This Week in Montreat – June 20, 2021

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Old Roads Made New Again 06/18/2021

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.

To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this year, Jeannie and I decided that we will take a vacation bicycle trip toward the end of November. In an effort to prepare, I’ve taken to the streets over the past few months on the fine machine that once belonged to my father-in-law; the bike remains in great shape thanks to the maintenance expertise of the good folks at Epic Cycles in Black Mountain. I remember my first bicycle, a bright red little Western Flyer-style with conventional seat, handlebars, and bell. I remember my maiden voyage without training wheels courtesy of my father’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.

Preaching Sunday, June 20

Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III serves as President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dr. Pollard sermon draws on Exodus 3: 1–5 and 2 Corinthians 6:4b–10. His sermon is titled "Mirror to America."

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

Learn More About Summer Worship
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Weekly Rundown

Sunday, June 20
10:30 am Summer Worship Service,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
Tuesday, June 22
9:00 am
Public Hikes (more info below)
7:00 pm Arts, Music, & Theology Lecture, Upper Moore Center
(more info below)
Thursday, June 24
9:00 am
Public Hikes (more info below)
Saturday, June 26
8:00 am Second Loaf at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church
(more info below)

A Note About Masks

Recommendations for camps remained more stringent than those for most endeavors, as health authorities cautioned that activities involving intergenerational participation – and particularly unvaccinated, younger populations – should remain more vigilant. We’re going to follow the more stringent guidelines until further notice, in large part because our programs serve a significant number of young people who are vulnerable to the coronavirus as summer begins.

  • All staff, conferees, and participants in conference center programs and activities will continue to wear masks indoors in each place that supports our intergenerational programs, including the Assembly Inn, Anderson Auditorium, the Montreat Store, and all meeting spaces.
  • We will be maximizing use of our outdoor spaces this summer, reducing the length of time spent indoors, and using precautions when we are indoors. Science has formed a consensus that it’s very, very rare to contract COVID outdoors. Conferees and participants, therefore, will not be required to wear masks outdoors except in crowds or in circumstances stipulated as high-risk situations.
  • While scientists once believed people could get COVID-19 by touching a surface that had the virus on it, we now know that the chances of contracting the disease this way are vanishingly small. Still, there are still lots of great reasons to keep your hands clean, and so hand sanitizer will remain available around our campus.

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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

Tuesday, June 22

Half Day – Toll Road Tour
Full Day – Hydroelectric Tour

Thursday, June 24

Half Day – Walden's Rock Out-and-Back
Full Day – West Ridge

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: Cultures & Conflict: Native Americans and Presbyterian Missions; Fantasy & Fiction: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & Dorothy L. Sayers; Women’s Suffrage in the U.S.; Missions to Central America & the Caribbean, and others!

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

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 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)

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 and Craft Classes
Friday Normally closed.
Saturday 8:00 am–11:00 am
Pottery Pickup

Craft Hours (Downstairs)

Monday–Thursday 2:00–5:00 pm
View Class Schedule

Friday Night Big Circle Mountain Dancing

We are all excited that Friday Night Big Circle Mountain Dancing will resume its rightful place as an integral activity of the Montreat community this summer. Here are the new basics:

  • Dates: Dances will begin June 18 and continue weekly through August 6.
  • Time: Dances will begin at 7:00 pm and end by 9:00 pm
  • Place: Dancing will take place on the tennis courts at the Bill Wilde Youth Center.
  • Those attending the dance inside the fence will be asked to wear a mask and soft-soled shoes. (No boots!) We will be reminding you of these requests at the gate as necessary.

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 Lecture Series

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.

June 22: "Seeing Theology" - Hannah Garrity
Location: Upper Moore Center (formerly Huckleberrry Cafe)

More About Arts, Music, and Theology
Ice Cream Update

Looking for a sweet treat? You can find ice cream or tropical shaved ice in Montreat over the next few weeks!

Sunday–Friday  |  11:00 am–10 pm Bell Library. - Montreat College will have hand-dipped ice cream, drinks, snacks, and more from June 20–June 25.

Second Loaf

Second Loaf continues its long history of collecting food donations for the food insecure in our community Saturdays (except for July 3 and July 10), 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.

Montreat's New Lodge

Worship & Music Announcement

This is a friendly reminder that due to PAM's COVID Protocol, worship and evening events (Sunday worship, Hymn Festival, Concerts, etc.) are only open to registered participants. You, or someone you know, may be planning to come to Montreat to hang out during the week, but not register. Those individuals will not be able to attend these events.

Fourth of July Celebration

Join us on Saturday, July 3rd and celebrate with a parade and a variety of fun events for the whole family! This is a time to celebrate Montreat, freedom, peace, unity, and our community of faith.

  • June 18: Parade applications made available online and at the Montreat Store
  • June 28: Parade applications are due! Drop off completed applications at the Montreat Store.
  • July 2: Fourth of July big circle mountain dance
  • July 3: Fourth of July parade and afternoon activities

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 fair-trade shop that supports artisans around the world. It’s located on the third floor of the Moore Center Building.

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

Galax Sunday Buffet

Stop by the Galax Dining Room at the Assembly Inn after worship to catch up with friends and family as you enjoy a feast for the body and the soul. Note: The Galax Dining room is closed to the public for all meals except for Sunday lunch June 6-August 8. Non-refundable tickets may be purchased any time at the Front Desk and used for any Sunday. You can call the Front Desk at 828.669.2911 for more information or to purchase tickets.

The menu for Sunday, June 20 is:

Greek Lemon Chicken 
Herb Baked Whitefish 
Mashed Potatoes 
Buttered Broccoli & Cauliflower 
Fruit & Salad Bar 
Assorted Desserts 

Adults Ages 5–11 Under 5
$16.50 $8.50 FREE

Development Summer Events

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

Pops in the Park
Pops in the Park June 27, 3:00–4:30 pm Location: Robert Lake Park
Sitting Duck Cafe Every Thursday in July, 9:00–11:00 am Location: The Huckleberry
Montreat Fund Patrons Reception July 17 More info to come.

Welcome Center at the Gate House

Stop by the Welcome Center, the small building attached to the Montreat gate, this summer for maps, materials, and personal recommendations or stories from our kind Welcome Center volunteers. Hope to see you there!

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

Hymn Sings

The next hymn sing is July 11.

From June 6th through August 8th, join us on Sunday nights at 7 pm in person in Anderson Auditorium or through a live stream for Hymn Sings. Because we will be inside, we will seat you in alternating rows allowing at least 6 feet between family groups. We ask that you wear a mask at all times, including while singing. These protocols may change as the summer progresses. For updates on the protocols or to receive the link to the weekly live stream, subscribe to Community Announcements.