In fourth grade, I and my classmates from Fairfax County took a field trip to Colonial Williamsburg. My lasting memory? The on-site cafeteria's perfectly formed rectangle of Neapolitan ice cream, which looked (and, yes, tasted) a bit like a bar of soap.
Discover Richmond: February 2017
When it comes to the depth and richness of its history, no state beats Virginia!
We'd all do well to spend a lifetime exploring it, and in this edition, we touch on a few elements, locally and beyond, that might pique your interest (including trippy counterculture clippings and orbiting astronauts). Notably, we introduce you to perhaps the most famous Virginia you might not know, and we serve up more than 20 sites worth exploring during your travels.
February is Black History Month, so Michael Paul Williams takes a timely pulse of how Richmond’s presentation of black history is expanding and evolving. And whether or not you’ve seen the acclaimed moving “Loving,” you’ll learn a lot from a timeline about the courageous couple from Caroline County – and our state’s long and sordid on interracial marriage.
Switching gears, we get an informative update on the bald eagle – guess how many nests are in the state now? – as well as an organization that has been a bird’s best friend in Virginia for 25 years. Thinking of the skies, we also get new RTD meteorologist John Boyer to tell us a bit about the weather — and himself.
For some refreshment, restaurant guru Karri Peifer gets to know Maple & Pine chef David Dunlap, while dining critic Jo Lord offers some lessons from the road. In the kitchen, Holly Prestidge and Clare Schapiro take the chill off winter, and wine connoisseur goes beyond the bottle and tell us about one of Virginia's top grapes.
Discover Richmond touches on history, people, food, lifestyles, travel – the topics you’ve told us you like. Enjoy the journey!
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
The RTD’s latest Discover Richmond magazine explores intriguing people, places and things in local and state history – from a famous Virginian you might not know to a 10-foot sloth with a link to Thomas Jefferson.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
He was a Revolutionary War general, a friend of George Washington’s and a key figure in the state’s early history.
The city and region are taking bigger, broader steps to promote the past
The acclaimed movie “Loving” tells the story of a mixed-race Caroline County couple — and an important story about Virginia itself. We asked the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for insight into Richard and Mildred Loving, as well as state history. Here is a timeline from the foundation’s Encyclopedia Virginia.
A look back at astronaut John Glenn's training in Virginia at Langley (and his "Name That Tune" success).
We asked our friends at some local museums and archives to spotlight interesting pieces in their collections. Here, the Valentine's David Voelkel, the Elise H. Wright curator of the general collection, sets his sights on quite an object.
Ethan Bullard, museum curator at the National Park Service's Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, highlights a valuable item that protected the pioneering businesswoman's valuables.
We asked our friends at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville to spotlight something fascinating about Virginia's past. They tell us about a big creature ... with a big name attached.
Test your knowledge about one of our nation's enduring symbols.
It has contributed to some remarkable successes, including the comeback of the bald eagle and the conservation of a tiny, rare woodpecker.
From snowy Virginia to Tornado Alley in Oklahoma, the RTD's meteorologist is perfectly happy when nature calls (so to speak).
"Every chef is an extension of the chefs they have trained under – good, bad or ugly."
Jo Lord has an appetite for adventure - as a traveler and an eater.
Few things are easier to make – yet satisfy as much – as this toothsome soup.
Clare Schapiro says it’s so sublime, so creamy and flavorful, that it will perk you up.
While February's cold keeps us inside more than out, consider getting a leg up on some cleanup.
RTD Wine & Spirits columnist Jack Berninger harvests some grape information for thirsty (or simply curious) Virginians.
We asked our friends at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to spotlight something fascinating from the ground up. Lynn Jackson Kirk tells us about a tree so common and versatile that we might take it for granted.
Jeff navigates the roads – and some parts of life – in Scott's Addition.
Chloe Murdaugh and Elizabeth Salinas are students at Armstrong High School in Richmond.
AJ Goodwin is a student at Armstrong High School in Richmond.
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