The Crooked Road Festival was an enormous success, both here at the Moss Arts Center and across Montgomery County at the numerous participating locations. We all had such a great time putting it together–and an even better time sharing the festivities with all of you. We greeted many familiar faces and met even more new ones at the many events over the five-day festival. And with so many ways to participate, it’s no surprise!

The festival kicked off Wednesday, March 19, 2014, with everything from an instrument exhibit and a student exhibition to an instrument-making demonstration and a kick off open house and square dance, all across Blacksburg and Christiansburg.

Thursday, March 20, brought an instrument-making demonstration (this time, with lots of participating artists) , the first big live performance of the festival with Mountain Fling, Mac and Jenny Traynham, and the big dogs, Wayne Henderson and the Virginia Luthiers. After the show, folks gathered for a meet-and-greet social over at the Holiday Inn in Blacksburg for some late-night fun. Check out some photos from the instrument-making demonstration in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center.

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Another day on Friday meant another round of exhibits, instrument-making demonstrations, live music, and late-night meeting and greeting. No Strings Attached and The Seldom Scene graced the stage at the Moss Arts Center, but not before Pete Reiniger of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings gave a very special talk all about the making of Long Time…Seldom Scene.

Saturday, March 22, was jam-packed with events, including a gospel music program; an oral history of St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church; a clogging workshop, followed by a square dance to put new skills in action; ¬†“An Evening of Beans and Banjos;” a free concert by Olen Gardner and Friends, The Blackberries, The Gravel Road, and Mike Mitchell; a Crankies performance for and by Montgomery County students; and a finale concert by the Indian Run Stringband, the Hoorah Cloggers, and the Rickie Simpkins Quartet.

Woo! That makes us exhausted just thinking about everything that was going on! Catch your breath; we’ve got some photos from the Crankies performance by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LePralle, also in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center.

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But, of course, such a high-energy festival couldn’t go out without one last bang: Sunday, March 23, 2014, saw one final square dance with the Indian Run Stringband and caller Phil Louer over at the Homestead Farm in Riner.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves over the course of this festival, brimming to overflowing with some of this area’s best heritage music, dancing, and so much more!

What was your favorite part of the festival?