Eric Wallace



Poggio a Caiano, Italy, is a two-square-mile municipality in the
Italian province of Prato in the Tuscany region. The city has a population of about 10,000. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia user Massimilianogalardi.

Sister cities, brotherly love

Little more than 40 years ago, former Charlottesville mayor Nancy O’Brien received an unexpected letter. Sent from Poggio a Caiano, a tiny, two-square-mile municipality in the Italian province of Prato, the epistle recounted the tale of a very special—and very old—friendship. “We were preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and […]

The neighborhood tree house includes a ladder-like climbing wall and knotted ropes, plus a zig-zag walkway. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Summer VILLAGE: RiverBluff rallies around neighborhood tree house

After a decade spent living with a hand-me-down outdoor playhouse, Charlottesville’s RiverBluff community decided to do its children a favor and upgrade. “Originally, the community was designed with a small private playground in mind,” says RiverBluff resident Janet Evergreen, who helped spearhead the project. “So when we held our annual homeowners association potluck [in 2015], […]

Morel mushroom season is about a month long—from mid-April to mid-May.

From forage to feast, the morel of the story

For going on a week-and-a-half we’ve been waiting, watching the weather, hoping for the perfect combination of conditions that will spark an explosion of hidden life bursting from the forest floor. “Morel mushrooms are notoriously fickle,” explains 33-year-old Loren Mendosa, Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria chef-co-owner and local morel hunting guru. “They’re kind of like the baby […]

The majority of Faulkner’s lectures while a writer in residence were recorded and have now been digitally archived—more than 1,690 minutes. Courtesy Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Faulkner left his mark on UVA

Sixty years ago, on February 15, 1957, Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner arrived at the University of Virginia to assume his role as the first Balch Writer In Residence. Strolling through the Academical Village in his patent overcoat and collegiate tweed suit, the Mississippi gentleman smiled quietly at the throng of officials, cameramen and students, […]

The "Vampirina" animated TV series debuts this spring on Disney Junior. Photo: Keith Alan Sprouse

Local author Anne Marie Pace gets a nod from Disney

For the past 15 years, Charlottesville children’s book author Anne Marie Pace’s life has been marked by a series of leaps. First, she made the move to leave her job as a high school English teacher and become a full-time mom for the first of her three children. Then, in 2001, after her husband had […]

ID Tech Summer Computer STEM Camp. Photo: Courtesy camp

Summer smarts: Nine educational camps your kids shouldn’t miss

When school lets out, capitalize on Charlottesville’s amazing camp offerings to make this summer one your kids will remember. From outdoor survival to modern dance to computer programming, the following camps are guaranteed wins. Nature and outdoors Triple C Camp An area favorite for 25 years, TCC has options for day and overnight campers ranging […]

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform on Thursday at the Jefferson. Publicity image.

Trombone Shorty kicks it into high gear

On December 29, New Orleans native Troy Andrews aka Trombone Shorty appears at the Jefferson Theater with his group Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Named  by OffBeat Magazine as the New Orleans musical icon for the millennial generation, Andrews’s groundbreaking fusion of jazz, funk, blues, rock and hip-hop has been compared with the innovations of other Big Easy greats […]

Patricia Colby because interested in the Montessori method after researching schools for her daughter. Photo: Keith Alan Sprouse

Head of class: Mountaintop Montessori’s newest addition

Mountaintop Montessori’s new head of school, Patricia Colby, has spent most of her adult life working in education. From South America to California to New York, Colby’s journey to Charlottesville has been long and fascinating.  After completing her undergrad work at the University of Houston, the Venezuela native pursued a doctoral degree in social psychology […]