Arts & Culture

A new play will explore the connection between this region’s Scots –Irish population and their ancestors in Scotland; their conceptions of personal freedom, responsibility and the meaning of home. 

Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival

Apr 15, 2016

It's time for the Annual Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival, a celebration of stories, music, and nature. The festival begins Friday, April 15th and runs through Saturday, April 16th.  Among the many performers, the lineup includes  Kevin Kling, Barbara McBride Smith, and Bill Lepp.

For information about tickets and schedules, visit here. 

Teachable Moment; Controversial Ideas Spark Discussion

Mar 21, 2016

Some students at Virginia Tech are planning to protest Friday afternoon before an on-campus lecture by Libertarian political scientist Charles Murray.  And some faculty members, who disagree with Murray’s writings, but not his right to express them, are planning a ‘teach in’ to counter his controversial views.  

Redemption Alley

Mar 21, 2016

People who struggle with addiction often turn to Alcoholics Anonymous to help them kick the habit, but a Virginia man is touting another cure – bowling.  Bob Perry is the subject of a new book that chronicles his trip to the top of the nation’s competitive bowling mountain, his literal fall into the gutter and his remarkable return to the sport.  Sandy Hausman spoke with him at the Kegler Lanes in Charlottesville.

 

 The western shores of the Chesapeake Bay have a deep history of slavery. One black community is memorializing its past and engaging its white community in moving forward. 

 

It's been a ten year journey for former classmates of the Holley Graded School to convert the four-room schoolhouse in Lottsburg into a museum. Two abolitionists, Sally Holley and Caroline Putnam, built the school for former slaves soon after the Civil War ended. Their efforts are documented in letters to one of their biggest financial supporters, writer Louisa May Alcott.

 

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