This Week in Montreat – July 2, 2023

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Longevity and Legacy: A Mid-Summer Appreciation 06/30/2023

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.

One of the annual customs in Montreat that I most enjoy occurs beyond the view of many. At the fall meeting of our Board of Directors, we host a lunch and acknowledge the work anniversaries of long-term employees. Such recognition is given for every five years each staff member has served as a part of our team.   Obviously, the five- and ten-year anniversaries outnumber the others, but mention and applause is particularly warm for the longest-serving staff members. A good many have served for more than a decade, including Jane Bannerman, manager of the Montreat Store, who has surpassed forty
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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, July 2, 2023

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Weekly Rundown

Sunday, July 2
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Khalia J. Williams,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm

Hymn Sing,
Assembly Inn Lobby

Monday, July 3
Summer Staff Alumni Gathering,
WNC Outdoor Collective
Tuesday, July 4
All Day

All Fourth of July events can be found at

Wednesday, July 5 
9:00 am

Public Hike (half day),
Rattlesnake Rock (Big Piney Trail)

9:00 am 

Skills Demo: Basic Blacksmithing,
Nature Center


Flat Creek Crossing Site Tour,
South of Memorial Garden Lot 

Thursday, July 6
9:00 am

Public Hike (full day),
Annual Perimeter Hike

Friday, July 7
7:30 pm Friday Night at the Barn,
Patricia Cornwell Tennis Courts
Sunday, July 9
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Victor Aloyo,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing,
Assembly Inn Lobby

Montreat Conference Center is hiring! Check out our full listing of employment opportunities at

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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.


Craft'n Around

We are having family craft nights this summer!

These events are designed for families of all ages. Youth 12 years of age and above can attend by themselves. Grandparents or parents must accompany children under 12 years of age. Come and explore your creativity while meeting new people and having fun! Cost is $6 per person (cash or check only).

Classes will continue on Tuesdays in July excluding the 4th. 


Tuesday, July 11, 6:30–8:30 pm

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30–8:30 pm

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30–8:30 pm


404 Assembly Drive, downstairs in the Currie Craft Center

Montreat Pool Updates

 The pool will be open to the public Monday - Sunday from 1:00-6:00 pm (2:00- 5:00 pm on July 4th).

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 and skills demonstrations 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.

Rattlesnake Rock (Big Piney Trail) 

  • Date: Wednesday, July 5
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Place: The Nature Center

 Annual Perimeter Hike 

  • Date: Thursday, July 6
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (approximate return time)
  • Place: The Nature Center
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
Silent Auction

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
Silent Auction (Tuesday)
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

Clubs and Childcare Announcements

Pre-Clubs and Clubs groups are full the week of July 3 with the exception of walk-in registrations for childcare, junior high, and senior high groups.

Fourth of July in Montreat

Join us this July 4th for Montreat traditions including: our annual gate race 5k, parade, old-fashioned games, big circle mountain dance and more! For more information visit

Flat Creek Crossing - Montreat's First Accessible Trail

The Montreat Landcare Committee invites you to a special fundraising kick off!

Come walk the site and learn from the steering committee about plans for this new, fully-accessible trail in Montreat. The trail will feature a hard surface perfect for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers, as well as handicap parking, a drop off zone, curb, railing, sensory exploration and educational stations, and more. Free Pelican SnoCones will be provided for the first 75 visitors!

Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm

Place: Just inside the Montreat Gate, south of the Memorial Garden lot.

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.

There will be no lecture for Fourth of July. Please join us next week!


Pickleball is offered June 5–August 4, Monday and Friday mornings from 10:15 am–12:30 pm. The cost is $3 per session. Pickleball will conclude for the summer after the first week in August.

Friday Night at the Barn

Summer dances will take place on Friday nights through August 5. *Note exception for the Fourth of July.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 4*
  • Time: 7:30 pm - until dark
  • Place: The Patricia Cornwell Tennis Courts

  • Date: Friday, July 7
  • Time: 7:30 pm - until dark
  • Place: The Patricia 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 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 5–August 5
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 10 (except for July 8), and ending Saturday, August 5, 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 2024?

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 2024? 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

One Person's Trash

Clubs Crafts has a wish list! Please place items outside the porch of the Currie Craft Center by the double doors or contact Lynn Turnage at 828.707.6354 and/or Susan Haws at 615.584.1009.

  • Paper plates - any size
  • Ziplock baggies - all sizes
  • Wood burners - of any kind
  • Old candles or paraffin wax
  • Sandbox sand
  • Electric extension cords strips
  • Electric pencil sharpeners
  • Masking tape - any width
  • Sandpaper - all grits
  • Hemlock pinecones
  • Acorn caps
  • Hickory nut halves
  • Marbles
  • Paper towels
  • Mod Podge

2023 Adult Summer Clubs Programs

Montreat Adult Summer Club will present its 2023 series of fun and informative Wednesday afternoon programs on July 12th, July 19th, and July 26th. All the programs will be held at 2:30 pm in Upper Anderson. This year's lineup of entertaining speakers includes Al Whitesides, Buncombe County Commissioner; Mike Pritchard, former U.S. Secret Service Agent; and Ron Vinson and Katelyn Powell of the PHC. Please plan on joining your fellow adult Montreaters at these interesting and enjoyable programs!

"Is it Just Me, or Is Parenting Harder Now?"

Join us for a free workshop series for parents and professionals working with adolescents. We'll talk about what we face as people who care about children and youth, and touch on the "hot topics" that parents are confronting today.
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Navigating Mental Health with Adolescents led by Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush.
Go beyond the why and learn some tools to help guide adolescents through the turbulent waters of adolescence. Gain some conversation tips and resources so that we can all be intentional about nurturing faith in an anxious world.
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Youth and their Mental Health: What Can We Do?!? led by Dr. Molly Harrington-Weaver
A discussion of the current mental state of our youth in this country. Particularly, we will discuss the possible factors contributing to their current state of mind and possible changes can we all make to support our children and youth.
All programs will take place in the Thompson Brown Meeting Room, located on the first floor of Moore Center, at 7:00 pm.

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–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 open for Sunday lunch June 4–August 6. 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, July 2 is:

Southern Fried Chicken
Broiled Whitefish with Lemon & Dill
Mashed Potatoes
Creole Blackeyed Peas with Tomatoes
Steamed 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 5-August 4. 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

Support Montreat

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 4 through August 6 you are invited to come to Assembly Inn Lobby at 7:00 pm, our usual place to gather. *Note the venue change on July 16 (Presbyterian Heritage Center).

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!

Hymn Sing Lineup
Date Leader
July 2 Susan Strickland
July 9 Susan Strickland
July 16* Eric Wall
July 23 Vivian Hare and Keith Grogg
July 30 Wayne Smith
August 6 Eunice Wonderly Stackhouse