Author: Eric J. Wallace

Return of Heritage Pork Farming at Cartwright Family Farms

Photos courtesy of Cartwright Family Farms In 1980, Virginia was home to about 4,000 hog farms. Most were family-owned and raised heritage pigs free-range. Prized breeds like Mulefoot, Red Wattle, Tamworth and Berkshire had been around for 200 years or more—and…

Coastal Virginia Biking Guide

Eight Great Local Spots to Ride Your Way to Better Health and Take in Some Stunning Scenery Along the Way It’s no great secret that bicycling is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to catch a workout. Pedal-power…

The New Boar's Head Resort

For years Charlottesville’s iconic Boar’s Head Resort has been quietly updating its image. But last May it unveiled the equivalency of a facelift: a $15.5 million renovation of its central inn and restaurant aimed at redefining Southern hospitality for the…

A Parent’s Guide to Meal-Prepping

Five p.m. found me dashing from my home-office to the car, fumbling with the ignition switch as I told Google to call my 12-year-old son and glanced at the rearview mirror in hopes that, please Lord, I hadn’t (yet again)…

How Push Comedy Theater’s Brad McMurran Became a King of Comedy

Saturday night in Norfolk’s downtown NEON Arts District often finds stand-up comic and founder of Norfolk’s Push Comedy Theater Brad McMurran leading his celebrated improv troupe through a rendition of his smash-hit The Unusual Suspects: An Improvised Murder Mystery. The show has sold…

5 Best Camping Spots in Coastal Virginia

As the unbearable summer heat fades into refreshing evenings complemented by crickets chirping and frogs croaking, one of our favorite activities is embarking in a good old-fashioned family camping trip. No matter where you reside in Coastal Virginia, you don’t have…

Chincoteague is Changing for the Better

On Friday, June 21 Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Director Evelyn Shotwell was bustling around downtown’s Robert N. Reed Waterfront Park preparing to launch the town’s new 50 Years of Love summer concert series. It was late afternoon and Main Street…

Coastal Cattle: Local Beef in Virginia Beach

In 2014, Reagan Vaughan decided to raise a show steer and compete in the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. The wiry 12-year-old had grown up on a working 400-acre farm and was no stranger to animals—she’d frequented the…

Jazz Drumming Icon Jae Sinnett is the King of Tidewater Rhythm

Photo by David Uhrin Sixty-two-year-old jazz drumming icon Jae Sinnett has backed some of the biggest names in the genre—including legends like late sax pioneer Joe Henderson and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard; contemporary staples like Branford Marsalis and New York sax…

5 Great Up-and-Coming Bands

Paul Shugrue’s WHRV 89.5 FM program, “Out of the Box,” is unique among mainstream American radio. Unlike most DJs, he plays nothing but brand-new music and has complete control over playlists. Launched in 2004, the show’s title alludes to “an…

Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore is Bustling with Activity

Big things are happening in the tiny, bay-fronting town of Cape Charles. Downtown, 14 new businesses have opened in the past two years alone. The historical district has undergone an astounding transformation. There are gourmet restaurants, a craft brewery, cidery…

Second Chances Give Convicted Felons a New Start

Richard Walker Uses His Story to Fuel Reform and Help Convicted Felons Get a New Start At the offices of Newport News nonprofit Bridging the Gap in Virginia (BGV), 60-year-old Richard Walker sits listening intently to a young man’s story.…

Broken Behind Bars: Mental Health in Local Prisons

In April 2015 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested for stealing a Mountain Dew, Zebra Cake and Snickers bar from a Portsmouth 7-Eleven. Though the junk food was worth just $5, he was denied bond and detained for 101 days while…

Thru-hiking from Assateague Island to Chincoteague

The determination to spend a weekend thru-hiking from Maryland’s Assateague Island State Park to Chincoteague took root during my first humiliating attempt to camp in the island’s national park. The catastrophe came as the demoralizing climax of a romantic scheme…

How One Family Copes with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s

It was early in the summer of 2014 and husband and wife Roger and Ann Bolen were celebrating. After 25 years working with the Virginia Housing Development Authority, Ann was retiring. Avid travelers, the Norfolk-based couple decided to mark the…

Top Doc of Neurology: Dr. Ugur Yilmaz

Fifty-two-year-old Newport News Neurologist Ugur Yilmaz is a bit of a Renaissance man. Born in the ancient, cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, Turkey, he was raised in a diverse multicultural crossroads amid a family of humanists. Surrounded by architecture dating to…