The Spark

Friday 6:20pm

The Spark is WMRA's own creative look at --well-- creativity. We dig into whatever people are passionate about in the WMRA region: sculpture, model railroading, costume-making, poetry, whatever.

Please note that while we no longer produce The Spark as a full-length program (due to Martha Woodroof's retirement), her interviews continue to appear within our Friday broadcast of All Things Considered.

We want to hear from those who are doing artsy or interesting or wonderful or obsessive things.  We also recognize that lots of creatives are a tad shy and might not ever speak up for themselves. 

You can put something on our radar about yourself or can tell us about someone you know of who might be interesting by sending an e-mail to the show host, Martha Woodroof:
WoodroMH@jmu.edu
(To launch an email to Martha automatically click here. )

Scroll down to hear past segments.

Consider this a community-wide celebration of the many people among us who invest time, energy and discipline into pushing against life's boundaries.

Listen to a typical 2012 version of the show's end credits (including Martha asking to hear from those who know about creative goings-on) : here (60 seconds).

2013 Spark intern Julia Skinner has been tasked with blogging about potentially Spark-worthy peers, and you can find the link to that blog on this page.

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The Spark
8:46 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Furniture-Maker Todd Leback

With designs good enough to get invited to the Philadelphia Museum of Art's craft show as an emerging artist, Todd Leback makes furniture.  He enjoys making veneers of exotic woods.

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The Spark
8:29 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Monticello Curator of Plants Peggy Cornett

Historic gardener (and Monticello’s curator of plants) Peggy Cornett gardens for many reasons, but perhaps the main one, is that gardens are where she feels at home. 

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The Spark
11:28 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Huss and Dalton Guitars

Staunton's Jeff Huss takes on a tour of Huss and Dalton Guitars.

The Spark
11:24 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Matt Chan and Cat's Cradle

Matt Chan and friend

Matt Chan has made a career out of animal rescue.

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The Spark
11:12 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Lucy Ivanoff and Her Llamas

Big, bold Trixie, and little cute Ethan, both close to the same age but much different in size and personality

Attorney Lucy Ivanoff left a career as corporate in-house counsel for a big city company to move to a farm in Raphine, VA and raise llamas... Oh yes, and she still practices law.

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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri August 24, 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.

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The Spark
4:15 pm
Thu August 23, 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
4:12 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Jefferson Park Press founder Hilary Holladay

Charlottesville’s Hilary Holladay undertakes one bodacious literary enterprise by starting her own publishing house.

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Art Exhibit
1:11 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Beat, Ball, & Bloom Happening (9-13-2012)

Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth reads from Ginsberg's Howl at a Beat poetry event while Ginsberg takes a snapshot. Photo by Gordon Ball.

Event was 9-13-2012. Allen Ginsberg posse-member Gordon Ball will describe the how-and-why of his own historic photos of the epic Beat poet's most private world. Ball documented Ginsberg's personal life as no outsider could. WMRA's art exhibit of Ball's images has been extended and ends with  this informal gallery talk at the Harrisonburg studio.  Snacks, music from The Bloom Trio. The Beat, Ball, & Bloom Happening.  

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