Thursday, May 17, 2007

Virginia is for music, hiking, history, weekend walks...

A guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia's heritage music trail
follows 250 miles through southwestern Virginia, introducing the various sources of its rich musical traditions in bluegrass, old-timey music, African influences, the fiddle and the banjo, "luthiers" (stringed instrument makers), and where to find the best music along the trail.

Highlights include the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum and the Ralph Stanley Museum, and the Carter Family homestead. The trail crosses along 10 counties. Chapters feature annual festivals, concerts, live radio shows and informal jam sessions. Accompanied by CD with sample sounds.

For more information and upcoming music events, visit also:

Blue Ridge Roadways: a Virginia field guide to cultural sites follows five self-guided auto loop tours along the Blue Ridge region of Virginia.

Historic buildings, parks, museums, and natural features are highlighted along the way.

Leonard Adkins has written a number of regional travel guides. Two of his most recent focus on hikes in Virginia.
50 Hikes in Northern Virgina covers from the Allegheny Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.

50 Hikes in Southern Virginiacovers from the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean.

Going over to the Eastern Shore, you can take along
Weekend walks on the Delmarva Peninsula

Closer to home is
Weekend walks in the historic Washington DC region:38 self-guided walking tours in the capital and five surrounding states, also features Williamsburg, Gettysburg, Harper's Ferry, Baltimore and Annapolis.

Friday, May 11, 2007

I suspect Agatha Christie in the library, with a compact disc

Although they've always been mystery fan favorites,
for a time it was difficult to find Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot stories.

Now, the BBC radio collection full-cast dramatizations of
The Complete Miss Marple Collection and Hercule Poirot's Greatest Cases are available on compact disc at the library.

The Miss Marple collection features
June Whitfield as the village sleuth in all 12 of her intriguing cases, based on the novels.

The Hercule Poirot collection stars John Moffatt, with a full cast radio dramatization of 14 novels.

In addition to the audio versions, and of course, the actual books themselves,
these books are available at the library:

The Agatha Christie Companion: the complete guide to Agatha Christie's life and work

In the Footsteps of Agatha Christie

Come, tell me how you live an early autobiographical work by Agatha Christie, on her adventures with one of her husbands, while on an archaelogical excavation in the Middle East.

A Talent to deceive: an appreciation of Agatha Christie by Robert Barnard, another mystery master.

The Bedside, bathtub and armchair companion to Agatha Christie

The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot

Factoid: The actor Michael Caine purchased and renovated one of Agatha Christie's houses.

For additional information about Agatha Christie, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, check out these websites:

Miss Marple

Hercule Poirot