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.

A Christmas Story

Eric Danhier

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

Dec 23, 2016 8:30 AM Travel

Awakening the Spirit of the Season. more

Jan 3, 2014 12:27 PM

May 5, 2013 • Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg more

Nov 25, 2013 9:35 AM About Town

Sept. 8, 2013 • Jubilee Family Development Center, Lynchburg more

Nov 25, 2013 9:30 AM About Town

Searching for ways to extend and enhance life, some Virginia hospitals are influencing the future of health care. more

Jun 17, 2013 12:06 PM Health

Focused sound waves could one day eliminate the need for invasive surgery. more

Jun 17, 2013 11:39 AM , Health

VCU Medical Center’s luxury Gumenick Suites redefine the stiff and sterile hospital room. more

Jun 17, 2013 11:21 AM Health


adam ewing

Elizabeth Lanier aims to help women excel in shooting sports. more

Jun 17, 2013 10:58 AM Feature


Robb Scharetg

Driven pheasant shooting is a sport whose customs have been honored for nearly 200 years, but the tradition encompasses much more than shooting—it is about sportsmanship, etiquette and, above all, respect for the birds. more

Jun 14, 2013 5:20 PM Feature

Doc Watson

Chris Gall

The late Doc Watson inspired a wish that would be fulfilled. more

Feb 7, 2013 11:10 AM Culture 1 Comments

Lucky Restaurant

Brett Winter Lemon

Once known as “Big Lick,” then as a railway hub, Roanoke is a small city bursting with big ideas. more

Dec 13, 2012 12:20 PM Travel 5 Comments

First Annual Made in Virginia Awards more

Dec 10, 2012 4:11 PM Feature 2 Comments

Made in Virginia Award winner Saba Knife Co. Cut Out Knife more

Dec 10, 2012 3:47 PM Feature

Made in Virginia Award winner Hoskins Creek Farm Tables more

Dec 10, 2012 3:44 PM Feature

Made in Virginia Award winner fineCONCRETE by elbwrm more

Dec 10, 2012 3:40 PM Feature

Made in Virginia Award winner Foggy Ridge Cider more

Dec 10, 2012 3:36 PM Feature

Made in Virginia Award winner Legend Brewery Brown Ale more

Dec 10, 2012 3:33 PM Feature

Made in Virginia Award winner Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky more

Dec 10, 2012 3:30 PM Feature

Made in Virginia Award winner Ignatius Hats more

Dec 10, 2012 3:22 PM Feature

Made in Virginia Award winner Chamblin Design Jewelry more

Dec 10, 2012 3:20 PM Feature

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