How did you find your way to Farmville?
I came to Farmville in 2007 to attend Longwood University. I graduated in December of 2011 and decided to hang around and get a Master’s in English, which I finished in May of 2013. I got a job with the Digital Education Collaborative, where I’d worked as a graduate assistant. I became an Instructional Technology Trainer and have never looked back.
I’m originally from the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania area, which has grown considerably over the last ten years, and I really grew to love the small-town community that Farmville offers. Who wants to deal with NOVA traffic anyway? Plus, I met my wife outside of the now-razed Cunninghams, so it seems like this is just where we are supposed to be… for now, at least.
Who asked you to become a part of Farmville Downtown Partnership (FDP)? Why did you say “yes”?
I was encouraged to get involved with FDP’s Main Street Music Series by John Miller, a former professor and close friend. MSMS was growing from an open-mic night type of event to a full blown music series and they needed some help setting up sound equipment and working with the artists. I’ve taught music lessons for about five years at Buffalo Creek Guitar Company, so I have a good pulse on the music scene here and know my way around a sound board. It seemed like a pretty natural way for me to get involved with FDP.
If you could be any object located in the Main Street District, what would you be and why?
I think I’d have to go with Crute Stage. It is such an interesting landmark with a storied history. I feel like it says a lot about the ideas of transformation and permanence. Even after living a long life as an indoor theatre, a seeming disaster can bring new life into objects. Plus, it’s just a great place to lie back on some nice grass in the summer and listen to tunes every third Thursday.
What’s the best kept secret of Farmville Downtown?
The best kept secret of Farmville Downtown is really the High Bridge Trail. I’ve used it for running and biking for years, but it was great to watch them renovate the old bridge into what it is now. I really encourage everyone who comes visit to make a trip out there. The scale of the bridge is just astounding, even by modern standards, and to think it was completed before the Civil War really puts things into perspective.
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