It’s just after 6am when 14-year-old Brianna Knight steps into a chicken coop in her backyard. Her hens are happy to see her, clucking and pecking as she works quietly, giving them food and fresh water and releasing them out into the yard for the day. This is just the beginning of Brianna’s
As babies, Molly Bocock and Everett Chapman played together on the floor, babbling and cooing as their mothers lovingly watched. Today the girls, now high school sophomores, design jewelry together for their own line, Osita—and their mothers are still looking on. Bocock’s mother, Nora
Technically, 2-year-old Peanut belongs to Adam Hensley’s mom, Keri, but it’s Adam who has a special bond with the bird. Since the family found the sun conure on Craigslist last summer, the 15-year-old has taken it upon himself to help care for him. They get along so well that, “Whenever Adam
The best thing about summer? A quick (or not so quick) dip in the pool to cool off. Here are a few of the area’s best offerings, where the water’s cold and the splashes come free. Pools Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center 1000-A Cherry Ave., 970-3072 The biggest and baddest of public pools in
You may have never seen the Morrison family before, but if you live in Belmont, you’ve likely heard them. The quartet—John, Emily and their two daughters, 12-year-old Eliza and 10-year-old Anne Marie—often sets up their family band on their front porch across from Belmont Park, which, as it
It’s late at night, and 17-year-old Saunder Boyle was supposed to be home three hours ago. But her parents aren’t worried. She isn’t out partying with friends; she’s making a movie. “My parents get the whole long-hour shooting days,” says Boyle, a rising senior at Tandem Friends School. “Things
Christine Eichler’s fondest childhood memories are of running around with all the sheep, horses and rabbits at her grandparents’ animal farm in New Jersey. “It was like the SPCA of the county,” she said with a laugh, recalling how her grandparents happily took in farm animals that needed homes.
We love swim team and beach trips and even the occasional lazy day at home just as much as the next person, but it can be all too easy to let your kids’ brains go into hibernation mode during the summer months. Luckily for kids (and parents) in the area, schools and organizations in
Children’s birthday parties typically offer a bird’s-eye view of the broad spectrum of human temperaments. You’ll likely see socially bold kids, vying to be first in line for the piñata; socially comfortable yet milder-mannered kids, who prefer to exuberantly observe the piñata mayhem; and
Dana Monroe said she could see the school bus at the top of the hill at Rives and Vine streets as she turned out of Ridgecrest Drive in Belmont. And when she felt something hit her car, she pulled over. Monroe was charged May 15 for disregarding a stopped school bus in an incident in […]
Less than 30 percent of Virginia’s adolescent girls were vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV) last year, despite the fact that the Commonwealth was one of the first to pass legislation mandating the vaccine for sixth grade girls. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) wants to know why
With the weather finally turning its back on an all-too-frosty winter, it’s the time of year when thoughts turn to sunny beaches, cross-country road trips and foreign excursions. But even the happiest summer plans can be darkened by the problem of what to do with the pets while you’re away. As
There is far more wrong than right with Disney’s Tomorrowland, but there is one bright, gleaming asset to the film that should be taken into as much consideration as its (many, many) setbacks. It’s been noted that apocalypse fatigue has set in among moviegoers who are beginning to wonder how
Charlottesville’s iconic independent movie theater, Vinegar Hill, which has been shuttered for two years, has been sold to Light House Studio, a nonprofit that encourages young filmmakers, for $850,000. Light House initially was interested in the space as a rental. “Back in November, we
When you’re the daughter of a well-respected singer-songwriter and blazing a trail with your own talent, it stands to reason that you’d feel some added pressure. Lilly Hiatt shines brightly enough to illuminate the shadow of her Americana rock star dad John, and kicks it up a notch through a
Four years ago, the tasting room at Grace Estate Winery was in the barn, but you’d only get there if you could find it. Lucky explorers sometimes had the chance to sip wine in the old, abandoned silo, retrofitted with benches and string lights. But during the harvest and grape crush, the winery
Charlottesville Real Estate Professionals Give Generously to Many Worthwhile Organizations People volunteer for many reasons. They want to make a difference and to share special skills like fund raising. Sometimes they also want to network, gain visibility and make personal and business
Western Albemarle High grad Marli Gordon was walking through her impoverished Kathmandu neighborhood of Nayabazar on April 25 when she began to lose her balance. Screaming filled the streets as people ran from their houses, and Gordon instantly realized she was in the midst of an earthquake.
The vibrant color hits you first—long swaths of it—before your brain can synthesize the spectrum as quilts, bright fabrics cut and pieced together in geometric patterns and draped against high walls and room dividers. Then you notice the buzz—the palpable warmth of the gallery’s attendees.
There have been, in the history of this column, a grand total of three all-timers. The first was U.S. Representative Virgil Goode—a genial doofus with a white-cloud coiffure and career-long propensity for grandly offensive pronouncements. The second was good ol’ George “Macaca” Allen, former