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. Read more

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Illustration by Jack Black

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


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


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

, Culture

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

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". Read more

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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. Read more

House + Garden


Sarah Sargent

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


Let Them Eat Cake

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

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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. Read more

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


A gaudy display of papier-mâché. Read more


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



Courtesy of The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

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

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Horseshoe Restaurant, South Hill Read more


The Cavalier, Lynchburg Read more



Jeff Greenough

Bob & Edith's, Arlington Read more



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Perly's, Richmond Read more



Jeff Greenough

Dude's Drive-In, Christianburg Read more


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