April 2010

Archive - April 2010



The New VMFA, by Mary Miley Theobald

With it's $150 million renovation and expansion now complete, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is poised to become a world-class institution.

Busy Bees, by Aynsley Miller Fisher

Honeybees play a vital role in our world, and so, increasingly, do beekeeprs. We profile two, plus a researcher who works to protect the health of bee colonies.

Full Bloom, by Christine Ennulat

Mount Sharon, in Orange County, is a magnificent garden with French, Italian and English touches, but the strongest presence of all is the countryside beyond.

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Local Color, by Jason Watkins

Angela Fox is transforming Crustal City froma  concrete jungle into a place that's active, artful and green.

Hero or Villain? by Christine Ennulat

Good or bad, sassafras is powerful stuff.

Incredible, Edible--Exaggerated? by Bland Crowder

Tall tales of chickens and eggs.

The Urban Underbelly, by Bill Glose

Cynical cops hunting hard-luck losers--and, always, bloody crimes: it's a colectio of noir.

Commercial Instincts, by Richard Ernsberger Jr.

Landscape painter Tina Palmer is a sales--and success--oriented artist.


Virginiana | A Beautiful Spy, by Eileen Metheny Carlton

Durng the Civil War, an alluring Fairfax resident named Laura Ratcliffe provided Confederate officers with clandestine aid. Fate turned against Ratcliffe's cause, of course--and now the owners of her former house, Merrybrook, are working to save the historic structure from its own demise.

Dining | Fresh Bread and Warm Places, by Christina Ball

The Taubman Museum is transforming Roanoke's cultural landscape and attracting a new kind of tourist to the city. As you may find, the downtown eateries are striving to keep up.

Good Life | Hide and Speak, by Jodi Broadwater

Unmarked doors, passwords, exclusive elegance: The speakeasy is back, serving up carefully crafted cocktails with Jazz Age ambience. 

Food | Spring Fling, by Christine Ennulat

Now is time to stalk the many possibilities of asparagus. 

Travel | Amsterdam, by Dseign, Peggy Sijswerda

The Dutch skillfully fuse practical function with avant-garde design, and the marriage of the two is nowhere more apparent than on the streets of Amsterdam. In this well-preserved European capital, a rich collection of Baroque, neoclassical and early 20th-century expressionist structures coexists almost organically with a new crop of contemporary buildings, creating what one designer calls "a good friction."

Towns | A True Redoubt, by Mac Carey

Clifton is a picket-fence place that looks much as it did 100 years ago. Formerly a railroad depot and, early in the 20th century, the larest and most progressive town in Fairfax County, it's now a "back-in-time" community thanks to the town's strategic location and its commitment to preservation.

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