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October Old-Time Week

Program Number: 7073RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/27/2013 - 11/3/2013; 10/26/2014 - 11/2/2014;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Elkins, West Virginia
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Immerse yourself in the wisdom and humor of Appalachian mountain music and folk culture amidst the glorious colors of West Virginia’s fall foliage. Surround yourself with the masters of old-time Appalachian music and dance, the oldest form of North American traditional music second only to Native American music. Learn mountain dancing and enjoy lively lectures and demonstrations on Appalachian music and folk culture by leading historians, musicians and folklorists.




Highlights

• Enjoy private presentations by old-time music masters and gain an introduction to West Virginia circle and square dances and flat-footing.
• Attend the Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion, an annual gathering and performance of West Virginia’s master fiddlers, pickers and singers.
• Enjoy lively evenings filled with square dances, films and old-time music.



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
On-campus Conference Center adjacent to a restored Victorian mansion; each room has one or two queen-size beds. Meals in the campus dining hall.
Meals and Lodgings
   Graceland Inn & Conference Center
  Elkins, WV 7 nights
 Graceland Inn & Conference Center
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
6:00 PM in the Chapel for Orientation. You will be staying at Graceland Inn & Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:30 AM following Gospel Sing on Sunday. You will be staying at Graceland Inn & Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free both at hotel and on campus. Shuttle van will provide rides from building to building on campus during the day, as well as a limited schedule of rides to and from campus if needed.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Elkins, WV
  Nearest city or town:  Buckhannon WV
  Nearest highway: US Route 219 and US Route 33/State Route 92
  Nearest airport:  Clarksburg/Fairmont - Ckb
  From End of Program
  Location: Elkins, WV
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Elkins, WV

 

 
 

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 and proceed up the hill. Follow the signs to Road Scholar check-in at Hermanson Campus Center. Hermanson Campus Center is located directly behind the chapel on the plaza.
  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
(Sunday, October 27)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Graceland Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(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.
   
Accommodations: Graceland Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(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.
   
Accommodations: Graceland Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(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.
   
Accommodations: Graceland Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(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.
   
Accommodations: Graceland Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, November 1)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Graceland Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Fiddlers Reunion
(Saturday, November 2)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Graceland Inn & Conference Center

Day 8: Gospel Sing
(Sunday, November 3)
   
 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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