Floyd Experience: Being Local Being Real

Riverstone Bonfire: Floyd Experience 2016. Click to enlarge.

Today is the final full day before 25 St Joseph’s University students leave Floyd for Philly.

We don’t know what kind of debriefing they will be involved in when they get back. We are not sure that any of their stories from Floyd County will come back to us.

All the folks who organized and oversaw this week’s event will have for certain is a sense of having made the week work very well for what was an exemplary group of students during an unbelievably pleasant weather-week.

There will be a “documentary” to come from the week in the near future, since one of the participants came with professional sound and photographic equipment, even including a camera drone that flew high for a unique view of Riverstone, including the picnic area where we met last night for the bonfire. And the No-Talent Show.

If any of you end up in Floyd tonight, these students will be there at the Jamboree after having their clogging lesson with instructor Phil Lauer and musician-friends Jenny and Mac Traynham.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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