Playlists & Musings

Tisquantum, aka Squanto

Tisquantum, aka Squanto (1585-1622) DJ Name: Squantunes  It’s almost Thanksgiving! You know what that means: time to scan the grocery store aisles for some Stove Top stuffing (made by Shufflette Ruth Siems), chop up some beans for a green bean casserole (@ Dorcas Reilly) and, of course, wade through rivers to get to the squishiestContinue reading “Tisquantum, aka Squanto”

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878-1949) DJ Name: Bojang-a-lang To continue our journey through prominent Virginians, today we’re focusing on a man who tippy-tappied across the silver screen, right into people’s hearts across America. That tap dancer was none other than Bill Robinson, or “Bojangles,” as some came to know him, either because of his happy stageContinue reading “Bill “Bojangles” Robinson”

Maggie Lena Walker

Maggie L. Walker (1864-1934) DJ Name: Now Walker It Out Maggie L. Walker was born with no money in the bank, and perhaps that’s what inspired her to open up her own bank, the very first woman of any race to helm such a financial institution. As a Black woman in ye olde Virginia, MaggieContinue reading “Maggie Lena Walker”

Claudius Crozet

Claudius Crozet (December 31, 1789 – January 29, 1864) DJ Name: DJ Crazy Crozet These two Virginia gals have so much fun writing about old timey Virginians, they decided to throw another one into the Historic Shuffle mix. This lad lived in the Commonwealth many moons ago, blasting not only his favorite tunes but alsoContinue reading “Claudius Crozet”

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull (1838 – 1927) DJ Name: Crown Vic Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Victoria Woodhull, Happy Birthday to you! This week Emmy and Camille were sent a Historic Shuffle recommendation from their friend Cody. After reading about this #shero, they decided to make her the 59th Shufflette. AndContinue reading “Victoria Woodhull”

William Steig

William Steig (1907-2003) DJ Name: Ol’ Billy Boi Partly because Yom Kippur (the holiest day for Jewish people) is today, and partly because we just love a good cartoon, this week’s Shuffler is Jewish author and illustrator William Steig, whose name you might not recognize at first but we guarantee you you’re familiar with hisContinue reading “William Steig”

Mary Maloney

Mary Maloney (1884-1921)  DJ Name: Maloney Bologna  OK, ladies, you know when you’re just trying to enjoy your time at the bar with your gal pals and the men just won’t buzz off? Well, Mary Maloney knew the feeling all too well. The bug that wouldn’t buzz off in her situation was a lad calledContinue reading “Mary Maloney”

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (1897-1966) DJ Name: Maybe It’s Mabel Lee A century plus one year ago, women finally got the right to vote. Or as this week’s Historic Shuffler, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, said, “democracy was extended to women.” Specifically, democracy was extended to white American women, but Mabel, who was a Chinese immigrant, became anContinue reading “Mabel Ping-Hua Lee”

Gertrude Benham

Gertrude Benham (1867 – 1938) DJ Name: Ben(d and snap)ham  Before Emmy left Virginia, she wanted to cross one thing off her bucket list: hike Old Rag, a big beautiful peak amid the Blue Ridge Mountains. She enlisted Camille to join her on her journey, and the two set off up Old Rag with Bodo’sContinue reading “Gertrude Benham”


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