Cultural Series

Sounds of Railroading ConferenceSounds of Railroading Conference

Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5
Davis & Elkins College
Registration: $295
 
The 2016 Sounds of Railroading Conference and Concert will focus exclusively on traditional music. The event offers participants an opportunity to interact with acclaimed and accomplished musicians known for their traditional railroad songs both general and subject-specific and national authorities, each a specialist on aspects of traditional railroad music. For more details or to register, visit www.dewv.edu/SOR. Presented by the Center for Railway Tourism of Davis & Elkins College.

 

Sounds of Railroading ConcertSounds of Railroading Concert

Saturday, June 4; 7 p.m.
Randolph County Community Arts Center
Tickets: $20
 
The Sounds of Railroading concert is a celebration of railroad music, a uniquely American form of artistic, expressive, pleasing story-telling. The concert will feature live performances by traditional mountain musician Jimmy Costa, duo Roy Harper and Johnny Bellar, fiddle player William Sherman “Junior” Holstine and Appalachian duo Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller. Presented by the Center for Railway Tourism of Davis & Elkins College. For information, call James D. Porterfield, director, at 681-298-1959.

 

Augusta Arts, Craft & FolkloreAugusta Arts, Craft & Folklore Classes

July 10 - August 12
Davis & Elkins College
 
More than 40 years ago, Augusta began as a craft and folklore program with an emphasis on traditional Appalachian culture. Today, week-long craft and folklore classes are offered throughout the summer session alongside music and dance workshops, concerts, public dances and special presentations that cover the history and literature of many traditions. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Mini-CoursesAugusta Mini-Courses

Monday-Thursday, July 11 - August 11; 6-7:15 p.m.
Davis & Elkins College
$60/course

Augusta mini-courses add to students’ daily learning experiences and allow busy local residents to be part of the Augusta experience. You DO NOT need to be enrolled as a full-time Augusta student to sign up for mini-courses. (You DO need to be a full-time student to stay on campus.) A real bargain, mini-courses cost only $60 for four evenings of instruction by world-class artists. Some mini-courses may require a small materials fee. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Folk Arts for KidsAugusta Folk Arts for Kids

July 10 - August 12
Davis & Elkins College
 
Folk Arts for Kids is a program for youth between the ages of 8-12 who have completed second grade. Students explore arts and crafts through a variety of media and themes while getting a taste of the music and arts running within the week. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Cajun/Creole WeekAugusta Cajun/Creole Week

July 10-15
Davis & Elkins College
 
Our staff of Cajun and Creole instructors keeps students buzzing with excitement in the classroom and pulsing with energy on the pavilion dance floor! Each day starts with a fresh cup of Cajun coffee and a jam session. With mini-courses, jam sessions, concerts, dances and a gumbo party, it’s a gala week of nonstop music and dancing. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Early Country Music WeekAugusta Classic Country Music Week

July 10-15
Davis & Elkins College
 
Country music borrows from folk, pop, blues, swing and religious sources, and yet it is distinctly different. It is easily remembered, loves to tell a story and invites you to dance. The music we focus on is not from the current Nashville scene. This is classic country music from its roots, from Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, through folks like Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, to the soulful singing of George Jones and Vern Gosdin. During this week, we explore this treasure trove of American music with some of the most dedicated instructors doing country music today. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Blues & Swing WeekAugusta Blues & Swing Week

July 17-22
Davis & Elkins College
 
Augusta’s Blues & Swing Week provides students with the opportunity to work with some of the finest performers and educators in the Blues and Swing worlds. Classes cover a variety of styles and levels of instruction on guitar, bass, piano, harmonica and voice, as well as the history of both genres. Evening activities include legendary late-night jams, concerts and dances. Youth, as well as adults, are welcome to participate. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Appalachian FolklifeAugusta Appalachian Folklife Week

July 24-29
Davis & Elkins College
 
When Augusta began in 1973, a time when people were coming to rural West Virginia to live closer to the land, the summer program focused on Appalachian crafts, music and folklore. Although Augusta’s programming has evolved to include many other cultural traditions, promoting our regional heritage is still at the heart of our mission. This new week will give you a taste of “old Augusta.” Learn traditional crafts, foodways, storytelling and music the old-fashioned way with the guidance of master artists. Augusta provides a supportive environment to hone your hands-on skills, stretch your understanding of cultural contexts and interact with a community of traditional artists. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Irish WeekAugusta Irish Week

July 24-29
Davis & Elkins College
 
Join us for the 35th annual Irish Week! Founded in 1982 by Dr. Mick Moloney, Augusta Heritage Center’s Irish Week is the oldest week of its kind in the United States. Since it began, Irish Week has consistently attracted the world’s finest instructors to immerse students in the very best of Irish music, dance, craft and folklore. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Bluegrass WeekAugusta Bluegrass Week

July 29 - August 5
Davis & Elkins College
 
For 2016, Augusta brings together another spectacular lineup! The staff of well-known bluegrass figures will share their talents with students in classes, workshops, demonstrations, special presentations, concerts and sessions throughout the week. Informal picking sessions at all levels go on ’til the wee hours all over campus as students get together with old friends and make new ones. Evening concerts feature exciting combinations of master bluegrass artists with special guests. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta American Vernacular Dance WeekAugusta American Vernacular Dance Week

August 7-12
Davis & Elkins College
 
American Vernacular Dance Week provides a cross-cultural cross-training program for dancers from a broad range of backgrounds. This year’s focus on Connecting Global Branches offers explorations of Salsa and other Latin American partner dance, Breaking, House, Popping, Motown Dances, Percussive Dance, West African and many other workshops that explore the sometimes-surprising intersections of familiar traditions. Students have access to individual attention with master artists, so they will not only become better dancers, but will learn to place dance in a historical and cultural context making these traditions richer, fuller and more satisfying. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Old-Time WeekAugusta Old-Time Week

August 7-12
Davis & Elkins College
 
This year we are excited to introduce another team of outstanding instructors that have both a deep connection to old-time music and a passion for sharing it. In-depth sessions create an intimate learning environment to develop new skills, awareness and repertoire and evenings are packed with lively jams, slow jams, song swaps, square dances and concerts. This week is a nurturing, friendly environment that encourages new musicians as well as seasoned players. Wherever you start, you can be sure that by the end of the week your musicianship will have new life and depth, and you will have new friends from around the globe. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center Vocal WeekAugusta Vocal Week

August 7-12
Davis & Elkins College
 
Singing can connect us to many wonderful cultures and the act of singing is itself one of humanity’s oldest and most powerful traditions. Vocal Week offers a wealth of opportunities to join in. Students will learn songs from a range of traditional cultures and contemporary styles, taught by nationally and internationally known instructors. Taking good care of your voice will also be emphasized, along with classes in voice technique and vocal warm-ups. Those at the beginning level can learn to create simple harmonies, while more experienced singers can get a challenging workout. Take week-long classes during three periods each day, sample single-day “one shot” sessions during one period of each afternoon, and sing in a large group during afternoon cultural sessions in the chapel. You can also enjoy evening song circles, concerts and dances. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Festival DanceAugusta Festival Dance

Friday, August 12; 8 p.m.
Augusta Dance Pavilion
Adults: $6*; AmeriCorps Members and Students: $4; D&E Faculty, Staff and Students: FREE
 
The Augusta Festival kicks off with its first dance filled with contras and squares in the open-air pavilion. *No charge for week five registed Augusta participants. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Festival in the ParkAugusta Festival in the Park

Saturday, August 13; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Elkins City Park
FREE
 
The Augusta Festival is the grand finale weekend that caps off the summer sessions. It’s a wonderful celebration of traditional dance, craft and music. And it is completely open to the public! Join us for the family-style festivities that take place all day under tents in tree-shaded Elkins City Park and surrounding area. The juried Craft Fair will have many of Appalachia’s finest artisans selling their unique creations. There is fun and entertainment for the entire family. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Festival ConcertAugusta Festival Concert featuring Mountain Stage

Friday, August 13; 7:30 p.m.
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
General Admission: $20*; Students: $10 (at the door only); D&E Faculty, Staff and Students: FREE
 
The Augusta Festival concert will be recorded live for the internationally syndicated radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Heard weekly on NPR stations across the country, Mountain Stage is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and is celebrating its 33rd year on the air. Keep your eyes on www.mountainstage.org and www.augustaheritagecenter.org for the lineup. *No charge for week five registed Augusta participants. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.
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Augusta Festival Gospel SingAugusta Festival Gospel Sing

Sunday, August 14; 10:30 a.m.
Robbins Memorial Chapel
FREE
 
Join us in song as we close out the Augusta Festival in beautiful stained glass Robbins Memorial Chapel. Presented by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Fiddle & Banjo ContestWV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest

Saturday, September 24; 1 p.m.
Outdoor Amphitheatre
 
The annual West Virginia Open Fiddle and Banjo Contest offers cash prizes in fiddle, old-time banjo, bluegrass banjo and flatfoot dancing. Sponsored by Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta October Old-TimeAugusta October Old-Time Week

Sunday, October 16 - Friday, October 21
Davis & Elkins College
 
October Old-Time Week brings a wonderful array of talent to Augusta and focuses on West Virginia's rich traditions of old-time music. In addition to classes, there will be special musical presentations, workshops and, of course, plenty of jamming. The week wraps up with the annual Augusta Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion featuring a unique square dance on Friday evening; performances by older generation master fiddlers and younger accomplished fiddlers from all over West Virginia all day Saturday; and a gospel sing on Sunday morning. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Fiddlers' ReunionAugusta Fiddlers' Reunion

Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23
Davis & Elkins College
 
This unique event is a favorite of all who love old-time music. Scores of West Virginia’s master fiddlers, pickers and singers gather, along with hundreds of local folks and visitors, for a weekend of fun, packed with jam sessions throughout the weekend, informal concerts and renewal of friendships. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Davis & Elkins Dance Festival

Friday, April 7 - Saturday, April 8
Myles Center for the Arts
 
Details TBA. Presented by the Davis & Elkins College Division of Fine & Performing Arts.