Five Friends, One Boat, and Max

Five Friends, One Boat, and Max by Molly Winans “…life is not fair. This is where happy hour comes in handy.” Even if you love your job and excel at it—even if you’re a sailing editor or something equally as outdoorsy in theory—there are weekday moments when you are at your desk, wearing long sleeves […]

Let’s make a plan!

By Doug Fabbioli Let’s make a plan As a grape grower, I have to have some long range vision. The decision on “what grapes to grow where” is decided 4 years before any crop is harvested from those vines. If the vines don’t grow well in that location, or if the vines you planted were […]

The Theatre is The Thing and Blackbeard Is Rocking It

The Theatre is The Thing and Blackbeard Is Rocking It By EKG “Aye, tough mermaids are, the lot of them…” – Blackbeard It has been quite some time since the Old Town Crier has published a review of a local theatrical production. It seems to be a rare occasion when the show run dates are […]

The Grower of Barboursville – Fernando Franco

By Nancy Bauer The Grower of Barboursville – Fernando Franco “I love the challenge.” That’s all you’ll get out of Fernando Franco about what was perhaps the most demanding growing season in Virginia wine history. No complaints, no whining, no drama. “We were diligent with the vineyards and we kept everything healthy,” he said. “We […]

Back to the Future: Queer Glass

Gallery Beat By F. Lennox Campello Back to the Future: Queer Glass For the last few years I’ve been hearing this “new” (at least new to me) art term “Queer Glass” all over the glass artmosphere of our art planet –  I am told and have learned that the term is used to describe fine art glass […]

Juke Box Jams

By Ron Powers Juke Box Jams Chance is a European DJ who recently moved to the US. She’s a skilled singer, songwriter, remixer, producer, keyboardist and percussionist. This formidable list of abilities shines bright on her latest EP “Juke Box Jams”. This EP is a fresh mix of EDM, Hip Hop and Pop music with […]

Born in the USA

By Lori Welch Brown Born in the USA I am blessed with an embarrassing wealth of freedom and independence.  When I think of freedom, I think of my ability to take an art class on a Wednesday morning, get a manicure during the work day or accept an invite for a Girl’s Night Out.  Most […]

Adulting is Hard.

By Peggie Arvidson Adulting is Hard. It’s a popular meme theme these days – “Adulting is hard.” Some variation of that shows up in my social feeds every week. And I laugh – usually wryly. Because I’m not in the business of one-upping pain and suffering (trust me, there is more than enough for us […]

Transitioning to Summer

By Kim Putens Transitioning to Summer With the change in weather comes adjustments in the way we care for and dress our skin.  For men, the changes may actually mean more work.  They may actually have to consider caring for their skin before heading out into the bright sun.  While, for women, these changes might […]

The Class Clown of Radio

The Class Clown of Radio By Miriam R. Kramer Ever since I was aware that he existed, Howard Stern has turned me off. As an avid fan of Late Night with David Letterman in the 80s, I’d see him come on the show as an edgy, juvenile loudmouth. In the early 90s I had a […]