ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College, the city of Elkins and Elkins ON TRAC are teaming up to present a night of free music and entertainment for the community throughout downtown Elkins, and two afternoons of free ice skating. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Friday and continue on Saturday and Sunday when a portable ice skating rink is set up on Town Square.
"The collaboration among Davis & Elkins College and the Campus Activities Board, Elkins ON TRAC and the city of Elkins to produce the D&E Fire & Ice Weekend is a concerted effort by all involved to create a vibrant downtown atmosphere," said D&E Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard. "Davis & Elkins College truly desires to foster a collegial spirit that integrates the campus into the surrounding community."
The event is organized as part of ON TRAC's First Fridays, which have been conducted each month since July 2012 in partnership with Artists at Work to offer free activities and specials at participating businesses.
The comedy/magic show of Edd Fairman will be presented at C.J. Maggie’s Armadillo Flats at 8 p.m. Friday.
"We are grateful to Davis & Elkins College for their partnership in providing an amazing line-up of winter activities for this Frist Friday event," said Karen Carper, ON TRAC project manager.
"There is no excuse for cabin fever with so many fun things to do in downtown Elkins."
Elkins Mayor Van Broughton says the city is excited to partner with D&E and ON TRAC for the weekend of activities.
"The summer event that we held together was a huge success, our citizens agreed," Broughton said. "On Friday night, February 7, there will be great music, great entertainment and great food."
Ohio Burn Unit kicks off the entertainment at 5:30 p.m. Friday on Third Street. With a central theme of fire and flames, Ohio Burn Unit's jaw dropping and comedy-packed show features fire jugglers, special effects, fire breathers, dancers, stilt walkers, jugglers and more. Ted Bachelor and Ohio Burn Unit set the Guinness World Record for "the most people performing simultaneous full body burns" in 2009 and 2013.
At 6:30 p.m., D&E's own Appalachian Ensemble string band will perform at Clara Belle's. The student band performs music of the Appalachian region, as well as other traditions.
Ohio Burn Unit will perform a juggling show at Henry G's at 7 p.m.
The comedy/magic show of Edd Fairman will be presented at C.J. Maggie's Armadillo Flats at 8 p.m. Billed as the "Wizard of Sorts," Fairman blends interactive comedy and non-traditional magic that appeals to all ages.
At 9 p.m., John Rush brings his one-man musical journey show to Beander's. With a style part Jack Johnson and part Jimi Hendrix, Rush sings and plays guitar, bass, harmonica, piano, saxophone, banjo, keyboard and percussion.
Music continues at 10:30 p.m. with Scratch Track followed by a dance party at The Jabberwock.
Scratch Track has been performing its original mix of acoustic hip-hop soul since 2000 at campus shows, coffeehouses, clubs and arena tours. To date, the band has released six albums and is credited with soundtrack slots including "CSI New York," the film "Off the Grid," and Sony PlayStation's "MLB" video game.
Also, throughout the evening special offers will be available at participating downtown merchants, including Carmen's Place. The new business located at 304 Railroad Ave., is an authorized dealer of Kirk's Folly jewelry.
Owner Carmen Holmes will welcome guests with an Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests are invited to stop by for refreshments and enter a drawing for a special piece of Valentine jewelry.
The shop will also provide a discount for any D&E student with an ID.
From 5:30-6:30 p.m., Artists at Work will offer a make it and take it activity. Local artist Joy Cooper will lead a mini-class in making Valentine postcards. For $3, participants will make multiple cards using pen and ink, watercolor and tissue paper.
Hot chocolate will be available.
In addition, Artists at Work will remain open until 9 p.m.
The Elkins/Randolph County YMCA will participate in the event by offering a Parents' Night Out. Parents can bring their children to the YMCA for an evening of games and activities from 5-10 p.m. Cost is $10 per child or $5 if you mention First Fridays. Parents must sign up at the YMCA in advance.
The YMCA will also offer free use of their facilities from 5- 7 p.m. as a part of the First Friday celebration.
The fun continues all weekend with free ice skating, sponsored by the city of Elkins, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Town Square.
"Free skating and skate rentals will be provided by the city of Elkins," Broughton said. "All of this together should make for a very great weekend. As mayor, I would love to see a skating rink such as this built here in Elkins. There will be something for everyone, come join in the fun."
Parking for the event will be available in the lot behind Elkins City Hall.
For additional information, call 304-637-1211 or visit www.dewv.edu.