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Why Am I Scots-Irish?, Southern Appalachia Culture, Mountain Folklore

Program Number: 21340RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/24/2014 - 8/29/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Price starting at: $665.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    


Date Specific Information

8-24-2014

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Coordinated by Intentional Growth Center.



My Family Came from Ireland, So why Am I Scots-Irish?

Explore the origins of the Scots-Irish, using stories and songs of their culture. What was life like in Scotland? What brought them to America and made them a driving force? Special emphasis on the Southern Appalachian connection.



Culture of the Southern Appalachia

Explore the Native American and European people’s lives in the Southern Appalachians, including folk songs, stories, culture and history. Topics include Cherokee mythology, mountain religion, education, health and social concerns.



Blue Ridge Mountain Folklore

Identify the roots of Appalachian folklore in four categories: transplanted folklore; native folklore; history becoming folklore; and current folklore.




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
Beautiful Historic Inn overlooking scenic Lake Junaluska and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Alcohol and smoke-free facilities.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Lee Knight

Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee is a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, festivals and schools. He shares his knowledge of the natural world leading hikes, canoe trips and guiding whitewater rafts. Lee has collected and shares Cherokee legends and plays the Cherokee flute and rattle, as well as the Native American drum. He also plays the five-string banjo, guitars and the Appalachian dulcimer.
 
Flora Gammon

Teacher,singer and instrumentalist, Flora is an interpreter of Scottish and Appalachian traditional folk music. She serves as Music Director for the Grandfather Highland Games and is a Director on the Folkmoot USA Board. Flora, who graduated from East Carolina University, was named Celtic Woman of the Year in 2008 for her efforts to share her Scottish heritage. She enlivens history with song as a visiting artist in schools and as an Road Scholar instructor.
 
Gary Carden

Gary Carden has the ability to convey the heart and vitality of oral history, breathing life into the stories and characters of his community's lore. Brought up by his grandparents, elders of an earlier generation of mountain folk, Carden was steeped from birth in untainted mountain culture, lore, and language. He creates snapshots of the characters, the setting, and the ways of folk life in the mountains of western North Carolina.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Lambuth Inn
  Lake Junaluska, NC 5 nights
 Lambuth Inn
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Hotel overlooking scenic Lake Junaluska and the Blue Ridge Mountains with a 2.5 mile walking trail around the lake. Indoor fitness center and outdoor tennis courts on campus. Golf course located across from the Assembly grounds. Boating and swimming available in season. Alcohol and smoke-free facilities.
  Contact info: 55 Lambuth Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x290
web: www.lakejunaluska.com
  Room amenities: In room coffee, iron and board, hair dryer. Each room has a TV and wireless Internet access (with personal laptop). Computer in main lobby for access to email and Internet. Individual climate controlled heating and air conditioning. Linens are provided for the week. Full maid service with fresh linens and towels will be provided on Wednesday. Daily maid service is limited to the emptying of trash baskets.
  Facility amenities: Hotel lobby offers coffee and tea. Drink and snack machines, classroom and dining room on first floor. Ice and drink machines located near elevator on each guest floor.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for rates Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-222-4930
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for rates Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability. 1-800-222-4930
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins with registration at 3:00 PM, meet in Lambuth Inn lobby. You will be staying at Lambuth Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 1:00 PM, check out by 11:00 AM You will be staying at Lambuth Inn 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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 min 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

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

 
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 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 not necessarily correct in the area. Please use written instructions after you leave I-40.
  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 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 devices are not necessarily correct in the area. Please use written directions after you exit 23/74.
  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 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.
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: Welcome!
(Sunday, August 24)
   
 Afternoon: Registration from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM in the lobby of the Lambuth Inn hotel.
Following Registration enjoy all Lake Junaluska has to offer.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room, buffet style.
 Evening: Orientation
   
Accommodations: Lambuth Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning and afternoon courses with evening entertainment.
(Monday, August 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in Hotel dining room
 Morning: Course one: Examine the origins and pre-contact of the Cherokee Indians with Lee Knight. Course two: Scottish emigrations to America and settlers of the British Isles
 Lunch: Lunch served in Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: "Blow the Tannery Whistle".....a story about growing up in Sylva where the whistle at the local tannery regulated not only the work shifts, but the daily lives of the people living there. The story covers 60 years and stresses the role that the whistle had in the lives of family.
 Dinner: Dinner served in Hotel dining room
 Evening: History of Lake Junaluska tour by trolley or boat.
   
Accommodations: Lambuth Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning and afternoon courses
(Tuesday, August 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room
 Morning: Course one: Coming of Europeans, where they came from and how they lived. Course two: Celts - their language, culture and religion and early Scottish history.
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Course: Mason Jars in the Flood. This class as well as Class 3 will focus on my book and the episodes that give an insight into Appalachian culture and tradition. In addition, there will be discussion on three of the instructor's plays: "The Raindrop Waltz, "Prince of Dark Corners" and "Birdell."
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room
 Evening: Enjoy a movie.
   
Accommodations: Lambuth Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning and evening courses with the afternoon free for your own pleasure.
(Wednesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room
 Morning: Course one: Cherokee-European conflict – trail of tears. Course two: Basic Scottish history to the Plantation
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore the area.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room
 Evening: Storytelling and lecture will stress stereotypes in Appalachia, and theories in such books as Night Comes to the Cumberlands (Harry Caudell) and Yesterday's People (Jack Weller).
   
Accommodations: Lambuth Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning and afternoon courses with evening entertainement.
(Thursday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room
 Morning: Course one: 1800’s American Civil War, Industrialization of Southern Appalachia. Course two: Emigration to Ulster and emigration to America.
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Delve into The Tall Tale. This is a collection of Appalachian tall tales. They will include "The Coldest Day" and a series of snake tales, including hoop snakes, milk snakes and whip snakes.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room
 Evening: Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Lambuth Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap Up
(Friday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room
 Morning: Wrap up of Course One: Deeper your understanding of the Appalachians today. Wrap up of Course two: Enhance your knowledge of the Indenture, settlement in the colonies through American Revolution.
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room
   
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 Gift Shop; World Methodist Museum; Suzanna Wesley Gardens. Nearby places of interest: Downtown Waynesville with many unique shops; Asheville; Biltmore House in Asheville; 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


Appalachia: A History


Author: John Alexander Williams


Mason Jars in the Flood


Author: Gary Carden


Description: Mason Jars in the Flood. This book was awarded the Appalachian Writers Association award for the Best Book of the Year. Request a copy from Gary Carden 236 Cherry Street Sylva, N. C. 28779 Email for Gary Carden is gcarden498@aol.com



Outlander


Author: Gary Carden


Description: Outlander - This is a play about the creation of the Great Smokies Park and Horace Kephart. Request a copy from Gary Carden 236 Cherry Street Sylva, N. C. 28779 Email for Gary Carden is gcarden498@aol.com



The Scots-Irish: A Social History


Author: James Leyburn


Description: Table of contents can be viewed on Amazon





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