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Fairy Tales for Adults, Black Robes of Power, Folk Songs of the British Isles

Program Number: 16518RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/6/2014 - 4/11/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Montreat, North Carolina
Price starting at: $568.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Literature; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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.



Coordinated by Montreat Conference Center.



Fairy Tales for Adults

Fairy tales we remember from childhood contain psychological insights. Every culture has children’s tales meant for the second half of life that point us to wisdom and fulfillment. Let’s explore and discuss new wisdom found in old stories.



Black Robes of Power

Isolated in closed chambers, nine unelected Justices comprise the branch of our government most shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding and myth. See how the Court operates as law, politics, and personalities collide within this inner sanctum.



Folk Songs of the British Isles

Celebrate the life and culture of these people through their ancient body of folk song. From old ballads and carols, love songs, songs of war, sea and pub, hymns and Celtic airs to the songs of Robert Burns, enjoy singing and hearing timeless tunes.




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: Originally completed in 1929, the 101 room Assembly Inn is undergoing a major renovation. New windows have been installed throughout the building, as well as an upgraded heating and air-conditioning system. By May 2014, all guest rooms and public areas will be refurbished with new furniture, carpet, paint, art, lighting and bedding. 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.
  Contact info: 401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757 USA
phone: 828-669-2911 x316
web: www.montreat.org/plan/hotel
  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: All housing accommodations will be in the Assembly Inn. All rooms have private baths. The bathrooms have a tub/shower unit. Walk-in/roll in showers are available by request. Double occupancy rooms have either two twin beds. a queen bed, or a king bed. Single occupancy rooms typically have either a queen or king size bed, although some may be assigned to a room with two twin beds, depending upon demand. 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). Each housing and meeting area has an individual heating and air-conditioning unit. 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:  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 Assembly Inn. Check in at the Assembly Inn begins at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 - 1:30 lunch at the Assembly Inn, then departure. Check out required at 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. None needed
  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) 

 

Greenville, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1 to 1 1/2 hours (all interstate) 

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
various... see listing below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

price varies
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

 

Asheville, NC

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
same as listed for airport
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
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.

 
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: Check-in and Orientation
(Sunday, April 6)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 4 - 5:30 PM. Pull up to the Assembly Inn porch to unload, then park your vehicle in any designated spot close to the Inn or by the lake.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn dining room. A relaxing break after your travel day! All our meals are served buffet style, so grab your plate and utensils and settle in for some comfort food. A choice of two entrees (or have both), good for you vegetables, a complete salad bar, bread, and of course, some yummy desserts. Tea (sweet and unsweet), coffee, milk and water available).
 Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m., usually in Convocation Hall on the first floor of Assembly Inn. We will spend some time learning a little about Montreat, meeting your instructors, going over the schedule for the week, and answering questions. We know you're tired from your travels, so we'll wrap up around 8 p.m. with some "getting to know each other" activities. Refreshment and fellowship follow in the lobby, or retire to your room for rest.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Fairy Tales for Adults Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs, optional walk around Montreat
(Monday, April 7)
   
 Breakfast: Early riser looking for that first cup of coffee? Come on down to the lobby... coffee is available around 6:30 a.m. Breakfast is served 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.in the dining room. Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Then you're in for a treat! Breakfast options change each day, but will incorporate lots of your favorites. Biscuits and gravy, french toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, hash browns, oatmeal (not the package kind either), and lots of others. Standard offerings include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pasteries, orange juice (and another kind of juice). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!
 Morning: During our early morning class with Phoebe Smith, "Fairy Tales for Adults: Wisdom for the Young at Heart," we'll start out with an introduction to the course and have a review of the history of fairy tales. Then we'll take a close look at "The Frog King" and "Into the Woods." You'll be given an assignment for "Little Red Riding Hood." Following a refreshment break mid-morning, we'll return to the classroom for our course on "Black Robes of Power" with Bob Smith. A Shaky Start on the Road to Power (a) Early beginnings of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice who moved it to power. (b) Inside the Supreme Court: how the highest court in our nation works.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Deli sandwiches (you choose your favorites) is typically the menu for Monday.
 Afternoon: Our afternoon course on Folk Songs of the British Isles with Anne Lough starts out with an Introduction: what are the characteristics of a folk song? 3:30 Walk Around Montreat (guided tour of grounds) or free time
 Dinner: Dinner at the Assembly Inn
 Evening: Evening program, from 7:00 to 8:00 games/cards and tv available in the lobby 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: Fairy Tales for Adults: Wisdom for the Young at Heart Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs and Optional Afternoon Hike
(Tuesday, April 8)
   
 Breakfast: Another yummy breakfast, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Get your morning off to a good start! It's the most important meal of the day!
 Morning: During our early morning course, "Fairy Tales for Adults" with Phoebe Smith, we will delve into the history of the different versions of "Little Red Riding Hood." Perrault and Grimm versions, 19th century illustrations, and 20th century stories and poems. We'll review "Into the Woods" and also discuss a Freudian interpretation. Following a mid-morning refreshment break in the Assembly Inn lobby, we'll return to the classroom to continue our exploration of "Black Robes of Power" Continuity and Change: The Continuing Tension Between Strict Construction and Judicial Activism (a) the Supreme Court and minority rights (b) shifting tides
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Ready for something out of the ordinary? Today's menu is "Taco Tuesday." Build your own taco, taco salad, or whatever creative combination of Mexican fare you choose. Chips, melted cheese, and salsa (along with jalapeños if you so desire) top it all off. A complete salad bar is available as well. And don't forget to leave room for some cobbler and ice cream!
 Afternoon: Our afternoon class, "Folk Songs of the British Isles," takes a fun look at songs from England.... "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes," "Greensleeves," Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn," "I Gave My Love an Apple," and other songs representing relationships between men and women, courtship, marriage, unrequited love, and unfaithfulness. Then, we'll look at songs about soldiers, sailors and workers.... "One Morning in May," "Blow the Man Down," Factory Girl," etc. 3:30 Optional hike in the mountains Free Time
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner
 Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: 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: Fairy Tales for Adults: Wisdom for the Young at Heart Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs
(Wednesday, April 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Do you like sausage links or patties the best?
 Morning: Our early morning course, "Fairy Tales for Adults: Wisdom for the Young at Heart" with Phoebe Smith, explores "Cinderella" (female and male roles), another look at "Into the Woods," and a discussion of "Cinder Elephant." A reading assignment for Elder Tales will be given. Mid morning, we'll have a refreshment break in the lobby and then return to the classroom for more on the "Black Robes of Power" with Bob Smith. Politics and the Court: How Public Opinion and Political Philosophy of Individual Justices Shape Supreme Court Decisions. (a) the intent and effect of Presidential appointments (b) Do the cop shows get it right? (The Supreme Court and the criminal justice system)
 Lunch: 12:15 - 1:15 lunch time!
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the area!
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner
 Evening: In the evening, we'll have the course, "Folk Songs of the British Isles" We'll be looking at Scotland and a whole range of music from ancient ballads, songs of work, love, warfare, and the struggle for autonomy to sentimental songs of heather and misty islands.
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fairy Tales for Adults Class, Supreme Court Class, Afternoon Class on British Folk Songs
(Thursday, April 10)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast
 Morning: Our early morning course, "Fairy Tales for Adults: Wisdom for the Young at Heart" with Phoebe Smith discusses Fairy Tales for the Second Half of Life. We'll explore (a) the psychology of maturity, (b) loss and return of magic: "Fortune and the Woodcutter," (c) self confrontation and change, "The Wise Merchant," (d) wisdom: "The Magic Forest," and (e) generativity and self-transcendence. Following our mid-morning refreshment break in the lobby, we'll return to the classroom for the course on the supreme court. "Black Robes of Power" with Bob Smith. Whom Would You Vote Into the Supreme Court Hall of Fame?
 Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch
 Afternoon: Our afternoon course, "Folk Songs of the British Isles" takes a fun look at songs from Ireland (a) love and heartbreak (b) war and famine (c) whimsy, lullabies and strong drink We'll also talk about Carols and the Value of Folk Music. 3:30 - 5:30 free time
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner
 Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).
   
Accommodations: Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fairy Tales for Adults Class, Supreme Court Class, and Departures after Lunch
(Friday, April 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. It's your last chance to try Ronny's gravy and biscuits! Don't miss out!
 Morning: During our last early morning course with Phoebe, "Fairy Tales for Adults," we'll discuss "Sleeping Beauty." Let's take a look at 20th century versions and also have a discussion of "summer wind." Following a refreshment break in the lobby and an opportunity to check out of your room (checkout required by 11 a.m.), we'll return to the classroom for our last discussion on the "Black Robes of Power" with Bob. Consensus and Conflict: When One Vote Decides Crucial Cases (a) tracing one issue through Supreme Court history (the right to privacy and Roe v. Wade) (b) prospects for the future 12:15 - 12:30 closing program
 Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room (Box lunches will be available for those who cannot stay through 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 www.townofblackmountain.org/golf.htm
  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


In the Ever After: Fairy Tales for the Second Half of Life


Author: Allan B. Chinen


Description: (for the Fairy Tales course)



Gray Heroes: Elder Tales from Around the World


Author: Jane Yolen


The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court


Author: Jeffrey Toobin


The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution


Author: Marcia Coyle


The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Define the Supreme Court


Author: Jeffrey Rosen


The Scottish Songs of Robert Burns


Author: John Loesberg


Description: (or anything about Robert Burns)





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