This Week in Montreat – June 12, 2022

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Who was Lake Susan named for? 06/17/2022

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.

In the spring of 2015, I was giving a tour of Montreat to leaders of other Western North Carolina conference centers. As we walked across the dam, one of my peers asked a perfectly reasonable question: “Who was Lake Susan named for?”   I turned around, searching memories of a lifetime in Montreat: “Um…Susan?” If you ever find me on Jeopardy, bet against me. Embarrassed enough, I vowed never to take Lake Susan for granted again.  You can read a short history here about the boating and the swimming and Lake Susan’s place in our community life. Just as rich is . . .


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This Sunday in Montreat

Jonathan Walton

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 12

Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton is a Dean at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. His sermon draws on Romans 5: 1-5 and is titled "High on Hope."

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

Learn More About Summer Worship

A Note About Masks

We are continuing to monitor the need for masks. To find mask requirements for specific events, please visit our Covid Health and Safety page.

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Weekly Rundown

Sunday, June 12
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton, Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing,
Convocation Hall
Monday, June 13
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, June 14

9:00 am

Public Hikes (Full/Half Day)
(more info below)
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Wednesday, June 15
8:00 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, June 16
9:00 am Public Hikes (Half Day)
(more info below)
Skills Demo,
Nature Center
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Friday, June 17
7:00 pm Big Circle Mountain Dance,
Cornwell Tennis Courts
8:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Saturday, June 18
7:00 am Second Loaf
(more info below)
Sunday, June 19
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with the Rev. Pen Peery,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing,
Convocation Hall

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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.

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Wilderness Hiking Program

The Ranger staff will offer public hikes each Tuesday and Thursday during the summer conference season with two special full day Saturday hikes. Skill demonstrations will be held on Thursdays. 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 just below the Lake Susan spillway. All hikes this summer are subject to change based on evolving health guidance and weather.

Tuesday, June 14

Half Day – Rattlesnake Rock (Big Piney Trail)

Full Day – Walker’s Knob

Thursday, June 16

Half Day – Rainbow Road

Skills Demo – Green Woodworking and Knife Basics

More About Summer Hikes
More About Montreat's Wilderness

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 exhibit includes: Mount Mitchell Railroad; Diplomats, Missionaries & Montreat, repatriation during WWII; Native Americans & Presbyterian Missions; Early Montreat and much more!

Free Admittance
Heritage Center Hours:
Monday 1:00–4:00 pm
Tuesday–Friday 10:00am–4:00pm
Saturday 12:00–4:00pm
Sunday & Monday
closed

Crafts and Pottery

The Currie Craft Center and Sally Jones Pottery are a collaborative ministry of Montreat Conference Center. Classes and pottery are open to people 12 years and older. Class offerings vary from week to week. In addition to classes, we offer independent throwing and hand building. Please email montreatpottery@gmail.com to make reservations for the coming week. With other questions please call Nancy Hyde 678.472.1292 or Ann Laird Jones 662.347.3614.

Pottery Hours (Upstairs)

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

Craft Hours (Downstairs)

Monday–Thursday 2:00–5:00 pm

Sign up for classes begins online each Thursday evening at 6:00 pm. The class registration link will be at the top of the Crafts & Pottery page. If you need further assistance, please email montreatpottery@gmail.com or call Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614.

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Big Circle Mountain Dances

Our first summer dance will take place on Friday, June 10 and will take place on Friday nights through August 5.

  • Dates: Friday, June 17
  • Time: 7:00–9:00 pm
  • Place: Cornwell Tennis Courts

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 will be opening this summer! Details on our reopening date (once determined) will be included in This Week in Montreat. Stay tuned!

Pickleball

Beginning Monday June 13th, Pickleball will be offered on Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30 am–1:00pm. The cost is $3 per session. Pickleball will conclude for the summer after the first week in August.

Second Loaf

Second Loaf continues its long history of collecting food donations for the food insecure in our community Saturdays, in the parking lot area in front of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. Adjusting for COVID related restrictions, Second Loaf can only take shelf ready non-perishables, cold or frozen food in their original unopened packaging (such as a whole, unopened package of hot dogs), personal care items and paper goods (opened or unopened), and fresh produce (fruits and vegetables). Individually wrapped snacks are especially welcome. We are grateful for the generous response of groups who drop off their "second loaves" on their way home.

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.

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!

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.

Monday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday Noon–5:00 pm

Contact: 828.669.1406
Located: 3rd floor, Moore Center

Galax Sunday Buffet

The Galax Dining room is closed to the public for all meals except for Sunday lunch June 5–August 7. 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 12 is:

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

Development Summer Events

To support these activities and all aspects of Montreat's ministry visit montreat.org/support.

Welcome Center at the Gatehouse

The Montreat Gate House will be open beginning Memorial Day through the conference season. The Gate House is staffed by volunteers in two hour shifts. Volunteers are needed to serve, either as a regular volunteer or a substitute. If you are interested, please let Jim Richardson know.

Monday–Thursday 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Friday 12:00–2:00 pm

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Hymn Sings

Montreat Conference Center's in-person hymn-sings are back. After two pandemic summers of turn-on-a-dime live-streamed hymn-sings, we return for in-person gatherings. A stellar group of musicians, introduced by congenial community hosts, will lead the hymn-sings.

Hymn Sing Lineup
Date Leader
June 12 Mel Bringle and Eric Wall
June 19 Jeremy Roberts
June 26 Kyle Ritter and Chris DeJarnett
July 3 Catherine Harkey
July 10 Jeremy Roberts
July 17 Eric Wall, hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center
July 24 Robert Alexander
July 31 Catherine Harkey
August 7 Vivian Hare and Keith Grogg

So, what are the twists on this Montreat tradition?

We will meet in Convocation Hall of the Assembly Inn (and not in the Inn's lobby). This will allow for ample spacing of participants. Singers' chairs will face the glorious windows looking out over the mountains.

Sunday evenings, 7:00–8:00pm, Convocation Hall, Assembly Inn. Masking protocols, per Montreat Conference Center. Please come and bring your fellow singers!