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GABF Results: Virginia Breweries Score 4 Medals

GABF Results: Virginia Breweries Score 4 Medals

By Jeff Maisey Virginia craft breweries scored 4 medals at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. The national beer competition is presented by the Brewers association. Winning the only gold medal for the Commonwealth was Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing Company for its Mermaid’s Scorn in the Leipzig-style/Contemporary Gose category. Silver medals went to

Grade Old Dominion University an A in Arts

(Dr. Cullen Strawn is Old Dominion University’s Executive Director for the Arts) By Jeff Maisey If you’ve visited the campus of Old Dominion University recently, you’ve likely noticed quite an upgrade to its performing and visual arts buildings, whether the Goode Theater, Barry Arts Building or the Gordon Art Galleries. I imagine any high school

Chrysler Museum Hires Curator of American Art

By Amber Kennedy The Chrysler Museum of Art has hired Corey Piper, Ph.D., as the Brock Curator of American Art. An art historian specializing in 19th-century and early 20th-century American art, Piper brings a breadth of curatorial knowledge to the Museum. “Corey’s knowledge and experience in 19th-century art and culture match so well with the

FORT MONROE: Guiding a Monumental Work in Progress

By Michael Curry Let me introduce you to Fort Monroe National Monument Superintendent Terry Brown. He is one of those visionaries with a gleaming smile and commanding presence because he loves what he does and lives what he does with a passion. A National Park Service employee for more than 27 years, Terry was appointed

Lessons Learns from 9/11

By John L Horton September 11 has been a “bittersweet” experience for me. In my 76 plus years, not much has affected me so deeply and personally. September 11, all too poignantly, is once again upon us, celebrating its sixteenth anniversary. September 11 has taught me the “lessons of life” that the time has come

VA Stage & O’Connor Collaborate for Fundraiser

Virginia Stage Company and O’Connor Brewing Company have many partnerships in store for the 2017/2018 season, the first and biggest of which is the Musical Fundraising Event: A BREW NAMED SUE: An Americana Fundraiser for Virginia Stage Company. Join Virginia Stage at O’Connor Brewing on Sunday, September 17, from 4pm – 7pm for bands and craft beer at this

What To Do About Public Housing As A Means Of Affordable Housing  

By John L. Horton   “There but for the grace of God, go I.”  (Biblical Proverb) (John Bradford, 1510-1555)   The recent (Pilot) front-page headline, “Most of Norfolk’s public housing could be gone in a decade under new plan,” caught my interest. It reported that the three public housing communities (Tidewater Gardens, Calvert Square and

What Makes a City Great?

By Tom Robotham   Recently The Virginian-Pilot ran a story headlined, “Virginia Beach is the Greatest City in the Country, says a new survey.” The survey in question was conducted by WalletHub, a financial-information website—not exactly in the same league as the Pew Research Center, but ok: I’ll leave that alone for now.  There are

BOOK REVIEW: Open Heart by Elie Wiesel

By Rabbi Israel Zoberman Prolific author Ellie Wiesel’s book, which originally was published in France in 2011 and became a bestseller, is light only in size. Open Heart is a generous gift from a truly loving heart of the most distinguished representative of the generation of Holocaust survivors. Wiesel has risen from Auschwitz’s hell, which