Emily Sims ~ Guest Writer
Lynchburg Grows, a nonprofit urban farm in Lynchburg, VA, is preparing for their approaching veggie box season, which runs from April 3 to Dec. 18, 2019.
Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer
On Thursday, November 8, Madeline Miller, a New York Times bestselling author, visited the Givens Books & Little Dickens on Lakeside Drive for a book reading and signing. Miller has two published books. The Song of Achilles was published in 2012 and, more recently, her novel Circe was published in 2018. Miller is also an essayist who has been published by many news organizations, according to her website.
Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor
On Tuesday, November 6th8 citizens all across the United States, and students at the University of Lynchburg exercised their right to vote in the 2018 Congressional Election.
Anna-Catherine Kueng, Assistant Editor~
Recently, the Daura Art Gallery introduced two new exhibitions, the Newest Americans: Photographs of Recent Immigrants and Chasing Bugs: Insects as Subject and Metaphor.
Katherine Daniel, Editor in Chief~
The 4th Annual Vintage Holiday Market will be hosted on November 9-11 in Forest, VA.
According to the New in Lynchburg website, “Join us for our 4th annual Vintage & Handmade Holiday Market November 9-11 at The White Brick House. FREE ADMISSION. Food truck by Uprooted (Saturday and Sunday, 11-3) & Katie’s Sweet Treats.”
Katherine Daniel, Editor in Chief~
On Sunday, Nov. 4, Vector Space will host its third annual robot combat event. The Hill City Robot Battle, modeled after the famous BattleBots television show and replicating the Street Fighter video game, will take place at the Virginia Episcopal School from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
According to the New in Lynchburg website, people from as far as northern Virginia and North Carolina were able to enter their robots into the competition with a $20 fee, all hoping to claim the coveted prize of tools, robot parts, and Vector Space membership. With the competition just days away, and currently 20 competitors ready for battle, the stakes are high for these robots to win it all.
Adam Spontarelli is the Director of Education and co-founder of Vector Space, and has been with the company since their doors opened in the Spring of 2016. With this year’s preparation currently underway, he hopes that new changes are enough for more action and competitiveness.
“[This is] the first [robot combat event] that will feature an enclosed arena, which allows the robots to use more powerful and terrifying weapons. We’ve been busy building the arena, recruiting participants, and helping robot builders,” Spontarelli said.
According to Spontarelli, the robot combat event is structured in such a way that gives all competitors equal opportunities on the playing field. With a tournament style bracket set in motion, anyone could come out on top.
“There are two weight classes and each is structured as a double-elimination, tournament style bracket. Bots fight one-on-one, and the bot that survives until the end wins,” Spontarelli said.
In the past and present, Vector Space has had positive connections with the Lynchburg community. Because the company was founded right here in Lynchburg, it’s remarkable to see such a good cause working with the university’s faculty. In particular, Spontarelli recalls the benefits Vector Space reaped from the University’s own bike collection.
“Dr. Kevin Peterson helped us immensely last year when we built ten custom bicycles by chopping up and re-welding donated bikes from University of Lynchburg’s impressive collection,” Spontarelli said. “Unfortunately, we have not found an opportunity to collaborate since then, but we certainly hope to in the future.”
Another hope for Vector Space is that they will have the means to put together more community events like the Hill City Robot Battle that attracts all kinds of competitors and audience members.
“Our next student project, which starts in January, is one for teen girls that combines fashion and technology. It’s a chance for girls to learn to make garments, circuits, and to program computers. That project will end with a fashion show at Lynchburg Mini Maker Faire on March 24th, which will be the next big community event. If you can’t wait that long, we’re always open for First Fridays, where we host a free, family-friendly activity ranging from power tool pumpkin carving, to concrete coaster making,” Spontarelli said.
Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~
Paranormal Night at Avenel is occurs this Saturday, November 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The public is invited to tour the Historic Avenel in Bedford with five different paranormal groups, as well as a enjoy a magic show and some tasty treats.
The Facility Director for Avenel, Taffney Mays, said, “It is been about 10 years. It all started with a group named Ghostec from Lynchburg who did a lecture format. We sold tickets as we could only fit 55 people per night in the parlor. We ran this every Thursday in October. It was such a huge success that we ended up running it for 9 weeks, sometimes 2 a week.”