Feastival at Historic Dinwiddie Church : Faith, Food, Community, and Music featuring Changing Lanes, Mac Traynham, Edwin Lacy

June 11, 2017 12:45 PM
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CHILD Public Onsale: April 3, 2017 9:08 AM to June 10, 2017 12:45 PM
INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: March 29, 2017 1:21 PM to June 10, 2017 11:59 PM
This Feastival will certainly be a wonderful afternoon of traditional Appalachian hospitality, music and dinner on the grounds, hosted by historic Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church in Hillsville. Perched high atop a mountain, you’ll enjoy fabulous food, excellent music, genuine Appalachian hospitality, and extraordinary views. The congregation extends a warm welcome, hoping that you’ll choose to join them for the Sunday morning service, beginning at 11:15 AM. Radiating its own rustic, hand-hewn charm, Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church was founded in October of 1897. The present-day stone church was built in 1946, under the guidance of Reverend R. W. Childress. The six rock churches that Childress fostered in the area still function with active congregations but have also become popular sites to visit because of their beautiful scenic locations and artful construction. This dinner-on-the-the-grounds style Feastival features a menu inspired by tradition (expect cornbread!) including with all kinds of “church-lady” food, prepared at the nearby Crossroads Institute. Members of the Dinwiddie congregation will serve as church ambassadors, ready to answer questions about the history of their community. Ronni Lundy, nationally acclaimed author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes (2016) will be on hand, sharing her warmth, humor, and wit. She’ll join forces with Libby Bondurant, co-author with the late Betty Skeens of Grazing Along the Crooked Road. They will share insights about the region’s foodways and the stories behind the recipes they’ve collected in their respective travels. Traditional music will be provided by Changing Lanes, a bluegrass band with close ties to Dinwiddie Church, features an 11-year-old bass player. In 2016, this self-described “hard driving bluegrass/gospel band from the heart of Appalachia” took first place in the Virginia Folk Music Association’s State Championship. Joining the youngsters are a couple of the region’s musical sages, Mac Traynham and Edwin Lacy. Traynham is a master banjo maker whose virtuosity as an old-time banjo picker has been featured on The Crooked Road’s Mountain Masters tour. His pastor, Edwin Lacy, is a banjo player and songwriter who offers an Appalachian-grounded ministry at the Wild Goose Christian Community in Floyd County. Traynham and Lacy will demonstrate old gospel music traditions such as shape-note singing and lining out hymns, and audience participation will be welcomed. 6 & Under - No Charge. The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Food City, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, News 5 WCYB, Blue Ridge Outdoors, The Roanoke Times, Virginia Living, Bluegrass Today, Oxford American, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Classic Country 98.1, Davenport & Co, Guest Services, WDBJ , Market Connections, SWVA, WVTF, Mountain Escapes, Recreation News, Union Bank & Trust, Dominion, Virginia State Parks, CGI, Francis Marion Hotel, David & Judie Reemsnyder, New Peoples Bank, The Loafer, Southwest Times, 93.5 WAXM, 90.7 WHC, Bank of Marion, Bolling Wilson Hotel, FocusOne Integrated Financial Planning, Hicok, Fern & Company, Walt & Janet Crickmer, Inn at Wise, Karen Sorber, Mountain Lake Lodge, Abingdon Rotary Club, Chantilly Farm, Electric Hardwoods, Forestland Group LLC, iGo Technology, SWCC Educational Foundation.

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