Augusta to host Holiday Hoedown

Family-friendly dance set Friday at D&E College

ELKINS — The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College will ring in the season with a Holiday Hoedown honky-tonk and square dance this Friday in Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons.

Music will be provided by Jesse Milnes & Friends with calling by Tyler “T-Claw” Crawford.

A beginners’ workshop is set for 7:45 p.m. and the dance is set for 8 p.m. All dances are beginner- and family-friendly. Participants do not need to bring a dance partner.

The Holiday Hoedown combines two dance traditions, live music and holiday refreshments for a high-energy, family-friendly evening.

The event will feature live old-time music for square dancing plus honky-tonk two-steps and waltzes, all by Milnes, Tessa Dillon and Nate Druckenmiller.

Crawford will instruct and call the square dances, and give some instruction on honky-tonk two-stepping and waltzing during the evening. The Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Music & Dance Club will provide holiday snacks.

There is an admission charge for the general public, and the event is free to Davis & Elkins College students, faculty and staff.

The dance is part of The Mountain Dance Trail, a heritage tourism project of Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, which hosts a square dance almost every weekend in the heart of West Virginia.

Square dances will be conducted in Elkins the second Friday of each month through May. To learn more about square dances throughout the region, anyone interested can visit or 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 West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Local support is provided by the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Randolph County Commission.