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Augusta Heritage Center Pickin’ Indoors
Every Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – May 9, 2018
5 – 10 p.m.
D&E campus, Myles Center for the Arts
Old-time, bluegrass, country, & gospel jam sessions. Country jam typically begins at 5 p.m., and old-time jam begins around 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Augusta Heritage Center Cajun & Creole Week Workshops
Sunday, July 29 – Friday, August 3, 2018
Check-In 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday, workshops approx. 9 am – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, and special events each evening.
D&E Campus, Various Locations
Our staff of Cajun and Creole workshop leaders keeps participants buzzing with excitement in the classroom and pulsing with energy on the pavilion dance floor! Each day starts with a fresh cup of Cajun coffee and a jam session. Workshops meet 10 – 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. After lunch, everyone gathers for special presentations on Cajun and Creole music and culture. With mini-courses, jam sessions, concerts, dances and a gumbo party, it’s a gala week of nonstop music and dancing. Cajun & Creole Week runs concurrently with Classic Country Week; Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops; Folk Arts for Kids; and Evening Mini-Courses. The two weeks have been paired together since Classic Country Week began in 2010, and the pairing creates wonderful opportunities for participants to interact through combined cultural sessions, special evening events, swapping tunes and songs in jam sessions, and sharing in the fun! Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Heritage Center Classic Country Week Workshops
Sunday, July 29 – Friday, August 3, 2018
Check-In 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday, workshops approx. 9 am – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, and special events each evening.
D&E Campus, Various Locations
Country music borrows from folk, pop, blues, swing, and religious sources, and yet it is distinctly different. It is easily remembered, loves to tell a story, and invites you to dance. The music we focus on is not from the current Nashville scene. This is classic country music from its roots, from Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, through folks like Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard, and Dolly Parton, to the soulful singing of George Jones and Vern Gosdin. During this week, we explore this treasure trove of American music with some of the most dedicated musicians doing country music today. Classic Country Week runs concurrently with Cajun & Creole Week; Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops; Folk Arts for Kids; and Evening Mini-Courses. The two weeks have been paired together since Classic Country Week began in 2010, and the pairing creates wonderful opportunities for participants to interact through combined cultural sessions, special evening events, swapping tunes and songs in jam sessions, and sharing in the fun! Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Heritage Center Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops during Cajun & Creole Week and Classic Country Week
Sunday, July 29 – Friday, August 3, 2018
Check-In 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday, workshops 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, and special events each evening.
D&E Campus, Various Locations
Nearly 45 years ago, Augusta began as a craft and folklore program with an emphasis on traditional Appalachian culture. Today, weeklong craft and folklore workshops are offered throughout the summer session alongside music and dance workshops, concerts, public dances, and special presentations that cover the history and literature of many traditions. Craft and folklore workshops are limited in size, with minimum ages for some workshops for safety reasons. Workshops meet all day, typically from 9 a.m. to noon, breaking for lunch, and resuming from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Our craft studios often buzz with activity late into the night as participants immerse themselves in their projects. Most craft workshops have an additional materials fee (see workshop descriptions for details. Participants may sign up for one workshop per week. Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week Workshops
Sunday, August – Friday, August 10, 2018
Check-In 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday, workshops approx. 9 am – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, and special events each evening.
D&E Campus, Various Locations
For 2018, Augusta brings together another spectacular lineup! The staff of well-known bluegrass figures will share their talents with participants in workshops, demonstrations, special presentations, concerts, and jam sessions throughout the week. Informal picking sessions at all levels go on ’til the wee hours all over campus as participants and staff get together with old friends and make new ones. Evening performances feature exciting combinations of master bluegrass artists with special guests. While workshops are geared for adults, young folks able to maintain an adult level of participation are welcome. All workshops (except Vocals) are intended for those who can already play their instrument to some extent and are ready to start learning bluegrass style, technique, and repertoire. Bluegrass Week runs concurrently with Vocal Week; Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops; Folk Arts for Kids; and Evening Mini-Courses. This is the first year of our Bluegrass Week and Vocal Week pairing, and we have some exciting plans in store. Participants can take advantage of both weeks by attending special events, afternoon electives, swapping songs in jam sessions, and sharing in the fun! Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Heritage Center Vocal Week Workshops
Sunday, August 6 – Friday, August 11, 2018
Check-In 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday, workshops approx. 9 am – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, and special events each evening.
D&E Campus, Various Locations
Singing can connect us to many wonderful cultures, and the act of singing is itself one of humanity’s oldest and most powerful traditions. Vocal Week offers a wealth of opportunities to join in. Participants will learn songs from a range of traditional cultures and contemporary styles, taught by nationally and internationally known workshop leaders. Taking good care of your voice will also be emphasized, along with workshops in voice technique and vocal warmups. Those at the beginning level can learn to create simple harmonies, while more experienced singers can get a challenging workout. Take weeklong workshops during three periods each day, sample single-day “one shot” sessions during one period each afternoon, and sing in a large group during afternoon cultural sessions in the chapel. You can also enjoy evening song circles, concerts, and dances. Vocal Week runs concurrently with Bluegrass Week; Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops; Folk Arts for Kids; and Evening Mini-Courses. This is the first year of our Bluegrass Week and Vocal Week pairing, and we have some exciting plans in store. Participants can take advantage of both weeks by attending special events, afternoon electives, swapping songs in jam sessions, and sharing in the fun! Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Heritage Center Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops during Bluegrass Week and Vocal Week
Sunday, August 6 – Friday, August 11, 2018
Check-In 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday, workshops 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, and special events each evening.
D&E Campus, Various Locations
Over 40 years ago, Augusta began as a craft and folklore program with an emphasis on traditional Appalachian culture. Today, weeklong craft and folklore workshops are offered throughout the summer session alongside music and dance workshops, concerts, public dances, and special presentations that cover the history and literature of many traditions. Craft and folklore workshops are limited in size, with minimum ages for some workshops for safety reasons. Workshops meet all day, typically from 9 a.m. to noon, breaking for lunch, and resuming from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Our craft studios often buzz with activity late into the night as participants immerse themselves in their projects. Most craft workshops have an additional materials fee (see workshop descriptions for details. Participants may sign up for one workshop per week. Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Heritage Center Folk Arts for Kids Workshop during Bluegrass Week and Vocal Week
Sunday, August 6 – Friday, August 11, 2018
Check-In 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday, workshops 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, and special events each evening.
D&E Campus, Gribble Hall Lounge & Patio
Folk Arts for Kids is a program for youth who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade. Participants explore arts and crafts through a variety of media and projects while getting a taste of the music, dance, and other activities running within the week. Each Folk Arts for Kids workshop runs concurrently with the music and dance themes listed below, plus arts, crafts, and folklore workshops and evening mini-courses. See the program details below for each week. Folk Arts for Kids workshops meet from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register. Augusta is dedicated to carrying traditions forward to new generations. See FAQs for information regarding youth and chaperones. Scholarships are available for young folks for our regular sessions. For scholarship guidelines and to apply, go to www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org.

Augusta Heritage Center Evening Mini-Courses during Bluegrass Week and Vocal Week
Monday, August 7 – Thursday, August 10, 2018
6 – 7:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
D&E Campus, various locations
Augusta Mini-Courses add to participants’ daily learning experiences and allow busy local residents to be part of the Augusta experience. You DO NOT need to be enrolled as a full-time Augusta participant to sign up for Mini-Courses. (You DO need to be a full-time participant to stay in campus residence halls.) Check out the wide array of subjects, listed by week, from which to choose! A real bargain, Mini-Courses include four evenings of instruction by world-class artists. Some Mini-Courses may require a small materials fee. All summer Mini-Courses meet Monday – Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Festival with Juried Craft Fair and W.Va. Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest
Saturday, August 11, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Elkins City Park
Juried craft fair with regional artisans, W.Va. Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest, craft demonstrations, live music, workshops, kids’ activities, and food concessions in tree-shaded City Park.

Augusta Heritage Center September Square Dance
Friday, September 14, 2018
8 p.m. (Beginners’ Workshop at 7:45 p.m.)
D&E Campus, Augusta Dance Pavilion. Cold weather location: Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons (former Pit Dance Studio)
Dance to live old-time music! All dances are beginner and family friendly, and participants don’t need to bring a dance partner.

Augusta Heritage Center October Old-Time Week Workshops
Sunday, October 21 – Friday, October 26, 2018
Check-In 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday, workshops 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, and special events each evening.
D&E Campus, Various Locations
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. Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Heritage Center Mini-Courses during October Old-Time Week
Monday, October 22 – Thursday, October 25, 2018
6 – 7:15 p.m.
D&E Campus, Various Locations
Augusta Mini-Courses add to participants’ daily learning experiences and allow busy local residents to be part of the Augusta experience. You DO NOT need to be enrolled as a full-time Augusta participant to sign up for Mini-Courses. Check out the wide array of subjects, listed by week, from which to choose! A real bargain, Mini-Courses include four evenings of instruction by world-class artists. Some Mini-Courses may require a small materials fee. All Mini-Courses meet Monday – Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Visit augustaheritagecenter.org for details and to register.

Augusta Heritage Center October Square Dance
Friday, October 26, 2018
8 p.m. (Beginners’ Workshop at 7:45 p.m.)
D&E Campus, Augusta Dance Pavilion. Cold weather location: Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons (former Pit Dance Studio)
Dance to live old-time music! All dances are beginner and family friendly, and participants don’t need to bring a dance partner.

Augusta Heritage Center WV Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion
Saturday, October 27, 2018
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
D&E Campus, Myles Center for the Arts Joni & Buck Smith Arts Forum
Performances all day by master West Virginia musicians, plus exhibitors, jam sessions, & the Augusta Store

Augusta Heritage Center November Square Dance
Friday, November 9, 2018
8 p.m. (Beginners’ Workshop at 7:45 p.m.)
D&E Campus, Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons (former Pit Dance Studio)
Dance to live old-time music! All dances are beginner and family friendly, and participants don’t need to bring a dance partner.

Augusta Heritage Center December Square Dance
Friday, December 7, 2018
8 p.m. (Beginners’ Workshop at 7:45 p.m.)
D&E Campus, Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons (former Pit Dance Studio)
Dance to live old-time music! All dances are beginner and family friendly, and participants don’t need to bring a dance partner.