Trips & Tours

The CCR Trips & Tours committee provides three or more fun and informative trips and tours each semester. This semester’s trips include visits to the Avery Reseach Center, Joint Base Charleston and Pure Theatre.

Thursday, October 19, 2023
Avery Research Center
125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Cost: $5 per person contribution
Deadline: Monday October 9
Arrival Times 1:30: Group 1- Limit of 20
3:00: Group 2- Limit of 20

To understand the Avery Research Center, it is important to consider its rich history. Founded in 1865 as the Avery Normal Institute, this community hub provided education and advocacy for the growing Charleston African American community and trained blacks for professional careers and leadership roles. Although the Institute closed its doors in 1954, it graduates preserved the legacy of their alma mater by establishing the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture.

The modern rebirth of very began in 1985 with the establishment of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston. The newly christened center came to fruition through a memorandum of understanding between the former Avery Institute and the College, with many of the charter members graduates of the original Avery Normal Institute.

For the last thirty years, the Avery Research Center has collected art and archival materials that document the history, traditions, and legacies of African Americans and their influence on American society and culture, as well as their place within the American narrative.
Parking: On the neighboring streets for two hours. If you are in group 1, please leave promptly to help people in group 2 find parking.

You can find more information by visiting their website,

Thursday, November 2, 2023
Joint Base Charleston C-17
101 Lawson Drive – JB Charleston, SC 29404

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 per person contribution
Deadline – Monday, October 23, maximum of 40
Arrival Time: 9:45 a.m.

CCR is offering a rare opportunity to tour the Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft used to airlift troops and cargo around the world. These huge aircraft have participated in almost every American humanitarian operation since their arrival at the 17th Airlift Squadron in Charleston in 1995.  Capable of landing on dirt runways in hostile locations, they can transport liters and ambulatory patients during medical evacuations. They have broken 33 world records, including payload, altitude, time to climb, and short takeoffs and landings during their thousands of tactical airlift and airdrop missions.

Luncheon: at the dining hall – at your expense
Parking: Outside the base entrance. A bus will meet us and drive us around the base along with a guide.

You can learn more by visiting the website.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Pure Theatre
134 Cannon Street, Charleston 29403, 843-723-4444

10:30-12:00/12:15 and discussion to follow
Cost: $42 per person including lunch
Deadline: Monday, November 6
Arrival Time: 10:00-10:15 a.m.


By Fred Thompson

World Premiere

Featuring Brannen Daugherty, Scott Pattison & Joy Vandervort-Cobb.

Atwater is deceased, but three decades have passed and it’s time for him to answer for his choices. Atwater is in a front row seat at the pearly gates as he stands before Saint Peter to defend his “win at all costs” political maneuvering and its long reaching aftermath. Filled with hilarious performances by PURE’s lauded Core Ensemble, including Joy Vandervort-Cobb as Saint Peter, Brannen Daugherty as Lee Atwater, and Scott Pattison as Satan himself, this World Premiere satire from the outrageous mind of Fred Thompson will have you rolling with laughter and cringing with recognition as we review the life of the Machiavellian mastermind behind some particularly dirty tricks in American politics.

Program: “Seniors and Seniors” brings high school seniors and CCR members together to share life-changing theatrical experiences. The program cultivates community and inclusion by engaging these two groups in cross-generational conversations about the world we all live in. They will attend a weekday matinee performance followed by a discussion over the play over lunch.

Lunch: Sandwiches, salads, sides, dessert, drinks.

Parking is available, though carpooling is advisable.

You can learn more by visiting the website.