A new church in southwestern Virginia is looking to local culture to inspire its congregation.
It celebrates the Appalachian spirit of community and practicality best demonstrated by potluck dinners and conversation, followed by music and dancing. The new church, called “Wild Goose,” opened earlier this year in a remote part of Floyd County.
When the weather gets warmer, some people start thinking of higher elevations - like the ski resort Wintergreen which is now hosting a festival of music, art, wine and food.
Wintergreen Performing Arts will offer 232 events in 28 days, including Saturday and Sunday concerts by the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen and Joseph Caballe-Domenech. There will also be 24 pop-up concerts by 31 young musicians who will play outside Chroma on Charlottesville’s downtown mall -- and in the produce department.
It’s no secret that opera in America is struggling. In 2008, only eight percent of adults said they liked opera, and only two percent had been to one in the past year, but here in Virginia that could be changing thanks to summer programs designed to build the base for opera.
It’s not unusual for opera goers to give long and enthusiastic ovations – for cast members to take bow after bow, but people who love this complex art form fear their audience may not always be there.
If you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve heard about Feast – a small, Central Virginia shop with a big reputation and a new reason to brag. It was named Outstanding Retailer of the Year by the Specialty Food Association.
Feast was actually one of five stores in the nation to be honored, but it’s on the cover of the Specialty Food Association’s magazine. Founded by Kate Collier and Eric Gertner, the store offers lots of local produce.
After a ten-year effort, Hollins University now joins George Mason, James Madison, and Radford Universities to share in the distinction of being an “All-Steinway School.” Hollins now has 25 of the coveted Steinway pianos, after today’s delivery of five grand and two upright pianos.