ELKINS - Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is celebrating the conclusion of its 45th season Saturday, August 11 on a high note with the annual Augusta Festival in Elkins City Park, the West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest and the return of Mountain Stage with special guest host Bil Lepp.
The Augusta Festival in tree-shaded Elkins City Park takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festivities include a juried craft fair featuring the best regional artisans, live music on the mainstage, workshops, the West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest, craft demonstrations, jam sessions and children’s activities. This family friendly event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.
The West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College will kick off the festival at 10 a.m., with performances to follow throughout the day from Penny Anderson, John Harrod and many others. Workshops will be offered in beginning clogging, highland dance and singing, the kids tent will be hopping with activities, and jam sessions will be scattered throughout the park. Children’s activities include mural painting, mask making and several other projects.
The stage schedules for the day are:
10 a.m.: West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College
10:15 - 11 a.m.: Old-Time Tunes, Tom and Betty Druckenmiller with Norm Williams
11:15 a.m. - Noon: Eclectic Songs and Sing-a-Longs, Emily Eagen
12:15 - 1 p.m.: Bluegrass Music, Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass Band
1:15 - 2 p.m.: Sing Some Favorites, Penny Anderson and Flawn Williams
2:15 - 3 p.m.: West Virginia Old-Time Tunes and Stories, Gerry Milnes and Mike Miller
3:15 - 4 p.m.: Ethereal Folk from Southern West Virginia, Sophia Rehak and Hannah Pence
4:15 - 5 p.m.: Appalachian Songs and Stories, Michael and Carrie Kline
Shelter Stage: West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest
10 - 11 a.m.: Registration for West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest
11 a.m.: Fiddle Contest
1 p.m.: Bluegrass Banjo Contest
3 p.m.: Old-Time Banjo Contest
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.: Augusta Festival Waltz Party, Cindy Harris & Friends, play along or dance
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Body Percussion & Song, Kristin Andreassen
1 - 2 p.m.: Beginning Clogging Workshop, Will Roboski
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.: Community Sing, Emily Miller
11 a.m. - Noon: Old-Time Jam, Margo Blevin Denton
1 - 2:30 p.m.: Share a Song, Play Along or Listen In, Michael and Carrie Kline
“The Augusta Festival is a big, beautiful party we throw each year to celebrate the conclusion of our summer season and this year we’re celebrating our 45th year,” said Augusta Heritage Center Events Coordinator Becky Hill. “We hope people of all ages come out to peruse the juried craft fair, compete in the West Virginia Open Fiddle and Banjo Contest, jam underneath a shaded tree, participate in workshops and take in performances.”
The day ends with a Mountain Stage concert at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The live performance features special guest host Bil Lepp, country music legend Kathy Mattea, award winning bluegrass group Darin & Brooke Aldridge, West Virginia-based honky tonk group Blue Yonder, old-time multi-instrumentalist Joe Newberry and other special guests. Heard weekly on NPR stations across the country, Mountain Stage is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and is celebrating its 35th year on the air. The concert will be recorded live and broadcast at a later date on the internationally syndicated radio program.
Tickets are $25 general admission and may be purchased by calling 304-637-1209, online at www.augustaheritagecenter.org or at the D&E Box Office in Myles Center for the Arts on the night of the show.
To learn more about the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College summer sessions, visit augustaheritagecenter.org or call 304-637-1209.
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 and the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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 www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.