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Project Presentation Night for Springhouse Community School’s (SCS) final semester of the 2015/2016 school year was presented on May 19th to an enthusiastic crowd. Family and community members engaged with students in question and answers and applauded individual presentations, which were conducted by the students through demonstrations, oral reports, performances and slide show presentations.
Located at the Floyd EcoVillage, the project based learning high school, served 18 students for the 2015-2016 school. The school employs three student advisors and regularly enlists the help of young adult interns and community mentors. Along with developing project proposals, meeting with their school advisors and mentors, researching and preparing to present their projects to the community each semester, students attend classes in language arts, math, Spanish and more. Every Friday community members visit the school to share their talents, or students engage in activities in the community. Experience Week happens twice a year and involves field trip immersion into a field of study.
For the final Project Presentation night, the outer aisles of the Floyd Eco-Village’s Celebration Hall were lined with exhibits and tri-fold table displays focused on art, science, literature, agriculture and more. Several students had just returned from a school trip to Florida, where they competed with other high schools in the Horizon Hydrogen Automotive Challenge. The challenge involved racing the hydrogen fuel-cell powered remote control car that they built, partly from a kit and partly from scratch, which was on display.
Before the presentation program began, a small crowd gathered to learn more about the fuel-cell car project. Eighth grade student Andrew Finn explained how the exhibited hydrolizer machine extracts hydrogen from water and stores it in hydrogen fuel cells. The fuel cells are attached to the car, like batteries, to power it. Before demonstrating the car in action, Finn pointed out a portable solar charging station, designed by fellow student Adrian Green and used to charge cell phones, laptops and the hydrolizer, resulting in zero fossil fuel emissions.
Green, a senior whose family moved from Charlottesville so that he could attend SCS, was one of the stage presenters. During his presentation, he described how he took two college courses on renewable energy and photovoltaics at New River Community College during the school year and worked with mentor, Rick Brown from Solshine Energy Company. He also designed a photovoltaic system for a student-designed off-grid cottage project.
Yeshe Cooley’s presentation was on how she learned to read and speak Japanese with the help of her mentor Taiki Sawabe, a Japanese native and Japanese Outreach Initiative Coordinator at Ferrum College. Cooley, a ninth grader, presented a video in which she walked viewers through a day at school, narrating in Japanese. She reported on her progress with plans to study in Japan for her junior year, which includes raising money through an online GoFundMe page.
Alex Hicks and Matthew Dillon presented on building a gaming computer from scratch, using spare and donated parts and taking old computers apart. They were supported with their project by Oscar Brinson, a computer network engineer who has worked for Google and Apple. When asked what was different about a gaming computer, Dillon responded, “It’s an office computer that’s souped up.”
Milo Duffy presented on his book Beautiful Birds of Floyd that he created using Shutterfly. He showed slides of his book and gave some background into bird identification and habits. “In two years, I’ve photographed 300 different birds around the country and in Mexico,” said Duffy, who is going to a 12 day birding camp in Arizona this summer.
Camille Terrell’s presentation on “Becoming a Musician” included a performance of Subject to Demolition (first photo), a punk-rock band that features Terrell on guitar, Donovan Saunders on drums and Yeshe Cooley on bass guitar and vocals. Mentored by Luke Thomas of the local band Spoonfight, Terrell spoke about choosing the musical genre of punk as a form of activism and to voice injustices.
Leah Pierce is pursuing photography and unveiled slides of her photography and website during her project presentation. Mentored by local professional photographer Chelsa Yoder, Pierce said she hopes to have a public exhibit of her photography in the future.
Alex Hicks, who was mentored by local book publisher Warren Lapine, presented on writing a science fiction novel. Isaiah Pickford’s project was on the art techniques of graffiti. With a slide show presentation, he reviewed his process developing stencils, creating a tagline and painting a mural on a family barn. Presentations and exhibits on Persian Food Cooking, the country of Finland and cloud formations incorporated history, geography and science.
Note: SCS is accepting applications for students from grades 7 – 12 for the upcoming school year. For more information go to springhousecommunityschool.org or visit them on Facebook. Watch a video of Subject to Demolition and one of Yeshe’s video of her speaking Japanese below.
1. Poetic Feet? It’s a real term that refers to the basic repeated sequence of meter composed of two or more accented or unaccented syllables, such as iambic, anapestic, trochaic and dadtylic.
2. I don’t know the academic language of poetry, like I don’t know how to maneuver manual settings on a camera, but that doesn’t stop me from taking pictures and writing the poems.
3. I call the photo-journal shot below: The Scrabble box was dusty. My playing was rusty. But it was a good game.
4. It’s too late for going to Woodstock / but not for wearing that leopard-skin pillbox-hat / the one Bob Dylan made fun of / and Jackie O passed over for pink – See what else it’s not too late for HERE.
5. Seen on Facebook: I use a men’s room even though I’m a woman because I identify with waiting on a shorter line.
6. Another one said: I don’t care what bathroom you use, I just want you to wash your hands.
7. Colleen to Joe: I just want to fall off the face of the earth. Joe: Me too. Colleen: Ok! That’s my new idea for a great date.
8. THIS really puts it all in perspective: For 70 Years, A Mug in Auschwitz Held a Secret Treasure.
9. I once referred to the book I wrote about losing two brothers a month apart “field notes from grief’s front line” and described it on my webpage as “part memoir, part grief therapy, part amazing story of my brother’s last weeks, which lined up as though a plan were unfolding.” The book also weaves in current events, a physic reading, an old diary, and online dialogue with my siblings. The dreams and coincidences that occurred after Jim and Dan died kept us connected to them and revealed that the plan was still unfolding … More HERE.
10. You’d probably never guess that many years ago, I studied iridology, did runway modeling on a couple of occasions and was once asked to read erotic poetry at a sex toy party.
11. Just found on a scrap of paper in my handwriting: Bucolic is not a pretty word but misery is.
12. It’s too late for dessert once you’ve bit off more than you can chew.
13. Sometimes I think that if climate change doesn’t get us, the ticks and mosquitoes will.
-The following first appeared in The Floyd Press on April 28, 2016.
Mira Walker was first introduced to Ultimate Frisbee by her high school cross country track coach, Dawn Weeks, who organized pick-up games on athletes’ off-days.
Daughter of Kalinda Wycoff and David Walker, Walker attended Blue Mountain School as a pre-schooler and elementary student. She started public school in the 5th grade and graduated from Floyd County High School in 2005. While attending Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, she played in an Atlanta Ultimate Frisbee club team called the Ozones. That’s where her love of the game really took off.
This year Walker was chosen to play on the USA Ultimate Women’s World Team, which will be competing internationally in London from June 18 to 25. The World Ultimate & Guts Championships take place every four years, Walker said. Typically, the team that wins the USA National Tournament is chosen to compete in the World Championship, but this year USA Ultimate, the organization that promotes the sport, decided to have open try-outs, bringing players from lots of different teams together.
Out of 600 initial applicants for men’s, women’s and mixed teams, USA Ultimate invited 200, including Walker, to tryout. From there, organizers put together 71 athletes from all over the country and teams to compete in the World Games. “I was very excited and surprised to be invited to try-outs,” said Walker. She was the only athlete from the Southeast to have made the women’s team.
Ultimate Frisbee was invented in the late ‘60s. Walker compares the rules of the game to soccer. With 7 on 7 in continuous play and 24 teammates in total, players use their whole bodies and use a Frisbee disc instead of a ball. It’s a non-contact sport (although collisions do happen) that is played without referees and is guided by an honor system, known as “Spirit of the Game.”
Ultimate, is not an Olympic sport, yet. Walker explained that USA Ultimate organizers worked to get a seat on the Olympics committee. “The Olympics recognized ultimate as a potential sport for future games,” Walker said, adding that the Olympics committee is particularly interested in the fact that ultimate is the only field sport that has formal mixed teams, where men and women play together.
Walker isn’t the only Floyd Countian who has excelled at the sport. Johanna Neumann, a Blue Mountain School alumna and 1997 Floyd County High School graduate, played in the first American Ultimate Frisbee mixed team in Japan in the World Games of 2001, where they won Silver. She played again with USA Women’s Team in Italy in 2014, where they also took silver. Neumann, who currently lives in Massachusetts, also won the 2000 Callaghan award for the best female college frisbee player in the U.S. She wrote on Walker’s Facebook timeline, upon hearing that Walker made the team, “That is so awesome! FloydCounty represent! I will be cheering you on!”
The USA World Ultimate Teams are top competitors that have won gold in the past, Walker said. Japan and Canada are the Women’s USA team’s strongest competition. Japan’s Women’s Team won World in 20012. In London, the USA Women’s Team will compete against 25 other countries, including Belgium, Russia, Sweden, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, Canada and more. India has a Women’s World Ultimate Team competing for the first time this year.
“We just had our first practice in San Francisco. It felt like a team right away,” Walker said. “Everyone was super welcoming and ready to work hard.” Walker’s next practice is April 23 and 24 in Seattle, where the U.S. team will scrimmage with the Canadian team. A final practice will take place over Memorial Day weekend in Washington D.C.
Walker has been to London several times before, both for fun and for work. She hopes to extend her visit for a week of free time before getting back to Atlanta, where she works for the city in their finance department. She invites anyone interested in following the games to check in with Facebook for updates (USAU Women’s National Team). CBS Sports will be airing the games. Although uniforms and some housing are provided for the athletes, they have to fund their own airfares. Many, including Walker, have set up RallyMe fundraising pages to help with expenses. Friends can support Walker in her Ultimate adventure by visiting HERE.
It’s too late for going to Woodstock
but not for wearing that leopard-skin pillbox-hat
the one Bob Dylan made fun of
and Jackie O passed over for pink
It’s too late to take up anthropology
become a neurologist or a Jungian psychologist
but it’s not too late to see Claude Monet’s garden
the one he referred to as his best work of art
And it’s not too late to free Leonard Peltier
or make poetry up out of thin air
the kind that knows what’s worth waiting for
and can separate truth from fact
It might be too late to walk the Camino
but not to dance like there’s no tomorrow
It’s never too late to know a groove from a rut
to wear your heart on your sleeve
and let it break
It’s too late for the emperor who wore no clothes
and the one that let the nightingale go
but its never too late to close your eyes to see
to let the song of a wood thrush change everything
1. How is it that what’s hot and what’s cool is the same thing?
2. I talk in rhyme whenever possible, which is why when my grandson turned eight on Saturday, I couldn’t help captioning all the birthday pictures I took: It’s Great to be Eight!
3. On seeing a herd of cows stampede off during a visit to Riverstone Farm on Saturday: When one runs they all do, just like kids.
4. Bet you can’t not click: Why do all the old statues have such small penises? See HERE.
5. From my Dharmacratic poet friend Will: Our English words “anger”, “anguish”, and “anxiety”, come from the same ancient root *angh- which meant “tight, painfully constricted, painful” in the ancestral Proto-Indo-European language. This was also the source for our word “strangle”.
6. Still Will: Loosen up. Relax. The word “lax” comes from the same ancient language, and had the meaning “loose.” Here we have etymological wisdom indicating a possible root cause of our problem with our uptight, overly anxious, anguished, chronic anger, and a suggestion that our entire society might need a big dose of a cultural laxative.
7. Yesterday I found a hornet that was starting a nest inside the grille on our porch, which made me say as I knocked it away, “That’s not going to fly.”
8. I’ve been blogging for just over 10 years, so I feel a bit like a dinosaur (and my blog feels about as big as that). I’ll probably continue to blog until an ice age or climate change pulls the plug and forces me to stop. On the other hand, I continually play with the idea of not writing anymore. I remember my first interview for a story with Ruby Altizer Roberts, a past poet laureate of Virginia who was born in Floyd and grew up in nearby Christiansburg. She was 93 years old at the time, and I asked her if she still wrote poetry. “No. I have my life back,” she answered. – More from Writer’s Talk HERE.
9. Tuesday was my birthday. I wrote on the Facebook timeline of two friends I share birthdays with, “Here we go again!”
10. The picture to the right is a writer’s perk. I got it while doing a story for Riverstone Organic Farm.
11. When I first started blogging, it was more popular. It’s sometimes harder to justify now, but it still has the benefit of providing a forum and an incentive to write. It’s been a great venue to repost my published writing and give it a longer shelf-life. I like the directness and self-sufficiency of not having to submit work or look for publishers. It’s like having my own magazine that I can post to every day, a poem, a photograph, a commentary, a formal or informal piece of writing, and I love that it acts as a writer’s filing cabinet. I can access everything I’ve written by searching a word or clicking on a category or date.
11. When does fantastic become fanatic?
12. Combining a photo and poetry in a post: Phoetry
13. Meet Virginia’s Poet Laureate HERE.
-The following appeared in the May 12th issue of the Floyd Press.
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival enjoyed a full house for their Mozart in May concert, performed at the EcoVillage’s Event Center on Saturday evening, May 7th.
The performing ensemble, made up of principal musicians from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO), included concertmaster Akemi Takayama on violin, violist Kathleen Overfield-Zook, cellist Kelly Mikkelsen and RSO director/conductor and VBRMF’s artistic director Maestro David Wiley on grand piano.
“It’s wonderful to be able to make music in this beautiful setting. This is our home away from home and to be able to share this with you is a great pleasure,” Wiley said in an introduction in which he thanked the EcoVillage hosts and others for their support.
Along with the ensemble’s masterful performances of Mozart’s most beloved major chamber ensemble works – the Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478, and the Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat – Wiley premiered his new piece, Waltz & The Floyd Highway Home in collaboration with dancer Katie Wells, who performed a dramatic improvisational dance while he played. Wiley described his new composition as “incorporating lots of different styles, cultures and periods,” as much of his music does.
VBRMF’s president, Randall Wells, awarded Elizabeth Shelor with the David Wiley Senior scholarship to further her goal of becoming a Suzuki violin teacher. Shelor – a 17 year-old Floyd homeschooler and member of Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra – was also presented with a VBRMF award to put towards the purchase of her own violin. She is a student of teacher Kevin Matheson and plans to study music theory at Virginia Tech in the fall.
“We promote classical music and have a special interest in encouraging young musicians. Last year we had a whole concert of young people,” Wells said. Violinist Aila Wildman also received a scholarship during the evening. It was presented on behalf of VBRMF for Wildman to attend the Roanoke Youth Symphony summer camp.
Shelor’s performance, which was accompanied by Wiley on piano, drew a standing ovation (as did the chamber music ensemble’s performances). When she was later asked about playing with Wiley, she said, “I just love it. He’s so much fun to play with.”
Photos: 1. RSO chamber music ensemble playing Mozart are concertmaster Akemi Takayama on violin, RSO director/conductor Maestro David Wiley on grand piano, violist Kathleen Overfield-Zook and cellist Kelly Mikkelsen. 2. Attendance was high for the VBRMF concert and extra chairs had to be carried in. Here, The audience gives performers a standing ovation. 3. Katie Wells performs an improvisational dance to the debut of David Wiley’s composition, Waltz & The Floyd Highway Home. 4. The ensemble takes a bow.
5. Elizabeth Shelor plays Dancla 5th air Varie with Wiley. 6. VBRMF president Randall Wells shook hands with concert goers from Brandon Oaks Retirement Center in Roanoke. The Brandon Oaks contingency filled the first two rows that were reserved for them. 8. Inspired by Shelor’s accomplishments, a 7th grader from Floyd (center) who is learning violin from Mac Traynham and Mike Mitchell waited to meet Shelor after the concert. Her mother is pictured far right. 9. Attendees mingle on the Event Center deck. Watch video clips of the event HERE.
-The following first appeared in the May 12, 2016 issue of The Floyd Press.
“Art is essential. It heals us and keeps what life is all about real. It gives us hope,” said Jeri Rogers at the launch of the new Artemis Journal, the regional literary and art journal that she founded.
Rogers – a Floyd resident, professional photographer and editor of Artemis – thanked the Roanoke Arts Commission and the Taubman Museum of Art for their collaboration in hosting the special event, which began with a wine and cheese reception and featured a talk by Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith.
Smith –a writer in residence at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond with several published poetry collections – has three poems in the current journal. From the Taubman theater podium, he read those and others and engaged the audience with questions and answers, giving insight into the writing process.
In a poem titled “The Assisi Poem, Finally,” about being in Rome and being robbed of six months of un-typed poems and the best travel journal he’d ever kept, Smith read: Memory’s a liar, we all know it. My notebooks / could have given you the textures and flavors, spices / and liqueurs, foot pain and shivers, shadow and whispers / slick paving stones, gusty grievings in the Stevensy rain, / lichens, sacred caresses, hip bones, so much tasted / with reverence, touched / with love.
Esteemed Roanoke artist Betty Branch was honored at the event. An image of her pink marble sculpture “The Dancer” graces the cover of the current journal. Several Floyd Countains, including artists, poets, photographers and potters, are represented in the journal.
Artemis 2016 is the 23rd publication of the journal that began in 1977 and had a 14 year hiatus before re-emerging in 2014. With a mission of fostering the arts in the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, the journal is rooted in social activism, beginning when Rogers facilitated writing workshops with women at a Women’s Resource Center in the late ‘70s. Rogers and Artemis design editor, Virginia Lepley mentored students at Floyd’s Springhouse Community high school with the production of the 2014 issue.
The new issue features full page colored photos and over 90 contributors, including some debut contributors appearing alongside well-established and prize winning writers and artists. Renowned poet Nikki Giovanni was the featured poet in 2014 and Beth Macy, author of Factory Man, was the featured guest in 2015.
Copies of the journal can be purchased at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts. For more information contact Artemis Journal, P.O. Box 505, Floyd, VA 24091 – artemisjournal@gmail. com, or visit the artemisjournal.org.
1. My 5 year old grandson Liam thinks the song Mellow Yellow (his current favorite) comes from the Minons movie (where he first heard it), but I know it started with Donovan in the late ‘60s.
2. Liam’s brother Bryce thinks the Minions wrote Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys. Both boys refer to the time of knights and King Arthur and the ‘60s as “the olden days.”
3. Sometimes I wake up in the morning with my eye mask on my forehead like a toupee.
4. My answering machine message currently says. “What’s the story, morning glory?” Most people don’t know that’s a line from a song in Bye Bye Birdie, a musical from the olden days.
5. Should I go inside and avoid the pollen or go outside to avoid the dust?
6. Hell No or Hello?
7. “We are sawing off the limb that we are sitting on.” Stanford scientist from “It’s Official: Scientists Say We’re Entering Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction.”
8. When poet Jack Callan asked fellow-poet Judith Stevens to marry him, she said yes, but asked him to make her a promise. Marriage meant that Stevens would move from Virginia Beach to Callan’s home in Norfolk, and she wanted him to agree take her back to her beloved Seashore State Park to hike on a regular basis. “Okay, but I can top that. I’ll take you to Floyd,” Callan told her. – Read more about Floyd first Poetry Festival and its founders HERE.
9. I googled Donovan on Tuesday and found out he has a Facebook page and that it was his birthday! The first picture on his timeline was of him either eating a large banana shaped cake or opening a banana shaped present – a reference to “mellow yellow” banana?
10. There is some controversy about whether the song Mellow Yellow was about smoking banana peels to get high or was a reference (as in “electrical banana”) to a women’s vibrator. The phrase “mellow yellow” appears towards the end of James Joyce’s Ulysses and is in reference to a women’s buttocks (as reported by Wikipedia), but no one knows if Donovan knew that.
11. When does a groove become a rut?
12. Medical errors now kill more people than car crashes.
13. Get thee to a gallery, like THIS one.
She was a whirring dervish of dance, hard for the cameral lens to pin down. But those impressionistic painted moments just can’t be deleted without taking a second look.
It was a musical evening of masterful performances from principal players of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and one of the highlights was the debut performance of RSO director/conductor David Wiley’s new piece, Waltz & The Floyd Highway, and Katie Wells’ dance interpretation of it.
I’m working on a story and an in-focus photo spread on the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival’s Mozart in May concert at the EcoVillage for this week’s Floyd Press. In the meantime, enjoy this teaser and these few non-blurred clips above and below.
______Our World Tuesday
-The following first appeared in The Floyd Press on May 5, 2016.
When poet Jack Callan asked fellow-poet Judith Stevens to marry him, she said yes, but asked him to make her a promise. Marriage meant that Stevens would move from Virginia Beach to Callan’s home in Norfolk, and she wanted him to agree take her back to her beloved Seashore State Park to hike on a regular basis.
“Okay, but I can top that. I’ll take you to Floyd,” Callan told her.
Callan, who is also an artist and a building contractor, first came to Floyd 20 years ago to visit a friend. In Floyd, he met and made friends with artist and past Floyd resident David Compton, which sealed the deal for his connection to Floyd, Callan said.
Years later, after Compton had moved away, Callan still came to Floyd a few times a year, timing his visits to attend the monthly Spoken Word Open Mics that took place at the Café Del Sol, which is where Dogtown Roadhouse is now located. On a tip, he camped along the Little River on Thunderstruck Road during one of his visits to the county. One evening while camping, writing poetry and painting, Daniel Sowers, owner of On the Water’s kayaking and canoeing business, pulled up to see what he was doing. They struck up a friendship and Sowers invited Callan to camp on his family’s land, adjacent to the river.
That was the beginning of Callan’s ongoing relationship with poetry and Floyd, which produced a body of work that includes the poem “Fields of Daniel,” and a book, titled Little River on The Milky Way.
Callan and Stevens, who also teaches yoga, met at a poetry reading. In the six years that they have known each other, they’ve been coming to Floyd whenever they can. Stevens “instantly fell in love with Floyd,” Callan said. One day, about three years ago, while kayaking down the river, they were struck by the presence of a large overhanging rock. It looked like a natural amphitheater, and they both thought it would be a great place to bring poet friends for poetry readings. They tested the acoustics, ideas started flowing and that was when the vision of the Little River Poetry Festival was born.
The couple belongs to a strong poetry community in the Norfolk area. When Callan became the vice president of The Poetry Society of Virginia, he was asked to host events. Although he no longer holds the position, he continues to host events that he founded and has added some new ones. Together, Callan and Stevens host regular Open Mic Nights at the Chrysler Museum of Art. They feature readers every two months at their local Farmers Market, host a longtime monthly poetry salon at their home and weekly poetry workshops with seniors at the retirement community where Stevens works.
Scheduled for the weekend of June 10 -12, the Little River Poetry Festival is a natural fit and an extension of what Callan and Stevens already do. Featuring readings, workshops, open mics, music, kayaking, hiking, morning yoga and meditations, the festival will alternate between daytime activities at On the Water on Thunderstruck Road and evening programs at the Floyd Friends Meeting House (where the couple are members) on Christiansburg Pike. Food and primitive camping will be available onsite. Area artists are invited to set up booths for $25 for the weekend and showcase their work with a new audience of first-time Floyd visitors.
Featured readers, well known in The Poetry Society, will be coming from all over the state and include Jill Winkowski, Tanya Cunningham, Toni Wynn, Andrew Cain and more. Callan and Stevens will also be reading. On Saturday, there will be a kayak trip where attendees can write poetry during the river paddle and read by the overhanging rock that inspired the festival. A hike to Buffalo Mountain on Sunday promises to be an inspirational place for writing and sharing poetry.
The festival is open to everyone, beginner and established poets, as well as those who just want to listen, learn and enjoy. Callan encourages attendees to bring notebooks and try their hands at telling their personal stories through poetry. He has been known to ask audience members after featured readings to pick a poet out and, if they liked their poem, tell them, which usually results in stimulating conversations and connections. He also facilitates questions and answers after readings that build interactive interest.
Callan and Stevens expect to have readings from local students on the program, as well as poetry accompanied by the cello. They will be bringing their energetic spirits and love for the arts to the festival, Callan said. He expressed his appreciation to all the people who have stepped up to help with festival planning. Excited to share his love of poetry, the Little River and the Sowers land around it, he said, “It feels like I’m inviting poets into my other living room.” – Colleen Redman
Post Notes: Festival hours are Friday, June 10 from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Saturday June 11 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost per person is $90 per person and $55 without the kayak trip. Day passes are $15 on Friday and Sunday, and $25 on Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome. Primitive camping is $10 a night or patrons can book reservations at any of Floyd’s local lodgings. Festival registrations can be made at the festival website, littleriverpoetryfest.com, or by contacting Callan or Stevens at 1-757-622-8721. Poet bios and daily schedules will be posted on the webpage. The Little River Poetry Festival is also on Facebook.
1. Jack Callan stands by the rock overhang that inspired the first Little River Poetry Festival in Floyd. He was in the county recently to deliver the 6 ½ by 8 ½ elevated stage that he built for the festival. Seating will be arranged in a semi circle around the stage for an intimate reading experience, he said. 2. A scene from On the Water at 2053 Thunderstruck Road, where the festival will begin Friday, June 10, at 3:00 p.m. 3. Jack and Judith at Floyd’s Art on the Parkway in 2011. Read more about that HERE.
The pot that my son Josh’s girlfriend Emily has her hand on, was already sold by the time Joe and I arrived for the tail end of the spring 16 Hands Studio Tour, part of which was at our house.
Because Joe and I were at a wedding in D.C., we missed most of the tour, which has featured the open studios of a collective of artisans in the county since 1998 and my son Josh Copus since 2010. But the displays were still up at our house so I got to peruse. I learned that the round pots (vases) above were made from molds of rocks that Josh brought back from his recent trip to China.
I was glad I had the opportunity to meet Josh’s guest artist, potter Dan Finnegan, a kindred (and Irish) soul whose ceramic folk house with a bird on top drew my attention.
I was happy to see that the chickens, who were free ranging most of the weekend, hadn’t tried to roost on any pots (as they have in the past) and that there were some last minute visits and selections from a couple of Floyd friends that I got to chat with.
And here’s a Dan Finnegan honey pot shadow shot for my shadow shot photo blog friends.
To learn more about Josh Copus Pottery click on more blog posts HERE. Or check him out on Facebook and on his webpage HERE. Dan Finnegan’s work can be viewed on Facebook and HERE. / Shadow Shot Sunday