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Suit Up!

Phish: Wingsuit Halloween is that time of year when we’re allowed to step outside ourselves and pretend to be someone else. As such, in 1994 Phish took on the mantle of donning a “musical costume” for the evening, performing the Beatles’ White Album during the second of a three-set show in Glens Falls, NY.  There […]

Creating Your Legacy in 2014 & Beyond

This has been such a deep year. Hasn’t it? In the world – wars, elections, natural disasters! In the cosmos – eclipses, solar flares and more. And in our lives – births, deaths, marriages, divorces. In these times of social media and instant news it can be hard to remember that these massive shifts are […]

Local Holiday Shopping

I just love the shop local promotions that have taken hold recently. With the slumping economy, small local businesses struggle to compete with large national chains that can sell items for cheaper than the mom and pop store can get wholesale. While there’s no denying big box stores can help you save money and time, […]

The Legend of the Poinsettia

A charming story is told of Pepita, a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy. “I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if […]

On the Road – December 2013

Old Town resident Lori Boyce Foster took the holiday issue of Old Town Crier with her when she visited friends and family in Mobile, Alabama last year. Lori found the lobby of The Battle House Hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America, to be the perfect place to catch up on The Crier. […]

Gallery Beat – December 2013

Last month I discussed the evolving phenomena of the art fair and the series of predators that have also evolved as a result of the growth of art fairs; this month I will talk about the unethical artist at the art fair. I started to sell other artists’ works while I was an art student […]

Behind the Bar – Bartender Kathleen Coombs

Kathleen Coombs at River Bend serving a River Bend Cocktail How did you get started bartending? In the early 70’s I needed to supplement my income so I took a job waiting table at night. Liquor by the drink was new in Virginia, and people were very enthusiastic about drinking cocktails! I started working behind […]

Love, Hate, and Forgiveness: A Conroy Christmas

“I don’t believe in happy families. A family is too frail a vessel to contain the risks of all the warring impulses expressed when such a group meets on common ground. If a family gathers in harmony for a reunion, everyone in attendance will know the entry-ways and exits have been mined with improvised explosive […]

A Sunshine Family Christmas

December madness is upon us – holiday hangovers, crowded malls, parking spot wars, canned cranberries.  What’s a girl to do?  Embrace it!  On the flip side of all the ‘bad’ holiday stuff, there’s a bounty of beauty in the form of snowflakes, sweaters, toasty fires and time shared with family and friends. Lord knows I’ve […]