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Floyd Virginia Your FREE

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Celebrating the People, Events, & Merchants of Floyd Fall/Winter 2014-15

Comprehensive Guide To

Dalton’s Au to Restoration LLC

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All Things Floyd

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Hea Well ling Tr ee ness Cen ter

Inside: Recap of Floyd Fest and YogaJam • Recording Destinations • Honeybees & Indians Map & Events Resource Inside! • Points of Interest • Complete Business Directory

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Floyd Virginia Your FREE

Comprehensive Guide To

All Things Floyd

FloydFest 13: A Revolutionary Experience.............................Page 6 & 7 Taking the Best of the Past to Make a Better Future! ...... Pages 10 & 11 The Floyd Radio Show – Fall Series...........................................Page 12 Chiropractic is Different....................................................Pages 14 & 15 Chantilly Farm – RVs and Campers are Welcomed....................Page 18 Chasing Cars...............................................................................Page 19 Chateau Morrisette Grows ..........................................................Page 22 Hams in our Community..............................................................Page 24 The Deer Run Drifters.................................................................Page 26 Halloween Activities.....................................................................Page 28 Floyd EcoVillage – A Unique Event Center.................................Page 30 Points of Interest..........................................................................Page 32 Floyd’s Recording Destinations!..................................................Page 34 Third Floyd Yoga Jam a Complete Success!...............................Page 36 Springhouse Community School at the Floyd EcoVillage...........Page 38 Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary .......................................Page 40 Archeological Dig into a Floyd Native American Village Site...Pages 42 & 43 Mainly Mattresses and Furniture Store........................................Page 44 Being Earth Savvy…got dirt?......................................................Page 46 Tourism Office Launches New Website & Visitor Center.............Page 48 Autumn Weddings.......................................................................Page 50 Troika Gallery Focuses On Alice Walker.....................................Page 52

Alphabetical Listing of Advertisers Page 54 For Publication information, call: 540-320-1045 For additional copies email

Floyd Virginia Magazine Team Rob Cluxton John Brill Shannon Ainsley Luis Garcia Heather Garcia

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© 2014 FLOYD VIRGINIA magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part, without written permission from FLOYD MAGAZINE is prohibited. Every attempt has been made to verify the information contained in this publication. We assume no responsibility for incorrect, omitted or outdated information contained herein. We publish ads and stories without any implied endorsement of organizations, the views they express or the products/services they offer.

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FloydFest 13 A Revolutionary Experience

It’s the boutique summer music festival at its finest, a fully-loaded, 5-day staycation filled with music, healing arts, the outdoors, and more, all in a pristine and intimate setting in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It can only be FloydFest, back for its 13th year of music and magic in the mountains! This year’s “Revolutionary”-themed festival featured over 70 performers on 10 stages, over 100 artisans and crafters, a comprehensive healing arts area, a Global Arts Village, a Children’s Universe, and endless opportunities for outdoor fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation. This year’s FloydFest introduced a number of re-vamped logistics based on feedback and requests from patrons of years past. With ticket sales cut and the majority of camping moved off the festival site, FloydFest re-created the uniquely intimate, boutique music festival experience that has continued to draw fans back year after year. Other logistical improvements included a private airstrip for off-site parking, deluxe coach shuttle buses with extended shuttle hours to all off-site parking lots, and a new “Tent Tag” system, which ensured that all on-site campers were provided with a spacious and comfortable camping areas. With minimal shuttle waits, upgraded camping, and plenty of space to enjoy FloydFest’s aesthetic beauty, this year’s logistical improvements were welcomed with praise and enthusiasm from festival-goers throughout the weekend. Among the ‘Revolutionary’ changes this year was a bold new artist line-up, featuring an unprecedented melding of R&B, Blues, Reggae, Americana, and more. Headliners such 6

as Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ray LaMontagne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Ziggy Marley brought invigorating new sound to the Dreaming Creek Main Stage, while FloydFest fan favorites such as Rising Appalachia, Donna the Buffalo, and The Duhks kept crowds captivated into the wee hours of the night. Whether it was a headlining performance on the main stage, or an intimate jam session at the Ferrum Workshop Porch, FloydFest 13 fans were treated to a Revolutionary concoction of bold musical messages and sweet mountain sound that can’t be found anywhere else. FloydFest attendees were privy to a wide variety of new and exciting outdoor activities, including Osprey guided hikes, canoe trips down the Little River, mountain bike rides, and a Vasque 5k trail race. The Healing Arts Village hosted yoga, massages, and meditation sessions, and the nearby Children’s Universe offered an array of fun activities for kids. At the Global Village, fans attended aerial workshops and a “Revolution-wear” fashion show, while others found relaxation at the ENO Hammock Lounge. At the new Sugarlands Shine Speakeasy stage, adults enjoyed delicious Sugarlands Moonshine while jamming to their favorite bands. Driven to be the best music festival experience of our time, celebrating music, art and life in an intimate, visually stunning environment, FloydFest has already begun planning for what will be an incredible FloydFest 14! Across-The-Way Productions would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Streamline Timberworks, WROV, Klean Kanteen, ENO, Dreaming

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Creek, ACME PANEL, Ferrum College, Highland Timber Frame, WSLS 10, BRECKENRIDGE, Foothills Brewing, Lagunitas, Starr Hill, Sierra Nevada, Vasque, Sugarlands Distilling Co., Osprey, Quality Inn, Southwestern VA Gas Service, Camping World, Sunbelt Rentals, Blue Ridge Yurts, Backpacker, Food Lion, Bella Magazine,, Chaco, WUVT, Martin’s Bar & Grill, Tangent Outfitters, Sticks & Stones Construction, Crooked Road Music Trail, Buchi, Red Rooster Coffee Roaster, Carilion Clinic, Natural Awakenings, Starlight Bicycles, Collinsville Printing, Sailor Jerry, Skyline, Innova, and more. See you all at FloydFest 14! Floyd Fest PO Box 243 Floyd, Virginia 24091 Phone: (888) 823-3787 Email: Website: Facebook:

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Sunset on Ridgewind Farm in Floyd County

Taking the Best of the Past to Make a Better Future! When asked to write a short story and submit photos about animals for their livelihood and survival. This history is important to a farmer that decides which animals what we do, my first thought was, how can all the things we do with our horses be combined in a short piece. Fortunately, we were able to to husband. Making new history with the horses today is the most include some photos because they tell a thousand words at a glance important reason we have this breed, because they are the best horses and that at least saves some writing and illustrates the experiences to help with the work we choose to do. Our small farm produces the Suffolk Punch foals and trained horses as a primary product, but beyond text. For over thirty years we’ve been raising, keeping and working the work that the horses do for us, is the function that follows the Suffolk Punch Draft Horses on Ridgewind Farm in Copper Hill, form of this breed both physically and mentally. We use our horses Virginia, in northeast Floyd County. Although I have been the in an integrated power system with tractors to produce some of their forage and grain. We grow hay, oats and primary person involved, nothing I’ve done grow open pollinating, non GMO corn for with our horses would have been possible our horses, with the help of our horses. We without my family, friends, neighbors and also make a large garden and raise some the community. In this reality the horses are specialty crops such as sorghum. The most “our” horses in a very real way. income producing work the horses do for The Suffolk Punch is one of the oldest us is logging. Not just pulling logs out of the and rarest of the major draft breeds in the woods, but being the ultimate low impact world. They originated during the 1500’s in overland extraction method for our specific Suffolk County of England where the land form of restorative forestry. is fertile and flat, much like the plains of the Restorative Forestry is imitating nature U.S. and served as the bread basket of the Draftwood Specialty and selecting trees on a “worst first” basis. country for hundreds of years. This breed Forest Products, Black Locust Decking. The forest improves rapidly when the was developed to tend that land and work low quality, damaged, diseased and poor the heavy clay soils of the region and earned performing trees are removed. This is a the name of “the horse in the furrow”. They surgical type of forest management and is have been selected exclusively for farm work precisely where the Suffolk Punch horses for hundreds of years and many generations. excel. They are able to remove the trees ripe They are a plain horse, always chestnut or for harvesting, while protecting the most red in color with nothing fancy about them. productive trees from logging damage. The They have very few white markings or long impact on forest soil is minimum. The result hair like the Clydesdale or Shire, but have is an improved forested resource, protected similar very thick and powerful bodies. The water quality and a beautiful aesthetic Suffolk Punch efficiency and movement is Imported English woodland. It is the hard way, doesn’t make the guiding influence in their confirmation Suffolk Punch Stallion standing the most money quickly, but over the long of body shape and type. They are the second stud at Ridgewind run, will make the most money from sites oldest registered breed of horses in the world, Suffolk Farm in Copper Hill, Va. that will remain forested for the long term. next to the thoroughbred, by only a few years. The horses are the perfect power source for Our experience is that the most important thing about these horses is not visible at a glance but this work and they love doing it, just like a border collie likes to herd understood by horsemen as their disposition or mind. They are the and a coon dog likes to hunt. It’s what they do. This short story wouldn’t be complete without listing all the easiest horses to work and train, which is also a result of hundreds of years of selective breeding by people that actually depended on these public activities our horses are a central part of. We work with a public


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Ashley Taylor Rutledge drives Suffolk geldings logging in the forest of Floyd County.

charity, the Healing Harvest Forest Foundation. The organization’s mission statement is: “To address human needs for forest products while creating a nurturing coexistence between the forest and human communities.” We conduct public educational events throughout the region annually and train folks interested in this work through a network of mentors and apprentices. Last year, we conducted a week-long event called Biological Woodsmen’s Week held at the Floyd EcoVillage. Our guest speaker and participant in a panel discussion with other experts in the culture was internationally known author Wendell Berry. We also use our horses to support the Floyd County High School FFA Farm, by demonstrating proven traditional conservation tillage practices. Over the years, we have had many media exposures including being on the cover of the Mother Earth News, Draft Horse Journal, and being featured in local and regional newspapers. We also have an article coming out in the international trade magazine, The Draft Horse Journal, titled: “New Horse from the Old World” tells the story of our journey to England to find a new sire for our herd. Other media exposures include being in several documentaries on A&E and PBS. We’ve been included in History Channel’s Ax Men show, season five and our most current media exposure includes being on the RFD-TV’s Gentle Giants show, airing in September on the cable network, Rural America’s Most Important Network. None of this achievement and labor of love would be possible without the support of our community. If you are interested in this culture please attend one of our public educational events or visit our farm to see the horses. We also have a social media presence on Facebook under my name and our for profit business of Draftwood, - “horse logged lumber from restorative forestry.” Our farm website is at: www.ridgewindsuffolks. com We love to share this culture with anyone interested. Jason Rutledge email: phone 540-798-1828. You may learn more at:

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The Floyd Radio Show – Fall Series The Floyd Radio Show returns for its fourth season this fall, bringing its popular variety hour back to the Floyd Country Store, to the Internet and for the first time on the road for live performances in Roanoke and Lewisburg, West Virginia. Hosted by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle, the Floyd Radio Show features original radio plays, comedy, ads, jingles and the best traditional music from Southwest Virginia and beyond. Guests on the show, scheduled for the first Saturday of each month through May, include members of some of the area’s finest old-time musical acts, from storytelling banjo players, flat-picking guitarists to hard-driving string bands. This fall’s shows feature poet and spoken-word artist Minton Sparks, accompanied by guitarist John Jackson, Mac and Jenny Traynham, the Buckstankle Boys, stories with the New River Land Trust, the Black Twig Pickers, New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, Sheila Kay Adams and more. The show’s appeal, however, comes less from the individual artists, great as they all are, and more for the way they’re brought beneath one roof and combined with an assortment of other ingredients for a true variety show. That formula has evolved as Roberts-Gevalt and LaPrelle, or as they’re known on stage and in recordings as Anna and Elizabeth have refined the show over the years. “We wanted to do the shows as a variety so it’s more than the sum of its parts,” says LaPrelle. “We wanted people to come out because the show was going to be good even if they don’t recognize the names of the artists on the ticket. People come out for a big variety of acts. We showcase not just the old-time music but also the diversity of traditional music going on in the area.” The variety of talent changes with each show. In the past, we have showcased a gospel choir, a gospel piano player and a trio of African singers from Burundi via Roanoke, in addition to more traditional string bands. Anna and Elizabeth began hosting the show not long after they began playing together as a duet. They met at a 2010 Blacksburg show and quickly bonded over their shared love of mountain music. LaPrelle grew up in Rural Retreat, Virginia, going to fiddler’s conventions “I’d bring my little cowboy boots and dance and explore music through my mom’s old CDs, tapes and records.” Roberts-Gevalt grew up in New England, fell in love with the music in college and moved to the mountains afterward to pursue her passion. Anna and Elizabeth perform old-time tunes, often picked up from Appalachian icons like Texas Gladden, Jean Ritchie and Sheila Kay Adams,


with a variety of instruments and storytelling devices. They occasionally use a cabinet to display what they call “crankies”, proudly described as scrolling illustrations made from cloth or paper which depict oral histories, banjo tunes and ballads. The radio show serves as another extension of their act, allowing them to collaborate with regular cast members, writers and each show’s guest to produce a well-engineered radio hour that’s streamed live over the Floyd Country Store’s website and edited into a podcast that’s available on the site or through iTunes. Each show is special and a bargain for the price of admission, but it’s worth mentioning a couple of standout guests who are nationally known. September’s season opener features Minton Sparks, an artist who fuses music, poetry and storytelling to paint word pictures of the rural South. December’s show includes Sheila Kay Adams, who taught LaPrelle some of her first ballads. Adams is a seventh generation native of western North Carolina and has won recognition both for her performances of age-old ballads and as an author. In addition to the regularly scheduled shows, the 2014-15 season also features a pair of touring performances at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke and at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, West Virginia. LaPrelle says the Roanoke show, scheduled for Nov. 14, will be built around the history of the Star City and nearby communities in the Roanoke Valley. The Lewisburg show, scheduled for March 27, 2015, is still being planned. Tickets for The Floyd Radio Show are $10.00 in advance or $15.00 the day of the show. Season Passes are $80.00 for all nine Floyd Country Store shows and include special reserved seating. Tickets are available online, at the Floyd County Store, or by calling (540) 745-4563.

Fall Schedule

September 6: Minton Sparks (w/ guitarist John Jackson), Mac and Jenny Traynham. October 4: The Buckstankle Boys, New River Land Trust November 1: The Black Twig Pickers December 6: New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, Sheila Kay Adams Check the Website for the 2015, January-May Schedule

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Chiropractic is Different When most people think about doctors, they have some preconceived ideas about what each doctor does. Obviously, their family doctors are telling them what is wrong when they are sick and prescribing a medication when it is indicated. The family doctor may also make referrals to a specialtist, who is highly skilled in a specific field, like a cardiologist, orthopedic doctors, endocrinologists and the list goes on. We all have an idea about what these doctors do. Physical therapists, occupational therapists and respiratory therapists also have their identities. When it comes to chiropractic, the preconception is usually the wrong one. It is our philosophy and our approach to total body health that resonates with almost anyone that is told the truth about chiropractic. Simply put, the chiropractic philosophy that has not changed since our founding is- “The power that makes the body, heals the body.” Central to our thinking is that the body is self healing and self regulating. The chiropractic approach is one of “Vitalism”, we believe that the human body is more than the sum of its parts. There is an intelligent energy that lives in all humans that chiropractors call “innate intelligence.” There are different names for it, some people call it spirit, soul, or God, vital energy or Chi. No matter what you call it, just understand that it exists. If you have two bodies lying side by side, one that is very alive and one that has just died, what is the difference? One has the ‘vital life force’ or energy and the other one does not. It is this energy that maintains us and heals us throughout our life time that is essential to the chiropractic philosophy. If you cut yourself, this innate intelligence knows how to put the gazillions of cells together necessary to heal you. This intelligence knows how to make the thousands of proteins necessary for life, it makes insulin, vitamins, adrenalin, dopamine and tears, in just exactly the right amount. It knows how much to breathe, how many heartbeats are required, how to heal broken bones and burns. This “innate intelligence” can take raw undigested foods and convert it into a form that nourishes and maintains us. It allows us to think, 14

to feel emotions, to react when we are in danger. Hopefully you are getting the point now. So what does chiropractic have to do with all of this? I thought you’d never ask. This intelligence I have been speaking of travels all around our bodies via the nerve system also called the neuro-endocrine system. This network of nerves has two basic parts, the central and peripheral nerve system. The central nervous system is housed by the skull and the spinal column, the peripheral nervous system branches off of the nerves that exit the spine and travel to virtually every part of your body. The chiropractor works with the relationship of your spine to your central and peripheral nervous system. Your central nervous system is kind of like your computer system, it is running the show that is your life. This system is so valuable and so important that it is totally surrounded by a bony protective system (skull and spinal column). Where the nerves exit the spine is the junction between the central and peripheral nervous system. If a vertebra in the spinal column becomes misaligned or slightly out of place, it can place pressure on the exiting nerve root. This nerve may travel down your leg to your foot, it may come from your neck and travel down your arms to your little finger. It can cause significant pain in the area that the nerve supplies its nerve energy to. This is what most people come to the chiropractor for, pain. While we are concerned about pain, that is not the entire story, it is only half of the picture. The same nerve root that is irritated as it exits the spine, splits into two parts, one goes to your muscles, bones, joints and skin (your carcass), the other part of the nerve goes to your internal organs (your viscera). This is the part of the chiropractic story that most people never hear. If you have pain in your upper back, the same nerves that supply your muscles in that region, go to your heart! The nerves that go down your leg also supply vital nerve energy to your bladder, intestines, and reproductive organs! The nerves in your upper neck can cause headaches, they also supply nerve energy

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to your sinuses, throat and even your thymus gland (a key player in immune function). The nerves in your mid back supply your pancreas, stomach, liver and other organs. Hopefully you are beginning to see how important it is to keep the pressure off the nerves as they exit the spinal column. Maintaining your spine throughout your life time is crucial to good health. Nerve energy is much like water through a hose, if you step on the supply end of the hose, you will decrease the amount of water coming out of the other end. The water may still flow, just not at 100%. Nerve energy works basically the same way. You can have interference with the nerve energy to your heart, liver or kidneys and they will still function. What are the results of living for years or decades with reduced vital nerve energy to a vital organ? This is the ‘Big Picture’ of chiropractic. It is about so much more than musculo-skeletal pain.

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The chiropractic curriculum also focuses on the true nutritional needs of the human body. The chiropractic education takes eight years to complete, 4 years undergraduate, and 4 years of graduate school to earn the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). The chiropractic education focuses heavily on human anatomy and the relationship of structure to function. We are taught hard and soft tissue pathology. Chiropractors receive extensive training in X-ray technique and physics and are licensed to take X-rays. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine, and are portal of entry doctors. We can make referrals for MRI studies, to orthopedic doctors, surgeons and other specialists. Chiropractic works for everyone from infants, children, teenagers, hard-working adults, and the elderly. My oldest patient was 96 years old and had been receiving chiropractic care since she was in her early 20’s. Chiropractic care has a long history of being safe, gentle, and very effective in creating health. Collins Chiropractic Clinic 346 Parkview Rd NE Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 745-6494

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Chantilly Farm – RVs and Campers are Welcomed Chantilly Farm is a picturesque event venue with over 200 acres tucked away amongst rolling hills in southeastern Floyd County. Now with added acreage and new amenities, we have added our latest camping area to accommodate tents and RVs. Chantilly Farm has established its reputation both locally and regionally as a growing outdoor events venue. “For several years visitors to the area have contacted us to inquire about parking their RVs at Chantilly Farm because of our proximity to Downtown Floyd and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We’re very excited, we are now able to accommodate visitors with RVs or whoever wants to enjoy more primitive camping with a tent site. This new addition has added value to our festival offerings moving forward,” commented Dee Wallace, one of the principals of the farm operation. Once the final phases of construction are completed this fall, Chantilly Farm will offer 25 spaces for RVs that include full hookups for electricity, potable water, and sewer. Many of the spaces will feature pullthrough capability which provides ease of access for even the largest RVs and motorcoaches. Recently constructed for campers is a handicapped accessible shower-house with restroom facilities and we are excited to 18

announce a second one is already in the works for another area of the venue. Chantilly Farm has installed an RV dump station near its main entrance to accommodate visitors who are drycamping with their RVs. This drastically expands the number of campers the venue can host during larger scale festivals and special events. The new dump station will be available to patrons of the campground, as well as visitors who are passing through the area and find themselves in need of this service (a reasonable fee will be charged). Some other enjoyable features we offer are free wireless internet service, miles of wooded hiking trails, abundant wildlife, and acres of grassy fields, making Chantilly Farm a different stop from what travelers are accustomed too. It is a tranquil place that visitors repeatedly say, they fall in love with. One thing is for sure, if you’re looking for a beautiful spot to pitch your tent or park your RV during your next visit to Floyd County, then Chantilly Farm is a great place to do it. For reservations or more information on the new camping facilities at Chantilly Farm, contact 540-808-4984 or email A full schedule of upcoming events can be found at

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Chasing Cars Luis Garcia, the publisher of Floyd Magazine, has really helped our show to grow. Thank you so much! Our 2014 Floyd Auto Fair put on by Chasing SS Cars is really flourishing. We had our first three day event and it was a huge success. The show had over 200 vendors, some of them coming in from as far as Pennsylvania to Tidewater and everywhere in between. There were over 250 cars, trucks, rat rods and bikes displayed for everyone’s enjoyment, with many of the cars and trucks filling the area in front of the music stage while bands jammed out most of the day on Saturday. We added vintage signs, toys and antiques to our Swap Meet. We also added more vendors to our Spring 2015 event. We are excited to announce we now have a bathhouse with showers to accommodate our vendors, thanks to Chantilly Farm who have such a great place to host our show. The next Floyd Auto Fair will be held on May 29th – 31st. See you there with your favorite ride! Organizers, Erik and KC • 540-789-7898 •

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Chateau Morrisette Grows Chateau Morrisette is growing more than grapes. With a one-acre Matt does plan to continue some practices established by the vineyard vegetable garden located in the vineyard and a raised bed herb garden team, including using grape compost to fertilize the vegetables. With located next to the restaurant, Chateau Morrisette is set to continue having the garden as Matt’s first priority, fresh produce is expected to offering guests a fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere, while move to a new, higher level of production. There is one new garden located next to providing fresh local ingredients whenever the restaurant kitchen. This garden is smaller and possible. They understand the value of fresh consists only of raised beds. Initially planted by produce as a key ingredient for a quality meal. the restaurant staff, this garden focuses mainly on As regulars to the restaurant know, the menu herbs and greens. Matt admitted, “The restaurant changes seasonally, allowing the Chef to showcase staff had tended to it pretty well, but it did still vegetables that are in season. The program has need a bit more attention than it was getting, been so well received by restaurant guests that the especially after the restaurant moved into the busy winery will now take it to the next level, expanding Chateau Morrisette season.” Matt has plans to begin growing a variety the estate grown offerings through a planned and Restaurant Hours of Operation of carrots (purple, red, and orange assortments), managed gardening strategy. There is a beautiful radishes, and arugula. Those will be in addition estate garden covering almost an acre of hillside January - March to the chard, basil, cutting celery, and dill that are in between two blocks of the vineyard. Matt An a’la carte menu is offered Thursday through Sunday, with dinner hours as follows: already doing well. Sanders was hired earlier this year with plans to Matt added, “It will take some time to make the garden an integral part of the restaurant Monday - Wednesday Closed Thursday 11 am - 4 pm figure out and synchronize with the restaurant, operations. Through proper management of Friday & Saturday 11 am - 8 pm Sunday 11 am - 4 pm what works and is convenient for the chefs planting and harvesting, the garden will allow to integrate and replace in the menu, plus the Chateau Morrisette Restaurant to enhance April - November Easter brings the return of our renowned Sunday discovering what grows best at this mountain the farm-to-table produce served to diners. Matt Buffet from 11 am until 3 pm, offering a fabulous elevation.” Matt acknowledges that fresh produce comes to Chateau Morrisette with a degree in brunch buffet. Dining hours are as follows: like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants would Environmental Science from the University of Monday & Tuesday Closed Wednesday & Thursday 11 am - 2pm be a little more difficult to grow in the area. By Virginia and five years experience in organic Friday & Saturday 11 am - 9 pm having someone so focused on the gardens, the gardening for a farm-to-table restaurant near Sunday 11 am - 3pm Chateau Morrisette Restaurant feels as though Abingdon, Virginia. December An a’la carte menu is offered Wednesday through they can provide their guests, or anyone having The estate garden is currently growing Sunday, with dinner hours as follows: a wedding or event at vegetables such as zucchini, yellow squash, sugar Monday & Tuesday Closed Chateau Morrisette, snap peas, cucumbers, peppers, butternut squash, Wednesday & Thursday 11 am - 2 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 8 pm with even more of a fine carrots and sweet potatoes, but Matt would like Sunday 11 am - 3 pm dining experience. Matt to add even more greens such as spinach and broccoli, along with other high end vegetables that will flourish well into is excited to help take these gardens to the next the fall. “I would like to provide the restaurant with vegetables and herbs, level and essentially help the restaurant use especially during the autumn months when it is busiest,” says Matt. The great quality vegetables for all guests to enjoy. Chateau Morrisette Restaurant welcomes this pursuit, as they are open Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant every day in the month of October for Autumn Lunches. 287 Winery Rd SW, Floyd, VA 24091 Although the estate garden is not exactly new, having been there for Keith Toler, Director of Marketing a few years, the vineyard team was the primary caretaker of the garden prior to Matt’s arrival. The vineyard has been a main priority for the team Phone: (540) 593-2865 Matt but it was a challenge to get the full potential out of the estate garden.



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In August, Triad in partnership with FAIRS hosted a program at the Amateur Radio Station located at the Village Green in Floyd, Virginia. Amateur Radio, also known as Ham Radio is a popular hobby and service in which licensed amateur radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment. We have quite a few hams in and around Floyd County. Contact: Russell F. Abbey (KG4MAV) The amateur radio community represented themselves well over Daytime Phone: (540) 651-4072 the course of an hour presentation. Local operators showed the visiting Evening Phone: (540) 651-4072 public the usefulness and value of Amateur Radio and how being an Email: operator is not only prudent as an alternate means of communication, but critical in many fields of study and enjoyable as well. They showed a video to demonstrate how amateur radio operators help their communities in good times and bad. Radio operators can assist with community events, disaster responses, severe weather, finding lost hikers and providing David Larsen (KK4WW) watch services by helping with logistics and communication. Specific examples of service to the community were shared, Gaynell Larsen (KK4WWW) including how amateur radio operators of the Floyd Amateur Radio P.O. Box 179, Floyd, VA 24091 Society provided back up communications for voting precincts on 540-745-2322 • election days over the last few years. ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is the National Association for Amateur Radio in Licensed & Insured the United States. Membership has benefits and is based on a mission with five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology • Clearing • Landscaping and Membership. Licensed operators told of • House Sites • Pavers, Patios their experiences in serving the county and • Basements • Walkways surrounding areas in accordance with the • Ponds • Retaining Walls ARRL mission. It was stated that Amateur Radio brings • Roads • Maintenance people together from all walks and interests. • Demolition • Design The skills which are learned and honed by • Septics • Mowing amateur radio communications carry over into other beneficial aspects of life. It was decided that seniors and others in our county that are in FREE ESTIMATES • SENIOR CITIZENS DISCOUNTS need of help, could be served on a neighbor-toPAYMENTS PLANS ARE AVAILABLE neighbor, friend-to-friend basis. As a group, the operators wait to be deployed by official groups or first responders. Those who would like to become involved in Amateur Radio can attend monthly meetings of the local club, held on the second Saturdays of each month at 9am at the Floyd Village Green suites 3 and 4, with breakfast prior to the meeting at the Blue Ridge Restaurant at 8am.

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Susan McCrea, Accountant 110 West Main Street Floyd, Virginia 24091 (540) 745-3656

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The Deer Run Drifters

Hailing from Floyd, a small mountain town in the Appalachians of Southwest Virginia, the music this talented quintet plays will come as no surprise. It is acoustic music that I was tempted to refer to as old-timey, but that would be a restrictive description. Certainly, there is a strong thread of rural old-timey running through this excellent album, but this music, while it could easily have had relevance in the 1920s, is perhaps even more so now. The Deer Run Drifters have taken a traditional genre and rather than trying to do the same thing, they have added their own individual stamp and updated the tradition, as a number of other young talented bands have successfully done recently. I’ve seen bands such as the Old Crow Medicine Show, Hackensaw Boys and Avett Brothers amongst others and while I can see why comparisons were made, the Deer Run Drifters sound feels more sparse and with more of a ‘hillbilly’ feel than any of the aforementioned. In most ways, there is a strong individuality that will stand them in good stead. I must confess for those that don’t already know, if an album includes a well played banjo, mandolin, fiddle, etc. it is impressing and so is this terrific recording. Fairly obviously, to go the whole hog and be totally impressive requires considerably more, something this album achieves with ease. Chris Link’s vocals are strong and really have an Appalachian feel, as well as his true accent, giving the songs a powerful grittiness. When you add the equally important and skilled contributions of the rest of the band it’s impossible to see failure as an option! Unusually, this band consists of two sets of brothers and a friend! The brothers are Chris Link, who wrote most of the songs, handles lead vocals and acoustic guitar, his brother Joe on back up vocals and mandolin, Sean Edgell also on back up vocals, harmonica and acoustic guitar and his brother Shane on banjo and writer of the title track Appalachian Blues. Finally, Will Norton laying the foundation with the solidity of his bass playing. Ultimately, a band that has a single lead vocalist and main songwriter, but are very much a group of musicians would hold true in many ways to say that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts.’ The songs are all beautifully written, with some having a powerful poeticism and arrangements along with excellent musicianship, never gets in the way of the often sad stories. “Blackberry Wine” starts with a


solemn fiddle which adds a nice counterpoint to the chirpy banjo on the tale of someone who is coming to terms with the fact that he has lost his love to another, but there is always solace in the blackberry wine. In the case of “Mama Oh Mama”, a nice chiming acoustic guitar is soon joined by harmonica and banjo on the dramatic tale of a lawbreaker who finally apologises for what he has done to his family. There is a powerful haunting sense of realism to the song, thanks to the instrumentation and Chris Link’s atmospheric vocal that evokes someone who has come to terms with and accepted his fate. “Lowlife” is in many ways a tale of torment on the story of someone who is in love with a girl but can’t change his ways, although perhaps he’s prepared to try, despite giving the listener the impression that it is unlikely. The excellent acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo provide excellent support and atmosphere without ever dominating the song. “Saving Grace” has a nice roaming fiddle in the background on a song that has a philosophical edge of sadness running through it and an enhanced sense of drama, thanks to the sparse but emotive instrumentation and particularly the world weary lead vocal. Finally, the title track, “Appalachian Blues” is a song that really is an evocation of the title with it’s high lonesome sound and theme with banjo to the fore on a hugely atmospheric song. ‘Atmosphere’ is a much used word in the above review but for a very good reason. There are likely to be very few albums released this year on which the tales are enhanced by a believable atmosphere that really does at times tug at the emotions, with there often being a desperation in Chris Links lyrics and vocals that few can match. Ultimately, this is a debut album whose quality almost beggars belief, such is the power and commitment of this talented quintet for whom a successful future should be theirs for the taking! The Deer Run Drifters Contact: Shane Edgell • Cell: 540-520-8240 Email: AmericanRootsUK by: Mike Morrison

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Halloween Activities: Come join us this fall for the one and only, Floyd Ghost Tour with Cameron Woodruff, actor and guide. A one hour walking tour around the Jacksonville Cemetery and the center of the town of Floyd, filled with fascinating ghost stories and history of the town. No trick here! You get to treat this Halloween. On Friday, October

31st if you pay for one admission for the Floyd Ghost Tour, you can bring a friend for free. Admission is $7 for a one hour walking tour. No reservations are needed. Meet at the Black Water Loft Coffee Shop, 117 S. Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091 Questions, call Cameron 540-230-4862

The Floyd Ghost Tour

Halloween Kidsfest

Friday and Saturday Oct. 3 at 6 pm Oct. 4 at 6 pm

October 26, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Oct. 10 at 6pm Oct. 11 at 6pm Oct. 17 at 6 pm & 7 pm Oct. 18 at 6 pm &7 pm Oct. 24 at 6 pm & 7 pm Oct. 25 at 6 pm & 7 pm Oct. 31 at 6 pm & 7 pm (bring a friend for free)

The Jacksonville Center invites all ages to dress up and join us for this free, familyfun event. Come collect candy, join the costume contest, paint a pumpkin and enjoy some ghoulish goodies. Ferrum College students and staff will also provide a themed educational craft. The Jacksonville Center for the Arts 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA 540-745-2784

Halloween at Dogtown Roadhouse Friday, October 31 at 8PM Halloween costumes and dance, featuring The Floorboards, an Appalachian roots rock ensemble, hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Tickets will be on sale in advance - check Dogtown Roadhouse or for details. Advance tickets $6, $8 day of show. 302 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 540745-OVEN (6836)

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McHale’s Arborscape Located in Floyd Virginia

• Excavation • Natural Stone Walls, walks, and patios • Wall/hardscape repairs • Drainage systems and improvements • Grading and seeding • Landscaping • Plant and tree installations • Stone driveways and shed pads • Brush hogging and field mowing • Shrub trimming • Snow plowing • Small demolition • Dump truck services • Mulching and edging • Brush clearing and grubbing

School House Fabrics A Sewing Paradise

Old school building converted into a “Sewing Paradise”. Three floors of almost all types of fabrics available, craft supplies, yarns and a additional building of upholstery fabrics and supplies. We are located on (Route 8) in the town of Floyd. Our hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:30pm.

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Floyd EcoVillage – A Unique Event Center Nestled in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains is a facility unlike any other. The goal of this facility is to offer a beautiful event location at an affordable price while saving the planet at the same time. Even if you travel to Floyd every weekend, there is a good possibility you haven’t noticed the signs for the Floyd EcoVillage. Tucked away on 75 acres of pine forest, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, this event center offers a secluded location that can hold any type of event. The eco-friendly theme can be seen from the moment you pull up to the building. Natural parking lots and locally sourced timber frame welcomes you before you even enter the building. Walking around the back of the community center, guests are greeted to a large stone patio overlooking an amphitheatre and pavilion. Looking up the hill past the pond and bee hives, you will see the Bermed Lodge. The lodge, which has five single rooms and two double suites, is built into the mountain and completely off the grid, offering visitors three alternative energy sources to insure they are comfortable while staying in the hotel built underground. Joni Quesenberry, guest at the Bermed Lodge commented, “Our stay at the Floyd Eco Village was perfect in every way. The view of the mountains and pond were gorgeous from the covered porch.” From the back patio of the Community Center you can’t see the campground because of the lush trees but it is there. The quaint solar powered campground complete with a bubbling brook, clean bathhouse, fire pit, tree canopy, and the occasional deer sighting is available May 1st-October 31st. As you turn to enter the EcoVillage Community Center, you will see a roof glittering with solar panels and solar rods, reminding you once again, the dedication the owners have made to do their part to help the planet. Entering the Community Center, the first thing that hits you is the smell; the smell of wood to be precise. The facility is adorned with locally sourced timber frame everywhere you look. Wooden beams, trusses, molding, and window boxes can be seen at every turn. Speaking of window boxes, the window boxes are 16” deep. This is due in large part because of the SIPs panels used on the exterior of the entire building to keep the rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Energy efficiency is very important at the Floyd EcoVillage. Although the building is impressive as far as green construction goes, what interests most people are the events that take place within. From weddings to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, world renowned speakers to community involvement meetings, the


Floyd EcoVillage can accommodate groups from 5-250. Celebration Hall with its sprung dance floor is designed for groups from 50-250. With a professional lighting and sound system, as well as the largest electric projector screen in the area, this room can be set-up for concerts, weddings, dinners, or any event you desire to have. The rustic look of the wood beams combined with the modern feel of the electronics, allows groups the opportunity to create something very special. The cafe is sometimes more desirable for groups of 60 or less. The walls, painted by local artists, and the views from this room allow for a smaller function that doesn’t need all of the bells and whistles. It has wood tables and cafe style booths, which lends itself to family dinners or small business retreats. It is also connected to the commercial kitchen, which makes it a great place for a private dinner or cooking class. At 740sq.ft. the kitchen can be used by a home chef, canning your harvest or a professional caterer to feed a party of 250. Most recently, the Floyd EcoVillage has become a popular wedding destination. Families, brides especially, like the laid back atmosphere that allows caterers and alcohol to be brought in, while offering dishes and linens to be rented on site. Santina Krayer, mother of the bride explained, “The EcoVillage was a wonderful place for our daughter’s wedding.” The setting is breathtaking and the venue is beautiful. The staff are warm, friendly and listened to all of our thoughts and wishes and made this special day happen. They took care of every detail!” The Floyd EcoVillage has the ability to make your special day as big or small as you want. Weddings ranging from ornate affairs with up-lighting and walls draped with satin to country motifs complete with mason jar drinking glasses and candles carved into wood are possible. If you can dream it, the Floyd EcoVillage can make it happen and while your dreams are coming true, the environment is being protected at the same time. If you are from Floyd or visiting for the first time and are interested in a tour, upcoming events, staying in the campground or Bermed Lodge you can visit the Floyd EcoVillage or give us a call. Maggie Hesisnger - Event Coordinator Floyd EcoVillage 188 Eco Village Trail SE, Floyd, VA 24091 540-745-4434 or 704-649-8227

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Contact Us For All Your Real Estate Needs!

Autoville Auto Repair Chris Newman - Owner

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Oddfella’s Cantina serves a wide variety of delicious dishes that will please every palette. Everything is made from scratch, with many ingredients acquired from local farmers, the menu reflects the diversity. Tapas served in up stairs bar. 110 N. Locust st • 540-745-DINE (3463) (Reservation recommended)

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4-H 16hands Studio Tour AmRhein’s Wine Cellars Blacksnake Meadery Floyd Canoe Outpost Chantilly Farm Car Show Chateau Morrisette Winery Community Market Pavilion DogTown Roadhouse Floyd Amateur Society Floyd Artisan Trail Floyd Artist Association Floyd Country Store Floyd County High School Floyd EcoVillage Floyd Humane Society Floyd Town Jubilee

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Location Contact Info Phone Floyd Tractor Run Foggy Ridge Cider Healing Tree Health Jacksonville Art Center Jessie Peterman Library Mitchell Music Company Mountain Meadow Farm Oak Grove Pavilion Music Oddfella’s Cantina Old Church Gallery Pine Tavern Pavilion Same Fight Sinkland Farms Sun Music Hall Sustain Floyd Tour de Floyd Tuggle’s Gap Restaurant Villa Appalaccia Winery

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Floyd’s Recording Destinations! In recent months, Windfall Studios has had many artists travel to Floyd from other locations in the U.S. to book recording sessions for their projects. These musicians either stayed a week or booked several long weekends throughout the course of the year. (We offer a bed and breakfast package for musicians who would like to stay on site.) We have recorded and produced projects for artists from California, Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia and Maryland in the last year. They all say that the “vibe” in Floyd seems to spur their creativity. Getting away from their normal surroundings takes their minds off of daily routines and lets them focus on their music. Windfall is not the only studio bringing in folks from around the country. Mark Hodges’ Mountain Fever Records and Travianna Records have signed some great new bluegrass, gospel and Americana talent, that will be recording at his Mountain Fever Studios. Joe DeJarnette’s Studio 808a specializes in recording oldtime music, recording musicians from around the country as well as locally. Studio 808a is in an old farmhouse with great “live” rooms made from all the old wood used to build the house. Back in 1922, the wood was easier to get than plaster and wallboard when it was built. In addition, the wealth of talent in Floyd and surrounding counties provides a staple of top studio musicians to help artists create the songs they envision, even if they don’t have their own band. Musicians like local fiddler Mike Mitchell, who has released a number of CDs of his own music, and singer Janet Turner have done some session work for the visiting artists we’ve brought in. Mike and Janet also recorded their own CDs at Windfall Studios. Old-time duo Mac and Jenny Traynham along with daughter Hannah, produced their last CD here and have also added their talents to other projects as session players. If a client needs backup singers, bass players, guitarists, banjo players or other instrumentation, it can be found right here in Floyd. 34

With so many talented singer/songwriters and bands of all genres in and around Southwest Virginia, we are booking more and more local musicians who want to record the songs they have made their own. It is really gratifying to help someone get a project produced and see the excitement they carry out into the world when they release it. Even if it is only for friends and family, it is an important milestone for them. If you are a visitor and play music and want to record your songs for posterity, Floyd is the place for you! Come in for the Floyd Country Store Jamboree on Friday night and listen or sit in with any of the groups that jam out on the sidewalks. On your next visit, extend your stay and book a session at one of the studios located in Floyd. You’ll find them to be inviting spaces with great engineers to help you realize your recording dreams. These studios offer recording of individual tracks, mixing, final mastering and production services. If you live in Floyd, or Southwest Virginia, book a session and bring your talent to the studio. Let us help you create a recording you will be proud of! If you’re from further away, check in for extended packages and come enjoy recording your music in the mountains! Windfall Studios: 540-745-2538 Mountain Fever Studios: 540-789-7403 Travianna Records: 540-789-7403 Studio 808a:

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Friendly Home Town Service! C.W. Harman & Son is a family owned Farm and Building Supply business located in rural Floyd, Virginia. For over thirty years, they have offered a wide variety of competitively priced farm products and building materials.

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Floyd Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy, so Ashok Raju, owner and pharmacist is free to run everyday operations according to standards which are higher than other pharmacies- he and his team strive to offer fast, friendly hometown service, and the best medication possible at the lowest price. They may switch from an overpriced prescription to an affordable therapeutic equivalent, as part of their proper and friendly service to you, to save you money. One of the staff will also deliver your prescription to your home or call your insurance company, if there is a need.

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709 East Main Street FLOYD VA 24091

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Confused by Medicare Part D (drug coverage)? Choose Floyd Pharmacy, as they are capable of helping you brave those rocky waters. You may make an appointment, free of charge, to meet with Norma Jean Rector and get personalized service in choosing a plan that best suits your individual needs. It is the aspiration of Floyd Pharmacy to create an environment that is a safe haven for all your prescription needs. Floyd Pharmacy accepts almost all third party insurances and Medicare Part D programs, Virginia Medicaid and Medicare Part B.

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Third Floyd Yoga Jam a Complete Success!

Yoga enthusiasts from the entire East Coast reunited for the Third Annual Floyd Yoga Jam, the three day outdoor yoga and music festival, located in Indian Valley. Over 2100 attendees spent a relaxing weekend and were treated to an eclectic mix of local and world music after days filled with yoga classes, workshops, lectures and nature walks! “The Dancin’ Dakinis and the YOJam team have out done themselves this year!” said Jenifer Mahanes, a yogini and massage therapist from Asheville, NC. “The Art Village, fantastic food court, world class yoga, music and that yummy cider? I love it all!” Jenifer is referring to a new component to the festival, an area dedicated to the creation of art during the festival. Hosted by local artists, Lore Dieghan and Leia Jones, the YOJam Art Village was full of creativity the entire weekend. The Village offered fairy house building workshops, art classes by Katherine Devine, poetry workshops and interactive community art projects. Attendees created their own “prayer flag square”, a piece of fabric decorated with a personal wish, prayer or picture which were tied together and strung through the trees like Tibetan prayer flags. “The meadow designated as ‘Blissland’ is our home to daily yoga and meditation practice,” said Shirleyann Burgess, one half of the Dancin’ Dakinis production company. The large, colorful tents in Blissland overflowed with enthusiasts who had gathered to experience vipasana, awareness and chakra meditations. Yoga 101 and Yoga for Dudes classes were filled with beginners and those curious or new to yoga. Hundreds attended all-level classes with live music offered by MC Yogi, DJ Drez, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band and nationally known yoga teachers Cindy Lee, Katie Silcox and Dr. Saraswati. Many styles of yoga were represented; Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Ashstanga, Yin, Flow as well as Partner, Slackline and Acro Yoga. Also new this year, water lovers were treated to kayak trips on the Little River. Trips were organized, led and shuttled by Floyd local, Daniel Sowers of On the Water. Those not ready to rough it, rented Glamour Camping packages in the Glamping Village. ‘Glampers’ arrived to find their canvas tent set up and waiting for them, with a real bed, comfy bedding, lights, table

and chairs. Super cushy and big enough for a family, these units sold out and more are planned for next year! The large, Reserved Riviera creek-side camping slots were filled with groups of young families. “When people work and play hard, they want to eat well after. We strive to offer the best, freshest, local food options at the Yoga Jam Food Court,” said Laura Polant, the other half of this dynamic Dancin’ Dakini duo. Authentic Thai food, local pulled pork, root-beer floats, vegan donuts, vegetarian dishes, gluten-free choices, smoothies and raw foods were available to satisfy any taste buds. AFD, a new food truck company, delighted meat eaters with their delectable pork creations and Thai This, kept the crowd happy with spring rolls and spicy green curry dishes. Libations were provided by Floyd’s own, Red Rooster Coffee, Buffalo Mountain Kombucha, Foggy Ridge Cider and Salem’s Parkway Brewery. The Floyd Yoga Jam main stage rocked with a spectacular Friday show lineup and light show. Bob Sima’s acoustical guitar inspired and delighted the crowd. Rama & the Jais’ rockin kirtan got the crowds singing. Dirk Quinn, Lobo Marino and the Ragbirds had the crowd ready to dance for Nahko Bear & Medicine for the People. Saturday night’s musical offerings began with the local Deer Run Drifters, and were followed by kirtan masters New Orleans based Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band and Luna Ray, from Asheville, NC. The pinnacle of this years’ YOJam event, was an incredible performance by MC Yogi and DJ Drez. Twin disco balls lit the late night stage with a hip hop dance party of spiritually uplifting lyrics and energetic beats. See you all in 2015, as we keep building our bridge of peace. The Floyd Yoga Jam is held every Labor Day Weekend in Indian Valley, Virginia in Floyd County. Visit: for more information and Early Bird tickets on sale in November for holiday gift giving. Contact: Dancin Dakinis Inc. • Producers of the Floyd Yoga Jam • • 540.745.5483

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Springhouse Community School at the Floyd EcoVillage Springhouse Community School (SCS), located at the Floyd EcoVillage, provides project-based learning opportunities for students in grades 7-12. SCS students spend their time seeking the knowledge and experiences that awaken their internal motivation for learning by engaging in projects of their choice. Under the guidance of school advisors, and with support from parents, every student develops a personal learning plan and receives developmentally appropriate levels of structure, accountability, guidance and freedom. Through regular one-on-one consultations with their advisors, students assess and reassess their learning until they are satisfied with their projects. The result is a presentation and final assessment of the project, which is then assigned credit hours based on time spent and the quality of the product. A placed-based educational philosophy is incorporated into the SCS model by using the local community and environment as a starting point for learning concepts in social studies, science and other subjects. Advisors assist students to connect with knowledgeable mentors for each project and to ensure that the broad scope of high school subjects and standards are incorporated and comprehended in order to meet graduation credit requirements. This approach helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active citizens. Students at SCS work on independent or group projects involving hands-on, real world learning either at the EcoVillage facility or around the community of Floyd. At the EcoVillage facility, projects may involve culinary arts in the licensed commercial kitchen, outdoor projects in the gardens and forest as well as learning about green building design and construction. Each student meets with a math and reading/writing specialist to develop an individualized plan for their learning in these critical subject areas that enables them to work with support at their own pace and level. SCS embraces the philosophy that by developing a stronger connection to ourselves, we cultivate a stronger connection to the world around us. Every morning, students and staff visit a solo “sit spot” in the terrain surrounding the school. After this full sensory awareness experience, they reconvene in small groups to share stories, insights and questions that may


have emerged. This consistent core practice cultivates personal attributes of inquisitive focus, quiet mind and reverence and also hones the capacity to observe subtle changes within oneself and in the world of changing seasons. Students can also choose to regularly engage in other reflective, creative, or contemplative practice including journaling, yoga and qi gong, dance and movement, dream work, meditation, drawing, painting and collage. SCS is committed to maintaining an advisor to student ratio of no more than 1:8 for the 2014/2015 school year. In this inaugural year, students will have access to advisors with a broad range of education and experience. Advisor Ezekiel Fugate has a Master’s Degree from Yale in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Engineering from UVA. He has operated an organic vegetable and dairy farm with his wife, is an avid wild crafter and perennial plant propagation enthusiast as well as being a licensed permaculture designer. Jenny Finn has a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College and a Masters in Social Work from Colorado State University as well as a certification in Clinical Pastoral Education. She recently served as Director of Spiritual Life on a Semester at Sea program with UVA, where she coordinated religious and spiritual life for a shipboard community of 700 faculty, staff, students and crew. This included coordinating religious services and studies for the Christian and Jewish community, teaching daily meditation practices and offering opportunities for healing and for building a spiritual life through creative expression. Joe Klein holds a Masters in Community Counseling from Radford University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in helping adolescents dealing with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, eating disorders and addictions. He is the founder of the teen retreat program, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, and also an avid gardener, hunter, athlete and carpenter. Springhouse Community School is governed by a board of directors that currently includes business leaders Jack Wall and Steve Weber, and public education professionals Ginny Gardner and Carolyn Quinn. Visit or call 540-7454673 for more information.

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Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary Our mission is to promote sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping through education, experience-based research and a honeybee sanctuary and to help restore the health and vitality of the honeybee worldwide. Our 25 acre sanctuary is located in Floyd, Virginia, surrounded by pastures, forest and an adjacent organic farm and is home to over 30 honeybee hives. The main apiary, orchard, and vegetable garden are located on six acres and we have a seven acre field planted with perennials and annual bee forage including buckwheat, mustard, phacelia, sunflowers, and clover (sainfoin, sweet, crimson). The remaining 13 acres are undeveloped wooded land. The sanctuary is a biodynamically invigorated landscape in which plants, animals and human beings create the necessary care, protection and healing for all. Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary was born out of the realization that something had to be done for the honeybees and the Earth to ensure that future generations will witness this marvelous insect, so important to our life and our beautiful planet. The honeybees are much more than pollinators or honey producers. They are part of the complex living organism of the earth and integral to our development as human beings. Our vision is to inspire both young and old not only interest, joy and love, but also a new understanding and awareness for the importance of this magnificent, love-imbued, but very vulnerable creature. You can learn more on our website:

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Will Bason holding arrowheads and pottery shards found on his property.

Tutelo Strawberry Corn

Archeological Dig into a Floyd Native American Village Site Our knowledge of history is always changing and being updated by still in use today. new discoveries. For example, our knowledge of the Native Americans, the The Tutelo were described as tall, likely men, having great plenty of Tutelo tribe, who lived in Floyd County are painting a different picture of a buffaloes, elks, and bears, with every sort of deer amongst them, which large settlement here for a long period of time. It used to be a widely held strong food makes large, robust bodies. The men were skilled hunters and belief that there were few Native Americans here and they lived here only the amount of arrowheads found around here attests to a large settlement temporarily. Current discoveries are proving otherwise. that resided here for some time. They caught fish using nets, traps, spears, Will Bason lives by the banks of the New River. He farms the land as well as hook and line. The woman generally took care of the farming. there for the same reason the Tutelo Indians did, the fertile earth and the Their living was very communal. They would plant a large community garden, that all the women would tend and easy access to water. Over the course of years, he everyone would get a share in the harvest. The has found many arrowheads and shards of pottery. Tutelo gardens contained their staples: corn, beans These have been examined by archeologist, and squash, known as the “three sisters.” They Tom Klatka who has identified the pottery as grew tobacco for ceremonies and trading and distinctive to the Tutelo culture. Klatka stated, gourds for use as containers. “Many of the sherds in the collection and the small triangular points suggest a mid to late 16th The lodges were built of bark covering century date or an early 17th century date. All bent saplings with hides thrown over them in Indian sites dating to the 16th and 17th centuries wintertime (arched like the Winter Sun building, hold special cultural, historical and scientific located in downtown Floyd.) The settlements significance because they reflect a vibrant and were protected by a surrounding wood palisade; complex culture undergoing change due to at a time when herds of mountain buffalo roamed contact with the invading European countries.” these hills, panthers hunted and warring tribes might attack, this would provide protection to the The decline of the Tutelo Indians began homes and crops. soon after Jamestown settlers exposed them Women often held land, houses and other to European diseases. Will Bason said, “Fear property and the family lineage was passed down of the attacking Cherokee caused the Tutelo to thru the women. Wives were sought out from band together with the Saponi, Occaneechi and other tribes because marrying within the same remnants of other Eastern Siouan Indians, all tribe held the same taboo as incest. While a man of whom had very similar language and culture. could have several wives, if he was a good enough They hung out on an island in the Roanoke river, hunter to support them, women were considered under Kerr reservoir, is my understanding, and owners of their own bodies. Rape was severely then at a settlement at Fort Christanna, hoping punished and it was acceptable for a woman to the whites would protect them from the Cherokee, but they were attacked there too. They left for Here is a recreation of a Tutelo ati that was made at take a lover, so long as she did not bring disgrace on her family. Pennsylvania at that point, making allies with Explore Park near Roanoke VA northern Iroquois, their ancestral enemies who While men held the position of chief of the they had been fighting since leaving Ohio area centuries back. Eventually, tribe and head of the warriors, women had an important role to play in the they made their way first to NY, then to Canada where they transmitted spiritual beliefs of the tribe. It would be an elderly woman who would dream what was left of their culture to early ethnographers.” Although the last of the bear’s hiding place for their bear sacrifice ceremony. Also, the woman pure blooded Tutelo died in 1871, there are many of mixed decent. The were a primary component leading the dancing during the Four Nights rituals and songs were preserved, much as Latin rituals and expressions are Harvest Dance; a ritual that could be held in the spring to invoke future luck


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with crops or at the end of the harvest season to give thanks. These rituals are still being practiced by the Native Americans on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada. Virginia State Archeologist Tom Klatka recently conducted a small dig in Floyd County at a site next to Little River on Roger Road, near 221 N. Two one-meter square test pits were carefully excavated, the dirt sifted through a sieve and the pieces of stone and ceramic artifacts found in this process laid aside for further study. He was assisted in this by Roanoke College student intern Amanda Paul and by his wife Ferri Lockhart. Residents living in the Left Bank neighborhood had shown him numerous arrowheads and pieces of pottery that they have found, as they worked in their gardens set in the sandy loam bottom land beside the river. Tom quickly identified these artifacts as coming from a band of the Totero or Tutelo Indians who lived in the areas now known as Roanoke, Montgomery and Floyd Counties at the end of the 17th century and for an unknown period of time before that. After researching the culture, Will Bason summed it up with, “I think their fourth night spirit release ceremony has a lot of resonance with the Tibetan Book of the Dead. They believed in reincarnation, and had gay marriage. They were noted by other tribes for their proficiency in music, dance, and sorcery. Floyd had progressive Native Americans.” With obscure research being more easily accessed online and with new archeological digs, we develop a more complete picture of the daily life of the original “Floydians”, the Tutelo Indians. Patricia Robin Woodruff is an author and artist. She has published “Strange Tales of Floyd, VA”, a collection of ghost stories, UFO sightings and other Fortean experiences in Floyd. The book is available at The Floyd Country Store, noteBooks and soon to be released thru Amazon. Follow her blog on creativity at

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Mainly Mattresses and Furniture Store: Bringing the Savvy Back to Sleep in Floyd - Along With a Sofa or Two!

Sleep, it’s a critical factor of your overall health and well being. With today’s busy lifestyle, it can be easy to forget just how vital sleep is. It refreshes us like nothing else. It can be occasionally elusive, almost always comforting, and definitely essential to our survival. And although we spend 33% of our lives asleep, we barely give it a moment’s notice....until we can’t sleep. According to the Better Sleep Council most Americans (79%) would feel better and more prepared for the day with an extra hour of sleep. For millions of people, the consequences of a poor night’s sleep means higher stress, increased mistakes and difficulty concentrating are everyday occurrences. But here in Floyd, thanks to Pat Snair and his staff, it doesn’t have to be this way. Located in the old Harris & Baker Furniture building at 823 east Main St., Mainly Mattresses opened approximately two and a half years ago. It is the sister location to the original Mainly Mattresses, a 20-year plus Christiansburg bedding and furniture store owned and operated by Pat Snair who has lived in the New River Valley with his wife and four children since the early 1970’s. Community is important to Mr. Snair who is proud of his “Mom & Pop store” that is able to offer its customers personalized service, special financing arrangements, lower prices than the larger chain furniture stores and free local delivery, often at the drop of a hat. His employees are either family members or local residents. Mainly Mattresses is also a member of both the Montgomery County and Floyd County Chamber of Commerce. Pat himself works both stores, so don’t be surprised if your salesman, delivery driver, and platform bed installer all look just like Pat! The stores sell a wide variety of sizes and styles of mattresses from basic twins, XLs, 3/4s, fulls, queens and kings to futons, waterbeds, memory foam, and hybrids. For those with special needs they also offer mattresses for adjustable beds, camper beds, hospital beds, rollaways, sofas, bunk beds, and sleeper cabs. They are also the only waterbed accessory supplier in the NRV. Simmons Beautyrest and Beautysleep are the stores’ most popular mattress brands; however they also carry Corsicana, a family owned business from Texas and Restonic, rated Best Buy


by Consumer Digest. Another unique brand is Savvy Rest, the first mattress company to take concern for indoor air quality to the logical conclusion: what you sleep on should not harm you with chemical fumes or pesticide residues. Founded in 2003 in Charlottesville, VA, Savvy Rest is at the forefront of the growing natural mattress industry. Savvy Rest organic mattresses are made in central Virginia and are only available through a national network of independently-owned stores and their own collection of Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom stores. Savvy Rest’s mission and products were developed in response to mounting concerns about the toxic chemicals used in most conventional mattresses. Savvy Rest organic mattresses are made of natural latex rubber, certified organic wool and certified organic cotton. Savvy Rest bedding includes a full line of organic products including mattress toppers, sheets, mattress pads, allergy encasements and pillows and even offers a line of bedding for infants called The Savvy Baby. They even offer organic pet beds. Mainly Mattresses is the only Savvy Rest dealer in southwest Virginia, however, mattresses are not the only thing Pat has been known to deliver. Ashley, GE, Hughes/Serta, New Energy Kids, Hinkle, Coaster, Cal Lighting, and Med-Lift make up the large array of sofas, casecoods, lighting, tables, chairs, rugs and accessories available locally in Floyd at Mainly Mattresses. In fact, a recent visitor, upon entering the cheery showroom exclaimed, “Where are the mattresses?” Whether you are a Savvy shopper or just looking, Pat, Adele and Melodie at the little furniture store on the edge town, will greet you as family! For more information on the Importance of Sleep visit: Mainly Mattresses • 540-745-3961 823 East Main St., Floyd, VA 24091

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Being Earth Savvy…got dirt? Going green is easy, right? All we have to do is recycle, cut back on our water use and buy more energy efficient appliances. As we all know, this takes time and effort and not to mention money. As Americans, we are very conscious of how much energy we use. Each month we are reminded of this as we open the electric or fuel bill and prepare for the worst. Most people know that more efficient appliances help with our monthly budgets. Unfortunately, heating and cooling costs are typically not taken into account, and if they are, most people are more likely to replace a unit with another of the same kind rather than look for a more sustainable option. So, what are these sustainable options? The two that are most common are solar and wind. Some places do not have high enough wind speeds for a wind turbine. Solar panels are only going to be most efficient on clear sunny days and need to be placed facing south. Both of these options, while great options, are not going to work all the time. The goal and hope with any appliance or car designed to save energy or fuel is that it will pay for itself in a matter of time. What most people have and do not even realize, is an energy source right under your feet. That’s right - dirt! While most people will call a system that uses below-ground heat a geothermal system, they are sometimes referred to as ground-source heat pumps or geoexhange. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are quickly gaining attention. They are rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the cleanest and most efficient heating and cooling systems available. These systems are designed to work with the environment. The idea of heating and cooling your home with the ground seems simple enough, but there are various ways to go about it. Have you ever been in an unfinished basement or even a root cellar? It is cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. While above ground temperatures fluctuate from season to season, temperatures below the ground stay around 55°F year-round. A conventional heat pump, when it is really cold or really hot (below 30°F or nearing 90°F) outside will have to continually catch up. This means that it will run more often in order to compensate for the energy escaping from the house. Outside units function by exchanging the air outside with the air inside your house. So, when there are extremes, it is harder to find warm or cool air to exchange. Furnaces can consume a lot of fossil fuels while trying to maintain temperatures, plus they can sometimes generate unwanted heat just by operating. Granted, good insulation and windows will help with most of this, but the electric or fuel bill will still fluctuate and sometimes surprise you. Since the ground stays a fairly constant temperature and there is no outside unit, a geothermal system does not have to continually make up for less-than-helpful outside temperatures, and there is no defrost cycle needed. Instead, the exchange is much easier and therefore more efficient.


Here is how it works: • Depending on where you live and whether you have a water source to tap into, like a well, trenches are dug and pipe is buried to capture the heat from the earth. • Trenches and lines (called loops) can be horizontal or vertical. Loops can be “open” to incorporate a well, or “closed” to allow an earth-friendly anti-freeze solution to circulate. • As the liquid is circulated through the lines, it absorbs the heat from the ground during the heating season, and releases heat from the lines during the cooling season. • Some people incorporate radiant floor heat and/or a water heater. Both of these options can be operated using a geothermal unit. Now, as I mentioned, any energy efficient system operates by costing more up front but lowering bills so that it pays for itself. Geothermal is no different. It is estimated that geothermal systems save at least 40% in energy costs. Some even experience up to 70% savings. Also, from now until the end of 2016, there is a 30% tax credit for qualifying systems. Since every situation is different, it is hard to say how much you might spend on a geothermal system. With more people becoming interested, prices are changing. Plus, there are usually excavation costs. These systems can heat and cool any size house, but like any appliance or machine, will only operate at its best if it is maintained regularly. As with any investment, it is best to research your options and consult HVAC technicians who have been trained in geothermal. Geothermal dealers will also be the best resource when planning the system’s design. HVAC companies, like Tinbenders, Inc., work with excavators and contractors (for new construction) to make sure that the design meets the needs of the homeowners and is set up for optimal operation. I encourage you to further research geothermal and educate yourself in this energy-saving investment. If you are like me, pictures are also helpful in helping it all make sense. Here are some of the resources I consulted and recommend: (Our website has links and resources regarding geothermal as

well as our other services.) (This is who we are dealers for. They have great graphics and

videos explaining the different types of loops and how the system operates. They also have many different external links and calculators to help you decide if geothermal is best for you.) (This site is a great site for any consumer looking to invest in

geothermal. There are many resources as well as news related to geothermal.) (The EPA’s site has a nice

summary of how geothermal works and explains some of the tax incentives. There are also reports explaining the energy costs.)

Written by Tabitha Rudy, Tinbenders Inc.

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Fork Mountain Surveying and Mapping Inc.







Licensed Land Surveyor in the State of Virginia since 1979 Expert witnesses in court cases such as boundary & right of way disputes plus accident surveys Our business is located in Floyd County near Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our surveyor John D. Lewis has been a Licensed Land Surveyor in the State of Virginia since 1979 and has more than 40 years experience in Land Surveying, Land Development and Construction Management. Mr. Lewis spent nearly 20 years in Northern Virginia as a Chief Land Surveyor and Construction Manager for Mobil Oil Company (retired in 1996) and Terrabrook Land Development. His projects were Reston Virginia a 7,500 Acre planned community and Broadlands a 1,500 Acre planned community. Fork Mountain Surveying and Mapping Inc. represents land owners in all types of surveying needs such as boundary surveys, subdivisions, land planning, conservation easements, topographic surveys, construction stakeout, construction management and ALTA Title Surveys. We are currently providing Land Surveying Services for the Town of Floyd, City of Danville, Olde Mill Golf Course and many individual land owners throughout the counties of Floyd, Montgomery, Roanoke, Patrick, Carroll and Grayson.

951 Fork Mountain Road SW • P.O. Box 163 • Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 Office 276 - 952 - 6110 Fax 276 - 952 - 6111 Email




Firearms • Optics, Ammunition • Parts Tools • Lights • Knives, Reloading Components and much more!


General repair & custom builds. We specialize in the AR-15/AR-10 platform, Rem 700 bolt action rifles and the 1911 pistol.

We’d love the opportunity to earn your business!

110 Merifield Rd. NW • WILLIS VA, 24380 540-789-AR15 (2715) • Hours Open: Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm • Saturday 10am - 2pm

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Tourism Office Launches New County Tourism Website & Visitor Center This Fall the Floyd County Tourism Office launched the new official Floyd County Visitor website at The site will be used by the new tourism office, the county and town governments, the chamber, regional tourism initiatives for all Floyd marketing, promotion and correspondence with visitors, media, travel writes, tours and tourismbased requests. The website will be actively updated and maintained and include tourism-related business listings by category, calendar of events, E-news, maps, and social media links. Additions to the site later include sections on Group Travel, Weddings, Media & Film, Guided Tours, a Floyd Video Channel, Floyd for Kids and the creation and marketing of seasonal itinerary ideas for visitors. “We are excited about the launch of the site to give both visitors and the community a go-to place for continually updated events and business listings,” shared Floyd County tourism director Pat Sharkey. “There are many wonderful private efforts to promote Floyd, but there was a need identified to have one public site that has staff updating events and content and has a more formal connection to media, state and regional initiatives.” The Tourism Office is working in partnership with the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the community’s tourism related work, presently focused on the new website, a new updated hard-copy Visitor Guide, and a new expanded Visitor Center in Floyd.


New Floyd County Visitor & Information Center

The new Floyd Visitor Center is located at 109 East Main Street across from the county courthouse next to the Blue Ridge Restaurant. The site will house a new expanded Floyd Visitor & Information Center, along with Chamber and Tourism Offices. “It is a perfect location for a visitor center and is large enough to offer a display area that highlights different tourism-related businesses with rotating exhibits. There is ample room for promotion of all Floyd tourism businesses and events, as well as regional and state information.” With the Chambers help, we will also have an area to promote other Floyd businesses that are not tourism-related, but important contacts for residents or for those considering moving to Floyd. We are working toward staffing the Center 7 days a week. We still have quite a bit of renovating ahead of us, but we encourage folks to stop by! Pat Sharkey - Floyd County Tourism Director Visitors call: 540-745-4407 • Businesses call: 540-239-8509 Thank you for the wonderful photos of our little mountain town! Colleen Redman - Doug Thompson - Fred First -

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Over 50 Years of Quality Service!

We Do It Right! • Portable Toilets • Alternative Onsite Sewage System Operator • Septic Tank Cleaning Septic Systems Installed & Repaired • Drainfield Restoration • Septic tank Locator • Grease Trap Cleaning • Water Lines & Sewer Lines • Real Estate Inspections • Drain Cleaning • Video Camera Inspection


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A Family Business Since The 60’s.

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Autumn Weddings In Floyd County, Virginia, we are blessed with four seasons. All of them beautiful, and one of them so spectacular that folks drive distances just to see what we see and to partake in the abundant pleasures of Autumn. Each season has its metaphor in the language of love and marriage. Spring celebrates the beginning of a new stage of the relationship as the couple shares their vows. Summer revels in the growth and flowering of love. Winter makes merry! It’s a time for families to gather together. We celebrate the gifts the bride and groom bring to each other’s lives, as they become a family. Even a couple who chooses not to raise children becomes “family” to one another, just as their respective families join together to support the marriage. And in the fall, it’s as if the entire world is saturated with rich, abundant color. About marriage, Autumn says, “Your love has matured from friendship to best friendship, and from attraction to something even greater. You have cultivated this relationship, weeded out selfishness, watered with care and consideration. Your love has come to fruition in deep, abiding love.” I have been blessed to experience sixty-four turns of the yearly wheel, of which about half have taken place in my favorite location in the world. Right here. Every year visitors travel the Blue Ridge Parkway in mid to late October to leaf watch and to enjoy the many attractions in our region. Parents and alumni come to the area to watch Tech football games. And one more epic phenomenon begins to emerge: Engagement Season. Engagements happen all year, of course. Traditionally, we think of engagement season as occurring from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, with its peak being Christmas Eve. But in reality, engagement season begins on the first really cold night. You know that night, when you hear it’s going to frost. You bring in your plants. If you’re a girl or woman, you do the closet switch, bye-bye pastels; hello earth tones! And if you’re a couple planning to marry in the following year, the chilly air is like a whisper in the ear, “It’s time to make our move!” There are many people (like me) who love Autumn so much, it’s as if they are awakened from slumber into a state of heightened awareness! They get out of their air conditioned homes and cars and hit the hiking trails. They drink pumpkin spice lattes, roast root vegetables and adorn their entryways with mums. They winterize their homes and cars, and prepare for frosty nights ahead. Many couples have been moving toward marriage for a while. They know it takes time to plan a wedding and make it all happen. I officiate many elopements and small weddings on a short timeline, but for an average to larger


scale wedding it really takes at least six months and preferably a year to make it happen smoothly, with minimum stress as possible. If you are lucky enough to live in Floyd County, Virginia and environs, or you are a frequent autumn visitor here, you already know how gorgeous it is when nature puts on the “leaf show”. If you’re visiting for the first time and are in the beginning stages of planning a wedding, I hope you will consider Floyd County as a destination for you and your guests. In either case, planning from here or planning a wedding here via phone and internet, the earlier you begin, the easier it will be and the more vendor choices you’ll have, because we all get more and more booked for the coming year as the season progresses. For spring and summer weddings, I recommend getting your folks lined up as soon as possible. If you’re planning a fall wedding, you have a bit more time. And that said, given the one year timeframe, you’re good to go from September on! I once officiated a beautiful fall wedding for which the couple had chosen a pumpkin wedding cake with chocolate fudge frosting. I know it may sound like an odd combination. But oh, my goodness, it was absolutely wonderful! by Rev. Kanta Bosniak • (540) 577-8854 •

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Fencing is more than the construction of something to “hold in” livestock, pets or whatever the case may be. A proper fence is artwork in its own way. If properly built, a fence will enhance the appearance of your property and increase its value. A fence that we build is something you will be proud to look at. The reason we build fences is because, at the end of the day, we can see something more than just a fence. We can see beauty in the way it lays and flows with the land. We know it will be built right and we won’t be the only ones who will be proud of it. We give thanks to the Lord for the work, for the ability and for the opportunity to help our clients.

Horse, Cattle, Privacy, Chain Link, Cross Buck Board, Woven Wire, Electric Fences. Any Type! • Floyd VA • (540) 789-2511 51

Troika Gallery Focuses On Alice Walker Troika Gallery, located in charming downtown Floyd, Virginia, is in its fifth year of business. Our street front location in the Station Building is the perfect site to showcase some of the South East’s best regional crafts. Troika enjoys the patronage of many local shoppers looking for that something special in the handmade realm, and tourists discovering this special little gallery in the mountains of Virginia. We exhibit woodworking, including furniture, glass, jewelry, ceramics, multi-media works and textile. We are very proud of the local crafts in the Appalachian region and feel honored to be able to expose them to customers through special shows featuring one or more artists. In this issue of The Floyd Magazine, Troika Gallery would like to focus on one of our textile artists, Alice Walker. Alice makes her home in an old apple orchard on a mountaintop in Floyd County, Virginia. Attracted by their beauty, she chose to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where family, raising children, creating a home, and work in the studio is central to her life. Alice’s mother designed and made most of her children’s clothes. She sewed, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted, upholstered and more. She shared her love for textiles by teaching Alice and her sisters these art forms from a young age. When sewing clothing for herself as a teenager, Alice would often have ideas for fabric design. As a teen it was clear she was ready to create her own fabric designs.

Since 1989, while attending the Art School at Virginia Commonwealth University, she found her area of interest in fiber arts and fell in love with the Batik technique. In classes the prospectus was to introduce different layouts for repeat design when designing for industry. She liked the spontaneity and directness of the process. It allowed her to play and experiment with endless possibilities for pattern and color. Once she was introduced to batik and the handcraft movement, Alice had a model for a career in studio arts. She produces each piece in her home studio, and exhibits in galleries and juried fine arts and crafts shows throughout the Eastern United States. Artists, for more than 2500 year have used wax and dye to create patterns and images on fabric, a technique known universally as Batik. With brushes and a pen-like tool known as a tjanting, and wax, Alice hand-draws onto pieces sewn from silk, and then colors with fiber reactive dyes. The designs result from one or more layers of alternately waxing and dyeing. Finally, all wax note to self: is removed from the fabric and a raise garage doorbeautiful design is revealed. Alice approaches her work in a playful, before backing out. experimental way. She is inspired by the mystery and beauty of the natural world around her. We, at Troika hope you will stop by the gallery to see beautiful regional crafts and experience the sumptuous creations of Alice Walker. • 203 South Locust Street Floyd, VA 24091 • 540.745.8764

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Sticks & Stones

Construction, Inc.

Distictive Woodworking & Stone Masonry New Homes • Renovations Additions • Stone Masonry Custom Decks & Porches Timber Framing

540-763-2003 Floyd VA

Class A Licensed, Fully Insured

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS AECP Green Living & Energy Expo ............ 52 Always and Forever....................................... 37 Angels in the Attic......................................... 17 Autoville Auto Repair.................................... 31 Beaver Creek Fencing.................................... 51 Bell’s Auto Sales & Towing........................... 21 Bells Gallery and Garden .............................. 37 Bent Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast........ 37 Bethesda “House of Mercy”.......................... 45 Bishop Homes................................................ 23 Blue Ridge Barns........................................... 27 Blue Ridge Heating & Air............................. 20 Blue Ridge Restaurant..................................... 8 Blue Ridge Land & Auction.......... 17, 25, & 31 Bread Basket.................................................. 19 Brill Designs.................................................. 27 Boothe Creek Excavating & Landscaping......................................... 24 Chateau Morrisette........................................... 3 Chestnut Springs Retreat................................ 43 Citizens Telephone......................................... 15 Collins Chiropractic....................................... 19 County Sales.................................................. 17 Countryside Custom Homes.......................... 31 CPA Susan Heath............................................... C. W. Harman & Son..................................... 35 Dalton Auto Restoration.................................. 5 Dog Town Roadhouse...................................... 5 El Charro Mexican Grill ............................... 54 Farm Credit - Steve Bowman........................ 33 Farmers Supply..................................... 16 & 39 Fat Spoon......................................................... 8 Floyd Artist Association................................. 37

Floyd Country Store....................................... 17 Floyd Jewelry................................................. 40 Floyd Jubilee Cohousing .............................. 45 Floyd Pharmacy............................................. 35 Fork Mountain Surveying & Mapping.......... 47 G.J. Ingram & Son......................................... 51 Graham, Nolen & Underwood Contractors... 13 Grateful Bread................................................ 25 Green Label Organic........................................ 2 Griffith Lumber Co, Inc................................... 9 Harris Home Repair....................................... 25 Healing Tree Wellness Center.......................... 5 James W. Shortt & Associates P.C................. 43 Jim Conner..................................................... 54 Kanta Bosiak.................................................. 45 Kesler Contracting & Property Management... 49 Laurel Spring Percherons............................... 21 Linda Trail Realtor......................................... 19 Little Dress Shop............................................ 15 Longfin Grill.................................................... 8 Mainly Mattresses.......................................... 41 McHale Arborscape....................................... 29 McNeil Real Estate........................................ 25 Mickey G’s....................................................... 4 Montgomery Sanitation Services................... 49 Nationwide - Dirk Davis................................ 52 NRV Hearing.................................................. 20 Oak Haven Lodge............................................ 5 Ocampo Lawn Care & Landscaping.............. 41 Oddfellas Cantina........................................... 31 Old Lodge Armory......................................... 47 Phillips Real Estate............................... 25 & 39 Profitt & Schroeder Attorneys PC.................. 52

Rakestraw Lawn Care ................................... 33 Republic of Floyd Emporium........................ 43 River Studio................................................... 50 Robs Roofing Repair...................................... 27 Rorrer Well Drilling Inc................................. 29 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio........................... 3 Schoolhouse Fabrics...................................... 29 Send Out Cards.............................................. 23 Shortt’s Excavating........................................ 49 Sinkland Farms.............................................. 56 Slaughters’ Supermarket Garden Center & Christmas Shoppe......... 21 Spencers Body Shop...................................... 13 Sticks & Stones Construction........................ 52 Streamline Timberworks........................... 5 & 9 Sue’s Flower Shop......................................... 13 Susan Heath PPA............................................ 13 Susan McCrea Accounting Services.............. 25 Telling Construction....................................... 10 Thomas Auto Parts......................................... 16 Thompson & Griffin PC................................ 36 Tinbenders........................................................ 9 Troika Contemporary Crafts.......................... 45 Tuggle’s Gap Restaurant & Motel................. 40 Under the Sun Tattoo..................................... 51 Vickie’s Tax Service......................................... 9 Virginia Business Systems............................. 21 Whitlocks Garage........................................... 36 Wills Ridge Supply Inc.................................. 55 Willis Village Mart......................................... 23 Woodberry Inn............................................... 10 Woodshed....................................................... 17

JIM CONNOR NRA CERTIFIED FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR Specializing in Concealed Handgun Permit Classes and Shooting Skills


(540) 745-5303

302 South Locust Street FLOYD VIRGINIA


Private Instruction Available


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GREEN with

Wills Ridge Supply


Building Materials • Lumber • Hardware

540-745-2044 202 Lumber Lane, Floyd VA

Home of “BIG JACK” & “BIG BEAR”

• New Homes • Remodeling • Additions • Treated Lumber • Plywood • West Windows

• Empire & Buck Stoves • Oil, Gas & Wood Stoves • Salt & Snow Shovels • Propane Refill & Exchange • Heat Pumps & Dehumidifiers • Plumbing, Electric & Paint

Green Building Products • Eco Friendly Stains & Glues • Kiln Dried Lumber Envirosafe Lumber • Hardie Board Siding • El Dorado Stone • Cultured Stone If we don’t have it, we can get it. If we can’t get it, you don’t need it! Wills Ridge Supply Inc, is a full service provider of building materials for the residential, commercial and green markets. We have set a standard for professional excellence and ethical behavior for over 70 years. We have adapted from the early days to provide advice and service for the successful completion of many projects. From start to finish, Wills Ridge Supply means home town service, community involvement, quality and the lowest prices.

...we deliver to all surrounding counties at reasonable rates. ®

Cultured Stone ®

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Floyd Virginia Magazine is a small town publication designed, published and distributed by four talented individuals. Publisher, Luis Garcia...

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Floyd Virginia Magazine is a small town publication designed, published and distributed by four talented individuals. Publisher, Luis Garcia...