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

Program Number: 16518RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2013 - 4/19/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Montreat, North Carolina
Price starting at: $558.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Literature; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

4-14-2013

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Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.



Fairy Tales for Adults

Fairy tales we remember from childhood contain psychological insights. Every culture has children’s tales meant for the second half of life that point us to wisdom and fulfillment. Let’s explore and discuss new wisdom found in old stories.



Black Robes of Power

Isolated in closed chambers, nine unelected Justices comprise the branch of our government most shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding and myth. See how the Court operates as law, politics, and personalities collide within this inner sanctum.



Folk Songs of the British Isles

Celebrate the life and culture of these people through their ancient body of folk song. From old ballads and carols, love songs, songs of war, sea and pub, hymns and Celtic airs to the songs of Robert Burns, enjoy singing and hearing timeless tunes.




Montreat

Originally founded as a spiritual retreat center, Montreat, nestled on Lake Susan at the foot of Graybeard Mountain, continues to be a peaceful destination for those seeking respite. Footpaths weave through the 4,000 acres of surrounding woodlands and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains offer other recreational opportunities.



Accommodations
Beautiful conference center overlooking small lake in the center of Montreat. Spacious lounges, classrooms, fireplace and dining facilities in same building.
Meals and Lodgings
   Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
  Montreat, NC 5 nights
 Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  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
  Additional nights after:  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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 - 5:30 PM, at the Assembly Inn. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM, at the Assembly Inn. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None needed
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the Assembly Inn in Montreat.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Montreat, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Black Mountain, NC; nearest large town: Asheville, NC
  Nearest highway: Route 9 to Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Asheville Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Montreat, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Knoxville, TN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Charlotte, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours (all interstate) 

 

Greenville, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 to 1 1/2 hours (all interstate) 

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
same as listed for airport
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

arrange for transport with Road Scholar coordinator at Montreat; she will coordinate times with other participants.

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Black Mountain Transportation
phone: 828-230-1121
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$66
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

Road Scholar coordinator at Montreat can arrange shared rides. The base price is $66, and more is added per person for additional passengers, and the total divided among all. For example, 3 people in one trip would be $78 and $26 per person. 2 people -- $36 per person 4 people -- $21 per person 5 people -- $18 per person 6 people -- $16 per person

 
Driving Directions
  From All Points - to Interstate 40 Come to Western North Carolina via Interstate 40; use exit 64 for Black Mountain/Montreat/Route 9 (15 miles east of Asheville, NC). At the exit, turn north on Route 9 (go through one traffic light, across a railroad track and another traffic light, and up the hill to the traffic light). Go straight across where Route 9 becomes Montreat Road, and travel approximately two miles to the Montreat entrance (stone gate). From the gate, continue approximatley 1 1/2 miles to the middle of the conference center. The Assembly Inn is on the hill on the left, across from Lake Susan.
Elevation Note: Participants may wish to hike on their own in surrounding mountains, which peak elev. exceed 5,400.

Equipment Requirements: Anyone wishing to enjoy outdoor activities (walking, hiking) should bring hiking boots or shoes with tread on bottom.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in and Orientation
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs
(Monday, April 15)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs and Optional Afternoon Hike
(Tuesday, April 16)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs
(Wednesday, April 17)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs
(Thursday, April 18)
   
 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).
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lord Byron and Percy B. Shelley Class, Supreme Court Class, and Departures after Lunch
(Friday, April 19)
   
 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 Commerce
The 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 Estate
George 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 Commerce
Chamber 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 Course
Boasts 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 Mountains
The 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 Home
A 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 Village
The Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and Unto These Hills outdoor play (seasonal).
  Chimney Rock Park
Located 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 Center
Home of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild (located on the Blue Ridge Parkway) in east Asheville For additional information, visit southernhighlandguild.org/folkart.html
  Grandfather Mountain
Located in Linville, NC; attractions include a mile-high swinging bridge, natural habitat area, and hiking trails For additional information, visit grandfather.com
  Harrah's Casino
Harrah's Casino on the Cherokee Indian Reservation For additional information, visit www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/che/index.html
  Linville Caverns
A 35-minute walking tour through caverns deep under the Humpback Mountain. For additional information, visit linvillecaverns.com
  Thomas Wolfe Home
The 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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