The Spark

The Spark
8:02 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Area Bach Boosters

Bach at age 61 painted by Haussmann (courtesy Scheide Collection, via Wikipedia)

Long time Shenandoah Bach Festival organizers and performers join us --including Ken Nafziger, Les Helmuth, and Jeremy Nafziger. 

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The Spark
12:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Odd Old Va. Maps

Bear right at the mountain-sized turkey (according to an antique map).  Off our coast on a French-made nautical chart, exaggeratedly large French warships dwarf and scare wimpy British ships.  In his new book, Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War, map expert Bill Wooldridge notices how we once pictured our own land and how the world-beyond once pictured Virginia. 

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The Spark
5:08 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Back to the Basics

The Spark is taking a vacation this week, but will be back next week.  In the meantime, we're presenting State of the Re:Union - Back to the Basics.

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The Spark
11:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Flower Grower Mary Jo Swartzendruber

Eliza Doolittle is among the best-loved fictional flower-sellers.  Mary Jo Swartzendruber is a real flower seller --and she grows her own too.

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The Spark
11:11 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Tomato Guru

How does one pick a bushel of tomatoes without kneeling? It depends on how they're strung up. Though he'd humbly disagree, many Harrisonburg folks think that Singers Glen farmer, Marlin Burkholder, knows all there is to know about growing tomatoes. 

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The Spark
12:13 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Champion Liar

Don't believe a word of this.

State two-time tall-tale-telling champ Mack Swift on storytelling. 

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The Spark
11:54 am
Fri May 10, 2013

"Baroque" Gem Near West Virginia?

The Handley Library looks more like something out of Vienna or Dresden than Winchester, Virginia. Architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson 

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The Spark
11:16 am
Fri May 10, 2013

News Photog's Artsy Side

Dudley Biddlecomb and his apprentice Peter Hedlund on the water. Photo: Pat Jarrett.

Staunton photographer Pat Jarrett has moved on from spot news coverage for the Staunton News Leader to his own brand of “nonfiction visuals.” 

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Web Extra
3:03 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

A Tall Tale from Mack Swift

Image: WMRA News (tw)

Storyteller Mack Swift appeared on The Spark.  Here is his rendition of

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The Spark
11:21 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Keswick, Homestead Pastry Chef's Solo

Giancarlo is a true "European" pastry chef (born in Lombardy) whose career included  upscale venues like The Homestead and Keswick Hall.  He and wife, Jane, ran Cafe Giancarlo on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall --and now they run  Giancarlo Fine European Pastries in Staunton. He shares some thoughts about life and about luscious treats. 

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