November 5-7, 2021

ESCAPE WEEKEND

Join us for a weekend away, nestled among the trees, at the foot of Great North Mountain at Orkney Springs, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley.

Why Escape?

There are hundreds of reasons why you should come. Here are a few:
  • Escape to the hills and celebrate the easing of the pandemic
  • Home-cooked meals (that you don’t cook)
  • Beautiful mountains and trails
  • Programs for children, youth and adults
  • Porches with rocking chairs
  • Cottages with working wood-burning fireplaces
  • Bonfire with s’mores and singing on Saturday evening
  • Woodland labyrinth
  • Pickleball and tennis
  • Did we mention Escaping?
  • The Basics

    The Place

    Shrine Mont is a place where people are more important than things; where rest and recreation are more important than appointments and tasks. It is a “place apart” where, having weathered the pandemic (!), we can connect and laugh again together, share stories and set life down for a while. Shrine Mont is a place for all of us to play and celebrate life in abundance.

    Where is Shrine Mont?

    Shrine Mont is nestled among the trees at the foot of Great North Mountain at Orkney Springs, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley, less than two hours from Falls Church Presbyterian Church.

    Programming

    In John 10 Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” But, what does it mean to live life “abundantly?” There will be options on Saturday morning for adults, youth and children of all ages to dive into what it means to live “life in abundance” in body, mind and spirit.
    Some of our own nursery staff will join us to provide child care, for ages three and under, during adult programming and Saturday afternoon relaxation. We will worship on Sunday morning in the beautiful open-air shrine, the Cathedral of the Episcopal diocese of Virginia, which owns Shrine Mont.

    Accommodations

    Lodging is in cottages reserved exclusively for FCPC use. Typically meals are served and eaten family style in Tucker Lodge. During the pandemic, meals in Tucker were served cafeteria style and guests had the option of sitting inside or outside, if they preferred the open air, or taking their meals, boxed, and returning to eat in their cottages. Our hope is that by November 2021, Covid protocols will have been greatly relaxed.

    Free Time Activites

    Shrine Mont has something for everyone – unless you are looking for TV! Activities include hiking, star-gazing, porch-sitting, sleeping, playing music with friends, reading, games, tennis, pickleball, walking the labyrinth, exploring the surrounding woodlands, communing with nature, and getting to know your fellow escapees better, or finding a quiet spot of your own.

    Pricing and Registration

    CHILDREN
    Age 0 – 3: $0
    Age 4 – 12: $70

    YOUTH & ADULTS
    Single Occupancy Room: $250/person
    Double Occupancy Room: $190/person
    Family Maximum Cap: $525/family

    all prices include 2 nights lodging, all meals (Friday dinner-Sunday lunch), snacks, s’mores, and so much more

    T-SHIRTS
    Available to add-on: $10/each

    Registration is open May 3 – August 1

    Reserve your place with a non-refundable deposit of $100/household

    Pay in full by Tuesday, June 1, to receive a $25 discount/household
    Payment can be made online or by check. For check payments, please indicate Escape 2021 in the memo line of the check and mail to: Falls Church Presbyterian Church 225 E. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046

    In 2019, the space we reserved filled up quickly and we had to create a waiting list. In the end Shrine Mont found space for everyone who wanted to go, but those waiting weren’t assured of a room until shortly before Escape Weekend. Please REGISTER EARLY and avoid the wait list problem.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: Is there cell service and WiFi?
    Answer: Yes, if you’re in the right place. Cell service is spotty at lower elevations on the grounds. Highspeed internet is available in all public buildings, but NOT in the individual cottages.

    Question: Are special diets accommodated?
    Answer: Yes. Shrine Mont’s kitchen staff is able to provide alternatives to the regular menu to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. The registration form requests information about such needs.

    Question: How long is the drive to Shrine Mont and how do I go?
    Answer: The 110 mile commute to Orkney Springs from Falls Church via I-66 and I-81, under ideal circumstances, is under two hours, but with construction on I-66, conditions are rarely ideal. On a Friday afternoon in early November, expect a 2¼ to 2½ hr. commute. The earlier you leave town the better. Directions are provided on P. 5 of the Escape Weekend 2019 information booklet, here.

    Question: Can we do the zipline and visit the potato chip factory like we did in 2019?
    Answer: No and yes. Unfortunately, Bryce Mountain Resort no longer operates a zipline. Happily, Jack Sarver will be glad to lead folks back to the Route 11 Potato Chip factory on Saturday afternoon.

    Question: What do I need to bring?
    Answer: There will be more about this later. For now, click here and take a look at the information booklet from Escape Weekend 2019. Keep in mind that Covid may have changed some of the procedures and policies. We will clarify those changes, if any, later.

    Question: Can I get rid of all the books I read during the pandemic?
    Answer:
    Absolutely! Bring them to the FCPC Book Exchange. Drop them off when you check in on Friday.

    Looking for more information about Escape?
    Contact Marnie Sarver
    Specific questions about registration or payment?
    Contact Carolyn Bruce

    Get Connected

    There are many ways to get involved in the life and ministry here at Falls Church Presbyterian. Whether you are looking to join a ministry team, serve others through our Welcome Table ministry, sing in the choir or simply find a community to call home, we welcome you and hope that you will find grace, wholeness, and renewal here. 

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