October 2015 Issue


In the October 2015 issue of Virginia Living, decadent cakes take center stage with recipes for confections of rich chocolate with sweet strawberry, smooth Southern caramel, raspberry with a tart touch of lime and more. We visit some of the state’s billiard rooms where new generations are chalking up and enjoying the classic game, and take an in-depth look at the events surrounding the proposed closure of Sweet Briar College and the successful alumnae-led effort to save the 114-year-old woman’s college. Learn about the art of the aperitif, the ancient sport of bowhunting, and meet some of Virginia’s great ghosts at Tuckahoe Plantation, Sherwood Forest and the Executive Mansion. Also in the issue, a profile of cycling scion Ben King, and a guide to the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond. Plus, puckering up with persimmons, symphonic composer Mason Bates, the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival in Harrisonburg and more, including special bound-in supplement State of Education 2015, featuring Top High Schools and Colleges 2015. Read about more than 150 of the state’s most innovative programs and meet top educators, including Foxcroft’s new head of school Cathy McGehee, and the legal eagle of First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, John Sutton. Purchase a copy of the October 2015 issue today!

Splendid River Run Manor overlooking the James River inspires cakes of chocolate and sweet strawberry, Southern caramel, red velvet, and raspberry. Treat yourself to decadent desserts artfully conceived and presented in a style befitting a queen. Read more

Food 1 Comments

No longer just the province of seedy bars and places of ill repute, the game of billiards is experiencing a revival. Read more


The ancient sport of bowhunting. Read more


Discover the appeal—slightly bitter, slightly sweet, fully invigorating—of the aperitif. Read more


The agony and bliss of cross-country running. Read more

The Daily Post

Drakes Branch woman’s animal fair earned her 15 minutes of fame. Read more


Adriana Trigiani’s best-seller now a movie. Read more


Ben Lomond is one of the oldest houses in Essex County, but the grand estate has many tales yet to tell. Read more

House + Garden

On March 3, 2015 the president of Sweet Briar College in Amherst, James F. Jones Jr., announced the 114-year old woman’s college would close in August. What follows is an accounting of the maelstrom that came in the wake of the news. Read more

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Tales of the Gray Lady and other great Virginia ghosts. Read more

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Virginia private schools celebrate a milestone. Read more

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