Jabali Afrika was scheduled to perform at the Central Virginia Community College at noon – not generally the time most people seek out live entertainment – so my expectations were not high. However, I was to be surprised. The four-man group was excellent, mixing traditional African songs and drumming with modern reggae and rock styles. The sounds of drumming, singing, and dancing carried down the while linoleum halls and pretty soon everyone in the small commons was on his or her feet. Toward the end, singer Joseck Asikoye commented, “This is the only school we go to they dancing in the afternoon. The other schools, they don’t like to dance until it a little bit dark.” The event easily lended itself to a short video which I put together later that afternoon.
I knew this would be a fun assignment when it came in. “Wizard of Oz characters serve breakfast at a local restaurant as a fundraiser.” Um, yes please!
Dressed in her “Glinda the Good Witch” costume, Kylee Hammersmith brings some magic to Hally Adcock and Susan Alexander (right) during a breakfast fundraiser at Shaker’s Restaurant in Lynchburg. Heritage High School’s Pioneer Theatre was to present ‘The Wizard of Oz’ later that week.
There really wasn’t enough wind to fly a kite on Sunday but Elizabeth Alford didn’t seem to mind. I found her and a friend running in circles all over a field pulling their kites about 10 feet behind them, the kites falling to the ground as soon as the girls stopped to catch their breath. After a while I felt a breeze turn into a small wind and soon Elizabeth’s kite was hovering in midair of its own accord. The flight was brief but we were both happy for the small victory.
I know that more intense crowd shots have been taken at every professional soccer match but this was the most energetic crowd I’ve witnessed at a small town high school basketball game. After trailing by almost 20 points, the home team tied the score with just a few minutes left and the students went nuts. I had planned on leaving early but with emotions running high I decided to stay. In the end, the visitors edged ahead in a closer-than-anticipated win. Sad day. For them. (Can you spot Justin Bieber??)
Having grown in popularity since the show ‘Glee’ debuted, The Amerechos (amer-echoes) show choir let us behind the scenes to see what it’s like to be part of the scene in real life. Reporter Jessie Pounds and I spent some time with the group in the final weeks before their first competition. I learned there are several big differences between the show and the reality, many of which Jessie points out in her article from Sunday. You can watch the video I put together on that page as well.