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The Appalachian Experience

Program Number: 9482RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/14/2013 - 7/19/2013; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Pembroke, Virginia
Price starting at: $635.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Immerse yourself in the culture of Appalachia as you examine its deep roots in tradition and family and learn about simple mountain living. Take daily walks to appreciate this ancient landscape, enjoy the quiet solitude of its diverse forests and meandering streams, and sit on top of its impressive overlooks as you learn more of the natural history of the Appalachian Mountains.




Highlights

• Join an eclectic mix of storytellers, musicians, poets and artisans as they share their traditional tales, folk wisdom, stories, poems and crafts that spring from the Appalachian experience, as well as music that is deeply rooted in mountain tradition.
• Enjoy expert presentations on Appalachian poetry, storytelling, music making and crafting.
• Hike two miles round trip with naturalists to Bald Knob, at 4,365 feet the highest point at Mountain Lake.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing for most program days. Nature hike on Day 3 involves a hike of approximately 2 miles on flat dirt road through hardwood forest.




Date Specific Information

7-14-2013, 9-21-2014, 9-13-2015

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6-14-2015

Arrive early to join in for the Thirteenth Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention, held at the Newport Recreation Center in Newport, VA on June 12-13, 2015. This festival honors the life and music of local old-time fiddler Henry Reed. The Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention is an official Crooked Road Affiliated Festival.
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Coordinated by The Mountain Lake Conservancy.




Pembroke

Situated at an elevation of 4,000 feet in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Pembroke encompasses 2,600 peaceful wooded acres that surround the only natural lake in the region, which is also home to rural Appalachian culture and traditions.



Accommodations
Resort accommodations in cottages or historic hotel overlooking the highest natural lake east of the Mississippi River; famous as the site in the movie "Dirty Dancing."
Meals and Lodgings
   Mountain Lake Lodge
  Pembroke, VA 5 nights
 Mountain Lake Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Visit us at www.MtnLakeLodge.com
  Contact info: 115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com
  Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.
  Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area and Stony Creek Tavern; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub(seasonal); Indoor fitness area and sauna; tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 20+ miles of multi-use trails; canoeing, kayaking & fishing in nearby New River; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, guided programming with Mountain Lake Outfitters; New! Treetops Aerial Adventure; Wireless internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Begin at $99 Price may vary with season and holidays.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Begin at $99 Price may vary with season and holidays.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at the Lodge Lobby between 4:00 - 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Mountain Lake Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with check-out from the Mountain Lake Lodge by 11:00 am. You will be staying at Mountain Lake Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Mt. Lake Lodge is on private property and adequate, free parking is available to all guests.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Pembroke, VA
  Nearest city or town:  Pembroke
  Nearest highway: Rt. 460
  Nearest airport:  Roanoke Regional
  From End of Program
  Location: Pembroke, VA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Mountain Lake, Pembroke, VA

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Mountain Lake Lodge Shuttle
phone: 540-626-7121
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

56 miles

   

MUST RESERVE THROUGH MTN LAKE AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE. Only one departure from the hotel to the airport. Shuttle will depart the Mountain Lake Conservancy & Hotel after lunch and check-out at 1:00pm and will arrive at the Roanoke Regional Airport at approximately 2:15pm.

 

Mountain Lake, Pembroke, VA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Mountain Lake Lodge Shuttle
phone: 540-626-7121
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

56 miles

   

MUST RESERVE THROUGH MTN LAKE AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE. Only one departure from the airport to the hotel. Shuttle will pick-up at Roanoke Regional Airport at 1:30pm to depart no later than 2:00pm. Shuttle will arrive at the Mountain Lake Conservancy & Hotel by 3:15pm.

 

Mountain Lake, VA

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Roanoke Airport Transportation Service
phone: 800-288-1958
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$109.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Roanoke, VA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Roanoke Airport Transportation Service
phone: 800-288-1958
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$109.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 
Driving Directions
  From I-77 Take US 460 East at Princeton to left on Route 700 (Mountain Lake Road). Follow Route 700 for seven miles up the mountain to Mountain Lake.
  From I-81 Take exit 118B, Christiansburg. Follow US 460 West, including bypass around Blacksburg to right on Route 700 (Mountain Lake Road). Follow Route 700 for seven miles up the mountain to Mountain Lake.
Elevation Note: The Mountain Lake Conservancy is located at 3800 feet in the Appalachian Mountains.

Equipment Requirements: Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for walks around the property. The weather can be unpredictable, so a raincoat is also recommended. Nights can be cooler than the surrounding valleys.
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: Upon your arrival and check-in to Mountain Lake, join for a wine and cheese mixer to meet fellow Road Scholars. Enjoy dinner in Harvest Restaurant, and a brief orientation to prepare you for the week's adventure!
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Afternoon: 4:00 pm - Check-in at lodge lobby. 5:00-6:00 pm - Wine & cheese social to meet and greet fellow participants.
 Dinner: 6:15 pm - Dinner in HARVEST Restaurant.
 Evening: 7:45 pm - Orientation.
   
Accommodations: Mountain Lake Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Start the week out with Oral Traditions, Storytelling and Ballads with Alice Kinder. Relax for the evening film showing of "Song Catcher".
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - breakfast available in hotel dining room.
 Morning: 9:00 -11:30 am - "Oral Tradition" with Alice Kinder.
 Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in HARVEST Restaurant.
 Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Session is continued with Alice Kinder, "Storytelling and Ballads of the Appalachians".
 Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in HARVEST Restaurant.
 Evening: 7:00 pm - Showing of the film "Song Catcher".
   
Accommodations: Mountain Lake Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Join in a naturalist hike along the Lower Jungle Trail to explore flora and fauna of the mountain. Enjoy a free afternoon, and then an evening porch jam with local musicians featuring traditional Appalachian music.
(Tuesday, July 16)

Note: The naturalist hike is along a wide, gravel path along relatively flat terrain. Approximately 1.5 miles in distance.



   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast available in HARVEST Restaurant.
 Morning: Introduction to Appalachian Poetry with Virginia Tech professor, Jeff Mann.
 Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in HARVEST Restaurant.
 Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Session continues, Appalachian Poetry with Jeff Mann.
 Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in HARVEST Restaurant.
 Evening: 7:30 pm - Depart for a sunset hike along the Appalachian Trail at Wind Rock.
   
Accommodations: Mountain Lake Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Spend the day discussing Appalachian poetry with Jeff Mann of Virginia Tech University. Enjoy a sunset hike to Wind Rock along the Appalachian trail during the evening.
(Wednesday, July 17)

Note: The sunset hike to Wind Rock is short, approximately 1/3 mile up to the overlook, and somewhat rocky.



   
 Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Breakfast available in HARVEST Restaurant.
 Morning: 9:00 am - Naturalist Hike
 Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: 1:30 pm - Optional field trip to the Pearisburg Historical Society Museum Complex and tour. 25 minute drive from Mountain Lake.
 Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in the dining room
 Evening: 7:30 pm - Enjoy a "porch jam" session with local musicians featurning traditional Appalachian music and song.
   
Accommodations: Mountain Lake Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Spend the morning on a driving tour of Giles County, visiting three historic covered bridges in the area. An afternoon presentation on the area's local history and then Appalachian folktales in the evening.
(Thursday, July 18)

Note: Transportation is provided for the morning driving tour.



   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast available in the dining room.
 Morning: 9:00 am - 11:30 am - "Folk are Talking" and "Across the Pond: Links between Celtic & Appalachian Music" with the Matthews. v
 Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Local history and music with the Martin family.
 Dinner: 5:30 pm - Enjoy a traditional Appalachian meal at Mountain Lake. Help prepare your very own apple butter to take home with you!
 Evening: 7:30 pm - Appalachian Folktales with Charles Lytton.
   
Accommodations: Mountain Lake Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Experience the history and geology of Mountain Lake during a morning presentation and program wrap-up. Join for lunch in the restaurant before you departure.
(Friday, July 19)

Note: Lodge check-out is 11:00 am.



   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: 9:00 am - Slideshow presentation: "The History of Mountain Lake and the Springs of Virginia". Followed by program wrap-up.
 Lunch: 11:00 am - Check out of the Mountain Lake Hotel and departure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.

Suggested Reading List


River of Earth


Author: James Still


Description: "Delicious humor...all the largeness of life." -- Elizabeth Madox Roberts "It has a fresh vitality, a gift for living people and a mingling of beauty and reality." -- Stephen Vincent Benet, New York Herald-Tribune "River of Earth is...a fresh, strong voice in American fiction. It is too a beautiful and exciting book." -- Louisville Courier-Journal "Tenderly written and well-sustained story of a hard year in the life of a back-country Kentucky family." -- New York Times



Fair and Tender Ladies


Author: Lee Smith


Description: Readers will be thoroughly captivated by Ivy Rowe, the narrator of this epistolary novel, and will come to the end of her story with a pang of regret. Smith ( Oral History , Family Linen ) has produced her best work here, creating a fully rounded heroine and other vivid characters who inhabit Virginia's Appalachia region. The letters begin around the turn of the century when Ivy is a child living with eight siblings on the family farm on Blue Star Mountain. Written with quaint misspellings and in the vernacular of Southern speech, the missives reflect the harsh poverty of farm life, as well as the simple beauties of the land: "This is the taste of spring," her father tells Ivy, and she never forgets it, even when the family must move to the boom town of Majestic after her father's death. Ivy's talent as a budding writer is recognized early on, but just as she is about to realize her dream of going North to school, she is betrayed by her passionate nature. Though pregnant and "ruint," she marries a childhood friend who takes her back to the family homestead, where she bears several children and endures the endless toil of a farmer's wife. Just when life seems drearily predictable, she succumbs in middle age to an irresistible passion that brings tragic consequences. Ivy is a woman of bewitching appeal and endearing faults: bright, with a poet's eye and soul; spunky, impetuous, sensual and proud. Following her heroine over seven decades, Smith conveys the changing conditions of life in Appalachia, during which time, as Ivy laments, "everybody has took everything out of herefirst the trees, then the coal, then the children." In the old tradition of oral storytelling, Smith has fashioned a dramatic, magical, poignantly true-to-life tale. Literary Guild selection.





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