A Slice of Paradise in the Heart of RVA
By Josephine Stone
In a city boasting plenty of parks--over 100 when counting public pools--there is one Richmond park that truly combines the concrete jungle with its residents' love for art.
Paradise Park, or what I've always known to be called Geometry Park, is nestled between brick alleyways in the heart of the Fan near the 1700 block of Grove Avenue. Towering over the painted cement structures are old homes--Paradise like a colorful knife cutting through the quiet still of the neighborhood.
My first visit to Paradise Park was sometime last winter and I can easily remember the awe I felt at the existence of such a unique spot, built with no real purpose but to be. The large shapes that almost look haphazardly stacked provide places to hide and climb (or attempt to!), but when it comes to parks in the general sense--Paradise stands alone.
Lack of trees, lack of children play things...but no lack of creativity and incomparable qualities. With a recent (within the last couple of years) paint job, Paradise adds a small splash of color to a hidden corner of Virginia's river city.
For more information on Richmond's many parks, visit Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities website.
Peter Rabbit & the Invention of the Storybook
By Julie DiNisio
Children’s books have come a long way over the years. Believe it or not, in the past, you couldn’t just walk to the second floor of a Barnes and Nobles and be greeted with an entire section devoted to this particular genre of literature. Actually, it wasn’t even considered a genre. The books set aside for children were mostly educational or religious and were usually just preachy attempts at getting the little readers to properly behave.
Now, it’s an entirely different world for children’s literature. The aforementioned section of Barnes and Nobles does exist. Richmond’s Virginia Commonwealth University even offers a class devoted to the subject (which I have the distinct pleasure of taking this semester!). Beatrix Potter was one of the leading figures in the children’s literature revolution that has occurred in the past one hundred and fifty years.
Introducing 'Fairy Food'
By The QB Chef
Coming soon: recipes for simple, all-natural recipes all done according to taste. That means sans measuring cups! Welcome to the world of fairy food.
Mistress of the Dandelion Dragons
By Christine Stoddard
Tell us a bit about this sweet, funny creature. What inspired you to create him? And how did you make him--magic?
This is a Dandelion Dragon, so named because of the pale ruff around his neck. Small but venerable, he lives a peaceful life contemplating nature. Despite his age he is very curious and uses his long neck to peer about him.
A lot of my inspiration comes from nature and the things I see when out walking: roots, branches and rocks form interesting shapes that make me think of creatures and I end up wanting to create them. For example, there are trees at Petworth Park that are wonderfully knobbly and seem to have features, and another with a broken branch that looks just like a dragon. I love the sinuous shape of dragons and I wanted to make one that seemed thoughtful and curious rather than fierce.
By Sandra Scholes
As an alternative magazine for the Goth culture Meltdown (ISSN 1473-9607-04) brings much more than just the scene itself; there are articles on the clubbing scene, music, fashion and artwork. There have been interviews with cult director Tim Burton, The Damned, former eighties band, Goth Minister, and NFD’s Tony Petit, formerly of Fields of the Nephilm.
Meltdown also gives the discerning Goth a look at the latest fashions and make-up around and in one issue they even recreate the cover photo’s model look, mentioning the brand of make-up used so the reader can copy the look for their Friday night out. It does flesh out the pale look that was mostly used by Goths in the eighties to great effect. The clothing on show is in bold, dark colours associated with the scene and modelled by some of the most intense girls who show off the garments with their dramatic stances. Think frills, lace and velvet and you won’t go far wrong.
A Quick History of The Smurfs
By Ani Mikaelian
This summer was set for a change of color, and it was the Smurfy shade of blue.
The majority of today’s films owe their credibility to books or comics. Whether it is Spider-Man or Harry Potter, the quality never seems to dwindle and novelty never seems to wear off. Surely an already-strong fan-base from the books and comics is somewhat responsible, but there is also the thrill of change and adaptation of the original to take into consideration.
The Smurfs have been around since 1958, originally published in Dutch, French, and German magazines. Pierre Culliford, known under the alias of “Peyo,” was responsible for the creation of the Belgian comic strip, The Smurfs, that had a regular series of twenty-seven to its name.
Wonderland in Blue
By Doe Deere & Grenouille
Inspired by Rihanna's music video for "Only Girl in the World":
Paganism, Spirituality, Fairies--ALL IN ONE!
By Sandra Scholes
On first looking, The Magical Times Magazine is a treat for the eyes as the senses are swamped by the sheer amount of data. The color of it has been created in pleasing emerald greens and pink hues. It has plenty to look at without being too cluttered by information on the various magical topics on display. As well as the usual information it also tells the reader of the previous issues on offer.