Coastal Virginia Magazine - May-June 2017

NASCAR Driver Macy Causey

Photo by Brian Freer Macy Causey, a 16-year-old York County native knew from her earliest years spent at the track that she wanted to be a professional driver. Ever since, she’s been off to the races. Macy is a third-generation…

Camp Kesem in Williamsburg

Children dealing with a parent’s cancer treatment bear burdens and worries well beyond their years. They worry about their parent, are sometimes teased or bullied at school for being different and often feel like they must put on a brave…

Melo Lion Mead

Zeb Johnston is minding his own beeswax. Literally. The Yorktown beekeeper began his beekeeping business, Zeb’s Bees, both as a new hobby and a means to help with his own pollen allergies growing up. He learned the way of the…

Sustainable, Turf-Free Lawns are Catching On

“Slowly we’re learning about the environmental damage done in the name of the Great American Lawn—the wasted water, the fertilizers running off into waterways, the lawn pesticides harming everything they touch—we’re seeing connections between disappearing wildlife and the vast acreage…

The Village Blacksmith

I’ve always admired people who work with their hands—those who can look at any given medium and visualize its potential, then expertly go from raw to finished with an unmatched skill that seems so effortless. So, as a person who…

How Students Can Increase Their SAT Scores

The first question that comes to mind in regard to taking a Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) has to be, “Is it worth it to prep?” The short answer is, unequivocally, “Yes.” Even though there are a number of schools that…

Four Ways For Teens to Make the Most of Summer Vacation

Teens and preteens in Coastal Virginia looking for fun ways to spend their summer break have plenty of options. From making some extra cash to making the world a better place, here are four ways kids can beat the summertime…

The New American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Many lifelong Coastal Virginia residents have memories of visiting one of the region’s many history museums, if not recently, then perhaps on the obligatory grade school field trip. But if the caricatured version of the history museum was ever accurate—fusty…

Left Side: Women's Rights and Sexism

It’s no secret that this country is sharply divided. But the polarization is perhaps starkest on the issue of women’s rights. Consider this: Last year, as Hillary Clinton was campaigning to become the first woman president in our nation’s history,…

Right Side: Women's Rights and Sexism

Here we go again—another middle-aged man pontificating on something that supposedly should only be considered by women. Apparently I am not qualified to discuss, much less write, about the seedy pervasiveness of sexism in American culture due to my chromosome,…

Three Ways You Can Give Back This Summer

Summer in Coastal Virginia can mean vacationing, relaxing by the pool or at the beach and experiencing some well-deserved downtime from work and school. It can also be the perfect opportunity to get involved with the community and help those…

Foodbank’s Summer Feeding Initiative

While many families fill their summers with camp, vacation or other fun activities, a lot of families in Coastal Virginia are trying to fill a void of hunger. “It can be too easy to forget that there are hungry kids…

Weekend Warrior Program at Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter

In an effort to give their canine inhabitants a break from shelter life, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter in Newport News has developed the Weekend Warrior program, where volunteers can take a pound puppy for a lunchtime walk, an overnight…

The Little Red Mailbox in Sandbridge

Beyond the children’s playground, past the big, blue beach chair and down the wooden plank walkway by the fishing pier in Sandbridge’s Little Island State Park is The Little Red Mailbox, where anyone can “Leave a Note of Hope.” The…

Pizza Chapel Restaurant Review

There is a love affair going on between pizza and myself, and Pizza Chapel in Virginia Beach may just be the perfect venue to take this serious affection to the next level.  Pizza Chapel is located in the former location…

The Local Poets and Masters of Rhythm

Coastal Virginia is rich with as vibrant and diverse a poetry scene as you could hope to find anywhere in the country. There are “slams” and poetry salons and open mics galore. Virginia’s Poet Laureate, Tim Seibles, teaches at Old…

The Biographical Poet: Henry Hart

Cast your eyes about Henry Hart’s office in William & Mary’s Tucker Hall, and everything you see screams English professor. Stacks of papers awaiting grading. Wall-to-wall bookshelves crammed full of dense texts. And the professor himself, thin, bespectacled, with a…

The Performance Poet: Nathan Richardson

Nathan Richardson strides up to the microphone at the Hampton Performing & Creative Arts Center with the confidence of a king. Unlike everyone else at today’s open mic, he carries no papers to read from. He is a “spoken word”…

The Spiritual Poet: Luisa Igloria

Framed by a nimbus of light filtered through the curtained window, Luisa Igloria relaxes in her Norfolk home on the living room sofa. She is the author of 13 books of poetry and one chapbook, but none are exhibited here.…

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