Y’all Come On By


 I never heard if there’d be apple butter making, but it was talked about. So was music. But I know I’ll be there to meet folks, sign their copies of Slow Road Home that they bring with them or buy on site. And Ron Campbell will be demonstrating his drawing and/or woodburning arts probably on one of his very nice benches or porch swings.

He’ll probably have some of his framed barn pictures and note cards handy. And I’ll have my two sets of photo-notecards on hand for sale as well.

And you’ll want to come empty and leave full–of locally grown vegetables, chicken, honey, fruit and such as that. You’ll find it all in all a nice way to spend an hour or so this Saturday. I look forward to seeing you there!

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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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