Women take to the air in races

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: July 15, 2019

Their teams have names like “Flying Flashes,” “Estrogen Express,” “Dakota FlyGirls,” “Liberty Belles” and “White Lightning.” For a week in June, 109 women pilots grouped into 49 teams flew 2,538 miles across nine states and one Canadian province in a variety of planes. The women, who range in age from 21 to 90 years old, are members of an exclusive... READ MORE

Book tells story of Mt. Vernon’s slaves

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: July 03, 2019

In the preface of her new book, The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret, Virginia historian Mary Thompson describes herself as an “often obsessed, exhausted and frazzled historian.” In the book, Thompson details the lives of the people enslaved by George Washington on his 18th-century plantation, Mount Vernon. As Mount Vernon’s research historian for nearly four decades, Thompson ... READ MORE

Arthur Miller’s “Crucible” feels quite timely

By: Dan Collins
Posted on: June 21, 2019

“Mean girl” cliques. Pompous politicians. Lawsuits and “blame game” finger-pointing. Biblical fundamentalists. Hearsay and fake news. Just another day watching CNN or FOX in America, right? Not exactly. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, set in late 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts, knocks the truth on its head in The Vagabond Players production through June 30. The... READ MORE

Iconic “Grease” oozes with happy nostalgia

By: Eddie Applefeld
Posted on: June 18, 2019

After nearly 50 years, it seems Grease is still the word. If you don’t believe me, head to Toby’s Dinner Theatre and check out their production of the musical. If you don’t leave singing or humming one of the songs, check for a heartbeat. The show dates back to its off Broadway opening in 1971, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. In 1972, it opened on... READ MORE

Gardening with your good companions

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: June 17, 2019

What makes someone a good friend or companion? That person sticks by your side, may be different from you but generally likes the same things you do, provides support and even protects you from harm. Well, plants can have companions, too. “Companion gardening” is the practice of planting two complementary types of plants in proximity to one other. These plants have similar water... READ MORE

Carol Burnett’s Q&A roadshow

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: June 17, 2019

Although beloved American comedian Carol Burnett grew up in poverty in the 1940s with two alcoholic parents, she never felt poor or unloved, thanks to her grandmother. With their scrounged pennies, the two would retreat to the cool darkness of movie theaters in California as often as possible. The optimism of the films, coupled with her grandmother’s love, left a lasting impression on... READ MORE