Category: Faces of Floyd

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 Locust

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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.

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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 Friday

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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 more

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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, especially

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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 brought

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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 with

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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 when

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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” at

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