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MONTREAT, NORTH CAROLINA

Fairy Tales for Adults, Black Robes of Power, Folk Songs of the British Isles

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Program #16518RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Participants may wish to hike on their own in surrounding mountains, which peak elev. exceed 5,400.

Itinerary for Apr 14 — Apr 19, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 14 - Check-in and Orientation
Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 4 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 PM.

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 15 - Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Co...
Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs

Breakfast: Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Morning: Our early morning class, "Behind Closed Doors: The Dramatic Lives and Poetry of Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley" discusses: (a) Historical and literary context: revolutions in politics, manners, and love (b) Byron, scandalous hero (c) Shelley, fiery iconoclast Following a refereshment break mid-morning, we'll return to the classroom for our course on "Black Robes of Power" A Shaky Start on the Road to Power (a) Early beginnings of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice who moved it to power. (b) Inside the Supreme Court: how the highest court in our nation works.

Lunch: Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Afternoon: 1:45 - 3:15 Folk Songs of the British Isles Introduction: what are the characteristics of a folk song? 3:30 Walk Around Montreat (guided tour of grounds) or free time

Dinner: Dinner at the Assembly Inn

Evening: Evening program, from 7:00 to 8:00 games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship. Perhaps a movie on a big screen, if the group is interested

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 16 - Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Co...
Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs and Optional Afternoon Hike

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast

Morning: During our early morning course, "Behind Closed Doors: The Dramatic Lives and Poetry of Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley" we'll discuss Byron's life and loves Following a mid-morning refreshment break in the Assembly Inn lobby, we'll return to the classroom to continue our exploration of "Black Robes of Power" Continuity and Change: The Continuing Tension Between Strict Construction and Judicial Activism (a) the Supreme Court and minority rights (b) shifting tides

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch

Afternoon: Our afternoon class, "Folk Songs of the British Isles," takes a fun look at songs from England.... "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes," "Greensleeves," Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn," "I Gave My Love an Apple," and other songs representing relationships between men and women, courtship, marriage, unrequited love, and unfaithfulness. Then, we'll look at songs about soldiers, sailors and workers.... "One Morning in May," "Blow the Man Down," Factory Girl," etc. 3:30 Optional hike in the mountains Free Time

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: Evening programs are typically a fun event -- a dance, a concert, or a storyteller games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship and optional movie on big screen.

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 17 - Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Co...
Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast

Morning: Our early morning course, "Behind Closed Doors: The Dramatic Lives and Poetry of Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley" discusses (a) Shelley's menage (b) 1816: the haunted summer Mid morning, we'll have a refreshment break in the lobby and then return to the classroom for more on the "Black Robes of Power" Politics and the Court: How Public Opinion and Political Philosophy of Individual Justices Shape Supreme Court Decisions. (a) the intent and effect of Presidential appointments (b) Do the cop shows get it right? (The Supreme Court and the criminal justice system)

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area!

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner

Evening: In the evening, we'll have the course, "Folk Songs of the British Isles" We'll be looking at Scotland and a whole range of music from ancient ballads, songs of work, love, warfare, and the struggle for autonomy to sentimental songs of heather and misty islands.

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: This stately hotel overlooks a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica.

Contact info:
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/accommodations.htm

Room amenities: Rooms have a desk, a clock radio, kleenex, closets and bed lamps. Blankets, sheets, pillows, bath mat, and a towel set will be provided (clean towels available daily). No phones or televisions in the rooms.

Facility amenities: Internet access (with personal laptop) in the lobby private baths for all participants. Television and courtesy telephone in the lobby

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Rooms are not typically available, due to retreats. Participants may call to check availability. If no rooms are available, the coordinator will assist them in finding a hotel nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 18 - Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Co...
Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast

Morning: Our early morning course, "Behind Closed Doors: The Dramatic Lives and Poetry of Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley" discusses the Birth of the Monster, "Frankenstein" Following our mid-morning refreshment break in the lobby, we'll return to the classroom for the course on the supreme court. "Black Robes of Power" Whom Would You Vote Into the Supreme Court Hall of Fame?

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch

Afternoon: Our afternoon course, "Folk Songs of the British Isles" takes a fun look at songs from Ireland (a) love and heartbreak (b) war and famine (c) whimsy, lullabies and strong drink We'll also talk about Carols and the Value of Folk Music. 3:30 - 5:30 free time

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 19 - Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Co...
Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, and Departures after Lunch

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast

Morning: Our early morning course, "Behind Closed Doors: The Dramatic Lives and Poetry of Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley" offers this question for discussion: Are we Romantics (or romantics)? Following a refreshment break in the lobby and an opportunity to check out of your room (checkout required by 11 a.m.), we'll return to the classroom for our last discussion on the "Black Robes of Power" Consensus and Conflict: When One Vote Decides Crucial Cases (a) tracing one issue through Supreme Court history (the right to privacy and Roe v. Wade) (b) prospects for the future 12:15 - 12:30 closing program

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Montreat, NC
Asheville Area Chamber of CommerceThe Asheville Chamber has specific information on Asheville and the surrounding area. Plenty of shops and places to visit! Enjoy a trolley tour of the city...
For additional information, visit: www.ashevillechamber.org
Biltmore EstateGeorge Vanderbilt's 255-room mansion built at the end of the 19th Century, with a magnificent art collection and gardens covering 35 acres.
For additional information, visit: www.biltmore.com
Black Mountain / Swannanoa Chamber of CommerceChamber of Commerce located in downtown Black Mountain. Phone number 828 669-2300 Quaint small town with lots of unique shops to explore. Several of these shops are "art" based -- with items the owners make. Information on all area attractions!
For additional information, visit: www.exploreblackmountain.com
Black Mountain Golf CourseBoasts the world's longest fairway. Beautiful course with views of the mountains on all sides.
For additional information, visit: www.townofblackmountain.org/golf.htm
Blue Ridge MountainsThe Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalachians -- and offer some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. Hiking trails abound, both in Montreat and in the surrounding area with seasonal flora and fauna.
Carl Sandburg HomeA simple farmhouse and goat farm donated to the Park Service by Mrs. Sandburg after the famous author and poet's death. Video about the Sandburgs--his literary work--and hers in breeding goats. House kept as though they could come home any minute!
For additional information, visit: nps.gov/carl
Cherokee Indian VillageThe Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Unto These Hills outdoor play (seasonal).
Chimney Rock ParkLocated in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Enjoy an elevator ride up 26 stores in a granite shaft to the chimney level. Gorgeous views from the top of the "chimney," and lots of hiking trails. Admission fee required.
For additional information, visit: chimneyrockpark.com
Folk Art CenterHome of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild (located on the Blue Ridge Parkway) in east Asheville
For additional information, visit: southernhighlandguild.org/folkart.html
Grandfather MountainLocated in Linville, NC; attractions include a mile-high swinging bridge, natural habitat area, and hiking trails
For additional information, visit: grandfather.com
Harrah's CasinoHarrah's Casino on the Cherokee Indian Reservation
For additional information, visit: www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/che/index.html
Linville CavernsA 35-minute walking tour through caverns deep under the Humpback Mountain.
For additional information, visit: linvillecaverns.com
Thomas Wolfe HomeThe childhood home of the famous author -- includes a video about him. House has been made into a museum.
For additional information, visit: www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/wolfe/wolfe.htm

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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