April 2011 Issue


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It’s been 30 years since Lisa Birnbach’s The Official Preppy Handbook appeared, and in the April issue of Virginia Living we take a look at Virginia as the “ground zero of prep culture.” Shot on the beautiful campus of Sweet Briar College, the story examines the evolution of traditional culture in Virginia—how it has changed, and how it has stayed the same. We also travel to Patrick County to meet Craig Rogers—the “humble shepherd” and owner of Border Springs Farm—who raises lamb that top chefs around the state and beyond are clamoring for, and pay a visit to Old Town Alexandria to eat, shop and explore this charmingly chic D.C. enclave. Also inside: landscape architect Richard Arentz and his country retreat in Fauquier County, Running Cedar; the outré yet uncontrived Charlottesville artist Beatrix Ost; veteran National Geographic photographer William Allard; hot garden trends for 2011; film director, Tom Shadyac; Arlington Hall’s shift from women’s finishing school to secret center for World War II code-breaking work; a trek through Jordan’s spectacular Wadi Rum and more.

An inexperienced sailor takes his family on a sailing trip to Bermuda, then Bad things start to happen in this adventure novel about the dangers of hubris. more

May 9, 2011 9:44 AM Culture


Sent by Paul H. Barkley, Falls Church

Spring is here, and with it comes the garden season. The scenes here may be old, outdated or even enhanced, but the beauty they depict, at least, is perennial. more

May 4, 2011 10:36 AM Culture


Ginia Zenke

Genteel ideas from a lovely region more

May 3, 2011 10:50 AM , Culture

Feb. 16, 2011 • VMFA, Richmond more

May 2, 2011 11:17 AM About Town


Roger Foley

Landscape architect Richard Arentz didn't just build a country retreat in Fauquier County. Running Cedar is his serene "personal environment." more

Apr 29, 2011 12:47 PM Home 1 Comments

Hot trends for adventuresome gardeners more

Apr 28, 2011 12:59 PM Home


Craig La Rotonda

Illustrator Craig La Rotonda, with Richard Ernsberger Jr., helps to conjure up the annual spring break trip. more

Apr 27, 2011 10:24 AM , Travel


Ben Swenson

A presidential park may lose its heads. more

Apr 26, 2011 9:35 AM Culture 1 Comments


Courtesy of U.S. Army

How did a women's finishing school become a center for U.S. code-breaking efforts during World War II? An idyllic tale of espionage. more

Apr 22, 2011 10:39 AM Culture 3 Comments

Veteran photographer William Allard seems as fearless as the individuals in his iconic pictures. more

Apr 22, 2011 9:32 AM Culture 1 Comments


Robb Sharetg |

Guy Schum has a passion for antique English tools. more

Apr 20, 2011 10:28 AM , Home


Tricia Pearsall

A trek through Wadi Rum makes clear why T.E. Lawrence was captivated by the vast desert valley. more

Apr 18, 2011 12:13 PM Travel 1 Comments

Alexandria's historic district has fared better than most through this economic slowdown—and is lots more dynamic than one might think. more

Apr 15, 2011 11:02 AM , Travel 1 Comments


Rob Ullman

A farmer survives a lightning strike, but his porkers are not so lucky. more

Apr 14, 2011 9:35 AM Culture


David Deal

Beatrix Ost was born in Germany at the start of World War II. But it was art, not conflict, that shaped the life of this practicing Tibetan Buddhist who is best known for her Edwardian outfits, dramatic personal style and joie de vivre. more

Culture 6 Comments

The Long View

Paul Spicer

Richmond's Boathouse restaurant is a river scene. more

Apr 8, 2011 10:34 AM , Food

The Schenkel nursery is gone, but its root stock lives on. more

Apr 6, 2011 11:56 AM Home

Movie director Tom Shadyac was living large in Southern California until he made a personal transformation that extends to his latest film, the documentary "I Am." more

Apr 4, 2011 9:45 AM Culture

Seersucker? Debutante balls? Loafers without socks? More than 30 years after the publication of the Preppy Handbook, Virginia may be the last redoubt of that certain way. And even here, the prep ethic has been redefined. more

Apr 1, 2011 11:38 AM Culture 7 Comments

Here’s the lowdown on Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que, which serves upwards of 6,000 pounds of its specialty Boston butt on a busy day. more

Mar 28, 2011 11:17 AM Food


Jeff Greenough

Craig Rogers took an unusual route to sheep farming—he was an engineering college dean and a businessman first—but chefs rave about his lamb. more

Feb 26, 2015 2:56 PM , Culture

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