Coastal Virginia Magazine - May-June 2014

Crafted Caffeine

"This one’s like dried mango, honeydew and toffee,” explains Brad Ewing, owner of Three Ships Coffee. He takes a whiff into a bag of coffee beans as a euphoric look takes over his face. Picking up another bag, he exclaims, “I really like this one because…

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…

MBA Matters

It’s been said that knowledge equals power, which is one of the reasons why many people who have graduated from college consider going back to school to obtain an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) degree. Is it worth the time…

Payment Plans

Parents hear about the importance of saving for their child’s college expenses even before their little sweetie is born, and most truly want to stash away money. But somehow few of us are on track.   A 2012 Certified Financial…

Bird’s Eye View

Scholarship Essay Contest Winner Offers A Different Perspective Of Coastal Virginia In the third year of our annual scholarship essay contest, Coastal Virginia’s high school seniors wrote about their ideas of the Coastal Virginia lifestyle—what makes the area difficult to…

College: 20 Years Later

Fewer grad assistants, more adjunct lecturers. Fewer liberal arts majors, more made up-sounding majors. Fewer papers, more group projects. Yes, things have certainly changed on college campuses since 1994. Three experts who have more experience with college than our average…

A Foggy Focus

Dandruff or frosted flakes in your eyes? That’s the simplest description of a particular kind of glaucoma. Unlike the dandruff in your hair that is mainly unsightly, this glaucoma poses a danger to your vision. But treatment is available. Just…

A Beach for Everyone

The Outer Banks protrude farther into the ocean than any other barrier island chain in the world—a dynamic and mutable testament to the beauty of nature. They are more than barren strips of sand. On the western side, away from…

Fish, Fish Everywhere

The abundance of seafood has been a culinary hallmark of Virginia since people began cooking here. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, folks have long noted the variety and quality of local marine life. Captain…

Sanderling Chic

The sprawling low-rise buildings, with their nostalgic taupe-colored cedar shake exteriors, still stretch graciously and unassumingly along both sides of Duck Road on a narrow strip of land bordered by pristine Atlantic coastline on the east and the languid shoreline…

Rightside-Sex and Selfies

To dispense with any deciphering on your part, the following paragraphs will be about the sexual morals of teenagers, which I’m told is in great decline. This is a popular concern of many parents, school administrators, those of the cloth,…

Leftside-Sex and Selfies

I remember vividly the first time I saw a naked woman. Well, a photograph of one, at any rate. I was 12 years old and hanging out with my friend Al one Saturday afternoon, when he said, “Come here, I…

Out of the Dark

The F.A. Roethke Building was left to rot. The former home of the region’s oldest car dealership, this two-story warehouse was once a thriving symbol of 20th-century progress and ingenuity. Originally constructed in 1915, it doesn’t fit the standard structural…

Forget Comedy Central: Hampton Roads Is A Place For Comedy

Improv comedy is a cocktail of talent and chemistry. It’s about energy and wit, the unpredictable and the irreverent. Moving fast and thinking faster. Connecting with your audience. Saying yes. These are the things you learn when you spend time…

Things To Do This Summer: 4 Classic Sports

Extreme sports have their place. It’s exciting to watch Olympian Kelly Clark execute tricks above a frosty half-pipe, or marvel at Laird Hamilton’s humongous wave-challenging surfing, but chances are you won’t be pulling those tricks when you’re 65.   This…

Enjoying Nature On The Peninsula

This summer we’re highlighting coastal adventures inspired by land, sea and air. Each organization offers a broad range of reasonably priced classes, programs, camps and experiences appropriate for different age groups. Build a boat; unearth ancient fossils; send your kids…

The Virginia Musical Museum in Williamsburg

Buddy Parker brushes his fingertips across the pristine paint job of a 1978 Clenet Roadster once owned by Wayne Newton. “It’s all original,” he boasts of the car he bought on eBay, sight unseen. “Wayne called me once and wanted…

Inventive Activities For Children

If you’ve been thinking of museums as rainy-day places, think again. They may have serious missions, but Coastal Virginia’s museums are also committed to serious fun. And they’re rolling out inventive summer programs for kids in everything from art to…

Kayaking Karma

A “typical” kayak scenario on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is following a summer breeze through miles of emerald green marsh, alive with the angelic wings of snowy egrets and soaring eagles.     You can play in this pristine setting with themed…

Summer Fun Guide

  SUMMER FUN GUIDE CONTENTS Embrace The Cycle From Newbie To Spandex Mafia, Tips For Traversing Coastal Virginia On Two Wheels. Kayak Karma Find Yours Amid A Trio Of Eastern Shore Paddling Pleasures With Wild Ponies, Clamming, And A Waterfront…

Biking In Hampton Roads

In February 2013, 5 miles was a long ride for Seth Nelson of Norfolk. Then the stay-at-home dad bought a bike trailer for his son and started riding in the Norfolk Botanical Garden. “I didn’t consider myself confident enough to…

Hospitals 2014

Dealing with emergencies, surgeries and intensive care can be very traumatic. When you or someone you know requires specialized medical attention, it’s not only important to have a good doctor, but a quality hospital as well. Following you will find…