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Discover Augusta: Music, Song and Dance

Program Number: 5220RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2013 - 8/11/2013;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Elkins, West Virginia
Price starting at: $775.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals; Music Appreciation
Meals: 20; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners    

Celebrate the beauty, wisdom and humor of the Appalachian culture and other folk cultures amid the mountains and creeks of West Virginia. Choose afternoon classes that interest you most from options including traditional mountain square dancing, flat footing, and other styles of dance; Appalachian folklore and musical history; and songs and ballads. Attend the Augusta Festival, part of a summer-long celebration of Appalachian and ethnic folk music, dance, crafts and folklore at Augusta Heritage Center.




Highlights

• Enjoy folk concerts and jam sessions, waltz to live music on an open-air porch and meet and chat with “old master” musicians.
• At the Augusta Festival, find a juried craft show, dancing, demonstrations and performances.
• A special Road Scholar banquet is served in historic Halliehurst Hall, a 55-room mansion built in the 1890s by Sen. Stephen B. Elkins.



Activity Particulars

Walking short uphill distances with hilly campus terrain; prolonged standing, stairs.



Coordinated by Augusta Heritage Center of D&E College.




Elkins

The Tygart Valley River flows near this historic town in the mountainous Potomac Highlands region of east-central West Virginia.  The area is rich in Appalachian tradition.  Elkins is the gateway to the 900,000 acre Monongahela National Forest with numerous scenic, historic and recreational sites.



Accommodations
Centrally located hotel with indoor pool, spa and exercise room.
Meals and Lodgings
   Elkins Days Inn
  Elkins, WV 4 nights
   Holiday Inn Express of Elkins
  Elkins, WV 1 night
   Elkins Days Inn
  Elkins, WV 2 nights
 Elkins Days Inn
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD call for prices
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBD call for prices
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Holiday Inn Express of Elkins
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
6:00pm in the Chapel for orientation. You will be staying at Elkins Days Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after gospel sing on Sunday. You will be staying at Elkins Days Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free. Shuttle van is also available during posted hours.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Elkins, WV
  Nearest city or town:  Buckhannon, WV
  Nearest highway: Elkins is located at the intersection of US Routes 33, 219 and 250.
  Nearest airport:  Clarksburg/Fairmont - CKB
  From End of Program
  Location: Elkins, WV
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Elkins

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 
Driving Directions
  * From the statue of Henry Gassaway Davis (on horseback) Go one block and turn left onto the Davis & Elkins College Campus, then proceed up the hill. Follow the signs to Road Scholar check-in at Hermanson Campus Center.
  From the East Take I-68 west to I-79 south at Morgantown. Take I-79 south to Exit 99 (Weston exit). Take US 33 east to Elkins to the sign for Elkins/Davis & Elkins College. Bear right and go 2 miles to the first traffic light at Randolph Ave (US Rts 33, 219 & 250). Turn left at the light, and go through one more traffic light. In the next block, turn left at the *statue of Henry Gassaway Davis (on horseback).
  From the North Take I-79 south to Exit 99 (Weston exit). Take US 33 east to Elkins to the sign for Elkins/Davis & Elkins College. Bear right and go 2 miles to the first traffic light at Randolph Ave (US Rts 33, 219 & 250). Turn left at the light, and go through one more traffic light. In the next block, turn left at the *statue of Henry Gassaway Davis (on horseback).
  From the South Take I-77 north to Beckley, WV. Take US 19 north to I-79 north and proceed to Exit 99 (Weston exit). Take US 33 east to Elkins to the sign for Elkins/Davis & Elkins College. Bear right and go 2 miles to the first traffic light at Randolph Ave (US Rts 33, 219 & 250). Turn left at the light, and go through one more traffic light. In the next block, turn left at the *statue of Henry Gassaway Davis (on horseback).
  From the West Take I-77 south to Parkersburg, WV. Take US 50 east to I-79 south. Take I-79 south to Exit 99 (Weston exit). Take US 33 east to Elkins to the sign for Elkins/Davis & Elkins College. Bear right and go 2 miles to the first traffic light at Randolph Ave (US Rts 33, 219 & 250). Turn left at the light, and go through one more traffic light. In the next block, turn left at the *statue of Henry Gassaway Davis (on horseback).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, August 4)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Elkins Days Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Waltz, Class and Getting to Know Each Other
(Monday, August 5)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Elkins Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Waltz, Class and Concert
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Elkins Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Waltz, Class and Concerts
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Elkins Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Waltz, Class and Concert
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express of Elkins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Waltz, Class and Augusta Festival
(Friday, August 9)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Elkins Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Augusta Festival
(Saturday, August 10)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Elkins Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departure
(Sunday, August 11)
   
 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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