Wednesday, August 6, 2014
“I don’t know what you had to subtract to be able to stop here, but whatever it was, it couldn’t have possibly have been as good as coming to this place!”
So spoke one of the tourists on the first ever Sweet Tea Trolley Tour visit to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church last month. The tour guide, Perrin Conrad, told me there was great enthusiasm on the trolley for this innovation.
“And we were all surprised – and delighted – when the Reverend John Scott came out of the church and greeted everyone dressed as an 1800s clergyman, complete with powdered wig.”
“I am not involved in reenacting as such,” the Rev. Scott told me, but he has created many like scenarios at St. Paul’s, including the colonial Thanksgiving service every year
“I thoroughly enjoy that as well as the trolley tour experience,” he said, adding, “I’m also thoroughly steeped in history and any time I can make history come alive, I’m happy to do it. I look forward to welcoming more visitors for the same kind of presentation.”
Perrin said she learned many intriguing things about the church’s history as the Rev. Scott talked to them inside the church.
Also, there is the fact that a Union general is buried on the grounds and that there is a very special 99-year-old monument in the front yard.
In addition, keeping with the new tradition that each of these Summerville trips are now Good Eats Tours, Mrs. Toni Scott treated her guests with key lime cupcakes. If you’d like to share this experience at St. Paul’s (and get the facts behind the Union officer’s interment and the special near-century-old monument), sign up for the next trolley stopping at St. Paul’s.
Upcoming tours include Friday, Aug. 8 and 15, with two tours a day, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., all starting at the Summerville Dorchester Museum.
Restaurants and food stops on these tours can include: Bubbie’s Bakery, Carolina Produce, Coastal Coffee Roasters, Continental Corner, Eclectic Chef, Guerin’s Pharmacy, Healthy Delights, Homegrown Brewhouse, Hummingbird Café, Ju Ju’s Gourmet, Matt’s Burgers, Montreux Bar and Grill, Oscar’s, Perfectly Franks, Summerville Visitor Center and West Farm Café. These are subject to change of date.
Storied Summerville and #DrinktheVille tours are to be held Saturday, Aug. 16.
Storied Summerville (a trip through the historic district, highlighting intriguing facts and characters) will be featured at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The #DrinktheVille Tour Saturday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. will stop for cocktails at three area restaurants and/or bars.
Some tour details were unavailable at press time, so for specific information, such as to starting points, on this or any of the other tours mentioned above, or to reserve seats for any of these tours, go to www.lowcounrylooptrolley.com and click on Summerville Tours.
You can also contact DREAM at www.summervilledream.org, or the DREAM office at 821-7260.