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S e pte m b e r 2017

Issu e On e Hu n d re d T h i r ty- F i ve

Joey Coakley Beck Publisher & Owner jbeck@beckmediagroup.com Hayleigh Worgan Editorial Director hworgan@beckmediagroup.com Sara Coakley Office Manager bella@beckmediagroup.com ••• ADVERTISING Meredith MacKenzie Advertising Sales Representative meredith@beckmediagroup.com Krystal Ulmer Advertising Sales Representative kulmer@beckmediagroup.com ••• Contributors Aimee Dwyer, Tina Hatcher, River Laker, Member One Federal Credit Union, Hayleigh Worgan

inside let’s talk fashion

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Fall fashion advice and special previews from Central Virginia Fashion Week

shop girl

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Meet Katy Newberry, owner of GypsyPalooza Too

bella finds

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Everything you need to celebrate the arrival of fall

get outdoors

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A wilderness survival course that also provides a foundation for success in everyday life

mind•body•soul

Earth Girl Wellness discusses “perfection”

save smarter

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Your back-to-school financial checklist

kindness matters

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A local family redesigns their home to welcome new additions in style

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An interview with author Nancy Wright Beasley

meet the maker

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The next generation enters the “Shop Local” movement with Kid Made Market

happenings

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Jefferson Center’s new season lineup you don’t want to miss!

calendar of events

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Your go-to guide for local happenings in September september 2017

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Central Virginia Fashion Week showcases the hottest styles for fall from plaid to floral!

Model: Mikayla Fitch

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This fall you can expect plaid patterns, but do not look for stereotypical plaid. Look for the classic duo, black and white, but instead of large stark white squares alternating with basic black, think thin vertical and horizontal lines intersecting in colors like pale grey, charcoal grey, beige, and greige (the combination of grey and beige). Think thin lines intersecting to form tiny squares, then coming together to create a dimensional textured textile, adding character to the seemingly ever boring pant suit. Various plaid patterns will be seen on form fitting coats, virtually shapeless overcoats, and structured blazers often found with bold shoulders. Two designers you may know by name, like Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney, have used these style choices in their fall 2017 collection seen in New York Fashion Week. Have you explored bold shoulders? This fall and winter, do not be afraid of them. If you are daring, go bold, but the look can still be for you even if you are more conservative. Minimal shoulder padding and understated embellishments are viable options. This style will draw attention to shoulder-width. However, the right width and properly fitted waist on a garment will help create an hourglass figure. Remember to keep your bottom garments solid with these patterns unless you are buying a pant or skirt suit that has the same pattern on the top and bottom. The most flattering way to wear any pattern is almost always a full body look. A special note on men’s fashion: This fall season, suits feature new plaid and new textures, making it easier to create a look for any man who is tired of black and navy blue, and wants to be set apart from the rest of the men around him. This professional look is subtle, but may also make it easier to stand out for a promotion. However, this is an investment to handle with care. Measurements are important. It is essential for a man’s top garments to have accurately fitted shoulders, correct torso width and length. In order to create the sharp, clean, yet low-maintenance look, clothing must fit well to avoid looking careless. Hot accessories for men are wristwear, and neckwear, especially bow ties. For unique yet affordable

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let’s talk fashion

Written by Aimee Dwyer

Model (above): Taylor Allen Model (left): David Whitley

Model: Mikayla Fitch

men’s accessories, check out Elegant & Royal Collections. Ebony Giles, owner of Elegant & Royal Collections, crafts every bow-tie, neck-tie, and pocket square, and will customize your order. There is a new style idea all over the runways this fall: floral! Yes, you read that right! The spring trend has cross-pollinated with fall and winter. Think garden party with large flowers not small spring blossoms. Look out for rose and gardenia prints. Some colors to search for are: dusty pink, emerald or garden green, cobalt blue, sky blue, golden rod, amber, merlot, and hints of lilac. You can find the trend in just about any popular store, but if you want unique versatile pieces, put Pretty Please on Broad Boutique in your GPS. As Pretty Please on Broad Boutique evolves, the new name you can keep on your radar is Jolié Plesaè on Broad. You can find this gem in Downtown Altavista. Ladies, I drive there at least once a week. It takes me about 25 minutes, but it is worth the short drive to support a locallyowned New Orleans-inspired boutique! The clothing feels like leisure wear, but maintains boutique quality and style. You can find their floralthemed items (and more!) featured during Central Virginia Fashion Week, on September 15, in the evening retail fashion runway production. Upcoming styles from Pretty Please on Broad Boutique have been seen in fashion capitals, New York City and Paris, but this September, Central Virginia will step on the scene as models strut the runway in this season’s in-demand styles. Central Virginia Fashion Week is the first weeklong fashion event in the area dedicated to the creative minds of Central Virginia. It is about more than clothes; we want to empower those who think, see, wear, make, and live a lifestyle of fashion. The goal of Central Virginia Fashion Week is to expose the region as the area of opportunity that it really is! We are embarking on a path less traveled. Our desire is to show Central Virginia and the regions beyond that this region is a shopping destination. There are designers across the area already succeeding, but there are many more in need of a platform from which they can soar. It is our desire to provide that in the form of a runway. Trevena Kayann, Fashion Designer & Owner of Stella Chic Inc., hails from New Jersey and found home in the region upon graduating from Liberty University. She has designed for Liberty University’s 2016 Spring runway production, Cotton Couture, amongst many other custom w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

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design requests. Since then she has developed her line of unique trendsetting clothing. Her collection will be featured in Central Virginia Fashion Week’s Saturday evening post-Labor Day all-white affair. In the words of Trevena, “[this] collection instantly transforms you.” After seeing two models become instantly glamorous when they wore her collection, I have to say I agree with her. Another locally-owned clothing brand with the goal of trendsetting, not following, is Looksie. This brand’s purpose is to “encourage people to be brave in their lifestyle…It does not matter what the demographic is, Looksie wants to create a brave and understanding culture for any age-group.” You can also plan to see them in the Friday evening retail runway show of Central Virginia Fashion Week. Are you excited yet?! Central Virginia Fashion Week is coming and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. Get in-depth details by visiting www.letstalkfashionva.com and subscribing to our email list. Looking to purchase your tickets to the runway shows before they sell out? Head directly over to www.cvafashionweek. com. We’ll see Y-O-U there! Photography by Sidney Jackson, Faith Connected Photo

Aimee Dwyer is the Creative Director and Content Creator at Let's Talk Fashion Virginia. She is a fearless change-maker in Lynchburg who uses fashion to brighten the world around her. september 2017

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shop girl

meet katy newberry of gypsypalooza too! What led you to the idea for GypsyPalooza Too? When I first started, I was making jewelry, and I thought the space I rented in Salem would be my studio. Then I decided I really wanted a store. I love clothes and jewelry, and I love being around women who come in looking for something to make them feel pretty. [Opening a store] wasn’t my original intention, but it completely organically happened and I followed it.

What do you hope that your customers take away from their experience with you? We do way more than sell dresses. We give women confidence and help them try on things outside of their comfort zone. I had a lady whose husband sent her with his credit card because he loved the way she looked when she went home. We are so hard on ourselves, and we need to be nice to ourselves and kind. Who are your biggest inspirations? Iris Apfel (fair to say, she is also one of our biggest inspirations) and Magnolia Pearl Do you have a favorite quote that guides you in your role as a business owner? “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” Minor Myers What is your favorite up incoming style? I love layering up lacy summer pieces, or dressing them up with clothes for colder weather! For example, adding a cozy sweater and a funky pair of boots. I love vintage hats too!

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bella finds Celebrating fall festivities while staying mindful

We all love a good party to celebrate the arrival of autumn! Check out some of our favorite finds for keeping your skin healthy, your body hydrated, and your festive decorations on point!

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get outdoors

get outdoors, safely, bella girls!

A survival course that helps women find the confidence they need to succeed

Written by Hayleigh Worgan

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The Survival 101 Women’s Course, offered by Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School in Catawba, Virginia is an amazing, and potentially life-changing, two-day excursion. The unique Survival 101 is geared specifically toward women, and helps develop keys to success that they already possess. Through the simulation, participants become familiar with wilderness safety, preparedness, and camping skills. They have an option to spend the night in a tent, a hammock, or the Mountain Shepherd lodge. Dina Bennett, Vice President and Instructor for Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, was inspired to offer this opportunity by a survival course she took in 2006 with her now-husband, Reggie Bennett. Women who take her course will learn the basics like building a fire, wilderness first aid, communicating with rescuers, acquiring shelter, purifying water, and finding food. “Knowing how to do things gives you more confidence,” Dina says. “That confidence will make you more likely to go out, explore, and do things.” The course also offers many parallels to everyday life. Dina, who built a career in the corporate world early in life, speaks about the similarities and how spending time developing your self-confidence in the outdoors can change your mindset once you resume daily activities. “If you can survive the back country, then you can survive the front country,” she explains. From assessing what is the most important first step to solving a problem and proceeding with confidence, to identifying your shelter (yoga, family, etc.), to seek in times of trouble, this is about cultivating a positive attitude in order to achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life. “Fire is our passion. There is a process to building a fire where you start with a foundation and a platform. There is a big parallel here that relates to staying true to who you are. Signaling is about communicating, and how we are sending out our signals so they can be received. We all face stress, and the more that you know yourself and how you react and respond to stress, the better you are going to handle it,” Dina adds. One of Dina’s favorite things about the course are the friendships that often result from it. “I’ve built some life-long friendships from this course, which is priceless to me. Women attend from all over the country, so fortunately through technology and social media, we get to stay in touch that way,” she says. If you would like to attend a Survival 101 Women’s Course, or any of the courses offered at the Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, visit www.mountainshepherd.com. The next Survival 101 Women’s Course will be offered September 16-17. september 2017

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mind • body • soul

Written by Tina Hatcher

earth girl wellness

Perfectly imperfect or imperfectly perfect? What is perfection? According to Dictionary.com, perfect is defined as “conforming abso-

lutely to the description or definition of an ideal type.” However, when it comes to wellness, I am not certain there is an exact definition of an ideal type. What makes one individual

healthy and happy may not necessarily work for someone else. Even the guidelines set out by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) regarding nutritional intake and the exercise standards promoted by the ACSM (American Academy of Sports Medicine)

are just that: guidelines. Both organizations take large volumes of data from hundreds of

thousands of people and create standards that fit the majority of the US population regarding what might constitute optimal health. These standards can’t possibly consider each individual’s unique genetic makeup and personal preferences for a fulfilling life.

So why do we strive for perfection when perfection is at best a guess of what

might work for some people? Why do we pressure ourselves into comparing what we feel

others are doing that seems to be superior, and quite obviously in our minds, the best way to pursue optimal health? Earth Girl recommends we reframe our thinking when we consider our daily habits and how they impact our wellness.

Instead of berating ourselves because we had a piece of cake at a friend’s birth-

day party and subsequently deciding we have no self control so we might as well give up on living a healthy lifestyle (because in a perfect world we wouldn’t eat any cake), let’s

refocus. Birthday parties are fun and a small celebratory piece of delicious chocolate cake

might be what we seek as perfection that day. We celebrated, we ate cake, we enjoyed and Tina Hatcher is the Owner of Earth Girl Wellness, LLC. Her passion for overall wellness has allowed her to work in multiple disciplines from corrective exercise, sports performance and sports nutrition, weight loss, and nutritional counseling across all ages from children through the elderly for the last 25 years. Check out her website, www.earthgirlwellness.com, or visit her on Facebook at Earth Girl Wellness. w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

then we moved on to a healthy option for dinner later that night.

Instead of relinquishing a regular exercise routine because we missed one run to

enjoy an evening out with our family (and in a perfect world we would not skip a run), let’s refocus. Time spent with family can also be active and, certainly, quality time with loved ones has amazing health benefits. Enjoy the spontaneity of the situation and clock your three miles the next day.

We often think that unless we pursue everything to its “perfect” ending, we might

as well not pursue it at all. Such a sad way to live the adventure called life! Let’s strive to be perfectly imperfect. Or perhaps, imperfectly perfect. Decide what is best for the situation and use the opportunity to grow and enjoy life!

Earth Girl thinks perfection is what we make it. It looks different for everyone so

stay on the adventure that makes you perfectly you!

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save smarter

Article courtesy of Member One Federal Credit Union

back-to-school financial Checklist Get your money in gear with this guide

The days are getting shorter and bedtime is a little earlier—summer is coming to a close. Whether you have little ones to tend to or you’re just trying to keep up with your own busy life, back-to-school season means a return to our routines. It’s also a good time to check in with your finances. So grab a warm cup of tea, coffee, or a glass of wine, and work through this checklist to get your finances back on track.

Examine your progress. Take a good look at your overall financial health. Are you on course to meet that savings goal you set in the New Year? Have your spending habits gone wild recently? Take stock of where you stand and pinpoint areas for improvement. Perhaps you should recalculate your monthly savings. Maybe it’s time to scale back on eating out. Set a new goal to check-in with your finances every week. You’ll rest easier knowing you’re more in control of your money. Review your budget. Examine your assets and debts to make sure you’re not

overspending or missing out on maximizing extra funds, such as paying down debt or investing. If you haven’t established a budget yet, sit down and make one this month. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Start out by making a list of your income. Then, list your recurring expenses in order of importance (housing should be at the top, for example). Compare the two and make adjustments as needed, such as cutting back on unnecessary costs.

Get organized. It’s a good idea to keep all financial records and documents in one place. While many things can be stored digitally on your computer, having hard copies of important documents is still a wise move. Consider investing in a box or cabinet that stores hanging files and label them according to the type (bills, insurances, taxes, receipts, etc.). If you’re storing important records and documents on your computer, be sure to back it up regularly.

Plan ahead. Is there something you could start doing now that could pay off later?

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Many financial institutions offer a special savings account just for vacations that earn interest and could help fund next year’s getaway. If you’re looking to invest, compare rates and terms for money market accounts or share certificates at several financial institutions for an easy, low-risk way to grow your money. Join Member One here each month for more money-saving tips and financial advice! Be sure to visit their website, www.memberonefcu.com, for more information on the products and services they offer. september 2017

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kindness matters Kids & Interior Design in Southeast Roanoke Written by River Laker

colors for their home.

The story begins with Mike Eaton, who lives in Southeast Roanoke with his family, contacting me about painting the interior of his home. A few days later, Joey Coakley Beck, Bella Magazine’s publisher, is in a car with me driving to Mike’s home to assist in selecting

So, is it true you haven’t done any upgrades since you bought your home 9 years ago? Mike: Yes, with the exception of painting the kids’ rooms, we haven’t done much of anything in the house. And let me tell you it was a long nine years—did you see the page 18

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kindness matters hideous purple living room walls? From the Barney-colored living room to the pea green dining room, the house was in desperate need of fresh paint and modern upgrades to truly make it feel like a home. We bought the house with the intention of updating and painting, but the reality was after we moved here—me, my wife, Armendia, and our 10-year-old son, Lewis—life became very busy for us and home improvements were put on the back burner. And before you know it 9 years have gone by.

What happened? Let me guess, more children?

Yes. We started being foster parents. Our first one, Addy, was such a sweetheart. It breaks your heart learning of the environments and experiences these kids have lived through. We have the space and feel compelled to give a home to these children. We ended up adopting Addy. Since then we have had numerous children stay with us, mostly for a brief period. In December of 2015 we received a call for two-day-old James. To make a long story short we ended up adopting James and his four-year-old brother, Donny. Now our home AND our hearts are full. As a matter of fact our home is so full we are planning on adding an additional master bedroom/bathroom to our home!

What’s it like, fostering children?

We 100% love it but it can be emotionally hard. Armendia was working outside the home until recently but now she works full-time with the kids. She has the patience of a saint because it can be stressful at times but there are also tremendous amounts of joy with these precious little ones. The children have had rough backgrounds and like with any kids, life isn’t predictable with them. But truly we consider it a blessing and honor to be bringing them into our family. We wish we could have more.

Moving to the present, you now have a beautifully colored interior for your home. How did you come up with this color combination? We knew we needed help! We wanted something timeless, yet trendy and modern. With Joey’s guidance we now have wonderful new colors that highlight our home’s interior. It truly feels like a new place. The interior is bright and airy where before it seemed dark and cramped. It’s great! Thank you, Joey! By way of closing, Armendia adds, “Please contact me if you have any questions at all about foster parenting. My email is mendieaton@gmail.com.” For more information on fostering a child within Roanoke: https://www. roanokeva.gov/408/Foster-Care-Adoption or in Salem and Roanoke County: http://www.roanokecountyva.gov/ index.aspx?NID=387#Foster

How does someone become a foster parent?

River & Joey on their way to the Easton’s home!

Start off by contacting your local Department of Social Services. Training consists of nine weeks of PRIDE classes. Basically, boot camp for prospective foster parents. The classes contain a lot of good information. There is tremendous need in the Roanoke Valley for qualified foster parents to provide a safe, loving home to these wonderful children.

Can I become a foster parent?

Anyone can! But for you, I recommend adopting a cat or two first to “get your feet wet!”

Tell us a little bit about your background. Are you Roanoke natives?

Armendia is, but I’m originally from New Jersey. After being stationed in Norfolk for five years with the U.S. Navy we moved to Roanoke to be closer to her family. I was fortunate to get a job as an electrician at Norfolk Southern. Our day to life is very routine. I pack my lunchbox, go to work, and clock in. When the bell rings, I leave and come home to my lovely family in a quiet neighborhood in Southeast Roanoke—just like in the movies! At the time our budget led us to the Southeast section of Roanoke. We were able to find a bigger home on a smaller budget in the quaint Waverly Place neighborhood.

River Laker operates a PR business based in Roanoke riverlaker.com. His clients are mostly involved in creative endeavors, such as writers, visual artists, and fighters. He enjoys constructing songs and ice cream and doesn’t like craft beer. www.riverlaker.com

And in case you’re wondering, the interior paint colors Mike & Armendia went with are: Living & Family rooms: Sterling Dining room: Fresh Willow Kitchen: Tinfoil Trim: Ultra Pure White Ceilings: Matte White All paints by Behr Marquee

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what we’re reading

Stories from the Holocaust by Nancy Wright Beasley Izzy’s Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust is about the “miraculous journey that finally led Edna Ipson and her family from the heel of the Nazis to ‘the other side of hell.’” The Little Lion is the story of Laibale Gillman, a teenager living in Lithuania who showed courage beyond his years by devising a plan that helped several of his family members escape Kovno Ghetto, where they were forced by Nazi troops. Nancy Wright Beasley, author of both books, sat down with us to discuss what led her to these stories and why it is important to tell them for generations to come.

Why do you think this time period is covered now more than ever, and why is that important? Firsthand history is quickly diminishing. Most Holocaust survivors are quite elderly, even if they were children or just born at the end of the Holocaust, they are now in their 70s. The firsthand accounts, memoirs, and gripping stories are so important because [the Holocaust] had horrendous consequences and always will. We will not live long enough, I don’t think, to outlive the consequences. Think of what was taken from our world. How many great writers, physicians, inventors, and scientists? I think we owe it to them to tell their stories.

What led you to these specific stories out of so many from the Holocaust? I’ve always said that Izzy’s Fire chose me. The decision was made for me to write about the Holocaust in Richmond at the Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery. Every November, they have a Kristallnacht ceremony to remember the “Night of Broken Glass.” I went to the ceremony one year, and I heard a beautiful service that November day. At the end, the survivors walk to the microphone and say the names of family members that did not survive. Alan Zimm was the last one. I counted on my fingers as he said the names, and I ran out of fingers before he ran out of names. I went up to him afterwards and I told him he had changed my life. I had to write about the Holocaust. How did The Little Lion come about after writing Izzy’s Fire? The Little Lion is a character in Izzy’s Fire. I could not tell his story at the same time, because it would have deviated from the story I was trying to tell in Izzy’s Fire. I went to my friend, Neil November, and he asked what I had in mind next. A friend of mine told me I needed to go to Hollins University. I went to see Neil, and he thought I should enroll and financed it. He had no idea what I was going to write and neither did I. I thought it would be a children’s storybook, and what it became was a young adult novel based on Laibale Gillman.

The Little Lion was adapted for the stage by Irene Ziegler, and the world premier was held January 30 through March 5, 2016 at Swift Creek Mill Theatre in South Chesterfield, Virginia. A stage reading will take place at Mill Mountain Theatre on Friday, September 8 at 7pm, and Saturday, September 9 at 8pm. Beasley will be available following both performances to sign books. She will also be speaking at the South County Library in Roanoke on Saturday, September 2 at 2pm, and will be selling signed copies of her book afterwards.

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If you are interested in learning more about Beasley’s career, including her trips to Lithuania and the descendants and survivors behind her stories, purchasing her books, or subscribing to her newsletter, visit www.nancywrightbeasley.com. september 2017

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MEET THE

MAKERS

Written by Hayleigh Worgan

Local young entrepreneurs join the “Shop Local” movement

In January of 2016, one of Chad Young’s sons had a dream. “He came to me and said, ‘Hey, there is a nice Star Wars Lego set I want to buy.’ I told him that was great, and we would go see how much it was and see if we could make it happen,” Chad recalls. “I hadn’t bought a Lego set in 30 years, so I didn’t realize how expensive they were.” At the store, both Chad and his son were shocked to see that they would have to pay $80 or $90 for the toy. Even with the money his son earned from doing chores around the house, he was still far from the hefty price tag. They would have to come up with another way for him to raise the money he needed to fund the purchase. “We decided to take the farmers market idea that is so big right now and do it for kids. That way, they can make their own stuff, sell it, and make their own money,” Chad explains. So, the Kid-Made Market was born. Now in its second year, the monthly market allows kids ages 6-17 to come and sell their creations to the public. Unlike many local markets, the event does not charge the children who participate. The creativity at this event is second to none. One child went as far as to convert a bicycle so that, when pedaled, it turns a rotor inside of a blender and makes smoothies. Customers had the opportunity to make their own smoothie on-site. The harder they pedaled, the more it mixed. Another girl used sections that her father cut from a fallen tree in their yard to create tic-tac-toe boards. She painted them by hand, and sold one to Chad himself. “I’m a throwback guy, so I like old nostalgic games and toys,” he says. “I’m also a Fruit Loops junkie. If it’s Fruit Loops, I’m all about it, because it reminds me of my childhood. There is a young lady who has been coming since we started, and she makes her own bath salts, bath bombs, scrubs, and lotions. She makes this bath scrub that smells like Fruit Loops. I bought a little jar of it and use it all the time.” “That is what is so rewarding about putting this function on,” he adds. “The smile on the kids’ faces when people come taste and test their products and buy their stuff.” Chad hopes that, in addition to providing a platform for children to express their creativity, participating in this event will allow kids to learn valuable life lessons. For example, understanding the value of money and learning to interact with the public. There is something for everyone at this market, and as the holidays approach it is also a great place to start looking for and purchasing gifts. The next market will take place on September 16 from 9am-1pm. Find them at 3716 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke. Follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information on future markets and participants: www.facebook.com/KidMadeMarket. Our monthly Meet the Maker feature is proudly sponsored by HomeTown Bank. Each month, we recognize local makers selling their unique handmade products. Visit our website, www.lovelybella.com, to view these features throughout the year.

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happenings

Vessels: A Human Journey

evenings with jefferson center

Lea DeLaria

The autumn schedule that will fill your calendar!

Forlorn Strangers

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Our calendars are filling up with events at Jefferson Center this fall! The excitement carries over from summer as they celebrate jazz, Americana-folk, American jam-bands, and more in the 2017-2018 season. Bill Frisell: Harmony, featuring Peter Haden, Hank Roberts, and Luke Bergman will begin in the Shaftman Performance Hall at 8pm on September 15. Bill Frisell is a revered guitarist, composer, Grammy winner and two-time nominee. The Wall Street Journal has described him as “the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years.” Continuing the Jazz series, Lea DeLaria takes the stage in the Shaftman Performance Hall on November 16 at 7:30pm. You may know DeLaria from her role as “Big Boo” on the hit series Orange is the New Black, but she has been part of the jazz scene for years. In 2015, she released her sixth record, House of David: delaria+bowie=jazz, a tribute to David Bowie. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sidney Opera House. DeLaria has nurtured her multi-faceted career on the stage as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician for decades. This is a show that both newcomers and long-time fans will not want to miss. Before her performance at the Jefferson Center, you can learn more about DeLaria by visiting your local book store. In addition to her musical and television credits, DeLaria also has a published book in its third printing, Lea’s Book of Rules for the World. For the Americana-folk fans, Forlorn Strangers will perform in the Rehearsal Hall on September 16 at 8pm. The quintet entertains comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, but their musical talent will, without a doubt, leave its own unique mark on a timeless genre. Each member brings their own style and flair to the stage which creates an unforgettable harmony. Sisters Abigail Dempsy (fiddle, guitar, percussion, vocals) and Hannah Leigh Lusk (mandolin, percussion, upright bass, vocals) provide family ties that strengthen the foundation of the band dynamic. Hannah is also married to Ben Lusk, the band’s banjo player, a guitarist, and vocalist. However, the entire band is close, and the connection isn’t limited to those members related by blood. “We have done a lot of life together, and out of that comes what makes our band more than just five people singing together,” says Chris Banke, guitarist, mandolin player, and vocalist. With still more exciting performances to come in 2018, Jefferson Center promises to continue to enrich the lives of audiences with a diverse and quality lineup. For more information on what is to come and how to purchase tickets, visit www.jeffcenter.org. september 2017

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Music

Bill Frisell: Harmony Featuring Peter Haden, Hank Roberts, and Luke Bergman at Jefferson Center, September 15 (8pm) Bill’s latest ensemble brought together for the inaugural Fresh Grass Composition Commission to “preserve and support innovative music” awarded to Bill in 2016. Bill is a revered guitarist, composer, Grammy winner, and two-time nominee. He has been described by Wall Street Journal as “the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years.” www.jeffcenter.org Forlorn Strangers at Jefferson Center, September 16 (8pm) A roots-loving, Nashville-based string quintet, Forlorn Strangers is an innovative group steeped in the tradition of Americana-folk music. They entertain comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, but have a sound that is uniquely their own. Comprised of five unique songwriters including sisters Abigail Dempsey and Hannah Leigh Lusk, their individual performance styles complement one another to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. www.jeffcenter.org Karen Slack, soprano at Emory & Henry, September 22 (7:30pm) An evening of high drama and amazing vocal virtuosity as soprano Karen Slack and pianist Scott Gendel take the audience on a musical journey that will engage senses and touch hearts. Karen’s performance will reflect her interest in social justice and include songs of diverse cultural flavor, including spirituals and works which feature texts by Langston Hughes, including one composed by Scott Gendel. www.visitabingdonvirginia.org Roanoke Symphony Orchestra presents Pops 1: Ray, Motown, & Beyond, September 29 Enjoy the sounds of Ellis Hall, The Ambassador of Soul at The Salem Civic Center. The Pops series has been described as the most fun way to hear the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, with the traditional programming accompanied by artists from various genres. You may have so much fun that you end up dancing in the aisles! www.rso.com/concerts Country Soul Concert Event, October 7 (5-10pm) Held at the Vinton Farmer’s Market, this event has a three-band lineup including The ThrillBillyz, Seven Mile Ford, and Country Music Artist Morgan Wallen. Food trucks and beverage options will be available. This concert benefits Project Support, Inc. The nonprofit, charitable organization is dedicated to the well being and prosperity of our local mental health community. Their mission is to support, nurture, and empower clients. www.projectsupportcharity.org

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Art

Vessels: A Human Journey, featuring the photography of James Glass, September 1 (6pm) This exhibit is presented by Fleda A. Ring Artworks, in partnership with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and Alexander/Heath Contemporary. A fundraiser for needed reproductive health and sex education in our area, the photos trace the arc of human life, capturing joys, struggles, and all of the moments in between. There will be a special preview night for donors on August 31 from 6pm to 10pm. The exhibit will open for free to the general public on September 1 at 6 pm. www.ppaction.org City Market Makers Market in Downtown Roanoke, September 9 (10am-3pm) A diverse artist showcase and shop located inside the City Market Building, this market features fine artists, makers, craftsmen, and performance artists in a rotating process. The Makers Market was created to raise awareness of the city’s exciting and diverse artist community. www.citymarketbuilding.com Blue Ridge Potters Guild Show at Patrick Henry High School, October 13-15 The Show and Sale opens on Friday at 6:30 pm. Customers can enjoy refreshments as they shop for potters’ latest works at more than 50 booths. The show continues Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Sunday from 12-4pm. Demonstrations for adults and kids will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. This is the largest all-pottery show in Virginia, and features a wide range of work. More than 70 Guild members are expected to participate. www.blueridgepotters.com

Community

Main Street Busker Fest, Saturday September 2 Weird and wonderful street performers will fill downtown Abingdon for the Main Street Busker Fest. From fire-eaters to magicians, human statues, oneman bands, and everything in between, there won’t be a corner of the Main Street that will disappoint. Daytime hours are family-friendly, but performances will continue into the night for guests 21+. www.visitabingdonvirginia.com

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Central Virginia Fashion Week, September 11-16 Hosted by Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia, events will take place throughout the week in Lynchburg venues and surrounding areas featuring the latest fall fashions from local retailers like Pretty

Please on Broad Boutique, Live Trendy or Die, Alpaca by Jaca, and more! Designers will include R Hunter Collection, Stella Chic Inc, Crimson & Sable, Shuandesign, Elegant & Royal Co, and Joshua Devon. www.letstalkfashionva.com Washington County Fair, September 11-16 Held in Abingdon, Virginia, this fair hosts a variety of family events and fun activities. Concerts, livestock shows, horse shows, lawn mower race, school days, senior day, carnival rides, food, commercial exhibits, educational exhibits, arts, crafts, and Old McDonald’s Petting zoo, plus other special events will be held throughout the week. www.visitabingdonvirginia.org Franklin County Agricultural Fair, September 13-16 The 4th Annual Franklin County Agricultural Fair is a family-friendly event held at the Franklin County Recreation Park. It features thrill and family rides, tractor competitions, non-stop music concerts, live action shows, a petting zoo, pet and livestock shows, competitive exhibits, interactive agricultural exhibits, farm equipment demonstrations, community expo, contests, games, food, and lots of fun! www.fcagfair.com

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Henry Street Heritage Festival, September 16 The Henry Street Heritage Festival at Elmwood Park promises to be a great community event presenting an array of diverse entertainment, educational forums, and exposure to African-American heritage as expressed through the performing arts, crafts, cuisines, customs, and merchandise. Enjoy musical performances and support the ongoing programs and operations of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. www.harrisonmuseum.com Blacksburg Brew Do, October 7 (12-5pm) The 9th annual Blacksburg Brew Do will be held on the festival grounds in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. This year, the festival welcomes back the best in craft brewers from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, offering another outstanding selection of ales, lagers, stouts, pilsners, ciders and specialty beers. Delicious food, cooking, brewing demonstrations, and live entertainment will complement a great day of beer tasting. www.blacksburgbrewdo.com

Performing Arts&Literature

Author NoViolet Bulawayo at Hollins University, September 12 (7:30pm) Bulawayo grew up in Zimbabwe and is the author of We Need New Names, this year’s common reading for first-year Hollins students. Her semi autobiographical literary debut is the story of a ten-year-old girl’s journey from Africa to America. Bulawayo teaches at Stanford University as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. Reception in Green Drawing Room, Main. www.hollins.edu The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, September 26 (7pm) The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has been providing outdoorsy folk from around the world with mountain culture for over 40 years. The films shown on their world tour will be traveling with their inspiring, adventurous and thought-provoking films by like-minded audiences in cities, mountain towns (like Roanoke), and villages in over 40 countries. The Roanoke Outside Foundation is excited to host the first ever showing of the “World Tour” set of films at the Jefferson Center in downtown Roanoke on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017. Entry requires a $5 donation to the Roanoke Outside Foundation. www.jeffcenter.org

Do you have an event you'd like to include in an upcoming calendar?

Email calendar@beckmediagroup.com for consideration! Keep in mind we will need event information a minimum of two months before it needs to run. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Bella Magazine - September 2017  

The regional magazine for women of Southwest & Central Virginia... and beyond!

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