This Week in Montreat – June 9, 2024

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Celebrating Renovations and Reopenings 06/07/2024

Richard DuBose, president of Montreat Conference Center, writes a weekly message to Montreat. An excerpt of this weeks message is below. To read his full message, click the "Read More" button below the excerpt.

“If I have seen further [than others], it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  Isaac Newton On Friday, June 7th, during the first square dance of the year, we will pause to celebrate the renovation and reopening of the Barn, Montreat’s longest serving facility for the conference center’s ministry of recreation. If you are there, you will see immediately some of the physical upgrades – to the surfaces and windows, to the sound system, to the bathrooms. You may notice another upgrade when you dance – the foundation has been strengthened. It is still the Barn, but it’s
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This Sunday in Montreat


We are delighted to continue our Summer Worship Series in which leading preachers from across the country join with visual artists, musicians, and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited.

All summer worship services take place in Anderson Auditorium at 10:30 am.

Preaching Sunday, June 9, 2024

Rev. Margaret LaMotte Torrence is a graduate of Davidson College and Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Arthur Paul Rech Memorial Prize in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. She has served churches in New Jersey, Florida, and North Carolina, and has interests in transitional ministry and in spiritual direction. She currently serves as the transitional pastor of Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, on the campus of Warren Wilson College.

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Weekly Rundown

Sunday, June 9
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Margaret LaMotte Torrence,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm

Hymn Sing,
Assembly Inn Lobby

Monday, June 10
7:30 pm

Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium

Tuesday, June 11
9:00 am Public Hike (half day),
More information below
1:00 pm Public Hike (half day),
More information below
7:30 pm

Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium

Wednesday, June 12
7:30 pm

Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium

Thursday, June 13
9:00 am Public Hike (full day),
More information below
7:30 pm

Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium

Friday, June 14
7:30 pm Friday Night at the Barn,
The Barn
8:30 pm

Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium

Saturday, June 15
7:00 am Second Loaf,
More information below
Sunday, June 16
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Robert W. Henderson
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing,
Assembly Inn Lobby

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This Summer in Montreat

This Summer in Montreat (TSIM) is a publication of Montreat Conference Center gathering all of the hours, contact details, and opportunities for guest in the summer months.


Wilderness Hiking Program

The Ranger staff will offer public hikes and occasional, special full day Saturday hikes during the summer conference season. All hikes are free and open to the public. You must be 13 or older to attend a hike without an adult guardian. Hikes will leave at 9:00 am, unless otherwise, noted from the Montreat Nature Center, located at 301 Lookout Road. All hikes this summer are subject to change based on weather. Return times are approximate.

Tuesday, June 11

9:00 am, Half Day – Rattlesnake Rock (Big Piney Trail)
Moderate hike with short strenuous sections | moderate pace

1:00 pm, Half Day – Lookout Traverse Loop
Moderate hike with steep technical sections | moderate pace

Thursday, June 13

Full Day – Walker’s Knob
Moderate with short strenuous sections

More About Summer Hikes
More About Montreat's Wilderness

Crafts and Pottery

The Currie Craft Center and Sally Jones Pottery are a collaborative ministry of Montreat Conference Center. Craft and pottery classes are open to people 12 years and older. Class offerings vary from week to week. In addition to classes, we offer independent wheel throwing and handbuilding.

Sign up for classes begins online each Friday morning at 8:00 am. The class registration link will be at the top of the Crafts & Pottery page. If you need further assistance, please email or call Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614.

Pottery Hours (Upstairs)


9:00 am–12:00 pm
2:00–5:00 pm


2:00–5:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Thursday 2:30–5:30 pm
Pottery Glazing
Friday Normally closed
Saturday 8:00–11:00 am
Pottery Pickup

Craft Hours (Downstairs)

Monday–Thursday 2:00–5:00 pm
View Class Schedule and Crafts & Pottery Page

Presbyterian Heritage Center

318 Georgia Terrace. 828.669.6556. Free admission.

This center offers multiple museum displays, special events, art galleries, and a reference library. Free WiFi and air-conditioning. Summer exhibits include: Missions in a Changing World; Minting a Tradition: Communion Tokens; Trains, Timber & Tourists: The Story of the Mt. Mitchell Railroad; Early Montreat; Chronicle, Culture & Context: Archaeology & the Old Testament; Who Are Presbyterians?; Montreat Scottish Society and much more!

Heritage Center Hours
Tuesday–Friday 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00–4:00 pm
Sunday–Monday closed
Free Admittance

Pool Announcements

The Montreat Pool will open to the public on July 1.

Clubs Crafts Request

Club crafts is searching for an old (but working) box fan for spin art later in the summer, tin cans, and shells of any size. Items can be dropped off in or outside the bottom floor of Currie Craft Center. Contact: Cory Earp at 828.499.3754.

Tennis & Pickleball

Tennis Courts are available to the public on Monday- Friday 10:00 am -2:00 pm and 3:30 pm- 6:00 pm, $3/person/hour.

Pickleball is offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:15 am-12:30 pm, $3/session.

Montreat Adult Summer Club 

Please join us at the annual Montreat Adult Summer Club Picnic on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:00 pm in Gaither Fellowship Hall. Please bring your favorite covered dish to add to the fun and wonderful food. Enjoy seeing old Montreat friends and meeting new ones! Walter Somerville will entertain us with lighthearted stories and interesting facts about our beloved Guinea fowl. Everyone is welcome! Bring your guests and friends!

Arts, Music, and Theology

Arts, Music, and Theology is a mission and ministry of Montreat Conference Center. Its purpose is to provide the community with educational nourishment via various lectures and lecturers during our summer season. Themes of the lectures span disciplines.

Please note: The first lecture is July 2.

Friday Night at the Barn

Summer dances will take place on Friday nights through August 2.

  • Date: Friday, June 14
  • Time: 7:30–10:00 pm
  • Place: The Barn

Big circle mountain dancing is a special Montreat tradition! It's a fun filled night of dances called by the Bannerman family and music from the Stoney Creek Boys. All are welcome, and admission is free.

The Huckleberry Café

The newly renovated Huckleberry is now open! Thanks to generous donors, and efforts of staff and partners, the top floor of the Moore Center has been completely renovated to offer a state-of-the-art dining facility for Montreat visitors. In addition to a fully renovated interior, The Huckleberry menu has also been reworked and will include Dynamite Coffee, ice cream, burgers, the Tennessee Twister, and more!

Huckleberry Summer Hours | June 3–August 3
Monday–Friday 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Second Loaf

Second Loaf continues its long history of collecting food donations for the food insecure in our community beginning Saturday, June 8 and ending Saturday, August 3 (except July 6), in the parking lot area in front of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. Second Loaf can only take unopened shelf-ready foods. Frozen, fresh, and prepared foods cannot be accepted. We are grateful for the generous response of groups who drop off their "second loaves" on their way home!

Second Loaf Hours
Saturdays 7:00–11:00 am

Interested in renting your home to Youth Groups in 2025?

Each year we have youth groups looking for suitable housing for their Montreat Youth Conference experience and we are beginning to update our Private Housing List. Are you interested in renting your house to youth groups in 2025? If so, please fill out the form below, even if you are on our current list. This will allow us to have the most up-to-date information for our list.

If you have questions, please email us at

Private Housing List

The Montreat Store

The Montreat Store is an awesome mix of boutique, gift shop, and general store. From snacks to t-shirts to toiletries to books to pottery, the Montreat Store has it all!

The Montreat Store Hours
Monday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Contact: 828.669.5298
Located: 2nd floor, Moore Center

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is a global maker‑to‑market movement that breaks the cycle of generational poverty and ignites social change in the developing world.

Ten Thousand Villages Hours
Monday–Wednesday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Contact: 828.669.1406
Located: 3rd floor, Moore Center

Galax Sunday Buffet

The Galax Dining room is open for Sunday lunch June 2–August 4. Non-refundable tickets may be purchased at the Assembly Inn front desk and used on any Sunday. You can call the front desk at 828.669.2911 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Adults Ages 5–11 Under 5
$17.00 $8.50 FREE

The menu for Sunday, June 9 is:

Apple Butter Glazed Pork Loin
Seafood Gumbo  
Wild Rice Pilaf 
Roasted Asparagus 
California Vegetable Medley 
Rolls, Butter 
Fruit, Salad Bar, Assorted Desserts

Development Summer Events

To support these activities and all aspects of Montreat's ministry visit

Welcome Center at the Gatehouse

The Montreat Gate House will be open June 3–August 2. Those interested in volunteering at the Welcome Center should contact Martha Todd Sloan, director of donor engagement at or 828.419.9883.

Gatehouse Welcome Center Hours
Monday–Friday 10:00 am–4:00 pm

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Support Summer in Montreat and all aspects of Montreat's ministry!

Hymn Sings

It’s time for singing on Sunday nights at Montreat! Each Sunday evening from June 2 through August 4 you are invited to come to Assembly Inn Lobby at 7:00 pm, our usual place to gather.*

You will enjoy an hour of singing or listening to your favorite hymns, learn some new hymns, and learn a little about some of the hymns we sing on Sunday mornings. Come!

*Please note: Our July 14th Hymn Sing will be take place in the Presbyterian Heritage Center.

Hymn Sing Lineup
June 9 Aaron Price