August 2009 Issue


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Summer means heat, cookouts with friends, maybe sinking a line in a quiet lake. The August issue of Virginia Living brings you all that and more. We've got the penultimate bass fishing experience as editor Richard Ernsberger joins the pros at a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Smith Mountain Lake. We also travel to Mount Air Farm, in Crozet, for an outdoor feast featuring artisan meats sustainably raised right there on the farm. Romance writer Leanne Banks tells us about the most popular genre of fiction today, and we learn about Edgar Cayce and his extraordinary theories. Also: Jefferson's Poplar Forest, the Williamsburg Colonial nursery, porch life 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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    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
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    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