This Week in Montreat – July 17, 2022

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Reality Check 07/15/2022

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.

As you may know, roughly one year ago the conference center announced its intention to pursue a special use permit (SUP) from the Town of Montreat to build a new lodge on its campus, replacing three lodges on the same site.   A year later, signs and fliers still dot the Montreat landscape. This summer’s edition includes the claim that pollution to our valley will occur if the lodge comes to pass. This is simply not true.   The stringent ordinances and regulations that apply to this project, along with the inspections and reviews that are part of any modern construction process, . . .

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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.

Preaching Sunday, July 17

Rev. Dr. Bridgett Green is Vice President of Publishing at the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and Editorial Director at Westminster John Knox Press. Her sermon draws on Luke 10:38-42 and Genesis 18:1-10, and is titled "Is Our House in Order?"

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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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.


Weekly Rundown

Sunday, July 17
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Bridgett Green, Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing / Arts, Music, and Theology Event: “Texts and Tunes: A Few Thousand Years of Hymns By Women” led by Eric Wall,
Presbyterian Heritage Center
Monday, July 18
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, July 19

9:00 am

Public Hikes (Half/Full Day)
(more info below),
Nature Center

7:00 pm

Arts, Music and Theology Events: “Visual Beauty in Calculus” led by Austin Jones,
Convocation Hall

7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, July 21
9:00 am Public Hikes (Full Day)
Skills Demo,
Nature Center
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Friday, July 22
7:00 pm Big Circle Mountain Dance,
Cornwell Tennis Courts
8:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Saturday, July 23
7:00 am Second Loaf
(more info below)
9:00 am Public Hikes (Full Day)
(more info below),
Nature Center
Sunday, July 24
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing led by Al Sudduth and Ethan Neal,
Assembly Inn Lobby
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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, July 19

Brushy Mountain (Half Day)

Graybeard Mountain (Full Day)

Thursday, July 21

Two Sisters and a View (Full Day)

Knots, lashings, and cordage (Skills Demo)

Saturday, July 23

Mount Mitchell (Full Day) *RSVP only — Please visit the Nature Center for more information. You are responsible for your own transportation back.

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 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00–4:00 pm

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.

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 or call Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614.

Pottery Hours (Upstairs)

Monday–Tuesday 9:00 am–12:00 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

Second Loaf

Second Loaf continues its long history of collecting food donations for the food insecure in our community on 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.

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

Big Circle Mountain Dances

Summer dances will take place on Friday nights through August 5.

  • Date: Friday, July 22
  • 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.

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.

“Texts and Tunes: A Few Thousand Years of Hymns By Women” led by Eric Wall. Everyone is welcome!

  • Date: Sunday, July 17
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Place: Presbyterian Heritage Center

Eric Wall is conference center musician at Montreat Conference Center, and leads worship through music each Sunday. In addition to his responsibilities at Montreat, Wall is an assistant professor of sacred music and dean of the chapel at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Much appreciated for his vast realm of musical genres, his creative vision, and his gift for drawing congregations of all ages and backgrounds into the celebration of music, Wall’s leadership is a major part of the Sunday summer worship series.

“Visual Beauty in Calculus” led by Austin Jones

  • Date: Tuesday, July 19
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Place: Convocation Hall

Austin Jones is a community college mathematics instructor, NC transplant from GA, lifelong Presbyterian and Montreater, caninophile, gardener, musician, espresso-fiend, and earnest learner-of-anything. He loves seeking (and sometimes finding) the best few ways to explain something, whether verbal or visual, overview or fine detail, directly or via analogy. He holds a BS and MA in mathematics, both from Wake Forest University.

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 12:00–5:00 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, July 17 is:

Oven Roasted Turkey with Gravy 
Tempura Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce 
Parsleyed New Potatoes 
Steamed Vegetable Medley 
Honey Carrots with Thyme 
Dinner Rolls 
Salad Bar 
Fruit & 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 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.

We will gather Sunday evenings, 7:00–8:00 pm, in the Assembly Inn Lobby. Masking protocols, per Montreat Conference Center, apply. Please come and bring your fellow singers!

Hymn Sing Lineup
Date Leader
*July 17

Eric Wall, hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center
*Takes place at the Presbyterian Heritage Center

July 24 Robert Alexander and Ethan Neal
July 31 Catherine Harkey and Ethan Neal
August 7 Vivian Hare and Keith Grogg