February 2009 issue


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Settle in and warm up with Virginia Living's February issue. Our cover story on stews is sure to stave off the winter chill, and a feature on the state's distilleries may even inspire a fire in the belly. A visit to Vienna (the other one, in Austria) shows both the old and the new sides of that venerable city. And you'll learn about 10th U.S. President John Tyler's Sherwood Forest, the longest frame house in the nation, where his grandson now lives. Also, big ideas at the Janelia Farm Research Campus, gold-tinged mod fashion, lady arm wrestlers, grackles and art.

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    William and Mary's Marriage

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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