Calendar Jam


I swear they ought to make April and May into 45 day months to get everything crammed in. It’s not just wildflowers that bloom as the days grow longer and warmer: so, too, do calendar events, even in little ol’ Floyd.

Now March wants in on the act.

This weekend, for your entertainment, enjoyment and and cultural edification, consider:

Saturday Horse Logging demonstration near Floyd that will result in some timbers that are logged earlier in the day being milled while you watch into timber frame elements for a Floyd Fest stage. See Jason Rutledge and his horses in action, time (still not given on the lovely brochure) Jason says is 10 to 4.

And on Sunday at the Jacksonville Center, the second Empty Bowls event.

Come and enjoy some local music from The Statement, Bernie Covenry and Andrea Marshall while eating some fresh home made bread, great soup in a handmade bowl with desserts from the Floyd County Culinary Class. Tickets cost 10 dollars for adults, 5 dollars for children 6-12 and children under 6 are free and you get to take home the bowl! Tickets are available at the New River Community Action Project, Wildfire Pots Studio at the Winter Sun Building and the Jacksonville Center. Proceeds go the New River Community Action Backpack Project. 11am to 1:30pm. 540-357-5657.

And if you’re still bored, check out the calendar for what’s coming up soon.

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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. I hear the Empty Bowls is sold out! That is wonderful except I wanted to go. Was told by the organizers that you could go and wait around to see if anything opens up…a bowl and more soup, I presume. Congratulations to McCabe and Karen for such a successful event to raise money for nutritious snacks for kids in school.