Coastal Virginia Magazine - November-December 2017

False Cape State Park’s Winter Wonderland

False Cape State Park, a 4,800-acre wilderness park located on a 1-mile wide barrier strip between the Atlantic Ocean and Back Bay at Virginia Beach’s southern tip, is most often associated with summertime activities such as ocean swimming or fishing.…

How To Reuse Or Recycle Your Christmas Tree In Hampton Roads

A naturally grown Christmas tree can serve as a festive backdrop throughout the holidays, but once the needles start dropping it’s time to consider either reusing or recycling your tree. Christmas trees can be repurposed as a backyard habitat for…

Left Side: Political Debates In Media

One evening about 20 years ago, I sat down to dinner with Charlton Heston to celebrate the publication of a book we’d been working on together. Our conversation covered a wide range of topics, from his early childhood to his…

Right Side: Political Debates In Media

I initially thought I would begin this article with a Chinese parable about the futility of shouting at the skies and cursing the weather. But, then I remembered the Oscar Wilde quote, "Conversation about the weather is the last refuge…

Tips For A Child's First Trip To The Dentist

Childhood is full of firsts—first words, first steps and first birthdays. With every first a child experiences, their rush of excitement can also be accompanied by fear of the unknown. This is often the case with a child’s first trip…

Feeding The Wild At Virginia Living Museum

Interested in trying something wild? Amber Warren has just the thing for you. As Animal Room volunteer manager for the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, she can find all kinds of ways to get you up close and personal…

Sam The Lasagna Lady

For Samantha A. Peavy, life, like lasagna, has many layers to it, each with lessons in resilience, endurance, loving again and victory. As the author of Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life and award-winning owner and chef of…

Top Pediatric Dentist Dr. Jessica Clark

Dr. Jessica Clark knew she wanted to be in pediatrics long before she chose to be a dentist. She started babysitting when she was only 12 years old and has always loved working with children. It wasn’t until she was…

5 Unique Ways To Decorate With Holiday Wreaths

It’s a tradition for many to deck the halls with twinkling white lights, shimmering garland and fresh, plump wreaths ornamented with a big red bow. The customary balsam fir wreaths that adorn the front doors and exterior windows of Coastal…

Searching for God in the 7 Cities: Christianity, Part 2

Wave Church And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13   When you hear the word “church,” what comes to mind? For me it sparks memories of specific sights…

Giving Back Awards: Peninsula READS

Those who come to Peninsula READS come from all walks of life, each with aspirations for making a better life for themselves by achieving their goals and seeing their dreams come true. For many of us in Coastal Virginia—and the…

Giving Back Awards: SMILE

Annabelle's bedroom looks exactly like that of any 4-year-old "girlie girl," as her mother describers her. Cozy stuffed animals overflow from a toy hammock in one corner, and bows in every color of the rainbow adorn the walls along with…

Giving Back Awards: H.E.R. Shelter

“One third of Virginia deaths are due to domestic violence,” says Beth Cross, executive director for H.E.R. Shelter. “That’s 33 percent.” Looking at those statistics, Cross explains how the shelter is more than “a nice program to help people. It’s…

6th Annual Giving Back Awards: Top 25 Hampton Roads Nonprofits

It’s easy to list all the negative concerns we wish we could eliminate from the world: domestic violence, racism, cancer, poverty, terminal illnesses, homelessness, sexual abuse, human trafficking, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, infant loss, inadequate…

Tips For Choosing The Best Private School For Your Child

Private schools often provide a number of advantages over public schools. They generally have smaller class sizes so students get a more one-on-one education. They tend to have more highly qualified educators and administrators to provide your student with a…

Restaurant Craft Cocktail Recipes

Local restaurants are shaking things up with some innovative and outright ingenious cocktails, inspiring imbibers to craft their own with these favorite recipes.   Photo by Jim Pile Vida Bandida Serve in a Collins glass While every last detail is tended…

Restaurants Get Innovative With Their Cocktail Programs

Maybe you like Scotch. Neat. Or perhaps a cosmo is your go-to. There’s nothing wrong with knowing yourself, but don’t let your drink define you. Stepping outside your Southern Comfort zone can be revelatory. These CoVa “movers and cocktail shakers”…

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