Mark your calendar now for the Floyd Artisan Trail annual tour.
It will be held June 9-11 to showcase Floyd artists’ studios, local eateries, organic farms, hand-crafted jewelry, art galleries, and the beauty of the county.
The annual free tour will provide visitors a chance to join free lectures/workshops, tour working artists’ studios and organic farms, view pottery-making and woodworking demonstrations, purchase beautiful artwork, crafts, and farm products, learn about beekeeping, and make friends with sheep, alpacas, and goats.
Many tour sites will offer refreshments for sale such as chocolate, hand-dipped ice cream, wine and coffee tastings, fresh eggs, organic vegetables, pasture-raised meat, fresh-baked bread and pastries, and more.
This year’s trail will feature returning and new makers of all kinds. Artisan studios featuring paper artistry, mosaics, fiber arts, jewelry, pottery, fine paintings, woodworking, and even a private sculpture trail at Out There Studio. Galleries and shops on the tour include art cooperatives, country farm stores, local galleries and businesses representing numerous Floyd artists, as well as the host organization, the Floyd Center for the Arts.
Bluegrass, old time music, and dancing will be featured at several tour sites, to include the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store in downtown Floyd, live bluegrass music on Saturday night at Wildwood Farms General Store, live rock band at Dogtown Roadhouse on Saturday night, and a free concert at Chateau Morrisette Winery on Sunday afternoon.
Tour hours are: Friday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 11, noon to 5 p.m.
During the tour, visitor information will be available at the Floyd County Visitor Center and at the host site, Floyd Center for the Arts.
The three-day event includes more than 40 participating sites around the county. It is hosted by the Floyd Center for the Arts.
For more information about The Floyd Center for the Arts online visit FloydArtCenter.org, or call (540)745-2784.
The Center is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, a half-mile mile south of the traffic light on Virginia 8. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For the full tour schedule, and a complete list of all the sites with maps, visit www.FloydArtisanTrail.org.