December 2011 Issue


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The December 2011 issue of Virginia Living pulls back the curtain, giving you a behind the scenes look at life as a dancer in the Richmond Ballet. We also reveal the secret to hosting a successful supper club, and detail how to combine friends and food in a way that delivers a deeper appreciation of both. For those who prefer eating out, we serve up the lowdown on the growing trend of small plates—America’s answer to tapas, dim sum and piattini—and if you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the Great Dismal Swamp then prepare yourself for a fascinating story of species and wetland survival, coupled with stunning photography. We also introduce you to the least weasel (the pound-for-pound most aggressive animal in the Old Dominion), pay a visit to the hospitable nomads of Mongolia and explain why the Governor will be eating deer this holiday season. Also inside: a luxurious holiday gift guide; Tintin style; tasteful Thanksgiving tablescapes; Grandma Moses; Swannanoa; a Jeffersonian classic home tucked into lush mountains; the age of the Chesapeake Bay steam packet, and more.

The Blue Ridge Palace of Love and Good Vibrations. more


Grandma Moses broke the glass ceiling from down on the farm. more

Jul 25, 2015 12:20 PM Culture

The Least Weasel may be cute, but it's a killer. more

Mar 9, 2015 10:37 AM Culture

The modern version of the classic supper club hasn't lost any of the elegance of its golden era, but today, it is as much about forging deeper connections between friends as it is about the food. more

Jan 19, 2015 10:03 AM Food


Kip Dawkins

Thanksgiving-inspired tablescapes that invite your guests to linger. more

Nov 5, 2014 11:44 AM Home


Joe Mahoney

Deer-for-Beef Switcheroo is fine by the Governor. more

Oct 22, 2014 8:27 AM Food

Ahi Tuna

Stephanie Bragg

The Spanish have tapas; the Chinese, dim sum. Italians have piattini and Greeks, the mezze. What does American cuisine have to offer as a match? Increasingly, the answer is small plates. more


Great Dismal Swamp

John Henley

A private-public partnership is working to protect the enigmatic swamp that has captured Virginians’ imaginations for centuries. more

Jan 9, 2012 9:09 AM Travel 1 Comments

A look behind the scenes at the working life of the artists-cum-athletes of the Richmond Ballet, and into the world of la belle danse. more

Dec 5, 2011 12:04 PM Culture 2 Comments

Tricia Pearsall joined the nomads of Mongolia as they crossed the Kharkhiraa Mountains. more

Dec 1, 2011 2:31 PM Travel 1 Comments

John Henley photographed a series of beautiful and breathtaking images of the Great Dismal Swamp for our December 2011 feature "The Green Island." We published nine images in the magazine, but offer an expanded selection of 22 in this slideshow. more

Nov 9, 2011 11:03 AM Travel 1 Comments

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