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Table of Contents Editorial
by Joyce Wilburn
2 Editorial by Joyce Wilburn
New Year Means
3 You Should Have Died on Monday New Experiences
Danville Writer’s newest Page-Turner
by John Fisher
Writing Your Life Story
The new year means it’s time for
new experiences, whether close to is looking for
by Sharon Hughes & Joyce Wilburn
4 Look What You Missed!
home or far away. In this issue of
EvIncE you’ll read about people an exceptional
who love adventure and will travel
Best Ever Holiday Tour of Homes
by Joyce Wilburn to find it — the Averett students
who studied abroad, a nASA
Free Event Enjoyed by Many
by Joyce Wilburn astronaut who took the ultimate
journey into space, and two Park and circling under the Aiken
Audience Invited to Go on the
Road with The Empire Brass
couples who traveled to Danville
for a weekend of fun.
Bridge all the while traffic zoomed
overhead. How many of you have with experience
by Joyce Wilburn
5 Second Thoughts
You don’t have to hop on a
plane or go long distances; you
done that? Thanks to the Danville
Parks, Recreation and Tourism to join our team.
call It a Day can stay snuggly warm in your Department, it was fun and free.
by Kim Clifton home and let your mind travel But the most important Must be
6 He Said by Larry Oldham while reading a good book such as message I can bring to you is one
She Said by Dena Hill the one written by a local author
and reviewed on page 3 or the one
shared by Astronaut Winston
Scott: “Young people who don’t
7 Russia: Then and Now
by Dr. William Trakas
mentioned in Around the Table
on page 14. If you want to leave
have opportunity to experience
unique things need to utilize the
8 Averett Students Discover
Unforgettable Places Abroad
by Emily Cropp & Susan Huckstep
home, however, consider a short
trip to the Danville Science center
resources they have available and
prepare themselves, because the dependable,
and explore the nano-world you world is open to anybody who is
Mardi Gras and Murals can’t see. prepared.”
by Heather Vipperman If life in 2007 was a dull routine, We can all be “young” people,
9 Little Theatre Teaches look within these pages for
something different to do in 2008.
if we keep the spirit of adventure
Beside Manners in January
by J. B. Durham Explore all your options and then What are you doing this month
make plans to do it. that you haven’t done before?
Send resume to
10 Calendar of EVINCE One of my favorite new activities Write and let me know. Sales@starmark.net.
11 Spotting Exceptional last year was canoeing up the
Customer Service Dan River from camellia Williams
by Beverly Turner
12 An Interview with
Astronaut Winston Scott
by Larry G. Aaron
Nano in Your Life
nanotechnology: Making That
by Steve Wilson
13 Visit a Very Small World
by Nancy Tait
14 Improving Leadership and
Anchor of the Tides Inspires
by Tammy Moore
Around the Table
Ring in the new
by Annelle Williams
15 DMFAH Exhibits Feature
Local Collections and Artists
by Lynne Bjarnesen
100 Years of Broadway
century of Sensational Songs
by Gordon Bendall
On the Cover:
Zana Kepuska was one of three Averett
biology students selected to participate in the
International Scholar Laureate Program. Last
year, the students traveled to China to study
the country's healthcare system and took time to
enjoy an up-close visit with a friendly panda.
January 2008 • evince • Page 3
You Should Have what publishing professionals call a
developed the workshop after
completing an independent study
Died on Monday From time to time Bailey comes at vcU in writing life stories.
Danville Writer’s home to Danville. She was a Using her research and experience
Newest Page-Turner guest lecturer at the Institute for in writing other peoples’ stories,
by John Fisher Advanced Learning and Research she will help students organize
last year and has promised to return their memories and show how to
Looking for a soon. I can attest from personal give structure to their stories.
fun book to read experience that perhaps one of the Feedback from students at
on the cold dark few things as pleasurable as reading last spring’s classes reveals how
days of January? a Frankie Bailey novel is hearing her helpful Shaver can be in providing
Then look no speak. I highly recommend both. the groundwork to fulfill a life
further than our For more information, discussion dream. One participant put it
own Frankie Bailey. questions, resources, and recipes this way, the class “…helped me
The Danville area that go along with You Should get started on something I have
native and prolific It is no accident that Bailey’s Have Died on Monday visit www. wanted to do for a long time and
writer has a new mystery novel out, Lizzie character is a teacher of frankiebailey.com. didn’t know how to start.” Another
and the reviews label her latest book, criminal justice; in fact, Lizzie said, “Given incentive, my story has
You Should Have Died On Monday, one is something of an alter ego for been taken from the ‘back burner’
of the best yet. Frankie Bailey, who teaches the where it languished for more than a
If you are a Lizzie Stewart fan,
Bailey’s serial sleuth, then you are
subject at Albany State University.
If you are a fan of the series you’ve
Writing Your Life Story decade. The guidance enabled me
to finally put pen to paper.”
bound to enjoy her latest romp. also noticed a lot of similarities by Sharon Hughes and Joyce Wilburn So if one of your resolutions
Without spoiling the story, it is a between the fictional town of was to put down on paper your
mystery involving the heroine who Gallagher and Danville, but could Have you always wanted to write memories, or those passed down in
decides to trace her paternity. As you anywhere in the world really be your own life story but just couldn’t your family, you have no excuse not
might guess, nothing is ever simple like Danville? now there is a real get started? Writing Your Life Story, to begin.
for the brilliant criminal justice mystery question for you. might be just what you need. The Registration is required and open to
professor and there are more twists Bailey’s readers usually cite the six-week workshop at the Danville twenty participants. class meets on
and turns than a Rubik’s cube. richness and true-to-life nature of Museum of Fine Arts and Wednesdays, January 9-February 13
I should say from the outset that her characters as part of her appeal. History will be taught by Barbara from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Fee is $40.
I am a Frankie Bailey fan, not just From my perspective I have come Shaver, a graduate of virginia For information call 434.793.5644.
because of her fictional series but to expect nothing less from her. She commonwealth University with an The museum is located at 975 Main
also because of her impressive list of is quite simply a solid pro whose interdisciplinary degree in creative Street in Danville.
literary credits that include a litany work is a marvelous blend of both writing and human services.
of distinguished academic texts on a subtle truth and art. She is a master A member of the Association
variety of criminal justice topics. at fusing these two elements into for Personal Historians, Shaver
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Look What You Missed! Audience Invited to
Go on the Road with
The Empire Brass
Best Ever Holiday Danville to welcome in 2008 with
all their new friends—and they are by Joyce Wilburn
Tour of Homes
by Joyce Wilburn
bringing a third couple with them.
When the Empire Brass walked
onto the GWHS stage in December
Mark your calendar now for the 2008
DHS Holiday Tour of Homes on the after an 8-year absence from
If prizes were given by the second weekend in December. Danville, their reputation as north
Danville Historical Society for the America’s finest brass ensemble
ones who drove the farthest to preceded them. Because music
participate in the Annual Holiday for quintet brass is rare, they
Tour of Homes, the winners are known for their innovative
would surely be two couples from contemporary arrangements of
Dallas, Georgia. music originally composed for
Maxine and Griffin White and other instruments. It was no
Emily and Jerry Bullock read a surprise that the near-capacity
preview of the tour on the front multi-generational audience
page of the travel section of the enjoyed the light-hearted concert.
Atlanta Journal Constitution and The outstanding music and the
drove over 6 hours to see what charming witty personality of each
we Danvillians have in our own
backyards—or in this case, inside Free Event Enjoyed musician made the two hours
fly by. Host and trumpeter Rolf
our historical homes.
It was probably the best tour in by Many Smedzig and other members of
the group took turns introducing
the Society’s 35-year history, but by Joyce Wilburn a diverse program that ranged
don’t take my word for it. Here is from a 14th century Irish jig to
what Maxine wrote after returning Over the past year, I have well-known holiday carols and
home: “I have participated in reviewed concerts, wineries, and christmas hymns. Each also
our Dallas Tour of Homes on bed-and-breakfast visits. This will told stories about the musical
three occasions and have been be the first time, however, that I’ve selections and expressed
on christmas tours all around ever critiqued a walk in the park, appreciation for Danville’s
Atlanta. In my opinion, Danville’s but the annual Luminary Trail Southern hospitality, including the
tour was the most impressive. All Walk sponsored by the Danville homemade chicken noodle soup
the people we encountered were Parks, Recreation and Tourism made by their hostess, Danville
so friendly and made us feel like Department in December deserves concert Association Board
hometown folks. “ a few column inches of praise. member Karine Garcia.
But her compliments didn’t Even before I left the parking lot What made this concert even
stop there: “You could tell the at Dan Daniel Park and headed more special was the audience
innkeepers and owners toward the entrance to the participation. At one point, after
(in Danville) had restored and Riverwalk Trail, I could hear happy a whole-house sing-a-long of God
decorated their homes with deep voices singing holiday music and Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Smedzig
pride and passion. It was amazing see sparkling lights through the remarked, “You really sound good!
to us that most of the drapes and branches of leafless trees. Over Let’s go on the road.” In a fantasy
decorations (at the II Georges Inn) 500 handmade luminaries dimly world, the audience probably
Pharmacy, Inc. were made by the owners.“ The
other homes were also festively
decorated for the season by their
marked the figure-8 path that led
to and from a small fire where
children, teens, and adults roasted
would have packed their bags and
accepted the offer.
That verbal exchange was
The People’s owners or in collaboration with marshmallows, drank hot chocolate, followed by a never-to-be-forgotten
invitation for two youngsters from
Drug Store professionals at M&M Furniture
and M&W Florist.
and soaked up warmth for the short
walk back to their cars. the audience to go on stage and
Maxine also noted the It was a fun, free, event for all play the finger cymbals in the 16th
We Are More Than Just a Pharmacy! century French carol, Ding Dong,
outstanding Southern hospitality ages and abilities whether riding
We Offer: Merrily on High. Later, tuba player,
her group experienced. “A special in strollers and wheelchairs
• Fast & Friendly Service Kenneth Amis, with tongue firmly
thanks goes to Miss Homer(etta) or walking. Thank you to the
• No Hassle Billing for Medicare & in cheek, encouraged parents to
Ayala owner of the Sacred Danville Recreation Department
Medicaid Patients buy tubas for their children as
Spaces for the breathtaking staff and volunteer singers who
• Most Insurances Accepted for stocking stuffers. The merriment
concert. "While at Sacred Spaces,” created an evening of good family
Prescriptions continued throughout the evening
Maxine wrote, “greeter Katherine entertainment. If you missed it
• Lottery and ended only after The Empire
Stoyer told us that we couldn’t last month, write a reminder on
• Verizon Phone Bill Payment Center Brass responded to a standing
leave Danville without visiting the December page of your new
• UPS Package Pickup Center ovation with a farewell song of
The Gingerbread House. We 2008 calendar and go this year. It’s
• Money Orders - Only 82¢ Santa Baby, and a promise that “if
did and thoroughly enjoyed our usually scheduled for the first or
• Full Line of Diabetic Supplies & you’ve been good” the song’s lyrics
shopping.” And when, in the true second Friday of the month. You
Home Care Products could come true.
sense of the season, Stover invited can’t say I didn’t tell you in time!
• Senior Citizens Discount on All
the two couples to her sister’s The January events planned
Prescriptions, Without Insurance The next event sponsored by the
christmas party, they accepted. by the Outdoor Recreation
• Where You Can Get Danville Concert Association will be the
Maxine ended her email note Division promise to be a bit
“Hard to Find” Prescriptions State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
with, “What a wonderful weekend more challenging. check the
• Monthly Sales Fliers in Mail on Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m.
with so many new friends.” But, EvIncE calendar on page ___for
that’s not the end of the story. opportunities to ski, snowboard, or at the George Washington High School
After reading about the Big tube at Wintergreen, learn Archery Auditorium. For more information
Brothers Big Sisters new Year’s 101, or hike at Philpott Lake. It’s call 434.792.9242, email tickets@
Eve Gala at the Institute in the time to get off the couch and be a danvilleconcerts.org or visit www.
130 Watson Street • 793-2221 December issue of EVINCE, the doer instead of a viewer! danvilleconcerts.org.
Toll Free • 1-866-793-2221 two couples decided to return to
January 2008 • evince • Page 5
Call It a Day date book that lets me know when
the chicken and cheese in my bag
Time flies when you’re having will go bad.
fun. I can’t believe we’ve got a commercial calendars are
brand new year when I wasn’t marked with important dates.
finished with the old one. Makes Those only mean I won’t get any
no difference, actually. When mail or can’t go to the bank. I’d
that ball drops in Times Square, rather they tell me when Law &
whether I’m ready or not, I’ll leap Order has a marathon, or when
into a calendar with 366 days. gas prices will go down. Better
My friend Jennifer was born still, I'd love to know when those
on February 29th, which means I To get it right, the Pope simply tedious calculations. It’s because maternity-looking tunics will
never know when to mail her card decreed that the day after October they can’t tell time. finally go out of style.
during the off-years. I don’t want 4 was October 15. Just take the case of football… If time is money, why give up
it to get there too early and I don’t And I thought losing an hour to where a two-minute warning every waking minute to earn it. I’d
want it to get there too late, so I Daylight Savings Time was bad. never means there are two rather cash in a few Mondays to
only get it right every fourth year. While this improved calendar minutes left in the game. Waiting reap my benefits now. Besides,
It has to be a little disconcerting matches the seasons better, it still for the last two minutes for it adding 24 hours to a year doesn’t
to have a birthday that has no gets a little out of whack. That’s to end is the Tv equivalent of a make life better. Let’s supersize
place to hang its hat. At least she’ll why we have leap years. It gets watched pot never boiling. our days. I vote for mornings
only be about 16 when she retires. everything back on schedule, but Forget Pope Gregory and his to come after lunch, and bills
It doesn’t seem like much, the complete explanation is fairly grand schemes. A 29th day in to come due only when we have
but adding time to February complicated. February doesn’t help anybody. stamps.
complicates things. One more To save you some trouble, let All it does is prolong payday. If Time does fly when you’re
day is one more thing to keep me boil it down to the sauce. he had really wanted to do some having fun and even when you’re
track of…even after it’s over. It We play catch up because our good, we should be able to choose not. Though Rome wasn’t built in
reminds me of lugging around regular calendar loses about six our own extra day. I know if I had a day, the Pope’s calendar gives us
an umbrella once you’re inside. hours a year. to extend a month, I’d pick one an extra one this year. And so…
You don’t need it anymore, but Which I don’t see as a big deal. that had a beach trip. centuries later, we stand united,
you can’t throw it away. I’ve wasted more time than that Maybe I could leap on this year waiting for the official signal from
It’s the Gregorian calendar watching Dancing with the Stars. with more enthusiasm if they’d let Times Square to tell us it’s time to
causing all this fuss. centuries I did a little research for this me invent a calendar. move forward.
ago, Pope Gregory XIII didn’t like column but made a mistake by Mine would be more practical Funny it should only happen
the one Julius caesar designed, first asking my husband about and have real value. For after somebody drops the ball.
so he made a new one. It was it. His explanation wasn’t nearly example…when the register at
a good plan but the conversion as simple as mine and made my Food Lion spits out a grocery
was messy…causing the first year eyes glaze over. But then, men are receipt and a few coupons, that’s
to wind up with too many days. intrigued by scientific facts and wasted paper. I’d rather it print a
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What can you
children for their
He Said She Said
Give them the gift of
He Said by Larry Oldham She Said by Dena Hill
the gift that Well, here we go again. Another Why is making new Year's
lasts a lifetime year has crept up and society resolutions so unnerving? Every year
dictates that I must transform myself we come up with some new angle
Danville Community on how not to make them and then
School of Music
into someone else. My new Year's
40 Years Resolutions have normally dissipated
by February 1 so this year I have
decided not to make any promises
proceed to carry forward our plan for
making our individual worlds more
satisfying. Look at it this way…it's all
a good beginning
of Making that I won't be able to keep. What I
am willing to do though is talk about
a game. We see how far into January
and February we can make it without
A Music and Movement Your Dreams some new ideas for the coming year
that could possibly enrich our lives. I
know we look at my faults differently.
breaking any good intentions. If we
can make it until the Ides of March,
it's even better.
Program for Children
ages Birth to 7 years
• Play Musical Instruments
Come True I say I don't have any and you say
you can't count that high. My fervent
belief is that we analyze ourselves
I don't look at your faults
differently than you do. You've named
them pretty well yourself and I agree.
• Singing through a different perspective. That You constantly amaze me with your
• Movement & Dance would explain our willingness to public introspective reflections.
• Musical Games examine our lives in a public forum. You say that you will stop
• Listening My first new Year's idea is that I collecting things. Do you remember
• Creative Storytelling will try to stop collecting things. not that morning when you called me and
• Children’s Literature everything of course, but I will cut said, "I'm in trouble!"? I asked why
down to just one or two items. Maybe and you said, "because I just raised
I'll even set a size limit so they won't my leg to step over a box and there
“Music Makers: take up so much room. is nowhere to put it back down." now
At the Keyboard” Secondly, I will try to be neater. I that's when a house is too cluttered.
(a “Musikgarten” beginning piano course will put things in their place and not As for being neater, I have raised
for children ages 7-9 yrs.)
“The Action People” spread my treasures all through the
house. Doesn't everyone have a lawn
three kids and I don't remember what
neat is anymore. My resolution will
Call now to be to take the messiness in stride and
register for classes 470 Piney Forest Road mower in their dining room?
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while I am sitting at the dinner table you have over 2,000 at last count
trying to eat. You laugh when that so I'll help you decide what to do
long tongue laps around my cheek. with them. I've seen some pretty
I guess the fourth idea would be innovative libraries on HGTv, so how
for you to hide the remote from me about building a new house to put
RELEASE FOR: August 2005 Issue so I would not be tempted to change them in? That works for me!
channels during the commercials. I'm appalled that you could
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make your life more pleasant. Maybe are left standing in a puddle
all new Years' resolutions are not because she's so affectionate. Look
for the individual, but for all of the on the bright side--at least you get
people around them whom they love to stay dry.
and want to please. Why else would Finally, we can compromise with
we torture ourselves with resolutions the remote. Since I do all of the
but to satisfy our loved ones? (I still house work, if you can find it, then
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“Don’t go there,” warned the
guide, pointing out an area of the
city whose nightlife the students
might enjoy. So instead we saw
the Hard Rock café Moscow!
Then and Now
could those prices be right? Yes,
Moscow now ranks as the most
expensive big city in the world,
and even in St. Petersburg ballet
by Dr. William Trakas tickets sold for $150 each. Al-
though the average monthly salary
December 1985 of a worker is around $200, recent
studies indicate that (in dollar
We were an Averett-sponsored value) Russia has 53 billionaires
group from Danville, flying into and 103,000 millionaires. A stroll
Moscow during a snowstorm, through Red Square’s GUM, often
hoping we would fare better called the largest department store
than napoleon and the German in the world, revealed shop after
Wehrmacht had. At least we shop filled with western designer
were not an invading force in the goods. clearly the rich have a place
traditional sense. to shop, although it seems that
Few Americans had journeyed millions of Russians continue to
into the heartland of the Soviet suffer deprivation. “I will have to
Union, America’s “enemy” during work until the day I die in order to
the years of the cold War. Tour survive,” said our guide.
companies had warned us not to Lenin must be turning over in
take any chances or get into any his grave, uh, mausoleum, also
trouble because the American located in Red Square. Russians
Embassy could provide little help. speculate that the father of the
That fear was only intensified Bolshevik revolution will eventu-
at the Moscow passport check. ally be moved, once a few more
Despite the hundreds waiting in loyal old-timers die.
line, 18-year-old soldiers greeted I believe he is ready to get out of
each visitor with a solemn stare, there now.
eyeing the passport photo and
then the face of each tired traveler
often for five minutes or more.
We got the word: Intimidation
from the time of arrival. christians were sometimes baptized nated; the Soviet Union has been
Friends back home had asked, there out of sight of disapproving dissolved and capitalism has arrived.
communists. Four Averett students and I
“Why go there in the winter?”
Riding in a troika, finding the fir Most Russians were hesitant flew into Moscow to find the
trees and those famous onion- to be seen talking to Americans; soldiers at passport control
Ki p u
domed cathedrals all covered in they never knew who might replaced by a single official who
snow provided the answer. be watching (or maybe they kindly explained we needed to fill
Shopping for Russian souvenirs
was an easy task—up to a point.
Special shops open only to foreign
knew that the KGB was). A few
university students took the
risk, though, and proved that
out an additional form. Within
minutes we made it to baggage
claim, where our items and tour
visitors (and their highly sought- the Russians were as curious guide were waiting. Though the
after “hard currency”) were filled with about Americans as we were guide met us for the day’s events,
Palekh lacquer boxes and decorative about them. much of the time we were on our
pieces of enamel. Asking for a But new Year’s Eve celebrations own, free to move around. Like
picture book on Moscow in Moscow, remove many inhibitions no others we talked to, she praised
though, I was told that there were matter where you are. After a President Putin for stabilizing
some nice ones in Leningrad (St. multi-course feast and samples the economy and restoring some
Petersburg). Stores open to the of Russian vodka, we joined order to society. The new limits
average Russian, however, were filled thousands of Russians in the on free speech and the media did
with empty shelves. A consumer middle of Red Square (red meaning not seem to bother her.
society it was not. “beautiful” not “communist”) to One of the impressive new (or
An official Intourist guide bring in the new year of 1986. In is it old?) sights in the Moscow
accompanied us everywhere. We a personal act of détente, I lifted skyline was the cathedral of
visited museums with thousands my champagne glass and toasted christ the Savior, rebuilt to
of icons, artifacts, and paintings; Mikhail Gorbachev, the recently original size and design during the
applauded the great dancers installed leader of the Soviet 1990s at a cost of $650 million. Of
of the Bolshoi and the Kirov, Union who would launch the course, they destroyed that big
swimming pool to erect it.
and marveled at the beauty and movements of glasnost (openness)
cleanliness (no graffiti) of the and perestroika (restructuring), but Later in St. Petersburg, we saw
famous subway system. The
world’s largest swimming pool was
whose reforms would ultimately
bring about the collapse of the
the newly restored church of Our
Savior on Spilled Blood at the
also an attraction. Soviet system. Our new Moscow spot where czar Alexander II was
Built on the former site of the friends in the Square followed assassinated in 1881. closed and
19th century cathedral of christ with toasts to American President allowed to decay during the Soviet
the Savior (demolished by Stalin Ronald Reagan. era, it is now a stunning example
in 1931), the pool was a product of of Russian architecture.
the Khrushchev era. In the winter, May 2007 now that communism has gone,
the heated outdoor area produced graffiti has appeared…along with
huge amounts of vapor in which My how things have changed! The street crime and entire city blocks
vision was quite limited. Russian communist party has been elimi- controlled by the Russian mafia.
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number one in the United and challenging curriculum,
Kingdom for their quality of but they also offer students the
teaching. Averett students who chance to sample the flavor and
attend the University of Dundee culture of Scotland through trips
will be able to choose from and other activities.”
programs in life sciences, art and And that opens other doors
design, accounting and finance, and opportunities for learning.
psychology and social sciences, When AU students walk through
computer engineering, physics the doors of Averett, the world
and mathematics. is waiting to be explored and
“We chose to partner with the experienced. Maybe you’d like
University of Dundee because to join them? Many of Averett’s
of their impressive academic short-term study trips are open
reputation and their experience to members of the community.
working with study abroad For more information, visit
students,” says Dr. Larry Wilburn, www.averett.edu/admissions/study-abroad.
Associate Dean of Arts and
Sciences. “They have a unique
The men's basketball team poses for a photo in China. They won all of their games
while visiting the country last August.
Averett Students Discover
Unforgettable Places Abroad
by Emily Cropp and Susan Huckstep
The doors at Averett University travel opportunities, and there
lead to more than just classrooms. are scholarships available that
The 148-year old institution’s make traveling more accessible,”
study abroad program puts says Durham native and AU senior
the world within reach of their Meredith Schwane. “I took a class
students. Russia, china, Africa, on Russian history and culture
England, Scotland, Finland, and with Dr. (Bill) Trakas and then
Belize are just a few of the places traveled to Russia for two weeks
where their young scholars have with a group he led.” This year,
recently gone to broaden their short-term study trips are planned
horizons. Whether it’s studying for Africa and England.
dolphins in Belize, interviewing Also, Averett’s biology program
the manager of a Wal-Mart in regularly has students selected
china or seeing the Kremlin up to participate in the International
close, AU students expand their Scholar Laureate Program.
knowledge through first-hand
experience of foreign places and
for many, it’s their first chance to
Last year three Averett biology
students —Zana Kepuska, Kayla
craddock and Gretchen Sheperty
Mardi Gras and Murals
experience another culture. – were selected to study china’s by Heather vipperman
“It was an awesome medical system. The students
opportunity,” says AU senior visited Xi’an Jiatong University Mardi Gras has become enjoy some cajun cuisine while
Mason Osborne of a recent study Medical School and chengdu synonymous with new Orleans. listening to new Orleans jazz
trip to Belize led by biology University of Traditional chinese If you’ve ever taken a walk down mixed with your favorite dance
professor Laura Meder. “I’ve never Medicine. They observed first- Bourbon Street, or sipped coffee tunes, and support a good
been out of the country before hand the relationship between with your beignets at the café cause.
or flown and this was a chance western and eastern medicine Du Monde, you know why there For a $20.00 donation to the
to study animals I’ve never seen and learned about traditional is something special about the Historic Murals of Danville,
before.” He enthusiastically chinese medicine such as crescent city, as it is called. Its you can feast on cajun
continues, “It was one of the most acupuncture and moxibustion people and unique places make chicken or shrimp on skewers,
amazing things I’ve ever done. from chinese physicians. Students the town a tourist mecca. jambalaya with sausage, red
I especially enjoyed snorkeling also took part in discussions with visionaries in Danville want to beans and rice with sausage,
around the coral reefs and seeing physicians and nurses regarding make Danville a tourist mecca, and peel-and-eat shrimp, and king
the diversity of marine life.” the leadership and management one way to do that is by creating cake prepared by the cajun
Short-term study trips such issues they face in rural china, historic murals. The murals not connection. Specialty drinks
as last year’s trips to china, and the challenges of integrating only look awesome against the will be offered at the cash
Russia, and central America’s western medicine. backdrop of our historic buildings, bar. For more information
Belize are often combined with Students wishing to spend a they tell a story and spur a visit www.visitdanville.com or call
classroom study. Students learn semester or more abroad will conversation about who Danville is 434.793.4636.
about the region before leaving benefit from Averett’s close and where she is going. Currently, there are two murals
and complete assignments relationships with universities The major fundraiser for Historic in Downtown Danville. The Old 97
following the trip. Students in in Finland, china and most Murals of Danville will be a Mardi mural is located at the end of the MLK
Averett’s Honors Program, for recently, Scotland. The University Gras party on Saturday, February 2, Bridge at the Gateway to downtown.
example, recently combined of Dundee in Scotland, which from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the The transportation mural is on North
classroom study with a trip to received the highest possible community Market on craghead Union Street.
Russia. “The Honors Program ranking for its medical and life Street. Shake off the winter blues,
provides students with lots of sciences research, was ranked
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things spin out of control, as
Little Theatre Ferris attempts to head off scandal
by keeping the two couples from
meeting up with each other.
Bedside Manners Madelyn Mohammed, Mavis
Brantley-Lloyd, Michael carter
in January and Wes Overby fill the roles
of the trysting couples, while
Douglas Adams portrays Ferris,
by J.B. Durham
the put-upon desk clerk who
Take two married couples who valiantly tries to keep order
have plans for illicit meetings with among the chaos.
others, add in an unsuspecting This popular bedroom farce,
hotel clerk who’d rather not written by Derek Benfield and
get involved, and you have the directed by Alan Holt, will be
formula for Bedside Manners, the presented in the north Theatre
January offering from The Little on Friday and Saturday, January
Theatre of Danville. 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. and on
The plot revolves around Ferris, Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m.
who has reluctantly agreed to take Admission for each of the
care of his sister’s seedy hotel performances is $15. Advance
in the country while she’s away. tickets can be purchased at Arts
Bored and wanting very much to & Humanities, 635 Main Street;
be anywhere else, Ferris doesn’t Foxglove, 1011 West Main Street;
take much notice when Roger and The Brown Bean, 1799 Memorial
Sally arrive and ask for rooms. Drive; and at Rippe’s, 559 Main
But after Helen and Geoff check Street. For more information, visit
in, it becomes increasingly clear www.danvillelittletheatre.org. or
that nothing is quite as it seems. call 434.792.5796.
Eventually, Ferris discovers that
Roger is married to Helen and
Geoff’s wife is Sally. That’s when
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feature fun, lighthearted photos Humanities Office, Danville Register
of local people involved in the & Bee, Danville Welcome center,
recreational and entertaining Gingerbread House, Dixie Bags,
events offered. Also, dates of Estabrook’s Hallmark, Danville Science
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each page if they were available. of commerce, and The Institute
The calendar features the GWHS for Advanced Learning & Research
Symphony Orchestra, Southern and Karen’s Hallmark. For more
virginia Mountain Biking Association, information call 434.792.6965.
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January Recipe Club – Share great recipes, January 15 January 17
learn different ways to cook your IALR Computer Workshop – Buy & IALR Computer Workshop – Publisher.
Through January 2 favorite dishes & more. 11:30 am. Sale on Ebay 6–9 pm. Institute For Learn how to create signs, posters,
Fly, Glide & Stride: Natural History Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Advanced Learning and Research - flyers, greeting cards, letterheads and
Machines. Interactive sculptures Alzheimer’s Presentation – Getting 434.766.6793. more. 6–9 pm. Institute for Advanced
combine with science, technology and the Help You Need: Community IALR Computer Workshop – Learning and Research - 434.766.6793.
imagination. Danville Science center Resources. 12 - 1 pm. United Way Windows XP File Management Skywatchers – Focus on Orion, and
- 434.791.5160. Meeting Room. 434.792.3700 ext. 30. System. Learn to navigate folders and the brightest star in the nighttime
Losin’ Those Holiday Pounds. files, rename, copy, move, delete, send sky, Sirius, and continue to follow
Through January 20 5:30–6:30 pm (See 1/7)
VMNH Exhibit – Beyond Jamestown: an e-mail, print and more. 6–9 pm. the planet Mars. nightfall. Danville
Forecasting Weather – Jeff Haniewich, Institute For Advanced Learning and Science center - 434.791.5160.
Virginia Indians Yesterday and Today. WSLS channel10 meteorologist,
virginia Museum of natural History, Research - 434.766.6793.) January 17 (thru Feb.21)
demystifies the many aspects of January 15 (thru 31) Art Class – Elements of Art. Ages
Martinsville – 276.634.4141. weather and its prediction. 7 pm.
January 2 Fitness For Older Adults, Ladies & 7-10. Thursdays 4–5 pm. Danville
Danville Science center - 434.791.5160. ABSolute Fitness. Tues/Thurs, 9–11 am; Museum of Fine Arts and History –
Fetch! Lab - Learn about insulation January 11 (thru Feb. 24)
and energy conservation. Design and Ladies 10 am–12 pm; ABSolute 434.793.5644.
PAA Exhibit – Diamonds in the Fitness 10:30-11:30 am. city Armory. January 18
construct a box that will keep an Rough. Works of six painters
ice cube from melting. Ages 8–12. 434.797.8848. Women of Faith, Walking by Faith of
connected through vcU and the 1708 January 15 (thru Feb. 19) Danville. 11 am - 1 pm. The colonade
3:45–4:45 pm. Danville Science center Gallery who are key contributors to
- 434.791.5160. Art Class – Painting & Dyeing. Batik Room. 434.793.8140.
the dynamic Richmond art scene.
January 2 (thru February 7) 11/11 Opening Reception and Gallery
Designs on Paper and cloth. Adults/ January 18 (thru Feb. 22)
Art with Flo – Wet-on-wet technique. teenagers. Tuesdays 4–5 pm. Danville Art Class – Art Inspired by the books
Talk – 5:30 pm. Piedmont Arts Museum of Fine Arts and History –
Wednesdays or Thursdays, 6–9 pm. Association – 276.632.3221. of Jan Bratt, author and illustrator.
Ballou Park Annex. 434.797.8848. 434.793.5644. Ages 4-7. Fridays 4–5 pm. Danville
January 12 Art Class – Drawing & Water-color. Museum of Fine Arts and History –
January 3 Art Class – Recycled Art Workshop to Adults/teenagers. Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 pm.
Alzheimer’s Presentation – Overview 434.793.5644.
correspond with Outsiders opening. Ages Danville Museum of Fine Arts and Art Class – Collograph. Ages 8-13.
of Alzheimer’s. 12 - 1 pm. United Way 4–6, 9–10 am; Ages 7–10, 10:30 am– History – 434.793.5644. Saturdays 9 am–12 pm. Danville
Meeting Room. 434.792.3700 ext. 30. 12 pm. Danville Museum of Fine Arts
January 5 January 15 (thru March 4) Museum of Fine Arts and History –
and History – 434.793.5644. Spanish I & II – Spanish I - 6–7 pm. 434.793.5644.
Bob Ross Painting Class – Pastel Instant Piano Classes – In just half
Seascape. 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. Ballou a day, learn enough to give you years
Spanish II - 7–8 pm. Institute For January 19 (thru Feb. 9)
Advanced Learning and Research - Preschooler Classes – Tumblin’ Tots,
Park Annex 434.797.8848. of enjoyment. 9 am-12 pm. Ballou 434.766.6793. Ages 2–3, 9:30–10:15 am; Itty Bitty
DRBA's First Saturday Outing Annex. 434.797.8848.
– Easy 2-mile hike on the Red Tail Dino Day Festival – Exhibits, music, January 16 Basketball, Ages 3–5, 10:30–11:15 am;
Hawk Trail beside Mayo Lake. 10 am. games, food and fun activities. Fetch! Lab - Explore properties of Pre-School cheerleading, Ages 3–5,
Paul Johnson – 434.476.7599.or Specimens on display. 10 am–4 pm. acids and bases and determine the 11:30 am–12:15 pm; Winter Wigglers,
434.476.3357. virginia Museum of natural History, effects of common household liquids Ages 3–5, 10–11:30 am. coates
on a penny. Ages 8–12. 3:45–4:45 pm. Recreation center. 434.797.8848.
January 5 (thru 29) Martinsville – 276.634.4141.
Danville Science center - Four-Wheeling Tots – Basics of
Kuumba-West African Dance January 13 (thru March 9) 434.791.5160. roller skating for your preschooler.
Company - Traditional West African DMFAH Exhibits – Outsiders 1/13 –
dance and drumming classes. Times Opening Reception 2–4 pm. Danville January 16 (thru Feb. 20) Saturdays – class 10:15–11 am; fun
Art Class – Winter-themed drawing & skate – 11 am–4 pm. 434.797.8848.
vary. city Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Museum of Fine Arts and History –
painting. Ages 4-6. Wednesdays 4–5 pm. January 20
January 7 See page 15. 434.793.5644.
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and 100 Years of Broadway - An evening
Losin’ Those Holiday Pounds – January 14 History – 434.793.5644. of all the great Broadway musical
Learn ways to make permanent IALR Computer Workshop –
changes in your diet. 11 am–12 pm. Computer for Beginners. 6–9 pm. January 16 (thru April 9) numbers. 7:30 pm. Martinsville High
IALR Computer Workshop – School. Piedmont Arts Association –
Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Institute for Advanced Learning and 276.632.3221.
computer skills training. International
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computer Driving License (IcDL) January 21
Art with Judie – Oil and watercolor January 14 (thru Feb. 18) training and certification. 9 am-12 pm. Mariachi Band. 6:30-9:30 pm. Los
painting. Mondays or Tuesdays. Times Art Class – Pottery. Mondays 6–9 pm. Tres Magueyes Mexican Restaurant -
Institute For Advanced Learning and
vary. Ballou Park Annex. 434.797.8848. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and 434.792.0601.
Research - 434.766.6617.
African Dance Ensemble – Learn History – 434.793.5644.
the beautiful art of African Dance. January 22
Mondays 6-7:30 pm. city Auditorium. Polliwogs & Science Stars - Use a
434.797.8848. microscope to look at everyday objects
in a brand new way. Ages 3–4 1–2 pm;
January 7 (thru March 24) Ages 5–6 3:45–4:45 pm. Danville
Stained Glass Class – The Magic of Science center - 434.791.5160.
Light Through Glass. Mondays, IALR Computer Workshop – Excel I.
9 am–12 pm. 434.797.8848. Learn to produce professional-
January 8 looking documents that perform
Polliwogs & Science Stars - Learn numeric calculations rapidly and
all about patterns. Ages 3–4 1–2 pm; accurately. 6–9 pm. Institute for
Ages 5–6 3:45–4:45 pm. Danville Advanced Learning and Research -
Science center - 434.791.5160. 434.766.6793.
Photography Club. 6:30 pm. Ballou January 23
Park Annex. 434.797.8848. Alzheimer’s Presentation – Caregiver
January 9 Stress Management. 12 - 1 pm. United
Writing Your Life Story – See page 3. Way Meeting Room. 434.792.3700
January 10 ext. 30.
Bob Ross Technique Workshop – January 24
Pastel Seascape. 10 am–3:30 pm. Recipe Club – (See 1/10)
Piedmont Arts Association – IALR Computer Workshop – Learn
276.632.3221. the basics of Adobe Reader & Adobe
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Professional. 6–9 pm. Institute for
Advanced Learning and Research -
IALR Computer Workshop – The
434.766.6793. basics of Microsoft Word. 6–9 pm.
January 25 Institute for Advanced Learning and
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre – Research - 434.766.6793.
Audiences will be mesmerized by the January 30
artistic imagery & creative foolishness IALR Workshop – PowerPoint. Learn
of this fast-paced, energetic, clever and basic instruction for on-screen &
universally engaging theatrical show. web presentations, online meetings
7:15 pm. The Prizery, South Boston – & more. 6–9 pm. Institute for
434.572.8339. Advanced Learning and Research -
Broadway Showstoppers – come and 434.766.6793.
hear your favorite Broadway hits in one January 31
electrifying blockbuster show. 7:30 pm. State Symphony Orchestra of
The Kirby Theater, Roxboro, nc. Mexico. GWHS Auditorium. 7:30
336.597.1709. pm. Danville concert Association –
434.792.9242. See ad on page 13.
January 25 (thru 27)
Bedside Manners – Little Theatre
of Danville. See page 9.
Too Small to See Exhibit Danville February 2
Science center – See page13. Mardi Gras Party – See page 8.
Belly Dance Workshop – Session I, Cross Your Heart Gala – Live and
veil choreography, 9 am. Session II, silent auction fundraiser for the
candle choreography, 1 pm. Pepsi Halifax/charlotte county Red cross.
7–11 pm. The Prizery, South Bost0n.
January 28 February 5
Live Entertainment – Rhonda vincent
Black History Month Lecture -
with special guest James King. 2 & 7 pm.
Speaker: coach Herman Boone,
Gretna Theatre – 434.656.3377.
featured in the movie Remember the
January 28 & 31 Titans. 7:30pm. Pritchett Auditorium.
Management Through the Film – Averett University - 434.791.5712.
view Remember the Titans.
See page 14.
February 7 (thru 10)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way
January 28 (thru March 3) to the Forum. 2/7-9 7:30 pm; 2/10 - 2
Intermediate & Beginning Middle pm. Pritchett Auditorium. Averett
Eastern Belly Dance Classes –
Explore music and rhythms and learn University - 434.791.5712.
simple choreography. Intermediate
– 5:30 pm; Beginning – 6:45 pm. Pepsi
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In October, I helped coordinate
an annual Road Profiler User’s by Beverly Turner
Group conference at the Institute The next night, Larry got
for Advanced Learning and together
by Joyce Wilburn with some of the
Research. The group was booked participants just to make sure
for several nights at Danville they were having a good time in
hotels, but because many of the Danville. Also, because Larry
100-plus attendees from 29 states doesn't drink, he volunteered to
and 5 countries were without be a designated driver, thereby
transportation, they had to rely guaranteeing the meeting
on shuttles and buses from their participants a safe return to
hotels to the meetings at IALR. their hotels.
For the group’s dinner at Many participants of this
vIR, Larry Stamps of Players conference commented on
Unlimited outdid himself by Danville's hospitality and I truly
filling our request for upbeat believe that Larry had everything
music. Larry's wasn't just a to do with their warm feelings.
great D.J., he proved to be an Larry Stamps deserves to be
outstanding host. not only did commended.
he mingle with the group and
befriend many of the participants,
he shared info on local hangouts
for after-hours fun. And then he
went the extra mile...
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member of our most elite group moment they were here and then
of heroes. in another they were gone.”
Despite his insistence that he Yet, he hoped at the time that
wants to be remembered as an the country would not cancel the
ordinary good guy—his astronaut space program because of that Nano in your life: a bimonthly
role, what I call riding on top of a disaster, noting that is not the way column that explains how
tin can attached to a firecracker— to move forward. “If our ancestors nanotechnology affects your life
takes enormous courage and had stopped their westward
skill. But he is much too modest expansion every time they ran Nanotechnology: Making That Hole-in-One Possible
to see himself as a hero full of a into some difficulty, our country by Steve Wilson
daredevil’s courage. would not be where it is today. Chief Scientist of Luna nanoWorks
In that outlook he has He says that when disasters like A Division of Luna Innovations Inc.
something to say to all of us columbia come, “Figure out what located on Bridge Street in Danville.
because we all have fears---fears of happened, then push on---push
the future, fear of failure, and fear the envelope---keep exploring.” Who would think that nanotech-
that no matter how hard we try That pioneer theme also took nology has been used to make a
something will go wrong. Scott, priority in Scott’s message at the golfer’s life better? Well, read on.
who had every reason to be afraid opening of Founders college. First, the term nano, means very
sitting astride a ticking time bomb Pioneers don’t necessarily have small in size. More importantly,
of a rocket, takes a refreshing view to go where no one has gone nanotechnology is the ability to
design and make new materials
of fear that explains his success. before or invent something not yet atom by atom in order to “tune”
“You can’t dwell on what might known, but have that pioneering properties to provide higher
go wrong. It takes your mind off spirit. Founders college fits that performance, such as lighter and
the work you need to do to make description because “Education
it go right. You have to focus, not should be about capturing the If you think back to the remarkable
by ignoring safety, but by putting pioneering spirit,” Scott says. man-made materials now in daily
it aside. Logic tells me that In that way Founder’s college is use, you realize that the 20th century
anything can happen to anybody. similar to nASA, whose education saw the creation of many things
I could have an accident while emphasis involves innovation, that have improved our lives—nylon
experience, inspiration and and Teflon, created in the 1930s at
DuPont, Saran Wrap and Styrofoam,
by Larry G. Aaron opportunity. Both encourage introduced by Dow chemicals in the
a total approach to education, 1950s, to mention just a few.
I’ve never met a more meaning it is more than theory, now, with the advent of
unassuming and less ego-driven more than just reading books; it nanotechnology, we can engineer
man than Astronaut Winston is a learning environment with no materials even better to improve
Scott. comparing him to a limits and no boundaries. material properties by design.
forceful and dominating celestial Winston Scott himself was Some of the first consumer
John Wayne, who courageously inspired in many ways but he product success stories based on
remembers as a 19-year-old youth nanotechnology are in the sports
gallops into outer space in a industry—which is where golf comes
great iron horse, simply won’t do. getting ready to go to college and
in. And of course in golf, as in all
That’s not how he sees himself. watching neil Armstrong step off sports, high performance materials
He sees himself as a pioneer onto the moon that July. Like the can demand top dollar.
whose goal is exploration. Being rest of the nation, he was excited, In 2004, a new-generation golf club
catapulted into space on Space but Scott says, “I never dreamed based on fullerene nanomaterials
Shuttle Endeavor and columbia that I would participate in the was released by the Japanese sports
culminated a career as a navy space program.” company Maruman & company in
pilot flying the famous F-14 It was his degree in aeronautical Tokyo. Its top-of-the-line New Majesty
Tomcat and various research and engineering and his navy driver uses nanotechnology to resist
career that laid the ground work bending, but has a hardness increase
development aircraft. over titanium. These improved
As a retired navy captain and preparation for his entry into the
characteristics increase ball flight
nASA astronaut, Winston Scott flying, but I firmly believe that astronaut corps, and he beams as distance by 15 yards compared to
has had his share of launches, when I climb into an airplane or he talks of the great opportunity the company’s old driver. Since the
but recently he reversed roles and space shuttle, I’m coming back. I he experienced---especially new club was released, Maruman &
launched Founders college in might not, but I don’t believe that. recalling the space walks as the company has been overwhelmed
South Boston. If you believe otherwise you’re in most exciting. with orders – and a golf club sells for
In opening ceremonies last fall, the wrong business.” For those who don’t see more than $2,000!
he joined Maestro Kluge and the On the flip side of the coin is themselves as having a chance What about the golf ball? It’s all
Founders college Philharmonic, Scott’s view of courage. “I don’t to succeed the way Scott about controlling the physics of how
see myself as more courageous has, he leaves this message: the ball spins using nanotechnology.
cEO and President Tamara Fuller An American company called
and a host of invited guests in than the average person. I “Young people who don’t have
nanoDynamics has figured out how
welcoming faculty and students just worked and focused on opportunity to experience to alter the materials in a golf ball
in a new venture that promises to something and was fortunate unique things need to utilize the at the molecular level so the weight
swing wide new doors of learning-- enough to succeed. The world is resources they have available and inside the ball shifts less as the ball
-education the way it ought to be--- full of courageous people. Those prepare themselves because the spins -- which means even a badly
not the way it’s usually done. people with courage and vision world is open to anybody who is hit ball will go straighter. The new
Scott was the perfect choice tend to move the world forward. prepared. It doesn’t matter where balls came on the market in 2006,
for keynote speaker. Founders People who are timid and laid you come from or how rich or poor and though they cost more than $10
college with its small beginning back---your average everyday, run- you are; decide what you want to each, they are selling well.
of-the-mill person---those people do and go after it.” You can learn a lot more about
is reaching for the stars, capturing nanotechnology in sports at several
and enhancing and encouraging are not the pioneers.” Sound advice for us all even if
websites including http://www.
education in a way that made contrary to what people might you don’t want to be an astronaut. nanovip.com/nanotechnology-products/
America great. think, it is that pioneering spirit, So, start the countdown; there’s a b2c/sports. For example, check for
Winston Scott too had a small not the vision of personal glory challenge just waiting for you to details about the Easton baseball
beginning. Raised in a poverty that drives the astronauts to go reach for the stars. bat. Unlike aluminum bats that have
riddled segregated neighborhood, beyond Earth’s gravity. Reflecting Read more about Winston Scott the same strength and stiffness in
he rose like the mythological on the tragedy of the space at www.winstonescott.com or read all directions, nanotech bats are
Phoenix from that impoverished shuttle columbia a few years his book, Reflections on Earth Orbit. engineered at the nanoscale to have
childhood and achieved an ago, Winston Scott says, “They the widest sweet spot ever.
immortality of sorts in being a were all my personal friends. One
January 2008 • evince • Page 13
Visit a Very Small World by Nancy Tait
visit a world of the very small, now you’re ready for the Seeing
the nano-world, and see atoms Courtyard where models of atoms
100 million times their actual size. and molecules are enlarged 100
Pull apart the ends of a virtual million times bigger than real
RnA molecule. Arrange moving size. Walk through the infinity
atoms into a pattern. How does crystal where the repeating
that work when the atoms keep pattern of atoms seems endless.
moving? Walk through a huge climb model carbon nanotubes.
model crystal where the atoms Discover how atoms and
seem to go on forever. climb on molecules are always moving even
carbon tubes. Build molecules. in solid objects. Grab the ends
Use the same tools that scientists of a virtual RnA molecule and
use to make nano-sized structures. stretch it. When you let go, the
It’s all in the visiting exhibition Too molecule folds back to its original
Small to See at the Danville Science shape. Dissolve a virtual salt
center opening on Saturday, crystal using your movement to
January 26. generate heat. Build a molecule.
“Just how small is small?” asks Work with your friends to see
Danville Science center Director how tall you can build a carbon
Jeff Liverman. “nanometers nanotube. At Photolithography create
are used to measure things patterns with colored discs, then
on an atomic scale. That’s way use light and lenses to shrink your
smaller than you can see. There pattern. The Atom Transporter
are one billion nanometers gives you a challenge. Organize
in a meter. Too Small to See is a individual atoms into a design —
great way to get kids familiar while the atoms are in motion.
with atoms and molecules that Discover careers at Nano and Me.
make up everything we can view videos about how scientists
see — and to introduce them are using nanotechnology to
to the ways scientists are using develop things that may affect
nanotechnology to develop new your life. Pick up a phone to hear
tools and materials.” stories about nanotechnology that
Start your visit at the surrounds you.
Magnification Station. Examine Too Small to See was developed
a butterfly wing, an oyster shell through a partnership of cornell
and a salt crystal at three different University, the Sciencenter
magnifications. It’s easy to see and Painted Universe Inc. with
that each object is made of atoms. funding from the national Science
At Zoom into Nano, turn a wheel Foundation. Too Small to See is
to zoom in-and-out between included with Science center
macroscopic and nanoscopic admission. Tickets are $5 for youth
views of four images. Use your 4-12 and seniors 60+ and $6 for
senses at Particle Progression. Start adults. For more information call
with sand — the small you can 434.791.5160 or visit www.dsc.smv.
see. Move to dust — it’s smaller, org. The Danville Science center is
but you can still see it. End with located at 677 craghead Street.
nano. You can’t see it, but you
know it’s there — you can smell it.
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well as collaboration techniques for
inspiring others to be innovative.
Management Through Film will
be taught by Dr. Edward White,
Dean of Business and Engineering
Technology at Danville community
college and a certified teacher
of this workshop by the Hartwick
Humanities in Management
Institute. Students will watch a
movie one night and in a follow-up
session discuss the key leadership
Improving Leadership attributes and behaviors of the
characters, identify key decisions
and Management Skills made by leaders in the films,
discuss the implications and
by John Gilstrap outcomes of these decisions,
evaluate different leadership
The Institute for Advanced behaviors, and learn how to become
Learning and Research is launching more effective leaders.
six new programs focusing on Remember the Titans, Mr. Holland’s
leadership and management skills. Opus, and The Hunt for Red October
Susan Bolick, a national speaker, will be viewed on the Institute’s
trainer and facilitator who founded giant screen with surround sound
her business, Performing Well, to help
companies fully engage the talents
on Mondays. The discussion and
training will follow on Thursdays. Anchor of the Tides Jo Ann is not the only one
Inspires and Soothes
and energies of their workforce to From Stress to Success, led by Dr. to have been touched deeply
sustain a competitive advantage, will Joey Faucette, will teach a dynamic by cassidy, the American vocalist
lead three of the classes. process of daily stress reduction
Leading Change with Confidence will by Tammy Moore some describe as having one
and management. In What Did You of the greatest voices of her
teach students how to understand re- Say? Faucette will teach how to
actions to change, the dos and don’ts communicate better. Faucette is It is said that music hath charms generation and whose recordings
of change, and how to establish a in his third decade of coaching to soothe the savage breast. I sold in excess of four million
change management strategy that business people in 50 countries to have discovered such music in copies after her death in 1996.
builds organizational resilience. ”Listen to life and make a life, not Jo Ann White’s newly released But for Jo Ann, “It was as if my
In Strategic Planning and the just a living” through his websites, acoustic cD, Anchor of the Tides. own creative spirit that had been
21st Century Leader, Bolick will syndicated radio show, speaking When I asked this Halifax locked away was awakened. I
demonstrate the difference between engagements, and individual and county native about the picked up my guitar and started
leading and managing. Group group coaching seminars. inspiration behind her music, Jo to experiment. That’s how this cD
activities will contrast traditional The last management/leadership came about.”
and non-traditional planning Ann said, “Even though I loved
workshops, How to Improve Your music and played guitar since Anchor of the Tides includes seven
methods. A 6-step method for Web Site, coordinated by virginia
anticipating, aligning, and activating childhood, I had never really original tunes and five familiar
Electronic Technology center, will
an organization for a successful discuss website design and content experienced music until I discovered cover songs. It can be purchased
future will also be taught. and review websites using the a very talented singer/musician at Molasses Grill on South Main
Fostering Creativity, Generating lessons learned. named Eva cassidy. I heard this Street in Halifax county and at
Innovation, the last of Bolick's For more information on dates, voice coming from the television vintner’s cellar in South Boston.
three workshops will focus on the times and cost, call 434.766.6793 one day back in 2003, and I was For more information visit www.
individual’s use of the creativity or visit www.ialr.org. click events completely captivated. It was the joannwhite.com
around them. calendar. most amazing and moving voice I
Participants will learn techniques had ever heard.”
for increasing their own creativity, as
tart, or pizza crust, not to mention Preheat oven to 425º. Place Brie
regular rolls and cinnamon buns. in freezer when you begin preparing
Follow the directions on the box, this dish to make it easier to slice.
and be creative with your own Prepare roll mix according to
tastes. nothing says comfort package directions. Pat into greased
like a homemade pizza with your 10 x 15 inch sheet pan giving the
own favorite toppings, or fresh dough a little edge. Prick dough
by Annelle Williams cinnamon buns and a nice cup with fork, cover and let rise 15
of coffee. minutes.
combine wine and marmalade
Ring in the New Along with improved new
in a medium sauce pan. Add pear
baking skills, I intend to institute
The holidays are over, and it’s a new clutter disposal program. I slices and cook over low heat for 10
time for quiet evenings, comfort recently saw a Tv program about minutes, or until tender. Remove
food, and maybe even a good book. de-cluttering your life one garbage
bagful a day. It sounds like a good
Fresh Pear and pear slices with slotted spoon to a
plate and set aside. Add cranberries
Cranberry Brie Tart
(I highly recommend Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert.) plan, and one that won’t cut into to wine, and continue to cook,
On my list of things I want to do my cooking time. stirring until cranberries pop and
in 2008 is enhance my baking skills. Leave the old tired things 1 (16oz.) box hot roll mix sauce thickens.
Until that happens, I’ve found a behind, salvage all the good things, 4 firm pears, cored and Remove Brie from freezer and cut
hot roll mix (Pillsbury is the brand and start fresh in 2008 with new sliced thinly into slices. Place cheese evenly
I’m using) that tastes delicious ideas and plenty of time to bake, or 2 cups fresh cranberries over dough. Arrange pear slices over
and makes my house smell like a whatever your new cooking passion 1/2 cup orange marmalade cheese. Spread fruit topping evenly
bakery. It’s also quite versatile. If might be. Remember: Time-- you 1 cup white wine over pears. Bake for 15-20 minutes,
your baking skills are lacking but can’t save it, or borrow it, or even (or apple juice) until cheese is melted and crust is
you like yeast breads, try it for an buy it—it’s priceless, so relax and 18 oz. Brie or more golden. Butter edges of cooked tart
easy alternative. It makes a great savor every moment! 1 T butter and serve warm.
January 2008 • evince • Page 15
DMFAH Exhibits Feature With such confusion surrounding
what to call the artists she collects,
Alongside Batson’s collection,
the Museum will exhibit works
Princeton University Museum of Art,
Houston Museum of Fine Art, and
Local Collections and Marina chooses to call them “Self-
from its holdings including
paintings by victor Joseph Gatto
the virginia Museum of Fine Art.
by Lynne Bjarnesen
Most of the artists in this exhibition
at some point--often, quite late in
life--just picked up materials and
and L. Haywood coffey and five
prints by the Reverend Howard
Finster who began painting at the
January 6 – March 9
began putting them together as age of 60, inspired by the Lord to
Outsiders art. Lonnie Holley, for example, spread a spiritual message. Since Danville native Forrest Moses
January 13 – March 9 began making sandstone sculptures then, he has achieved Folk Art studied art at the age of nine at
Jennings Gallery after he carved the material for his 2 Superstar status. Stratford and Averett colleges.
nieces’ tombstones. The family could After majoring in art at Washington
Ever since seeing the work of not afford grave markers and, inspired Elijah Gowin: Lonnie Holley Series and Lee and studying design at the
Jimmie Lee Sudduth at a friend’s by God, Holly created them out of January 13 – March 9 Pratt Institute in new York, Moses
house, Danville resident Marina discarded manufacturing debris. Schoolfield Gallery became a full-time artist, showing
Batson has been collecting art. In addition, many of the artists in and selling his work in galleries,
nearly 20 years later Batson has this exhibition, worked ferociously, On exhibition concurrent to universities, and museums
amassed a sort of “Who’s Who” creating enormous bodies of work. Outsiders is Elijah Gowin’s One across the country. He currently
collection of self-taught artists’ work. Working with materials at hand, Acre of Art, a documentary series lives in Santa Fe, new Mexico,
The pieces in her collection are the artists created works ranging of Lonnie Holley’s Birmingham and explores specific landscape
primarily by Southern Black artists from paintings on cardboard, wood, home and land for 20 years before locations from Maine to Georgia
who defy a precise categorizing. In the and grocery bags to sculpture it was lost to the bulldozer. This and in new Mexico by camera,
established art world these artists are made of wood, clay, and stone. exhibition, seen for the first time as from which he then translates
described as Self-Taught, naïve, and Their subjects include portraits, a series, is made possible in part images into works in oil, monotype
Folk Artists, Primitive, visionary, or figures, animals, creatures, still- by The Puffin Foundation. and watercolor. Works that span
Outsider. Even then, these definitions lifes, cityscapes, landscapes, and An Ohio native, Gowin visited Moses’ career are on loan from
overlap and change. abstracts. From Biblical scenes to his family’s home in Danville local collector Earle Garrett III.
For example, Outsider Art originally everyday life, from a DDT- affected in the summers as a youth and
defined art made by the insane. bird to a scene from the civil rights studied at Davidson college and The Danville Museum of Fine Arts
Eventually, though, Outsider came to movement, their concentration isn’t the University of new Mexico. He & History is located at 975 Main
describe almost any unconventional always on “correct” proportion or has taught photography and digital Street. For more information, call
or untrained artist “outside” the application, but on the simple act of imaging since 1995 and is currently 434.793.5644 or visit
mainstream art world. And the term creation. The result is work uniquely teaching photographic studies at www.danvillemuseum.org.
Folk Art, which has been used to unpretentious, expressive and the University of Missouri-Kansas
describe works by artists without certainly genuinely from the artist’s city. His work is in collections at
formal training, is also often used to individual life experience, however the corcoran Gallery of Art, Los
decorative crafts. naïve it may seem. Angeles county Museum of Art,
100 Years of Broadway
Century of Sensational Songs
by Gordon Bendall
neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, The show’s song list includes
coming to the caswell county Some Enchanted Evening, Cabaret, Life
civic center this month, is get- is Just a Bowl of Cherries, Seasons of
ting rave reviews from everywhere. Love and many more, all classics,
They call it a knockout, a bravo, a all memorable.
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cational. They say it’s wonderful, back to life this month at the civic
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sung by equally talented singers. 336.694.4591 or visit www.ccfta.org.
When reviews are great, we trust The CCCC is located at the intersection
the shows are great. We take them of NC62 and US 158 in Yanceyville.
at their word and go. So go. Parking is free.
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