a fun event for the Fall term. They have reserved the Olin Theater on Wofford's Campus to screen Chinatown.

    Rotten Tomatoes gives this great 1974 classic a 99% Tomatometer rating and writes this description of it: "When Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities, he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray's sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets as Evelyn's father (John Huston) becomes a suspect in the case." 

    Step back with your Lifelong Learning movie buffs to the silver screen and enjoy a thrilling movie in a safe environment. Wofford students will be on Fall Break so we will have the campus to ourselves! After we watch the movie we will have pizza and drinks in the outdoor Pavilion located near the theater. 

    The $15 registration fee covers the movie, dinner and beverages after the show.


  • Special Event: Just Knotty
  • Instructor: Rosemary McLeod
    Fee: $10.00
    Date: 10/6/2023 -- 10/6/2023
    Max Enrollment: 10
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 11:00 AM -- 1:00 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Shepard Room
    This relaxing jewelry knotting technique includes using gemstones, wooden beads, and waxed Irish Linen thread to make an overhead necklace in an array of fall colors. Color arrangements of stone placements and knot spaces will create your design. No prior jewelry skills are required but some hand strength is needed. Each student will leave the session with a wearable beautiful piece of jewelry and art. 

    A $25 materials fee will be applied to your shopping cart at checkout to cover all materials used during the class.


  • Special Event: The Secret WWII Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen
  • Instructor: Timothy Boyce
    Fee: $10.00
    Date: 10/27/2023 -- 10/27/2023
    Max Enrollment: 40
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 9:30 AM -- 11:00 AM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Upper Room
    Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen was held captive in various Nazi camps. His diary brilliantly illuminates his daily struggle, not only to survive but to retain his humanity. Through selected readings, Timothy Boyce will recreate Nansen's camp experience. This heartwarming tale is guaranteed to inspire.


  • Trip: Vicario Distillery, Farm and Tasting Tour
  • Fee: $35.00
    Max Enrollment: 22
    Day of the Week: F
    Date: 10/6/2023 -- 10/6/2023
    Time: 1:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Parking Lot
    A tour for the senses!! Come experience the sights, scents, sounds and tastes of a working farm and distillery. First, we will take a tour of the farm where we will be able to smell and taste the herbs that will be used to make the finest liqueurs. From there, we will enter the world of maceration. See and learn how an herb becomes a "garden-to-glass" experience. From the distillery, we will venture into the tasting room to have a taste of VICARO's award winning liqueurs. Transportation and the tasting fee are included in the price of this unique event.
    Make sure to eat lunch before this fun event! No food is offered for sale on site.

  • Special Event: Where in the world is the US? A top 10 Summary!
  • Instructor: Doug Stowell
    Fee: $10.00
    Date: 10/17/2023 -- 10/17/2023
    Max Enrollment: 40
    Day of the Week: Tu
    Time: 11:15 AM -- 12:45 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Upper Room

    Just how well is the U.S. performing in meeting the challenges that exist in 2023? Is there a way to “grade” ourselves? What if we compared our results to those of other countries? Let’s look at such topics as the economy, taxes, environment, education, healthcare, climate change, immigration, military preparedness, safety, prosperity, personal happiness, et al.. The "Top 10" format provides a quick "snap-shot" of how well the U.S. compares to other nations. Are we #1, #10, or not even on the list? Let’s find out!


  • SOCIAL EVENT  Wine and Cheese Social
  • Price: $8.00
    Date: 10/3/2023 -- 10/3/2023
    Day of the Week: Tu
    Time: 5:00 PM -- 6:30 PM
    Location: Off Campus Monarch Cafe

    Add this social as another great benefit of becoming a Lifelong Learning annual member! Randomly during term at different locations around Spartanburg, we will share wine, cheese and fellowship. It is a fun way to start your week and get to know some spots around the community that you might not know about. Our host locations may provide a little history or tidbits about their business. The rest of the time expect great conversation with your new and old Lifelong Learning friends. Afterward, you may head off for dinner together, or catch a show or concert. The bottom line, this is just good ole fun. Join us! 

    This event will be held at the Monarch Cafe, 498 Howard St, Spartanburg, SC 29303.


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