Cover Stories

Back home: DMB in the studio... here
Published on Apr 22nd, 2004
0 comments DMB's much awaited seventh album– their sixth with RCA– just came a step closer. Band members entered their new Charlottesville studio late last month, according to Waldo Jaquith, founder...
Preservation Timeline
Published on Apr 15th, 2004
0 comments Published April 15, 2004, in issue #0315 of the Hook 1959 Charlottesville designates its first Architectural Design Control District– the area around Court Square 1976 City protects 97...
Recent passed: Will groovy structures be landmarks?
Published on Apr 15th, 2004
0 comments  When Best Buy came to town last summer and demolished the Mount Vernon Motor Lodge and the adjacent Aunt Sarah's Pancake House, Charlottesville resident Christine Madrid French realized her...
On Brown's 50th: Why Charlottesville schools were closed
Published on Apr 8th, 2004
0 comments BY LISA PROVENCE LISA@READTHEHOOK.COM The yellowed newspaper clippings at the Albemarle County Historical Society show two African-American brothers arriving for the first day of school on September...
When MLK came to town
Published on Apr 8th, 2004
0 comments Two weeks before Martin Luther King was arrested in Birmingham in 1963, he came to Charlottesville. The March 25 visit by the most important black leader in America was largely ignored by the...
Before Brown: Prince Edward and the 'lost generation'
Published on Apr 8th, 2004
0 comments While Albemarle's five-month school closing made local headlines, what happened just two counties south of here made international news in 1959. Five years later, when Robert Kennedy was the U.S....
Dischord: Prism Coffeehouse seeks harmony
Published on Apr 1st, 2004
0 comments  For the past four decades, the Prism Coffeehouse has been a leading Charlottesville music venue, attracting big name acts and serving as an anchor for the folk music community. But in the...
After Rice: New questions in Park murders
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments When Tom Williams arrived at the place where his daughter had been murdered, he could not have known that eight years later he would still not know who had gagged her mouth, bound her hands, and...
Playboys of Ireland: Tying Joyce to the Duke
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments What do James Joyce and John Wayne, Irish lads with a conflicted view of manhood and penchant for eye patches, really have in common? The Virginia Festival of the Book seemed a good place to ask that...
Fiction 2004: Judges. Meet the judges
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments Stephen Boykewich: A literary whiz kid who's finishing his MFA in creative writing at UVA, twentysomething Boykewich has had stories published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, is editor-in-chief of...
FICTION WINNER- Waltzing Cowboys
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments At the edge of the freshly ditched ground, Rhue stared. He thought maybe he'd died too, the colors all washed out in the bright noon light, and the silence so long and heavy it dragged his feet...
Winners 2004: Slow and steady wins...
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments If you haven't had Lasik yet, grab your reading glasses: It's time to read the 2004 winner of The Hook's annual fiction contest! As in past years, the contest garnered well over 100 entries. And...
After Rice: New questions in Park murders
Published on Mar 18th, 2004
0 comments When Tom Williams arrived at the place where his daughter had been murdered, he could not have known that eight years later he would still not know who had gagged her mouth, bound her hands, and...
Nickel and dimed: Barbara Ehrenreich and tap-dancing on the edge
Published on Mar 11th, 2004
0 comments  Best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich nurses a bottled drink at Whole Foods café and talks about her research. She is understated, a trim blondish grandmother, nothing like the firebrand one...
The Comeback Kidney: In the Vest family, organs come full circle
Published on Mar 4th, 2004
0 comments For most people, the question of donating organs is hypothetical. Sure, you've checked the little box on your drivers' license, and sure, you get a warm glow thinking about all the lives you could...
Black widow? A native son's death rattles Somerset
Published on Feb 26th, 2004
0 comments In the mannered society governing flowing valleys and tree-covered hills of Orange County, phrases such as "blood tells'' and "pretty is as pretty does'' resonate. Gentility is paramount. Breeding...
The Price of Beauty
Published on Feb 19th, 2004
0 comments Staunton's facelift isn't cheap. Check out this partial tab for some of the Queen City's downtown revitalization projects: Beverley Street infrastructure rehab: $3.5 million New parking garage: $4.5...
Know thy Queen: Fast facts and Stauntonalia
Published on Feb 19th, 2004
0 comments Poking around in Staunton's historic closet yields some interesting and downright strange tidbits. Here are just a few examples, plus a few answers to those pesky frequently asked questions.  ...
City on a hill: Is Staunton the next Charlottesville?
Published on Feb 19th, 2004
0 comments For many it's a Sunday ritual: Pour a cup of coffee and relax with the New York Times travel section for a vicarious trip to some exotic destination. Paris... Bucharest... Fiji... Staunton, Virginia...
Newlywed game: To do's for I do's
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments While the details are fresh in their minds, we asked newlyweds to share tips or memories from their recent nuptials. (Coincidentally, many of them recall the name "Kim" being shouted. Read on to find...
Anniversary fever: Gifts for every year
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments Got an anniversary coming up? Here's the list of what type of gift you should give for each year: First Paper Second Cotton Third Leather Fourth Linen, silk Fifth Wood Sixth Iron Seventh Wool Eighth...
Are you ready? Top Ten signs you may be ready to tie the knot
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments 10) Your membership to after-hours dance spot Club 216 has just expired, and you're too tired to renew it. 9) Your left hand keeps flying up over your headperhaps five carats-worth of ballast will do...
Doc talk: The psychology of a perfect union
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments You can talk all your want with your partner about finances, sex, and having babies. But if you don't know your partner's "main emotional issue," says clinical psychologist Tom DeMaio, you could be...
Quick and painless: A trip to City Hall could be the ticket!
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments Your parents have their hearts set on a traditional Catholic wedding back home in Rhode Island. His folks are hoping you'll come on down to Baton Rouge for a Baptist revival. What to do, what to do?...
Then and now: Couples recall popped questions
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments Judging from the following stories, whether you're newlywed or married nearly 40 years, one thing in marriage is constant: You don't forget the way you got engaged. We asked some well-known locals to...
Wedding intro
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments The months of planning. Sweating over the details. Getting The Hook's wedding issue to the stand is, well, a little bit like planning a wedding. In the following pages, you'll find engagement tales...
Well groom-ed: How to keep your honey happy
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments So it's happening. The proposal was accepted. (Don't hold her to remembering the actual words. Sure, you sweated over them for weeks, and now she just says, "It was a joyful blur." That's okay, get...
Wild 'n' wacky: Wedding tales from the field
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments Dan Patterson Patterson's Florist  Patterson's Florist handles its share of roses, lilies, and tulips, but for couples who want something a bit more unusual, Dan Patterson says he has the...
Moving a mountain: How Monticello got Montalto back
Published on Feb 5th, 2004
0 comments "What a view!" says U.S. Senator George Allen, who lived on Brown's Mountain in the 1970s while attending UVA's School of Law. "There's no other place where you can drive down a mountain and say...
Repose here: Brown's mountain goes way back
Published on Feb 5th, 2004
0 comments Height: 1,278 feet Acreage: 330.462 acres 2004 price: $15 million 1974 price: $601,783 1832 price: $5,110 1777 price: £190 Patented: 1730 (part of 9,350 acres from the king to John Carter) Rental...