By most measures, Floyd's first annual Town Jubilee was a success. Estimates of the attendance ranged from 1,500 to 2,500. Wind and a chance of rain did not deter those who visited the vendors, sampled the food and enjoyed the music.
I'll have more details and photos in this week's Floyd Press.
Music from the big band era wafted over U.S. 221 from the pavilion at Pine Tavern Saturday night was Sway Katz played to a large crowd. Here's a slide show of scenes from the evening.
They call the project "Empty Bowls," a local program started by Floyd potter McCabe Coolidge and his wife Karen Day. Along with New River Community Action and a lot of volunteers who cook soup, bake bread, concoct desserts and help put the event together, the project raised more than $5,000 this year for the "Backpacks for Kids" project that provides backpacks with food for needy children.
The crowd gathered before the doors officially opened at 11 a.m. at The Jacksonville Center Sunday and the soup and food flowed.
For $10, eaters picked out their own bowls and then picked from a variety of soups while listening to music from local musicians.
This is the second year for what is now a firmly-established annual event on Floyd County's charity schedule.
(The photos are the top of this article are a slide show. Click on the "Next" and "Previous" clinks to scroll through the photos)
The gathering at the Floyd Country Store Thursday night was billed as a "Community Conversation," conducted by New River Valley Planning District Commission as part of their Vision 2020 Plan.
As outlined by Marty Holliday ((above), program planner of the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board, the idea was also to discuss ways residents and business owners can survive the current economic crisis that has gripped the area, state, nation and world.
Lofty goals perhaps but tough times call for lofty ambitions and ambitious attempts to deal with the problems. The program drew people like community activist Phyllis Beale (below left), former Floyd Town Manager Mike Maslaney (below center) and Courthouse Supervisor Jerry Boothe (below right).
Hopefully, those who attended as icy weather threatened came away from the meeting with some ideas for dealing with an uncertain future.
The first of several balconies for the apartments at Village Square went up last week with workmen installing the black fixture to the norh side of the building on Locust Street in downtown Floyd.
Afterwards, developer Woody Crenshaw (right) inspected the installation and delcared the effort a success as storms moved into the Floyd area from the West.
When completed, the Village Square, located directly across the street from the Floyd County Store, will include retail, residential and, hopefully, a restaurant.
Crenshaw is hoping for an opening of the development sometime in late Spring or early Summer, completing another part of the rennovation and revitalization of downtown.
A solitary dancer enjoys the music during the Sunday afternoon jam session at the Floyd Country Store. Musicians gather and jam each Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m.
A Floyd County High School Buffaloes fan gets into the music between the the junior varsity and varsity boys' basketball game this week.
Lord Botetourt High School handed the Floyd County Lady Buffs their first loss of the season with a one-point win last week in Daleville so the team was looking for revenge Monday night when the Cavaliers came to town.
But it took overtime for the Floyd girls' to beat the pesky team from LB 65-61.
With three minutes to go in regulation, Floyd trailed 54-50 after leading by as much as 10 points in the third quarter. Floyd came back to tie it 54 all as time ran out. With time running out in OT, the Cavaliers were down by just Carmen Bolt stole an LB pass and took it downcourt for a layup to put the game out of reach.
A close call for a Floyd team that is expected to make a fourth straight appearance in the state finals in Richmond next year.
The boys' Varsity and JV basketball teams play their last home games of the year Wednesday night and next week on the 22nd.
Be sure to come out support our school's athletic teams. They always provide exciting games.
Floyd County High School's girls varsity basketball team is off to a strong start with three home victories this week.
Led by powerhouse Britney Avancini (right), the Lady Buffs destroyed Magna Vista 85-46, following up on a 57-33 stomping of Patrick County on Thursday and a 63-50 win over Pulaski County on Tuesday.
The strong start should put the team on track for a fourth-straight trip to the state finals in Richmond, where they won the state championship earlier this year.
A year ago, the Lady Buffs started the season 0-2 and some wondered if the team could rebound. They did, losing only one other game in a march to the championship.
With the varsity football team vying for the state title in Salem Saturday afternoon, Floyd County High School continues to churn out championship caliber athletic teams.
Quite an accomplishment for a rural school from the mountains of Southwestern Virginia.
(Photo from the state championship finals in Richmond.)