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.
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.
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”