The Feastival at Draper: Imagine, Gather, Create


Draper Mercantile

3054 Greenbriar Rd, Draper VA

Crooked Road Concerts


6:00 PM

“Imagine. Gather. Create” is not just the theme for the Feastival at Draper Mercantile on June 16 but an apt description of the Draper, Virginia, community and the role of Draper Mercantile in its revitalization. Housed in a vintage (c. 1885) general store building, the “Merc,” as it is affectionately called by locals, has fostered new ventures in this small community on the New River Trail. One local leader called the Mercantile “a conduit for encouragement.” The Mercantile encompasses a farm-to-table café, with a stage for live music, numerous quaint shops for unusual merchandise, outlets for hiking and biking gear, and much more in a beautiful rural setting. The Feastival will feature a cocktail hour and dinner designed by the Mercantile’s culinary director, Chef Torrece Gregoire, known as Chef T, a finalist in Season 14 of Gordon Ramsey’s popular TV show Hell’s Kitchen. Chef T, with roots in the Caribbean, riffs on the West African influences on Appalachian food for her exciting and innovative five-course Feastival spin on mountain food traditions. The best of old-time music will be provided by Canadian-born fiddler Erynn Marshall and multi-instrumentalist Carl Jones, both of Galax, Virginia. Come imagine, gather and create with us for a stimulating summer evening at the Draper Mercantile!

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are marvelous old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths. They are married – in life and music. When they play, their instruments and voices blend like two forks of the same river. Southern song-duets and soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo tunes comprise their diverse concert sets presented with spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo has their own muse as well. Carl’s songs can touch the heart’s innermost places and have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice, and others. Erynn’s spirited fiddling captures the authentic essence of old time music - music for the ears, feet, the whole body and soul.

Feastivals are sponsored by Blue Ridge Beverage.