December 2013 Issue


The December 2013 issue of Virginia Living honors the Commonwealth’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit with our second annual Made in Virginia Awards. In this issue, we present 15 of our favorite Virginia-produced items in the categories of food, home, music, style and sport, and celebrate the people behind them. Our cover story invites you to cozy up with our five favorite recipes for delicious drinking chocolate. Groove out with our feature story, which takes us to Norfolk—a vital epicenter of pop, rock and soul in the 1960s. Music by performers, including Ida Sands, Wilson Williams, Lenis Guess and others was raucous and raw, bold and brazen, and its primitive beats and fiery performances ignited generations of musicians. In our Holiday Gift Guide, we highlight stylish whatnots to inspire your morning routine all year. Our Hospitals & Health Care special bound-in supplement investigates and celebrates trends in technology and patient care at Virginia’s top medical facilities. All that, plus a reflection on the woman behind Evergreen Enterprises, a preview of the VMFA’s “Hollywood Costume” exhibit, notes on strange behavior from barred owls, glamorous holiday party additions to your wardrobe and more. To purchase a December issue, click here!

Bold, exotic and influential, the Norfolk Sound made Hampton Roads a vital epicenter of pop, rock and soul in the 1960s. But there was more to the story than meets the ear. more


How downtown Staunton fought suburbanization and won. more


Virginia’s Century Farms celebrate the state’s deep agrarian heritage. more



Patrick Hinley, Washington and Lee University

W&L law professor Benjamin Spencer stumps for legal education reform. more

Master hand engraver keeps her art alive. more



David Deal

Historic Alexandria’s Top Crier. more


Vaudeville actress impersonates a missing heiress in a plot to skim millions. more

The Last Bison isn't just your average chamber-folk family band. more



'Hollywood Costume' exhibit opens at the VFMA. more


Gary Hovland

Hog farm zoning law polarizes industry and citizens in Tidewater. more


Chris Gall

A captain of industry demonstrates the spirit to carry on. more


Robert Meganck

Runners? Barred owls have you in their sights. more


Tim Cox

Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser goes the distance for her job. more



Adam Ewing

Virginia's state bar associations, the standard bearers for professionalism in the practice of law, celebrate benchmark anniversaries this year. more

Virginia’s newest maternity suites offer luxe, spa-like settings for a new generation of mothers. more


David Hollenbach

After midnight, diners feed their inner foodies with new elevated options for the witching hour. more


Hard work, agile business practices and savvy leadership have made Forest-based Moore & Giles a leader in the luxury leather industry for 80 years. more

Is concierge the new ‘it’ word in medical care? more

Hot chocolate and dessert recipes to warm the soul more


Take a sip, swirl it in your mouth, savor the way it coats your tongue. This is the way the season should taste. more

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