Augusta announces summer sessions

The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is ready for another summer filled with music, dance, crafts and folklore experiences steeped in America’s vernacular traditions.

Classes and performances are currently being finalized, and updates appear regularly on Augusta’s website augustaheritagecenter.org, where online registration also is available. Weekly themes are Cajun/Creole, and Early Country Music, July 7-12; Blues/Swing, July 14-19; Irish/Celtic, July 21-26; Bluegrass, July 28-Aug. 2; and Old-Time, Vocal and Dance, Aug. 4-11.

Augusta for Kids, designed for ages 8-12, is offered during Week 4 (July 28-Aug. 2) and Week 5 (Aug. 4-11). A perfect way to mix family and fun, kids classes will teach students to weave, knot, create collages and other techniques for making useful and decorative items. Music, dance and storytelling also will be explored.

Optional mini-courses are available Monday through Thursday evenings each week from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Students can learn various talents including weaving, harmonica performance or accordion repair.

Music enthusiasts won’t want to miss twice weekly performances by class instructors – some of the top musicians in their field – and special guests. Dances are held in the Augusta Pavilion almost every night, including following concerts, and are hailed by many Augusta alumni as can’t-miss events.

The five-week sessions lead up to the annual Augusta Festival Aug. 9-11, where food, music performances and dance all come together. Saturday’s events include a juried craft fair in Elkins City Park followed by a concert and dance.

To register for classes or learn more about the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, anyone interested can visit augustaheritagecenter.org.