In Charlottesville, the name John Paul Jones evokes thoughts of a large arena where basketball teams and rock groups perform. It was named for the father of a big UVA donor, but for those who love American history, another John Paul Jones comes to mind, and now two musicians from the British Isles are traveling in America - singing the praises of this early American patriot.
Rob Van Sante and Alan Reid are a pair of troubadours from the UK who love telling tales through their music.
As the slogan says, Virginia is for lovers. But have you heard the one that goes, “Draper is for Dreamers”?
It often happens that you can be someplace for a long time and sort of not really see it anymore. It can take newcomers to help re-open your eyes to what’s right in front of you. Take those abandoned buildings still standing at forgotten crossroads southwestern Virginia; whitewash fading, boarded up windows, beautiful and compelling in their decay. That’s what led Debbie Gardner and her husband Bill to purchase the Draper Mercantile, 5 years ago.
The Virginia Film Festival is underway, offering the public more than a hundred films and lectures over the weekend. Friday night's show promises to be a thriller for many fans of Alfred Hitchcock, with a film that was released 50 years ago, and events are planned in Richmond and Charlottesville to mark the occasion.
The 1963 trailer for The Birds begins with a mild mannered introduction.
“How do you do? My name is Alfred Hitchcock, and I would like to tell you about my forthcoming lectures. It is about the birds, and their age-long relationship with man.”