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