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12:20 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Playwright Ingrid De Sanctis

Left: Ingrid De Sanctis Right: Sarah Elizabeth Pharis
Nikki Fox Daily News Record

Actress, director, and playwright Ingrid De Sanctis talks about life, liberty, and a play she wrote based on another guest of The Spark:   Sarah Elizabeth Pharis.  Pharis' struggles against cancer while maintaining an active and artsy life were inspirational.

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The Spark
12:18 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Painter Janice Breeden

In a different take on "sitting for a portrait" Janice Breeden paints chairs as a way to express her vision of the people who use them. 

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The Spark
11:15 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Sarah Elizabeth Pharis

Sarah Elizabeth Pharis and her cat, Penny

Self-described writer/artist/cancer patient Sarah Elizabeth Pharis is also the inspiration for a play called "Sarah and the Dinosaur." 

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The Spark
12:03 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Sarah Cohen of Route 11 Potato Chips

Sarah Cohen of Route 11 Potato Chips holds her award as Jacques Pépin stands by.

Who's this with celebrity chef Jacques Pépin? It is Sarah Cohen of Route 11 Potato Chips. Her  sweet potato chips took the gold

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The Spark
11:51 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Social Justice Seeker Larry Yates

In the mid-60's Larry Yates  fought housing discrimination in Northern Virginia. When he informed the  draft board that he'd be spending his spare time organizing anti-war activity, Vietnam-era military officials decided against calling-up Larry. The Winchester-based activist now works with former death row inmates who have proven their innocence and speak against the death penalty. 

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The Spark
11:23 am
Fri April 20, 2012

"Extreme" Romeo Director

Boomie Pedersen and Chris Baumer performing as Romeo and Juliet.

On stage, "extreme" casting means assigning more than one role each to the actors.   We meet director Mary Coy whose extreme version of "Romeo and Juliet" is set in a present-day mediation conference room.

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The Spark
12:29 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

He Helped Ginsberg HOWL

The celebrated Beat poet Allen Ginsberg's upstate retreat/artists' colony/utopian crashpad was the East Hill Farm.  The farmkeeper, Gordon Ball, now lives in Lexington, Virginia, and he's put together the inside stories and pictures in his new book, East Hill Farm.  Gordon's films have appeared at MoMA and at the Guggenheim.

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The Spark
12:18 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Dyed By Her Own Hand

We meet Claudia McClean, who is the Claudia behind  Claudia’s Handpainted Yarn in Harrisonburg. She says that four words repeat like a mantra in her mind as she knits:  peace, love, comfort, joy.

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The Spark
11:50 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Tax Day? Yeeaaay!

In honor of Tax Day, we meet merry CPA Lawrence Yoder, who seemingly couldn't be any happier.   Each finished return satisfies like fitting-in the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle. 

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The Spark
2:49 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

The Wayne-Saver

Bill Hausrath waxes poetic about tourist dollars, play-writing, the Wayne Theatre building, and Confederate General Jubal Early.

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