Winston Churchill, Legends of King Arthur and Fun with Gilbert and Sullivan
Montreat Conference Center, located at the base of Graybeard Mountain on 4,000 acres of woodlands, offers comfortable lodging in a peaceful setting for in-depth learning and adventure.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 20978RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Beneath Graybeard Mountain in western North Carolina, surrounded by 4,000 acres of hardwood and laurel forests, Montreat Conference Center is a mountain retreat in a tranquil setting ideal for pursuing matters of the mind. Make your way to this peaceful hideaway and lodge at its recently renovated, stone-built Assembly Inn as you delve into the life and career of Sir Winston Churchill, the rich literary tradition surrounding the legendary King Arthur and the comic operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Activity Level
All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Plunge into the life of Sir Winston Churchill and examine his accomplishments as a successful politician and statesman, military innovator and Nobel Prize-winning author.
  • Trace Arthurian legend as depicted in literary epics from Sir Geoffrey of Monmouth’s battle records and Chretien de Troyes' romances to Malory’s "Le Morte d’Arthur" and T.H. White’s "The Once and Future King."
  • Experience the delights of “H. M. S. Pinafore,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado," delving into Gilbert and Sullivan’s stories, lyrics and harmonies with piano performances and video excerpts.

General Notes

Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Michael Ruiz
Originally from Camden, N.J., Michael Ruiz is a pianist whose original piano concertos were performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony, with each of his three children as soloists. He was featured on CNN for innovative multimedia use of the computer in higher education and was the 2004 University of North Carolina Asheville recipient of the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Michael holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland.
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