Another Saturday in Floyd County, another house concert. Last week, music of the mountains, sitting in folding chairs, in jeans. This week, classical music of the ages, seated in an elegant living room, in a coat and tie.
The setting: The Inn at Hope Springs Farm, almost to the Carroll County line, on 221 the other side of Willis.
We met the owners, Candace and William, a couple of years back through a friend who was filling their extensive needs for custom draperies, upholstery and such. Last night, the music also was from local talent–Mike Mitchell playing the masters on violin, with accompaniment on the grand piano.
Walking in last night, we realized this was a different crowd. We recognized only the host and hostess, and our veterinarian. But from the remaining strangers, we met quite a few new couples. Some were guests at the Inn from Richmond or Greensboro. Others, like Sandra and Ken, had local ties–and connections to the Inn owners by their common interest in alpacas. Here’s their alpaca website.
And so there was some conversation that followed from my question: “So you think I could actually turn a profit on our six acres of level land with these animals?” Boy, did I ask the right question to the right folks. The tax benefits are significant. There’s even an Alpaca 101 page that seems likely to answer all our questions. Yours, too.
So we have had two Saturday house events in a row, and sampled the diversity of music and culture that is available in this wide place in the road. No, you won’t find a civic center in town. No movie theaters or streets lined with ethnic restaurants. But there’s plenty to do. It’s just that we enjoy much of our entertainment where we live: at home. And invite the neighbors.