June 2011 Issue


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It’s a classic Virginia summer on the pages of the June 2011 issue of Virginia Living. We conjure the quintessential Southern picnic complete with fried chicken and deviled eggs (caution – there are no “lite” dishes here), and travel the state to find your favorite down-home diners: from Arlington to Franklin, it is our tribute to the greasy spoons that for years have delivered hospitality and food that satisfies. Also, a compelling photo essay of an endangered species—the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay—by Glen McClure and a visit to Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat for a look at dirt track racing and its devotees. Also inside: former Atlanta Braves’ relief pitcher Billy Wagner; printmaker Tanja Softic; an interview with Virginia Beach developer Bruce Thompson; the esoteric sport of fencing; adventurer Sean Burch; indigenous spa treatments and more.


Illustration by David Hollenbach

Fencing is one of the world’s oldest sports, but it has always been a peripheral one in America, perhaps because it is not made for TV. However, its popularity is slowly growing. And one needn’t be young to fence—just agile, tactical and tough. more

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Illustration by Jack Black

A spill into icy water can spoil an afternoon sail. more


Anytime is the perfect time to visit Colonial Williamsburg, but it can’t be fun to work as an historical interpreter in the summer, toiling outside in the humidity under all those pre-revolutionary clothes! more

Jul 1, 2011 11:13 AM Culture

A retired judge takes a decidedly light look at his life on the bench. more

Jun 23, 2011 12:14 PM Culture

Canine-inspired style worthy of the honor “Best in Show.” more

Jun 23, 2011 10:55 AM , Culture

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world's first-ever bluegrass festival. more

Jun 21, 2011 12:09 PM

Does King Neptune rule at Virginia Beach, or is it developer and timeshare impresario Bruce Thompson? With city officials, Thompson is keen to bring more upscale development to a resort area trying to shed its reputation as a “redneck Riviera". more

Jun 20, 2011 10:43 AM Travel 9 Comments

A new Shingle Style home in Virginia Beach isn’t quite what it seems. The exterior, with its rustic, unpainted shingles, is a touch of waterfront classic—but the interior is open and bright and surprisingly contemporary. more

Jun 17, 2011 9:22 AM Home


Sarah Sargent

Tanja Softic’s contrapuntal prints reflect her immigrant life of adaptation and change. more

Jun 16, 2011 9:16 AM Culture

Let Them Eat Cake

Candy Valley Cake Company creates Cake Pops, which have been wildly popular. more

Jun 15, 2011 9:52 AM the beat


Glen McClure

Photographer Glen McClure traveled around the Chesapeake Bay, taking pictures of an “endangered species”—the watermen who fish and crab, and work on wharves and in seafood processing houses. Here are a few of McClure’s honest portraits. more

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It is the 75th Anniversary of Virginia State Parks. more

Jun 9, 2011 11:12 AM Culture

A gaudy display of papier-mâché. more

Jun 6, 2011 9:50 AM Culture

Heartwood, a hub for artisans and their work in southwest Virginia, is now open. more

Jun 3, 2011 10:27 AM Culture


Courtesy of The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

Three different spas put twists on the trend for indigenous treatments. more

Jun 2, 2011 10:39 AM Travel 1 Comments

Horseshoe Restaurant, South Hill more

May 27, 2011 2:18 PM Food

The Cavalier, Lynchburg more

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Jeff Greenough

Bob & Edith's, Arlington more

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Perly's, Richmond more

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Jeff Greenough

Dude's Drive-In, Christianburg more

May 27, 2011 1:57 PM Food

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