Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Virginia's highways are dotted with small towns struggling to find new purpose and life. Like Rocky Mount in Franklin County, most have a history of agriculture or manufacturing that has left main streets boarded up.

A decade ago Rocky Mount town leaders decided they wanted to revitalize their town and music was the path to that.

Tab O'Neal visited the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount where, in just 18 months, it is making a huge impact on the town and Franklin County.

Uprooting Appalachia

Sep 8, 2015

The image of “Appalachia” many people have today came from a 1964 Life Magazine story that featured the town.  Now researchers are looking to add another chapter to the story of the small southwestern Virginia town, written in the voices of people who live there today. 

“You know how it got its name, don’t you? This guy had a big old bucket. And he had a whole lot of apples in it and these kids kept messing with it and he said, if y’ all don’t stop that I’m going to throw an Apple a’cha.”

UVA Grads Share Diverse Art Collections

Sep 8, 2015

It’s not unusual for universities to ask their alumni for donations, but the University of Virginia hit its graduates up for a loan – actually 75 of them. 

AP File Photo/Donna McWilliam

Virginia’s State Fair is less than a month away, and organizers are gearing up to host nearly a quarter of a million people at the Meadow Event Park near Richmond.  

In addition to rides, music and agricultural competitions, the fair will offer its usual selection of junk food – corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and something new.

“This year we have deep fried butter – a hunk of butter with batter, dropped in the deep fryer.”   

That’s the Farm Bureau Federation’s Kathy Dixon.  She says there isn’t much call for healthier fare.

They’re often called, ‘the new old fashioned neighborhoods of the future’ planned communities, where the focus is on collaboration, cooperation and sustainability.  It’s an idea that came from Denmark and it’s beginning to take hold in Virginia. 

“This is sort of the periphery of the building area, the actual building area is a little further in.”