December 2012


The Little City That Could , Daryl Grove

Roanoke may be a small city, but it is a can-do place where people turn problems into possibilities.

Sporting Honor , by Clarke C. Jones

The traditional driven pheasant shoot is all about sportsmanship, etiquette and respect for the birds.

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Man of Letters , by Alison Bonaguro

best-selling Virginia author David Baldacci and his ongoing quest to help America learn the read.

It’s No Looker , by Caroline Kettlewell

But Virginians should be proud to call the Eastern hellbender our own.

Nonagenarian News , by Bland Crowder

Paper’s first-ever reader makes a surprise return to town.

Righting Wrongs , by Bill Glose

One newsman confronts his past as he fights to cleae a suspected murderer’s name.

Invisible Hand , by Don Harrison

Sing along with the band that rocks the “Hook.”

A Touch of Glass, by Sarah Sargent

The new Chihuly exhibit at the VFMA promises to dazzle visitors.


Profile | Charged with Art , by Erin Parkhurst

Bill and Pam Royall of Richmond are leading the way in the #32 million capital campaign to build VCU’s highly anticipated Institute for Contemporary Art.

Virginiana | Pilgrim’s Pride , by Ben Swenson

Think the first thanksgiving happened in the Northeast? Think again The first English-speaking observance of thanksgiving occured in 1619, on the site of what is now Berkeley Plantation.

Dining | Ched d’Ivoire , by Lisa Antonelli Bacon

Chef Morou Ouattara has carved a niche for himself in the upscale D.C. restaurant market and continues to expand his culinary turf.

Food | Morniong Glory , by Lisa Antonelli Bacon

With a little greenery for table dressing, a holdiay breakfast brings together all the flavors and fragrances redolent of seasons past.

Travel | A Christmas Story , by Kimberley Lovato

An evening at the Brussels Christmas Market restores the spirit of the seaosn for a self-confessed Scrooge.

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