The Spark

The Spark
5:05 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Make compost?  A sort of mid-life crisis turned Eric Walter into a professional composter. 

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The Spark
2:41 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Creepy Junk Shop Story

The "FBI photo" mentioned in the essay.

Terry Ward tells about his favorite thrift store --a creepy place that gets one thinking about mortality.

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The Spark
1:15 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Lifetime Motorcyclist Wayne Hensley

Wayne on his yellow beast.

What do you do when the Hells Angels* and the Chicago Outlaws break into a bar fight all around you?  Um... leave.

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The Spark
11:50 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Arts Booster Paul Somers

Meet art-film festival organizer/ poet/ skate-head/ barkeep Paul Somers.

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The Spark
10:25 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Battling Blooms

Glenna Graves talks about growing flowers –gulp– competitively. 

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The Spark
6:29 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Music Feeds Us

Violist Fitz Gary is in Charlottesville to co-host the Second Annual Music Feeds Us concerts to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. 

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The Spark
11:43 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Our Intern Can Move Like THAT?

now...

Mesmerizing hip gyration and fluid arm movement are second nature to Julia Skinner, who,  while living in Hawaii, spent many childhood hours in the obligatory hula-instruction.  Julia still hulas and shares some stories. 

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The Spark
8:16 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Martha's Hollywood Near-Miss

"Cut !"

Film director Robert Altman's odd connection to Martha Woodroof --who managed to not-become a Hollywood celebrity.

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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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