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Among the highlights of this year’s Virginia Arts Festival is the world premiere of a mandolin concerto composed by Chris Thile and co-commissioned by Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Thile, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will perform the work May 19-21 with the orchestra, conducted by Eric Ja…

Aislinn Lewis is a journeyman blacksmith in Colonial Williamsburg’s historic trades division. She’s the museum’s only female blacksmith and one of few in the profession at large. We sat down with her to talk about hammering out a place in a male-dominated profession.

Chefs can work their entire careers and never have their names uttered in the same sentence as the James Beard Awards. That honor, the so-called Oscars of the food world, can turn ordinary cooks into culinary superstars and culinary superstars into icons.

When it comes to spirits made in Virginia there is one undisputed king – bourbon. It gets all the press. Some even argue that the sweet brown liquor was born here. But the truth is fruit brandy has a longer, and possibly grander, history in the commonwealth.

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