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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Horses and Weddings and Planning from Afar

It’s possible two of the most popular things that girls dream of are … … horses and weddings. Summer Casady is no exception, having gotten a horse long before a husband. At age 11, the homeschooled fifth grader acquired Paloosa, 4, an Appaloosa mare which she trained, rode in parades, won blue

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Because It’s Fun!

When you become the owner of a high performance vehicle, it’s natural to show it off to your friends and family. So when Joan Mitchell, a Blacksburg Realtor (RE/MAX 8 associate broker), got her 2014 Can-Am Spyder...

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Making Music that Doesn’t Exist versatile musician composes as well

John Crawford started playing music as soon as he was old enough to plunk on piano keys. Of course, a lot of toddlers plunk frenetically on piano keys, but few grow up past toy keyboards or even...

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Jewel at the Top of the Mountain

Five years ago, Alan and Cindy Gensamer moved to the New River Valley from Houston, Texas. It fit their criteria for a place to retire: close to colleges and universities, airports, museums and cultural venues, plus a...

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Splash Time at the Great Wolf Lodge

Our daughter happens to be a water baby. She loves splashing in anything – kicking her feet in the bath, slapping her hands under a running faucet, jumping in small puddles and lately, slushing through melted snow....

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Southwest Virginia on Ice

The first time the temperate drops enough to freeze nearby ponds, the winter world truly becomes a wonderland. The fascinating feeling of ice underfoot brings out the kid in all of us, and gliding across frozen water...

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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

A Great Gatsby Affair

A billowy 40 degrees, the mountains a crisp blue in Blacksburg, the eve of the year 2017. People are prepping to celebrate the ringing in of a New Year. Party hats, black dresses, drinks for toasting and...

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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...

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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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