I really want to get out to the lake today and have supper there! Claytor Lake Park is a great place and summers are so short! Hope the guys don’t change their minds later.
Near Pandapas is another beautiful section of the woods near the pond in Gile County. When I was a kid I spent much of my time in the woods or at creeks and I especially liked to pull on vines like the one you see here.
This is a home in Christiansburg that caught my eye every time I passed it so I decided to make a painting of it and the field next to it.
I am amazed at the number of ghost stories in The New River Valley. I am a very skeptical person and don’t believe in mediums or psychics but I do enjoy reading about these various sitings and what people report to be supernatural events.
Here is another Radford City one.
In the Online Ghosts of America a Radford resident reported seeing a man walk out to the middle of the lower section of the New River Trestle in Radford but before he hit the water, he vanished. There was no splash and the viewer thought it was a trick of the eye but he has found others that saw the same thing. He would like to know if there was a suicide off this bridge that is being repeated in spirit form.
I have been painting in oils since I was twelve and I couldn’t imagine my world without paint. Winston Churchill once said something similar about how he couldn’t imagine a world without paint.
Even though I live to paint, I haven’t met the medium that I don’t like and my portfolio has a wide selection of different ones.
A year ago I decided to add photography to my lost list of mediums and my husband has assisted me in photographing wild flowers in the local parks.
Saturday I photographed the first floral signs of Spring at Wildwood Park. While we were there, a friend showed up and found a ring neck snake. I have always been fascinated by snakes so I took some pictures for my blog. Here is the best one.
This painting is of a beautiful section of Mountain Lake Resort in Giles County, VA. This popular resort was the setting for the great movie, Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze!
Beneath the grounds of Radford University there is a network of tunnels that used to be used by students so they wouldn’t have to go out in bad weather. The school was originally a girl’s college.
There is a ghost story about one student that prowls the tunnels on Hall o’ ween.
The tunnels were closed long ago and entrance to them is forbidden.
The girl’s name was Elizabeth and she shunned the other students. They played tricks on her and sent her a note claiming a suitor wanted to see her at the Hall o’ ween ball dressed as a princess and he would be her prince. She went to the ball and waited. He never appeared but a student handed her a note that requested she meet him in the tunnels. It was dark and she tripped and broke her neck and died instantly.
The legend is that she prowls the tunnels calling for her prince every Hall o’ ween!
This story was written by Richie Ellis and printed in The Haunted Commonwealth online publication in 2010. The story is more complicated if you would like to check it out!
This painting is based on a photograph my husband took of someone picking mushrooms at Pandapas Pond. Oddly enough, the man resembles my husband.
Since I am writing about New River Valley ghost stories lately, I thought this haunting painting would be great for this post! This painting is loosely based on a photograph I saw of a scene that reminded me of my grandmother’s beautiful grounds in her home in Clarksville, Virginia. When I look at this painting I am reminded of our special visits to her home.
All of my life people have told me I look just like a relative or friend. It has never bothered me that I just have one of those faces but now I like to make a joke out of it.
The other night at a Chick Corea concert at Radford University it happened again. A lady in the seat behind me asked me to forgive her for staring but I look so much like her sister. We discussed backgrounds and hers was mostly Irish while I am half Italian but I do look more like my mother’s Scottish and Irish side.
When the concert was over I looked over to the lady and said, “You must have a beautiful sister!” She said she did and we both laughed – but not too hard, of course!
My husband is at it again publishing poems! This week he had five poems published in Still: The Journal. This is the second time he has had work published there and this online magazine won the 2014 E-Appalachia Award!
Also, another bird count is coming up in Franklin County on April 26th. There are teams that have mapped out locations to survey. People are welcome to join the effort. If you are interested contact my bird man at email@example.com!
Ghost Store is an abandoned building in a beautiful environment. I am a big fan of the movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes” and this drawing reminds me of those stores of long ago. I love to look at buildings from the past. There is an eerie ghostly quality about them that draws the viewer in.
I am especially pleased with the stunning light effect in this drawing. The light seems to be spotlighting the old building. This drawing was done with colored pencils and pastels.
Originally constructed in 1929 and opened on April 17, 1930, the Lyric Theatre is a blend of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, designed by Roanoke architect Louis Phillipe Smithey. Most notable on the Lyric’s façade are the traditional Comedy and Tragedy masks.
1994-1995 -In 1994, a group of citizens lead by the Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg banded together to create the Lyric Council, which was determined to reopen the Lyric and return it to its former glory. In February 1996, the Lyric was reopened for the first time in eight years. The theater was operated as a partially renovated space for two years while money was being raised for the full-scale renovations.
The theater is one of the few theaters left with an upper balcony and workers have reported hearing things and the feeling of someone brushing behind them as they walked by. There is a tale of a worker dying there years ago.
I got the ghost story information from The Ghost Hunter Store online. The information about the Lyric Theater is from The Lyric Theater website.
This time of the year my naturalist husband pays close attention to bird sitings and told me yesterday that the following birds have returned for the nesting season in Radford Virginia. He is always out there keeping tabs on what’s up in our area and in various sites on The Blue Ridge Parkway and other local sites. He is still in the process of uploading over 2000 files of sightings to e-Bird at Cornell University.
Saturdays Nature Walk at Wildwood Park was a great success! A good crowd came out for this pilot program and my husband and Nancy Kent are looking forward to more of these instructive hikes in the future!