Entries by Jennifer

The Quiet Epidemic

Loosening the grip of anxiety by JiJi Russell Probably more than mere coincidence, the jacked-up pace of our technology-driven lives seems to be traveling alongside a rise in anxiety disorders. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults […]

Pine Lake

A Hotly Debated Memoir by Keith Patterson   1966, Hello Monkey Boy Not every monkey has an uncle, and I can’t see Darwin or his detractors, either one, laboring to contest that fact. But each of us, from the free thinkers down, has a family. And every family has its fair share of secrets. And […]

As the Crow Flies

Grassland Nesting Birds Are Disappearing! Story and illustration by Doug Pifer Eastern meadowlarks used to be common birds in local hayfields, and their songs drifted across the fields in the early summer air. Now they’re on a growing list of field nesting birds — bobwhite quail, vesper sparrow, American kestrel, and red-winged blackbird — whose […]

Seamstresses, Blacksmiths, and Good Ole Times

Clarke County Historical Association to present 3rd Annual Colonial Kids Day July 21     The Clarke County Historical Association is pleased to present the third annual Colonial Kids Day at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood on Saturday, July 21 from 10am to 4pm. Kids are invited to learn how daily life was lived in […]


A memoir by Keith Patterson I was alone and out of water, pedaling my beat-up road-bike in the high-desert badlands near the border of western Colorado and Utah. It had been 113 degrees Fahrenheit before sunrise that morning at the lone gas station in the last town some 50 miles behind me to the east. […]

Around Clarke County

April Around Clarke County – 12 Irish Music Concert Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. The Alt, three masters of Irish music, perform. 8pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday). – 13–15 “The Little Mermaid” Musical Clarke County High School auditorium. 627 Mosby Blvd.Berryville. […]

Excitement Builds For Point-to-Point Races

Annual event sponsored by Blue Ridge Hunt nears one hundredth anniversary. By Betsy Arnet Although billed as the 69th annual running of the Blue Ridge Hunt Point-to-Point Races at Woodley, the event actually dates back almost 100 years. The first “race meet” sponsored by the Blue Ridge Hunt was held in 1921 at Annfield, the […]

Happenings at the Mill

By Claire Stuart Since 1990, Art at the Mill has been a highly-anticipated spring event for art lovers throughout the region. This year’s show runs Saturday, April 28 through Sunday, May 13. Situated in a lovely meadow in the sleepy hamlet of Millwood, the Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of Clarke County’s historic architectural treasures. In […]

Los Wingeez Adds Flavor to Main Street in Berryville

By Rebecca Maynard Main Street in Berryville recently welcomed a new restaurant that promises to add all kinds of flavor to the town. Los Wingeez, already a successful food truck since 2015, opened in March at 24 W. Main St. Owner Jose Alvarado worked for years for Navy Federal Credit Union before opening a restaurant […]