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CONTENTS MAY / JUNE 2018

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First Of All 14 Winterfield Crossing

New Development Coming to Midlothian

Pet Focus 16 Pet Friendly Dining and Shopping

Business Watch 20 Boulevard Flower Gardens

Seniors 21 Adventures in Aging

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SITTING The Silent Killer

Restaurant and Brewery News

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Things to Do

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CHINCOTEAGUE More Than a Dream

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STAYCATION With Kids and For Foodies

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NORFOLK You Won’t Believe the New Norfolk

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I love travel. Whether it’s a day trip nearby or a trip halfway around the world, if I get the chance to go, I want to go. That’s why this issue is one of my personal favorites. The idea for our staycations feature was to encourage our readers to really plan a fun-filled vacation and go to Richmond this year. Make your hotel reservations. Pack your bags. Get in the car and go. The nice thing is you won’t spend that much time on the road. You can be at your destination within 30 minutes of less (for most of you). There is so much to see and do in this area. If you’re like me, you’ve probably been telling yourself that one day you’re going to see this or go there and yet the time just slips by and you never actually do it. So this year do it! The staycation feature is just to get you thinking in the right direction and give you some ideas. You may have some other sites that you’d like to see. Just don’t put it off. Go, see, do. If you do want to get out of town, we’ve got a couple of great destination ideas in our articles on Norfolk and Chincoteague. The Chincoteague piece was written by Victor and Kathy Gottlieb. They’re a most interesting couple. If you ever listened to our now defunct radio show, River City Live, you will remember them as the Singing Gottliebs. I think you’ll enjoy their little preview of their favorite Virginia destination. This is the first article for this magazine that actually comes with its own soundtrack. If you’ve never been to the Eastern Shore, why not do it this year. There is so much to discover. Speaking of discovery, I really enjoyed my personal re-discovery of Norfolk. The city has changed so dramatically in the past decade or so. The nice thing about Norfolk is that it’s not only a vacation destination in itself, but it offers a variety of diversions for those of you who vacation at Virginia Beach each year. There’s more to this issue, including a great vacation idea for your pet. Plus, our “Pet Friendly Guide to Richmond” is also filled with some excellent suggestions for places you and Fido (or Mr. Whiskers) can enjoy together around town. If your idea of a great getaway involves getting out on the patio with friends, our “Party on the Patio” piece might be the first thing you’ll want to read (after you finish this fascinating letter, of course). There’s so much to see and enjoy around town and around Virginia. So this summer, make sure you really do it.

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Zach first moved to Richmond to attend VCU, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing in 2010. Serving as a poster child for obsessive behavior, Zach has never been able to casually enjoy anything as subjects that interest him hit ‘all-consuming’ levels in a matter of days. The greatest example of this defect being his love of writing. When he wraps up his daily word quota, you’ll find him playing drums with his band, reading, or enjoying a craft beer from one of his many favorite local brewers.

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Lisa Puster is a web content manager, writer and mom of two teenage daughters, Meredith and Morgan. Lisa is a selfproclaimed shopping, yoga and wine enthusiast. Her interest in wine began after working for a wine distributor years ago. She enjoys pairing her love for wine with her love for writing!

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Melanie Rasnic is a Richmond area native and a big fan of all things RVA. She graduated in 2014 from VCU with her bachelor’s degree in science, and in 2017 from Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia with her master’s in physician assistant studies. She is thrilled to be back home and promises to never leave Richmond for that long again.

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y year’s end, Midlothian will be welcoming the first phase of a new 25-acre mixeduse development in the form of Winterfield Crossing. The project, which was first proposed in 2015, has been through years of negotiations with both community and government involvement before finally being approved by Chesterfield County last July. Now, Midlothian developer Blackwood Development Co. is full

steam ahead on Winterfield Crossing, which will include retail, restaurant, and office space as well as apartment units. If all goes according to plan, Midlothian Turnpike could see the beginning of an urban center inspired by historical Richmond architecture and rivaling the size and scope of Short Pump. The design of Winterfield Crossing is rooted in a visual appeal customized to Richmond and Midlothian. Boasting a “village-commu-

nity” feel, the building designs for the development take their inspiration from the historical buildings of the region such as the architecture of Tredegar Iron Works and the Chesterfield County Courthouse. With that theme in mind, the development will look to be an all-encompassing environment for residents and shoppers. With around 120,000 total square feet of varying retail, storefront, restaurant, and office space, Winterfield has reportedly attracted the

Some of the Richmond area’s most well-known historical structures will be visually referenced in the architectural design of Winterfield Crossing. 14 Chesterfield Living

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shopping centers. According to the developer’s projections, the first apartments are to be completed and ready to occupy by the year’s end with future development in the pipeline immediately thereafter. Blackwood Development and the involved developers are predicting that Winterfield Crossing’s initial construction should be complete in 2019. Continued development will see the retail spaces reaching the neighboring Ivory Square Shopping Center and development of Midlothian West, which will house further residential units, including apartments and townhouses. There is little doubt the development will lead the charge of growth in the continued development along the turnpike.

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PET FOCUS

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s your four-legged family member thinking about taking a vacation this summer at a pet resort? We asked the folks at Holiday Barn Pet Resorts for tips on what you and your pet should look for in picking the right resort. After all, they’ve been caring for pets for 46 years. Michael Hughes, “Head of the Pack” at Holliday Barn, offered some important suggestions for a “furtastic” vacation! It boils down to three basics. The resort should ensure that your pet will be healthy, comfortable and happy. Healthy One of the first things to consider is your pet’s health. “To maintain a healthy environment, it is essential that we clean and disinfect daily,” says Hughes. “We even wash and replace bedding daily.” He adds that good ventilation, comfortable air conditioning and heat also are important for your dog’s health. In addition to a healthy environment, it is important that all pets at any resort are up to date on all of their vaccinations. Holiday Barn even has a policy that at least five days must have elapsed since a pet has visited a veterinarian’s office for any reason. This helps keep guests healthy. Comfortable You want your dog to be comfortable on his or her vacation. “Many pets love our luxury suites,” Hughes says. “Each suite is tastefully decorated and features a television and bed and includes five walks a day.” Other guests, he adds, might prefer deluxe-kennel lodging, which is a small room with a private potty patio. Cat guests enjoy beautiful and spacious multi-level “condos.” Special feline features include built-in aquariums, a discreet potty and windows. People often comment that their pet’s vacation is going to be better than their own! 16 Chesterfield Living

Happy Holiday Barn offers an extensive menu of play packages to satisfy your pet’s need for fun! Your dog may choose to play catch, enjoy an “exploratory” walk, take a swim or simply enjoy a hug from one of the friendly counselors. “Dogs that like to play with other dogs may want to sign up for our day camp,” suggests Hughes. “Vacation is also a great time to visit our spa for a soothing bath or trim. Dogs can also register for dog training with our personal trainer, and cats may book a session in our popular outdoor ‘catio’.” Take a Tour Hughes says that it is important to tour Holiday Barn before you bring your pet for the first time. “We’ll ask you questions about your pet’s personality and help you select vacation options that are purrrfect for your pet,” he says. “We give tours daily between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.” Come next fall, when your pet is asked where he or she went for vacation, you’ll want the happy answer to be, “Holiday Barn.” Holiday Barn has two convenient locations: Glen Allen 3800 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 804-672-2200

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It Was a Bark and Warm-y Night The Richmond Navigator Guide to Pet Friendly Dining, Shopping and Other Fun Stuff by Whitney Kiatsuranon

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ith longer, warmer days upon us, leisurely strolls and patio dining are sure to be late spring and early summer activities that many of us will want to enjoy. It’s also likely that if you’re a dog owner, you’ll want your best friend to accompany you during your dining adventures. Whether you’re in the mood for fine Italian dining or just a cup of Joe, I’ve picked a few places you and your four-legged friend will both enjoy. Dining on the patio at one of the county’s excellent restaurants is so much more enjoyable when Fido tags along. That certainly seems to be the sentiment of Elyse Diehl, the communications director at Burger Bach (101 Heaths Way Road, Midlothian), who tells me, “We believe it

is important to bring your furry friend with you when dining for many reasons. It’s great to get your pups out and take them to places you can go. It’s nice to see happy faces and get a little extra attention. Some pups get lucky and their owners order a burger patty for them, too! We love seeing dogs on the patio and hope to even get their pictures to post on our Instagram.” If you agree that puppies and pizzas just seem to go together quite naturally, then you supply the puppy and let Magglios Pizza at 7220 18 Chesterfield Living

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Hancock Village Dr. in Midlothian provide the patio, as well as their delicious New York-style pizza. Jersey Mike’s Subs, just a short walk away at 7317 Hancock Village Drive also has a very pet friendly policy. Chow down with your Chow Chow or lounge with your Lab on the patio at I Don’t Know Sports Grille (1920 W. Hundred Road, Chester). As long as Toby is on his leash, he’ll be more than welcomed. You’ll enjoy the wings, pizza and maybe a sip or two of an ice cold beer. Whether your best friend is a Greek Hareshound or a German Shepherd, he or she will be welcomed at Bell Greek Authentic Grill at 11307 Polo Place, just off Huguenot Road.

Perhaps your English Pointer can direct you to Stony Point Fashion Park (9200 Stony Point Parkway), which offers a delightful dog-friendly shopping environment, in a park-like atmosphere featuring beautiful fountains and local architectural features. There, you’ll find some of the most sought after retailers and restaurants in Metro Richmond.

Wanna catch a ball game with your best pal? Head over to the Diamond on the Boulevard and root for the Flying Squirrels on one of their “Bark in the Park” nights during the season. Director of broadcasting, marketing and media, Jay Burnham, says, “We’re thrilled to be able to

provide a ‘FUNN’ safe space for all kinds of pups!” Every Monday home game is dedicated to dogs with giveaways and dog-friendly promotions. On any given Saturday morning you can find many of your retail and grocery needs at the super funky South of the James Market (SOJ) in Forest Hill Park. This producers-only market offers everything from fruits and vegetables to meat, dairy products and eggs. You and your Bordeaux may have to wait in line a bit to enjoy Mrs. Yoder’s freshly made sourdough doughnuts, a perennial favorite at SOJ. You and your furry friends can shop together for apparel, pottery, photography, jewelry and more ...all handmade by local artisans. Plus, enjoy coffee and breakfast? Sign me up. While you’re over by the park, take in the friendly crowds and the delightful tastes at Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream at 3600 Forest Hill Avenue. Your best friend will be in good company on the patio at Crossroads as you enjoy a favorite beverage, a delicious sandwich or a homemade dessert. Finally, if you seek something special for your pup, you both can go shopping at the Lora Robins Gift Shop in the SPCA, located at 2519 Hermitage Road. The shop offers many wonderful gifts for pets and pet lovers. Your purchases directly benefit orphaned pets in their shelter. The SPCA Calendar of Events page at their website (RichmondSPCA.org) can keep you updated on pet-friendly events including local restaurant’s SPCA nights where a portion of the proceeds are donated to the shelter to keep all the animals in their care happy and healthy, and isn’t that exactly what both you and your furry friend really want?

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BUSINESS WATCH

Boulevard Flower Gardens

Returns to Its Roots by Maria Tucciarone

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igger isn’t always better. Just ask the Landa family. A recent reevaluation of their business had the owners of Boulevard Flower Gardens, Mark and Francine Landa, yearning for the simplicity of yesteryear. The family-owned nursery, opened by Mark’s parents, George and Maybelle Landa in 1955, was a main attraction on The Boulevard in Colonial Heights for many years. Then in 2007, the couple decided to relocate to Ruffin Mill Road in Chesterfield and expand their business to accommodate the growing surge in the garden industry. With that expansion came a much larger property, including an impressive 33,000-squarefoot facility, featuring open roof greenhouses, offices, a gift shop, a home décor/garden center and a café. Along with the couple’s two daughters, Casey Landa and Madison Landa Williams, the family grew their business, hiring more employees, adding inventory, enlarging plant selection and increasing the number of greenhouses. Boulevard Flower Gardens was blooming! But with this expansion came growing pains. The family began to discover that retail trends were changing, and the business was becoming overgrown. Some 20 Chesterfield Living

pruning was in their future. As the business diversified and grew, the couple realized the focus on their family’s heritage was becoming blurred. They agreed to take action and regroup. An offer from a neighboring car dealership helped to facilitate their plan. After discussing their new business strategy with their daughters and getting their blessing, Mark and Francine made the bold decision to sell a large portion of their property and reduce the garden center to a little over 6,000 square feet. They would turn the reins over to their daughters, allowing them to restructure Boulevard Flower Gardens and reclaim their family’s original dream – a local plant and flower store with personalized service. Although the gift shop, café and extraneous features needed to go, this was the best move for the business. “We will still be carrying garden supplies, flags and some VA products, but our main focus will be on plant material,” said Casey. “Investing less time and money on overhead will allow us to shift our attention and time on plants. After all, that’s what we do best!” With big-box stores becoming passé, people are drawing more towards brick-andmortar stores with a smaller footprint which offer more unique selections and expert advice. Current trends show consumers are interested in connecting with store owners, going green and having an authentic shopping experience. Gardeners want to raise their own flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables, especially organic and heirloom varieties. BFG is readjusting their focus to fulfill that demand by growing, nurturing and selling plants. “We want our destination to be more shopper friendly, homey and rustic,” Casey remarked. “Our quality is what separates us from the big-box stores. And our staff gets to know our customers by name.” The revamped Boulevard Flower Gardens is open for business seven days a week with even more improvements on the horizon. They are returning to their roots. Maybelle and George would be proud. BFG is spring loaded and ready to go!

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was driving down a fairly deserted side street late one evening and only semi-stopped at the stop sign. Blue lights in my rearview mirror, a professionally courteous officer and a slip of paper later, I had my first ever driving offense in hand. I stared at the form as the officer pulled away and thought ‘this moment will forever change my life.’ It wasn’t about the ticket, or the fine, or the embarrassment of messing up my previously squeaky clean driving record; it was about the lecture the cop had just given me. I was 17. To truly understand the story, it is important to know that I was a privileged, spoiled, intelligent kid with over-indulgent parents who loved me with every fiber of their being. I got outstanding grades in school, had a wide circle of friends, was a member of several teams and organizations and had developed definite plans for my brilliant future. I was the poster child for “a good kid.” And then I rolled through the stop sign. After checking my license and registration, the officer calmly explained to me, in lingo that my 17-year-old mind would absorb, that I had almost killed a person. It was late, the street wasn’t well lit, and the person had every reason to believe that they could safely cross the street at the crosswalk because there was a stop sign and therefore the cars would stop. Not only, the officer explained, was this a person, but the child in the stroller she was pushing was a person too. They both had an expectation that, since I had been given a driver’s license — after taking the requisite coursework, completing the required hours of student driving and passing both a written and practical test — I would adhere to the word of the law, and I would stop my 2,000-pound vehicle where I was supposed to, when I was supposed to. And I didn’t. The fact that there was, in fact, no person there, let alone a person pushing a stroller, was completely immaterial. During those few minutes when I truly believed the story being told, the officer got through

to my laissez-faire self-absorbed head and changed my life. From that moment on, every time I’ve come to a stop sign, I remember, just for a nanosecond, that officer’s story. And I stop. Fast forward a few decades. I was driving down West Broad Street a few weeks ago headed home. The light was red. I was about three cars back from the intersection; there were at least five cars behind me. To the right of me, at the stoplight by Caroline Ale House, was a blue Ford with what looked to be three teenage girls in it. The two passengers were staring at their cellphone screens, the driver was holding the phone to her ear and talking. I turned to the left of me where a nondescript silver car was being driven by a younger-ish male, who was typing away on his cellphone. Both drivers were completely oblivious to what was going on around them, to other drivers and to possible pedestrians, including a possible person pushing another person in a stroller. I have every reason to believe that both drivers were “good kids” with definite plans for their brilliant futures. And yet, despite the very clear laws in Virginia, the constant PSAs on TV and the lectures delivered by parents and educators, they were doing exactly what I did all those years ago — they were skirting the law, with possible devastating ramifications. How I wish I could have gotten through to their laissez-faire self-absorbed heads that night, that I could have somehow flipped on blue lights, pulled them both over and told them about the person with the person in a stroller that they almost killed. Would it have made the impression on them that it did on me? Would my words somehow have been heard when so many others clearly were not? We’ll never know. The light turned green, and we all went our separate ways. Though I may not have made an impression on them, I have a feeling that the vision of the car of girls and the single boy will take root in my memory just as solidly as the person pushing another person in a stroller across the street.

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Over the past several years, concerns have arisen over the use of BPA in products, including the materials that dentists use for fillings and sealants. BPA has been shown to trick your body into thinking it’s one of your body’s hormones, which can lead to many problems, especially in infants and children. To understand what BPA is, you need to understand what plastic is. Plastic is a polymer, which means that it is made up of lots of little molecules called monomers that are joined together. One of the monomers that was used commonly to make reusable water bottles and baby bottles was BPA. As soon as people realized that BPA could be dangerous, scientists began to look into how it was being used, and manufacturers scrambled to find new formulas for their products. This is when you began to see “BPA free” on many products. What does this have to do with dentistry? Dental composite, the material that is used for white fillings and children’s sealants, is a plastic that is embedded with small particles of glass to make it stronger and prettier. Many people aware of the risks of BPA began to ask what monomers were used in dental composite. It turns out that BPA is not used and never has been used in dental composite, although the monomers in dentistry are related to BPA. The primary monomer used in dentistry is called BisGMA, although there are dozens more.  If you imagine BPA as a small round molecule, imagine BisGMA as a much larger molecule with BPA as its core but with long arms attached

to it. This leads to an important question: if BisGMA shares some of its structure with BPA, does it also share some of it’s negative health effects? Fortunately, the answer is no. Just like alcohol and water act very differently on the body even thought they share a chemical group, BisGMA and its many close cousins don’t act on the body like BPA. None of them have been shown to mimic hormones like BPA does. After several years of study, the FDA released a statement that the use of BPA in products like water bottles were safe. They determined that while BPA alone did have a negative effect in some cases, once they were joined together in their final plastic form, they tended to stay in the plastic and not drift out in levels at which they could cause problems. By that time, BPA had been phased out of most products anyway.  So, are dental composites safe? The answer is double yes. BPA isn’t as dangerous as we once feared, and dental composites don’t contain BPA or other dangerous components. S. Tyler Perkinson, DDS, practices in Virginia Family Dentistry’s PattersonParham office, located at 8516 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. Virginia Family Dentistry is a group practice of more than 50 doctors specializing in Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Implants, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics, Cosmetic and General Dentistry. With 14 convenient locations in the Richmond Metro Area, we can assist you in creating your youthful smile. For a location near you, visit VAdentist.com.

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You Deserve a dayBREAKS Today by Steve Cook Goochland resident Linda Grady had a dilemma. Both she and her husband work in Richmond. As the primary caregiver for her 87-year-old mother, Yumi Sugiyama, Linda was concerned about leaving her mother while she was at work all day. “My mother did not like being alone,” says Linda. “And I didn’t want to leave her with nothing to do but watch TV.” After her mother had surgery, Linda was even more concerned about her mother being alone. “I was afraid she might fall and no one would be home.” So, Linda did what many Richmondarea caregivers are doing. She contacted the folks at dayBREAKS adult day center. At first, she says, her mother was reluctant about meeting new people. “She is Japanese and doesn’t feel comfortable speaking English with people she doesn’t know.” Almost immediately, however, the folks at dayBREAKS made her mother feel comfortable and welcome. “They spoke to her slowly so that

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she was able to understand them,” Linda says. At first, Mrs. Sugiyami was spending a couple of days a week at the center, but because she was enjoying her daily activities so much, she and her daughter decided to make this a five-day-a-week arrangement. “She loves everyone there,” Linda says, “She calls dayBREAKS her ‘everyday place.’” Linda leaves her home early each morning and drives her mother to dayBREAKS in Midlothian. She then makes the return trip each evening. It’s a long day, but Linda says it’s definitely worth it. “If I have a day off from work and she doesn’t get to go, she is disappointed. Summarizing her mother’s daily routine, Linda says, “I don’t worry about her being home alone. She is well cared for. I know she’s getting her meals, snacks and daily exercise. DayBREAKS is a godsend.” Find out if dayBREAKS may be the solution for you. Phone 804-4190999 or visit online at DaybreaksVA.com. DayBREAKS Day Care Center provides care and activities for any senior who requires additional assistance or who desires increased socialization throughout the day. For more information, phone 804-419-0999 or visit online: DayBreaksVA.com

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Few events in life can cause greater anxiety or concern than beginning an aggressive treatment program in one’s battle against cancer. Yes, we’ve all read that tremendous strides have been made in such treatments in recent years. However, when cancer is something that we or a loved Dr. Lang Liebman, M.D. one are personally battling, the subject becomes much more than merely academic. With that acknowledgement, it is nonetheless encouraging when we hear a leading oncologist speak of a new and innovative treatment delivery system as being the “latest and greatest in technology to treat cancer.” That’s how Lang Liebman, M.D. with Radiation Oncology Associates, describes Varian Medical Systems’ TrueBeam advanced medical linear accelerator. TrueBeam uses the latest in technology to deliver radiation treatments to cancer patients. Simply put, the beauty of the system is in its imaging and tracking capabilities that, says Dr. Liebman, “allows us to be more precise and more accurate.” The Richmond native who earned her undergraduate degree from Davidson College and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, says that typically doctors do a special radiation planning CT scan before beginning a program of treatment in order to create a roadmap for treatment. Prior to the TrueBeam system, further x-rays are done once a week. However, the problem is that based on its location, the tumor could be subject to almost constant movement. For instance, she explains, “The problem in treating a woman with breast cancer is that the heart is so near the left breast. Even if the patient were to take too deep a breath (during treatment), it could expose her heart to the radiation.” However, TrueBeam is constantly monitoring both the tumor as well as surrounding tissue and other parts of the body. “The system delivering the radiation can automatically shut off if the heart or other critical organs become exposed,” Dr. Liebman says. “It allows us to avoid healthy tissue.” Putting the advantages of the system in terms that most of us who have

ever driven a car can understand, she explains that doctors can use GPS tracking to follow the tumor. “We can monitor the prostate, for example, before and during treatment and start and stop the radiation when the target is where we want it.” The precision of Varian’s TrueBeam system is measured in increments of less than a millimeter. This accuracy is made possible by the system’s sophisticated architecture, which synchronizes imaging, patient positioning, motion management, beam shaping and dose delivery. The system performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment. Such accuracy, says Dr. Liebman, “allows us to feel more confident that we are accurately treating our patients.” In addition to tracking the tumor’s movement, TrueBeam can also produce high-quality 3-D images of the tumor and surrounding anatomy. These images are used to fine-tune a patient’s position, enabling accurate tumor targeting. Through enhanced tumor targeting, doctors can treat some tumors with higher doses, Dr. Liebman says. In some tumors, this can allow for faster treatment. Although cautioning that every patient and every tumor is different, she adds, “I have seen some patients with a small lung cancer who previously we would have had to treat them every day for up to seven weeks. Now with the use of TrueBeam, certain cases require as few as three treatments. This results in better patient satisfaction, the ability to treat patients who otherwise might not have been able to tolerate treatment, and in some cases improved outcome.” There is no treatment technology superior to this. Dr. Liebman says she has been using the latest version of this system for just over a year in her practice at Richmond Radiation Oncology Center in the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at 6605 W. Broad St. She also says that installation has begun on a system at St. Francis Cancer Center at 14051 St. Francis Blvd., and this should be operational in 2018. “My partners and I are thrilled to have this new technology,” Dr. Liebman says. “It allows us to feel more confident that we are accurately treating our patients and that we can treat a smaller area in order to cut down on side effects and improve patient outcomes.”

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rolonged sitting…It’s the new smoking. As I sit here in front of my computer, my thoughts turn to, well, sitting…and how it’s killing us. And it’s my job, as a fitness coach and personaltraining studio owner, to get you moving because it could mean your life. Studies have shown that we sit as much as 13 hours per day. Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo ClinicArizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative, who coined the phrase, “sitting is the new smoking,” says that prolonged sitting can increase your risk of developing serious illness, such as cancer, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol and even depression. For every hour we sit, according to Dr. Levine, we lose two hours of our lives. The World Health Organization has identified physical inactivity as the fourth biggest preventable killer on the planet, with an estimated 3.2 million deaths per year. As humans, we are built to move, and moving in return helps keep us healthy. As a fitness coach, I see the adverse effects of prolonged sitting every day. An estimated 80 percent of our clients come in with some sort of pain or symptom due to lack of movement and mobility. When you sit too long, your glutes (your butt) shut down and become weak. This forces other muscles to compensate for your glute weakness 24 Chesterfield Living

and often results in lower back, knee or hip pain. The upper body is affected as well, causing headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and shoulder pain. Worse yet, you are still prone to suffer from these weaknesses even if you participate in a consistent exercise program. When you prevent your muscles from activating, by sitting most of your day, they don’t perform at

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100 percent and will become dormant. You can’t train a dormant muscle. My job as a coach is to help individuals understand that being healthy isn’t just about working out, getting your 10,000 steps, or eating well. It’s about moving more often, taking care of your entire body and mind, thus creating a lifestyle to live happier, healthier and longer. Here are a few tips to help decrease sitting in your life: • Reduce the actual time you sit each day; aim for only three to four hours • Move after every 30 minutes of sitting for at least two to five minutes

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Linda Alexander is owner of Oxygen and Iron Personal Training Studio in Midlothian, where her focus is to inspire people to transform their lives through positive mindset, movement and simple whole-nutrition strategies in a supportive community environment. With over three decades of helping others, Linda recently published her first book We Are Not Done- becoming your best self, a simple guide to help women become the best versions of themselves.

• Pay attention to your posture • Exercise at least 30 minutes daily • Perform 10 to 15 minutes of mobility or stretching exercises daily

We are ultimately responsible for our own health. It’s up to us to make it our top priority. It’s time to stand up, be more active and become the best version of you. I would love to help you sit less, wake up your glutes and build longterm healthy habits to become a happy, healthier you. Contact me at the studio or get my book We Are Not Done – becoming your best self, available on Amazon.

SOURCES Oxygen and Iron Personal Training Studio Owner: Linda Alexander Phone: 804-423-1375 linda@oxygenandiron.com Website: oxygenandiron.com Facebook:  facebook.com/oxygenandiron/ Twitter: @worknoutla Instagram: oxygenandiron

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We asked our readers to tell us about their favorite hot dog joints. We heard from a lot of you and discovered some places that we might not have even thought of for hot dogs. Congratulations to Eric Grossman, our winner in the promotion. He’ll be receiving a gift certificate to a great area restaurant. Eric’s favorite hot dog is at Joey’s Hot Dogs in Innsbrook.

Joey’s Hot Dogs

4028 Cox Rd, Glen Allen; 804-651-4108; JoeysHotDogs.com Lots of readers wrote and told us how much they love Joey’s Hot Dogs. Our contest winner, Eric Grossman, wrote, “I wouldn’t go anywhere else.” Owner Joey Mirable’s family has been recognized as the oldest living family of hot dog purveyors in the state of Virginia by The Virginia Folklife Program. Joey’s father had his own “hot dog joint” long before most of us were born, in fact, since 1939. Today, Joey’s son Joey, Jr. has joined the business as an apprentice and is preparing to one day become the “Joey” of Joey’s Hot Dogs. In addition to the Joey Dog (pictured here), served all the way with mustard, onion and homemade chili, Joey also offers the New York Hot Sausage, a veggie dog and a turkey frank. As his menu says, you can

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The Dog House at The Diamond

3001 N. Boulevard; 804-359-3866; SquirrelsBaseball.com The hot dogs at the Diamond are so good that you just might here folks singing, “Take me out to the Dog house.” That’s the name of the specialty hot dog cart just behind home plate where you’ll find a tempting variety of gourmet hot dogs. The Diamond Dog, smothered in chili and coleslaw, is a crowd favorite. But when The Travel Channel’s Food Paradise TV crew came to town, they seemed to take a special liking to the Squirrel’s Bacon Me Crazy dog. The bacon jam, which tops the dog, along with bacon and bacon bits, adds a unique and flavorfully sweet taste to your dog dining delight. Photo: Josh Young

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Hot Dogs Q Barbecue

13800 Fribble Way, Midlothian & 2077 Walmart Way, Midlothian; QBarbecue.com You probably know all about award-winning chef and pitmaster Tuffy Stone and his incredible Q Barbecue, famous for their BBQ pork, brisket, chicken, ribs and wings. But when you have a hankering for a hot dog, Q Barbecue can satisfy that desire, as well. Their ¼ pound all-beef Nathan’s Famous dogs are topped with Q’s own beef brisket chili. Other toppings include freshly made Cole slaw, diced onions and cheddar cheese. The BBQ Slaw Dog features mustard, BBQ sauce and slaw.

Wildwood Bar-B-Que

2740 Anderson Hwy., Powhatan; 804-372-9574; WildwoodBarBQue.com There are lots of wonderful reasons to head into beautiful Powhatan County, not the least of which is Philip Foster’s Wildwood Bar-B-Que. This cozy little country restaurant offers North Carolina-style barbecue, including ribs, chicken, brisket and pork. What you might not know is that Wildwood also offers a variety of tempting, tasty hot dogs. Try their Jumbo All-Beef Hot Dog with relish, mustard, ketchup and onions. Add some chili and cheese, or if you want to experience what Philip calls a “flavor explosion,” give the Bar-BQue Slaw Dog a try.

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Hot Dogs TD’S Smokehouse Barbecue 8919 Patterson Ave.; 804-741-9804; TDsSmokehouse.com

Scott Bond has made TD’s one of the West End’s favorite go-to spots for great barbecue pork, chicken, ribs and beef brisket. But did you know that he offers one of the best hot dogs in town, as well? Scott starts with Nathan’s Famous all-beef hot dogs, which is a great place to start. Add TD’s thick, rich chili and you got yourself a dog. Or go all the way with chili, cheese and slaw.

Midlothian Apothecary

13502 Midlothian Tnpk., Midlothian; 804-794-5592; MidlothianApothecary.com Remember the good ol’ days when your friendly neighborhood pharmacy had its very own soda fountain? You could sit on a stool at the counter or in a booth and enjoy real ice cream sodas, milk shakes or an egg cream. Remember that? Well, you can relive those days at Midlothian Apothecary. Enjoy a good ol’ fashioned hot dog with chili, relish, mustard and onions. They have corn dogs, too. But that’s just the beginning. The soda fountain serves hamburgers, French fries, onion rings, BLTs, homemade pimento cheese, as well as homemade chicken, egg and tuna salads. They also serve breakfast all day (from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.). Photo: Jimmy Davis

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tastebudz with Steve Cook and Whitney Kiatsuranon

Lots of cool foodie-type stuff happening all over Chesterfield and we’re here to tell you about it.

THE SHAVED DUCK EXCELS ON MANY LEVELS: When was the last time you enjoyed the great taste of duck? Like confit duck leg with rosemary-Asiago waffles over Sunday brunch, perhaps? How about duck hash served with potatoes, Brussel sprouts and fried eggs? Get yourself to The Shaved Duck Restaurant over at 15408 WC Commons Way in Westchester Commons and you too can indulge your senses while putting Chef Matt Kirwan’s kitchen skills to the ultimate taste test ­your taste buds. Don’t let the name fool you though. Owner Joe Kmetz tells me, “We are a modern American bistro with French and Italian influences. Our bar is craft cocktail driven with carefully selected wines from various regions and local beers on tap and ten favorites in cans/ bottle. We are a scratch kitchen specializing in house made pastas, seasonally sourced ingredients and familiar cuts of meat that non-duck adventurers will find appealing. From the food to the service, we want to provide Midlothian with the best experience they can find in the Richmond area”. Check out their Tuesday specials featuring 5 different succulent dishes all highlighting their amazing duck-based creations. The cocktail menu shines, offering 10 drinks, unique and set to pair well with everything on the menu. The craft beer list features 8 carefully selected beers also each meant to pair well with Chef Matt’s deliciously unique menu concepts. Check their website (TheShavedDuckRetaurant.com) for details on their next beer-themed dinner. While the food and beverage are on point, you won’t be disappointed with their attention to details in all the aesthetics, either. From the open-kitchen concept to the repurposed vintage windows, even your eyes will be pleased. Planning a corporate meeting or your next family get together? Or are you getting married and need a rehearsal spot? The Shaved Duck has excellent private dining options and can accommodate up to 35 of your closest foodie buddies or 50 of your closest cocktail-imbibing acquaintances. Joe and his staff can handle it all, from customized menu options to anything else you may desire during your event. The Shaved Duck brings the feel of an upscale Richmond restaurant to a very hungry Midlothian location and the food speaks for itself. It’s all good. 32 Chesterfield Living

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THE MARKET REPORT: The Market at Magnolia Green is back (as of May 5) and better than ever. Now in its third full season, the thirty (or so) local vendors will have even more room this year to display their wares, which include fresh fruits, vegetables berries and eggs, as well as locally produced sausages and other meats. Of course, local artisans will also be on hand offering a wide variety of uniquely crafted products, making the market an ideal shopping destination for those who seek gifts that you won’t find in the big box stores. Many of the vendors are returning from the 2017 season and are excited to be a part of this year’s market, which will run every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through fall. Some of the market-goers’ returning favorites include Walnut Hill Farm (cantaloupe, watermelons, corn, tomatoes, beets and more) and Ma and Pa’s Farm (fresh from the farm products including fruits & vegetables, eggs and even soaps and Swift Creek Berry Farm (fresh, local blueberries. New to the market this year, Willowland Farm will be offering a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from strawberries to kale and pumpkins. And, yes, Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen will be on hand with their freshly baked doughnuts. Our next stop on our culinary cruise around the county is a place that one of our best Budz, Whitney Kiatsuranon has been telling me about. Here is what she says:

BARRY, THE BLUEGRASS BUTCHER: I was over at The Butcher at Bon Air (2720 Tinsley Drive) recently. Owner, Barry Sweeney, is a cool guy. In addition to being an exceptionally knowledgeable butcher, he also plays in a bluegrass band, the Creekside Pickers. So, while you’re picking your cut of meat, perhaps you can talk Barry into picking a little ditty on the guitar. Speaking of meats, there’s plenty to choose from at The Butcher at Bon Air, which just celebrated its 12th anniversary in mid-April. In addition to your traditional cuts of meat, there are a few specialty items that you ought to know about if you’re not yet familiar with the place. Barry says his shop is one of the few to carry the tri-tip sirloin, which, he adds, is “wildly popular on the West Coast but tough to find (locally).” He says it’s also considerably less costly if you’re trying to feed a large group for a special occasion. Of course, if you are planning to cater to a crowd and prefer the whole beef tenderloin or the rib roast (standing or boneless), he has that, as well. Since barbecue and bluegrass go together perfectly, you’d be correct in assuming that The Butcher at Bon Air has that, too. They even have their own smoker and serve lots of delicious baby backs and pulled pork every weekend. Barry describes his shop as an “old-style country-butcher market. We even make our own sausages,” he says.

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MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH: I discovered the Great American Ranch restaurant the other day. I say discovered because it’s somewhat hidden off Hull Street Road at 13995 Raised Antler Circle in Midlothian. Nick Motola, the beverage director, tells me that the Great American Ranch is somewhat two restaurants in one. “It’s somewhat a hybrid,” he says describing the place that was opened just weeks ago by internationally popular bartender, Mauro Garido. One side (the Saloon) of the place is more contemporary with an emphasis on craft cocktails – you know, the ones with fire and liquid nitrogen and all that. The other side (the Ranch) is more traditional with an emphasis on great steaks, chops and burgers. Of course, you can enjoy the same menu on either

side. The Ranch even sports its own mechanical bull. Check the menu at GreatAmericanRanch.com. Nick, who has cut his teeth in working with some of the city’s best bartenders, says the goal is to bring “downtown cocktails” out to the suburbs — Midlothian to be precise. So, how have Chesterfieldians been taking to this slice of the city? “We’ve been killing it,” Nick says (figuratively speaking).

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FRUGAL FOODIE: No one likes a good food bargain any more than myself and I have to tell you that one of my favorite Chesterfield finds is Latitude Seafood Company in Westchester Commons (15532 WC Commons Way). Every day (Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.) at Happy Hour, these folks nearly give away some of their best appetizers. Actually, these are $6 each, but the portions are generous. The six-buck apps include raw or steamed oysters, calamari, Hellfire Shrimp – My favorite, chicken lettuce wraps and salmon dip. But wait. There’s more! Most of the drinks — beer, wine and well liquors — are half price. What a deal.

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Outdoor Dining Ahh, the soothing rays of a late afternoon sun or the refreshing breeze under a starlight canopy complement an already delectable dining experience at each of these popular local restaurants. by Lisa Puster

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

4602 Millridge Pkwy. Midlothian 804-744-2545 | BoathouseVA.com The Boathouse at Sunday Park offers stunning water views, a multi-tiered deck, lively outdoor bar and a variety of delicious, locally sourced seafood and cuisine. If you love dining on the water, this is one of the best settings in Chesterfield to make you forget your cares and feel like you’re on vacation!

Howlett’s Restaurant & Tavern

3530 Festival Park Plaza. Chester 804-930-1034 | HowlettsTavernChester.com Howlett’s, located in Chester Village Green, is locally famous for its cozy atmosphere and great food, including prime rib, sizzling steaks, crab cakes, and fresh seafood. But their outdoor patio space, nestled in the heart of the village, is just as inviting with its bistro-style tables and oversized umbrellas.

La Cucina Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria

11400 West Huguenot Rd, Unit 107 Midlothian | 804-378-8940 | LCcucinaVA.com La Cucina, located in the Shoppes at Bellgrade, offers spectacular pastas, seafood, veal, pizza, and homemade bread, along with fantastic service in a charming atmosphere. The outdoor patio area provides open-air seating and patio umbrellas that overlook the fountain and greenery of Bellgrade. 36 Chesterfield Living

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Mellow Mushroom

1409 Huguenot Road Midlothian 804-594-0100 | MellowMushroom.com Mellow Mushroom may just have the best patio in Chesterfield. With a firepit surrounded by cozy seating, ample outdoor dining, 4 televisions, outdoor heaters, hanging lanterns and an amazing, open-air bar with barstools, this is the patio to be reckoned with! If you can’t hang here, you can’t hang anywhere! Photo: Jimmy Davis

Mosaic

6229-A River Rd. Richmond, VA 23229 804-288-7482 | MosaicEdibles.com/ Richmond Mosaic, located in the River Road Shopping Center, on the eastern side of the Huguenot Bridge, serves globally-inspired, healthy, eclectic cuisine. Dine inside for a more upscale dining experience or outside on their beautifully landscaped, brick patio complete with umbrellas and outdoor heaters to keep you cool on sunny days or warm on cool nights.

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Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria

15717 City View Dr. Midlothian 804-378-7643 | DineAtPalermo.com Palermo, located in Westchester Commons, is known for its authentic taste of old Sicily. Serving a wide variety of soups, salads, pastas, seafood, and traditional pizza pies, in a warm, inviting indoor atmosphere, Palermo also offers a quaint, outdoor patio, tucked away amongst the topiaries.

Uptown Alley

6101 Brad McNeer Pkwy, Midlothian 804-744-1077 | UptownAlleyRichmond.com Uptown Alley offers more fun than you can fit under one roof. That’s why in addition to 38 high-tech bowling lanes, a dazzling arcade featuring 60-plus electronic games, plus two indoor bars and a restaurant, they’ve had to extend the fun outdoors with two patios. Whether dining in or out, enjoy specialty BBQ, gourmet pizzas and pastas, mouth-watering burgers, hand-crafted sandwiches and fresh salads. May / June 2018

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FLAVOR

Latitude Seafood Co.

15532 WC Commons Way (Westchester Commons); 804-379-8100; LatitudeSeafoodCo.com Take their delicious fare, featuring fresh fish delivered daily, combine it with one of the best Happy Hours in town along with a beverage program that offers 69 wines, 49 beers and 16 handcrafted cocktail, and you got one of Chesterfield’s happiest happening places. On those pleasant afternoon and evenings, you can take “the party” outside to their comfortable, cool and covered patio.

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Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro

1840 Manakin Rd. Manakin, VA 23103 804-784-2000 | LolasFarmhouseBistro.com Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro, built in 1865, is one of the more historic dining destinations in the area. Their charming stone, brick, and iron patio, with a cozy firepit, surrounds the beautiful gardens for a perfect outdoor dining experience. The house’s quaint French porch also provides additional outdoor seating.

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Springtime! Time to jump in your car and take a drive through the country to a brewery or a bottle shop that you haven’t been to before! Beer Budz has done some of the research for you, and is happy to suggest a few new discoveries for you. Bottleworks

3078 Stony Point Road 804-320-4677 BottleworksRVA.Wixsite.com/ bottleworksrva With over 300 wines and far more beer selections, plus wine-of-the-month discounts, and local foods, it’s certainly a shop to check out! This friendly neighborhood wine and beer shop has tastings every Friday. There are sixteen rotating taps for growler fills for at-home consumption, at $7 and up for a 32-ounce growler, and $14 and up for a 64-ounce one. The tap list is kept up to date on their Facebook page. Bottleworks is also the local delivery point for an online farmers’ market. Photo: John Stoner

AMMO Brewing

235 N Market St, Petersburg 804-722-1667 AmmoBrewing.com Down in Historic Petersburg, this brewery puts out a lot of very flavorful smallbatch beers. Many are malt-forward beers that are refreshing and make Photo: John Stoner you want to stay a while longer and have another. On Beer Budz most recent visit, we especially enjoyed the Gose Without Saying, a Montmorency cherry gose, and the Two Pixies, a spiced beer with cherries, maple syrup, vanilla beans, and cinnamon. They have a small kitchen that makes sausages and curries, and their Sunday brunch is a favorite with the locals. They’ll have a special brunch on Mother’s and Father’s Days, and they’re already looking forward to their Second Anniversary party in July.

Champion Brewing Company - RVA 401 E. Grace St.; 804-344-5108 ChampionBrewingCompany.com

Charlottesville’s Champion Brewing Company opened its Richmond outpost in an old bank building – the vault doors are wide open for your inspection – at the corner of 4th and Grace Streets. They have almost too many events to list: yoga, trivia nights, Latin music and dancing on Sundays, monthly comedy shows, frequent concerts, plus lots of pinball games, comfortable chairs upstairs, and an on-site kitchen. Oh, and excellent beers, most of which are brewed on location. (A couple of favorites from the original location also make it onto the tap list.) The last time in, Beer Budz enjoyed the Rye Pale Ale and the Chimborazo Map (a session IPA).

Reason Beer

1180 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville; 434-260-0145 ReasonBeer.com If your Spring afternoon drive takes you to the west of Richmond, you should stop in at Reason Beer, one of the newer breweries in Charlottesville. The brewery is located on U.S. 29. Nestled in an industrial park, Reason makes well-balanced and satisfying beers. Not surprising, perhaps, as the brewer worked for several years at the Maine Brewing Company. The tasting room is quiet and pleasant, and they have music most Thursdays. Beer Budz’s favorite beer at Reason is their Black, a black IPA.

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

4100 Knolls Point Dr., Goochland; 804-314-2093 LickingholeCreek.com Lickinghole Creek was the first farm brewery in Virginia, and they grow some of their own ingredients, including barley, wheat, and hops. It’s a beautiful location to enjoy a beer, read a book, and watch the sun set across the fields. Their Nuclear Nugget (an Imperial IPA with honey) works great in that role. The draft room is open Friday through Sunday, while the rest of the week, you can buy bottles and merchandise. They have frequent bottle releases for some of their small-batch variants. And it’s the only brewery that Beer Budz knows of that has a Frisbee golf course!

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Happy Hour Guide Awful Arthur’s Seafood Company 1300 Sycamore Square, Midlothian | 804-893-4093

Enjoy drink and food specials at the bar or on the beautiful deck. Awful Arthur’s also offers Raw Bar Happy Hour food specials from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Domestic bottles - $1 off Domestic drafts - $1 off House rail drinks - $1 off House wine (by the glass) - $1 off

Great American Ranch

13995 Raised Antler Cir., Midlothian | 804-608-0182 GreatAmericanRanch.com Go west young human…western Chesterfield, that is, for a true craft cocktail experience. The food menu in this western-themed restaurant features steaks, burgers and seafood, plus wide variety of bar foods and appetizers. The adjoining Great American Saloon will dazzle with “big city” cocktails. Tuesday through Friday 3 to 7 p.m. Highballs, well - $3.00 Drafts, select domestics (16-oz.) - $2.50 - $3.00 Wine, by the glass - $4

Firebirds

Appetizers – 50% off (includes pretzels and beer dip, Cowboy Caviar, Sidewinder Nachos, chicken tenders and fried pickles.)

11448 Belvedere Vista Ln., Bon Air | 804-364-9744 FirebirdsRestaurants.com This health conscious dining favorite has a nutrition calculator and an interactive nutrition menu so you can stay on track with your healthy lifestyle. Bar bites and drink specials in the Firebar and on the patio!

Sergio’s Authentic Pizza & Pasta

Monday - Friday: 4 to 7 p.m. Double black diamond martini - $10

This longtime, casual pizza joint serves up classic pies, pasta & other Italian eats, plus 30 craft brews on tap. On Sundays, it’s Happy Hour all day when you sit at the bar.

Signature cocktails - $6

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All draft beers - $2 Off Beef sliders - $5 Crispy hand spun chicken tenders with honey mustard or buffalo style with bleu cheese - $6

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Glory Days Grill

All happy hour listings are subject to change. Please drink responsibly.

6151 Harbour Centre Loop Dr., Midlothian | 804-608-8350 GloryDaysGrill.com Hearty American fare, great burgers and lots of TVs. FingerLicking Wednesdays features a half portion of baby back ribs for $10.99 all day long. Monday - Friday: 3 to 7 p.m. Drafts, Miller Lite, Bud Light, Coors Light 12 oz. - $2.39; 22 oz. - $3.99 House wine - $2.99 House Margaritas - $2.99 Rail Drinks - $2.99 Wine, bottles – ½ price (Wednesday only)

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Events Calendar compiled by Cosima Pellis

MAY 12

Mother’s Day Tea at Maymont MAY 9

The Illusionists This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists – Live from Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. 7:30p.m. / Tickets available at the Altria Theater and Dominion Energy Center box offices, by phone at 800-514-3849, and www.ETix.com / Altria Theater, 6 N Laurel St. / AltriaTheater.com

Dress in your favorite spring fashions to enjoy afternoon tea at one of the most picturesque spots in Richmond. Enjoy this time honored tradition with your mother, daughter or special friend as elegant Victorian ladies, distinguished gentlemen and attending servants see to every detail. Tea sandwiches and little cakes, special music and a visit to Maymont mansion make this a very memorable afternoon.

MAY 12

Unforgettable songs from Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway hits including West Side Story, On the Town, Candide, and more – led by award-winning Broadway music director Rob Fisher and performed by three Broadway stars including Brooke Shields. Joining Shields will be Broadway’s Ross Lekites, who has starred in West Side Story, and who is taking a night off from Broadway’s Frozen to perform here; and Mikaela Bennett, a newcomer whose rich soprano voice is taking New York by storm.

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2p.m. to 4p.m. / $25 per person; $20 for Maymont members / 1700 Hampton Street / Maymont.org

Bernstein on Broadway

MAY 11 - 13

Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

9a.m. to 5p.m. / $12 adults; $11 seniors; $8 children ages 3-12; free for children under age 3 / Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue/ LewisGinter.org

Dominion Energy Riverrock What better way to celebrate the Richmond riverfront than at the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival? Dominion Energy Riverrock, organized by Sports Backers and Venture Richmond Events, LLC, puts the James River and downtown Richmond on display. From music to mud pits, bikes to beer, SUPs to pups, and climbing to kayaks, it’s uniquely RVA! Rock the day and night away, watch professional athletes thrill the crowd, and maybe even get a little dirty yourself. This isn’t your typical festival, but, then, we’re not your typical town!

8p.m. / Tickets $35; $60; $75 / Sandler Center, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach/ VaFest.org

The Bon Secours Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration is a three-day event with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom and loved ones. The long weekend kicks off on Friday with National Public Gardens Day. Enjoy the popular Butterflies Live! featuring live music, children’s garden activities, shopping, dining, and more. On Saturday, treat your mom to an experience she’ll love, give her a tour of A Million Blooms. Sunday is the popular Mother’s Day Concert.

MAY 18 - 20

See website for specific times / Free / Brown’s Island, S 9th St./ RiverrockRVA.com

VisArts Play Day Each year, Visarts opens its doors for Play Day, their spring open house. Beer and food will be available. Plan to enjoy kids’ games and activities, a reading by a local children’s book author, family yoga and more. Play Day is a rain or shine event. Extra parking is available at Binford Middle School. Noon to 3p.m. / Free / Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St. / VisArts.org

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Desirée Roots Centeio presents the Ladies of Jazz You won’t want to miss this performance by Desirée Roots Centeio as she brings to life the ladies of jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, and Lena Horne. 7 p.m. / $10 / Henrico Theatre, 305 Nine Mile Rd, Highland Springs/ Henrico.us

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RVA East End Festival The RVA East End Festival is an inclusive community celebration highlighting the diverse neighborhoods and unique quality of Richmond’s East End. The festival serves as a fundraiser for music education in East End public schools. See website for times / Free / 100 N 17th St. / Enrichmond.org

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days, the historic waterfront festival offers a weekend packed with thrilling activities on land and sea to include tall ships and the Parade of Sail, artisan foods and beverages, work boat races, unique and unusual performances, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, family games and activities, national and regional entertainment, and much more.

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See website for times / Free / Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Norfolk / FestEvents.org

Memorial Day Wine and Cheese Celebrate with a gourmet wine and cheese pairing at James River Cellars Winery. Sample selected James River Cellars wines with their delicious cheese companions. 12p.m. to 5p.m. / Tickets $10 / 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, 804-550-7516/ JamesRiverCellars.com

Beer, Bourbon, &BBQ Festival

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Soul2Soul The World Tour 2018 Following an 80-date North American run of sold out shows, Grammy Award winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are showing no signs of stopping as their critically-acclaimed Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 extends into 2018 The performance has consistently stunned audiences across North America with its sharp production, deep catalog of hits, and McGraw and Hill’s palpable chemistry. 7:30p.m. / See website for ticket pricing or call (800)745-3000 / The Richmond Coliseum / RichmondColiseum.net

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Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’ and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALLYOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry. Enjoy seminars in the tasting theater and live music all day. 2p.m. to 6p.m. / Tickets $45 on-site; $39 advance; $59 VIP / Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave. / BeerAndBourbon.com

11a.m. to 6p.m. / Free / West Broad Street between Henry and Adams Streets / BroadAppetit.com

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Grammy®-winning singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Hornsby and Virginia Arts Festival are bringing back Funhouse Fest, the outdoor music festival that gathers award-winning artists for a weekend of music-making in an intimate summer setting. Named after Hornsby’s 1998 song “Funhouse,” the festival is curated by Bruce Hornsby, who will be performing alongside notable musicians throughout the weekend, as in past years.

JUNE 23

XL 102 Big Field Day XL 102 is bringing the biggest alternative music festival in the RVA back to Innsbrook After Hours! Featuring Moon Taxi, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Manchester Orchestra, Dashboard Confessional, and Awolnation. Gates open 2p.m., Show 3p.m. / See website for ticket prices / Innsbrook After Hours, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. Glen Allen / XL102Richmond.com

JUNE 12

Words on Fire: Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse Kick off your evening with a dose of hot verse at Firehouse Theatre! Featuring showcases work by local poets, an open mic sign-up, a cash bar with happy hour specials, and lots of good vibes and people. 6p.m. to 8p.m. / Free / 1609 Broad St, Richmond / RiverCityPoets.com

JUNE 28

Broad Appétit You’ve waited all year for the return of Broad Appétit, which once again features the best local restaurants our fine city has to offer – and all at $3 a plate! Bring your appetite and cash and plan on grazing your way down Broad Street. There will be plenty of Virginia wines and beers to wash down the delicious offerings, as well as great vendors to visit and music to please your ears. Remember to bring your re-usable shopping bag and gather up your favorite in-season produce from local farmers and food providers.

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See website for times and tickets or call (757)2822822 / The lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 326 Francis St. W, Williamsburg / FunhouseFest.com

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JUNE 22-23

June Unhappy Hour Join the Poe Museum for our June Unhappy Hour! This event will feature live music, a cash bar, light refreshments, and Poe-themed fun for the whole family! Be sure to visit the new exhibit: Poe: Beyond The Horror.

JUNE 16 - 17

Father’s Day Celebration at Lewis Ginter Enjoy a weekend of opportunities to honor and spend time with dad. Visit the popular Butterflies LIVE! Exhibit, plus these activities: On Saturday, have fun with crafts and activities in the Children’s Garden. On Sunday, enjoy a free concert. Food available for purchase. 1 to 4p.m. / Free / Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., 804-262-9887/ LewisGinter.org

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6 to 9p.m. / Admission $8; Members and children 6 and under free / Poe Museum, 1914 E Main St., 804648-5523 / PoeMuseum.org

JULY 4

Liberty or Death Reenactment Patrick Henry’s stirring speech comes alive. The event is free and open to the public, but you may purchase a ticket to reserve a seat at the forefront of history! 10:45a.m., 1 p.m. / Free, may purchase a ticket to reserve a seat / St. John’s Church, 2401 East Broad St./ HistoricStJohnsChurch.org


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f you’re looking to spend some quality time with the kids without leaving the area, why not plan a staycation at The Hyatt House in the heart of Short Pump? Located in the Short Pump Town Center mall, The Hyatt House (11800 W. Broad St.) offers amenities like you might have at home… only better. Check-in on a warm Friday evening and splash around in their seasonal infinity pool. Once you’re out of the pool, it’ll be time to feed the little ones. For dinner, Metro Diner (11525 W. Broad St.) is only about a halfmile away and is always a kid favorite. Breakfast is served all day and that includes their delicious pancakes and waffles. Of course, if you don’t feel like having to pile in the car, there are several wonderful restaurants located within the Town Center. While you’re perusing your dining options and the shops, the little ones can take a train ride around the mall. After all the food and fun, and the kids are asleep, the grown-ups can grab a bottle of wine in the 24-hour market in the hotel, then relax, sip on your wine and enjoy all the luxury that one can only find at Hyatt House. For rates, dining ideas and other activity suggestions, visit RichmondWest.House.Hyatt.com. 46 Chesterfield Living

After a good night’s sleep, the kids will, no doubt, be ready to eat breakfast. Head into the city and check out the Dairy Bar in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition. The Dairy Bar (1602 Roseneath Road) is a Richmond tradition ­— a place where friends and families have met for more than 70 years to fill their bellies and enjoy company that warms their hearts. Choose from their classic or country-style breakfasts, one of their freshly stuffed omelets or a perfectly made breakfast sandwich. With its proven reputation for good food, the Dairy Bar is sure to please the pickiest of little eaters. Hope you brought your bathing suits, because it’s time to head over to the Children’s Museum (2626 W. Broad St.) The kids can learn through play at one of their many activities and exhibits located within the museum, or they can play in the Backyard (geared towards kids 3 and under). However, the real gem is in the front yard, where youngsters can spend hours learning and having fun with water features including a splash pad. Once they’ve burnt off all their energy and their breakfast, chances are they are going to start whining for lunch. No worries, get RichmondNavigator.com

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em’ all dried off and head across Broad Street to Sabai (2727 W. Broad St.) for a truly unique culinary experience. Once inside, you will feel as if you have left the country and are in the heart of Thailand, with Thai favorites like moo sam chan and satay gai. The spices and flavors are unique to anything in the area, and the tiki-inspired drinks are sure to make your staycation feel just as tropical as if you were sitting on a beach in Phuket. Once you have completed your cultural lunch date with the kiddos, head back across Broad to the Science Museum of Virginia (2500 W. Broad St.) to spend the rest of the afternoon filled with more educational fun. SMV offers amazing science demonstrations and revolving exhibits throughout the year. The kids will not want to miss Going Places, the museum’s new transportation exhibit. “We often take transportation for granted, rarely, if ever, stopping to marvel at the technological advances that allow us to travel half way across the world in a day,” says Jennifer Guild, SMV’s communication and curiosity manager. “Going Places gets families to stop and think about whatever their mode of transportation is and how it impacts their lives, and it shows how enhancements in technology and human ingenuity have improved the way we travel.”

When you’re done exploring the museum and all the exhibits, head over to the museum’s Dome and catch a film on the giant screen. Just like any other movie theater, you can purchase candy, popcorn or soda, and relax while you beat the heat in the air-conditioning. The grown-ups may even be able to sneak in a quick nap while the kids are occupied. Check their website (SMV.org) for show times and updates on exhibits.

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After all your exploring, you may be thinking that Richmond couldn’t possibly surprise you any more in one day, but on the contrary, you and your family will be pleasantly surprised with your dining experience at The Circuit Arcade Bar (3121 W. Leigh St.). Order a sandwich at the kiosk, and you’ll be called when dinner is ready. The food is not the primary reason folks hangout here. The arcade offers over 50 classic May / June 2018

games that are sure to bring out the kid in you, as you teach your little ones all the wonders that an arcade can hold. It’s a fun place where grown-ups and kids alike can meet on some common ground, grab a meal and have a good time. Don’t worry, it won’t get too crazy on your Saturday night out with the kids, as there is a strict curfew. Anyone under 21 must vacate the premises by 9 p.m. After a good night’s sleep and check-out at the Hyatt House, everyone is probably going to be ready to eat… again. I suggest Lunch.Supper! (1213-15 Summit Ave.) for their amazing brunch, but I would get over there early. Brunch starts at 9 a.m., and like most of the Richmond hotspots, there is often a wait to be seated. All in your party will be pleased with the choices — from chicken and waffles, French toast and breakfast bowls to salads and sandwiches. The kids will enjoy being able to stretch their legs while they wait for brunch in the Urban Roost beer garden, where they can play corn hole or giant Jenga. Check their website (LunchOrSupper.com) for updates on events throughout the season. Exploring this wonderful city can be a daunting challenge, but it’s worth the effort for both those who are visiting us as well as for the many who call Richmond home. Chesterfield Living 47


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f you’re looking to explore the various delicacies that have proven to be the pillars of this fine city’s burgeoning dining scene, be sure to make plans for a foodie weekend. I’d recommend you stay at the Delta Downtown (555 E. Canal St.). Just a short walk or drive from an array of dining destinations, the hotel offers a very accommodating shuttle service that will whisk you to many of the nearby restaurants. After you check in and explore the opulence that is your room with its exquisite views of the James River, your tummy will tell you it is time for dinner. Mom’s Siam 2, in the heart of Shockhoe Bottom (1309 E. Cary St.), is sure to please your taste buds. Whether you’re in the mood for delicious Thai food or mouth-watering sushi, you’ll find something to make this dining hotspot a marvelous culinary destination. I always order the dumplings and the fresh spring rolls with the pad Thai. Once your belly is full, you’ll be at the center of Downtown Richmond’s Friday nightlife, so pick a spot and get your groove on or head back to the Delta for a latenight dip in the pool before bed (the pool is open ‘til 11 p.m.). Regardless of which option you choose, I am sure you will want a latenight snack. If you’re on the concierge level (ask for details when making reservations), you’ll have 24-hour access to complimentary snacks and beverages. But should you be in the mood for some freshly baked cookies, may I suggest Red Eye Cookie (RedEyeCookie.com) or Insomnia Cookies (InsomniaCookies.com)? With one phone call or click on the internet, you can have freshly baked, warm cookies delivered right to your door. They’ll even bring milk and ice cream if you’re feeling really indulgent. 48 Chesterfield Living

Contingent upon your post-dinner activities, you may wake up feeling rested and wonderful or slightly groggy with a mild headache. Either way, let’s do breakfast at Perly’s (111 E. Grace St.), featuring classics like the Fillmore Frittata and the Breakfast Bagel Sammy. Perly’s offers Richmond’s traditional Jewish dining experience with a modern twist that receives nothing but rave reviews from national publications and Richmond natives, alike. After breakfast, it will be time to explore Richmond as a true lover of food and drink. Start with a walk in the park. Saturday mornings find many locals heading to Forest Hill Park (enter at 42nd Street and New Kent Road) and the South of the James Farmer’s Market. Here, you will discover locally sourced produce, the freshest of meats, local honey and lots of artisans from around town offering their crafts, creations and art. You may even find a wine tasting or two. And even though there may be a long wait, it’s worth standing in line to get one (dozen) of Mrs. Yoder’s famous donuts. After a morning at the market, it will be time for more food. Your belly may beckon for something that will put a little meat on your bones and nothing will satiate your appetite more than the traditional Southern cooking that you’ll find at Southern Kitchen (1726 E. Main St.) — from the hand-breaded oysters to owner Ms. Shane’s famous Southern Rolls (three rolls filled with collards, cabbage and chicken with a delectable delight sweet and sour sauce). When you eat here, it’s like you’re eating at grandma’s kitchen table, and you better get your elbows off the table. How would any true foodie burn off such a sensational lunch? I’d rec-

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ommend you take the Richmond Brewery Tour (RichmondBreweryTours.com). Let their knowledgeable and energetic staff drive you on an exciting tour, as you experience some of the city’s finest craft beers. There’s a tour leaving from the Capital Ale House (623 E. Main St.) at 4:15 p.m. Be sure to book in advance at their website. You’ve had a full day. Perhaps you’d like to rest up back at the hotel. Enjoy the pool or the fitness center, and then get ready for one of the city’s most unique dinners at The Broken Tulip in Richmond’s shopping district, Carytown. The Broken Tulip (3129 W. Cary St.) gives you the option of dining at either 6 or 8:30 p.m. and offers one of Richmond’s few social eatery experiences by bringing the community-table dining experience to the forefront of our dining options. The table fills up quickly, so reservations are recommended as diners can’t seem to get enough of their seasonal, locally sourced and rotating menu. I recommend the 8:30 p.m. option, so you will have time to roam Carytown and hit up some of the local favorite watering holes along the strip. The Jasper (3113 W. Cary St.) is new and very popular. After dinner, head back towards downtown. Make time to visit a little place that Richmond foodies hold near and dear to their hearts … and their bellies. Shyndigz (1903 W. Cary St.) is a cake lover’s holiday. With their oversized portions and succulent creations, you will quickly understand why this cake and dessert shop is the place to be. My go-to is the strawberry Nutella with a glass of prosecco. After all your dining and all your libations, I am sure you will be ready to hit the pillow and dream

of what’s for brunch tomorrow morning (or afternoon). No one does brunch the way Millie’s Diner (2603 E. Main St.) has been doing it since 1989. Be prepared to take a lounge chair, grab a drink and wait because Millie’s is not only famous for its amazing brunch but also for one of the longest Sunday brunch lines in Richmond. Yes, it is that good! Between the Devil’s Mess (open-faced omelet of spicy sausage, onions, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes and mild curry, finished with melted white cheddar and avocado) and the Huevos Rancheros (two fried eggs over tortillas with black beans, spicy tomato Ranchero sauce, melted white cheddar, salsa and sour cream), there is no wrong choice on the menu. My goto dish is the spicy black bean and cheddar burrito served with salsa and sour cream. Each dish pairs well with your choice of beverages – from coffee and mimosas to Bloodies and their famous Evil Keevil (a combination of orange, pineapple and cranberry juices, mixed with Malibu Coconut and Cruzan White rums and lime). If you still have the time and appetite, fill the rest of your staycation Sunday afternoon with a food tour from River City Food Tours. Currently, they’re offering a culinary tour of Carytown, which starts at 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit their website, RiverCityFoodTours.com, for information and to purchase tickets. However you choose to spend your staycation fit for a foodie, I can guarantee that in this town you will find no lack of resources to help you gloriously eat your way through the River City. May / June 2018

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Travel Navigator Your Guide to All Things Travel

moRE than a dream by Victor and Kathy Gottlieb

“…Chincoteague Island, you’re more than just a dream. You’re more than just a vision. You’re paradise to me. I can’t wait to get there. I never want to leave, and I know the blue herons are waiting there for me.” 50 Chesterfield Living

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Photo: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center

Assateague Lighthouse is operational and one of the most impressive landmarks in Virginia. Visitors may climb to the top for a spectacular panoramic view of Assateague Island, local waterways and marshes. The island is also bicycle-friendly, its level landscape manageable to bikers of all ages.

Victor: Pardon me for quoting the chorus from one of my own songs, “The Chincoteague Island Song” but that’s really how Kathy and I feel about Chincoteague — a beautiful island on the eastern shore of Virginia. My history with Chincoteague goes way back to when I was a kid in Baltimore. It was one of our favorite vacation destinations. I loved the island then and still do because it remains a classic, un-spoiled, small American town, which also happens to be a resort island a few miles off the eastern shore, adjacent (by bridge) to Assateague Island. Assateague has a stunningly beautiful white sand beach and is home to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Editor’s Note: Several years ago, when this magazine sponsored the weekly River City Live radio program, Victor and Kathy Gottlieb (better known as the Singing Gottliebs) were regulars on the program. Victor would sing, as often as we would let him, his Chincoteague Island Song. When it came time to assign a writer for our Small Town Virginia feature

Kathy: Some people might be fa-

miliar with the children’s book, “Misty of Chincoteague”, which is a story about one of the wild ponies for which the island is famous. There is debate about how the ponies arrived on Assateague Island. According to a legend, the ponies swam to the shore when a Spanish galleon was wrecked. The ponies roam free on Chincoteague, I knew there were on Assateague, and sometimes you only two people to whom the assign- can see them standing in the marsh when you drive on the road to the ment should go. beach. Once a year, there is a worldfamous Pony Roundup and Swim, when ponies are herded across a channel from Assateague to Chincoteague and then “paraded” through the streets to holding pens where some are auctioned off to good homes. A real, small-town carnival is held at the same time, and proceeds benefit

the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. The 93rd annual event, which will be held July 25 to 26, is so popular that some people make their plans to attend a year in advance.

Victor: My father, an avid fisherman, loved to go flounder fishing off Chincoteague and we would schedule our vacations according to flounder fishing season. We would rent a small boat out of (the former) Captain Bob’s Marina and spend our vacation days fishing, playing in the surf on Assateague and eating the freshest, most delicate and tasty flounder sandwiches that you can imagine at one of the local restaurants. At the end of our vacation, we would head home with some beautiful memories, plans to return soon and a cooler full of flounder fillets.

Kathy: The island has other

Photo: Chincoteague Chamber of

Commerce & Certified Visitor Center fun events like the Chincoteague Seafood Festival on May 5 and the Chincoteague Oyster Festival on Oct. 6, both at Tom’s Cove. The Chincoteague salt oyster is one of the finest oysters you could ever hope to eat — briny, fresh from the sea and delicious. There’s an “Art Stroll” from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, from April to November, when special art and music events are hosted by the local galleries and shops. People go from one interesting event to the other — no need to drive, because these shops are within walking distance of each other.

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Photo: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center

Photo: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center

Finish your perfect day with a beautiful Chincoteague sunset such as this one captured over Tom’s Cove Campground, or wander the picturesque and historical downtown, enjoying the sights and, perhaps, an after-dinner ice cream treat from The Island Creamery.

Victor: Chincoteague’s charming streets are filled with many interest-

Kathy: But don’t forget to try the coconut, pistachio and blueberry (sea-

ing shops and friendly people. They have an old-time movie theater, lit up with neon. You can see people strolling up and down Main Street in beachwear, browsing in and out of shops and eateries, breathing in the fresh salt air and living in the tropical moment. If you could freeze time and just soak in that moment forever, you would surely be tempted. Chincoteague is near Wallops Island, which launches rockets into outer space on occasion. If your timing is right, you might be able to see a Wallops Island rocket launch from a bench in a waterside park on Chincoteague or from the NASA Wallops Visitor Center, which is located a few miles before you reach the causeway that takes you to Chincoteague. The next scheduled launch is for some time in May, when an Antares rocket will blast off on a commercial, re-supply mission for the International Space Station. The exact date has not been set. Some people come to Chincoteague and Assateague just to see the incredible variety of resident and migrating birds (more than 300 species). There are guided and self-guided nature walks, rental boats, boat tours and fishing party boats, which, if you want, will do all the work for you except holding the fishing rod. There’s also a lighthouse, which you can climb, porpoises, seagulls, pelicans, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and saltwater taffy. A new Hawaiian-themed family water park is scheduled to open in Chincoteague in May. Kathy and I stay at The Island Motor Inn Resort (4391 Main St.; 757336-3141). It is right on the water, and the owners could not be friendlier. Seeing the welcoming faces of the gracious staff who remember us is a real treat.

sonal), which are equally delicious!

Kathy: I particularly love being able to sit on the balcony and look out over the back water, even if the weather is too bad to venture out. We also would recommend the Refuge Inn at 7058 Maddox Blvd (757-336-5511).

Victor: Don’s Seafood Restaurant (4113 Main St.; 757-336-5715) is a local favorite. Steamers (6251 Maddox Blvd.; 757-336-5300) is also popular and has all-you-can-eat specials. Right next door to Steamers is The Island Creamery (6243 Maddox Blvd.; 757-336-6236). Try the homemade “Marsh Mud” ice cream, our favorite flavor. 52 Chesterfield Living

Victor: Chincoteague is not a short hop from Richmond, but well worth it. Take the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel from the Virginia Beach area to the Eastern Shore. Be sure to check out the visitor’s center on the bridgetunnel and watch the freighters as they go by. Upon exiting the bridge tunnel, you arrive at the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, where the land is perfectly flat with acres and acres of farmland. It’s about 100 miles north, up Route 13, to the turn off at Route 175, then roughly another 11 miles past the NASA Wallops Visitor Center and over a causeway that takes you to Chincoteague. Give yourself plenty of time. The speed limits are not high and each small town you pass has a stop light. Chincoteague sprays for mosquitoes, but Assateague is a protected area and they do not spray. Either place, it makes sense to use bug repellant, especially on Assateague. The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce is a great resource, and they are happy to share. Use their expertise to help plan your vacation — especially if you want to attend a popular event. If you’re not the planning type, don’t worry about special events and migrating bird schedules. Just being in Chincoteague at any time is a special event. Great natural beauty and wildlife, incredible seafood ­— it’s enough to make you start singing my song: “There’s an island, off the eastern shore. It has everything we want and so much more. It has the water. It has the sun. It has something for everyone, and the blue herons are waiting there for me. Chincoteague Island…” You can listen to my song on YouTube — search Chincoteague Island Song.

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Many thanks to Evelyn Shotwell, executive director with the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce and to Sarah Needs at the Nasa Wallops Island Visitor Center, for their valuable assistance (visit ChincoteagueChamber. com and Nasa.gov/Centers/Wallops/Home for more info).

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Berkeley Plantation

A Destination for Local Tourists By Averill P. Byrd

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o many locals make the mistake of never visiting historic landmarks in their hometowns. But sometimes, you stumble upon a gem – a place that surprises you and offers a unique glimpse into the long and complex history of a place, and even of the country, that you just can’t pass up the opportunity. One such place is Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, just 40 minutes outside of Richmond. It has been described by guests as “a hidden treasure,” a place where history “comes alive.” The magnificently restored property sits on the bank of the James River, with a three-story mansion and sprawling grounds and gardens. Here, you step back in time as tour guides in period costumes welcome you to the estate. They take you through the historic events that took place in this space — from the first official Thanksgiving and the birth of a man who would be among those who signed the Declaration of Independence to the occupation by Union troops during the Civil War, the composition of “Taps” and Berkeley’s own winding journey to its restoration. It came to the ownership of the Jamieson family though their patriarch John, who had served as a drummer boy in the Union army and had once encamped at Berkeley. Decades later, he chanced upon the notice of sale and purchased the property with the vision of someday restoring it. This landmark boasts of a deep connection not only to Virginia’s past, but also to its present community and future development. And while

people come from far and wide to visit Berkeley, the local community has a special place in their heart. Its current owner is John’s grandson Jamie, who grew up on the property and desires to continue a close relationship with Berkeley’s neighbors and friends. This includes offering free admission to Charles City residents, offering progressive tours with nearby Shirley and Edgewood Plantations, working with volunteers to help guests with research and partnering with the Chickahominy Tribe to mount the annual Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, which they have done for the past 50 years. Each season brings a slew of exciting events. Every Tuesday from June through August, children 16 and younger are admitted for free. There are also Nature Hunts across the grounds and along the James for families, space for picnics, a chance to “meet” historic figures who’ve graced Berkeley, a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall, seasonal special rates for homeschooling families, ghost tours at Halloween, Christmas events and workshops, and much more — catering to visitors from all walks of life and all corners of the globe (including your favorite four-legged friends). How many slow Saturdays have you spent looking for something fun, new and interesting to do? For a short drive and a small fee, you will find, as John Jamieson did, that Berkeley is not only a place worth visiting, but one that is worth returning to. Berkeley Plantation is open daily. For more information, visit berkeleyplantation.com or call 804-829-6018.

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Bon Voyage A Senior’s Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel By Melanie Rasnic

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henever I ask friends who are nearing retirement what they are most looking forward to doing, the word travel inevitably comes up. And rightfully so. After decades of hard work and sacrifice, it’s time to live a little, have an adventure or two! It’s time to embark on what my ex-husband termed, after his parents’ eighth trip to Italy, “Operation Zero Inheritance.” While traveling, especially out of the country, can be daunting at any age, retirees often have additional concerns to plan for before booking a trip. That’s especially true when it comes to health issues. So, before heading out, there’s a list of medical-related chores you need to check off: • Schedule a checkup with your health-care provider and discuss any concerns, including the risks of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and dehydration. • Consider making a document that lists your health conditions, food/drug allergies, emergency contacts, provider’s info, current meds and a copy of your insurance card. • If you are traveling with medications, bring extra doses in case of travel delays (your provider can assist you with this). • If you’re leaving the country, consult the embassy’s website to make sure your meds aren’t

illegal (example: Sudafed, Adderall), or to be sure equipment such as CPAP machines and syringes are allowed. You may need to file a special form for permission. • Carry all meds in their original containers and keep them with you in a carry-on bag. Be aware of temperature fluctuations to avoid damaging your meds, and store appropriately. • If crossing time zones, adjust your dosing schedule with your provider’s help. A reminder may be set up by phone or email with a downloadable app ahead of time. • Bring a copy of your prescriptions, perhaps even new prescriptions in the event your meds are lost or stolen. Bring your provider’s contact info along just in case. • Check the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers for more information and be aware that Medicare does not cover you outside the US.

In addition to your health concerns, there’s plenty more to plan for before boarding that plane. Here are a few more tips to help ensure a safe, healthy and comfortable trip • Check your passport’s expiration date. Some countries won’t accept them if they’re within six months of expiring. • Bring a good digital camera for capturing May / June 2018

memories, as well as extra batteries/chargers. • Neck pouches, tucked into your clothing, can help keep your passport and wallet safe while sightseeing. • Sunscreen. Don’t forget your scalp and ears, and reapply often. • Comfy walking shoes! Consider Velcro or slip-on shoes for easy removal in airports. • Don’t forget items such as electrical adaptors, a small flashlight, nail clippers, night light, etc. • Use caution when walking around at night, and try to stay in well-lit areas and/or groups for safety. • Inquire of a concierge or another trustworthy source about interesting and reputable day trips or other excursions.

With just a little bit of research and reading, you can find exciting trips at a reasonable cost (https://money.usnews.com/money/ personal-finance/spending/articles/201702-02/15-ways-to-travel-in-retirement-on-afixed-budget). Most of all, enjoy yourselves! You’ve certainly earned it, and besides, inheritances are so overrated. I mean, how can you even put a price on those breathtaking photos and tchotchkes from your journey? Cheers to your happy and safe travels! Chesterfield Living 55


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You Won’t Believe the

“New” Norfolk

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by Steve Cook

was all set to do our annual May article on summer beach travel. You know, I was going to say something about there being lots of sand and sun and waves and all that. Trust me, it would have been a marvelous article. But before I could write it, something happened. I spent a few days in Norfolk. First, a confession: When I received my invitation from Erin Goldmeier, media relations manager for Visit Norfolk (VisitNorfolk.com), to be part of a press trip, I was less than thrilled. About a dozen years ago, I lived in Hampton, and I used to drive over to Norfolk looking for something fun to do. I spent many a day watching plastic grocery bags being blown down nearly deserted downtown streets by the almost continual breezes that come off the Elizabeth River. In my opinion, Norfolk was a dud. If the city had not done a complete 180, you’d now be reading about how sandy the beaches are and how wet the water is in Virginia Beach. Instead, I’m dying to tell you about the “new” Norfolk, Virginia. The Norfolk that I visited this past March is not the same city that I remember from 12 years ago. This is a city filled with vibrancy and energy and nightlife and fun and virtually anything that you’d want to find in a vacation destination. Now, I’m not going to tell you to forget the beach. Old habits die hard. And, indeed, I still love Virginia Beach. Whether it’s the main resort strip or the quieter Sandbridge or Chic’s beaches, Virginia Beach is a wonderful beach town. But, then, you already know that. What you might not know is that just a few minutes away, in my opinion, is one of the most exciting cities on the East Coast. I had to keep reminding myself where I was. It kind of felt like Baltimore, especially with the new and improved version of Waterside. But, it was cleaner and more user friendly than Baltimore. It really is its own, unique city, and I think that if you’ll take the time to check it out, you just might come away as impressed as I was.

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Not only should you check out Norfolk at night, after your fun-filled day of sand and sun, but if you’re staying at the beach for more than a couple of days, why not take one day and spend it in Norfolk. Let me tell you about some of the highlights of my visit. After checking into the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel (777 Waterside Drive; SheratonNorfolkWaterside.com), and checking out my spacious room overlooking the lovely Elizabeth River, I walked over to meet the other travel writers at The Main (100 E. Main St.; TheMainNorfolk.com) — Norfolk’s ultra-cool, super hip downtown Hilton Hotel, located at the corner of Main and Granby Streets. The last time I saw Granby Street, there was nothing to see. As I approached the Hilton, I kinda felt like Marty McFly coming Back to the Future! This area was bustling. The only thing that hadn’t changed was the breeze. The Main’s Grain Rooftop Beer Garden I met my group in Saltine, overlooks the Elizabeth River. an absolutely gorgeous restaurant and raw bar on the first level of the hotel. The fresh seafood — and lots of it — beautifully displayed at the raw bar was the first thing that I saw upon entering. I always have been a sucker for a crab leg and raw oysters. Everything was as fresh and as tasty as it looked. I was especially fond of the she-crab soup and the excellent crab cake. If you visit Saltine between 5 and 7 p.m. on any weekday, oysters are just 50 cents each and the jumbo peel-and-eat shrimp are a buck. After lunch, I took a tour of the hotel. I don’t think there’s a hotel in New York, Chicago or Las Vegas that rivals the opulence and uniqueness of The Main. The lobbies and public areas are a marvel, showcasing more

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than $2 million worth of art, including a faux stairwell designed to simulate M.C. Escher’s stairwell. Seriously, if you get anywhere near Norfolk, you need to pay this hotel a visit. On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to visit the hotel’s Grain Rooftop Beer Garden. The outdoor patio, overlooking the river, was closed — 32-degree weather and 20-mile-per-hour breezes tend to do that. But, I can only imagine how much that joint will be jumping in the summertime. Grain offers more than 100 beers on tap, plus the full-service bar features a good selection of wines and craft cocktails. If you’re a real wine lover, though, you’ll probably opt for Varia, an upscale Italian restaurant in the hotel. Their “wine studio” is filled with more than 100 hand-selected wines. More than 50 can be ordered by the glass. I visited NEON, Norfolk’s art district, a couple of times during my stay. The name is an acronym for New Energy Of Norfolk, but there’s a lot more than Kelsey Witt’s vibrant Daisy Mural energy. Passion and creativity also perbrightens the NEON district. meate this area. Long time cultural institutions, like the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House, anchor the District, while new art venues like Glass Wheel Studio and Work|Release provide artists a place to make, create and show. There are plenty of excellent places to dine in NEON, too. The cuisine at Nouvelle (217 Grace St.; NouvelleNorfolk.com) for example, is phenomenal. I had the fresh flounder with saffron rice and butternut squash. The flavors melded perfectly. I also enjoyed a great lunch at Todd Jurich’s Bistro (150 W. Main St.; ToddJurichsBistro.com). Todd has been cooking in his downtown Norfolk restaurant for more than 25 years — long before the area became the cool, trendy neighborhood it is today. Fresh seafood is a menu highlight, but Although Todd Jurich’s Bistro menu highlights seafood, there’s something for every taste, from lamb and pork to unique salads.

there’s also plenty of steak, lamb, pork and chicken options. My Mediterranean Salad was packed with fresh shrimp, calamari and anchovies. I was not prepared to be impressed with Fruitive (1501 Colley St.; fruitive.com), a “plant-based 100-percent-organic” restaurant in Norfolk’s cool Ghent neighborhood. They use the word organic a lot and as a longtime junk food junkie, I’m often frightened by that word. But, I was pleasantly surprised. We started our breakfast with a refreshing beet juice cocktail. I hate beets, but I loved the cocktail. Next came a sampling of the charcoal lemonade. The jury’s still out as to whether charcoal is good for you. Regardless, the drink was rather pleasant — totally unique. I ordered what was perhaps the most delicious breakfast dish I’ve had since my mother used to cook up her unorganic flaked fish on toast. The avocado herb toast featured flax and spelt bread topped with avocado, basil pesto mayo, oregano, sea salt and black pepper. It was simple and simply amazing. I did more than eat, however. For instance, I visited the Chrysler Museum of Art (1 Memorial Place; Chrysler.org). Who knew that the son of the car company founder was such an art collector? Not I. I have to admit, it was quite a thrill — even for someone who really doesn’t know art — to be standing about six inches from an original Renoir. Even if you only have an hour or so to visit, here are two things to know. It’s all free, and they have one of America’s top glass art collections. If that doesn’t thrill you, just go take a look. Norfolk Botanical Garden (6700 Azalea Garden Road; NorfolkBotanicalGarden.org) is another great spot, especially to take the kids. It provides 175 acres of roses, camellias and crape myrtles, as well as a very popular Butterfly House and a three-acre Children’s Garden. Time didn’t permit me to do all that I wanted, but I’m anxious to go back and visit Waterside, Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin. I also want to see the zoo. Discover all the wonder that the city has to offer at VisitNorfolk.com. Or better yet, visit Norfolk for yourself. You’ll make a new discovery at every turn, and you may even find that there is so much to do and to see and to taste that next year you may try to squeeze in some time to get to the beach while vacationing in Norfolk.

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arty on the atio

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By Lisa Puster

pring has sprung, and summer is not far behind. For me, there’s nothing better than grilling and relaxing on the patio when the weather is nice. A small grill and a picnic table might be all you need. But there’s so much more that you can do if you really want to party on the patio!

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MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. To create a full outdoor sound system, you’ll need enough speakers to adequately cover your listening area. Depending on your space, you might opt for traditional speakers, wireless speakers or outdoor speakers that look like part of the landscape. My favorite portable, wireless option is the SONOS smart speaker system, which uses your home’s Wi-Fi to stream music inside and outside. 58 Chesterfield Living

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TAKE IN A MOVIE. If you’re passionate about both enjoying the great outdoors and watching your favorite shows, consider investing in a weatherproof outdoor television, which will allow you to do both at the same time! Manufacturers like SunBrite and SkyVue make LCD televisions up to 80 inches that are ensconced in housings designed to keep the elements out and temperatures within normal operating range. However, you should be prepared to pay a premium price of $2,000 or more for a a quality model, plus the cost of installation. LET THERE BE LIGHTING. Patio lighting is all about creating atmosphere. Encourage your guests to relax by using subtle “downlighting” attached to trees, aiming the lighting down through the foliage to create a moonlit effect. If you don’t have mature trees but you do have a pergola, the ceiling can support many different outdoor light-

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Check out the Big Green Egg, the world’s largest producer and international distributor of the highest-quality, ceramic, kamado-style, charcoal grill. The Big Green Egg stands alone as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. Big Green Egg grills provide a wide range of cooking options, including cooking temperatures ranging from 200° to 750°, due to the easily adjustable dampers and the exterior temperature gauge. The Big Green Egg is a smoker, grill and oven all in one and can be used year-round for all your culinary delights, including appetizers, entrees and desserts. With seven convenient sizes to choose from, there’s an Egg to fit every lifestyle, along with a variety of “Eggcessories” and related products, making the Big Green Egg the ultimate cooking experience, and you the grill master you always knew you could be! Learn more about Big Green Egg Grills at: BonAirHearthPorchAndPatio.com outdoor furniture, prevent water and sun damage, as well as mold and mildew. Shop for patio furniture at BonAirHearthPorchAndPatio.com. NOW YOU’RE COOKIN’. Backyard grilling is an American tradition that summons us outside. If you’re looking for something more than a basic grill, consider one of these popular outdoor kitchen options:  Kitchen Kits – Prefabricated kitchen islands that normally include a grill, some counter space, and a variety of add-ons like storage or a freezer. Price range: $3,000 to $10,000. Modular Outdoor Kitchens – A mix-and-match kitchen approach where each pre-made modular piece is combined to create a complete kitchen. Price range: $5,000-$15,000.

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RELAX AND SIT A SPELL. Why entertain inside when you can bring the indoors out? Adding an outdoor living area can broaden your home entertaining options and create beautiful memories for years to come. Whether you’re scoping out the market for a new outdoor dining set or for cozy seating, make sure to choose weather-proof or indoor/outdoor fabric, such as Sunbrella®, to extend the life of your

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by Angela Weight

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hether you’re looking at a complete remodel or simply considering some user-friendly updates, here’s what’s cooking in kitchen trends this year. One of the standard rules for today’s design is that there aren’t any… rules, that is. Avant-garde designers are straying far from the matchymatchy color schemes in favor of styling that reflects individual personalities and inspirations. “Matching is not essential to beautiful home decor. In fact, it is downright boring,” declares Corey Willis, interior designer and founder of the popular website HeyThereHome.com. For example, while kitchen cabinetry colors in the past were limited to stained wood or white, today’s kitchen cabinets can be deep violet, sea green or even salmon. Also, the dual-toned trend continues its popularity, with homeowners incorporating two different colors and/or finishes in their woodwork. Willis recently remodeled her own kitchen, painting her perimeter cabinets white while choosing a dark walnut for her island. She tied the look together using the same drawer and cabinet pulls throughout. More organized homeowners are ditching their upper kitchen cabinets altogether for the practical and inviting look of open shelving. They can even give smaller rooms the appearance of more square footage. But let’s face it, open shelving isn’t for everyone. If you’re used to being pelted with falling tumblers or Tupperware lids whenever you open a cabinet, it’s probably best to keep it all behind closed doors. The simplistic look of open shelving allows for a new kitchen focal point, the range hood. It’s stepping into the limelight, in copper and other worn metals, to break up the monotony of upper-level storage. While bold hued cabinets are taking center stage, countertops are stepping into the background. Soft grey undertones like “greige,” grey-green, grey-blue and greylavender pair well with their vibrant counterparts. Rimless, one-piece counter and sink designs, with both pieces made from the same material, create a seamless visual. And quartz, granite’s non-porous, stain-resistant cousin, still gets top ratings for material. Underfoot, subway tile is being replaced with the

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