Earl Spencer to Launch Line at Carolina Furniture in August

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The Shops at Carolina Furniture of Williamsburg will be hosting Charles, Earl of Spencer on August 12, 2015.

Charles, the Ninth Earl Spencer, will be making a stop at the Shops at Carolina Furniture to launch his new line of home furnishings.

Well-known as the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and as a former on-air correspondent for NBC News, the Earl is a member of one of England’s most distinguished and aristocratic families, which boasts ties to such historical figures as Winston Churchill and George Washington.

Charles’ Althorp Living History line draws its inspiration from the collection of furnishings found at Althorp estate, the Spencer family’s primary residence for five centuries.

Althorp’s interior furnishings, gathered over the course of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries by multiple generations of the Spencer family, are what initially drew fine furniture maker Theodore Alexander to the estate.

Alexander is the manufacturer of the new collection, which consists of hand-crafted replicas of furniture from within the estate, including mirrors, tables, beds, lighting and statues. The proceeds from the collection will go toward the refurbishment of Althorp, which the Earl has been undertaking since 2009.

Earl Spencer’s visit will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Pieces from the collection will be on display and available for signature by the Earl at that time.

Yorktown Girl Among Inaugural Master’s Class At Bluefield College

Megan Hardison (far right) is a Yorktown Native and among the first group of graduates from Bluefield College's Inaugural Master's program.
Megan Hardison (far right) is a Yorktown Native and among the first group of graduates from Bluefield College’s Inaugural Master’s program.

Yorktown native Megan Hardison was among the first group of students ever to receive a master’s degree from Bluefield College.

Bluefield, a small Christian liberal arts college located in Bluefield, launched its first master’s degree program — an online master of arts in education, in the fall of 2013.

The program produced its first crop of graduates this spring.

“Truly they are school leaders and educational innovators who have set a high standard for future of graduate students,” said Dr. Donna Watson, the dean of Bluefield College’s School of Education.