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Bellwether a compendium of news and notes from around the state. By Grace Albritton and Mari Pack

Hometown Hero We at Virginia Living were delighted to hear that Virginia writer and television producer Earl Hamner, a University of Richmond alum who takes much inspiration from his home state, will receive one of the Library of Virginia’s most prestigious awards—the 2011 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award—at their 14th Annual Literary Awards Celebration on October 15. Hamner is best known for his work on the popular CBS series, “The Waltons,” along with his most famous novel, Spencer’s Mountain, inspired by his own childhood in Nelson County. “His work reflects the values instilled in him by his family and his life in Virginia,” says Jan Hathcock, publicity coordinator for the Library of Virginia. “He is a true voice of Virginia.”

It Lifts, It Separates, It… Fundraises! On October 5, a collection of handmade bra art will be on display at the 2nd annual Cups Full of Hope Bra Exhibition and Auction at the Greater Reston Arts Center. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, organizers hope to top the $2,000 they made last year for the Tigerlily Foundation of Reston, an organization that supports young women during and after breast cancer. “It’s astonishing to see the incredible talent of the women who put their heart and soul into this bra art,” says Cynthia de Lorenzi, CEO of Success in the City, the Fairfaxbased women’s organization which is hosting the event. “This year, we’re going great guns, and I expect to do a lot more.”

Patsy’s Place OK, Patsy Cline fans, start packing the car. The Patsy Cline Historic House, at 608 S. Kent St. in Winchester, opened its doors last month and promises a plethora of Patsy paraphernalia for your enjoyment. Renovated by Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc., the museum intends to “preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Patsy Cline and her music,” says Judy Sue Huyett-Kempf, president of CPC Inc. “So many people come by for tours and souvenirs, but there was nothing [for them] in the Winchester area.” So CPC Inc. took action, and began renovations two years ago. “Once the visitor arrives, they will feel Patsy around them,” says Huyett-Kempf.

Telling Tales Keswick Hall was not always the award-winning luxury hotel that it is today. Built in 1912 by Robert B. Crawford, the grounds and corridors of this historic home-turned-resort near Charlottesville serve as the backdrop for more than a few good stories mined from its nearly 100year history. The Story of Keswick Hall, written by Keswick’s resident historian Patricia Castelli, tells how this country estate went from villa to country club to modern hotel, and drops some famous names in the telling. (Paul Newman, Mick Jagger and Sir Bernard Ashley are just a few.) The pictures, some filled with squirmy children riding ponies and others overflowing with jolly country clubbers, help bring new life to old stories and make this book a truly delightful read.

Ham-tastic The new cookbook from the Woman’s Club of Smithfield—Continuing Traditions—showcases down-home cooking at its finest from the hometown of Smithfield Ham. If you loved the club’s first culinary literary offering, the 1978 Smithfield Cookbook, you won’t be disappointed in this latest gastronomic gathering from the good ladies of Smithfield. Smithfield’s heritage is beautifully presented in the book, which also features locally conceived recipes— but don’t assume it’s all about the pork that made this city famous! “It’s more than ham,” says Jackie Saunders, head of marketing for the Woman’s Club. “We have all kinds of exciting things in there!” You can order your copy for $24.95 via their website. Ham not included.

Not the Same Old Song In June, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded its highest honor in folk and traditional arts, the National Heritage Fellowship, to lined-out hymn singing expert Frank Newsome of Haysi. Few outside of the Old Regular Baptist Church still perform the nearly 400-year-old musical style that uses no musical accompaniment. Church elder Newsome is a master at this form in which a leader chants a line of music that the congregation then repeats. Barry Bergey, director of folk and traditional arts at NEA, says that Newsome’s community outreach made him an ideal candidate for the fellowship. “Besides having an incredibly strong voice, he has made an effort both to explain and perform for audiences beyond the church itself.”

Preservation-worthy? If there is one thing Virginia has over any other state, it’s history. That’s why the Virginia Association of Museums, in cooperation with Preservation Virginia, has launched Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts, a new program designed to create awareness of the importance of preserving historical items. The association invited museums, libraries and archives to submit their artifacts for consideration, and you get to vote this month for those items you think deserve mention. “The fun thing is seeing what gets nominated,” says Executive Director of Virginia Museums Margo Carlock. She notes that when people consider artifacts, “they think of a spinning wheel or a Civil War sword, but a World War II Fighter Jet is [also] worthy of preservation.”

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