December 2008


Tales from the Hearth

Everybody’s got a standout holiday memory. We asked prominent Virginians for Christmas and Thanksgiving stories that have stuck with them through the years. They didn’t disappoint.

Ducks on Display , by Clarke C. Jones

Old hand-carved wooden decoys used to gather dust in attics. Now they are folk art and sought after by collectors.

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Letters | Contributors | Natives | Reviews | Style | Bellwether | About Town | Odd Dominion | Departures


The Power of Potential , by Richard Ernsberger Jr.

The Boys’ Home in Covington reshapes young lives.

Modern and Dramatic , by Amanda Stark-Rankins

Roanoke gets edgy, with its new Taubman Museum.

Cabbage Patch Mania , by Bland Crowder

Virginia was no stranger to the original frenzy.

‘Lyricism’ in Stone , by Laura Parsons

Sculptor Betty Branch shapes the universal female.

Feed, Roll, Paste and Cut , by Amanda Stark-Rankins

A revolutionary invention.


Fashion | Hot-Blooded Heroine , by Neely Barnwell Dykshorn

In the 18th century, there was a lot of drama at Westover, the Byrd family estate. We evoke the era with high hair, lush clothes and eye-catching jewelry.

Food | Brut Force: The Powerful Finesse of Grower Champagne , by Jason Tesauro

We threw a five-course dinner party and served grower champagne from start to finish. Brut force!

Town | A Well-Kept Secret , by Don Harrison

Who hasn’t zoomed past Hampton on I-64? We stopped and explored this well-kept urban secret.

Property | Sunlight and Comfort , by Christine Ennulat

Sunlight and woodsy charm in Loudoun County.

Home | Compass Pointe , by Ann Wright

A rustic – and Romanesque – house on the water in Virginia Beach, built with old-school techniques.

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