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World Class Art in Your Hometown Museum

If you have not been to an art museum lately, Christina Carroll has a suggestion for you: consider a visit to the Muscarelle Museum of Art right here in Williamsburg. As senior associate director at the Muscarelle, part of Christina’s job is to promote the museum and its exhibitions...

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Michael Repper: New Life for the Northern Neck Orchestra

ichael Repper’s resume states that he began his studies in conducting at age ten. Curiosity demands an explanation of that beginning, and it comes with a chain of circumstances that led the California youngster to Melbourne, Australia, for piano studies with Nehama Patkin, a noted...

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Happy 30th Anniversary Virginia Natural Heritage Program

Every time I come out, there’s always something new to see,” says Zachary Bradford excitedly, as he surveys the swaying saltmarsh cordgrass glowing chartreuse in the morning light. “To date, Virginia Natural Heritage biologists have found 36 species new to science and 313 species new...

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A Cask of Characters

Fragrant oak shavings fall softly to the floor with each stroke of the cooper’s broad axe. Cutting and shaping a rough-cut board into a cask stave is no easy task but Apprentice Bonnie Roane makes it look effortless. In fact, cutting and shaping a flat board into a stave requires...

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BIG Results for Parkinson's Patients

magine going from an active person who takes walks on the beach, plays with their kids and enjoys dinners out with friends and family to someone for whom it now takes 10 slow, deliberate steps just to get out of the car or five minutes of fumbling to put on your jacket. And while...

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Col. Ruby F. Bryant

In an era of seemingly unending political turmoil, we find ourselves looking for heroes, and sometimes we need to look no farther than our own backyard. Col. Ruby Ficklin Bryant was one such role model. A native of Emmerton in Richmond County, she was a trusted counselor and colorful...

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The Original Thanksgiving Celebration

As we begin planning Thanksgiving dinner for our families, most of us begin by picking out the biggest, fattest turkey we can find. We begin making shopping lists for ingredients as we pull out family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Grocery store...

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Christ Church Paris: 350th Anniversary

Christ Church Parish, in Middlesex County, one of the oldest colonial churches in Virginia, celebrated its 350th anniversary on April 24, 2016. The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in America, The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, visited the church to mark the occasion.

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Fruit Cake: Everything Old is New Again

Culinary legend claims that ancient Egyptians placed an early version of the fruit cake on the tombs of loved ones, perhaps as food for the afterlife. You’ve probably received one of those original fruit cakes, re-packaged and shipped through the mail. Johnny Carson, former host of...

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Tacky or Traditional: A Christmas Sweater for Everyone

Kevin McCallister sported one in the beloved Christmas movie Home Alone; Ralphie occasionally donned one as he set out on his quest to receive that coveted Red Ryder B.B. gun in the famous film A Christmas Story. Christmas sweaters are a staple of the holiday season that resurface...

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Ornamenting the Holidays

Perhaps nothing expresses the enthusiasm of the holiday season quite like the beautifully trimmed Christmas tree. She’s the diva of decorations, holding court at the center of festive gatherings, and nothing reflects the personality of that Queen of Holiday Decor like the ornaments...

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Senior Living

Whether retirement is approaching or you’re a seasoned retiree, there’s no time like the present to dream up new and interesting ways to spend the valuable spare time you’ve been looking forward to your entire life — and maybe knock a few years off your chronological age in the process.

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Wallpaper Your World

For centuries, wallpaper has been a favored technique to add personal style to any room. The trend is said to have started in China where the Chinese would glue rice paper to their walls to add color and texture. In the 1600s, the French would continue the trend by adding block...

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