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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 is pure magic. While I know a few brave souls who have skated across Pandapas Pond in the

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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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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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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

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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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Wilderness Road Chorus: Sisters in Harmony

“Ring that chord,” encourages Wilderness Road Chorus director Lavelva Stevens. When the women of this barbershop-style chorus sing the notes just right, an overtone moves through the room, and the audience hears a “ringing.” It is high...

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