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Bay Quilters donate homemade holiday stockings (12/1/2021) - In mid-summer, the Bay Quilters of Mathews held a program titled “Christmas in July.” There were gifts and patterns and demonstrations and food. And members were given a project. During…
O Christmas Tree, Where Art Thou? (12/1/2021) - Every year, the holiday hustle and bustle start the day after Thanksgiving, not only with shopping, but with the tradition of buying and putting up the Christmas tree, as well.…
100th birthday (12/1/2021) - Margaret Grace (King) Smoker will celebrate her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, she married Raymond Smoker in December 1941, moved to Newport News in the…
Blazing glory (12/1/2021) - The trees have given us a good show this fall and we have enjoyed it while it lasted. Leaves are falling now. Please send your photos of trees, flowers and…
A time to listen and a time to hope (11/23/2021) - Kate DiCamillo, author of the children’s fantasy “The Tale of Despereaux” (2003), recalled a 10-year-old boy at a book signing who asked her “… how do you get all that…
Blazing (11/23/2021) - Colors are everywhere; the cold weather has not yet defeated Mother Nature. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Susan and Jim Camp of Hayes are enjoying this dwarf Japanese maple.…
Splendor in the leaves, and more. (11/17/2021) - Autumn beauty is everywhere, in the trees and also in late bloomers. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Seth Anderson of Moon writes, “My wife Ana Maria Anderson came from…
Gifts for the gardeners on your list (11/17/2021) - When our granddaughter, Emma, was about three years old, Jim and I built a playhouse for her. Emma will be 21 in December, and is a junior in college. The…
Ripleys celebrate 75th wedding anniversary (11/17/2021) - Arnold and Eileen Ripley of Susan celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Captain and Mrs. Ripley were married on Nov. 14, 1946, at the home of her parents, Wendell…
Start here (11/9/2021) - For your weekly dose of beauty. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Dahlias are still blooming in Cheryl and Paul Vrooman’s flower garden at Hudgins.Pomegranates and persimmons from Roxanna and…
An everlasting garden (11/9/2021) - In early September, I noticed a magazine photo of an attractive wreath fashioned from grapevine and dried flowers. I thought it looked easy to make and would brighten up the…
Next week (11/3/2021) - Back to the garden we will go with flowers galore. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Orange you glad you looked? Here are five pumpkins skillfully decorated by staff members…
Adventures in mushrooming (11/3/2021) - Several years ago, I wrote a column about growing shiitake mushrooms in oak logs. Jim and I enjoyed shiitakes for about four years, but after the logs were spent, we…
Dismal Swamp talk (11/3/2021) - Local nature specialist Teta Kain, at left, visited the Augustine Warner Chapter NSDAR at its Oct. 9 meeting to talk about the Dismal Swamp. Kain is shown with chapter Vice…
3rd place (11/3/2021) - Susan Mullins of Gloucester, won a third-place ribbon in the Adult Creative Arts-Embroidery category at the 2021 Virginia State Fair, Meadows Park in Caroline County, for this piece, titled “Our…
GUEST program (11/3/2021) - The Rev. Kristie Askew, executive director of the Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team, spoke on the GUEST program at a recent meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Circle of The King’s…
Plenty to see (10/27/2021) - Leaves are changing everywhere but not all of the color is above our heads. Plenty of flowers remain in bloom. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Roxanna and Bill Andersen’s…
Forrest-Hudgins (10/27/2021) - Tara Hudgins and Robert Forrest were married on Aug. 21, 2021 at the home of the groom’s parents. Patrick Billups officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ricky…
Do you need a rain garden? (10/27/2021) - Our house was built without rain gutters, a fact Jim bemoaned from the moment we moved in 27 years ago, I liked the way the house looked without the obtrusive…
‘Tis the season … (10/27/2021) - …for spooky webs. Fog and dew made them really visible on the marsh grasses and brush recently. They were everywhere.
Waiting for a meal (10/27/2021) - A heron rests on a piling on Gwynn’s Island on Oct. 11, keeping an eye out for his next meal.
Fall bloomers (10/20/2021) - Plenty of color remains in our flower beds, even as the leaves overhead begin to turn autumnal shades. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Mums, sweet potato vines and a…
Gaspar-Gardner (10/20/2021) - Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Gardner of Yorktown, announce the engagement of their son, Austin Lee Gardner, to Shaylen Grace Gaspar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Gaspar of Greer, South…
Plant asparagus for spring (10/20/2021) - In September 2020, I told you that the British consume more Brussels sprouts per year than any other population, and that sprouts traditionally are served with Christmas dinner. Well, there…
Lap blankets (10/20/2021) - Residents of Riverside Convalescent Center in Mathews took their pick recently of a number of chunky lap blankets made for them by a group of friends at New Point Campground.…
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