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Mark Twain, The Common Soldier in the Civil War, and I Hear America Sing

Program Number: 21099RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Price starting at: $597.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Literature; History & Culture; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    


Date Specific Information

9-29-2013

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Coordinated by Intentional Growth Center.



Mark Twain: The Funny Curmudgeon

By the way of storytelling, Mark Twain charted the course of literature and told us we have a lot to learn about decent treatment of people. Review the life of Mark Twain and learn some humorous and human improvement writing endeavors.Huckleberry Finn will be examined in detail.



The Civil War: Life of the Common Soldier

Focus on the local reaction to the war and its effect on local people and sectionalism in the area. Militarily examine Cherokee Legion, Stoneman's raid, surrender of Waynesville, Kirk's raid and other local events. Equipment and camp life discussed.



I Hear America’s Music

A delightful journey through our American popular music. Beginning with the Psalm singing of the Pilgrims, we'll explore the folk music tradition, the Black musical experience, minstrels, Stephen Foster, Vaudeville, and early musical theater.




Lake Junaluska

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the ridgelines of Haywood County, offering visitors to Lake Junaluska a beautiful view of the Southern Appalachians Mountains. Asheville and the famous Biltmore Estate are a short drive away.



Accommodations
Modern hotel overlooking scenic Lake Junaluska. Gorgeous views from the dining room, where meals are served buffet style. Alcohol- and smoke-free facilities.
Meals and Lodgings
   Terrace Hotel
  Lake Junaluska, NC 5 nights
 Terrace Hotel
Type: Conference Center
  Contact info: 689 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x490
web: www.lakejunaluska.com
  Room amenities: In room coffeemaker, iron and ironing board; hair dryer upon request
  Facility amenities: Hotel Lobby has coffee 24 hours/day; outdoor pool in season; fitness center nearby; free internet access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: per person sgl $86 dbl $52 Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. Meals may be purchased on an individual basis.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: per person sgl $86 dbl $52 Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. Meals may be purchased on an individual basis.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins with registration at 3:00 P.M. at the Terrace Hotel You will be staying at Terrace Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 1:00 PM, check out by 11:00 AM You will be staying at Terrace Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Junaluska, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Waynesville, NC
  Nearest highway: Routes 23/74 and Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Asheville, NC
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Junaluska, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Asheville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
various
phone: 828-452-2881 x384
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

45 min 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

The Conference Center has a contract with a commercial service in Asheville. Call for information.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East (Asheville) I-40 West to Exit 27 (Hwy. 19, 23, 74) 25 miles; follow Hwy 19 South 4.1 miles to Exit 103; continue on Hwy 19 South 1 mile to stone gate entrance to Lake Junaluska Assembly. Turn right on N Lakeshore Drive; at next intersection, turn right and continue on Lakeshore Drive to: Terrace Hotel (on the left) .5 mile. To Lambuth Inn, continue on Lakeshore Drive up the hill to the Cross and take a sharp left. GPS devices are frequently incorrect in this area. Please use written directions as you approach Wayesville.
  From the North on I-81 After entering the state of Tennessee, continue to Exit 57, exit onto US-23 and/or I-26 south to Johnson City. Follow US-23/I-26 into North Carolina, into Asheville. Take right ramp onto I-240 towards US-74A/I-26/I-40W. Take right ramp onto I-240 towards I-26. At exit 1A, take ramp onto I-40 W towards Canton/Knoxville. then follow directions from Asheville (above). GPS directions are frequently incorrect in this area. Please use written directions as you approach Waynesville.
  From the South (Atlanta) I-85 North to I-985 to Hwy 23 North to Waynesville, NC (187 miles). At Exit 102B take Hwy. 276 North 1.3 miles to junction of Hwy. 19 South. Turn right on Hwy. 19. Drive a short distance to Lake Junaluska Assembly entrance which will be on your left. Turn left on N Lakeshore Drive and at the next intersection, turn right and continue on Lakeshore Drive to Terrace Hotel (on the left) .5 miles. To Lambuth Inn, continue on Lakeshore Drive up the hill to the Cross and take a sharp left. GPS directions are frequently incorrect in this area. Please use written directions as you approach Waynesville.
  From the West (Knoxville) I-40 East to Exit 20 (90 miles; Take Hwy. 276 to Hwy 19 North (5.8 miles). Turn left on Hwy. 19 North and continue 3 miles to Lake Junaluska Assembly entrance. Turn left on N Lakeshore Drive; at next intersection turn right and continue on Lakeshore Drive to Terrace Hotel (on the left) .5 mile. To Lambuth Inn, continue on Lakeshore Drive up the hill to the Cross and take a sharp left. GPS directions are frequently incorrect in this area. Please use written directions as you approach Waynesville.
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: Registration and dinner.
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 Afternoon: Registration
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Evening: Enjoy Learning the History of Lake Junaluska.
   
Accommodations: Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning and afternoon courses. Brief free time before dinner.
(Monday, September 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in Hotel dining room, buffet style
 Morning: Two courses: The Civil War: Life of the Common Soldier (Lecture) Mark Twain: The Funny Curmudgeon (Lecture)
 Lunch: Lunch served in Hotel dining room, buffet style
 Afternoon: One Course: The focus of our week will be the development of distinctly American popular song, as distinguished from the European cultured tradition. The roots of this development came from two sources, English folk song and sacred hymnody, both of which flourished throughout Colonial America for the first 150 years of our history. Our first day’s survey will explore popular folk songs of this era, the development of the shaped note tradition, William Billings, the “Father of American Choral Music” and the importance of popular song through the Revolutionary period. Enjoy free time until dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner served in Hotel dining room, buffet style
 Evening: Evening Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning and afternoon courses.
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Morning: Two Courses: Militarily examine Cherokee Legion and Stoneman's raid. (Lecture) Review the life of Mark Twain. (Lecture)
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Afternoon: One Course: We begin to see the beginnings of commercial popular song with the development of the Minstrel Show and some of its star performers and composers. A look into the life and times of Stephen Foster brings to light the importance of his contribution to our body of American song. Folk Song continues in voice and heart through much of our expanding country during the Gold Rush, and as a powerful, emotional expression throughout the Civil War. The voices and musical gifts of African Americans are heard through the discovery, collection and performances of the Negro Spirituals. Commercial music publishing companies and commercial song writers begin to thrive and take the spotlight. Enjoy free time until dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Evening: Local Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Two Classes in the morning. Free time in the afternoon to explore. Evening class.
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Morning: Two Courses: Analyze the surrender of Waynesville and Kirk's raid along with other local events. (Lecture) Explore Twain's humorous and human improvement writing endeavors. (Lecture)
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the area
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Evening: One Course: As the Minstrel Show declines in popularity, Variety Shows, Circuses and Vaudeville come into their own to fill the demand for popular entertainment and song. The music publishing industry continues to flourish and begins to center in New York City, contributing to the success of headliners and stars of Vaudeville and early musical theater. The popularity of Barbershop singing helps disperse popular song throughout homes and communities during the Gay 90’s and into the new century.
   
Accommodations: Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Three classes during the day. Evening banquet followed by local entertainment.
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Morning: Two of the courses -- Civil War soldier equipment and camp life discussed and demonstrated. Gain a greater appreciation of Twain's vast literary accomplishments.
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Afternoon: One Course: “That piano sounds like a tin pan,” an observation that gave the New York music publishing business its name “Tin Pan Alley,” aptly describes the sounds and activity in uptown 28th street in the early 1900’s. Many of the ballads, minority songs and love songs of this era are still in our hearts and voices. The pivotal figure of Irving Berlin will take us up through the popular music of World War I. Enjoy free time until dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room, buffet style with special reserved seating set aside.
 Evening: Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Two courses. Wrap-up and dismissal following lunch.
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room, buffet style
 Morning: Two Courses: Conclude our session on the Life of the Common Soldier. Enjoy a dialogue with Mark Twain.
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room, buffet style
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lake Junaluska, NC General Overview
On the grounds: Golf (adjacent to Lake Junaluska); Tennis, Shuffleboard, walk around the lake (featuring the Rose Walk, Foot Bridge, Asbury Trail); Corneille Bryan Native Garden; The United Methodist Heritage Center; Junaluska Bookstore and Café; World Methodist Museum; Suzanna Wesley Gardens. Nearby places of interest: Downtown Waynesville with many unique shops; Asheville: Biltmore House in Asheville; Thomas Wolfe Home; Flat Rock: Carl Sandburg Home; Blue Ridge Parkway; Cherokee Indian Reservation; Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, Smoky Mountain National Park.
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


The Civil War in North Carolina


Author: John G. Barret


The Heart of Confederate Appalachia


Author: John Inscoe and Gordon B. McKinney


Mountain Masters


Author: John Inscoe


Battle Cry of Freedom


Author: James M. McPherson


Civil War


Author: Shelby Foote


What This Cruel War Was Over


Author: Chandra Manning


Battle Tactics of the Civil War


Author: Paddy Griffith


Hardtack and Coffee, the Unwritten Story of Army Life


Author: John D. Billings


Huckleberry Finn


Author: Mark Twain


Description: Reading Huck Finn before the class will deepen your appreciation of Mark Twain's social commentary.





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