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Community Connection: Jaunt

Jaunt provides public transportation in the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

Jaunt has been a beacon of resilience and dependability for our community for 45 years. In 2020, against the backdrop of an extraordinarily uncertain year, Jaunt did what it does best: they adapted and hit the road. From April 1 – October 31, they traveled nearly 500,000 miles, taking over 1,200 passengers on over 45,000 trips.

They’ve delivered essential workers to their jobs, taken patients to critical health care appointments like dialysis, shuttled voters to the polls, and helped our community stay connected in a time when connection has never mattered more.

Jaunt is rooted in our community, now more than ever. They invite you to consider, where can Jaunt take you?

2020-12-02T10:41:35-05:00December 2nd, 2020|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Montpelier

James Madison’s Montpelier invites you to get outdoors on our eight miles of walking trails, or take a guided tour that moves through significant sites in the outdoor historic core and through three rooms of the house. Space is limited and reservations are required, and they recommend that you reserve your property pass or tour tickets online prior to your visit. They also offer virtual programming that includes book talks, Constitution 101s, and specialty tours.

From December 3rd through December 21st, Montpelier will be hosting a food drive for Orange County’s Love Outreach Food Pantry and Clothes Pantry. They welcome all donations of food, which can be dropped off at the Visitor Center during their business hours – Thursday through Monday from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

You can learn more about their tours, trails, virtual offerings, and food drive at montpelier.org.

Montpelier is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

 

2020-11-24T18:14:27-05:00November 24th, 2020|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Twice Is Nice

Twice Is Nice is a nonprofit in Charlottesville with a mission to benefit seniors in need, while promoting sustainability through the resale of donated men’s and women’s clothing, furniture and household items. They value helping seniors, practicing sustainability through recycling and reducing waste, being socially impactful and inclusive, and providing quality products with competitive and affordable prices.

For more information, you can go to their website twiceisnicestore.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Twice Is Nice is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

2020-11-24T18:11:44-05:00November 24th, 2020|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Let There Be Light

Piedmont Virginia Community College presents the 14th annual Let There Be Light, lighting up Charlottesville for two nights with 22 light-centered art installations and performances. In order to ensure the safety of the community, the exhibit is not being held at PVCC this year. Instead, the outdoor exhibit will be held at multiple locations throughout Charlottesville in neighbors’ front yards and outside local businesses. The exhibit is taking place on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th, from 6-9PM. This event is open to the public and you are encouraged to please wear masks and maintain social distancing if you choose to get out of your car

You can find more information and exhibit locations online at LetThereBeLightPVCC.com.

2020-11-24T18:09:35-05:00November 24th, 2020|Community Connection|

‘Hear Together’ Presents: Hearing Hidden Voices

Hearing Hidden Voices is a three-part Hear Together series committed to amplifying voices in our community, even when the spotlight has been turned off. Each profile highlights the work of a different Lynchburg native who made seminal strides in the fight for inclusion and equality of the Black community in our area — and beyond.

These interviews were recorded and produced in late 2019 by Desire Moses and music was provided by Richmond’s Spacebomb house band. Listen below to learn more about Tennis Hall of Famer Robert “Whirlwind” Johnson, pioneering aviator Chauncey Spencer, and ticket-taker and community icon Lottie Payne Stratton who worked for three decades at the segregated box office at the historic Academy Theatre. (more…)

2020-09-18T14:15:29-04:00September 14th, 2020|Featured, Hear Together|

Hearing Hidden Voices: Lottie Payne Stratton

Hearing Hidden Voices is a three-part Hear Together series committed to amplifying voices in our community, even when the spotlight has been turned off. Each profile highlights the work of a different Lynchburg native whose tenacity made seminal strides in the fight for inclusion and equality of the Black community in our area — and beyond.

The Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg recently oversaw the renovation and reopening of the Historic Academy Theatre — an entertainment venue that was segregated from 1912 until its closing in 1958. Its reopening in 2018 was monumental; It marked the first time the space was integrated.

Throughout the restoration process, the Academy was mindful of the theatre’s history, and made sure to pay tribute to a community icon and theatre mainstay: Lottie Payne Stratton. Stratton ran the venue’s segregated ticket booth, and gained notoriety for her gestures of kindness and compassion.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with the Academy Center’s Executive Director Geoffrey Kershner. Learn more about the Academy Center’s history spotlight here.

 

2020-09-18T11:24:55-04:00September 14th, 2020|Hear Together|

Hearing Hidden Voices: Chauncey Spencer

 

Hearing Hidden Voices is a three-part Hear Together series committed to amplifying voices in our community, even when the spotlight has been turned off. Each profile highlights the work of a different Lynchburg native whose tenacity made seminal strides in the fight for inclusion and equality of the Black community in our area — and beyond.

Located in the Pierce Street District in Lynchburg, The Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum honors the contributions of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer. But it also tells the story of another historical figure: her son, Chauncey. With an affinity for flight and a desire to serve his country, Chauncey Spencer became one of the pioneers of aviation. In 1934, he left his hometown of Lynchburg for Chicago, and joined a group of African American pilots in the National Airmen Association of America (NAAA). Inspired by a meeting with Spencer and fellow NAAA member Dale Lawrence White, President Truman signed an executive order integrating the U.S. airforce in 1948 — an action that paved the way for the Tuskegee Airmen. Spencer’s flight suit is now on display at the Smithsonian.

Recorded live from the stage of the Historic Academy of Music Theatre, we spoke with Chauncey’s daughter, Shaun Spencer Hester, for this Hear Together profile. You can learn more about Chauncey Spencer here.

 

2020-09-18T11:28:32-04:00September 14th, 2020|Hear Together|

Hearing Hidden Voices: Whirlwind Johnson

Hearing Hidden Voices is a three-part Hear Together series committed to amplifying voices in our community, even when the spotlight has been turned off. Each profile highlights the work of a different Lynchburg native whose tenacity made seminal strides in the fight for inclusion and equality of the Black community in our area — and beyond.

A member of the Tennis Hall of Fame, Dr. Robert “Whirlwind” Johnson was a guiding force in the integration of professional tennis. He ran an elite tennis camp from the court that he built in the backyard of his home in Lynchburg. Every summer, promising African American players from around the country would gather on Dr. J’s court. Two of his students — Hall of Famers Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe — would go on to become the first two African American Grand Slam Champions.

Dr. J’s court sat unused after his death in 1971. In conjunction with the United States Tennis Association, the Whirlwind Johnson Foundation restored the courts for public use a couple years ago. We spoke with Dr. J’s granddaughter, Jolynn Johnson Smith, and her son, Evan Smith, for this Hear Together profile. You can find out more information about Whirlwind Johnsonhere.

 

2020-09-18T13:42:24-04:00September 14th, 2020|Hear Together|

Fresh Roots, New Blues Playlist 4/11/20

Set 1

 

  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Make It Back To Memphis     (Killin’ It – Live!)       (Alligator)      2019
  • Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine – Let The Good Times Roll     (Live From Chicago: An Audience With The Queen)         (Alligator)            1987
  • Jack Mack & The Heart Attack – Livin’ It Up           (Live From Centennial Park – Atlanta 1996)          (SSR/Free Roll)         2019
  • Saffire – Middle Aged Blues Boogie             (Live & Uppity)          (Alligator)      1998

 

 

Set 2

 

  • Albert Castiglia – Get Your Ass In The Van             (Wild & Free)             (Gulf Coast)                2020
  • Rev. Sekou – Thank You       (When We Fight, We Win – Live In Memphis)       (Intersound)  2019
  • Watermelon Slim – Into The Sunset            (Traveling Man)        (NorthernBlues)        2020
  • Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan – Turn It Over / Pride & Joy   (In Session)    (Stax)  1999

 

 

Set 3

 

  • Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers – Wild Night Out! (Wild Night Out!)      (Blind Pig)      1995
  • B.B. King – You Upset Me Baby        (Live At The Regal)   (Geffen)          1965
  • Roomful Of Blues – You Don’t Know           (45 Live)        (Alligator)      2013

 

 

 

Set 4

 

  • Gary Clark Jr. – Next Door Neighbor Blues             (Warner Bros.)          2014
  • James Cotton – I Don”t Know           (Live & On The Move)           (Buddah)        1967
  • Rev. Billy C. Wirtz – 4th Wife Blues  (Pianist Envy)            (Hightone)     1994
  • Luther Allison – Everything’s Gonna Be All Right  (Live In Chicago)       (Alligator)      1999

 

 

Set 5

 

  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Dump That Chump             (You Asked For It…Live!)     (Alligator)      2014
  • R.L. Burnside – He Ain’t Your Daddy / Bad Luck & Trouble         (Burnside On Burnside)       (Fat Possum)             2001
  • Mitch Woods  – Rip It Up                  (Jammin’ On The High C’s)   (VizzTone)     2015

 

 

Set 6

 

  • The Nighthawks – Tripe Face Boogie          (Live From The Psyche Delly)          (Adelphia)      1976
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Look At That, Look At That           (Live From London)  2016
  • The J. Geils Band – Detroit Breakdown       (Blow Your Face Out)           (Atlantic)        1976
2020-05-07T11:30:59-04:00May 7th, 2020|Fresh Roots|

Fresh Roots, New Blues Playlist 5/2/20

Set 1

 

  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere    (Groovin’ In Greaseland)      (Alligator)
  • Steve Keene – Save Yourself            (single)           (self)
  • Charlie Bedford – Money Junkie      (Good To Go) (Blue Heart)
  • Liz Mandeville – Comfort Food Blues          (Playing With Fire)   (Blue Kitty)

 

 

Set 2

 

  • King Solomon Hicks – I’d Rather Be Blind  (Harlem)        (Provogue)
  • Crystal Shawanda – Evil Memory    (Church House Blues)           (True North)
  • JP Williams Blues Band – Talkin’ Coronavirus Blues         (single) (Self)
  • Steve Howell, Dan Sumner & Jason Weinheimer – Singin’ The Blues      (Long Ago)     (Out Of The Past)

 

 

Set 3

 

  • Jim Gustin & Truth Jones – Never Forget    (Lessons Learned)    (Self)
  • U.L.S. (Urban Ladder Society) – Same Ole Thing    (The Summit)            (PK)
  • BLAST – Charlie Nickerson (Memphis Jug Band) – Going Back To Memphis      (The Best Of The Memphis Jug Band)         (Yazoo)
  • The Forrest MacDonald Band – Going Back To Memphis             (Blues In A Bucket)   (WTR)

 

 

Set 4

 

  • Robert Cray – Anything You Want   (That’s What I Heard)           (Nozzle)
  • Rusty Ends & Hillbilly Hoodoo – Sinners Strut      (The Last Of The Boogiemen)          (Self)
  • Anni Piper – Pink Cadillac    (Blow Up Doll)           (Sugar Daddy)

 

 

Set 5

 

  • Joe Louis Walker – Old Time Used To Be    (single)           (Blues Comin’ On)     (Cleopatra)
  • Eliza Neals – Black Crow Moan        (Black Crow Moan)   (E-H)
  • Eric Hughes Band – Ain’t Whipped Yet       (Postcard From Beale Street)          (Self)
  • Bill Filipiak – Another Dead End     (Brand New Me)        (Vidlicity)
  • Mick Clarke – Full Circle       (Big Wheel)    (Rockfold)

 

 

Set 6

 

  • The B. Christopher Band – Tried To Keep You Satisfied   (Two Rivers Back)    (Guitar One)
  • The Claudettes – Declined    (High Times In The Dark)    (Forty Below)
  • Sonny Landreth – The Wilds Of Wonder    (Blacktop Run)          (Provogue)
  • Anthony Gomes – Containment Blues         (single)           (Up 2 Zero)
  • Ben Rice & RB Stone – Lobo Jam     (Out Of The Box)       (Mighty Mo)
2020-05-07T11:34:27-04:00May 2nd, 2020|Fresh Roots|