This past September, British Folksong Archivist, Amanda Boyd, brought her show highlighting the musical connection between Southwest England and Southwest Virginia here for a special series of programs.
After her performance at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia, she traveled around the region for two weeks. She retraced the steps of early twentieth century British Folklorist, Cecil Sharp, collected slightly different versions of the same folk songs, from people in Virginia and in Britain.
The University of Virginia is again under a dark cloud – singled out by Rolling Stone Magazine for dismissing or downgrading reports of rape on campus.
The Rolling Stone report begins with the story of a young woman it calls Jackie – now a junior at UVA.
She says she was raped by seven young men at a fraternity party during her freshman year, but friends urged her not to report the attack because it might damage the school’s reputation and her own social standing.
A Richmond man is celebrating a national win in his sport of choice - skateboarding.
Connor Burke has been skateboarding since the age of 8, and this year - at 22 - he won the acclaim he’s been hoping for, taking top honors in the national freestyle skateboard championships. Unlike others who speed, bump and spin down city streets and stairways, freestylers skate on flat surfaces but do tricks with the board.
November 15th, tomorrow, is National Philanthropy Day, as President Ronald Reagan first deemed it back in 1986. It’s a time to recognize those who give and volunteer in our communities.
With that, the story now of a wealthy fan of American history.
While the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are multi-million dollar tourist attractions for Virginia, a $10 million donation now means the managers of James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, will be stepping up their game as well.