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The Upside To Downsizing

2017 CoVa Idea House: Bright and Beautiful Ideas

Homemade In Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg’s homemade and homegrown movement has flourished to nearly every facet of this colorful and cordial college town in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Bringing Back The Boards

Broken and battered surfboards have been tucked away—cast aside and forgotten—for decades in the attics, crawlspaces and garages of homes in Coastal Virginia and beyond. They get discovered by someone who knows a classic surfboard when they see one. Someone who sees the board not for its crushed nose or smashed rails but for what it could become—what it used to be.

Pump Up The Squeezebox

Jim Rice was about 8 years old when a traveling salesman knocked on the front door of his family’s home in Northern Virginia. Instead of vacuums or encyclopedias, the man was peddling accordions. Without a moment’s hesitation, Rice’s father bought one of the instruments for his son.

2017 CoVa Idea House: Bursting With Ideas

Situated on a 15,000-square-foot lot on a “very green site” that backs up to Lago Mar, the house, which will sell in the low $800,000s, sports 3,800 square feet of living space and at least 50 windows.

Eco-Artists At Work

The artist community in Coastal Virginia, as elsewhere, is a microcosm of the larger population, including its diverse attitudes toward topics like sustainability. The four artists profiled here could scarcely be more different, including the role that eco issues play in their studio practices.

Pink Ladies: Two Cancer Survivors Find the Breast Friendship

With a one-of-a-kind quirky style, an attitude of gratitude and a whole lot of love, Beyond Boobs! supports and empowers young women diagnosed with breast cancer, encouraging them to live life with an exclamation point, rather than a period.

New Virginia MOCA Exhibit Is Turning Heads

Anything But Bland

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