Tales, Trails, & Tunes – Feastival with Square Dance by Caller Tyler Hughes & the Stone Mountain Serenaders


John Fox, Jr. House

117 Shawnee Avenue, East, Big Stone Gap VA

Crooked Road Concerts


5:00 PM

Hosted by: John Fox, Jr. House, Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, and the Town of Big Stone Gap

Locations: John Fox, Jr. House (117 Shawnee Avenue), Southwest Virginia Museum (10 West 1st Street, N), and Big Stone Gap Visitors Center (306 Wood Avenue, E)

Sponsored by: Blue Ridge Beverage

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!


Tyler Hughes has been striving to bring the tradition of square dancing back to the Great Southwest region of Virginia for several years now. He has worked to organize dances around Wise, Lee, and Scott County. He began learning to call while in college at East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies. He has called dances across the southeast and the historic Carcassonne Square Dance in Carcassonne, Kentucky. His calling consists of traditional square dance calls and is encouraging to beginners as well as advanced dancers.

The Stone Mountain Serenaders formed to play square dances in Dungannon, VA. The group, led by Andrew Barnes on fiddle, has a rotating cast made up of some of the best old time musicians around Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. They always bring a strong repertoire of toe-tapping tunes and mesmerizing waltzes for every dance they play.