Williamsburg native witnesses Super Bowl history from the sidelines

Williamsburg native James Hardy was on the sidelines Feb. 5, experiencing the largest Super Bowl comeback in history. (Courtesy James Hardy)

While millions of Americans watched the New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons on television during this year’s Super Bowl, Williamsburg native James Hardy was on the sidelines experiencing the largest Super Bowl comeback in history. Hardy was named the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the New England Patriots last spring and helped the […]

With roots in America’s earliest free black settlement, resident retraces history with purpose

Lafayette Jones shares stories with the public at Freedom Park. (Courtesy James City County)

When Col. Lafayette Jones Jr. was a young boy growing up in Williamsburg, his grandfather, George A. Jones, would drive him around the area, pointing at various sites, and regale him with stories of their family’s history. Today, Jones shares those same stories with the public at Freedom Park. The park, located at the corner […]

Colonial Williamsburg employee behind beloved American Girl doll

(Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)

A beloved children’s toy with ties to Colonial Williamsburg is back in circulation. Felicity, an American Girl doll with an an 18th-century back story inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, was reissued Feb. 16 after a six-year absence. The 18-inch doll was designed by Sandy Bradshaw, Colonial Williamsburg’s senior manager of guest communications. “Felicity’s back,” Bradshaw said. “She looks good.” Felicity, whose […]

SWRMC celebrates nine local female artists


To celebrate and support the local art community, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center is unveiling Nine Women, Nine Months – a new art display that features paintings by nine local female artists. Each artist selected a topic that relates to the female life journey, which include: Caregivers by Apryl Altman Devotion by Sharon Parker Healing […]

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Son of a welder, local blacksmith forges future in family trade

(Courtesy George Cramer)

George Cramer is working toward promoting and growing the art of blacksmithing as owner of Village Blacksmith in Gloucester’s Historic Courthouse Village. Cramer started the business back in 2015 after being named a winner of the “Launch Gloucester” entrepreneur contest. On February 4, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce named Village Blacksmith 2016’s New Business Of […]

As Farmers Market turns 15, director aims for ‘connected’ community

(Photo courtesy of the Williamsburg Farmers Market)

Before Tracy Herner, manager and executive director of Williamsburg Farmers Market, started working for the market, she actually had never been to one. “In Newport News, there weren’t any farmers markets near where I lived, so I had no idea what to expect,” she said. Herner started out with the market as a part-time assistant […]