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Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Sent to the Corner ? by Steve Hecox

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Cover Story A Kentuck Paradise by Larry G. Aaron

New NC Ramblers to Perform at DMRAH by Lynne Bjarnesen

Paddle Philpott Lake Arm with the Dan River Basin Association by Paul Johnson & T Butler

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Go on an End-of-Summer Scavenger Hunt by Joyce Wilburn

Summertime and the Reading (and Listening) Is Easy…Part II by Florence Archer

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Preservation Pays Economic Development That Keeps on Paying by Sarah Latham

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Believe by Liz Sater

Explore the Art and Science of Guitar Making by Joann Verostko

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Second Thoughts Ringside Seat by Kim Clifton

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Entertainment! 2008-09 Season for Caswell County Civic Center, Kirby Theater, Danville Area Association for the Arts & Humanities, Danville Concert Association, The Prizery

Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Sent to the Corner? by Steve Hecox

We go to the races and we watch the cars. We concentrate on daring drivers making daring moves, testing the limits of their machines and themselves. What we don’t notice are the corner workers-the men and women in white standing at each turn and waving the flags that let the drivers know what is in front or behind them. Theirs is not an easy task, nor one that the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) takes lightly. At oval tracks like Martinsville or South Boston Speedway, a central entity observes the whole racetrack at all times and can see trouble and slow the track down whenever safety issues arise. In road racing at VIR, it’s a different story. At VIR, which sports 17 turns over 3.27 miles, the people in those faraway corners control the race and tell the drivers what’s going on. There are, hopefully, at least four workers in every corner: the Corner Captain, the Yellow Flagger, the Blue Flagger, and the Communicator--all working as a team.

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A Kentuck Paradise photo by Larry Aaron. 1. Ashley Butler 2. Alexandria Compton 3. Jeffrey Compton 4. Stephanie Butler 5. Zachary Compton 6. Elizabeth Compton 7. Cameron Compton Story on page 3.

The Communicator is the person on the radio in touch with race control. While everyone has headsets and can hear exchanges from around the track, only the Communicator speaks for the corner workers’ team. His duty is to report any incidents that happen in the corner. Yellow flags facilitate communication between cars. Even incidents of cars that spin and continue on without bringing out any flag get reported to race control. The Blue Flagger and the Yellow Flagger stand next to each other and watch the race from different directions. The Blue Flagger looks in front of the station to see if a driver needs to be told to move over for faster traffic. To be able to make this call, corner workers need to recognize the different sorts of cars in the race—especially when multiple classes of cars are running at the same time—and the positions of the cars as they come by, and have the ability to judge the relative speed of cars as they approach the corner station.

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August 2008 The Blue Flagger is also responsible for noticing if there is a slow car ahead on the track, which brings out a white flag, or if there is debris or oil on the racing surface, which is noted with a redand-yellow striped flag. The decisions to fly these flags are made on the spot by the individual corner workers who are responsible for both the integrity of the race and the safety of the drivers. In contrast to the Blue Flagger, the Yellow Flagger looks backward to see if anything happens between his or her station and the next one. If there is an incident or a driver spins on the track, the team jumps into action. The Yellow Flagger immediately turns and waves to the oncoming drivers, while the Blue Flagger gets behind him and gives hand signals to denote what is happening on the track—signals to keep the drivers safe. I did my first stint as a corner worker at VIR's Oak Tree corner on April 12 at the SCCA Double Nationals working with Ken Turner of Bristol, Tennessee, and Dewitt Payne of Knightsboro, Tennessee, who have been working SCCA events for years. Oak Tree turn is a beautiful and challenging hairpin, which tests the skill of all drivers and the corner worker. Cars under the Oak Tree routinely come within five feet of the Yellow Flagger who is standing with his back to traffic. In a word, racing wouldn't exist without corner workers, and the drivers know it. After the race, many drivers come up to the corner workers to say thanks. That feels really good. It should. The work these men and women do make racing happen. They are truly the unsung heroes of the sport.

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August 2008 Hidden by a canopy of towering trees, islands of pebbles and smooth rocks split the flow of Lawless Creek as it snakes across the landscape in Kentuck, Virginia. Bordered downstream by a wide sandy beach basking in beams of sunlight, it swells into pools rich in crawdads and minnows. Its pristine beauty and enveloping silence grab the imagination. Then something else catches the eye. A lean-to, constructed of limbs and leaves, juts out from the bank. An old log appears as a bench. The remains of a fire poke out from the sand. And footprints appear, frozen in time. You ask yourself, “Is this the ancient campsite of Indians, or the makeshift home of some wild-eyed, bearded old man?” Then in the distance you hear children’s voices and engines humming. Suddenly breaking the serenity, dirt bikes and four wheelers appear, bringing the seven grandchildren of Nancy and Leon Compton to their hideaway. The kids, ages 4-16, made it themselves. Cameron and Zachary Compton cut small trees and made poles for the frame, and the girls, Stephanie Butler, Elizabeth Compton, and Ashley Butler, gathered small branches and leaves for the roof. And though Alexandria and Jeffrey Compton, ages 4 and 5, didn’t help with the actual building, a parent accompanies them down to the creek to play with the others. Zachary and Cameron spent weeks cutting the trail, which zigzags along the hilly terrain down to the creek. They built a chair made entirely out of tree limbs, but it got washed away in

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A Kentuck Paradise story and photos by Larry G. Aaron a storm. Not to be discouraged, when a log blocked the creek after the flood, they pulled it out with a four-wheeler, cut it up, and made a bench. While the boys are constantly improving their lean-to using hammers and nails, saw, clippers, and hatchets, the girls, back at the house, fix snacks and sandwiches for all to eat. Together

they enjoy roasting marshmallows by the fire. When the Compton grandchildren are not working on their compound, digging white clay from the banks to make things, enjoying good eats or watching the catfish chase minnows away from where she lays her eggs, they’re playing in the creek.

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by Lynne Bjarnesen

Patriot Guard Riders On the last weekend of August, Patriot Guard Riders from across the nation will gather at The Crossing at the Dan for three days of fellowship and renewal of their patriotic mission. In 2006, the U.S. Congress recognized the group because they “attend military funerals across the country to show respect for fallen members of the Armed Forces and, when needed, shield mourning family members and friends of the deceased from protestors who interrupt, or threaten to interrupt, the dignity of a funeral; and in so doing, help to preserve the memory and honor the Nation’s fallen heroes.” For more information contact Tony Turner, Virginia State Captain, at 434.728.1968 or visit www.patriotguard.org.

The New North Carolina Ramblers, headed by noted blue grass and traditional old-time music historian Kinney Rorrer, will offer a lecturedemonstration called Celebrating Danville’s Roots Music at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History on Sunday, August 17th at 3:00 p.m. Rorrer’s talk will include how the tobacco and textile industries influenced music and he will perform songs about Danville. Rorrer is widely regarded as “the scholar” and performer of the Charlie Poole style of banjo playing. A great nephew of Poole, Rorrer became interested in old-time string music while listening to his uncle’s old 78 rpm records. Over the years he mastered the Poole style of banjo playing and as a member of the New North Carolina Ramblers has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Charlie Poole Festival, and the Brandywine Friends of Old-Time Music, among others. A Professor Emeritus of Danville Community College, Rorrer has written numerous magazine articles on rural traditional music, cohosts, with Seth Williamson, a radio program devoted to the subject

For more information, visit the museum at 975 Main Street or call 434.793.5644.

Paddle Philpott Lake Arm with the Dan River Basin Association by Paul Johnson & T Butler The Dan River Basin Association’s First Saturday Outing on August 2 will explore a shallow portion of Philpott Lake accessible only to small boat paddlers. The group will begin its 4-mile round-trip float by paddling down Nicholas Creek less than a quarter mile to a point of land where a picnic area offers shade trees, tables, a restroom, and a great view of the lake.  Once the group reaches the main body of Philpott Lake, they will follow along the shoreline to the next tributary on the northern side, Beard Creek, and paddle a mile upstream through a wooded area where wildlife abounds.

Page 3 The older kids swing over the creek on a rope with two sticks—one for feet, one for hands—held secure over a large tree limb. They jump into a five-foot deep swimming hole, the way kids used to do. Meanwhile, the younger ones wearing life jackets and assisted by the older kids, hold onto the rope and swing out and back to the bank. Their jumps will come later. But wait. What’s with these kids who have Gameboys, iPods, and cell phones, but who have transformed a wilderness area into a Gilligan’s Island of sorts? For Cameron, it’s the chance to “be away from everyone else.” For Elizabeth, it’s the fun of “swimming in the creek,” and for Ashley, “swinging on the rope across the creek.” And then there’s the fun of getting there on the four-wheeler. I know. They gave me my first ride on one. I was holding on for dear life, but grinning inside at the audacity of the Compton grandkids. To see them together is refreshing for adults who might wonder where this generation is headed. These are more than kids having fun. They are role models for their generation of young people, not only in their love of the great outdoors but in learning to be innovative and creative with what’s around them. Back in my car, heading toward home, I felt the clock turning back many summers to when I was nine years old. Why do we have to grow up anyway, I wondered?

These upper reaches of Philpott’s Reservoir offer clear waters amid forested foothills, with occasional glimpses of the Blue Ridge in the distance. After returning to the picnic area, an optional third phase of the outing is a hike on the nature trails at Jamison Mill, which are continually expanding, thanks to the work of Friends of Philpott.  Paddlers are asked to meet at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot at the end of Jamison Mill Road adjacent to Nicholas Creek.  Bring boat, paddles, life jacket, lunch and water, and dress in layers of artificial, quick-drying fabric. Directions from US 220: Drive west on Henry Road, State Route 605, to a left turn at Nicholas Creek Road, State Route 778, which is marked by a sign, to Jamison Mill.  At the end of Nicholas Creek Road, turn left on Jamison Mill Road and follow it to the end.  Jamison Mill Park is 6 miles beyond the community of Henry.  Outings and meetings of the DRBA are open to the public without charge. For more information, contact Paul Johnson, kpauljohnson@yahoo.com or 434-5797599 or visit www.danriver.org.


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Go on an End-of-Summer Scavenger Hunt by Joyce Wilburn

Looking for an inexpensive excursion before the lazy days of summer turn into the structured days of school? Fill up your water bottles and go on a family-fun scavenger hunt for Danville’s 14 historical markers. When you find one, take a minute to read the entire text on each sign and imagine what the people and places looked like decades or centuries ago. It’s a great way to spend the morning and gather material for a very impressive, “What I Did During Summer Vacation� essay. It’s free and educational. Here are your clues: n 1. Schoolfield - West Main Street at Baltimore Avenue: Schoolfield, established in 1903 as a textile mill village, was home to over 4,500 residents. Danville annexed it in 1951.

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n 3. Gibson Girl/Lady Astor - Main & Broad Streets: This sign is unique because it has different text on each side. Lady Astor was the first woman to sit in the British House of Commons. The beauty of her sister, Irene Gibson, was captured by the artist’s husband and she became known as the style-setting Gibson Girl. n 4. Holbrook-Ross Historic District – Holbrook & Ross Streets near 900 Main Street: This is the first neighborhood in Danville for African American professionals. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. n 5. Last Confederate Capitol – 975 Main Street: The former home of Major W.T. Sutherlin served as the

Capital of the Confederacy from April 3-10, 1865. n 6. 750 Main Street – This is the site of James Schoolfield’s residence where organizational meetings for Dan River, Inc. (1882) and the YWCA (1904) were held. n 7. Danville System – Patton & South Union Streets: On this site stood Neal’s Warehouse where the Danville System of selling tobacco began in 1858.

n 8. Confederate Prison #6 – Loyal & Lynn Streets: A former tobacco factory, this building housed 7,000 Union prisoners during the Civil War. n 9. Loyal Baptist Church – 400 block Loyal Street: This church was built by former slaves in 1870. Worship continued at this site until 1924 when the congregation moved to Holbrook Street. n 10. Bloody Monday - 401 Patton Street: Danville’s newest marker commemorates the 1963 demonstrations for civil rights legislation.

n 11. Wreck of the Old 97 – Riverside Drive between Pickett & Farrar Streets: The train wreck at this site inspired the popular ballad by the same name. n 12. Frederick Delius – North Main Street at Keen Street: The internationally acclaimed composer lived near here. n 13. Dix’s Ferry – Route 58 East near the Danville Airport: In 1866 John Dix established a ferry on the Dan River approximately three miles south of the marker. It had a strategic role in the American Revolution and General Nathanael Greene’s “race to the Dan�. n 14. Saponi Religious Beliefs Explained – Route 29 at North Carolina state line: In 1728, William Byrd camped west of here while surveying the Virginia-North Carolina boundary. Byrd’s Saponi guide described the tribe’s religious beliefs. An unofficial marker at 249 West Main Street marks the residence of Virginia Governor Andrew Jackson Montague (1902-1906) and U.S. Congressman (1912-1937). Photos by Jacob Patterson, a Sacred Heart School 8th grader.

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Summertime and the Reading (and Listening) Isby Florence Easy‌Part II Archer We hope you enjoyed reading one of the non-fiction books recommended by the Danville Public Library staff in July’s EVINCE. Now, if you’re traveling or spending time in the car this month, consider one of these audio series: Janet Evanovich’s laugh-aloud series stars Stephanie Plum, an out-of-work lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter. Plum is well known for destroying automobiles, and her Grandma Mazur is a gun-toting widow who finds herself in more trouble than one can imagine. For cat lovers, try Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who series featuring the team of Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Another great listening experience, which teens and adults will enjoy, is written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Their first two books involve a monster lurking in the basement of the American Museum of Natural History, but FBI agent Pendergast becomes more prominent in the remainder of this series. Another enjoyable author is Steve Berry. In The Amber Room Rachael Cutler goes to Europe in search of a great art treasure which disappeared after World War II, but unfortunately, others are also seeking this lost art and will stop at nothing to own it. Single titles by Virginia writers that you may want to try include Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig, the male version of Gone with the Wind, and David Baldacci’s The Whole Truth, a stand-alone international thriller, or The Camel Club, a series set in the Washington, D.C. area. Among our more popular authors are James Patterson, Stuart Woods (one of my all-time favorite books is Heat), Tony Hillerman, Ann B. Ross (Miss Julia series), and Anne Rivers Siddons. Clive Cussler, Dick Francis, Daniel Silva, James Hall, and Patrick O’Brien are favorites among our male patrons. For Southern contemporary fiction, try Mary Kay Andrews’ Savannah Breeze or Hissy Fit, and Margaret Maron’s many mysteries. Sharyn McCrumb’s* If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him, is set in Danville, Rita Mae Brown’s books immerse you in the foxhunting life in Northern Virginia, and Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta, Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner, solves crimes in the Richmond area. Adriana Trigiani’s trilogy, set in Big Stone Gap in western Virginia, follows Ave Marie from spinsterhood to marriage and the dramatic changes that test her as she confronts life. In a word, we’ve something for everyone‌.on CD, tape, or between the covers. *Sharyn McCrumb will be speaking at Averett University on Monday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Authors on Campus program. The Danville Public Library, 511 Patton Street, has a branch at 3157 Westover Drive. For more information call 434.799.5195.


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Economic Development That Keeps on Paying by Sarah Latham

I’m a sucker for old buildings. Looking at the photos from my recent trip to Germany, one would think there are no humans there—just beautiful old architecture. Beautiful old architecture brought my husband and me to Danville initially. And in the years we’ve lived here, we never tire of walking along the Tobacco Warehouse District, through Millionaires’ Row and side streets, admiring the grace, beauty, style, and uniqueness of Danville’s historic buildings. From purely aesthetic reasons, I see the value in saving these structures. I can almost hear the groans: Another article by a “preservation nutâ€? who wants to save every dilapidated building in town to preserve Danville’s “identity and unique character.â€? True, I value identity and character. But, like most people, I also value good economics and economic development. And historic preservation is good economics and economic development, pure and simple. Many people believe that historic preservation can only be accomplished when the local economy is good. Nothing could be further from the truth. Historic preservation is not only an outstanding use of existing resources (making it the best “greenâ€? choice for the environment), but is also a fundamental part of economic development. Want proof that historic preservation creates jobs? “Dollar for dollar, historic preservation is one of the highest job-generating economic development options available. In Michigan, $1 million in building rehabilitation creates 12 more jobs than does manufacturing $1 million worth of cars. In West Virginia, $1 million of rehabilitation creates 20 more jobs than mining $1 million worth of coal. In Oregon $1 million of rehabilitation creates 22 more jobs than cutting $1 million worth of timber‌.â€? (The Economics of Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide by Donovan Rypkema) In addition, historic rehabilitation has an ongoing positive economic impact: new businesses and jobs; greater private investment; increased tourism and property values; compatible landuse patterns; enhanced quality of life, sense of neighborhood and community pride; and a reduction in pockets of deterioration and poverty. These are the very real benefits that communities gain through historic preservation. Danville’s large number of historic resources can stimulate and broaden our economy. Other cities have done it. Charleston, Savannah, Galveston, San Antonio, Sante Fe, and Richmond have honored the past, improved the present, and are leaving a legacy for the future – through historic preservation.

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This isn’t to suggest that historic preservation is the end-all of economic development. Danville has demonstrated great foresight and energy in its economic development strategies over the past few years. But to continue our progress, Danville must utilize all its resources to stimulate the economy. We should take advantage of Danville’s history and its wealth of existing architecture that, nurtured, cherished, and revitalized, can create jobs and businesses, reinvigorate our historic downtown, and enhance every citizen’s quality of life. With economic development our number one priority, we must look at how historic preservation will help lift the city to the heights to which it aspires. Of course, I don’t expect you to take my word for all this. But would you take the word of the leading person on the economics of preservation? Donovan Rypkema, quoted above, of PlaceEconomics in Washington, DC, is the “guru� in how historic preservation is a win-win for economies, local governments and citizens. He’s coming to Danville to speak at the Danville Preservation League’s Second Annual Preservation Summit on Saturday, September 13. Please save that date. Even if you aren’t a “preservation nut�, I’m willing to bet you care about the economic health and well-being of your City. Good economics is good economics – even if some of it comes through historic preservation. Come hear from the expert on how Danville can boost its economy, quality of life, and its future, based on its existing historic resources.

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Everyone knows what a guitar looks and sounds like. But do you know why? Why is it shaped the way it is? Why does it sound the way it does? A good guitar takes a combination of engineering, science and art. Take the top of a guitar, for instance. Make the wood on the guitar too thick and the sound is weak and tinny. Make the wood too thin and the 150 pounds of pull that guitar strings exert will rend the instrument into splinters. Also, the inside of a guitar is carefully constructed to be a balance between structural engineering and acoustic perfection. Jeff Liverman, Director of the Danville Science Center, understands these dynamics because of his background in physics, music, and woodworking. Liverman enjoys seeking out the structural engineering/ acoustic perfection balance from the time he selects the wood for a guitar to the first occasion when he hears it played. The interval between those two moments can be six months or more, but it’s a time he considers well-spent.

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shop. Look for the addition to be ready this fall. In the deep South, every community has a “Checker Tree” beneath which people can gather, play checkers, and solve the world’s problems. That is the tradition of community and fellowship that prompted Susan Spears to open her small shop at 404 Lynn Street. Offering “thrifts, gifts and groceries,” Checker Tree sells coffee, sodas, snacks, knickknacks, games, and all sorts of goodies. If your timing is right, you may even find homegrown tomatoes and herbs or Susan’s unforgettable sugared pecans. Also new on Lynn Street is Riverwalk Equipment & Supply. Jean Williams was looking for something to fill her days when her four children began to leave the nest. The result is a party and catering supply store. The space is light and fun, and the reasonably priced party supplies make you

Combining his academic and creative interests, Jeff has spent a lot of time and study on what makes a good instrument and why, but it’s the intersection of art and science that appeals to him most. “The guitar is a complex system,” says Liverman. “Because each part of the guitar is connected to the other parts, the vibration of one part affects the rest of the instrument. To make a great instrument, these parts and the way they move must be carefully designed.” For Jeff the process is just as important as the final product. He primarily uses hand tools, some of which he has made himself due to the very specialized nature of guitar building. Using hand tools allows him greater control over the construction of an instrument, but he also finds the enforced slowness of hand tools an appealing and relaxing way to work. Jeff will show guitars in different stages of construction at a special presentation, The Art and Science of Instrument Making, at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main Street, on Sunday, August 3, at 2 p.m. Participants will be able to see the inner structure of a guitar and the finished instrument while exploring the science behind the art. For more information, call 434.793.5644 or visit www.danvillemuseum.org.

want to invite friends over. Small restaurant and kitchen supplies are available for purchase, and catering supplies can be rented. Eddie Blachura at the VC Restaurant on the corner of Lynn and Wilson Streets knows that live music and good food go well together. That’s why he started Mike & Kristie’s Open Mic Saturday Night. A full menu of classic American food with daily specials is the fare, so be sure to make this a part of your weekend plans. And there’s more! Two façade improvements are in progress on Main Street and another is scheduled to start soon. The Riverwalk Trail expansion and Tobacco Warehouse parking project are underway and a huge, mixed-use project (combination of retail, office and living space) will start soon.

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Ringside Seat I’m stuck! Reality hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn’t just locked in this room. I was trapped. That was scary enough, but the fear of being rescued terrified me more. No one can find me like this, I thought. Especially not my husband. As always, I’m getting ahead of myself. It all started when friends moved into a magnificent home nestled in a beautiful landscape. Finally they’d have tons of room for children and grandchildren. I was so happy for them. Happy that it was them, not me. After 20 years, they were ready to relocate. After 20 years, I'm not. I still remember what happened the last time we changed addresses. Which brings me back to my story. "No, it’s fine. Leave it alone,� Robert kept saying‌but I kept ignoring him. "Put it back," he insisted by taking a seat cushion from me. There was no swaying him, in spite of my best efforts. I didn’t give up, even though I knew he was exhausted. We both were. An unexpected snowstorm had wrecked our plans. Instead of having one week to move, we only had one day. That meant that while we were coming in the front door with our stuff, the former owners were going out the back

with theirs. Keeping track of who owned what‌on top of the snow and mud‌made it a mess inside and out. There was a place for everything, but I didn’t think everything was in its place. When it was all said and done, the guest room should have been the office instead of the other way around. Fixing it meant relocating a sleeper sofa. Something Robert vowed he’d never move again. But I hadn’t. I lived with it as long as I could. Blame it on the devil’s workshop, but one Saturday, I decided to take matters into my own idle hands while Robert left to play golf. That gave me about four hours to get things right. Turns out I needed at least five. Through the ages, adrenalin has fueled people in crisis situations. There are accounts of folks lifting cars off loved ones or carrying refrigerators from burning buildings. Now I can

add to the list‌hoisting a couch singlehandedly into a standing position to slide it around a corner. Too bad I also pushed it into a doorway making it fit as snuggly as the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle. I may have been a mover, but I wasn’t much of a shaker. Uncorking this thing was going to be hard. Beating the sides was a waste of time. I tried jerking the legs, but the only thing coming out of a socket was my arm. So, I repeatedly rammed my shoulder against the cushions like a lineman in practice. Getting past William “Refrigeratorâ€? Perry would have been easier, I decided. Until I felt the beast move ever so slightly. I was so pumped that I went for the kill. With my back against the wall, I ran to attack the upholstered monster at full steam. Using a karate kick I’d seen on cop shows, I screamed “Police! Open up!â€? to energize me. It worked. The loveseat tumbled through the doorway, gaining

momentum as it fell. The force was with me‌a little too much, I’m afraid. Somehow I’d also managed to unleash the mattress which had been tucked under the cushions. I watched in horror as the bed frame sliced through sheet rock like a hot knife through butter‌suspending the contraption inches above the carpet. It was a startling sight, but not nearly as alarming as Robert’s car pulling up early. I knew he would freak out when he came inside, so I had to warn him. Except there was a couch between where I was and where I needed to be. I couldn’t go around and I couldn’t go under, so I had to go over. Pawing at the armrests, I pulled myself to the top and then scooted across the headrest like a Marine engaged in mortal combat. I wasn’t fast enough. He opened the door to find me dismounting like a Flying Wallenda. He was a stunned deer in the headlights. He was motionless, but unfortunately, not speechless. Twenty years later, he still tells people how we used an ice cream scoop to spackle the hole. At least he admits now that the move was smart. But after that ordeal over a sofa, it’s best that I rest on it‌and not on my laurels.

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August

Through August 24

DMFAH Exhibit – The P. Nunn Collection: Lenné Nicklaus-Ball. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History – 434.793.5644.

Through August 30

Exhibit – Cooking through the Ages. South Boston Halifax Co. Museum – 434.572.9200.

Through August

Too Small to See Exhibit – Discover the world of nanotechnology. Danville Science Center – 434.791.5160. Totally Random Science – Use your eyes and mind to illuminate the science behind illusion and to balance the force of gravity. Danville Science Center – 434.791.5160.

August 1

Family Fun Friday – Virginia Mammals. 2–4 pm. Virginia Museum of Natural History – 276.634.4141. Danville Braves vs. Pulaski Mariners. 7 pm. Dan Daniel Memorial Park. 434.797.3792. Fridays at the Crossing – The WORX – “College Night”. 6:30–9:30 pm. Crossing at the Dan. 434.79.4636. Alzheimer’s Presentation – Ask the Neurologist. 12–1 pm. United Way Meeting Room. – 434.792.3700 x30.

August 1 & 2

Moonshiners’ Jamboree – Bluegrass music, cruise-in, hayride, jug carrying contest & more. Anderson Mill Rd - Chatham. 434.432.5018.

August 2

Senior Community Market Trip – Transportation available. 434.797.8994. DRBA’s First Saturday Outing – See page 3. Outdoor Art Extravaganza. 10 am-1 pm. Riverwalk Trail. 434.799.5215. Bob Ross Painting Class – Snowfall Magic. 10:30 am–3:30 pm. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848.

August 2 (thru 30)

Kuumba-West African Dance Company - Traditional West African dance and drumming classes. Times vary. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

August 4

Engineering Open House – Learn about Associate’s (DCC) & Bachelor’s (U. Va.) Engineering Degree Programs available in Danville. 6–7:30 pm. Institute for Advanced Learning & Research – 434.766.6725.

9:30 am–10:15 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

August 4 (thru 25)

African Dance Ensemble – Learn the art of African Dance. Mondays 6-7:30 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Boogie Mondays – Rhumba dance lessons. Mondays, 7-8:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

August 4 (thru 26)

Art with Judie – Oil and watercolor painting. Mondays or Tuesdays. Times vary. Ballou Park Annex. 434.797.8848.

August 4 (thru 27)

YMCA Night Youth Swim Lessons. Ages 3-13. Times: 6:30-7:15 & 7:208:05. 434.792.0621.

August 5

National Night Out. 5:00–8:30 pm. Main Street, Chatham. Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office – 434.432.7800. Engineering Open House – Learn about Master’s completion (U. Va.) program available in Danville. 6-7 pm. Institute for Advanced Learning & Research – 434.766.6725.

August 5 (thru 28)

YMCA Parent/Tot Swim Lessons. Ages 6 months–3 years. 6:15-6:45 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

August 5 (thru 30)

Fitness for Older Adults, Ladies & ABSolute Fitness. Tues/Thur, 9–11 am; Ladies 10 am–12 pm; ABSolute Fitness 10:30-11:30 am. City Armory. 434.797.8848.

August 6

Fetch! Lab - Create a new flavor of ice cream and put it to the taste test. Ages 8–12. 3:45–4:45 pm. Danville Science Center - 434.791.5160. Senior Bowling Tournament. 10 am–12 pm. Riverside Lanes – 434.791.2695. Information Technology Degree Information Session – Learn about Bachelor’s Completion Program (Radford University) available in Danville. 6–7 pm. Institute for Advanced Learning & Research – 434.766.6725.

August 6 (thru 27)

Guitar Lessons for Youth and Teens. 5 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

August 7

Wreath Class. 1-2/5:30-6:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

August 7 (thru 21)

Reiki II Certification – Learn meditations, 3 symbols & uses, plus more. Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm. Cedar Haven – 434.799.3318.

August 7 (thru 28)

Guitar Lessons for Adults. 5 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

August 8

Family Fun Friday – Summer Plants. 2–4 pm. Virginia Museum of Natural History – 276.634.4141. Movie Night N the Park. 9-11 pm. Ballou Park. 434.799.5215.

August 8 & 9

Rodeo. Danville-Pittsylvania County Fairgrounds – 434.822.6060.

August 8 (thru 10)

Danville Braves vs. Princeton Devil Rays. 8/8 & 9 – 7 pm; 8/10 – 4 pm. Dan Daniel Memorial Park. 434.797.3792.

August 9

Auto Race – USAR Hooters Pro Cup 250/Allison Legacy. 7 pm. South Boston Speedway – 877.440.1540. Smith Mountain Lake Antique Boat Show. wwwvisitsmithmountain lake.com. An Evening of Comedy – Featured comics have appeared on various comedy shows. 8 pm. The North Theatre – 434.792.2700. TGIF Concert - FREE Money Band. 8–11 pm. Uptown Martinsville – 276.632.5688.

August 9 & 10

Porsche Club of America. Meet fellow enthusiasts and see the German Marquee in action on the race track. VIR – 434.822.7700.

August 11

Mariachi Band. 6:30-9:30 pm. Los Tres Magueyes Mexican Restaurant 434.792.0601.

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Hunter Safety Education Course. Ages 12-Adult. 6:30-10 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Danville Braves vs. Kingsport Mets. 7 pm. Dan Daniel Memorial Park. 434.797.3792.

August 11 (thru 14)

Racing 2 Save Lives. VIR – 434.822.7700.

August 12

Polliwogs & Science Stars - The five senses. Ages 3–4 1–2 pm; Ages 5–7 3:45–4:45 pm. Danville Science Center - 434.791.5160. Photography Club. 6:30 pm. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848. Gardening Workshop –Soils & Fertilizers. 6:30–8 pm. Boscov’s. 434.797.8848.

August 14

Garden Stepping Stones Class. 1-2:30 or 5:30-7 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. The Biology of Deep Sea Sharks. 7 pm. Danville Science Center 434.791.5160.

August 15

Women of Faith, Walking by Faith of Danville. 11 am - 1 pm. Mt. Hermon Courtyard. 434.793.8140 Live Performance – Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. 7:30 pm. The Prizery, South Boston – 434.572.8339.

August 15 (thru 17)

AMA Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals – AMA Superbike racers, off track shows, stunt bikes, music and additional attractions for the entire family. VIR – 434.822.7700.

August 16

Kids’ Fun Fest at the Market. 8 am. Uptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market. 276.638.4221. Mandolins & Magnolias (See ad page 13 ) Senior Community Market Trip (See 8/2) Auto Race – Late Model/TLimited/Pure Stock. 7 pm. South Boston Speedway – 877.440.1540. Danville Harvest Jubilee Concert Series – See ad page 14.

August 18 (thru 20)

Danville Braves vs. Bristol White Sox. 7 pm. Dan Daniel Memorial Park. 434.797.3792.

August 20


YMCA Youth Swim Lesson. Ages 3-13. Times: 9:15, 10 & 10:45 am. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

Fetch! Lab - Design the tallest tabletop tower using cups. Ages 8–12. 3:45–4:45 pm. Danville Science Center - 434.791.5160. Alzheimer’s Presentation – Partner with Your Doctor. 12–1 pm. Virginia Museum of Natural History – 276.634.4141.

Pilates Program – Develop core muscle, improve posture, relieve stress and tension, increase selfesteem. Mondays & Wednesdays

Alzheimer’s Presentation – What Is Hospice and Palliative Care? 12–1 pm. United Way Meeting Room. 434.792.3700 x30.

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August 21


August 2008 Stencil Class for Beginners. 1-2:30 or 5:30-7 pm. Ballou Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 434.799.5216. Afternoon River Run â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kayaking on the Dan. Ages 14-Adult. 6-8 pm. 434.799.5215. Gardening Workshop â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fall Lawn Care. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 pm. Boscovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. 434.797.8848.

August 21 (thru 23)

Danville Braves vs. Elizabethton Twins. 7 pm. Dan Daniel Memorial Park. 434.797.3792.

August 22

Family Fun Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Whales. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 pm Virginia Museum of Natural History â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 276.634.4141. TGIF Concert - Whatever. 7 pm. Uptown Martinsville â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 276.632.5688. Live Performance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alex del Valle and Andre Tinoco. classical & pop fusion Spanish guitar. 7:30 p.m. The Prizery, South Boston â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 434.572.8339.

August 23

Whitewater Trip on the James. Ages 14-Adult. 7 am-7 pm. Leaving from Dan Daniel Memorial Park. 434.799.5215. Special Saturdays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ocean Adventures. Ages 9-12. 10 am. Virginia Museum of Natural History â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 276.634.4141. Line Dance Boot Camp. 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 pm. Ballou Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 434.799.5216.

August 26

Polliwogs & Science Stars - Learn all about animals and how they survive the changing seasons. Ages 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 pm; Ages 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 3:45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:45 pm. Danville Science Center - 434.791.5160. Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presentation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Maintain Your Brain. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:30 pm.

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August 27

Doodle Bugs! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Whale of a Tale. Ages 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5. 10 am. Virginia Museum of Natural History â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 276.634.4141.

August 28

Lecture Series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Care giving, local services and resources. 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 pm. Virginia Museum of Natural History â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 276.634.4141. Cross Stitch Class. 1-2/5:30-6:30 pm. Ballou Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 434.799.5216.

August 28 (thru 30 & Sept. 4-6)

Love Letters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; See page 14.

August 29

Family Fun Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Learn about Virginia rocks and minerals. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 pm. Virginia Museum of Natural History â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 276.634.4141.

August 30

Auto Race â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Late Model/Limited/ Pure Stock/SV Modifieds. 7 pm. South Boston Speedway â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 877.440.1540.

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Lecture Series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; How to Make Medicare Work for You. 12â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1 pm. Virginia Museum of Natural History â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 276.634.4141.

September 5

Fridays at the Crossing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beach Night with music by Part-Time Party Time Band. 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9:30 pm. Crossing at the Dan. 434.79.4636. See ad page 5.

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Around the Table by Annelle Williams

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooking This Summer? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s August and the living should be easy. So to save time and avoid standing over the hot stove, try grilling extra chicken, pork tenderloin, or steak to use the next day. By adding fresh vegetables and a new twist on your main course, you can have a brand new meal in half the time. Salads, hefty enough to satisfy a dinner appetite, are particularly appetizing when the weather heats up, and they are the perfect second meal for a meat do-over. Keep your refrigerator stocked with fresh greens, salad vegetables, and a variety of salad dressings. Different cheeses, toasted pecans, hazelnuts, and pine nuts and fresh fruits also add great flavor and texture to a salad meal. I keep cans of olive-oil-packed tuna in the cupboard for a really quick, no-cook, no-fuss salad. Salad greens, diced salad vegetables, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and marinated Danish feta cheese make the perfect base for a can of good tuna. Dress only with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, and you have a very healthy and filling meal. For dessert, fresh fruits and melons with ice cream make a sweet, no effort ending. A little planning the day before saves a lot of time and makes August meals a breeze.

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Domestic and international designers agree. Simplicity in design and sophisticated glamour are this fallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common denominators. A lust for luxury is apparent in opulent crocs, exotic snakes, and touches of fur in handbags and footwear. To that, add in a little temptation to pique our foot fetishâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; sexy corset motifs, ties and lace-up booties silhouettes, and peek-a-boo cut-outs that reveal a touch of skin. The color? Purple. Touches of grapeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;think maroon, berry and wine, with accenting hues of brown and blackâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;offer the perfect hint of color for the season. Then, there are porcelain white, ivory, and soft natural hues for an air of cool, crisp sophistication. Gray evolves as the perfect alternative to black and brown. Ombre and iridescent leathers add

Grilled Pork Tenderloin 2 pork tenderloins, about 1 lb. each   Âź cup McCormickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cinnamon Chipotle Grilling Rub Âź cup Kansas City style barbecue sauce 1 T orange marmalade Prepare grill for medium temperature grilling. Rub tenderloins with grilling rub and let them rest while preparing grill. Brush grill grate with oil and place tenderloins over medium heat. Grill, turning occasionally, for about 20 minutes. Mix barbecue sauce and marmalade. Brush tenderloins with barbecue sauce, turning so that all sides are coated during last few minutes of cooking.  Continue to grill until meat thermometer registers 140Âş for medium-rare or longer if desired. Remove from grill and tent with foil.  Let meat rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.  This is delicious served with a salad made from mixed greens, mandarin oranges, red peppers, thinly sliced red onions, and golden raisins dressed with an orange vinaigrette*.  Arrange sliced pork in center of large platter, surround with mixed salad that has been tossed with vinaigrette. *Orange Vinaigrette Âź cup lime juice Âź cup orange marmalade zest of one lime 1 tsp. Dijon mustard ½ cup olive oil Whisk all ingredients together and use as salad dressing.  

interest to the autumnal color palette. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the bold colors. Footwear and handbag designers have taken full advantage of eyecatching hued satin for â&#x20AC;&#x153;day to dinnerâ&#x20AC;? silhouettes. Modern interpretations of classic silhouettes that channel the sophisticated spirit of the mid-20th century Hollywood are a main focus. The classic pump is more important than ever, with softly squared or rounded-toe and chunky heels, especially when the toe is capped in contrasting colors for a 2008 update. Boots, boots and more boots. Ankle and shoe booties, knee-high or slouchyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the boot segment dresses up the season. Paired with skinny pants, leggings, dresses and skirts, boots trimmed in fur or lush in exotic skins or animal prints in laminated fabrics are a must have item for fall. In true fashion, footwear designers are showing irresistible and exciting offerings for fall 2008. Ben Rippe is President of Rippeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rippeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shoes, Rippeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Furs and the new fashion from 14W division, Rippeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woman.


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The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (IALR) is offering a series of computer classes designed for both beginners and those who need more advanced training for job applications. People who complete the program can simply take the classes for their own benefit or earn an International Computer Driving License (ICDL). “This is a certification that’s globally recognized,” says IALR Outreach Program Coordinator, Laura Buchanan, who notes that there has been great interest in the courses. Telvista is one company that seems really excited. “They need employees with this kind of training,” she says. The seven module training, with classes offered weekdays, weeknights, and weekends, accommodates most schedules. Students who want to take just part of the course, or the whole course without certification, can do so for only $30, thanks to grants by the Tobacco Commission and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. There also will be opportunities for churches, youth organizations, businesses, and senior citizen groups to set up customized programs using this course. Students have ranged in age from twenty-somethings to senior citizens. Among the participants finding the training very helpful are retiree Ann Astin, who comments, “Before taking this class, I was going to give up on the computer. Now I find it exciting that there is so much to learn.” Robert Jiranek noted the “teachers are very supportive.” ICDL certification requires that students attend every class and pass proctored tests at the end of each module. June Walters, a CPA, who is required to complete 40 hours of continuing education credit per year, recently became the first participant to complete all tests and receive her full ICDL certification. Ten courses have been offered to date, and more classes are underway now or starting soon. The cost for the certification is $140. For more information, contact Laura Buchanan at 434.766.6617 or visit www.ialr.org/icdl.

August 2008

Arts @ Averett Series Begins in August by Emily Cropp

The Arts @ Averett Fall Series will kick-off on August 28-30 and September 4-6 with the theatre department’s production of A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters. The play traces the relationship between the free-spirited but unstable artist, Melissa Gardner, and the staid, dutiful lawyer, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Their 50-year-long loving but bittersweet friendship unfolds as the two share their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats through that which is written and left unwritten in their letters. Love Letters will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the Wilkins Stage in the University’s student center dining hall at the corner of Townes Street and Woodland Drive. On Monday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb will discuss St. Dale, a modernday version of Canterbury Tales about a group of people who go on a pilgrimage to honor a race car driver and find a miracle, and The Songcatcher, which traces one American family from the Revolutionary War to the present by following an English ballad as it is handed down through the generations. This free event, held in Pritchett Auditorium on Mountain View Avenue, is open to the public. The theatre department’s season continues with the annual Theatre for Young People Series’ presentation of Aesop and Friends, on October 2-4, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday in the Pritchett Auditorium on Mountain View Avenue. This production presents five of Aesop’s fables: “The Ants and the Grasshopper,” “The Fox and the Crow,” “The Two Stubborn Goats,” “The Fox and the Grapes” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.” In their final fall production, the Averett Theatre and Music Departments will join forces to perform A Salute to Broadway in Pritchett Auditorium November 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets for theatre productions are $8 for adults and $6 for students/senior citizens. To order call 434.791.5712. Tickets may also be purchased on the night of the performance. For more information, visit www.averett.edu.


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Averett University presents New York Times best-selling novelist Sharyn McCrumb. Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. Pritchett Auditorium FREE An Authors on Campus Presentation: McCrumb will discuss her novels “St. Dale” and “The Songcatcher.” Also Averett’s Theatre Department will Present: “Love Letters,” Aug. 28-30 & Sept. 4-6 “Aesop and Friends,” Oct. 2-4 “A Salute to Broadway,” Nov. 13-16

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