Last Radio Show of the Season to Host – Floyd Country Store

floyd-radio-show-wayneSaturday, May 11, 2013, 7:30 PM- Wayne Henderson, Dean Reed and Nii Anang

THE FLOYD RADIO SHOW: Live from the heart of downtown Floyd Virginia! The next show up is Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7:30 PM. Hosts Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle bring together a new variety show every month. They write and perform original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more. Each show features three of the area’s finest old-timey musical acts, from storytelling banjo players to flatpicking guitarists to hard-driving stringbands.

Guests for May’s show include Wayne Henderson, Dean Reed and Nii Anang. Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia; his guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of “Masters of the Steel-String Guitar”, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dean Reed, has a long history in music and the local community. He is a Giles County native who grew up in Glen Lyn, VA and has been involved with music and local events his entire life. His father Henry Reed, a renown local old-time fiddler, taught him to play the guitar at age 7 and Dean has been playing ever since (as have most of his 10 siblings). He has been playing in local bands for most of his life, including the 1950s music show Country Jamboree on WHIS TV in Bluefield, VA (now WVVA).

floyd-radio-show-niianangNii Anang is originally from Ghana, West Africa and is now a full time resident of Floyd, VA. At age 16, Nii (Emmanuel) Anang was a founding member of the Pan African Orchestra, performing all over Ghana. Later he formed his own group, Adafi Tswalori, and recorded his first CD, Nyon (slave). In 2002 Nii Anang became a founding member of the original Kusun Ensemble, a dance & drum troop devoted to cultural education. He toured internationally with the ensemble until 2008, when he joined Aloha Africa as performer, dance and drumming teacher, and composer. 

The Floyd Radio Show is an hour followed by a bonus concert with guest musicians and co-hosts. The first hour of The Floyd Radio Show only, is streamed live over the internet at, and is now available as a podcast. 

Tickets for the Floyd Radio Show are $10.00, on sale now. Tickets are available online at, phone at 540-745-4563 and at the store. The Floyd Radio Show appears on the stage of the Floyd Country Store, a traditional and historic live music destination for locals and out-of-towners alike.


What: The Floyd Radio Show
When: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7:30 PM
Who: Public welcome. Tickets Necessary. $10.00 individual shows available online at,
Phone 540-745-4563 or at the Store.
Where: Floyd Country Store, 206 South Locust Street, downtown Floyd, VA

The Floyd Country Store to host Hank Williams Contest

Saturday, September 15, Come join us this at the Floyd Country Store in a birthday celebration for Hank Williams beginning at noon.  You can be one of the performers or just an audience member.  Performers can sign up for a 2 song slot to play your favorite Hank Williams Songs by emailing Heather Krantz at or by calling 540-745-7834.  Prizes will be awarded for best over all performance and best duet.  Come hungry because we’ll be serving a special cowboy menu.

Admission is free and more information is available online at, phone at 540-745-4563 and at the store.

The Floyd Country Store, home of the Friday Night Jamboree, has been an important part of the Floyd community for a century now. This historical landmark is a destination along “The Crooked Road”, Virginia’s Music heritage trail, and continues to be the meeting place for traditional musicians from the area.


What: Hank Williams Contest

When: Saturday, September 15, Noon

Who: Public welcome. Free Admission and more information at,  Phone 540-745-4563 or at the Store.

Where: Floyd Country Store, 206 South Locust Street, downtown Floyd, VA

Heather Krantz

Floyd Country Store
206 South Locust St
Floyd, VA 24091
Office: 540-745-7834
Store: 540-745-4563

Everyone is Welcome to BobFest in Floyd Va.

Saturday September 8th – Get dis-Kim-Bob-ulated

Baseball 2PM – Pudding Wrestling 5:30PM – Pig Roast 6:30 – Pot Luck 6:30 – KEGS & HORSE SHOES.

Everyone is Welcome!!

Live Music all day long by:

The Floorboards Blue Mule Cold Water Army Deer Run Drifters

1025 Harvestwood Road

1-1/2 Miles past Rays, Turn Right!

Blue Mountain School Barter Faire

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 8:00am until 2:00pm

Buy, sell, trade! All proceeds go to the Blue Mountain School Scholarship Fund. Vendor fee is $10, and tables are available for rent for $5 if you need one. If you have stuff to sell but don’t want to sell it yourself, BMS is accepting donations of items. For more info or to reserve a spot, contact Cassie Pierce (

The Floyd Virginia Yoga Jam Festival

Labor Day Weekend August 31st – September 2nd – 2012. The Floyd Yoga Jam will be a vibrant and energetic celebration of yoga, dance, live music, and the community spirit. We seek to entertain and uplift each individual; awakening positive change within, leading to more positive change in the world. Our vision is to combine a music fest and a yoga fest into one, with an underlying mission to be as local, earth friendly, and energy conscious as possible.

Premiering Labor Day weekend 2012, experience three days of yoga workshops, musical performances, progressive speakers, nature, and interactive art, nestled in the stunning heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Join us in creating a temporary community of beautiful like-minded people and feel the energy of what is possible within yourself and beyond. Try new yoga styles, dance your heart out, or just relax in the surroundings. The moment is what you make of it.

We have drawn our inspiration from all the great festivals that have come before us. It would be impossible to list them all, but we’d like to give a shout out to WanderlustFloydFestMagfest, and Burning Man. Floyd Yoga Jam will be a combination of these vibes, along with our own unique additions to the festival experience.

The festival site, Burnette Farm, will win your heart with its gentle rolling meadows, large shade trees, and the creek waters that flow throughout. There will be two large yoga tents with workshops running from early morning sunrise stretches to late night, black light, DJ accompanied flows. Two live music stages are going to be jam packed with soul shining, chakra charging, powerful grooves. Ad to that an eco-vendor village, holistic practitioners, healthy eats, local brews, flowing wine, and a variety of interactive experiences and you have our inspirational vision. Not to mention plenty of room for participants to car or primitive camp onsite, creating a lively neighborhood atmosphere for the weekend.

Our mission is to nourish your highest potential, create vibrant connections, and enliven the community.

The founders of Floyd Yoga Jam are firmly committed to the community and supporting local initiatives in both the creative and environmental sectors. In addition to working with local non-profits on a variety of different projects, we will also be setting up a micro loan program of our own, with the goal of helping fund startup creative ventures within our community.

The Floyd Yoga Jam is brought to you by the creative efforts, passion, and vision of four women: Shirley Ann Burgess, Laura Polant, Suze Bailey, and Mud Bailey.

We were brought into each other’s lives by the small community in which we all call home, for which we thank the Universe. The stars aligned, and the idea for Floyd Yoga Jam was born in early 2011. Our vision was not only to create a yoga and music festival, but also to use that as a platform for giving back and contributing to our community, which we love dearly.

Shirley Ann



Mud fell in love with music festivals five years ago when she went to her first one, Magfest. Since then she has been to numerous others, including finally making it out to Burning Man in 2011, an experience that had been on her bucket list for 10 years. She is the instigator behind Floyd Yoga Jam, the one that said, “Let’s do this!”



The Tour de Floyd Bike Ride in Floyd Virginia

tourdefloydvirginiaSaturday, May 18, 2013 8:30am | Online Registration is now closed. There’s still plenty of room for day-of registration. It’s been hard to train because of the rain and all this cold wet weather. But it’s a ride, not a race. Just go your own pace. And we’ll all cheer you on, together. Please note new starting location: Floyd United Methodist Church 417 E. Main St, Floyd VA 24091

The Tour de Floyd is a scenic 62.4 mile long ride with nearly half the distance along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. There is 6,700 feet of climbing so at least 27 rear cassette or triple chain ring is recommended. The ride is supported with rest stops and SAG wagons. The ride is limited to 250 participants and must be at least 18 years of age. This is a rain or shine event. Proceeds benefit the Floyd Rescue Squad.
T-shirts for pre-registered riders
while supplies last.

Tour de Floyd Website

Proceeds benefit the Floyd Rescue Squad

Spring Rabies Clinic Sponsored by the Floyd County Humane Society

Various locations and times around Floyd County – including at the 1st Bark for Life
$12 per animal 9:30 am – noon at Bark for Life – (see above)

April 21st Bark for Life at United Methodist Church on 417 E. Main St., Floyd Virginia

Rabies Clinic: 9:30 am – noon at Bark for Life – 10 am – 2:00 pm at Willis Village Mart 221 S. in Willis

Note: To get 3-year rabies vaccine, pet owners must bring current certificate. All dogs must be on a leash & cats must be in a carrier – not loose

For questions, contact 745-7207 or

Bark for Life  8-noon
Location: Floyd United Methodist Church
401 E. Main St., Floyd

April 28th & 29th

PetEx in Roanoke – Join Floyd County Humane Society & others at the 2nd Annual PetEx at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Hours are: Sat. April 28th 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday April 29th from 11am to 5 pm – More details visit

Sat. May 5th

Pet Adoption Day at Petsmart in Christiansburg.  Exact times will be posted on by mid-April. For questions, contact 745-7207 or

Sat. May 12th 1-4 pm

Bowl for a Cause to benefit Barn Cat Buddies.
Location: AMF Hilltop Lanes
5918 Williamson Rd, Roanoke

Sat. May 19th 10-3

Stand-Up for Strays to benefit the Floyd County Humane Society
Location: Floyd United Methodist Church
401 E. Main Street in Floyd
Blessing of the Animals by Pastor Rhonda Hobbs, Flyball demonstration by New River Rapids Flyball team, Music, Face Painting, Pet for adoptions, Yard sale, crafts, food, & more… For questions contact 745-7207 or

Sat. August 25, 2012 7 pm – until…

The Floyd Co. Humane Society presents a “Pause for the Paws Cause” to benefit our fury friends on Saturday, August 25th from 7-until at the Great Oaks Country Club on Hwy 221 N. in Floyd.  Enjoy wine from Villa Appalachia, great food and music, silent auction of goods and services and a live fine arts auction.  $25 per person.  Need more details, call Diane at 540-745-3667.

Sun. Sept. 9th 11 am – 41 pm

Pet Adoption Day at Chateau Morrisette – Join Floyd County Humane Society & others at Chateau Morrisette – Great  fun for the whole family – Pets for adoption, crafters, and music.

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 171.5, 287 Winery Rd., Floyd, VA
More details will be provided by late August

Sat. Sept 15th –

Pet Adoption Day at Petsmart in Christiansburg. Exact times will be posted on by early Sept.

September 29th

Fall Rabies Clinic
Various locations and times around Floyd County
More details will be provided by mid-September.

Note: To get 3-year rabies vaccine, pet owners must bring current certificate. All dogs must be on a leash & cats must be in a carrier – not loose

Sat. Nov. 3rd – Pet Adoption Day at Petsmart in Christiansburg.  Exact times will be posted on by late Oct.

Foggy Ridge Cider Spring Opening

Foggy Ridge Cider Spring Opening

March 30—April 1 Foggy Ridge Cider Spring Opening

Welcome spring with a stroll through heirloom apple orchards during Foggy Ridge’s first open weekend of the season. We’ll introduce our 2011 ciders, along with a new line of cider themed snacks. $5 tasting fee Friday 12-5, Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5

Our Story: “She treats her trees like individuals”–a neighboring farmer accuses apple grower and cider maker Diane Flynt of lavishing too much attention on her apple trees, but high quality fruit and carefully crafted cider are the goals at Foggy Ridge Cider.

Malus domestica, the cultivated apple, has always intertwined with human life. The Romans brought the domestic apple to England; colonists took cultivated apples to America as early as 1623. In colonial America fermented cider was the drink of choice. John Adams attributed his health and long life to a tankard of cider before breakfast. Thomas Jefferson was famous for the champagne-like cider he created from the Virginia Hewe’s Crab. Up until the early 20th century most rural root cellars held a cask or two of “Sunday Cider”.

At Foggy Ridge Cider we aim to revive the artisan cider making tradition. We harvest ripe apples from our three orchards and craft small batches of carefully selected cider blends. Each season is different, and our ciders vary from year to year. The cider maker is intimately involved in all aspects of the orchard and Cider House from grafting and pruning to picking and blending.


Tradition, Reinvented.

Floyd Magazine to present at PechaKucha Night in Roanoke!

Feb 9th – We had a great time at the Pecha Kucha in Roanoke!


Pecha Kucha


PechaKucha Night – Roanoke – NRV Volume 1 – Wednesday February 8th, 2010
202 Market – Downtown Roanoke – Doors open at 6:00, talks start at 7:00pm

You may have seen promos floating around for an upcoming event called PechaKucha and wondered, what the heck is that? As it turns out, “pechakucha” is the Japanese word for “sound of conversation” (according to the event website) and the event at 202 Market is meant as a rapid fire night of presentations and idea-sharing, in which each speaker gets to talk about 20 slides for 20 seconds each. According to Wired magazine, ” The result, in the hands of masters of the form, combines business meeting and poetry slam to transform corporate cliché into surprisingly compelling beat-the-clock performance art.”

PechaKucha Night Roanoke-NRV presents Volume 1

February 8th, 2012. doors open at 6:00pm talks start at 7:00 at 202 Market, downtown Roanoke
(202 Market Square, Roanoke VA).


Roanoke PechaKuchaPechaKucha Night brings prominent and emerging local minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 450 cities around the world. This is the first Pecha Kucha Night held in Southwest Virginia and one of only two Pecha Kucha Nights held in the State of Virginia.

Roanoke-NRV’s Volume 1 features 6 minutes and 40 seconds presentations,  by 14 amazing locals to include, Christiansburg ballroom dance studio owner and instructor Linda Stancell, Floyd Magazine owner Luis Garcia, Roanoke bicycle builder Aaron Dykstra, Monday Fun-day founder and local socialite John Park, Roanoke branding maverick Erica Mason, social media job hunting master Phil Murillas, Roanoke based teacher and local art supporter Brian Counihan, Roanoke Times dayside delivery editor Stephanie Ogilvie, Roanoke Doesn’t Suck rep Jason Turner, and 13 year old Blacksburg native paintball sharp shooter Jacob Wynne. Several other presenters are scheduled to speak but are yet to confirm.

Local Street Style Photographer David Verde will emcee the evening.

PechaKucha Night Roanoke-NRV Volume 1 for one night only at 202 Market downtown Roanoke (202 Market Square, Roanoke, VA)

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 450 cities worldwide.

  1. Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit.
  2. Pecha Kucha Night presentations are typically 20 images x 20 seconds each.
  3. Pecha Kucha Nights are about exposing the hidden creativity in a city.
  4. Pecha Kucha Nights are held in social spaces.
  5. Pecha Kucha Night is a true social network.
  6. Pecha Kucha Night is about thinking and drinking.
  7. Pecha Kucha Night is about the live event – not a LCD screen in your home.
  8. Pecha Kucha cities sign a simple hand shake agreement to join the network.
  9. Pecha Kucha Nights are held in over 135 cities.
  10. Over 4,000 people have already presented.
  11. Pecha Nights are organized by artists, designers, students, architects, etc.
  12. Everybody who runs a Pecha Kucha Night has a day job.


Brought to you by:

David Verde

PechaKucha Roanoke-NRV Director
Phone: 540.550.8102

Twitter @pkrke_nrv

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College

October 22, 2011 – 10am – 5pm — For nearly 40 years on the fourth Saturday of October, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has brought together a host of musicians, moonshiners, craftspeople, cooks, motorheads, mule jumpers, horse pullers, coon dog racers, antique tractor buffs, and old-time gamers for a celebration of the rich heritage and traditions of the region.  Our festival participants are the real thing, sharing folk traditions that have been a part of their families and/or communities for years.

The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is the largest event of its kind in Virginia, and there’s nothing like it in the Commonwealth.  We feature performers, artisans, foods, and activities not found at typical craft shows, fairs, and festivals.  The New York Times has called the BRFF “thoroughly authentic.”

Ferrum’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum (the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore) coordinates the festival.  It is a “Major Venue” on the Crooked Road:  Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

Covering much of the Ferrum College campus and Ferrum’s 1800 living history farm museum, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is handicap accessible.  It is a rain or shine event.  Parking is free, and ticket sales go toward offsetting the costs of staging the festival and other Blue Ridge Institute programs.

(The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.  Admission in 2011 is $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens.  Parking is free.)

Virginia’s Largest Celebration of Authentic Regional Traditions

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens (over 60) and children (under 15).  For advance tickets, call 540-365-4412.  Rain or shine.  Free parking.


For more information:  540-365-4416 or Order advance tickets at 540-365-4412.