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Camp Washington-Carver to host dance gathering July 27-29


Dance on down to Clifftop for the all-new Balance and Spin weekend July 27-29. Join old-time dance fans for a weekend of shared dance bliss and music at beautiful Camp Washington-Carver. The three-day gathering will feature dance workshops for all ages and abilities, as well as nightly square and contra dances.

The weekend will kick off with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 27. A square/contra dance will follow at 8 p.m. in the Great Chestnut Lodge. The featured band will be The Contrarians.

Dance workshops will begin Saturday morning, July 28, in the lodge at 10 a.m. The Saturday night old-time/contra dance will begin at 8 p.m. in the lodge. The weekend wraps up on Sunday, July 29, with a dance in the lodge at 10 a.m. The event’s dance callers, musicians and workshop leaders are all volunteers.

Daily admission is $10. Rough camping is $20 per person or $50 per family for the entire weekend. The camping rate includes all activities. The gates will open to campers at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 27.

Located in Fayette County on Route 41 near Babcock State Park, Camp Washington-Carver is operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. A historic mountaintop retreat, the facility nurtures the cultural heritage embodied in the site since its dedication in 1942 as an agricultural Extension and 4-H camp for African Americans. The Great Chestnut Lodge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the largest log structure of its kind in the world. Each season features events chosen to preserve the arts and traditions of yesterday while perpetuating those of today.

For more information about Balance and Spin, call (304) 438-3005 or visit the Division of Culture and History’s website at The event is sponsored in conjunction with FOOTMAD (Friends of Old Time Music and Dance) and a host of local dance enthusiasts. Promotional sponsors are The Fayette Tribune and WTNJ radio.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s web site at for more information. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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