Coastal Virginia Magazine - August-September 2015

6 Ways to Prepare for a Storm

Outreach efforts are a natural extension of the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) mission to safeguard the public, protect the nation’s resources and strengthen the economy via numerous publically available databases. But ultimately, it is up to individual citizens, families…

In the Eye of the Storm

Let’s cast our minds back to the summer of 2006. By the time hurricane Ernesto moved into the commonwealth in late August, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm. Still, the resultant flooding and high winds killed seven people…

YNOT Friday Night Frights at The Hermitage

It's the best time of year to indulge in a plethora of classic scary movies, but why watch alone? Leave the couch and head to the haunted Hermitage mansion to get spooked with friends while enjoying wine, pizza and beer!…

Studio 17

Virginia Beach’s STUDIO 17 recently announced the completion of a hand-painted building mural, the first new mural in the Virginia Beach Arts District. Troy Summerell, creator of OnieTonie™ Co. Designs and founder of STUDIO 17, spent a month on the…

Oyster-ology

Accoutrements – raw oysters are often served with various pairings to accent their flavor, including a mignonette sauce (here's a recipe), cocktail sauce, vinegar (usually a flavored vinegar), lemon wedges for squeezing juice on the bivalves and/or grated horseradish. With…

Camping in Charlottesville

Since my husband and I had already taken most of our Charlottesville itinerary on a test drive, our friends looked to us to make the day’s plans for our autumn camping adventure: meet at the campsite around 11 a.m., set…

Kids' Medical Miracles: Back in Action

Sarahjoy Sanzone has had a life filled with more travel and more surgeries than most people ever experience. And she’s only 6 years old. Three days after arriving home with adopted Sarahjoy in the winter of 2011, Ashleigh and Eric…

How To Shuck an Oyster in 5 Easy Steps

Getting to an oyster seems like an arduous task, what with using a special knife and all that twisting and popping of the shell. But it doesn’t have to be if you follow our simple steps. And remember—practice makes perfect;…

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,…

Oysters Bingo Recipe

This classic dish is inspired by the wonderful offerings from long ago at Joe Hoggard’s venerable Ship’s Cabin in Norfolk’s Ocean View. It’s named after one of the AAA 4-Diamond restaurant’s (the first in southeastern Virginia) frequent patrons— state politico…

Virginia's 7 Oyster Growing Regions

From salty to sweet, here are the oyster growing regions in Virginia and the tastes you can expect from each. Region 1: Seaside, east from Cape Charles along the Eastern Shore and north to the state line Tasting Notes Saltiness:…

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Back to School

Come September kids will be out the door with backpacks, gym bags and lunch boxes, and returning home with smelly clothes, homework and permission slips. While you’re shopping for school supplies to get them ready, think about these ways you…

Eastern Shore Oyster Stew Recipe

This is a simple soup to prepare, but a delicious soup to eat. A rich and creamy base and accents of warm spices pair perfectly with Virginia oysters. Ingredients 1-1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2…

The Shanty in Cape Charles

Near the southern tip of the long, thin peninsula that is the Eastern Shore is the quaint town of Cape Charles. Folks sit in the gazebo overlooking the Chesapeake Bay to watch the sun dip below the horizon, stroll along…

Treating Tangier Island

Just a touch of sunshine twinkles over the Chesapeake Bay on a brisk October morning as Dr. David Kemp boards Sharon Kay III, a former crabbing boat that’s now used for tours heading to Tangier Island. Dressed in a fleece…

12 Places to Eat Raw Oysters in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is the center of the Oyster Universe, if you ask us. All around the region, from the Northern Neck to the Eastern Shore to the James, Lynnhaven and York Rivers, you can find those beautiful bivalves. Here are…

Coastal Virginia Magazine 2015 Top Docs and Top Dentists Reception

Coastal Virginia Magazine's 2015 Top Docs and Top Dentists reception was held Aug. 6 at Virginia MOCA. Saladworks provided a delicious, healthy and fresh dinner for attendees, and PC Duo Guitar Duet entertained guests with live music. Ice Art provided the unique hand-carved sculpture…

Three Summer Beers from Local Breweries

August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, and what better way to celebrate than to grab a frosty mug and raise it in a cheer? We asked local hopheads in the Hampton Roads Beer Forum on Facebook their recommendations for these…

Slover Library

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. ~ Henry Ward Beecher. When Norfolk’s new Slover Library opened earlier this year, the response from the community was generally enthusiastic. But not everyone was impressed. Some critics…

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

Customized, laser-assisted cataract surgery helps patients get through surgery with less pain, recover faster and see more clearly the same day, says ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Iacobucci of Tidewater Eye Centers. A cataract is a condition when the proteins in the…

Kids’ Medical Miracles: On a Mission

The Virginian-Pilot honored only a handful of high school students from each local school this spring through their Scholastic Achievement Scholarship and Recognition Program. They call it their “annual salute to the best and brightest.” Among them was 17-year-old Samantha…

How to Eat an Oyster 101

While we love a good decadent Oysters Rockefeller, golden fried oyster po’ boy or rich oyster stew, we really love them raw. It’s only then that you’ll get a full appreciation for the nuance of flavors in that tiny little…

Eastern Shore’s 23rd Annual Between the Waters Bike Tour

With apologies to Kermit the Frog, it is easy being green. The 23rd Annual Between the Waters Bike Tour (Saturday, Oct. 24) proves that by pumping up eco-tourism on the environmentally fragile Eastern Shore and at the same time providing…