Folk Fes­ti­val!

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

♦ One of our fa­vorite events, the Rich­mond Folk Fes­ti­val, is in full swing. The free, three-day fes­ti­val has be­come one of Vir­ginia’s largest events. Par­tic­i­pants and vis­i­tors come from across the coun­try to spend a day lis­ten­ing to mu­sic at Rich­mond’s his­toric river­front. Forty per­form­ers will cel­e­brate the di­verse cul­tural rich­ness of Amer­ica’s mu­si­cal roots. Go and en­joy the great mu­sic, won­der­ful food, and de­light­ful fall weather.

♦ A round of ap­plause to the Prince George Board of Su­per­vi­sors. The board is con­sid­er­ing a pro­posal from the county’s di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, Kris­ten Cherry, to livestream reg­u­lar su­per­vi­sor meet­ings to the county’s web­site and other sources so the com­mu­nity at large will be able to watch its lo­cal govern­ment at work. Su­per­vi­sor Floyd Brown Jr. sug­gest the board in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue fur­ther, get some bids, and make a de­ci­sion from there. The county’s Board of Su­per­vi­sors pre­vi­ously broad­cast eight meet­ings back in 2007 and county staff ac­tively uses so­cial me­dia to pro­vide the pub­lic with re­caps of meet­ings, up­dates on votes, and other agenda items of in­ter­est. We salute the su­per­vi­sors for their com­mit­ment to open govern­ment.

♦ Time for Vir­ginia’s oys­ter lovers (and every­one else) to cel­e­brate. On Mon­day, Nor­folk’s Lafayette River was de­clared Vir­ginia’s first wa­ter­way to be fully “re­stored.” The dec­la­ra­tion cul­mi­nates the com­mu­nity’s ef­forts to im­prove the health of the river to the point that on Mon­day, of­fi­cials de­clared the Lafayette Vir­ginia’s first wa­ter­way to reach oys­ter habi­tat restora­tion goals. To cel­e­brate, of­fi­cials, city res­i­dents, and project part­ners led by El­iz­a­beth River Project (ERP) and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Foun­da­tion (CBF) formed a flotilla of boats, kayaks, and pad­dle­boards to seed baby oys­ters on re­stored reefs in the river. This ma­jor restora­tion ef­fort be­gan in earnest in 2010 when dozens of pub­lic and pri­vate part­ners and or­di­nary cit­i­zens joined forces to clean the river and re­store wildlife. The re­sults have been in­cred­i­ble.

♦ Happy birth­day to the United States Navy. On Oct. 13, 1775, in an ef­fort to stand up to Bri­tish con­trol of the seas, the Con­ti­nen­tal Congress es­tab­lished the Con­ti­nen­tal Navy, which be­came the United States Navy. In 243 years, the sea ser­vice has grown from two armed ves­sels into the largest, most ad­vanced, and dead­li­est fight­ing force the world has ever known. But it’s more than a force for war; for decades, Amer­i­can war­ships have kept global ship­ping lanes open, al­low­ing for safe and pros­per­ous trade be­tween na­tions. All in all, an im­pres­sive record. (Read the col­umn by a Navy sailor on our Op-Ed Page.)

♦ Speak­ing of the Navy, a gi­ant sea mon­ster has in­vaded Philadel­phia’s Navy Yard. No, it’s not a crea­ture from Davy Jones’ locker, but rather an in­flat­able sculp­ture ti­tled “Sea Mon­sters HERE” and it has been in­stalled in­side a rust­ing ware­house known as Build­ing 611. Gi­gan­tic ten­ta­cles seem to burst out of win­dows and from the build­ing’s rooftop. Its long pur­ple arms sway in the breeze, cre­at­ing the sense of a liv­ing, grasp­ing crea­ture. Artists cre­ated the head-turn­ing dis­play by in­stalling 20 sep­a­rate in­flated ten­ta­cles through­out the un­used build­ing. The ten­ta­cles were the cre­ation of a U.K. street art duo whose work ap­pears of­ten at mu­sic fes­ti­vals such as Chicago’s Lol­la­palooza. The group was in­vited to in­stall the work as part of a col­lab­o­ra­tive project be­tween Group X, an anony­mous group of lo­cal artists and or­ga­niz­ers, and the Navy Yard. The crea­ture will be on dis­play un­til Nov. 16.

♦ And fi­nally, in the af­ter­math of an­other se­ri­ous storm, sig­nals were out at many in­ter­sec­tions through­out the metro area. Pre­dictably, traf­fic be­came snarled at sev­eral in­ter­sec­tions as driv­ers seemed un­sure of how to pro­ceed. It’s quite sim­ple: When traf­fic sig­nals are not op­er­at­ing, an in­ter­sec­tion op­er­ates as a four-way stop. That means the driver of ev­ery ve­hi­cle needs to stop, look both ways, and then pro­ceed. Yes, it may be a slow process, but it is the safest way to en­sure traf­fic con­tin­ues to flow. And no, even if you are in a huge hurry, you don’t get to pig­gy­back on the car in front of you. That’s how ac­ci­dents hap­pen.


An in­flat­able sculp­ture en­ti­tled “Sea Mon­sters HERE” ex­tends from a rust­ing ware­house called Build­ing 61 at the Navy Yard in Philadel­phia. The in­stal­la­tion was cre­ated by UK-based artists Filthy Luker and Pe­dro Estrel­las.

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