And When the Sun Returns: Ramble!

solartour480Yes it’s been a while and will be yet another several days before we see blue skies and bright sun again. But when we do, it will remind you to order tickets for this unique Floyd County event: the Solar Home Ramble on October 17. [Click the banner above for more details about this event.]

There will be eight homes (some on-house, some free-standing installations), three businesses and one farm for you to visit, and at each site, you’ll get ideas of how you might make the sun work for you at your house, business or farm. Talk to the owners about their solar experience–or their arts, crafts or music. These are Floyd Folk, after all!

This SustainFloyd event will give you an opportunity to range across the county and see some back roads and rural landscapes that are pleasantly familiar or totally novel–and probably more of the latter.

TICKETS! What a great GIFT to someone you know in Roanoke or Charlotte or some other place off-mountain to come up with a purpose during the Leaf Peeping Season. The event ends at the Floyd EcoVillage with a short presentation by the experts AND a cash bar.

Drone's-eye view of one of the Floyd Solar Home Ramble sites you'll see.
Drone’s-eye view of one of the Floyd Solar Home Ramble sites you’ll see.
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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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