Helvetia Hoot

hoot-poster-2HELVETIA HOOT
August 31 – September 2, 2019

Looking for a Labor Day Weekend adventure? This weekend, formally known as Dare to be Square Helvetia, is designed for aspiring and advanced callers, dancers, musicians, singers and those eager to try something new. Workshops will be held Saturday and Sunday. Come up for just a day, or the whole weekend! We highly encourage everyone to experience a local West Virginia square dance Friday night at the Jackson Mill Jubilee Square Dance in Weston. Camping will be available Friday – Monday morning.

Workshops will be offered by Ginny Hawker, Val Mindel, Jesse Milnes, Mack Samples, Bill Ohse, Lou Maiuri, Becky Hill, T- Claw, Ellen & Eugene Ratcliffe and many others yet to be determined! Workshop highlights include a Helvetia Fiddle Tunes with Jesse Milnes, a Gospel Sing with Ginny Hawker, Calling 101 & 102 with T-Claw, Glenville Style Square Dances with legendary WV Callers, Flatfooting 1 & 2 with Becky Hill & friends, Old-Time Singing with Val Mindel and so much more! 

There are two beautiful dance halls and there will be many opportunities to practice calling! Evening public square dances will be held on Saturday & Sunday night with late night jam sessions at all hours. 

$60 prior to August 10 and $70 at gate. Children under 17 FREE. 
Register without camping:
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Saturday Day Pass – August 31- $40
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Sunday Day Pass – September 1 – $40
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$15 – 20 suggested donation for camping per individual for the whole weekend.
Register for rustic camping:
$15 donation
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$20 donation
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Rooms available for rent at the Bee Keeper Inn and the Kultur Haus Helvetia
(Check-in will start at 10am on Saturday, August 31 in the Community Hall)
Please bring CASH or CHECK when registering at the gate.

There are many volunteer opportunities and musician work trades available. Reach out for details.

Public Nightly Dances start at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.

Friday, August 30 – Jackson Mill Jubilee Square Dance
Saturday, August 31 – Helvetia Star Band & Jesse Milnes & Friends
Sunday, September 1 – Big Possum Stringband 


Rustic camping is a $15 – 20 donation or the weekend.
Rooms are available for rent at the Hutte: 304-924-6435
and Kultur Haus: 304-924-5160. To reserve a room please tell them you are with Helvetia Hoot/Dare to be Square. For more information visit the Helvetia website. 

No showers are available, there is a small creek to play around in.
There are real restrooms within walking distance of camping field. 

Check out the beautiful mountain town of Helvetia at www.helevetiawv.com

 The Mountain Dance Trail,
Augusta Heritage Center, 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241.


Be warned that GPS to Helvetia doesn’t always work. There have been several hilarious adventures that involve people getting stuck in swamps. Please use these directions from the Hutte. There will be signs posted. Most cell phones will not get reception in Helvetia. 

From Elkins: 
Take Route 219 to 250 South for 16 miles to Mill Creek. 
In Mill Creek Turn Right on County Route 46 (Helvetia Road) 
20 Miles to Helvetia.

From Buckhannon:
Take Route 20 South for 12 miles to the West Virginia Wildlife Center.
Turn Left onto County Route 11 (Alexander Helvetia Road)
20 Miles to Helvetia.


Saturday, August 31st
Breakfast: We will have COFFEE available (please bring a mug)
Lunch is on your own.
Dinner: POTLUCK 6 – 8pm (please bring a dish to pass)

Sunday, September 1st
Breakfast: We will have COFFEE available (please bring a mug)
Lunch is on your own. Hutte will be open noon to 7pm.
Dinner: TBD

Snacks, t-shirts, postcards and other small items are available at the
Helvetia General Store. There is no ATM, gas station or large grocery store in Helvetia. 


Water bottle 
Coffee Mug 
Comfortable Dance Shoes 
Rain Jacket 
Cash or Check (There is no ATM in Helvetia) 
A Potluck Dish for Saturday 
A Recorder & Notebook
A Smile

Email hillreb1@gmail.com or roundandpointy@gmail.com