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First Choice by Don J. Kappel Old is New Again by G. Carl Mahler, Jr.
Turn everyday activities into educational outings
The Skins Come to Richmond
Rejuvenating Richmond’s Readers Jack and the Bubble, a local book by a local author
Training camp is almost here
Keep Kids Learning All Summer
A Day with the Family Ideas for spending quality time together in Richmond
Virginia Beaches Five spots to sink your toes into the sand
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Countdown to Retirement How an advisor can help you plan
Cruisin’ for Brews A VCU graduate starts Richmond Brewery Tours
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In Search Of Seafood Scoop Du Jour Calendar of Events
Five summer skin care tips
Rejuvenating Richmond’s Readers Richmond Rocks, a local book by a local author
Earth, Stone and Sky A guide to hardscaping your home
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First Choice Real Heroes—Mom & Dad By Don J. Kappel
icholas Sparks, author of The Wedding, The Notebook and other popular works, has said of parenthood, “To be a parent
is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” He is so right, on both counts Raising children, from diaper rash to “terrible twos” to illnesses and injuries to boyfriend or girlfriend trouble to learning manners to nutrition to hygiene to developing a sense of responsibility to homework to dealing with peer pressure to driving lessons to … well, those of you who have done it know all that it entails … is not easy. But, it’s a privilege. Still, situations like divorce, significant illnesses or disabilities in the family, financial woes, domestic violence or many others can make parenting even more difficult. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you don’t have all the answers about parenting, and you might not know where to go to get them. Chesterfield County can assist. There are many helpful programs and services offered by various county departments. The county also can facilitate by connecting parents or other caregivers with partnering organizations that work with the county in the community. A good place to start is this link: www.chesterfield.gov/parenting
More information about prevention and coping classes offered for parents, couples and children can be found here: www.chesterfield.gov/ParentingClasses
lice Department information about child safety, Fire and Life Safety
resources, and links that describe Sheriff’s Office initiatives, including
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Also on the Chesterfield County website, you’ll be able to find Po-
important child identification programs. Check here for tips on financial management, food safety, nutrition and more: offices.ext.vt.edu/chesterfield/Lindasprogrammingfor2013.pdf
To get connected with any of these resources and others, you also can call the county switchboard at 748-1000. As we celebrate Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June, let’s honor all the moms and dads, those living and those gone but certainly not forgotten, and recognize the incredibly important role they play in our lives. In more ways than we can count, we wouldn’t be who we are without them. Thank you to all of them, because children learn both from what their parents do, and what they don’t do. And, if you know some moms and dads who need some help now and then, as all of us do, share this article with them. Happy parenting! n First Choice is a bi-monthly information column provided for the citizens of Chesterfield County.
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Old Is New Again By G. Carl Mahler, Jr.
emember the old saying: what goes around, comes around? Or is it, what comes around, goes
around? I’m not sure. Anyway, I have a closet full of neckties I just couldn’t part with, some
PRESSURE? WHAT PRESSURE? So your home, deck or roof is dirty and you don’t know who to call. Maybe you’ve never owned a home or maybe you have lived in another area of the country and never needed your home’s exterior cleaned. Welcome to Richmond. With an average annual humidity around 65% you’re going to need it cleaned eventually. That’s when hiring a trained professional can come in handy. You’re in luck.
of which have come back into style, some more than once. I know. I have issues. This whole phenomenon seems to be taking place with some financial products as well. Fixed rate annuities that provide a guaranteed, lifetime stream of income are making a resurgence. They were one of the original creations of the insurance industry a hundred years
ago, and a product I have argued strongly against for most of my long career, but given today’s inadequate level of retirement savings by too many people reaching retirement and the current miserable yield market where it’s difficult to find anything with enough earnings on the savings you do have, annuities are seeing a huge comeback. If you find yourself looking at the possibility of an annuity, please take my advice: there are so many companies offering them that beg the question, “will the company guaranteeing my lifetime income be around as long as me?”, and many have significant fees and commissions that are charged. Caveat emptor! Most of our clients wish to live off the income generated from their retirement savings and leave the principal to their heirs. Unfortunately, because of the previously mentioned dilemma of not creating
Chris Ginn left the corporate world in 2002 and started Power Wash This!, Inc. His company is based out of the West End and services the entire metropolitan area. They also service customers in North Carolina and Maryland. The company’s primary focus is helping homeowners and business owners take care of their property. “Power washing or pressure cleaning as it is known, is actually about trying to minimize the pressure. Proper cleaning usually uses a type of cleaning agent primarily to do the work, not pressure, and then the surfaces are properly cleaned and rinsed to get the desired result,” says Ginn.
sufficient savings, many have to look at the necessity of drawing down from that savings throughout retirement to make ends meet. Obviously, using this strategy requires knowing when you plan on running out of life before running out of money. One solution to this legacy problem is to maintain a life insurance policy on either spouse
or one that pays on the second death. The death benefit would replenish the savings mom & dad wished to leave the kids. So, where do you stand today in your retirement preparation closet? Do you put on the skinny one or the big fat one? n 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. The Pinnacle Group An Independent Wealth Management Firm Any opinions are those of G. Carl Mahler, Jr. and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James.
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ince it opened last December, it’s been a challenge to “strike” up a parking space at Uptown Alley, the huge complex behind Commonwealth Centre off Hull Street Road. Families
across the county have discovered this prototype entertainment center with its unique offerings for patrons of all ages. Designed to be an upscale venue featuring the Rotunda (which is adult-only during the evenings) with its private bowling lanes, bil-
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bar, party rooms, DJ space and dance floor, the 57,000 square
foot facility delivers the “wow” factor with “world-class food, stellar service and entertainment” that developer Steven Uphoff promised prior to its opening. The building features stone walls, atmospheric lighting, huge TV screens, lounge-type seating and a full-service restaurant, conveying a luxury seldom seen in Chesterfield eateries and unique among bowling and billiard venues in the area, fulfilling the goal of the managing partners.
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“Chesterfield County has been dying for this type of entertainment venue,” states Cabanban. And Chesterfield is responding with enthusiasm. Check uptownalleyrichmond.com for a calendar of special events and live entertainment. n 6101 Brad McNeer Pkwy., Midlothian, VA 23112 (804) 744-1077 | www.uptownalleyrichmond.com 15
The Skins Come to Richmond!
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When looking for additional sports-related venues in Richmond, metro sports fans will be thrilled to know that NFL pro football is now a local reality. Starting this season, the Washington Redskins and quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG3) will hold their annual pre-season training camp in the city of Richmond at the new Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center located directly behind the Science Museum.
This new state-of-the-art practice facility is already under construction
between sixty minutes and two hours. After each practice, fans may have
and is expected to be finished by June 30th, well in time for the July/August
the opportunity to get autographs and take photos of their favorite players.
camp. Ground has already been broken on the roughly ten million dollar
Admission is free. More information regarding training camp will be posted
complex that will include two full-size natural grass fields, a natural grass
on the team’s website closer to the start of camp.
drill field, and a large building with locker rooms and related training space.
The Redskins have long enjoyed a large local fan following in the great-
The plan also includes a building to house a Bon Secours Richmond
er Richmond area, in part due to a Virginia connection through the Allen
Health System sports medicine and men’s health center that will serve as
family. George Allen, father of Bruce Allen, Redskins’ general manager and
a valuable community resource for the general public. The Redskins, who
former Virginia Governor George Allen Jr., was a Hall of Fame head coach for
have agreed to utilize this location for at least the next eight years, plan to
the Washington Redskins for seven years (overall record 116-47-5). During
announce their July/August training schedule sometime around mid-May.
his tenure, the “Over the Hill Gang” that included players like quarterback
Bruce Allen, Redskins’ GM, believes that an important aspect of the move
Billy Kilmer and linebacker Jack Pardee took the team to the NFC Champi-
from Ashburn, Virginia, to Richmond will be the improvements for fans.
onship and an appearance in Super Bowl VII against the Miami Dolphins.
“With the leadership of Bon Secours Health System, combined with the support from Governor McDonnell, Mayor Jones and our other outstand-
Virginia is “full of Redskins fans.” Even for those locals who are not Redskins fans—Richmond also has
ing community partners, we are creating a world-class facility that will set the standard of excellence for training camp experiences in all of professional sports,” said Washington Redskins Executive Vice President / General Manager Bruce Allen. “The Washington Redskins are excited for camp to commence this summer in Richmond, especially at a state-ofthe-art facility built with our loyal fans in mind.” During Training Camp, fans are invited to several open practices, which will be announced by the team at a later date, highlighted by the team’s Fan Appreciation Day. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Two practice sessions are tentatively scheduled for each day of training camp; practice times range 16
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significant fan clubs/fan bases following the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, to cite two well-known examples—having an NFL team move to Richmond for part of its formal activities is a big deal. The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center plans also include a new city park to enhance the both the training camp experience for and year round benefits for residents. According to WWBT, final plans for the park were released recently, and include “a three-tier outdoor amphitheater, walking trails and a vita course.” Local residents and others are mourning the loss of older trees taken
down. The office of Economic and Community Development is also promis-
down for the project, although the science museum has pledged to supply
ing to deal with parking concerns, which have plagued many city revival
identification markers for the new trees that will be planted, and the Mayor’s
office has been quick to reassure that new trees will replace those taken
“I look forward to welcoming the Redskins to Richmond this summer. Thanks to a great partnership between the team, Mayor Jones and the City of Richmond, and Bon Secours, the Redskins will have a top-notch practice facility here in Virginia’s capital city,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “This is a win-win for Richmond and Virginia. Through last year’s agreement, the Redskins are keeping their corporate headquarters in Loudoun County and their summer training camp in Virginia. This agreement means more jobs in Virginia, more revenue for the state, localities and businesses, and more opportunities for Virginians to see their Redskins in action. Hail to the Redskins, we can’t wait for July.” Richmond sports fans will likely see it in more simple (Above and opposite page)
Artist renderings of the new Redskins training facilities
terms: The NFL and RG3 are coming to Richmond! n 17
E-Z Box Portable Storage: Making Your Life Easier By Tammie Wersinger
hether you’re planning a home renovation or need to move items quickly due to a storm, fire or flood, E-Z Box will make storing your belongings safe and convenient
by bringing mobile storage units right to your property. “Our portable self storage boxes are like no other,’’ said E-Z Box Founder Andy Duke. “They are made from durable and high quality materials to ensure the security of your belongings while they are stored or in transit.” Duke, of Richmond, started in the self-storage business in 1984 and added the portable units in 2005. Since then, the company has expanded into North Carolina, Florida and other parts of Virginia. The local branch at 10351 Kings Acres Road, Ashland, services the Richmond Metro Area, including Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Powhatan, Goochland, Louisa, King William, Caroline and Dinwiddie counties. “What’s important to know is that we not only have a better box but that we strive to provide the best customer service,’’ Duke said. “Most of our customers can have their boxes delivered on the same day.’’ E-Z boxes, which have slightly pitched roofs that help avoid leaks, are fully insulated “to keep your stuff cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter,” he said. They also come in two sizes – 8-by-8 and 8-by16 – and feature an electrical outlet, an interior light and rain gutters. Another unique feature is HumiRid, a humidity control option that keeps your goods safe from the damaging effects of high humidity. “We just offer a much better box,’’ Duke said. “The others can’t come close.” n (804) 752-4515 | www.ezboxstorage.com 18
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Swimmers Aren’t the Only Ones with Medals
Princesses and Pirates Have a New Place to Party
By Tammie Wersinger
By Tammy Brackett, Photo by Liz Reese
he athletes at Quest Swimming in Midlothian are known for their competitive spirit and top-notch performances, but the swimmers aren’t the only ones that are winning awards these
alk into Castle Rock Party Center and prepare to be amazed. The colors are bright and inviting. Bows and crepe shimmer from sparkling chandeliers. The big
space is light and airy. The décor simply dazzles, and the woman
The club, located at 6800 Deer Run Drive, recently received the 2013 Silver Medal from USA Swimming, Inc., the governing body for USA swim clubs.
behind it all, Vanessa Slappy, has a personality that sparkles just as brightly as her newly opened Castle Rock Party Center. Situated in a big yellow vintage Victorian house at the corner of
The award, which recognizes swim programs that attain a high lev-
Hull and Genito, Castle Rock is Chesterfield’s newest place for kids and
el of athletic performance and organizational development, is given
teens to celebrate. There’s a Tea Room right out of a fairy book, perfect
to a very select group throughout the United States. Quest is the only
for a dress up fantasy party or a popular Glitz and Glam get-together.
club in Chesterfield County, and one of only two in Virginia to receive
The Castle Room features kid-size tables and chairs, and a play area
the distinction this year.
centered around a big cardboard castle. There’s even a kid perfect Ka-
“As you can see, this medal isn’t given out to many clubs,” said Marla Watson, a Quest spokesperson and volunteer. “So, it shows the caliber of our program and the ability of our team members.’’
raoke stage complete with sound system. “It’s all about having fun!” says owner Vanessa, about her new endeavor. “The kids can choose from over one hundred costumes. We
To achieve Silver Medal level, a club has to display high standards
have wigs, wands, boas and crowns. They have their hair and nails
in athletic leadership. Gold, silver and bronze medals are determined
done, strut down a red carpet and make their way to the karaoke stage
by using four component areas: business and organizational success,
to show their stuff.”
parent and volunteer development, coach development and education, and athlete development and performance. “Quest Swimming is dedicated to teaching the art of swimming and to perfecting the game of racing,” Watson said. “We are an elite swim team, but we’re also like a big family.”
Parents will love Castle Rock Center’s versatile party themes including Wizard of Oz, Princess Parties, and the popular Glitz and Glam and Rock Star make-up and costume parties. There are Super Hero and Pirate Party packages for boys. Vanessa wants to invite kids of all ages to come experience the en-
Along with competitive swimming, Quest offers programs in adult
chantment of Castle Rock Party Center. “We’ve even scheduled show-
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ers and celebrations for grown-ups,” she smiles. “There’s a kid who likes
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The snow has melted and the weather is warming up. Beach weather is on its way! When you are in the mood to feel the sand in between your toes and soak up some rays, there’s no need to leave Virginia. Whether you want to be near a bustling boardwalk or desire a lonely stroll on the sand, there is something for everyone on our state’s diverse coast. So find your perfect destination and take a day trip. Maybe you’ll even decide to stay a while.
Chincoteague and Assateague Island Where to Stay:
Many already know about the serene small town of Chincoteague Island on the Eastern shore. Just over the bridge lies Assateague Island, a 38-mile
Chincoteague offers a variety of quaint hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation
long barrier island with thousands of acres of beach, maritime forest, salt-
home rentals and campgrounds. Interact with real Chincoteague ponies
marsh and freshwater marsh, all protected from development. Assateague
at the Chincoteague Pony Centre or attend the 88th Annual Chincoteague
Island is home to beautiful wild ponies that roam free.
Pony Swim & Auction on July 24 and 25. Depart on one of the daily ponywatching or sunset cruises or a guided kayak tour to enjoy the eco-system
Parking & Facilities:
First time visitors are encouraged to stop at one of the two visitor centers
More Than a Beach:
on the Virginia side of Assateague Island. The Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center, located near the refuge entrance, is home
Over fifteen miles of trails on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge wind
to a nature store, exhibits, interactive displays and more (www.fws.gov/
through marshes and forests, including a path to the Assateague Light-
northeast/chinco). The Toms Cove Visitor Center, located at the recreational
house. Fishing, crabbing, clamming and birdwatching are favorite pastimes
beach, is open seasonally and includes beachcombing exhibits, a marine
on the islands.
aquarium, a touch tank and a place to get needed permits (www.nps.gov/ asis).
Virginia Beach Resort Area
This quiet, family-oriented beach is located twenty miles south of the
Three miles of hotels, restaurants, shopping and activities for all ages,
bustling resort area of Virginia Beach. Five miles of beautiful dunes
line an oceanfront, landscaped boardwalk that is perfect for biking,
and seas are the perfect setting for a self-proclaimed beach bum
roller-blading, running or walking. There’s no time to be bored with
an abundance of street festivals, concerts and even an amusement park!
Parking & Facilities: Find a parking spot in the lot at the corner of Sandbridge Road and
Parking & Facilities:
Sandfiddler Road, where you’ll also find lifeguards and restrooms.
An interactive map can be found online at www.visitvirginiabeach
Little Island Park has lifeguards, covered picnic areas with grills, bath-
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lem finding the perfect fit for your family. Couples looking for a quick
(www.beachspabnb.com), located two blocks off the boardwalk.
romantic getaway will enjoy the Country Villa Bed and Breakfast Inn
Beautiful bathrooms offer spa features such as hydro-body massage,
(www.countryvillainn.com) with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a
rainfall showers and steamers.
three-course breakfast. Or, two campgrounds offer a more natural setting for outdoors lovers.
More Than a Beach: Beach Street U.S.A. (www.beachstreetusa.com) turns Atlantic Avenue
More Than a Beach:
(from 17th to 25th Streets) into a theatre with puppets, bands, jugglers,
The marshes and open waters of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
magicians and other entertainers nightly. Check the local event cal-
and False Cape State Park offer kayaking, hiking and fishing. Catch a
endar for free live concerts and entertainment along the oceanfront.
glimpse of dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, egrets and heron. Take surf
Events like a Pirate Party on the Beach, the Oceana Air Show, the
lessons or attend a two-to-three day Billabong Surfing Camp (www.
Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival and the Verizon Wireless American
Music Festival (three days, thirty bands) are all coming soon!
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First Landing State Park First Landing State Park (www.first-landing-state-park.org), a 2,888 acre park with access to the bay coastline, is located on Cape Henry in North Virginia Beach. The Chesapeake Bay Beach offers kinder, gentler waves than the Atlantic Ocean, just in sight of the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel. This is the site where one hundred English settlers landed in 1607 before pushing their way up the James River to establish Jamestown.
Parking & Facilities: Parking, public restrooms, and picnic areas with grills are all available at the park. Kayaks, bicycles and fishing or crabbing gear are all ready to rent.
Where to Stay: Spend the night right inside the park. There are more than 200 campsites and 20 cabins available for rent.
More Than a Beach: Take advantage of a unique habitat with lagoons, large cypress trees, a boat launch and nineteen miles of hiking trails. Guided programs are offered for activities from crabbing to beach walks.
Buckroe Beach and Park Eight acres of family-friendly sandy beach, a playground, picnic
(Above) An aerial view of the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival, featur-
shelters with grills by reservation, a walking and biking path and
ing more than thirty bands in three days. (Inset) Families enjoying themselves
more, make up Buckroe Beach and Park, located a few miles east of
with activities such as nature walks through the marshes and biking along the
Where to Stay: Hotels abound a short drive away in downtown Hampton (www. visithampton.com). Enjoy Hamptonâ€™s antique 1920s merry-go-round located on the downtown waterfront, along with the Virginia Air and Space Center, boutique shopping, art galleries and dozens of restaurants. The popular Hampton Jazz Festival from June 28-30 is sure to draw a crowd (www.hamptonjazzfestival.com).
More Than a Beach: Rent a kayak or paddleboat if you get tired of bumming on the beach. The Buckroe Beach Pier offers fishermen a place to cast a line. Sunday evenings from 6-9 p.m., enjoy a free concert under the stars right on the beach from June thru August. Pack up the kids and a blanket on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. for the free Pomoco Family Movie Series at Mill Point Park in the nearby downtown area (www.hampton. gov/parks). n Some facilities and services offered at Virginia beaches are seasonal. Check the local websites to see what is offered during your trip.
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Plaza Azteca This Chesterfield favorite is a mustvisit! Try their Molcajete Azteca–a hot stone filled with ribeye steak, chicken, shrimp, poblano peppers, onions, chunks of pineapple, and honey pasilla sauce. Pair it with a Texas margarita and tableside guacamole for the full experience! 15600 WC Commons Way 897-1124 | plazaazteca.com
Belle Vie Chef Xavier is serving up Belgian cuisine is an upscale atmosphere. Enjoy “Never Ending Mussels” and frites on Wednesday nights for only $16.95. Or stop by on Thursdays for “Ribeye is for Lovers” night. 1244 Alverser Plaza 379-3338 | bellevieva.com
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Palermo Make your reservation today for a Mother’s Day Brunch at Palermo. Enjoy all your Sicilian favorites on an all-you-can-eat buffet with selected menu items. Or stop by on a Wednesday night, for a halfpriced bottle of wine (under $50). 15717 City View Drive | 378-7643 dineatpalermo.com
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By Emily Jones, Photos by Jason Parks and Brandon Montijo
When Tommy Miller was busy pursuing advanced degrees, he never guessed he’d be running brewery tours instead of a development company. The Virginia Commonwealth University graduate – who has a bachelor’s degree in real estate and land development and a master’s in urban and regional planning – decided to add entrepreneur to his resume when he went on a brewing tour while attending a wedding in San Diego about two years ago.
His West Coast beer-sampling adventure led to a new passion and prompted him to start Richmond Brewery Tours. “I thought San Diego Brewery Tours was a great excursion for both locals and tourists, so I wanted to bring it back to our area,’’ Miller said. “Once legislation was passed supporting local craft breweries, and I saw so many potential breweries breaking into the market, I thought there would be no better time to begin the tours here.” Richmond is already home to Center of the Universe, Extra Billy's, Hardywood Park, Midnight and Legend breweries. In addition, at least four more are planning to open in the near future. Miller uses a mini-bus to take groups of up to 14 people on a four-
Once Miller has perfected Richmond’s tours, he’ll have plenty of
hour guided tour that begins with a brief Beer 101 course and two
options to expand throughout Virginia, which is home to about 40
complimentary tastings at Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond.
craft breweries, with many more on the horizon.
Next, they head to three other breweries for some serious VIP treat-
“Tour goers get special attention from the pros – all while having a
ment, with reserved seating and sample flights of craft beer. In addi-
designated driver shuttling them between sites,” Miller said “The allure
tion, guests will receive a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the brewer-
of Richmond Brewery Tours is being able to have a good time with
ies they visit, where they discuss what it takes to make a fine craft beer.
family and friends, while taking in the sights of the region and enjoy-
If learning the ins and outs about ambers and ales isn’t enough, guides also serve up some interesting facts about the Richmond region, along with a free souvenir, complimentary snacks and refresh-
ing local craft beer,” Miller said. For more information on booking a tour or joining a pre-arranged one, visit www.rvabrewerytours.com or call (804) 404-BREW. n
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Monday nights offer a variety of specials for lobster lovers at The Hard Shell. Try the butterpoached lobster tail with a pan seared crab cake, red bliss mashed potatoes, asparagus, and a sorrel remoulade. www.thehardshell.com 1411 E Cary Street | 643-2333 11400 W. Huguenot Road | 464-1476 www.richmondnavigator.com
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1. Salmon and Shrimp Crab Louie’s Seafood Tavern Salmon and shrimp sautéed with vegetables in a roasted lemon-chive butter, served over ginger jasmine rice. www.crablouies.com 1352 Sycamore Square | 275-2722
2. Broiled Flounder Riptides Thaddeus
This specialty dish is topped with a fresh sweet chile, mango and pineapple salsa. www.ripetidesseafood.com 11212 Ironbridge Road | 748-8899
3. Arroz con Mariscos Mexico Restaurant
Shrimp and scallops are deliciously grilled with our special Ranchero sauce and cheese. Served over a bed of Mexican white rice and guacamole salad. www.mexico-restaurant.com 4040 G. Cox Road | 290-0400
4. Chilean Sea Bass Puttanesca Ruth’s Chris
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By Emily Jones One of Richmond’s favorite smokehouses is continuing to grow with the addition of a new location on Hull Street, in the old Friendly’s building. Q Barbeque will be opening its second Chesterfield location (the first on Midlothian Tnpk.) by the end of May. The new spot will be their first stand-alone restaurant, which will offer more room for larger groups, such as ball teams. “We are hoping to introduce our food to a whole group of people who don’t yet know us,” says Leslie Stone, co-owner of Q Barbeque. “The building has been gutted inside and out to be comfortable for families and dine-ins. We make a great spot for lunch because we are quick. And our menu items hold well, making them excellent for take-out.” You’ll smell the smoky goodness of pork, chicken, brisket and ribs as soon as you walk through the doors. Choose from classic sides like slaw, beans, mac and cheese, corn pudding and their very own pineapple hot dish. Visit qbarbeque.com to whet your appetite. Since 2000, Extra Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery (1110 Alverser Drive, Midlothian. 379-8727. Extrabillys.com) has been serving up classic barbecue fare along with beer brewed in-house. Brandon Tolbert, a home brewer for the past ten years, has recently landed the job of full-time brew master to bring their craft beer scene more sharply into focus. In May, a new line of five in-house beers will be debuted. IPA lovers will rejoice with three IPA varieties, in addition to a Northern English Brown and an Amber Ale. Three of these brews placed in a recent competition with the James River Home Brew Club. Enjoy a tasting flight or take a growler to-go, along with a great barbecue. Spring brings the South of the James Market back to Forest Hill Park on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. One of Richmond’s largest outdoor markets, this rain-or-shine 32
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event offers more than local produce. Find plants, meats, dairy products, handmade crafts, soaps and baked goods. Plus, local food carts serve up coffee, breakfast and lunch! On June 2, Broad AppĂŠtit (pictured below) returns to offer the best Richmond restaurants have to offer in one place. Over sixty local eateries will show off their culinary skills with three-dollar mini-dishes. As you graze your way down Broad Street (between Henry and Adams), wash it all down with Virginia wine and beer. Last year brought out everything from pan-seared scallops to pork belly tacos and watermelon basil pops to lavender lemonade. Also, check out local art, produce from local farmers, and live music and cooking demonstrations. Whet your appetite at www.broadappetit.com. RVA Street Foodies, a collaboration of Richmond food trucks and carts, are gearing up for great summer weather with a full calendar of events. Many of these gourmet trucks already have a following. Weekly food courts are being held all around town such as Hardywood Park Brewery (Thursdays), Center of the Universe Brewing Company in Ashland (Wednesdays), Chesterfield Towne Center (Wednesdays), and the Virginia Historical Society (Tuesdays and Fridays). Watch their schedule at www.rvastreetfoodies.com to nosh on a variety of foods such as barbecue, tacos, crepes, burgers, Thai and more! n
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As you approach the day you begin the next phase of your life, you face a series of decisions that could spell the difference between a comfortable retirement and one fraught with financial stress. Even if you have been managing your money for years, you may need professional help now. Depending on your circumstances, you could get by with perhaps a couple of sessions with a financial planner to tweak your portfolio and review your major options–or you may need ongoing help that lasts into retirement.
Take your pension as a lump sum or an annuity?
order in which you tap your accounts could have an impact on your
Taking a lump sum allows you to invest the money as you choose; an
may want to tap taxable accounts first to allow your tax-deferred
annuity provides a lifetime stream of payments. Both options have
accounts to compound unfettered by taxes for a longer period. But if
their pluses and minuses. A lump sum invested in an IRA may provide
you expect your income tax rate to rise in retirement, you may want
a higher return than an annuity, but you also risk outliving your
to tap your tax-deferred accounts first.
Select a single-life immediate annuity or survivorship?
retirement income, and there's no one-size-fits-all answer, says Andrea Blackwelder, a certified financial planner. For example, you
When to file for Social Security? For single people, the cost-benefit analysis is straightforward: Accept permanently reduced benefits by filing at age 62, or wait until full
If you're retiring without a pension—and that's increasingly com-
retirement age (66 for those born between 1943 and 1954) or even
mon—converting part of your savings into an immediate annuity is a
later in exchange for a higher monthly benefit. But couples have a
way to lock in a monthly payment for the rest of your life. But as with
range of options based on their life expectancies, earning histories
a pension, you'll need to choose between a single-life option, which
and future survivor benefits, says Eleanor Blayney, consumer advo-
offers a higher initial payout, and an annuity that will provide income
cate for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.
to a surviving spouse. Similarly, you'll need to decide whether to buy an annuity that's adjusted for inflation, which provides a lower initial payout but will preserve your purchasing power.
Pay off the mortgage? Many retirees long for the security of a paid-off mortgage, but at to-
Best strategy for portfolio withdrawals?
day's low interest rates, it doesn't always make sense. If you're paying
Until now, your main focus has been saving as much as possible.
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By Erin Pittman ew days of the year bring as much joy to children as the last day of school. Freedom from classrooms, teachers and homework for nearly three months cause smiles and uncontrollable
excitement in most kids. Parents, however, should be prepared to keep learning going all summer long. community that it’s also a time of major learning loss, setting many children up to two and a half months back on their skills, especially math and reading. But fear not, vigilant parents, with a little creativity you can disguise learning as fun, family activities and trips that your children will beg to participate in. Here are a few sneaky ideas to get you started on a summer filled with learning and growth.
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1. Spend time in a garden. Again, provide a journal for note-taking, and use a digital camera to capture favorite flowers, plants and design ideas. Find out all you can about what each plant needs to thrive. Return home with you data, and prepare to start your own garden. Have your child help with the budget, measuring the plot, spacing and planting the seeds, and all maintenance and harvesting throughout the season. Use age appropriate methods of tracking your harvested veggies, in one project!
2. Visit an amusement park You, the parent, may even be fooled here, but opportunities for learning abound in this amusement park of thrills and excitement. Start by requiring your children to grab maps and be the tour guides for the day. Voila! Their map reading skills are put to good use! Busch Gardens offers a quick trip to seven “countries,” allowing you to teach about the people, foods, architecture,
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and other features of other lands. Steer your discussions toward the rides and ask questions about how they work, identifying pulley systems and talking about acceleration. Attend The Secret Life of Predators Animal Show, or book an up-close tour for behind-the-scenes action.
Kids love animals and investigating. Plan ahead and provide your children with notebooks for fact gathering. Compile age appropriate information during your visit to answer questions like: How many mammals and reptiles did we see? How many carnivores, omnivores and herbivores did we encounter? Graph the data when you get home. Making hypotheses beforehand and checking them afterwards could add even more to the scientific experience. Have kids choose their favorite animal and do some research at home to learn more about its life in the wild.
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3. Take a trip to the zoo.
4. Explore museums.
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Photo: Travis Fillerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond is certainly not lacking for museums to discover. From the Children’s Museum for the youngest kiddos to the Science, Aviation and Civil War museums for older ones, there is something for everyone. A museum trip could easily compile hands-on math, science, reading and history into one learning-filled day. Who knows? It just might trigger further reading and Photo: Travis Fillerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
researching, as well!
5. Spend time at a park. Being outside pleases most active kids. Add a journal, collection bag and a digital camera, and explore a path on a nature walk. Gather pretty, puzzling and unique “artifacts” during your walk – or photograph them if this is more appropriate. At home, identify your treasures and compile them into a journal or onto a poster, showcasing your adventure. This project requires research and computer skills, reading, writing, science and creativity.
6. Try out art and music lessons. Don’t forget the arts this summer. Art and music activities help your child express themselves in alternate ways and are fun! Take this time to allow them
to follow their passion with an arts or craft class in their favorite medium, or fine-tune their musical interests with music or voice lessons. Music and art
Have your social butterfly create a newsletter for family and friends, complete
enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills, encourage goal-setting
with reports from sporting events, movie reviews and family happenings.
and refine cognitive and creative skills.
Create your own summer reading program complete with rewards and a book
7. Teach kids daily at home. There are also plenty of simple activities to keep kids learning at home.
swap with friends to keep your kids reading and to spark their interest in new books. Keeping kids learning all summer long doesn’t have to involve work-
Perhaps they are budding meteorologists and might like to create a summer
books, sitting still or lots of resistance. Using these ideas and a few of your
weather journal. For gamers, find websites that cleverly disguise the edu-
own, you’ll successfully work on your child’s math, reading and writing skills,
cational value within their games. Allow your children to help plan a family
give memorable lessons in science, history and the arts, and prevent summer
vacation: have them do the budgeting, mapping and other relevant planning.
learning loss. n May/June 2013
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Rejuvenating Richmond's Readers Local Authors Bring T h e C i t y To L i f e f o r For Ages Yo u n g R e a d e r s B y
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Jack and the Richmond Bubble By Beth Thomas Beth Thomas attended the University of Richmond for four years, and only after graduating did she begin to realize just how cool this city is. She decided to step outside of her “bubble” and begin her post college marketing career here in Richmond. When her nephew Jack was born, she knew she wanted to use her creativity to create a children’s book for him and combined her Richmond “bubble” idea with local landmarks that are meaningful to their family. Jack and the Richmond Bubble tells the story of a child blowing a bubble so large that it carries him all over town to kid-friendly locations including the Children’s Museum, a Flying Squirrels game, the Metro Richmond Zoo and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Richmond children will love Thomas’ bright illustrations and being able to say, “Hey! I’ve been there!” as they read this fun story. To learn more or to get your own copy, visit www.jackandtherichmondbubble.com. n
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Genia Johnson Dance Company
“In addition to core studies in classical ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance, GJDC also offers classes in hip-hop, gymnastics, baton and even fitness.”
enia Johnson’s smile is contagious. She absolutely beams from photographs, surrounded by a crowd
of her award-winning students. Her love for teaching dance is obvious in her cheerful voice, striking smile and the dedication she shows her young students. “We’re in the middle of spring performance and competition season,” she laughs in a recent interview. “There are costumes and glitter everywhere!” It’s easy to see why the Genia Johnson Dance Company has been nurturing, guiding and encouraging students for over ten years in the art of dance. Recently the company moved into a new, spacious facility and now has room to continue to grow. In addition to core studies in classical ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary dance, GJDC also 48
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offers classes in hip-hop, gymnastics, baton and even fitness. There is something for everyone at GDJC, no matter the age or skill level. “We have children as young as nineteen months that start in our Kinderdance classes. They learn basic vocabulary and technique and are a delight to watch at our Spring Performance,” says Genia. “We also have an adult hip-hop class and a men’s dance class for dads, uncles and brothers.” “Dance is a great way to exercise, but also a fun way to stay fit and healthy. It’s great for flexibility, strength and endurance. Dance builds confidence and self-esteem,” says Genia. What are her proudest moments as an instructor? “Too many to mention!” she replies enthusiastically. “It makes me proud when my students are accepted into high school or college dance programs. Alumni have gone on to be choreographers, dancers in companies or professional dancers all over the country and
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A Day with the Family
By Erin Pittman
for all of us is so busy that much of the time it feels that each family
member is being pulled in opposite directions. With the warmer weather and longer days upon us, now is the perfect time to plan to pull everyone
together for some family time. Our city offers an abundance of festivals, museums, concerts, outdoor recreation and events for all ages that are well suited for families to enjoy together. Check out some of these local treasures below, and schedule your own day, or evening, with your family.
For Families with Younger Children: Children’s Museum of Richmond Target $1 Family Nights Enjoy one of Richmond’s finest children’s treasures for only $1 per person! On the third Friday of every month, Target sponsors $1 nights at C-MOR Central. Admission includes access to all exhibits, the art room and backyard play. Start your weekend off right with an affordable evening of fun with your children. Visit www.c-mor.org for more information.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Young at Art Program Children, ages two–five, enjoy inspiring stories, art activities and visits to the galleries during the Young at Art programs. Puzzles, movement games and childhood learning toys are available at each session. Classes are held in the Art Education Center with monthly themes and new lessons weekly. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per child.
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For Families with Mixed Ages: Richmond Raiders Indoor Pro Football Try a new experience with your family and sample some indoor, arena football with the Richmond Raiders. Home games are played at the Richmond Coliseum, with the 2013 season running through mid-June. Visit www.richmondraidersprofootball.com for schedule and ticket information.
For Families with Older Children:
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens’ Drop In and Dig Program under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. Carry
Richard Petty Driving Experience at Richmond International Raceway
these skills over at home as a family and start your own garden to en-
Are you and your child NASCAR fanatics? Ever wanted to experience
joy together all season long. Sessions are held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on
your favorite sport from behind the dash? When a parent or guardian
Wednesdays, April 3 – June 12 and 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Wednesdays,
purchases a ride along experience, teens ages 14-19 can participate
June 19 – September 4.
in a ride-along of their own for only $29. Call 800-237-3889 for more
Families can participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks
information or to schedule your family’s thrill session.
Swift Creek Twilight Paddle Get ready for a lazy canoe trip on Swift Creek on June 16th from 7 p.m.
River City Rafting Trips
to 8:30 p.m.. Enjoy a relaxed evening as a family while you drift along
Enjoy white water rafting thrills with the family! Children ages 9 and
as the sun sets and the nocturnal animals become active. $9/person,
up can join their parents for outdoor fun on these trips down the
or family of 4 or more $6/person. Please arrive 15 minutes early at the
James River. Parties of four or six are accepted, and no experience is
boat dock at Pocahontas State Park. All equipment is provided. Ages
necessary. Contact them at 232-RAFT or via www.rivercityraft.com to
6 and up only. Register by calling 804-796-4255.
book your excursion.
National Kids to Parks Day at Pocahontas State Park
River City Rollergirls – Roller Derby Bouts
This celebration of national parks on May 18 will feature fun adven-
Come experience a lively family night by attending a “bout,” or match,
tures, tree climbing, fishing, canoeing, animals from Off the Ark,
with the River City Rollergirls. Roller Derby is fast paced and action
entertainment, crafts and face painting. Most activities are free, but
packed, and these girls are full of passion for their unique sport!
some require fees and advance registration. Call 804-796-4255 to
Upcoming bouts include May 18 at 4 p.m. at the Greater Richmond
Convention Center and June 16 and June 23 at the Roller Dome. Visit www.rivercityrollergirls.org for more ticket information. n
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SavingFace 5 Simple Skin Care Tips Just in Time for the Summer By Jennifer Saunders
interferes with blood flow and depletes your skin of oxygen and nutrients. And all that eye squinting and lip pursing can cause wrinkles.
Hand Wash on Gentle The simpler your skincare routine, the more likely you are to stick with it. And as it turns out, a simple, cleansing on the gentle cycle is really all you need. For your face, start with a non-abrasive daily cleanser that’s alcohol-free. Wet your face using lukewarm – not hot – water. Then use your fingertips to gently apply your cleanser. Don’t scrub with a washcloth or scrubby as it can irritate your skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen and you’re good to go. For all of your skin, avoid hot water and long showers which can cause drying. Use a mild shower gel to prevent your skin’s naturally moisturizing oils from being stripped away.
And just like you change your wardrobe with the seasons, adjust to the warmer temow that the sun is out and the
peratures by swapping the heavy moisturizer you used in winter’s drying cold to an oil-free
coats are in the closet, the time
moisturizer for the summer.
Add a Secret Weapon
has arrived when more skin will
be exposed to the world. And that makes
If you aren’t using Retinoid to improve the appearance of your skin, you might want to
it the perfect time for a reminder about the
consider it. Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that can unclog pores, help clear up acne, re-
importance of taking care of your outer
duce fine lines, even out discoloration, and smooth the skin. Full-strength Retinoids are sold
only by prescription but you can also get over-the-counter products containing retinol – the
Good skin care isn’t just about looking good. It’s also about preventing premature
Get Back to Basics
aging and avoiding skin cancer – one of the
Basic healthy habits can work wonders when it comes to your skin. For the biggest
most common and deadly cancers around.
impact, focus on these key areas: 1. Eat a variety of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean
Fortunately, keeping your body's largest organ healthy isn’t hard. You also don’t need to use a ton of products. Five simple steps
proteins. 2. Get plenty of exercise. 3. Sleep for seven or more hours a night. 4. Manage stress and do regular skin cancer self-exams. n Sources: American Academy Of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Web Md
done as a part of your daily routine can delay aging, prevent health problems and leave you with a radiant glow.
Be a Shade-Seeker One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to protect it from the sun. It’s the sun’s damaging rays that cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems. It’s also the sun that increases your risk for skin cancer. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Wear it every day, even when it’s cloudy. If you’re outside, reapply sunscreen every two to three hours – more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. Try to avoid the sun between mid-morning and late afternoon when the sun can do the most damage and when you do go out, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
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Earth, Stone & Sky Elegant outdoor living and hardscape design features, sculptural and integrated elements, and fresh interpretations of traditional motifs. Design by Vicki O’Neal, VSLD/ installation by Top Notch Construction.
s a designer, I find it so very interesting that styles and trends come and go— in fashion, interior design, landscape design, and pretty much any aspect of culture one can imagine. Not so long ago, concrete patios were in fashion. For an outdoor living space, it was very desirable to have a screened-in porch. Both of those features went out of vogue, and an elevated deck became the hardscape of preference. The contemporary landscape style of choice has reverted
By Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD
elements such as benches, wall caps,
sons, screened porches are in high demand once again.
and countertops. Horizontal surfaces are
In many areas and until recently most homes have a deck
more susceptible to damage from crack-
attached. There are some sites and situations where a deck is
ing, staining, and wear. Vertical features
still the most logical and practical solution, and new features
are the faces of decorative and retaining
have improved design options. Although wood decks are
walls, benches, fireplaces and firepits,
always manageable with good maintenance, they have inherent
outdoor kitchens, built-in planters, etc.
challenges including deterioration, splintering, and warping. A
Vicki O'Neal, owner of FORM & FUNCTION, provides commercial and residential interior and landscape design. She is a professional member of ASID, VA Certified Interior Designer (CID), Master Gardener, and a VA Certified Landscape Designer (VSLD) and a Horticulturist. 804.897.8558 FandFdesign.com Information in articles written by Vicki O’Neal is intended for general reference only.
rounds, creek beds, stairs, and elevated
back to a new incarnation of the patio, and for very good rea-
For horizontal elements such as pa-
typical aesthetic challenge of decks is the standard picket rail-
tios and walks, there are two basic types
ing. The rails frequently block important views and are not very
of installation methods: wet set and dry
attractive visually. Decks are also physically confining, with the
or sand set. There are reasons why one
sides and boundaries often creating a bit of an encumbered
method or the other might be a better
feeling. When possible and desirable, I frequently suggest re-
choice for your specific project. Those
moving the deck and creating an altogether new landscape and
decisions are based on site conditions,
hardscape style and visual, both aesthetically and functionally.
climate, and other considerations.
Wet set and dry set installations both start with excavation to 6” or more below the desired height of the finished sur-
Outdoor living and hardscapes comprise both vertical and
face. A 4” base of gravel called crusher
horizontal elements, each with specific design options, con-
run is installed, followed by 2” of sand or
struction requirements and aesthetic characteristics. Horizontal
stone dust. The wet set method pro-
features course the surfaces of patios and walks, pool sur-
ceeds with a mortar base or reinforced
corrected prior to installation. The biggest challenges to the longevity of any exterior stone or masonry patio, especially one installed using the wet set method, is our area’s erratic weather and frequent freezing/ thawing cycles and settlement. If water gets into any joint or opening, it will expand as it freezes and cause cracking. With repeated weather cycles, the cracking becomes more and more problematic and may eventually pose a tripping hazard. It’s always best to take extra care to ensure preparatory steps and procedures are followed to avoid failures as well as costly and disruptive repairs. In contrast, dry set hardscapes are very forgiving over time. They can move naturally if there is any settlement, growth of tree roots, or other disturbance. If there is some movement, areas of stone may simply be lifted out, the base adjusted, and the stone reinstalled. It is a bit of a process, but much less so than wet set repairs. This method may also be a DIY project for the adventurous homeowner.
CHOICES, CHOICES Dry stack natural stone retaining walls create an integrated landscape component and provide areas for accent planting. The dry creek and boulders help to slow down water run-off while integrating a harmonious look. Design and installation by Vicki O’Neal, VSLD.
Stone and masonry selections for hardscapes have never been more plentiful. The direction your project takes essentially starts with the decision between manmade pavers or natural stone. Site conditions and budgets may drive some of the choices,
surface. A 4” base of gravel called crusher run is installed,
and sometimes a combination of materials is used. All have
followed by 2” of sand or stone dust. The wet set method
advantages, disadvantages, and artistic considerations.
proceeds with a mortar base or reinforced concrete slab to
NATURAL STONE comes in a wide assortment of types
which the stone surface is applied, and the joints are mortared.
and aesthetics. In recent years, stone sourced from locations
For the dry or sand set method, the final stone surface is
around the globe has expanded the available options
installed directly on the sand or stone dust base and the joints
dramatically. Bluestone and slate are favorites ‘round here,
are filled with sand, tiny gravel, stone dust, or polymeric sand.
but they are some of the softer and more vulnerable choices.
With the exception of polymeric sand, dry set installations are
Bluestone is now available with a heat-treated surface that
frequently referred to as permeable, meaning the joints allow
minimizes possible flaking. Natural stone should be sealed
water to perk into the ground. Permeable installations are the
every couple of years to protect and restore appearance.
favored environmentally friendly choice and help to control drainage.
MANMADE PAVERS are also available in a wide array of colors, shapes, and sizes. One of the advantages of pavers is
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BEAUTIFUL
that they are designed and manufactured for their intended purpose and fit together with ease. There are many interlocking shapes, making installation a breeze. BRICK and other masonry units also make classic and
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beautiful hardscapes and may be installed via either method. Patterns, shapes, and colors of any of these material types
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offer grand opportunities to create fun styles including
lawn. This allows the lawn mower to run right over the path or
geometric motif, unusual configurations, and borders. Kits are
patio, simplifying maintenance and edging tasks. If laid on a
available for precut medallions and other inset features and
sand base or bare ground, infill soil should be placed between
accents. How about a labyrinth? That would be unique!
the stones for leveling. All of these options are particularly
When considering patterns and ornamentation, think
beautiful with the use of tiny ground cover plantings between
about how placement of furniture and other items on the patio
the stones, such as specific perennials, herbs, or sedums.
will impact the total look of the area and how it will appear
Choose carefully—some plants hold up far better to foot traffic
from different vantage points. I am always cautious to keep
the design balanced so that features don’t compete with one another. Keep the material palette cohesive and uncomplicated.
THE SOFTER SIDE
INSTALLATION IS EVERYTHING Beautiful outdoor living scapes and landscape designs can be conceived on paper, but the trick lies in interpretation
One last type of stone installation is what I call free-laid.
and implementation. There is a massive gap between design
The natural stone is simply laid on the ground or lawn and
conception and the completion of a project. Many pitfalls line
positioned in either a free-form or geometric fashion, without
the path, and there are critical steps in the process that can
undue regard to layout conventions. Irregular stone is a
make or break the long-term outcome. I mention these issues
particularly attractive choice for an informal look. I especially
because the lowest price may cost much more in the final
love this casual feeling for pathways and more relaxed patio
analysis. Project management and proper execution of a design
settings. If laid in grass, the sod may be removed and the stone
is the cost-effective choice in the long run! n
set on the ground, creating a relatively level surface with the
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