Tour the tea trail

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The inaugural Sweet Tea Trolley Tour takes place July 5 and already people are buying tickets to tour their hometown.
This first tour is being billed as “locals first,” though of course anyone is welcome, said Tina Zimmerman with the Chamber.
Mayor Bill Collins’s trolley task force hosted a trolley guided tour in April to give people an idea of what such a tour might entail.
Now, the Chamber is hosting a pilot program of one tour day per month for six months to gauge how successful the venture might be.
The idea is to find out what day of the week proves most popular, what guests want to see, and whether the pricing is correct, Zimmerman said.
Riders will be asked to fill out a survey.
Zimmerman said she hopes church groups, neighborhood associations, garden clubs and more make plans for the tour.
“We want everyone to take the trolley,” she said.
Town Councilwoman Kima Garten-Schmidt, who’s a member of Leadership Dorchester this year, said she hopes riders will leave the tour having learned at least one new thing.
“Even the locals here don’t know all the history of Summerville,” she said.
As for visitors, she expects the tour will show them why Summerville is a wonderful place, she said.
The April tour took riders from the starting point of the Chamber building on North Main Street, through downtown, the historic area, the Tea Farm neighborhood and past Azalea Park.
The trolley costs $20 and there will be three tours on July 5: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Tours will leave exactly on time to keep on schedule, Zimmerman said.

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