April 2009 issue


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Our April issue celebrates spring by showcasing the handiwork of Virginia's artisan jewelers in a photo shoot unlike any we've done before. We also venture inside Virginia Commonwealth's top-rated arts school, and we travel to Newport News to examine one of the biggest, most complex construction projects ever—the supercarrier christened George H.W. Bush. Following a blog trail took us to Winchester's One Block West restaurant, and in this issue's food department, three chefs from around the state stepped up to a challenge we presented them. Also inside: Virginius Dabney and Douglas Southall Freeman, two of the greatest newspaper editors of all time; a visit to Bristol; blowzy peonies and more.


Photography by Tyler Darden

What sleeps in its first year, creeps in its second and leaps to life in its third? It’s the peony—an old-fashioned flower that’s durable, spectacular and often unpredictable. Read more

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Photography by Cade Martin | Styling by Neely Barnwell Dykshorn | Flower styling by Richard Stone

In anticipation of the coming season, we combined artisan jewelry from around the state with some outrageous floral headdresses. A spring fling! Read more


Douglas Freeman and Virginius Dabney were modest men, serious thinkers and two of the best newspaper editors of their time. A retrospective on a pair of influential, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. Read more


Ruckersville craftsman Tad Coffin makes some of the most desirable saddles in America, thanks to his passion for horses and technology. Read more


Among the homes on Richmond's Westover Avenue is a yellow Indiana brick home that, with its grand foyer and expansive garden, is a beautiful residential retreat. Read more

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Mother of Invention

The pantry isn’t always well-stocked. Sometimes you have to improvise. We gave 12 staples to three chefs, let each add one ingredient of his own, and turned them loose. Read more


Lynchburg, Va., Rivermont Park and Casino | 1914

Sent by Jean Rabe, Albemarle, N.C.

Penny Postcards from the April 2009 issue. Read more


Whale of a time

Illustration by Rob Ullman,

On the strand at Cape Henry. Read more



Illustration by Robert Meganck,

Intriguing bloodroot is not the be trifled with. Read more




Christina Ball follows a blog trail to a back alley in Old Town Winchester, where chef Ed Matthews does a lot more than muse about the wonders of food at his destination-worthy restaurant, One Block West. Read more

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Photo by Jeff Greenough,

In some places, a divided populace might spawn rivalries, but Bristol is a friendly marriage of two state municipalities. Read more


Polk Miller

Illustrated by Sterling Hundley,

Wherein illustrator STERLING HUNDLEY spotlights the career of singer and humorist Polk Miller, featured in April 2009 issue of Virginia Living Read more

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Photo by Jeff Greenough,

Things to Do in Bristol Read more


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