Arts & Culture

Natl Register of Historic Places
10:30 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Blue Ridge Swim Club Receives Historic Designation

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.

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A Stop in the 9-Day Festival
11:19 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center

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. 

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3:05 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Roanoke Pinball Museum: Calling All Wizards

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:23 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Father Figure: An Alternative Notion of Black Fatherhood

Jerell Willis, with Fidel (2011-2014) Image courtesy of the artist
Credit 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.

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Part 2 of 4
3:34 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Mountains of Music: The Landscape

Dickenson County, as photographed by Wayne Riner

As the name suggests, the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is about music. But the nine-day festival—opening June 12-- staged in nineteen counties and four cities across Southwest Virginia is about much more. 

You’re here to take in the music, but this place is so, so interesting so scenic that that’s a huge part of the overall experience that that’s a huge part of the overall experience, way beyond just a concert or even the festival, a sense," says Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of the Crooked Road.

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