Montreat Minute 07/21/23

Help the Monarch Butterflies

As you may know, each fall millions of monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles to over-wintering sites in Mexico and to a scattering of locations along the coast of California. In the spring, they return to their original breeding areas and the cycle starts again: a two-way migration that is one of the most spectacular on the planet. Yet, this migration appears to be declining. One of the reasons for the decline is loss of milkweed needed for monarch caterpillars to grow and develop due to habitat conversion and adverse land management.

But you can help by being a part of the Mayor’s Monarch Challenge, sponsored by the Montreat Landcare Committee. Plant milkweed in your yard to increase the Monarchs’ habitat. Free milkweed seeds are available. Mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Live Monarch-2022 Seed Campaign, PO Box 1339, Blairsville, Georgia 30514. You will receive 15 or more milkwood seeds. Let’s help revive the Monarch butterfly population!

Cottagers Annual Meeting tomorrow, July 22nd

The annual meeting of the Montreat Cottagers Association is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, July 22nd, at 10:00am in Upper Anderson Auditorium. If you have not already paid your $25 annual dues, payments (cash or check) will be collected.

Representatives from Montreat Conference Center, Montreat College, the Town of Montreat, and the Presbyterian Heritage Center will give informational updates about their institutions. There will also be an “Information Fair” including representatives from multiple groups in the valley. Plan to allow time to check this out and to catch up with your neighboring cottagers.

PHC Ice Cream Social Also tomorrow, July 22nd

Don’t forget to come to an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Presbyterian Heritage Center tomorrow, Saturday, July 22nd, from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Come for a sweet and delicious summer treat. All ages are welcome! Much of the ice cream and all of the fun will be homemade. It will be a great opportunity to visit with old Montreat friends and meet new ones. Take this opportunity to check out the current exhibits in the PHC. Discover all the PHC has to offer, including the Mt. Mitchell railroad replica. The ice cream and the fun are free! See you at the PHC!

Adult Summer Club July 26th Features the PHC and the Mount Mitchell Railroad

This week’s Montreat Adult Summer Club Program is very special. Don’t miss it! Presbyterian Heritage Center Executive Director Ron Vinson and staff consultant Katelyn Powell will present a fascinating history lesson on how the Mount Mitchell Railroad originated and was operated, and how it impacted Montreat. There will be several artifacts from the railroad itself and never-before-seen photographs from the PHC’s collection. All aboard for this terrific program!

The program will be held at 2:30pm in Upper Anderson. Free admission! Delicious refreshments will be served after the program. Everyone is invited and welcome! Bring your guests and friends!

Updates and Reminders

  • Tree Board will meet on Tuesday, July 25th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Hall Community Room. The meeting will be live-streamed. For agenda and streaming information, CLICK HERE.
  • The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on Thursday, July 27th, at 10:30am in the Town Hall Community Room. The meeting will be live-streamed. For agenda and streaming information, CLICK HERE.
  • Don’t forget to purchase tickets for the Presbyterian Heritage Center’s Tour of Homes on August 12-13. North Carolina Terrace will be the featured location of the homes, buildings and sights on the tour. Purchase your tickets now by CLICKING HERE. Other opportunities to buy tickets will be available in days to come.

Questions or Comments?

Do you have Town-related questions or comments to offer? If so, please send them to Angela Murphy at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend!