Teen Augusta Program

Teen Augusta Program

July 22 - 27, 2018

Teen Augusta Program

This year we are excited to offer a new week just for teens! We’ve organized a team of workshop leaders so participants can dive into the Augusta experience and have a chance to dabble in Old-Time and Blues & Swing music and dance.  Participants will learn singing and songwriting from Emily Miller, form a teen band, play games, dive into traditional crafts, make a zine with Emily Prentice, hike the Monongahela Forest, and pick up some Appalachian cooking skills. T-Claw Crawford will lead the week and will be joined by special guest artists and musicians throughout the week.  (See the class schedule below  for details. .) These sessions are specifically designed for teens with varied interests. Students will be encouraged to join in late afternoon electives and jams as well as evening events – lively jams, slow jams, song swaps, dances, and concerts. (Parent supervision is required outside of class time.) This class will allow students to explore many aspects of mountain culture and develop a taste for their favorites. The week is geared for young adults who have completed 5th grade through 9th grade.

Teen Augusta Program runs concurrently with Old-Time Week and Blues & Swing Week from July 22nd – 27th. Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops and Folk Arts for Kids also run at this time.  This is the first year Augusta has offered the Teen Augusta Program and we are stoked about the possibilities for bridging the generation gap while passing down cultural traditions.

Tuition Guide:
$225/week if paid before June 1. $250
/week if paid after June 1. 

(+ Room & Board or other available options.)

Registration will open on March 1, 2018.

2018 Teen Augusta Program Schedule! |Teen Augusta Program 2018 Flyer |Register Here!

2018 Teen Augusta Program Workshop Leaders. Click any name below to open more details. Click again to close.

Teen Augusta Program Coordinator – Tyler (T-Claw) Crawford

Tyler (T-Claw) Crawford

T-Claw grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, playing punk, jazz, and metal. Tee moved to the Pacific Northwest and fell into a vibrant old-time music revival community, first banging up old banjos, scratchin’ down fiddle tunes, and dancin’ a fury. Calling came intuitively after years of playing and community organizing. T-Claw motivates all variety of folks to hold hands and have a grand ol’ time, often where one least expects it.  From 2005-2007 Tee taught a weekly old time music class at the Olympia, Washington Free School. That class morphed into the Grizzle Grazzle Tune Snugglers community band, featuring members ages 4 to 64. Then, instigated the Oly Old Time Festival, recently presenting their 10th annual and sold out Oly Fest. T.C. Law & Associates have steadfastly toured the Lower 48 and as far off as New Zealand, stimulating interest in towns where old school community music and dance events have faded. Aside from calling for many of the country’s traditional square dance communities, he’s called at festivals including Dare to Be Square, Clifftop, Augusta, Seattle Folklife, Portland Gathering, and Yarra Junction in Australia. T-Claw’s goal in organizing Dare to Be Square and similar events is to incorporate equal parts music, dance, food, and other fun, providing something for everyone.

Teen Augusta Program Assistant Coordinator – Alex Miller

Alex Miller

Alex Miller is native to West Virginia. Having been born of a former art educator who chose to homeschool, her primary education until attending public high school was artistically based. This has influenced Alex’s want to become an art teacher, for which she is currently studying for in graduate school at WVU. Alex makes weird zines and likes to sew things even though she’s not very good at it. She’s also been a camp counselor forever, so get ready to make some killer friendship bracelets.

Bridget Esterhuizen – Guest Artist

Bridget Esterhuizen

Bridget Esterhuizen directs the theatre program at Davis & Elkins College. She is proud to have a rich foundation as an educator, having taught in both private and public schools at every grade level. Through her careers in education and theatre, she developed her philosophy of teaching which is grounded in a hands-on approach that emphasizes a student-driven process of experiential learning, fearless exploration, keen observation and joy! She has worked as an actor in Chicago-based equity theater companies including Chicago Children’s Theatre, Victory Garden’s Theater and The House Theatre. She was also a company actor with the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) of Staunton, Va., for several years during which time she completed three national tours, four residencies, 20 productions and played more than 30 roles.

Maureen Farrell – Guest Artist

Maureen Farrell

Maureen Farrell is a West Virginia transplant living in the mountains outside Beverly. She has been putting down roots and expanding her knowledge of the local ecosystem while growing food and making herbal preparations that can be found at the Elkins Farmer’s Market. Maureen is always continuing her education while simultaneously passing on her knowledge through frequent classes given at her mountain home with her partner, Ivan Farrell. She has been and will continue to study herbalism with Herbal Medics University and through a horizontal passing of knowledge from other herbalists in her life.

Becky Hill – Dance

Becky Hill

Becky Hill grew up in Michigan, spent extensive time in West Virginia, and now calls Nashville, Tennessee, home. She started dancing at age three and has worked with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Rhythm in Shoes, and Good Foot Dance Company, and has studied with an array of percussive dance luminaries: Eileen Carson, Sharon Leahy, Sandy Silva, Ira Bernstein, and many more. She has been awarded two West Virginia Division of Culture & History Professional Development Grants, choreographed two pieces in celebration of Wheatland Music Festival’s 40th Anniversary for the Carry it On Project, has organized Dare to be Square Helvetia, West Virginia, for the past five years, serves part-time as the Events Coordinator for Augusta Heritage Center, coordinates the Mountain Dance Trail Project through Augusta, and now teaches movement at the Linden Waldorf School in Nashville, TN. You can find her calling square dances, performing with the T-Mart Rounders, and two-stepping the nights away. She directed her first evening-length music and dance show, Shift, inspired by Appalachia, in November 2017 and is excited to continue to work on it. www.rebeccahill.org

Emily Miller – Singing and Songwriting

Emily Miller

The first song Emily Miller remembers learning is the Louvin Brothers’ hit, “When I Stop Dreaming,” around age 8, which she sang as a duet with her older brother Ethan. After performing with many different groups in her teenage years (most notably Northern Harmony, with whom she toured all over the US and Europe), Emily formed the honky-tonk country band The Sweetback Sisters in 2006 with fellow singer Zara Bode. They have recorded three full-length records and have performed their renegade retro style of country music in barrooms, festival stages, and concert halls around the world, including appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. Emily and her husband Jesse Milnes also perform as a duo, singing country and old-time music in close harmony. Emily is musical director for the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble string band in Elkins, WV, which recruits talented old-time instrumentalists and percussive dancers from around the country for a high-level student performance ensemble. She and Jesse make their home in Valley Bend, WV.

Emily Prentice – Zines

Emily Prentice

Emily Prentice was raised in Elkins. She attended Davis & Elkins College, graduating in 2015 with degrees in English and Fine Arts, and worked on Augusta summer staff for three years. Her primary focus is using art as a way to unify her community, and in that spirit, she co-founded Sassafras Workshop, a creative business focused on DIY art. She spends most of her free time facilitating creativity through craft nights, collaborative zine projects, and public art. Emily’s own creative practice centers around illustration, fiber arts, collage, and anything DIY. Emily teaches children and teen classes and camps at the Elkins Sewing Center, as well as Color Theory for quilters, and leads open studio sessions there. You can find Emily’s work at the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery in Thomas, or at her website: emilyprentice.com.