Grazing on the Crooked Road Night


We’re hosting “Grazing on the Crooked Road Night”, the first in the Porch & Parlor Series for 2014. Dinner, old-time music, storytelling and a tour of the home will take place at 405 North Main Street in Hillsville on Saturday, January 18. Tickets are $12.

The doors open at 4:00 pm for guided tours of the home. A home-cooked dinner using recipes published in Grazing Along the Crooked Road, a cookbook by Libby Bondurant and Betty Skeens, will be served at 5:30. Vicky Town will tell Appalachian folktales at 6:30, followed by old-time music by the Virginia Mountain Singers, Phil and Patty Kirk. Libby Bondurant will be present to autograph copies of her book.

Libby says her book “brings together the components of great recipes worth trying and stories worth reading, along with home remedies and places worth visiting. It honors a way of life worth preserving.” The cookbook was inspired by Southwest Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, The Crooked Road. Like the Crooked Road, the authors traveled the 253-mile winding path through historic, scenic, and mountainous areas to collect yarns and recipes from people in 10 of the 19 county region.

The menu for the event begins with a fresh salad followed by the main course, Melt In Your Mouth Chicken Pie, a recipe contributed by Marie Crisp from Fancy Gap, Green Peas & Carrots, Easy Oven Baked Potatoes, a recipe contributed by Sadie Goad of Willis, and Easy Homemade Rolls, a recipe contributed by Emma R. Phipps of Mouth of Wilson. The dinner will conclude with a sweet course, Buttermilk Pound Cake, a recipe from Lacie H. Kemp of Dugspur.

Professional storyteller since 1988, Vicky Town will delight the audience with a unique blend of physical comedy and love of language. Vicky has shared stories of heroes and sheroes from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the Kansas prairie and to the city of Philadelphia. Vicky and her husband Steve Pottorff, Carroll County Extension Agent, live at Haven Farm in Fancy Gap and host Stories Under the Stars from June-October.

Phil and Patty Kirk, The Virginia Mountain Singers, moved to Carroll County in May of 2013 to continue a 23 year history of performing. Natives of Pennsylvania and former residents of Vermont, the Kirks were performing with bands playing French Canadian and Irish music but limited old-time. They grew tired of the cold temperatures and high taxes of the north and searched for a location in which they could pursue their love for old-time Appalachian music. Patty, a retired English instructor at various colleges, is a self-taught musician who plays the banjo, guitar, fiddle, baritone ukulele and autoharp. Phil, a retired carpenter and luthier learned music from his mother, a piano and voice teacher. He plays the mandolin, guitar, banjo, ukulele and all the instruments he builds except the fiddle. Inspired by the late Tommy Jarrell of Mt. Airy, the Virginia Mountain Singers pick and grin in many styles, but enjoy the rhythm, fiddling and bowing techniques of the Round Peak tradition. They say “We didn’t bring our northern music with us to Virginia. We want to play old-time!”

Tickets for the event are limited and may be purchased at Blue Ridge Pharmacy, Country Formals, and The Carroll County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, 205 Oak Street, all in Hillsville or in Galax at Barr’s Fiddle Shop. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place on Saturday, January 25.