Augusta Heritage Center Throwing Cajun Dance in Celebration of Mardi Gras

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Friday, February 2, 2018

ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is throwing a Mardi Gras party, complete with live Cajun music, for its monthly dance on Friday, February 9. The event changes location, moving to Madden Student Center, and includes a potluck supper.

“Augusta Heritage Center has had deep connections to southwest Louisiana for years, hosting Cajun & Creole Week every summer, and we are excited to celebrate the beautiful culture of that region with a Cajun dance this February,” said Augusta Heritage Center Events Coordinator Becky Hill.

The party begins at 7 p.m. with a potluck supper and mask making. A beginner’s workshop starts at 7:45 p.m. and the dance will follow at 8 p.m.

“The evening will be a mix of Cajun two-step and waltzes with a few square dances thrown in called by Tyler ‘T-Claw’ Crawford,” Hill said. “You don’t need to come with a dance partner to be dancing all night long.”

Cajun music will be provided by Stand Bayou with Brad Smedley on accordion, Kevin Enoch on guitar and Bob Smakula on fiddle. The band has been performing since 1985, most recently at the Lake Erie Folk Festival.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and AmeriCorps members, and free to Davis & Elkins students, faculty and staff. Listeners are welcome. To help protect the floor, dancers are asked to bring clean dance shoes to change into.

Elkins is part of the Mountain Dance Trail, a heritage tourism project of Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. The project preserves and promotes 15 local community square dances from the Virginia line to the Ohio border. The Mountain Dance Trail hosts a square dance almost every weekend somewhere in West Virginia. The next Augusta Heritage Center Dance is scheduled for March 16. The 2018 Mountain Dance Trail schedule is available online at and in the brochure. For more information, call the Augusta Heritage Center at 304-636-1209.

Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial support from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. Local support is provided by the Randolph County Commission.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at or call 304-637-1243.