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25 The Riverwalk Trail

An escape to nature, history and beyond.

20 Investigations of the Paranormal

The Seven Hills Paranormal Society dishes on the true ghost hunting experience.

31 Charleston Tea Plantation

America’s tea garden is just a short drive away.

Contents 8

HEALTH Dr. Hungarland wraps up his series on skin.

10 FAMILY Make October a Crafty Family Affair 12 Cooking with Chef Paul Death by Chocolate Cake 16 MY WORDS Shout it Out Loud! I’m a KISS Fan 18 RAVE 2010 BALLOT It’s time to vote for your favorites! 30 BUILDING YOUR LIFEHOUSE Doomsday Prediction 2012 34 RIVER CITY LIFE Cropwalking in Danville

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Editor’s Letter Gotcha! He Said She Said Anticipation In Review Area EVENTS Guide Bookmark It!

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From the Editor

- M A G A Z I N E -

October is my favorite month. The leaves are exploding with vibrant colors. Football is in full gear. Chilly evenings are spent with the windows open, allowing the fresh air to chase away the stuffiness of summer. Halloween arrives with its tricks and treats, and so does my birthday. Hopefully that will provide more treats than tricks. When I was younger it seemed that my birthday would never come. Now that I am older, I blink, and here is another birthday. As the saying goes, time flies by. But as it’s sailing by you at the speed of light keep in mind that it will not wait for you. Time waits for no one. So, keep up. Find ways to grab those seconds as they struggle to leave you in their dust. Use those minutes for all they are worth because once they are gone, you can’t get them back.

In this issue of Showcase Magazine, Deb Johnson introduces you to the many ways to spend time productively at the Riverwalk Trail. With its abundance of activities, the Riverwalk Trail really does provide a healthy outlet for nature enthusiasts. Maybe you’re looking for that perfect tea to compliment a chilly October evening. Our Charleston Tea Plantation feature offers you a detailed look inside America’s tea garden. We can’t forget the chills and thrills of Halloween. Join the Seven Hills Paranormal Society as they investigate the creaks and odd occurrences that could be paranormal in nature. With October comes our very own Rave Awards. In this issue you will find a 2010 ballot. Please take a moment to vote for your favorites. This is your opportunity to show your favorite businesses how important they are to you. Voting ends on November 15, so get your ballots in as soon as possible. Extra ballots will be available at all distribution points. If you need extra ballots feel free to email me at Once again, I would like to thank everyone for supporting our advertisers and for reading Showcase Magazine.

Enjoy the issue.

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All About You | Health

Skin Wrap Up

By David Hungarland, M.D.

This month I will wrap up this skin care lesson with brief descriptions of cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions. Let us say that your concerning mole was evaluated by a medical provider, that provider would diagnosis that mole as being non-cancerous or cancer. Confirmation can be made with the aid of a biopsy or excision of the lesion which is then reviewed by a pathologist (a physician trained in microscopic cell structure identification). Possible diagnosis would include non-cancerous lesions such as a plain mole, or nevus, to atypical moles that are not cancer yet. Pre-cancerous lesions would include actinic keratosis, actinic cheilitis, and leukoplakia. And lastly, cancerous lesions include melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Actinic keratoses, or solar keratosis, are scaly or crusty growths/lesions. They appear most often on sun exposed areas, with high intensity on the face, lips, forehead and bald scalp. In the beginning, actinic keratoses are frequently so small that they are recognized by touch rather than sights, feeling like running a finger over sandpaper. These lesions develop slowly and reach a size from an eighth to a quarter of an inch. Early in their progression, they may disappear only to reappear later. They are mostly red, but some will be light or dark tan, pink, red, a combination of these, or the same color as your skin. Actinic keratosis may itch or produce a pricking or tender sensation, and can become inflamed and surrounded by redness. They can be the first step on the road to carcinoma, with two to ten percent of untreated actinic keratoses (AK) advancing to squamous cell carcinoma. Forty to sixty percent of squamous cell carcinomas begin as untreated actinic keratoses. Actinic chelitis is a form of actinic keratosis occurs most often on the lower lip because the lower lip receives more sun exposure. Chelitis are pale or white, and cause cracking, dryness, and scaling. If not treated promptly, actinic cheilitis can lead to squamous cell carcinoma on the lip. Leukoplakia are located on the mucous membranes, and are white patches.


Those patches can be located on the tongue, gums, cheeks, or anywhere else inside the mouth. Leukoplakia have the potential to develop into squamous cell carcinoma. They may be caused by sources of chronic irritation, such as habitual alcohol consumption or tobacco use, or rough edges on teeth or dentures. They may even be caused by a long-time habit of biting the inside of the lip, but are mainly caused by sun damage. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, affecting approximately one million Americans each year. More than one out of every three new cancers are skin cancers, and most of those are basal cell carcinomas. These cancers arise in the basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (top skin layer). Almost all basal cell carcinomas occur on skin exposed to excessive amounts of the sun — such as the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back. In a few cases however, contact with certain chemicals, exposure to radiation, open sores that resist healing, chronic inflammatory skin conditions, and complications of burns, scars, infections, vaccinations, or even tattoos are contributing factors. People who are at highest risk have fair skin, blond or red hair, and blue, green, or grey eyes. People who have had one basal cell carcinoma are at risk for developing others over the years, either in the same area or elsewhere on the body. Therefore, regular visits to a competent medical provider should be routine so that not only the site(s) previously treated, but the entire skin surface can be examined. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer, with more than 250,000 new cases diagnosed every year. This form of skin cancer arises in the squamous cells that make up most of the skin’s upper layers (epidermis). Squamous cell carcinomas may occur on all areas of the body, but

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are most common in areas frequently exposed to the sun. Squamous cell carcinomas occur twice as frequent in men as in women. They rarely appear before age 50 and are most often seen in individuals in their 70s. The majority of skin cancers in African-Americans are squamous cell carcinomas, usually arising on the sites of preexisting inflammatory skin conditions or burn injuries. Though naturally dark-skinned people are less likely than fair-skinned people to get skin cancer, it is still essential for them to practice sun protection. Chronic exposure to sunlight causes most cases of squamous cell carcinoma, and frequent use of tanning beds multiplies the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by two and a half times. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Early diagnosis and immediate treatment offer near 100 percent cure rates. It is when a melanoma, if not treated early, can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008, there will be 8,420 fatalities in the U.S., 5,400 in men and 3,020 in women. The number of new cases of invasive melanoma is estimated at 62,480; of these, 34,950 will be in men and 27,350 in women. Melanoma is a malignant tumor that originates in melanocytes, the cells which produce the pigment melanin that colors our skin, hair, and eyes. The majority of melanomas are black or brown. However, some melanomas are skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. I certainly hope that with this series of articles, everyone has gained enough knowledge to determine if a new spot or lesion is concerning. But remember; never hesitate to go see your medical provider for their professional advice.

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All About You | Family

by Deborah C. Johnson

Make October a Crafty Family Affair The morning air has a distinct chill that is only felt this time of year. Brilliant red, orange, and gold indicate an official change of season and attitude. Summer scents of suntan lotion and pool water are replaced by the harvest fragrances of apple, cinnamon, earthy spices, and pumpkin pie at grandma’s house on a Sunday afternoon. The days are getting shorter and this means the family will be spending a little more time together. Perfect! Fall crafts with the kids are always a favorite and Halloween costumes are a great “together” project. Making an outfit that is uniquely yours is exciting and children love to create. It is especially fun when there are paint and markers involved.

Finally, staple or tape the ears to the top edge of the band. Once the ears are attached, staple or tape the band ends together to fit around forehead. Again, if using staples, make sure there are no share edges poking through.

The following costume can be adjusted to create a variety of animals. The example given is for a Dalmatian, but it can easily be turned into a black and white cat. All you need is a basic sweat outfit, a few supplies, and your imagination!

With the costume complete, it’s now time to make the snack—

Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls

Dalmatian Costume •

White sweat pants and sweat shirt

Black acrylic paint

Sponge tip applicator or paintbrush

5 quarts popped corn

1-½” x 16” strip of white fabric or fur for tail

2 cups sugar

Needle and thread

1-½ cups water

½ tsp salt

Ear Band

½ cup corn syrup

White construction paper

1 tsp vinegar

Black crayons or markers

1 tsp vanilla

Transparent tape or staples

Costume body—With the black paint and sponge tip applicator, apply black spots to the sweat pants and shirt. Let fully dry. Attach fabric tail to the back of the waistband on the sweat pants with needle and thread. Tail can also be stapled to fabric but make sure there are no sharp edges exposed.

Keep popped corn hot and crisp in a slow oven set to 300°. Butter sides of a saucepan. In it combine sugar, water, salt, corn syrup, and vinegar. Cook to hard ball stage (250°). Add vanilla. Pour slowly over hot popped corn, stirring enough to mix thoroughly. Lightly butter hands before shaping into balls or flat circles. Wrap each in wax paper. Recipe from a 1963 Better Homes Cookbook. Note – This recipe can also be used with cereal like corn puffs instead of popcorn.

Ear Band—Cut a strip of paper two inches wide and long enough to fit around forehead. Be sure to make it one or two inches longer so it can be taped together. Next, take another sheet of paper, fold it in half, and cut out a set of ears. Make them long and droopy or short and perky; whatever you want. Use crayons or markers to add spots to the band and ears before assembling.


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Once the costumes and snacks are finished, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. Pack a picnic lunch and choose a location to go hiking. There are many trails within an hour of the Danville area that have a gorgeous display of fall foliage. A perfect backdrop for a family outing! SM

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Showcase Magazine Welcomes...

Cooking with

Chef Paul

A Recipe for Success

For 52 years Paul Farrar has been sharing his passion for cooking with thousands of people across the United States. Paul developed his appetite for cooking in the ‘50s while serving as a mess sergeant in the Marine Corps. As Paul’s love for cooking grew he dedicated his life to a career in the food business. Paul once cooked for President Eisenhower and then VicePresident Nixon. That was just the beginning of Paul’s great successes with cooking. He continues to share his passion through various activities in the community, a radio show, and two television shows. Paul’s radio show airs twice a month on Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. on WHEO 1270 AM, which is located in Stuart,Virginia. On this show fans can call in with questions or comments about the topic being discussed.

and 8 p.m., on Fridays at 6 p.m., and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Different organizations and people in our community appear on this show alongside Paul as he teaches them to cook healthy dishes with easy preparation. Cooking with Paul can be viewed on In addition to the radio and television shows, Paul teaches cooking and hospitality classes at Patrick Henry Community College.

On Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Paul has a live call-in show on BTW 21. This show features a variety of recipes and cooking tips along with guests from various businesses and restaurants in the viewing area. Paul’s main show, Cooking with Paul, airs weekly. Cooking with Paul can be seen Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

For more information on Cooking with Paul you can subscribe to Paul’s fan page on Just type “Cooking with Paul” in the facebook search engine.

Death by Chocolate Cake INGREDIENTS •

1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix

1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix

1 2/3 cups milk

3/4 cup strong brewed coffee

1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

6 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered toffee bars, frozen and crushed

DIRECTIONS In a 9x13 in pan, bake cake according to package directions. Cool and crumble. Make pudding, according to package directions, with milk. In a large trifle or other glass serving bowl, place half of the crumbled cake. Pour half of the coffee over the cake, and spread half of the pudding over that. Top with half of the whipped topping, sprinkled with half the crumbled candy bars. Repeat layers in the same order. Refrigerate until serving.


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He Said She Said

By Larry Oldham and Dena Hill

Birthday Challenges

He Said... October is birthday month for both of us. She usually gives me subtle hints like “That blue dress at Kohl’s is nice.”, or “Oh dear, my perfume is almost empty.” This year she just came up to me and said I know what we should give each other for our birthdays. Uh oh, I smell trouble coming. Being the gentleman that I am, I politely ask her, “What did you have in mind, honey?” “How about we give each other a gift that we both can enjoy this year and every year.” I am thinking a new car, a La-ZBoy recliner, or a year’s supply of ice cream. The good stuff that we could enjoy together. “I think we should give each other passports for our birthday,” she said. Trouble! I’m thinking of spending $25 maybe $50 at the most. “How much are they?” I ask. “Somewhere around one hundred dollars,” she said. I’m thinking that I can’t eat them and they are going to cost me way more than a hundred bucks with a trip out of the country. Is this possibly a Christmas present hint? “Wouldn’t we be suspected of being terrorists if we applied for a passport?” I ask. “No, not if we just went to Canada (or Paris or Italy), she said under her breath.” Oh that’s right, I just remembered, they don’t have terrorists in these countries, just in the United States. In the future, you’ll be reading THE ADVENTURES OF COUNTRY COMES TO TOWN when the beautiful SHE adorns his side in all the European papers. What happened to a pair of slippers or a new neck tie for our birthday gifts? ME in Paris???? France would never be the same and they would more than likely confiscate the passport and then another birthday gift would have been wasted.

She Said... Honestly, I try and add a little pizazz to our lives, think outside of the box, change our hum drum lives, and like good Presbyterians, his first reaction is CHANGE? We went to Canada a few years ago and didn’t need a passport. Today a passport is necessary to get back into the United States from just about any country. We might not need passports, but just in case we do I thought it would be a great gift idea since most gifts I’ve given you are still in the boxes. This would be a pragmatic gift, something that we can share together, AND maybe take a trip in the future (when we get a good deal of course). Passports take about six weeks or more to arrive and I just thought that we should apply now and have them in case we want to go abroad. He sure knows how to ruin a girl’s idea of fun. I already have slippers (probably 3 or more pairs from past birthdays) so I don’t need more slippers. He doesn’t wear ties except to church and he has a blue million in his closet. As far as either of us being suspected of being a terrorist, they would more than likely suspect my standard poodle, Sophie, before they would suspect us. Sophie, who has a ferocious bark, is larger than a normal poodle, and has sharp looking teeth. No, I think he just wants to get out of spending the hundred dollars because he is cheap and is afraid he will have no excuse not to leave the country if he has a passport. Good thing we don’t need a passport to get into Myrtle Beach or we would have had one years ago. Happy Birthday to my favorite terrorist. (lol)

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My Words | A Journey Into the Randomness of My Mind

Shout it Out Loud... I’m a KISS Fan

With Halloween on the horizon, I figured this would be a great opportunity to confess that I am still a member of the KISS Army. I realize that in 2009 one may be ridiculed for being a fan of a band that is more like a clown show and less like the big-top circus of explosions and bombastic rock and roll it once was, but I’m still enlisted. At first, I wasn’t sure that the KISS Army was a good fit for me. When I was young, let’s say around five-years-old, my parents used to pack me into the Pinto once every few months for a shopping trip to Greensboro. Back in the ‘70s, this was a huge event. Greensboro had a Taco Bell, a Dunkin’ Donuts, and most importantly a fully-stocked KB Toys. These little trips became traditions and are memories that I hold sacred today. One memory stands out more than the rest. I suppose it’s because of the fear it invoked in me. It was the first time I saw KISS. On one of those weekend excursions we were in the mall on the way to KB Toys when we passed the Record Bar. As I grew older, the Record Bar replaced KB Toys as my favorite store, but on this day in 1976, it was a nightmare. At the entrance of the store was a display of gigantic proportions. (Keep in mind; I was five, so it was about 5’ tall.) The display was engulfed in cardboard flames and it housed countless copies of an album depicting four larger than life figures with their faces painted black and white standing on rubble in front of an apocalyptic background. The scene put fright into me that could only be rivaled by a visit to the dentist. The album was Destroyer and the band was KISS. It took months for me to stop seeing these figures in dreams. And then on October 29, 1976, I met KISS again. This time they were performing on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

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by Paul Seiple And this time they didn’t seem quite as scary. I watched as they joked around with Paul Lynde. The band was human after all and not creatures plucked from a horror movie. I lowered my defenses as KISS played “Detroit Rock City.” By the time they played “Beth” I found myself actually liking the band that I associated with trips to the dentist. I still wasn’t ready to join. While KISS was good, they were not the Bay City Rollers. With the KISS Army juggernaut rolling around me, I still held out. That is until I saw the commercial for Meco’s KISS dolls, or as boys called them, action figures. After that commercial, my eyes were opened to the world of KISS. Sorry, Bay City Rollers, but you didn’t have action figures. The KISS “action figures” elevated the band to Star Wars and G.I. Joe status for me. I was ready to join the Army. I remember the first KISS record my parents bought for me. It was Alive II. That was just the beginning. I had to have everything KISS, lunch boxes, plastic guitars, record players, a yellow and red jumpsuit that made me look like a walking piece of candy corn, and I even had a KISS dress shirt. KISS was a huge part of my childhood. Flash forward to present day. KISS is still around. It’s thirty years later and the band is still going strong. Sure, they have been the punch line for many jokes and they continue to be snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but KISS is still here and the Army still backs the band. (Even after Gene Simmons Family Jewels.) In fact, with the release of their 19th studio record, Sonic Boom, the band has their on section called KISS Korner in Wal-Mart. No longer do I listen to my KISS records on eight-track tapes. Those clunky things have long been replaced by my iPod. But I still listen to them. At the moment, I have the first six records loaded into my iPod. I can’t help but laugh now when I listen to Destroyer and no it’s not because the lyrics are so cheesy that they could upset someone’s lactose intolerance. The laughter stems from the nightmare I had when I was fiveyears-old and met KISS for the first time. How could I have ever thought the Destroyer album cover was scary? KISS doesn’t look like they are profits of doom. The band looks like they just purchased a Toyota and are jumping and shouting “Oh! What I feeling.” Kiss never takes itself seriously and that’s the key to the band’s longevity. KISS is a rock band that just wants to “rock and roll all nite, and party every day.” As members of the KISS Army, we shouldn’t care if someone laughs at us for being fans. The hecklers probably like Creed anyway. Just accept the fact that you will always be a member of the KISS Army.You can never go AWOL.Your childhood memories won’t let you. Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to go watch KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Watching KISS act is like watching Kayne West try to apologize. It’s painful yet entertaining. SM | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine


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By Gary Takacs

Investigations of the Paranormal When my director asked me to unlock the Parks and Recreation building late one evening to let a crew of paranormal investigators in, of course I was curious. According to a custodian, there is an alleged ghost that walks the halls of this “school” after hours. The gentleman said that he saw her watching him through an upstairs window while he worked alone on third shift. With this information, the team started scanning different areas for evidence that would narrow down locations for them to set up their recording devices and observation equipment. We spent nearly an hour staring into the dark oblivion of a basement boiler room. We then moved into the theater where I’ve never heard a wooden floor creak quite as loud.

I figured if there were a spirit here, our cover had been blown for sure. The night went on without any hint of evidence. After I devoured three packs of Skittles, four Red Bull’s, and a half dozen Tootsie pops the crew decided to call it a night. They concluded that there were no traces of paranormal activity in the building thus making me more of a skeptic than when I arrived. I was pretty bummed out. My first experience with a group of real ghost hunters and all I wound up with were more questions than answers. That is until I sat down with Tara Bryant, founder and director of the Seven Hills Paranormal Society here in Lynchburg who educated me on their paranormal society and the true ghost hunting experience.

SM-How did the SHPS organize?

SM-How do you get new members?

A small group of us got together around a friend’s kitchen table one night talking about ghosts and UFOs and various metaphysical topics. We did not know of any paranormal research groups in the area at the time, so we decided to form our own. We formally organized in 2007 with a combined research experience of over forty years.

It’s mostly by word of mouth; friends bringing friends or inquiries from our website (www.sevenhillsparanormal. com). We’re also affiliated with several national paranormal associations as well as a “MeetUp” group, and an active Facebook page.

SM-What is the purpose for the organization? Our motto is “Advocating a scientific approach to exploring the unexplained.” We provide a free investigative service for people experiencing unexplained activity. We try to offer reasonable possible causes for extraordinary experiences through a variety of investigative methods. If we feel the activity stems from causes outside the scope of natural phenomena, we may then turn to explanations of a paranormal nature. We may also offer referral services for people who are looking for resolution to the activity rather than just documentation.

SM-How many people do you have in your organization? We currently have about 75 on our roster, 20 of which are actual members. There are twelve trained investigators on our field investigation team.


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SM-What factors do you have to have in order to stake out a particular location? Most of our cases come from requests; that’s why the majority of our research focuses on haunting type activity in historical and residential locations. People experience things they can’t easily explain away with science and reason. I think it is a natural human response to turn then to explanations rooted in the paranormal or supernatural once you’ve exhausted all other possibilities. Scientific advancements have done their part in educating people to be a little more rational in searching for answers, but science too has its limitations. And so everything beyond the boundaries of what science considers “normal”, is generally labeled “paranormal.” There are also many places we’ve investigated just for the lure of the history surrounding the site. We are most interested in researching locations with confirmed activity, with eye-

witness accounts. We learned rather quickly that although a home may have been around since the 1700’s with several generations of births and deaths, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “haunted.”

SM-How many times will you visit a particular location? As many as it takes; sometimes it can be difficult to gain access to places we want to investigate (more high-profile or public locations). If an owner is welcoming and open-minded enough to allow us in, we’re usually given the freedom to return for follow-up investigations. Once people become invested in the process and see what evidence we may have to, it’s typically an eye-opening experience for them.

SM-Are you all skeptics about what your researching? SHPS is a very eclectic group, and that has really been a benefit for us. Our membership consists of people of all walks of life, from electricians to accountants, carpenters, social workers, film makers, college professors, and an ordained minister. We are fortunate to have a good mix of skeptics and believers, but I think all of us are history buffs and science geeks. Stuart Chase said, “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” I think the believers who have endured our rigorous training program have learned that it is good to believe, so long as that belief maintains a healthy dose of educated skepticism. As a group, we enter a location with the intent to try to find natural explanations for unusual occurrences, but we are not so eager to “debunk” that we are closed off to the possibility that there may be legitimate paranormal activity. We officially recognize only tangible evidence as can be measured and recorded with our instrumentation, but we also do not automatically discount personal experiences. Even as a skeptic, once you have an experience that is not measurable, not recorded, and not explainable, you are left with the question of, “What was it?”

SM-What kind of equipment do you use in a stake out?

temperature fluctuations as the entity absorbs energy in the form of heat (in a room). The human brain has an EF of its own creating electrical impulses throughout our nervous systems which can be interrupted or influenced by external fields. This can cause many psychological or physiological effects, including nausea, paranoia, and hallucinations (which tend to make people feel like there’s a presence in the room). One of the first things we look for is a spike in the EM field; there may be a simple answer for the activity related to an unusually high level of EMF. This was the case at that particular school location; an electrical box was generating a high EM field that was “pooling” in an arched doorway causing the janitor to feel there was a presence on that floor.

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SM-Does the term “ghost hunter” offend you? Not really. We certainly don’t go out actively “hunting” for ghosts. We consider ourselves more observers than anything. Our group has a rule against engaging in aggressive attempts to demand an entity do something to prove its existence just for our cameras. We have reverence for whatever an entity may be, and we respect the fact that we cannot wholly understand it.

We have instruments that measure electromagnetic fields, ambient and infrared temperatures, barometric pressure, atmospheric ionization and radiation. We also use various digital and analog audio recorders, as well as both digital and film cameras that can record in the infrared light spectrum.

SM-How do you detect and document paranormal activity? A fundamental theory within the paranormal community is that “spirits” manifest into quasi-physical form, which we call “apparitions,” by absorbing the base energy from an area. The manipulation of this energy can supposedly be detected by fluctuations in the electromagnetic field (EF) or by focused | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine



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SM-What has been the most intriguing stake out as a group? The St. Alban’s Psychiatric Hospital is certainly the most active place we’ve ever been, but I don’t think it’s the best interaction with an entity we’ve encountered. There is a pre-civil war house in Amherst County we investigated and found an entity willing to “communicate” with us via one of our EMF meters. We actually engaged in what we would call a conversation with this entity for about ten minutes and received appropriate and timely responses in direct reply to our yes/no questions. This particular meter is extremely sensitive to even minute fluctuations in the EM field, and so as a baseline meter, it is fairly useless. But understanding its limitations, we recognized the significance of the responses given in direct correlation to the questions asked. It was amazing.

SM- What’s next for the paranormal society? I would like to see us earn the credibility within the community to gain the trust and confidence of those who may not understand exactly what it is we do. Lynchburg is rich with history, and we are as driven to preserve that history as anyone else. Through our unconventional approach, we have the ability to bring an entirely new genre of people to the understanding that something they considered “dead” may yet be alive- that our history is the foundation of our future. One of my personal goals is to build relationships with other organizations, and to use SHPS as a tool for the preservation of the memories of the fleeting characters integral to the essence of our historic sites. Not everyone has the patience to sit in a dark basement and stare into the abyss, but some may still have that urge

for adventure and excitement. The SHPS understands those adventurous few and is going to offer a unique ghost tour experience throughout historic Lynchburg. The 1.5 hour driving tour will run October 22, 23, and 24 beginning at 6:30pm. The cost is $15/adult and $12/children per seat and space is limited to 14 seats per tour. Because it’s a bus tour, weather will not be a factor. “Our tour has been described as “the real deal” in the Seven Hills, and is an opportunity for people to hear first-hand accounts from knowledgeable investigators who confront the unknown nearly on a weekly basis,” Bryant said. “Because our team is “in the trenches”, so to speak, our stories are not local legends handed down through generations, but are our own personal experiences, recent and relevant,” she added. “We will offer participants hands-on training with our investigative equipment and will review some of the evidence we’ve gathered so they might form their own opinions. The tour will take us by some of what we consider the more active locations in Lynchburg, and we hope to have the opportunity to conduct a mini-investigation, time permitting.” Whether you’re a skeptic, believer, or just plain curious, excitement about the paranormal seems to escalate the closer it gets to Halloween. There are many legends and folk lore surrounding the ancient “All Hallow’s Eve” and what better time to take that excitement to a new level? As Bryant mentioned, these are not just stories, but real accounts from real people. Maybe someone you know has had a similar experience to yours, maybe you’ve seen, heard or felt something and asked yourself the same question, “What was that?” There are people out there who can help you in your investigation, but it’s up to you to seek the truth.SM | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine



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The Riverwalk Trail An escape to nature, history, and beyond. Story and photos by Deborah C. Johnson||October October2009 2009|| SHOWCASE SHOWCASE Magazine Magazine 25 25

The Riverwalk Trail system, situated along the historic Dan River, offers an otherworldly escape from the busy schedules that dominate each day. Hectic lives can be transformed by the experience. The soothing sounds of the river can calm the most anxious personality, while singletrack mountain bike trails are pure excitement for the adrenalin junkie. There is a universal appeal for walkers, runners, cyclists, and nature enthusiasts. It is truly an adventure that enhances all human senses. Something for Everyone Each new addition to the Riverwalk is enthusiastically embraced by young and old, alike. The existing eight miles of paved trail is constantly expanding. Beginning behind Short Sugar’s Barbecue Restaurant, the trail runs past Dan Daniel Park and ends near the Danville Airport. A new section starts by the Main Street Bridge and stops near the Carrington Pavilion. The final length will span approximately 14 continuous miles, from the Robertson Street Bridge to the airport. For some, the real fun begins where the paved trail ends. Secluded and inviting, there are 17 miles of wooded trails that are suited for mountain biking and hiking. Although categorized for beginners and intermediate riders, a few trails are not for the faint of heart. Steep hills and hair pin switchbacks challenge riders at every turn; while built-in obstacles, such as stacked logs and bridges ignite a rider’s competitive fire.

Truly Inspiring The sidewalk, or concrete, part of the trail runs through the wooded picnic area by Dan Daniel Park. There are many places to sit and relax while enjoying the surroundings and listening to the river as it tumbles and dances over the river rocks.

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There is nothing like an early morning run, or walk, along the river. The afternoon and evening hours are a great time to exercise, too. One Danville resident takes his walks with serious steps—27,000 steps, to be exact. Retired from the Army, Mr. Grant Fullenwider walks every day, seven days a week. At age 69, he averages 16 miles per walk. He wears a special watch that tells him how many steps he has taken, the calories he has burned, and miles walked. Inclement weather does not deter Mr. Fullenwider from his daily outing. If the weather is uncooperative, he carries an umbrella and rain coat. He said that having the trail available has made a wonderful difference in his overall health and well-being.


Catch of the Day There are those who trade their walking sneakers for a chair, a shady spot on the river bank, and a fishing pole. Most people have a favorite place to fish, and there are several good spots along the bank. Three of the most popular areas are behind Libby Hill Seafood, the picnic area at Dan Daniel Park, and Anglers Park. The fish are not always biting but that doesn’t bother those who are seeking something more than catfish. A serene and quiet setting that soothes the soul becomes the best catch of the day. Avid fishermen enjoy the boating amenities offered throughout Danville, and Angler’s Park is the busiest access to the river. On any given day, bass boats, kayaks, and canoes make their way down stream. Anxious watermen hoping to hook “the big one” or, at least, take something home to fry up for dinner make it an all day affair.

Nature abounds The Riverwalk is home to an abundance of wild life. There is always an opportunity to experience the presence of deer, wood chucks, raccoons, wild turkeys, and other woodland animals. Kiosks are conveniently located throughout the Riverwalk, with descriptions of the natural plant and animal inhabitants that live in each area. Bluebirds are a colorful, and well-known, favorite resident. The Virginia Bluebird Society has worked with the City of Danville to place bluebird houses along the trail. To date, there are nearly 500 boxes, on 121 trails, in the Danville-Pittsylvania County area. Each box is carefully monitored, and the results are recorded throughout the year, by volunteers.

One of many bluebird houses found along the Riverwalk Trail. Activity is monitored and recorded by volunteers.

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River turtles can be seen sunning themselves in the middle of the river on every available rock and tree stump. Ducks and geese frolic and splash along the rivers edge and enjoy the free snacks of bread offered up daily by Riverwalk patrons. Mr. Grant Fullenwider enjoys the RIverwalk Trail everyday, rain or shine. At age 69, he averages 16 miles per walk.

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From the Riverwalk Trail, patrons have access to everything that is exciting about the downtown area of Danville. The Crossing, Carrington Pavillion, Community Market, and the Danville Science Center are a few of the popular attractions.

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Local Impact Although it is far from the hustle and bustle of days gone by, businesses in downtown Danville are seeing an economic boost from the Riverwalk Trail. Judy Salamon, owner of Bronx Boy Bagels, said, “The Main Street access gives visibility to downtown business.� People who have been on the trail stop and enjoy something to eat on the outdoor patio. The Riverwalk brings a hope of continued business growth. Melissa Charles, owner of Invitation Destination, says the Riverwalk has definitely had a positive impact on her store. Visitors to the area have easy access to the shops on Main Street and the history that goes with it. She is also excited about the new job possibilities in the downtown area, and the traffic it will bring. The Riverwalk has brought more patrons to the arts community, too. People using the Riverwalk Trail were able to stop and watch rehearsals of the recent production, High School Musical. It provided an opportunity to participate in something artistic and meaningful, introducing children to the performing arts, as well.

Historical Wealth One cannot visit Danville without learning a little of the rich history that defines the city. From the Wreck of the Old 97 and tobacco warehouse district, to the Veterans Memorial, the Riverwalk combines each part with a memorable trip to the past.

What does this mean for the City of Danville?

Previously, the Dan River served as a connection between people and the local business trade. The decision to build a trail along the river continues this tradition, and serves as a 21st century catalyst for future business opportunities.

Ultimate Balance The Riverwalk Trail is a constant ebb and flow of quiet and excitement. It is tailor-made for peaceful fishing by the riverbank, engaging walks with nature, or heart-pumping mountain biking and hiking. The choices are only limited by the individual. A unique blend of the past and present provides the ultimate balance in a fast-paced world. SM For more information about the Virginia Bluebird Society, and how to purchase a bluebird box, visit their web site at The Southern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (SVMBA) members keep the trailheads well-maintained, and safe, for cyclists and recreational hikers. To learn more about local race events, membership, and current trail maps, visit | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine



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Story and Photos by Rocky Womack

Charleston Tea Plantation Visit America’s tea garden just a short drive away.

Most all of us have enjoyed a cup of hot tea in the winter or a glass of iced tea in the summer, but have you ever thought where your tea comes from besides the grocery store? Well, the majority of tea consumed originates from overseas in the regions of Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. That’s a long ways to go for a glass of sweet tea. How about a closer location? Well, you’re in luck. In just a short drive for a weekend getaway, you can see tea grown, harvested, and made on Wadmalaw Island, S.C., which is 25 minutes from the historic Charleston, S.C. area. William Hall, a partner with Charleston Tea Garden LLC in Wadmalaw Island, S.C., inspects his tea bushes for future harvests. The Farm Wadmalaw Island is home to the only American tea plantation in the United States. On nearly half of 127 acres, the Charleston Tea Plantation harvests tea leaves from tea bushes that were first planted in South Carolina in 1888 in Summerville, S.C., says William Hall, a partner with Charleston Tea Garden LLC. The bushes are descendents of those brought over from China and India during the 1800s. The plantation was a major national producer of black tea until 1915 when it sat derelict for 45 years, according to a history of the plantation from R.C. Bigelow Inc. In 1960, the Lipton tea company purchased the plantation and moved it from Summerville to Wadmalaw Island. Lipton maintained the tea operation until 1987, when Hall and a another person bought it. They raised and harvested the plants for several years and created the American Classic Tea brand. Several years later, their partnership dissolved, but Hall continued farming. Today, Hall is a partner with R.C. Bigelow, a family owned tea business based in Fairfield, Connecticut. Bigelow, which has produced teas for more than 60 years, purchased and restored the Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003.

of October. He says the harvester does the work of about 500 workers if they were hand picking the tea leaves like they do overseas. Tea leaves grow every 15 to 18 days. “We harvest so much of the farm each day. By the 15th day, we’re back at the original field again,” he says, “so it’s a continuous six-month harvest.” According to Bigelow, one plant will produce about a quarterpound of leaves per year. Like most plants, tea bushes need tending. They must be pruned in the off-season, and the fields must be weeded by hand, much more so with newly planted bushes. Hall says he does not use any herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides. He does apply an inorganic nitrogen-based fertilizer to help the plants produce a good quantity of green leaf. The farm has more room for new plants, so it can increase its tea plant acreage and production. Some newer plants are close to harvest, Hall says, but it usually takes about three or four years before a tea plant reaches maturity to go into production.

Farming Tea Plants

“We have a new field in the back that will come into production this year,” he says.

At the plantation in Charleston, Hall harvests with a mechanical harvester from the beginning of May until the end

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Peach, Charleston Breakfast, Rockville Raspberry, and Island Green. The American Classic Tea, a black tea with a mild tone and sweet flavor, is the mainstay variety and the first that Hall introduced. “You can’t get a fresher cup of tea than our tea,” Hall says. “Tea is something that the fresher it is, the better it is. Subsequently, that’s why Bigelow puts every tea bag in a foiled pouch to help preserve the freshness of it.”

320 varieties of tea bushes grow on the fields of Charleston Tea Plantation. Tea bushes these varieties are harvested from live for hundreds of years and are never tilled, saving the soil from erosion. plants exist. On the Charleston Tea Plantation, 320 varieties of tea bushes are grown, but he says only about eight are used in future plantings. “Of course, we don’t plant from seeds. We plant from cuttings,” he says. “That’s why when you look out; you see them all growing at the same rate. Interestingly enough, when you take the cutting, people think ‘Oh, that’s a brand new plant.’ No, that plant is the same age as the mother plant. It doesn’t go back to one year old just because you take the cutting off it. “From an environmental point of view, the uniqueness here is once those tea plants are in the ground, tea plants live for hundreds and hundreds of years,” he continues, “so the soil will never be tilled again. Therefore, there’s no erosion.” Knows His Tea Hall has been involved in the tea business since he was 17 years old. He was born in Winnipeg, Canada, but has traveled extensively throughout the world. “I’m a tea taster by profession,” he says, “and to be a tea taster you have to go to London, England, to do your apprenticeship, which is four years.You taste 800 cups of tea everyday, five days a week for four years. It’s not something I just woke up one morning and said, ‘Gee, I’ll be a tea taster.’ My father was a tea taster and my grandfather. So, I’m third generation.” His apprenticeship consisted of two years with a tea packer and two years with a tea trader, both in London. He went on to work in Argentina, and five years later worked as a U.S. tea buyer and tea, spice, and olive consultant. Hall also has served as an international tea broker. For persons and retailers who just can’t get enough of tea, the Specialty Tea Institute in New York, N.Y., offers a certification program, which consists of three levels of courses and covers topics such as processing, manufacturing, blending, flavoring, scenting, different types of teas in the world, specialty teas, and tea tasting. To learn more, go to Hall says only three types of tea exist in the world. They are black, oolong, and green, and he adds they all come from the same plant. The Charleston Tea Plantation produces six varieties of tea. They are the American Classic Tea, Governor Gray, Plantation


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Hall says a movement is underway to consume more specialty, gourmet type teas. According to Bigelow, specialty teas are grouped into several categories, including traditional tea, flavored teas, herbal teas, decaffeinated teas, and iced teas. In the future, Hall says he hopes to introduce more green variety flavors as well as some oolong tea varieties. Some traditional teas represent specific tea-growing areas such as Darjeeling or Ceylon, according to Bigelow. Others represent the favorite tea of a particular nationality or region of the world such as China Oolong, Japanese Green, English Breakfast, and Earl Grey, which is one of the top selling traditional teas in the United States. Flavored teas are black teas that have flavors added, including blends of fruits, herbs and spices. According to Bigelow, herbal teas are not really teas, meaning they don’t contain any leaves from the tea plant. Instead, they are a combination of dried herbs, fruits, nuts, and spices. They are called teas because they are packaged and brewed just like real tea. Since herbal teas contain no real tea, they are naturally caffeine-free. All traditional and flavored teas contain varying levels of caffeine. On a per cup basis tea naturally contains less caffeine than coffee, on the average about half as much, according to Bigelow. The company indicates its decaffeinated teas have had 97 percent of their caffeine removed by a natural process that preserves their delicate tastes and aromas. Its flavored teas have less caffeine than traditional tea, because they are a blend of tea and other ingredients. Iced teas are made from flavored teas and naturally caffeinefree herbal teas. Health Benefits In research conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University, theanine, an ingredient found naturally in tea, supports the immune system. According to the Tea Council of the USA Inc., a cup of tea contains an average of 20 to 25 milligrams of theanine, and drinking tea throughout the day may strengthen the immune system, especially during cold and flu season. Another health benefit is that tea contains flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds known for their antioxidant properties, according to the Tea Council. “Tea lately has had a lot of good press about the health benefits of tea,” Hall says. “It’s packed with antioxidants, and antioxidants are good for your body.” Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals, which scientists believe damage elements in the body such as genetic material and lipids, and contribute to many chronic diseases.

Feature Future The plantation has a lot to offer in the future. “I see a very bright future,” Hall says. “I don’t think we’ll ever get to the point of supplying all of America with tea, because America imports approximately 200 million pounds of tea a year. For me to supply that, I would need about five islands this size completely covered in tea.” Hall says America is one of the smaller per capita consumers of tea. Ireland citizens drink more, he adds, with about nine pounds of tea consumed per person per year. In the future, he plans to grow his tea market and introduce more tea lovers to the educational aspect of Charleston Plantation Teas, the tea garden and related products. Come On Down By taking a trolley ride, single visitors or groups can tour the Charleston Tea Plantation. They can learn how tea is harvested and relive its history in South Carolina and abroad. After or before the ride, tourists can browse through the gift shop and look down from the walkway to see how tea is made by the tea maker and the automated equipment that he uses. Or they can simply sit down with their friends in a rocking chair on the gift shop’s front porch and sip a sampling of teas produced by the Charleston Tea Plantation. The plantation is open year round Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, go to www.charlestonteaplantation. com or call 843-559-0383. SM

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Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water and can be found in almost 80 percent of all U.S. households. On any given day, more than 127 million Americans are drinking tea. In 2007, they consumed more than 55 billion servings of tea or more than 2.50 billion gallons. About 82 percent of all tea consumed was black tea, and 17 percent was green tea. Other teas consumed included Oolong and white. The South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers. Approximately 85 percent of tea consumed in America is iced. Over the last 10 years, ready-to-drink tea has grown nearly tenfold. In 2007, those sales accounted for a conservatively estimated $2.80 billion. In 2007, more than 65 percent of the tea brewed in the United States was prepared using tea bags. When prepared in the home, tea costs about three cents per serving, cup or glass.

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The year 2007 was the 16th consecutive year that consumer purchases of tea increased. Retail supermarket sales surpassed the $1.95 billion dollar mark. Away-from-home consumption of tea has been increasing by at least 10 percent annually over the last decade. Leading tea-producing countries include Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Tea is nearly 5,000 years old and was discovered in 2737 BC by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung. In the 1600s, tea became highly popular throughout Europe and the American colonies. The tea plant is naturally resistant to most insects. In its natural form, tea contains no sodium, fat carbonation or sugar and is virtually calorie-free. Tea is naturally low in caffeine. A cup of black tea contains about 40 milligrams of caffeine. Tea contains flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds believed to have antioxidant properties. Facts courtesy of the Tea Association of the USA Inc. | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine


RIver City Life

by Sherri Stump Tuck

Cropwalking in Danville Mahatma Gandhi once said “You must be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Last year, I decided to “be the change” by participating in the first Danville Area CROP Hunger Walk. My experience as a CROP-walker was both enlightening and fun because the CROP Hunger Walk afforded me and hundreds of other participants with the opportunity to support hunger relief work across the world, in the United States, and in our own city. The letters CROP mean “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.” Poverty is the primary cause of hunger in the United States and across the globe. For years, generations have struggled to overcome the plight of hunger. Despite our efforts to eradicate hunger, we live with the fact that one in eight people are hungry or acutely undernourished. When we think of hunger, our minds gravitate to the starving faces peering at us through our televisions. The sad reality is that hunger is not an isolated problem attributed only to developing countries. Hunger is found wherever poverty exists—including America. The United States Department of Agriculture reported in 2003 that 36.3 million people in America were “food insecure.” Food security is a term coined by the Food Research and Action Center to describe a state in which all people have access to enough food for an active healthy life, with no need for emergency food sources or other extra ordinary coping behaviors to meet basic food needs.1 In America, we pride ourselves on promoting the basic rights of life, liberty, and happiness, yet 12.6 million children, in the United States do not have access to enough food for an active healthy life. Children are twice as likely to suffer from food insecurity than adults. Studies show that one in ten adults compared to one in five children live in households where someone suffers from hunger or food insecurity.2 The statistics are sobering and perhaps even shocking, but the situation is not hopeless because CROP Walks across America are taking literal and figurative steps to end hunger.


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On Sunday October 18, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. people of every age and background will gather at West Main Baptist Church to participate in the second Danville Area CROP Hunger Walk that will benefit the hunger relief programs of Church World Service and God’s Storehouse. Last year, our first CROP Hunger Walk collected over $10,000.00. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from our walk were donated to God’s Storehouse; the remaining funds were used to help villages have clean water; provide seeds so that people can grow their own food; and help families and communities rebuild after disaster. The funds generated from this year’s walk will help to accomplish the same goals. I believe every person will agree that hunger and poverty are rampant in our world and something can and must be done about them. On October 18, for a few hours and a few miles, friends and neighbors will be coming together to, in the words of I John 3:18, “Love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” I ask you to mark your calendars and CROP Walk with us. Together—with your family, group or congregation—we can walk to change the world one step at a time. For more information log on to; call Mt.Vernon Church @ 434-793-6824 or e-mail us at

Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Danville Cancer Association, a United Way Partner, invites you to a short, sweet, twilight event to benefit area breast cancer patients and survivors. Thursday, October 22 • 5:30-7:00 at Rippe’s, 559 Main St., Danville VA

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5:30 - Heavy hors d’oeuvres, favorite beverages, Allen Rippe informal concert 6:30 - Fashion show by Rippe’s I 7:00 - grand Prizes and exit $100 in FREE gifts I Raffles & Door Prizes I valet Parking ticket/donation of at least $104 requested - check or cc to DCA or Rippe’s* *each donor receives an evening bag ($50 value), a cashmera wrap ($24), a Rippe’s Gift Certificate ($26) 100% of donated monies goes to area breast cancer patient. DCA administers all funds. DCA - 2322 Riverside Drive, Danville, VA 24540 Rippe’s - 559 Main St., Danville, VA 24541 • fax: 792.6837 • | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine


Building Your Lifehouse

by Larry Oldham

DOOMSDAY PREDICTION 2012 Worry Laugh Health Food Marriage Hope Divorce Pets Sadness Hugs Safety Ideas Exercise Care


mong the Apocalypse scholars there are no doubts that the world will end on December 21, 2012.You can read about it at You can view the video on called “The End.” This video has registered over eight million views and over sixty-two thousand comments. Most of this revelation stems from the fact that the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. The Mayans decided that when their calendar ends so does the world. Actually, I believe that they predicted a new era of enlightenment, not a doomsday prophecy. Some people just carried it a little to the extreme. We also have Planet X (also known as Nibiru) headed toward Earth at great speed. But according to this is not true either. In Matthew 24:36 of the Bible it states that only God knows the end of time. Most people tend to go with this version of the end of Earth. Just in case we are all wrong led me to think about doing some things that I have always wanted to do, but just didn’t have the time. Think about it, if you knew the world was coming to an end in three years, your time would become extremely important and valuable. All the things you had been putting off would now become a reality to you with a set deadline. Travel, new home, new vehicle, more excitement in your life, no need to save anymore for retirement, your whole social and emotional state of mind would be extracted and filled with new sources of enlightenment about your future. What would you do tomorrow? Who is the first person you would call today? How much would your life and lifestyle change? Would you continue with your normal routine for the next three years waiting for the end to come?

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Please don’t take any of this literally because I really don’t think we as humans know the time or the day that the Earth will end or even if it will end. It makes you think though! We are not promised tomorrow. A word of advice would be to live every day as if it might be your last. Be kind to everyone. Tell those special people in your life how much they mean to you, how much you love them, and how much happiness they have brought into your life. If the world does end in 2012, you will be ready and all of your friends will know how much you loved them.

See you on December 22, 2012. SM

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Person County • Roxboro, NC - That Is!

Mayo Park Fall Festival & Mayo Lake Cyclysm Bicycle Tour October 10 • Person Co.

The Mayo Lake Cyclysm will take cyclists on a scenic journey through rural Person County, NC. Choose from three distances of 25K, 50K or a more challenging 75K route for experienced cyclists. After the Bicycle Tour, enjoy a day in the great outdoors at the Mayo Park Fall Festival. • 5K Race in the Park Trail Run • Canoe/Kayak Tour of Mayo Lake • Horse Shoe Tournament • Food Vendors • Door prizes • Free Live Bluegrass Concert

Old World Wine Festival Saturday October 24 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wine, Chili, Wine, Music, Wine, Local Artisans, Classic Car Cruise-in, Wine, Prizes, Wine, Family Fun and did we mention Wine? Winery is located at 1890 Charlie Long Road in the Hurdle Mills community off US Hwy 49 South - about 8 miles from Roxboro City Limits. For more information, call 336-364-7625 or visit

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Anticipation Ten Things to Look Forward to in October



American Rebel:The Life of Clint Eastwood (10/06) It’s common knowledge that Chuck Norris is one bad dude. But who is the one person that frightens Chuck Norris? That’s right, it’s Clint Eastwood. New York Times bestselling author Marc Eliot delivers the ultimate ‘Right-Turn Clyde’ with his biography of one of the most critically acclaimed actors, producers, and directors in Hollywood.


KISS Sonic Boom (10/06) The grease paint marauders return just in time to serve up a dose of rock and roll mayhem this Halloween. Even without founding members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, Sonic Boom channels the KISS of the seventies. A time when KISS ruled the airwaves and Gene Simmons wasn’t a walking infomercial for buffoonery.


Anvil! The Story of Anvil (10/06) Persistence is the word of the day when it comes to Canadian heavy metal band Anvil. This documentary follows the career of the band that formed in 1978 and is still following its dreams today. Directed by former Anvil roadie Sasha Gervasi, Anvil! The Story of Anvil serves as one of the best music films ever.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (10/30) An intimate look into the rehearsals of the King of Pop’s concert series This Is It. The film follows Jackson and his dancers through the creation and development of the performances.

Zombieland (10/02) Woody Harrelson battling the undead in an amusement park, it may not win an Oscar, but Zombieland will definitely supply the laughs this Halloween. And with Bill Murray making a cameo as a zombie, how could you not love this?




The Cult Love (Omnibus Edition) (10/20) Nearly twenty-five years after its initial release, The Cult’s major label debut gets the remastered treatment. This limited edition box set includes four discs- the original album, a disc of b-sides, a disc of unreleased demos, and a live concert from 1985. It’s the definite Love collection and a must for Cult fans.

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Where the Wild Things Are (10/16) No this movie isn’t a documentary on Wal-Mart after midnight. This is award-winning director Spike Jones’ film adaption of the Maurice Sendak classic children’s book.

Ford County ( 10/27) Best-selling author John Grisham revisits Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his blockbuster novel A Time to Kill. Grisham’s latest offering solidifies that he is one of the best storytellers alive today.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (10/20) Michael Bay’s two and half hour sequel is overflowing with mind numbing explosions and heart-racing thrills. Plus, it has Megan Fox. It’s a fun time for all.


NBA Live 10 ( 10/06) Lace up your hi-top Chuck Taylors, grab a soda, and plant yourself on the couch, it’s tipoff time. EA Sports delivers the goods with the latest installment of court action. In real life, you may not be able to rebound like Dwight Howard, but can he rebound while juggling Cheetos and soda? I think not.



Pearl Jam Backspacer


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Harper’s Island

With the release of “The Fixer,” the debut single from Pearl Jam’s ninth studio album Backspacer, the band is definitely in handyman mode. In recent years, Pearl Jam fell into a sea of monotony. There really hasn’t been much to distinguish one album from another. But, Backspacer is different. When Eddie Vedder sings “I wanna fight to get it back again” in “The Fixer,” you get the feeling it’s more to this song than just a catchy riff. For Backspacer, the band returns to their indie roots and the result is their best album since 1993’s Vs. Eddie Vedder can rest easy, Pearl Jam has it back again.

GAme Halo 3: ODST As one of the most popular first-person shooter franchises, the Halo series has a reputation of high- quality action to uphold. And with the release of the stand alone expansion pack Halo 3: ODST for the Halo 3 game, the franchise does just that. For this latest installment, gamers take on the role of a lone UNSC soldier known as “the Rookie.” As the Rookie, gamers traverse through dangerous environments in search of clues that may lead to the whereabouts of their missing crew members. After finding a clue, the gamer experiences a flashback which brings them one step closer to solving the mystery. If controller-gripping suspense and heartracing excitement is your thing, then Halo 3:ODST is the game for you.

Harper’s Island had the perfect recipe for success; blend Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None with campy horror. While the show didn’t amount to a ratings success for CBS, it succeeded in bringing fun to the normally bland summer television schedule. With the DVD release of the series, fans can relive the witty plot turns and gory killings of the thirteen episodes all over again. Harper’s Island is like playing an interactive game of Clue. That is if you’re watching it for the first time. And even if you already know the ending, it’s fun to watch again just to catch the clues you missed the first time.

BOOK Rough Country by John Sanford Rough Country, the second adventure of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers is another joy of masterful writing by the great storyteller John Sanford. Flowers is the type of protagonist that readers enjoy getting to know. While up north at a fishing tournament, Flowers is asked to investigate a murder at a nearby women’s resort. Through his investigation, Flowers finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and even the locals including a Country and Western singer. All the motivational reasons for murder are present…


Based loosely on Agatha Christie’s And There Were None, April Fool’s Day relies on


•Antz •Practical Magic

•Pleasantville •Vampires

When asked about New Moon, director Catherine Hardwicke said, “It’s got werewolves, it’s got visual effects that turn people into werewolves, it’s got motorcycle stunts, and you go to Italy. It’s probably twice as much as this [to film].” The promise of all this action has fans of the series beaming with excitement, just like Edward’s sequined skin beams in the sunlight. The Twilight Saga: New Moon swoops into theaters on November 20.

jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, and fear. Flowers has to catch the killer before the killer catches him. Brilliant plotting makes Rough Country a very satisfying and suspenseful thriller.

Reviews of Hidden Classics

April Fool’s Day

•Shark Tale •The Grudge

The Twilight craze continues to sizzle with the release of New Moon. In this sequel we find Bella Swan (Kristin Stewart) trying to come to grips with the sudden departure of the love of her life, Edward Cullen (Robert Patterson), who just happens to be a vampire. For solace, Bella turns to her friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). As their friendship grows, Bella is catapulted into a world of werewolves. With werewolves being the mortal enemies of vampires, Bella finds the line of her loyalties blurred.

It slipped Through the Cracks...



The Twilight Saga: New Moon

With October being the month of thrills, chills, tricks, and treats, April Fool’s Day should be on everyone’s required viewing list. This 1986 horror film defines the slasher genre that was at the height of its popularity in the ‘80s.


•Alien Nation •The Accused

quick-wit and humor to lull viewers into a false sense of security just before scaring them out of their seats. April Fool’s Day borrows every cliché from the world of horror and makes no bones about it. It’s a fun and entertaining lost gem collecting dust on the shelf of your local video store. Rent it, you won’t be disappointed.

•Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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Danville Arts/Exhibits Thru Nov. 8 – Museum Exhibits: The Sutherlin Mansion 1859-2009, First Baptist Church & Seeing is BelievingWindy Lampson: Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History: 434.793.5644: 3 – Bob Ross Painting Class: Ballou Park Annex Building: 10:30am-3:30pm: $60: 434.797.8848: 3-31 – Engineer It: Danville Science Center: Free/$6/$5: M-S 9:30am– 5pm: Sun 1–5pm: 434.791.5160: 28-Dec. 2 – Art with Flow Painting Class: Glenwood Center or Ballou Park Annex: Weds/Times Vary: 434.797.8848:

Kids/Family 1-31 – After School Childcare: YMCA: Ages 5-12: M-F: After school-6pm: 434.792.0621: 5-Nov. 9 – Good Dog Obedience: Coates Rec Center: 6:30-8pm: 434.797.6564: 6,13,20,27 - Archery Program: Coates Rec Center: Ages 9-16: 3-5:30pm: 434.799.5215: 6-29 – Swim Lessons:YWCA: W/Th, Parent &Tot, 10-10:45am: T/Th,Youth Lessons, 3:30-4:30pm: 434.797.8848:


Don’t Miss..... October 17th - Memory Walk - Alzheimer’s Association Danville Community Market: 8:30am 434.792.3700 October 24th - FALL FEST! games, hayride, face painting, barbecue and much more. An afternoon of fun for the whole family! 4-6:30 pm at Woodlawn Academy, 957 Woodlawn Academy Rd. Chatham,VA. 434.432. 9244 for more information.

10 – Mutt Strut: Ballou Park & Nature Trail: 9am: 434.799.0843. 18 – Butterfly Goodbye: Danville Science Center: 1-4pm: 434.791.5160: 22 – Lights on Afterschool: Danville Science Center: 3:30–5:30pm: Ages 5+: 434.791.5160: 24 – Fall Fest & Make a Difference at the Dan: Danville Science Center: 9:30am2pm: 434.791.5160: 24 – Daddy & Daughter Ball: Ballou Rec Center: 6-8m: 434.797.8848: 26 – Pumpkins in the Park: Ballou Nature Center: 6-7:30pm: 434.799.5215:

Entertainment 2,3,4 – The Cemetery Club: Little Theatre of Danville: North Theatre: 7:30pm/2pm:434.792.6965: www. 4 - Daniel Rodriguez, NY Singing Policeman Concert: Main Street UM Church Sanctuary: 3pm: 434.791.1546. 8 – Ragin’ Cajun Invasion: Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History: 5-8pm: 434.793.5644: 9,10,11 – Sentimental Journey: Gretna Theatre: 6pm: 434.228.1778. 13 - The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin: Danville Concert Association: Pritchett Auditorium: 7:30pm: 434.792.9242: www. 17 – Halloween Madness: AAF Tank Museum: 8pm-2am: 434.836.5323:www.

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17 - Gretna Old Timers’ Jubilee: 434.836.6990: 29 – The Baltimore Consort: Pritchett Auditorium, Averett: 7:30pm: 434.791.5600: 31 - Halloween Party: Mt. Hermon Courtyard:

Lifestyle/Lectures 3 – Caring for Wildlife Seminars: Intro to Wildlife Rehab-10am-12pm, Intro to Raising Orphaned Mammals-1-4pm: Danville Science Center:: 434.791.5160: 5,12,19,26 – Web Designing: For Fun and Profit For Teens, 4-6pm: Online Entrepreneuring From Any Where, 6-8pm: Ballou Annex Building: 434.797.8848: www. 6 – Southern Virginia Bioenergy Conference: Institute for Advanced Learning and Research: 9am-5pm: 12 – Paying for Education: Coates Rec Center: 6:30pm: 434.797.8848: 13 – Alzheimer’s Presentation: Partner with Your Doctor: 12–1pm: Melanie Vaughan – 434.792.3700 x30. 13 – Engineering the Future: Danville Science Center: 6:30pm: 434.791.5160: 15 – Southside Show-Biz Trade Show: Institute for Advanced Learning & Research: 11am-4pm: 434.836.6990: 16 – Just Everyday Women, Walking by Faith: Mary’s Diner: 11am-1pm: $9: 434.836.2660 or 434.793.8140.

Area EVENTS Guide 17 – Memory Walk: Danville Community Market: 8:30am: 434.792.3700: www. 19 – Retirement Reality Check: Coates Rec Center: 6:30pm: 434.797.8848: 21 – Alzheimer’s Presentation: Why My Family Chose Hospice: 12–1pm: Melanie Vaughan – 434.792.3700 x237. 21 – Author on Campus Series-Alan Cheuse Lecture: Blount Chapel, Averett: 7:30pm: 434.791.4993: 24,31 – Reiki Level 1-Certification Training: Ballou Rec Center: 9am-12pm: $100: 434.799.5216: 26 – Smart Choices in Retirement: Coates Rec Center: 6:30pm: 434.797.8848: 28 – Alzheimer’s Presentation: Smart Financial Choices in Tough Economic Times: 12–1pm: Melanie Vaughan – 434.792.3700 x237. 28 – Dale Carnegie Seminar: Stratford Courtyard Conference Center: 434.836.6990:

Hobbies/Sports 2,3,4 – Grand-Am KONI Challenge VIRginia International Raceway: 434.822.7700: 3 - Main Street Cruise-In: Downtown Danville: 6-9pm: 434.791.6813: www. 3 - AMA-Triple Crown Stadium MX Racing: Birch Creek Motorsports: 434.836.7629: 5,12,19,26 – Boogie Monday: Waltz: Ballou Rec. Center: 7–8:30pm: $3/$15: 434.799.5216: 6,13,20,27 – West African Dance & Drumming Class: City Auditorium: 10:30am-12pm: Free: 434.797.8848: www. 6,13,20,27 – African Dance Ensemble: Pepsi Building: 6-7:30pm: 434.797.8848: 6-29 – Chicks w/ Sticks - Knitting & Crocheting Class: City Armory: T/Th 11:30am-1pm: 434.797.8848: 7 – Senior Bowling Tournament: Riverside Lanes: 10am–12pm: $5: 434.791.2695: 10,24,31 – Averett Football: North Campus, Averett: 1pm: 13-Nov. 17 – Lifeguard Certification class:YMCA: M/W: 4:30-7:30pm: 434.792.0621: 17 - Canoe Trip: Anglers Park: 10am-5pm: 434.799.5215: 10 – Vegas Night Games & Dance: Ballou Rec. Center: 6-10:30pm: $5: 434.799.5216:

10,31 - Saturday Night Racing Series: Birch Creek Motorsports: 434.836.7629: 10,11 – Oktoberfast Roadracing & German Car Festival:VIRginia International Raceway: 434.822.7700: 12-Nov. 2 – Hand Sewn Quilts Class: City Auditorium: 6-8pm: 434.797.8848: 13 – Photography Club: Ballou Annex Building: 6:30pm: 434.797.8848: 15 – Sky Watchers: Danville Science Center: Nightfall: 434.791.5160: www.dsc. 17 - Moonshine Marathon: South Boston to Danville Community Market: 434.793.4636: 17 - Chatham Sartomer 5K/1M Run: Main Street Chatham: 434.432.1518: www. 17,18 – Line Dance Fest Workshop & Night Out: Ballou Rec. Center: Times Vary: $25: 434.799.5216: 17-Nov. 21 – Micro Indoor Soccer: YMCA: Ages 3-5: Saturdays: 434.792.0621: 22 – Landscapes For Winter Interests: Coates Rec Center: 6:30-8pm: 434.799.6564: 24 – Hunter Safety Education Course: Ballou Park Nature Center: 8am-12pm: 434.799.5215: 24 – Fall River Clean Up: Pepsi Building: 11am-2pm: 434.799.5215: 27 – Sewing w/ Kitty: Coates Rec Center: 6:30-8:30pm: 434.799.6564: 27,28,29 – Hunter Safety Education Course: Ballou Park Nature Center: 6:3010pm: 434.799.5215: 30,31 – Blind Bowlers Tournament: Riverside Lanes: 7pm: 434.791.2695. 31 – Charge of the Headlight Brigade:VIRginia International Raceway: 434.822.7700:

Martinsville Arts/Exhbits Thru Oct. 17 – ¡Carnaval! Exhibit: Piedmont Arts: 276.632.3221: www. 1,8,15,22 – Glass Studio Lab: Southern Virginia Artisan Center: 6-8:30pm: www. 3,4 – Weekend Workshops: Autumn Blacksmithing, Whimsical Earthenware Animals & Linoleum Block Printing:

Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd: 9am4:30pm: 10,11 – Weekend Workshops: Basics of Nature Photography, Blacksmithing with Recycled Materials & Painting Your Pet: Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd: 9am4:30pm: 20,27 – Color for Art, Interior Design, and Personal Style: Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd: 5:30-8:30pm: www. 24 – Carve an Italian Soapstone Pendant: Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd: 9-4:30pm:

Kids/Family 2-30 – Family Aerobics: Spencer-Penn Centre: MWF 6:30pm: 276.957.5757: www. 3 – GPS Adventure: Frank Wilson Park: 2-4pm: Ages 8-14: 276.634.4185: 10 – Outdoor Fun Festival: Frank Wilson Park: 276.634.4185: 22 – Pumpkin Carving Contest: Jack Dalton Park: 6pm: 276.634.4645: www. 31 – Malloween: Liberty Fair Mall: 5-7pm: 276.634.4645:

Entertainment 2,3 – Blue Mountain Bluegrass Festival: Coopers Mt. Rd., Martinsville: 3pm/9am: www. 2,3,4 – Cherokee Indian Pow Wow: Rotary Field, Stuart: Times Vary: 276.694.7723: 3,17 – WHEO Jamboree: Historic Star Theatre: 11am-1pm: 9 – Fall Hog Dog Roast for Seniors: Jack Dalton Park: 12pm: 276.634.4643: www. 10 – Black Dog Wine & Beach Music Festival: Chateau Morrisette: 11am-5pm: 540.593.2865: 10 – Doug & Telisha Williams CD Release Concert: Rives Theater: 2-4:30pm: 276.632.5688: 16 – Twisted Local Music Concert: Martinsville Uptown: 6-11:55pm: 276.632.5688: 16 – Johnny Williams Concert: SpencerPenn Centre: 7pm: 276.957.5757: www. 17 – Apple Dumpling Festival: Downtown Stuart: 10am-4pm: 276.694.3811: www. 24 – Chili Cookoff:Virginia Museum of Natural History: 4-9pm: $10/$15: 276.634.4185: | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine


Area EVENTS Guide Lifestyle/Lecture 3 – Book Festival: Binding Time Café: 10am-2pm: 276.656.3800: 6,8 – Beginning Sewing Class: Southern Virginia Artisan Center: 6-9pm: www. 7,14,21,28 – Produce Tailgate Sale: SpencerPenn Centre: 3-7pm: 276.957.5757: www. 8,15 – Breads & Biscuits Baking Class: Southern Virginia Artisan Center: 6-9pm: www. 20,22 – Winter Sweatshirt Sewing Class: Southern Virginia Artisan Center: 6-9pm: www.

14-Nov. 4 – Jewelry Projects: Academy of Fine Arts Studio: 6:30-8:30pm: $150: 434.528.3256: 17,24 – Make a Glass Bowl: Academy of Fine Arts Studio: 10am-1:30pm: $125: 434.528.3256: 24,25 – Encaustic Painting: Academy of Fine Arts Studio: 9:30am/1:30pm: $175: 434.528.3256:

17 – Third Thursdays: Riverviews, Downtown Lynchburg: 7:30-8:30pm: www. 19-24 – Extreme Stream Makeover: Blackwater Creeek: www. 23,24,25 – Home Expo 2009: Lynchburg Armory: 10:30am-1:30pm: www.


Smith Mt. Lake/ Bedford

8-Nov. 12 – Young Teen Artists: Academy of Fine Arts Studio: Ages 10-15: 4:30-5:45pm: $75: 434.528.3256: www.



1-29 – Chair Aerobics: Spencer-Penn Centre: TTh 11:30am: 276.957.5757: www. 2 – VMNH Foundation Mixed Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament:Virginia Museum of Natural History: 276.634.4185: 3,4 – Civil War Reenactment: Laurel Hill,Ararat: 9am: 276.251.1833: 19 – Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament: Bassett Country Club: 9am: Ages 55+: 276.634.4643: 24 – Basketmaking Class: Spencer-Penn Centre: 9:30am-12pm: 276.957.5757: www. 24 – Kroger 200 NASCAR Truck Race: Martinsville Speedway: 877.RACE.TIX: www. 25 – TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Race: Martinsville Speedway: 1:30pm: 877.RACE.TIX:

3 – Michael Chagnon Concert: White Hart Cafe: 8pm: 434.455.1659: www. 3 – Duke Robillard Concert: The Ellington: 8:30pm: 434.845.2162: www. 5,19 – Celtic Session: Inklings Bookshop & The White Hart: 7:30pm: 434.455.1659: 11 – Festival of Church Choirs: E.C. Glass High School: 3pm: 434.845.6604: 16,17,23,24 – Candlelight Tours: Old City Cemetery: 434.847.1465: www. 17 – Oktoberfest: Lynchburg City Armory: 434.845.6604: www. 22, 23, 24 – Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg: Garland Hill Historic District: 6:30pm: 434.528.5353. 24 – Apple Tasting: Point of Honor: 2-5pm: 434.455.6226: 30-Nov. 21 – Rent: The Renaissance Theatre: 434.845.4427: www.

Lynchburg Arts/Exhbits 2 – First Fridays Art Walk: Downtown Lynchburg: 5-8pm: 6-Dec. 1 – Beginner/Intermediate Pottery: Academy of Fine Arts Studio: Times Vary: $185: 434.528.3256: 7-Dec. 2 – Pottery Projects: Academy of Fine Arts Studio: 9:30am-12:30pm: $185: 434.528.3256: 8-Dec. 3 – Learn to Throw: Academy of Fine Arts Studio: 6:30-9pm: $185: 434.528.3256: www.

Lifestyle/Lecture 2 – LNDF Celebration: Downtown Lynchburg: 5-7:20pm: www. 2,3,4 – Homecoming Weekend: Lynchburg College: 800.621.1669: www.

Arts/Exhbits 3 - Painting Demonstration: The Little Gallery, SML: 1-3pm: 540.721.1596: www. 8,15,22 - Mosaic Mirror Workshop: Bower Center for the Arts: 1-3:30pm: 540.586.4235:

Kids & Family 10 – Kid’s Fishing Derby: Waid Recreation Area: 9am-1pm: parks/. 10 – Harvest Time: Booker T. Washington National Monument: 10am-4pm: 540.721.2094:

Entertainment 3 – Archaeology Open House: Poplar Forest: 11:15am: 434.525.1806: www. 3 – Lobster Festival: Bedford: 4-7pm: 540.587.5681: 3-31 - Peaks Foliage Open House: Peaks of Otter Winery: Sat & Sun 12-5pm: 540.586.3707: 10 – Harvest Festival & Brunswick Stew: Big Otter Mill: 10am-4pm: 540.871.0858: 23 – Blue Ridge Autumn Festival: Franklin County Recreational Park: 6-9pm: 24 – Wine & Moon Beams: Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery: 6-11:30pm: 540.296.1393: 31 – Chili Cook-Off: Sedalia Center: 125pm: 434.299.5080:

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Area EVENTS Guide Hobbies/Sports 10 – Fall Craft Bazaar: Resurrection Catholic Church, Moneta: 9am-3pm: 540.297.5530: www. 11 – Children’s Miracle Network Bass Tournament: 800.696.8203: www.

Roanoke Arts/Exhibits 1 – Art By Night: Downtown Roanoke Art Walk: 5-9pm: Free: 1,13,15 – Touch Tours: Taubman Museum of Art: 5:30-6:30pm: $6: 17 – Run for the Arts: Roanoke Civic Center: 9am: 540.224.1203: .

Kids & Family 10 – Art Workshop: Taubman Museum of Art: Ages 10-13: 10am-1pm: $25/$35: www. 10 – Storytelling on the Market: Downtown Roanoke: 540.342.2028: 30 – Halloween Costume Contest: Market Square, Downtown Roanoke: 540.342.2028: www.


North Carolina Kids/Family 6,13,20,27 – Family Skate Night: Thunder Lanes Bowling Center, Roxboro: 6-9pm: 336.598.5050 X118: 17 – Pet Show: Freedom Park, Eden: 336.627.4711: 28 – Munchkin Masquerade: Drapers Village, Eden: 10am-5pm: 30 – Treat Street: Historic Olde Leaksville Shopping District, Eden: 10am-6pm: www.

Entertainment 1 – Alive After 5: Uptown Roxboro: 5:309:30pm: 336.599.8333: www. 1,8,15,22,29 – Acoustic Guitar-Thursday Nights with Tony: Backstreet Buzz Coffee House: 6–8pm: www.downtownreidsvillenc. com. 2-30 – Veronica Jones Music: Cafe 99: Reidsville: Wed & Fri, 12:15–1:15pm & 7-10pm: 2,9,16,23,30 – DownHome Place Country Music & Dance: Jefferson Penn Masonic Lodge, Reidsville: 7–10pm: www. 2,16,30 – Open Jam Night: Backstreet Buzz Coffee House: 7–9pm: www.

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3 – Women and Matters of the Heart: Yancey House Pavilion: 8:30am-2pm: 888. ASK.DUKE: 6,13,20,27 – Bluegrass Jamboree: Downtown Reidsville Exhibit Center: 7–9pm: 10 – Fall Street Festival: Downtown Reidsville: 10am-6pm: 336.349.1045: www.

Hobbies/Sports 1 – Business Showcase: Reidsville Chamber of Commerce: 12-6pm: www. 1,8,15,22,29 – Downtown Crusies Bicycle Ride: Downtown Reidsville: 7–8pm: 2,3 – Quilt Festival & Sale: Eden City Hall: 336.623.4108:

3 – Harvest Festival: Downtown Roanoke: 540.342.2028: 4 – Sunday Music: Taubman Museum of Art: 1–3pm: 4 – Christian McBride & Inside Straight Concert: Jefferson Center: 7:30pm: 540.345.2550: 5 – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Masterworks: Roanoke Civic Center: 8pm: www. 6 – Cirque Dreams: Illumination: Roanoke Civic Center: 7:30pm: 24 – Wine and Unwind Wine Festival: Salem Memorial Ballpark/Lewis Gale Field: 11am-5pm: 540.375.3004: 28 – Bryan Adams Concert: Jefferson Center: 7:30pm: 540.345.2550: 31 – Halloween Blast: Roanoke Civic Center: 540.206.2414:

Hobbies/Sports 3 – GPS for Geocaching: Brambleton Center: 9am-12pm: 7 – Family Climbing: Climbing Tower Camp Roanoke: 6-8pm: 10 – Caving For Beginner: Camp Roanoke Pavilion: 10am-6pm: | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine


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Area EVENTS Guide 2-31 – All U Can Bowl Cosmic Special: Thunder Lanes Bowling Center, Roxboro: $16.95/person: Fri & Sat 9pm–12am: 336.598.5050 X118: 3 – DRBA First Saturday Outing: Smith & Dan Rivers: 10am: 336.349.5727: 4,11,18,25 – Quarter Mania Bowling: Thunder Lanes Bowling Center, Roxboro: $6 cover: 6–9pm: 336.598.5050 X118: 5,12,19,26 – Line Dance Class: Garden of Eden Senior Center: 10am: 9 – Morehead Memorial Hospital Fall Golf Outing: Meadows Green, Eden: 11:30am: 336.627.6334: 9 – Downtown Cruise-In: Downtown Reidsville: 6–9pm: 10 – Fall Festival & Cyclysm Bicycle Tour: Mayo Park, Roxboro: 11am: 336.599.3116: 24 – Race For Reidsville: Lake Reidsville Boat Dock: 8am-12pm: 24 – Old World Wine Festival: Rock of Ages Winery, Roxboro: 3-7pm: 336.364.7625:


South Boston Arts/Exhibits 10 – An Affair of the Arts Gala: The Prizery: 7pm: 434.572.8339: 13,14,15 – Art and The Creative Economy Conference: The Prizery: Times Vary: 434.572.8339:

Kids/Family 3-31 – Family Fun Day: World of Sports: Sat–11am-6pm, Sun–1-6pm & Wed–11am7pm: $39: 434.572.2695:

Entertainment Thru Oct. 4 – Halifax County Fair: Downtown: 9am-5pm: 434.575.4208: 1 – Celtic Crossroads: The Prizery: 7:30pm: 434.572.8339: 4 – Aquila Theatre - As You Like It: The Prizery: 7:30pm: 434.572.8339:

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14 – Suzanne Vega Concert: The Prizery: 7:30pm: 434.572.8339: 17 – Harvest Hayride: Staunton River Battlefield State Park: 7pm: 434.454.4312: 18 – Rhonda Vincent Concert: The Prizery: 3pm: 434.572.8339: 30 – Circo Aereo: The Prizery: 7:30pm: 434.572.8339: 31 – Dave Mason Band Concert: The Prizery: 9pm: 434.572.8339:

Hobbies/Sports 1,8,15,22,29 – “Quartermania” Bowling: World of Sports: $4 Cover Charge, 25¢/ game:shoe rental: 8pm–Close: 434.572.2695: 16,17,31 – Auto Racing: South Boston Speedway: 877.440.1540: www. | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine


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PAWS for the Cause A Lesson in Friendship


by Paulette Dean Executive Director, Danville Humane Society

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Great lessons for humans often come from the animals with which we come into contact. Through the years of working for the Danville Area Humane Society, I have learned wonderful lessons of gratitude, hope, and friendship from the creatures with whom we share this earth; in fact, the list of lessons goes on and on. We humans believe we are the ones who have a lot to teach the animals. The reality is, if we are willing to learn, the animals become our teachers and we become the students. Several months ago, someone walking in Dan Daniel Park found a friendly ferret that was skeletal and very weak. She brought the ferret to us, and we were gratified when the ferret immediately began to eat. After her stomach was full, she sighed, curled up in a corner of her cage on a blanket, and went to sleep. In a couple of days, she had regained her strength and began to play with the toys in her cage. Since she was so friendly, we assumed that she somehow had escaped from a home and found her way to the park. We checked our reports of lost animals, but there was no ferret listed.

We were privileged to watch as they joyfully greeted each other. After the second one had eaten, they curled up together and took a nap. It became apparent that they probably had been abandoned in the park. That is not unusual; many small companion animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) are abandoned in parks by people who believe erroneously that they can survive on their own. The great lesson that I learned from these two ferrets was the strength and pleasure that friendships can bring into our lives. When one ferret was taken out of the cage for playtime, the other one watched to make sure the friend was not wandering too far away. When they were taken out of the cage together, they ran joyfully around the room together. They ate together, curled up together and left no doubt that they were loyal to each other. We knew that we could not separate them, and found them a home together. I learned a lot about how to treat my friends from these two ferrets. SM

A couple of days later, we were surprised when someone else found another friendly, skeletal ferret in Dan Daniel Park.

DIAMOND! Diamonds are brilliant and luxurious, and we've found the rarest diamond of them all. Diamond is a beautiful Lab/Dalmatian mix. Her rich chocolate color sparkles with hints of flashy white. She's absolutely beautiful and would make a lovely addition to any family. She is only 10 months old and is as sweet as can be. She gets along great with kids and other dogs. She loves to play games and does an adorable tummy crawl. If you're looking for that perfect addition, please consider this fabulous gem! For more information, please contact: Martinsville-Henry County SPCA


A cute little male kitten (about six weeks old) and a cute little female puppy (about three months old) prove that dogs and cats can get along very well, in most cases. For more information, please contact: Danville Area Humane Society

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Let me introduce myself. I’m a single mom with five kids. Jason is seventeen, Corey is nine, Spencer is eight (Happy Birthday Spencer!), Tucker is seven, and Kendall is five. I thought you would get a laugh at a peek into my life. You may want to laugh, you may want to cry. You may be saying to yourself, “Wow Misty, you’re out of control.” Other times you may feel like I could teach you a thing or two. BY MISTY COOK

Mystified. The Climb Today I climbed a mountain…All the way to the top. For my journey, I brought along my boyfriend Scott, and Corey, Spencer, Tucker, and Kendall. Jason was too “teenager” to come along on the adventure. I was all for exploring the great outdoors on a chilly, fall afternoon. But when I presented the idea to the kids, they hated it. Ugh. “Too bad,” I said. “We are going and you are going to have fun.” Like a good mother, I stocked their little backpacks with snacks and loaded up the car. We were only three miles away from home when I decided that I was ready to go back. I looked at Scott with an expression of dread. He looked back at me with reassurance. All the way there, the kids were loud. They picked on each other and never really responded to my threats. Finally, as I drove, Scott seized control of the iPod. The kids started singing their favorite songs and stopped picking on each other. The rest of the car ride was bearable. After two ridiculously long hours in the car, we arrived. There were mountains to climb, and we were ready to climb. By this time, the kids were rearing to go! We were in the car way too long. A deer greeted us as we approached the trail. Given the fact that we were able to get within five feet of her, she was clearly used to people. And away we went. Kendall was actually running. I knew that would spell trouble. Even though the mountain we were climbing was only 1.3 miles high, the climb would seem extra long for


those little diva legs. As Tucker led the way, Kendall faltered. After six minutes of hiking, those little diva legs were looking for a rock to rest on. I slipped her a Fruit Roll-Up and she was good to go! She just needed a little sugar fix, I am the sugar Nazi at our house, so it was a special treat for them to have such a snack. And away we went, again. I was really proud of everyone for being troopers while climbing. I was especially proud of Scott. He doesn’t even like to walk to his mailbox and back. We were climbing the mountain. And, we were having fun. The kids entertained themselves by climbing rocks and exploring the woods looking for alternate routes. Just as I started to worry about the amount of daylight left, we reached the top. The air was damp and cool as we walked through the clouds. We were all proud of where our hike had taken us. YAY! We made it. It seemed like we had been climbing for days. When we reached the highest point and looked over, Corey said, “We can see the whole Earth from up here.” Scott and I agreed that the farther away from that “Earth,” the better things seemed to be down there. We got our thrills from being up so high, but we had to beat dusk and head back down the mountain. I thought going down the mountain would be the easy part. I was wrong. All of a sudden everyone was cranky, hungry, and thirsty. The snacks and drinks were all gone, and so was the energy. They wanted off the mountain, and they wanted off RIGHT THEN. Tucker took the lead again. He kept us entertained by letting his pants fall to his ankles as he walked. He provided much needed comic relief; we laughed and took his picture. Just then, his feet got to going a little too fast and he fell. He landed on his face; needless to say he wasn’t a happy camper.

SHOWCASE Magazine | October 2009 | I ran down to help him and when I turned back, Spencer was lying face down on the trail. Scott helped Spencer up. I scooped Tucker up. We mended their pride and proceeded downward. Then Kendall fell and proclaimed that she twisted her ankle and couldn’t walk. It was much easier climbing the mountain. Soon the bickering started up again. Apparently, Corey drank Kendall’s Gatorade and Corey accused me of eating his K Bar. Before I realized it, I was bickering back and forth with them. Scott turned around and basically told us all to shut up! I found something for us to laugh about and our spirits were once again lightened. By then, Tucker was trying hard to keep his pants up because there were other people near us on the trail. It was my turn to bring the comic relief so I announced to everyone “Watch my Tucker impression,” and just as I started pulling on my pants mimicking him, I stepped on a log and fell. I landed on my face. Great! I twisted my ankle and couldn’t walk. Kendall was obsessively brushing the dirt and leaves off of me and Spencer was pushing my hair away from my face. Corey thought it seemed like a good time to just sit nearby and rest. Tucker played with a stick. And Scott wouldn’t stop snapping pictures of me while I wallowed around on the trail holding my ankle and laughing. I only wished he had taken video. That would have been priceless. Scott pulled me up from the ground, Kendall continued to brush me off, and I wobbled down the mountain. Luckily we were almost to the car. Scott drove away from the mountain like it was on fire. We laughed while trying not to inhale brake dust and made fun of his driving. He got mad. Ah, everything was back to normal. A mountain awaits each of us everyday. So, pack a snack, watch your step, and don’t expect the downhill to be easier than the climb. | October 2009 | SHOWCASE Magazine



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