February 2010 Issue


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It’s cold out, but Virginia is doing anything BUT hibernating. In fact, as detailed in the February issue of Virginia Living, Highland County is gearing up for its Maple Festival, which draws more than 50,000 visitors to the far reaches of the state in March. At Blandfield Plantation, a comfort- and conservation-minded preserve, hunters track the bobwhite. And throughout the state, even nationwide, Richmond-based Theatre IV brings professional shows to entertain and enrich thousands of children each year. Also inside: bears, beer, a groovy Greek Revival, a Red Hen and much more.

In Highland County, which boasts mountain vistas and pure maple syrup, practically everyone takes part in the annual Maple Festival in March. You can try to visit and not eat a pancake or a donut—but you will fail. Read more


Willie Drake

David Deal

Willie Drake has turned old timber into an $8 million enterprise. Read more


Lyons Bruno feat

Lenny Lyons Bruno

Lenny Lyons Bruno limns her hard early life through mixed-media quilts. Read more


Old Man Winter feat

Sterling Hundley

Wherein illustrator Sterling Hundley recalls the bitter cold spell of 1940. Read more


black bear

Robert Meganck

Whar? In Virginia, just about everywhar. Read more

Culture 1 Comments

red hen feat

Tyler Darden

Lexington’s Red Hen is a cozy and elegant restaurant where chef Tucker Yoder is committed to innovative yet approachable food. Read more

Food 5 Comments

Smithsonia, a brick manse in Fredericksburg, has been a girls’ orphanage, a wartime hospital and more. Now it’s a chic mix of old world and new—fitting décor for the fashionable lady of the house. Read more

House + Garden

Beer feat

Photography by Kip Dawkins | Food by J Frank | Prop Styling by Tyler Darden

Legend Brewing Company started as a one-man brewpub. Now it’s the state’s biggest independently owned craft brewer, and, at age 16, hitting its stride with broader distribution and a new product guaranteed to please Joe Six-Pack. Plus: Beer pairings. Read more

Food 2 Comments

The small, quick bobwhite has long been a favorite quarry for hunters. Private, conservation-minded preserves such as Blandfield Plantation in Essex County have become a redoubt for wild birds and the sporting folk who pursue them. Read more

Travel 6 Comments

For more than three decades, Theatre IV has put energetic actors in vans and sent them across the state, and across America, to wow schoolchildren with familiar tales, historical narratives and holiday specials. Read more

Culture 1 Comments

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