Sweet Green Icing: McAlfred Park

...and it took so long to bake it and...
...and it took so long to bake it and...

This time, nobody dropped the cake in the rain, so the occasional attempts to channel Richard Harris thankfully didn’t get very far last night as we celebrated Ann’s dad Alfred’s upcoming 95th birthday. Three years ago, same cake, same crowd, somebody dropped the birthday cake as we packed hurriedly to avoid a passing storm. What a waste of that pastel green marshmallow icing!

Saturday night, Alfred enjoyed the Sway Katz at Pine Tavern Pavilion and navigated the crowd quite well. Thanks to our friends for making him feel at home, stopping to chat with him even over the din of the music and buzz of the large crowd.

Thanks to our neighbors who shared the hot dogs and cake last night and brought Alfred a special gift–come back tomorrow for more about that!

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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. Next to seeing my daughters smiling face when I arrived home, this photo and Alfred makes my day. Happy Birthday Alfred. Alfred, Your an Inspiration.