Fletcher Feed and Seed
By day, and on Sundays, the friendly pastor and church members go about their church business as usual, evangelizing and ministering to their community. But on Friday and Saturday nights and other occasions as well, a transformation takes place.
Sit in a church pew
Band plays a tune for sound check
As an outreach to the community, the Fletcher Feed and Seed, a stop on “The Back Roads to Blue Ridge Music Trail”, becomes one of the most popular night spots in the Asheville, NC area. Complete with comfortable church pews, theater chairs, and a dance floor, the family friendly Feed and Seed becomes the site of a totally different kind of mission.
Church members host Blue Grass and Old Time Mountain Music bands for the benefit of all who would like to attend. There are no cover charges, no admission fees, (just a couple of donation boxes for the bands). The pastor, Phillip Trees, and church members run the sound system, answer questions, and serve snacks for $1.00, (popcorn, peanut butter crackers, ice cream bars, and of course RC cola and Moon Pies). They even have free coffee available (served in real coffee mugs).
Regulars arrive early to save their seats
As soon as the band starts, dancers step onto the floor for some two steppin’ and as the pace picks up, the flat foot dancers keep the rhythm with their shoe taps.
Flat foot dancers
A sweet lady sitting in front of us, struck up a conversation with us. She brings her husband, an Alzheimer patient, here from the nursing home every weekend. He is at the point where he can barely walk without assistance, but as soon as she leads him onto the dance floor, he begins to two-step with her in perfect rhythm.
Tonight’s band was a group of students from ETSU called the Roan Mountaineers. These talented young people were full of life and music, just waiting to be released. And release it they did ! Such a great performance !
At Home in Maggie Valley
Fletcher Feed and Seed is definitely now on our list of places to go. There’s always a great band, (Allison Krauss and the Union Station have even played here) extremely friendly folks, and some of the best flat foot dancers we’ve ever seen ! Downhome family friendly fellowship and fun. We expect to visit here as often as we can while we are “at home in Maggie Valley”.