As The Crooked Road’s fifth annual Mountains of Music Homecoming approaches June 7-15, look for three culinary-based Feastival Series events, including one in Big Stone Gap.

The Homecoming's nine-day celebration of Southwest Virginia communities includes 18 Crooked Road marquee concerts and 89 cultural events in more than 40 communities across the region, from Norton to Rocky Mount, and Cedar Bluff to Galax.

The Homecoming highlights all aspects of Southwest Virginia culture, history, arts and craft, cuisine, outdoor activities and of course, the music.

The Homecoming theme is "Let the Music Move You" and several of the concerts and cultural events explore the deep-rooted connections between traditional dance and music.

Music, food and dance combine in the Tales, Trails and Tunes Feastival Saturday, June 15, featuring 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 town 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.

Advance ticket prices for Homecoming events end on May 31. For more information and tickets, visit www.mtnsofmusic.com or call The Crooked Road at 276/492-2409.

Tributes to icons of Appalachian music, concerts on floating stages, and dancers equipped with motion sensors are all part of the fifth annual Mountains of Music Homecoming. It is one of the best times to travel The Crooked Road and become immersed in the vibrant culture of the region and its communities. As Crooked Road Executive Director Jack Hinshelwood notes, “The goal of the Homecoming is to provide attendees with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the fascinating history and culture of Southwest Virginia.”

Other Feastival events will be hosted in Marion and Christiansburg.

The Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the generous support of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Appalachian Regional Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Blue Ridge Beverage, and Food City.

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