The Virginia Room

Are you looking for information about your family’s genealogy? An old building in Roanoke? The Civil War? Victory Stadium? Or even famed horse Secretariat? The Virginia Room at the Roanoke’s Main Library has your answers. Located on the second floor, the Virginia Room is Roanoke Public Library’s research and archives library. It is home to drawers of maps, more than…

Ale-8-One

Made in Winchester, Kentucky, Ale-8-One recently made its debut in Roanoke—and other Virginia cities—at various Kroger stores. Developed during Prohibition, the popular 91-year-old Southern craft soda is often considered bourbon’s original mixer. Its real ginger and smooth citrus flavor profile makes it an ideal mixer for a variety of spirits—perfect for entertaining! The company still uses a handwritten secret formula,…

Oregon’s Sea Sentinels

The simple joy of taking a morning walk on a sandy beach is reason enough for me to hop in the car and head to the Oregon Coast. For those who require a more structured reason to visit Oregon’s bountiful coastline, consider taking a trip to see Oregon’s original lighthouses. These coastal workhorses—still providing light and safety to sea travelers…

Local Artist Annie Waldrop

Annie Waldrop’s goal is to live an artful life. She sees art in cooking, gardening and the furniture and accessories that surround her. The Roanoke native traces her career back to a “scribble” she did when she was 3 years old. Her aunt saw it and proclaimed to her mother: “Margaret, your daughter is an artist.” Annie says other “symptoms”…

La De Da, a Staple of Roanoke Fashion

It’s just another afternoon at La De Da. Customers come and go in the 23-year-old store located on the Roanoke City Market, while owner Carole Hughes and her staff unpack new clothes and work to make the transition from summer to fall. Carole opened the store—on the corner of Church Avenue and Market Street—in 1994 and bought out her two…

Diana, Princess of Wales: Her Fashion Story

Born July 1, 1961, at Park House, Sandringham, just a few hundred yards from where the royals spent their holidays, Diana Spencer was truly “the girl next door.” The Sandringham Estate is the Queen’s private estate and took on the responsibility at the start of Her Majesty’s reign in 1952. The Spencer family shared the same enthusiasm for field sports,…

English Palaces and Castles

The television series "Downton Abbey" has been a wildly successful British cultural export. The riveting saga of the Earl of Grantham's family and servants has introduced the world to the manners, society and snobbery of the turn of the century. Yet the tales of intrigue, adventure and romance around Highclere Castle in Hampshire—where "Downton Abbey" was filmed—are just as interesting…

Bill Overstreet: Fighter Pilot in WWII

Capt. William Bruce "Bill" Overstreet Jr. reached great heights and international fame as a fighter pilot during World War II and received two Silver Stars for his bravery. He was born April 10, 1921, and raised in the small Alleghany mountain town of Clifton Forge, Virginia. When the United States joined the Allied forces after the bombing of Pearl Harbor,…

3-day Appalachia hike

There’s a quiet in the deep woods. A natural hush under the canopy of trees, amid fallen branches, scattered rocks, lush ferns, multi-hued mushrooms, and broken tree stumps. Walking where the only interruptions are snapping twigs, chirping birds, rustling leaves touches the soul.

Stars Who Play Golf

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had on a golf course? That incredible day when you almost shot level par or maybe your first hole-in-one? Perhaps it was winning a club competition, but for a growing number of ordinary club golfers, it was spending four hours with a celebrity player in a pro-am. For lots of us, the fun of…