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Lake Junaluska Summer Activities Program kicks off June 24


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Lake Junaluska’s Summer Activities Program, which offers free and low-cost activities that celebrate faith, recreation, arts and education, kicks off the season on Thursday, June 24, with an outdoor concert by the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. 

Now in its eighth year, Lake Junaluska’s Summer Activities Program features special events such as birding tours and guided hikes as well as weekly activities including morning devotions, clogging lessons, community bonfires, yoga sessions and outdoor movies. Program activities start in late June and continue through early August. 

“We love seeing our guests and community come together through the Summer Activities Program, and we are excited about the variety of activities planned for this year that celebrate faith, recreation, arts and education,” said Tammy McDowell, assistant director of programming at Lake Junaluska. “We hope all who join in will experience renewal of soul, mind and body.”

The kickoff concert featuring the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus will be held at Lake Junaluska’s Amphitheater on June 24 at 7 p.m., it is free and open to the public. On the program are musical numbers such as “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Orange Blossom Special” and “Conga Rhythm.” 

Summer Activities Program weekly activities start the following week, the week of June 28, with morning devotions, movie nights on Mondays, game nights on Tuesdays, and community bonfires on Thursdays. Evening yoga sessions on Tuesdays, morning yoga sessions on Wednesdays and clogging lessons on Fridays, all offered outdoors, are $10 per person. 

Special events include a free outdoor clogging performance by the J. Creek Cloggers on Friday, July 2, at the lakeside white tent. Those with a competitive spirit are invited to participate in the Shuffleboard Shuffle play on July 2 or play in Firecracker Fast Four Tennis on July 3. Less physically demanding leisure activities also include bird tours guided by Christine Boone Gibson and summer book reading and review with Diana Foederer and friends.
Irene Gattis, a seasonal resident of Lake Junaluska, said she and her husband, Bill, are looking forward to taking part in this year’s Summer Activities Program. Their participation during the past six years made for richer summer experiences for them at Lake Junaluska, said Irene.
“We value community wherever we are, so we look forward to opportunities to engage with folks and cultivate relationships,” she said. “This year marks an especially significant time for gathering together again as we are coming out of restrictive practices and have need of rekindling human connections.”

The Summer Activities Program is made possible through charitable giving. For more information about the program and a calendar of events, visit

The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information, visit


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