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Scottish History, Culture, Music and Dance

Program Number: 16131RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2013 - 8/23/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Montreat, North Carolina
Price starting at: $558.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience all things Scottish in this interactive exploration of historical and cultural highlights through the universal languages of dance, music, and storytelling. Enjoy expert presentations enhanced by each of these arts as we learn about the people, Scotlandís influence on America, and whatís happening there today. From Brave Hearts to Bonnie Princes, Country Dances to Scottish ballads, take a delightful journey through one of the most vibrant cultures in the British Isles.




Highlights

ē Listen to recordings, watch live performances and singing.
ē Focus on collected European ballads, and learn form and poetic devices specific to ballads and write ballads of your own.
ē Itís up on your toes for the jigs, reels and strathspeys of Scotlandís traditional social dancing! Learn the steps and rhythms and put it all together.



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.



No dance experience necessary. Soft-soled shoes; no sneakers or rubber soles. Dances do not require partners.



Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.




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 inn. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM, at the inn. 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

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Charlotte, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

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.

 

Greenville, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 to 1 1/2 hours (all interstate) 

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$55
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 $55, and more is added per person for additional passengers, and the total divided among all. For example, 3 people in one trip would be $75 and $25 per person. 2 people -- $33 per person 4 people -- $22 per person 5 people -- $19 per person 6 people -- $18 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: Orientation
(Sunday, August 18)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, afternoon class on English and Scottish ballads and folklore
(Monday, August 19)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, afternoon class on English and Scottish ballads and folklore
(Tuesday, August 20)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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
(Wednesday, August 21)
   
 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)
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, afternoon class on English and Scottish ballads and folklore
(Thursday, August 22)
   
 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).
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning class on Scottish history through folk songs, lunch and departures
(Friday, August 23)
   
 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 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). For additional information, visit untothesehills.com
  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 Linvolle, 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
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