20978
Montreat
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.
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Program No. 20978RJ
Length
6 days
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5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Orientation
Montreat, NC
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Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

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 by 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 entrées (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 in the Assembly Inn. We will spend some time learning a little about Montreat, meeting your instructors, going over the schedule, 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. Refreshmentments and fellowship follow in the lobby, or retire to your room for rest.

DAY
2
King Arthur Class, Gilbert and Sullivan Class, and Winston Churchill Class
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn 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 first morning class, we will begin with the Legends of King Arthur with Bobbie Pell. "The Rise of the King" Literary Influences from Warrior to Epic Hero and "The Hero’s Quest" (Joseph Campbell). We will have a mid morning refreshment break and then return to class with Michael Ruiz as he leads us in a discussion on the life of Gilbert and Sullivan, introducing some selections from their works. Each day we will enjoy live piano performances!

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room.

Afternoon: The afternoon course begins the discussion of Winston Churchill, with Richard Weinstein. We will start when Churchill becomes prime minister and continue our discussion around "Dunkirk to Battle of Britain: England stands alone." After class, there will be an opportunity for a Walk Around Montreat (guided tour of grounds) or free time.

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

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.

DAY
3
King Arthur Class, Gilbert and Sullivan Class, Winston Churchill Class, and Optional Hike
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

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: Our first class today focuses on King Arthur with our instructor, Bobbie Pell. We'll talk about The Women of King Arthur’s Day... Morgan le Fey (half-sister); Igraine (Mother); Arthur Bridging two Religions: The Goddess versus Mary (Paganism in dawn of Christianity). After class, we'll have a brief refreshment and informal time in the lobby. In our second class with Michael Ruiz, we explore the witty lyrics of Gilbert and rich harmonies of Sullivan, focusing on highlights from "H. M. S. Pinafore." Video excerpts will be included along with piano examples of the tunes and harmonies.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 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: Afternoon course explores more about Winston Churchill, with Richard Weinstein. Moving to "the London Blitz: England is "saved."" and a discussion of the prewar relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt. 3:30 Optional hike in the mountains Free Time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

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.

DAY
4
King Arthur Class, Gilbert and Sullivan Class, Afternoon Free Time, and Winston Churchill Class
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Do you like sausage links or patties?

Morning: This morning, we start out with our class on King Arthur with Bobbie Pell. Today, we'll talk about Medieval Romances and Chivalry; Chivalry and Quest for Holy Grail; Chretien de Troyes French influences on Arthurian tales and read together Tennyson’s “Lady of Shallott." After a brief refreshment and fellowship break, we'll return to the classroom to continue our appreciation of the artistry of Gilbert and Sullivan with live piano renditions and video clips from "The Pirates of Penzance."

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area! We'll have directions and suggestions of wonderful places to visit. Here without a car? If you haven't made a friend to hang out with for the afternoon, we'll help you get where you'd like to go.

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Class will resume (you did have the afternoon off, you know!) with an evening course focusing on the life of Winston Churchill, with Richard Weinstein. This evening, we'll be taking about the British defeats between 1940 and 1942 and then a discussion about the United States entering the war.

DAY
5
King Arthur Class, Gilbert and Sullivan Class, and Winston Churchill Class
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: Our first morning class focuses on King Arthur with our instructor Bobbie Pell. This morning, we'll discuss the Ideals of Courtly Love, "Lais of Marie de France" and Examine Precepts of Medieval Courtships, “Marriage of Sir Gawain." We'll also discuss Balladry usage of Riddles and Tasks in Love Relationships. After our refreshment and fellowship break, we'll return to the classroom for the very popular "The Mikado," including the lyrics, songs, and plot, supplemented with piano performances and video clips (Michael Ruiz instructor).

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Our afternoon class will finish up our discussion on Winston Churchill, with Richard Weinstein. We'll look at Churchill and Roosevelt "the strangely assorted pair," and controversies between the USA and Britain regarding war strategies. We'll also remember and reflect on some quotations about Churchill and finish up with a summary of the week. 3:30 - 5:30 is free time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).

DAY
6
King Arthur Class, Gilbert and Sullivan Class, Lunch and Departures
Montreat, NC
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Breakfast: Breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. It's your last chance to try Ronnie's gravy and biscuits! Don't miss out!

Morning: Our last morning together, we'll finish up our session on King Arthur with Merlin: The Magic behind the Man. We'll discuss legends begetting a myth and the Use of Magic and Enchantment in Arthurian tales. We'll finish up with contemporary uses of Medieval Themes. After a refreshment and fellowship break (where you can also use some time to check out of your room if you desire), we'll return to the classroom with Michael Ruiz to analyze some of the theatrical devices of Gilbert and Sullivan with examples of how artists employed these in 20th-century American musicals. Our closing program will be held 12:15-12:30 p.m. We'll say our good-byes over lunch.

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).