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.


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. Read more

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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. Read more



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 The scenes here may be old, outdated or even enhanced, but the beauty they depict, at least, is perennial. Read more



Ginia Zenke

Genteel ideas from a lovely region Read more

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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." Read more

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Hot trends for adventuresome gardeners Read more

House + Garden


Craig La Rotonda

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

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Ben Swenson

A presidential park may lose its heads. Read more

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. Read more

Culture 3 Comments

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

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Robb Sharetg |

Guy Schum has a passion for antique English tools. Read more

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Tricia Pearsall

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

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. Read more

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Rob Ullman

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



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. Read more

Culture 8 Comments

The Long View

Paul Spicer

Richmond's Boathouse restaurant is a river scene. Read more

, Food

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

House + Garden

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." Read more


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. Read more

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. Read more


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