Coastal Virginia Magazine - April 2014

Stay on Your Toes

Ah, the agony of the feet. If you can’t get off your feet, you can make sure your shoes aren’t making your foot problems worse. The right shoes can even improve foot issues. Here’s what you need to know to…

Endless Possibilities

Imagine a place where you can go that combines the best memories of summer camp with a grown-up wish list -- a place infused with a whimsical spirit that beckons you to come and play and carries you back to…

Get a Leg Up on Summer

If your legs look like a roadmap, and especially if they hurt, you may have decided that this is the year you’ll do something about your unsightly veins. This is not your mother’s vein treatment—diagnosis and therapy have both improved.…

A Smorgasbord of CoVa Food Happenings

Samoa Soiree: Beyond Milk and Cookies Sometimes it is ok when the cookie crumbles, especially at the annual Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Samoa Soiree. This year’s sixth-annual event took place Feb. 9 at the Half Moone Cruise and…

Global Gourmets

With a deep, natural harbor and location about halfway along the Atlantic coast, Norfolk has long been an important port city. Early colonists gravitated to the now downtown area by the mid-17th century, and by 1670 a royal decree called…

Nurtured in Nature

My husband grew up doing some serious camping. I’m not talking about the kind of outdoor “adventures” that involve a long weekend roasting marshmallows outside a cozy mountain cabin. I mean two months each summer spent traveling cross-country with his…

Rightside - A Polarized Public

It must be quite the experience to be a divorce lawyer. Day after day listening to two sides, each person convinced they’re right, thereby making the other wrong. If the climate change debate ever goes to court, those divorce lawyers…

Leftside - A Polarized Public

Let’s face it: When it comes to the subject of global warming—or climate change, to use the more recently preferred term—we’re caught in a polar vortex. I’m not talking about the streak of extreme cold we had this winter. I’m…

Powder River Paints

Home grown in Virginia Beach, but named after a river in Wyoming, Powder River Paint joins the ranks of “chalk paints” and other boutique products that are all the rage, especially among those who love to give old furniture new…

Time To Talk

As we grow older, we become less capable. As an abstract concept, we all recognize this as a fact of life. But when applied to ourselves and our parents, the concept is too scary to contemplate. By recognizing that they…

Natural Treasures

April 19–27 is National Park Week, a time to celebrate American citizens’ birthright—more than 84 million acres of natural and historic treasures unmatched anywhere else on the planet. National Park Service officials waive admission fees during the first weekend of…

Art Unveiled

The older man loved to wander around the Chrysler Museum galleries. Lurking among the early modernist paintings and Tiffany glassware, the modestly-dressed septuagenarian would approach random visitors and ask, “‘What do you think about this piece?’ or ‘Do you like…