Cultural Series

square danceSquare Dance

Friday, May 12; 7:45 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. dance
Pit Dance Studio, Myles Center for the Arts
Adults: $6; AmeriCorps Members and Students: $4; D&E Faculty, Staff and Students: FREE
 
Beginner and family-friendly. No dance partner required. Presented by the Mountain Dance Trail and Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Arts, Craft and Folklore Classes

July 9 - August 11
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. Our craft studios often buzz with activity late into the night as students immerse themselves in their projects. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Folk Arts for Kids

July 9 - August 11
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. Augusta is dedicated to carrying traditions forward to new generations. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Evening Mini-Courses

Monday - Thursday, July 10 - August 10; 6-7:15 p.m.
Davis & Elkins College
 
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. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Cajun & Creole Week

July 9-14
Davis & Elkins College
 
Our staff of Cajun and Creole masters keeps students buzzing with excitement in the classrooms and pulsing with energy on the pavilion dance floor all week! Each day starts with a choice of jam sessions or a visit with special artists. After lunch, everyone gathers for special presentations on Cajun/Creole music and culture. A fresh cup of Cajun coffee is always available. With mini-courses, jam sessions, concerts, dances and a party featuring Cajun gumbo, it’s a gala week of nonstop music and dancing. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Classic Country Week

July 9-14
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 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. Even the Honky Tonk sounds of Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis are included. During this week at Augusta, we explore this true treasure trove of American music with some of the most dedicated instructors doing country music today. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Blues & Swing Week

July 16-21
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, dances and a Blues & Swing Party. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Bluegrass Week

July 30 - August 4
Davis & Elkins College
 
Augusta brings together a spectacular lineup! The staff of well-known bluegrass figures 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. While classes are geared for adults, young folks able to maintain an adult level of participation are welcome. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Old-Time Week

August 6-11
Davis & Elkins College
 
This year we are excited to have another team of outstanding instructors that have both a deep connection to old-time music and a passion for sharing it. Students will begin each day with a single morning class from 9 a.m. – noon with their primary instructor. These in-depth sessions create an intimate learning environment to develop new skills, awareness and repertoire. Each afternoon will feature a presentation from instructors and elder master musicians and an array of elective workshops. 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. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Vocal Week

August 6-11
Davis & Elkins College
 
Perhaps no other form of cultural expression captures the essence of our lives better than singing the melodies, harmonies and poetry of this venerable art form. Taking good care of your voice will be emphasized, along with classes in voice technique and vocal warm-ups every morning. Students may work in a range of cultures and styles taught by nationally and internationally known singers, teachers and songwriters. Those at the beginning level can get tips on creating simple harmonies, and experienced harmony singers get a challenging workout. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins CollegeAugusta Festival

Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13
Davis & Elkins College and Elkins City Park
 
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! The Augusta Festival kicks off with a dance on Friday. Then, on Saturday, 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. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.