This Week in Montreat Summer Post #6 | 07/10/2020

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Greetings! 

On Sunday evening, the conference center welcomed 19 summer staffers to fill a number of important roles for the remainder of the summer. (The staff’s shape and size were dictated primarily by our decisions on the work that needs to be done – and that we can afford to have done, under the circumstances.) While they are fewer in number, their preparation, training, and commitment remain, and I am fully confident that this year’s group will experience the formative benefits of summer staff – unique, to be sure, but formative. We are all grateful to have them here, and if you greet them around town, please thank them for their work among us (at a distance). 

With the additional staff support, we are able to add some programming and facility use for the remaining four weeks of the summer season consistent with the plan that we announced at the end of May and following the guidance of state and local authorities. Access to activities will be limited and monitored to ensure appropriate social distancing and that safe practices are followed by all participants and staff at all times.

  • Lake Susan Recreation: Canoes and paddle boats are opening on Sunday during the hours of 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fishing licenses are not required at this time. Those wishing to fish should observe and honor posted rules around the lake. 
  • Hiking & Nature Center: Rangers are leading hikes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, gathering as usual by 9:00 a.m. You can find a schedule of upcoming hikes here. Bear in mind that larger groups may be divided to ensure safety and distancing on the trails.
  • Monkey Bottom Picnic Area: This popular spot is open and available by reservation. Please call the front desk of Assembly Inn (828.669.2911) to reserve. Currently, the maximum group size per gathering is 25.
  • Swimming: The swimming pool is also opening to the public on July 12th for several sessions each day (in order to allow for cleaning). Before you walk up the hill, view the anticipated daily schedule here. You’re welcome to bring your own chair to the pool. 
  • Tennis and Pickleball: The courts remain open for activities on a first-come, first serve basis (no pun intended). 
  • Crafts & Pottery: These activities can be scheduled by reservation. See here for more details. 
  • Public Restrooms: The restrooms at Moore Center, adjacent to the Montreat Store, are now open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. They will be cleaned by our staff at the start of each day. Individuals should use these facilities one at a time and should wear a mask.

You will notice that Robert Lake Park remains closed, in part because public parks in North Carolina remain closed by the governor per Executive Order 141. The recent rise in COVID cases in the area reminds us to take all advisable precautions as we enjoy the activities and facilities listed above and other opportunities for recreation and fellowship around town. 

Online conferencing and programming continues as well this summer:

  • I invite you all to join us for our live worship service via Zoom this Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. The reverend Dr. Mindy Douglas, a Montreater and pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Durham, North Carolina, will be preaching.
  • A reminder that many of our youth conference “back home leaders” are finding a variety of ways to experience Montreat@Home with our online conference materials. Resources for middle school groups are also being added soon. If your congregation is ready for some new ways to engage with each other and with God, you can learn more here.
  • The Bannerman family has offered to do two evening events for us in July, both online. On Friday, July 17th, Rhiannon and the Relics, which includes bassist Craig Bannerman, will post online a concert of their mountain-made, traditional music for your enjoyment. Later in the month, sisters Beth and Lee Ann will lead us through an evening of novelty dances. You may have to move the coffee table back against the sofa for both of these occasions, and we are grateful that the Bannermans have found a way to give their gifts to Montreat this summer, as always. 

See below for a complete schedule of this week’s events and, as always, there is more to come!  

More to come!
RD

Richard DuBose

The Weekly Rundown | Sunday, July 5 – Saturday, July 11

Sunday, July 12

Monday, July 13

  • The Sally Jones Pottery/Currie Craft Center is open for fused glass, sewing- masks, throwing clay, hand-building clay, and independent hand-building clay classes. Drive-by clay pickup and YouTube classes are available today.
  • Visit the website for full details on class times/size limits, costs, and more information. Contact Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614 or montreatpottery@gmail.com with questions. Reservations only. Sign-up sheets are outside of the studio.
  • Yoga at 8:30 a.m. at Moore Center Field. Bring your own mat and towel. $12, cash only, and no pre-registration required. Rain space is Upper Anderson. Visit our Summer in Montreat page for more information.

Tuesday, July 14

  • The Sally Jones Pottery/Currie Craft Center is open for fused glass, sewing- quilted potholders, throwing clay, hand-building clay, and independent hand-building clay classes. Zoom “Troubleshooting Your Clay Issues” are also available online.
  • Visit the website for full details on class times/size limits, costs, and more information. Contact Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614 or montreatpottery@gmail.com with questions. Reservations only. Sign-up sheets are outside of the studio.

Wednesday, July 15

  • Visit the website for full details on class times/size limits, costs, and more information. Contact Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614 or montreatpottery@gmail.com with questions. Reservations only. Sign-up sheets are outside of the studio.
  • Yoga at 8:30 a.m. at Moore Center Field. Bring your own mat and towel. $12, cash only, and no pre-registration required. Rain space is Upper Anderson. Visit our Summer in Montreat page for more information.

Thursday, July 16

  • Grab and Go – Heat and Eat pick-up day at Assembly Inn
  • The Sitting Duck 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the ground level of Moore Center overlooking the Lake Susan spillway. Wear a mask and stop by for a cup of coffee during your morning walk.
  • Glaze Day at Sally Jones Pottery/Currie Craft Center
  • Public Hike- Rattlesnake Rock. Visit our public hike schedule to learn more.

Friday, July 17

  • A virtual concert at the Barn with Rhiannon and the Relics! The concert will be released on social media so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Saturday, July 18

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