Cultural Series

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Tuesday and Thursday Concerts

Beginning Tuesday, July 12; 7:30 p.m.
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
General Admission: $12; Students: $6 (available with ID at the Box Office the night of the concert); D&E Student, Faculty and Staff: FREE
Season Pass: $82
 
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The Augusta Heritage Center’s Summer Concert Series every Tuesday and Thursday July 12 through August 11 features the talents of guest master artists. Dances in the open-air pavilion are scheduled after each concert and are included with concert admission. The performances are part of Augusta’s five-week summer session of music, dance and craft classes which are capped off with the Augusta Festival August 12-14. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

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 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 31 - 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 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 registered 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
 
Fan-favorite bluegrass band Blue Highway will headline the Augusta Festival Concert featuring Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Rounding out the lineup are emerging bluegrass artists Flatt Lonesome and rising country-folk singer-songwriter Dori Freeman. 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.
Blue Highway recently was voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today. That honor adds to the band’s many accolades including two Grammy nominations as a band and a collective 25 IMBA Awards, six SPBGMA Awards and one Dove Award. The band is currently working on its 11th studio album, a follow-up to the highly successful album “The Game.”
Bluegrass music also takes the stage at the Augusta Festival Concert with a performance by Flatt Lonesome, a young, new group of pickers fresh to the scene. The group adds to its roots a flair for gospel, country, Americana and acousticana. In 2014, the band won the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award.
Also performing at the Augusta Festival Concert will be 24-year-old Dori Freeman, a country-folk singer-songwriter. Signed to Free Dirt Records, Freeman released her self-titled debut album in February. The collection of songs full of longing, wit and Freeman’s haunting vocals are combined with a mix of steel guitar, bass, fiddle and piano.
*No charge for week five registered 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 - Banjos, Burgers and Beer Festival

Saturday, October 1; 12 noon registration, 2 p.m. start
Outdoor Amphitheatre
 
Breathing new energy and excitement into the 80th Mountain State Forest Festival, the Celebrate Appalachia! - Banjos, Burgers and Beer Festival will feature the West Virginia Open Fiddle, Banjo and Flatfoot Dance Contest hosted by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, a burger cook-off and craft beer and West Virginia wine. The WV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest showcases some of the most talented and dedicated traditional musicians in our area. The annual 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.forestfestival.com or www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Forest Festival Magic of Autumn

Saturday, October 1; 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
Tickets TBA
 
The Comedy/Magic Show returns to the schedule to celebrate the 80th Mountain State Forest Festival. Joshua Jordan is an award winning magician, comedian and international speaker who was born and raised in Elkins, West Virginia. Joshua’s style is unique because he combines comedy AND magic. His show is improvised, witty and jaw dropping all at the same time. Because of this, he keeps his audience on their toes without a dull moment. He takes pride that his audience truly sees something unique every time, as it’s been said, “No two shows are the same.” Joshua Jordan’s show is filled with mind blowing effects as he takes his audience into a world of deception and misdirection. Interlaced within the show is a challenging and life changing message where Joshua bends reality and sheds light on the deceptions in this world. He brings to focus the impact you can have in your world by taking away deception. Presented by the Davis & Elkins College Campus Activities Board. For more information, visit www.forestfestival.com.

 

Forest Festival Country Music Show

Saturday, October 8; 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
Tickets TBA
 
It's a performance you won't want to miss - Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is coming to the 80th Mountain State Forest Festival! For more than 30 years Mountain Stage has been giving radio audiences the best seat in the house for some of the world's most renowned performers. Distributed by NPR Music and produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is the longest running live-performance radio show of its kind. Each two-hour show features multiple guest artists performing live in front of an audience with studio quality audio. Showcasing talent from all over the world and in virtually every style of music, Mountain Stage has played host to world-class musicians and songwriters while consistently turning audiences on to new music. Audience members will participate in a recording that will be heard on over 170 NPR stations around the nation and on the top-ranking Mountain Stage Podcast. For more information, visit www.forestfestival.com.

 

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.

 

Debate: British Debate Tour

Monday, November 14; 7:30 p.m.
Location TBA
FREE
 
Topic TBA. The debate will be approximately one hour and will include an opportunity for audience questions. The event is free and open to the public. Presented by the Calliduz Debate Club of Davis & Elkins College.

 

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.