Final week of Augusta packed with events

ELKINS – The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is entering its final week of summer sessions and it’s packed with events, ushering in Old-Time, Vocal and Dance Week, along with Augusta for Kids.

Lectures, nightly dances and a jam session add to the week’s entertainment along with two vocal, old-time and dance concerts. Doors open for both concerts at 7 p.m. and the shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. Dances in the open-air pavilion will take place afterward. Tickets are available online at augustaheritagecenter.org, at the Box Office prior to the performance or by calling 304-637-1255.

Tuesday’s concert features special guest Elmer Rich with Mark Crabtree and additional performances by Magpie, Charlie Walden, Patt Plunket, Joebass DeJarnette and Karen Mueller, Lea Gilmore, Joe Newberry and the Musicianers, Sheila Kay Adams and Flawn Williams, along with step dancers and tap dancers. Williams will serve as master of ceremonies. After the concert, the Old-Time Week staff will perform for a square dance with caller Will Mentor and special guests in the open-air pavilion.

On Thursday, banjoists Frank Lee and Friends will take the stage along with Eva Salina Primack, flatfooting dancers, West African dancers, Ken Perlman, Alan Jabbour, Jim Watson, Maudlin Brothers with Ed Norman, Jon Newlin and Amy Davis, and Big Band featuring Jesse Milnes, Dave Bing, Joebass DeJarnette, Andrew Dunlap, Ben Townsend and KC Groves. Joe Newberry will serve as master of ceremonies. The after-concert squares and contras dance will feature music from Maivish with callers Will Mentor and special guests.

Other public events for the week include:

Today:

  • 1:10-2 p.m.: “History of Appalachian Step Dance,” a lecture by Phil Jamison of Warren Wilson College, in the dance studio located in the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts.
  • 8 p.m.: “Sing Full Out! Sacred Songs of Western North Carolina,” a mini-concert featuring Sheila Kay Adams in Robbins Memorial Chapel.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Contras and Squares dance at the open-air pavilion with music by Maivish with caller Will Mentor.

Tuesday:

  • 1:10-2 p.m.: “Tap History,” a lecture by Ann Kilkelly of Virginia Tech, in the dance studio located in the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts.
  • 4-6:30 p.m.: Show and Sell on the Halliehurst Porch featuring instruments, crafts, recordings and more.

Wednesday:

  • 1:10-2 p.m.: “Irish & Caribbean Influences in Carnival in Montserrat,” a lecture by Kate Spanos of the University of Maryland, College Park, in the dance studio located in the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts.
  • 4:15-5:15 p.m.: “Cypher/Square Experiments,” a dance exchange with Will Mentor in the open-air pavilion.
  • 6-10 p.m.: Pickin’ in the Park at Elkins City Park.
  • 6:30 p.m.: “Exploring Nostalgia for the Future: History of the Augusta Heritage Center” will be presented by Augusta Heritage Center Program Coordinator Brittany Hicks in Halliehurst Dining Room.
  • 10:30 p.m.: Doo-Wop Jam with Flawn Williams and Friends in Madden Student Center rotunda.

Thursday:

  • 1:10-2 p.m.: “Challenge Dance in Early America,” a lecture by April Masten from SUNY Stoneybrook and Greg Adams of the Smithsonian Institution, in the dance studio located in the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts.
  • 6:15-7:30 p.m.: Craft Student Showcase featuring exhibits and demonstrations by students in the craft and folklore classes in Myles Center for Arts.

Friday:

  • 1:10-2 p.m.: “Social Dance History as Context for Percussive American Vernacular Dance,” a lecture by Edwin Roa of Zabor Dance in Charlottesville, Va., in the dance studio located in the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts.
  • 8-8:30 p.m.: Gospel Choir Sing with Lea Gilmore in Robbins Memorial Chapel.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Festival Kick-off Dance featuring contras and squares with callers Will Mentor and Friends and music by Maivish followed by Old-Time Band Supreme. A Charleston dance contest will take place between sets. A late-night salsa and swing dance with free lessons by Edwin Roa will follow.
  • 8:45-10 p.m.: Festival Open Sing in Robbins Memorial Chapel.

Saturday:

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Augusta Festival in Elkins City Park with a juried crafts fair, master musicians and more
  • 7:30 p.m.: Festival Concert featuring “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.
  • After concert: Dance with music by Red Run in the open-air pavilion.

Sunday:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Gospel Sing in Robbins Memorial Chapel.