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Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College

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100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
304-637-1209

https://augustaheritagecenter.org/
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The Augusta Heritage Center mission:

  • To encourage wider understanding and practice of artistic expression found in local, regional, and ethnic traditional folk cultures.
  • To document, promote, encourage, and nurture West Virginia’s folklife and folkways.
  • To accomplish the above through workshops, publications, and public presentations.
  • To prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.

We are Davis & Elkins College’s program for the Heritage Arts. Augusta provides instruction and performances, folklife programs, and a home for significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments, and Appalachian art. We teach. We share. We celebrate the wonder and diversity of the heritage arts.

Augusta was the historic name of West Virginia in its period of earliest settlement. In 1973, “Augusta Heritage Arts Workshops” was the name given to a summer program that was set up to help preserve the Appalachian heritage and traditions. In 1981, Davis & Elkins College became the new home of the program, renamed Augusta Heritage Center. In the years since then, it has flourished and grown. Augusta Heritage Center is known nationally and internationally for its activities relating to traditional folklife and folk arts of many regions and cultures.

Augusta Heritage Center is best known for intensive weeklong workshops that attract several hundred participants annually, including weeks devoted to (but not limited to) Bluegrass, Early Country, Irish, Old-Time, and more. Thousands more attend our public concerts, dances, and festivals. Augusta’s full-time staff, plus volunteers, seasonal staff, and work-study students, produce a great variety of quality workshops. These world-renowned workshops and festivals have brought together master artists, musicians, dancers, craftspeople, and enthusiasts of all ages.

Year-round Activities and week long programming including traditional dance, bluegrass, old time, early country, vocals, fiddlers convention, folklore, courses and more!

Our year-round activities also include folklife research and documentation, production of films and audio recordings for a national audience, and outreach programs for young people and our local community. Augusta-sponsored activities in the community enrich the quality of life in the Elkins area year-round.

One of these activities is “Pickin’ In The Park,” a weekly series of informal old-time and bluegrass jam sessions hosted by Augusta every Wednesday night. From mid-May through September these jam sessions take place under the trees in Elkins City Park, attracting participants and spectators from near and far. The Wednesday jam sessions continue on a smaller scale in the Myles Center for the Arts lobby on the Davis & Elkins College campus from October to May.

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July 2017

Bluegrass Week at Augusta Heritage Center

July 30 @ 11:00 am - August 4 @ 2:00 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Bluegrass Week! July 30 - August 4, 2017 Augusta brings together another spectacular lineup for 2017! Our staff of well-known bluegrass figures will share their talents with students in classes, workshops, special presentations, concerts, and sessions throughout the week. Informal picking sessions go on ’til the wee hours as students get together with old friends and make new ones. Evening concerts feature exciting combinations of master bluegrass artists and special guests. All classes are geared for those who can already…

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Clawhammer Banjo – From Scratch at the Augusta Heritage Center

July 31 @ 6:00 am - August 3 @ 7:15 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Clawhammer Banjo - From Scratch Kevin Chesser View the teachers and classes at https://augustaheritagecenter.org/. Registration is currently available by calling the Augusta office at (304) 637-1209 and will open online at https://www.dewv.edu/augusta/ by March 1. Mini-Workshop Tuition is $60. Clawhammer Banjo - From Scratch: Kevin Chesser is a musician and writer living in Elkins, WV. He performs regularly on banjo & guitar at square dances and community events around the state. In 2016, he took first place in old-time banjo…

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Monroe Style Mandolin – Int. / Adv. at the Augusta Heritage Center

July 31 @ 6:00 am - August 3 @ 7:15 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Monroe Style Mandolin - Int. / Adv. Jeremy Wanless View the teachers and classes at https://augustaheritagecenter.org/. Registration is currently available by calling the Augusta office at (304) 637-1209 and will open online at https://www.dewv.edu/augusta/ by March 1. Mini-Workshop Tuition is $60. Monroe Style Mandolin - Intermediate / Advanced: Learn the fundamentals of traditional Monroe style bluegrass mandolin! Delve into essential techniques including downstrokes, tremelo, slides, double-stops, and more. The class will discuss the role of the mandolin in a bluegrass…

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Roots and Branches of Bluegrass: From Ancient Ballads to WV Songs at the Augusta Heritage Center

July 31 @ 8:00 am - August 3 @ 5:00 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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  Roots and Branches of Bluegrass: From Ancient Ballads to WV Songs at the Augusta Heritage Center Augusta mini-class July 31 to August 3. Michael & Carrie Kline View the teachers and classes at https://augustaheritagecenter.org/. Registration is currently available by calling the Augusta office at (304) 637-1209 and will open online at https://www.dewv.edu/augusta/ by March 1. Mini-Workshop Tuition is $60. Roots & Branches of Bluegrass: From Ancient Ballads to WV Songs of Work & Freedom - All Levels: Prepare to…

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Roots & Branches of Bluegrass at Augusta Heritage Center

July 31 @ 6:00 pm - August 3 @ 7:15 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Michael & Carrie Kline View the teachers and classes at https://augustaheritagecenter.org/. Registration is currently available by calling the Augusta office at (304) 637-1209 and will open online at https://www.dewv.edu/augusta/ by March 1. Mini-Workshop Tuition is $60. Roots & Branches of Bluegrass: From Ancient Ballads to WV Songs of Work & Freedom - All Levels: Prepare to immerse in rich imagery and melodically haunting songs, making deep connections with the culture, landscapes, and history of Appalachia, and connecting with singers from…

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August 2017

Bluegrass Week Concert at the Augusta Heritage Center

August 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every 2 days that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until August 3, 2017

Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Bluegrass Week Concert at the Augusta Heritage Center Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM and Thursday, August 3 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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Bluegrass Week Concert at the Augusta Heritage Center

August 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every 2 days that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until August 3, 2017

Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Bluegrass Week Concert at the Augusta Heritage Center Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM and Thursday, August 3 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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Old Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center

August 6 @ 3:00 pm - August 11 @ 11:00 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Old-Time Week! August 6 - 11, 2017 This year we are excited to introduce another team of outstanding workshop leaders that have both a deep connection to old-time music and a passion for sharing it. Participants will begin each day with a single morning class from 9 a.m. - noon with their primary workshop leader. These in-depth sessions create an intimate learning environment to develop new skills, awareness, and repertoire. Each afternoon will feature a presentation from workshop leaders and…

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Folk Songs & Ballads of West Virginia – All Levels at the Augusta Heritage Center

August 7 @ 6:00 am - August 10 @ 7:15 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Folk Songs & Ballads of West Virginia - All Levels Gerry Milnes View the teachers and classes at https://augustaheritagecenter.org/ . Registration is currently available by calling the Augusta office at (304) 637-1209 and will open online at https://www.dewv.edu/augusta/ by March 1. Mini-Workshop Tuition is $60. Folk Songs & Ballads of West Virginia - All Levels: This class will present numerous old-time songs from Gerry Milnes, gathered from traditional singers in West Virginia. To give the songs context and meaning, Gerry…

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Fingerstyle Banjo – All Levels at the Augusta Heritage Center

August 7 @ 6:00 pm - August 10 @ 7:15 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Fingerstyle Banjo - All Levels Clarke Wyatt View the teachers and classes at https://augustaheritagecenter.org/ . Registration is currently available by calling the Augusta office at (304) 637-1209 and will open online at https://www.dewv.edu/augusta/ by March 1. Mini-Workshop Tuition is $60. Fingerstyle Banjo - All Levels: Class description coming soon! Bio: Clarke Wyatt plays two- and three-finger old-time banjo. His deep musical knowledge helps empower students with fretboard comprehension and melodic expression. Clarke says, "Music is a fundamental path to understanding…

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Old-Time Week and Vocal Week Concert at the Augusta Heritage Center

August 8 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Old-Time Week and Vocal Week Concert at the Augusta Heritage Center Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  and Thursday, August 10 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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Old-Time Week and Vocal Week Concert at the Augusta Heritage Center

August 10 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Old-Time Week and Vocal Week Concert at the Augusta Heritage Center Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM  and Thursday, August 10 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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Augusta Festival at the Augusta Heritage Center

August 11 @ 12:00 pm - August 12 @ 3:00 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Augusta Festival August 11-12 The Augusta Festival is an annual celebration of traditional music, dance and craft, the grand finale to our summer session. FRIDAY FESTIVAL DANCE Friday, August 11, 8 p.m. Kick off the Augusta Festival by square dancing to live music in the open-air Augusta Dance Pavilion. General admission: $7. Students and AmeriCorps: $5. Old-Time and Vocal Week students: Free. AUGUSTA FESTIVAL & CRAFT FAIR Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Join us for the festivities…

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October 2017

October Old-Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center

October 15 @ 3:00 am - October 20 @ 11:50 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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October Old-Time Week! October 15-20, 2017 October Old-Time Week focuses on West Virginia’s rich traditions of old-time music. Classes meet 9 a.m. - noon with an afternoon cultural session each day and afternoon classes. Presentations from master artists, late night jam sessions, and much more fill out the week.To register, specify October Old-Time Week and select the class that you would like to attend. Stay for the West Virginia Fiddlers’ Reunion, October 20-21, a celebration of West Virginia fiddlers. The…

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Fiddler’s Reunion at the Augusta Heritage Center

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - October 21 @ 11:30 pm
Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, 100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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Fiddler's Reunion at the Augusta Heritage Center This is the 28th year of this unique event - a favorite of all who love old-time music. Scores of West Virginia’s master fiddlers, pickers, and singers gather, along with hundreds of local folks and visitors for a weekend of fun, packed with jam sessions throughout the weekend, informal concerts, and renewal of friendships. Further detail coming soon! View the teachers and classes at https://augustaheritagecenter.org/. Registration is currently available by calling the Augusta…

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