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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Tree Breeze . . . swing – and sleep – through summer

Perhaps there is nothing that symbolizes a life of lounge-y leisure more than someone swaying away the day in a hammock. Even better, add in a book, perhaps splayed open face down, because its reader fell asleep. In our lifetime, a hammock has been consistently synonymous with relaxation; however, its origin suggests anything but. The

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Candle-Making and Dancing through High School

The entrepreneurial bug can bite young, and Lindsay Santos, 15, doesn’t remember a time when she did not want to start a business. She would daydream about it and even sketch out business plans and marketing ideas....

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Speakeasies and Fine Dining

There appears to be no definitive reason for the term “speakeasy”, though it referred to places which illegally sold alcoholic beverages during Prohibition. Perhaps patrons might “speak easy”, as in a whisper, for their participation in buying...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

The Hallmark Movie Neighborhood

Moms sometimes get to do what they want on Mother’s Day, and Kim Mann’s idea of a great day in 2021 was driving around Blacksburg looking at houses. “We went through several neighborhoods before parking in front...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Vacation on Wheels . . . a mobile Airbnb

It’s hard being new parents. You bring home your new acquisition, stare at it incredulously with doe-eyed wonder, with equal parts joy and intimidation. “We got it home and said, ‘What have we done?! We don’t even...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Cooking at Home is the New Going Out

When I see Jud Flynn, he’s not dressed in chef’s whites, black and white houndstooth pants and the distinctive toque blanche (white hat) of the award-winning executive chef that he is. He is more likely wearing jeans,...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Brick Road Drama Camp . . . day camp for special needs kids

You know the not-so-old saw now: There’s an app for that! In the old days, kids went to summer day camp for swimming, crafts and assorted activities. Now there are day camps for dance, cheerleading, technology, bugs,...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Montgomery Museum of Art and History

Formerly known as the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center and perched behind Montgomery County Courthouse on Pepper Street since circa 1980, the Montgomery Museum of Art and History went through a rebranding about four...

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Not Your Grandpa’s Tailgate

It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No. No. It’s a step, it’s a table, it’s a toolbox, a laptop storage spot, a boombox, a phone charger, a measuring tool, a workbench, a bottle opener. Aha. It’s a...

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Monday, March 21st, 2022

When Curiosity Takes You Home

It was simple curiosity, along with a career in the housing industry, that brought Cassidy Jones and her family to their unusual home. “We actually lived down the street when this house came on the market,” she...

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