Arts, Entertainment and Education on Hilton Head Island
The Lowcountry is a vibrant area populated by many gifted people who expect to have rich intellectual lives and share their gifts with the rest of us so there are many great opportunities for cultural events. There are opportunities to learn about the local Gullah culture and history, there is theater, music, visual arts and educational opportunities. I will be adding content to this section as I have the chance so please return to learn more about live on the island. Many of the residents of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are interested in exercising their brains as well as their bodies and there are many great opportunities to do that. Several of our local churches and charities host lecture series that are free to the public and there are course available at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort (USCB) and the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL).
There are also some unique opportunities here for short courses.
Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island is a member of the Elderhostel Network and offers three semesters each year, Fall and Winter and a shorter Spring season. Annual membership is $30 and there is a course fee. Examples of subject content include Current Events and Great Decisions, some upcoming offerings are "The Shrimp Industry Sustainability" and the National Oceanic Society Presentation. Visit their website for more information on joining and the course catalog.
The Hilton Head Island Institute was organized to raise Hilton Heads' profile as a hub for intellectual thought and new ideas. The Institutes' inaugural season is Fall of 2013 and the first offerings include a "Chat with Charles Fraser" featuring the first public showing of a 2001 video with the noted island developer and "A Place Apart, Loving the Lowcountry Community. The Institute is also hosting ImagiNATION 2013, a four day festival designed to promote education and discussion of ideas.
The Lowcountry is fortunate to have the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USCB. The OLLI network of noncredit educational courses designed for adults age 50 and older were organized by the Bernard Osher Foundation. There are currently 117 lifelong learning programs on university and college campuses across the United States with at least one in each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Membership is $40/year which provides access to OLLI events and trops around the region and over 400 OLLI classes each year. You can register for unlimited classes each semester for $85/semester or pay for the classes you take. Classes are available in multiple locations around the Lowcountry: at the USCB Bluffton campus, USCB Beaufort campus, HHI - Pineland Station Mall and Jasper Park. Class offerings include subjects in current events, art, philosophy and literature, some topics are local and some are national or international.