Local Color

First, before I forget, there might be just the exactly right person for this responsibility out there in the blogging readership (or among Google vagabonds who vastly outnumber regulars these days):

There is a need for a volunteer to staff the desk at the Rocky Knob visitors center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Man, what a great, COOL, and beautiful place to spend one’s days, chatting with the wide variety of folks who pass along the nation’s longest state park.

Find out more about it here.

Hmmm. I must have had a second point in mind. Wonder what it was? Let’s see.

I never mentioned that this past Sunday, we visited Haven’s Chapel Methodist Church, right up at the intersection of Goose Creek and Daniel’s Run. We didn’t have time to get to our regular Presby church over in Blacksburg and back before the John McCutcheon Concert in Roanoke later that afernoon. (And seems I never blogged that either! Man, am I slipping!) Haven’s Chapel reminded us powerfully of Berea Christian Church, whose cemetery our property on Greasy Creek in Wythe County bordered. On Sunday, we met quite a few of our neighbors and learned some local history of the houses and families along our road.

And thirdly…well, I’m sure something in the realm of “local color” will come along to fill this in. I’m stopping by the Farm Store (never posted any pix from there yet) and to town for some computer geekiness and lunch. So, third time’s charm. More, later.

Image, a local Floyd County resident presides from upstairs (over what used to be Momma Lazardo’s) as the new facade of the Country Store is completed, and ready for the official grand (re)opening on Saturday! (You may have seen this particular two-dimensional resident propped on stage at the “old” country store.)

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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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  1. Sorry I can’t help!!!I’m too far away and too old!!!
    but I wish you a very happy solstice day dear
    see you