Arts & Culture

Mount Airy Plantation Renovation

Jul 9, 2015

The Northern Neck of Virginia is known for the plantation homes of the Washingtons and Lees. But just up the road in Warsaw, their close friend and fellow patriot John Tayloe II was a successful businessman whose Mount Airy Plantation has been the private home of the Tayloe family for more 250 years. Now, it's latest generation of owners, John Tayloe Emery and his wife Catherine are opening it's doors to the public in some unusual ways.  

For most kids, summer camp means hiking, swimming, cooking over an open fire, and sleeping under the stars – or at least under the roof of a cabin. For a few, however, camp could be a ticket to Hollywood.

On a hot afternoon, when their friends might be swimming or hiding in their airconditioned homes, a dozen young people have gathered in the living room of a location to begin work on their first film of the summer. For about 300 kids between the ages of 8 and 18, camp means making movies.

VHS Accession Number: 1998.92.1

Like many museums, the Virginia Historical Society has a lot of stuff in storage.  In fact, less than one percent of its documents and artifacts are on display, but the society offers special tours that take curious people behind the scenes. If you have 90 free minutes on certain Saturdays and a strong curious streak, the Virginia Historical Society invites you to learn about a range of quirky topics.

Healing After Tragedy

Jun 25, 2015

  The tragedy in Charleston brings to mind other, similar events; Mass shootings, which have afflicted communities and the wider world, resonating beyond state and national boundaries.  Therapists are developing strategies for healing that go beyond words.

The Tweet Seats

Jun 24, 2015
Virginia Tech

Pull out your phone in a live theatrical performance, and you might get the stink eye, or even a request to leave. But given the unavoidable technological climate, some theatres, including the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, are beginning to experiment with Tweet Seats, where patrons can safely share their ideas and thoughts about the performances, free from any menacing glares.  

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