December 2012 Issue


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The November/December 2012 issue marks the 10th anniversary of Virginia Living magazine, so it’s packed with celebration: The first annual Made in Virginia Awards spotlights 15 companies making high-quality products right here in the Commonwealth while our cover story delves into the traditions and thrills of a driven pheasant shoot at the glorious Highbrighton Farm in Ruckersville, as well as profiling Elizabeth Lanier, queen of the GRITS -- Girls Really Into Shooting. We also visit Roanoke, where we find a small city unafraid of big ideas and introduce our new Hospitals & Health Care bound-in supplement, investigating trends in technology and patient care in Virginia’s top medical facilities.

We also awaken some seasonal spirit with a trip to the Brussels’ Christmas Market in Belgium, give you the recipe for a perfect holiday breakfast, stake out Berkeley Plantation’s claim as the home of America’s first thanksgiving and offer up a gift guide, proving that good things come in small packages.

We also profile Richmond art collectors and philanthropists Pam and Bill Royall, bestselling author David Baldacci, Arlington chef Morou Ouattara and Charlottesville band the Invisible Hand. Elsewhere, we tell you how to get your car to Florida without using any gas, the correct way to drink absinthe, introduce you to a creative -- and healthy -- cocktail, preview the Chihuly glass exhibit at the VMFA and much more.

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