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Contents JULY/AUGUST 2013 LOCAL 12
The Taxman Cometh
The Steward School’s Bryan Innovation Lab
Communities on the Rise
SENIORS 48 Senior Communities on the Rise
HEALTH 50 Guarding Your Health While Traveling
See Richmond Like a Tourist
After Hours Eats
In Search of Barbecue
Scoop Du Jour
Antonio’s Ristorante and Bar
54 Fire and Water Features
Calendar of Events
57 Floor Plans
A Short Stop in Richmond
Backstage with The Legwarmers
52 Volunteering as a Family
AROUND THE HOME
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First Choice Millions of Reasons to Like Sports Tourism By Don J. Kappel
nyone who knows me is going to be surprised that this column is about sports. I am not
a sports fan. But, I appreciate living in a community with excellent schools, public safety departments, programs and services. For that reason, I’m glad that the River City Sportsplex, formerly known as SportsQuest, is doing a booming business. I’m also pleased that three large lacrosse tournaments – the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Champions Cup, June 21-23, (www.championscuplax.com); the IWLCA Capital Cup, July 19-21, (www.capitalcuplax. com); and Rumble in Richmond boys’ lacrosse, November 2-3, (www. rumblelax.com) – are expected to bring a total of more than 25,000 visitors to the county.
In 2011, The positive economic impact of sports tourism for Chesterfield exceeded $20 million”
Those visitors will eat in Chesterfield County restaurants, stay in hotels and motels and patronize other area businesses. The money they spend will help support local jobs and provide the county with important sales-tax revenue that helps fund the county’s schools, Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services departments and more. During the year, county residents also will have a good time playing or watching lacrosse, soccer, baseball or field hockey, among other sports activities. From July 2011 to June 2012, the positive economic impact of sports tourism for Chesterfield County exceeded $20 million, and it was a great deal more for the Metro Richmond region overall. Chesterfield County had more than 61,000 out-of-town visitors arrive for tournaments and other sporting events. Sports-tourism assets in Chesterfield County include: River City Sportsplex; the Collegiate School Aquatics Center; the 45.5-acre Ukrop Park; 57 well-maintained parks and complexes; and hundreds of athletic fields. It also includes Pocahontas State Park, which hosted the Milestat.com Invitational cross-country event that brought about $600,000 in positive economic impact to the county last year. So, when the county’s restaurants and other businesses are a bit crowded at times, be thankful because some of the folks you see dining are visitors. Many of them – along with their sales-tax revenue that helps keep your taxes the lowest of the 15 other large Virginia localities with which we can be compared – are here because of sports tourism. And, if you have any influence over teams or tournaments looking for a place to play, please tell them to plan their event here in Chesterfield County! n 12
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Getting Started By Brandy Poss
t’s never too early or too late to start planning for your estate. However, if you’ve experienced a major life change, it’s time
to take action now. For example, after the birth of a child, many new parents ponder for the first time about what will happen after their death. Who will take care of their child? Who will have the responsibility of financially providing for their child? Married couples want to ensure that their spouse and children are provided for efficiently following their death. In addition, both estate and gift tax considerations can be of concern for clients. The implementation of an estate plan is also crucial for anyone who has experienced a significant change in family status, such as separation or divorce. Efficient estate planning can help preserve assets and ensure that property will be distributed according to your wishes. Because it’s an individualized process that must be tailored to each client’s specific needs, hiring an experienced attorney is vital. Each estate plan is designed to fit a person’s financial and family situation, thus there is no universal document that is right for everyone. The primary documents used in estate planning include wills, trusts, advanced medical directives and powers of attorney. However, a qualified attorney can explain all your options and applicable estate planning tools. n Brandy Poss is an attorney with Barnes & Diehl, P.C. in Chesterfield. Brandy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wake Forest University, and she attended the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law where she graduated cum laude. Brandy has written numerous articles for the Virginia Continuing Legal Education programs. She was voted a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyer’s® Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
The Tax Man Cometh! By G. Carl Mahler, Jr.
only just filed my 2012 income tax returns, endured the pain I feel every year at this time, and am already sick to my stomach an-
ticipating what lies ahead in April 2014. For
those of us who make up the 50 percent of the country that actually pay income taxes (I thank you for your service in support the growing entitlement army), the actual taxes you pay in 2013 will feel like a punch in the gut. When you add the almost 5 percent top rate increase to the new 3.8 percent healthcare reform tax, you end up with a 25 percent increase. If you’re “unfortunate enough” to have investment gains, the long term capital gain tax rate goes from 15 to 20 percent – a 33 percent increase. Taxes are going to be a bigger deal than ever. You’ve likely heard the old adage “don’t let the tax tail wag the financial dog.” While true, it does make sense to invest in ways that are most beneficial overall. You, your advisor, and your accountant need
I have always been a proponent of paying taxes at the last possible moment so this notion of paying taxes today for future “tax-free” growth is a tough one to consider”
to put your heads together to consider taxable, tax-deferred, and/or tax advantage. All are available and each has merit, but also accompanying costs and consequences to consider. I have always been a proponent of paying taxes at the last possible moment so this notion of paying taxes today for future “tax-free” growth is a tough one to consider. You would only do it if you think tax rates will go up in the future. What if Congress actually gets the message in years to come that a lower-rate, flat tax will generate more revenue? Then, the decision to pay today left you with egg on your face. At the very least, you would maximize your contribution to the company 401(k) plan since you don’t pay taxes on your contribution, all investment gains are tax-deferred, and you are likely in a lower tax bracket when you take it as monthly retirement income. Beyond that, there are a number of tax-deferred and tax-advantage options to consider. Each has pros and cons. Caveat Emptor! It’s a jungle out there. n Your Wealth. Your Life. Our Focus. 3748 Winterfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23113 378-1624 | www.pinnaclegroup.net Guarantees are based on the paying ability of the issuer. The information contained in this report does not purport to be a complete description of the securities, markets, or developments referred to in this material. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. Prior to making an investment decision, please consult with your financial advisor about your individual situation.
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The Steward School’s Bryan Innovation Lab: Pioneering Creativity and Real-World Problem Solving By Rachel Beanland
he Steward The Steward School’s West End campus building, the Bryan Innovation Lab, is up and running, giving teachers a new way to educate their students in grades JK to 12.
Throughout the year, special programming, community events and workshops will be offered that fulfill the mission of stewardship, innovation and community engagement. The 6,200-square-foot building, which was designed by 3north and built by RVA Construction, features indoor and outdoor kitchens, a wellness studio, two innovation labs, an outdoor classroom, gardens and an imagination playground. The space incorporates many green-building principles, such as photovoltaic solar panels, underground rainwater cisterns, radiant
its early settlers by growing a colonial garden and testing the various
flooring and geothermal wells, but its primary purpose is to reinvent
natural fertilizers that would have been used to ensure a plentiful
the way students connect with their environment and solve some of
harvest. For contrast, students might examine present-day chemi-
tomorrow’s biggest problems.
cal fertilizers and their impact on agriculture. What has our society
“In gifted and talented education theory, there’s a lot of emphasis placed on this notion that gifted and talented students learn better
“The hope is that it won’t be very long at all before the students
and are much more engaged when they study topics in which they’re
are the ones posing the questions,” Seward adds. “What our society
highly interested,” says Ken Seward, headmaster of The Steward
needs is more innovators, more people asking and answering ques-
School. “At Steward, we want to acknowledge every child’s special
tions. If we want to teach our children to be innovators, we have to
gifts and talents, and we think this building is going to help students
give them the freedom to be creative and the drive to be productive.”
discover what those unique gifts and talents might be.” What makes the Bryan Innovation Lab unique is that The Steward
Even the largely glass-paneled building is designed to be a teaching tool that inspires innovation. Water, electric, gas and sewer lines
School has launched an entirely new curriculum to complement the
are left exposed and color-coded, so students can see exactly how
space. Classroom teachers will bring their students to the building for
various components come together during the construction process.
as little as one day or as long as a semester to implement project-
An energy-monitoring system tracks consumption, so students can
based lesson plans that touch on one of three target areas – energy
experiment with how their choices directly affect their environment.
and resources, health and wellness and the natural and built environment. Teachers are developing lesson plans that take the form of questions, and students are expected to use the building, its physical resources and its visiting scholars to find answers to those questions. For example, a fourth-grade class might learn about Jamestown and 16
gained? What have we lost?
The Bryan Innovation Lab was made possible in part because of a $1 million gift from Mr. and Mrs. John Bryan III, whose daughter graduated from The Steward School in 2009. The community will be invited to a grand-opening ceremony, planned for October. To learn more about the Bryan Innovation Lab, please contact Cary Jamieson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-565-2326. n July/August 2013
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COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE By Tammie Wersinger
he Greater Richmond-area housing market is on an upswing, and area builders have kicked up production to keep up with the demand for new homes. Because of the shortage of houses on the market, some communities are selling out before construction even begins. However, serious buyers still can find the home of their dreams – from low-maintenance attached villas to luxury homes in allinclusive neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for a lakefront community with lots of natural space or an urban loft in the heart of downtown, you can find it in Richmond. “Not only are we building homes for buyers, we are also building the economy of the Richmond market,’’ says Marcy Caffrey of Exit Realty Parade of Homes in Midlothian. “It’s a wonderful sound to drive through the neighborhoods and hear the sounds of the hammers and saws. To help our readers get a feel for what’s out there in Central Virginia, we’ve gathered up a sampling of some of the area’s most desirable communities. www.richmondnavigator.com
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COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE Magnolia Green
Located off of Hull Street
From Route 288, take the
in historic Chesterfield
Trail Exit, turn left at the
light and go to the sec-
$200s to $350s
Home Size/Type Single-family and town
ond light, then turn right on Winterfield Road. Bel Crest is the third left, across from the entrance
to Founders Bridge.
Convenient to Rich-
$430s to $800s
mond, this one-of-a-
kind community is home to the beautiful Westham Golf Club, which just recently announced it will begin construction
Romantic European maintenance-free homes, from 2,100 to 5,200 square feet
on the remaining nine holes next spring. Westham is the only
course in the greater Richmond area by Nicklaus Design and is
Age-qualified living, close
a center point of this strong community. Magnolia Green’s Ar-
to shopping, golf courses
bor Walk, which opened last summer and features a resort-sized
and the interstate.
swimming pool, features multi-function athletic field, sports
court and walking trails. The community offers an extraordinary lifestyle for home buyers of all ages, ranging from young couples and growing families to active adults. Magnolia Green also will be the site of the Richmond area’s Homearama in May 2014.
These award-winning custom homes by Bel Arbor Builders (www.belarborbuilders.com) offer unique exterior elevations with open spacious plans. From the moment you walk thru the front door, you’ll love everything about your Bel Crest home. First floor master retreats, with spa baths, soaring two-
Magnolia Green currently has four exceptional homebuilders –
story great rooms, first floor studies and expansive second-floor
Craftmaster Homes, HH Hunt Homes, Royal Dominion Homes
getaways, perfect for family and friends. Other features include
and Ryan Homes.
all custom cabinetry and granite counters, spacious gourmet kitchens, with eat-in areas, private brick terraces and more. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation every day.
COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE Collington
Just off of Hull Street
Located off Old Hun-
Road, near Spring Run
dred Road, just 2 ½ miles
from the intersection of
routes 60 and 288.
Price Range $430s to $1 million
homes, from 2,300 to
4,000 square feet
and European style
homes from 3,200 to
Collington is a distinctive Doug Sowers’
more than 6,000 Square feet
opment in the heart of
Hallsley’s custom section
Chesterfield. All aspects
of authentic American
of the community are
well-integrated to form a seamless boundary between the
with the natural beauty of the land, creates a place that is
esteemed living areas and natural setting. Situated on almost
unlike any other community in Richmond. In addition to the
1,200 acres of woodlands and meadows, Collington encompass-
top-ranked public schools and walking trails, there will soon be
es one-acre home sites, with scenic backdrops. The community’s
signature resort-style amenities, including a pool and clubhouse,
convenient location offers quick access to shopping, dining and
neighborhood playground and park, sand volleyball court and
great schools. Existing amenities include: a clubhouse; Olympic-
more. There’s a year-round calendar of community activities, as
size pool, with a splash park; walking trails; four lighted tennis
well as easy access to Westchester Commons, Short Pump Town
courts; Bocci ball and volleyball courts; paved walking paths,
Center and Stony Point Fashion Center.
park areas and a community center, exclusive to residents.
Bel Arbor Builders (www.belarborbuilders.com) is a custom
From traditional to contemporary, Collington’s timeless and
home builder in the new section of Hallsley. These distinctive
diverse architectural styles, discriminating floor plans and luxu-
Craftsman and European architectural, custom-detail homes
rious appointments offer something for everyone.
feature unique floor plans, energy-efficient new construction and exterior elevations. Spacious gourmet “family-style” kitchens, first-floor bedroom suites are available, as well as home offices, media/rec rooms, and two- and three-car garages.
F E AT U R E
Heron Pointe Location
Located near the inter-
Located off Otterdale
section of Genito and
Road, between Genito
Woolridge roads at 4244
Road and Hull Street
Heron Pointe Place in
Road. The convenient lo-
cation offers easy access
to Route 288, Midlothian
From the low $300s
Home Size/Type Arts & Crafts, European
and Powhite Parkway
Price Range From the 300s
and Craftsman single-
family homes, from 2,200
Craftsman, Brick and
square feet and up
Traditional styles, from
2,250 to more than 5,000
Just minutes from fine
dining, shopping, enter-
tainment and world-
Westerleigh is as friendly
class medical facilities, Heron Pointe is located on the shores of
and welcoming as it is beautiful. It features lush, wooded lots,
Swift Creek Reservoir. Its heart is The Pointe Club, featuring a
sidewalks and great amenities like a park, playground and rec-
gathering room with a fireplace, an open kitchen and bar. The
reation field. There also is a planned pool and clubhouse. West-
outdoor patio has a stone fireplace, outdoor kitchen and bar,
erleigh is in the much-sought-after Cosby High School district,
along with captivating water-side views. The lakeside trails and
as well as other Chesterfield County blue ribbon schools. It has
fully-equipped fitness center give residents plenty of opportuni-
become one of the fastest growing communities in the area, and
ties for exercise and fun.
new sections are opening soon.
The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath homes are low maintenance and
The homes in Westerleigh are as varied as the individuals who
Eagle Energy Efficient Certified, with stunning architectural
live there. Floor plans include first-floor masters, finished third
details. The open floor plans feature: first-floor master suite and
floors, three car garages and more. There are two furnished
master bath, with walk-in closet; outdoor patio; front porch;
model homes open for tours and several ready-to-move-in
breakfast nook; formal dining room; a second-floor loft and
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SEE RICHMOND LIKE A TOURIST By Meagan Moore
In an exciting area like Richmond, where tourists never have problems filling their itineraries, why is it so hard for local residents to find something to do? It could be that they’ve never seen our gorgeous, historic River City through the eyes of a visitor. Let’s check out some of the best ways to explore the area.
Brewery Tours The craft beer community in the River City has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. Currently, there are over 40 independent breweries in Virginia, many of them in the Greater Richmond area. “Taking a brewery tour is as local as it gets,’’ says Andrew LaBonte, of Local Suds. “You’re rubbing shoulders with other Richmonders, hearing stories straight from local brewery owners and neighbors.” That’s something you just don’t get at national chains.
Food Tours Even if you’re new here, there’s no way to miss the fact that Richmond’s culinary scene is out of this world and definitely deserves exploration. That’s where food-focused tours come in. “We walk on most of our tours, and when walking, you see a lot more that you’d normally miss,” says Maureen Egan, with Real Richmond tours. “Besides letting you taste the food and introducing you to the restaurants and chefs, we’re big on giving people lots of reasons to come back to the restaurants and neighborhoods we focus on.” Eagan adds that her company emails everyone a list of at least a dozen things to do, even beyond the restaurants.”
(Above) Excited beer enthusiasts on their way to the next stop on a Local Suds Tour. (Right) Local Suds gets patrons up close and personal with breweries such as Hardywood. 27
BY FOOT Walking Tours Arguably the most time-tested way to get acquainted with a city is to walk its streets. For those who prefer a peripatetic introduction to the River City’s past and present, check out the wide selection of walking tours available for tourists and natives, alike. African American tours help the curious Richmonder become immersed in slavery’s impact and its repercussions on the South and the United States, while Hollywood Cemetery, Canal Walks, and other feet-on-the-ground tours give Richmonders a closer view of the city they love.
Museum Tours If you prefer the great indoors, look no further than Richmond’s varied and numerous museums. For those seeking a less stereotypical museum experience, consider a visit to one of Richmond’s many residences-turned-museums, like Maymont House, Agecroft Hall and Virginia House. “The people who lived in these large houses that became museums are, in many cases, the people who built Richmond or, as with Wilton, ran the colony that helped build the nation,” says William Strollo, with Wilton House Museum in the West End. “Visiting is a great way to see inside the lives of these significant people and a great way to see all that Richmond offered and has to offer”
(Above) A couple strolls through the Museum District in Down Richmond while taking in the sights. (Below) The James River has many water sports to offer.
Canal Cruise The majority of the country’s most prominent cities grew up around rivers. Since our River City is no different, why not experience RVA from the water with a canal cruise? From April to November, hop on a canal boat to connect with a piece of historic Richmond and get what Venture Richmond’s Alexander Dahm calls a “full narration that runs the gamut of the city’s history, from Christopher Newport to present day.” Afterwards, guides hope that tour-takers will be inspired to learn even more about the city, especially historic downtown.
Rafting If you prefer a little adrenaline rush with your sightseeing, consider a heart-pounding rafting trip down the James River. “Richmond is the only city that has class IV and V rapids within city limits, and they go
down the James. For those who are looking for a less adventurous
right through the heart of the city,” says Travis Bayes with River City
view of Richmond from the river, local companies also offer kayaking,
Rafting, a local company that leads guided rafting and tubing tours
paddleboarding, tubing and canoeing trips.
BY AIR Balloons Over Virginia If an aerial view sounds like your cup of tea but you’d prefer to take it a little slower, think “balloon.” When asked why they’re so wonderful, Gilbert Martin, owner of Balloons Over Virginia says, “if you’ve ever taken a balloon ride, you know. It’s a magical way to see the sights like you never have.” Then, once you touch back down, celebrate your first flight with champagne and a picture in your balloon’s basket
By Wheels Segway Tours While many Richmond residents have likely never ventured near a Segway, they’re actually an ideal way to see many facets of our historical city, according to Chad Harvey, an owner of River City Segs. “They’re very easy and anyone, from 14 to 80, can do it,’’ Harvey said. “And, you see all the things you would on a walking tour, up close and personal, but you can cover a lot more ground in less time.” River City Segs currently offers seven different two-hour tours, and two one-hour tours, which Harvey says can be great in very hot or cold conditions . It’s a very unique, fun way to see the city, but don’t worry if you’re not a Segway pro just yet because all tours begin with a comprehensive safety and training session on the only indoor training course in Virginia.
Trolley Tours For a more air-conditioned take on the city, try hopping a trolley – yes, those old-fashioned trolleys we’ve all seen around town. Harvey, who also manages Richmond Trolley Company, describes trolley tours as ideal for those families looking to accommodate a wider age range. There are special rates for children military personnel and senior citizens, so “everyone can enjoy the tour together,” says Harvey. The trolleys go all over the city – from Shockoe Bottom and Jackson Ward to Monument Avenue, Church Hill and the VCU/MCV campus. That way, you can get a full overview of all the highlights of the city, many of which you may want to go back and explore on your own. n
(Above, right) Balloons Over Virginia offers a breathtaking aerial view of the city. (Right) River City Segs offers seven different two-hour tours and two different one-hour tours of the city. www.richmondnavigator.com
Tuscan Tuna Sandwiches Servings: 4
cup fennel bulb, finely chopped
1/4 1/4 2
cup red onion, chopped
1 2 2
4 ounce roasted red pepper
teaspoons black pepper
cup basil, fresh, chopped tablespoons capers, drained
tablespoons lemon juice tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces tuna, fresh, or albacore
Directions: Grill or broil fresh tuna that has been seasoned with salt and pepper Cook until fish is just barely pink and flakes with a fork. If using canned albacore this step can be skipped. Break tuna apart and cool. Combine chopped fennel, red onion, 1/4 cup basil, capers, lemon juice, olive oil, Add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, tuna, and roasted peppers in a bowl while stirring well. Serve tuna salad over a toasted or girlled baguette Brush with olive oil and rub with fresh garlic after toasting.
From the Kitchen of Laura Payne, personal chef for Gourmet Your Way www.gourmetyourway05.com (804) 514-6812
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Most people realize grabbing a bite to eat after 10 p.m. can be a challenge in the suburbs. Whether you want dessert after a movie, dinner after a late flight, or something to satisfy your late-night craving, kitchTim Hill
ens start closing down after nine or ten. Here’s a list of places serving well into the evening hours in the Greater Richmond area. *
Open ‘Til 11 p.m.
‘Til Midnight or Later
River City Diner
Grill at Waterford
Eat the Rochester Garbage Plate. Two hot dogs, potato salad, cole
Eat the Apple Bourbon Fried Pork Chops are served with two sides,
slaw, baked beans, hash browns, and chili are topped with shredded
such as the Grill Potato, a ball of cheddar mashed potatoes breaded
cheese and baked.
Sapori Ristorante Italiano Open ‘Til 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
Eat the Chicken a la Griglia, a grilled chicken breast with goat cheese,
Open ‘Til Midnight. Sunday-Thursday. 1 a.m. Friday & Saturday.
11430 W. Huguenot Road. 897-9518. rivercitydiner.com
13548 Waterford Place. 763-0555. thegrillatwaterford.com
Diner fare, comfort food, breakfast all day, and milkshakes.
American entrees, sandwiches and salads.
Open ‘Til 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
Open ‘Til 12 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
3513 Festival Park Plaza. 425-4628. saporiflavors.com
Stony Point Fashion Park. 9202 Stony Point Pkwy.
Italian and South American cuisine.
sun-dried tomatoes, onions, and capers with a lemon butter sauce.
Burgers, salads, entrees, and appetizers. Eat the Mile High Ice Cream Pie. French vanilla, mocha-almond fudge,
Chopstix Asian Bistro and Lounge
and chocolate ice creams, are layered on a chocolate cookie crust,
Eat the Rock ‘n Roll sushi with king crab, white tuna, and spicy tuna,
Over 500 beers, flatbreads, tacos, and sliders.
topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and toffee pieces.
15801 City View Drive. 379-8308. chopstixrva.com Asian cuisine and sushi.
Open ‘Til 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
lightly fried and served with spicy BBQ yuzu sauce.
15732 WC Commons Way. 379-0037. sedonataphouse.com Open ‘Til Midnight Sunday–Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Eat the Kobe Beef Sliders topped with sharp cheeses, house sauce, sautéed Vidalia onions and side of blue potato chips.
6925 Hull Street Road. 276-3391. lamilparichmond.com Authentic Mexican cuisine, including tortillas made from scratch. Open 24 hours seven days a week. Eat the Pambaso. Mexican bread is stuffed with Mexican sausage, potatoes, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream. (Above) The Rochester Garbage Plate from River City Diner. Tim Hill
(Left) The Rock ‘n’ Roll specialty roll from Chopstix.
* The hours shown are only for the days that the restaurants are open after 10 p.m. Most restaurants have more hours/days open than what is listed for late-night.
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BARBECUE Tim Hill
IN SEARCH OF
Half-Rack of Ribs Plate Q Barbeque
Q’s famous ribs are pictured here with sides of homemade corn pudding and cole slaw. Visit www.qbarbeque.com for menus and maps to Q Barbeque’s four Richmond locations.
Fall Off The Bone Ribs Texas Roadhouse These “Blue Ribbon” winning ribs are slow-cooked with a unique blend of seasonings and a special signature barbecue sauce. www.texasroadhouse.com 1570 Koger Center Blvd | 893-3097
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1. Barbecue Platter Deep Run Roadhouse A platter featuring hefty portions of a pulled pork sandwich, St. Louis spare ribs and Texas rope sausage served with Texas caviar and cornbread topped with honey butter. www. deeprunroadhouse.com 12379 Gayton Road | 740-6301
2. North Carolina Pulled Pork Platter Virginia Barbecue Tim Hill
This authentic Eastern North Carolina pulled pork barbecue uses vinegar blended with whole grain spices that is served with potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, and corn muffins. www.virginiabbq.com 11552 Busy Street | 794-2585
3. Sampler Platter Extra Billyâ€™s Barbecue An offering of three meats--hickory smoked baby back ribs, lean slices of slowly smoked brisket and flame-kissed smoked sausage with two freshly made vegetables. www.extrabillys.com 5205 West Broad Street | 282-3949
4. The All-American BBQ Feast Famous Daveâ€™s Robert Thomas
Served with a full slab of St. Louis-style ribs, a whole chicken, one half pound of pork or brisket , three sides, corn on the cob and corn muffins. www.famousdaves.com 10201 Midlothian Turnpike | 323-6112
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By Tammy Brackett osing your cool this summer? Gelati Celesti can help with its two shops – one at Stony Point Shopping Center
in Chesterfield and another at 8906A West Broad Street. To add a little more chill to our lives, owner Steve Rosser launched a food truck in May. “It’s been a huge success, Rosser says. “We’re able to take part in festivals, events and private parties.” Gelati Celesti uses only the finest ingredients – like vanilla from Madagascar and cocoa from France – to create their ultra cool treats. “Our signature flavor is Chocolate Decadence. It’s a super thick fudge chocolate ice cream.” Look for Gelati Celesti at specialty restaurants and food truck events. Keep up with where to get Chocolate Decadence and more at gelatiicecream.com. Brew – an American Gastropub with a focus on craft beer – is opening in the Chesterfield Meadows Shopping Center, 6525 Centralia Road, this summer. It will have 30 draft beers, 50 to 60 bottled beers, 40 different wines from all over the world and a seasonal craft cocktail menu. “We are all about the details here at Brew,’’ says Karen Verdisco, one of the pub’s owners. “We are using Lamplighter coffee, tea from Carytown Teas and Gelati Celesti ice cream. We’re using the best local ingredients where we can.” The food menu will include homemade sauces and focus on burgers, paninis, soups, salads,
appetizers and desserts made from fresh ingredients. The gastropub concept highlights the pairing of beer and wine with food for a complete dining experience. Beer will be the focus of the beverage program, with weekly beer schools that are free to the public. Future plans include tap takeovers and beer dinners. Verdisco is optimistic about the reception Brew will receive. “We started this place to be a restaurant where people can get more than the ordinary. We aren’t cookie cutter and never will be,” she adds. “This is a labor of love for us and we can’t wait to be open and start serving the community we adore.” Find out what’s happening at Brew at facebook.com/ Brew0000. Shane’s Rib Shack in Richmond, at 11501 Busy Street, across from Chesterfield Towne Center, is open and catering to the masses, who are enjoying the cool atmosphere and down-home hospitality of one of the fastest growing barbecue restaurant concepts in America. The family-friendly eatery – locally owned by Rice Edmonds – specializes in barbecue pork, ribs and chicken, along with home-style southern sides. Shane’s Rib Shack was founded right outside of Atlanta in McDonough, Ga., and retains its sense of family and old-time recipes. As a way to introduce Shane’s to the community, the local restaurant held a grand opening recently and will sponsor the Florida Georgia Line concert at 7 p.m. on August 29 at the Richmond International Raceway. “Shane’s has a history with race fans and we’ll be on site at RIR passing out samples of our slow smoked barbecue and giveaways,” says Rachel Turk-Settle, Shane’s brand manager. Keep up with what’s smokin’ at Shanes Rib Shack Richmond at facebook.com/ShanesRibShackRichmond. n
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F A M I LY
Antonio’s Ristorante and Bar Fine food, music and a new self-serve wine bar By Tammy Brackett, photos by Robert Thomas
ooking for a new way to experience award winning wines from around the world without committing to a whole bottle or breaking your vino budget? Welcome to Antonio’s new self- sampling wine bar
“Yes! A try by the ounce self-sampling wine bar ...South of the James!“ says Teresa Evola,
who co-owns Antonio’s with her husband, Cesare. “We’ve been working with a wine specialist for several months. We’ve hand selected wines which complement our food perfectly and offer distinct differences between our regular wine menu and the sampling bar! Wine Cards are available in every denomination and the entire bar is built on a gradual mounting intensity, so that a customer new to wine knows where to start.” explains Evola. “The self sampling wine bar allows our patrons to sample wines one ounce at a time before investing in a half glass or glass ; and before ordering that splurge or special occasion bottle. We serve great vintages from around the world. Many bottles are top notch, award winning, and trophy wines. We also have highly drinkable “treat yourself” wines. Each bottle is kept at the perfect temperature, and sealed so that each pour is just like the first pour. We like to say our self-serve sampling wine bar allows ‘every sip to be your first’.” Evola continues, “I am most excited that we have Joe Yander, international recording artist/ songwriter/producer performing his smooth jazz piano tunes on Friday and Saturday nights. A sampling of Joe’s works can be found on at www.joeyander.com. Joe has his CD’s (Cerebral Seduction and Having Breakfast with Reality) for sale on premise. Joe has worked with the Allman Brothers, Blonde, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band and more. He’s headlined at jazz festivals in the States and Australia . Daily chef specials and an intriguing selection of sides and desserts add to the culinary flair of Antonio’s. “We have an extensive menu and focus on the freshest ingredients and specialize in seafood and steaks.” Antonio’s has private rooms for up to one hundred patrons and the Wine Bar is available to reserve privately for up to thirty guests. Upcoming specials at Antonio’s focus on the new wine feature. “Our Wine Cards will have a bonus, for a limited time.” says Evola. “A $25 dollar card will have a $5 bonus, $50 cards will have a $10 bonus and $100 denominations will have a $25.00 bonus. It’s the perfect time to purchase a Wine Card and get sampling!” n 38
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Local Recipes Penne with Chicken Italian Sausage, Onion and Bell Pepper
ounces penne pasta, cooked ounces chicken Italian sausage, sliced into circles
tablespoons oil, divided teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1 6
cup parmesan cheese
garlic clove, minced
large green bell pepper, or red Roma tomatoes, chopped
Directions: Cook pasta according to directions. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in 12-inch pan and add sausage. Cook until browned. Place on a paper towel-lined plate. Heat remaining tablespoon of oil and add red pepper flakes; cook 30 seconds. Add onion and pepper and cook until just soft. Add garlic and tomatoes and cook until tomatoes break down, about 5 minutes. Add sausage back in and toss with sauce. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add pasta and stir to incorporate. If needed, add pasta water to thin.
From the Kitchen of Laura Payne, personal chef for Gourmet Your Way www.gourmetyourway05.com (804) 514-6812 www.richmondnavigator.com
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
The Art of Samuel Bak
Richard Scarry’s Busytown
27 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts www.vmfa.state.va.us
Virginia Holocaust Museum www.va-holocaust.com
Willow Lawn Theatre www.va-rep.org
Hanover Tomato Festival
July 19–Hotel California
Steve Bassett and
July 26–The Seldom Scene Robbin Thompson www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks www.Innsbrookafterhours.com
Pole Green Park www.hanovertomatofestival.com
The Avett Brothers
Hardywood Virginia Blackberry Release
25 Richmond Raceway Complex www.avettatrir.com
Hardywood Park Brewery hardywood.com
Richmond International Michelangelo Magic Dragon Boat Festival Children’s Museum of Richmond
Carpenter Theatre www.richmondcenterstage.com
Rocketts Landing www.sportsbackers.org
30th Annual Watermelon Festival
Anthem Moonlight Ride
Sports Backers Stadium www.sportsbackers.com
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A Short Stop In
Photo Courtesy: Real Life Events
By Max Heyworth
lying Squirrels shortstop Joe Panik is considered by some to be the best offensive prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization. With his knack for contact
hitting and grinding through at- bats, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he’ll be sitting somewhere near the top of a major league lineup before year’s end. So, it’s safe to say, that his stay in Richmond, as thrilling as it is, will be temporary. But, before leaving the River City, Joe was kind enough to take a few minutes on a cold Sunday morning to share some of his experiences with America’s pastime. Max Heyworth: So, the first question
JP: That day was pretty surreal, just hearing
winters hitting, throwing and lifting, just not
on everyone’s mind is: How do you like
your name being called. There are a lot of
in the best weather. It’s not too bad.
nerves leading up to it because you never
Joe Panik: Richmond’s a great city. I’m
know who’s going to take you, or where you
MH: Mike Trout hails not too far from you
living downtown in a really nice area by the
are going. But hearing your name called by
in New Jersey. In his rookie season last
river. The weather is nice here, compared
Bud Selig on TV is something you’re always
year, he came out and just blew everyone
to a lot of places I’ve been, especially the
going to remember.
away. Not to say the expectation is that high, but when you see a guy come into
Northeast. Great fans, too…gotta say that. MH: They’re saying 2014 will likely be
the majors like Trout or even Buster Posey,
the year you get called up to the majors,
how does it affect you?
MH: You’re a pro ballplayer in the San
maybe even this year. If and when that
JP: When you see young guys coming up
Francisco Giants organization – a team
happens, who are the first three people
and doing well right out of the chute, it’s
with two World Series titles in the last five
you will call?
good for everybody in every organization.
years. What’s that like for you?
JP: The first call I make will be to my parents,
It shows they don’t have to keep you in
JP: It’s pretty cool, just knowing you’re in
then my brother, who’s out in Indianapolis.
the minor leagues to be successful. If the
an organization that cares about winning.
Third one? The third one’s up in the air right
team pushes you and you keep working
You see guys on that team that have gone
now [laughs], but definitely my mom and
hard, you’ll succeed. Seeing Trout and
through that minor-league system, not just
dad with number one. They’ve been my
[Bryce] Harper and even what Manny
guys that they trade for...
biggest supporters from the beginning.
Machado’s doing right now, it gives everyone
They’ve been wonderful here.
confidence that we can do it ourselves.
MH: Buster Posey, Matt Cain...
MH: Some teams only have one scout
JP: ...yeah, exactly, Crawford, Belt, guys
for the entire Northeast. It’s a different
MH: Favorite baseball movie?
who’ve worked their way through the
environment from states like Florida,
JP: For the Love of the Game.
system. So, you know they give those guys a
Texas and California, where you can play
chance, and it’s pretty cool to see them have
year-round. Being a ballplayer from New
MH: Why that one? Just curious.
success that way.
York, how do you stay sharp in the winter?
JP: Kevin Costner, he’s a great actor
JP: There’s hitting tunnels. You can throw in
[Writer’s note: My curiosity noted above stems
MH: Describe the experience of
gyms and work out just like anywhere else.
from the fact that, while I’m never one to
going first round in the Major League
There’ll be days where it’s 50 degrees and
question another person’s taste in film, I can’t
you can go out and long toss. We spend our
imagine how anyone could pick this installJuly/August 2013
ment from the Costner baseball canon over Bull Durham or Field of
Big East Championship in 2010. Just the feeling of dog-piling and
winning, as a collective group, with the guys you’ve spent every day in college with – day in and day out. To be able to celebrate with
MH: Any other friends in pro baseball right now?
them was definitely the coolest experience I’ve had.
JP: Yeah, I have a friend who’s a relief pitcher for Trenton [Thunder], Dan Burawa, and a couple of guys in the Rockies and Brewers
MH: How would you say the level of difficulty escalates from
organization. It’s neat to follow them along in their journey as well.
college to the minors to spring training with the major league club?
MH: Does anyone else in your family play?
JP: Definitely, as you move up, the pitchers get better, and the
JP: I have an older brother, who played baseball at Canisius College
velocity...everyone can throw the ball well. They’re consistent,
in Buffalo. He coaches at Butler University right now.
there aren’t too many mistakes. And, not only the pitchers, but the
MH: Yeah, VCU is very familiar with Butler. [Laughs]
defenders are much better. They cover more ground in the outfield and the infielders have more range. So, it’s hard to get those balls to
MH: How about your parents?
fall in. You’ve got to work harder to get hits.
JP: They never really played organized sports, but they’ve always been my biggest supporters. They’re living back in New York now,
MH: Baseball is notorious for its nicknaming culture. What have
both working, but they save up all their vacation time to see me and
you gotten so far, with a name like “Panik?”
JP: My favorite one is “Panik Attack.” I got that one from the local newspaper back in high school. My brother and I played a couple of
MH: At what point did they realize you had something special to
years together, and once, we hit back-to-back home runs that were
where you could actually make a career out of baseball?
the go-ahead runs in the game. The headline said, “Panik Attack,” so
JP: I’d probably say high school. You know, there are so many other
kids who are good in little league and middle school, but once you
MH: Yeah, headline writers love that kind of stuff. [Laughs]
get to high school and travel a little bit, you really start separating yourself. And, after high school, once college hit, that’s when the
MH: What’s the best baseball-related advice you’ve ever gotten?
career idea kind of took off. It felt like there might be a chance there.
JP: Look at the performance, not the results, because you can easily get frustrated in baseball. But, it’s important keep positive and keep
MH: What was your best baseball experience?
moving forward while focusing on having quality at-bats.
JP: Besides being drafted, my best moment was winning the MH: What‘s your favorite sport, other than baseball? JP: I’d probably say hockey. I like to watch it. Though I never actually played ice hockey, it’s a lot of fun to watch. MH: What would you tell a kid who dreams of becoming a major leaguer? JP: Don’t stop dreaming. Keep working hard, and someone will find you. It doesn’t matter where you come from. MH: What would you be doing if not playing baseball? JP: Well, I went to school for finance, but I don’t know if I could follow up with that. [Laughs] I could see myself being a teacher, because I like being around kids and working with them…being a gym teacher or a history teacher, something along those lines. MH: I read somewhere that [NY Yankees shortstop Derek] Jeter is your favorite player. JP: It might be a little cliché – a lot of people love Jeter, especially in my age group – but he did things right on and off the field. That’s the kind of style I try to model myself after, doing the right things and going about your business the right way. n
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Celebrating the most decadent decade for more than ten years by Tammy Brackett
h…my…gosh! Do you, like, remember the totally tubular 80s? Ever dress in lingerie and lace and fishnet gloves like Madonna or have a Thriller jacket a la Michael Jackson? Is there still an off-the-shoulder ripped tee shirt hiding in your closet? Or maybe a pair of Flashdance-era legwarmers stuck in the back of a drawer?
Whether you were a righteous dude or a babe’o’rama in the 1980s, the era of over-the-top superlatives and lavish decadence left an indelible mark on culture, fashion, history and music.
of success.” says Jorge. The band rotates male and female vocalists to cover over two hun-
Want to relive the era of the excessive 80s? Gather your BFF’s and
dred 80s-era hits. Some members of The Legwarmers are old enough
go see The Legwarmers, a group dedicated to bringing the distinctive
to have enjoyed the 80s the first time around. Jorge points out that the
music and fashion of the 1980s into the 21st century. They are totally
80s were, to him personally, “the last epoch of music I can stand.” He
radical. No, DUH!
says his older siblings introduced him to 80s rock. “I listened to their
We were able to catch up with The Legwarmers’ guitarist, Jorge
Pezzimenti (a.ka. Gordon Gartrell) recently to ask about how the band started and what they love about playing in Richmond. “We started playing in 2001,
45s of Duran Duran, Cindi Lauper and Van Halen and fell in love with
We started The Legwarmers sort of as a goof. We really never expected
this level of success ”
the music.” The Legwarmers dress in period costumes and use vintage instruments as much as possible. Drummer Curtis Reaves Jr. was obsessed with
but we practiced for about a year before we ever performed in pub-
Simmons electronic drums in the 80s. Now he incorporates them in
lic. The name and concept existed long before we ever even picked
his set, living out a childhood dream.
up instruments and learned to play the songs. It wasn’t just about the
“As for me, I really love playing over-the-top Van Halen-esque
music; we also wanted to incorporate age authentic clothing into the
guitar shredding that I most certainly could not allow in my ‘real life.’”
stage show.” he explains. “It’s cool to note that we started The Leg-
warmers before the nostalgia wheel had turned over and people were
The Legwarmers enjoy playing in Richmond at The National. “The
still referring to the 80s as synthetic, decadent and inauthentic. 80s
National has an extremely accommodating crew. I love the history of
haters still exist, but it was interesting to see the general shift in senti-
the place as a vaudeville theatre. Our Richmond fans are very enthu-
siastic and they’re always willing to sing along and dress in ridiculous
The members of The Legwarmers are from various spots around the southeast, like Charlottesville, northern Virginia and Washington
80s fashion. It’s a totally fun time.” Dig out your Madonna duds, padded shoulder jackets, headbands, parachute pants, slap some mousse in your hair and get back in time
DC. “We all knew each other from playing with other bands. We started 46
The Legwarmers sort of as a goof. We really never expected this level
with The Legwarmers. They are the bomb! n July/August 2013
SENIOR COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE
Chesterfield abounds in options for seniors looking for all kinds of care from independent living to nursing homes. Take a look at what a couple of residences have to offer. By Tammie Wersinger
Spring Arbor of Salisbury
Centrally located in the Salisbury
Located within the planned com-
community at 14001 Turnberry
munity of Brandermill in Midlo-
$3,925 to $6,550
Rental rates start at $3,600 per
month, with $750-per-month fee
Apartments vary from studios, one bedroom and two bedrooms, ranging in size from 395 to 876 square feet
The Community Conveniently located close to Salisbury Country Club, Life Long Learning Institute, ACAC Fitness, James River Park and Westchester Shopping Center, single-level apartment living at Spring Arbor of Salisbury (www.
for a second person. There also is a $4,000 one-time non-refundable community fee
Home Size/Type Apartments and cottages range in size from 930 to 2,700 square feet. Choose from one-bedroom apartments, one-bedroom apartments with den; two-bedroom apartments; or one-, two- and three- bedroom cottages – some with lower, walk-out basements.
three well-balanced meals every
Fees include 15 meals per
day. All laundry and housekeep-
month, utilities, cable television,
ing are done on a weekly basis,
wireless internet, housekeeping,
and 24-hour nursing care is available at six different “Levels of
maintenance, security systems, landscaping, transportation and
Care.” Mini-vans and wheelchair vans are provided to transport
a professional staff that provides a full calendar of activities.
residents to and from doctors’ appointments, and residents can
There is a clubhouse, fitness center, library, lounge and a well-
participate in a wide variety of activities seven days a week.
ness department, with a nurse on duty Monday through Friday.
Residents also receive membership to the Brandermill Country
Each apartment features a kitchenette, with a refrigerator/ freezer, sink, numerous cabinets and a counter top with plenty of space for residents to bring a microwave, toaster oven or cof-
Club, as well as access to 15 miles of walking trails, a 1,700-acre lake and nearby shopping centers, restaurants, doctors and hospitals.
fee pot. The bathroom has a walk-in shower, with a hand-held
shower head, secured handle bars and a built-in seat for safety
All homes are equipped with appliances, including a refrigera-
tor, washer and dryer. Grab bars are provided in all bathrooms, as well as an emergency pull cord next to the shower. A security system in every apartment and cottage requires residents to “check-in” each morning to insure that all is well. In addition, each resident is provided with an alert pendant that operates like a GPS on the Brandermill Woods property, and when activated, will locate residents for staff to respond.
H E A LT H
GUARDING YOUR HEALTH w h i l e
t r a v e l i n g
How to find doctors, clinics and advice on vacation By Kristen Gerencher
etting sick or hurt while on summer
O V E R S E A S
T R A V E L
vacation is unfortunate enough.
Traveling abroad is more complicated.
Don't add insult to injury by ne-
Medicare doesn't cover routine or emer-
glecting a few health-related details that
gency care outside the U.S., except for a few
could save you money in the event you
narrow exceptions around the Canadian
need medical treatment. If you're traveling domestically, research in-network providers at your destination to avoid having to pay higher rates for out-ofnetwork care. Go to your insurer's website, or call the toll-free number on your insurance card, for help finding local in-network doctors for nonemergencies. Some insurers offer smartphone apps that allow you to find physicians in a given area. Keep your primary-care doctor's phone number handy as well. You can always call for advice if it isn't an emergency. Another option for relatively minor problems is visiting a retail health clinic or urgent-care clinic. There are more than 1,300 retail clin-
border and in or near U.S. harbors. Private insurers vary on what, if anything, they cover internationally. Some group health plans may cover a medical evacuation, said Susan Pisano, spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, "especially if the company has employees who travel abroad frequently." One option is to buy travel insurance, which typically runs five percent to seven percent of your total trip cost. Travel insurance for medical needs is usually offered as part of a package, including coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, but standalone medical policies also exist.
ics in 39 states, and they accept major health plans or cash payment
Policies typically cover everyday issues such as when a traveller
if you don't have coverage, said Tom Charland, chief executive of Mer-
falls and needs to fly home for surgery as well as emergencies that
require a chartered flight with medical equipment.
Check your insurer's website to find a facility, or go to the sites of
Without some insurance, the cost of a medical evacuation typically
big operators, such as CVS's MinuteClinic.com or TakeCareHealth.com,
ranges $20,000 to $30,000, said Carol Mueller, spokeswoman for Travel
a Walgreens subsidiary.
Guard, a travel-insurance provider.
Retail clinics offer a limited scope of services, treating ailments like pink eye, bronchitis, ear infections and bladder infections. If you have
A travel-insurance policy could cover "three seats in first class with an attending nurse all the way up to a helicopter," Mueller said.
a non-life-threatening injury, such as a simple fracture, cut or burn, visit an urgent-care center instead.
T A K E
C A R E
It's vital to carry a short health summary for every traveler in your
As you pack up to leave, remember all your health and prescription
family, listing current medications and health conditions, previous
insurance cards. Make sure your prescriptions are filled and that you
hospitalizations, drug allergies, your doctors' contact information and
have enough should you be delayed upon return. Bring a medication
the like. The American College of Emergency Physicians offers a vari-
lockbox if you'll be around children.
ety of forms online that you can print and fill out, including one for
Lastly, take good care of yourself when you hit the road. Apply
children with special health-care needs. (emergencycareforyou.org/
sunscreen regularly to avoid a painful sunburn, and use caution when
hauling and lifting luggage.
If you've had an EKG, take a copy of it in your wallet. This will help
Fight dehydration by drinking plenty of water, and take bathroom
doctors establish a base line and possibly avoid an expensive cardiac
breaks even if they're inconvenient. Delaying urination can tax your
work-up, said Linda Stogner, a family physician.
body in ways that invite bladder infections, kidney stones and gout. n
"It's your record. It's your heart. You should have it," she said. If you or your children are behind on immunizations, get caught up before you take off. "Imagine the cost of falling ill from something like whooping cough or measles unnecessarily," Mulligan said. 50
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Volunteering as a Family: I nstillin g
L i f e - l o n g
Va l u e s
W h i l e
C re a t i n g
M e mories
By Erin D. Pittman
olunteering as a family is an excellent way to display shared values and beliefs, while making a positive impact on the world around you. Everyone wins when families combine quality time with giving back to their communities, and Richmond offers endless ways to mix the two.
The benefits of volunteering as a family Volunteering instills positive values in children, including the
volunteer. Talk about activities that interest each family member and brainstorm a good list of possibilities. After determining some op-
importance of showing that they care for their community and the
tions, talk about how much time will be spent volunteering. You may
people that live in it, teaching the joy of giving rather than receiv-
settle on an hour a week, one day a month or simply choose to do a
ing and helping those in need. In children, volunteering enhances
one-time event. Whatever you decide, contact volunteer coordina-
development, builds self-esteem, teaches responsibility, increases
tors at local organizations to discuss your family’s questions, concerns
empathy and exhibits that one person truly can make a difference.
Volunteering also offers opportunities to learn and practice new skills and to develop a strong work ethic.
Ideas for family volunteering opportunities
While giving back, families will find the bonds between them
Choosing a community area that your family already has an
strengthening, as well. Working together allows time to talk and learn
interest in can be a great way to start. If you’re uncertain of where to
more about each other, to forge new bonds through shared experi-
begin, our list below can help steer you towards a suitable opportu-
ences and to build memories. Family volunteer opportunities give
nity. You can also visit www.handsonrva.org for a variety of listings
adults the perfect chance to serve as positive role models to their
from local agencies in need of volunteers.
children and display the behaviors that they hope to see in them as
Remember, no matter how large or small of a commitment
they grow. Studies show that children who volunteer at a young age
you can make, volunteering as a family instills incredible values in
will continue to give back throughout their lives.
children and strengthens families – all the while improving the world around you.
Getting Started Volunteering does not have to be a huge time commitment, so families should find opportunities that fit well into their lives. Start by coming together and discussing why it’s important to 52
Some organizations that may need your help: Cedarfield Assisted Living, Beth Shalom Lifecare Community, Richmond SPCA, Freedom House, HomeAgain, Central Virginia Food Bank, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Meals on Wheels. July/August 2013
Adopt a senior. Adopting a senior in the Richmond area who doesnâ€™t have local family and is in need of companionship can be a great family volunteer opportunity. Families can create arts-and-crafts projects or baked goods to share, run errands, put together care packages or just offer friendly visits.
Help feed those in need. Volunteering at a soup kitchen, food bank or homeless shelter gives families a chance to serve those in need and teaches children to be grateful for all that they have.
Take part in a walk or run. If your family already has a cause that everyone is passionate about, perhaps you may want to participate in an event that a related organization is hosting. Your family can choose to raise funds, actively participate as runners or walkers, or serve as volunteers at the beginning or end of the event.
Clean up the environment. Participating in community clean-up days in neighborhoods and parks allows families to do something good for the planet.
Care for homeless animals. Volunteering as dog walkers or helping care for shelter animals can be a very appealing opportunity for animal-loving families.
Deliver or prepare meals. Serving with agencies who deliver meals to shut-ins or who stuff backpacks for hungry children can be very meaningful, hands-on opportunities to share as a family.
Take part in a beautification project.
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Spending time performing gardening and yard work for local schools, churches and gardens allows families to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity and see the immediate results of their hard work. n
Fire and Water
C re a t i n g
G a rd e n
O a s i s
By Jennifer Norvell Saunders
After the planting, mulching, grass cutting, weeding and watering is done, do you have a place in your garden where you can actually sit and enjoy the fruits of your labor? A place where you can put your feet up? Share a few laughs with your family and friends while soaking up the sun or gazing at the starry sky?
(Above) A natural stone fireplace creates a focal point for this patio. (Right) The relaxing sounds of water features complete a gorgeous garden.
If your yard is all work and no play, a water or fire feature may be the missing element. It’s amazing how watching a flickering flame, contemplating a still pond, or listening to the gurgle of a fountain, can transport you to a place of relaxation. Both are beautiful and functional too. Water features attract and support wildlife while an outdoor fire allows you to enjoy your yard after dark even when there’s a chill in the air. Adding fire and water to your landscape doesn’t demand a lot of real estate. Both have become so popular in recent years, there are now plenty of options available for any size garden and any size budget. You can walk into most home or garden stores and find a simple tabletop fire pot or wall fountain for your balcony garden. You can get your DIY on by making a bubbler for your patio, or you can hire a landscaper watch as they go all out transforming your yard. But before you hop in the car, cue up the DIY video or pick up the phone, it’s a good idea to give some thought to what you want to achieve in your future backyard oasis. Here are some questions to ask yourself: 54
What do I want to achieve – attracting nature, a place to relax, an entertaining spot? All of these?
How much time and money do I want to spend?
How much free time will I have to relax outside?
How many people will I want to accommodate around the water or fire feature?
How much yard or patio space can I devote to my project?
What’s the style I want? Rustic, natural, elegant, playful?
Where do I want to put it? Close to the house with easy access? Tucked away in a private corner?
Is the location safe for pets, children and other structures?
Do I want the feature to be portable or permanent?
Do I need to consider any neighborhood, community or state restrictions?
(Above) An outdoor patio strikes a natural balance between water and fire. (Left) Water cascades down a stone wall while a fire flickers on the built-in fire pit.
FIRE FEATURES To help you fine-tune your direction, you may also want to search
Fire pits or fire rings can be permanent or portable. Smaller fire
the internet, flip through some magazines and talk to friends and
pits are around 3 feet wide while larger ones can be up to 6 feet wide.
neighbors who already have water or fire elements in their yard. As
If you want folks to be able to put their feet up, look at one about 12-
you do, consider the following options as starting points:
14 inches tall. If you want to be able to sit on the edge, go with 18-20
WATER FEATURES Bubblers turn any size open container into a water feature with just a pump, pool tubing and rocks. Water bubbles out of the pump and recirculates all in the same container. Fountains or water walls are contained units that plug into an electrical source. Fountains send water from a spout into a basin. Water walls are similar but instead of the water dropping through the air, a sheet of water flows down a wall into a basin below.
inches. Fire bowls come in sizes small enough to display on a table and large enough to be considered a permanent fixture in your yard. Fire tables are both a source of light and warmth and a place to serve food. Available in either dining or coffee table heights, they usually have the fire source in the center of the table, surrounded by a wide rim. Fire hearths give the feel of a fireplace, but usually at a lower cost. Think of them as a cross between a firepit and fireplace.
Ponds are still water that attracts wildlife like frogs, butterflies and
Fireplaces create an intimate indoor hearth feeling outdoors. Be-
birds and can be small or large. Either way, they can take some effort
cause they have chimneys, they direct smoke upward and away from
to install and maintain properly.
Waterfalls typically require a larger space and are often used to
Jennifer Saunders is the owner of Twig, a home décor shop in Lakeside featuring
add moving water to a pond. If you’re interested in a waterfall but
her “Kicked-Up Cottage Living” style of curated vintage and new home décor, local
don’t want the maintenance of a pond, look into a disappearing wa-
and regional artists and fresh flowers. When she’s not in the shop or out looking for
terfall which only requires an underground reservoir big enough to
treasures, Jennifer writes about home décor and provides in-home styling. To learn
keep the pump below water.
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Floor Plans W h a t ' s
U n d e r f o o t ?
By Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD
Thinking about building, renovating, or creating a new look for your interior? That process frequently involves selecting and installing new flooring. The material underfoot is one of the most important design choices, both functionally and aesthetically. Flooring is a dominant visual element in any space, and on a purely practical level, its maintenance impacts life on a daily basis. Because it's a relatively-permanent and style-setting element, I frequently choose flooring material early in the design process and select other materials to complement and coordinate with each other and the floor. Choices include wood, laminate, tile, stone, composite stone, vinyl, carpet, and many exciting design alternatives, both new and not so new. The development of “green” products is receiving due attention, and selections are expanding continuously. They include bamboo– cork, rubber, linoleum, and, surprisingly, leather. Types of hard-surface flooring are plentiful, and there are surprising new faces with old names. Luxury vinyls, for instance, are available in stunning choices that have no visual relationship with their past-life cousins. Porcelain tile is available in new, overscale sizes and updated shapes, many mimicking the look of other materials such as wood or natural stone. Before that dingy floor comes up, the evaluation process should include careful assessment of the space and installation conditions. Study up on material choices that blend with your lifestyle and personal preferences. Durable, eco-friendly, or hypoallergenic characteristics, can be selection criteria. Research and professional advice are of great value and may prevent costly mistakes, especially in renovation projects. The most important criteria in choosing flooring materials are: Application—consider where the material will be installed. Foot traffic and circulation in the space—observe carefully. Maintenance considerations—be realistic. Subfloor, preparation, and installation requirements—don’t skimp here.
Wood Floors Wood floors are available in many different species, but basically fall into two classes: unfinished and prefinished. Unfinished wood is installed, sanded in place, stained if desired, and finished with two to three coats of clear finish. New water-based finishes are superior to polyurethane in hardness, are nearly odorless, and do not discolor over time. There are various choices in types of finish–from satin (less gloss)
(Above) Wood floors add classic beauty to practically any space. Beautiful wood
to high gloss. High gloss tends to show more wear and scratching and
tones and intricate patterns may be incorporated as feature design elements.
is not the best choice for high-traffic areas or homes with small child-
Parquet floor pattern photo courtesy of E. T. Moore Manufacturing, Inc. Reclaimed Wood (www.etmoore.com).
(Above) Contrasts of flooring colors and materials create striking design details. Transitions between flooring materials require special attention if a level surface is desired.
ren or pets. It takes a few days to install and finish this type of floor, so
offer endless design possibilities and produce an elegant, classic, or
be patient and schedule the extra time required.
contemporary aesthetic, depending on the particular layout. For a
Prefinished-wood flooring does offer a few advantages over unfinished. It’s a walk-away installation. When the floor goes down, it’s
more budget-conscious design solution, man-made tiles can sometimes produce installations that mimic natural stone.
superior to field- applied finishes. There is a downside, as there can be
Carpet and Rugs
some edges of planks that are slightly unlevel. This is usually not too
There are two major types of carpet: cut pile and level loop. These
noticeable, but it can be an issue depending on the subfloor condi-
come in two basic types of construction: tufted and woven. Berber
tion. There are options of different edge details of prefinished floor, so
carpets, popular for family rooms and high-use areas, are an example
be sure you know which one you are getting.
of loop construction. Residential carpet of any surface texture is most
finished, except for trim. The surface is factory finished and is generally
Tile and Stone
likely a tufted construction. Many other characteristics affect the ap-
Natural stone—marble, granite, limestone, travertine, and slate—
fiber content, pad or underlayment, and, of course—color. Major de-
is always a beautiful choice in flooring. The durability of a particular
sign trends in carpet styles include:
stone is due in large part to its inherent hardness. Stain resistance is
Frieze—twisted-cut pile, sometimes with soil-hiding color flecks.
also a critical selection factor. Be sure to research the specific charac-
Cut and loop combination pile—rich texture, sometimes with an
teristics of the stone you are considering. Variations in manufacturing
almost 3-D look; frequently seen in geometric or botanical patterns.
and the source of stone greatly affect material cost and account for the
Sculpted pile—many patterns and textures available.
huge spread in pricing for the exact same product. Stone can have a
Printed carpet—various designs are over-printed onto the carpet
polished, shiny surface, an unpolished, textured finish, or a semi-pol-
ished, honed texture with an almost dimensional appearance.
Carpet tiles—squares of carpet, sometimes installed in colorful pat-
Styles of ceramic, clay body, and porcelain tile have changed dra-
pearance and performance of carpet, including density, face weight,
matically over the past few years. There are countless options from tra-
Residential carpets have a rating between one and five, represent-
ditional looks to rich, textured porcelains, gleaming iridescents, mosa-
ing the carpet's ability to withstand wear. When choosing carpet, con-
ics, glass tiles and metallics. Border-tile patterns and medallion motifs
sider the use of the space, foot traffic that can create wear patterns, July/August 2013
the construction, and color. Light colors could be used in bedrooms, for instance, but might not be an appropriate choice for an active area. Know how your carpet will be installed and where the seams will be located. Hard surface flooring can be installed adjacent to carpet at doorways and in heavy circulation paths to improve carpet life and appearance retention. Area and oriental rugs make some of the prettiest and most impressive design statements for traditional and contemporary interiors. Their construction is similar to carpet—tufted or woven—and they can be made by machine or by hand. Natural materials, such as wool and silk, offer an exquisite hand or feel and are unmistakable in their beauty and luxury. For more casual spaces, synthetic materials can be stylish, durable, and budget-friendly options.
Keep it Simple Flooring selections throughout your home should blend gracefully and functionally, one material to the next. Keep the palette simple, and be sure to install the proper threshold when transitioning between surfaces. Sound deadening can be a consideration for hard surfaces, especially when they are installed upstairs. Always finish closets with the same material as the adjacent area. Critical to the success of any new flooring are preparation and installation procedures. Always check the manufacturers’ recommendations and subfloor requirements, and use only specified materials, fasteners, adhesives, and post-installation maintenance. Most warranties are null and void if the product is installed or maintained contrary to the manufacturers’ specifications. Choose wisely to insure enjoyment for many years to come n. (Above) Simple color and material palettes produce a tranquil and restful setting.
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