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Hiking at Windsor Castle Park, Smithfield

Though there is no castle in Windsor Castle Park, there is an eponymous historic manor house, c. 1725, and plenty of other reasons to put this beautiful riverside park on your day-hiking agenda, even if getting there requires an hour…

School of Rock in Virginia Beach

No one can roll through Virginia Beach’s new School of Rock without noticing a vivid red wall emblazoned with the words “Be Amazing.” This backdrop to the school’s student lounge area embodies what this place is all about. Because, according…

Vibrant Spaces in Norfolk

vi·brant/ˈvībrənt/adjective  1. full of energy and enthusiasm, e.g. “a vibrant cosmopolitan city” Space/(spās)/ noun  1. a continuous area or expanse that is available or unoccupied. Like people, cities and urban neighborhoods have their own personalities, style, substance, values and, often,…

The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon

Photography by Glenn Fajota Makeup and I have never had a strong relationship. I started wearing it in high school with a few staples: blue eyeliner, silver eye shadow and concealer that didn’t come close to matching my skin color.…

iFLY Virginia Beach

A fierce wind blows my cheeks so far into my face that I expect them to turn inside out at any second. I remain intent on keeping my body flat and steady, to avoid crashing head first into the chamber’s…

Paint Nite Hampton Roads

There are several ways artists gain inspiration when preparing to paint: observe their surroundings, reflect in the beauty of nature, look inside themselves for a new sense of creative purpose ... and when all else fails—drink. Tonight I’m skipping the…

Peace and Pints

“Atman is the divine self, that part of you that’s not affected by the ego,” explains McKenzie Oast, instructor of a Sunday morning yoga class that I’m taking for the first time. Just the mention of the word “ego” and…

Red Feathered Nest

“Do you ever go down on the prices?” a customer asks Betsy Fowler, co-owner of Red Feathered Nest, a vintage store in Newport News. She indelicately picks up a crewel-stitch floral rug that was handmade in Delphi. “They have ’em…

The Business of Basil

It’s an herb that’s easy to love. “No, I don’t get sick of basil,” says Thomas Vandiver as he plucks a huge kelly green leaf from one of the flourishing plants in his greenhouse and takes a bite. That’s a…