April 2009 issue


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Our April issue celebrates spring by showcasing the handiwork of Virginia's artisan jewelers in a photo shoot unlike any we've done before. We also venture inside Virginia Commonwealth's top-rated arts school, and we travel to Newport News to examine one of the biggest, most complex construction projects ever—the supercarrier christened George H.W. Bush. Following a blog trail took us to Winchester's One Block West restaurant, and in this issue's food department, three chefs from around the state stepped up to a challenge we presented them. Also inside: Virginius Dabney and Douglas Southall Freeman, two of the greatest newspaper editors of all time; a visit to Bristol; blowzy peonies and more.

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    National Botanic Garden

    The highest point between the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains is a 550-foot, man-made mountain in Chantilly at the National Botanic Garden. Its creator is nature lover, businessman, and co-owner Peter Knop, who spent 30 years creating it. Read more


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    Illustration by Jon Berkeley.

    William and Mary's Marriage

    The bride, 15-year-old Mary, cried through the ceremony, hardly swept off her feet by the groom, her first cousin William. Introduced a few days earlier, she’d
been weeping ever since. Read more

    Culture Virginiana

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    Photo courtesy of VCU.

    VCU's Children's Tower Opens

    Treatment for broken arms to brain tumors is provided at the Children’s Tower, but needs that go beyond trauma care are also a priority. The kitchen serves food that kids love, like brick oven pizza and soft-serve ice cream. Read more