Grayson County Bound

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I’ll be heading over for an author’s breakfast (8-10 a.m. and open to the public) on Saturday morning at The Galax Smokehouse Restaurant, Grayson and Main Street, to begin a full day of events at the combined Book Fair and Street Festival in downtown Galax, Virginia. Sorry, no schedule of author events available that I can find online. I’ll do my little book reading and ramble at 12:30.

Stop at the Author’s Tent in front of Chapters Book Store for more information. And by all means, catch the Wolfe Brothers, our old buddies from Grayson County, who will be performing. I suggest you give them a listen. We love this album, Old Virginia Hills.

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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. Music In The Old Virginia Hills. Boy, that sure brought back some good memories. Have a great day, I hope next year I can be there too.

  2. I’m out that way in late June for a family reunion. Hillsville to Galax, hang a right go up the hill to Fries…