Coffee in lobby at 6:30 a.m., join us from 7:30 - 7:45 in the main lobby for gentle stretches with Martha. Classroom based program, dancing involves an hour of movement with walking steps in less than 30 yards (if you can walk, you can dance)
In the Assembly Inn Dining Room, early morning coffee out around 6:30 a.m.; breakfast buffet 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. with daily rotating choices such as biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, grits, hash browns, French toast, pancakes, oatmeal (not the packaged kind either), and more. Standard offerings include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pastries, milk, orange juice and another juice option, fresh coffee, hot tea, water.
We will start out with Jane Austen from a biographical viewpoint with her family living in Steventon, England, and her close relationship with her sister Cassandra. We’ll move into early writings and Austen’s own voice in letters as compiled through her relatives and published by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, and learn about the arduous yet finally successful journey of becoming an accomplished novelist. By reviewing the “rules of etiquette” of the day, we’ll gain an understanding of the relevance of such fodder for love relationships. We’ll close with an overview of the six novels. After a break for refreshments, we'll return to the classroom and look at the “Georgian” era in British history comprising the reigns of four successive kings named George. We will begin by casting a glance back in time to Georgian society and the burgeoning gentry class. By understanding this cultural change in British society, we will gain a foothold in Jane Austen’s world. We’ll take a pictorial view of pastimes such as ballooning, cycling, theater, sporting events, family house parties, social gatherings, and even the circus. We’ll also discuss how to become an accomplished lady!
In the Assembly Inn Dining Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., choose what you like from the lunch buffet.
During our afternoon class, we will take a look at a typical family’s evening entertainment in the Regency Era and the role of music and dance in the social life of the times. Jane Austen loved to dance and was a proficient pianist. During the week, we will learn dances of the Jane Austen era and learn the role of dance and music in the social life of the times. We will also learn how earlier English Country Dances evolved into the late 18th century dances and how traditional dances evolved after Jane Austen’s time into the Anglo-American traditions of today. During this week, we will spend most of the class period dancing with breaks to listen to music and discuss what we have learned. Each day we will review the dances we learned earlier in the week. Today, we will warm up learning the basic figures of English and American traditional dance and learn the structure of dances and dance music. We will also learn how dances were taught in the late 18th century. After class, there will be an opportunity for a walk around Montreat (weather permitting) or you may enjoy free time.
Dining Room buffet.
Our evening program in Convocation Hall will feature Joshua Messick. Joshua is a North Carolina-based professional hammered dulcimer player, who is inspired by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse sounds from all over the world. The versatile nature of the hammered dulcimer allows Joshua to explore new sounds and different genres. This inspiration is weaved into his music. You will be amazed as Joshua plays World Fusion, New Acoustic, Classical, Folk, and Traditional Holiday Favorites during his performance. After the performance the rest of the evening is at leisure, with optional activities in the lobby of the Inn for fellowship.