October Old-Time Week

October Old-Time Week

October 13 - 18, 2019

October Old-Time Week focuses on West Virginia’s rich traditions of old-time music. Workshops meet 9 a.m. to noon, with an afternoon cultural session each day and afternoon workshops. Presentations from master artists, evening jam sessions and much more fill out the week. Stay for the Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion, October 26-27, a celebration of West Virginia fiddlers. The Reunion kicks off Friday night with a square dance and continues Saturday with performances by West Virginia’s master fiddlers, a flatfoot dance contest, instrument vendors, and the Augusta Store.

Hey folks, We couldn’t be more pleased to announce the 29th annual October Old-Time week here at the Augusta Heritage Center in scenic Elkins, West Virginia. This week will be focused specifically on styles and traditions of folk art and music from all around West Virginia. We’ve go a great lineup as you will see and we have a few programming tricks up our sleeves that you’ll just have to come participate to find out about. All of us here are excited to see you in October and hope you have a great year until then. Please keep checking back for new content, and don’t forget to share this great news with a friend! – Ben Townsend, October Old-Time Week Coordinator


Tuition Guide: $490/week if paid before September 1. $530/week if paid after September 1. 

(+ Room & Board or other available options.)
Housing for October Old Time Week is available at the Graceland Inn and Conference Center as well as in the city of Elkins (https://augustaheritagecenter.org/lodging). Meal cards for the week may be purchased online  when you register, or you  may also purchase meals individually as desired at the Dining Hall.

Register Here!

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Ben Townsend, October Old-Time Week Coordinator

Ben Townsend

As a member of The Fox Hunt, Old Sledge, The Iron Leg Boys, The Hackensaw Boys, and now as a solo performer, Ben has traveled across the country and around the world spreading his unique take on West Virginia regional old-time music. Born and raised in Romney, West Virginia, multi-instrumentalist Ben Townsend has studied Appalachian traditional music extensively. He is also a successful engineer, whose label, Questionable Records, has released popular traditional albums, as well as albums of music from genres across the board. Ben’s most recent record, Deep End Sessions, Volume 3: Ben Townsend and Friends, has recently been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Folk Album category.


Click here to see all  mini courses offered this week!