ROOTS Week Travel & Logistics

Photo: Melisa Cardona.

ROOTS Week takes place at Lutheridge Conference Center in Arden, NC – just 15 miles south of downtown Asheville, and 5 minutes away from the Asheville Airport. Here’s what you need to know about getting to and staying at ROOTS Week:

Lutheridge Conference Center

Arriving at Lutheridge

Directions to Lutheridge

Carpooling

Airport Travel

Parking

Accessibility & Accommodations

What to Bring…

What not to Bring…

Off Campus Lodging

Youth Programming

Arts Market

LUTHERIDGE CONFERENCE CENTER

Lutheridge is a seminar and retreat center located in Arden, NC, near Asheville. Some outdoor amenities include: swimming pool, lake, playgrounds, basketball court, labyrinth, and walking trails. Limited wireless access is available, so please come prepared to unplug.

ARRIVING AT LUTHERIDGE

We recommend you arrive between 3-5 PM on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Registration opens at 3 PM, dinner is served at 6 PM, and the opening night events begin at 7:30 PM. Check out is at 11am on Sunday, August 12. Upon arrival, signs will lead you to the registration desk in the Faith Center, where you will receive a registration badge, a map of the camp, instructions on housing, work co-op assignment, a program book and schedule, details about the Youth Village, and other information to help you plan your week.

DIRECTIONS TO LUTHERIDGE:

Plug this address into your GPS for the front entrance of Lutheridge, then follow the signs for ROOTS Week:

Lutheridge Camp & Conference Center
2511 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704
Phone: (828) 684-2361

From I-40, Eastern North Carolina (Greensboro, Hickory)
• Take I-40 West to I-26 East
• Take exit 40 (Asheville Airport) off of I-26
• Take a left at the end of the exit onto Airport Road
• Travel approximately two miles to US-25 (Hendersonville Road)
• Turn right onto US-25
• Lutheridge is the third drive on the right

From I-26, South Carolina (Spartanburg, Columbia)

• Take I-26 West to exit 40 (Asheville Airport)
• Take a right at the end of the exit onto Airport Road
• Travel approximately two miles to US-25 (Hendersonville Road)
• Turn right onto US-25
• Lutheridge is the third drive on the right

From I-40, Tennessee (Knoxville)

• Take I-40 East to I-26 East
• Take exit 40 (Asheville Airport) off of I-26
• Take a left at the end of the exit onto Airport Road
• Travel approximately two miles to US-25 (Hendersonville Road)
• Turn right onto US-25
• Lutheridge is the third drive on the right

FROM I-85, Atlanta
• Take I-85 North to I-26 West at Greenville
• Take exit 40 (Asheville Airport) off of I-26
• Take a right at the end of the exit onto Airport Road
• Travel approximately two miles to US-25 (Hendersonville Road)
• Turn right onto US-25
• Lutheridge is the third drive on the right

CARPOOLING

Over 200 people will be attending ROOTS Week from throughout the South and across the country. Many of these folks will be driving, and we encourage attendees to carpool – it’s a great way to spend quality time with friends (or make new ones) and also helps to lessen the environmental impact of our collective travel. You can coordinate your carpools over on the ROOTS Rideshare Facebook group.

AIRPORT TRAVEL

If you plan to fly, Asheville Regional Airport is about 5 minutes from Lutheridge. However, it may be less expensive to fly into Greenville, SC (1 hour from Arden); Knoxville, TN (1.5 hours); Charlotte, NC (2.5 hours); Greensboro, NC (3 hours); Atlanta, GA (3.5 hours); or Raleigh-Durham (3.5 hours).

If you fly in to Asheville Regional airport, you can use a rideshare service (like UBER) to get to Lutheridge. There is a taxi stand at the airport as well. 

PARKING AND PATHWAYS

There is ample parking at Lutheridge. Once you have arrived at camp, you may find that you will not need to move your car for the rest of the week.

Lutheridge’s campus is also interwoven with many paved pathways and hiking trails. Consider bringing gear (bikes, hiking boots, running shoes, etc.) for alternative modes of transportation and recreation during ROOTS Week.

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

We strive to make ROOTS Week an accessible environment and ask that you notify us of any accommodations you may need when you register. All communal gathering spaces at Lutheridge Conference Center are wheelchair accessible, but not all lodging is. If you require any type of accommodation – sign-language interpreter, wheelchair accessible housing, an alternative format for printed materials, etc. – please note this on the registration form and a staff member will follow up with you prior to ROOTS Week.

WHAT TO BRING…

Pack your summertime casual clothes, bathing suits, and a few special outfits or costumes for Late Night! You may also want to bring a small portable or window fan.

Please bring your promotional materials for our Resource Area, and your one-of-a-kind creations to sell in our Arts Market! Bring art supplies/costume pieces to create in the moment, musical instruments for jam sessions, and additional tech equipment for site-specific work. And you’ll probably want to bring some extra cash in case you get a massage, purchase items from the Arts Market, or contribute to Alternate ROOTS.

And while you will be provided three meals a day, don’t forget to BYOS: Bring Your Own Snacks. The kitchen will only be available during mealtimes, and food preparation areas will only be accessible to kitchen staff.

We suggest you pack the following:

  • Casual, comfortable summer clothes
  • Festive attire for Late Night cabaret
  • Light jacket or sweater (it can get cool in the mountains)
  • Raincoat or poncho, umbrella
  • Swimsuit
  • Clothing items for the Clothes Swap
  • Good walking shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • First-aid supplies, medication, etc.
  • Insect repellent
  • Plastic bag (for damp towels, clothing, etc.)
  • Flashlight
  • Reusable coffee mug
  • Reusable water bottle (can be recyclable, but should be refillable)
  • Journal/notebook, pen or pencil
  • Instruments for jam sessions
  • Presents for the staff (wink wink, nudge nudge)
  • Snacks

WHAT NOT TO BRING…

All items listed below are prohibited by the venue, so please don’t bring them to ROOTS Week.

  • Pets
  • Firearms
  • Candles
  • Illegal drugs
  • Tents or Campers (there is no camping at Lutheridge)
  • Boats, canoes, or kayaks (boating is not allowed at Lutheridge)
  • Anything else that would get not just you, but all of us, in trouble.

OFF CAMPUS LODGING 

Due to space limitations at Lutheridge, some ROOTS Week attendees will stay off campus. Here is a list of hotels close to Lutheridge:

Clarion Inn
550 Airport Rd
Fletcher, NC
(828) 684-1213

196 Underwood Rd
Fletcher, NC, 28732
(828) 684-1200

Fairfield Inn
31 Airport Park Rd,
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 684-1144

Comfort Inn
15 Rockwood Rd
Fletcher, NC, 28732, US
(828) 687-9199

YOUTH PROGRAMMING

ROOTS Week is a family-friendly environment, and we encourage you to bring your children! This is a rare and valuable chance for youth to meet, learn from, and create original art with artists from around the country.

For children ages 5-13 we offer the ROOTS Week Youth Village where a licensed childcare provider will offer a variety of activities. For more on the Youth Village, click here.

Children older than 13 are welcome to attend the general ROOTS Week programming including Learning Exchanges and performances. Parents and guardians of children bordering the age of 13 may decide to have their children participate in Youth Village or general ROOTS Week activities, whichever is most appropriate for your child. Babies and toddlers up to age 5 will be in the care of their parents or guardians.

Please note: EVERYONE attending ROOTS Week – even babies and young children! – must be registered individually. Accommodations are limited, and to make sure attendees are as comfortable as possible, we need to have an accurate headcount of who will be staying on campus at Lutheridge.

ARTS MARKET

The Arts Market is back and better than ever this year! The ROOTS Week vendor space is an opportunity to offer your one-of-a-kind creations to the rest of our community! Table fee is $10. Half tables, chairs, outlets and other basic set-up requirements are readily available. Those seeking space to offer FREE literature (i.e. organization materials and fliers) or free services are welcome to participate in the marketplace at no cost. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Catch this opportunity while it lasts and share your super-charged crafts and talents with us all! For more information, email paige@alternateroots.org.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.