Coastal Virginia Magazine - March-April 2017

Top Teacher: Christine Contakes

Educating people has always come naturally to Christine Contakes. As the oldest of three siblings, she positioned herself in a leadership role early on, caring for her little sisters. But the skills she utilizes in the classroom today were honed…

Top Teacher: Dana Wakefield

Dana Wakefield dreamed of being a teacher when she was a little girl, and now her dream has come true. As math specialist at Willard Model Elementary School in Norfolk, Wakefield divides her time between working with small groups of…

Top Teacher: Margaret Beckner

A love of language lured Margaret Beckner into the classroom 36 years ago, and every day the French teacher at Cox High School in Virginia Beach finds something new to love about her work. Originally from Greensboro, N.C., Beckner started…

The Heroin Problem Hitting Home in Suburbia

Ron* remembers vividly the first time he felt “the warmth of the opium embrace,” as he puts it. “I was 23 at the time,” the now-33-year-old Norfolk resident recalls. “I’d been doing a lot of cocaine and pills but had…

CIV Celebrates 10 Years

If you think culinary school is just a way to learn how to cook, Andy Gladstein, Campus President for the Culinary Institute of Virginia, has a message for you. “We always tell people that the biggest misconception about culinary school—at…

Something to Stout About

We look forward to St. Patrick’s Day each year, both for the opportunity to break out that random article of green clothing or accessory that we almost never get to wear, and for the chance to participate in a number…

2017 Spring Performing Arts Events with SevenVenues

Spring is a wonderful time of year to be an arts lover in Coastal Virginia. You probably have a full list of VAF shows you plan to attend, but don't forget to add these SevenVenues highlights to your must-see schedule…

2017 Must-See Virginia Arts Festival Events

The 2017 Virginia Arts Festival will run from March 31 through May 28, with a wide variety of performances across our region in venues ranging from Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall and Virginia Beach’s Sandler Center, to more intimate venues. For a…

Virginia Arts Festival 21st Season

When Virginia Arts Festival director Rob Cross sat down with his staff to begin planning the 2017 season, he faced a daunting task. Last year, to mark the Festival’s 20th anniversary, he pulled out all the stops, with extra financial…

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Coastal Virginia

When you become a parent, your dining out experiences change instantly and drastically. Pre-children dinners consisted of quiet, intimate evenings where you relished each and every morsel of multiple courses, from the amuse bouche to the exquisite dessert. Each selection…

2017 CoVa Idea House: A Pearl Of A House

Photos by Jonathan Edwards Media An oyster shell—where ruggedness and refinement coalesce in one intriguing package—was the perfect inspiration for the 2017 Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House, the second partnership between Coastal Virginia Magazine and Stephen Alexander Homes and Neighborhoods.…

Sorting Things Out

An organized house may seem like fantasy for a busy family. However, Stephanie Jackson, executive organizer and owner of local company Sort Me Out, believes anything is possible with a little bit of planning. “The secret to organization is evaluating…

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