This Week in Montreat Summer Post #7 |07/17/2020

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In this summer of firsts, on Saturday night the Development office will host the very first virtual Patrons’ Reception. Typically Patrons’ Reception represents one of our largest events of the summer, and this year will be no exception. At last count, we had received an incredible response with more than 175 households joining remotely across 18 states. So there is much to celebrate! 

Coming more or less in the middle of the summer and the calendar year, Patrons’ often gives us a chance to take stock in the conference center’s work and progress. This year, of course, questions loom over the immediate future for all of us, but our community is proving its commitment to Montreat’s mission as a gathering place in whatever form that must take. We see our resiliency typified in the authenticity, flexibility, and continuing communication and collaboration with which we are moving forward together. We see it in our ongoing programming, and in the testimony that we receive from those who continue to profess a love for Montreat and its importance in their lives and congregations. 

The ongoing philanthropic support is most needed and appreciated, and a great source of confidence that all will be well, that God’s hand is very much in the midst of what is happening around us. While this event gives thanks for last year’s unprecedented and record-breaking support of the Montreat Fund, there are thousands of others who sustain this place through prayers, gifts, fortifying words, and love. Thanks to all of you.


With the number of new cases of COVID-19 climbing steadily in North Carolina in recent days, it came as no surprise on Tuesday when Governor Roy Cooper announced this week that North Carolina will remain in a “Safer at Home” phase II until at least August 7th. 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides a dashboard that allows the user to search by zip code. Montreat’s zip code (28757) is not listed, and so one must find data instead on Black Mountain (28711) or on Buncombe County generally. Black Mountain at this writing has reported 25 cases and no deaths, while the county is reporting just under 1,000 cases and 40 deaths thus far. 

These figures seem favorable only when viewed in a national and statewide context; further, in Montreat – with its seasonal, intergenerational population – the numbers may understate the risk to our community. Please, therefore, continue to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth (indoors and outdoors) when physical distancing of six feet is not possible, and wash hands frequently.

Yes, this week the conference center did open some facilities, including the pool and boating areas, but with tightened precautions to minimize the risk to the community and staff. We are not relaxing our vigilance, in part because of our view that the worse this thing gets in North Carolina, the longer it is likely to last. In Montreat, let’s all maintain our observance of the social distancing that has helped reduce the spread in our area.


Below, we’ve posted a schedule of happenings around town and online. Further information on pottery classes, hikes, fun at the pool and lake, and other activities can be found on our website and in the frequent emails we’re sending. 

A reminder that tonight, we will post online a concert by Rhiannon and the Relics. The band, which includes bassist Craig Bannerman, is providing as a gift to our community a concert of their mountain-made, traditional music for your enjoyment. Access the video at 7:00 p.m. tonight here. Speaking of music, our own Eric Wall will give a lecture this Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday: “Beethoven and Paradise: Exploring Masterpieces.”

This Sunday’s worship service will feature the Reverand Dr. Chris Currie, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport, Louisiana. The service will be posted on our website on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. For the second time this summer, we are pre-recording the service, and so it will be available from that time forward. Please join us!

More to come!
RD

Richard DuBose

The Weekly Rundown | Sunday, July 19 – Saturday, July 25

Sunday, July 19

Monday, July 20

  • The Sally Jones Pottery/Currie Craft Center is open for fused glass, sewing, throwing clay, hand-building clay, and independent hand-building clay classes. Drive-by clay pickup and YouTube classes are available.
  • 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 21

  • The Sally Jones Pottery/Currie Craft Center is open for fused glass, throwing clay, hand-building clay, and independent hand-building clay classes. Drive-by clay pickup is available. Zoom “Troubleshooting Your Clay Issues” is online at 2:00 p.m.
  • 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 22

  • 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 23

  • 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- Graybeard Mountain. Visit our public hike schedule to learn more.

Friday, July 24

Saturday, July 25

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