August 2013 Issue


Now showing in the July/August 2013 issue of Virginia Living, our feature presentation is a celebration of cinema under the stars as we tour the Commonwealth’s nine drive-in movie theaters. We also visit historic Castle Hill in Albemarle County, where a new readers and writers series of retreats is reviving the plantation’s literary tradition, and enjoy summer's crop of sweet melon. In our special new Dental Health section we focus on Operation Smile, an organization celebrating 30 years of performing life-changing surgeries in the developing world. Also inside: We share a pint or two with Kevin O’Connor and get the inside story of how he founded O’Connor Brewing Co. in Norfolk. We also meet media maven Sheila Johnson as she prepares to open Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, find out why the 10 members of Richmond’s No BS! Brand march to their own beat, go back in time to play some vintage base ball (two words) at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, get you prepped for a smashing good time at demolition derbies this summer, learn how the Virginia Farm Bureau saved the State Fair, and much more. 

Keswick’s historic Castle Hill was once home to a famous penwoman who held everyone she met in her thrall. Today, that legacy has been revived for a new generation. more

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chris gall

Country roads take the author home. more

Jul 12, 2013 4:20 PM Travel

A pair of teenage girls fights to bring a town bully to justice. more

Jul 12, 2013 4:01 PM Travel

On March 24, 144 supporters of the Virginia Opera gathered at the Harrison Opera House for One Brilliant Night. The annual event raised $42,000 for the opera company. more

Jul 12, 2013 2:41 PM Party Pics

On May 26, nearly 250 attended A Garden Party to Benefit Our Wounded Warriors. The event, held at Highland Spring Farm in Marshall, raised $40,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project. more

Jul 12, 2013 2:38 PM Party Pics

With 450 supporters attending its annual fundraising gala, Forty One, Noah’s Children raised $311,000 for Central Virginia’s only pediatric palliative and hospice program. The event was held Feb. 16 at the Jefferson Hotel. more

Jul 12, 2013 2:36 PM Party Pics


robert meganck

The multitudinous mischief of Magicicada. more

Jul 12, 2013 12:04 PM Travel

It’s demolition derby time in Virginia. more

Jul 12, 2013 10:25 AM Travel


jon perry

Vintage base ball celebrates the soul of the sport. more

Jul 11, 2013 4:53 PM Culture


courtesy of salamander hotels and resorts

Entrepreneur Sheila Johnson is set to open Virginia’s newest luxury resort, but that’s not all the hotelier and former media maven is bringing to Middleburg this year. more

Jul 11, 2013 11:50 AM Travel


kip dawkins

Summers were once marked by the appearance and the retreat of the big three: honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon. Now you can have a different melon every other day for a month without repeating, if you like. more

Jul 11, 2013 11:30 AM Food

Craft Breweries

Adam Ewing

A comprehensive list of Virginia's craft breweries. more

Jul 8, 2013 12:04 PM Food 2 Comments


Cade Martin

Their numbers may have dwindled, but some of Virginia’s classic drive-in theaters have answered the digital drumbeat and are making a stand against the mighty multiplex. more

Jul 8, 2013 11:44 AM Feature


Meredith West

A slideshow of photography by Meredith West, showcasing the classic cars from our August issue drive-in story. more

Jul 5, 2013 4:00 PM Feature

Paul Keevil, Millie's

Meredith West

Richmond favorite Millie’s Diner hits the 25-year mark. more

Jul 5, 2013 3:41 PM Food

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