Editor’s Letter May/June 2022


Season of Change

Hello, Lynchburg, and greetings from Virginia Beach! I am the Editor-in-Chief of Coastal Virginia Magazine, a lifestyle magazine similar to Lynchburg Living and, like this publication, a member of the VistaGraphics publishing family. I had the privilege of working alongside Lynchburg Living’s former editor, Shelley Basinger, for almost three years and, like you, I will miss her talent, tenacity and dedication to the Lynchburg community.

Not long after I came on board at Coastal Virginia Magazine, I had the chance to take a road trip to Lynchburg along with Lynchburg Living’s wonderful art director Chris Meligonis. We spent some time exploring the downtown area, strolling the Bluffwalk and checking out the Craddock Terry Hotel. And, after a fun photo shoot for the magazine, we grabbed some pints and bites at Grey’s restaurant. I hope to visit again soon.

I think I speak for Shelley and Chris and the entire Lynchburg Living team in extending a big “thank you” to one of the magazine’s regular contributing writers, Emily Mook, for stepping in to assist with the production of this issue during a time of transition.

Have your napkins ready because this is the food issue, and you’ll find plenty to dish about including all of the participating restaurants in the 11th Annual Lynchburg Restaurant Week, happening June 18-25, as well as a guide to summer fun and a preview of Lynchburg Living’s Smith Mountain Lake Idea House.

Finally, I am thrilled to share that Megan Williams has accepted the Managing Editor position at Lynchburg Living. Megan comes to us with an impressive and diverse background in publishing and marketing that includes a key role in the establishment of this very publication and, most importantly, a passion for the community and culture of Lynchburg.

By the time this issue is published, Megan will have been on the job for just a couple of weeks. I hope you, our readers, and the Lynchburg community will embrace and support her in her new role. I have no doubt she will be a tremendous asset, and you will hear much more from her in our July-August issue. Welcome, Megan!

Happy summer and bon appétit.

Leona Baker, Editor-in-Chief, Coastal Virginia Magazine


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