August 2012 Issue


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Take a leap of faith this summer with the August 2012 issue of Virginia Living! Our inspirational cover story is Sara Jackson’s exhilarating account of her inaugural skydiving experience, while our Richmond feature focuses on the brave young entrepreneurs injecting the old city with with a new enthusiasm and creative energy—welcome to RVA. We also offer a guide to upscale party poker fare that will guarantee you’ll always have something promising in hand. Or if you just want to get away from it all, then take your time reading our relaxing Tides Inn travel story. We also take in a country retreat built on one of the oldest English settlements in the New World and see how a garden is transformed when a landscape designer says “I do” to a landscape architect. Also inside: We profile taekwondo fighter Terrence Jennings, who will compete at the London 2012 Olympics, offer a guide to transatlantic treats so you can enjoy summer games like a Brit, go behind the scenes of a roller coaster, welcome Virginia Rep to the stage and more!

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    VCU's Children's Tower Opens

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