The Spark

A creative look at... creativity.

On This Episode of The Spark: These days 83-year-old Bob Brennan busies himself with Percheron Horses and a recalcitrant donkey on his Orange County farm. But he started his farming career raising chickens... at about the same time he started going to school.

The Cruciverbalist

Jul 17, 2015

WMRA's Martha Woodroof chats with Staunton's Matt Gaffney, whose puzzles have been published by the New York Times, Newsday, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, GAMES Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and others. 

Jean Marie Badar

Jul 10, 2015

After running twenty-some marathons, competing in a bunch of triathlons, and spending twenty-five years as a special education teacher, Jean Marie Badar finally felt ready to take on the job of fitness coordinator for Innisfree Village, Albemarle County’s lifesharing community for adults with disabilities.

Kara Lofton

On this episode of The Spark: Former Bridgewater college... and soon-to-be Sweet Briar college president,  Phillip Stone.

Chainsaw Glenn

Jun 26, 2015

On this episode of The spark: Meet Glenn Richardson... he has been making art for decades. Now in his fifties, Glenn has settled into sculpting phantasmagoria out of firewood using a chainsaw.

The Gate inspired by the Japanese Torii gate

Glenn Richardson's Website

The Avtex Legacy

Jun 19, 2015

On this episode of The Spark: Ralph Bolgiano remembers being part of the 1989 study that shut down AVTEX in Front Royal and put a stop to a major source of pollution in the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Martha Woodroof speaks with DeLois Warr, who still carries anger from her days growing up in segregated Mount Jackson.

She has made a mission out of challenging her community to help her maintain Mount Jackson's antebellum black cemetery.

Note: This episode of The Spark originally aired October 24, 2014.

Valley Black Heritage Project

On this episode of The Spark: Patrick Mayerchak is taking retirement in stride and getting the band back together. He and four college buddies started a band back in the sixties, and now that they’ve all had careers and families… it’s time to jam again.

Daniel Stein

On this episode of The Spark: Martha Woodroof learns more about astrophotography from rising college senior Daniel Stein.  Daniel loves nothing better than spending entire nights photographing the night sky.

Daniel Stein's website

Chirp To Win

May 21, 2015

On this episode of The Spark: Did you know that some world class performers have beaks?

Meet canary expert Andre Dight. Andre is a canary club leader and travels to bird competitions. Bird enthusiasts have even created an online canary jukebox.

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