ELKINS – Elkins Main Street, along with Davis Medical Center, Davis & Elkins College, Augusta Heritage Center and downtown business owners, will bring music, dance and a host of activities to the heart of downtown Elkins for a D&E Night on the Town First Friday. Events are scheduled from 5-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 and locations may change as a result of weather conditions.
“It is always a pleasure to work with Elkins Main Street and this year, partnering with Davis Medical and our own Augusta Heritage Center, makes it more special,” said D&E Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard. “The goal of First Friday, D&E Night on the Town has always been to blur the lines between Davis & Elkins College and the city of Elkins, and come together as one community to share all that we both have to offer.”
Davis Avenue will be closed from Third Street to Fourth Street beginning at 5 p.m. allowing attendees to stroll from event to event throughout the evening. Pony rides in front of Elkins Sewing Center and a sidewalk chalk art contest along Davis Avenue are set from 5:15-7 p.m. Randolph County Schools Math4life will award prizes for top artworks.
DJ K-Swift will play his music mix of hip hop and R&B on the balcony of C.J. Maggie’s from 5-7 p.m. and the rooftop of the Brewstel at 9 p.m. Music will move indoors at both locations in the event of rain. With more than seven years radio experience, K-Swift has one of the hottest radio shows in Tennessee on WJBE.
A corn hole tournament, hosted by Dawg Poung Cornhole, will take place in the parking lot in front of Jim Bialek Nationwide Insurance on Railroad Avenue. Teams can register for $20 from 5-5:30 p.m. and the tournament begins at 5:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.
The Davis & Elkins Appalachian Ensemble will take to the stage at the Town Square Amphitheater to perform their Spring Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs.
Led by String Band Director Emily Miller and Dance Director William Roboski, the ensemble is dedicated to bringing live traditional music and dance to audiences in West Virginia and beyond. Composed entirely of D&E students, the group features an acoustic string band – fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass – and a team of dancers with a diverse range of expertise.
The Augusta Heritage Center square dance will follow the performance with a beginners workshop at 7:45 p.m. and the dance at 8 p.m.
At 8 p.m., El Gran Sabor will offer live entertainment with the Joint Chiefs.
Elkins Main Street Executive Director Madalyn Humphrey said the organization’s promotion committee has worked hard to make 2019 First Fridays first-rate events.
First Friday events are planned on the first Friday of each month through September. For a sneak preview, follow @ElkinsMainStreet on Instagram and Twitter. Stay tuned for rain locations and updates.
Rack cards listing all Elkins Main Street events are available at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center and many downtown businesses. For more information on Elkins Main Street events and activities, or to participate in the program as a volunteer, visit the Main Street office at 204 Davis Ave. or call 304-637-4803.
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.