Page 1

AUGUSTA heritage center of Davis & Elkins College Elkins, W.Va.

2o17 SUMMER O FALL SESSIONS Music • Arts • Crafts • Folklore • Dance

Passing it on! Come to Augusta to be part of a living tradition. Whether your interest is in music, dance, or craft, at Augusta you will have the opportunity to learn from master artists in hands-on, face-to-face settings. As fastpaced as life can be in the modern world, take a week (or maybe a few!) to slow down, come to the mountains, and focus on your art. You will be surrounded by a supportive, creative community of instructors and participants. And while you may have come to Augusta to improve your fingerpicking guitar skills or learn to make a basket, you’ll be enriched by the wide variety of activities going on around you — jams, concerts, dances, lectures, and more. At Augusta, we focus on the process of learning, the organic sharing that goes on both in and out of class. As culture grows and changes with each generation, we all have the opportunity to help shape the future. Become a tradition-bearer yourself, sharing what you have learned with the next generation. Experience the ways art and learning connect people, and join us in building a future that is rich in creativity, community, and a strong sense of place. Join us in passing it on at Augusta.

James Horton, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been teaching printmaking and engraving at Augusta Heritage Center for over 20 years and designed the beautiful cover of this year’s Augusta catalog. Jim learned wood engraving from the last days of commercial engraving and is very involved with the Wood Engravers’ Network. He was recently published in the international anthology, An Engravers’ Globe, and is an honorary member of the British Society of Wood Engravers. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from Jim, sign up to take his course this year, August 6 - 11.


Heritage Center Davis & Elkins College Here, in this amazing and beautiful place, we prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world. To this end, we combine a traditional commitment to the liberal arts and sciences with a contemporary commitment to engaged, student-centered learning. Our wooded campus, including a National Historic Landmark District, is located in Elkins, West Virginia – a lively arts-oriented community of 10,000 residents in the Potomac Highlands. Within the town are several National Historic Districts and a variety of shops, restaurants, and pubs. The Monongahela National Forest – a million-acre natural playground – is just minutes away. The region boasts whitewater rafting, hiking, trout fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and skiing. For more information, visit or call 304-637-1900.

We are Davis & Elkins College’s program for the heritage arts. Augusta provides instruction, performances, folklife programs, and a home to a significant collection of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments, and Appalachian art. We teach. We share. We celebrate the wonder and diversity of our cultural heritage. Augusta was a historic name of West Virginia in its period of earliest settlement, so it seemed fitting that it was the name given to a program designed to help preserve Appalachian heritage and traditions. Since our beginnings in 1973, the Augusta Heritage Center has flourished and grown. We are known nationally and internationally for our activities relating to traditional folklife and folk arts of many regions and cultures.


President: Chris A. Wood Executive Vice President; Provost: Wallace Neel Vice President for Student Affairs: Scott D. Goddard Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs: Sharmistha Roy Director of Development: Karen Wilmoth Vice President for Business & Finance: Greta J. Troastle


Director: Beth King Assistant Director & Program Coordinator: Brittany Hicks Administrative Coordinator: Janet Weese Marketing & Recruiting Assistant: Jen Iskow Events Coordinator & Mountain Dance Trail Coordinator: Becky Hill

Davis & Elkins College, in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the West Virginia Human Rights Act is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, 2017 AUGUSTA CATALOG color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sexual Publication Editor: Jen Iskow orientation, disability, veteran status, gender identification, Editorial Assistance: Nanci Bross-Fregonara, Linda Howell or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected Skidmore, Jess Wilmoth, Jen Iskow, Beth King, Brittany Hicks, by federal, state, or local law. Inquiries regarding Title IX Becky Hill and/or 504 compliance and the filing of a complaint should Design: Jen Iskow be referred to the College’s Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator, Photography: Andrew Carroll, Bill Dudley, Jen Iskow, Colin Gould, Amy Kittle ( or (304) 637-1277). D&E Office of Communications & Marketing VISIT US ONLINE FOR DETAILED CLASS DESCRIPTIONS, FULL INSTRUCTOR BIOS, WORKSHOP SCHEDULES, AND MORE! PASSING IT ON! 1

Passing It On... JULY 9-14

table of contents Cajun & Creole Week .................. p. 4 Classic Country Week.................. p. 5 Blues & Swing Week .................. p. 6 Bluegrass Week ......................... p. 7 Old-Time Week .......................... p. 8 Vocal Week ................................ p. 9 Arts, Crafts, & Folklore ...... pp. 10-11 Folk Arts for Kids ...................... p.12 Dance ...................................... p. 13 Evening Mini-Courses ...... pp. 14-15 Augusta Festival .................... p. 16 October Old-Time Week ........... p. 17 Augusta All Year ....................... p. 18 FAQs ................................. pp. 19-20 Registration Form ............. pp. 21-22 Come to the Mountains..............p. 23 Thank You...................................p. 24

JULY 16-21

cajun & creole week (p. 4)

blues & swiing week (p. 6)

Accordion Bass Fiddle Guitar Vocals

Bass Dance Guitar Harmonica Horns Percussion Piano Songwriting String Band / Jug Band Ukulele Vocals

classic country week (p. 5) Acoustic Guitar Bass Electric Guitar Fiddle Songwriting Steel Guitar Vocals

arts, crafts, & folklore (p. 10)

arts, crafts, & folklore (p. 10) Aluminum Jewelry Instrument Repair Repurposed Leatherwork Stained Glass & Glass Fusing

Blacksmithing Cajun Cooking Instrument Repair Willow & Poplar Basketry

folk arts for kids (p. 12)

folk arts for kids (p. 12)

mini-courses (p. 15)

Exploring Cajun Culture

mini-courses (p. 14)

Art with Soul

12-Bar Blues Barbecue Cooking Harmonica Performance Lindy Hop

Accordion Repair Cajun Dance Cajun French Cajun Men Cook Country Songs Harmony Singing Seconding on Fiddle



five great weeks to choose from! JULY 30 -AUGUST 4



bluegrass week (p. 7)

old-time week (p. 8)

october old-time week (p. 17)

Banjo Bass Fiddle Guitar Mandolin Resonator Guitar Songwriting Vocals

dance (p. 13) Percussive Dance Choreography

arts, crafts, & folklore (p.11) Blacksmithing: Sculpture Pottery: Natural Clays Utensil Carving Woven Shibori

folk arts for kids (p. 12)

Augusta Explorers

mini-courses (p. 15) Clawhammer Banjo Herbal Medicine Monroe Style Mandolin Roots & Branches of Bluegrass

Banjo Bass Fiddle Guitar Mandolin Music of Kentucky Women & Community

vocal week (p.9)

Banjo Fiddle Hammered Dulcimer

mini-courses (p. 15) Flatfooting

African American Tradition Appalachian Songs Duet & Harmony Singing Finding Your Voice Georgian Harmonies Honky-Tonk Songs Irish Songs Narrative Songs Northeast Songs Sing-Along Sessions Singing with Confidence Songwriting

dance (p. 13)

Public Invited!

Square Dance Calling

Thoughout this catalog you’ll find not only great week-long offerings, but also fantastic events open to the public. Check out the minicourses on pp. 14-15 and the Augusta Festival on p. 16. There are also concerts every Tuesday and Thursday night as well as dances almost every evening in the Augusta Dance Pavilion. Whether you are enrolled in a class or just passing through, we have lots to offer!

arts, crafts, & folklore (p. 11 )

Felting Letterpress Printing White Oak Basketry

folk arts for kids (p. 12)

Exploring Art through Time

mini-courses (p. 15) Fingerstyle Banjo Flatfooting Songs of WV Yodeling



Cajun Cajun & Creole

Weeky july 9-14

Our staff of Cajun & Creole instructors 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 to11:45 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. After lunch, everyone gathers for special presentations on Cajun & 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. $475 before June 1 $515 on or after June 1 PLUS Room & Board or other available options (see pp. 19-22). To register, specify Cajun & Creole Week and select the workshop you would like to attend.

Coordinator Lynne Terr Master Artist Walter Mouton Accordion (beg.) Jason Frey Accordion (int.) Chris Miller Accordion (adv.) Walter Mouton Bass (all levels) Yvette Landry Fiddle from Scratch Michelle Kaminsky Fiddle (beg./int.) Daniel Coolik Fiddle (adv.) David Greely Guitar (all levels) Drew Simon Cajun Vocals (all levels) Randy Vidrine Liaisons Nancy Weston & Betsy Fuller Staff Musicians Jimmy Breaux, Blake Miller, & Charlie Terr

also this week… Mini-Courses p. 14 Folk Arts for Kids p. 12 Crafts p. 10



Country Classic Country

July9-14 9-14 Week yjuly 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 the week, we explore this treasure trove of American music with some of the most dedicated instructors doing country music today.

Classic Country Essentials (all levels) & Songwriting: Keeping it Real (all levels) John Lilly Country Duets (int.) Emily Miller & Jesse Milnes Honky-Tonk Electric Guitar (all $475 before June 1 levels) & Practicing More Effectively $515 on or after June 1 (all levels/all instruments & vocals) PLUS Room & Board Karl Straub or other available options Introduction to Playing Steel in (see pp. 19-22). Country Music (all levels) To register, specify Classic Country Week and select three & Melodic Improvisation in Country workshops, one per period. Music (int./all instruments) Thomas Bryan Eaton Playing Fiddle in Country Music (int.) Coordinator Ginny Hawker Jesse Milnes Master Artist Alice Gerrard #1 Hits from the 1950s (all levels) “Hey Loretta” - Songs of Loretta Lynn & Country Rhythm Guitar (all levels) (all levels) Carol Elizabeth Jones & Take Me in Your Lifeboat: Country Gospel Singing from the Heart (all levels) (all levels) Courtney Granger & Ginny Hawker Karen Collins Step Up to the Mic (all levels) Acoustic Bass in a Country Band (beg./int.) Emily Miller & The Many Rhythms of Classic Country Staff Musician Music (int./adv.) also this week… Scott Phelps Miss Tess Mini-Courses p. 14 Folk Arts for Kids p. 12 Crafts p. 10



Blues & Swing

Week July 16-21 Blues Augusta’s Blues & Swing Week provides participants with the opportunity to work with some of the finest performers and educators in the blues and swing worlds. Evening activities include legendary late-night jams, concerts, dances, and an evening cabaret. $475 before June 1 $515 on or after June 1

Blues Guitar (beg.) & (int./Adv.) Eleanor Ellis Dance (all levels) & House Party Dance (all levels) Junious Brickhouse, accompanied by Jontavious Willis Country Blues Vocal & Guitar (all levels) Jontavious Willis Ragtime & Blues Guitar (int./adv.) PLUS Room & Board or other available options Eric Noden (see pp. 19-22). To register, specify Blues & Swing Week and select Grooves for Guitar & Harmonica up to three workshops, one workshop per period. (all levels) Joe Filisko & Eric Noden Harmonica (int./adv.) Joe Filisko Coordinator & Blues Guitar (beg./int.) Blues Guitar (beg.) & Songwriting Joan Fenton (all levels) Samuel James Coordinator & String Band/Jug Band Country Blues Guitar (beg.) & (int.) Phil Wiggins Valerie Turner Master Artist John Dee Holeman Slide Guitar (beg.) Josh Small Swing Piano (int./adv.) Robert Redd Blues Vocals (all levels) & (int./adv.) Swing Vocals (beg./int.) & (int./Adv.) Resa Gibbs, accompanied by Ian Walters Miss Tess Blues Piano (int./adv.) Arthur Migliazza Swing Guitar (int./adv.) & (int.) Blues Piano (beg.) & Blues Theory Tom Mitchell (all levels) Judy LaPrade Swing Guitar (int.) & (adv.) Baron Tymas Harmonica (beg.) Swing Bass (beg./int.), (adv.) Geoffrey “Stingy Brim” Seals & Blues Bass (beg./int.) Ralph Gordon Harmonica (int./adv.) & (beg.) Horns (int./adv.) Andrew Alli & Swing Vocals (all levels) Dave Davies Blues Guitar (beg.) Justin Golden Horns (int./adv.) Marv Reitz String Band/Jug Band (all levels) Blues Ukulele (Beg./int.) Joe Seamons & Ben Hunter & Blues Guitar (int.) Del Rey Percussion (beg./int.) Wes Crawford Piedmont Guitar (int.) & Staff Musicians & Band Labs Mainland Ukulele (int./adv.) Kathy & Marv Reitz also this week… Michael “Lightnin’” Wells Mini-Courses p. 14 Liaison Donna Diel Folk Arts for Kids p. 12 Crafts p. 10



Bluegrass Week

July 30-August 4

Augusta brings together another spectacular lineup for 2017! Our staff of well-known bluegrass figures will share their talents with participants in workshops, special presentations, concerts, and sessions throughout the week. Informal picking sessions go on ’til the wee hours as participants get together with old friends and make new ones. Evening concerts feature exciting combinations of master bluegrass artists and special guests. $475 before June 1 $515 on or after June 1

PLUS Room & Board or other available options (see pp. 19-22). To register, specify Bluegrass Week and the workshop that you would like to attend.

Guitar (beg.) Tom Adams Guitar (int.) Jake Stargel Guitar (adv.) Tyler Grant Mandolin (beg.) Sharon Gilchrist Mandolin (int.) Mike Compton Mandolin (adv.) Alan Bibey Resonator Guitar (all levels) Jimmy Heffernan Songwriting (all levels) Joe Newberry Vocals (all levels) Chris Jones & Dede Wyland Staff Musicians Grant Flick, Mark Panfil, & John Seebach

Coordinators Neel Brown, Mary Burdette, & Ira Gitlin Master Artist Dudley Connell Banjo (beg.) Gina Clowes Banjo (int.) Mark Delaney Banjo (adv.) Alan Munde Bass (all levels) Missy Raines Fiddle (beg.) Kimber Ludiker Fiddle (int.) Jon Glik also this week… Fiddle (adv.) Mini-Courses p. 15 John Mailander Folk Arts for Kids p. 12 Crafts p. 11



old-Time Week August 6-11

This year we are excited to introduce another team of outstanding workshop leaders who have both a deep connection to old-time music and a passion for sharing it. Participants will begin each day with a single morning workshop from 9 a.m. to noon with their primary workshop leader. These in-depth sessions create an intimate learning environment to develop new skills, awareness, and repertoire. Each afternoon will feature a presentation from workshop leaders and master musicians and an array of single “one shot” electives. Evenings are packed with lively jams, slow jams, song swaps, square dances, and concerts. This week is a nurturing, friendly environment that encourages new musicians as well as seasoned players. Wherever you start, you can be sure that by the end of the week your musicianship will have new life and depth, and you will have new friends from around the globe. $475 before June 1 $515 on or after June 1

PLUS Room & Board or other available options (see pp. 19-22). To register, specify Old-Time Week and select the workshop that you would like to attend.

Coordinator Joe “joebass” Dejarnette Master Artist Vesta Johnson Guest Lecturer Gerry Milnes Banjo (beg.) Ben Nelson Banjo (int.) Anna Roberts-Gevalt Banjo (adv.) Travis Stuart Bass (all levels) Nokosee Fields Fiddle (beg.) A.J. Srubas Fiddle (int.) Rachel Eddy Fiddle (adv.) Betse Ellis Guitar (all levels) Rory Mullennex Mandolin (all levels) Don Rogers Music of Kentucky (int./adv.) John Harrod & Brett Ratliff Women & Community in Old-Time Music (int./adv.) Alice Gerrard Liaison Betty Druckenmiller Staff Musicians Susie Goehring, Tyler Hughes, Hannah Johnson, & Clarke Wyatt

also this week… Mini-Courses p. 14 Folk Arts for Kids p. 13 Crafts p. 11 8


Vocal Week August 6-11

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 warm-ups. Those at the beginning level can learn to create simple harmonies, while more experienced singers can get a challenging workout. Take week-long workshops during three periods each day, sample single-day “one shot” electives each afternoon, and sing in a large group during cultural sessions in the chapel. You can also enjoy evening song circles, concerts, and dances. $475 before June 1 $515 on or after June 1

PLUS Room & Board or other available options (see pp. 19-22). To register, specify Vocal Week and select a total of three workshops, one workshop per period.

Contemporary Appalachian Songs (all levels) & Songwriting (all levels) Kate Long Duet Singing (all levels) Kay Justice & Sam Gleaves Finding Your Voice (all levels) Charles Williams Georgian Harmonies (all levels) & Honky-Tonkin’ (all levels) Emily Miller Singing for the Confidence Impaired (all levels) Kay Justice Singing in the African American Tradition (all levels) Ysaÿe Barnwell Amazing Sing-Along Sessions (all levels) & Songs of the Northeast (all levels) Jeff Warner Afternoon Electives Elizabeth Laprelle Liaisons Penny Anderson & Tom Druckenmiller Staff Musician Don Friedman

Coordinator & Ad Hoc Harmonies (all levels) Flawn Williams Appalachian Songs (all levels) Sam Gleaves Approaching Irish Songs (all levels) & Singing Narrative Songs Well also this week… (all levels) Mini-Courses p. 15 Peter Brice Folk Arts for Kids p. 12 Crafts p. 11



Arts, Crafts, & folklore More than 40 years ago, Augusta began as a July 9 - 14, 2017 craft and folklore program with an emphasis on Cajun & Creole Week and traditional Appalachian culture. Today, weekClassic Country Week long craft and folklore workshops are offered throughout the summer session alongside Blacksmithing (beg./int.) music and dance workshops, concerts, public Woody Harman dances, and special presentations that span Cajun Cooking (all levels) many traditions. Craft and folklore workshops Jackie Miller, assisted by Judie Smith are limited in size, with minimum ages for some workshops for reasons of safety. Workshops meet Instrument Repair I (all levels) all day, typically from 9 a.m. to noon, and resume Bob Smakula, assisted by from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Our craft studios often buzz Dorse Gillum with activity late into the night as participants Willow Wicker & Tulip Poplar immerse themselves in their projects. To register, Basketry (all levels) select Arts, Crafts, & Folklore for the week of your Talcon Quinn workshop, and the workshop you would like to attend. Most workshops will have a material fee. Some are payable upon registration, although most are due to the workshop leader at the beginning of the week. $475 before June 1 $515 on or after June 1

PLUS Room & Board, Materials, or other available options (see pp. 19-22).

Coordinator Michael Doig


July 16 - 21, 2017 Blues & Swing Week Instrument Repair II (all levels) Bob Smakula, assisted by Dorse Gillum Repurposed Leatherwork (int.) Kim Joy Stained Glass & Glass Fusing (all levels) David Houser & Mary Stewart Upcycled Aluminum Can Jewelry (beg./int.) Merideth Young


All summer weeks!

July 30 - August 4, 2017 Bluegrass Week

August 6 - 11, 2017 Old-Time Week and Vocal Week

Blacksmithing: Sculpture Studio & Metal Finishes (int./adv.) Lucas Warner Green Wood Utensil Carving (beg./int.) Stan Jennings Natural Clays & Function in Pottery Production (beg./int.) Michael Ray Woven Shibori (int.) Wendy Clark Ensemble Choreography for Percussive Dance (int.) Sharon Leahy & Rick Good

Felting: Traditional to Today (beg./int.) Enrica McMillion Letterpress Printing & Wood Engraving Jim Horton, assisted by Sarah Brown White Oak Basketry (all levels) Alan Miller Mountain Dance: Calling & Figures (all levels, ages 12 & up) T-Claw


Folk Arts fafk for Kids 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 themes while getting a taste of the music, dance, and other activities running within the week. See the website for detailed workshop descriptions. $225 before June 1 $250 on or after June 1

PLUS Room & Board or other available options (see pp. 19-22). To register, specify Folk Arts for Kids and select the week of your choice.

Folk Arts for Kids: Exploring Cajun Culture July 9-14 Cajun & Creole Week and Classic Country Week Megan Brown

Folk Arts for Kids: Art with Soul July 16-21 / Blues & Swing Week Sarah Ferguson

Folk Arts for Kids: Augusta Explorers July 30-August 4 / Bluegrass Week Emily Prentice

Folk Arts for Kids: Exploring Art through Time August 6-11 / Old-Time Week and Vocal Week Kylie Proudfoot Payne

The Next Generation of Traditional Artists! Augusta is dedicated to carrying traditions forward to new generations. While many of our regular workshops are tailored for adults, younger people who are able to maintain an adult level of participation are welcome. See FAQs (pp. 19-20) for information regarding youth and chaperones. Scholarships are available for young folks for our regular sessions. For scholarship guidelines and to apply, go to




all weeks!

Augusta is expanding our dance offerings this year to offer dance every week! Workshops vary from mini-courses to full day workshops, from absolute beginner to experienced, and from Cajun two-step to cakewalks and cyphers. Every musical style represented at Augusta has a vernacular dance form connected to it, and we want to explore the history and traditions of those styles. Evening activities include legendary late-night jams, concerts, dances, and more. Youth, as well as adults, are welcome to participate. $475 before June 1 $515 on or after June 1

PLUS Room & Board or other available options (see pp. 19-22).

Mini-Courses $60

Coordinator Becky Hill Dance Party: South Louisiana Style (all levels - evening mini-course) July 10-13 / Cajun & Creole Week and Classic Country Week Jim Phillips & Christy Leichty Dance: Walkarounds, Cakewalks, & Cyphers: Emancipation Ceremonies? (all levels) & House Party Dance (all levels) July 16-21 / Blues & Swing Week Junious Brickhouse, accompanied by Jontavious Willis

Fundamental Lindy Hop: Expressing Swing Music through Movement (from scratch - evening mini-course) July 17-20 / Blues & Swing Week David & Amy Loomis Ensemble Choreography for Percussive Dance (int.) July 30-August 4 / Bluegrass Week Sharon Leahy & Rick Good Mountain Dance: Calling & Figures (all levels, ages 12 & up) August 6-11 Old-Time Week and Vocal Week T-Claw Flatfooting Basics (from scratch) (evening mini-course) August 7-10 Old-Time Week and Vocal Week Rina Rossi Flatfooting (from scratch) (evening mini-course) October 16-19 October Old-Time Week Becky Hill


Mini-Courses mini-courses

all weeks!

Mini-courses meet Monday-Thursday evening from 6-7:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. To register, specify mini-course and select the week and course you would like to attend. $60

July 10-13, 2017 Cajun & Creole Week and Classic Country Week Accordion Repair (all levels) Jesse LĂŠge Cajun Men Cook (all levels) 4-6 p.m. - Johnny Navarre & Patrick Fuselier Dance Party: South Louisiana Style (all levels) Jim Phillips & Christy Leichty Harmony Singing 101 (from scratch) Debbi Kauffmann & Tom Cook Sampling Cajun French (all levels) Zach Fuselier

July 17-20, 2017 Blues & Swing Week Barbecue Cooking (all levels) 5-7 p.m. - Derrick Helzer Blues Harmonica Performance (all levels) Joe Filisko Fundamental Lindy Hop (from scratch) David & Amy Loomis Variations on the 12-Bar Blues Form (all instruments - all levels) Thomas Bryan Eaton

Seconding on the Fiddle (all levels) Courtney Granger Where do Country Songs Come From? (all levels) Mary Battiata



Mini-Courses all weeks!

August 7-10, 2017 Old-Time Week and Vocal Week July 31 - August 3, 2017 Bluegrass Week Clawhammer Banjo (from scratch) Kevin Chesser Introduction to Herbal Medicine (all levels) Maureen Farrell Monroe Style Mandolin (int./adv.) Jeremy Wanless Roots & Branches of Bluegrass: From Ancient Ballads to WV Songs of Work & Freedom (all levels) Michael & Carrie Kline

Fingerstyle Banjo (all levels) Clarke Wyatt Flatfooting Basics (from scratch) Rina Rossi Folk Songs & Ballads of West Virginia (all levels) Gerry Milnes Yodeling for Everyone: Introduction to the Lost Art of Yodeling (all levels) John Lilly

October 16-19, 2017 October Old-Time Week Flatfooting (from scratch) Becky Hill


Augusta Festival August 11-12

The Augusta Festival is an annual celebration of traditional music, dance, and craft; the grand finale to our summer session.


friday, august 11, 8 p.m. Kick off the Augusta Festival by square dancing to live music in the open-air Augusta Dance Pavilion. General admission: $7. Students and AmeriCorps: $5. Old-Time and Vocal Week participants: Free.


saturday, august 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join us for the festivities in tree-shaded Elkins City Park. The Augusta Festival includes a juried craft fair featuring the best regional artisans, live music on three stages, workshops, craft demonstrations, jam sessions, and children’s activities. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.



saturday, august 12, 7:30 p.m. The Augusta Festival concert will be recorded live for the internationally syndicated radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Heard weekly on NPR stations across the country, Mountain Stage is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and is celebrating its 34th year on the air. Keep your eyes on and for the lineup. Tickets available June 1 at Admission: TBA.


saturday, august 12, following concert The final dance of the summer will be held following the concert in the Augusta Dance Pavilion. General admission: $7. Students and AmeriCorps: $5. Free to Old-Time Week and Vocal Week participants. Included in Mountain Stage concert admission.


october old-time week October 15-20

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, late night jam sessions, and much more fill out the week. $475 before September 1 $515 on or after September 1 PLUS Room & Board or other available options (see pp.19-22). To register, specify October Old-Time Week and select the workshop that you would like to attend.

Coordinator Ben Townsend Master Artist Kirk Judd Banjo (beg.) Kim Johnson Banjo (int) Rachel Eddy Banjo (adv.) Bob Shank Fiddle (beg.) Joe Herrmann Fiddle (int.) Dave Bing Fiddle (adv.) Bobby Taylor Hammered Dulcimer (beg.) Sam Herrmann Staff Musician Hunter Walker

West Virginia Fiddlers' Reunion

October 20-21

Stay for the West Virginia Fiddlers’ Reunion, October 20-21, a celebration of West Virginia old-time music. 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.


Augusta all year! The Appalachian Ensemble at Davis & Elkins College

Appalachian Ensemble is a student performance group that focuses primarily on the music and dance traditions of the Appalachian region. All students involved receive substantial scholarships to bring live music and dance to audiences in WV and beyond.

The Mountain Dance Trail

The Mountain Dance Trail is a heritage tourism initiative of Augusta Heritage Center which honors, embraces, and promotes local community square dances throughout West Virginia. There are over 100 dances scheduled for 2017 in various locations, all with live old time music.

The Augusta Collection

Field recordings of West Virginia’s folk culture and documentation of more than 30 years of Augusta’s activities are housed in the Augusta Collection of Folk Culture in the Davis & Elkins College’s Stirrup Gallery. The Augusta Collection is composed mainly of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, and historical concert tapes.

WV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest

Co-sponsored by the Augusta Heritage Center and the Mountain State Forest Festival, this state championship contest is held each fall in Elkins. The contest offers cash prizes to several of the top musicians in the region. See for dates and details.



FAQs about Registration WHAT LEVEL SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR? Please consider the following definitions when choosing a workshop. • Novice or From Scratch: You have never tried the instrument, craft, style of voice, or dance. • Beginner: For instrument workshops, you have basic knowledge of where the notes are and how to tune, but still need considerable guidance in how to play. In theme week workshops, you have basic knowledge of an instrument but may have no experience with the particular style of music. For dance workshops, you may have some dance experience but are new to the style of dance. For craft workshops, you have prior artistic experience but are unfamiliar with the media. For vocal workshops, you may have limited singing experience but are new to particular vocal style. • Advanced Beginner: You know some basics but are not yet at intermediate level. • Intermediate: For music workshops, you have a moderate repertoire of tunes and can play at normal speed. In couple dancing, you know how to lead and follow. In craft workshops, you have mastered the basics. • Advanced: For music and dance workshops, you have extensive experience and are able to concentrate solely on the subtleties of style and expanding repertoire. For craft workshops, you are familiar with basic and intermediate techniques and are able to focus on honing your craft, focusing on fine detail work, and experimenting with advanced techniques. CAN I RECEIVE COLLEGE & CONTINUING ED CREDIT? Davis & Elkins College offers undergraduate college credit for any full-time Augusta class (1 credit hour per week). To receive credit, you must pay a fee of $110 per credit hour in advance. Transcripts may be requested via the following website: The cost for each transcript is $10 and may be paid via debit/credit card. College credit applicants must be at least a high school junior. To determine if your Augusta workshops may be used to fulfill continuing education requirements, please check with your employer. WHAT ARE THE AGE & CHAPERONE REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN? A few basic rules apply for reasons of safety and for the benefit of all who attend Augusta: • Participants taking workshops may not bring infants or children to class. • Parents/chaperones are responsible for children outside of workshops. • Participants under 18 must name an adult chaperone who has agreed to be responsible for them during their week at Augusta. • Chaperones who wish to register for campus housing but are not registered as participants must pay a non-refundable/non-transferrable $150 chaperone fee, which allows access to all special group sessions, including afternoon sessions and evening events. Chaperones are not considered participants and may not attend workshops. • If a young participant is staying on campus, the chaperone must also stay on campus in the same room and pay housing and meal fees.


FAQs about Registration, cont. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN AUGUSTA WITHOUT TAKING A CLASS? • Augusta’s evening events- including jam sessions, presentations, concerts, and dances- are open to the public. (Many events are free; concerts and dances have an admission.) The Augusta Festival, monthly Square Dances, Fiddlers’ Reunion, and Wednesday Night Pickin’ are also open to the public. • If you are interested in taking a workshop but the cost is prohibitive, consider applying for one of our scholarships. • Participants who do not wish to enroll in a workshop can spend a week at Augusta by purchasing a non-refundable/non-transferrable Guest Pass. The $150 pass allows access to special group sessions, including afternoon sessions and evening events such as concerts and dances. Guests are not considered participants and may not attend workshops. Mini-courses are an additional fee. • In order to stay in campus housing, individuals must be registered as a participant, chaperone, or guest. ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE? The Augusta Scholarship Program has nurtured the talent of hundreds of musicians, singers, dancers, and artisans. Many have gone on to become professionals in their chosen fields. Scholarship guidelines and application packets are available on our website at The deadline is April 1 for summer and August 1 for fall scholarships. For information about making tax deductible donations to the Augusta Scholarship Fund, please contact Beth King, Augusta Director, at 304-637-1254. WHAT ARE THE ON-CAMPUS HOUSING & MEAL FEES? Residence Hall Pricing For All Weeks: • Double Occupancy: $415 per person if paid by June 1. $455 per person if paid on or after June 1. • Single Occupancy: $555 per person if paid by June 1. $595 per person if paid on or after June 1. • Includes all meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch. • Prices include all taxes and fees. • To reserve your room, housing fees must be paid in full. You may register for housing when you register for your workshops or at a later date. Register early to ensure space is available. • Housing in Davis & Elkins College residence halls is available only for participants enrolled in fulltime Augusta workshops and for individuals who have paid to register as chaperones and guests. • An adult rooming with his/her child will not be placed with an additional non-family member roommate unless the adults make the request. If one adult and one child share a room, each pays full price. All multiple roommates pay for housing. SAVE A STAMP & TIME!

You can register and pay by credit card online! Augusta Heritage Center You may also mail a completed 100 Campus Drive and signed registration form to:

Elkins, WV 26241

Registration form MUST be accompanied by payment in full. 20


2o17 Registration & on-campus housing form First Name

Last Name Address


Primary Phone (cell/home)

First Name for Badge State


Country (International Only)

Other Phone (cell/home)

E-mail Gender: M / F

First Time/Returning


(Please Circle One)

Emergency Contact Name

Chaperone (Required for youth under 18)



Special needs or concerns (housing, dietary restrictions, accessibility, etc.)

2017 Tuition Summer Weeks: $475 per week if paid before June 1, $515 per week on or after June 1. October Old-Time Week: $475 per week if paid before September 1, $515 per week on or after September 1. Folk Arts for Kids (Grades K-5): $225 per week if paid before June 1, $250 per week on or after June 1. Chaperones & Guests: $150. Mini-Courses: $60.

Workshop Registration Course Code (Office Only)

Theme or Workshop Name & Level


Wksp Period (if applicable)



2o17 Registration & on-campus housing form, cont. HOUSING & DINING REGISTRATION Select One: q q

Shared dorm room with 17 meals: $415 per person if paid before June 1, $455 on or after June 1. Roommate name: _______________________ If no preference of roommate, circle all that apply: Non-Smoker / Smoker, Early Riser / Night Owl

Single dorm room with 17 meals: $555 per person if paid before June 1, $595 on or after June 1.

TOTAL FEES: CONTRIBUTION If you would like to make a contribution to further the mission of Augusta Heritage Center, please select one of the following: q Augusta Scholarship Fund q General Augusta Program TOTAL CONTRIBUTION: TOTAL PAYMENT: (Payment due in full at time of registration) Payment Method: Cash / Check / Credit Card Name on Card

Billing Address

Credit Card Number

Expiration Date

CVV (on back)

Cancellation & Refund Policy for Tuition & Housing If you register and find you are unable to attend, you must notify Augusta by letter or email to • For cancellations received by close of business Friday (4:30 p.m. Eastern), 30 days prior to the program start date, Augusta will retain ¼ of the full tuition and/or housing price. • No refunds for cancellations received after close of business Friday (4:30 p.m. Eastern), 30 days prior to the program start date. • No refunds for cancellations on or after Sunday check-in or for an early departure. • All registrations are non-transferable to other students. • Mini-course tuition is due in full upon registration and is non-refundable. • Augusta reserves the right to review each cancellation individually. I have read and accept the cancellation and refund policy above. Signature 22


The highlands experience

Come to the mountains! Breathtaking views of the misty mountains will surround you each day here in Randolph County. With its highest point reaching 4,782 feet toward the sky, the Potomac Highlands truly puts you at the top of the Mountain State. As you take a breath of the cool, clean air and scan a panoramic view of the lush forest vistas, you’ll know why our state is called “Almost Heaven.” We are the gateway to the nearly one million-acre Monongahela National Forest, where you can relax and feel exhilarated at the same time. Down nearly every mountain path is more nature to delight in and discover. Come to the Highlands any time of the year for hiking, kayaking, fishing, cross country skiing, and many other activities. A short stay is often not long enough. Chances are the magic of these mountains will beckon you back again.

Getting Here By car, Elkins is 2.5 hours from Charleston, W.Va.; 3 hours from Pittsburgh, Pa. (nearest large airport); 4 hours from Washington, D.C.; and 7 hours from New York City. Directions and ride-share requests are posted on the Augusta website. For more information, visit, click on the Trip Planner tab and select Directions.


thank you! Augusta Heritage Center presents the best in traditional music, dance, craft, and folklore from Appalachia and around the world through its festivals, workshops, performances, and recordings. Annual gifts, grants, and endowments provide vital support for our internationally known programs. For information about making a contribution to Augusta, please contact Beth King, Director, at (304) 637-1254 or Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College gratefully acknowledges the support of the following friends during 2016: Mr. Robert Adamcik Mr. Ralph Affinito Mr. Robert Allberry Mr. & Mrs. James G. Allen Ms. Elizabeth Arroyo Ms. Alice Backer Ms. Mary Battiata Mr. Richard Becker Ms. Deborah A. Bennett Ms. Cathy L. Berry Mr. & Mrs. James L. Berry Mr. Daniel Birnbaum Ms. Heather Blackbird Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Blackley Mr. William J. Blackley Ms. Margo Blevin Denton & Mr. David A. Denton The Blues Foundation Mr. Terence Boes Ms. Patricia Bowes Mr. Jonathan L. Brandt The Rosanne & Henry Brandt Foundation Mr. Jon M. Brooks Ms. Pamela Byrne & Mr. John E. Huerta Kim Capps & Greg Case Ms. Cindy Carpien Mr. Andrew C. Carroll Mr. Robert W. Chamberlin Ms. Elizabeth K. Chamlee Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cluverius Mr. Lawrence Cohen Mr. Brian Conaway Ms. Catherine Conmy Jodi & Mark Crable Jeff Dasher Mr. Robert David Ms. Carol Denney Ms. Lisa Dennis Mr. Neil Donovan & Ms. Ellen Shriver Ms. Laren Droll Ms. Kim L. Eddinger


Ms. Ann Eilers Ms. Phyllis Elkind Ms. Lisa Frye Mr. Joe Gibson Ms. Cindy Harris Mr. Philip Hayes Dr. & Mrs. Martin Hickey Ms. Karen Hillmer Ms. Phoebe House Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Hudson Leslie Jahnke Ms. Martha Johnson The Ed & Dorothy Kendall Foundation Dr. & Mrs. William E. King Ms. Judith G. Kramer Ms. Mitzi Lebensorger Ms. Marilyn R. Leung Susan Byrd Lubert Ms. Jo-Anne Lund Mr. & Mrs. Louis A. Maiuri Mr. J. Hunt Mallett Athena McCrory Ms. Judith Meiselman Ms. Jeanne Meserve & Mr. Jeffrey E. Blount Mr. Darrell Meyer Pauline Milius Mr. Alan Miller, Sr. Mr. James Miller Gerald Milnes Mr. Douglas Mitchell Ms. Karyn L. Molines & Mr. Gary Pendleton Ms. Rebecca Moore & Mr. Richard Hicks Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Mullennex Nerses Ohanian Ms. Barbara Otsuka Ms. Sarah Ott & Mr. Eugene N. Losey Mr. Pedro Ottaviano Mr. David C. Parman Robert Paulus Mr. Walter Pinto Ms. Nancy Polesnak

PSEG Matching Gift Program Dave & Karen Puffett Mr. Ronald Raxter Mrs. Kathy W. Reitz & Mr. Marvin S. Reitz Ms. Carmen Rexrode Ashby L. Rice III Dick & Kay Royster Ms. Jane Ruppe Mr. Mark Russell Mrs. Judith H. Savage & Mr. David J. Savage Mr. Brian E. Schentag Mr. Jeremy Schuhmann Lee K. Scullin Karen Seel RN Siemens Industry, Inc. Mr. Peter Senkowski Mr. Billy Shepherd Ms. Julie L. Siegel Mr. George Siemering Mrs. Karen Skidmore Ms. Rebecca L. Snead Jean Snedegar Lee Stivers Mr. Charles P. Stone Mr. & Mrs. Arthur K. Stuempfle Mr. & Mrs. Ralph P. Suechting Mr. David H. Sutton Mr. Ernest Tedino Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Terr, Jr. Val Uccellani Mr. William Van Alstyne Dr. & Mrs. James Van Gundy Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Wallace Mr. Matthew E. Watson Ms. Larisa Wells West Virginia Division of Culture & History Ms. Heidi Wettlaufer Mr. & Mrs. James H. Wiest Mr. Werter Willis Mr. James L. Wilson & Ms. Pamela Toler Mr. Teddie Wood


Augusta Heritage Center

(304) 637-1209

of Davis & Elkins College 100 Campus Drive Elkins, WV 26241

Music • Arts • Crafts • Folklore • Dance

Passing it on!

Augusta 2017 Summer Sessions  

Come to Augusta and be part of a living tradition. Whether your interest is in music, dance or craft, at Augusta you will have the opportuni...

Augusta 2017 Summer Sessions  

Come to Augusta and be part of a living tradition. Whether your interest is in music, dance or craft, at Augusta you will have the opportuni...