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Documenting a Critical Moment on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Two years into a multi-institutional collaboration documenting changes in communities, climate, and foodways on the Eastern Shore, our project team recently completed 26 interviews with 30 residents.

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All in the Family: Legends of Grayson Old-Time Weekend

The third Legends of Grayson Old-Time Weekend filled Independence, Virginia’s historic 1908 courthouse with music and memories this past weekend.

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Nelly Zapata & Paloma Zapata

The Beauty of Bolivian Dance A line of dancers wearing gold and red move in step, the tassels and beads of their costumes shaking. Black shields on their chests are …

latina woman harvesting grape vines, partially obscured by leaves and grapesSights & Sounds

The Work of Virginia Winemaking

Folklorist Kim D. Stryker shares a project documenting the labor behind Virginia’s growing wine industry.

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Remembering Roni Stoneman

Roni Stoneman performs at the Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival in 2005. Jon Lohman remembers her ability to give joy.

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Remembering Danny Wingate

We remember Danny Wingate, a true renaissance man of the Appalachian region of Virginia. He was known for his woodworking and knowledge of mountain crafts.

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‘From Generation to Generation’: Reedville Fishermen’s Museum

By intertwining Virginia Folklife Program archival materials from Reedville with present-day voices, we hope to give insight into the past and future of this beloved community museum.

Steve Christo looks at the camera for a portrait in front of shelves of his finished boots and next to a skeletal model of a foot.Sights & Sounds

Perrin Creek Custom Boots

Steve Christo of Perrin Creek Custom Boots makes bold and colorful boots out of his Gloucester shop, made from trees felled on his land.

young girl holds an orange cat by a Christmas treeSights & Sounds

Holiday Hand Me Downs: A Clune Christmas

Virginia Folklife director Katy Clune shares her family’s Christmas traditions, passed down from her maternal grandmother, Margaret Anna Schumann.

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Broomlore: Witches, Weddings & More

There are more histories tied to your everyday house broom than you may realize, as many contemporary broom makers will tell you.

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Anna Mullins Documents the Richmond Folk Festival

Anna Mullins, a documentary photographer from Coeburn, shares thoughts and images from the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival.

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Bringing Bristol to the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival

Bristol, Virginia, was in lights this weekend in the Virginia Folklife Area of the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival.

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Keeping Folk Traditions Alive

VPM spoke with four members of our 2023-24 Folklife Apprenticeship Program to hear about what they hope to achieve through the learning process and how their work can build bridges between cultures.

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A Family’s Drag Tradition in Bristol

Seventeen-year-old Anna Fleenor of Bristol first raced on a drag strip as part of a youth racing class. From the passenger seat, her father, Chris—a seasoned racer—offered tips to quell her nerves. But as soon as the light turned green, he gave Anna a command that she still hears in her head when it’s time to race: “Mash it.”