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 Music Masters (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.
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the Appalachian Regional Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, VA Dept of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Food City, Virginia Commission for the Arts, David and Judie Reemsnyder, Dominion Energy, McGuireWoods, LLC., Virginia State Parks and other generous supporters. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 276-492-2409.