February 2011 Issue


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The hard-working and amiable American foxhounds of the Middleburg Hunt, and a bold plan to rebuild Menokin—the 240-year-old home of signer of the Declaration of Independence Francis Lightfoot Lee—using structural glass await you in the February 2011 issue of Virginia Living. You will also find a good yarn about how a 19-year-old cub reporter for the Virginian-Pilot got the scoop of the century with his story about the Wright brothers’ first flight in 1903 as well as a profile of 1940s' Norfolk conman, Jesse Lee Boland, or “Master X” to his many clients. We offer a humorous account of a skiing date gone awry and visit Harvest Thyme Herb Farm in Shenandoah for a taste of winter root vegetables. We get an inside look at Alderley, a Great Falls estate, which is an impressively modernized version of an English farmhouse. Also inside: Todd Ristau and Roanoke’s No Shame Theatre, UVA composer Judith Shatin, news from Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum, Lynchburg’s most famous poet Anne Spencer, WWII-era hangar dances in Virginia Beach, hula-hooping, ice-skating, gourmet food trucks and more.

The Big Story

Courtesy of The Smithsonian

In 1903 the Virginian-Pilot newspaper got one of the biggest scoops ever, thanks to the efforts of a 19-year-old cub reporter and a barrel of Lynnhaven oysters. more


The Northern cardinal looks like a superhero but doesn't venture far. more


A Slippery Slope

Illustration by Owen Schumacher

A romantic ski trip goes downhill in a hurry. more


The fifth ARTS by George! benefit was held September 25, 2010 in the de Laski Performing Arts Building and attended by more than 600 guests. The event raised $161,000 for student scholarships at George Mason University. more

Mar 4, 2011 9:38 AM Party Pics

Struggling through the winter months? Plead “sanctuary” from cold weather and step inside these historic Episcopal churches to partake in a service or simply admire the architecture. more

Mar 2, 2011 10:45 AM Culture

The We Promise Foundation raised more than $500,000 to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses. more

Mar 1, 2011 9:57 AM Party Pics

Stage Presence

Adam Ewing

Todd Ristau—actor, director, playwright and teacher—is a catalyst for good theater in Roanoke. more

Feb 28, 2011 9:27 AM Culture 2 Comments

Celebrating creativity at the Science Museum of Virginia. more

Feb 24, 2011 9:57 AM Party Pics

Ming Bling

Courtesy of Rodarte

A fresh look at our passion for blue and white more

Feb 18, 2011 11:10 AM , Culture

The American Horticulture Society's 17th Annual Gala more

Feb 17, 2011 8:23 AM Party Pics

'This is Master X'

Photography by Richmond Times-Dispatch

Jesse Lee Boland was a burly, alluring con man who, in the 1930s and 1940s, sold spiritual advice to thousands of people. His act was absurd, but popular. A retrospective on on a conjurer who would mess up your mind. more

Feb 15, 2011 10:33 AM Culture 2 Comments

Hangar Dance Redux

Illustration by Sterling Hundley

Reimagining a WWII-era 1940s social more

Feb 14, 2011 9:38 AM , Culture

Major donors to the Chrysler Museum of Art celebrated the announcement of museum's new Glass Studio. more

Feb 11, 2011 10:25 AM Culture

A fond, and very detailed, look at the 400-year history of the horse in this state. more

Feb 10, 2011 9:15 AM Culture 1 Comments

Daylight Fantastic

Rob Ullman

‘Fast’ time had a rocky start in Hanover, and across the country. more

Feb 4, 2011 11:33 AM Culture

For painter John Borden Evans, the act of painting is not just a means to an end, but the end itself. more

Feb 2, 2011 11:05 AM Culture 2 Comments

New World Cotswold

Gordon Beile

Alderley estate in Great Falls is an impressive stone-and-stucco version of an English cottage—subtle and exquisite. more

Jan 31, 2011 9:56 AM Home

Technological illusions at the Chrysler Museum. Prepare to be spellbound. more

Jan 27, 2011 12:34 PM Culture

Sonic Explorer

Peter Schaaf

Composer Judith Shatin is winning acclaim with her inventive music. more

Jan 26, 2011 11:50 AM Culture 1 Comments

To hunt fox, you need swift horses, intrepid riders ... and hard-working hounds. more

Jan 25, 2011 11:18 AM Travel 7 Comments

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