In part 36 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson recounts a calvary battle in Richmond on the northern outskirts of the town at the hamlet of Yellow Tavern. It pitted Union General Phillip Sheridan against General Jeb Stuart, the embodiment of a Virginia cavalier.
Remember the chipper scene from Fargo? Frances McDormand is investigating a homicide when she finds a man who is feeding Steve Buscemi’s leg into a wood chipper.
Last year, when I became a juicer, whenever I picked up a long, thick stalk of celery and fed it into my juicing machine, that ear-splitting whine of the motor, plus my hand pushing down on the stalk, made me think of the chipper and Buscemi’s sock-footed leg.
There are delightful surprises sprinkling the path to falling in love again at my age. I’ve always been something of a romantic, but in the last few decades that blissful trait has been buried under the weight of getting older, crushing some of the sense of delight and discovery necessary to maintain the magic.
In the past few years, I’d not even entertained the thought that fresh and adventurous romance was a possibility. I didn’t miss it because I didn’t expect it.
The South By Southwest Music and Film Festival also has a tech side. Two Blacksburg companies are on the way to Austin Texas. They’ll compete for awards in what’s become the festival’s fastest growing program: talks on emerging technologies.
The nation’s biggest coffee trade show is underway in New York, and three Virginians are heading that way to compete for the title of America’s Best Coffee House.
The Mudhouse in Charlottesville, which began brewing coffee for Charlottesville 20 years ago, applied to compete in this year’s contest, and after secret sippers came through, Mudhouse won the chance to show its stuff in New York, but Operations Director Dan Pabst says choosing which coffees to serve in competition was a tough task.
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” features scenes filmed in Virginia. What does the film industry do for the state and local economy? We hear from the Virginia Film Office. Plus, a look at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, with Virginia Conversations host May-Lily Lee.
As you prepare your Thanksgiving Day meal, have you ever wondered what the early American settlers sat down to at their special feasts? On this edition of Virginia Conversations, a look at that colonial menu with our guests including a woman who literally wrote the book on early Virginian cuisine as well as an interpreter from the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation who brings colonial culinary history to life. Join us with host May-Lily Lee.