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:
(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.

A bit of Jane's book:
(Reprinted from FALLING IN LOVE WITH JOSEPH SMITH: My Search for the Real Prophet by Jane Barnes with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin. Copyright Jane Barnes 2012.)



Joseph Smith Couldn’t Have Written the Book of Mormon

Professional musicians Kathleen Overfield-Zook, Lisa Wright, and Maria Lorcas are all mothers who had gotten tired of “driving for dollars” –driving long distances in order to play quality gigs. So Kathleen had the bright idea that the three of them should form their own trio. And so (ta-da!) the Bloom Trio was born.  

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.

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. 

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

Matt Chan has made a career out of animal rescue.

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.

Who's this with celebrity chef Jacques Pépin? It is Sarah Cohen of Route 11 Potato Chips.

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.

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