Posted: September 19, 2013
While residents are aware of the splendors of the Shenandoah Valley, those living outside the area often know little about the region between western Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Harrisonburg local Robin Lyttle wants to change that.
Lyttle, who has called the Valley home for 13 years, has produced a show, titled “Virginia’s Treasures,” set to air at 9 p.m. Sept. 26 on PBS/WVPT. The self-funded feature will showcase and some of the mystery that surrounds the Valley.
“I love the Valley,” said Lyttle, who produces films through her own company, Lyttle Productions, she also serves as editor and lighting designer. “I love the history and the beauty of it.”
The show will follow teams of “pickers,” or antique collectors, as they venture through the Valley collecting antiques from small shops. In the midst of their treasure hunting, they learn about the unique history of each item they possess.
“We have mysteries here in the Valley with our antiques, [but] it’s not all looking at antiques,” Lyttle insists. “I want to showcase Valley voices.
“[I talked to auctioneers in the area] about doing some projects. [As] I was videotaping their auctions, I started [thinking] about this concept of having pickers buy and sell [antiques]. In between, we’d all go to museums, and then we’d visit [Valley historian] Jeff Evans.”
The program takes viewers from the Strasburg Emporium to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society to Laughlin Auctions in Edinburg. The journey ends at Shenandoah Vineyards, where pickers celebrate their earnings.
Crystal Fleming, the show host, believes Lyttle’s passion for her area will spread to viewers from home.
“Robin has love for the Valley and wants to bring tourists to this area to help the local economy grow,” said Fleming, who also does marketing for Lyttle’s production company.
Lyttle hopes the show will grow to a recurring series, as she wants each episode to discover more area shops and museums.