OLLI NOTES              June 26, 2015


What a great Summer Term! Thanks to all of you who participated, and all of the instructors who offered interesting, fun summer classes.  Enjoy the rest of your summer; we hope to see you at Straight Talk SC!


The office will be open by appointment during July, so please call before you visit.  This is the last OLLI notes until August; read below for ideas of fun things to do during the break.


OLLI and the Riley Institute present Straight Talk SC on Tuesdays, July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each week in the Younts Conference Center at Furman University. The title of this year’s series is Crime and Punishment: Thinking Outside the Cell. Tickets are $35 for the entire series for OLLI members ($45 for general public), or $15 per session.  For more information and to register online, visit the Riley Institute website. You may also call the OLLI office with questions.


Application Deadline July 7 for the second class of Senior Leaders Greenville. Senior Leaders Greenville (SLG) builds awareness of the essential role of seniors in the community and the critical issues they face, empowering participants to become active players seeking better lives for seniors in Greenville, the Upstate, and beyond. The program begins with Orientation in August, concludes with a graduation luncheon in May, and includes nine day-long sessions with speakers, group activities, and exercises that inform you on topics particularly relevant to seniors. As you identify the opportunities and challenges faced by the senior population, you will be encouraged to bring your unique talents, wisdom, and skills to generate ideas for advocacy, collaboration, and creative solutions. The cost is $350 and scholarships are available. Applications and information are available on the OLLI Website and in the OLLI office. Questions? Contact Nancy Kennedy in the OLLI Office. Senior Leaders Greenville is a program designed and facilitated by OLLI@Furman.



The fall brochure will be posted on the OLLI website on Friday, July 24, and mailed on July 31.  You should receive your copy in early August.  We will offer 99 courses this fall, so there is something for everyone!



Can you sing?  Ever been on stage?  Belonged to a local theatre group or wished you had?  Dust off your theatre shoes and join us for a meeting to determine interest for OLLI to produce a musical sometime in 2016--a two-act musical comedy entitled Writers’ Bloc.  Co-written by our own Ellyn Bache, the piece takes a humorous look at the trials and tribulations of seven aspiring authors. If there is interest, we hope this work will be only the first in a series of OLLI-sponsored productions. If you are interested, have musical or dramatic experience, or just think it would be a lot of fun, please join us Tue., July 7 at 10 a.m. at the Herring Center.  For questions, or to RSVP, contact Jim D’Amato or Ellyn Bache. We welcome input from everybody!


Interested in Jamming with your Ukulele, Guitar, or whatever? Join the OLLI Summer Ukulele Special Interest Group, Tuesdays at 10 a.m., HC110, June 2-30.   Bring your voice, instrument, music and stand.  We will set up in a circle and pass the mic.  If you are uncomfortable playing your own song, simply pass the mic and play along with the others.  Size of the SIG is limited so please make a reservation each week by email shelleykjohnson@gmail.com or phone 864-363-2014.  Please give 24 hours’ notice if you plan to come.



er’s Travels art exhibit will welcome us back to OLLI in September.  As you make your travel plans for the summer, remember that OLLIver #1 and OLLIver #2 (OLLI’s stuffed animal swans—check one out in the OLLI office) would love to join you on your adventures.  Photos, paintings, drawings, wood carvings, and fabric expressions of Olliver’s Travels are all welcome.  Submissions will be accepted from August 24-September 4.  Photos, paintings and drawings must be matted and framed and include a wire for hanging.  Limit of two entries per artist are allowed and final selection of works displayed will be determined by space available.  For more information and for submission forms, contact the OLLI Office. 


What’s GOING ON at Furman?

Hungry?  The Paddock is open for the rest of the summer! The hours are 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m., M-F. The summer menu is posted on the OLLI bulletin board.


The Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series continues Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. through August 6.  Visit the Music Department website for more information. Free!


What’s GOING ON in and around Greenville?

The second annual Music in the Park Concert Series will be hosted by Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest this summer.  On Saturday, June 27, enjoy Jean Calvert, a classical jazz vocalist.  Concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m.   The event also features food trucks (beginning at 6 p.m.) and craft beer and wine stand. 

The Pickens County Museum of Art and History will showcase two exhibits: “Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics”, organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum, and “Surfaces and Spaces,” featuring the photography of Cecelia Field and OLLI member Bruce Schlein, June 27-August 20. The opening reception will be Saturday, June 27, 1-4 p.m.  Visit www.VisitPickensCounty.com for information about museum hours.

If you like to dance, or like BBQ and festivals, come to:  Moon Boom! Friday, July 3, 6-10 p.m. Festivities include a dance contest officiated by Jack Fisher (American Bandstand Dancer, DJ, and OLLI instructor) arts and craft vendors, Independence Day favorite foods, games for kids and adults, and spectacular fireworks. 

The event is in Slater-Marietta. The dance is at Slater Hall. The food, games and fireworks are at nearby Jimi Turner Park. Set GPS to 210 Baker Circle, Marietta SOUTH CAROLINA (not Georgia). 


The Upcountry History Museum hosts “OUR LIVES, OUR STORIES: America’s Greatest Generation” June 20-August 11.  This exhibit explores the life arc of a single generation: those born in the 1910’s and 1920’s.  The exhibit moves through the Great Depression, into World War II, through the baby boomer era and the economic influx of the post-war era, and culminates with some of the 20th Century’s most influential figures. 

The Upcountry History Museum will also commemorate the service, sacrifice, and contributions of those who served in Korea with The Forgotten War:  Korea 1950-1953, on view September 5-January 31.  They are looking for vintage objects in good condition that could be loaned to the museum for this exhibit.  If you have military uniforms or paraphernalia, civilian clothing and accessories, letters and photographs, popular culture items (music, books, magazines, etc.), furniture and household accessories, or any other memorabilia from the home front or abroad that you are willing to loan, please contact Heather Yenco

The Greenville Chorale, conducted by Dr. Bingham Vick, Jr., announces its 2015-16 season.  The season begins with “Serenade to Music” and the popular “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.  We will be joined by special soloists and the Chicora Voices along with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.  Ring in the holiday season with Christmas with the Chorale.  The Chorale is honored to have the support of Sarah and Gordon Herring with the newly named Herring Chamber Ensemble featuring sacred and secular masterworks.  For the first time, the Chorale will offer two performances of the spring concert, A Great Sacred Song Fest.  This concert will feature sacred masterworks by Brahms, Beethoven, Gawthrop, Wilberg, Moses Hogan, and Dan Forrest.  For tickets or more information, call 864-467-3000.  ** Greenville Chorale Season Brochures are available in the OLLI office. 


Let your voice be heard!  The transportation study launched by Piedmont Health Foundation is well underway, with completion anticipated this fall.  Consultants CDM Smith and Arnett Muldrow have surveyed transportation providers - including public agencies, private for-profit providers, and nonprofit organizations - to learn about existing transit assets. They've also conducted 11 focus groups, which included 200 residents total, throughout Greenville County. Greenville County residents can share their opinions about transportation through a community survey. The survey is available online through July 13.


Enjoy the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at the Fine Arts Center (next to Wade Hampton High School).  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.scm-festival.com


The Upstate Shakespeare Festival presents Coriolanus July 9-August 2.  Shows begin at 7 p.m. in Falls Park, Thursday-Sunday each week during the run of shows.  Visit their website for more information. 


Cowpens National Battlefield’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Arrive early for a guided battlefield walk at 9:45 and stay for weapons demonstrations, music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and more throughout the day!  Visit http://www.nps.gov/cowp/index.htm. ​ 

The OLLI Staff

Nancy Kennedy, Director (8:30-5)
Susan Rae, Assistant Director, Curriculum Support (8-4)
Pam Roberson, Instructor Support (8:00 - 4:30)
Heidi Wright, Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager (8:30-1:30)


OLLI Student Workers
Kristin Farrar, Kelly Rae, and Laken Weaver


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