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.
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.
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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.