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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Mulled Wine

1 large orange 6 whole cloves 6 whole black peppercorns 1 bottle (3 cups) fruity red wine 2 cardamom pods 6 allspice berries 1 cinnamon stick (+ 4 for garnish) 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup fresh cranberries (for garnish) Grate zest with fine grater, then juice the orange. With flat side of knife, press on

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

The Bear with the Blue Hat Ornament

In a home in the hills outside Blacksburg, Christmas decorations are tastefully displayed, traditions have been handed down and created anew, and the holiday spirit fills every space. This classy, contemporary family house blends rustic elements with...

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

It’s a Wrap

Hiding the surprise is a big part of gift giving and has been for years – even centuries. The use of wrapping paper is first documented in ancient China, where paper was invented in second century B.C....

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

When Beer and Art Collide

So imagine as a college student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, you drop into a bar for a beer one afternoon after painting away part of the day with friends at Brandywine Battlefield. It’s not a...

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Head Knowledge ~ hair stylists use knowledge in their heads to work with hair on yours

From sweeping the floor and cleaning the sink to learning the muscles in the upper body and a sprinkle of chemistry and mastering people skills, the cosmetologist’s job is comprehensive in science, style and sanitation before picking...

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Community-Centered and Customer-Focused

While the Corner Market Country Store looks like your typical gas-and-go food mart, a closer look reveals a locavore’s dream. Colorful fresh produce is abundant, along with gourmet items such as Amish butter and eggs and local...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

A Trip Down Memory LANE

The year was 1892. The place was a stony bean field (or was it wheat?) at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, a swath of land that would become the Drillfield. The people were Techmen, outfitted in the...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Opening the Oyster

Pearl is the item associated with a 30th anniversary, and that is exactly what the Interfaith Food Pantry is to Blacksburg with its three decades of quiet service. “For 30 years the Pantry has been fortunate to...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Heritage Park

Folks of a certain age remember a time when the main job of children was to go outside and play. A combination of increased fear, “plugged-in” play, school reform that doesn’t allow for direct outdoor experience and...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Goat Yoga

Having baby goats in a yoga session raises the bar on the fun and frolic and brings out new people who may not otherwise approach the yoga scene. “We saw goat yoga events in other parts of...

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