There are two towns in West Virginia that could, ostensibly, throw down for the title of oldest in the state.
Shepherdstown and Romney were chartered in 1762. But while both can attest to being more than 250 years old, only one can take credit for annually producing copious amounts of something distinctly new: American theater.
If you’re looking for some good summer reading, a professor at the University of Virginia has the answer. He’s read War and Peace 15 times, and he wants you to enjoy it at least once. To help you tackle that 1,500 page tome, he’s written a book called Give War and Peace a Chance.
It’s easy to see why people would be scared away from Tolstoy’s classic story. It has 361 chapters, nearly 600 characters, and in its time UVA Lecturer Andrew Kaufman says, it broke all the rules.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is asking for public input on historic preservation.
The department is asking Virginia residents to complete an online survey. It wants residents to identify major issues facing their communities as they use and preserve historic resources. The department also hopes to identify preservation priorities for the future.
The agency says the public feedback will help as goals and objectives for the next decade are developed.
Many operas are set in Europe – sung in Italian or German, but the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville plans to bring the art form closer to home with a performance of Susannah -- a story set in Appalachia.
Susannah is a role prized by sopranos like Renee Flemming, who performed it at the Met. Critics described composer Carlisle Floyd as the American Pucini for the passionate lyrics and music he wrote. He tells the story of a beautiful woman who lives in a small town – New Hope Valley, Tennessee. She sings of her longing to leave and make something of her life.
Animal rights activists rallied Sunday at the Natural Bridge Zoo-- an attraction that boasts the most complete collection of animals in Virginia. The Humane Society of the United States has a different description of the zoo, and federal officials say it's now under investigation.