Coastal Virginia Magazine - November-December 2016

5 Best Places to Look at Holiday Lights

A favorite family holiday tradition is bundling up in jackets, scarves and hats, piling into the car and driving around the neighborhood to view festive light displays. It’s always fun to see what decorations the folks on your block have…

Top Orthodontist 2016

One of the things that sets Klar Voorhees Orthodontics, P.C. apart from the rest is they are on the cutting edge when it comes to utilizing the latest technology in their treatment planning and modalities.

Determining Your District

Tens of thousands of Coastal Virginians recently moved to a new district. Or rather, the new district moved to them.

So, What's Your Story?

Story Exchange writing prompts such as these may be used or not be used by the storytellers: “A time you lost something or someone you loved;” “A time when you had to be a good friend or someone was good to you;” “A time when you made a (difficult/fun/challenging/enlightening) decision and how it changed your life.”

Step Into Serendip

Tucked into a courtyard-style cluster of boutiques in The Palace Shops between 21st and 22nd Streets in Norfolk’s Ghent, the new incarnation of Serendip is splendid.

Homemade In Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg’s homemade and homegrown movement has flourished to nearly every facet of this colorful and cordial college town in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Bringing Back The Boards

Broken and battered surfboards have been tucked away—cast aside and forgotten—for decades in the attics, crawlspaces and garages of homes in Coastal Virginia and beyond. They get discovered by someone who knows a classic surfboard when they see one. Someone who sees the board not for its crushed nose or smashed rails but for what it could become—what it used to be.

Pump Up The Squeezebox

Jim Rice was about 8 years old when a traveling salesman knocked on the front door of his family’s home in Northern Virginia. Instead of vacuums or encyclopedias, the man was peddling accordions. Without a moment’s hesitation, Rice’s father bought one of the instruments for his son.

Quitting Cold Turkey

Do we as a society truly enjoy eating turkey? Or do we spend countless hours preparing it for one meal a year simply because it’s tradition?

A Bus Ride to Remember

Since its inception, the Virginia hub has taken just over 1,300 veterans to see the memorials in Washington, D.C., dedicated in their honor. The organization makes the commemorative trip twice a year­—once in the spring, once in the fall.

Organizations That Inspire

In its fifth year of recognizing local nonprofits, Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Giving Back Awards highlight the often-unrecognized organizations of individuals who have come together under one mission—one goal—to change our community for the better.

Jumping For GIs

Six years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, Jason Redman, a Navy SEAL, was deployed to Iraq. Though he had already completed a couple of wartime deployments, he said being seriously wounded was never something he considered—until it happened.

Selfless Service

It is a splendid autumn afternoon, but Rebecca Eshbach knows that she could be summoned to leave the Sunday sunshine and rush to the hospital at any moment. She has been on call all weekend, but she’s neither a doctor nor a nurse. Instead, Eshbach volunteers to take on at least two, 12-hour shifts per month as part of her role as a victim advocate for The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors.

Learning For Life

“I want to be an artist.” “I want to be a police officer.” “A scientist.” “An archeologist.” “A basketball player.” These are the responses I heard when I asked a small group of fourth and fifth grade Horizons students what they want to be when they grow up. But to understand why these answers are inspiring—why it’s monumental that these kids have set such extraordinary goals for themselves—I first had to understand where these children are coming from.

Beers Of A Feather

On their Sept. 3 opening date, they had more than 2,000 people come through the door, despite the fact that Tropical Strom Hermine was drenching Coastal Virginia at the time.

2017 CoVa Idea House: Bursting With Ideas

Situated on a 15,000-square-foot lot on a “very green site” that backs up to Lago Mar, the house, which will sell in the low $800,000s, sports 3,800 square feet of living space and at least 50 windows.

A Blowing And Glowing Glass Act

Glistening glass reflects much of Hannah Kirkpatrick's resume. Her shameless wonder for the way light and neon bends between is evident in her work, much of which has been displayed in the NEON District of Norfolk.

What’s New On The News Set

The set, combined with new graphics launched over the summer, completes an exciting overhaul for WTKR News 3 and creates a lot of momentum for the CBS affiliate heading into the fall television season.

Right Side: The War Over Women

The Pentagon has demanded that all branches of our military figure out a way to open its ranks to combat roles for women, including special forces. There have been a few successes so far within the Army Rangers, but the progress is slow elsewhere.

Left Side: The War Over Women

The military may have its own distinct culture, but it is made up of people who come from society at large. With this in mind, it’s clear that the goal of achieving gender equality in the military is part of a larger objective: raising consciousness about sexism in general.

Don’t Mean Maybe

The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Jeff Beck are just a few of the rock ’n’ roll legends sent on their career paths by the unabashedly aggressive sound of Gene Vincent, a Norfolk singer who, in 1956 with his band, defined and personified the loud ethos of early rock ’n’ roll. The story behind the tune, recorded by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is also a potent piece of Coastal Virginia history.