March Forth/March Fourth: A day to wander, love the land

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The Pat Conroy Literary Center will hold its second public program of 2017 on Saturday, March 4, at the Frissell Community House at Penn Center on St. Helena Island. 

Commemorating the anniversary of Pat Conroy’s passing, March Forth/March Fourth will be a day-long embrace of nature, culture and the arts. 

The event will feature J. Drew Lanham, Clemson alumni distinguished professor of Wildlife Ecology and author of “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature”; Victoria Smalls, director of history and culture at Penn Center and member of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission; and Margaret Shinn Evans, publisher and columnist for Lowcountry Weekly, the event will focus on “the landscape of the South, our connections to the land and to one another, and how understanding these connections is critical to finding and fostering our place in the world and nurturing our sense of home,” according to a release.

The program is $35 for an all-day ticket, plus $15 for an optional box lunch by Debbi Covington (box lunches must be ordered by Thursday, March 2). 

The schedule of events is:

• 9-10 a.m.: Birding/nature walk to Martin Luther King Jr. Cottage, led by J. Drew Lanham.

• 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Beauty of the Gullah/Geechee Corridor, a talk by Victoria Smalls.

• Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Lunchtime screening of the Conroy Family Roundtable video featuring Pat Conroy with siblings Mike, Jim, Tim and Kathy from the 2014 SC Book Festival (with optional box lunches).

• 1:30-3 p.m.: On-your-own tours of Penn Center and visits to Pat Conroy’s gravesite.

• 3-4:30 p.m.: Author J. Drew Lanham in Conversation with Margaret Shinn Evans, a Pat Conroy Literary Center Visiting Writers Series Presentation. A book signing will follow.

Purchase tickets in advance by March 2, at 843-379-7025 or online at 

A limited number of tickets will also be available at Penn Center on the day of the event. 

All ticket sales and book purchases support the Pat Conroy Literary Center, 308 Charles St. in Beaufort. Call 843-379-7025 or visit