From the Augusta Heritage Center:
As we look towards the future, we eagerly anticipate the day that we will learn knee-to-knee, hold hands, dance, and sing joyously together. Our top priority is to deliver a safe, vibrant Augusta summer that is a celebration of our most cherished traditions. Without being able to peer into the future, we have made some difficult decisions that we hope will put us in the best possible position for a safe in-person summer 2021 experience.
After conferring with theme week coordinators and several departments at Davis & Elkins College (housekeeping, dining services, dorm management), we are planning on delivering a classic Augusta summer program, with some adjustments for this year. Namely, we will be running a four-day event and class model – from a big welcome party on the Tuesday of each week to a farewell brunch on Sunday morning. Classes will run Wednesday through Saturday. This safety-first approach will allow for ample time to thoroughly clean all facilities before welcoming the next group to campus and will provide some extra flexibility in the schedule for our summer staff, who will be working diligently to keep everyone safe and happy. We will list class offerings on our website as they become available. You can view that portion of the website by clicking here. This year, you will choose your classes after meeting the instructors and reconnecting with Augusta friends at orientation.
Registration will open in February. All purchases of tuition, rooms, and meals will be fully refundable until the evening of orientation and check-in. We recognize that everyone has been put in unique situations due to the pandemic and want you to be able to plan on coming to Augusta without worrying about those plans needing to change. Similarly, we will be monitoring the safety situation and will announce any changes to our plans with ample notice if we have to adjust to keep our Augusta family safe.
Listed below are the Augusta 2021 dates, in the coming days we will send you a sample class schedule. We will be posting updates to our website and keeping you in the loop via email in the coming weeks. Instructor lists and class descriptions will be coming shortly.
Augusta Heritage Center Summer 2021 Celebration Dates
Week 1: Cajun & Creole, Classic Country, Swing, Craft, Folk Arts for Kids
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 – Saturday, July 10, 2021
At Week One, you can study directly with master musicians from Louisiana, feast on gumbo and jambalaya, two-step and swing dance the night away with new & old friends, celebrate the Golden Era of country music, jam on obscure and favorite swing tunes, broaden your understanding of the traditional arts with lectures and cultural sessions, learn to fire up a blacksmith forge (or explore other crafts) and more. Our Folk Arts for Kids program is all-day fun and immersive arts education for children who’ve finished kindergarten through 5th grade.
Week 2: Blues, American String Band, Vocal, Craft, Folk Arts for Kids
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – Saturday, July 17, 2021
At Week Two, you can take a deep dive into blues music and culture with master artists, explore connections between blues and string band music, jam with new and old friends until the wee hours, find your voice, immerse yourself in luscious harmony singing, square dance the night away in the open-air pavilion, learn a new craft, and more. Our Folk Arts for Kids program is all-day fun and immersive arts education for children who’ve finished kindergarten through 5th grade.
Week Three: Bluegrass, Old-Time, Teen Augusta, Folk Arts for Kids
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 – Saturday, July 24, 2021
At Week Three, you can pick with and learn from some of the biggest names in bluegrass music today, jam with friends, trade tunes with master West Virginian old-time musicians, square dance the night away in the open-air pavilion, enjoy world-class concerts, learn a new craft, and more. As a bonus, you can also head straight down to the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV when you leave Elkins and put all your new tunes and skills to use right away. Our Folk Arts for Kids program is all-day fun and immersive arts education for children who’ve finished kindergarten through 5th grade. Teen Augusta is for students who’ve finished 5th through 12th grades and will touch on everything from music to baking to art to wilderness skills.