June 2008 Issue


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Featured on the cover is Ralph Stanley, the bluegrass legend who is interviewed within the issue on everything from his first banjo at age 15 to his Grammy win for his work on the 2006 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Learn about Virginia women with the Midas touch for thoroughbred horse racing, the wild rides at the classic Ocean View theme park and the underground world of women’s roller derby. Also in the issue are recipes for bringing the Tuscan country life back to Virginia, mixed-media designer brooches, rare revolutionary war flags and a Fauquier county lavender farm. From a whimsical Monument Avenue home in Richmond to a high-fashion shoot on a traditional tall ship in the Chesapeake Bay, this issue has it all.

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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
been weeping ever since. Read more

    Culture Virginiana

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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