Ed and I finally joined OLLI last month. I originally resisted it because it seemed expensive. You have to pay a fee for each person to join and then you have to pay for each class. However, I have been convinced that it is really a bargain. Members can participate in many tours, classes and free Shared Interest Groups that are close to home or organized for the group saving time and the cost of gas, hotels, and meals. There are many classes on Athens and the surrounding area that might not be available to the general public. “Beech Haven: A Walking Tour” is an example. I knew there was something up there behind Blind Pig Tavern, but I didn’t know what. Beech Haven was the summer retreat of the Rowland family from 1909 until 2012. The tour down a gravel road led past stone sculptures, benches, and bridges through the woods to an Arts and Crafts style house at the top of a ridge. Part of the original property is now owned by Athens-Clarke County and is planned as a public resource. Although it is not yet open to the public, tours are available through OLLI and the Athens-Clarke County Heritage Foundation. You can see some of my photos from the tour on my homepage slide show. Be sure to click on the photos for a larger view and to read the captions. These aren’t my most artistic photos and you’ll find much better ones in the new book Seeking Eden from the UGA Press , but perhaps they will tempt you to keep your eyes and ears open for a tour and if you get a chance TAKE IT! Also, if you are over 50 join OLLI. It’s a bargain.