December 2014 Issue


The December 2014 issue of Virginia Living kicks off the holidays with verve! We perfect the art of the cocktail party with 16 recipes for food and drink that put a modern twist on traditional seasonal offerings. Plus, we explore imperial treasures in the VMFA’s landmark exhibit, “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.” We celebrate ingenuity and craftsmanship in style, home, food, drink and sport throughout the Commonwealth with our third annual Made in Virginia awards, and in travel, we journey to Florence, Italy, for a sartorially-inspired visit to the birthplace of the Italian fashion industry. We celebrate a Richmond institution (and home to the best boxed lunches ever) Sally Bell’s Kitchen, explore a stunning Carter’s Creek retreat, take a look at the increasingly creeping-forward Christmas season, visit trapeze school and more. Also in this issue is our special bound-in supplement, Hospitals & Healthcare 2014, which takes a look at the most recent medical news, capital improvements and breakthrough procedures from top healthcare providers around the state. Order your December issue today!

The heyday of the Chesapeake Bay oyster. more



Photo courtesy of Blackthorn & Brook

Blackthorn & Brook introduces Virginia to its luxury English riding holidays. more

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A sartorial-inspired sojourn in Italy's original fashion capital where a new guard of designers is carving its own niche. more


If not ad nauseam, then ad infinitum. more


Dance therapy empowers Parkinson’s patients in NoVa. more


10th anniversary season for Martinsville players. more


Normandy, a spectacular home on Carter's Creek, tells the story of a lifetime. more

House + Garden

Virginia Cyclocross goes off-road. more

Virginia International Raceway welcomes “Son of Oak Tree.” more


Why can't Sons of Bill just stay the way they are? more

In celebration of National Picture Book Month. more


Illustration by Pat Kinsella

A tale of grape expectations. more


Welcome to the new frontier of cardiac catheterization labs, where medical pioneers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in treating heart disease–and winning. more



Photo courtesy of the Garden Club of Virginia.

When the 81-year-old Garden Club of Virginia received the results of its first economic impact study, it something many of its 3,400 members already knew: Historic Garden Week packs a big punch. more

House + Garden


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A new director for the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts in Marion. more

It’s simple. All cider, all week. more


Shanaz Bowman

Dr. Randy Baggesen stumps for fostering wellness, not just treating illness. more


Courtesy of ABC Studios/Anthony Platt

His film credits include blockbuster hits Braveheart and Pearl Harbor, but Hollywood screenwriter and director Randall Wallace turns his attention homeward for his latest project, a Civil War-era television drama set and filmed in Virginia. more



Shanaz Bowman

For 90 years, Sally Bell’s Kitchen in Richmond has made food the old-fashioned way—by hand. more


Made in Virginia Award winner Pickled Silly more

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