Local resident Cat Thrasher transformed her yard into a large urban garden. Photo: John Robinson

This week, 5/27

Monday was Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, but with local lakes, spray grounds, and pools closed (except to those who can afford membership at private clubs), some took to the Downtown Mall in the hopes of another day not exactly the same as the last. In spite of the Phase One reopening, closed […]

Cooling off in the city’s splash parks is a thing of the past, thanks to a recent announcement that all Charlottesville pools and spray grounds will be closed this summer. Photo: Ron Paris

This week, 5/20

Last Saturday, I was in Pen Park for the drive-through version of City Market—a creative adaptation to our social-distancing circumstances that, while not as good as the real thing, at least comes reasonably close. On my right, as I drove in, was Meadowcreek Golf Course, acres of open, rolling green hills marked at the edges […]

Diarrhea Planet got rowdy at The Southern in April 2015. Photo by Tom Daly

This week, 5/13

Livestreamed concerts are better than no concerts at all, but, let’s face it, they’re nothing like the real thing. As the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl put it recently, “the coronavirus pandemic has reduced today’s live music to unflattering little windows that look like doorbell security footage and sound like Neil Armstrong’s distorted transmissions from the […]