A lifelong passion for art and the beauty of nature led Robert Ranson to a professional life behind the camera, a career that has been gaining momentum for eight years running. His images have graced stock-photo collections, a national sporting magazine, the cover of a published novel, and the set of Modern Family. In addition to commercial work, Robert has a knack for capturing countenances during family portraits, weddings, and cartwheeling marathons. Robert also has a zeal for travel, which has led to stunning stills from exotic locations including the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and South Africa.
Roly Poly's staff crafts a menu of nutritious sandwiches, soups, and salads from fresh vegetables and other healthy ingredients. Inside a Santa Fe chicken sandwich ($6.25 whole; $3.95 half), sleepy sliced chicken breast snuggles under a blanket of melted jalapeno jack cheese, only to be rudely roused by a splash of salsa. Alternately, a fashion-forward spa salad ($5.95) shows off a multi-colored frock of plum tomatoes, avocado, and alfalfa, and the brown derby Cobb ($6.95) crumbles bleu cheese and bacon over mixed greens. For liquid sustenance, cauldrons of Westport seafood bisque ($3.95/cup; $4.95/bowl) and roasted garlic tomato soup ($2.95/cup, $3.95/bowl) boil and toil to practice for upcoming Macbeth prop auditions
The White House of the Confederacy constituted the social, political, and military headquarters of Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Later named a National Historic Landmark, the building still stands today. Daily guided tours lead guests through the grand 19th-century structure, which houses more than half its original wartime furnishings.
The White House is only steps away from The Museum of the Confederacy's Richmond location, where a core exhibit chronicles the Confederacy from its beginnings to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Opened 25 years after that fateful event, the nonprofit museum displays artifacts from a collection of more than 15,000 items. They include Stonewall Jackson's sword, a letter from Pope Pius IX, and all the pennies Jefferson Davis etched his face onto in his spare time.
Meanwhile, another 400 artifacts adorn the permanent exhibit at the museum's Appomattox location. Here, a dozen audiovisual stations, parole lists, and the uniform coat worn by Lee illustrate the event that brought the Civil War to a close.
Blue Hill Photography’s camera wizards wield the latest equipment to shoot classic, traditional, and modern portraits in crisp detail and color. They work with couples, families, newborns, high-school seniors, and businesses. For special events such as weddings, they send two photographers to ensure all the excitement and emotions are documented for generations to come.
Heather Turner converted her passion for photography into a successful business, drawing inspiration from her photographer grandfather. In addition to photographing her own daughters, Turner captures colorful portraits of babies, kids, families, mothers-to-be, and brides. She then distributes digital images and prints in black and white or color, which can be framed and placed artfully atop mantles, grand pianos, or chocolate frosted sheet cakes.