Arts & Culture

A Day of Honor and Remembrance
9:25 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The National D-Day Memorial 70th Anniversary Event

Credit DDay.org

Many events taking place at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford in observance of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy. 

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Blacksburg Musical Tradition
4:44 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Summer Arts Festival

Credit Virginia Tech

With summer on the way it’s festival season, a time for everyone to get out and celebrate the arts and culture of the region.  This Friday marks the beginning of The Summer Arts Festival in Blacksburg. 

Music from eight different bands, classic movies at the Lyric, street festivals, art exhibitions and live theater productions are all part of Blacksburg’s Summer Arts Festival.

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The River & Rail's Aaron Deal
2:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Roanoke Chef Wins Big Bucks on Gameshow

A Roanoke chef recently won big on a foodie television game-show. River and Rail Chef Aaron Deal won $20,000 after making pizza with a peanut butter reduction and a gourmet franks-and-beans platter. And he’s hoping his win will draw attention to the region.
 

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Arts & Culture
5:14 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

New Law Allows People and Pets to Be Buried Side by Side

by Beverly Amsler

Walk around any cemetery and you’ll find tombstones bearing the same last name. . . family members buried next to each other.  A new Virginia law will now make it possible for people to be buried beside their pets. 

“There’s Peanut and Bootsie and Choppie, Niles, Sassy Mae, Mr. Bojangles, Gypsy, and Princess.”

“People are devoted to their pet, love their pets.  As you can see, we’ve got flowers and memorials, and a couple Easter decorations.”

Don Green is the President of Evergreen Memorial Trust and we’re standing in a corner of MountainView Cemetery in Vinton. 

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Storytelling Competition
10:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Big Blue Door

Broocks Willich
Big Blue Door

Story-telling is an ancient art, but it’s getting a modern makeover in Charlottesville where two refugees from the theater world in New York are offering classes and promoting regular story-telling competitions.

It’s a Thursday night in Charlottesville – a school night – but the Wooly Mammoth bar is packed with people anxious to hear stories, like the one told by actress Broocks Willich.  She and a friend had gone to Mexico to buy tile and were  stopped by three policemen who searched the friend, found marijuana, demanded and got a $400 bribe.

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