Lynn Thorne

Nestled along the Blue Ridge in North Garden, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard seems custom-made for wedding albums. Photo: Jen Fariello

The view from here

Pippin Hill’s mountain vista is picture-perfect “It’s a blank canvas.” That is the first message Meg Forch, event sales and marketing manager, conveys about Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards as a wedding venue. Just how versatile is it? One couple brought in magnolia trees for their wedding reception. Forch says they chose really serene green […]

C'erra Rhodes recently led students through a course in soldering, which she learned to do at Computers4Kids. Photo: Elli Williams

Mentor shift: When the student becomes the expert operator

Most kids use their Wii remotes to race cars or battle bad guys while playing games on their TV. C’erra Rhodes uses hers to teach other middle school-age girls how to solder metal. The 13-year-old created a “Wiimote” as a project through Computers4Kids in Charlottesville, an organization that teaches tech skills to middle and high […]

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Period specific: First Colony Winery gets an old-world upgrade

“Do you ever worry about falling off the roof?” “No, it’s hitting the ground I don’t like.” Colin McGhee jokes about his career, but the Staunton-based master thatcher is one of only two people in the U.S. to achieve that designation. McGhee is putting the finishing touches on the new roof at First Colony Winery […]

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Razing the roof? What to consider before re-covering your home

If you’re wondering whether to repair or replace your existing roof due to its age or its condition, there are a few things to keep in mind. You might choose tearing off the current roof and starting from scratch, patching a portion of it, or “roofing over” your existing one. (Always make sure your roofer […]

2014 Subaru Forester

Mama ride: Five ways to break out of the ‘mom car’ rut

Time for a mom car? If even the thought of a minivan has you imagining the smell of stale French fries, you’ve got options. We talked to some area dealerships about their best-selling choices fit for a family on the go, and here are a few of their top picks. Crossover 2014 Subaru Forester (above) […]