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Blog The Small Town Of Middleburg, Virginia The Small Town Of Middleburg, Virginia Just Might Be The Unofficial Antiques Capital Of America, not the Cutest! Who doesn’t love antique shopping in Virginia? Walking into a local store, you truly never know what treasures you’ll find. From the everyday essentials to the perfect hand-picked gifts and items of incredible value – be it […]
Blog Moving On Up: Buying a Luxury Home! Moving On Up: Buying a Luxury Home Buying a luxury home is equal parts exciting as it is nerve-wracking. When buying a luxury home you’re investing a lot of money and/or committing to a substantial mortgage. With a large investment like this comes a lot of homework and ensuring you’re buying the right property for […]
Blog Can We All Sing Hallelujah! Can We All Sing Hallelujah! “Hallelujah” is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a new version recorded by John Cale in 1991. Cale’s version inspired a 1994 recording by Jeff Buckley that in 2004 […]
Blog Where in the world is Tesnacommacah? The Other Jamestown Where in the world is Tesnacommacah? The Other Jamestown Good question you may ask.  Just go to Jamestown Va. 1607 as a time traveler, step out of the fort gate and you are there.  The term Tsenacommacah comes from the Powhatan language, and means “densely inhabited land.” Tsenacommacah (pronounced /ˌsɛnəˈkɒməkə/ in English; “densely inhabited land”; […]
Blog When life gives you snow, make snow ice cream! When life gives you snow, make snow ice cream! ♡ During our youth, my friends and I knew that when snow fell, certain activities were a “given.” We made snowmen and ate snow cream. Snow cream is a winter specialty, akin to ice cream, both in taste and appearance but different in a special sort […]
Blog Preston Tucker A Man from the Future! Preston Tucker A Man from the Future! When you hear the name Preston Tucker, it usually brings up memories from the historic golden age of automotive design and innovative genius. Tucker had a brilliant mind when it came to automobile design and engineering. Many enthusiasts and automotive historians still talk about his creativity and entrepreneurship. […]
Blog Not Just a Drink: Wassail Not Just a Drink: Wassail “Wassail, wassail, all over the town Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree With the wassailing bowl we’ll drink to thee” — Gloucestershire Wassail Carol When you read the lyrics aloud to this drinking song (or […]
Blog To Pea Or Not To Pea: The Black-Eyed Pea To Pea Or Not To Pea: The Black-Eyed Pea   The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean is a legume grown around the world for its medium-sized, edible bean. It is a subspecies of the cowpea, an Old World plant domesticated in Africa, and is sometimes simply called a cowpea. Black-eyed peas (Vigna unguiculata) are a […]
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Blog The 3 Letter Magical Name! Pie! The 3 Letter Magical Name! Pie! The Ancient Egyptians created the first example of what we know as pies today. Later on, closer to the 5th Century BC, the Ancient Greeks were believed to invent pie pastry as it is mentioned in the plays of the writer Aristophanes and it was possible to work as […]
Blog Dance, Drum, Community, Food, Pride… Introducing the Pow Wow! Dance, Drum, Community, Food, Pride………Introducing the Pow Wow  How the Powwow Began The modern powwow and many styles of contemporary powwow dancing have their roots in the historic warrior societies of the Southern and Northern Plains. Over time, these dances, ceremonies, and gatherings have evolved from formal, tribal-based ceremonies into modern-day intertribal celebrations of culture, […]
Blog A Place Worth a Visit: Swannanoa Palace in Virginia A Place Worth a Visit: Swannanoa Palace In Virginia Swannanoa is an Italian Renaissance Revival villa built in 1912 by millionaire and philanthropist James H. Dooley (1841–1922) above Rockfish Gap on the border of northern Nelson County and Augusta County, Virginia, in the US. It is partially based on buildings in the Villa Medici, Rome. […]
Blog What A Wonderful Custom: Gift Giving! What A Wonderful Custom: Gift Giving!  Gift wrapping is the act of enclosing a gift in some sort of material. Wrapping paper is a kind of paper designed for gift wrapping. An alternative to gift wrapping is using a gift box or bag. A wrapped or boxed gift may be held closed with ribbon and […]
Blog A Day To Talk About: December 21st! A Day To Talk About: December 21st!   Let’s talk about December 21, as some consider it the most magical time of the year.  Lots of wedding and engagements happen on this day of the year.   Dec. 21: The Winter Solstice Explained: For northern latitudes, the solstice marks the beginning of winter, but ancient […]
Blog Surprise! Native American Food Helped Today’s Menu! Order Please! Surprise!  Native American Food Helped Today’s Menu! Order Please! From acorn bread to fry bread, succotash to beef stew, Native American cuisine has been a staple in homes across America for centuries. Today, these traditional dishes are still consumed in homes and restaurants throughout the country, some stick to the classic recipes, and some put […]
Blog ABC It is Easy As 1,2,3…May I present our Calendar? December is Our Star! ABC It is Easy As 1,2,3……May I present our Calendar? December Is Our Star!  Have you ever wondered, “How did the months of the year get their names?” The months’ names reflect a mix of gods, goddesses, rulers, and numbers. Discover how our calendar developed into what it is today. How Our Calendar Came to […]
Blog Who Would Like to Raise Your Hand and Be First? Yes, Virginia! Who Would Like to Raise Your Hand and Be First?  Yes, Virginia!  The first successful Electric Streetcar was invented in 1888. Our list of impressive things invented in Virginia begins with the first electric streetcar. After 74 attempts around the world to create a proper electric trolley railway system, we finally nailed it in Richmond. […]
Blog When You Think Of Fall You Think Of Apples! Yum! When You Think Of Fall You Think Of Apples! Yum! An apple is a round, edible fruit produced by an apple tree (Malus domestica). Apple trees are cultivated worldwide and are the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found. […]
Blog Warning! Do Not Take This Ride Share On or Near Halloween! Warning! Do Not Take This Ride Share On or Near Halloween! The Legend of Sleepy Hollow resurfaces every year around Halloween. Washington Irving’s 1820 tale of a headless horseman who terrorizes the real-life village of Sleepy Hollow is considered one of America’s first ghost stories—and one of its scariest. But Irving didn’t invent the idea […]
Blog Quote The Raven “Nevermore, Nevermore” Quote The Raven  “Nevermore, Nevermore”   Edgar Allan Poe (né Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic who is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of […]
Blog I Will Order A Stake, Please: Richmond’s Vampire! I Will Order A Stake, Please: Richmond’s Vampire! The Richmond Vampire (also called locally the Hollywood Vampire) is a recent urban legend from Richmond, Virginia. Local residents claim that the mausoleum of W. W. Pool (Dated 1913) in Hollywood Cemetery holds the remains of a vampire. Supposedly Pool was run out of England in the […]