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Finding Your Merry at Maymont!

Maymont is a Richmond treasure families can savor any time of year. Nestled in the city, the beloved estate is especially magical during the holidays, with its glowing lights, seasonal greenery, and opportunities aplenty to get cozy with friends and…

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When Wishes Come True!

Like most folks, the last nearly three years of the pandemic have been unsettling, to say the least. My family was leery of traveling and even more leery of cruising. But when we had the opportunity to celebrate the christening…

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How “Wicked” Works Its Magic!

The Broadway musical Wicked resonated with Keeley and Evie Maddux the first time the kids saw the bewitching blockbuster musical with their family when they were in second and fourth grades.  Their mom Jen Maddux had prepped the kids for…

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Academic Help Wanted!

Tutoring, like clothing, comes in all shapes and sizes. For some people, tutoring might spark memories of frustration or embarrassment over struggling to understand a particular concept. For others, tutoring might have led to that a-ha moment – the proverbial…

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Back to School, Again!

What in the world was I thinking?” It was one of many questions I asked myself as I fumbled trying to connect my phone to a security app that would’ve allowed me through the university’s firewall. Here was one more…

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Making Mountains of Memories in Asheville

Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and at the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers is Asheville, North Carolina – a trendy small-ish city devoted to craft beers, vibrant arts, and seemingly endless outdoor activities – all…

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Indie Bookshops and Why They Rock!

Chris Dudley’s two daughters, ages five and three, love books – a reflection of their parents’ enthusiasm for reading and bookshops.  “My first reading memory is having Mrs. Porter, the school librarian at Crestview Elementary School, read Beverly Cleary’s Henry…

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Transformative History!

As a transplant to Richmond, my first introduction to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC) took place in 2018 at the Fresh Paint exhibition, approximately ten years after moving here. In all honesty, the only reason we went…

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Drawing on Experience!

Father, husband, social media creator, and ultimate Philly sports fan Doug Orleski has created a distinctive voice for himself as Richmond’s resident illustrator during the past ten years. His art has run the gamut from humorous cartoons in the print…

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