Thousands of people will converge on Staunton this week for what will, no doubt, be the hottest event in the nation.
Thirteen years ago, Caroline Sheridan and her husband Doug opened a glass blowing studio in an old Staunton warehouse, and despite a lengthy recession that bankrupted many a business, their enterprise – called Sunspots Glass Studios – has grown steadily as tourists ventured off the highway.
Up to 5,000 visitors are expected during this weekend’s Hot Glass Festival – a free event that will showcase two dozen glass artists from around the country.
If you follow world news, it’s easy to get discouraged - to feel helpless in the face of so much violence, suffering and destruction, but a group of Virginia builders have found a way to improve conditions and to raise spirits.
Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.
The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8% or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states.
The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.