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Spring/Summer 2013 - Volume 6 Issue 1


Floyd Virginia Your FREE


Tav ine P e Th ge Lod

Comprehensive Guide To

Oak Haven Lodge

All Things Floyd

Dal to R F a e n k ci e stor n’s Aut es & Follies Cre e atio o h Ne w location on Needm Boot n L ore Lane ting a L v a C c Ex

Floyd County Lady Buffs Basketball win state championship! Photo By Chelsa Yoder

Details on Page 18

Buffalo Mountain Photo Contest Winners • Events Calendar & Map Inside! The Floyd Radio Show Broadcasting Live from the Floyd Country Store

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www.Fl oyd Ma g a zin e . c o m




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The Winery Restaurant Rustic, southern elegance in a beautiful mountainside setting. Enjoy a farm-to-table dining experience with fresh local ingredients creatively prepared and expertly served. Choose inside seating or dine on our terrace overlooking the New River Valley. Share a bottle of wine and enjoy the gracious hospitality that is Chateau Morrisette. Bon Appetit.

W & Th 11AM-2PM

F & Sa 11AM - 8PM

Su 11AM - 3 PM

Winery Open Seven Days a Week

Blue Ridge Parkway MP 171.5 ❖ 287 Winery Road ❖ Floyd, VA 540.593.2565 ❖ TheDogs.com ❖ Reservations Recommended

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THE FALL/WINTER CONTEST WILL BE OF MABRY MILL! Do you have a favorite Mabry Mill Photo? Post it on our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/FloydMagazine and you could win! 1. Photos must be a shot of Mabry Mill in Floyd County, Virginia. The photos must be the original work of the person posting them, and the photos must not have been digitally altered (minor color correcting is ok). 2. There is no limit to entries per person but all entries must be posted on our Facebook page by August 20th, 2013, 11:59:59 EST. 3. Photos will be judged on an anonymous basis by a panel to include professionals in the fields of photography and the arts, as well as our Magazine staff. 4. Prize will be awarded for the best photos overall: 1st prize: $100; 2nd prize: $50; 3rd prize: $25. Winners will be announced in the 2013 Fall/Winter magazine. Cash prizes will be awarded on Oct 1st, 2013. All three winners will be published in Floyd Magazine along with credentials of photographer. 5. We reserve the right to publish any photo submitted by our readers. There will be no payment for use of photos or information submitted for this contest above and beyond awarded prize money; there is no fee to enter, and no purchase necessary to win. Digital images only, and should be JPGs, of at least 300 dpi.

Photo Contest • FLOYD VIRGINIA magazine P.O. Box 971 • Floyd VA,24091

See Page 40 & 41 for the winners of the Spring/Summer Photo Contest! Floyd Virginia

A Different Kind of Realtor! (540)745-7425


The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Members! A Blue Ridge Haven Blue Ridge Center Blue Mountain School - Chinese Medicine Bootleg BBQ Sustain Floyd Time Travelers Thompson’s Photograpy 4


Doug Phillips & David Phillips Floyd’s Rural Property Specialists From 2 Ac to 600 Ac available!


PhillipsRealEstateVA.com 214 N. Locust Street

(Only 700 feet from the Red Light)

Preserving Tradition. Embracing the Future. www.visitfloyd.org Visitor Center located at 201 East Main Street Village Green Suite 7 • Floyd, VA 24091

540.745.4407 Spring/Summer 2013


Floyd Virginia Your FREE

Comprehensive Guide To

All Things Floyd

The Fall/Winter Photo Contest...................................................Page 4 Troika Contemporary Crafts.......................................................Page 8 Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks!.............................................Page 10 Shelor Furnace: A Historical Site.............................................Page 12 MusicLab comes to Floyd, VA..................................................Page 14 Understanding Battery Back Up Photovoltaic Systems........Page 16 Basketball Champs!..................................................................Page 18 Floyd’s Resident Firearms Instructor......................................Page 20 FloydFest 2013 – Rise & Shine!...............................................Page 22 Jubilee Cohousing....................................................................Page 24 The Floyd Radio Show: Live at the Floyd Country Store!.....Page 26 Calendar of Events & Floyd Map...................................Pages 28 & 29 Complimentary Therapies for Diabetes...................................Page 30 A YOJammin’ Good Time!.........................................................Page 32 Spring/Summer Photo Contest Results!......................Pages 40 & 41 Made in America........................................................................Page 42 The Spirit of Floyd: Authenticity and Fun...............................Page 46 Preserving Music History through High-tech Recording......Page 48

Alphabetical Listing of Advertisers Page 54 For Publication information, call: 540-320-1045 For additional copies email info@floydmagazine.com

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

- Proprietor - Designer - Publisher - Editor

© 2013 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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Spring/Summer 2013 Volume Six • First Issue

On The Cover

Dalton’s Auto Restoration LLC

Top-Quality Classic Car Restorations 679 Beaver Creek Rd Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 352-8765 www.jdaltonautorestoration.com

Oak Haven Lodge Comfortable & Affordable Overnight Accommodations • (540) 745-5716 323 Webbs Mill Road N Floyd, VA 24091 www.OakHavenLodge.com

Fancies & Follies Home Accessories • Furniture • Lamps • Rugs • Jewelry • Clothing • Shoes Handbags • & More! 540-745-7425 www.FanciesAndFollies.com

Boothe Creek

Excavating Landscaping, Pavers, Roads, House sites, Basements, Land Clearing, Walkways, Ponds 483 Good Neighbors Road NE Check, VA 24072 (540) 651-2258 • www. boothecreekexcavating.com

The Pine Tavern Lodge Quaint two room efficiencies with solid pine wood floors & warm soft beds 585 Floyd Highway N Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 745-4428



Groceries • Produce • Seasonal Plants & Fruits

Republic of Floyd


Your LOCAL One Stop Shop • 30 Years in Floyd County

LOCAL Wines & 35+ Craft Beers!

Located in the heart of downtown Floyd,


LOCAL artists Music CD’s! Gas - Propane Exchange - Hardware!

the Republic of Floyd Emporium offers a

wide selection of essentials for visitors and

locals alike; gifts, gourmet snack foods,

fine wines, imported and micro-brew

beers and much more. e Emporium

also offers a distinctive array of T-shirts, hats, prints and collectables


incorporating images created by

some of Floyd’s most unique artists.


www.Republicof Floyd.com 114-B South Locust Street (next to New Mountain Mercantile)

Floyd, Va


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OPEN 7 DAYS - 5602 Floyd HWY S. Willis VA - (540) 789-7241 11 SCENIC MILES SW OF THE STOP LIGHT

We make all three of our crusts from scratch daily! 801 East Main Street Floyd, VA 24091

Locally owned and operated!

This ensures that you will receive a quality pizza every time. Our sauce is made fresh daily as well and we use locally grown produce (when in season).

Fresh Cut USDA Steaks!

Besides our variety of hand made pizza’s, we offer Appetizers, Salads, Subs, Stromboli’s, Pastas and desserts!

Special pricing for schools, churches and civic groups!

(540) 745-7499 Catering available! 6


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Restaurant and Bar

182 Woodberry Rd. SW Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 Milepost 174 BRP Conveniently located between

Mabry Mill & Chateau Morrisette Winery

Surrounded by peaceful woods and beautiful mountain landscapes, the Woodberry Inn is indeed a retreat into tranquility. 16 comfortably furnished rooms equipped with 1 queen or 2 full beds, private bath, TV with 50+ channels and WIFI. Pet friendly rooms. The Woodberry Inn Restaurant serves a delicious variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and wraps, entrees and desserts. The full service bar serves a popular assortment of beers, wines, hard cider and mixed drinks. Call or visit our website for current information on our hours and specials.

(540)593-2567 • www.woodberryinn.com

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Blue Ridge Parkway • M.P. 165.2

540-745-3402 3351 Parkway Lane S. Floyd, Virginia 24091

tugglesg@swva.net • www.TugglesGap.biz

The Blue Ridge Restaurant is one of the notable landmarks associated with our little town in Floyd County. The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the customer is provided a consistent and satisfying dining experience. The wait staff serves the bustling meal crowds with care.

Don’t miss out on this hometown experience! Spring/Summer 2013



Troika Contemporary Crafts

Troika Contemporary Crafts is a unique gallery with a warm and inviting atmosphere that allows visitors to shop for handmade arts and crafts in a comfortable setting. Troika prides itself on showcasing art that blends the traditions of Southwest VA with the current and ever-changing nature of art. The work is made by established professional artisans, many working in their field between two and four decades and most come either from Floyd, Virginia or nearby regions. The gallery exhibits contemporary design and ideas, which fits beautifully in rustic cabins as well as contemporary homes. It shows a broad range of distinctive objects made by the hands of 25 local and regional artists using typical craft techniques and traditions.  From woodworking to pottery, there is something for everyone.   Although some of the artists in the gallery share a profession, their styles are their own.    Brad Warstler and Benjie Osborne are featured wood workers that bring two beautiful approaches to the art. Warstler, an accomplished artist, has a broad range of work including custom furniture, period chairs, lamps and turned accessories. His work is traditional, sleek, smooth and polished.  He has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. Osborne leans towards more of an Asian/Shaker style.  He uses clean simple lines but  allows for the  natural textures of the wood.  He makes practical functional pieces that also boast grace and style.  Fiber workers, Carolyn Moore and Teagan Dobkin, are ladies of a lost art.  Moore has over fifteen years of weaving experience.  She uses a conventional floor loom and achieves different effects through changing the structural set up of the loom.  She weaves everything from tea towels to shawls.  Dobkin specializes in one-of-a-kind handcrafted headwear.  Artisan inspired, designed, and crafted, her collections feature modern twists on time-honored styles, such as fedoras, cloches, porkpies, and wide-brims.   8


Anne Vaughan and Agnes Seebass are staples of the jewelry collections at Troika and in their regions. Vaughan  handcrafts innovative and quality earrings, bracelets and necklaces.  She creates jewelry for an everyday look.  Seebass designs contemporary metal jewelry, using a mixture of German and Mexican culture.  The forms and contrasts of Mexican nature are an inspiration for her simple smooth designs.  Potter and founding member of “16 Hands” Ellen Shankin has been a studio potter in the mountains of Virginia since 1977.  Her pottery is known for taking on the forms and feel of nature.   Josh Copus, founder of Clayspace Co-op, was raised in Floyd County. The local traditions of crafts and agriculture, blended with the new ideas and outlook of the alternative community formed the basis of Josh’s life philosophy and strongly influences his work in ceramics. The artists listed are just a few in the many featured at Troika.  The owners themselves are locally based artists.  Silvie Granatelli of Silvie Granatelli Porcelain, Susan Icove of Icove Lighting and Gibby Waitzkin of Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio each bring their own unique, sophisticated tastes and design sensibilities to Troika.  Troika, along with other art galleries and shops, is located in The Station across from the Floyd Country Store. The gallery hosts an Opening Reception every few months, on the first Friday of the month, that features selected artists.  Folks are encouraged to stop by for the festivities and enjoy a refreshment, speak with the artist and browse the newest collection.  The shows for 2013 are as listed: June will feature art made from wood, August will be jewelry, October will focus on upcycled work and November will be paper artists including owner Gibby Waitzkin.

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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.

Slaughters’ Supermarket Garden Center & Christmas Shoppe • Annuals, Perennials • Trees, Shrubs, Mulch • Potting Soil • Stone Decor • Starter Plants

• Top Quality & Low Prices • Farmers Finest Produce • Butchers’ Best Meats • Deli & Fresh Bakery • Great Lunch Specials

We carry a wide Variety of Gardening Items and Decor!!

www.OddfellasCantina.com 110 N. Locust st • 540-745-DINE (3463) (Reservation recommended)


222 East Main Street • Floyd, Virginia Most Centrally Located in Floyd County!

Breakdowns or Wrecks?

Call Day or Night! No one thinks of having a wreck before leaving home or while on vacation. Should you have such an experience, Call Bell’s! • Vehicle Towing • Vehicle Recovery • Emergency Service • Battery Boost • Weekend Access • Secure Location

540.745.3364 Spring/Summer 2013

536 Floyd Highway S - (540) 745-2908

A Business Favorite of Floyd Locals

B&D Garage & Trucking Co. Inc. Serving Floyd County & surrounding areas since 1979!

We Buy 24 Hour

& Sell Towing!


Trucks! Welding • Tires • Repairs • Exhaust • Truck Accessories

540-651-8178 1589 Kings Store Rd. Check, VA 24072 Fax: 540-651-3047

And we know that all good things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ROMANS 8:28



Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks! Affectionately known as “the dog winery,” Chateau Morrisette’s wine labels have traditionally included artists’ renderings of the First Dog: Hans. New wine labels featuring a modern Hans and the new Orchard Series of wines have just been introduced to store shelves. The labels truly reflect the family approach to winemaking the Morrisettes have fostered since 1978. Hans approves of his new look and is the centerpiece of the brand reflecting a playful, colorful image in an eyecatching way. The Orchard Series of labels present still life fruits that echo the fruit wine in the bottle. Blackberry, peach and apple captivate the senses with ripe fruit flavors and bouquets. Winemaking in Virginia, especially in rural farm country, was unheard of in 1978 when the Morrisettes saw an opportunity to try something new and to create opportunities for Floyd’s citizens. There were no other working wineries in the State of Virginia at that time. Over thirty years later, the winery is a major corporate citizen and employer in the county, with over 80 employees. Noted for producing varietals and proprietary blended wines, it is one of the largest and oldest wineries in Virginia. Virginia is currently home to 230 wineries. The winery has become a destination experience, producing awardwinning wines recognized across the country and drawing visitors to the area year round. Chateau Morrisette embodies the best of modern winemaking with the authenticity and warmth of old world charm. 10


The winery is open all year to visitors and offers unique entertainment, events, music, wine tastings, winery tours, getaway packages, intimate dining experiences and beautiful vistas that create an experience and memories to truly savor. Four outdoor music festivals are already scheduled for 2013 featuring The Greencards, Dangermuffin, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Roscoe Bandana, Donna the Buffalo, Big Daddy Love, North Tower Band and The Tams. Fun, easy to approach wine welcomes customers who can relax and be confident products will be consistently delicious. Hans’ inspiration continues to guide with wisdom and experience. Old friends are the best friends, proving that age has many advantages. A grapevine has a very long lifespan, many a 100 years or more. A vine aged 10 to 30 years old is considered the prime fruit production age of grape vines. Chateau Morrisette respects the gifts the years have given, revels in the rewards of the earth, and pledges to stand true and continue to look to the future. Chateau Morrisette is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 171.5 and invites your visit, call or web search: 540.593.2865, thedogs.com

Story by Andrea Frazier - Originally from Laurel Fork, Virginia, Andrea lived a good portion of her adult life in Charlotte. She returned home to Virginia twelve years ago, missing her life in the country. When not writing or editing, Andrea works as a Customer Service Associate with Chateau Morrisette.

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Laurel Springs Percherons Hor se D r awn Veh i cl es & Ca rr i a g es For A l l O cca sions!

Let me help you with all of your firearm related needs! • Concealed Handgun Permit Classes • In-Home Self Defense Planning • Commonwealth Of Virginia Firearm Statutes • Private Training & Group Classes For Beginning To Advanced Shooters In Handguns, Rifles & Shotguns • Firearm Appraisals For Selling Or Insuring Your Firearms • Guidance On Finding & Purchasing The Right Firearm For Your Needs


A s s e e n at the “Dicke ns of a Night” in Floyd!

Jlee@swva.net • 540-392-9062 Wa l t a n d Je a n L e e - O w n e r s


We dd i n g s • A n n i ve r s a r i e s • Bi r t h d ays • P a r a d e s • Hayri des!

Resident of Floyd County Recognized by Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

D o i n g Bu s i n e s s i n F l oyd a n d A l l S u rro u n d i n g areas!

We are independently owned and operated. We choose not to be on any insurance company’s direct repair program.

LLC 784 Laurel Branch Rd NW Floyd, Virginia 24091

Over 26 Years in the same location..

We do specialize in insurance claims -major or minor, and all work has always been guaranteed. Quality repairs have always been our main concern, not quantity. Don’t make a costly mistake by letting your insurance company steer you to a direct repair shop or shop that is on their so called “list”. Have your vehicle repaired right the first time by letting us do your repairs. We are a 4th generation shop with the experience to back it up. Let us handle all your insurance claims for you to insure repairs are correct. If your vehicle is not drivable we will tow it to our facility.

One call does it all!

Private setting where everyone who buys a ham biscuit does not know your business.

Spring/Summer 2013

(540) 745-3874

We Offer:

• Complete Body Repairs • Precision Color Matching • All Windshields • Graphics, Decals & Accents

Thanks to ALL of Our Customers! Bernie & Clif


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Shelor Furnace: A Historical Site With the help of Tom Klatka, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, David Shelor, and Warren and Janice Shelor, the Toncray Furnace was placed on the Virginia State Historic List and the Federal Historic List in the spring of 2009. This enables us to protect the furnace from being destroyed. There have been discussions about restoring the furnace, but the cost has been a hindrance. The Shelor family decided to keep the furnace in its present condition as long as possible. Components of the West Fork Furnace include both above ground features and below ground archaeological deposits. Above ground features include the furnace structure, a wheel pit, a retaining wall and remnants of the headrace. Documented archaeological deposits take the form of soil alteration and fill deposits related to landscape modifications at a staging area for the storage and preparation of limestone flux, charcoal and iron ore. The form and composition of the intact furnace stack is similar to other known iron furnaces in western Virginia. Its plan view is nearly square with dimensions at ground surface measuring 27.5 by 29.5 feet, and its side view is trapezoidal, with the wider base gently tapering to an upper stack that measures about 14.5 square. The structure consists of locally quarried rock, dressed and dry laid. Some patches of sandy, friable mortar suggest some of the exterior was once mortared. Although the furnace interior is not accessible, a visual examination into the casting arch and tuyere arch suggests the brick inwall of the furnace is intact but the bricks are deteriorating. The casting arch is located on the southwest side of the furnace and measures 7.45 feet deep and 10.8 feet high. Its opening width of 15.6 feet tapers to a back width of 7.25 feet. A single tuyere arch on the southeast side measures 7.5 feet deep and 8.75 feet high. Its width tapers from 9.2 feet to 5.65 feet. The furnace is in very good condition, but the upper courses of the stack appear disturbed. Shelor family tradition recounts the removal of some stones from the furnace stack by the Virginia Department of Highways over 40 years ago. The stones were used to build bridge abutments which continue to support a bridge just upstream from the furnace. More Information at www.shelorfamily.org

Marshall’s Sandblasting and Painting


Sandblasting • Soda Blasting Organic Chemical Stripping Ultrasonics • Welding Abrasive Blasting Steam Cleaning • Coatings

302 South Locust Street

540-320-7670 www.MarshallsSandblasting.com

(540) 745-5303




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Little River Wood Turning James Grant 270 Sowers Rd, Floyd, VA 24091


Maturnity • Newborns • 1Yr Engagements • Bridal • Weddings Family • Children • Couples Events And Parties Dependable, Outgoing, And Artistic 540-519-0099 • SouthernCharmMemories@gmail.com facebook.com/SouthernCharmMemories

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MusicLab comes to Floyd, VA The Music Lab represents an innovative model of experiential learning in music technology, artistry, and performance as an extension of the education area schools provide. The program has been active in Roanoke for over 10 years, and has been housed at the Jefferson Center since 2009. January 2013 marked the opening of Music Lab Floyd, a pilot program produced by Jefferson Center, bringing this exciting innovative program to rural communities. The Floyd Music Lab is an after school program that meets at the June Bug Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The facility is outfitted with four audio workstations, two headphone stations and two full mixing stations with studio monitors. The lab is well equipped to make professional high-quality studio recordings. The program seeks to prepare local youth for future education, careers, and interests in the music and entertainment industries. Students are exposed to all genres of music and are encouraged to explore all aspects of music production including songwriting, arranging, recording, live sound, and performance. The pilot program is hosting guests as diverse as a West Virginia State fiddle and banjo champ, a conservatory trained vocal coach, and a grammy nominated recording artist, as well as local players and writers. The program serves area 6th12th graders. We are developing a new model for molding the lives of youth as they grow not only as musicians, engineers, and performers, but as contributing members of our society, knowledgeable consumers, and engaged citizens. It builds respect for diversity and creativity by drawing youth and instructors from a variety of backgrounds and communities. The class meets as a group for the first hour of the day, where director Joe DeJarnette goes over an audio skill utilizing hands on demonstrations. DeJarnette says, “I try to use student 14


work to demonstrate new ideas and skills whenever possible. At the beginning of the program, we try to get students into recording and playing almost immediately. Then, as their basic skills, knowledge and interests develop, we can then show them the subtleties of how to use the technology to enhance their particular genre or style of music.” The curriculum is designed to grant students increased autonomy as they progress through each phase, so that each student is best accommodated in terms of their musical abilities, interests, and personal development. Whereas one student may prefer to only ever don headphones and make beats, another may want to write and publish songs as well as engineer and produce professional recording sessions. “It’s a great opportunity for any student interested in exploring creativity through sound and music. It is an open-ended program, giving kids an opportunity to get what they want out of a learning experience. We have nice instruments available for use in the lab, so everyone is able to try out new things. We encourage all applicants to have a passion for music, but instrumental expertise is not a prerequisite. In fact, it’s better for workflow when some kids are more focused on production and some kids are focused more on playing and writing.” The Music Lab seeks to provide a learning environment catered to each student’s aspirations. Regardless if a student is highly motivated or is less focused and just wants to hang out, our curriculum will aid in their development both personally and academically. The Music Lab represents a forward-looking response to preparing our youth and community for the changing economy, music business, and emerging digital arts. Jefferson Center’s renowned Music Lab has in just four years expanded the horizons of hundreds of Roanoke-area teenagers. We have developed their interests in music into skills that will lead many

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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. to promising careers. As performers and operators of music-based businesses, they will rely on the creativity, teamwork and respect for unique workplace disciplines learned at Jefferson Center. The Music Lab Floyd will soon complete its pilot phase of the program and will need support to continue on. With your help, future students will have access to our programs, mentoring relationship and given the opportunity to know what it means to be a professional musician. As a partner with the June Bug Center, this bold step allow us to reach more of these promising teenagers. Financial support is essential to make this program successful. Music Lab Floyd and the Jefferson Center are recognized as a 501-c-3 public charity, meaning most donations represent tax deductions for donors. Please contact Dylan Locke for comments and questions at dlocke@jeffcenter.org or 540-685-2315.

Our hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:30pm.

220 North Locust St. Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 745-4561

This story was written collaboratively and submitted by Jefferson Center. Photo Credits: Doug Thompson The June Bug Center: The June Bug Center is a community space that is available for businesses, non-profits and civic organizations that provide life enhancing programs and events for the community. After School Enrichment Program, Floyd Music Lab, Holistic Addictions Recovery, LLC, Aikido of Floyd, King TaekwonDo, The Locust Street Players, Young Actor Co-op. www.junebugfloyd.com • 540-745-6550 251 South Lucust Street • Floyd VA, 24091

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C O NTE M PO R ARY C R AF TS www.troikacrafts.com

203 South Locust Street Floyd, VA 24091 540.745.8764

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UNDERSTANDING BATTERY BACK UP PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS One of the most common misunderstandings about grid-tied PV systems is the fact that they shut down and disconnect from the grid in the event of a power failure. This is a safety feature to prevent back-feeding electricity into the utility grid and electrocuting line workers. It also means that a PV system will not produce usable energy for the duration of the grid failure. In this article we will discuss another type of PV system that will provide power when the grid is down. These PV systems are referred to as gridtied battery back up (GTBB). When the utility power goes out a GTBB system instantly switches over to the backup mode powering your loads, by using a specialized inverter and battery bank. It is important to understand that a battery based system has limitations as to the amount of power it can provide and how long it can provide that power. A GTBB system is also considerably more expensive than a standard PV system so it may not be the best choice for everyone. This article can only give a basic overview of what is involved in GTBB systems so we are going to focus on two things:

SYSTEM Most of us don’t think too much about how we use electricity. We typically plug in an appliance and let it do what it was designed to do. The electric utility just keeps on pushing those electrons down the wire as long as we need them. With a GTBB system you need to give a lot more thought about how you will use those electrons (energy) stored in those batteries because unlike the utility, they have a limited amount of energy available. The typical GTBB system is designed to power a selected number of loads such as the fridge, well pump, freezer, lighting and perhaps some electronics. How many items a system can power is dependent on the power output of the inverter. Like a gas generator, a GTBB inverter is rated in kilowatts (kW) of power output. The typical size we install in a residence is rated at 6 kW of continuous 120/240 Vac Output and we find that size unit will reliably run most of the essential loads in a home. If you want to run an air conditioner or heat pump you will need a much larger capacity inverter. A high quality inverter will generate pure sine wave power. This means the power is very clean, so you can power electronics or other sensitive equipment. It will also have a substantial surge 16


capacity. This means it can provide as much as two or three times its normal power for brief periods for starting motors, like your well pump. Once we know how many loads (kW) you want to run, we can then think about how much power you are going to need to run them. So now it is time to talk about batteries.

BATTERIES The batteries we work with in PV systems are similar to the kind found in your car, meaning they are based on lead acid technology. In a GTBB system we generally use a type of lead acid battery called Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM). This type of battery is sealed (you do not add water) and it does not release hydrogen gas when being charged, making it safe to use inside an enclosed area. AGM batteries, sometimes referred to as deep cycle, meaning they are designed to be discharged and recharged repeatedly without failing. There is a direct relationship to how much a battery costs and the number of discharge cycles it will withstand, so it is best to purchase the highest quality battery available. The amount of energy inside a battery is calculated in amphours (Ah) and the number of Ah in a battery determines how many loads you can run off of it and for how long. More amp-hours mean a bigger battery and a bigger battery means more weight. The batteries we install typically weigh between 2000 and 4000 pounds so we have to carefully choose the battery location. A GTBB system is always standing by to provide reliable power with no noise or smelly exhaust fumes. Hopefully this article will provide you with some useful information to determine if a GTBB is a good choice for you the next time the grid goes down.

Story by David Zachow, a Master Electrician who lives in Floyd County. His company Direct Connect Solar & Electric installs renewable energy systems that generate electricity for homes and businesses. www.directconnectsolar.com 540-267-4945

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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 fms@novafoundry.com

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Basketball Champs! “Unfinished Business” that was the message given to the 2012 2013 Lady Buffaloes basketball team from seniors Haley Bolt and Maria Kuchenbuch. Having lost prematurely in the regional semifinals to Glenvar High School the year before, the girls were determined not to allow that to happen again. “In the beginning of the season, Haley and I got to pick the theme to put on bracelets we had made. I thought it fit very well with our team because we had fallen just short the past three years and we had a lot of “unfinished business” to take care of,” said Maria. Maria and Haley have been members of the varsity girls basketball program since their freshman year. These two girls aren’t the most vocal leaders on the team, but they both make up for that by leading by example. After working hard all spring, summer and fall, the season finally got under way in late November. The girls faced a tough preseason schedule, with the majority of the Lady Buffaloes opponents being AA and AAA schools. One of the biggest tests of the season came over the Christmas break at the William Fleming C h r i st m a s To u r n a m e n t . Here they faced, Herndon High School, Trinity Christian, and St Vincent Pallotti High School. Kuchenbuch reflected “playing Photo By Linda DeVito in a tournament like that gave the team competition we had never seen before, which was good because in the regional and state tournament we had to play teams we have never faced before.” The Lady Buffaloes only lost two games in the pre-season and went undefeated in the Three Rivers District regular season. A record of 23-2 had the girls confident and ready for the post-season. After defending their district tournament title, the message remained that of “unfinished business”. A district title was nice, but it was not where this team wanted their season to end. The past few seasons, the Lady Buffaloes have been knocked out of the post season in the regional semifinal game, but this year it was a mere speed bump as the Buffs beat the James River Lady Knights 84-54. The Lady Buffs closed out the regional tournament the next evening with a win against Patrick Henry, becoming the girls Region C champions. The team marched onward to the state quarterfinal game against Gate City at the Salem Civic Center. After the victory over Gate City in front of the biggest crowd the girls had all season, Coach Alan Cantrell entered the locker room yelling, “Rich-what?” with the team responding, “Richmond!” You couldn’t help but get chills of excitement as you watched them celebrate as a team. With Floyd County in full support, the girls headed to Richmond. This was a new experience for everyone, including the two seniors. 18


You could see the enthusiasm in each girls face but you could also see a look of determination. This is where the culmination of all the hard work, all of the open gyms, morning practices, and running pays off. Maybe it’s that one extra sprint you do, even though you feel like you can’t make it, this is where it all becomes worth it. The girls traveled to Richmond and accomplished exactly what they had set out to do, beating George Mason in the state semifinals. The state championship was set for the next day, the opponent, the Lady Warriors of Central-Wise. The state final game was a hard fought contest with the Buffs jumping out to an eleven point lead at the half, but Central fought back, making it a close contest. But with the senior leadership, the Lady Buffs were victorious by a score of 72-62 to claim the state championship trophy. To some it seemed that the season was at its end, but as the girls have learned, winning the game was just the beginning of the celebration. “The surprise when we got home had to have been the most amazing feeling in the world. I couldn’t stop smiling at everyone standing out there after midnight in the freezing cold just waiting for us. Our win meant as much to us as it did for our fans. I couldn’t ask for a better community or team. Thanks for making this final season the best I could ever ask for. You all amaze me!” Haley Bolt remarked joyfully. This quote by Haley was in response to the reception that awaited the team, led by a police escort and greeted by fans at the center of town. The girls danced their victory dance under the only stop light in Floyd County on a cold winter night. A memory they will never forget. At the beginning of the season Haley and Maria were in charge of designing the team shirt, this was the quote that was chosen for the shirt: “Heart is the difference between those who attempt and those who achieve.” The Lady Buffaloes showed so much heart throughout the entire season, and in the end they indeed ACHIEVED their goal, the right to call themselves STATE CHAMPIONS! Congratulations to the two seniors, here your “business is finished” and it’s on to new challenges, good luck to you in the future. Following high school both girls plan to attend college, Maria Kuchenbuch will be enrolling at Roanoke College and Haley Bolt will be attending James Madison University. Story by Erika Snellings, a 2005 Floyd County graduate and former Lady Buffaloes. Graduated from James Madison University in 2010 and is pursuing a future with the United Sates Air Force.

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Floyd’s Resident Firearms Instructor Jim’s first gun was a rifle his father gave him for Christmas at the age of 12. He has been shooting ever since. With over 30 years of experience in handloading ammunition and specializing in load development research, he spends many hours shooting and testing his ammunition. He also makes his own bullets by casting molten lead into bullet molds. Having spent 30 years in industrial construction as a pipefitter/welder, Jim decided it was time to retire. A lifelong resident of Charleston, SC, he also decided it was time for a change from heat, humidity and hurricanes. After coming to Floyd on vacation in the spring of 2008, Jim and his wife Janet fell in love with the area. Eight month later, they packed up their house, three dogs, two cats and moved to Floyd permanently. It wasn’t long after that, Jim realized the need for a firearms instructor in Floyd County. He met with Sheriff Zeman to discuss the possibility of being a firearms instructor in the county. They discussed what information was needed to not only meet the requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia but what was important for the citizens of Floyd County to know. Jim opened for business in the summer of 2009. Jim is an NRA certified instructor and offers a variety of services including concealed handgun permit classes, training for beginning and advanced handgun, rifle and shotgun shooters , both in a group setting and private instruction. He also offers in-home self defense education and planning. Among the other services offered are firearms appraisals, which can assist the owner in determining the value of their firearms for insurance purposes or for buying and selling. Also offered is oneon-one consultation for first time firearms buyers to assist them in the choosing of a firearm that would best meet their needs. Having family members in SC who raised cattle and farmed, Jim has a high respect for those in the agricultural community. He helps to eradicate coyotes and groundhogs where they are a problem to farmers and landowners. He offers this service free of charge, as a way to give back to the community. With three years of United States Army sanctioned training as an armorer, Jim has a keen understanding of communication, coordination and planning. He is very familiar with leadership and discipline and can follow as well as lead. When instructing people in firearms, he believes communication and understanding are key. “If you can’t explain the basic concepts of firearms and their safe use and handling, it can lead to disastrous results,” stated Jim. A large part of the concealed handgun permit class consists of an in-depth review of the Commonwealth of Virginia firearms 20


statues. Although Jim is not trained in law or an attorney, he is very familiar with the firearms statutes and stresses the importance of knowing the law regarding firearms. He states, “ignorance of the law is no excuse when you are standing in a courtroom in front of a judge facing a firearms related offense.” Jim is an avid coon hunter and can be found several evenings a week with his best friend and coon-hunting buddy out in the laurel thickets chasing what he calls, “that ring-tailed bandit.” Story by Jim Connor • (540) 230-7727 • www.jgcphotos.wordpress.com Jim, his wife, four dogs and two cats are residents of Floyd County, and Jim is recognized by the Floyd County Sheriffs Office as a firearms instructor.

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FloydFest 2013 – Rise & Shine! FloydFest, the festival that has helped introduce music and outdoor aficionados to our charming area, is emerging into its 12th year and on track to be one of the best ever. Themed “Rise & Shine,” FloydFest will continue to live up to its moniker of ‘Shangri-La of the East’ with a stellar multi-genre line-up, plethora of fun outdoor activities, and unique offerings sure to satisfy every member of the family. Far more than a music festival, FloydFest offers patrons not only a harmonious experience in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, but four days of funfilled activities the beautiful area has to offer. Located at milepost 170.5 off the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway, festival attendees can recharge and celebrate music, outdoors, art, and life in an intimate environment. FloydFest hosts over 100 performing artists on 10 stages, with over 100 artisans, specialty craft beverages, a Healing Arts Village and Children’s Universe with an extensive children’s area. Kids can experience a TaekwonDo class, tetherball match, or debut an act during the kids’ Open Mic, and parents don’t have to miss out on their favorite set on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage! Festival goers can enjoy an intimate performance on the rustic and Appalachian-influenced Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch. Afterwards, they can attend a nearby panel discussion on sustainable practices that engage the audience and includes renowned speakers and activists, headlining artists, and festival promoters. Find the time to rejuvenate and relax by joining in a belly dance or hula dance workshop, take a nap in an ENO hammock at the hammock lounge, or experience an invigorating massage. Possibilities for festival bliss are endless! www.enonation.com As a way to connect further to the beautiful landscape, FloydFest offers hiking and biking trails, a 5k run, mountain bike race, a 9 hole disc golf course, a geo-cache scavenger hunt and much more.

To maximize your outdoorsy spirit, check out these activities this year: Belcher Mountain Beat Down – Through a partnership with Pembroke, VA-based Tangent Outdoors and the Moonstompers Bike Club, FloydFest is offering the Belcher Mountain Beat Down, a guided mountain bike tour that descends the Blue Ridge and finishes with miles of hand-built single-track trail. The 16-mile route includes 1700’ elevation gain and 3500’ of descending. www.newrivertrail.com



Float Trip & Shuttle – Working with local canoe outpost, On the Water, there are five opportunities to escape to the water for a few hours of paddling down a gorgeous, undeveloped stretch of the Little River. Trips are limited, so be sure to sign up in advance. www.onthewaterinfloyd.com FloydFest 12 Ultimate Gear Giveaway Challenge – Stop by the Outdoor Adventures tent for daily giveaways and a score card where you can track your Outdoor adventures, racking up points for a chance at being our outdoor gear grand prize winner. There’s a special geocache stashed somewhere on the premises, so bring your GPS for extra credit points toward winning gear. Floyd Running Club 5K – Push yourself at the FloydFest 12~Rise & Shine 5K race. Sign up anytime over the weekend and meet at the OA tent at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. Special prize for best costume! New additions to this year’s FloydFest include the Flower of Life Yoga and DJ Xperience. This one-of-a-kind installation will feature morning Yoga sessions with some of the world’s leading DJs to provide an exquisite soundscape to Rise & Shine each day. The space also provides shade and workshop areas to liven up the spirit. After dark, this space transforms into a supernaturally lit performance area. The music will be provided via wireless headphones by cutting edge electronic DJ specialists by way of a ‘Silent Disco powered by Silent Events.’ The artist line-up includes: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros ~ The Lumineers ~ Old Crow Medicine Show ~John Butler Trio ~ Brandi Carlile ~ Gogol Bordello ~ Citizen Cope ~ Yonder Mountain String Band ~ Trampled by Turtles ~ Railroad Earth ~ The Infamous Stringdusters ~ Hot Tuna ~ Blitzen Trapper ~ Michael Kiwanuka ~ North Mississippi Allstars ~ Donavon Frankenreiter ~ The Devil Makes Three ~ Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit ~ Bombino ~ The Hackensaw Boys ~ Delta Rae ~ Ben Sollee ~ Lake Street Dive ~ The Last Bison ~ Rising Appalachia ~ GAUDI ~ Gigamesh ~ Nahko and Medicine for the People ~ Yarn ~ Baaba Seth ~ Field Report ~ Bronze Radio Return ~ Megan Jean and the KFB ~ Lizzy Ross Band  ~ Larry and His Flask  ~ Spirit Family Reunion ~ L Shape Lot ~ Yancarlos Sanchez  ~ Primate Fiasco and more!

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Jubilee Cohousing A month after heavy equipment noisily reshaped a steep landscape into a sloping entrance off Needmore Lane, we ceremoniously strung up the “Future Home of Jubilee! Cohousing” banner, in its well-built wooden frame. That satisfying June day in 2012 heralded an explosion of activity for members of our forming community. In the five years since first sowing the seeds of this cohousing dream, many invisible things had come to pass toward our goal, but here, at last, was one for the world to see. Jubilee! exists, the banner announces, a neighborhood being created by its members! In the America of my childhood, neighborhoods were often the heart and refuge of family life; the out-of-doors was for exploring imaginatively by one’s self or with neighbor children, and whichever adults were on hand watched and listened discretely, and intervened (when necessary) judiciously. Everybody knew everybody else in the neighborhood. Kids had enough pals to make sandlot ball teams, play capture the flag and kick the can. Families cookedout together on summer weekends, hosted sleep-overs, and pitched in when someone had a baby, or was sick or bereaved. In our neighborhood one family worked out ways to share their pool, declaring certain days private days and other days open through use of a signal flag. This is the very idea behind cohousing, particularly comforting in the midst of the various types of scary climate change we’ve seen since the last century. There are about 130 cohousing communities operating in this country, and they demonstrate a keen ability to re-create the more functional and fun aspects of neighborhood life from the 1950’s, while at the same time be on the cutting edge of ecoconsciousness by addressing the questions of— how to reduce consumption, reuse materials and recycle extensively as a community. For example, our plan for being a Passivhaus cohousing neighborhood skillfully addresses concerns for our environment and our economy. Passivhaus construction, used for years in Europe, claims up to 90% less energy use for great overall energy savings, and lower carbon emissions. The technology of the construction won’t limit the design of the homes. In fact, we anticipate with great excitement the fun of soon collaborating as a group to design our homes and neighborhood. My particular passion, though, is for the people part of the community; the bonding, trust building, creative problem-solving, cooperative decision-making, and all the wonderful excuses for life celebrations.



As a group, founding members of Jubilee! are committed to a neighborhood that will be both kid-friendly and elder-friendly, made of thirty or so homes that will be built closely clustered, designed to accommodate aging in place, and with cars kept to the periphery. Reaching out to my Jubilee! friends to offer or ask for, light assistance will be easy because they’ll be just a stone’s throw away. We will be able to catch up with each other’s news when we collect our mail or share a meal at the Common House, or when out on the paths. It’ll be simple to find a walking buddy, or make up a carpool to town. In the months since the entrance sign first went up, Jubilee! members have had some more big visible firsts. In July we held our first members retreat on the thirtyeight acre property, camping out under the stars, complete with campfire and s’mores. In October, we hosted our first Explore the Land event, offering hikes, hay rides, children’s Halloween activities and refreshments. We are currently crowing about having published our website. Some of us Jubileers are now training as facilitators. Students from several states gather for four-day weekends of intensive study and practice facilitating in communities in North Carolina and Virginia. This training is stoking a perennial fire in me; to empower myself and others through a variety of processes. We get to work with other communities who use consensus, the same group decisionmaking process that Jubilee! uses, a process that seeks the consent of all participants. Watching other communities function, we can see into Jubilee’s future too. In one group, we glimpse communication challenges that will inevitably come up. In another, how older community members hand off responsibilities to younger ones. We see the results of reins held too tight, or too loosely. I love what we’re learning, because it fits with our values of interdependence, and developing deep respect for individual views and needs. It jibes with our desire to replace competition with cooperation. It’s real. And it feels really fitting for twentyfirst century Floyd. Story by Rosemary Wyman, who works in Floyd County providing education, consulting and hands-on caregiving services related to end of life.  She and her husband, Walter Charnley, are founding members of Floyd Cohousing, LLC, and Jubilee!, an intentional neighborhood being created by its members.

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The Floyd Radio Show:

Live at the Floyd Country Store! The Floyd Radio Show, broadcast (streamed) live from the Floyd Country Store, has rapidly found a place in the varied landscape of Floyd’s wonderful, creative culture. Several years ago, the owners of The Floyd Country Store had the idea of starting a local radio show. It would be a variety show that was light hearted, fun and showcased local music and stories. When a couple of young old- time musicians, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle, asked if they could perform at the store, that vision began to grow into The Floyd Radio Show: Views from Buffalo Mountain. Anna and Elizabeth had developed a program for use in schools and community venues. It weaved together traditional ballads, songs and fiddle and banjo tunes with storytelling, handcrafted images and pieces of theater. When the Country Store owners saw the show, they realized that it contained many of the elements they had envisioned for a radio show and that these two young performers had the energy and charisma needed to direct a show for the store. The show premiered at The Floyd Country Store on September 3, 2011 with a packed house and continues on the second Saturday of each month (taking a break for the months of June, July and August, when many performers are busy with music festivals). “Anna & Elizabeth are such talented musicians,” says Heather Krantz, special projects coordinator for the store. “People are drawn to hear them sing and play, and when you put them on stage with all these other amazing musicians, it makes for a really fantastic, old timey radio show experience”. Each month, Anna, Elizabeth and other cast members construct a unique show. They write scripts packed full of hilarious skits, imaginary tales and true stories of Appalachian life and perform them with little time for the cast to 26


rehearse. What comes out is a truly authentic, off the cuff experience for listeners and participants alike. As an extra treat for those who attend the live performance, the performers put on an informal concert after each show. Podcasts and highlights from past shows can be found on The Floyd Country Store website. As active members of the old time music scene, Anna and Elizabeth have convinced some of the most talented musicians around to perform. In the first season alone, musical guests included award winning flatpicker and guitar maker Wayne Henderson, banjo player Riley Baugus, West Virginia storyteller Jimmy Costa, singer Carol Elizabeth Jones, and a host of local favorites including Mac & Jenny Traynham, Janet Turner, Chance McCoy (now of Old Crow Medicine Show) and the Black Twig Pickers. Martin Guitar Company recently stepped up as the show’s first major sponsor. After hearing about the show in a National Public Radio documentary about Elizabeth LaPrelle, they expressed an interest in helping to keep alive and promote this type of authentic, traditional music. In each show, the cast will thank Martin with a specially written skit and a call-out on our podcast of the show. Hotel Floyd is another sponsor to be featured on the May show. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the show, contact Heather Krantz at heather@floydcountrystore.com. Visit www.FloydCountryStore.com for information about upcoming shows. Tickets for the shows are only $10 and can be purchased at the store, by phone 540-745-4563 or online. This story was written collaboratively and submitted by The Floyd Country Store - Photo Credits: Snowberry Studios

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Sunday Sounds Mountain Music Jams Old Church Gallery Quilters Guild Story Time for Toddlers 2-3 years Club M.O.M Play Group Art Classes Live Music - Donations Talking About Books Artisans Market Old Church Gallery Art Shows Friday Night Jamboree Live Local Music Live Music on Tap First Fridays - New Artist Friday Nights Under the Stars Old Church Gallery Art Shows The Farmers Market Pizza, Olives, Pannini or Enchiladas Americana Music on Stage/Open Mic Floyd Radio Show Floyd Contra Dance Blue Mountain High School Floyd Town Jubilee Explorer’s Club Farm Days with Fresh Asparagus Pets - Home for the homeless Where the Buffalo Roam Benefit Golf Tournament 16 HANDS Fine Pottery Tour Chasing Cars at the Floyd Auto Show Tour de Floyd Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Camelia’s Quilting Retreat Little River Canoe/Kayak Run Floyd Artisan Trail Tour Covered Bridge Festival 5K Run/Walk Music, Mead and Cider Music, Mead and Cider Sock Hop with Gene Broadus from Q99 Floyd Amateur Radio Field Day Relay for Life Floyd County Film Premiere “House of Good and Evil” 4th of July Celebration Rhythm & Vine Farm Days with Edible Flowers Music, Mead and Cider Music, Mead and Cider Floyd Fest Music, Mead and Cider Black Dog Summer Music Festival Music, Mead and Cider Beer and Brats Floyd County Tractor Fun Run Labor Day Duet Cinema on the Lawn The High Noon for HOPE Concert Music, Mead and Cider Music, Mead and Cider Floyd Women’s Club Arts and Crafts Festival Old Church Gallery Quilters Guild Quilt Show Fall Open House w/ Dogtown Pizza Floyd Women’s Club Arts and Crafts Festival Old Church Gallery Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Chateau Morrisette Winery Floyd Country Store The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Jessie Peterman Memorial Library Jessie Peterman Memorial Library Floyd Artist Association Oak Grove Pavilion Stage Jessie Peterman Memorial Library Floyd Community Market Pavilion Art, History and Cultural Shows The Floyd Country Store Oddfella’s Cantina & Tapas Bar DogTown Roadhouse Floyd Artist Association AmRhein’s Wine Cellars Art, History and Cultural Shows Floyd Community Market Pavilion Villa Appalaccia Winery Floyd Country Store Floyd Country Store The Sun Music Hall Floyd EcoVillage Warren G. Lineberry Memorial Park Jessie Peterman Memorial Library Foggy Ridge Cider Jessie Peterman Memorial Library Foggy Ridge Cider Great Oaks Country Club Floyd County, Multiple Studios Chantilly Farm Floyd United Methodist Church Chantilly Farm Call for details and location On the Water Canoe Outpost Check website for map Woolwine Virginia Foggy Ridge Cider Blacksnake Meadery Chantilly Farm Chantilly Farm Floyd County High School Chantilly Farm Floyd County High School Chateau Morrisette Winery Foggy Ridge Cider Foggy Ridge Cider Blacksnake Meadery Milepost 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway Foggy Ridge Cider Chateau Morrisette Winery Blacksnake Meadery Chateau Morrisette Winery Arlie Thompson Farm Foggy Ridge Cider Chateau Morrisette Winery Buffalo View Farm Foggy Ridge Cider Blacksnake Meadery Floyd County High School Floyd Elementary School Foggy Ridge Cider Floyd County High School Floyd Elementary School

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Points of Interest Silver Hearth LODGE

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars


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Simmons Grocery



617 705

Wills Ridge



Floyd Yoga Jam Turman Festival Grounds

Ray’s Restaurant

Bread Basket

Oddfellas Cantina

Little Dress Shop

Grocery & Garden Center

860 Tuggles Gap Food & Gas


726 Rocky Knob Recreational Area

Daddy Rabbits Campground

DeHart Park Mountain Bike Trail

Floyd Fest Grounds

Château Morrisette Winery


Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

Blacksnake Meadery

June Bug - Music Lab

Shelor Furnace Historical Site


Foggy Ridge Cider

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College



Village Mart Food, Wine & Gas



Blue Ridge Restaurant Floyd Amateur Radio N4USA EcoVillage Hotel Floyd Mitchell Music Company

Jacksonville Center for the Arts

Farm Supply


Floyd Country Store DogTown Roadhouse


Chantilly Festival Farm

Pine Tavern

Mickey G’s Oak Haven Lodge Oak Grove Pavilion

Schoolhouse Fabrics

Smart View Recreational Area


Wills Ridge Supply





Double Springs Historic School

On The Water Canoe Outpost

J&J Market & Deli



Little River


Park way


Bent Mountain Lodge B&B


Floyd County



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Scenic Drive



Gorge Trail


Villa Appalaccia Winery

758 Woodberry Inn



Mabry Mill Lover’s Leap


Take a ride along The Blue Ridge Parkway 6 MI


Poor Farmers Market Mountain Meadow Crafts Music & Corn Maze Festival Grounds

Spring 2013 Studio Tour May 4 & 5 Concerts, Classes, Exhibits and more at the Jax!

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival 11 Days of Classical Concerts

16 HANDS Fine Pottery and Woodwork Studio Tour

Call for Days and Times

May 30 - June 9

May 4 & 5 , 2013

The Jacksonville Center is a community arts center in Floyd, Virginia, just miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. We celebrate and facilitate regional arts through classes, exhibits, community receptions and much, much, more.

An exciting eleven days – May 30 through June 9 — of orchestral concerts, intimate chamber music, and other diverse musical experiences, presented in both traditional venues and unusual sites in this friendly mountain community.

In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains there is an enclave of craftsmen. Drawn to the area by its beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers and a way of life.

www.jacksonvillecenter.org 540-745-2784

www.virginiasblueridgemusicfestival.org 540-267-4221

www.16hands.com 540-745-4624

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Complimentary Therapies for Diabetes Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States, with 17 million Americans afflicted with the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. As more and more Americans incorporate complementary therapies into their program of health care, people with diabetes, too, are looking to the usefulness of different therapies to complement their lifestyle measures and medical care. Eating well is one of life's greatest pleasures. Fortunately, having diabetes does not prevent you from enjoying a wide variety of foods. Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the management of diabetes for two reasons. First, what you eat is directly related to the amount of sugar in your blood. Making the right food choices can help you to control your blood sugar levels. Second, food has powerful healing properties. Unfortunately, there is no one “diabetes diet”. Eating a diet rich in the foods (and nutrients) needs to build health from the ground up (healthy cells = healthy tissue = healthy organs = healthy systems = HEALTHY YOU!) has been shown to reverse (and even resolve) many of the symptoms associated with diabetes. A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy, Shiatsu addresses diabetes from the perspective of the organs that are affected – excessive thirst is associated with the spleen; excessive urination and leg pain are indicative of an imbalance in the kidney and/or bladder energy; skin allergies and itching suggests an imbalance in the lung energy. By appropriately stimulating different points in the body associated with these organs, improved function can result and a person's normal health levels can be obtained. Regular Shiatsu treatment has been shown to improve diabetesassociated kidney function and neuropathy; lower total cholesterol and elevated LDL levels and raise HDL levels.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information given here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Classes Introduction to Shiatsu Introduction to Shiatsu Beating the Sugar Blues Get the Stress Outta Here Women’s Empowerment Circle Simple, Savvy, Sustainable Solutions Pt I Feel Like a Natural Woman Simple, Savvy, Sustainable Solutions Pt II The Path of Yeast Resistance Simple, Savvy, Sustainable Solutions PtIII Oral Health &Your Overall Health Eat Your Heart Out Practical Nutrition Digestive Wellness Beating the Winter Blues

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There are many benefits of massage therapy for people with diabetes. The value of basic relaxation cannot be overemphasized. Living with diabetes is inherently stressful. By sedating the nervous system, massage can bring a much-needed rest and an assuring sense of well-being to the body. Skillfully applied touch can have a profound effect on body chemistry, decreasing the production of stress hormones, with resulting beneficial effects to blood sugar levels. Massage also increases the circulation of blood and lymph, facilitating the transport of oxygen and other nutrients into the body's tissues. Improved circulation allows for more efficient uptake of insulin by the cells. Lastly, massage works directly with the muscles (myo) and connective tissues (fascia) in the body, helping to facilitate greater mobility in the body. This is especially important for people with diabetes, because elevated blood sugar causes a thickening of connective tissue, which affects the mobility and elasticity of the myofascial system. Managing diabetes depends on achieving life balance, not just control of insulin metabolism. By including complementary therapies in your health care regimen, you can restore lasting balance to the mind, body and spirit – strengthening your ability to promote your own health and well-being. Fo r m o re i n f o r m at i o n a b o u t c o mp l i m e nt a r y therapies for managing and preventing diabetes, contact The Healing Tree Wellness Center at 540-745-3030, visit our website at www.HealingTreeHealth.com or email us at info@HealingTreeHealth.com.


Location Wellness Center Wellness Center Floyd Library Floyd Library Wellness Center Wellness Center Floyd Library Wellness Center Floyd Library Wellness Center Floyd Library Floyd Library Wellness Center Floyd Library Floyd Library

www.TheWellspringOrganization.org 540-745-4141

Fast, Fast,Affordable, Affordable, Fast, Affordable Shelters for a Environmentally Friendly Variety of Uses Environmentally Friendly Shelters foraalodging varietyexperience ofofneeds Enjoy a unique Shelters for variety needs in our new rental Yurt www.blueridgeyurts.com

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Spring/Summer 2013

Acord Heating & Air

Maberry Funeral Home, Inc.

Commercial, Residential Heating & Cooling Heat Pumps • Gas & Oil Furnaces • Boilers Radiant Floor Heating • Outdoor Wood Furnaces Humidification • Air Purification • Zoning

Family Owned & Operated Since 1927


(540) 745-6288 Tim & Carol Acord • tckmacrd@swva.net • www.acordhtgair.com


5 Bay Facility & 60 Years Experience

Mon - Fri 7am - 6pm Sat 7AM to Noon


Mitzi M. Roberson, Manager

State Inspections - No Appointment Needed!

(540) 745-2121 Fax 745-4285 MaberryFuneralHome.com

• Auto & Truck Repair • A/C Certified • Brakes Certified • Automatic Transmission • All Major Tire Brand Names • Computer Diagnostics • Engine Repair • Electrical Problems • Farm Equipment • Exhaust Repair

367 South Locust Street • Floyd VA

1075 Huckleberry Ridge Rd • Floyd VA • www. whitlocks.swva.net

Floyd Pharmacy

Fast Friendly Hometown Service



Gift Shop • Toys Film Processing Kodak Kiosk on premises!

Norma Jean Rector, CLTC, CSA Retirement Planner Certified Senior Advisor Medicare Consulting Certified Medicare Part D Medigap Supplemental Plans

Floyd Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy, so Ashok Raju, the new 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.

(540) 745-2177

709 East Main Street FLOYD VA 24091 Spring/Summer 2013

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.

For customer convenience, expanded parking is behind the building.

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A YOJammin’ Good Time! By Hari Berzins Get ready, folks! The Floyd Yoga Jam is coming to the mountains near you. This Newest Festival on the East Coast combines music, yoga, art and fun and is held every Labor Day Weekend in Floyd, VA. This August 30 - September 1, 2013, festival goers from New York to Florida will gather to enjoy incredible music, awesome yoga, the YOJam’s interactive community Art Village, KidsVille and the People Playground. Fantastic local food, coffee, beer, wine, kombucha and more! Come settle in for a rejuvenating weekend! The festival is set creek-side in idyllic Indian Valley at the Burnette Farm Retreat Center, amid acres of rolling meadows, soft pine forests and incredible views. The Floyd Yoga Jam, also known in these parts as The YOJam, is a hometown production of the community of Floyd and the creative passions of the Dancin’ Dakinis (a dakini is a dancing spirit), Shirleyann Burgess and Laura Polant, two Floydian women who were lucky enough to raise their children in this wonderful town. “Devotion, music, compassion, fun and love are the basis of this event, which makes Floyd Yoga Jam a powerful means of gathering and sharing in nature, taking participants from the beauty of the music and yoga into their interior calm,” says Burgess, owner of Living Light Yoga Studio and Wellness Center in Floyd. “We want to give back to our community and offer local folks the chance to make a decent living for honest work,” says Polant. But the mission is deeper than that. “We can reach many people and expose them to unimagined dreams and possibilities. We share what our community has created and invite them to take home a vision of a healthy body, mind and community,” says Burgess. It seems they are achieving their goal—the most memorable moment from the inaugural event for both of the Dakinis was the 32


sight of hundreds of people spilling out of yoga tents, all moving in unison like prayer flags. “I could feel their hearts opening, then my heart opened even more and tears of love and happiness filled me—once again, I knew this festival was the answer to reaching the silence and light of many,” Burgess recalls. The hope for this year is to continue spreading the love and to break the 2500 attendee mark. With leaders in the yoga community joining the line-up, they are right on track to meet their goal. MC Yogi is the headliner for 2013. He will lead two yoga classes and perform his rockin’ hip hop! “I love MC Yogi and use his music in my yoga classes. It is young yet old, fun, and has a wonderful message. I was beyond ecstatic when I heard he would join our line-up,” says Polant. National Public Radio says, “MC Yogi is changing the face of devotional music in America.” The artist’s own website says, “Wait. Hip-hop and yoga? The Ramayana with a backbeat? Stories of Shiva and Shakti, Ganesh and Hanuman and the rest of the ancient Hindu gods, all funked up and slamming up against potent, propulsive graffiti beats custom built to drive eager listeners into a divine frenzy? You’ve never heard anyone like MC Yogi.” MC Yogi is sure to bring a lot of energy to the YOJam, and he is joined by other big names of genre-bending yoga and devotional music such as Donna De Lory, Durga Das, DJ Drez, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, Amy Steinburg, and many local Floyd favorites like Scott Perry, Deer Run Drifters, Bernie Coveny and more. The weekend is also packed full of yoga and meditation classes including Beryl Bender Birch, author of Beyond Power Yoga, who was one of the seven women named as “Innovators Shaping Yoga Today” by Yoga Journal in 2000. She has recently focused her work

Spring/Summer 2013

Indoor Paint & Repair Fall & Winter is the best time to paint indoors

Call today for a free price quote! • Seal & Paint Basements • Fresh Paint to any Room • Repair Molding & Drywall • Seal and Paint Leaks • Paint Cabinets

540 250 3415

Serving Floyd Virginia & the New River Valley for 20 Years - Robert Cluxton I am an expert with old barns and STANDING SEAM ROOFS

Paint, Seal or Repair! on Veterans with the recent release of her book, Finding Peace: Yoga for Veterans and Their Families. When asked who was headlining the yoga line-up, Polant said, “Wow, it’s hard to pick a headliner--Beryl Birch is doing some fabulous things with veterans, MC Yogi is cranking it up in two classes, Dana Flynn is the Janis Joplin of Yoga, J Miles is leading 108 sun salutes! I can’t pick! And with this many yogis running around, there’s bound to be some spontaneous things happening.” Join this exciting weekend of yoga and music. Visit www.floydyogajam.net to get your tickets and learn more about being a YOJammer!

On the water in Floyd 2hr floats or day runs! (lunch provided) with an expert guide

Story by Hari Berzins - I’m a fulltime writer and farm hand who works and lives in a tiny house in Floyd with my family. I write ebooks and sell them on my website. I also share pictures, blog posts and socialize with tiny house enthusiasts all over the world. Stop by for a visit: www.tinyhousefamily.com.

Spring/Summer 2013

rent your own vessel!

and seek some solitude on the Little River, New River or other local rivers!

Fishing trips also available! Trout fishing in stocked streams; fish for smallmouth bass on the New River.

Call 540.838.1877 for info or reservations or email onthewaterfloyd@aol.com!


Join us Saturday June 8th for the Little River Run!

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Home Accessories • Furniture • Lamps • Rugs • Jewelry • Clothing • Shoes • Handbags • And More!

Come & Stay A While! 6 Rooms on 2 Floors! 117 Needmore Lane • Floyd, VA • At the corner of Route 8 & Needmore Tuesday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-4

540-745-7425 info@fanciesandfollies.com

Fancy & Fun

Children’s Room Upstairs! Featuring: Fine Clothes Play Clothes • Nursery Decor Toys • Books • And More!


Shear Elegance Salon 121 Parkview Road, Floyd, VA

Also Introducing



Organic hair color & perms • Ammonia & paraben free • Certified organic extracts • Superior gray coverage • Safe natural ingredients

Services • Hair styling and cuts • Color and highlights • Manicures / pedicures • Full Body waxing • Make-up application • Tanning beds • Microcurrent Facial and Body Sculpting


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Spring/Summer 2013

Floyd Jewelry The Little Dress Shop Latest Fashions & Name Brands at Discounted Prices We have clothing from lingerie to wedding gowns (in-store and catalog ordering), church and work dresses, pant suits, sportswear, blouses, shirts, sweaters, slacks, and uniforms. We also have name brand shoes. We outfit mothers of the bride, bridesmaids, and we have wedding gowns, flower girl dresses and prom dresses. We carry a selection of silk flowers and all that goes along for a wedding, like bouquets and rental candelabras, arches, hand bags and jewelry.

Specializing in custom jewelry and jewelry repair.

“Many people coming to the shop comment about our very reasonable prices, large selection (petite , missy, plus)”.

214 Floyd Hwy S • Floyd, VA 24091 • (540) 745-2345 We are located half-mile west of the traffic light in Floyd on 221 Open Tues, Fri & Sat 10am to 5pm

Spring/Summer 2013

610 East Main Street • Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 745-4653 • Sarah Sowers, Owner

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GREEN with

Wills Ridge Supply


Building Materials • Lumber • Hardware


www.willsridge.com 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 ®


Spring/Summer 2013

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.

2894 Floyd Hwy S • 540.745.2252 www.cwharmanandson.com

Spring/Summer 2013

Bird Feeders, Blades, Car Batteries, Cleaning Products, Concrete, Coveralls, Doors, Drywall, Electrical, Fencing, Fertilizer, Gravel, Heaters, Ladders, Lawn and Garden, Lumber, Mulch, Paint, Plumbing, Plywood, Pumps, Purina Feeds, Roofing Supplies, Rubber Boots, Sand, Tools, Trailers, Water Heaters, Water Filters, Windows, Wood Stoves, Vinyl Siding, and much, much, more.

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Your ONE connection for: High Speed Internet, TV & Phone Service.

SUTPHIN INSURANCE Charles Sutphin (540) 392-8089 (540) 745-3513

www.CLSinsurance.com Health • Life • Dental • IRA’s • Annuities Long Term Care • Medicare Supplements Retirement Roll-Overs • Investments Identity Theft • Free Discount Prescription Card

Keep it simple with ONE connection for all your voice, video and data service with ONE provider...


Bringing it all together for you!

www.citizens.coop 540-745-2111 • 276-637-6485



Spring/Summer 2013

Floyd County Humane Society


P.O. Box 862 Floyd VA 24091 www.floydhumanesociety.org (540) 745-7207

April 13 May 4 May 25 July 6 July 13 August 10 August 24 Sept 8 Sept 28, 29 Oct 5

Rabies Clinic (4 locations in Floyd) Adoption Event, Jesse Peterman Library Stand up for Strays, Floyd Methodist Church Yard Sale, Mason’s Laundromat Adoption Event, Jesse Peterman Library Adoption Event, Jesse Peterman Library Paws Cause fundraiser Adoption Event, Chateau Morrisette Craft Fair, Floyd High School Rabies Clinic

Profitt & Schroeder Attorneys, P.C.

note to self: raise garage door before backing out.



Accident Forgiveness

www.schroeder-law.com 304 East Main St Floyd

Part of On Your Side® Rewards

Licensed & Insured


Insurance Agency Name DirkName P. Davis Insurance Agent agentemail@nationwide.com (540) 745-4127 1234 Anystreet, Anytown, US 56789, 118 North Locust Street (123) 456-789 Floyd, 24091 000000000Virginia (CA)


©2008 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies. Nationwide Life Insurance Company. Home office: Columbus, Ohio 43215-2220. Nationwide, the Nationwide Framemark and On Your Side are federally registered service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Not available in all states. We offer non-Nationwide homeowners insurance products only in FL.

Spring/Summer 2013

• Clearing • House Sites • Basements • Ponds • Roads • Demolition • Septics

• Landscaping • Pavers, Patios • Walkways • Retaining Walls • Maintenance • Design • Mowing



Cell: 540-250-5204 BCE@SWVA.NET

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Spring/Summer Buffalo Mountain Photo Contest Results!

First Place: Becky Moran! Becky Moran is a local Floyd County Photographer, specializing in boutique style - in studio portraiture for the entire family, event, wedding and landscape photography.  Her studio is located at her home in Indian Valley. Becky enjoys adding her creative touch to each shoot by  using a variety of ever-changing props and settings, individualized for each client to match their personalities and or lifestyle - adding fun and the art of creativity to the image. She has an eye for the art of photography and breaks the rules when necessary to capture and preserve special moments and ideas. When she is not in her studio, she enjoys riding around and capturing images of the beautiful countryside that Floyd County is so famous for.  



Becky is a self-taught photographer who has recently turned her passion for photography, art, decorating, interior design and thrifting/repurposing into a thriving business. After several years of taking lots of pictures for her blog, www.sunnymorningfarm. blogspot.com (aptly named after her small farm) she was approached by several others to start her own  photography business.  “I am a gutsy gal and will try most anything on a whim. So I jumped in with both feet and the business just started evolving. I have never looked back. I enjoy the creative side of photography and I am always trying to challenge myself to come up with something new, artsy and unique for each shoot.”  

Spring/Summer 2013

Second Place: Sherry Slaughter Buffalo Mountain taken on December of 2012, from a spot known locally as Indian Ridge, just off of Burks Fork Road in Willis. I live in Willis with my husband Dale Slaughter and we have 2 children, Haley & Duncan. To get the picture, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The clouds were rolling across the beautiful blue sky and the sun was making the ice sparkle. ~ Sherry Slaughter

Third Place: Kim Altizer This photo was taken on December 2012, right after an ice storm had passed through. I like this particular angle of Buffalo Mountain, because it really looks like a buffalo. The shot was taken on Burks Fork Road, a few miles from my parent’s house, Ward and Rosa Lee Bolt. I’ve always loved Buffalo Mountain and have hiked to the summit many times and now my children get to do the same. ~ Kim Altizer

Honorable Mentions Jeanne Mathieu Woods Becky Hodge

Spring/Summer 2013

Donna Valdes Kevin Hubbard

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Made in America Economically it has been a difficult five years for our country, but as an old friend of mine used to say, “everything bad is good for something”. That “good something” seems to be the realization that we, as American consumers, need to be more conscious that the purchasing decisions we make have real consequences for our economy, ourselves and our nation.

The Awakening

As a clothing manufacturer and local retailer, we produce all of our organic cotton products here in the USA. We have made a real commitment to local sourcing and as a result we have attracted many new customers over the past few years. When we started our business almost eight years ago, it was our certified organic cotton and sustainable business practices that attracted so many people, but we have since learned that it is just as important to our customers that our products are all American made. In our communications with our customers and suppliers we are witnessing a dramatic awakening on the part of American consumers. They now realize the importance of products Made in the USA. In fact, that is now considered their single most important reason when deciding whether or not to purchase an item. We hope that this trend of local consciousness endures because the ripple effect of purchasing goods produced in America is huge. When you make the conscious choice to purchase American goods you are not only supporting employment for other Americans, you are also helping to keep local dollars circulating in local communities. Some studies suggest that up to sixty cents of every dollar spent locally goes directly back into the community. The continuing circulation of these dollars spent helps to promote additional employment, creating a virtuous circle. 42


Cotton, the environment, cheap labor and Made in the USA

From an environmental perspective, when it comes to producing and purchasing clothing made of cotton, the importance of Made in the USA increases exponentially. Few people realize that most cotton grown in the United States is subsidized by our government. Every year between 40% and 60% of that subsidized cotton is then sold to Chinese garment manufacturers. The cotton is shipped from the US to China where it is used in clothing production in low wage, low cost factories that often operate without strict labor, safety and environmental standards. The finished garments are then loaded back onto a ship and exported back to the US. This creates a huge carbon footprint and a trail of wasted resources, all in the name of lower labor costs. This makes little sense to us, yet retail shelves around our country are packed full of these items, all of which are made by paying less for labor and simply ignoring the environmental impact that is brought about. In addition, there are global financial issues involved as we help to support and create a stronger China; a China that might very well turn out to be our most ardent rival in the world economically and militarily.

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So, when it comes time to make your next purchase, whatever item that may be, we hope you will give some serious thought about what that purchase means and we hope that the information we have provided will help you decide on Made in the USA (retailers nationally and at the Outlet Store on 210 W. Oxford Street or visit www.greenlabel.com). Story by Rain and George Lipson. They design, merchandise and own Green Label Organic: Sustainable Threads, based in Floyd, their Made in USA clothing can be found at better outdoor and organic clothing retailers nationally and at the Outlet Store on Oxford St.

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Visit us: jubileecoho.com or call 540-250-1234

Hand Crafted Business Products amazingly beautiful & powerful materials to promote your business everyday.

Multigenerational Cohousing Member Designed & Owned On 38 Acres 1 Mile From Town

Graphic Design + Development Corporate Marketing + Branding Interactive + Print Projects

Call Jill at 540.257.0885 www.DarlingtonSmithGraphics.com email: Jill@DarlingtonSmith.com facebook.com/DarlingtonSmithGraphics

Experience Floyd from a Different Point of View Where the Impossible is Possible!

613 E. Main St., Floyd, VA 24091 www.HealingTreeHealth.com (540)745-3030 Rejuvenate – Connect – Restore – Destress Relax – Unwind – Rebalance • Shiatsu Therapy • Vibrational Hair Analysis • Nutrition Consulting • Health Coaching • Life Coaching • Message Therapy Spring/Summer 2013

Schedule your appointment at the Healing Tree today and leave feeling relaxed, realigned and rejuvenated.

• Chi Therapy • Flower Essence Remedies • Ear Candling • Detox Foot Baths • Wellness Education

$10 OFF Any 1st Time Service (not valid for Massage or Chi Therapy)

Offer Expires August 31st, 2013 Cannot be combined with any other offer.

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2081 Cannady School Rd Floyd VA 24091


Woodworking & Sawmill

(540) 797-3496

Reclaimed Lumber American Chestnut Heart Pine Maple & Oak Slab Wood and Flooring I custom saw local lumber and can craft it as beautiful furniture for your home. Dry Kiln is available for drying lumber. I will also saw your logs for you to use on your own projects. Pick up and delivery is available.

I buy old buildings and yard trees!



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architectural design • timber frame construction

StreamLine Timberworks Inspired • Innovative • Timeless

P.O. Box 636 Floyd, VA 24091

Call our Floyd office toll free at 888-778-8010 x3 / StreamlineTimberworks.com ~ /StreamlineTimberworks

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The Spirit of Floyd: Authenticity and Fun The first words that come to mind when I think about Floyd County, Virginia are authenticity and fun. Not packaged thrills, but real fun, genuine, heartconnected joy. The joys of natural beauty, friends, family, community, creativity and so much more abound. I have lived many places in my life, but Floyd is and will always be my heart home and these are qualities of life that I hold dear. In fact, I so identify these qualities with Floyd in my mind that I have come to think of Floyd not only as a geographical location but a state of mind and a way of life. Just as Jesus told us, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you,” so you might consider that the “Republic of Floyd” is a state of graceful being, where you allow yourself to be who you really are, take it or leave it, amen. And where you know that’s not only OK to be your real self, but it’s the prevalent happy custom that amplifies everybody’s sense of well-being. Go to a party in a large metro area, and many of the conversations between folks meeting each other for the first time sound like resume exchanges with each of the two parties asking themselves, “Are you important enough for me to invest my time and energy in getting to know you? How can I use you?” Rather than taking the time to discover the unique and special gifts of the new friend, as well as common connections and interests and asking, “How can I support you?” I’m reminded of the Shania Twain song, “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” and an interview I once had with Amina Eagle, the gallery curator Omega Institute. In the song, Twain is seeking the intrinsic qualities of love and connection, not the outer posturing of her prospective romantic applicants. Many years ago, I drove from our cabin in Pilot to upstate NY to show my art to this older lady with a very powerful presence. She looked and looked at the paintings I had laid out and said nothing at all. A bit unnerved, but determined to exhibit there, I asked her, “Would you like to see my resume and clippings?” “No,” she said. “The art speaks for itself. You can have a show. And would you like to come teach here as Artist-in Residence?” I don’t know where she grew up. I’m guessing New England. But to me, the focus on heart and soul of things made her a Floydian and I instantly felt at home.

227 N. Locust St. Floyd,VA www.HarvestMoonFoods.com


As our culture becomes increasingly mobile, home has become, more and more a place you choose to be, rather than a permanently assigned seat. Floyd County residents with ancestral roots in the area have been blessed indeed, and they have chosen to cherish and appreciate this blessing by choosing to stay in the area. For others, it’s more like the meeting with that right person some describe as a soul mate. Love at first sight and your life changes forever. That’s how it was for me, when I “met” the area as a little kid and how it was again when I returned as a young mother. There are taller mountains than these and they are beautiful, but it is this gentle Blue Ridge that I love. To me, the mountains are gentle, yet powerful. They are like the gentle spirit of a strong old lady who speaks from her heart. They are the perfect nesting place for a community that gathers to celebrate, prosper and play, and invites others to share in the authenticity and fun with art, music, shopping and wonderful special events. What do you most love about Floyd? How does being here support your authentic self? What’s most fun for you here? If you reside in Floyd County, why did you choose to stay here or move here? If you are a tourist or guest, what are you most enjoying about your visit here? What would you like to do or experience on your next visit? Story by Rev. Kanta Bosniak. Rev. Kanta Bosniak is an author, artist, coach, and interfaith minister, with 43 years experience in facilitating guided meditation and mentoring spiritual growth. She has 20 mind/ body/spirit publications and is a frequent radio guest and conference presenter. She officiates personalized wedding ceremonies in Virginia and is a member of the Floyd Artisans Association. For more information, visit www.KantaBosniak.com (540) 577-8854)

Green Man Inn www.GreenManInnFloydVA.com

120 W Main St Floyd, VA (267) 252-8755

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



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Bethesda “House of Mercy” Floyd, Va

Wilt thou be made whole?

~John 5:6

Good old Southern Hymns Specializing in the love of God

through Jesus Christ right here in downtown Floyd !!

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Pastor Eddie & Debbie Gallimore 540-230-9090 208 Howard Street

Family owned and operated with quality you can trust

turn on Howard Street across from Hardee’s

Sunday School 10 AM Sunday Worship 11 AM Sun & Wed Evening Worship 7 PM

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! www.BeaverCreekFencing.com • Floyd VA • (540) 789-2511

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Preserving Music History through High-tech Recording If you have spent any time in Floyd, you know that there is an obvious fusion of old meets new. The slow and steady pace of this one stop light town overlays a vivacious, talented and highly skilled population. The locals are always working to improve their community and preserve the lifestyle and culture of a slower day, a different place in time. This true nature of Floyd is exemplified in the story of Dave Fason of Windfall, the band and Windfall Studios. One Friday night, out on the street in front of the Floyd Country Store (one of the major stops along “The Crooked Road”), Dave heard a voice singing that touched his senses from his ears to his heart. “pure country, pure mountain” he recalls. Moving towards this voice his eyes beheld a 5’2”, silver-haired woman “belting out these songs…” That little woman with the big voice was singer, Janet Turner. Dave approached Mrs. Turner, “I know that you don’t know me, but has anyone ever recorded you? I would really love to record your music.” Janet had been recorded before, but only informally, in the living room of a fellow musician. Her husband Lewis was at first skeptical, wondering what Dave wanted out of the deal. “When you hear someone that needs to be preserved, you gotta’ do it,” Dave said. He wanted to record Janet Turner because he realized the priceless value of preserving a piece of Appalachian and American folk music history, and that is the beauty of Floyd and the people here. With the support of The Floyd County Store and the talents of Dave Fason of Windfall Studios and a host of other top area musicians, the recording of “When My Time Comes” by Janet Turner began. The CD is available exclusively at The Floyd Country Store. It was decided, that in order to get the best overall sound and work with other musicians’ schedules, a “discreet” or tracked recording was the way to go. Each of the instruments is recorded independently and then mixed together to create the finished song. Janet picked out the 48


ten songs she wanted to record, then recorded what are known in the recording industry as “scratch tracks.” Janet sang and played her music live, in order to give the other musicians a starting point to add their instruments. Dave remarked, “She moved through all ten songs with ease and grace.” Over the next 45 days the bass, guitar, and percussion lines were recorded. Finally, Janet’s songbird voice and autoharp tracks were added. The complete process from recording to mixing was completed at Windfall Studios. Dave Hoffner, at Hoffner Haus Studio in Franklin, TN did the final mastering. Other local musicians that Windfall Studios has helped produce include Mike Mitchell and Abe Goorskey with Blue Moonshine, Mac and Jenny Traynham, Windfall, SpoonFight, BigMama Joy, Meters Running and Bill Adams.The studio can be found on Facebook. Dave Fason’s love for music, the mountains of Virginia and its culture, along with his amazing talents as a musician and studio engineer make him an asset to Floyd. We asked Dave about his current activities with Windfall Studios. In the last two years he has worked cooperatively with Floyd Elementary School, Heather Krantz and the Music Lab, and Joe DeJarnette at Studio 808 to record songs that the students wrote. Last year, they had a CD release concert in the FCHS auditorium, accompanied by local musicians. Also in the works are CDs by Mike Mitchell, Gospel on the Connnor’s, Bob Evans of the Cosmic Orphans and Ray Moreland’s Christmas CD. Windfall Studios may be booked at discounted hourly rates in increments of ten hours. Dave also offers weekend packages, for clients to stay on site with studio access for 14 hours a day. The studio has recently upgraded to “ProTools 10”. Dave offers start to finish compact disc production. Windfall Studios’ reasonable rates makes recording your own music affordable. Michael Kovick and Dave, began playing together in 2002, as BrotherWind. Rusty May joined them in 2005, and Kari Kovick

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Floyd Country Store Simple Country rounded out this stellar group of musicians in 2006, and became Windfall. Windfall has started work on its third CD. Visit the Facebook site for updates and concerts. For the coming season, Windfall has booked 14 performances along with several fundraiser concerts. This June will be their 6th year performing in the Oak Grove Pavilion Concert series, on June 22. Additionally they will perform again on September 14, for the Zion Lutheran Church’s Silver Bells/Christmas for Children fundraiser concert. Story by Dave Fason and Wanda Priday. For more information about Dave Fason, Windfall or Windfall Studios, visit their sites on Facebook, or www.windfallweb.com or contact the studio directly at 540-808-8286.

Food Music Shopping In A Friendly Old Time Setting Downtown Floyd, VA



James W. Shortt & Associates P.C.

Real Estate • Corporate Law Civil Litigation • Personal Injury Wills • Trusts • Health Law Floyd

James W. Shortt

& Christiansburg Charles R. Beller, III

www.Floyd-Law.com (540) 745-3131 Spring/Summer 2013

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Floyd Young Life Floyd Young Life invites you to come run or walk our 4th Annual 5K or 1K Fun Run on Saturday morning, May 11th, 2013. This year, we will be running right through downtown Floyd, starting on Main Street. Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend in the beautiful Lineberry Park while supporting Floyd Young Life & local youth. The 5K starts at 10 am and is a perfect route for runners who like great scenery and rolling hills. The 1K, which starts at 9:30 am, is designed for families, young kids, and walkers of all ages; we encourage you to come out with mothers to celebrate Mother’s Day. Online registration and course map can be found at: http://floydylrun.blogspot.com/ or in Floyd’s Town Office. Registration & packet pick-up begin at 8:30 am and awards ceremony to follow, both in Lineberry Park in Downtown Floyd (between Floyd Country Store and Winter Sun). Runners can park at courthouse parking lot, Hotel Floyd lot, and any downtown Floyd parking. Enjoy the quaint and beautiful town of Floyd with water available along the course, local refreshments after the race, and all the while, listening to something Floyd is known for, great music!

Floyd County High School Amateur Radio Club

Floyd County High School Amateur Radio Club provides a unique opportunity for students to engage in the amateur radio hobby. Club members are part of a technical/non-technical group which communicates and collaborates together. FCHS Amateur Radio Club is a positive addition to other school programs, inspiring a new generation of communicators, engineers, and hobbyists alike through the practical application of technology. Floyd County High School ARC meets weekly on Thursdays after school and during scheduled in-school club days. We obtained call sign N4FCH (Floyd County High), posted a club website at FCHS webpage, and set up a Facebook page for students/members to check for updates and share the page with friends and family. Club teeshirts have been made and a temporary club QSL card was designed and produced. Members communicate via amateur “ham” radio and incorporate other networking methods for a broader base. They interact with other licensed amateur radio operators, with club members and guests. They learn and apply knowledge of amateur radio, understand amateur radio and the operator’s involvement in emergency preparedness, trained emergency correspondence, security, education, and skills training. Those with technological interests use their skills related to equipment set-up and maintenance, etc. Members hear from licensed operators, view demonstrations, and practice their amateur radio communications skills in service to the school and to the community. They understand the value of goodwill service to peers and in general. For more information go to www.floydamateurradiosociety.org.


• Lawn Installation • Lawn Care • Pressure Washing • Snow Removal • Leaf Removal • Bush Hogging • Fertilizing • Hauling • Mulching

Rakestraw Lawn Care, Inc. has been serving The New River Valley and The Roanoke Valley since 2003. It is our goal to provide services at an affordable price and keep your lawn looking good year round whether mowing, landscaping, trimming shrubs, debris clean up, or snow removal. Please contact Rakestraw Lawn Care, Inc. for all your lawn care needs. Patrick Rakestraw

FREE ESTIMATES Professional & Dependable Serving the New River Valley & the Roanoke Valley

(540) 651-4803 • (540) 330-4802 50


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428 Floyd Hwy North • Floyd, VA 24091 We are located on 221 N, 1.5 mile from stop light


• Specializing in portable storage buildings, lawn furniture, gazebos, cabins. • Top quality metal roofing and trims • Can custom bend trims • Over 20 colors and multiple profiles • Storage at low rates of $30 - $85 per month! • Local coal distributor



(540) 381-0309 • (540) 392-8049

• Professional soil consulting and soil survey for rural land development and conservation • Evaluation, design, and inspection of conventional and alternative septic systems • Environmental consulting, wetland delineation, soil sampling and analysis


Professional Soil Scientists since 1989

www.SoilAndEnvironmentalTechnology.com Virginia Authorized Onsite Soil Evaluators (AOSE) • Member VA Association of Professional Soil Scientists



 Mowing  Trimming  Planting  Pruning  Mulching  Fertilizing  Yard Cleanup  Lawn installation  Patios  Walkways  Retaining Walls  Design Services

Please visit our website: OcampoLawnCare.com We also build Bocce Ball courts!

Miguel Ocampo (540) 651-4699 (540) 239-7310 Spring/Summer 2013

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Need A Roof? Call JB Roofing For A Free Estimate

Roof Replacement Shingles • Metal Repairs Floyd County’s locally owned Roofing Company Licensed and Insured for Your Protection

Shortt’s Excavating Inc Grading For Residential And Commercial, Clearing Building Roads, Septic System And Building Ponds

A Family Business Since The 60’s.

540-745-2817 52


Class A #2705 034056A

1972 Franklin Pike SE Floyd, VA 24091 Spring/Summer 2013


Building for Generations

Completely Custom Modular Homes


Please visit our cabin located on Rte. 8 (north of Floyd) Featured by Graham, Nolen, & Underwood Contractors

www.gnucontractors.com knolen@gnucontractors.com

Richard Telling

Gabriel Telling



General Contractor - Custom Residential Building Floyd County for over 35 years



Class A Licensed, Fully Insured Spring/Summer 2013

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Acord Heating & Air...................................... 31 Always & Forever Photo............................... 25 B&D Garage.................................................... 9 Beaver Creek Fencing.................................... 47 Bell’s Auto Sales & Towing............................. 9 Bent Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast........ 19 Bernie’s Collision Repair............................... 11 Bethesda “House of Mercy”.......................... 47 Bishop Homes................................................ 17 Blue Ridge Building Plus.............................. 51 Blue Ridge Institute & Museum...................... 2 Blue Ridge Restaurant..................................... 7 Blue Ridge Yurts............................................ 30 Brill Designs.................................................. 21 Boothe Creek Excavating & Landscaping.................................. 5 & 39 Chateau Morrisette........................................... 3 Chef Rich Perry.............................................. 19 Chestnut Springs Retreat................................ 19 Citizens.......................................................... 38 County Sales.................................................. 49 C. W. Harman & Son..................................... 37 Darlington Smith Graphics............................ 43 Dalton Auto Restoration.................................. 5 Direct Connect Solar & Electric.................... 23 El Charro Mexican Grill ............................... 12 Extreme Tree Company................................. 46 Fancies & Follies Consignment.............. 5 & 34 Floyd Artisan Trail........................................... 3 Floyd Artist Association................................. 13 Floyd Chamber of Commerce.......................... 4 Floyd Country Store....................................... 49 Floyd Fest ..................................................... 56 Floyd Jewelry................................................. 35 Floyd Pharmacy............................................. 31

Floyd Tattoo & Arts Gallery.......................... 12 Fork Mountain Surveying & Mapping.......... 17 G.J. Ingram & Son......................................... 37 Graham, Nolen & Underwood Contractors... 53 Green Label Organic...................................... 35 Green Man Inn............................................... 46 GreenWoods Forestry, Land & Wildlife........ 51 Happy Hounds............................................... 39 Harvest Moon................................................. 46 Healing Tree Wellness Center........................ 43 J B Roofing.................................................... 52 James W. Shortt & Associates P.C................. 49 Jim Conner..................................................... 11 Jubilee Cohousing.......................................... 43 Kanta Bosniak................................................ 25 Kesler Contracting&Property Management.. 52 Laurel Spring Percherons............................... 11 Little Dress Shop............................................ 35 Little River Turning....................................... 13 Maberry Funeral Home.................................. 31 Marshalls Sandblasting & Painting................ 12 McCraw Real Estate........................................ 4 McNeil Real Estate.......................................... 4 Mickey G’s..................................................... 55 Nationwide Insurance.................................... 39 National Property Inspections........................ 46 NRV Bridal & Events.................................... 25 Oak Haven Lodge............................................ 5 Ocampo Lawn Care & Landscaping.............. 51 Oddfella’s Cantina & Tapas Bar...................... 9 Old Lodge Armory......................................... 27 On The Water In Floyd.................................. 33 Phillips Real Estate.......................................... 4 Pizza Inn........................................................... 6 Profitt & Schroeder Attorneys PC.................. 39

Rakestraw Lawn Care ................................... 50 Republic of Floyd Emporium.......................... 6 Robs Roofing Repair...................................... 33 Rorrer Well Drilling Inc................................. 47 Sarvisberry Gallery & Studio......................... 13 Schoolhouse Fabrics...................................... 15 Send Out Cards.............................................. 21 SETEC........................................................... 51 Shear Elegance Salon..................................... 34 Shortt’s Excavating........................................ 52 Slaughters’ Supermarket Garden Center & Christmas Shoppe........... 9 Simmons Grocery.......................................... 20 Southern Charm Memories Photography....... 13 Streamline Timberworks................................ 45 StellarOne Bank............................................. 38 Sticks & Stones Construction........................ 53 St. Pierre Woodworking & Sawmill.............. 44 Stoves & More............................................... 27 Susan McCrea Accounting Services.............. 46 Sutphin Insurance........................................... 38 Telling Construction....................................... 53 The Bread Basket........................................... 19 The Natural Woodworking Company............ 45 The Pine Tavern Lodge.................................... 5 The Stone Barn Inn........................................ 19 Thompson & Griffin PC................................ 38 Troika Contemporary Crafts.......................... 15 Tuggle’s Gap Restaurant & Motel................... 7 Turman Hardwood......................................... 23 Virginia Business Systems............................. 38 Whitlocks Garage........................................... 31 Willis Village Mart........................................... 6 Wills Ridge Supply Inc.................................. 36 Woodberry Inn................................................. 7

Featured Photographer:

Miranda Lowry

I am 27 years old, born and raised in Giles County. Most folks call me Mandy for short (nickname my daddy gave me when I was first born.) I have been in the healthcare industry for ten years, specializing in geriatrics. I started off as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2003 and then graduated from Radford City School of Practical Nursing in 2009. Currently I provide patient care at Heritage Hall in Blacksburg, Virginia. I lost my father in August, 2012. The day he died, God gave me an insight of sunbeams above the hospital that day. It was my calling to Photography. Since then, I see things I’d never took the time to see before. I want to go above and beyond to capture that moment of someone smiling, or an emotional time in their lives. I want them to look back at that photos and say, “I’m so thankful Mandy took this picture!” So let me take the next memorable moment for you and your family.

Dependable, Outgoing, And Artistic 540-519-0099 • SouthernCharmMemories@gmail.com facebook.com/SouthernCharmMemories 54


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brick oven pizza and calzones catering on/off premises abc on/off premise fresh seafood gluten free pizza and pasta whole wheat pasta available

Kids eat free Thur from 4-7 dine in kids menu only



Chef’s Choice & Family Style dining available


113 Parkview Road, Floyd VA 24091 • www.MickeyGsBistro.com

Mon 11am - 8pm Tuesday Closed Wed 11am - 9pm Thu 11am - 9pm Fri 11am - 10pm Sat 11am - 10pm Sun 12pm - 8pm

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Dinner & Outdoor Dining - Full Wine & Beer List www.FloydMagazine.com


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Profile for Luis Garcia

Floyd Magazine Spring/Summer 2013  

Floyd Virginia Magazine is a locally produced publication showcasing over 100 merchants in Floyd County Virginia and sharing the stories of...

Floyd Magazine Spring/Summer 2013  

Floyd Virginia Magazine is a locally produced publication showcasing over 100 merchants in Floyd County Virginia and sharing the stories of...