Quick stopover to see kin near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

Floyd Saturday Farmers Market (Julianne G. Crane)
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19-ft. Chalet fits almost any wide spot in road. (Julianne G. Crane)

One great advantage of towing a 19-foot rig is that it can fit into almost any wide spot along a country lane.

And that is exactly what happened when we made a brief stop to visit kin near Floyd, in western Virginia. Nestled near the Blue Ridge Mountains. This part of the world attracts musicians, crafters and folks who love the rural lifestyle.

Our cousins, Mary Jane Huber and John Winnicki took us to the locally-grown Floyd Farmers Market held every Saturday in the Community Pavilion between May-November from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday afternoon music at the Floyd Country Store. (Julianne G. Crane)

After shopping at the market, we moseyed across the street to The Floyd Country Store. This local establishment is known for celebrating mountain and country music for 35 years.

They have added Saturday ‘Americana Afternoons‘ between noon and 3 p.m. We ordered one of their homemade soups and a grilled cheese sandwich. Then we settled down for some free (donations welcome) traditional acoustic music. “Some of it is indigenous, including bluegrass, or the music of contemporary singer-songwriters: you might hear the blues, or some of the Celtic or African sounds that underpin our American folk traditions.”

Kissing cousins: Jimmy, John, Mary Jane, and Julianne.

Before we left Floyd, we ‘kissing cousins’ sat down for a traditional family portrait.

Julianne G. Crane

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