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ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA

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Program #5220RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Aug 4 — Aug 11, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Elkins hotel, located on Highway 92 with easy accessibility to Route 33. Our Elkins, WV, hotel is near Davis and Elkins College and offers many perks for a comfortable stay.

Contact info:
1200 Harrison Ave
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-4667
web: http://www.elkinsdaysinn.com/

Facility amenities: Keep up your workout routine at the fitness center or plan your trip using our free Wi-Fi Internet access. Our non-smoking Elkins, WV, hotel offers guest laundry facilities, free oversized-vehicle parking and in-room microwaves and refrigerators. Book a honeymoon suite or a room with a Jacuzzi or kitchenette for extra convenience.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
call for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 04 - Arrival and Welcome Dinner
Afternoon: Arrive and check in between 3:00 and 5:00pm to receive information packet in the lobby of Hermanson Campus Center.

Dinner: Dinner is in the College dining hall which is air-conditioned and accessible by elevator. Food is cafeteria-style, all you care to eat. There is a choice of several entrees and desserts at each meal, including fresh fruit. There is a soup and salad bar, deli section, self-serve ice cream, and self-serve beverages. Most special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Evening: Orientation will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a choice of mixer contra and square dance, harmony singing sessions or old-time music sessions.

Lodging: Elkins Days Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Elkins hotel, located on Highway 92 with easy accessibility to Route 33. Our Elkins, WV, hotel is near Davis and Elkins College and offers many perks for a comfortable stay.

Contact info:
1200 Harrison Ave
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-4667
web: http://www.elkinsdaysinn.com/

Facility amenities: Keep up your workout routine at the fitness center or plan your trip using our free Wi-Fi Internet access. Our non-smoking Elkins, WV, hotel offers guest laundry facilities, free oversized-vehicle parking and in-room microwaves and refrigerators. Book a honeymoon suite or a room with a Jacuzzi or kitchenette for extra convenience.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
call for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 05 - Morning Waltz, Class and Getting to Know Each Oth...
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: The day starts with “Waltz Across Breakfast,” an optional morning waltz session to live music, held on an open-air porch. Following this, there is an informative class on Appalachian Dance, which includes an introduction to West Virginia circle and square dances. Those who aren't able to dance will learn a great deal about the subject from watching. After a coffee and tea break, the group has a class on Appalachian Folk Culture. This includes lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, and films, and covers traditional culture and beliefs, music, stories, and some history of the region.

Lunch: College dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a one hour group session with a different guest “old master” musician each day. The following period you may choose from several different hour-long afternoon classes on traditional music, folklore, and dance. Choices will offer a wide range: vocals classes on traditional music include in-depth classes ranging from Appalachian ballads to Yiddish music. Other choices include a series of films on Appalachian culture, and a class on creative movement. This period is followed by an optional free choice period from 4:00 to 5:00. You may choose to listen to old-time music while participating in old-time free-style clogging, or take a choral singing class.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: There is an Road Scholar “get-acquainted” session right after dinner, with more time for participants to introduce and tell something about themselves. This is followed by a choice of several evening events, open to the public. These include a lecture on traditional folk culture, a contra and square dance, several song swaps, and old-time music jam sessions.

Lodging: Elkins Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Elkins hotel, located on Highway 92 with easy accessibility to Route 33. Our Elkins, WV, hotel is near Davis and Elkins College and offers many perks for a comfortable stay.

Contact info:
1200 Harrison Ave
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-4667
web: http://www.elkinsdaysinn.com/

Facility amenities: Keep up your workout routine at the fitness center or plan your trip using our free Wi-Fi Internet access. Our non-smoking Elkins, WV, hotel offers guest laundry facilities, free oversized-vehicle parking and in-room microwaves and refrigerators. Book a honeymoon suite or a room with a Jacuzzi or kitchenette for extra convenience.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
call for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 06 - Morning Waltz, Class and Concert
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: Waltzing, followed by two morning classes: Appalachian Dance, and Appalachian Folk Culture.

Lunch: College dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a group session with a guest “old master”musician, then two afternoon classes with several choices. See Day Two for details.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: Evening activity is "show and sell," with exhibits and sales by craftspeople and musicians. This is followed by a concert by leading masters of old-time Appalachian and world music, followed by a contra and square dance, jam sessions, and harmony singing.

Lodging: Elkins Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Elkins hotel, located on Highway 92 with easy accessibility to Route 33. Our Elkins, WV, hotel is near Davis and Elkins College and offers many perks for a comfortable stay.

Contact info:
1200 Harrison Ave
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-4667
web: http://www.elkinsdaysinn.com/

Facility amenities: Keep up your workout routine at the fitness center or plan your trip using our free Wi-Fi Internet access. Our non-smoking Elkins, WV, hotel offers guest laundry facilities, free oversized-vehicle parking and in-room microwaves and refrigerators. Book a honeymoon suite or a room with a Jacuzzi or kitchenette for extra convenience.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
call for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 07 - Morning Waltz, Class and Concerts
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: Optional "Waltz across Breakfast;" then two morning classes: Appalachian Dance, and Appalachian Folk Culture.

Lunch: College dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a group session with a guest “old master”musician, then two afternoon classes with several choices. See Day Two for details.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: Evening activities offer a variety of choices including: "Pickin' In The Park," music jam sessions in the City Park with local musicians, featuring old-time, bluegrass, country, and gospel singing; a contra and square dance, ballad swap, or harmony singing.

Lodging: Elkins Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express of Elkins, WV was built in summer 2006 in the historic Elkins Rail Yard. Situated in downtown Elkins, it is convenient to local shops, restaurants, and Davis & Elkins College, home of the Augusta Heritage Center.

Contact info:
50 Martin Street
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-630-2266
web: www.hiexpress.com/elkinswv

Room amenities: Rooms are provided with free wireless high-speed internet, TVs with 60-plus cable channels (including HBO), clocks, and refrigerator, microwave and hair dryers. Upgrades to a Jacuzzi suite may be possible for an additional charge.

Facility amenities: The newly-built Holiday Inn Express of Elkins has a continental breakfast lounge with 24-hour fresh coffee, indoor pool & spa, and exercise room. All rooms are equipped with free wireless internet service and are non-smoking unless otherwise requested.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, August 08 - Morning Waltz, Class and Concert
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: "Waltz Across Breakfast," followed by two morning classes: Appalachian Dance, and Appalachian Folk Culture.

Lunch: College dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a group session with a guest “old master” musician, then two afternoon classes with several choices. See Day Two for details.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: Evening activities begin with an exhibition and crafts demonstrations; then a concert of traditional music from all over the world; and followed by a choice of a contra and square dance, old-time country singing, or old-time music jams.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express of Elkins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Elkins hotel, located on Highway 92 with easy accessibility to Route 33. Our Elkins, WV, hotel is near Davis and Elkins College and offers many perks for a comfortable stay.

Contact info:
1200 Harrison Ave
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-4667
web: http://www.elkinsdaysinn.com/

Facility amenities: Keep up your workout routine at the fitness center or plan your trip using our free Wi-Fi Internet access. Our non-smoking Elkins, WV, hotel offers guest laundry facilities, free oversized-vehicle parking and in-room microwaves and refrigerators. Book a honeymoon suite or a room with a Jacuzzi or kitchenette for extra convenience.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
call for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, August 09 - Morning Waltz, Class and Augusta Festival
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: Morning waltz session, then two morning classes: Appalachian Dance, and Appalachian Folk Culture.

Lunch: Road Scholar banquet is served in historic Halliehurst Hall, a 55-room mansion, built in the 1890's by Senator Stephen B. Elkins, one of the founders of Elkins. A national historic landmark, the restored building houses the administrative offices of the college.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a group session with a guest “old master” musician. The afternoon ends with "student showcase" performances by some of the classes, and a party featuring music, dancing, and light refreshments.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: The Augusta Festival, which is open to the public, kicks off the evening with a contra and square dance; other activities include harmony singing sessions and old time music sessions.

Lodging: Elkins Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Elkins hotel, located on Highway 92 with easy accessibility to Route 33. Our Elkins, WV, hotel is near Davis and Elkins College and offers many perks for a comfortable stay.

Contact info:
1200 Harrison Ave
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-4667
web: http://www.elkinsdaysinn.com/

Facility amenities: Keep up your workout routine at the fitness center or plan your trip using our free Wi-Fi Internet access. Our non-smoking Elkins, WV, hotel offers guest laundry facilities, free oversized-vehicle parking and in-room microwaves and refrigerators. Book a honeymoon suite or a room with a Jacuzzi or kitchenette for extra convenience.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
call for prices

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, August 10 - Augusta Festival
Breakfast: Choice of either Continental breakfast at 7:30 or brunch at 11:30.

Morning: The Augusta Festival takes place in Elkins City Park from 10 am to 6 pm, under tents, regardless of weather. It is open to the public and usually attended by several thousand visitors. The park is next to the campus; the shuttle van will drive to and from the park throughout the day. The Festival features a major juried craft fair, three stages, performances by Augusta classes, workshops, demonstrations, quilt show, dances, sales of ethnic and regional foods, many hands-on activities. Information on the Augusta Festival can be found at www.augustaheritage.com/festival.html. If the current information is not yet available, you can view a full description of the previous year's activities which will be similar.

Lunch: A light breakfast is available on campus, as well as a hot brunch from 11 to 1. Participants have a choice of either breakfast or brunch, but not both. Many prefer to purchase lunch from the many vendors of traditional and ethnic food at the Festival in Elkins City Park.

Afternoon: The Augusta Festival continues in Elkins City Park until 6 pm. The Festival features a major juried craft fair of 60 to 70 prominent artisans; three stages featuring non-stop concerts, performances by Augusta classes, and workshops; demonstrations, and participatory workshops; dances and dance workshops in the air-conditioned Community Arts Center next to the Park; sales of ethnic and regional foods; and many hands-on activities. Shuttle van will be available for those who prefer not to drive or walk to and from the campus.

Dinner: Dinner on campus is included. Those who choose to remain at the Festival have the option of purchasing dinner from food vendors in City Park.

Evening: The evening activities are all located back on the Davis & Elkins campus: the Great Augusta Festival concert, in spacious Harper McNeeley Auditorium, features leading performers of old-time, folk, and world music. This is followed by a contra and square dance and a variety of jam sessions.

Lodging: Elkins Days Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, August 11 - Departure
Breakfast: Choice of early continental breakfast at 7:30, or brunch from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Morning: The Augusta Festival ends with a non-denominational participatory gospel sing from 10:30 to noon. Check-out time at Booth Hall is no later than 11 am.

Brunch: Brunch is available on campus from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, and is included in the meal plan for those who choose not to eat continental breakfast. Choice of either continental breakfast at 7:30, or brunch at 11:30. Anyone who wishes to eat both may pay for brunch at the door.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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