May 23rd, 2013 issue #1221

May 23rd, 2013
  • Blue Ridge Swim Club: 100 years of splashing, swimming and sunning

    Want to time travel? You don't need a flux capacitor, you don't need a degree in physics, and you don't need to resurrect Albert Einstein to ask him how to do it. You just need a swimsuit and way to get yourself out to Ivy, where the Blue Ridge Swim Club is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this summer.

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  • Escapes: Summer fun near and far


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  • Summer reading: 5 local authors to take to the beach

    In a town where there are more writers per capita than readers, it can be daunting to think about keeping up with the local offerings when it seems like just about everyone has a book. For your convenience, the Hook nets out a few must-reads from Charlottesville's literary luminaries (and there are plenty more). So when you're packing up for the beach or heading to the hammock and looking for something to delve into, here are five books worth reading if you're living here– or even if you don't.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst trend, part 1: Nine people overdose on heroin in Culpeper and Spotsylvania last week, and two die, according to a release. Worst trend, part 2: Virginia's suicide ra...

The Dish

  • Another doughnut truck

    The appetite for mobile units delivering hot-oil-fried confections seems insatiable. Strite's Donuts hails from the Shenandoah Valley, and since December has parked its tru...

  • Garden to plate: L'etoile wants your food

    For the third season, L'etoile on West Main Street is asking for the stuff in your garden. According to chef/owner Mark Gresge, they've now named it their "Garden to Plate"...


Real Estate - On the Block

  • Spotlight on Bentivar

    Location: BentivarPrice range: $345,000-$1,200,000Schools: Baker-Butler, Sutherland, AlbemarlePros: convenient location, large lotsCons: potentially hazardous access, wide ...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    May 23 at noon at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 70 Churchill Lane Debtor: Matthew J. and Jennifer K. Carson Original amount owing: $255,000 Bidder brings: 10 per...

Movie Reviews


  • Table of Contents 1221

    COVERGettin' out of DodgeIn this year's summer guide we give you ideas for trips to cool places near and far in the area, like visiting a shoe factory in Lynchburg or seein...


Black and White

  • Cardiac t-shirt

    T-shirt worn on the Downtown Mall, made in Asheville, NC ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at

Cultural preview

  • Get Out! events, shows, things to do

    "Wheels" roll into town“Imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show, and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The ...