7 Simple Steps to Planning a Successful Day Hike

Ever been soaked right through by rain, while you were enjoying the great outdoors? Did you realize you left your insect repellant half-way through your hike or worst; your map/guide? Whether you are an avid hiker or just an individual who hikes occasionally, I am certain you will agree that proper preparations will determine whether […]

Staunton Music Festival – Classical Summer Sounds

Classical, romantic, old, new, invigorating, educational and entertaining, are a few of the words I could use to describe the Staunton music festival. Hello all you music lovers out there, this is the event you have been waiting for all year long, and now it’s here. Carsten Schmidt and his non-profit corporation, Staunton Music Festival, […]

Blue Ridge Parkway, VA: Rich History and Fun-filled Activities

Celebrating its 78th anniversary this year, 2013; the Blue Ridge Parkway was not always the beautiful and captivating 469 mile, scenic “all American road” we know and enjoy today. The project was commissioned by then president, Franklin D. Roosevelt as a means to boost the economy during the great depression of the 1930’s and connect […]

5 Fun-Filled Activities for a Day Trip to Charlottesville

As if I hadn’t known that school was finally out, I got a reminder from Elizabeth and James (my 8 year old daughter and 12 year old stepson). As I entered the living room exhausted from a long day of work Friday; the speakers connected to the desktop computer emitted Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out for […]

Rockingham County Fair – A Virginia Fair Like No Other

It’s that time of year when the Ferris wheels, cotton candies, caramel apples and corn dogs come out. You’ve heard about a number of fairs, probably even attended a few, now you are thinking to yourself, “if you’ve seen one fair, you’ve seen them all.” Right? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. The Rockingham County […]

Stuarts Draft Sweet Dreams Festival – More Than Just Sweets

Hello my name is Stan and I’m a Sweetaholic. In case you are wondering, it simply means I have an addiction: I just can’t get enough sweets and I love it. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I am writing about the Stuarts Draft Sweet Dreams Festival. McKee Food Corporation, manufacturers of Little […]

Augusta County Fair 2013: The Best Fair Yet

Summer is winding down and you’re already contemplating the kids’ reentry to school, mentally creating your check list and preparing for back to school shopping. Hold on just a second – before you go into parent/guardian and work mode, we do have a few weeks left of Summer. What this means for you is, you […]

Shop Smart, Eat Healthy – Support Our Local Farmers Markets

If you have been thinking about getting into a healthier eating lifestyle or continuing on with the one you’ve already developed, this is the perfect article for you. It is undeniable that most grocery stores offer the convenience of anytime shopping however, you’ll have to admit that the fruit and vegetable products often lack a […]

Staunton Summer Concert Series are a Staple of Summer in the Valley

How will you and your family spend the extra hours of daylight this summer? The Stonewall Brigade Bandstand in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park will be an evening hot spot. There will be two concert series, free to the public, and held each week during the summer. The music will play at the bandstand rain or […]