I’ll be returning to Warm Hearth soon–the full-spectrum retirement community in Blacksburg. I have fond memories there from a couple of previous speaking events, but more, from the year or more that I saw patients in the assisted living facility, Showalter. If you are nearby and free on an early Thursday afternoon, I hope you consider joining me there. Details as follows:
Fred First will offer a multimedia presentation, Finding Our Place: a Personal and Natural History from the Blue Ridge. Location is the Karr Activity Center, Warm Hearth Village, Blacksburg. Date is August 1 and time is 130pm.
The Floyd County author-photographer weaves “images in words and pixels” to tell the story of belonging in and to a very particular hardscrabble creek valley, Appalachian ecology and vibrant rural community he calls home.
The 45 minute program will feature samplings of the author’s writing about sense of place and our relationships to nature, plus a 15 minute “visual essay” consisting of First’s digital landscapes and natural history photographs, with Appalachian-musical background and a sampling of relevant quotes from John Muir, Wendell Berry and others.
First’s book, Slow Road Home and What We Hold In Our Hands, and photo-notecards will be available for purchase. The public is invited to attend.
Image Caption: Bee balm, Monarda didyma, growing not far from home. Click to enlarge.