June 2010 Issue


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In the far, southwestern reaches of Virginia, nestled in a bowl-shaped, mountaintop depression, lies the remote community of Burke's Garden—no post office, no cell phone service or cable TV … and that's just how its 300-some residents like it. In our June 2010 issue, Virginia Living takes you there. We also visit the opposite end of the state, where NAS Oceana, the Navy's East Coast Master Jet Base, maintains a state of combat readiness in service of our national security. Nearby, also in Virginia Beach, is the Cooke-Royster house, a beautifully restored "cottage" that's been a North End fixture for 100 years. Also inside: a discriminating art collector, a veterinary clinic in Waynesboro specializing in healing and returning wild animals to the wild, unexpected twists on summer berries, open water swimming, ticks, renaissance man William "Pooh" Johnston, entrepreneur-turned-farmer-still-entrepreneur Sandy Lerner, daylilies, and much more.


Sterling Hundley

Wherein illustrator Sterling Hundley depicts Secretariat. more

Sep 16, 2014 8:40 AM

Stroke by Stroke - Feature

Shawn Yu

A midlife dive into the rigors of distance swimming. more

Sep 10, 2010 6:00 AM Travel

Saving the Shade - Feature

Rob Ullman

A treetop gambit by Shenandoah Greens more

Aug 31, 2010 8:41 AM Culture

The Prince of Wales check is back, chaps more

Aug 27, 2010 8:00 AM Culture

Bonus Strokes - Feature

Bob Scott

Top-level croquet is civilized, yes? No! Here’s a primer on the quirky game and an interview with world-class player Doug Grimsley. more

Aug 25, 2010 9:25 AM Travel


Lee Baskerville

What to do with an ailing peregrine falcon, or an injured white-tailed deer? Take it to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, one of the world’s leading research and training hospitals for veterinary medicine. Watch those talons! more

Jun 21, 2010 11:30 AM Culture


Robb Scharetg

When not hanging with friends, William “Pooh” Johnston can be found playing viola or blues guitar, composing soundtracks, cooking and raising oysters near his historic Eastern Shore home. more

Jun 17, 2010 7:37 AM Culture 1 Comments


Robb Scharetg

Naval Air Station Oceana is one of America’s largest and most important military installations. Half of the U.S. Navy’s tactical aircraft are located at Oceana, where scores of pilots daily take to the sky to maintain a state of “combat readiness.” more

Jun 10, 2010 12:07 PM Culture


Robert Meganck

Know your blood-sucking parasites. more

Jun 8, 2010 3:55 PM Culture

Art collector Jane Joel Knox describes her early forays into collecting local art, visits to New York City and London galleries, overseas research, and the “terrifying” process of bidding at the premier auction houses. more

Jun 3, 2010 4:45 PM Culture



Minds Wide Open is a statewide extravaganza aimed at promoting the arts. With more than 630 separate events, there is plenty to see. more

May 25, 2010 11:18 AM Culture

Sculptor Diana Reuter-Twining specializes in bronze works that reflect the “beauty, mystery and grace” of the animal world. more

May 21, 2010 1:50 PM Culture 1 Comments


Kip Dawkins

Sweet twists on the simplest summer fruits. more

May 20, 2010 12:26 PM , Food


Mark Atkinson

The Cooke-Royster “cottage,” on the North End of Virginia Beach, has been a landmark for strollers and sailors for almost 100 years. A meticulous renovation has readied this expansive Arts and Crafts-style house for another century. more

May 13, 2010 12:27 PM Home 1 Comments


Michael J.N. Bowles

You wouldn’t expect to find a destination restaurant on a lonely stretch of highway in southwestern Virginia, but Cuz’s has been pleasing coal barons and college students with its “uptown” cuisine—and zany porcine décor—for 31 years. more

May 6, 2010 4:25 PM Food 2 Comments


Michael J.N. Bowles

Burke's Garden, in southwestern Virginia, pop. 300, lies in a beautiful, isolated, high-altitude valley with no post office, cell phone service or cable, and a harsh climate. As one resident says, "Something unpredictable could happen at any time." more

May 6, 2010 3:18 PM Culture 11 Comments


Sara Baldwin, New Ravenna owner

Twenty years ago, Sara McCaleb Baldwin started making classical motif mosaics. Today, New Ravenna Mosaics produces a luxury product sought by America’s top architects and interior designers. more

May 5, 2010 5:07 PM Culture


Roger Foley

Once spurned by discriminating gardeners for being “too easy,” sturdy daylilies are enjoying a surge of popularity thanks to new “everblooming” varieties. more

Apr 29, 2010 12:05 PM Home


Cade Martin

Sandy Lerner likes pushing boundaries. She made a fortune in the male-dominated high-tech industry, started a grunge cosmetics line, rescued Jane Austen’s brother’s house in England. more

Apr 29, 2010 12:00 PM Culture 4 Comments

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