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Program #7073RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Oct 27 — Nov 3, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Accomodations are in Davis & Elkins College's on-campus Conference Center which is adjacent to historic Graceland Inn and convenient to dining facilities and class locations. Rooms are double occupancy only, with queen-size beds and private bathrooms.

Contact info:
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-1600
web: www.gracelandinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathrooms with tub and shower, TV, armoire, and phone with data port for computer access.

Facility amenities: Shuttle van is available on campus during the day for those who have difficulty walking. There is a 24-hour concierge office in the Inn next-door. College facilities available to Participants include indoor pool, fitness center, fitness trail, convenience store, snack bar, and library. Campus is within easy walking distance of city park, stores, art galleries, and specialty shops. The Monongahela National Forest is 10 miles from campus; the area also has bike trails and excursion trains.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 27 - Arrival
Afternoon: Check-in will take place between 3:00 and 5:00 pm in the lobby of the Conference Center. You will be greeted by the Road Scholar coordinator and receive a packet, badge, meal ticket, schedule, and information on the week.

Dinner: Dinner is in the College's dining hall in Benedum Hall, next door to Graceland Inn. The dining hall is 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 bar, and self-serve beverages. Most special dietary needs can be accommodated including vegetarian, vegan, and low carb.

Evening: At 6:00 pm, in the Madden Student Center below the Dining Hall, there is an Road Scholar Orientation conducted by the Road Scholar coordinator. Following that, there is a second Orientation where all the instructors, musicians, and artists on staff are introduced. After that, there is a "potluck" reception and a beginner-friendly mixer square dance. The shuttle van will run on Sunday night until 10 pm; after that it will run at peak times during the day only.

Lodging: Graceland Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Accomodations are in Davis & Elkins College's on-campus Conference Center which is adjacent to historic Graceland Inn and convenient to dining facilities and class locations. Rooms are double occupancy only, with queen-size beds and private bathrooms.

Contact info:
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-1600
web: www.gracelandinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathrooms with tub and shower, TV, armoire, and phone with data port for computer access.

Facility amenities: Shuttle van is available on campus during the day for those who have difficulty walking. There is a 24-hour concierge office in the Inn next-door. College facilities available to Participants include indoor pool, fitness center, fitness trail, convenience store, snack bar, and library. Campus is within easy walking distance of city park, stores, art galleries, and specialty shops. The Monongahela National Forest is 10 miles from campus; the area also has bike trails and excursion trains.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 28 -
Breakfast: College dining hall

Morning: Following breakfast, the entire group participates in a fun and informative class on Appalachian Dance, which includes an introduction to West Virginia circle and square dances, and flatfooting. Those who aren't able to dance will learn a great deal about the subject by watching. After a coffee and tea break, there is a class on Appalachian folk culture, music, material culture, and folkways. Taught by a leading folklorist/musician, this class 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. From 3:15 to 4:45 pm there is a special offering each day (a film with discussion, lecture, storytelling, or slide show), or you may choose to take part in or audit and record any of several workshops on traditional Appalachian music, such as a fiddle repertoire session, banjo repertoire, guided "slow jam" for intermediate musicians, or an introduction to playing an instrument "from scratch."

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: There is an Road Scholar “get acquainted” social hour right after dinner, with 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 will include a lecture or film on traditional folk culture, a flatfoot dancing workshop, and old-time singing and instrumental music jam sessions. Transportation on your own, on foot or using your car. There is adequate parking at night.

Lodging: Graceland Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Accomodations are in Davis & Elkins College's on-campus Conference Center which is adjacent to historic Graceland Inn and convenient to dining facilities and class locations. Rooms are double occupancy only, with queen-size beds and private bathrooms.

Contact info:
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-1600
web: www.gracelandinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathrooms with tub and shower, TV, armoire, and phone with data port for computer access.

Facility amenities: Shuttle van is available on campus during the day for those who have difficulty walking. There is a 24-hour concierge office in the Inn next-door. College facilities available to Participants include indoor pool, fitness center, fitness trail, convenience store, snack bar, and library. Campus is within easy walking distance of city park, stores, art galleries, and specialty shops. The Monongahela National Forest is 10 miles from campus; the area also has bike trails and excursion trains.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 29 -
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: Following breakfast, the entire group participates in a class on Appalachian Dance, which includes an introduction to West Virginia circle and square dances, and flatfooting. After a coffee and tea break, there is a class on Appalachian folk culture, music, material culture, and folkways. See Day Two for details.

Lunch: College dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a one-hour group session with a guest “old master” musician. From 3:15 to 4:45 pm there is a special offering each day (a film with discussion, lecture, storytelling, or slide show), or you may choose to take part in or audit and record any of several workshops on traditional Appalachian music. See Day Two for details.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: Evening activity is a choice of several events. These may include a workshop on traditional Shape Note singing or a square dance, followed by old-time music jam sessions. Transportation at night is on your own; see Day Two for details.

Lodging: Graceland Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Accomodations are in Davis & Elkins College's on-campus Conference Center which is adjacent to historic Graceland Inn and convenient to dining facilities and class locations. Rooms are double occupancy only, with queen-size beds and private bathrooms.

Contact info:
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-1600
web: www.gracelandinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathrooms with tub and shower, TV, armoire, and phone with data port for computer access.

Facility amenities: Shuttle van is available on campus during the day for those who have difficulty walking. There is a 24-hour concierge office in the Inn next-door. College facilities available to Participants include indoor pool, fitness center, fitness trail, convenience store, snack bar, and library. Campus is within easy walking distance of city park, stores, art galleries, and specialty shops. The Monongahela National Forest is 10 miles from campus; the area also has bike trails and excursion trains.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 30 -
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: Following breakfast, the entire group participates in a class on Appalachian Dance, which includes an introduction to West Virginia circle and square dances, and flatfooting. After a coffee and tea break, there is a class on Appalachian folk culture, music, material culture, and folkways. See Day Two for details.

Lunch: College dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a one hour group session with a guest “old master” musician. From 3:15 to 4:45 pm there is a special offering each day (a film with discussion, lecture, storytelling, or slide show), or you may choose to take part in or audit and record any of several workshops on traditional Appalachian music. See Day Two for details.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: Evening activities start with a flatfooting workshop, followed by "Wednesday Night Pickin'" featuring old-time, bluegrass, and country music jam sessions and gospel singing with local musicians.

Lodging: Graceland Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Accomodations are in Davis & Elkins College's on-campus Conference Center which is adjacent to historic Graceland Inn and convenient to dining facilities and class locations. Rooms are double occupancy only, with queen-size beds and private bathrooms.

Contact info:
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-1600
web: www.gracelandinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathrooms with tub and shower, TV, armoire, and phone with data port for computer access.

Facility amenities: Shuttle van is available on campus during the day for those who have difficulty walking. There is a 24-hour concierge office in the Inn next-door. College facilities available to Participants include indoor pool, fitness center, fitness trail, convenience store, snack bar, and library. Campus is within easy walking distance of city park, stores, art galleries, and specialty shops. The Monongahela National Forest is 10 miles from campus; the area also has bike trails and excursion trains.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 31 -
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: Following breakfast, the entire group will participate in a class on Appalachian dance. After a coffee and tea break, there is a class on Appalachian folk culture, music, material culture, and folkways. See Day Two for details.

Lunch: College dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a one hour group session with a guest “old master” musician. From 3:15 to 4:45 pm there is a special offering each day (a film with discussion, lecture, storytelling, or slide show), or you may choose to take part in or audit and record any of several workshops on traditional Appalachian music. See Day Two for details.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: Evening activity is a film and discussion on West Virginia folk culture, followed by jam sessions and singing.

Lodging: Graceland Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Accomodations are in Davis & Elkins College's on-campus Conference Center which is adjacent to historic Graceland Inn and convenient to dining facilities and class locations. Rooms are double occupancy only, with queen-size beds and private bathrooms.

Contact info:
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-1600
web: www.gracelandinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathrooms with tub and shower, TV, armoire, and phone with data port for computer access.

Facility amenities: Shuttle van is available on campus during the day for those who have difficulty walking. There is a 24-hour concierge office in the Inn next-door. College facilities available to Participants include indoor pool, fitness center, fitness trail, convenience store, snack bar, and library. Campus is within easy walking distance of city park, stores, art galleries, and specialty shops. The Monongahela National Forest is 10 miles from campus; the area also has bike trails and excursion trains.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, November 01 -
Breakfast: College dining hall.

Morning: Following breakfast, there is a class on Appalachian Dance. After a coffee and tea break, there is a class on Appalachian folk culture, music, material culture, and folkways. Same as Day Two.

Lunch: College dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there is a group session with a guest “old master” musician. The afternoon ends with a film or slide show on Appalachian folk culture.

Dinner: College dining hall.

Evening: The public "Fiddlers' Reunion" old-time music festival kicks off in the evening with a public Halloween-theme square dance. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. The evening features an old-fashioned cakewalk, with homemade cakes as prizes.

Lodging: Graceland Inn & Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Accomodations are in Davis & Elkins College's on-campus Conference Center which is adjacent to historic Graceland Inn and convenient to dining facilities and class locations. Rooms are double occupancy only, with queen-size beds and private bathrooms.

Contact info:
Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 USA
phone: 304-637-1600
web: www.gracelandinn.com

Room amenities: All rooms have private bathrooms with tub and shower, TV, armoire, and phone with data port for computer access.

Facility amenities: Shuttle van is available on campus during the day for those who have difficulty walking. There is a 24-hour concierge office in the Inn next-door. College facilities available to Participants include indoor pool, fitness center, fitness trail, convenience store, snack bar, and library. Campus is within easy walking distance of city park, stores, art galleries, and specialty shops. The Monongahela National Forest is 10 miles from campus; the area also has bike trails and excursion trains.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, November 02 - Fiddlers Reunion
Morning: The Fiddlers Reunion, an old-time music festival, takes place in the Hermanson Campus Center from 10 am to 5 pm. It is open to the public and usually attended by several hundred visitors. Everyone will be treated to a non-stop performance stage featuring nearly three dozen invited master fiddlers, as well as displays by craftspeople and vendors. The perfromance stage closes with a lively clogging contest. Lunch is available during the Fiddlers' Reunion. Jam sessions and singing sessions will abound both inside and outside the building in several locations. Following the evening meal, jam sessions will continue until about 2:00 am. Information on the Fiddlers Reunion may be found at www.augustaheritage.com.

Lodging: Graceland Inn & Conference Center

Day Eight: Sunday, November 03 - Gospel Sing
Breakfast: Continental breakfast.

Morning: The Fiddlers Reunion ends with a non-denominational participatory gospel sing from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Brunch: Brunch is available from 11:00 - Noon at the college dining hall on a pay at the door basis.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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