April 2011


New Old Town , by Richard Ernsberger Jr.

Alexandria’s historic district has fared better than most through this economic slowdown–and is lots more dynamic than one might think.

A Humble Shepherd , by Christina Ball

Craig Rogers took an unusual route to sheep farming–he was an engineering college dean and a businessman first–but chefs rave about his lamb.

Forever Prep , by Caroline Kettlewell

There has been a lot of change over the 30 years since The Preppy Handbook was published. How has it altered a state that, when it comes to traditional culture, has no equal? We take the pulse of this land of pink and green!

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Script Change , by Broocks Willich

Movie director Tom Shadyac was living large on southern California until he made a personal transformation that extends to his latest film, the documentary “I Am.”

It Might Get Loud , by Caroline Kettlewell

Spring peepers are tiny frogs with a big job–announcing the start of spring.

Southside Style , by Nell Barnwell Dykshorn and Julie Vanden Bosch

Genteel ideas from a lovely region.

News Flash! by Bland Crowder

A farmer survives a lightning strike, but his porkers are not so lucky.

Ship of Fools , by Bill Glose

An inexperienced sailor takes his family on a sailing trip to Bermuda, then bad things start to happen in this adventure novel about the dangers of hubris.

On the Edge , by Sarah Sargent

Veteran photographer William Allard seems as fearless as the individuals in his iconic pictures.


Profile | Outré, yet Uncontrived , by Sarah Sargent

Beatrix Ost was born in Germany at the start of World War II. But it was art and the avant-garde, not conflict, that shaped the life of this practicing Tibetan Buddhist who is best known for her Edwardian outfits, dramatic personal style and joie de vivre .

Virginiana | Social Graces and Espionage , by Brooke C. Stoddard

In 1927 Arlington Hall Junior College was founded in a bucolic area outside of D.C. Fifteen years later, with war at hand, the U.S. Army grabbed the property and turned it into a military complex. Discover Arlington Hall’s shift from women’s finishing school to secret center for war-time, code breaking work.

Dining | The Long View , by Nicole Anderson Ellis and Joseph William Cates

Since British tall ships first reached the fall line of the James, the tidal river has served as the artery of Richmond’s commerce. Rough docks and later train tracks lined its shores, and people lived far from the industrial zone; they wouldn’t dream of venturing riverside to dine.

Travel | The Desert, The Hero and The Movie , by Tricia Pearsall

T.E. Lawrence, the adventurer who led an Arab revolt against the Turks during World War I, described the stupendous yet serene desert valley of Wadi Run as “irresistible … greater than imagination.”

Home | Full Circle , by Christine Ennulat

Richard Arentz, a landscape architect based in D.C., didn’t just build a country retreat in Fauquier County. His goal was to create a personal environment–one in which architecture, interior design and landscape, along with light, color and art, are layered to promote both beauty functionality.

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