ELKINS - First Friday: D&E Night on the Town will offer an evening filled with free entertainment, including live music and an outdoor movie showing, throughout downtown Elkins on Friday, September 1. The Davis & Elkins College Campus Activities Board, city of Elkins and Elkins Main Street are again partnering to offer the event.
Now a tradition at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, D&E Night on the Town serves as a connection between downtown Elkins and the College. The public is invited to join in the activities and help welcome students back to Elkins.
“It is our sincere hope that events and activities such as A Night on the Town develop positive relationships among Elkins residents and D&E students through fellowship, communication and service for the betterment of the community as a whole,” said D&E Vice President for Student Life Scott Goddard. “From the community engagement activity days ago involving all of the student-athletes to A Night on the Town, there are visible signs of our commitment to view our success jointly, to dream in sync and face problems collaboratively. These interactions are what make Elkins and Davis & Elkins College special.”
Activities get underway at 5 p.m. with the Kiwanis Club of Elkins serving cotton candy at Henry G’s Café on Third Street until 7 p.m.
The Davis & Elkins College student dance and string band, Appalachian Ensemble, will perform at C.J. Maggie’s Armadillo Flats on Davis Avenue from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. The group focuses on the intersections of different American vernacular forms and their roots, ranging from old-time music and flatfooting to jazz music and tap dance, to Irish sean nós dance, body percussion and numerous traditional American styles of harmony singing.
The movie “Matilda” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Huntington Bank Drive-Thru, in support of the Randolph County Read Aloud program. In the film, an intelligent girl who is neglected by her parents discovers that she has telekinetic powers. It’s not until a teacher shows her kindness that she realizes she can use those powers to do something about her unhappiness. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown at The Old Brick Playhouse.
“Main Street is happy to partner with the Read Aloud program in bringing this wonderful film for families to enjoy,” said Main Street Executive Director Karen Carper. “We are grateful to Huntington Bank and Davis & Elkins College for their support in making it possible.”
Carper said everyone should bring their own chairs as well as jackets or blankets to keep warm after the sun goes down.
Throughout the evening, D&E students will dine at various downtown restaurants. Those on the room and board plan will receive vouchers, giving them a chance to see what the local businesses have to offer. Restaurants participating this year are Beander’s, C.J. Maggie’s, El Gran Sabor, Jabberwock, Papa John’s, Brewstel, Clara Belle’s, Henry G’s Café, Mama Mia and Railyard Restaurant.
Capping off the evening will be live music by the Tom Batchelor Band from approximately 8-11:30 p.m. at El Gran Sabor on Kerens Avenue. Hailing from Morgantown, W.Va., the band performs reggae and rock covers, along with originals ranging from rock and funk, to reggae and island romps.
Parking is available along the city streets and in the city parking lot behind Elkins City Hall.
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.