ELKINS – Old-time sounds and an evening of high-energy come together Friday, April 12 as The Mountain Dance Trail, a heritage tourism project of Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, hosts the monthly square dance in Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons. Live music will be provided by Bob Smakula and Red Run with calling by Hannah Johnson.
“Red Run and Hannah Johnson have been playing music and calling dances in this region for years and their friendship is reflected in their close knit sound,” said Augusta Heritage Center Events Coordinator Becky Hill. “This energetic dance is guaranteed to get you to laugh, holler and stomp your feet.”
The dance starts at 8 p.m., with a beginning workshop at 7:45 p.m. All dances are beginner and family friendly. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and AmeriCorps members, and free to Davis & Elkins students, faculty and staff. Participants don’t have to come with a dance partner and listeners are welcome.
The dance will be hosted by the student string and dance group Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble. Members also will sell baked goods to raise money to purchase team jackets and other equipment.
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 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 May 3 in downtown Elkins in conjunction with the Appalachian Ensemble Spring Showcase and as part of Elkins Main Street’s First Friday. Annie Stroud and friends will be playing music. The 2019 Mountain Dance Trail schedule is available online at www.mountaindancetrail.org. For more information or a brochure, call the Augusta Heritage Center at 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.