Arts & Culture

First Thanksgiving
9:33 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The REAL Feast

Executive Chef J. Young prepares a historically accurate Thanksgiving meal.
Credit Washington & Lee University

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to consider what the Pilgrims really ate. 

At Washington & Lee University, students got a taste of the original feast and found eel and beer were likely part of the meal, but turkey? Maybe not.

Before heading home for the holidays, anthropologist  Allison Bell invited her students to dine on what research shows the pilgrims actually ate.  

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Arts & Culture
8:09 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Troubadours Recount the Life of John Paul Jones

Credit www.reidvansante.com

In Charlottesville, the name John Paul Jones evokes thoughts of a large arena where basketball teams and rock groups perform.  It was named for the father of a big UVA donor, but for those who love American history, another John Paul Jones comes to mind, and now two musicians from the British Isles are traveling in America - singing the praises of this early American patriot.

Rob Van Sante and Alan Reid are a pair of troubadours from the UK who love telling tales through their music.  

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Draper is for Dreamers
12:54 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Draper Mercantile & Trading Company

Credit Draper Mercantile

As the slogan says, Virginia is for lovers.  
But have you heard the one that goes, “Draper is for Dreamers”?

It often happens that you can be someplace for a long time and sort of not really see it anymore.  It can take newcomers to help re-open your eyes to what’s right in front of you.  Take those abandoned buildings still standing at forgotten crossroads southwestern Virginia; whitewash fading, boarded up windows, beautiful and compelling in their decay. That’s what led Debbie Gardner and her husband Bill to purchase the Draper Mercantile, 5 years ago.

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Arts & Culture
6:41 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Groups Pin Hopes on Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarter is a website that allows people to raise money for their favorite cause, and two Virginia groups have gone online, hoping to save historic art forms using this 21st century tool. 

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. “

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Law & Crime
10:17 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Captain Phillips Movie Hits Close to Home

John Flood, assistant director of the University of Virginia’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
Credit Dan Addison

The  latest Tom Hanks film, Captain Phillips, opened last month – taking in $26 million in its first weekend at the box office.  Here in Virginia, some people take a special interest in the tale of a U.S. cargo ship from Norfolk captured by pirates off the Somali Coast in 2009 – its captain held hostage. 

Captain Phillips is an action-adventure film, showing how four heavily armed Somali Pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama.  Most of the crew was locked in a safe room, but the captain was taken hostage – removed from the ship and placed on board a lifeboat”

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