T. Denise Johnson (second from right) at her alma mater, Charlottesville High School, with some of her mentors: former cheerleading coach Jackie Estes; mom Mary Johnson; and Reverend Alvin Edwards, a family friend.
Photo: Amy and Jackson Smith

Bridging the gap: Charlottesville’s first supervisor of equity and inclusion talks about creating a new culture

When T. Denise Johnson was growing up in Charlottesville’s Westhaven neighborhood, she was one of the few black kids in her honors classes at school. Decades later, that’s a disparity that hasn’t changed—the city’s public school system has one of the widest racial achievement gaps in the nation. In both Charlottesville and Albemarle County schools, […]

Worth the wait: Blue Moon Diner ready to return…almost

The highly anticipated reopening of the Blue Moon Diner is still…highly anticipated. A call for applications to restaff the West Main Street restaurant, which closed in May 2017, went out a few weeks ago, noting that employees would be strapping on aprons sometime in August. Now comes word that the Brooklyn-based duo, Charming Disaster, has […]

Derek Trucks (with wife/co-bandleader Susan Tedeschi) has gone through a series of losses in recent years, but Tedeschi Trucks Band continues to dig deep and find solace in new musical journeys. They play Lockn' this weekend. Publicity photo by Ian Rawn

Playing through it: Derek Trucks talks perseverance after loss ahead of Lockn’ gig

There were moments, Derek Trucks admits, that he wondered how Tedeschi Trucks Band—the electrifying 12-piece Southern roots outfit he leads with his wife, powerhouse blues vocalist Susan Tedeschi—could continue. In February, the band’s keyboardist/flute player Kofi Burbridge passed away after battling heart disease, and a couple months prior, longstanding bassist Tim Lefebvre had left the […]

J.M. Stock’s ham biscuits are served seven days a week until noon—or when they sell out. The Happy Cook has an excellent selection of classic picnic baskets. In addition to picnicking, Beaver Creek Lake is a good place for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.  
Photos: Tom McGovern, Morgan Sayler, Jack Looney

The perfect local picnic

Take advantage of the last few days of summer and take your meal outside! We put together an arrangement of local goodies to stock your basket, plus some favorite spots to spread a blanket and while away the afternoon. Bread ends with house dressing from Take It Away Tucked into the Corner’s Elliewood Avenue, Take […]