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Tuggles Gap ~ Blue Ridge Parkway

I am pleased to know that this Blue Ridge Parkway image from Floyd County near Tuggles Gap MP 166 will be included in the upcoming 2009 Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation calendar. More details about how and where you can obtain the calendars posted at Fragments from Floyd soon.

Also, I was happy to contribute a few spoken words to a worthwhile Parkway project commemorating the history of Camp Catawba near Moses Cone Memorial Park near Boone, NC. (I was able to record that here on my MicroTrack II in .wav format and send it along–very handy! And kudos–the Foundation folk did a nice job of syncing sound with slides.)

This is an early move into multimedia for the Parkway web site. Click the start button on the box at the bottom of this screen for my narration for this 30 second prototype of more extensive AV offerings coming to the BRPF.

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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. Nice piece on Camp Catawba. My eldest daughter played Tui St. George Tucker’s “Requiem” piece a couple of years ago with the Appalachian State Orchestra. It was composed in honor of her mother. It was a strangely beautiful work…