Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Lays Hardware Center for the Arts

Jun 17, 2015

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming, running throughout the week, spotlights the music, environment and culture of Southwest Virginia…. including some venues that do that work all the time.

Lays Hardware was an important part of downtown Coeburn for a long time, as Charlie McConnell will tell you.

Blue Ridge Swim Club Receives Historic Designation

Jun 16, 2015

Historians find lots to love in Virginia – four presidential homes, more than a hundred battlefields, countless cemeteries, monuments and historic buildings.  This year, the National Register of Historic Places added another spot in the Commonwealth – a swimming pool.  Sandy Hausman reports on why it was honored.

The Blue Ridge Swim Club, just west of Charlottesville, is surrounded by an old growth forest, accessible by a one-lane, unpaved road.  The pool the length of a football field and was built more than a hundred years ago according to owner Todd Barnett.

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day festival staged in 19 counties and four cities across Southwest Virginia. But for some people, including Ralph Stanley Museum director Tammy Hill, the work of preserving mountain music and mountain culture goes on all the time. 

Roanoke Pinball Museum: Calling All Wizards

Jun 12, 2015

The Roanoke Pinball Museum will open next week in Roanoke. Lined wall to wall with pinball machines dating back to the 40s and into this century, visitors will travel through time, following the path of a small silver ball. Organizers hope the museum will become a popular site for field trips, saying pinball machines are more scientific than you might think.

There’s an old saying: Buy a girl a dress, and she looks pretty for one night; buy her boyfriend a pinball machine and she looks pretty for life.

Zune Lee

It’s been fifty years since a top official at the Labor Department released a report on African-American families, and now – as part of the Look3 Festival  in Charlottesville – a show called Father Figure disputes that report.  Andrea Douglas is Executive Director of the African-American Heritage Center.