Coastal Virginia Magazine - March-April 2011

An Extreme Journey

It was supposed to be just another Sunday morning for the Hill-Burdette family as they walked into their local church. Yet as Beverly Hill opened the doors to enter the place of worship, she was hit with an odd feeling…

Touring Tips

After years of asking your child to be quiet, it's finally time to do the reverse when visiting their top colleges. My college job was giving campus tours, and I was always shocked at how little people asked. Considering this…

Lessons in Saving Money

For too many people, two plans come to mind when they hear the words “saving for college”: 1. Rob a bank 2. Hit up Grandma Under no circumstances is the first plan a good idea. Confirm that you realize that.…

Bridge to the Banks

We propose to build a bridge.” With those six words from the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement, decision makers have taken the first measurable steps towards alleviating one of the worst vacation traffic jams in the…

Summer Fun Guide

The 2014 Summer Fun Guide Update Is Available Here Summer Fun Guide Summer just wouldn’t be the same without at least one good road trip. So our Summer Fun Guide team did the legwork (or is that roadwork?) for you,…

Striking Back

The sound of an ambulance causes most people to straighten up and turn their heads, but Allison Zmuda’s children react differently: They flinch. The siren takes them back to March 27, 2010, the day their then-38-year-old mother collapsed at a…

Belly Dancing at Bally Fitness

As the summer season officially kicks off, fitness-minded folks are spending countless hours in the gym trying to get their bodies into sexy mode for the hot days ahead. While running on a treadmill and lifting weights are fine ways…

Hidden History: Trail Blazer

The warm weather’'s here. The days are stretching out. And while the calendar doesn’t make it official until June 21, summer has undeniably arrived. That, of course, means it’s time to give yourself a well-deserved vacation. If you decide, like…

Getting Taken for a Ride

The plan was to wait at least another year to buy a new car. Sure, my Dodge Durango was 11 years old and had more than 179,000 miles on it—two facts that would repulse most Americans who believe that newer…

Inner Order

Early in March, as Old Dominion University’s spring break was approaching, I thought a lot about what I should do with my week off from teaching. The winter of 2011 was difficult for me. Perhaps I suffer from seasonal affective…

May Flowers

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’ve probably noticed that I have a lot of opinions. Many of them are about what needs to change in Hampton Roads—after all, there are a lot of challenges that face our…

Cloaked

  For most people, recovery time after surgery is spent laying in bed, indulging in simple pleasures like comfort food, old-time favorite movies and pharmaceuticals, but not for Ricardo Melendez.  Instead, he wrote a “gender-bending,” socially questioning, and intelligently humorous…

Dinsey Mermaid in Norfolk by the Hurrah Players

Hurrah Players will give Norfolk (where mermaids are already much beloved) and all of Hampton Roads the word’s first look at a pre-release theatrical version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid for one weekend only (March 18-20) at the TCC Roper…

Same Theatre, Next Musical: The Last 5 Years

Close on the heels of the Virginia Stage Company’s well received Bruce Hornsby musical SCKBSTD, the company is staging The Last Five Years, also a musical but different in tone, size and intent. It’s a two-character song cycle show, in…