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Welcome to Lifelong Learning at Wofford Spring Term March 18-May 10. Registration for the Spring termbegins February 13 at 9 a.m. Download Spring 2024 Term Flyer > 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 Gallery and Museum Tour of Greenville
  • Leader or Host: Jane Nodine
    Fee: $25.00
    Date: 4/5/2024 -- 4/5/2024
    Max Enrollment: 15
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 9:30 AM -- 4:00 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Parking Lot
    This day trip to Greenville, SC will include a guided tour of the Greenville County Museum of Art (permanent collections and featured exhibits), the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (galleries & artist studios), and a visit to Hampton III art gallery (contemporary works by several South Carolina artists). Carpooling from Central UMC is encouraged. Comfortable attire and walking shoes are recommended, and participants should bring a bag lunch we can plan to eat at midday.
    Students will provide their own transportation to the Greenville Museum of Art.
     

 

  • SOCIAL EVENT  Art Walk with Lifelong Learners
  • Price: $0.00
    Date: 4/18/2024 -- 4/18/2024
    Day of the Week: Th
    Time: 5:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
    Location: Off Campus
    Spartanburg loves its artists. To celebrate them there is a monthly "Art Walk" hosted throughout the community where studios sit open after hours and bring in their artists and maybe some food and drink to celebrate. The community is invited. The third Thursday Art Walk for members of our Lifelong Learning Program will be held on April 18, 2024, from 5 - 7 p.m. We will meet at 5 p.m. at Mayfair Art Studios at 1885 Hayne St., Spartanburg, and then visit a couple of galleries along the way, ending up downtown where we will be close to many restaurants for those who choose to eat dinner. Please register for this free social event so the hostess can contact you prior to the event. Participants provide their transportation. 
 

  • Special Event: Bloom Time on Lake Jocassee
  • Leader or Host: Kay Wade
    Fee: $65.00
    Date: 4/19/2024 -- 4/19/2024
    Max Enrollment: 12
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 11:00 AM -- 2:00 PM
    Location: Off Campus, Devil's Fork State Park
    Jocassee Gorges is home to some of the greatest botanical diversity on the planet, and Lake Jocassee brings us deep into the heart of the area. Rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and other flowering shrubs ring the shoreline, blooming trees arch over clear water, and flowering vines climb high into trees. Join us to learn why we have such great diversity of flora, how plant diversity relates to the diversity of all species, and what this diversity means for our future. Limited seating so register early for this relaxing and educational boat trip. 
    RAIN DATE is Friday, April 26. Students will provide their own transportation to Lake Jocassee. Carpooling from CUMC is suggested.
     

 

  • SOCIAL EVENT  Dinner and A Movie: Silverscreen Films
  • Price: $15.00
    Date: 4/4/2024 -- 4/4/2024
    Day of the Week: Th
    Time: 4:00 PM -- 7:30 PM
    Location: Wofford College Campus Olin Theater

    Join Movie Enthusiast in comfortable seating, eat some hot pizza, meet new friends & have some fun! We have reserved the Olin Theater on Wofford's Campus to screen Rear Window, a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film stars are James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival. After the movie, we will have pizza and drinks in the outdoor Pavilion located near the theater.

 

  • Special Event: Down by the Sea with Bracelet Charm
  • Leader or Host: Rosemary McLeod
    Fee: $30.00
    Date: 4/12/2024 -- 4/12/2024
    Max Enrollment: 10
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 11:00 AM -- 1:00 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Colosseum
    We will make two bracelets during this session. A stretchy bracelet with beach glass and a classic chain bracelet with pewter beach charms. Both require some hand strength. We will use adaptive closure techniques to make the process easy to open and close the clasp or magnet. 
    Materials to make two bracelets are included in the event fee.
     

 

  • Special Event: Innovation Unveiled: A Journey Through Milliken's History & Arboreal Oasis
  • Leader or Host: Betsy Sikma
    Fee: $25.00
    Date: 4/12/2024 -- 4/12/2024
    Max Enrollment: 40
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 11:00 AM -- 2:00 PM
    Location: Off Campus,
    Visit Milliken & Company’s global headquarters and take a guided tour of the history of Milliken innovation from 1965 to today! Weather permitting, stroll through the Milliken Arboretum which consists of 300+ acres of botanical gardens specializing in over 3000 trees and 250+ cultivars. The use of shared green spaces promotes greater health, well-being, and biodiversity within our local community. A box lunch will be provided and is included in the fee. Students will be responsible for their transportation to Milliken headquarters in Spartanburg. Students must be able to walk up to one mile and stand for long periods.
    Students will provide their own transportation to Milliken.
     

 

  • Making Ukrainian Easter Eggs

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

  • Fee: $15.00

  • Dates: 3/22/2024 - 3/22/2024

    Times: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Days: F

  • Sessions: 1

  • Building: Central United Methodist Church

    Room: Garrett Room

  • Instructor: Vicky Holycross

  • Colorful geometric eggs are an important part of Ukrainian culture. In this three-hour class you will learn about the ancient art of pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs), and you will make your own decorated egg. We will be using a sequence of wax and dyes to make the pysanky. All material will be provided by the instructor. If you are a returning student, there will be a choice of new patterns.

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: Making Ukrainian Easter Eggs
  • Leader or Host: Vicky Holycross
    Fee: $15.00
    Date: 3/22/2024 -- 3/22/2024
    Max Enrollment: 8
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 1:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Garrett Room

    Colorful geometric eggs are an important part of Ukrainian culture. In this three-hour class you will learn about the ancient art of pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs), and you will make your own decorated egg. We will be using a sequence of wax and dyes to make the pysanky. All material will be provided by the instructor. If you are a returning student, there will be a choice of new patterns.

    This special event meets one session for three hours. There is a $6 materials fee that will be added to your shopping cart during checkout.
     

 

  • Special Event: Microbiology Crash Course
  • Leader or Host: Ginny Webb
    Fee: $5.00
    Date: 3/27/2024 -- 3/27/2024
    Max Enrollment: 40
    Day of the Week: W
    Time: 11:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Upper Room
    In this one-hour session, participants will learn the basics of microbiology including the differences between bacteria and viruses and the relationships we have with microbes. We will cover information about common infections, how antibiotics work, and vaccine mechanisms. Some information about previous pandemics and well-known diseases will be discussed. This class will be a fun way of learning about all the microbes that live in and around us and how they play roles in our lives.
     

 

  • Trip: Revolutionary War Sites of Southeastern Spartanburg County
  • Fee: $75.00
    Max Enrollment: 45
    Day of the Week: Th
    Date: 3/21/2024 -- 3/21/2024
    Time: 9:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
    Location: Off Campus,
    A strong argument can be made that several events occurring in Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union and Laurens Counties, during late 1780 and early 1781 “broke the back” of British efforts to subdue a six-year rebellion in their American colonies. Certainly, many are aware of the decisive battles of Cowpens and Kings Mountain in this Southern Campaign but most people might not be aware of smaller battles and related events in this area that played an important role in the outcomes. Join us on March 21 for a one-day bus trip through Southeastern Spartanburg County to explore locations where these events took place. The tour will give you a better sense of the chronology of events during this period and clarify their crucial role in America’s path to independence. We will stop for lunch along the way. 
     
 

  • Special Event: Rock on and Chill out: Music to Support Stress Management
  • Leader or Host: Alison Hughey (she/her/hers)
    Fee: $10.00
    Date: 4/12/2024 -- 4/12/2024
    Max Enrollment: 40
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Upper Room
    Ever hear a song that transports you to another place or time? Music can be like a time machine, a comforter, or even something that makes us cry (hopefully happy tears). It's so much more than entertainment! Engaging with music has a host of benefits for mental, physical, social and spiritual wellness. Join board-certified music therapist Alison Hughey as we explore easy, FUN ways to use music for stress management. No musical experience or ability is needed!
     

 

  • Safety On The Roads

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

  • Fee: $10.00

  • Dates: 4/10/2024 - 4/10/2024

    Times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Days: W

  • Sessions: 1

  • Building: Central United Methodist Church

    Room: Garrett Room

  • Instructor: Fra Juan Klees

  • Objects in motion in space are very peculiar. When we traveled by wagon it wasn't noticeable. The time of mechanized, high-speed travel, made us see more. Einstein saw these things, and the strange things he saw were hard to describe. They can be measured now. This presentation will be about measuring objects in motion, and frames of reference to be safe on the roads. We will make measurements, present graphs of the data, and garner understanding to survive on the highways. I will show how to do this outside of the classroom in an appropriate area, introduce frames of reference, visual perception as a paradox, and the data to allow drivers to survive on the roadways. The experts say "Look twice." Once is OK!

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: The Art and War of Beowulf
  • Leader or Host: Amy Bright
    Fee: $15.00
    Date: 4/5/2024 -- 4/5/2024
    Max Enrollment: 15
    Day of the Week: F
    Time: 10:00 AM -- 1:00 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Shepard Room
    Discover Beowulf through reading, watching, and the occasional bouts of swordplay! This class will look at the history and literature of the period and offer participants the chance to learn some sword and shield fighting.
    This event will meet outside for part of session.
     

 

  • Special Event: The Race to the Dan: A Resilience Theory Perspective
  • Leader or Host: Andrew Waters
    Fee: $10.00
    Date: 4/16/2024 -- 4/16/2024
    Max Enrollment: 25
    Day of the Week: Tu
    Time: 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Activities Room
    Although 1781’s Race to the Dan is today a little-known campaign of the American Revolution, it was a seminal moment for the Southern Department of the Continental Army. Author Andrew Waters recaps the events of his book To the End of the World through a resiliency perspective, focusing on the role of adaptation and transformational leadership. Though badly outmanned by Cornwallis, Greene was able to orchestrate one of the most thrilling strategic retreats of the American Revolution.
     

 

  • Special Event: Travel Across the World with Lifelong Learning
  • Leader or Host: Laura Driggers
    Fee: $0.00
    Date: 3/26/2024 -- 3/26/2024
    Max Enrollment: 40
    Day of the Week: Tu
    Time: 11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Upper Room

    Interested in travel but don't know where to go or what sites to see? Anxious about traveling alone? Lifelong Learning at Wofford has partnered with Premier World Discovery to offer exciting, well-planned, guided tours around the world. Premier World Discovery only works with groups and the majority of the groups they work with are Lifelong Learning programs like ours. If we cannot fill a tour, travelers from other lifelong learning programs across the US will join together to form a group. Come learn about once-in-a-lifetime trips to Maine, St. Augustine, and Tuscany later this year.  Laura Diggers will be available to answer any questions about the trips, travel arrangements, payment options, etc., and will get your travel bug ready to pack! 

     

 

  • Trip: Vineyard and Winery Tour
  • Fee: $20.00
    Max Enrollment: 14
    Day of the Week: F
    Date: 4/19/2024 -- 4/19/2024
    Time: 12:00 PM -- 2:00 PM
    Location: Off Campus,
    Point Lookout Vineyard is atop the Southeast SLOPE of Point Lookout Mountain which is less than 10 miles from Hendersonville, NC. It has 30-mile panoramic views. The vines may not appreciate the scenery, but they are greeted with the morning sun and cooling mountain breezes that allow them to produce stunning wines that you will find just as wonderful as the views. There will be six tastings. The cost of this trip includes the wine tasting, including a Point Lookout Wineglass. Lunch is available at the vineyard and costs range from $12-$20. Participants will be asked to make a lunch choice from a limited menu before the trip so the cost of their lunch will be provided ahead of time which participants will be responsible for at the vineyard. The cost of this trip includes the wine tasting. Students will provide their own transportation.
     
 

  • SOCIAL EVENT  Wine and Cheese Social
  • Price: $8.00
    Date: 3/25/2024 -- 3/25/2024
    Day of the Week: M
    Time: 5:00 PM -- 7:00 PM
    Location: Off Campus
    This will be a casual opportunity to meet and get to know more Lifelong Learners. There will be wine, sparkling cider, cheese and crackers to enjoy during your stroll around the store. Karen Cunningham, a talented designer and owner of Spruce, is looking forward to our visit. Not only will you enjoy food, drink and fellowship, but you will also see many unique and lovely items to add to your home. There are a few other offerings in the store including jewelry, ladies' and children's clothing.
 

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