Category Archives: Faces of Floyd

Music all around town this weekend

Music all around town this weekend

Music, music and more music for the weekend in Floyd County. At the Friday Night Jamboree, Sue Nester & Friends kick off the evening with the gospel hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by The Ridgeliners at 7:30 and Mac Traynham and The Blueridge Mountaineers at 9:00. If the weather cooperates, music will be on LocustContinue Reading

Saturday afternoon music

Saturday afternoon music

A couple of veteran stage musicians, mandolin player and singer Abe Goorskey along with guitar player and singer Rob Neukirch, provided the entertainment Saturday afternoon at The Floyd Country Store.

Music, and more, on the streets

Music, and more, on the streets

Beautiful weather brought music back to the streets of Floyd Friday night with sounds that ranged from bluegrass from the traditional musicians who perform to classical from those participating in the Blue Ridge Music Festival. Added to the music were the people and the scenes that was both a typical and a unique Floyd FridayContinue Reading

Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders

When you take thousands of photos over a period of years — which I have of many subjects since returning to Floyd County in 2004, it’s a task to go back through images to find some favorites on subjects. But it is a pleasant task.  According to my photo filing system, I have shot moreContinue Reading

Female athletes

Female athletes

Female high school athletics are anything but genteel.  The young women who compete on the softball or soccer fields, the track course, the tennis or basketball courts play with a ferocity that matches — or a times exceeds — their male counterparts. Floyd County High School’s female athletes have racked up the most championships, especiallyContinue Reading

The coaches

The coaches

They are the mentors of high school athletes who are also our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and our nephews. They can be tough, even brutal, as they seek to mold young bodies and minds into athletic machines, ready for competition on the gridiron, the basketball court, the track or the field. Some have broughtContinue Reading

Dance floor joy

Dance floor joy

A grab shot from The Friday Night Jamboree a few years ago turned into one of my favorite photos. David and Jolie were dating at the time but later married. Wood served as manager of the Floyd County Store until he moved on to a new job in Roanoke recently. Joli is an artist withContinue Reading

Clyde Williams

Clyde Williams

For many regulars of The Friday Night Jamboree, fiddler Clyde Williams and his “Old Time Band” are the face of the weekly event. Williams has played on the Jamboree stage for many years and his band is traditionally the closer on the last Friday of each month. The photo above was taken in 2002 whenContinue Reading

The restauranteurs

The restauranteurs

They are the restauranteurs, the ones who not only feed Floyd Countians but attract regulars from far and near to our little place in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Michael Gucciardo runs the show and Mickey G’s Restaurant and Bistro, a haven for good Italian food. Natasha Shishkevish offers up what she calls “comfort food” atContinue Reading

Martha Spencer & The White Top Mountain Band

Martha Spencer & The White Top Mountain Band

It’s no secret that Martha Spencer of White Top Mountain Band is one of my favorite photographic ubjects. The talented musician/singer/entertainer is the sparkplug of the Family Band out of the Grayson highlands. The photo at right was a rare quiet moment on stage for Martha.  It was a grab shot during FloydFest six yearsContinue Reading

A Floyd Friday night

A Floyd Friday night

With more and more Springlike weather (while not forgetting the cold weather in the weekend’s forecast), the streets of Floyd are packed with music and listeners on Friday nights. The traditional “First Friday” observations at The Jacksonville Center, Winter Sun and Station on South Locust added to the crowd this past Friday night as theContinue Reading

A marriage made in bluegrass heaven

A marriage made in bluegrass heaven

Serena Wimmer and Donald Jacobs tied the knot at the Jamboree in Floyd Friday night. The met at the Jamboree, danced many a night away and fell in love amid the clogging, flatfooting and bluegrass music. So the music stopped briefly Friday night and the dance floor and stage became a wedding chapel for theContinue Reading

A national honor and playing with the master

A national honor and playing with the master

Two of Mike Mitchell’s music students got the chance to play on stage with the legendary Wayne Henderson Wednesday as the Floyd County Store and Virginia’s Crooked Road took to the national stage for special recognition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hannah and Laurel Brooke joined Henderson on stage at the Country StoreContinue Reading

Where is the support for our veterans?

Where is the support for our veterans?

With Daylight Savings Time coming earlier than ever nowdays, the afternoon shadows ran long Sunday afternoon for the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Floyd and the crowd was a far cry from what it once was in a county where service to country was once considered important and worthy of more respect and attention.Continue Reading

Farmers Market roofing party

Community residents gathered on Locust Street Saturday morning for an old-fashioned roofing party to help put the roof on the new Farmers Market next to the Station on South Locust. The Market,  scheduled to be ready for the Split Rail Eco Fair next weekend, will host not only a Farmers Market but other events andContinue Reading

Old rider

Old rider

I generally don’t post pictures of myself on this web site but reader Jeff Blakley sent in this shot taken in front of the Floyd County Store a couple of Friday nights ago. Thanks Jeff for reminding me that some of us just never grow up.

A busy Friday night in Floyd

A busy Friday night in Floyd

Any way you slice it, Friday nights are special in Floyd and a holiday weekend brings out even more of a crowd on the streets with music (top), street artists (right) and what Floyd is best known for: Bluegrass. This Friday night also featured the opening of new shops in the Station on South Locust,Continue Reading