Brooks Smith recalls an ill-fated effort to bring a world Olympic festival to Richmond.
Commentator Thea Marshall has explored the oldest church on the Northern Neck. In this Neck Tale, Thea talks about one of the Neck’s newest, the lighthouse-inspired home of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock. It’s the only home for UU’s in all of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
One of the newest roadside markers in the Northern Neck tells a tale of 17th century potters whose kiln dating back to 1677 was discovered in Westmoreland county. What the marker doesn’t tell us is the rebellious nature of their work.
Commentator Thea Marshall remembers the first time she looked at an open oyster and was expected to eat that strange bi-valve. It had to be great, otherwise, why were wars fought over it? There were territorial wars and then wars between tongers and dredgers, replete with oyster police and a so called oyster navy. And it was all about that remarkable creature and the folks who crave it. Jonathan Swift wrote, “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”
Commentator Thea Marshall has given herself a Valentines present, "The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers," by Thomas Fleming, a noted historian and novelist. He writes about the lives, the wives, and yes perhaps the lovers of Washington, Franklin, Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison.
As bills for last months gifts come rolling in, Commentator Thea Marshall looks back at Christmas past, and Christmas bills present...and longs for the good old days of "Barter"....and the time in our Colonial past, when holiday gift giving was a time of small gifts of sweets and such to one's children ...one's servants...but never to one's equals...
Commentator Thea Marshall looks at the all-American tendency to “take a chance,” to take a risk, to gamble. Historian and author David G. Schwartz wrote that gambling is as American as apple pie and much older than the Mayflower. It is something deep in the nation’s bones and reflected not only in games of chance but in the stock market and entrepreneurship. There is, he writes, a straight line—a legacy—from the early settlers and the plantation grandees to today’s visitors to the Las Vegas Strip. None of these people mind taking a chance.
Commentator Thea Marshall catches up with an early Northern Neck adventurer, the first of the Neck's fleet of Fleetes, Henry Fleete.
Many Northern neckers believe that the 1,300 acres, which make up Westmoreland State Park, are the jewels of the Neck. From the height of its Horsehead Cliffs – some 115 feet above sea level – to the beaches below, folks search for million-year-old fossils.
At least 20 Richmonders have competed as Olympians, and more than likely, the true number is double or triple what is found in the local archives.