April 2009


Shipshape , by Lee Gimpel

To build an aircraft carrier, you simply take an airport, a nuclear power plant and a city and weld them all together. A look at how Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News constructed its latest naval behemoth.

Urban Palette , by Caroline Kettlewell

Virginia Commonwelath University has the best public arts school in the country – but some people don’t know it. We limn the history, culture and ambitions of this sprawling, creative hotbed.

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Science of a Saddle , by Aynsley Miller Fisher

Ruckersville craftsman Tad Coffin makes some of the most desirable saddlers in America, thanks to his passion for horses and technology.

Smart Book, New Look , by Erin Parkhurst

No tomes: Encyclopedia Virginia is a “living” online tool.

Whale of a Time , by Bland Crowder

On the strand at Cape Henry.

A Must-Do Venue , by Lisa Antonelli Bacon

Bev Reynolds has been a major catalyst for the art scene in Richmond.

The Eccentric Benefactor , by Bill Glose

The story of Walter Chrysler Jr. and how his valuable art collection got to Norfolk.


Virginiana | Words Read ‘Round the World , by Brooke Stoddard

A retrospective on a pair of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalistic lions.

Dining | Bird Eggs & Blogs , by Christina Ball

We follow a blog trail to One Block West in Winchester.

Food | Mother of Invention , by Christine Ennulat

What can three chefs do with 12 basic ingredients, plus one wild card item? Cook amazing dishes!

Towns | Heads in Virginia, Feet in Tennessee , by Joe Tennis

Bristol is a bifurcated border town with a rich musical history. My state or yours?

Garden | Buxon Beauties , by Paula Steers Brown

Spectacular, durable peonies.

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