Three Feastivals in June!

If you’re looking for some great Appalachian culinary and music experiences, it’s almost time for the Fifth Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming from the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. In the nine-day festival, June 7-15, there will be 20 Crooked Road concerts, over 80 related cultural events, and three Feastivals. The theme this year is “Let the Music Move You” and will feature many highlights of traditional dance and many opportunities to dine and dance.

The Feastivals offer a social hour, a farm-to-table multi-course dinner, community stories, music, and dance. Vegetarian options are available for each Feastival. Homecoming activities, including the Feastivals, benefit the Crooked Road’s educational programs. The Feastivals are designed by community planning teams and consultants Katie Hoffman and Jean Haskell. The three Feastivals are:

June 8–“Roaring Into the Twenties,” in Marion, Virginia. Begins with drinks and appetizers at the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts, then locally-sourced dinner by Chef Josh Young at the General Francis Marion Hotel, followed by “Kickin’ It: The Appalachian Dance Revue” at the Historic Lincoln Theater (which is featured on the PBS show “Song of the Mountains”). The revue will showcase some of the best individual and group traditional dancers from the Appalachian region. Staying at the hotel would make for a great outing! Tickets for the whole Feastival evening are $75 and must be purchased by June 1. Tickets for the dance revue are $15 in advance, $20 after May 31, and $10 for children 12 and under.

June 11–“Feast and Frolic at the Farm,” at Sinkland Farms on Riner Road in Christiansburg, Virginia). On a scenic 125 acre mountain farm, the evening begins with a social hour, featuring drinks in part from the Sinkland Farms Brewery, a farm-to-table dinner by classically-French trained local Chef Rachel Doyle, dance exhibitions, and then a traditional square/round dance experience for everyone. Music by the Indian Run Stringband with dance caller, Phil Louer. Tickets for the whole Feastival evening are $70 and must be purchased by June 4. Tickets for the dance only are $10.

June 15–“Tales, Trails, and Tunes” in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Social hour is at the John Fox, Jr. house (early 20th century author of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine–think outdoor drama, first Technicolor movie in 1936, with Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray), followed by dinner at the Southwest Virginia Museum (the mansion originally built in the 1880s) with food provided by the Fox house local cooks and a presentation by Appalachian author and musician, Rita Quillen. The evening ends at the Big Stone Gap Visitor’s Center with a dance called by banjo player and town council member, Tyler Hughes, and music by the Stone Mountain Serenaders. If you’ve ever wanted to see Big Stone Gap, home to Adriana Trigiani, who wrote the novel of the same name that became the movie “Big Stone Gap,” starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, and Whoopi Goldberg, here’s your chance! It’s a beautiful place. Tickets for the whole Feastival evening are $50 and must be purchased by June 8. Tickets for the dance only by suggested donation of $10.

Additional information and online ticket purchase are available on the Mountains of Music Homecoming website www.mtnsofmusic.com and there are itineraries for each event, so you can see places for lodging, dining, and numerous related cultural events. Attached are posters for the Feastivals and for the Homecoming. Please purchase tickets soon. If you organize a group to attend one or more of the Feastivals, please let us know so we can reserve a table(s) for your group.

The Feastivals offer a delicious way to experience Appalachian foodways and the beauty of Appalachian music and dance in lovely mountain communities!