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Decorating for the Holidays from the Bounty of Our Land

The winter solstice, when the sun at noon is in its lowest altitude above the horizon occurs around December 21st or 22nd. The holidays of Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s light up the darkness of the winter season.

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Steeped in Tradition

The night of the18th of April 1775 was clear, windy and cold. A rider and horse stood on the south shore of the Charles River, keenly watching the town of Boston across the broad waters. The horse pawed impatiently as the rider rechecked his saddle girth, both anxious to be off. The...

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Harvest Home Tour

The Essex County Countryside Alliance is proud to present a Harvest Home Tour on Saturday, November 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The houses that will be opened are Wheatland, Elmwood, and Kinloch, all in Essex County, and Rose Hill located in Caroline County. Vauters Church will also be...

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Bygone Canneries of Eastern Virginia

Economic Rebound Led by the Tomato It was a majestic time in the eastern counties of Virginia bordered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. The costly and deadly Civil War had been over for more than two decades and reconstruction had begun, easing the effects on the area...

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Chutney: Savoring the Season's Bounty

What is chutney you ask? Chutney is a versatile condiment that can add an exotic touch to almost any dish you serve. The word Chutney is derived from the Hindu word, chatni, thought to mean crushed. It is made up of a variety of fruits and spices and was traditionally served with...

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The Northern Neck Orchestra

Everyone likes a success story, especially when it’s local. In a time when even large cities have trouble supporting a symphony orchestra, the Northern Neck Orchestra has created and filled that niche in its own community. It attracts a diverse group of talented musicians spanning a...

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Cooks Holiday

The festive season that begins around Thanksgiving and winds down January 2 is anything but a holiday for cooks. Entertaining is essential, but what’s needed is a quick getaway from the kitchen for busy hosts, and a break from big heavy meals for their overextended guests.

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Farmer to the World

When I first met him, I never guessed I had just shaken hands with a truly incredible individual. This charming, tall and laid back man has been a Virginia farmer all of his life-and a very successful one at that. But, he has also travelled to thirty two countries, developed a farming...

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Shooting for Perfection

Nestled between the Piankatank and Rappahannock rivers in Middlesex County lies a secluded 60-acre gem, wrapped in natural woodlands and meadows, brimming with abundant wildlife, and home to The Middlesex Shooting Sports Club, formerly The Middlesex Sportsmen’s Hunt Club. Ironically,...

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Urbanna Christmas Home Tour

The Christmas holidays seem to come into our lives faster with each passing year. For most of us the calendar pages seem to flip directly from the 4th of July to December 25th with astonishing speed. Accompanying this annual phenomena is the amount of extra stress so many of us feel...

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Sweet Dreams by Bedcrafters by Michelle

There’s something about a rainy day that makes you want to roll over and go back to sleep so, as our latest storm system rolled through, it seemed appropriate that I found myself at BedCrafters by Michelle in Williamsburg. Just inside, an A-board greeted me with a question: “Waking up...

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Breast Conservation Therapy

The focus of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this and every October is appropriately on prevention and early detection. But it’s also an excellent time to learn more about treatment options for breast cancer.

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Spy Catcher

The capture of the Walker family of spies was the result of hundreds of hours of good old fashioned investigative work by a team of FBI agents led by Joseph R. Wolfinger. The epic spy story has been written about in a book titled Family of Spies by Pete Earley and in a TV movie of the...

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