The Spark

The Spark (Fri noon)
12:16 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Look! A Queen Bee!

Mr Southerly and a few thousand friends. Image credit: Bibb Frazier

A talk with Norman Southerly about his bees. WMRA's Martha Woodroof has a close encounter with the queen bee. 

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The Spark
12:37 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Who Needs A Middle Finger Anyway?

Courtesy of: Mark Cline and EnchantedCastleStudios.com

Artist/showman Mark Cline lost a digit (but did get it back) while making a giant Yogi Bear statue. On The Spark, WMRA's art guy Terry Ward asks Mark about his recent ups and downs --including a museum show and a show at WMRA's art space

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The Spark
5:17 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

"The Girl Who Died Most Mysteriously" Producers

In a graveyard (of course) the Howdyshell brothers Mike and Chris bracket "dead girl" character Allie Toro.

A spooky participatory stage show playing on the pre-Halloween weekend at Harrisonburg’s Court Square Theater even has its own "app." We meet producers Mike Howdyshell and his younger brother, Chris. 

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The Spark
4:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Ol' Timey Mechanic Billy Campbell

Photo credit: Charlie Woodroof.

Frank Turner’s old garage, a Rockingham County folk-landmark, is now the site of Ralph’s Auto Service, whose owner, Billy Campbell, talks about his lonnnnnng  relationship with vehicles.

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The Spark
7:56 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Middle Schoolers who LOVE Art Class

Front: Carla Martinez, Kate Le, Lauren Whetzel, Clarissa McIntyre, Victoria Meador, Nora Valente. Back: Mrs Pamela Iwanicki, Savannah Turner, Pablo Santibanez, Edith Ortega-Sanchez, Briannah Cline, Wilson Smith

Montevideo Middle School art teacher Pamela Iwanicki's students are making the letters L, O, V, and E in a project that partners with the Virginia Department of Tourism.  

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The Spark
1:38 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Potter Nan Rothwell

After serendipitously discovering clay, potter Nan Rothwell has been throwing pots (or in the old-timey Southern phrase, turning pots) on the wheel for many happy decades. Martha talks with Nan about life, clay, and "wiggling". 

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The Spark
10:35 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Meet "Rapunzel" (of Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books)

Sara Taylor created Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books back in 2001 to give Nelson County folks a place to hang out and listen to music. At a time when so many independent book stores have succumbed to Amazon or Books-A-Million, her enterprise carries on.

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The Spark
6:06 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Poet, Furious Flower Founder

Joanne Gabbin  is a married baby boomer, a poet, and a person of color;  all of these have informed her life.  

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The Spark
11:33 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Tom Graham Visits The Spark

WMRA's Tom Graham mentioned his troubled childhood during a recent episode of  Virginia Insight. (online audio, around the 34min mark). When Martha asked him to come on The Spark and talk about himself, he chose to talk further about his past and how it informs his current professional and personal life.

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The Spark
12:02 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

ARRRRR! ActARRRR Chris Markham

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Wayside Theatre alumnus and past Chicago theatre organizer Chris Markham combined his love of stage, science, and schoolkids to create Impressions Theater.  Lately, the childrens' theater troupe he founded  has him costumed as Redbeard The Pirate. 

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