August 2009 Issue


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Summer means heat, cookouts with friends, maybe sinking a line in a quiet lake. The August issue of Virginia Living brings you all that and more. We've got the penultimate bass fishing experience as editor Richard Ernsberger joins the pros at a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Smith Mountain Lake. We also travel to Mount Air Farm, in Crozet, for an outdoor feast featuring artisan meats sustainably raised right there on the farm. Romance writer Leanne Banks tells us about the most popular genre of fiction today, and we learn about Edgar Cayce and his extraordinary theories. Also: Jefferson's Poplar Forest, the Williamsburg Colonial nursery, porch life and more.

Fishing is relaxing for many. Professional bass fishing is much different—30 rods, 70 mph boats and speed casting from dawn to dusk. Read more


With the heat beating on us, what better time to pause and praise that most graceful and communal of architectural conceptions—the porch. Read more


County Curiosity: Northumberland Read more


Modern jousting is anything but medieval, says Mona Banton of the National Jousting Association. Read more


Fun, fashionable bags. Read more


Glen McClure was aimless until he bought his first camera on a whim—and found his passion. Now, he’s a successful photographer who specializes in soulful portraits Read more


In 1986, a nonprofit set out to restore Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat, Poplar Forest. Now a sizeable chunk of Jefferson’s original plantation is again intact, and the main house’s exterior has been returned to its original glory. Read more

House + Garden

Rivergate, on a bluff overlooking the James River near Lynchburg, is a Prairie-style home that echoes many of the principles espoused by Frank Lloyd Wright—natural materials, an open floor plan, integration with nature. It’s also a peaceful “escape.” Read more

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Giles County, on the western edge of the state, is an outdoor sanctuary featuring the New River, the Jefferson National Forest and a few stunning natural landmarks, including the palisades at Eggleston. Read more


L.A. Designer Eva Franco opens her first Virginia boutique. Read more


Virginia Chutney Co. sells the traditional sauce. Read more

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Illustration by Kelly Alder

Grilling advice from across the state. Read more

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By Robert Meganck

The fast and formidable dragonfly. Read more



Photo by David Deal

Music producer and songwriter Chris Keup finds inspiration on his organic farm. Read more

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Photo by Stacey Evans

For beef, many of Virginia’s best restaurants turn to Mount Air Farm in Crozet, home to Gryffon’s Aerie beef and more. Christina Ball tours this sustainable farm and stays for a memorable meal. Photography by Stacey Evans Read more

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Author Leanne Banks

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He’s dashing and driven, she’s sexy and strong. The high-temperature chase is on. Christine Ennulat interviews Harlequin romance writer Leanne Banks. Read more


Williamsburg’s early American nursery replicates an 18th-century kitchen garden. Though labor was scarce and summers were brutal, colonists found timeless techniques for growing a variety of produce. Read more

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For about 80 years, seekers have sought answers to questions big and small at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach. Read more


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