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.

A Slippery Slope

Illustration by Owen Schumacher

A romantic ski trip goes downhill in a hurry. 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


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

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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