Augusta Heritage Center is celebrating its 41st year and the five-week summer program is in full swing up at Davis & Elkins College. Augusta is best known for its intensive weeklong workshops that focus on traditional music, dance, craft and folklore. The program kicked off last week with Cajun and Early Country Music Week. During Augusta's summer program there are many opportunities for local residents to participate each week.
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings every week through Aug. 10, there are concerts in the Hermanson Auditorium in the Myles Center for the Arts on D&E's campus. These concerts feature the instructors of each week and headliners, including Dale Ann Bradley, Joe Newberry, Mac Benford and Robbie O'Connell, Brittany Haas and many more. All of the instructors are the best in their musical genre and come from all over the world to teach at Augusta Heritage Center.
Concert dates are Friday for Irish Week; July 30 and Aug. 1 for Bluegrass Week; and Aug. 6 and Aug. 8 for Old-Time, Vocal and Dance Week. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 seniors and $7 for youth through high school. D&E staff, students and faculty get in free.
Tickets go on sale at 7 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Following each concert there is a dance in the pavilion and concert attendants get in free to that dance.
In addition, there are evening dances almost every night at the dance pavilion on D&E's campus behind the Myles Center for the Arts. Most dances get underway at 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and teenagers, children 12 and younger get in free.
Also, each week there are evening mini-courses that run each night from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in which you can learn about designing an Aran sweater, beginning clogging, bluegrass harmonica, coal mining songs and songs of work and freedom and many more. These classes run $55 for the week.
You can learn more about all of this and more by visiting www.augustaheritagecenter.org. or by calling 304-637-1209.