Augusta Heritage Center releases catalog

ELKINS — The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is celebrating its 44th year with an exciting line-up of instructors and expanded programming for the 2017 season. The Augusta catalog will arrive in mailboxes soon and is available online now at

“We are looking forward to wonderful summer and fall workshops,” said Augusta Heritage Center Director Beth King. “The week coordinators have lined up incredible artists and musicians who are, most importantly, amazing teachers. Whether your love is making music or creating art, there is a wide variety of classes to choose from. Plus, the Augusta experience is more than just class time – it is the jams, the learning, the sharing and the friendships that grow during each week. It is a supportive and caring community of people who love to learn and who share the passion for passing it on.”

Registration for summer and fall sessions is open at Included are many new courses, from dance to craft and music.

The summer session runs from July 9 to Aug. 11. Theme weeks with full day-long music and voice courses in all levels are Cajun and Creole Week and Classic Country Week, July 9-14; Blues and Swing Week, July 16-21; Bluegrass Week, July 30 to Aug. 4; and Old-Time Week and Vocal Week, Aug. 6-11. October Old-Time Week is scheduled for Oct.15-20.

During the summer session, dance offerings will be available each week from beginning to advanced levels and range from Cajun and Zydeco two-step, to lindy hop, flatfooting and


The Folk Arts for Kids class has expanded with sessions each week designed to expose children in grades K-5 to traditional music, craft, dance and folklore. The 2017 season also will bring a wide range of new offerings in arts, craft and folklore, including willow wicker and tulip poplar basket making, repurposed leatherwork, jewelry making, sculptural blacksmithing, wood utensil carving, woven shibori and more. Craft classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Evening mini-workshops are scheduled each week throughout the summer from 6-7:15 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. New offerings this year are clawhammer banjo from scratch, yodeling, intro to herbal medicine and many others.

Public concerts, jam sessions and dances fill each evening every week during Augusta and are open to the public.

The summer session will close on a high point the weekend of Aug. 11-12 with two evening public square dances, the Augusta Festival and Juried Craft Fair, and the Festival Concert featuring Mountain Stage.

The 2017 Augusta catalog will be available at the Augusta Heritage Center, Booth Library, Elkins-Randolph County Public Library, Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and Randolph County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For additional information on programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College or to have a catalog mailed to you, call 304-637-1209.

A Center of Excellence for more than 40 years, the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College offers several week-long programs featuring instruction in many traditions of music, dance, craft and folklore. Concerts, dances, a summer festival and other heritage arts events are part of the Augusta experience. The Augusta Heritage Center also is home to significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments and Appalachian art.

Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial support from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.