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We are nearing the 70th anniversary of D-Day with a rapidly dwindling number of living veterans who invaded Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. While few World War II veterans will make the trek to the landing sites for the commemorative anniversary in 2014, their efforts are etched in history through an array of museums and memorials. From the beaches, bunkers and hedgerows, the stories of the Allied invasion come alive and also serve to remind us of the price of peace. A visit to the historic Norman sites is a chance to learn more about this turning-point battle that freed France and eventually Europe from the Nazi hold.
Everyone who has heard the stereotypes of Appalachian hillbillies and every “misguided individual” who has described Appalachian speech as incorrect should take a look at “Talking Appalachian,” edited by two English professors who have lived in the mountains. In a series of essays, Amy Clark of the University of Virginia at Wise and Nancy Hayward, a Virginia native at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, explore the diversity of dialects, “the way
“The Carpet People” is Terry Pratchett’s first novel, written when he was 17 and working for a newspaper. The characters first appeared in the newspaper in 1971 in serial form for children, and that story is reprinted in the book, which also includes Pratchett’s illustrations. After Pratchett’s Discworld novels became popular, he revised “The Carpet People” for republication. It is the story of microscopic beings who live in different tribes
This is a collection of essays plus unedited transcripts from multiple participants in a conference sponsored by the Edge Foundation. This foundation aims to bring together serious thinkers from the fields of psychology, philosophy, mathematics, neuroscience, economics and more to ruminate on why things are the way they are, how they got there and what might be a goal for future development. One essay, for example, questions the nature of
Ann Drewry of Clifton Forge shares this adventure: “In July, a group of six ladies from Clifton Forge traveled to Costa Rica as part of a nine-day tour hosted by Dabney Lancaster Community College. Visits to San Jose, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Arenal and Guanacaste were included. The group enjoyed the ecological diversity of Costa Rica, visiting pineapple, banana and chocolate plantations and observing sea turtles laying eggs on the beach. They
DAY TRIPS RESCHEDULED Dec. 29 Christmas at Greenbrier/Homestead The Botetourt County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a bus trip to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and the Homestead resort in Hot Springs. At the Homestead, take a self-guided tour through the resort, shop and view the Christmas decorations. Lunch will be at the Mason Jar Restaurant in White Sulphur Springs. At the Greenbrier, take a self-guided tour
A veritable all-star musical lineup is hitting the Jefferson Center stage Saturday. It is a group with credits that include Curtis Mayfield, Whitney Houston, Steve Miller Band and Ginger Baker. This supergroup also happens to be a pack of siblings. Bassist Victor Wooten and his brothers, drummer Roy “Future Man” Wooten , keyboardist Joseph Wooten and guitarist Regi Wooten , are on a short tour this month that will bring
Don’t be surprised if you recognize the 12-year-old girl opening The Wooten Brothers show on Saturday at Jefferson Center in Roanoke. She has more than a million page views on Youtube.com. Jayna Brown has only been in Roanoke since February. But soon after she arrived, she joined the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, where folks immediately noticed her huge voice and uncanny control of pitch and phrasing. “ From the
Mill Mountain Theatre is back with an exceptional production of the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “The Sound of Music.” Perhaps the most popular American musical in the world, “The Sound of Music” as interpreted by Mill Mountain is one of the best I’ve seen. It is a simple rendering that allows the story and the music to shine forth unencumbered. The set by Jimmy Ray Ward, MMT’s resident scenic
The story may be familiar, but the message of reflection, redemption and renewal are timeless. Attic Productions in Fincastle takes on the ambitious holiday play “It’s a Wonderful Life” and rings in a wing-earning message for theatergoers. The two-hour play opens on Christmas Eve with George Bailey, the self-sacrificing proprietor of a building-and-loan company in Bedford Falls, N.Y, in desperate straits. Prepared to toss himself off a bridge to save
No matter where you live in Southwest Virginia, there’s no shortage of local shops offering unique gifts this holiday season. If you’re heading to downtown Roanoke in the coming weeks to check out Dickens of a Christmas or any of the other festivities, pop into small businesses and see what they have to offer. Here’s a guide to some of the shops’ top sellers and special products available for the
When you watch, or rewatch, the smash hit “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” keep an eye out for the dancer shoved aside by the garish Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). That dancer happens to be Christiansburg actress Sarah Wylie, 24, making a tiny appearance in yet another major Hollywood flick. She isn’t listed in the closing credits, as she was with Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” but she and boyfriend Paul Pallante are
Each December, holiday greetings fly through the mail, depicting a common theme. Chickadees in a Virginia pine. Bluebirds in snow. Pastel mountains receding into wintry mist. Isaiah’s lion and lamb curled up in a cozy snooze, beside a barefoot child. You’ll see snowy woodlands, a red cardinal on a branch, entire quaint villages full of bare trees and evergreens, river bridges and long-scarfed skaters on a frozen pond. Nobody sends
Once upon a time, a group of artists and writers published a journal in Roanoke called Artemis. Magazine co-founder Jeri Rogers calls it "the only publication that chronicles the art and writing of the Blue Ridge Mountains." The annual Artemis Journal ceased publication in 1995 after an 18-year run. A new issue appeared in 2000, part of a purported revival that didn't take flight. Yet the artistic community that surrounded
Alysia Abbott grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s and '80s, the daughter of a single gay parent long before the national discourse on same-sex marriage and parenting went mainstream. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., now living in Cambridge, Mass., Abbott has garnered critical acclaim with her first book, "Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father." Her father, the poet and cartoonist Steve Abbott, died of AIDS in 1992. After his
La De Da in downtown Roanoke is known for its creative window displays. Even outside the holiday season, the flirty styling of their displays makes their hippie-chic clothing appear as if lifted by breezes or the twirl of a toe. During the holidays, they get more imaginative. This year's display includes a dress (above) made entirely of candy. Store owner Carole Hughes said she made the dress with employees Rachel
I traveled to Wisconsin for the first time this past summer and was pleased to experience my first “Friday Fish.” The tradition of eating fish on Fridays is one I learned from my boyfriend , who hails from the state. The practice has a religious history, but I have also heard that during Prohibition, bars and pubs that could no longer sell alcohol advertised fish on Fridays to attract customers.
It is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas. All over Southwest Virginia, organizations are decking the halls for their annual home and garden tours. Put these events on your calendar and you may be inspired to give your own space a seasonal makeover. SATURDAY>>SUNDAY 34th Annual Old Southwest Holiday Parlor Tour of Homes Eight homes in Roanoke's historic Old Southwest will be dressed up for the holidays. There
We don’t think of convenience stores as having great food, but we have noticed that more and more of them have restaurants attached. This is the case at the Dark Side Cafe, which is located inside a convenience store on Tyler Avenue above Radford University. Radford students refer to one side of campus as the “light side” and the other the “dark side.” An employee at Dark Side Cafe said
TODAY (THURSDAY) Wine & Pine A plated dinner with a complimentary wine glass and live music by dueling pianos The Funkeys. 5:30 p.m. $60 per person or $100 per couple. Roanoke Civic Center Exhibit Hall. 853-5483. TODAY (THURSDAY) >>SATURDAY "Scrooge" A Christmas musical presented by New Century Church. This play may not be suitable for children under the age of 6. Parental discretion is advised. Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.;
TONIGHT Dar Williams Singer/songwriter Williams returns to Kirk Avenue Music Hall, supporting her 2012 record, "In The Times of Gods." The disc uses parables of Greek mythology to examine modern life, and features such Williams associates as Larry Campbell, Shawn Colvin and Charley Drayton. On a podcast in May 2012, Williams discussed her lyrical process and those great backing musicians, among other topics. Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=11582 to hear the
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