May 1st, 2003 issue #0217

May 1st, 2003
  • 2-ring circus: Reality TV feeds urge to merge

    In the beginning, Rick took Darva to be his lawfully wedded wife. Could it have been only three short years ago? It seems like an eternity since the oh-so-desirable Rick Rockwell (he of fake fortune and restraining orders) plucked the winsome Darva Conger (she of hasty annulment and subsequent Playboy spread) from among a parade of 50 gold-digging single gals, who apparently didn't care who they married as long as he was rich. (If you recall, Rockwell was hidden from the women until he'd made his choice).

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  • Bachelor parties Guys, rum, and strippers what more can you ask?

    We've all seen Bachelor Party, right? You know the one: Tom Hanks acting all crazy, hookers and mistaken identities, coked-up donkeys, etc. Nobody I know really has the cash for renting out fancy hotel rooms, but beyond that particular stumbling block, that movie sets something of a gold standard for the quantity of insanity that every good bachelor party needs.

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  • Gay unions: Same-sex couples can't tie the knot

    For many couples, getting married is the ultimate sign of commitment. But for same-sex couples, the right to have a legally recognized union is and may remain a far-off dream. In 1997, the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill that blocks same-sex marriages.

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  • Legends: Local weddings through the ages

    Published May 1, 2003 in issue #0217 of the Hook While today's fashionable Albemarle weddings happen in a humble barn with decidedly unhumble catering (and a bluegrass band), it hasn't always been that way. Charlottesville weddings are the stuff of legend. Let's see how the legends arose:   1970s  They met: at a macramé class The ceremony: Humpback Rocks at sunset She wears: An itsy-bitsy A-line mini and a baby's breath wreath in her hair

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  • Newlywed advice

    It's impossible to prepare for every contingency when planning your wedding, but the advice and memories of locally married newlyweds should provide food for thought (at $60 a head).   Shelley and Albert Huntington December 8, 2001 Ceremony at UVA Chapel, reception at Metropolitain  "Carter Mountain served as the backdrop for many of my bridal portraits. The apple orchard, expansive sky, and afternoon light all contributed to produce truly fabulous images.

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  • Prenups: The death of romance?

    With a staggering 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, prenuptial agreements have become standard fare for the rich and famous. While wags wonder whether Nicolas Cage or Michael Jackson might get the keys to Graceland, what about the rest of us? "Anybody who has any substantial assets," says attorney Frank Buck, should consider a prenuptial agreement. He says his firm, Buck, Toscano, and Tereskerz, handles plenty of them.

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  • The most unusual place we've done it

    The question's been popped, the ring's been accepted, and the day's been designated. Now all you have to do is pick the place. But you're Jewish and you're fiance's Baptist, or maybe you're both agnostic, or perhaps you simply don't want to be indoors when you say "I do." For whatever reason, a wedding in a church or synagogue just won't work for the two of you. So where else can you tie the knot in the Charlottesville area? Here are just a few of the available options:

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  • Unveiled: Wedding tales beyond legend

    Did you hear the one about the groom who stood up at his wedding reception and asked the guests to look under their chairs, where each found an 8x10 glossy of the bride and best man in flagrante dilecto? Amazing story. Too bad it isn't true. How about the one where the guests decided to play hide and seek at the reception, and the bride accidentally suffocated after hiding in a trunk that locked? Morbid, yes, but pure fiction.

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  • Will you marry me?

    Before there's a wedding, there's usually an engagement. The Hook asked some well known locals to share their love stories, and we got an earful. From love at first sight, to broken fingers, to "prior engagements," the tales that follow demonstrate that you just never know when love will find you.   Rob and Joan Schilling

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Best addition to UVA coffers: Carl and Hunter Smith donate $23.5 million to UVA for a new performing arts center and marching band. Worst casualty of the Smiths' largesse: ...

The Dish

  • Bulked buffet: Cici's Pizza comes to 29N

    Cici's Pizza, the most rapidly multiplying pizza franchise in the country, is coming to Charlottesville. So save your pocket change-­ and your hearty appetite. Cici's, whi...


Real Estate

  • Foreclosure auctions

    May 1, 2003, at 9:30am at the Fluvanna County Courthouse Property: 82 Amethyst Road, Palmyra Debtor: Kenneth A. and Gail H. Smith Originally owing: $116,850 Bidder brings:...

Real Estate - $old

  • SOLD!

    CHARLOTTESVILLE 4/7 M. Yalcin and Nina L. Ozbey to Dunova LLC, 204 Montebello Circle, no price given. Floyd W. Hurt Jr. to David A. Waldner and Elizabeth F. Thompson, 111 P...

Real Estate - Off the Block

  • Off the Block

    FEATURED IN THE HOOK: October 24, 2002, issue #38 ASKING PRICE: $469,000 SELLING PRICE: $455,000 ADDRESS: 1512 Buck Mountain Road, Free Union DAYS ON THE MARKET:180 days SE...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Step right up: Shelves empty at Page's Store

    ADDRESS: Plank Road NEIGHBORHOOD: Batesville ASKING: $285,000 SIZE: 2400 fin. sq. ft., 1000 unfin. sq. ft. YEAR BUILT: 1887 CURB APPEAL: 6 out of a possible 10 LISTED BY: N...

Movie Reviews

  • Down to business: X-2 an X-cellent adventure

    We had to endure X-Men so X2 (the subtitle X-Men United was added to the advertising as an afterthought, perhaps a subtle suggestion of patriotism) could happen. There was ...

Music Reviews


Strange But True




  • Farmers and others deserve it

    I must take exception to your recent [cover story, April 10] ( "Tax break for the rich and famou...

Cultural preview

  • Being green: It's easy at UVA Museum

    It’s spring. Luminous shades of green are everywhere. This Sunday they are especially prominent at the University of Virginia Art Museum where the Young Friends of the Mu...

  • Don't look back: Greek myth, Italian style

    Christoph Willibald Gluck was a typical overachiever, you might say. He wrote Orpheus and Eurydice, one of the best-known operas of the 18th century, twice in Italian ...

  • Fitting in: Cornell's boxes invite interaction

    Here’s a word of misadvice for the young artist: Actually try to create a body of work that– without show or bluster– quietly runs counter to the prevailing s...

  • LSDelighted! 63 Crayons spread their love

    Sure, sure, we all know it’s what’s inside that counts. But first impressions usually determine if one person ever gets close enough to another to see any insides at al...

  • More imagining: This unity has double meaning

    UVA professor Farzaneh Milani welcomes each new group of undergrads to her course on women’s studies with the same exercise – she tells them to take out a sheet of ...

  • Wear green: Ireland conference has it all

    The Irish Empire is coming to Charlottesville. Or at least that’s the way Andrew Wyndham, Project Director of the upcoming Re-Imagining Ireland conference and festival, l...


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