RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Gathering on the Green, AKA Picnic Under the Pavilion

Thursday, September 29

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Outdoor Lab Pavilion

This event helps celebrate the Fall Term as OLLI launches a new academic year!  Free and open to all OLLI Members, join us for live music in the outdoor amphitheater at the Outdoor Lab. 


Bring your own picnic supper or purchase a catered meal from Catering Etc.  Burger Bar Supper includes choice of hamburger, grilled chicken, or black bean burger, with a choice of toppings including lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. Supper includes baked beans, coleslaw, and homemade potato chips!! Soft drinks, water and cake provided.

Click here to pre-purchase your dinner for $15.00 per person.

 

Discover the Wreaths Across America Program

Monday, October 3

3:00 p.m.

Gignilliant Community Center, Seneca 

OLLI Member Ann Warmuth introduces the Wreaths Across America (WAA) program, which honors Veterans in cemeteries across the country. Learn how to conduct a ceremony like they do at Arlington National Cemetery. Learn the step by step process of becoming involved as a volunteer or perhaps a  WAA location coordinator.  Ann will share her ceremony and tips to get others to help you honor our American Heroes.

Free but registration is required; click here to register.

 

Tastes of Clemson Blue Cheese with Chef Christian Thormos

Tuesday, October 4

3:00 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Clemson University Press is proud to partner with Clemson Blue Cheese to publish a cookbook featuring nearly 200 ways to savor one of Clemson’s signature products. Chef Thormose offers refined versions of classic dishes as well as creative ways to enhance your favorite fare with a little Clemson spirit. Blue cheese is no longer just for salad dressing! Elevate Clemson Blue Cheese with sample recipes for Potato, Bacon, and Clemson Blue Cheese Soufflés, Clemson Blue Cheese and Pistachio Stuffed Strawberries, and Escargot with Clemson Blue Cheese.

Free but registration is required; click here to register.

 

OLLI Book Club

Friday, October 7
10:00 a.m.
Cheezem Education Center

Our books are selected by group vote and selections include fiction and nonfiction, contemporary and classic. Discussion is informal and participation is encouraged.  

Friday, October 7 - The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

Friday, November 4 - My Friends Wouldn't Let Me: A Story of Courage, Determination...and Love by OLLI Member, John Broadwell

Friday, December 2 - Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Friday, January 7 - The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

For more information, contact the facilitator, Maureen Williamson, at williamsonmj@att.net

How to Access Clemson University Library Resources:  Orientation for OLLI Members

Friday, October 7

1:30 p.m.

(Note time change from Fall catalog)

Cheezem Education Center

Did you know that OLLI Members can request books, DVDs and other materials from the Clemson University Libraries and pick them up at the Cheezem Education Center?  Library staff host this orientation session that walks you through the process; pick up your new CU Library card while you are here. 

Free but registration is required; click here to register.

 

Woodstock Then and Now: A 50th Anniversary Celebration with Alex Ludwig and Simone Pilon

Tuesday, October 11

3:00 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

In August of 1969, a dairy farm in the state of New York hosted a pivotal moment in the history of pop music. Taking place only two years after the “Summer of Love” and one year after the tumultuous events of 1968, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair put an exclamation point on the transformational decade of the 1960s. Joni Mitchell did not attend Woodstock, but her song of the same name captures an opposition inherent to the turbulent and divisive era. “We are stardust . . . caught in the devil’s bargain,” Mitchell sings, “and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, Berklee College of Music hosted a week-long celebration that included conversations with luminaries from the era, including co-founder, Michael Lang; emcee, stage and lighting designer, Chip Monck; audio engineer, Bill Hanley; photographers Henry Diltz and Elliott Landy; public relations officer, Rona Elliot; and Gerardo Velez, drummer for Jimi Hendrix.  This text commemorates the discussion between these Woodstock luminaries.

Free but registration is required; click here to register.

 

Senior Living Community Showcase - Clemson Downs

Thursday, October 13

9:00 a.m.

Cheezem Education Center

In our region we are blessed to have several local senior living/continuous care retirement communities.  Learn more about your options as you age, how such communities are organized, what benefits they offer and more in this sampler of presentations designed to help inform your future decisions. 

Join Jackie Robinson, Director of Admissions and Ruthie Millar, Director of Community Outreach of Clemson Downs for an informative overview of life in a retirement community and what you need to consider when you are making that decision. Clemson Downs is a continuing care retirement community and is designed to meet your or your loved one’s care level needs. Immediately following the program at OLLI you have the option of a complimentary lunch and tour with the presenters.

Free but registration is required; click here to register.

 

Before the War and After the Union An Autobiography by Sam Aleckson, edited by Susanna Ashton

Tuesday, October 18

3:00 p.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Sam Aleckson was the pen name for Samuel Williams, a man born into slavery in Charleston, South Carolina, who wrote a memoir about his life and the world around him during and after his bondage. Published privately by his family, the work traces Williams’s life from his earliest memories of being enslaved and forced to serve Confederate soliders in army camps, through the post–Civil War years as his family struggled to reconnect and build a new life during Reconstruction. It the ends with tales about his life as the head of a Southern Black family newly relocated to Vermont at the turn-of-the-century. When he wrote his memoir nearly sixty years after emancipation, Williams was an elderly man, far from the site of his childhood in South Carolina, but his memories and analysis were keen and veer from occasional fraught nostalgia to sharply bitter analysis, creating a fascinating American story of suffering and transcendence.

Free but registration is required; click here to register.

 

Meet a Revolutionary War Reenactor

Thursday, November 3

11:00 a.m.

Cheezem Education Center

Rob Sundeen began Revolution War reenacting more than two decades ago, including near his home town of Greensboro, NC, site of the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.  A life-long self-described “history buff: he has a deep interest in the lives and events of the Colonial period and the war.  Discussion topics include the elements of a typical reenactment weekend, clothing, weapons, and tactics. 

Free but registration is required; click here to register.

 

Senior Living Community Showcase - Clemson Heritage

Thursday, November 17

9:00 a.m.

Cheezem Education Center

In our region we are blessed to have several local senior living/continuous care retirement communities.  Learn more about your options as you age, how such communities are organized, what benefits they offer and more in this sampler of presentations designed to help inform your future decisions. 

Along with a supportive staff, this senior living community offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. Clemson Heritage features beautifully landscaped grounds that create an inviting atmosphere for residents looking to enjoy retirement. Our all-inclusive senior living community is located on Cambridge Drive, lays just west of the heart of Clemson, and offers an all-inclusive lifestyle including personalized care, entertainment, fine dining, and more at no additional cost. Join Executive Director, Amy Howard, to learn about all Clemson Heritage has to offer!

Free but registration is required; click here to register.