Coastal Virginia Magazine - May-June 2018

Renaissance Man Lenis Guess Kept the Norfolk Sound Alive

Lenis Guess. Singer Lenis Guess remembers that, in the 1950s, Coastal Virginia was a vibrant place for music, and it wasn't always fully appreciated. "Norfolk was a Rhythm and Blues town," he says. "Ruth Brown, blues singers ... The Five…

5 Reasons to Try BodyPump

Group fitness is an ever-growing fad, and for a good reason. Research shows that those who attend group fitness classes lose more weight, are more likely to stick to a workout routine and demonstrate higher levels of performance. Group classes…

Warm Corn Chowder Salad with Bacon and Cider Vinegar Recipe

Photo by Susan Rowell-Bundy Recipe provided by Chef Robert Patton, CEC, CCA, Campus Director for the Culinary Institute of Virginia Whether you’re heading to a summer picnic or entertaining guests on the patio, this warm summer salad will bring out the…

Helpful Hints for Home Chefs

Being a home chef means something different to everyone, and the definition often varies by how much time we can commit to spending in the kitchen. Some days it may entail planning and executing an elaborate, four-course meal (with wine…

Captain Barry's Chincoteague Aquatic Adventures

Captain Barry Frishman makes a landing on a marsh isle—a sliver of sand off the bulk-headed banks of Chincoteague Island. Looking around, he says, “I don’t want to lose the boat. That would be so embarrassing to lose the boat.”…

The Legacy of Virginia's Maritime Music

Virginia is music’s home, in the mountains, yes, but also along the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and river banks. There are other musical hotbeds: Nashville and Asheville, Austin, Muscle Shoals, Memphis and more. And, in Virginia nestles the heart of American song in the Blue Ridge Mountains, known widely through the famed 1930s Bristol recordings…

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Swimming is a summer pastime that many look forward to each year, but it’s also an activity that should be treated with caution. According to the Center for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for…

Garden to Table: Local Restaurants that Grow

‘Farm to table’ and ‘eat local’ are admittedly buzzwords for cuisine nowadays, but for what could be considered a culinary trend should be viewed in the bigger picture as part of a growing food movement. Local restaurants are taking the…

Bourbon and Bivalves at The Tides Inn in Irvington

Just over a year has passed since our Editor-in-Chief, Angela Blue, and her husband were whisked away for a weekend at The Tides Inn. She showered the Irvington resort with compliments, holding the culinary mastery of Executive Chef, TV Flynn,…

Top 10 Things to Do this Summer

Summer is a favorite season in Coastal Virginia, and it's no wonder. The region offers tons of fantastic activities, whether you like to get adventurous out on the water, hike or bike the area's many trails, dance the night away…

Left Side: Developing Alternative Energy Sources

If there is a single slogan that resonates more than any other with Trump’s loyal base it is, “America first.” The sentiment is understandable, given that the United States is no longer the industrial powerhouse that it was throughout much…

Right Side: Developing Alternative Energy Sources

The standard Anti-Green argument against alternative energies goes something like, “We do not need them because climate change is a hoax propagated by left-wing college researchers. And socialists in Europe. Any changes to our climate are not caused by human…

Pucker Up for these Local Sour Beers

They’re tart and fruity, bright yellow, plum purple and ruby red. Sour beers have spontaneously come on to the beer scene here in Coastal Virginia, with their mouth-puckering popularity and even offering a quirky way to quench a thirst on a…

Hiking Williamsburg’s Bassett Trace Nature Trail

Is there more to do in Williamsburg than the Colonial Cotillion? You bet. Warm weather on a weekend getaway to Virginia’s second Colonial capital found my partner, Bob, and I weaving endless leisurely circuits by bike throughout the historic area…

2018 CoVa Idea House Preview

LOL. Laugh Out Loud? Oh, heck no. Luxury Outdoor Living. According to Stephen Quick IV, of Stephen Alexander Homes, the stunning deep water setting of the 2018 Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House inspired the design of this home and informed…

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