The Spark

The Spark
10:59 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Wee Tiny Aeronautics

Dan Myers is "plane crazy"* for radio-controlled aircraft. Decades before drones were in the news, Dan and fellow land-pilots of the Valley Radio-Control Flying Club were soaring, diving, and corkscrewing over Rockingham County skies --while safely on the ground. 

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The Spark
10:46 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Beer-Vinegar?

Virginia Wine and craft-brewed beer are repurposed into vinegar such as you’ve never tasted before at Virginia Vinegar Works, in scenic "metropolitan" Shipman. Martha talks with  artisanal vinegar-makers Jay and Stephanie Rostow. 

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The Spark
11:54 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Artist Aaron Shifflett

Layers of clear plastic. Paintblobs. Paintstroke-oids  (sometimes actually cut-outs of biological digital images). A talk with Harrisonburg-based artist Aaron Shifflett. 

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The Spark
5:31 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

WEBEXTRA: More Orr

Image: WMRA News (tw)

Here's more from Spark guest, poet Greg Orr.
 

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The Spark
3:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Poet Greg Orr

Greg Orr began writing poems about death and loss and now writes poems about life and hope. 

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The Spark
8:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Public Radio Lifer

Al. Still doing radio. Photo credit: Jim Bishop

And our new leader.  Meet Al Bartholet, formerly (and "since forever") of WKSU public radio --who is the new head of WMRA.  His 7th grade essay about "what I want to be when I grow up" actually panned out.

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The Spark
6:49 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Roll's Essay

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons user Matěj Baťha

Youngperson Alex Roll penned the essay "Presents" for her high school English class. 

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The Spark
6:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Dance China

Dancers from Chengdu Sports University

JMU Dance Professor Shane O’Hara just got back from China, where he and a bunch of his students taught –and learned– some new steps. 

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The Spark
1:17 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

I.T. "Nerdette" Renee Parilak

Some people are born "techies" --as a kid Renee and her dad electrified her dollhouse --like with wee tiny plug-in sockets. Courtesy photo.

Some people are born "techies" --as a kid Renee and her dad electrified her dollhouse (see photo). Today she makes websites. 

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The Spark
5:24 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

That. Feels. Soooo Good.

Think of Betty Mooney as Charlottesville’s "Queen Mum" of massage therapy.

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