Open Mic

From England to Virginia
11:16 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Musical Connections

Amanda Boyd
Credit Musicians' Union, UK

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.

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Open Mic
2:19 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Ode to the VIP Concertgoer: An Essay

Recently, I had the pleasure of going to a concert at the Fillmore in Charlotte.  The wildly energetic and eclectic violinist Lindsey Stirling was performing and my friend Claire and I were anticipating magical riffs from her flying fiddle bow.   
 

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Open Mic
1:34 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Traditions

Credit Creative Commons

It starts with some stale white bread. Then a little butter, onion, chicken broth, celery, and salt are added. But for Waynesboro writer and essayist Mollie Cox Bryan, Thanksgiving Day stuffing features another key ingredient. 
 

Mollie Cox Bryan has a new book out,  A Crafty Christmas: A Cumberland Creek Mystery.  She's also the author of Mrs. Rowe's Little Book of Southern Pies and Scrapbook of Secrets, among other books.  For more information, visit her website.

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Open Mic
1:21 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Gluten Free-Range Bananas: The Modern Eater

Every morning, I eat a banana for breakfast.  My banana is not a gluten free-range banana.  Nor is it a banana with a sticker that proclaims, “No tarantulas were harmed in the picking of this fruit.”  It is a plain old banana.

When did eating become so complicated?

My paternal grandparents, Santa and Sebastiano, cooked simple dishes based on recipes straight from the Old Country. Some of my earliest and most traumatic food-related memories are based on meals served in their apartment.

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Open Mic
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Wedding Busywork: Restless Hand Syndrome

June is the traditional month for weddings, but it turns out fall ceremonies are increasingly popular. 

Charlottesville author Janis Jaquith is looking forward to her daughter's wedding, and wondering why some people make the whole process much more complicated than necessary. 

I am not a crafty person. I don’t use “scrapbook” as a verb, and I don’t own a glue gun.

But now that my daughter is about to get married, some latent, ancient itch has overtaken me, and suddenly, I need to keep my hands moving, making wedding preparations.         

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