Headed to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Music advice from a seasoned pro

Look past Bourbon Street to experience the real city, writes musician Tom Mahnken, who has visited the Big Easy more times than he can count (or remember).

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Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our Vice President of Creative Services. Mardi Gras is coming to New Orleans on Feb. 28, so […]


For VPRJ inmates, kitchen is place of ‘love, patience and tolerance’

Food Service Manager Tina Cowles-Perkins supervises inmates as they fill food trays Feb. 9. VPRJ policy does not allow photos to be taken of inmates' faces without written permission. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

Friday morning was like any other morning in the last eight months for 41-year-old Charles Williams. Williams woke up at 3:30 a.m., put on his bright white work uniform, walked down the hallway and clocked in. For the next eight hours, Williams bustled around an industrial gray kitchen, cooking breakfast and taco lunch for over 450 men and women. Like […]


W&M students look for wisdom from Chancellor Bob Gates

College of William &  Mary Chancellor Robert Gates and President Taylor Reveley III share a laugh about President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Steve Roberts, Jr./WYDaily)

  When College of William & Mary President Taylor Reveley III asked Chancellor Robert Gates what happened in last November’s election, the crowd grew silent in the packed Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall on Thursday night. Gates, the former U.S. secretary of defense, was on hand for a discussion, moderated by Reveley, about the November election, President Donald J. […]


Williamsburg resident recovers dog tags of fallen U.S. soldiers in Vietnam

William & Mary senior Scott Gemmell-Davis travels the world with Global Playground, a non-profit organization, hoping to change perceptions and making lifelong relationships along the way.

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It was only his second day in Vietnam so Scott Gemmell-Davis was understandably overwhelmed. And he was thirsty. So the 23-year-old Williamsburg resident did what any human being would do in such a state. He went in search of water. Only Gemmell-Davis was not in a busy city where people scurried about in the streets […]


Escape to Poland: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Follow musician Tom Mahnken as he documents his trip to Poznan, Poland in June 2011. He was on an international musical tour in the former communist country with a group of 75- to 90 year-old people who sang Rock and Roll songs.

Poznan, Poland in all of its glory. (Photos courtesy Tom Mahnken)

Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our Vice President of Creative Services.   Yes, I was in glorious former communist Poland. The people […]


Places to visit on less than a tank of gas: U.S. Army Transportation Museum

Located less than 15 miles from Williamsburg, museum director Claire Samuelson says there is a broad appeal for young and old alike as their primary goal is to “educate soldiers about their heritage and history."

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Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Williamsburg area that can be driven to with less than one tank of gas. Buckle up and hit the road.    A large sign on Interstate 64 in Newport News […]


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