It's time for the October Old-Time Week, which will run from Sunday to Nov. 3, as well as the 20th annual Old-Time Fiddlers' Reunion, set for Nov. 2 to 4 at Davis & Elkins College.
Old-Time Week is sponsored by the Augusta Heritage Center of D&E College. Instructors such as Dave Bing of Gandy Dancer, Chance McCoy of Old Crow Medicine Show, Walt Koken, Bob Heyer, John Rossbach and many others will teach intensive classes throughout the week in banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and mountain dulcimer. Registrations will be accepted until Sunday.
All week, evening jam sessions will take place in the Hermanson Center and Myles Center for the Arts at D&E. Pickin' in Hermanson will get under way at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and a large crowd usually comes out for that.
The Fiddlers' Reunion will kick off with a Halloween Square Dance at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Great Hall of the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Costumes are optional - but encouraged - and admission is $6 per person. Music will be provided by the October Old-Time Week staff.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3, attendees can enjoy performances of invited old-time master fiddlers and younger old-time musicians from all over West Virginia. A freestyle clogging and flatfooting dance contest will begin at 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Folks can hear from traditional singers from all over the region, and jam sessions will go on far into the night. Exhibits and sales of instrument and food vendors are nearby.
The festivities will end on a high note with a participatory Gospel Sing at 10 a.m. Nov. 4.
Additional information is available by visiting www.augustaheritagecenter.org or calling 304-637-1209.