Hotel Floyd: A Freebie for Stopping By

Have you been to the town of Floyd as a visitor or as a citizen of the county and never set foot in Hotel Floyd? Shame on you. It is an impressive structure (timber frame, which is as typical of Floyd as the ubiquitous Subarus we all drive.) The interior is filled with arts and crafts from local skill-sets and creative energies. You have to go no farther than the lobby to figure this out.

One of the most unique things about this local lodging versus any other place I know of is the “themed” rooms. Each guest room has its own motif based on a local individual artist or crafts person or organization. Take a look at the link, and allow the images to display for each room. There is a SustainFloyd room. And in the Writer’s Room, find copies of my books and one of my photographs on the wall above the bed. Many local folks find their passions built into the rooms where people are immersed in the tapestry of our town and county, even as they sleep.

So if you are one of those I am wagging my finger at, remedy the deficit in your exposure to the whole of Floyd by stopping by the hotel from 5 to 7 tonight. Just inside the front door, find the Jacksonville Center for the Arts room (whose official name I don’t know) where several local folks (including me) will be greeting visitors and talking about our art or craft.

I’m trying to get the event up a bit into the radar because for one reason or another, it seems to be invisible to the public (so far as I have been able to find) on a Friday night when there are scads of folks in town but very few of them know about the Artists’ Reception at Hotel Floyd.

2booksCovers240I’ll be signing books and will have a full inventory of all five sets of photographic notecards that offer 25 images of local landscape and nature. This is the LAST time I’ll be offering these sets and when they are gone, they are gone for good. So stock up for those special occasions where Hallmark can’t come close.

Funny. I just clicked around on the Hotel Floyd website and see quite a few of my photographs featured in the rotating banner of their “About Floyd” page. We had talked about this some while back but I had forgotten about it.

Okay: The Pitch, for those who have actually read this far!–available for the first ten who mention they saw this post on Fragments today–a free notecard and envelope set aside for you.

We need to get your exposure to Floyd to go beyond the main street music, if just for a bit. So maybe I’ll see a few of you at Hotel Floyd this evening. It promises to be a lovely cool autumn afternoon and night, so come on down to town.

Click the image to see all notecards on Pinterest. You can only get them in Floyd now, no longer available at Etsy.

About The Light: About the Photographer

This is from the ABOUT page at my Etsy Store. I like the fact that this site for commerce does not neglect to let the artists and craft folks share their personal story: the WHY and the WHO of their creativity. The WHAT will hopefully sell itself.

I got my first camera, a Minolta, in 1970–the same month I got married and started grad school at Auburn University. As a recent convert to field botany, I needed a way to share what I saw in the wild.

Forty years and a half-dozen cameras later, I’ve shared my image collection widely with audiences in the Floyd County, Virginia area where I live (near Roanoke and Blacksburg.)

I’ve displayed photos regularly on my original blog site, Fragments from Floyd, that started in May 2002 and gets fresh photos and “grampa tales” a few times a week, even now.

I’ve “become a writer” these past dozen years, with radio essays, regular newspaper columns and two books, plus the blah-blah blogging. I have discovered that I enjoy “composition” of language in a similar way that I enjoy composing the lit object in the camera’s frame.

But I’ll always be partial to the stories that pictures tell–my pictures and my stories, but when you look at what I saw through the lens, you experience the exact same image frozen in time, captured now on card stock. Photography is a most intimate and shared creative work.

And so for the first time in this Etsy store–not that I have not been asked over the years to do it sooner–I can offer my visions of nature and local landscapes in this most personal exchange of beauty. Those who receive these cards will appreciate how much you care.

And in sharing the photography, you’re sharing where I’m from: Goose Creek–the source waters of the south fork of the Roanoke River. Goose Creek is home, and I named my store that way because it is intimately attached to and comes out of this place.

My intention is to slowly add other items to the store–photographic desktop and screen saver image packages, image-illustrated essays and stories, and maybe even some spoken-word readings from Slow Road Home and What We Hold In Our Hands.

I am really excited at last to reach beyond the local audience with my words and images, and I hope you find in them some resonance with your own sense of belonging, of beauty, of gratitude for this wonderful life we too often take for granted.

Goose Creek Goods Open Its Tiny Digital Doors

This will be old-business for the 104 kind folks who LIKED the Goose Creek Goods page on Facebook since Saturday.

But since there is not anything like a complete overlap between Fragments readers and Facebook friends, I’ll run the risk of boring some and informing others.

I am happy to report that since last Thursday, the Etsy storefront I am calling  Goose Creek Goods  has been successfully established and the first orders will ship today!

If you stop by the FB page, do browse around (not much there yet of course) and add your LIKE to stay informed as things are added to the site.

And in case you haven’t a clue what I am offering as first products in the digital storefront, I’ve also set up a page (TAB up top) called  FredsNoteCards .

Each of the five Blue Ridge Photo Note Card sets contains five edge-to-edge photo cards of local landscapes or features. Envelopes of course included.

FredsNoteCards here at Fragments from Floyd shows you a slider of each set (Country Roads, Autumn, Floyd, Blue Ridge Parkway and Goose Creek). Also after each set is a button to click to take you directly to the Etsy page where you can make a purchase.

I look forward, now that the storefront details have been hammered out, to making my books and some new digital products and probably some color enlargements available there too.

Frankly, it’s been somewhat of a bumpy road and Ann would say GRUMPY-bumpy. Delays. Misdirections. Tail-of-the-elephant befuddlement. Sheer dumb ignorance. At times I’ve been less than content with where things were. I don’t hide that very well. I’m better now. Watch Fred smile.

So please, if you have not already, either go to or bookmark Goose Creek Goods. You need these cards and you need them now! For…

Why You Really NEED These Note Cards
▶ For writing those obligatory Thank You notes
▶ For birthdays and special events
▶ To say Missing you wish you were here
▶ For sharing your Blue Ridge Home with distant friends
▶ For matting and framing (more on that soon)
▶ For trading with your friends! Own all FIVE sets!

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