August 2010 Issue


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Our August 2010 issue takes us inside some most interesting places. At a reenactment of the Battle of New Market 146 years after the fact, we get a vivid taste of that experience and some insight into this increasingly popular hobby. Another Virginia tradition—Galax’s Old Fiddlers’ Convention—is five days of pickin’ and grinnin’ that draws thousands to the southwestern corner of the state. We profile Leni Sorenson, Monticello’s African American research historian, who educates us about the perfect BLT. Also, Blue Ridge Farm, boatbuilder Steve Zimmerman, up-and-coming fashion designer Jules Reid, manatees, a gardening dream and a gardening nightmare, and much more.

BLT Recipes - Living by Hand

Patricia Lyons

Leni Sorensen tells us how to make one of her favorite summer sandwiches, made with local, homemade ingredients. more

May 6, 2011 11:30 AM Food

A New Kent resident turns salvaged windows into simple art more

Dec 13, 2010 10:50 AM Culture

Fish Stories - Feature

John Henley

Want to watch people at Virginia Beach? Head for the boardwalk. Want to catch a wahoo, tuna or marlin? Head for Rudee Inlet, a hot spot for sport fishing. more

Sep 20, 2010 7:00 AM Travel 1 Comments

Where you tend a rose - 5

Roger Foley

Sandy Helsel's Williamsburg cottage garden, inspired by a trip to the Cotswolds, packs plenty of surprises in a not-so-secret place. more

Sep 13, 2010 12:00 AM Home 1 Comments


Erik Kvalsvik

After a painstaking restoration effort, a historic Albemarle County manor house has been returned to its 1920s design, when renowned architect William Lawrence Bottomley and landscape architect Charles F. Gillette imbued it with an effortless charm. more

Sep 7, 2010 7:59 AM Home

Painter of Light - Feature

Robert Stuart

Inspired by nature and the Japanese aesthetic, Robert Stuart switched from representational to abstract works. It was, he says, “the beginning of my adventure.” more

Sep 1, 2010 8:44 AM Culture 1 Comments

Mayo Island Homer - Feature

Sterling Hundley

Wherein illustrator Sterling Hundley depicts Lou Gehrig hitting a ball into the James River. more

Aug 30, 2010 8:46 AM Culture

A Magical Craft - Feature

Lee Baskerville and Tyler Darden

Why does one become a builder of boats? W. Matthew Shipman talks to Steve Zimmerman, of Zimmerman Marine in Mathews, about the challenges and joys of running a boatyard. more

Aug 26, 2010 8:50 AM Travel 3 Comments

Reaping Havoc - Feature

Tyler Darden

A Powhatan-Philadelphia farm experiment goes awry more

Aug 23, 2010 9:02 AM Home 4 Comments

Nude Fest - Feature

Rob Ullman

County bans clothing-optional, and naturists steer clear more

Aug 17, 2010 10:27 AM Travel

Jules Reid spent years selling stocks in NYC but always had her sights on the the Garment District. Now, she's launched her bright first collection, with a second due this fall. more

Aug 16, 2010 2:21 AM Culture 1 Comments

Seize the Donut - Feature

Lynne Brubaker

A Charlottesville couple’s organic twist on the crisp yet soft indulgence more

Aug 12, 2010 8:42 AM Food 1 Comments

Seismic Siberia - Backstory - Feature

Tricia Pearsall

We chat with Tricia Pearsall: adventuring pen-woman and lifelong world-traveler who has been everywhere from Panama to Nepal and post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan to Machu Picchu. more

Aug 10, 2010 12:23 PM Travel 2 Comments

Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, at the eastern edge of Siberia, is home to 160 volcanoes, at least 30 of them active. This is our Earth at its most raw—bubbling, violent and utterly mesmerizing. more

Aug 9, 2010 9:41 AM Travel

Lemaire Feature

Tyler Darden

The Jefferson Hotel has revamped its flagship restaurant, Lemaire. The former bastion of fine dining is now a more approachable restaurant, with a new lounge and an earnest commitment to quality, regional food. more

Aug 9, 2010 6:03 AM Food

The Norfolk Society of Arts held a fund-raising luncheon and lecture to benefit the Chrysler Museum of Art on April 27, bringing 219 people and raising more than $17,500 to benefit the Chrysler. more

Aug 4, 2010 9:10 AM Culture

More than 150 people attended Loudoun Youth Inc.'s Spring Auction, held on March 13 at Creighton Model Home at Grenata. The evening raised about $10,000 to support programs for local teens. more

Aug 3, 2010 1:11 PM Party Pics

The Foundation raised more than $630,000 at its 19th annual Grand Auction held late last year at the Stantons'. more

Aug 3, 2010 1:06 PM Culture

On April 23, Poplar Forest hosted a dinner honoring the President's Society, its highest donor group, in the dining room of Mr. Jefferson's retreat. Thomas Jefferson himself and Patrick Henry mingled among the guests. more

Aug 3, 2010 12:39 PM Party Pics

About 900 people attended the Hylton Performing Arts Center Grand Opening Gala in Manassas on May 22, raising about $120,000 to benefit the venue and its programs. more

Aug 3, 2010 12:31 PM Party Pics

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