House Concert: Different House (Change!)

Another Zion Church, neglected, on Goose Creek
Another Zion Church, neglected, on Goose Creek

IMPORTANT change of venu in the February 14 House Concert. Please  note: you will be very lonely in the dark if you go to Burks Fork Church on Saturday night. Mac Traynham sent along the following update:

Thanks to all who have responded to us wanting to attend our  Feb 14th concert featuring the Herald Angels.  Due to an insurance glitch we have had to move the venue from the Burkes Fork Church of the Brethren to the Zion Lutheran Church in the town of Floyd. This church is  also historic and  appropriate for an intimate performance by the Herald Angels.  Some of you may be familiar with Zion Lutheran’s Oak Grove Pavillion summer music concerts held with proceeds going to the benefit of the Floyd community.

As mentioned in the previous email we are requesting a $2 per person donation for the use of the church in addition to a suggested $10 per person  donation for the band.  For anyone who has not made a reservation and is still interested, we should have ample space available and don’t need a RSVP necessarily.  As before we will have a break with hot and cold beverages and potluck goodies.  Showtime is 7:30.


From Christiansburg

  • South on rt 8  toward Town of Floyd
  • Look for and go past   “Citizens Co-op” complex on right
  • Less than 1/4th mile turn left on Needmore Ln  (Zion Lutheran sign) which is
  • Just before Harvest Moon (on the left)
  • 1.2 miles to big white church on the left

From stoplight in Floyd

  • Rt 8 North
  • Look for Harvest Moon Natural Foodstore on right
  • Right on Needmore  just past Harvest Moon
  • 1.2 miles to big white church on the left
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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. There must be more than one abandoned church on Goose Creek. The one that sticks in my mind’s eye was made of a darker wood – maybe the paint had all worn away? It was really close to the road …