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  • Reserve at Lake Keowee - Artist In Residence Lifelong Learning

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Clemson, Schools in Clemson, Parks & Recreation in Clemson  |  December 3, 2013 7:59 AM  |  644 views  |  No comments

    A picture says a thousand words and what a better backdrop for artists to be inspired than at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. This year's 2013 Artist in Residence winners have been chosen and both are all the buzz in the local Lake Keowee neighborhoods. Out of all of the amazing locations, both artists are spending a year in the community to showcase their work and organize educational workshops. Their contribution and talent helps benefit community members and programs promoting lifelong learning in Western South Carolina.

    Selected artists stay in the home of a Lake Keowee Reserve member. The two artists exhibiting their talents for this year are Katherine Scott Crawford and Matt Hanewald. The artists dedicate their time at The Reserve at Lake Keowee to creating wonderful works of art. During their stay, they can gain inspiration from the gorgeous scenic views, while members of the Lake Keowee neighborhoods become inspired by their artistic abilities!

    The first Artist in Residence to arrive at The Reserve at Lake Keowee this summer was...


  • The Path to Lifelong Learning in Savannah

    Posted Under: General Area in Savannah, Schools in Savannah, Home Buying in Savannah  |  September 6, 2013 7:41 AM  |  727 views  |  No comments

    If getting good grades is the end all be all, then the city of Savannah definitely earned straight A’s and a gold star! Located in the heart of the south, educational opportunities for children and adults can be found around the best Savannah neighborhoods in the area. From private schools to public schools, preschool to adult continued education, the opportunities for educational growth is important to individuals searching for additional Savannah relocation information. People in the area can expand their knowledge and the journey begins as close as the site of nearby Savannah festivals in downtown. 

    In Savannah, learning and education begins with stepping back in time and reflecting on the culture of the area. Some of the most inspiration learning experiences have been organized by the city itself. Savannah hosts various festivals like Black Heritage Festival in February, Savannah Music Festival and St Patrick's Day Festival in March and Fiesta Latina in September. These Savannah festivals are the talk of the town and help broaden the horizons for individuals with an interest in culture and passions to pursue. 

    As the end of the year rolls around, one of the most popular educational events for children is scheduled...

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  • Luxury Reading at the Tellico Village Library in Eastern Tennessee

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Loudon, Schools in Loudon, Entertainment & Nightlife in Loudon  |  August 19, 2013 5:53 AM  |  797 views  |  No comments

    A good book is a quick trip to a whole new world for those looking for an escape. One of the best places to retire in Tennessee now offers residents an even better getaway adventure with a whole variety of books to devour. Tellico Village, recently built a new library for property owners and residents in the surrounding Eastern Tennessee lake communities. The library is one of many successful achievements initiated by The Villagers adding to the quality of life living at Tellico Village.

    On April 20, 2013, Tellico Village introduced their shiny new building to a crowd of 150 people and a list of keynote speakers like Mayer Herron and Representative Matlock. The social clubs at Tellico Village were overjoyed with appreciation. Chris Miller represented the GFWC Tellico Village Women’s Club who contributed $4,075 towards this year’s Children and Adult Summer Reading Program. 

    The Children and Adult Summer Reading Program sparked plenty of interest within the Eastern Tennessee lake communities and city of Loudon Tennessee. Along with the countless choices of social clubs at Tellico Village, the community has added first class educational activities to the list. The children’s reading program continued on its second season and taught the young bookworms about the earth, plants and provided an interactive exercise to demonstrate the germination process of a plant.

    2013 is the start of the adult reading program at the Tellico Village library. The most recent programs Lincoln/Jefferson: Contributions to Emancipation was a hit in the community. Other successful programs like Photography Appreciation and the upcoming workshop, Reader’s Theatre attracted attention from the community and social clubs at Tellico Village. 

    Other events hosted by the new library this year include the 19th Annual Used Book Sale. This year, Tellico Village library has already received 35,000 books. Some special donations included books from the Mears Family collection as well as autographed editions from renowned athletes that increased profits for the community library. 

    The comradery and united interest in education and learning is one of many reasons why Tellico Village has become one of the best places to retire in Tennessee. Potential residents are taken aback with the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and Tellico lake views, but the additional perks of a new library are wonderful for everyone in Loudon. Tellico Village stands out from other Eastern Tennessee lake communities with its award winning golf courses, upscale Wellness Center and private Yacht Club. Villagers and their guests can enjoy their choice of four clubhouses to organize events and host special social club activities. For families and retirees looking to entertain in the great outdoors, Tellico Village offers a fantastic Family Park and Beach Pavillion. 

    If you'd like to learn more about Tellico Village, call them direct at 888.287.0676. 

  • Exciting Lifelong Learning Within a Stone's Throw of Hilton Head Lakes SC

    Posted Under: Schools in Bluffton, Home Buying in Bluffton, In My Neighborhood in Bluffton  |  June 24, 2013 10:24 AM  |  816 views  |  No comments

    Hilton Head Lakes residents with a passion for learning have some of the best schools in the Low Country within a stone’s throw of their South Carolina coastal community. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Beaufort South Carolina's program (OLLI) has 1,300 members and is one of the largest programs in the country. The UBSC Hilton Head Gateway Campus is less than five minutes from Hilton Head Lakes gated entrance. What’s new for the fall? Andrea Sisino, Director of the OLLI program and resident of Hilton Head Lakes, shared with us OLLI’s new 1960’s throwback topics which include taking a look into landing on the moon, the invention of computers, the Cuban missile crisis, and events surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assignation. There are 205 classes in all!

    OLLI provides unique and intriguing learning opportunities specifically designed for adults who are age 50 or over who want to grow intellectually without having to enroll in a formal college program. Currently, there are over 50 pages of classes to choose from on topics ranging from politics and history to local food, music, and dance listed in their college class schedule. Some of the class offerings are : Yoga, Music (ie. The Dance Band Era), Photography, Dance -(ie. Learning the Carolina Shag), Winespeak, Local Foods, Bluffton Walking Tours, Gardening, and a class on writing memoirs to document the events of your life. There is something for everyone! OLLI is a very cost-effective program with an annual membership cost of $40.00 and $85.00 for an unlimited number of classes for each of the fall and spring semesters. Fall registration begins August 5, 2013.

    There are eight universities/colleges within a half hour’s drive of Hilton Head Lakes, a friendly South Carolina coastal community. Among them are: The University of South Carolina Beaufort (5 minutes), Savannah College of Art and Design (20 minutes), Armstrong Atlantic State University (30 minutes), and Georgia Tech Savannah (20 minutes).

    Armstrong Atlantic State University offers...

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  • Have You Considered this Best College Town in Georgia?

    Posted Under: General Area in Athens, Schools in Athens, Home Buying in Athens  |  March 15, 2012 11:42 AM  |  1,055 views  |  No comments

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    This week, I received an email from The Georgia Club located in Athens. Many readers ask me where is Athens Georgia? The city is about an hour and a half northeast of Atlanta. Athens is one of the best college towns in Georgia, home to the Georgia Bulldogs and the University of Georgia, Georgia’s largest college. The Georgia Club’s email was their March 2012 newsletter for the community. As I combed through the pages, I felt a sense of excitement about how much this golf community has progressed since it was bought out in September 2011 by Alvarez & Marsal Capital Group Real Estate LLC and how happy homeowners must be at The Georgia Club.

    From Spiritual Life worship to golf tournaments, the calendar of events at The Georgia Club is filled with social clubs and opportunities for residents to draw closer together. Recently, The Georgia Girls took a field trip to Washington DC to have lunch with Senator Frank Ginn and enjoy a photo-op with Governor Nathan Deal. The curb appeal of the community reflects new urbanism combined with Lowcountry park-like squares. Homes with white picket fences line the streets throughout The Georgia Club neighborhoods, a bicycle friendly community. Whether people are searching for an affordable master planned community to retire or a safe gated community to raise a family, The Georgia Club combines both in a beautiful way.

    In the heart of this golf community...

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  • Best Art Cities in America

    Posted Under: General Area in Greenville County, Quality of Life in Greenville County, Schools in Greenville County  |  November 22, 2011 6:58 AM  |  1,682 views  |  No comments

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    As beautiful music caresses our senses, walking through art galleries creates curiosity and inspiration. Have you had the chance to explore any of the Top Art Museums in the World - the Musee du Louvre in Paris France, the Vatican Museums in Rome or Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City? We visited the Louvre years ago and were overwhelmed by its majesty.

    If you’re like me, you weren’t gifted with creative talent to paint like Vincent Van Gogh or have acquired enough money to collect fine art. Yet I’ve found the cost is minimal to learn how to recognize fine art and learn why an artist painted his/her masterpiece. Used books, the internet and free art festivals are all around us. If art intrigues you like it does me, consider joining an art social club. Where do we find art social clubs?

    A good start is to become a member of an art museum. If you’re like me, at first you might feel intimidated by the lack of knowledge about the world of art. I found art enthusiasts are quick to share their fascination and knowledge with new members. In no time, you will be joining members on excursions to juried art shows and exhibitions talking art, art, art. Your vacation plans may change focused now around visiting America’s Best Art Towns and Cities such as Greenville South Carolina, Asheville North Carolina and Charleston South Carolina. Art councils in these cities offer...

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  • City of Art in Western South Carolina

    Posted Under: General Area in Greenville County, Quality of Life in Greenville County, Schools in Greenville County  |  November 21, 2011 11:47 AM  |  1,597 views  |  No comments

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    Where scenic beauty meets a chic intellectual city, Greenville is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Upcountry of South Carolina. Named one of the Best Places to Live in America reflecting Southern charm, outdoor enthusiasts who live in the area are surrounded by state parks and fantastic lakes. Three lakes once the homestead of the Cherokee Indians; Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee and Lake Hartwell. Locals refer to the Upcountry of Greenville SC as five distinct areas; downtown Greenville, the lakes, the mountains, the foothills and Eastside.

    Downtown Greenville:

    Southern Living magazine named Greenville the "City of Arts" because of an abundance of art galleries, studios and lifelong learning opportunities. Theater performances, festivals and live entertainment in the streets of downtown continue to expand the list of things to do in Greenville SC. While history buffs are fascinated by the civil war history and battlefields, young adults are drawn to top notch universities such as Clemson University and Furman University.

    The pulse of downtown beats strong with a long list of outstanding restaurants in Greenville SC along with headliner entertainment. Foodies are hard pressed to choose where to dine as they walk beside the Reedy River flowing through the revitalized downtown, leading to a walking bridge named Liberty Bridge. Locals who enjoy Southern cooking at home have a number of organic Farmer's Markets to shop at in the Upcountry including Greenville State Farmer's Market and Carolina First Saturday Market. Greenville South Carolina is a great downtown walking city.

    Job opportunities in Greenville SC can be found at BMW, General Electric, Michelin Tire and Flour Corporation, companies who continue to expand in the area. In 2010, more than 44 companies expanded or relocated to Greenville SC. Most important to retirees is quality health care. Quality health care is plentiful and available through AnMed Health, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and the Greenville Hospital System.  

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