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.
New York City Marathon photographer Peter Krebs moved to Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood and got entranced by the story and the people of the historic Monticello Road. He's been photographing the people --including Mysterious Kroger Man.
Charlotte Zinsser Booth was inspired by her mom's memories of learning in school about mythic gods of antiquity --and by education reformers who sought less-bureaucratic "whole child" teaching. She worked in public schools and then turned her lifetime passion about education toward founding the North Branch School in Afton.
He's into "soft rock" --but not the musical kind. Pete Farley has been fascinated with the Alberene Soapstone Quarry his entire life and is now searching for its history. He also recalls some of Nelson County's castle-like abandoned quarry buildings and mills