Rites and Refusals

From the Bay by Molly Winans Rites and Refusals I refuse to burn my socks. It’s a quiet refusal. I’m not trying to mess up anyone’s rites of spring or to rally support for an anti-sock-burning movement. It seems to me that my quiet rebellion, exercising my right to just be me, is in the […]

“Rogues, Vagabonds, the Idle and Dissolute” and the Luck of the Irish

“Rogues, Vagabonds, the Idle and Dissolute” and the Luck of the Irish By Jeff McCord As we anticipate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, it’s fun to think about the role of the Irish in the Virgin Islands and Virginia.  Sons and daughters of Eire have been pioneers, planters, pirates, entertainers and much more throughout […]

Staying Alive on Route 55

Staying Alive on Route 55 By Meg Mullery An eclectic community of local farmers, small shop owners, chefs, bakers, and artisans have turned a once sleepy little town in northern Virginia’s Fauquier County into an unlikely destination for formal and casual dining, antiquing, shopping, and just hanging-out. Interstate 66 to Exit 23 welcomes you to […]

Mr. Lincoln’s SecState Met Alamo Villain Santa Anna on a Caribbean Cruise

By Jeff McCord Mr. Lincoln’s SecState Met Alamo Villain Santa Anna on a Caribbean Cruise One hundred and fifty years ago William H. Seward, Secretary of State under Presidents Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, met with Antonio Lopez d’ Santa Anna, the Mexican dictator of Alamo infamy.  Among his crimes, Santa Anna actually ordered the execution […]

What Cool People Do

What Cool People Do by Molly Winans, SpinSheet Magazine Editor According to the NOAA website’s Thomas Point Light Station, the air temperature is 41 degrees Fahrenheit. The Bay, 42.6 degrees. It’s blowing 12 knots out of the northwest and gusting up to 14 knots. The sky is clear and expected to remain so. Would you […]

And They’re Off…..Let The Races Begin!

By Julie Reardon And They’re Off…..Let The Races Begin! Colonial Downs Thoroughbred Race Track is reopening in stages later this year in New Kent County. Since colonial times, Virginia has always been known as horse country. Over the years, some world famous race horses were foaled at some of the best nurseries in the racing […]

What Am I Going to Do??

By Lani Gering What Am I Going To Do? As I write this column it is once again RAINING and is forecast to keep it up for another 36 hours. I cannot express how depressing the weather has been for me for the last two months and the fact that it rained primarily on the […]

Caribbean Rum Helped Win the First Wild West

Caribbean Rum Helped Win the First Wild West by Jeff McCord With the holidays and autumn behind us and winter upon us, some Virginians may have thoughts of hot rum toddies sipped before roaring fires as cold winds sweep past storm glass windows.  Beyond such soothing imagery, though, rum played a very real role in […]

Holidays in the Harbor – 2018

By Lani Gering Holidays in the Harbor – 2018 I am officially in the holiday spirit now! The tree lighting here in the Harbor took place a little bit early for my taste but I have to admit that it did give me a nudge toward getting psyched up for the season. I will admit […]

Enchanting St. Thomas

Enchanting St. Thomas Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. Take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the […]