Arts & Culture

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5:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Castle Hill

Castle Hill

Summer vacation might mean a trip to the beach or the mountains, a few days at Disney World or a whirlwind tour of Europe, but two people who live near Charlottesville had another idea.  They invited the public to spend four days visiting with their neighbors.  

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Wild Goose Church

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.
 







 

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

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.

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Arts & Culture
5:06 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Opera in the Spotlight

Violist Elan Sapir practicing at Castleton Festival
Credit Suri Xia

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.

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Restaurant Gets National Attention
12:18 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Feast!

Credit Specialty Food Association

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.

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