Arts & Culture

Alternative Lodging
4:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Haha House

Andrew & Laurie at the Haha House.

Summer travel can be expensive, but a Richmond man is doing his part to keep costs down – offering a unique place for visitors to sleep. 

Andrew Cauthen is a professional musician and a minimalist.  He lives modestly in a working class neighborhood called Barton Heights.  Last spring, he had an idea – to build a tiny guest house out back – just a room, really, with a sleeping loft.  The job was completed quickly.

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Arts & Culture
6:58 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Roots Music Runs Deep in Southwest Virginia at the Blue Ridge Music Center

The Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax celebrates American Roots music originating in Southwest Virginia. Tab O’Neal talks to Richard Emmett of the Blue Ridge Music Center about roots music and samples some of the bands you can hear there: 

For more information and to check out who's scheduled to perform, visit the Blue Ridge Music Center's website here.

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Unearthing Artifacts
4:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Slaves of the Great Dismal Swamp

Great Dismal Swamp
Credit Dan Sayers/Archaeology Archives

Most Americans have heard of the Underground Railroad - a trail that allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North, but there were other escaped slaves who stayed in the South, living in a place their masters feared - Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.

Archaeologists are now digging there - finding proof of sizable communities where defiant people found freedom. 

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Celebrating the Bristol Sessions
4:14 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is opening in Bristol, Virginia this weekend. Nashville may be the mecca of this music today, but as Johnny Cash himself put it, Bristol was the site of the ‘Big Bang’ that led to the universe of country music we know today.

It was there that the now famous “Bristol Sessions” were recorded by then unknown musicians. 

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Reading List
2:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Girls of Summer

Meg Medina & Gigi Amateau

School summer reading lists are infamous.  Required books that you drag around all summer, taking notes and keeping journals.  Just in time for beach season, two Richmond writers are trying to give summer reading a better name. 

When writer Gigi Amateau was a child, one of her favorite stories was The Little Match Girl.

“I remember sitting in my Grammy’s lap and she would read The Little Match Girl to me and it would wreck me every time.  And I then I would ask her to read it again, like through my tears, read it again, you know.”

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