October 2014 Issue


It’s touchdown-and-tailgate season in the October 2014 issue of Virginia Living. We offer recipes for the most stylish gameday gatherings and tips from pro tailgaters at UVA, Virginia Tech, JMU, University of Richmond and the College of William & Mary. Plus, we meet the Super Bowl-winning star of the Seattle Seahawks, QB and Richmond native Russell Wilson, on a recent visit to his hometown. We take an in-depth look at the controversy surrounding a proposed new baseball stadium in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom, and preview the upcoming performing arts season for 26 theater, music and dance companies from around the Commonwealth. Also in this issue, we explore a beautifully-renovated country retreat in Boyce, journey to the ancient medina of Fez, Morocco and learn about the life and work of celebrated Virginia landscape designer Charles Gillette. And, in our special bound-in supplement, State of Education 2014, we celebrate excellence and innovation in education with Top High Schools and Colleges, a list of nearly 150 exceptional public and private high school and college programs around the state. Plus, the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, Richmond Quilters Guild triennial show, spirited style, and more! Order your October 2014 issue today!

Every year, when the air gets crisp and lap blankets come down from attics, mini-reunions take place near stadiums and playing fields, where food and fun are the menu of the day. Read more

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Kimberley Lovato

A tapestry of colors, sounds and scents greets the visitor to the meandering alleys of this ancient city’s medina, where the breadth of time and tradition offers the explorer a heady experience. Read more

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Catriona Tudor Erler

A Charles Gillette garden remains the gold-standard in landscape design today, nearly 50 years after his death. A look at the man behind the aesthetic that is distinctly, delightfully, Virginia. Read more

House + Garden

The iconic Blue Pete’s in Pungo is back in business and booming once again, helmed by twin brothers who have breathed new life into a Virginia Beach favorite. Read more



Jack Betts

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s iconic Mabry Mill came dangerously close to decay and destruction last year, until friends of the popular parkway outpost intervened to save its massive waterwheel. Read more

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Cascading the Blue Ridge. Read more


Jennifer Heffner, Vita Images

Most vineyards use deer fences, but Paul Krop of Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock once lost a third of his grapes to deer that jumped over his fence. Now his pack of 15 dogs, mainly walker hounds, keeps deer far away. Read more

House + Garden


Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

A super new show brings more than 25 Marvel characters together in one epic quest. Read more


Apart from the building, little has changed about Virginia Diner through the years. Read more



Courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel turns 50. Read more



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Ben King lands in the record books at this year’s Tour de France. Read more


Excitement flares over smoking, sparking thing. Read more



Tracy Walker

The story of a noble tree, and a lifelong affinity for its delicious, and versatile, fruit. Read more

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There are more than 250 species of katydids in North America, a number of which can be found here in Virginia. Read more

House + Garden

John Bassett III takes the Chinese furniture industry to the World Court. Read more



Courtesy of Susan Crowder

Susan Crowder’s art anticipates a future where technology and nature converge. Read more



Courtesy of the Richmond Quilters Guild

Old favorites and one-of-a-kind creations at the Richmond Quilters Guild show. Read more



Courtesy of Teatro De La Luna

The International Festival of Hispanic Theater. Read more


The success of Southwest Virginia’s Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail. Read more



Courtesy of The Collegiate School

It's a hero’s welcome for Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson as he returns to his hometown of Richmond. Read more


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