Saturday June 8: “Roaring Into The Twenties,” Feastival with “Kickin’ It” – The Appalachian Dance Revue

Who knew that the mountain town of Marion, Virginia, was a regional hot spot for entertainment in the Roaring ‘20s?  With the boom in timbering and railroading, Marion was a hub for the speakeasy-bootlegging-ragtime-jazz-and-jitterbugging culture of the time, while still surrounded by traditional mountain music, moonshining, and old-time dancing.  Feastival guests will roar into the 2020s and experience this small town’s current revitalization in Marion’s most historic venues.  Social hour at the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts will feature appetizers and drinks, plus demonstrations of heritage music and dance. From there, guests will move to the historic General Francis Marion Hotel for a sumptuous feast prepared by Chef Josh Young with a “Roarin’ into the Twenties” menu that looks both back in time and forward.   After dinner, Feastival guests will be treated to Kickin’ It:  The Crooked Road’s Appalachian Dance Revue at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, featuring The Crooked Road Old Time All Stars (Chris Anderson, Jackson Cunningham, Jamie Ferguson, Julie Shepherd-Powell, and Debbie Yates) who will provide music for more than 30 of America’s finest traditional dancers:  The Green Grass Cloggers, Hickory Flat Hoedowners, Good Foot Dance Company, Junious Brickhouse, Daniel Rothwell, and National Heritage Award winning buck dancer, Thomas Maupin.



Tuesday, June 11: Feast and Frolic at the Farm
Feastival with square dance by caller Phil Louer and the Indian Run Stringband

Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner on a scenic 125-acre mountain farm, then dance the night away in the barn to toe-tapping tunes and lively dance calls. No experience necessary!  Starting with a social hour under the stars (with craft beer from the Sinkland Farms Brewery), guests will then enjoy a meal prepared from local ingredients and highlighting local food traditions prepared by a local chef.  Following dinner, demonstrations of local dance heritage give guests time to digest and prepare for dancing!  In the barn, you can participate in (or just watch) traditional square and round dances with the guidance of an expert dance caller and teacher Phil Louer to music provided by the Indian Run Stringband.  Join us for great food, music, dance, and company—and see one of Southwest Virginia’s most successful agritourism ventures. Fun for the whole family.



Saturday, June 15: Tales, Trails and Tunes
Feastival with square dance by caller Tyler Hughes and the Stone Mountain Serenaders

Made famous in books, plays, and movies, Big Stone Gap offers up an evening of history, food, music, and dance, with an emphasis on local talent, old and young.  You’ll learn why people call Big Stone Gap “the little town with a big story.” The John Fox, Jr. Museum, former home of the famous author of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, will host the social hour. Guests will enjoy appetizers, drinks, and music there before moving on to the nearby Southwest Virginia Museum, where dinner will be prepared by cooks from the John Fox Jr. House using local recipes and ingredients.  The Big Stone Gap Visitors Center will host a rollicking dance after dinner with music by the Stone Mountain Serenaders, one of the region’s best dance bands.  Well-known Appalachian musician (and city councilman) Tyler Hughes will be the dance caller, and if you don’t know how to dance when you arrive, you will when you leave!