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. 


kip dawkins

Wondering what to do with melon? Let it be. 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

House + Garden 1 Comments


chris gall

Country roads take the author home. more


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


March 24, 2013 • Harrison Opera House, Norfolk more

About Town

May 26, 2013 • Highland Spring Farm, Marshall more

About Town

Feb. 16, 2013 • Jefferson Hotel, Richmond more

About Town


robert meganck

The multitudinous mischief of Magicicada. more


It’s demolition derby time in Virginia. more



jon perry

Vintage base ball celebrates the soul of the sport. more



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


Craft Breweries

Adam Ewing

A comprehensive list of Virginia's craft breweries. more

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



Meredith West

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


Paul Keevil, Millie's

Meredith West

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


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