August 2011 Issue


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In the August 2011 issue of Virginia Living you’ll fin an epic retrospective about the rich 100-year-old surfing tradition in Virginia Beach, the birthplace of East Coast surfing. From the beach to the woods, we venture into Shenandoah National Park for a deeper look at the park’s 200,000 acres of raw, splendid nature as it celebrates its 75th anniversary, and we get excited about all-things-cherry with a visit to 103-year-old Levering Orchard in Ararat. We try to suss out what it is that has made the shag the house dance of the South and take a peek inside a sophisticated weekend redoubt filled with light and air on Carter’s Creek. Also inside: Capt. Mary M. Jackson, the first female commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk; an interview with Civil War artifact expert Shannon Pritchard; multi-faceted VCU professor Richard Roth; a witty historical radio show and more.

Levering Orchard has a cherry disposition. more

Aug 31, 2011 9:08 AM Food

Lounging on a mesh chair, soaking in the summer rays as the ocean breeze lightly caresses your body: Yep, the beach always offers relief from the muggy misery of late summer. Its brisk winds and salty water create an escape we can’t resist. more

Aug 23, 2011 10:35 AM Culture

Warm weather and the lure of the Mediterranean motif. more

Aug 17, 2011 10:19 AM , Culture


Photography by Tony Giammarino | Styling by Mona Dworkin

A once prosaic weekend home in White Stone has been transformed into a sophisticated redoubt. more

Aug 16, 2011 11:52 AM Home 2 Comments

In this withering satire, a Harley Davidson-riding con man makes millions as the head of a faith-healing ministry, until he gets his comeuppance. more

Aug 15, 2011 12:30 PM Culture

Jim Lehrer, Sandra Day O'Connor and Gordon Wood honored by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. more

Aug 12, 2011 12:17 PM Culture


Catriona Tudor Erler

The Periwinkle Garden of Albert and Donna Ernest is a series of serene, enclosed spaces—informal and formal, intimate and grand, all enriched with a variety of textures, colors and scents—that wend around an Albemarle County house. more

Aug 11, 2011 10:43 AM Home

VCU’s Richard Roth is a teacher, author, designer, collector and post-modern painter. Did we miss anything? Yes—and he doesn’t take himself too seriously. more

Aug 9, 2011 1:32 PM Culture

Luxe party accessories from France more

Aug 8, 2011 11:02 AM Food


Stewart Ferebee

Virginia Beach does not have big waves, but it does have a rich history of surfing—it's where East Coast surfing got its start. An epic retrospective! more

Aug 4, 2011 1:13 PM Travel 5 Comments

The balanced craftsmanship of jewelry maker Marie Chamblin Dirom. more

Aug 3, 2011 12:13 PM Culture


Illustration by Kerry P. Talbott

Think history is dull? You haven't heard the three jaunty academics who've made Backstory a surprisingly engaging public-radio show. more

Jul 27, 2011 4:11 PM Culture

There is nothing endearing about the deer fly. more

Jul 27, 2011 2:50 PM Home

Capt. Mary M. Jackson, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk, concentrates on her (big) job not her gender. more

Jul 27, 2011 2:45 PM Culture


Rob Ullman

Woman fined a fin for cussing cop on pup patrol. more

Jul 26, 2011 9:45 AM Culture


Illustration by Shane Rebenschied

How do we divest ourselves of family artifacts and yet still honor the past? more

Jul 25, 2011 10:56 AM


Illustration by Michael Koelsch

What dance is closely associated with beach music, as Southern as "pouring salted peanuts into a sweating bottle of co-cola," and still going strong after 75 years? more

Jul 25, 2011 9:24 AM Culture


Photography and Styling by Stacey Haines

Sweet and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day. more

Jul 22, 2011 12:29 PM Food

Events across the Commonwealth commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War offer something for everyone. more

Jul 21, 2011 11:52 AM Culture

A trio of newish Arlington eateries have vibrant bars, inventive food, and sparkling, big-city atmosphere. more

Jul 20, 2011 11:41 AM Food

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