Pickin’ in the Park
April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 23, 2020
It is open to all who want to participate or listen. The country music jams generally run from 5:00 p.m. to around 8:00 p.m., and the old-time music jams usually start around 6:30 p.m. and end around 9:00 p.m.”
Pickin’ has a strong tradition of being open to listeners and beginners. Beth King, Augusta Heritage Center director, adds, “Beginning musicians and listeners are always welcomed. It is a wonderful opportunity for musicians of all levels to learn new tunes. You often see musicians breaking a tune down, bit by bit, so others can learn it. It is how so many of the tunes are passed along and kept alive. And, that is very important.” King continues, “There are people who have been coming for years as well as people who are just beginning to play. One of my favorite things to see is the wide span of ages. From high school and college aged musicians to master musicians who have been playing for decades, they are all there playing music together.”
For more information on Wednesday night Pickin’ and Augusta’s other public events, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org or call 304-637-1209.
A Center of Excellence for 44 years, the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College offers several weeklong programs featuring instruction in many traditions of music, dance, craft and folklore. Concerts, dances, a summer festival and other heritage arts events are part of the Augusta experience. The Augusta Heritage Center is also home to significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments and Appalachian art.
Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial support from the W.Va. Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts and the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support is provided by the Randolph County Commission.