Well, here we are in Elkins, W. Va. at Augusta Heritage’s Bluegrass Week. We stopped in Lexington, Ky. to visit with the owners of the Old Town Violin Shop to see if they had anything I needed. We did manage to do some trading before we got back on the road.
Davis & Elkins College sits among the Blue Ridge Mtns. above the town of Elkins, and their Augusta Heritage Foundation hosts 7 weeks of camps during the summer months. Bette and I were here last year and agreed to return if John Rossbach found time for me to get in some golf. John asked me to teach some intermediate fiddle classes, while fellow fiddler Darol Anger is teaching the advanced students. We enjoy picking some together as well.
On Tuesday Doyle Lawson appeared as a special guest. John arranged a very interesting sit-down interview with the week’s special guest, an informative and inspirational time for the students, after which Bill Emerson, Carl Jackson and I joined Doyle on stage for some good old bluegrass pickin’. Wednesday afternoon Carl and I played a round at the local golf course. Thursday evening is a public concert performed by all the camp’s teaching staff. We really enjoy this opportunity to pick with each other.
On Saturday, Bette and I will drive to Asheville, N.C. to the campus of Swannanoa College for another week of teaching fiddle at their camp. I am looking forward to joining up with old friend and fellow Country Gazette member, Alan Munde, among others. This will be my first time at Swannanoa, so I really don’t know what to expect, but I have already checked out nearby golf courses.