Poe’s stories come alive over the radio

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Dr. Mallard leads his guests at the mental hospital to a cell, where a patient relates his sad story: “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore; while I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.” In the next 21 minutes, listeners hear the ... READ MORE

Artists bring new life to shops

By: Tony Glaros
Posted on: November 20, 2020

In a cozy, second-floor studio at Long Reach Village Center in Columbia, where the walls gleam with a fresh coat of white paint, artist Stacey Berger stepped back from a collage to gain perspective. She gazed at the meticulously arranged, diamond-shaped pieces of orange and blues. “I tore pages out of National Geographics and cut them into strips,” explained Berger, surrounded by the ... READ MORE

Fresh deliveries help support local farms

By: Diane York
Posted on: November 19, 2020

The turning point in Mark Lilly’s life came in 2008, when the former Marine decided to take a course at the University of Richmond, where he worked. As part of the emergency management class, titled “Hazards and Threats of the Future,” Lilly had to create a 20-year projected scenario of a disaster; in his case, famine in the West in the year 2029. When he predicted a pandemic... READ MORE

Scaled-down performances start to return

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: November 17, 2020

“Gathering to hear a story is a basic human need,” said Edgar Dobie, Arena Stage’s executive producer and president. Amid challenging pandemic protocols, gathering has been a fleeting fantasy for most, but some area theaters are re-opening with limited and re-imagined programming. The show is going on, cautiously, at several creative theaters. “Art will always find a way,” said ... READ MORE

Reminiscing about desserts of childhood

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: November 13, 2020

At 3 a.m. — sleepless yet again — odd memories can flit through what’s left of one’s brain. The other night, for no particular reason, I conjured a vision of a dessert I haven’t eaten in more than 65 years. It was called Apple Brown Betty. Perhaps it was a mainstay of elementary school lunch for you. It certainly was for me. There it sat, in a little circular dish, sliced ... READ MORE

To-dos and no-nos for your autumn yard

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: November 11, 2020

It’s hard for me to relax in my own back yard because I always see tidying to do. In the late fall, however, I can relax a bit. That’s because it’s easier and more environmentally friendly to leave leaves and ignore the decaying stalks of herbaceous plants. Overwintering insects, birds and other creatures make use of what looks unkempt to our eyes. If allowing the plants in your ... READ MORE