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MONTREAT, NORTH CAROLINA

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Program #16131RJ
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 Aug 18 — Aug 23, 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, August 18 - Orientation
Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the lobby. Settle in to your room, have some refreshments, take a walk around the beautiful campus.

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our dinner, served buffet style, offers a choice of two entrees, salad bar, a variety of side dishes, dessert, and sweet or unsweet tea, coffee, or water.

Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. (usually in Convocation Hall) in the Assembly Inn. We'll spend some time going over the schedule, you'll get to meet and hear from your instructors for the week, and we'll spend some time getting to know each other.

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, August 19 - Morning class on Scottish history through folk so...
Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, afternoon class on English and Scottish ballads and folklore

Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet is served 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Galax Dining Room of the Assembly Inn. No matter what you like for breakfast, you're likely to find it here! From waffles and pancakes to bacon and sausage and eggs, to a bowl of cereal (or yogurt) and some fruit.... remember, breakfast is the most imporant meal of the day!

Morning: Our early morning course is Brave Hearts and Bonnie Princes. We'll have a lecture on Scottish history. By using folk songs, we'll have a brief overview of Scottish history and how it became modern Scotland. After our mid morning refreshment break, we'll return to the classroom for Scottish Country Dancing (very simple, if you can walk, you can do it!)

Lunch: Lunch is served in the Galax Dining Room from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunches on Monday are typically "sandwich makings" and soup. A yummy salad bar is always an option too! Don't forget a little something for your sweet tooth...

Afternoon: Our afternoon course focuses on Ballads: Scottish and English Narratives We'll explore: The Rural Folk The Study of Folklore "From the very depths at which the taproof of folklore lies buried, the word itself has to be defined as something cumulative in the blood of a people--a feeling, a current, that has to do with the shape and climate of their land, the life-styles they owe to the environment, the encompassing web of belief, custom, and saying, that all these weave for them. The qualify of their personal relationshisp is also part of this web, as are the rhythms and cadences of their speech. They are swaddled in the web at brith, shrouded in it at death. Throughout life, they wear it like an invisible garment." Mollie Hunter, a Scottish folklorist 3:30 - 5:30 Optional activities -- explore the area, or guided walk around Montreat.

Dinner: Dinner at the Assembly Inn, 5:30 - 6:30 offers up two more yummy entrees and fresh side dishes, as well as a salad bar. Many of our dishes are "homemade," even though the ingredients come in from a food service vendor, lots of TLC goes in before the dishes are served to you.

Evening: "Fun in the Mountains," 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship 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 Three: Tuesday, August 20 - Morning class on Scottish history through folk so...
Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, afternoon class on English and Scottish ballads and folklore

Breakfast: Another hearty breakfast starts off our day, served 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Don't forget to try the grits, or the homemade oatmeal... that will "stick to your ribs," as my grandfather used to say!

Morning: Our early morning course is Brave Hearts and Bonnie Princes. Using the traditional folk songs, we'll explore traditions of the Celts, and the settlement of the British Isles. Following a mid morning refreshment break, we'll return to the classroom for Scottish Country Dancing. (very simple and so much fun -- if you can walk, you can do it!)

Lunch: Lunch 12:30 - 1:30

Afternoon: Our afternoon course is on Ballads: Scottish and English Popular Narratives. The Ballad Crossing Into Folk Narratives The Scottish ballads, known for their abundance of supernatural themes more so than their English counterparts, are closely linked with folk and fairy collections, despite the fact that the ballads "lack the happy ending of the fairy tales and didacticism of the typical folk legend and animal fable." 3:30 - 5:30 free time to enjoy the area or a guided hike

Dinner: Usually what we call our "holiday" meal, enjoy some fresh cooked and sliced turkey or ham, dressing, mashed or sweet potatoes, green beans, and top if off with some pumpkin pie. No, it's not really Thanksgiving, but we have a lot to be thankful for every day! Dinner is served 5:30 - 6:30 in the Galax Dining Room.

Evening: Evening program from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Programs are typically a fun event -- a dance, a concert, or a storyteller. Games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship 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, August 21 - Morning class on Scottish history through folk so...
Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, free time in the afternoon to explore the area, and eveng class on English and Scottish ballads and folklore

Breakfast: Breakfast starts out our day, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Give the biscuits and gravy a try today!

Morning: Our early morning course is Brave Hearts and Bonnie Princes. Using the traditional folk songs, we'll explore the progression of religion and political history in the British Isles. We'll share a refreshment break in the lobby of the Assembly Inn and return to class for Scottish Country Dancing. (very easy and simple -- if you can walk, you can do it!)

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., we'll have some lunch in the dining room. Perhaps a baked potato bar, or grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup!

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area!

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 PM dinner is served. Homemade meatloaf perhaps, or stuffed green peppers. Always a second protein option for those who don't consume red meat! More yummy vegetables and fruits, and don't forget something for your sweet tooth.

Evening: Our Evening Course is on Ballads -- Scottish and English Popular Narratives. We'll explore: The English Quest The Brothers Grimm and "Household Tales" (1884) The Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy (1836) English Fairy and Other Folk Tales (1890)

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, August 22 - Morning class on Scottish history through folk so...
Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, afternoon class on English and Scottish ballads and folklore

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 PM breakfast... will it be grits or oatmeal today? Perhaps some french toast and sausage... don't forget to eat some fruit!

Morning: Our early morning course is on Brave Hearts and Bonnie Princes. The Jacobite Period of Scottish History will be reviewed through Traditional Folk Song. Following class, we'll have refreshments in the lobby and then return to class for more "kicking up our heels" and having fun with the Scottish Country Dancing. (you're an expert now!!!)

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 PM lunch in the dining room... or perhaps on the porch or in the tea garden? Lots of good, healthy choices... salad, proteins, vegetables.... so you've earned that brownie and ice cream!

Afternoon: Our afternoon course is on Ballads--Scottish and English Popular Narratives. The Scottish Heritage in Folklore Arrangement of the Child Ballad Collection Riddles Romance and Tragedy Medieval Romances Yoeman Minstrelsy Historical Comic Social, supernatural, love, drinking, sea adventures, naval/military, and sporting ballads! 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Free Time

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., our last dinner together will be served in the dining room. There will be checked tablecloths, and candles on the table for our "Italian Night" celebrations.

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

Lodging: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 23 - Morning class on Scottish history through folk so...
Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, lunch and departures

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast offers your last opportunity to try Ronnie's gravy and biscuits. Eat hearty... travel day means you'll need to be focused and alert.

Morning: Our early morning course is Brave Hearts and Bonnie Princes. Using traditional folks songs, we'll explore: Flora MacDonald, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Clearances. We'll have a refreshment break in the lobby and time for checkout of the Inn. (check out by 11 AM) and then return for our last session on "Scottish Country Dancing" kicking up your heels one more time! 12:15 - 12:30 p.m. closing program

Lunch: From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., we'll have lunch and say our goodbyes. BBQ sandwiches, with your choice of sauce... we all have our personal opinions about which ones are the best! Fries or chips, as well as the salad bar you've grown to love! (those who leave early will have an opportunity to request a box 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: townofblackmountain.org
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).
For additional information, visit: untothesehills.com
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 Linvolle, 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

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