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History of Everything, History of Christianity, Folk Song History of the US

Program Number: 20268RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/10/2013 - 11/15/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Montreat, North Carolina
Price starting at: $558.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Music Appreciation; History & Culture; Philosophy & Religion
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.



History of Everything

A survey of current understandings of cosmology, geology, evolutionary biology, paleontology, and a broad understanding of human history, from ancient times to American history. Think about our place in the universe and the great sweep of history.



History of Christianity

Explore the history of the Christian church, from its roots in First Century Palestine and the teachings of Jesus to contemporary religious life in the US. Discuss the personalities, movements, and theologies that shaped its growth and development.



Folk Song History of the United States

A historical journey! Discover the treasure and significance of our folk music as we travel through colonial days, fight for independence, exploration, seafaring, logging, mining, cowboys, civil war, and into the dust bowl days of Woody Guthrie.




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 is a beautiful stone building, overlooking a small lake. It has a beautiful, spacious lobby with a fireplace and comfortable furniture for fellowship, puzzles and games, or just relaxing. The building was made from native stone that sparkles with mica. The dining room is in the same building as our housing and meeting facilities, and an elevator serves all floors (except for 7 steps going into one main meeting area). Of Montreat's 4,000 acres, 2,500 acres are dedicated to wilderness and are entered in the NC Registry of National Heritage Areas, and we have more than a dozen maintained hiking trails. Tennis courts also available. We will have board and card games in the lobby for your enjoyment, but if you have a favorite, please feel free to bring it along. An outdoor pool is located on the grounds, but it not open during our Road Scholar programs (only open June 1 - first week in August). However, a lovely fitness center (Cheshire Fitness) is located just a few miles away, and they offer daily or weekly rates for visitors. There are no TVs or phones in the individual housing rooms, but there is a TV in the main lobby, and guests can be reached by leaving a message at the front desk (staffed 24 hours a day). If it is urgent, the front desk staff will contact the coordinator who will deliver the message in person, otherwise a note will be left on the guest's housing door. A quiet reading room is also available, located near the main lobby of the Assembly Inn.
  Ship Information: 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757
  Contact info: 401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x0
web: www.montreat.org/general/housing-options
  Facility amenities: All housing accommodations will be in the Assembly Inn. All rooms have private baths. The bathrooms have a tub/shower unit. Most double occupancy rooms have two beds (a double bed and a single). Single occupancy rooms have one double bed. The bedrooms also have a desk, a clock, radio, Kleenex, closets and lamps, as well as a sink and counter and a large mirror. It would be helpful to bring an umbrella, a flashlight, and individual make-up mirror, if desired. Blankets, sheets, pillows, (beds are made), bath mat and a towel set will be provided (rooms are served by our housekeeping staff and clean towels are available daily). Rooms are heated, and some rooms are air-conditioned. All our meeting spaces are air conditioned. Snack and cold drink vending machines are located on the ground floor, and ice machines are on the second and third floors. Wireless Internet access (with personal laptop) in all areas of the Assembly Inn. Computer in main lobby for access to email and Internet. Courtesy phones are located on each floor.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for price/availability. 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: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for price/availability. 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:
Sunday, November 10, 2013: 4:00 - 5:30 PM, at the Assembly Inn. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30pm. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Friday, November 15, 2013: 12:30 PM, at the Assembly Inn. We will have a mid morning break to facilitate check out of the hotel (checkout required by 11 a.m.) You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  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

 

Charlotte, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Greenville, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
various... see listing below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

price varies, avg price is $60 per person, one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

The Road Scholar coordinator suggests/recommends to you Grandyco Car Service 828-273-3214 and is happy to coordinate transportation for guests coming in to the Asheville airport, so price is less Other options (visit www.flyavl.com for more) Marvels Transport 828-280-1698 A Red Cab 828-232-1112 Areawide Transportation 828-713-4710 Beaver Lake Cab 828-252-1913 Checker Cab 828-254-1155

 
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. Pull up to the front door of the Inn to unload, and then park your car in marked spaces along the lake or the Inn. Please note: do not trust a map or GPS that tries to bring you in on Route 9 (except for the last few miles) instead of Interstate 40 (unless you desire to travel along very sharp curves, up and down mountains). Also, do not take Flat Creek Road... come up Montreat Road (Route 9 North).
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: Orientation
(Sunday, November 10)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 3 - 5:30 p.m. Registration for our program will be from 4 - 5:30 in the lower lobby of the Assembly Inn. Spend some time walking around the lovely grounds (concrete and gravel paths surround Lake Susan), venture out with your map to explore the campus or just enjoy meeting folks in the upper lobby.
 Dinner: Join us for a scrumptious dinner in the Galax Dining Room, located on the first floor of the Assembly Inn. A full salad bar, choise of two different entrees, vegetables, rolls/bread, fruit and dessert will tempt your taste buds. Sweet/unsweeted tea, coffee, hot water w/ tea or cold water at our beverage stations, Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall (also in the Assembly Inn). We'll spend some time giving you some history and orientation to this special pace, reviewing the schedule for the week, and you'll have an opportunity to meet and hear from your instructors. We know you're tired from your travels, so our evening with end around 8 p.m. with some "get to know you activities." Refreshments, fellowship/games/puzzles await those who desire to stay up a little later.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History of the Universe Class, History of the Christian Church Class, and History of Folk Song Class
(Monday, November 11)
   
 Breakfast: Assembly Inn Dining Room 7:30 - 8:30 AM. Whether you like muffins, pancakes or waffles, bacon or sausage, grits or oatmeals, biscuits and gravy or a bowl of cereal and some fruit, breakfast in the Galax Dining Room is sure to please! Breakfast is the most imporant meal of the day!
 Morning: Our early morning class begins our discussion of "The History of Everything," with David Dyer. We'll begin with the history of the universe and then discuss the history of the Earth. We'll take a break for refreshments mid-morning, and then return to the classroom for our course on "The History ofthe Christian Church" also with David Dyer. This morning, we'll discuss the founding of the Christian movement.
 Lunch: Assembly Inn Dining Room between 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. The lunch menu varies each day. Today's memu will probably be "deli sandwich" day. A full salad bar, some chips and/or some soup will fill you up (but save room for a little something sweet).
 Afternoon: Our afternoon course focuses on "Folk Song History." We start out with an introduction... what is a folk song? We'll review the Colonial Period... the British and Celtic tradition--the ancient ballads, marches, dance tunes, carols, sea songs and sacred songs. Then we'll take a look at the American Revolution and how the story is told vividly through the songs. This especially provides insight into the mood and meaning of the struggle for freedom. Lastly, we'll explore the Early National Period... from the end of the Revolution through the War of 1812 and discuss the spirit of national pride and self assurance... the Age of Romanticism... and the French Revolution. After class ends, we'll have an optional Walk Around Montreat... hear some of the history and stories about Montreat while you become acquainted with the buildings on the grounds.
 Dinner: Ready for another yummy dinner? Join us in the Galax Dining Room between 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Our evening program will begin at 7 p.m. After, enjoy games, cards and tv available in the lounge 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: History of the Universe Class, History of the Christian Church Class, History of Folk Song Class, and Optional Hike
(Tuesday, November 12)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Breakfast options change each day, but always include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pasteries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!
 Morning: Our early morning class continues our discussion of "The History of Everything," with David Dyer. We explore the history of life and the history of the human species. We will enjoy a half hour refreshment break and then we'll return to the classroom for the late morning lecture, "The History of Christianity," where we'll discuss the early Church Fathers and development of an orthodox theology.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Today's feature: Taco Tuesday! Enjoy Mexican dishes... build your own taco or burrito, or make a Mexican salad. All the trimmings make for a delicious and fun lunch...including tortilla chips and melted cheese... sour cream and peppers. Top it all off with some warm peach cobbler and ice cream. Yum Yum!
 Afternoon: Our afternoon course on Folk Song History with Anne Lough takes us into the Jacksonian America period (1815 - 1848) and Songs of the Sea (1815 - 1860... the golden age of sail). We'll talk about how the rivers and canals carried much of the country's goods and people prior to the coming of the railroad. Samples of songs: Blow the Man Down, Glendy Burke, The Erie Canal. After class, we'll have an opportunity for an optional hike in the mountains.
 Dinner: Assembly Inn Dining Room between 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
 Evening: 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: History of the Universe Class, History of the Christian Church Class, Afternoon Free Time, and History of Folk Song Class
(Wednesday, November 13)
   
 Breakfast: Come on down to the Galax Dining room for another great breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: Our early morning class continues our discussion of "The History of Everything," with David Dyer. This morning, we'll be talking together about ancient history and the middle ages. We will break for a half hour to enjoy refreshments. Our late morning class, "The History of Christianity," focuses on the creation of the Roman Catholic church and the split between eastern and western Christianity. (David Dyer)
 Lunch: Assembly Inn Dining Room between 12:15- 1:15 PM.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the area! We offer plenty of materials to help you discover your interests.
 Dinner: Assembly Inn Dining Room between 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
 Evening: Our evening courses focuses on Immigration (about 4 million came to America during this period, mostly from western Europe, British Isles, Germany and Scandinavia. From there, we'll explore the pioneers and western movement, the lumberman (until the end of the 19th Century, one of the most dangerous and necessary of frontier occupations), and the Gold Rush of 1849. Sample songs: Danny Boy, Hush Little Baby, Skip to My Lou, the Lumberman's Alphabet, Oh California, and Clementine.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: History of the Universe Class, History of the Christian Church Class, and History of Folk Song Class
(Thursday, November 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. If you haven't tried the grits yet, you really should!
 Morning: Our early morning class continues our discussion of "The History of Everything" with David Dyer. Our theme this morning is "modern times." Enjoy a half hour refreshment break and then return to class for our presentation on the "History of Christianity," with David Dyer. We'll discuss the growth of monasticism, Protestant Reformation, and the proliferation of denominationalism.
 Lunch: Assembly Inn Dining Room between 12:30 - 1:30 PM.
 Afternoon: During our afternoon program on Folk Song History, we'll pick up with the music from the Southern Appalachians, where isolation kept traditions alive. Then we'll touch on some of the over 10,000 songs appearing and being promoted during the course of the Civil War (100 Lincoln songs alone). From there, we'll venture into the Golden Age of the Cowboy, the homestead act of 1862, railroading songs, variety shows, Vaudeville, religious folks hymns and songs and the flowering of composed folks songs. Samples: On Top of Old Smoky, Dixie, Goober Peas, Home on the Range, Little Old Sod Shanty of My Claim, I've Been Working on the Railroad, Frankie and Johnny, In the Sweet By and By, Blowin' In the Wind.
 Dinner: Assembly Inn Dining Room between 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
 Evening: Evening program: concert or storyteller games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: History of the Universe Class, History of the Christian Church Class, Lunch and Departures
(Friday, November 15)
   
 Breakfast: Assembly Inn Dining Room between 7:30 - 8:30 AM.
 Morning: During our early morning class on the "History of Everything," we'll have a swift survey of American Presidents and then wrap up. We will take a half hour refreshment break to allow folks to check out of their rooms. (check out by 11 a.m.) At 10:45, we will reconvene to discuss with David Dyer the shape of the Christian Churches in the United States as we finish up the program on the "History of Christianity." Around 12:15 - 12:30 we'll have our closing program and then say our good-byes after lunch.
 Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch in the Assembly Inn Dining Room (those who cannot stay for lunch may request a box lunch to take with them)
   
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 townofblackmountain.org
  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.

Suggested Reading List


A Short History of Nearly Everything


Author: Bill Bryson


The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution


Author: Richard Dawkins


Church History in Plain Language, 3rd edition


Author: Bruce L. Shelley




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