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he last time I went to the drive-in, I was 17, and it was the summer before my senior year in high school. I remember piling my girlfriends into my family’s station wagon and throwing blankets and pillows—and snacks, there were definitely snacks involved—into the back. (I’m sorry to admit that my teenage self would have had no scruples about sneaking in food, but hey, at least we all paid admission.) We thought we were so cool because we all wore our pajamas to the drive-in that night (G-rated, of course) and made a makeshift bed on the top of the car so a couple of us at a time could truly watch the movie under the stars (though I suspect there was more talking than watching). The rest of the group squeezed into the old Ford’s front seat, shoving its heavy Naugahyde-covered single-bench back as far as it could go. We handed Cokes and chips up to each other through the open windows. I have no idea now what movie we saw, and I’m not sure we even knew what was playing when we pulled into the dusty lot just after sunset. I don’t remember many details about the place, except that it was on the decline. The speakers were a bit rusty, and the playground seemed forlorn; the seats of some of the swings were missing, and a tippy old seesaw defied gravity to remain upright. But what I do remember is how I felt that night. I was happy. It was summer and I was with my friends, and we were out late, glad to be there in that fading old place with the big screen (and the rest of our lives) looming large and flickering before us. Maybe it is that memory that helped pique my interest when Don Harrison came to me and pitched a story about Virginia’s drive-in theaters. There were once many, many more, he told me, though today only nine survive. But those nine are special, as we came to find out (see page 64). The Moonlite Drive-In Theatre in Abingdon, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the oldest, having loaded the reel on its first picture show in 1949. The Goochland Drive-In Theater is the newest, opened in 2008. And the others around the state, from Christiansburg to Stephens City, are each as unique as they are redolent of popcorn and corn dogs on a summer night. Today is a turning point for these theaters: The drive-in must go digital or die, because, starting next season, movie studios will no longer make 35mm prints. Many of the theaters have installed digital projection systems, but it’s

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Last summer, Travel Channel named Virginia one of the “Top 7 Beer Destinations” in North America. Also in 2012, ranked Charlottesville among the nation’s 10 “Best Unexpected Beer Cities.” And several Virginia craft breweries won awards at the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup in San Diego. The Virginia Craft Brewers Fest last year drew dozens of breweries from all over the state, including O’Connor’s. Going to festivals is a huge part of running a craft brewery. During Virginia Beer Month last August, O’Connor attended 36 events. Despite all the traveling, he says, his wife Penny has been supportive from the start. In fact, she handles the “nuts and bolts” of the business while O’Connor focuses on sales and new

your own. This was 17 years ago, long before Kevin O’Connor launched the successful craft brewery that bears his name in his hometown, Norfolk. Back then, he was a regular customer of the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg while studying (more or less) at Radford University. The store employee, Kenny Lefkowitz, sold O’Connor a homebrewing kit, and O’Connor made his first beer on a hot plate in his dorm room: “Batches were not good,” he remembers. Still, he kept at it, sometimes brewing at Lefkowitz’s house in Christiansburg. Lefkowitz, then in his mid-20s, suggested going into business together. O’Connor said no—he missed Norfolk too much. Plus, he was on shaky ground at school. “I had so much fun at Radford that I got thrown out,” O’Connor recalls. “I didn’t take school seriously. It was more of a social time for me.” And yet the life lessons came anyway. They came during several years of paying industry dues and simply paying the bills. They came as O’Connor, having returned home to Norfolk to work briefly for his father’s chain of stores— Twin “B” Auto Parts—did a stint processing credit-card payments and then labored unhappily for a food distributor. They came as he landed a sweeter job at St. George Brewing Co. in Hampton and earned a degree in business management from Old Dominion University, all the while making beer at home and longing to start his own brewery. Then, finally, came the spark. At a Norfolk beer festival, he ran into Lefkowitz, who had by then gained acclaim as founder of New River Brewing Co. O’Connor was happy for his old friend—and a little jealous. But those feelings soon turned to grief. In 2001, Lefkowitz died from a massive heart attack. He was 32. “That was a turning point for me,” O’Connor says. It’s fitting that he, too, was 32 when he started O’Connor Brewing Co. in 2010 in Norfolk’s Ghent area, with $500,000 he scraped together from family, friends and his own savings. “You don’t want to have any regrets,” he says. Regrets would seem hard to come by, considering his company’s growth. With four full-time employees, two part-timers and a rotating crew of interns, O’Connor Brewing is on track to produce 5,000 barrels of beer this year—a level of production that has maxed out the company’s 6,700-square-foot warehouse. O’Connor is now looking for space three times that size. Meanwhile, you’ll find the beer he has released so far—red, golden and pale ales; a black IPA; and, most recently, the Hop Spy White IPA—flowing from 300 taps in bars and restaurants throughout Hampton Roads. Soon the company will launch its Endless Saison series, producing a new beer every three months featuring a different local ingredient, like honey. In addition to bars and restaurants in Hampton Roads, O’Connor’s beers are sold at Whole Foods, Martin’s and Trader Joe’s in the Richmond area. He says it’s important to him to be distributing his beer statewide within five years. His company’s rapid growth mirrors the expansion of Virginia’s craftbeer industry, which grew by 25 percent in the past two years. More than 50 craft breweries employ about 2,000 people, according to Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, which sponsored the inaugural Virginia Craft Brewers Fest held last August at Devils Backbone Brewing Co. in Nelson County. Each job at a brewery supports 45 jobs elsewhere—including farmers, warehouse workers, truckers and bartenders, says Christopher Thorne, vice president of communications for the Washington, D.C.-based national Beer Institute. He estimates that Virginia’s craft beer industry has an annual economic impact of $7.3 million, representing 10 percent of the state’s entire brewing industry, which includes the major brewers, bottlers and distributors. Virginia’s craft beers are creating a buzz in more ways than one. au gust 2 0 1 3


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shoulder across the land. At any rate, if you were in a cicada hot-spot, you knew it, and then some; but only a mile away, you might find yourself with nary a chirper to be found, wondering what all the fuss was about. In the places where cicadas emerged, however, they lived up to the advance press. The sound overwhelmed: a high-pitched, unearthly whir overlaid with a throbbing, pulsing ratcheting. Trees at cicada ground zero seethed with a restless, fluttering dance of winged insects. There are estimated to be thousands of cicada species worldwide; in Virginia, we are familiar, of course, with “dog day” cicadas, the soundtrack of summer, that appear every year sometime around the end of June. But in all the world, it is only in the eastern half of the U.S. that periodical cicadas of the genus Magicicada are found. There are seven species in all, four of which reappear on 13-year cycles, and three of which, including the members of 2013’s Brood II, live a 17-year cycle, making Magicicada the longest-lived insect in all of North America. What is much more of a mystery, however, is how, after nearly two decades living underground, where they spend their long nymphal years feeding on tree roots, they all au gust 2 0 1 3



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know when it’s time to come out. The immediate cue is a consistent soil temperature of 64 F at about eight inches depth. But for 16 springs the 17-year cicadas ignore that cue and then, in the 17th spring, for some reason, they don’t. Small holes dotting the ground around trees are among the first signs of the emergence; the nymphs build tunnels to the surface, and then emerge—often many, many at once—in the night and almost immediately thereafter molt (the process is called “ecdysis”) to take their adult form. Where cicadas have emerged, you’ll find the brown husks of their shed nymphal skins clinging to leaves and tree trunks and scattered upon the ground. (If you look at the size of the adult and the size of the nymphal skins, it’s hard to imagine how the former fit inside the latter.) For the first few days after the molt, the cicadas are a pale whitish-pinkish-orange (though with those distinctive red eyes); it is during this “teneral” stage that apparently they make the best eating. Just in time for this year’s emergence, the United Nations issued a report urging people the world over to eat more bugs (a practice known as “entomophagy”): “Insects are healthy, nutritious alternatives to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish.” In this spirit, the New Haven Register reported that a local sushi chef in Connecticut planned to put cicadas on the menu, and National Geographic pointed out that not only are cicadas low-carb and healthy but also— making them the perfect snack of the era— gluten-free. The emerging cicadas make for quite a culinary bonanza, of course, for other species as well. Cicadas have no particular defense mechanisms, nor are they the gifted aerobats of the insect world, with a lumbering, underpowered flight that is singularly unimpressive to behold. The huge numbers of cicadas, They clamber however, assure that many will successfully run the foodinto the trees chain gauntlet to clamber way into the treetops, and let loose their where the males begin their singing (although only during with a daylight hours) to attract their hellacious mates. They make the sound a pair of ribbed memracket, all in with branes, called tymbals, on their abdomens. And a deafthe name ening ruckus it is; as the webof love. site notes, at close range, a mass of singing cicadas can hit a noise level in the range of 90+ decibels. But then, just when the human residents are driven to the brink of madness, it’s all over. Within a few weeks of the emergence, the females lay their eggs, and the nymphs begin hatching and dropping to the ground below to burrow deep into the soil where they will remain, sucking nourishment from the roots and slowly growing, for years to come. And then the adults all drop dead. Which means, yes, a trillion cicada corpses littering lawns and smelling something like ripe Limburger cheese, just about in time for 4th of July picnics. But good news! Brood X, which is even bigger, is set to return in 2021. ❉

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tires exploding. Ahhh. For devoted demolition derby goers, this is the sound of summer. There is nothing quite like the highdecibel roar of unmuffled engines and powerful boneshaking impacts, or the sudden hail of mud flung from spinning tires. Somehow the simple formula of demolition derbies—cars repeatedly smashing into each other until only one vehicle is left moving and its driver is crowned victorious (think: Survivor for cars)— makes demolition derbies, hands down, the biggest draw for the promoters who put on the two dozen or so of them at county fairs around Virginia each year. Anyone with a few hundred dollars to buy a scrap car and make the required safety modifications can usually enter and compete. And the reason for the draw comes down to a fact of basic human nature, hypothesizes Gary Bohnenkamp, organizer of the Frederick County Fair: “People just love to tear stuff up.”

With their relentless hits and crashes, derbies offer an exciting and rejuvenating dose of destruction unlike anything else out there. But what makes derbies truly addictive is their unpredictability. For all the safety precautions, these are events that are, at their core, scenes of wild chaos where anything can happen. When outgunned underdogs can emerge victorious, engines can give out and then miraculously come back to life in the nick of time, ad-hoc alliances can devolve into blindside cheap shots, and family rivalries can take violent form, you’ve got drama just as gripping as anything Hollywood can offer. “It’s a rush,” says former driver and current Augusta County Fair derby organizer Jay Bodkin. “Where else can you get into a big crash and laugh about it?” he asks. He’s right; outside the world of derbies this kind of crazy behavior would be considered, well, antisocial. But, he adds, it makes for darn good stress relief. “Had a bad week? Nothing beats crashing cars with your buddies.” —By Matt Bierce

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to also add new novelties. This year’s fair, running from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6, is bringing back competitions such as the 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth livestock shows. “The Bureau’s mission is to help promote agriculture and see it prosper and there is no better way to do that than at the state fair” says Greg Hicks, the Bureau’s vice president of communications. “Hundreds of school kids from around the state will be involved in this.” Similarly, 2013 will see the return of the Miss State Fair of Virginia competition (the competition will include teen, preteen and miss programs). The winner will compete at the 2014 Miss Virginia Pageant in Roanoke. The 2013 fair will also add a local music stage featuring acts

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A fresh start for the State Fair of Virginia. State fairs are as American as corn dogs and blue ribbon apple pie. So when Virginia was in jeopardy of losing this time-honored tradition in 2012—after the organization filed for bankruptcy— the Virginia Farm Bureau stepped in to save it, creating Commonwealth Fairs and Events, a partnership between The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and Universal Fairs of Cordova, Tennessee. This March, the Bureau took an even bigger step by assuming full ownership of the State Fair of Virginia and The Meadow Event Park, a historic 331-acre property once home to Secretariat, the legendary

Triple Crown winner. It’s an unusual situation as state fairs are usually run by the state. Professional events management companies or nonprofit organizations established specifically for the purpose of running state fairs are also typical managers. Though the Farm Bureau is none of these, President Wayne F. Pryor says his team is ready for the challenge. “We learned a lot and gained tremendous insight into how to operate a fair during 2012,” says Pryor. “Now, the pressure is fully on our shoulders.” The goal now is not only to take the fair back to its traditional rural roots but

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Carol Osborne’s Glebe Hill Gardens in Daleville has certainly earned its right to be an official Display Garden for the American Hemerocallis (meaning daylily, of course) Society. The garden paths, ponds and the 270-foot meandering stream at Glebe Hill are all meticulously maintained to show off the stunning specimens. “Their plants are grown to absolute perfection, and it is one of the premier daylily

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Salem speedster revs up for record attempt.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! This summer, 59-year-old Salem resident Dennis “Hollywood” Zainfeld plans to break a land-speed world record by going close to 500 mph in a car he built himself. The current record for a turbine-powered (meaning non-jet propelled) and streamlined car (meaning the wheels are hidden under the body of the car) stands at 427 mph. The record was set at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in 1999, which is where Zainfeld’s attempt will take place during Speed Week, Aug. 10-16, when hundreds of drivers and cars compete in time trials to set records. “I expect to massacre that record,” says Zainfeld, who has driven as fast as 379 mph during his nearly 40-year career of constructing cars and setting records. Zainfeld has made his living restoring exotic cars and constructing cars for others to make their own land-

speed record attempts. His car for this year’s attempt, which he will drive himself, is a 28-foot long, 4,400 horsepower aluminum beast named “D’turbination,” powered by an Apache helicopter engine. Zainfeld, a self-taught engineer, constructed the car with help from 52-year old right-hand man Boyd Hale, who Zainfeld says is “not into cars at all, his main trade is as a carpenter or a mason, but he’s a perfectionist”­—that’s why Zainfeld “wouldn’t trust anyone else” with the project. And the project doesn’t end at Bonneville. Next spring, Zainfeld will take “D’turbination” to a private event at Black Rock Desert in Nevada, where he says conditions on the dried-out lakebed are even faster than at the Bonneville Salt Flats; the Federation International de l’Automobile will sanction and record his attempt to go 600-plus mph. But it’s not the thrill of going fast that

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The Navy’s newest is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. What’s in a name? Everything, when the U.S. Navy commissions a ship. Last April, the Navy commissioned USS Arlington (LPD 24)—its newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock—at Naval Station Norfolk. The ship is named in remembrance of the victims and in honor of the heroes of the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon nearly 12 years ago. On March 22, the ship and her 400-member crew were greeted by Arlington County and Pentagon first responders as she sailed into Norfolk for pre-commissioning; a crowd of 5,000 were on hand to cheer at the official April 6 commissioning. On board is a memorial room displaying 184 gold stars for those who lost their lives, and 200 pounds of steel taken from the wreckage at the Pentagon. USS Arlington— whose sister ships USS New York and USS Somerset are also named in commemoration of the Sept. 11 attacks—can carry almost 1,200 sailors and marines into conflict areas. Says commanding officer Darren W. Nelson, USS Arlington is “the symbol of American strength, and we honor those that lost their lives and those that came to their aid every day.”

USS Arlington won't be the only new ship in Norfolk this year. Virginia-class submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783) will be commissioned Sept. 7. —By Beth Wertz

Zainfeld craves—he drives a Smart Car to get around town and has only ever had one speeding ticket (which he’s currently contesting). “It’s the building, it’s the creation,” that excites him. And the challenge. “We all have goals in life that we have to achieve,” he says. “If we don’t, then we’re just Joe Blow. I’m the kind of person that sets goals and achieves them.” —By Caroline Gallalee

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UpFront How Slow Can You Go?

From Earworm to Anthem “Sweet Virginia Breeze” authors reconnoiter for what might be a last blast together.


nterviewing Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson is like interviewing one person: One answers a question halfway; the other completes it. They’ve never officially been in a band together, never been a “duo,” but they’ve been friends and roommates, co-written songs, done an album together and shared stages off and on since they were barely old enough to drink. Now Bassett, 63, and Thompson, breathing hard on 64, are gearing up to do their second album. And while they share the porch swing of a Richmond Fan District row house on a breezy May morning, it’s the perfect setting to reflect on the song that has bound them together for nearly 40 years. It was inside this house on Floyd Avenue, once owned by Thompson, that he began thrumming the chords of the song that would go from earworm to anthem in the minds of a generation of Virginians. For the last 35-plus years, we have hummed it, shagged to it and belted it out at inappropriate times, because to us, “Sweet Virginia Breeze” is the theme song that has threaded its way through our lives from college years, through marriages, chil-

and the Red Hot Chili Peppers frequently warmed counter stools. The frittataomelet “mess,” which became the signature dish for Millie’s on both coasts, got its name when Keevil found some old letterhead at the Silver Lake diner (which he later sold) with that name and the diner’s Sunset Boulevard address. Now there’s Castro’s Mess and Cajun Mess, but there’s no Mess like the Devil’s which, according to Keevil, accounts for five percent of all orders. “It drives the whole machine,” he says. And, pushing out 1,500 to 2,000 meals per six-day week, what a machine it is. Any changes on the horizon for the diner’s next quarter-century? “Millie’s is an institution,” says Edwards. “In some respects, we’d like to reflect that. But we like to keep things fresh and timely. “Millie’s has to be Millie’s, but we can always learn.”

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Making A Mess of It

Richmond favorite Millie’s Diner hits the 25-year mark. Paul Keevil came to Richmond to be a

starving musician. “And I succeeded,” he says. Starving as a musician, that is. As owner of Millie’s Diner, the London native has been hugely successful making sure others don’t starve. Now he, along with longtime business partner Lisa Edwards and countless fans, is celebrating 25 years of luring hungry folk to the far reaches of Richmond’s East End for cuisine that can only be described as “haute diner.” Having attracted much national attention (Saveur, Southern Living, CNN,

to name but a few), Millie’s is known for a few things: its legendary line for weekend brunches; its Bloody Mary, which has been written up in Time magazine; and, perhaps most singularly notable, the Devil’s Mess, a cross between an omelet and a frittata with avocado, cheese and sausage with the hint of, hmmm, is that curry? Keevil, 63, brought the Devil’s Mess with him from Los Angeles, where he created it for the original Millie’s, a tiny diner on Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake district, where bands like The Blasters

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Back to basics Looking beyond a fair’s gewgaws and fakirs to its lifeblood.

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region’s best crops, livestock, cooking, canning and handwork. These once were the mainstay of fairs both county and state, but today such products must measure up not just to one another in friendly competitions, but also to diving mules, funnel cakes, country crooners and beauty contests. These are newish distractions, but even a century ago, some people were preaching that, seduced by sideshows and curiosities, we were losing sight of the fairs’ purpose: promotion of local agriculture and products made in the home. In 1912, from his own pulpit, J.S. Cates urged all fair organizers to remember their roots. “Now, I would not disparage the amusement features,” spake Cates, editor of The Southern Planter, a farming magazine published in Richmond, allowing that everyone needed to revisit childhood from time to time. But the ideal fair, said Cates, especially the county fair, must go “far beyond this” and be in the “closest and most vital touch with the agriculture of the region.” Amateurs of the more exotic of a fair’s aspects must have thought him an old fuddy-duddy, but he was not alone. W.B. Doak of Fairfax County wrote the magazine that he liked “the simplest fairs best” and decried the “horsings and trappings, gewgaws that glitter, fakirs who bawl, and liquids which quench not the thirst.” The point, Cates underlined, was a “sportive” rivalry that would grow into a “greater force for the betterment of society,” and he urged that people enter the competitions to help local agriculture. Another reader wrote that fairs “[brought] to immediate notice the results achieved by agricultural and mechanical industries, the labors of the hands and brains of a nation.”

A quarter-century later, in August 1938, as folks were ramping up for the Southampton County Agricultural Fair in early October, lists of such contests and incentives to excel filled many column inches in the Tidewater News. An editorial urged citizens to make the fair “the best county fair in the state” and, in a separate article, Henry Fairfax, president of the state fair, said they were “striving this year to give the best fair ever given in the South.” A tad flag-waving perhaps, but this was a time when growing local was more than a slogan. Cates pointed out that in a Wisconsin county, such pride had led farmers to create a breed of Holstein cattle—that earned the county $1 million a year—and develop plant varieties adapted to their unique surroundings. The fair folks of Southampton were offering prizes that they swore would be among the best in Virginia, with the promised premiums totalling $400. The paper listed prizes of $5, $2, $1 or a ribbon, in a slew of categories for men, women and children. Winning farm exhibits would travel to Richmond and be entered in the state fair. Cates might look aghast at some attractions of today’s fairs, but if he came to this year’s State Fair (Sept. 27–Oct. 6, in Caroline County), he’d be proud of plenty, including the return of 4-H and FFA youth livestock shows, a focus on beehives, cow milking and getting up close with chickens, goats and livestock, the best agricultural crops, and ribbon-worthy home arts and kitchen products. Cates might meet the moderns halfway, maybe even on the midway.


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Nine-year-old movie star Shirley Temple is a hit on a surprise visit to Colonial Williamsburg, reports The Rappahannock Times. She first wows 100 fans at the Capitol, dedicated only four years earlier at the town modified to reflect 18th-century life. When they reach the Gaol, a crowd of 200 sees the actress put her hands and curly top into the stocks. Little Miss Moppet then leads her entourage, now swollen to 600, to the lush Governor’s Palace. Cameras are clicking, but the star whips out her own Kodak and gets a snapshot of her admirers. She “would like to do a picture with a Williamsburg setting,” says the child, who surely knows how to work a crowd.



Richmond, Tobacco Capital of the World, gears up to host the 15th annual National Tobacco Festival, reports Petersburg’s Southside Virginia News. Crownings of all kinds are slated, including the 1963 Queen of Tobaccoland. The Grand Ball will feature Ralph Marterie and his Marlboro Men, sponsored by Philip Morris. The Miller & Rhoads Tea Room will be the site of the Tobacco Tones Fashion Show, featuring “local princesses” wearing “fall fashions in tobacco shades,” and the Tobacco Ball will follow the annual Tobacco Bowl football game at Richmond City Stadium. Smokin’!


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paying the price eannette walls knows all about secrets. As a gossip columnist for both New York Magazine and MSNBC, she rubbed

shoulders with East Coast glitterati and pried for dirty little secrets that would make interesting sound bites. But she had a secret, too: A childhood of homelessness and catastrophe, and a version of love she thought would alienate her new friends. Then one day Walls saw her mother rooting around in a dumpster and ducked down in her car to avoid being seen. That evasive action and what it signaled about herself shamed Walls more than anything else, so finally she stopped running from her vagabond past and embraced it instead, disclosing the tale of her upbringing in a memoir called The Glass Castle. As she basked in the relief of having unburdened herself, the memoir spent five years on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Now the best-selling memoirist has shifted gears to try her hand at fiction. In delving into the same questions that ruled her own life— whether to expose or bury a disturbing secret— Walls has penned a fantastic novel that explores the consequences of honesty and the many ways truth can be distorted. In The Silver Star, two teenage sisters, Liz and Bean, are left alone while their delusional mother runs off to try to make it as a singer-songwriter. They show up unannounced on their Uncle Tinsley’s doorstep. The kids seek jobs in town and get hired by Jerry Maddox, a foreman from the town’s factory. He hires them to babysit, clean his house, and help out with his side business in real estate. They soon discover Maddox is the town bully and, when Liz barely escapes a rape attempt by Maddox, Uncle Tinsley says to tell no one and just forget about it. Bean pressures Liz to press charges, and the story burns through the small town. Trash is dumped on their lawn,

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the girls become the butt of jokes, and Maddox runs Bean into the ditch whenever he sees her walking on the road. Cathartic as her own unburdening was, Walls still realizes that there are reasons why people keep secrets and that revealing them often comes with a price. “When you’re faced with a sexual predator,” says Walls, “no matter what you do, the results can be bad. If you pretend it didn’t happen, then you’re going to kick yourself for letting him get away with it. If you pursue it, you’re exposing yourself to embarrassment and retaliation. It’s just a dilemma no matter what you do. So this book is largely about that.” Amping up the battle between Maddox and the girls is the backdrop this story is set against: small-town Virginia in the 1970s during the first year of forced integration. The school’s atmosphere is fractious, just waiting for a spark to explode. “I thought it was a fascinating setting where people are really dealing with what’s right and what’s wrong and what they’ve grown accustomed to,” says Walls. “Bean and Liz have their own personal dilemma about what to do, but the larger environment is also questioning what is the right thing to do. How do they move forward? How do they accept the change?” Walls presents situations where, no matter what actions are taken, someone will be unhappy. Though integration is a positive social change, the whites in the story don’t want to share their school with the blacks, and the blacks want to remain at their previous school where they occupied roles not open to them at the new school. As for capturing the feel of rural Virginia, that was no problem for the former entertainment reporter from the Big Apple. She relocated several years ago to Orange County, where the slower pace of life has taken some bite out of the

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admitted yard dog. “I’m crazy in love with Virginia,” she says. “As much as I love New York City, it doesn’t bring out the best in me; it brings out a side in me that is not that attractive. I’d like to think that I won’t pick a fight, but I will never back down from a fight. The people here are so nice. It took a little adjusting. People in the grocery store want to know how you’re doing, and my first reaction was, ‘Who wants to know?’” What fans want to know is what she’s working on next. While nothing is currently in the pipeline, Walls does not seem the sort to sit on her hands. The only thing that is certain is that if she does write anything else, be it fiction or not, it will include oddball characters. “One of the differences between the North and the South is that in the North, they put the crazy aunt up in the attic, and in the South, they put a fancy hat on her and put her in the parlor,” Walls says. “Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’m happy living in the South. We just love our eccentrics down here. We show them off and write books about them. Somebody once said to me, ‘Maybe you should stop writing about crazy people.’ I said, ‘What else do I know? We write what we know, and this is my world!’”

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Set in post-WWII Taiwan and America, The Third Son is a coming-of-age story of a bright boy, beaten and repressed throughout his childhood due to cultural prejudices, who manages to gain passage to America to earn a college degree. Most of his battles are waged against his own family, who treat him like a farm animal. In addition to lush text about Taiwanese culture, history and food, Wu showcases what the American ideals of freedom and self-worth mean to immigrants and how hard they will fight to achieve them.

In this richly illustrated coffee table book, Eleanor Jones Harvey showcases the photography and art of the Civil War. Enriched by firsthand accounts of soldiers, former slaves, abolitionists and statesmen, Harvey’s research demonstrates how these artists used painting and photography to reshape American culture. Departing from the European convention of glamorizing battlefield heroes, American painters dispensed with illusion and presented the grim realities of conflict in their art of the Civil War.

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Part reading guide and part literary examination of the best mystery novels ever written, this 537-page tome begins with Edgar Allen Poe’s 1841 novel The Dupin Tales and continues through Mark Gimenez’s 2008 novel The Perk. Each recommended book is introduced in an essay written by one of today’s bestselling authors, providing a two-pronged sense of satisfaction. We gain insight into these masterworks as well as the story of how they inspired and affected a new crop of writers.

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Otolith (Tap Tap Recordings) This inventive Norfolkbased trio plunders the dark, keyboard-driven romanticism of the best ’80s-styled hair pop while adding some contemporary indie-rock swagger of their own. The results are danceable and infectious. Pick hit: “R6M.”

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Song Covers Project Do we really need more Bruno Mars or another version of “Stand By Me”? Yes, it turns out. For his second set of interpretations, talented Richmond singer-songwriter McCormick makes you enjoy retreads of songs you were sure you were sick of. Pick hit: “Wonderful World.”

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new thing,” trombonist Reggie Pace says, “even though it’s very old.” The Richmond ensemble’s “punk rock” revamping of the marching band sound is winning over fans and persuading critics; two new CDs showcase the full dynamic range of their horns-first sound. But don’t think of them as a traditional New Orleans-style marching band, Pace says. “We’re not from New Orleans, and we don’t pretend to be. You can’t out-New Orleans New Orleans.” “We’re from Richmond,” drummer Lance Koehler echoes. “It’s a hardcore, diehard, rock ’n’ roll town, and we should represent what we are rather than what we love about other places.” The 10 players in No BS! are products of both the Virginia Commonwealth University music department and the city’s noisy club scene. Pace and Koehler started the band six years ago after playing together in other combos. “The original inspiration was to try and cross samba and brass band,” says Koehler, the band’s lone percussionist. “We didn’t have any other drummer, so we did everything around one drum set.” The lack of a second drum—integral to the New Orleans style—gives the No BS! sound “much more of an urban rock feel,” he says. The group’s live performances have been raucous affairs, winning No BS! a loyal following–Virginia Living

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readers voted them Central Virginia’s best band in 2012—and their new studio releases don’t disappoint. RVA All Day is a funky collection of group originals and the occasional cover—in the past, the band has left indelible marks on the likes of “Tom Sawyer” by Rush and “Everything Turns Grey” by Agent Orange. This time around, they take on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Meanwhile, the stomping title track pays musical props to the band’s hometown. “I’d like for that song to be in a commercial for Richmond,” Pace says with a laugh. Fight Song: A Tribute To Charles Mingus shows off another side to the group. A paced Richmond is nicely nine-song set, it a hardcore, shrewdly reworks a great jazz diehard, composer’s work a specialized rock ’n’ roll in setting. The disc came out town.” of the band’s participation in the Mingus Awareness Project, a series of concerts and projects to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. Mingus died of the disease. “Everyone had a favorite Mingus song,” Pace says. “It was another thing we all had in common.” Both releases showcase the group’s aggressive sound. Koehler engineered the sessions, recording them in his Minimum Wage studios


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in Richmond’s Oregon Hill area and throwing out the accepted rules on how to capture brass. “The horns are recorded in your face, so you can feel the spit, the wind passing by it,” he says. “What we wanted was to basically sound like a rock group.” Traveling with a big band isn’t easy, but No BS! has “the meat wagon,” a tricked-out van complete with couches and the near-luxuries of home. The biggest challenge is getting everyone’s schedule in sync, Koehler says. “It’s the least fun part of being in this band.” Minimum Wage is constantly booked (Koehler is currently recording Tim Barry’s forthcoming fifth disc and new songs from Bio Ritmo), and other members are busy as music teachers, stockbrockers and graduate students. Some, like trumpeter Marcus Tenney, lead their own jazz combos, and trombonist Bryan Hooten backs up musicians on the local Spacebomb label. Others have collaborated with the likes of Feist, Gladys Knight, The Wailers, Ozomatli and Sharon Van Etten. “Thankfully, everyone loves the band enough to push away the rest of their lives to find time to do it,” Koehler says. Pace has become semi-famous for backing up Billboard chart topper Bon Iver, whose rustic and contemplative music is often worlds away from what the afro’d trombonist puts down with No BS!. “I think it’s awesome,” Pace says of his tonal shift. “I get to express the full range of emotions. That’s how people are; they get real happy, they get real sad. It feels really awesome to do all these different things. I feel like it’s expanded my mind.”

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of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach through Aug. 18, is an exhibit by internationally renowned sculptor Brian Dettmer, whose CV is replete with shows from across Europe as well as the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Dettmer uses outdated, mass-produced books such as encyclopedias, medical guides and atlases that are, in his words, “rich with information and ideas.” Modern information gathering has become distinctly non-linear, thanks to the Web, with knowledge and ideas seeming to float around in the air above our computer screens. Books, on the other hand, are physical, tangible and linear sources of information. By appropriating and altering these dinosaurs of form and content, Dettmer redefines them, making them into something quite different. No longer dormant closed objects, images and words now explode forth from within. Dettmer’s intricately carved pieces call to mind scrimshaw or the inner workings of a clock; certainly not the books, cassettes and maps they once were. They’ve been transformed from their previous incarnation into contemporary sculptures to be exhibited and admired, giving them relevance once again. Dettmer sees his work as a collaboration with the existing material. After first sealing a book’s edges, he then uses knives, tweezers

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and surgical tools to quite literally dissect it, exposing various layers and cutting around words, ideas and images that he stabilizes with varnish. It’s a bit like a treasure hunt. He can’t control what’s coming as he excavates the layers, but he can react to it. Nothing is added or moved around inside the book, only taken away. When he’s done, the relationship between the internal We want our name elements has been completely changed associated with into a very different reality from that not only what’s which existed in the happening in the original, with new meanings, patterns art world, but and interpretations. What’s left is a what’s on the visually rich and forefront.” complex object that renews our wonder in the magic of these informational artifacts. Exhibits like Elemental are helping define public perceptions of Virginia MOCA. “One of our primary goals is for Virginia MOCA to be recognized as THE museum to view the art of now,” says Debi Gray, Virginia MOCA’s executive director. “We want our name associated with not only what’s happening in the art world but what’s on the forefront.”

■ Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States.

■ McLean Project for the Arts, Strictly Painting.

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Old becomes new again in Brian Dettmer’s Virginia MOCA exhibition.


The Art of Now

In 2010, Virginia MOCA joined that exclusive club of museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, an honor bestowed on less than 5 percent of all U.S. museums. Gray shepherded the institution through the final phase of the demanding accreditation process. Excellence in programming is key, but also vital is a state-of-the-art facility. Virginia MOCA has both. Completed in 1989, the impressive E. Verner Johnson and Associatesdesigned building, which sits on a wooded site just six blocks from the ocean, has a vaguely Brian Dettmer Asian feel. The 38,500 with his work square foot building at MOCA's was constructed with Elemental particular forethought exhibit. for the museum’s primary activities—exhibitions, studio art classes, events and private functions. The 6,300 square feet of exhibition space is equipped with a flexible movable system of wall panels, permitting spaces to be arranged as needed. Daylight from clerestory windows can be regulated by electric solar shades. And it’s not all window dressing. Behind the scenes, there’s ample exhibit staging area including workshop, and art and crate storage areas. And, of course, the galleries are precisely climate controlled. It’s a far cry from Virginia MOCA’s modest beginnings. In 1952, a group of local artists organized an art sale to benefit Winifred Nixon Greene, a local watercolorist who had had a debilitating stroke. After the success of the event, the artists founded the Virginia Beach Art Association. In the beginning, the VBAA held summer art classes, lectures and exhibitions in libraries and schools until eventually, they acquired a small oceanfront facility at a former municipal office building at 1916 Arctic Avenue. In 1956, VBAA presented the first Boardwalk Art Show. Situated along the oceanfront boardwalk, the annual fourday event has become wildly successful, pulling in an average of around 200,000 attendees and offering a “Best in Show” prize of $7,500. It’s ranked #34 in national outdoor art shows by Sunshine Magazine and is a major fundraiser for Virginia MOCA. “MOCA is making strides in distinguishing ourselves as a top national museum destination,” says Gray. She points to Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Project (May 30-Aug. 18), recently included in The Huffington Post’s Summer Art Preview’s must-see exhibits along with shows at such prominent museums as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, MCA Denver and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “This national attention is exactly where MOCA wants to be.”

■ Taubman Museum of Art, Jason Salavon: A Seamlessness Between Things.

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A compendium of news and notes from around the state.

In late June, when Virginia Chutney Co. in tiny Washington opened its new cannery in Flint Hill, the whole community had reason to celebrate. “After seven years of business, we raised investment monies from the community … to finance the new cannery,” says Clare Turner of the Turner family, who founded the company in 2004. In return, the cannery will be a co-packer for other local businesses and farmers. Recently nominated for a sofi™ Award (the highest honor in the specialty food industry) in the outstanding condiment category, Virginia Chutney is sold nationally in specialty shops and supermarkets and on the company’s website. This looks like a win-win for everyone in Flint Hill.

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Some people’s luck just never runs out. Woodbridge resident Melvyn Wilson, 72, is one of those fortunate few. Wilson has won the lottery four times since 2004. Yes, that’s right, four times. Scratch-offs are his thing, and winning a total of $1,525,000 from three tickets in 10 months didn't stop him from walking into the Handy Dandy Market in Woodbridge on May 14 and scratching out another $500,000 from Millionaire Mania. John Hagerty, a lottery official who presented Wilson with his most recent hefty check, says Wilson took it like someone who had been there before. “He was very matter-of-fact about it,” says Hagerty. “It doesn’t seem to faze him.” Hagerty asked the retired postal service worker what he plans to do with his winnings. Wilson’s response? "Invest in Melvyn."

June was a banner month for political analyst Larry Sabato and UVA’s Center for Politics, where he is director. Out of Order, a production partnership between the Center for Politics and The Community Idea Stations, won an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Best Topical Documentary. The 30-minute film examines what Sabato describes as the “dysfunction of Congress.” And national news and opinion website The Daily Beast honored Sabato’s web column, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, as one of the winners in its inaugural Beast Best Awards, nutshelling Sabato’s Crystal Ball as offering “up-to-date analysis of an array of political races around the United States.” And, yes, even political analysts of national note get excited by such rave notices. Says Sabato, who is no stranger to the spotlight, “Now I know what it feels like to win the lottery!”

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History and Ham Shuanghui International may be poised to purchase Virginia’s own Smithfield Foods, but they are not the first Chinese organization interested in the Old Dominion. Late last year, China Central Television Documentary Channel—in its first documentary filmed in the U.S.—collaborated with the Virginia Film Office and the Virginia Tourism Corporation to produce three 26-minute segments of The Story of Virginia, which aired in China in May. The program highlighted Virginia’s part in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War among other things, and examined the role of Chinese immigrants in the state. In a comment posted online, one Chinese viewer said our state seemed like a “charming place.” The program, which was filmed in October and November of 2012 at places like Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon, will be broadcast (in English) on WCVE and WHTJ later this year. China, it seems, is hungry for more than our ham.

Mountain Lake Lodge near Roanoke recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that completely refreshed its lodgings, added two new dining facilities and new outdoor activities, and revived its scenic freshwater lake. Even with all the upgrades to the resort on the 2,600-acre nature reserve, nostalgic guests are proving that Dirty Dancing, the 1986 hit that showed off Patrick Swayze’s dancing chops, still has legs. Sure, there are plenty of people who come just to relax amid the beauty of nature; and there’s a whole generation of people who’ve never heard the line, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” But according to Heidi Stone, director of sales and marketing at Mountain Lake, there are still plenty of folks who come for Dirty Dancing Weekends, which include a Saturday night dance show with dance instructors showing off Swayze-like moves, a film tour around the grounds and, of course, the movie itself, playing on a loop. Dirty Dancing Weekends are July 19-21, Aug. 2-4 and Nov. 15-17. Go on, channel your inner Swayze, and have the time of your life.

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With 450 supporters attending its annual fundraising gala, Forty One, Noah’s Children raised $311,000 for Central Virginia’s only pediatric palliative and hospice program. The event was held Feb. 16 at the Jefferson Hotel.

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On May 26, nearly 250 attended A Garden Party to Benefit Our Wounded Warriors. The event, held at Highland Spring Farm in Marshall, raised $40,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project.

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Virginia Opera On March 24, 144 supporters of the Virginia Opera gathered at the Harrison Opera House for One Brilliant Night. The annual event raised $42,000 for the opera company.

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There are horse shows, dog shows and wine festivals, so why not combine all three? The Horse and Hound Wine Festival at Johnson’s Orchards in Bedford does just that. Featuring a sampling of local wines, a parade of horses, muskrat racing, and other dog and horse competitions, this is a onestop-shop for your equine, canine and libation entertainment.

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Fe Ballet’s presentation of the world premiere of a new work by budding choreographer Norbert de la Cruz III. Come to The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, and see why The Boston Globe says his moves “skirt the edges of contemporary movement.”

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August 16-18 Schwing! Richmond

Thousands of miniature gamers and military history buffs will bring their teeny-tiny miniature soldiers to the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center for Historicon, the mother of all historical miniature war-gaming conventions. This year, they’ll be re-imagining battles from 1863, and all on three-dimensional scenery. As you might imagine, the schedule is jam-packed.

Print it, like Japanese fishermen did to measure and document their catches more than 100 years ago. It’s called Gyotaku, and now it’s an art. From 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Marine Science Consortium, it’s a family affair for all ages. Fifteen dollars per person gets instruction in fish printing, equipment and snacks. While you're there, check out their other fish-y summer programs.

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July 13 Workin’ It Out Lorton In its first life as a prison, there wasn’t much to laugh about. But laughs will abound when Cool Cow Comedy brings the stand-up stylings of Danny Rouhier to the prison-turned-Workhouse Arts Center. Two shows, 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. But this is grown-up humor folks, so you must be at least 18 to attend.

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I was going to get into the hospitality industry. After leaving the media business, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was too young to retire but I needed some purpose. I realized this was a business I believed I could be good in. When we got in the cable business, my ex-husband and I didn’t have a clue about the television business. We hired the best in the business to help us. It’s the same with the hotel. Prem Devadas [president of Salamander Hotels and Resorts who formerly managed properties for CCA Industries, which include The Jefferson in Richmond] helped me build it from ground up, and I have learned a lot from him. We have a team of experts. We have the best in the country.

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grand opening of the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg is underway, and no one is happier about it than its founder, entrepreneur Sheila Johnson, 64, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and one of the country’s most influential women. The project began as an inn, but over a decade morphed into a 340-acre, 168-room luxury resort and destination property with a 23,000-square-foot spa and a full-service equestrian center—one of Johnson’s growing portfolio of luxury resorts. Johnson, a Middleburg resident for 15 years, is a woman of many talents. She is an accomplished violinist who is passionate about the arts and an ardent philanthropist who, for six and a half years, served as global ambassador for CARE, a humanitarian organization that combats global poverty by empowering women. She recently launched the Sheila Johnson Collection—a line of Italian-made scarves, the designs for which were inspired by images from Haiti, Rwanda and Uganda—and will donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit the Haiti Artisan Project and the Lady Salamanders, a national homeless women’s soccer team league that she first sponsored around 2008. Her philanthropic efforts also include serving on the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York, the Sundance Institute, the Tiger Woods Foundation and the ANNIKA Foundation.

A shrewd businesswoman who cofounded the Black Entertainment Television network, Johnson, as vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, is the only African-American woman to own stakes in three professional sports teams. She is also breaking ground in the golf world as the first African-American female member of the United States Golf Association Executive Committee. Johnson’s wide-ranging interests extend to the film industry as well. Hollywood knows her as the executive producer of four documentary films as well as the highly anticipated feature film The Butler, set to be released Aug. 16 and starring a virtual Who’s Who of Tinseltown that includes Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda and Mariah Carey. And Johnson will launch the first Middleburg Film Festival, which will take place at venues throughout the town Oct. 25-27 and feature 15 independent films and panel talks by the films’ directors and some of the actors, as well as writers and film critics. first feature. I had such a keen interest in the story. It talks about a unique individual called Eugene Allen who was the butler to eight presidents. Through his eyes, it tells the story of the layers of history and the struggles of his family. It’s an important story with an all-star cast. It’s a brilliant movie. I hope it does well at the box office.

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he takes the line. The hurler tosses a beauty, the pill right over the dish. The willow connects—a skyscraper—and the cranks offer hearty cheer. I can’t help but be caught up in the chorus of huzzahs. There’s nothing like America’s favorite pastime. I’ve come with my family to root for the Old Dominions as they take on the Potomac Nine on the grounds of historic Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. This isn’t any old baseball game, though. This is vintage base ball, and those two words (base ball not baseball) are just the beginning of a new twist—or more accurately, an old twist—on a beloved sport. The players in today’s doubleheader have stepped back in time, playing ball as it used to be, some say as it should be, before the sport became a multibillion-dollar industry. “Base ball originally began as a gentleman’s sport in social clubs, and it evolved from there,” says Richard “Pastime” D’Ambrisi, club historian for the Capitol Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage

Base Ball League. “Base ball was a recreational and social event as much as it was an athletic event. That’s how we interpret it.” The Old Dominions of Northern Virginia represent the Commonwealth in the Capitol Conference, also known as the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club. The squad is made up of a mix of Northern Virginians and other D.C. suburbanites from all walks of life—students, professionals, retirees—and they compete against a handful of other squads organized within shouting distance of the nation’s capital: the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore, the Excelsior Base Ball Club of Arundel and, today’s opponent, the Potomac Nine of Maryland. Players trickle onto Oatlands’ wide lawn and greet each other as old friends. They’re wearing reproduction 19th-century base ball uniforms, baggy pants and button-front logos bearing simple letters (“P” for the Potomac Nine, “OD” for the Old Dominions), no fancy mascots or embroidery. (Original uniforms were made of flannel and wool, but today’s players use Au gust 2 0 1 3



polyester for the relative comfort and durability it provides—one original feature they forswear.) A large crowd has come to watch, most having brought blankets or camp chairs. Vintage base ball games aren’t played at any sort of formal diamond, not even a local Little League field, so fans must improvise seating. Instead, teams compete as they did long ago—on any patch of land large enough to play. Athletes must negotiate all the irregular terrain features, such as dips and humps, where the game occurs. The lawn at Oatlands Plantation, sweeping with freshly cut grass, presents a stunning view, but makes the game trickier with its decided slope. But that idiosyncrasy is part of the challenge. “In the beginning, base ball became more popular than cricket because it could be played anywhere,” explains D’Ambrisi, a 50-yearold teacher who has been playing vintage base ball for five years and studying it for 20. “The concept of a manicured field and a stadium just for the game didn’t come along until later.” D’Ambrisi explains that dedicated base ball

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Potomac Nine batter Gene Stohlman makes contact as referee Richard “Pastime” D’Ambrosi makes the call during a game against the Old Dominions at Oatlands Plantation.

By far the most entertaining elements of vintage base ball are the quirky customs that go along with all the line-drives and double-plays. “Next up ... Whip It,” shouts one of the players as he looks over the batting order. I’m tempted to cover my young son’s ears until I gather that “Whip It” isn’t some vulgar reference, but one of the very players I’ve come here to see. Athletes in the Capitol Conference don’t go by their given names. Instead, everyone has a nickname bestowed by their teammates for observed attributes or eccentricities. Filling the roster of the Old Dominions are Torpedo (who works with submarines), Buckeye (an avid Ohio State University fan) and Lightning (fastest guy on the squad and team captain), among others. And it’s not just names that sound odd. Casual references that seem plucked straight from Ernest Thayer’s classic 1888 poem, “Casey at the Bat,” are tossed about freely and take a little getting used to. The batter is a “striker,” the pitcher, a “hurler.” The ball is a “pill,” and the bat, a “willow.” As a fan or “crank,” I find these and countless other terms a bit confusing at first but eventually get the hang of it and even drop a 19th-century term myself, too. The vintage game is as much about the camaraderie as the athletic competition. “Every game I’ve been to is a nice, friendly event,” says Rex “Stoney” Stone, 57, a Woodbridge resident who works as a civilian for the Army and is in his second season with the Old Dominions. “Nobody takes the competition too seriously. Even when there’s a questionable play, guys will settle it themselves right there. The arbitrator— that’s what the umpire’s called— rarely has to come in to decide things.” The beauty of vintage base ball is that players aren’t just reenacting some static past— they’re living it, and there are no guaranteed results. “The fact that the game is full of uncertain outcomes makes it exciting for everybody,” says Berkof. “One of my favorite aspects is the rush, the excitement of stealing second or running to get that extra base.” Throughout the game, I notice a lot of players willing to virginia living


risk stealing a base. Perhaps it’s that rush that energizes Berkof, or maybe the runners like their odds against ungloved opponents. Nevertheless, it’s a dramatic play each time. I watch as a runner sprints with all his heart to second. In an age-old choreography, the catcher connects with the second baseman, who arcs his arm downward, but the darting runner goes low and slides to tag the base. Safe. “Everybody winces at the bad plays and appreciates the good plays, no matter what team makes them,” explains Stone. As it turns out, there are plenty of both today. The Old Dominions and the Potomac Nine split the doubleheader; the Virginians beat the Marylanders in the first game 12-1 but fall short in the second, 1-5. Nevertheless, there’s back-slapping and good cheer all around— another throwback to the more gentlemanly competitions of the 19th century. “This sport unifies all of us,” says Berkof. “That’s what attracts so many diverse people. We all have a passion for vintage base ball.” ❉ Want to cheer on the Old Dominions? They’re taking on the Potomac Nine in Gaithersburg, Maryland July 27th and are hosting Excelsior in Manassas Aug. 24th. For a complete schedule— there are games almost every weekend through October—visit the Capitol Conference’s website,

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diamonds didn’t come about until 1871. As game time approaches, players mosey to one general side of the field. (There are no lines, dugouts or batter’s boxes.) Play begins, and the basic outlines—hits, runs, outs—are recognizable enough. They would be to any red-blooded American. But that familiarity only carries so far. There’s something different, foreign, about this early version of the game. The men and women who play vintage base ball (leagues are co-ed, and all are welcome) do so according to old guidelines, but a dusty rule book isn’t as cut-and-dry as it might appear. There’s more than one: The game has continually evolved through modern times. There were official rules revised and compiled by contemporary base ball leagues in every decade of the latter part of the 19th century, and the vintage clubs of today don’t all use the same set. The Capitol Conference uses rules from 1864, adopted by a league called the National Association of Base-Ball Players. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as well as the New York City Public Library maintain archives of all the different rules laid out over the years. Play is a bit confusing for the untutored observer. The batter gets a warning for not hitting well-placed pitches before his threestrike count begins. Foul balls do not count as strikes, as the first two do in the modern game. A batter is out if an opponent catches his fly ball after it has bounced once, instead of in the air as present-day rules prescribe. Players don’t wear mitts, and the defense’s bare-handedness makes for a lot more fumbling of the ball than one might see from gloved athletes. These old rules are the contest’s leveler, according to Howard “Ivy” Berkof, 35, a civilian employee of the Navy, general manager of the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club and sometime Old Dominions player. “As in any amateur league, you have a range of abilities but, with vintage base ball, the gap between them is much less because of things like the one-bounce rule,” says Berkof. Although some players might have grown up playing organized baseball, now they’re literally playing by different rules.

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The Literary Life Keswick’s historic Castle Hill was once home to a famous penwoman who held everyone she met in her thrall. Today, that legacy has been revived for a new generation.


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and historian Barclay Rives: “Never let the truth ruin a good story.” But the story of Castle Hill, the grand old Keswick estate that belonged to Rives’ forbears for five generations, needs no embellishment. Here, one needn’t plumb for outsized tales of its explorers, statesmen, social elite and literati. Though those tales include the derring-do of leaders from Colonial times through the Civil War, and count among the family’s closest connections founding fathers Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison, perhaps the most famous is of the beautiful Amélie Rives—one of the final generation of Riveses to live at Castle Hill. In 1888, then 26-year-old Amélie became the literary sensation of the day with the publication of her novel, The Quick or the Dead?, the story of a widow who falls passionately in love. The novel’s allusions to female sexual desire made Amélie a lightning rod for criticism and landed her in the national spotlight, by turns reviled and celebrated. But if there was one thing the public could agree on, it was that the siren and provocateur knew how to get people talking. And Castle Hill was her redoubt. “There have always been people here at Castle Hill discussing ideas,” says Stewart Humiston, 58, who, with her husband Ray, purchased the estate in 2005. It is that legacy that Humiston is reviving with the recently-launched Readers and Writers Retreats at Castle Hill, the first of which she hosted in May along with partner Hugh Wilson, an Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer who has lived in the area since 1992. “I came up with the idea” for the retreat last June, says Humiston, an interior designer and former competitive equestrienne who first came to Keswick with her husband and three nowadult children in 2000. “I wanted it to be like an intellectual vacation, a holiday for the spirit.” The program? Three and onehalf days of presentations by 10 authors, al fresco meals on the estate and at top Charlottesville restaurants, a wine tasting, a private tour of Monticello and an evening at the theater.


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Barclay Rives, author of A History of Grace Church, Walker’s Parish and The 100 Year History of the Keswick Hunt Club, began the week by limning for the assembled dozen—writers some, readers all, from as far away as Texas—the history of the Rives family and Castle Hill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 600 acres that today comprise Castle Hill were originally part of an 18,000-acre land grant made in the late 1720s by King George II (via Virginia’s Royal Governor William Gooch) to Nicholas Meriwether II. A generation later, when Nicholas Meriwether III died, his widow, Mildred Thornton, married Dr. Thomas Walker. The couple had 12 children (all of whom survived to adulthood) and, in 1764, built a white clapboard house on the property facing Walnut Mountain to the west. Dr. Walker, who served in the Revolutionary War under Gen. George Washington, and in the French and Indian War, was a noted explorer who scouted the Kentucky wilderness, passing through and naming the Cumberland Gap. Physician to Peter Jefferson, he attended him at his death and became a legal guardian to the teenaged Thomas. (In 1781, Walker facilitated the escape of then-Governor Jefferson from capture by British troops when he and his wife waylaid Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton, who was en route to Monticello where the governor and the legislature had fled from Richmond. The Walkers served Tarleton and his men a fulsome breakfast that gave Jack Jouett time to make his famous ride to warn the group to flee Charlottesville.) The house wasn’t enlarged until 1824 when the Walkers’ granddaughter, Judith Page Walker, and her husband William Cabell Rives—who would serve in the Virginia House of Delegates, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and twice act as Minister to France—built the eastern-facing Federalstyle Flemish-bond brick addition that today serves as the main entrance to the house. Judith, an author in her own right, published several books in the 1850s, including a collection of European travel sketches Above: Charcoal self-portrait of Amélie Rives, 1892. Right: Stewart Humiston in the doorway to the formal living room.

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and a novel, which was set in a thinly veiled Castle Hill. (“Truth is often more marvelous than fiction,” she wrote in Home and the World, which was published in 1857.) “Upper-crust women of that era did not ordinarily publish books—it was considered beyond the pale—so Judith did so anonymously,” writes Donna M. Lucey in her book, Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age, a historical biography of Amélie and her first husband, John Armstrong “Archie” Chanler (an heir to the Astor fortune). But how could Judith resist? The cast of characters at Castle Hill must have provided terrific fodder for her pen. Judith’s husband, William Cabell Rives, too, was an author. Delegate to the 1861 Peace Conference in Washington, D.C., he spoke against secession but afterwards served in the Confederate Congress. He published the first biography of James Madison, a three-volume tome, and later edited a four-volume collection of Madison’s letters published by Congress in 1865, though he received no public credit for the work. (Barclay Rives, who is currently writing a biography of his ancestor and statesman, speculates that William Cabell Rives’ name was left off the latter publication because of his service to the Confederacy.) The 1824 addition to Castle Hill, which looks out on a slipper-shaped garden designed by Judith, is ringed by giant boxwoods that conceal the house from view until coming upon one of the two narrow apertures that open onto the gravel driveway. Essentially two homes—one of the 18th century and one of the 19th, joined by a two-story hallway in between— Castle Hill comprises 19 rooms, six bathrooms and 8,500 square feet. The property includes 10 dependencies, a poolhouse (circa 1930s), two barns, a carriage barn and a garden cottage. (Modern additions include a pool, which was built in the 1970s and renovated last year.) virginia living

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Above left: A portrait of Judith Page Walker Rives hangs in a hallway; right: the library features a chair upholstered in fabric by Christopher Hyland. Opposite page: The living room contains candelabras brought back from France by Judith Rives during the time that William Cabell Rives served as U.S. Minister to France.

One of the Riveses’ five children, Col. Alfred Landon Rives, was next to inherit Castle Hill. An engineer trained in France at L’École des Ponts et Chausées, he helped to design the Cabin John Bridge in Washington, D.C., in the 1850s. He served as head of the Confederate Bureau of Engineering during the war, but afterwards—with the Southern economy in ruins and no jobs to be found—was forced to take distant posts, first in Mobile, Alabama, and ultimately in Panama. He spent lengthy periods of time away from Castle Hill, and his wife, Sadie Macmurdo, and their daughters Amélie (whose godfather was Robert E. Lee), Gertrude (who became an accomplished equestrienne and the country’s first female master of foxhounds), and Landon (a painter who was known to her family as Daisy and did not marry). Money was increasingly scarce during these years. Though she traveled abroad frequently, Amélie would return to live at Castle Hill during both of her marriages: It was her touchstone. She divorced Chanler in 1895 after a tempestuous seven years together during which they often lived apart. (Lucey writes that it was suspected the marriage was never consummated) Just four months later, Amélie married a Russian prince, Pierre Troubetzkoy, a handsome, but aristocratically impoverished portrait painter, with whom she would remain until the end of their lives. (Oscar Wilde had introduced Amélie, who was also a gifted painter, to Troubetzkoy in London in the summer of 1894.) In a queer wrinkle to the story, the New York Brahmin, Archie, continued to support Amélie financially off and on for many years after their divorce, taking up residence at au gust 2 0 1 3

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Clockwise from left: The Summer Living Room joins the 18th and 19th-century parts of the house; the east-facing entrance to Castle Hill; a view of the estate's extensive gardens. Below: Ray and Stewart Humiston and their dog, Chloe.

an estate near Castle Hill, which he later named The Merry Mills. (Archie was declared insane by his powerful family in 1897 and spent four years in Bloomingdale Asylum in New York. He escaped and returned to Virginia where he was much beloved in the neighborhood for his largesse. He would later establish the Keswick Hunt Club.) “Fortunately forgotten” was all Amelie was quoted as saying near the end of her life of The Quick or the Dead? in a posthumous review of her work published in 1954 in The Georgia Review by her friend, author Virginia Moore. It is hard to imagine that Amélie, or anyone, could ever forget the furor that followed the novel’s publication. “The lips, the kisses, the straining, clinging embraces; the wild, weird tear-fraught eyes; the romping and the rest of it,” wrote The New York Times, condemning the novel in its review of the book in November 1888. It would not, by modern standards, excite much more than romantic nostalgia but, at the time, the novel was excoriated by the clergy for its “‘pantherish’ carnality,” writes Lucey. Criticism came from within the Rives family as well, according to Barclay Rives, who says Amélie’s uncle, Francis Robert Rives, was “disgusted” with the book and wrote that “the men in his club found it ‘sale,’ the French word for dirty.” But she had piqued the public’s interest; the novel sold 300,000 copies. (Amélie would later ask her publisher to screen her mail to stanch the flow of vitriolic letters she was receiving.) She answered her critics by writing, in a preface to a 1906 edition of the novel, “It seems to me that books well meant, strongly written, and from a clean heart resemble mirrors, wherein every one who reads sees his own reflection. The pure will see purity—the foul-minded, foulness.”

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But her work also earned admiration from leading literati, including Oscar Wilde, Henry James and Thomas Hardy. Later in her life, Louis Auchincloss, William Faulkner and others would spend time with the aging author (and morphine addict) at the decaying, but still gracious, Castle Hill, listening to her glittering stories. She did not publish another book for nearly 10 years after her marriage to Troubetzkoy, but by the end of her career she would publish more than two dozen works of fiction and poetry and five plays. Despite the controversy that always seemed to surround her, writes Lucey, by the 1940s, Amélie became “a respected member of the Southern literary establishment,” recognized as one of Virginia’s first women writers. Amélie lived at Castle Hill until her death in 1945, and the property was sold out of the family in 1947. Clark and Eleanor Lawrence, the first non-Rives owners, “saved the place from becoming a ruinous heap,” says Barclay Rives. All of the owners since have taken beautiful care of the property, he says, “but the Humistons put a shine on it like no one else.” They placed the property in permanent conservation easement to prevent the threat of development, which loomed large

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Clockwise from above left: Sissy Spacek speaks to the group in the Summer Living Room; Humiston with Spacek and Hugh Wilson; guests enjoy an al fresco lunch at the poolhouse; John Grisham and Chris Osteen on the last day of the retreat.

the nuts and bolts of craft. Currently working on a sequel to A Time to Kill, published in 1992, Grisham says he writes two books a year, each plot carefully laid out before he begins writing. “You better know where you’re going when you start,” he says in the soft rounded notes of his native Mississippi. “Half of the first version of A Time to Kill was cut. I’m lazy. I don’t want to lose a year’s worth of work,” he says with a straight face, revealing a disarmingly wry sense of humor. Everyone laughs. This is what they came for. “What kind of set the tone [for the retreat] is Stewart saying ‘I don’t see a bunch of people hearing a speech,’” explains Wilson. He says he and Stewart saw “people sitting in the living room and not so much just hearing a talk but talking, so that kind of made it that sort of intimate type thing. To my mind, all the ideas kind of sprung from that smallness.” He laughs, “Unfortunately, that’s what’s made it right expensive.” The price tag for the retreat: $3,500; lodging was arranged separately. “I have to do more of this,” says Robin Williams of Goochland, author of two collections of essays, who came to the retreat to further her craft. “A writers conference is wonderful,” she says, “but this is so intimate, talking one on one with writers.” “The only thing I can say is we’re tired,” says Wilson on the last day. Humiston is tired too, but energized as she talks about plans for the next retreats. Why is she doing this? Like Amélie, “I think people have stories they want to tell,” she says. “I just had to share this place.” ❉ For information about retreats at Castle Hill, go to


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in 2005 when they bought the estate. Says Stewart, “We do not just own Castle Hill; we are its custodians, and with that responsibility, we also feel a mandate to share its history and beauty with others. The retreat has provided the perfect opportunity to honor that.” The idea was to try to get people close to the writer in conversation, explains Hugh Wilson, whose credits include WKRP in Cincinnati and The First Wives Club. He says that he and Humiston wanted to offer retreatgoers the chance to learn not just about what the authors are working on but also “how they write and what the work is like.” Chris Tilghman, novelist and director of the creative writing program at UVA, spoke about the craft of fiction; Jan Karon, who wrote the bestselling Mitford series, discussed the emotional aspects of writing; and novelist Caroline Preston shared her process for collecting and organizing memorabilia for her book, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. Lucey, author of Archie and Amélie, historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain, a new and controversial book about Thomas Jefferson, and Tony Vanderwarker, author of the forthcoming Writing With A Bestseller, discussed their books. Actress Sissy Spacek, who last year published a memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life, added a bit of red carpet glamour to the final day of the retreat, describing for the group the process of working with her co-writer, Maryanne Vollers. She told them how she would scribble snatches of stories on bits of paper and later gather up the piles to review with Vollers. The experience of mining her memory and writing a memoir, Spacek told the group, which was charmed by her folksy candor, “made me realize the same things are important to me now,” as they were earlier in her life. “I stay well organized, I know what happens chapter to chapter,” the retreat’s marquee author, John Grisham, told the group, getting right to

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Drive-ins are family friendly and inexpensive, explains Jeremy Reter, Hull’s manager and projectionist, who is preparing tonight’s show in the projection booth. “I have a family of five kids. I can’t imagine what it would cost me to take them to the Cineplex to see a movie.” As if on cue, Reter’s 5-yearold daughter Jenna enters and asks if she can have a candy bar. Bob and Dolores Watkins were the first to find their spot tonight. The Surry residents have driven four hours in their 2006 Jeep Compass to take in the show at Hull’s; there are no drive-ins where they live. “This is our third time here,” Dolores tells me as her husband opens up the back hatch to show off a plush bed of quilts and pillows. “All the comforts of home,” he says. Meghan McGowan, a 20-something Lexington native, has brought an outof-town date, Brian Harrison, to show off the hometown screen. She’s says she's been here “umpteen” times. “I can still remember hiding under the projector as a kid and making the peace sign when the credits rolled,” she says outside the snack bar, hiding behind her dark hair giggling, still a little embarrassed. “It seems like there’s a bit of a resurgence in drive-ins,” Newcomer tells me from the ticket booth as the pre-show sounds of ’50s songs like “The Wanderer” and “Tequila” waft from the theater’s low-power FM band. (You can listen to the sound through those doorhang speakers or through the radio.) “History does repeat itself,” he says. “Fashions do resurface.” Years ago, I watched a Hull’s projectionist prepare his trailers, concession ads and features—a process that took hours and involved spooling huge ribbons of celluloid around a metal rotator. The apparatus looked like something out of Forbidden Planet. Problems were solved using strategically placed paper clips. But Hull’s installed a digital projector last year. A sleek modernized unit sans exposed parts is what you’ll find now in this cramped closet space. Thanks to modern-day technology, the projectionist’s job is about as complicated as ordering a sandwich at Wawa. “You download a movie, put it on a hard drive, build a playlist and hit

short row of cars is lined up at the entrance to Hull’s Drive-In Theatre, which sits just off Route 11 in Lexington, not far from a fireworks vendor and a truck stop. The warm late-April Sunday is turning brisk as the sun lowers and longtime Hull’s ticket taker Sam Newcomer stands outside the rickety ticket booth nursing a cough. “Fridays and Saturdays are busier. Sundays are usually the slow night,” he tells me after he collects $7 for admission from a man and his Shih Tzu in a late model truck. The sounds of “At The Hop” are echoing off the mostly empty drive-in movie lot, and the smell of popcorn is in the air. Hull’s opened in 1950 as the Lee Drive-In Theatre and, unlike many open-air cinemas constructed during that time, is still doing business today. When longtime owner Sebert W. Hull passed away 15 years ago, a group of Lexingtonians formed the Hull’s Angels and rallied to save it, boxy metal speakers and all. Today, Hull’s is the only community-owned, nonprofit drive-in theater in the U.S. This place is so deeply rooted in the community that its aquamarinetrimmed concession and projection booth is actually sunken into the earth, as if it were a natural part of the sloping Shenandoah landscape. “Aesthetically, I think we’ve got one of the more beautiful spots,” Newcomer, 54, says after he ushers in a stumpy green compact with Delaware plates. “No room to hide someone in that trunk,” he jokes. The Hull’s season officially began May 10 with summer blockbusters Iron Man 3 and Oz. Tonight’s double feature rerun of Lincoln and Django Unchained is designed for a more adult audience before the superhero and kids flicks take over. “Come summertime, we’ll have every mother in the county with a minivan out here,” Newcomer cracks.

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play,” Reter, 39, says with a smile. “Everything else, it does on its own.” The theater didn’t upgrade because it wanted to. The major Hollywood studios will stop making 35mm prints available next season—film projection will be obsolete, which puts the state of drive-ins in a precarious place. While Hull’s has converted to the demands of the 21st century, others across the country have not. At a time when this fading American institution is starting to hold its own again—drive-in numbers have stabilized over the past few years—some big screens across the country may go dark. “It’s a rough guess, but I think we’re going to lose 15 or 20 percent of them,” says Kipp Sherer. He and his sister Jennifer maintain, a website that follows the industry. “A few have already closed because it was too much,” he says, rattling them off: “The Sunset in Plentywood, Montana, the Cottage View in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, the Auto Vue in Colville, Washington ... ” “Our biggest challenge as an industry right now is converting to digital,” says Jim Kopp, 59, manager of the Family Drive-in Theatre in Stephens City, adding that many parks have not yet made the switch. That includes his own, as well as the Moonlite in Abingdon, Virginia’s oldest open-air cinema. Kopp also sits on the board of the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association and is in charge of events celebrating this year’s 80th anniversary of the drive-in. He says the game show Jeopardy will present a category on the theaters this summer. The Macy’s department store chain is also doing a national promotion. “Drive-ins are still alive,” he says excitedly. In the U.S., there were once more than 4,000 outdoor movie screens. Today, the count is approximately 360. At the height of popularity, the 1950s, Virginia ranked ninth among states in the number of giant flickers, with examples dotting the Commonwealth—from the Coswell in Appomattox to the Summit in Glade Spring to the Anchor in Newport News. Most of them closed in the late ’70s and early ’80s, done in by rising property values and decreasing interest. But a few survived, like the Family Drive-In, which was built in 1956 and au gust 2 0 1 3

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sits on 7.5 acres 10 miles from Winchester. It’s the only two-screen drivein left in the state, Kopp is proud to say. It even has its original lighted row markers and speaker poles. “There are nine of us drive-ins left in Virginia,” he says. “And each one is unique in its own way. There’s something about the Family Drive-In that’s different than Hull’s or the Park Place or the Keysville Drive-In ... there’s a uniqueness to each one. And then you’ve got the Moonlite in Abingdon, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, that’s Virginia’s oldest drive-in ... beautiful, classic. And then you’ve got the Goochland.” In his fourth season running the Goochland Drive-In, 42-year-old John Heidel admits that his 40x80 screen, found midway between Richmond and Charlottesville just off of I-64, is “an anomaly.” “We’re the newest drive-in in America,” the boyish Heidel says with pride and a little disbelief. (Since I spoke to Heidel, the Coyote Drive-In has


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ost of Virginia’s drive-ins are in the western part of the state—there are currently none in the Hampton Roads or Metro D.C. areas, where the earliest regional examples were constructed. But the Commonwealth is unusual in how many new screens have gone up in the past 15 years—Park Place, the Goochland, the re-opened Keysville and the “small screen” Mayberry Drive-In near Smith Mountain Lake. Meanwhile, other longstanding auto parks have closed down, such as the Fork Union DriveIn (circa 1953) where the grass field was so well maintained that Kopp says Tiger Woods could putt on it. And then there was the cozy 200-car Hiland Drive-In in Rural Retreat, which opened in 1952 and closed in 2008. The older drive-ins can really take you back. At Abingdon’s celebrated Moonlite, with its distinctive marquee dotted with a yellow neon moon, the retro experience is so evocative that you almost feel like you are living in black and white. Each show begins with the playing of two old country love songs formerly written about the historic movie spot, and the voice of owner William Booker welcoming you to “movies under the stars.” Sadly, this historic theater, which dates from 1949, is one of those currently caught in the digital crosshairs. “Yeah, I’m worried. I’m very worried,” Booker told the Kingsport Times-News in 2012. “They say 90 percent of all theaters will be digital by next year. We’re going to have to buy a $200,000 projector, and right now I don’t have that kind of money.” At this writing, the Moonlite is open—still screening film—though Booker is not returning press inquiries. “This digital conversion has been brewing for about a decade, but no one knew how it was going to play out,” Sherer says, adding that it was only recently that the studios began offering drive-ins financing options to help them switch over. And it’s not a small job—it costs more to convert an outdoor theater than an indoor because the special digital projector uses twice the power and produces four times the light. The upside is the difference in quality. “You can definitely tell,” says Reter. “You go from watching a 35mm film where you can see all of the scratches on the film, because the print travels from theater to theater, and if it isn’t threaded just right, you can see the film jittering a little bit, but digital—it’s clear and steady, it’s like night and day.” Like Hull’s, some longtime screens have already made the switch. The homey Starlite in Christiansburg will celebrate its 60th anniversary this summer and has already installed a new projector. “That’s progress,” founding owner Dorothy Beasley, 81 years young, told The Roanoke Times last year. “You got to go with it or get behind.” Known for its colorful star-dotted signpost and the Beasley family’s famous chili, the Starlite is now owned by daughter Peggy. “It’s still the same

opened in Fort Worth, Texas.) “There are more lucrative things you can do with 10 acres of land off of a highway exit than to put in a part-time, seasonal business that’s beholden to the weather.” The Goochland went digital last year. “Drive-ins are some of the last theaters to convert,” he says. “The projection systems that have been operating these drive-ins for decades are considered ‘horse and buggy’ now.” “We fill up here,” says Jerry Harmon, 48, owner of Marion’s Park Place Drive-In, which opened in 2000. “People come out with their blankets and chairs. It’s just like the old days.” Park Place offers pool tables, a batting cage and miniature golf, among other amenities—all on the site of the original Park Drive-in, which screened movies in Marion for a quarter-century before going bust in 1983. I ask Harmon about going digital: “I think there’s some that will go out of business, and I’m currently trying to save myself,” he says, a little downcast. This summer at Park Place, there will be a fundraising push to buy a new projection system. Cost: $100,000. “Right now, we’ve got a raffle for a four-wheeler to be held Sept. 21; anything we can think of to raise a little money.”

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Let’s all go to the Movies From old survivors to new builds, here is where you can view movies under the stars in Virginia. Here: The Moonlight Drive-In Theatre in Abingdon; bottom left: the Park Place Drive-In in Marion; bottom right: Hull's Drive-In in Lexington.

“These projection system s that have been operating drive-in s for decade s are considered ‘hor se and buggy’ now.” screen,” says Karen Clark Nagy, a community volunteer who operates the theater’s social media. “Mr. Beasley [who passed away in 2009] built the frame back when they opened in the summer of 1953.” The old challenges of running a drive-in remain, like blocking out ambient light—one reason why small towns and drive-ins were made for each other. “The lights are a challenge,” says Park Place’s Harmon. “I planted trees all around to address it. I have a Wal-Mart on one side of me and a doctor’s office on the other. When the doctor’s office put their big lights up and it was brightening me up, I asked them if they would turn them a little different and they agreed. Everybody’s happy.” As for trunk-hiding teenagers, Harmon laughs. “I haven’t caught any in the trunk, but I catch ‘em sneaking in around the edges sometimes. But I’m pretty good about catching them ... I know a guilty look when I see one.” “Some of them do it just because it’s what their parents did,” Reter says at Hull’s, rolling his eyes. “It’s what’s expected at a drive-in, to try to sneak in. A rite of passage.” There are fewer of those hijinks these days because drive-ins no longer serve merely as teenage passion pits. The contemporary vibe is family friendly. “If you’ve ever been to a tailgate party at a football game, that’s what you get at the drive-in,” Kopp says. And what of the future of drive-ins? Can nostalgia alone keep people showing up? It is more than that says Kopp: “The combination of things make it magical. A good movie, family and friends, you can bring your dog, you are sitting outside underneath the stars—that’s what gets people coming back.” ❉

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Central Drive-In

Mayberry Drive-in

5113 Kent Junction Road, Norton 276-679-3761 Capacity: 400 Admission: $6; children 5-11, $3; under 5, free Opened: 1952 A long-running favorite nestled in the Jefferson National Forest.

1696 Whitehouse Road, Moneta 540-296-1480 Capacity: 225 Admission: $7; children 5-11, $3; under 5, free Opened: 2008 This “small-screen” drive-in near Smith Mountain Lake is connected to a ’50s-style retro diner once located in Chesapeake.

Family Drive-In Valley Pike, U.S. 11, Stephens City 540-665-6982 Capacity: 500 Admission: $8; children 3-11, $4; under 3, free Opened: 1956 Complete with many original fixtures, it’s Virginia’s only two-screen drive-in.

Goochland Drive-In 4344 Old Fredericksburg Road, Hadensville Capacity: 350 Admission: $8; children 4-11, $3.50; under 4, free Opened: 2009 America’s second-newest drive-in.

Hull’s Drive-In 2367 N. Lee Highway, Lexington 540-463-2621 Capacity: 320 Admission: $7; children 7-11, $3; under 7, free Opened: 1950 The nation’s only community-owned nonprofit drive-in theater.

Keysville Drive-In 134 Three Sixty Highway, Keysville 434-736-0360 Capacity: 200 Admission: $7; children 3-11, $4; under 3, free Opened: 1952 The Keysville closed down in 2001 and was revived eight years later by new management.

Moonlite Drive-In 17555 Lee Highway, Abingdon 276-628-7881 Capacity: 400 Admission: $7; children 5-11, $2; under 5, free Opened: 1949 The oldest surviving drive-in theater in Virginia is one of three U.S. drive-ins to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Park Place Drive-In 301 Park Blvd, Marion 276-781-2222 Capacity: 200 Admission: $6; children 5-11, $2, under 5, free Opened: 2000 This park also offers miniature golf, pool tables, a batting cage and other pleasurable distractions.

Starlite Drive-In 2265 Roanoke St., Christiansburg 540-382-2202 Capacity: 240 Admission: $6; children 11 and under, $4 Opened: 1953 The Starlite, still owned by the Beasley family, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

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When he isn’t painting, the energetic 68-year-old Petersburg native oversees the largest dental practice in Virginia, with 300 employees in 11 locations in the Greater Richmond area. (Three of his four children and a son-in-law count among the group’s 45 dentists.) Perkinson has come a long way since 1979 when he took his first watercolor class with Elaine, his wife of 48 years. “It was me and nine ladies,” he recalls. “I couldn’t draw a stick figure.” Determined to improve, he practiced for hours after work and on the weekends. “Baxter just has this love for life, and he really wants to be a part of everything that a human being can experience. One of the things that really stands out about him is that he’s so incredibly hard working. He will do everything he has to do to achieve something he wants to achieve,” says Dr. Michael Rao, president of VCU and the VCU Health System where Perkinson is a full clinical professor. “I definitely have made art and painting an integral part of my daily life. I paint a little bit every day,” Perkinson says. “And just like I can’t imagine not being a father or a grandfather, I can’t imagine not being a dentist or a teacher, and I can’t imagine not being a painter. It’s just part of who I am now.” In addition to his artwork, Perkinson provides free dental care to those in need and, with his wife, has made significant gifts to VCU School of Dentistry, which named a $20 million building in his honor in 2009, Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond and other charities. “You ask me what I’m going to be doing next year, I don’t know. I know one thing: As long as I can, I’m going to be doing something. Because I bore easily.” —By Sandra Shelley

Staying Sharp Veterinary dentist Dr. Barron Hall treats predators’ pearly whites. Would you stick your hand inside the mouth of a ferocious tiger? Or perform a root canal on a gorilla? That is what Vienna-based veterinary dentist Dr. Barron Hall does when he volunteers at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. But that’s not all the 46-year-old Dr. Hall does in his spare time from his practice, the Animal Dental Clinic, where he provides dental and oral surgical care for his regular—and less exotic— canine and feline clients. He also treats lions, gorillas, beavers, hedgehogs and even the zoo’s

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Dr. Hall, a 1993 graduate of the Ohio State School of Veterinary Medicine, has extracted a tooth from a clouded leopard, removed the chin of a bear that had cancer and given a lion fillings. (Oh, my.) Why does Hall volunteer to put himself in harm’s way to clean these predators' teeth? He wants to be a voice for animals that cannot say they’re in pain. “I love to help the animals. It’s important to have their mouths thoroughly assessed, and I know I’m doing a proper job.” Those animals may not talk but, thanks to Hall, they have plenty to smile about. Looking for a veterinary dentist? The American Veterinary Dental Society can help you find one. Go to for a directory of Virginia’s best. —By Andrew Stoddard

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News & Notes By Sandra Shelley

Dentistry’s Magic Wand Instead of asking patients to bite into a tray of gag-inducing goo, some dental professionals are now taking virtual impressions. Handheld digital scanners enable dentists to scan their patient’s teeth, view them in 3D on a computer screen, make virtual corrections and then send the file electronically to a lab to become four-dimensional solutions. The iTero® intraoral scanner, for instance, can be used to design crowns, bridges, night guards, implants and braces. In addition to being faster, “digital scanning is highly accurate, so the restorations need little or no adjustment,” says Dr. Perry Jones, a Richmond dentist and associate professor and director of continuing education at the VCU School of Dentistry. Jones says that although only about 7 percent of dentists use digital scanners now, “it’s the wave of the future.”

A Fast-Track for Braces Most orthodontic patients can’t wait to get their braces off. Now they can speed up the process by using an at-home product called AcceleDent® for 20 minutes a day. The device applies a gentle, pulsing pressure on teeth, which increases cell activity and results in greater tooth movement and less discomfort, reducing a patient’s time in braces by up to 50 percent, according to the company’s website. According to Dr. Steven Hearne of Suffolk, one of the first orthodontists in Virginia to offer AcceleDent, the product holds special appeal for older patients. “Adult patients like fast results, but they have slower bone cells [than pediatric patients].” The product adds $1,000 to $1,500 to the total cost. “Not a bad investment,” he says, “for cutting the treatment time in half.”

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Paying It Forward James, 53, who cannot read or write, dropped out of school in the third grade after kids made fun of his cleft palate. Last July, the disabled coal miner’s cleft was corrected after he received free dentures from the Missions of Mercy dental program, which began in 2000 in Wise County. When James saw his new appearance for the first time, he wept, says Dr. Terry Dickinson, executive director of the Virginia Dental Association. Dickinson helped start the M.O.M. clinics to assist uninsured Virginians like James meet their dental needs. The program, which now sends volunteer teams throughout the state, has grown exponentially and, as of this summer, will have treated more than 50,000 patients. With unemployment and a slow economy, Dickinson says, “the need is great.”

3D printers aren’t just for architects and engineers anymore. Dentists throughout the state are increasingly getting on board with Cerec® and other in-house digital scanning and milling systems. The products, first introduced in 1985, have created a new niche for chair-side CAD/ CAM restorations, in which dentists can use digital scans to design crowns, inlays and onlays and then manufacture them right in their own offices instead of sending them out to off-site labs. The milling process takes about 15 minutes, and doctors can then fit the restorations in the same visit.

“I like to recycle toothbrushes and toothpaste containers because I have a lot of them,” says 7-year-old Theo, a student at Nokesville Elementary School in Prince William County. Theo’s school is Virginia’s #1 collector for Tom’s of Maine’s Natural Care Brigade, a program jointly run by Tom’s and TerraCycle, a company that upcycles waste into new products. Each week, students bring in their used-up dental products to be shipped to TerraCycle, which then makes a donation to a charity of the school’s choosing. Nokesville students chose Heifer International, a global nonprofit that seeks long-term solutions to poverty and hunger, to benefit from their efforts. “One of the greatest gifts we can give our students is the ability to know that they can make a difference,” says Nokesville Principal Eric Worcester.,

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“ I’m constantly researching materials, techniques and technology to find what ’s best for our patients. I want to know what ’s stronger, lasts longer, & looks better. Our patients can trust we’ve done the research.” Water skiing, car racing, deep-sea diving? Just a few of Dr. Tim Johnston’s favorite calming activities after a thrilling week of dental research & management.

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“The dentist part of me is careful and methodical, but the business owner part of me is always pushing the envelope,” he says. The biggest rushes come from seeing a patient’s eyes light up when they realize this will be much easier than they expected.

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After graduating from dental school in 1989, Dr. Johnston embarked on the epic journey of building a private practice from the ground up. While he never specifically set out to inspire others to give great dental care, he always wanted to have his own practice, and he studied diligently on the best ways to do that. Since then, he’s mastered enough techniques and improved enough systems to train entire legions of dentists. And he has, if you count the hundreds of dental students he taught for 17 years at his alma mater, the Medical College of Virginia, as well as the groups of practicing dentists who have attended his professional development seminars. Today, Norge Dental Center has grown into a popular 16-chair practice, and Dr. Johnston focuses on mentoring and training his staff. Yes, he’s a total nerd about dental industry practices, studies, and technologies. But he can’t imagine anything cooler. After all, he believes, a dental license is nothing more than a license to learn more.

Peninsula Dental Society Did you know? Rarely listens to the radio while driving. Instead, rocks out to seminar recordings on dental work and practice management. Saves everything: notes, lectures, product reviews, and clinical reports—just in case he wants to review it or share it with his staff. Met his wife, Kelly, in dental school. There’s a chance she delivered your baby. Has three children: Haley, Ben and Will. Coaches the New Kent High School swim team. Loves adventure sports: scuba diving, water-skiing, and car racing. Flies model airplanes (by remote control).

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Smile Power Volunteers at Virginia Beach-based Operation Smile travel the world to help kids overcome physical deformities and discover that a smile is worth a thousand words.


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ynchburg plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Fuller was volunteering with Operation Smile in Africa when a young nurse approached him with a request. He and his team had just finished surgery on all the children with cleft palates and lips that they could schedule this visit and had told the remaining 150 families they would have to come back next year. The nurse informed him that there was a young boy who had traveled a long way to see him. It had taken one full day for the 9-year-old and his mother to walk to the bus station. After a 12-hour bus ride, they walked another four hours to get to the Operation Smile site. “They want to wait for you,” she said. Fuller, who went out to reiterate that he couldn’t put the boy on the surgery schedule this time, saw the boy flash a big smile. “This is my son Joseph. You fixed his lip last year, and he wanted to come back to show you how handsome he is,” the mom said. “I felt about one inch high,” Fuller says of his hesitance to see the boy. “An experience like this puts you in your place, and you discover the place you are meant to be is right here. This is not about you. It’s about the kids. It makes you think this is somebody tapping you on the shoulder to say ‘this is important.’” Fuller, now retired and living in Richmond, is one of over 5,000 medical volunteers from more than 80 countries who offer their time and talents to Operation Smile. There are 138 medical volunteers in total from Virginia from a range of specialties, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, pediatric intensivists, dentists, speech therapists, nutritionists and child life specialists. The Virginia Beach-based organization provides free reconstructive surgery for children and young adults worldwide who suffer from facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. Since its founding in 1982, it has provided free surgeries for more than 200,000 children and young adults and performed more than 3.5 million health care evaluations. The organization, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, currently has programs and foundations in more than 60 countries. Norfolk pediatric plastic surgeon William P. Magee Jr., M.D. and D.D.S., and his wife, Kathleen, a registered nurse, founded

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Clockwise from top left: Antonia (center) and her sister (rear left) with friends in Brazil; Operation Smile volunteer in Haiti; Bill and Kathy Magee in Kenya; Laura, before and after her surgery in Colombia. Below: Tatyana after surgery in Belarus.

those kids?’ Operation Smile was born in our hearts. It was that emotional moment that led to its creation.” Building the organization wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the Hampton Roads community, she adds. “When we asked for help from business people they said, ‘Absolutely, we will help you.’” And they weren’t the only people to step up. All of the Magees’ children have been involved with the organization in some way, and now their grandchildren are going on mission trips. After returning home from that first visit to the Philippines, their daughter Bridgett asked a friend to help her form a student club at Norfolk Academy to fundraise for the organization. Today Operation Smile Student Clubs has 900 clubs and associations around the world, in everything from elementary schools to medical schools. They raise an estimated $1 million annually for the organization, and at least two high school students from the clubs accompany each of Operation Smile’s international mission teams. The organization also hosts the annual International Student Leadership Conference, where student volunteers from 20 countries learn leadership and character development. “All of this grew out of kids helping kids,” says Kathy. While medical volunteers from the U.S. like Dr. Fuller still travel to partner countries to treat children, the majority of surgeries are performed by skilled medical volunteers who live and work in that country or region. “What began as an idea to help only a few children has grown into a network of volunteers and medical missions transforming thousands of lives,” says Dr. Magee, noting that the organization’s 35 in-country foundations help partner countries sustain their own medical programs. Dr. Ruben Ayala, senior vice president of International Programs and Medical Affairs, oversees all international operations. He was barely 17 when he started volunteering as a translator for the organization in his home country of Panama. “Walking in the hospital and seeing hundreds of children and their families waiting for care is something I have never forgotten. I had never seen a child with a cleft. It was almost endless. I was in shock and dismay. I never imagined so much sadness and misery would be in one location,” he says. “That day will stay with me the rest of my life.” That experience is what ultimately led Dr. Ayala to pursue a medical career and to eventually join the staff of Operation Smile. In 1997, he went back to

the organization after participating in a medical mission trip to the Philippines sponsored by a nonprofit called Philplast in 1982. “I had gone through all this training and wanted to take care of kids with facial deformities,” Dr. Magee says. “An opportunity came up to go with a group of plastic surgeons and their wives from Texas to the Philippines.” The Magees, both New Jersey natives, had settled in Norfolk when Bill accepted his first position after residency with Plastic Surgery Specialists Inc. in 1978. Dr. Magee received his D.D.S. from the University of Maryland and his M.D. from George Washington University Medical School, and served his general surgery residency at the University of Virginia Medical School. The Magees stayed in the area and raised their five children. “It was a stretch to take off for two weeks,” he says, adding the couple took their oldest daughter, Bridgett, 13, with them on the first mission. “It changed our lives and our value in life.” What the couple witnessed in the Philippines was overwhelming. There were hundreds of children with deformities waiting to be served. “It was a unique experience,” says Kathy. “Everywhere we turned, there was a sea of deformities. People pushed their babies at us, tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children. We had never been exposed to anything like this.” The turnout wasn’t uncommon in an undeveloped country where medical care is scarce. “It’s a huge problem,” says Dr. Magee, 68, who notes that every three minutes a child is born with a cleft palate or cleft lip. “One out of every 10 kids will die before their first birthday; one out of 12 before their fifth birthday.” The team in the Phillippines ended up treating about 40 children out of the approximately 250 families that had gathered. The Magees felt both touched and guilty, says Kathy, 67. “We said to ourselves, ‘Why don’t we get some friends and go back and take care of virginia living

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Left: Making mask bubbles in Mexico. Here: Ngan, before and after surgery in Vietnam.

photos courtesy of operation smile

Above, left to right: The Operation Smile Comprehensive Care Center in Hue, Vietnam; former patient, Danila, at her home in Brazil; actress and OPS Board of Governors member Roma Downey with patients in Vietnam.

nurses. She started volunteering with the organization in 1999 and has been on more than 28 missions. On her first mission, she flew to the Philippines. The reality of the situation was staggering, she says. “We had over 300 prospective patients show up. It seemed like a million people to me. Unfortunately, we had to select only 120 patients.” She found it hard to turn people away. “Tears flowed from those who couldn’t be helped that day and from the volunteers,” she says, adding that surgery days start around 7 a.m. and go until 9 p.m. “Anywhere from 25 to 30 surgeries are done a day. It is so busy during the day that you hardly have time to think about how tired you are.” She will often not eat until after 10 p.m., and be up again in the morning ready to go at 5 a.m. Even though the job can be difficult, the mother of two grown children wouldn’t give up her time volunteering. “I use my vacation, lose pay for two weeks, and the travel is often grueling,” she says. “But I get back so much more than I give. Operation Smile has changed my life and my family’s life in so many positive ways that it is difficult to describe.” The organization will move into its new $20 million, 72,300-square-foot global headquarters in the Princess Anne Commons area of Virginia Beach later this year. The high-tech headquarters building will serve as a training and conference center and will feature the “best information technology systems possible,” says Dr. Magee, who serves as the organization’s executive chairman and works with Operation Smile every day. Dr. Magee also maintains a private practice in Norfolk and is director of The Institute for Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery in the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. The new building will help bring awareness to the problem of clefts and focus on the work that the organization is doing around the world. Dr. Fuller has served on more than 25 medical missions since he started volunteering with the organization in 1988. “Operation Smile is very addictive,” he says. “It gives you more than you give to it.” Each surgery is a “miracle that is getting ready to happen,” he adds. “It’s not a miracle I did. It’s one I get to participate in. We are all part of it.” ❉

Panama to witness the first medical program done entirely by Panamanians. “I could see their joy and their pride,” he says. “Panama was one of the first countries to become sustainable.” In order to create sustainability in each partner country, Operation Smile has to set up training, create a local entity and form partnerships with local hospitals, other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and sponsors. “People might think our model is based on projects where we take volunteers to another country,” explains 39-year-old Ayala, “but 66 percent of our programs are local programs.” The organization adheres to its strict Global Standards of Care in every partner country. The standards ensure that all patients benefit from the same procedures and credentialed medical staff no matter where they receive care around the world. “We brought in the top medical leaders from the countries we are in to help us create the principles we live by,” Ayala says. Operation Smile also operates more than 20 Comprehensive Care and Training & Treatment Centers around the world. These medical facilities offer year-round patient care including surgery, post-operative care, speech therapy and nutrition. The most state-of-the-art center is in Guwahati, India, where Dr. Fuller served as the center’s chief medical director. (He lived in India for six months in 2012.) The center has taken care of approximately 10,000 patients. “It had been in operation for about six to eight months before I got there, and they had the most up-to-date equipment I had worked with,” he says. “Everyone there is a full-time employee, and everyone is good at what they do. It’s a well-oiled machine.” One of the organization’s areas of expansion is Africa where they partner with Smile Train for Rwanda Smiles. Currently Rwanda has only one trained plastic surgeon. “We are working with other NGOs to bring in people who have basic medical training and bring them up to the level of work we need,” says Ayala. Sharon Neece, a 56-year-old neonatal intensive care unit nurse at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, serves on the Operation Smile Nursing Council, helping to recruit and credential new pre- and post-operative au gust 2 0 1 3

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Dr. Adrian

L. Patterson B U RKE & RESTO N , VIRG IN IA

NOVA Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery Dr. Patterson is a caring and compassionate experienced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with thirty seven years of experience in oral surgery. Dr. Patterson is a graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry and received his residency training in oral surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As a career Army officer he served as the Chief of the Oral Surgery residency program

at Walter Reed Army Medical Center until his retirement from the Army in the rank of Colonel in 1998. Dr. Patterson has been published in professional oral surgery literature. Dr. Patterson enjoys many aspects of the field of oral surgery but takes pride in his skill in removal of teeth and replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery Burke Professional Center 5206 Lyngate Court Burke, VA 22015 703-425-5010

Dr. Brian

Sunset Hills Professional Park 11331 Sunset Hills Road Reston, Virginia 20190 703-736-1640

P. Midgette

Dr. Brian


Midgette Family Dentistry Dr. Brian Midgette’s philosophy is that the patient comes first and should be treated like family. Under Dr. Midgette’s guidance, the practice continues to be committed to excellence, providing high quality & compassionate care to families. Midgette Family Dentistry’s goal is to ensure that each patient has a great experience when they visit. Our state of the art technology, friendly staff and excellent office aesthetic are evident from the moment the patient steps foot through the doorway. With over 25 years in dentistry, Dr. Midgette has placed an emphasis on keeping abreast of the latest procedures and technologies.

Since graduating with honors from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, Dr. Midgette has maintained active memberships with the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry and continues to participate in dental study clubs and extensive continuing education. Crown & bridge (traditional & Cerec), veneers, Invisalign, Biolase, teeth whitening, digital radiography, periodontal treatment, sleep apnea treatment, and dental implants are just some of the ways we can help optimize your family’s dental health. Please visit or call us today to schedule a visit!

3326 Taylor Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321 757-483-4700

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P O T De tists 2013

Virginia’s If

It is our intention that this list, the culmination of topDentists’ survey of all the Virginia dentists listed by the American Dental Association, will be your definitive resource for finding the best dentist for you, no matter where you are in Virginia. We’re hoping Virginia’s Top Dentists 2013 will guide you and yours to full dental health. So … Keep it near the telephone. Take it with you on vacation. Store a copy on your mobile! But keep it handy, because you never know where you’ll be when a dental emergency strikes, and there’s no time to place that long distance call to your dentist and ask, “If you needed a dentist, who would you see?” Let our guide be your guide.

your dentist needed a dentist, who would he or she see? To our way of thinking, the answer to that question would be very revealing. So, for the fourth year in a row—in our quest to find the best dentists in Virginia— Virginia Living teamed up with topDentists™ to identify the best dentists in the state. topDentists™ queried hundreds of Virginia dentists and asked them, the experts, who they think is tops in their field. Who would they go to, and to whom would they refer their own patients, friends and family members? After the balloting process was complete, the results were checked against state dental boards to guarantee that all of the dental professionals included are licensed and in good standing.

Central Virginia Endodontics Donna Allen Burns

1507 Huguenot Road, Suite 203 Midlothian, VA 23113-2485 804-794-4644

Bridget Ellen Byrne

520 North 12th Street Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3784

David John Coon

277 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 205 Charlottesville, VA 22901-8127 434-973-4301

Steven G. Forte

3107 Hungary Spring Road Richmond, VA 23228-2421 804-501-0501

Robert E. Grover

240 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 103 Charlottesville, VA 22901-8130 434-973-1221

John Helleberg

277 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 205 Charlottesville, VA 22901-8127 434-973-4301

Trisha Ann Krause

5318 Patterson Avenue, Suite B Richmond, VA 23226-2044 804-285-0400

Harold J. Martinez

3107 Hungary Spring Road Richmond, VA 23228-2421 804-501-0501

Ellen Rives Oertel

2425 Boulevard, Suite 8 Colonial Heights, VA 23834-2324 804-520-0000

Bruce W. Overton

6037 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23112-2160 804-744-3636

Gardiner McKay Packer

6037 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23112-2160 804-744-3636

James L. Stanley

3712 Old Forest Road, Building 100 Lynchburg, VA 24501-6900 434-385-0273

Ronald N. Vranas

3107 Hungary Spring Road Richmond, VA 23228-2421 804-501-0501

Michael J. Walker

3712 Old Forest Road, Building 100 Lynchburg, VA 24501-6900 434-385-0273

Thomas Leon Walker

101 Richeson Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501-2911 434-385-1117

David S. Wozniak

301 Twinridge Lane Richmond, VA 23235-5245 804-272-0041

General Dentistry Anne C. Adams

3721 Westerre Parkway, Suite D Richmond, VA 23233 804-935-5631

William R. Adams III 4315 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23221 804-285-1378

Tawfiq M. Alkilani

5710 Maple Brook Drive Midlothian, VA 23112 804-869-7533

Frank Lee Angus

2400 Pagehurst Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-6411 804-794-6893

Frank Lee Angus, Jr.

2400 Pagehurst Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-6411 804-794-6893

Rebecca Angus

2400 Pagehurst Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-6411 804-794-6893

William H. Angus

2400 Pagehurst Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-6420 804-223-2244

Shari Lynette Ball

8804 Patterson Avenue, Suite 100 Richmond, VA 23229-6361 804-740-7212

Charles H. Barrett

1230 Alverser Drive, Suite 104 Midlothian, VA 23113-2653 804-794-2144

Richard W. Bates

3610 Boulevard, Suite A Colonial Heights, VA 23834-1329 804-526-0937

David A. Beck

4315 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23221 804-285-1378

Duane J. Bickers

320 Winding River Lane, Suite 201 Charlottesville, VA 22902-5353 434-984-6400

Shannon G. Bowman

5727 Allin Road Prince George, VA 23875-2343 804-862-4416

John Boyle III

6366 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 205 Mechanicsville, VA 23111-4704 804-569-0530

Kimberly B. Boyle

Christoper Cios

1612 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113 804-794-9789

Shane R. Claiborne

20936 Timberlake Road Lynchburg, VA 24502-7240 434-237-0004

Stephen M. Clarke

1227 Cedars Court Charlottesville, VA 22903-4800 434-296-8043

Allen James Davia

501 Libbie Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-2617 804-282-4429

Jeffrey Day

10466 Georgetown Drive Spotsylvania, VA 22553-1748 540-898-8181

6366 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 205 Campbell S. Delk Mechanicsville, VA 23111-4704 4440 Springfield Road, Suite 104 804-569-0530 Glen Allen, VA 23060-3410 804-747-9511

Joseph Wayne Browder

209 Temple Avenue Colonial Heights, VA 23834-2827 804-526-4822

William F. Callery

David L. Ellis

3416 Woodlawn Street Hopewell, VA 23860-4738 804-458-6733

4516 West Hundred Road P.O. Box 3748 Chester, VA 23831-8469 804-748-8677

James R. Farmer

David Charles Circeo

Randall C. Foy

6113 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228-5236 804-262-9824

1227 Cedars Court Charlottesville, VA 22903-4800 434-296-8043 7229 Forest Avenue, Suite 105 Richmond, VA 23226-3765 804-288-0102

Mark S. Friedlander

300 Hickman Road, Suite 101 Charlottesville, VA 22911-3554 434-973-2520

Jeffrey K. Friend

5204 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-1500 804-282-3838

Samuel W. Galstan

12290 Iron Bridge Road Chester, VA 23831-1531 804-796-1915

Robert Eugene Gilliam

1801 Raintree Drive, Suite B Richmond, VA 23238-4236 804-740-8360

M. Scott Gore

14431 Sommerville Court, Suite A Midlothian, VA 23113-6812 804-302-5981

William A. Grupp II

944 Glenwood Station Lane, Suite 203 Charlottesville, VA 22901-1480 434-973-7011

Michael R. Hanley

13295 Rivers Bend Boulevard Chester, VA 23836-8610 804-530-3539

Steven D. Hatch

8116 Timberlake Road Lynchburg, VA 24502-2608 434-239-2651

Larry F. Hellman

520 North 12th Street Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-2977


This list is excerpted from 2013 the topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 650 dentists and specialists in Virginia. For more information call 706-364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email or visit topDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2010-2013 by topDentists, Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission. au gust 2 0 1 3

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General & Cosmetic Dentistry A love of science and dedication to artistry drew Dr. Allen J. Davia into the field of dentistry. A three time Top Virginia Dentist, Dr. Davia received his BS from the University of Richmond, his DDS from the Medical College of Virginia, and his residency in Advanced General Dentistry from the University of Missouri. He entered private practice in Richmond, Virginia in 1992. Dr. Davia’s office is located on Libbie Avenue, a block from Grove Avenue. “My practice focuses on an individualized treatment approach in a friendly environment. I encourage a patient-oriented model of care, with dialogue and discussion to facilitate active participation in treatment”.

501 Libbie Avenue Richmond, VA 23226 804-282-4429 |


Virginia Beach TMJ Dentistry entistry Dr. Carol F. Morgan, DDS, FAGD, a Virginia TMJ Dentist, treats patients with symptoms of TMJ/TMD. Many of her patients achieve great success relieving pain and problems such as headaches, migraines, jaw pain, facial pain, clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism), jaw joint pain, jaw joint noise, clicking or popping, or any combination of these areas.

Headaches? Neck pain? Teeth grinding? We offer TMJ solutions!

984 First Colonial Rd., Suite 101 Virginia Beach, VA 23454 757-412-1400

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Central Virginia Nelson Herring

Robert Penterson

Jared Hoover

W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr.

5700 Old Richmond Avenue, Suite A-2 Richmond, VA 23226-1828 804-282-5031 14431 Sommerville Court, Suite A Midlothian, VA 23113-6812 804-302-5981

John S. Kittrell

2600 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23220-4309 804-359-6471

Jared Carter Kleine

1333 North Seminole Trail Madison, VA 22727 540-948-4812

Gregory K. Kontopanos

3525 Iron Bridge Road Richmond, VA 23234-2937 804-275-7477

Todd Kuhn

3250 Anderson Highway Powhatan, VA 23139-7307 804-598-2600

Brian S. Levitin

3938 Springfield Road Glen Allen, VA 23060-4119 804-747-7400

Anne Libbey

206 Enterprise Drive Forest, VA 24551 434-316-9090

James F. Londrey

3605 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23221-2238 804-358-2480

Michael O. McMunn

8804 Patterson Avenue, Suite 100 Richmond, VA 23229-6361 804-740-7212

Pamela Kathleen Stover-Mejias 1522 B Insurance Lane Charlottesville, VA 22911-7229 434-973-7744

Kevin S. Midkiff

20331 Timberlake Road, Suite B Lynchburg, VA 24502-7203 434-239-8133

Marci Smith Morris

2805 McRae Road, Suite 1-A Richmond, VA 23235-3049 804-323-4200

Russell N. Mosher

1320 Alverser Plaza Midlothian, VA 23113-2604 804-379-6971

Peter R. Murchie

115 Broad Street Road, Suite C Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103 804-784-4624

Anita M. Neel

900 Gardens Boulevard, Suite 600 Charlottesville, VA 22901-1487 434-984-3455

Paul A. Neumann

204 North Hamilton Street, Suite 1 Richmond, VA 23221 804-358-4089

Andrew S. Norman

7229 Forest Avenue, Suite 105 Richmond, VA 23226-3765 804-288-0102

Clinton J. Norris III

4445 Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060-3326 804-747-0044

Kathryn S. Finley-Parker

4807 Hermitage Road, Suite 101 Richmond, VA 23227-0588 804-266-8547

Olan D. Parr, Jr.

1043 Oaklawn Drive Culpeper, VA 22701-3339 540-829-9922

Bonnie Pearson

10545 South Crater Road Petersburg, VA 23805-7333 804-732-8557

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5954 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23112-2163 804-739-1600 1612 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-794-9789

Wayne Remington

1522 Insurance Lane, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22911-7229 434-978-7565

Elizabeth C. Reynolds

6901 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-3627 804-767-6912

Daniel R. Rhodes

James P. Webb

Carlos R. Ibanez

Leslie S. Webb, Jr.

Kanyon R. Keeney

E. Alexander White

Daniel M. Laskin

104 Main Street Plaza P.O. Box 757 Hopewell, VA 23860-0757 804-541-1896 6800 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-3626 804-282-9781 5500 Whiteside Road Sandston, VA 23150-2040 804-737-4444

Joseph Scott White

1690 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-379-4483

456 Charles H Dimmock Parkway, Suite 5 Paul M. Wiley Colonial Heights, VA 23834-2936 520 North 12th Street 804-520-4088 Lyons Building, Room 418 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-2977 Michael A. Rossetti 2613 North Parham Road Richmond, VA 23294-4650 Jeffrey S. Williams 804-747-0090 1009 Crowder Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-4237 804-794-8745 Joshua B. Rubinstein 5700 Old Richmond Avenue, Suite A4 Richmond, VA 23226-1828 Richard S. Wilson 804-741-7440 6025 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23112-2160 804-739-7391 David C. Sarrett 521 North 11th Street Dennis C. Wong Perkison Building, Room 4130 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 10500 Atlee Station Road 804-828-3368 Ashland, VA 23005-7990 804-550-3324

John Schoeb

5974 Jarmans Gap Road Crozet, VA 22932 434-823-2385

James R. Schroeder

7033 Jahnke Road Richmond, VA 23225-4126 804-321-7149

Neil Snow

6901 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-3627 804-767-6912

Brian W. Spears

5204 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-1500 804-282-3838

Michael E. States

1227 Cedars Court Charlottesville, VA 22903-4800 434-296-8043

Robert B. Steadman

9220 Forest Hill Avenue, Suite A5 Richmond, VA 23235-6800 804-272-3200

Al J. Stenger

7017 Old Jahnke Road Richmond, VA 23225-4126 804-320-7147

Henry I. Stewart

12091 Gayton Road Richmond, VA 23238-3401 804-740-9127

Kit Tucker Sullivan

6441 Iron Bridge Road Richmond, VA 23234-5205 804-743-816

David Swett

900 Rio East Court, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-979-3940

Rebecca Swett

900 Rio East Court, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-979-3940

Richard S. Vacca

5921 Harbour Lane, Suite 400 Midlothian, VA 23112-2158 804-739-9191

Donald M. Wallace

3700 Old Forest Road Lynchburg, VA 24501-6900 434-385-9454

C. Sharone Ward

12290 Iron Bridge Road Chester, VA 23831-1531 804-796-1915

Richard H. Wood

4440 Springfield Road, Suite 104 Glen Allen, VA 23060-3410 804-747-9511

Kent Yandle

5727 Allin Road Prince George, VA 23875-2343 804-862-4416

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 270 Charlottesville, VA 22911-8618 434-295-0911 7481 Right Flank Road, Suite 120 Mechanicsville, VA 23116 804-559-5416 521 North 11th Street Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3547

Michael E. Miller

8503 Patterson Avenue, Suite A Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-354-1600

James F. Nelson

8503 Patterson Avenue, Suite A Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-354-1600

Joseph Niamtu III

11319 Polo Place Midlothian, VA 23113-1434 804-794-0794

Robert L. O’Neill

595 Old Wagner Road Petersburg, VA 23805 804-732-6532

Thomas B. Padgett

1680 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-379-7120

Robert A. Strauss

Gene Vandervort, Jr.

Bryan A. Brassington

James Curtis Wallace

Dwight Van Buelow

Damon Omar Watson

George E. Davis III

Ross N. Wlodawsky

William Graham Gardner

44340 Premier Plaza, Suite 100 Ashburn, VA 20147-5074 703-729-8700 1680 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-379-7120 11319 Polo Place Midlothian, VA 23113-1434 804-794-0794 11319 Polo Place Midlothian, VA 23113-1434 804-794-0794

Gregory M. Zoghby

1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 120 Midlothian, VA 23113 804-354-1600

Oral Pathology James C. Burns

520 North 12th Street Lyons Building, Room 315 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-1778

John A. Svirsky

520 North 12th Street Lyons Building, Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-0547


521 North 11th Street Wood Building, Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-0602

Bruce E. Bentley, Jr.

Bradley S. Trotter

Mark Edward Blanchette

595 Old Wagner Road Petersburg, VA 23805 804-732-6532

7802 Timberlake Road Lynchburg, VA 24502 434-385-4746

1925 Thomson Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501-1008 434-846-4014

8503 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-740-7281 1612 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-419-1041 10436 Iron Bridge Road Chester, VA 23831-1427 804-748-3234 1206 Willow Lawn Drive Richmond, VA 23226-1409 804-282-0505

Michael B. Holbert

10200 Three Chopt Road, Suite B Richmond, VA 23233 804-270-7824

William Horbaly

240 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901 434-973-6542

Frank P. Iuorno, Jr.

12000 Wyndham Lake Drive, Suite C Glen Allen, VA 23059-7072 804-364-8366

Kevin E. Kelleher

2412 Colony Crossing Place Midlothian, VA 23112 804-739-6673

John W. King

5921 Harbour Lane, Suite 300 Midlothian, VA 23112-2158 804-739-3399

Richard M. Marcus

12390 Three Chopt Road Richmond, VA 23233-7790 804-364-7010

Omar A. Abubaker

521 North 11th Street Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3584

Andrew E. Bluhm

44340 Premier Plaza, Suite 100 Ashburn, VA 20147-5074 703-729-8700

Paul W. Brinser III

595 Old Wagner Road Petersburg, VA 23805 804-732-6532

Jonathan E. Carlton

8917 Fargo Road, Suite C Richmond, VA 23229-4500 804-740-5015

William Carvajal

101 Archway Court Lynchburg, VA 24502-2890 434-832-8040

Jeffrey E. Cyr

1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 120 Midlothian, VA 23113 804-354-1600

Steve Dorsch

44340 Premier Plaza, Suite 100 Ashburn, VA 20147-5074 703-729-8700

William D. Dymon

7650 East Parham Road, Suite 110 Richmond, VA 23294-4376 804-270-5028

W. Jackson Faircloth, Jr.

244 Hydraulic Ridge Road Charlottesville, VA 22901-8124 434-973-3348

Andrew Ferguson

5942 Harbour Park Drive Midlothian, VA 23112 804-354-1600

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Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia Dr. Meera Gokli attended VCU Dental School and served her pediatric dental residency at the Medical College of Virginia. She has passed additional examinations to become a Diplomate (Board Certified) of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Gokli has participated in numerous M.O.M. projects, health fairs and Give Kids a Smile Day. She truly enjoys giving back to the community, even if she has to travel to do so. She will always find the time to donate her skills as an accomplished pediatric dentist. Dr. Gokli also teaches at the Medical College of Virginia. She enjoys seeing the new students come in and grow as dentists. Patience and understanding makes her a wonderful teacher. She has been President and member of the Virginia Board of Dentistry, past president of the Virginia Society of Pediatric Dentistry and Virginia’s representative for the Southern Society of Pediatric Dentistry and Virginia Dental Association hero. Dr. Gokli is on the Board of the Children’s Hospital in Richmond. She is a member of the ADA, VDA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Richmond Dental Society, VA Pediatric Dental Society and a member of Richmond Association of Women Dentists. Dr. Gokli celebrates her Indian culture and is an active member of the Hindu center, participating in many of the cultural events throughout the year; she is always a part of the festivities. She is a certified chef and author of an Indian cookbook for her temple. Dr. Gokli is the wife of an accomplished physician and mother of two. Her daughter Ami (ah-mee) is in residency for radiology and son Amar (ah-mer) is in medical school. She loves traveling. She has been to six of the seven continents, hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro and the base camp at Mt. Everest from the Tibetan side. She has also won many awards in ping pong and tennis. She truly enjoys her family and all of the experiences that come with being a wife and mother. She treats all of us at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia like her own family.

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651 Southpark Blvd. Colonial Heights, VA 23834 804-526-9815.

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Central & Eastern Virginia Robert A. Miller

1100 Sunset Lane, Suite 1110 Culpeper, VA 22701-3375 540-825-6064

John F. Monacell

1343 East Williamsburg Road Sandston, VA 23150-1723 804-737-6757

David J. Nyczepir

9015 Forest Hill Avenue Richmond, VA 23235-3050 804-272-7528

Ashton Wright Pond, Sr.

250 East Ellerslie Avenue P.O. Box 697 Colonial Heights, VA 23834-1457 804-526-1241

Pamela Fan Regimbal

8266 Jupiter Drive Mechanicsville, VA 23116-2812 804-746-7720

James L. Riley

8503 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-740-7281

Melanie Wexel Spears 9221 Forest Hill Avenue Richmond, VA 23235 804-330-0508

Barton D. Weis

1101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 4 Charlottesville, VA 22902-5353 434-971-9601

Curtis B. Wiltshire

8503 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229-6442 804-740-7281

Pediatric Dentistry Carl O. Atkins, Jr.

2560 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238-1468 804-741-2226

Jeffrey P. Blair

12205 Gayton Road, Suite A Richmond, VA 23238-3219 804-741-1400

Tegwyn Hughes Brickhouse

Shepherd A. Sittason

105 Paulette Circle Lynchburg, VA 24502-3150 434-237-0125

Roger E. Wood

11601 Robious Road, Suite 130 Midlothian, VA 23113-5605 804-794-3498

Periodontics Carl M. Block

2312 Robious Station Circle Midlothian, VA 23113-2124 804-378-2068


Daniel R. Kelly

905 Rio East Court, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-977-4592

Ellen Ramos Kelly

905 Rio East Court, Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901-8040 434-977-4592

Thomas E. Koertge

521 North 11th Street Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-7952

Sharon K. Lanning

521 North 11th Street Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-7951

Benita Atiyeh Miller

5700 Old Richmond Avenue, Suite C14 Richmond, VA 23226-1828 804-285-4867

Joy S. Moretti

1009 Crowder Drive Midlothian, VA 23113-4237 804-794-8745

Benjamin Overstreet 4909 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226 804-355-6593

Jennifer M. Dixon

Christopher R. Richardson

John A. Flowers

James L. Slagle, Jr.

Meera A. Gokli

Kevin C. Sweeney

Amanda Bowen Kuhn

Thomas C. Waldrop

13841 Hull Street Road Midlothian, VA 23112 804-739-0963 2400 Colony Crossing Place Midlothian, VA 23112-4281 804-639-6445

Nicholas C. Lombardozzi

11601 Robious Road, Suite 130 Midlothian, VA 23113-5605 804-794-3498

Christopher L. Maestrello 2560 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238-1468 804-741-2226

Elizabeth Miller

Nine Holly Hill Drive Petersburg, VA 23805-2559 804-733-9490

5001 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226-1605 804-285-7726

Karen S. McAndrew

10442 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23238-5134 804-741-8689

Midlothian, VA 23113-6812 804-302-5981

David M. Schleider

8917 Fargo Road, Suite B Richmond, VA 23229-4500 804-346-3366

John Gregory Wall

404 People Place, Suite 301 Charlottesville, VA 22911-8696 434-977-9836

Gloria E. Ward

3701 Westerre Parkway, Suite D Richmond, VA 23233 804-270-7940 *Dr. Ward has specialty training from her home country, but holds a general dentist license in the State of Virginia

John Edwin Ward

1612 Huguenot Road Midlothian, VA 23113-2427 804-794-9789

Eastern Endodontics Jeffrey C. Bailey

1200 Battlefield Boulevard North, Suite 117 Chesapeake, VA 23320-4790 757-436-4227

Justin D. Martin

1200 First Colonial Road, Suite 201 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-2207 757-333-3399

Chester V. Mayo

477 Viking Drive, Suite 215 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7349 757-486-5428

Kenneth James Mello

12528 Warwick Boulevard, Suite D Newport News, VA 23606-2958 757-595-0000

William A. Meares II

621 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 170 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7339 757-200-6222

Michael Trudeau

1510 Breezeport Way, Suite 400 Suffolk, VA 23435 757-638-4500

General Dentistry Richard A. Arnaudin

1000 First Colonial Road, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-3000 757-496-0993

James W. Baker

3326 Taylor Road, Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23321-2518 757-483-4700

Deborah R. Blanchard

32nd and Holly Road, Suite 506 Pinewood Square Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-321-1300

Theodore A. Blaney

113 Hampton Highway Yorktown, VA 23693-3510 757-867-8765

Wayne Ernest Booker

6632 George Washington Memorial Highway Yorktown, VA 23692-4801 757-898-5468

Michael W. Bowler

1000 First Colonial Road, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-3000 757-496-0993

1432 North Great Neck Road, Suite 102 Sidney Becker Virginia Beach, VA 23454-1342 12821 Jefferson Avenue 757-486-7857 Newport News, VA 23608-3017 757-874-7155 William S. Dodson, Jr. 756 McGuire Place Newport News, VA 23601 William J. Bennett 757-806-6311 1319 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185-3365 Gregory T. Engel 757-229-7210 1432 North Great Neck Road, Suite 102 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-1342 757-486-7857

3834 Kecoughtan Road Hampton, VA 23669-4402 757-727-7726

Gisela Krueger Fashing

325 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg, VA 23185-6341 757-229-8991

Miguel Fernandez

5121 Greenwich Road, Suite 102 Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6047 757-497-4825

David K. Foster

609 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 101 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7336 757-301-4550

4310 George Washington Memorial Highway, Suite A Yorktown, VA 23692-2880 757-898-1919

Hunter C. Francis

Stelianos A. Bredologos

Scott H. Francis

1917 Laskin Road, Suite 106 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4283 757-425-1828

Corydon Baylor Butler, Jr. 1319 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185-3365 757-229-7210

2038 Nickerson Boulevard Hampton, VA 23663-1058 757-851-3530 2038 Nickerson Boulevard Hampton, VA 23663-1058 757-851-3530

Ross S. Fuller

1319 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185-3365 757-229-7210

Henry A. Cathey, Jr.

Stacey S. Hall

C. G. Clayton

William G. Harper

710 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 1C Newport News, VA 23608-4427 757-874-5511

327 West 21st Street Palace Professional Center J. Patrick Baker 1170 Lexan Avenue, Suite 187 Norfolk, Norfolk, VA 23517-0298 757-624-1834 VA 23508-1237 757-440-1360

Daniel M. Barton

Robert A. Dreelin

Donald Dewitt Cooke

606 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 300 Newport News, VA 23608-4435 757-874-8612

William W. Cox

5717 Churchland Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23703-3308 757-484-1675

Albert Franklin Creal, Jr.

5231 Monticello Avenue, Suite E Williamsburg, VA 23188-7223 757-565-6303 235 Wythe Creek Road Poquoson, VA 23662-1911 757-868-8152

A. Clayborn Hendricks

737 Little Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23452-6950 757-486-4469

Adam M. Hogan

2021 Pleasure House Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455-2709 757-464-3514

12695 Mcmanus Boulevard Building 3, Suite A Newport News, VA 23602-4435 757-898-6060

Stephen E. Konikoff

Michael S. Denbar

Richard W. Lachine III

1245 Cedar Road, Suite L Chesapeake, VA 23322-7141 757-382-9336

7400 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505-3436 757-583-1535 113 Hampton Highway Yorktown, VA 23693-3510 757-867-8765

Nine Holly Hill Drive Petersburg, VA 23805-2559 804-733-9490 8530 Mayland Drive Richmond, VA 23294-4700 804-270-3131 521 North 11th Street Wood Building, Box 980566 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-4867

Prosthodontics Robert F. Barnes, Jr.

521 North 11th Street Wood Building, Room 417 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-786-0977

David R. Burns

521 North 11th Street Wood Building, Room 306B Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3368

Arthur P. Mourino

James P. Coffey

521 North 11th Street Wood Building, Room 304E Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-628-2229

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4909 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23226 804-355-6593

2560 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238-1468 804-741-2226 2560 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238-1468 804-741-2226

Jeffrey L. Hudgins

Harlan Schufeldt 5700 Old Richmond Avenue, Suite C14 14431 Sommerville Court, Suite A Richmond, VA 23226-1828

John R. Ragsdale III

2400 Colony Crossing Place Midlothian, VA 23112-4281 804-639-6445

1101 East Leigh Street Perkison Building, Room 4132 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-828-3584

Claire C. Kaugars

521 North 11th Street Wood Building, Room 317 Richmond, VA 23298-0566 804-827-2699

229 Connor Drive Charlottesville, VA 22911-5604 434-975-7336

Michael L. Huband


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Dr. William R. Adams, III & Dr. David A. Beck RICH D, VIRG IN IA RICH M OM NO D,NVIRG IN IA Dr. William Adams is a native of New Bern, North Carolina and resides in Studley, Virginia. Dr. Adams received his B.S. from East Carolina University, and continued work on a Masters in Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dr. Adams graduated with honors from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, and completed a general practice residency at the Medical College of Virginia and Hunter McGuire Veterans Hospital. During his two-year residency, he received advanced training in oral implantology, surgical periodontics, oral surgery, full mouth rehabilitation, and is certified in IV conscious sedation. David Allan Beck, D.D.S. graduated with honors from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1977 where he was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental academic honors society. He interned at Charity Hospital of Louisiana at New Orleans for one year and he joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in July 1980. While on the faculty at VCU/MCV Dr. Beck attained tenure and specialty board certification in the same year. He was director of the Postgraduate Prosthodontics specialty training program for 6 years. Dr. Beck left VCU as an Associate Professor and entered full time private practice in July 2004. They practice with Dr. Courtney Adams, Dr. Ashley Epperly and Dr. Jennifer Staas at Grove Avenue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

4315 Grove Avenue Richmond, VA 23221 804-285-1378

Dr. Maria Mendrinos & Dr. Stelianos Bredologos

Drs. Davis & Nyczepir

VI RG I RN IIA B EOAC H, VV II RR G G II N N IA IA C HM N D, Dr. Maria Bredologos Mendrinos and Dr. Stelianos Bredologos maintain a family practice: Brother and sister working together to bring you the most advanced procedures and breakthrough techniques to ensure optimal dental health for every member of your family, at every stage of development. They are graduates from the Medical College of Virginia and both are past presidents of the Virginia Academy of General Dentistry and have sat on councils for the National Academy of General Dentistry. Best CosmetiC Dentistry Best Dentists

Dr. Maria Bredologos Mendrinos is the first female dentist awarded the International Star Diamond Award in the field of cosmetic dentistry.

Grove Avenue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry


Beautiful Smiles are Our Specialty! We are Board Certified Orthodontic Specialists and our passion is creating beautiful smiles and establishing proper bites in children and adults. Our philosophy is to treat patients like family in a caring and friendly environment. We have been practicing for over 24 years and we continually strive to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care. Please visit our website at to learn more about our practice.

Dr. Stelianos Bredologos is on staff with Norfolk Sentara Hospital. Both have done extensive post doctorate training in restoration, cosmetic, endodontic, implant and periodontal care.

• 35+ combined years practicing

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10436 Ironbridge Rd. Chester, VA 23831 748-3234

9015 Forest Hill Ave. Richmond, VA 23235 272-7528

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Eastern & Northern Virginia Lawrence C. Leibowitz

1932 Kempsville Road, Suite 101 Virginia Beach, VA 23464-6954 757-424-3555

Lynn Thornton Jett

3116 Tyre Neck Road Portsmouth, VA 23703-4512 757-483-2110

Meredith Sloan Parks

Robert M. Edmonds

1116 Professional Drive, Suite A Williamsburg, VA 23185-3330 757-229-4181

2995 Churchland Boulevard, Suite B Chesapeake, VA 23321-5642 757-484-4832

Bruce Irving Longman

Jeffrey N. Kenney

William Rodney Parks

Barry Lee Green

Alicia Lang McClung

James E. Krochmal

Anthony R. Peluso

Gary Andrew Hartman

855 Kempsville Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464-2708 757-495-4700 6224 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701-1351 757-488-8884

12420 Warwick Boulevard, Suite 2A Newport News, VA 23606-3001 757-595-1457 400 West Brambleton, Suite 310 Norfolk, VA 23510 757-440-7777

608 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 802 Newport News, VA 23608-4458 757-874-6655

1319 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185-3365 757-229-7210

3145 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 101 240 Mustang Trial, Suite 1 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7516 757-340-2881 757-498-5480

Michael P. McCormick, Jr.

Mark A. LaRusso

Vicki A. Ross

Michael J. Kokorelis

James W. Meares

S. Neil Morrison

Carl P. Roy

Albert B. Konikoff

George Sabol

Jon E. Piche

901 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 500 Hampton, VA 23666-6253 757-896-5050 4540 Princess Anne Road, Suite 101 Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6310 757-497-0450

Maria B. Mendrinos

1917 Laskin Road, Suite 106 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-4283 757-425-1828

Brian P. Midgette

3326 Taylor Road, Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23321-2518 757-483-4700

Michael S. Morgan

3145 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-6950 757-340-7602

James L. Rutledge III

2025 Pleasure House Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455-2709 757-464-0271

Michael E. Sagman

3116 Tyre Neck Road Portsmouth, VA 23703-4512 757-953-8698 904 Kempsville Road, Suite 102 Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-467-8000

Richard K. Quigg

984 First Colonial Road, Suite 300 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-3196 757-496-6690

Shaun B. Rai

5720 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6518 757-499-6886

Vernon A. Sellers

3116 Tyre Neck Road Portsmouth, VA 23703-4512 757-483-2110

Kenneth L. Tankersley

716 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite C1 Newport News, VA 23608-4414 757-874-6501

732 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite 903 Ronald L. Tankersley 716 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite C1 Newport News, VA 23606-4218 Newport News, VA 23608-4414 757-873-3600 757-874-6501

Jennifer Ross Waterman

303 35th Street, Suite 103 Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2868 757-425-2332

James D. Watkins

2207 Executive Drive, Suite C Hampton, VA 23666 757-827-5225

Barclay K. Weisberg

3221 Western Branch Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321-5219 757-483-6297

A. Jeffrey Weisberg

3221 Western Branch Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321-5219 757-483-6297

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Frank Beale

350 Johnstown Road, Suite A Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-547-9725

Charles K. Cabaniss

710 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 7D Newport News, VA 23608-4427 757-877-9325

Trent P. Conelias

6033 Providence Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464-3815 757-424-2672

William Leslie Davenport

716 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite C1 Newport News, VA 23608-4414 757-874-6501

Melvin L. Ford III

5720 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6518 757-499-6886

Klaus D. Guter

5720 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6518 757-499-6886

Paul K. Hartmann

1323 Jamestown Road, Suite 203 Williamsburg, VA 23185-3367 757-253-2393

C. Sergio Vendetti

1240 Perimeter, Suite 401 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5698 757-430-7690


401 Oyster Point Road, Suite D Newport News, VA 23602-6926 757-249-4203 4388 Holland Road Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23456-1492 757-471-2900

477 Viking Drive, Suite 190 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-486-8611

829 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451-6125 757-428-1110

4310 George Washington Memorial Highway Yorktown, VA 23692 757-874-1777

Anthony W. Savage

Rod M. Rogge

829 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451-6125 757-428-1110

762 Independence Boulevard, Suite 500 Virginia Beach, VA 23455-6242 757-333-7444

Walker W. Shivar

John J. Ross

302 East Little Creek Road, Suite 300 Norfolk, VA 23505-2603 757-583-2333

621 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 255 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7381 757-340-2356

Gary E. Taylor

Michael S. Schroer

5857 Trucker Street Portsmouth, VA 23703-4509 757-397-7038

461 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg, VA 23185-6350 757-221-0249

Britt E. Visser

Michael A. Fabio

6120 Brandon Avenue, Suite 314 Springfield, VA 22150-2522 1432 North Great Neck Road, Suite 104 703-569-0000 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-1342 Timothy J. Golian 757-481-4323 11230 Waples Mill Road, Suite 150 Fairfax, VA 22030-7474 703-273-8798

James W. Taylor

Northern Endodontics Edward Besner

11359 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5275 703-437-6666

Rashin Bidgoli

21145 Whitfield Place Sterling, VA 20165 703-444-4229

John Douglas Bramwell 11359 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5275 703-437-6666

Albert A. Citron

307 Maple Avenue West, Suite H Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-938-5920

Mark Stephen Hebertson

3504 Plank Road, Suite 301 Fredericksburg, VA 22407-6896 540-785-8877

Brian Lee

14149 Robert Paris Court, Suite B Chantilly, VA 20151 703-378-3115

Fernando J. Meza

307 Maple Avenue West, Suite H Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-938-5920

Michael Charles Mocknick 6845 Elm Street, Suite 509 McLean, VA 22101-3851 703-734-0334

Tu-Son Ngo

14149 Robert Paris Court, Suite B Chantilly, VA 20151 703-378-3115

Edward Chun

1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard, Suite 307 David Palmieri 1650 King Street, Suite 300 McLean, VA 22101-3926 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-847-0989 703-836-0006

Diana Marie Dongell

1650 King Street, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-836-0006

Richard J. Dellork

124 Park Street Southeast, Suite 205 Vienna, VA 22180-4654 703-281-5522

829 First Colonial Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451-6125 757-428-1110

Jayesh S. Patel

4210 Fairfax Corner West Avenue, Suite 230 Fairfax, VA 22030-8620 703-631-1136

Michael V. Piccinino

10682 Crestwood Drive, Suite C Manassas, VA 20109-4401 703-368-8120

Peter D. Wendell

4097 Ironbound Road, Suite A Williamsburg, VA 23188-2676 757-253-1200

Pediatric Dentistry Mitchell Allison Avent

12725 McManus Boulevard, Suite 1A Newport News, VA 23602-4402 3145 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 101 757-874-0660 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-340-2881 Townsend Brown, Jr. 1300 Kempsville Road, Suite 5 Jennifer Butterfoss Barton Virginia Beach, VA 23464-6199 4310 George Washington Memorial 757-467-7797 Highway, Suite B Grafton, VA 23692 Thomas L. Cox 757-898-5448 3145 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23452-6950 Thomas W. Butterfoss 757-340-2400 4310 George Washington Memorial Highway, Suite B Randy J. Eberly Grafton, VA 23692 801 West Little Creek Road, Suite 101 757-898-5448 Norfolk, VA 23505-2036 757-423-3029

Holly H. Andersen

William Todd Bivins

220 Mount Pleasant Road, Suite 200 Chesapeake, VA 23322-4113 757-546-3888

George Curtis Dailey

2118 Executive Drive Hampton, VA 23666-2402 757-826-5075

William R. Hatcher

3253 Taylor Road, Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23321-2452 757-488-6080

Roger A. Hennigh

238 Potomac Avenue Quantico, VA 22134-3459 703-640-1000

Marni Voorhees Husson

5241 Providence Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464-4201 757-495-3110

Louis J. Marconyak

351 Edwin Drive, Suite 104 Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4559 757-499-3530

Daura Christopher Hamlin 1806 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23517-1682 757-627-7550

Mark Alan Huie

12725 McManus Boulevard, Suite 1A Newport News, VA 23602-4402 757-874-0660

Herschel Jones

238 Potomac Avenue Quantico, VA 22134-3459 703-640-1000

Pamela Ann Morgan

1806 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23517-1682 757-627-7550

Gail V. Plauka

350 Johnstown Road, Suite C Chesapeake, VA 23322-5365 757-482-4777

Periodontics Ray A. Dail

716 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite A4 Newport News, VA 23608-4414 757-872-7777

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Angus Dentistry

Angus Dentistry provides both basic and complex dental services to treat our patients’ oral healthcare needs at all stages of life, from infants to the elderly. We understand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and work together with our patients to achieve their goals for oral health. Using the latest technology we treat the full spectrum of dental needs. Regular checkups, sleep appliances, implants, orthodontics, cosmetics. Visit us at

Virginia Living Magazine voted Top Dentist Washingtonian Magazine voted Top Dentist Northern Virginia Magazine voted Top Dentist Checkbook Magazine voted Top Dentist Team Dentist to MLS DC United and US Soccer National Teams 2400 Pagehurst Dr. | Midlothian, VA 23113 804-794-6893 |

1886 Metro Center Drive • Ste 600 • Reston, VA 20190 • 703.318.8200 Our office is located next to the new Metro stop on the silver line (Reston-Weihle)

Dr. Paul Hartmann WIL L IAM SB U RG , VIRG IN IA

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Williamsburg Dr. Paul Hartmann is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who loves his work. “Having the opportunity of helping patients navigate through a stressful surgical experience is a privilege,” he says. “We have many advantages of technology and training to improve outcomes for our patients”. Dr. Hartmann received his BS from Washington and Lee University, his DDS from Medical College of Virginia in 1981, and his residency in OMS at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio (1981-1985). He began his private practice in Williamsburg in

1985, achieving certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1986. Dr. Hartmann has been President of the Virginia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member of the Williamsburg/JCC Medical Society. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at MCV and has served on boards for both Williamsburg Community Hospital and Riverside Doctors Hospital of Williamsburg. Visit for more information about our practice.

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Northern Virginia Frank R. Portell

Daniel E. Cassidy, Jr.

Robert E. Gatens

Robert G. Hall

Gary Kaihara

Steven A. LeBeau

Edward J. Strittmatter, Jr.

Jamie Lynn Childress

Philip A. Gentry

John W. Harre

Victoria I. Kay

Paul Michael Lee

Brian Suh

Robert E. Copeland

James D. Geren

Gary L. Hartz

Shohreh Kazerooni

Chong W. Lee

Jeffrey R. Thorpe

Joseph Cusumano

Raymond Haston, Jr.

Jeremiah J. Kelliher, Jr.

William Lessne

Ronald S. Hauptman

Sean P. Kelliher

Paul E. Levine

Nada Hemedan

Nabeel A. Khan

Robert A. Levine

Henry J. Herrmann

Jerry C. Kim

Maureen Locke

Edward Hindman, Jr.

John D. Kling II

Scott P. Lindemann

David Hom

Jeffrey I. Klioze

Richard Eugene Livesay

David F. Huddle

John J. Krygowski

Melanie R. Love

Bruce R. Hutchison

Peter J. Lanzaro

Roger L. Marcellin

Ronald D. Jackson

Gregory L. LaVecchia

6120 Brandon Avenue, Suite 314 Springfield, VA 22150-2522 703-569-0000 5957 Centreville Crest Lane Centreville, VA 20121-2344 703-815-3636

8150 Leeesburg Pike, Suite 502 Vienna, VA 22182 703-288-3299 10682 Crestwood Drive, Suite C Manassas, VA 20109-4401 703-368-8120

Todd E. Wynkoop

12510 Lake Ridge Drive, Suite C Woodbridge, VA 22192-7501 703-494-8624

General Dentistry Rodney A. Alejandro

9297 Old Keene Mill Road Burke, VA 22015 703-912-9670

Hamid A. Avin

47100 Community Plaza, Suite 165 Sterling, VA 20164 703-444-5222

Marjun Ayati

8316 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 226 Fairfax, VA 22031-5216 703-560-6301

David T. Babington

3910 Centreville Road, Suite 200 Chantilly, VA 20151-3280 703-378-5600

William W. Babington

3910 Centreville Road, Suite 200 Chantilly, VA 20151-3280 703-378-5600

Maya Bachour

1861 Explorer Street Reston, VA 20190 703-437-0007

Alonzo M. Bell

1454 Duke Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-3403 703-836-3384

David Bertman

9005 Fern Park Drive Burke, VA 22015 703-425-6100

Joseph M. Bolil

12908 Fitzwater Drive P.O. Box 68 Nokesville, VA 20182 703-594-2151

Stephen R. Bradley

307 Maple Avenue West, Suite G Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-242-8416

Sara T. Brendmoen

2835 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314-4512 703-370-2333 Five Rock Pointe Lane, Suite 100 Warrenton, VA 20186-2657 540-349-0056 4399 Old Dominion Drive, Suite B Arlington, VA 22207-3207 703-243-8288 4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 135 Arlington, VA 22203-1636 703-525-4071

Sandra Dawn Daniels

3801 Fairfax Drive, Suite 25 Arlington, VA 22203-1762 703-528-0444

Cynthia H. Dang

11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 100 Fairfax, VA 22030-6077 703-352-2073 1831 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201-3002 703-522-7733 8101 Hinson Farm Road, Suite 114 Alexandria, VA 22306-3404 703-574-3046

Paul Gibberman

6303 Little River Turnpike, Suite 205 Alexandria, VA 22312 703-823-6616

Fizzah Gocke

7601 Lewinsville Road, Suite 203 McLean, VA 22102 703-338-2805

12973 Highland Crossing Drive, Suite B Michael H. Gorman Herndon, VA 20171-5890 14245 Centreville Square, Suite P 703-953-3307 Centreville, VA 20121-2368 703-830-9110

Quyen N. Dang

8303 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 107 Fairfax, VA 22031-2903 703-226-2222

Faline Kaye Davenport

7521 Virginia Oaks Drive, Suite 230 Gainesville, VA 20155 703-754-7151

David A. DeBenedetto

9380 Forestwood Lane, Suite E Manassas, VA 20110-4735 703-368-4344

Joseph G. Desio

Jerome Granato

8719 Stonewall Road Manassas, VA 20110 703-368-1000

Gary Greenspan

5113 Leesburg Pike Skyline Bldg 4, Suite 811 Falls Church, VA 22041 703-671-1020

James L. Gyuricza

5212 Lyngate Court, Suite B Burke, VA 22015 703-978-5660

510 North Washington Street, Suite 301 Falls Church, VA 22046-3537 Raymond C. Hahn 703-237-3131 20789 Great Falls Plaza, Suite 104 Potomac Falls, VA 20165 Robert H. DeWitt 703-444-4441 8310 Old Courthouse Road, Suite B Tysons Corner, VA 22182-3872 703-734-5707

Kristen A. Donohue

6035 Burke Centre Parkway, Suite 260 Burke, VA 22015 703-978-1446

Richard F. Donohue

10529 A Braddock Road, Suite A Fairfax, VA 22032-2245 703-250-2970

Melanie Wilson Hartman 5212 Lyngate Court, Suite B Burke, VA 22015 703-763-0313

John William Hall

133 Maple Avenue East, Suite 204 Vienna, VA 22180-5780 703-255-0040

11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811 Ten Rock Pointe Lane, Suite 2 Warrenton, VA 20186-2630 540-349-1220 11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811 14393 Hereford Road Dale City, VA 22193-2107 703-670-8400 311 Park Avenue, Second Floor Falls Church, VA 22046-3300 703-241-0666 9942 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031-3901 703-273-6622

10753 Ambassador Drive, Suite B Manassas, VA 20109-2627 703-369-7173 8347 Greensboro Drive, Suite B McLean, VA 22102-3530 703-827-0644 6120 Brandon Avenue, Suite 211 Springfield, VA 22150-2504 703-451-5030 6120 Brandon Avenue, Suite 3 Springfield, VA 22150-2504 703-451-5030 9554 Old Keene Mill Road, Suite C Burke, VA 22015 703-440-5075

510 North Washington Street, Suite 301 8622 Lee Highway, Suite A Falls Church, VA 22046-3537 Fairfax, VA 22031-2148 703-237-3131 703-876-4600 8303 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 104 Fairfax, VA 22031-2903 703-207-0700 9001 Braddock Road Springfield, VA 22151 703-425-6700

700 North Fairfax Street, Suite 210 Alexandria, VA 22314-2090 703-299-8444 9425 Braddock Road Burke, VA 22015 703-323-8820

1995 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 101 2719 Washington Boulevard Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5299 Arlington, VA 22201-1942 540-899-5451 703-243-1810 14245 Centreville Square, Suite P Centreville, VA 20121-2368 703-830-9110 204 East Federal Street P.O. Box 1060 Middleburg, VA 20117 540-687-8075

Neal B. Jones

14001 Saint Germain Drive, Suite B Centreville, VA 20121-2338 703-802-0630

Mark Egber

6845 Elm Street, Suite 475 McLean, VA 22101 703-356-3556

8918 Village Shops Drive Fairfax Station, VA 22039-2610 703-690-0102 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 103 Arlington, VA 22209-2400 703-528-3336

Louis J. LaVecchia

6707 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 240 McLean, VA 22101-4503 703-734-2750 3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 305N Fairfax, VA 22033-2929 703-352-9600 4141 North Henderson Road, Suite 16 Arlington, VA 22203-2452 703-527-1020 2501 North Glebe Road, Suite 102 Arlington, VA 22207-3558 703-526-9700 6707 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 230 McLean, VA 22101-4507 703-356-3960 3918 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 203 Fairfax, VA 22031-3333 703-280-1300 1515 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 306 McLean, VA 22101-4421 703-356-1800 6845 Elm Street, Suite 610 McLean, VA 22101-3859 703-356-5512 10620 Courthouse Road Fredericksburg, VA 22407-1602 540-898-8616 450 West Broad Street, Suite 440 Falls Church, VA 22046-3318 703-241-2911 12011 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Suite 503 Fairfax, VA 22033-3310 703-293-9100

Carlene D. Marcus

1800 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 204 Reston, VA 20190-5312 703-435-3030

1515 North Wilson Boulevard, Suite 103 Pamela Marzban Arlington, VA 22209-2400 8996 Burke Lake Road, Suite 101 703-528-3336 Burke, VA 22015 703-323-8200

7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 115 Annandale, VA 22003-5349 703-256-2556

Bita A. Ellis

3930 Pender Drive, Suite 170 Fairfax, VA 22033 703-267-6627

Emilio Canal, Jr.

1886 Metro Center Drive, Suite 600 Reston, VA 20190-5232 703-318-8200

8988 Lorton Station Boulevard, Suite 101 Jason Farr Favagehi Lorton, VA 22079 8304-C Old Courthouse Road 703-541-3110 Vienna, VA 22182 703-356-1200 Richard C. Brigleb 9006 Fern Park Drive, Suite A Burke, VA 22015 703-978-6000

Amanda E. Brown

Two Cardinal Park Road Southeast, Suite 201A Leesburg, VA 20175 703-777-8777

Karen M. Callahan

14 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 200 Sterling, VA 20164 703-444-4104

Samuel David Cappiello

6707 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 McLean, VA 22101-4503 703-734-0100

Raymund V. Favis

3930 Pender Drive, Suite 170 Fairfax, VA 22030 703-267-6627

Charles M. Ferrara

6711 Whittier Avenue, Suite 201 McLean, VA 22101-4540 703-356-2020

Raymond J. Finnerty

1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 620 Arlington, VA 22209-2400 703-524-0288

Robert A. Gallegos

204 East Federal Street P.O. Box 386 Middleburg, VA 20117 540-687-6363

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David R. Rogowski

Judith A. Thomas

Nazy Zahedi

Keyoumars Izadi

Peter W. Smith, Jr.

Jeffrey Paul Miller

Kurt Rolf

Annah Phung Tran

12110 Monument Drive, Suite A Fairfax, VA 22033-5553 703-273-4505

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Jonathan Jinsung Park

Daniel M. Theberge

Mark A. Miller

Barry S. Rudolph

Julie D. Tran

Barry C. Argintar

Michael D. Kuzmik

8230 Leesburg Pike, Suite 720 Tysons Corner, VA 22182-2641 703-506-1414

Hugh Bozorg Zadeh

9001 Digges Road, Suite 102 Manassas, VA 20110-4414 703-361-2200

Christopher E. Bonacci

J. Daniel LaBriola

Oral Pathology

11351 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-709-0330 9942 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031-3901 703-273-6622 450 West Broad Street, Suite 440 Falls Church, VA 22046-3318 703-241-2911

Bhavana C. Mistry

1826 Westmoreland Street McLean, VA 22101-5101 703-356-4822

Anthony M. Moawad

11465 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 600 Reston, VA 20190 703-318-8200

Lloyd F. Moss, Jr.

410 Pelham Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3539 540-373-2080

Lawrence R. Muller

3302 Old Bridge Road, Suite F Woodbridge, VA 22192-5262 703-497-9709

Robert B. Murfree

1731 Clarendon Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201 703-812-8800

Arthur J. Novick

11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811

Kendra Novick

11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811

Paul T. Olenyn

5207 Lyngate Court, Suite A Burke, VA 22015 703-978-8560

William Ossakow

5651 Stone Road Centreville, VA 20120-1618 703-830-3092

Hilary Pandak

11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 101 Fairfax, VA 22030-6077 703-691-1511

George Papastergiou

124 Park Street Southeast, Suite 200 Vienna, VA 22180 703-938-7174

Eva M. Pleta

8308 Old Courthouse Road, Suite C Vienna, VA 22182-3863 703-893-1100

Michael Polifko

2010 Opitz Boulevard, Suite D Woodbridge, VA 22191-3359 703-494-6690

Wayne G. Rasmussen

1900 Opitz Boulevard, Suite C Woodbridge, VA 22191-3320 703-494-0820

Riaz M. Rayek

4210 Fairfax Corner West Avenue, Suite 220 Fairfax, VA 22030-8620 703-222-3245

Susana Raygada

5211 Lyngate Court Burke, VA 22015 703-323-1400

Donald F. Reynolds

2000 Huntington Avenue, Suite 107 Alexandria, VA 22303-1728 703-960-8670

Jorge R. Rios

44340 Premier Plaza, Suite 200 Ashburn, VA 20147 703-858-4222

307 M Maple Avenue West Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-281-1090 6707 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 245 McLean, VA 22101-4503 703-356-3035 307 Maple Avenue West, Suite A Vienna, VA 22180-4307 703-281-7104

Timothy Elmer Russell III

2616 Sherwood Hall Lane, Suite 405 Alexandria, VA 22306-3154 703-360-1776

D. Gordon Rye

10614 Warwick Avenue, Suite A Fairfax, VA 22030-3060 703-352-2010

Evan R. Sapperstein

200 Little Falls Street, Suite 201B Falls Church, VA 22046-4302 703-534-1222

Theresa L. Shannon

5205 Leesburg Pike, Suite 101 Falls Church, VA 22041-3857 703-824-0055

Ronald David Silverman

250 South Whiting Street, Suite 116 Alexandria, VA 22304-3644 703-370-3030

Jeffrey A. Sisel

2770 South Arlington Mill Drive Arlington, VA 22206-3402 703-931-5333

Kevin M. Skinner

5651 Stone Road Centreville, VA 20120-1618 703-830-3092

Elaine K. Sours

8719 Plantation Lane Manassas, VA 20110-4506 703-369-5544

14245 Centreville Square, Suite F Centreville, VA 20121-2368 703-815-0775

Four Herbert Street, Suite A Alexandria, VA 22305 703-836-2213

Thomas G. Vaccaro

11130 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 201 Fairfax, VA 22030-5035 703-591-1007

Rachael M. Valltos

200 Little Falls Street, Suite 201B Falls Church, VA 22046-4302 703-534-1222

Maribel M. Vann

3025 Hamaker Court, Suite 402 Fairfax, VA 22031-2237 703-204-1555

Eric C. Vasey

13478 Minnieville Road, Suite 202 Woodbridge, VA 22192-4245 703-670-5376

Olmedo I. Villavicencio

7501 Little River Turnpike, Suite 105 Annandale, VA 22003-2923 703-354-2878

Brittany L. Vo

1300 Beulah Road Vienna, VA 22182 703-757-1000

Duy Q. Vo

Kristen E. B. Williams

William R. Stringham

Jon W. Williams, Jr.

David R. Stuver

Bryan D. Wood

Richard T. Stone

J. Douglas Wooddell

David Markley Swisher

Jason S. Woodside

Amear M. Tadros

Forough Parvizian-Yazdani

Kamran Tavakkoli

Chang Yi

3545 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 5 Fairfax, VA 22030-2708 703-273-5545 4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 135 Arlington, VA 22203-1636 703-525-4071 203 East Oxford Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301-1333 703-548-5042 402 Chatham Square Office Park Fredericksburg, VA 22405-2544 540-373-4444 46090 Lake Center Plaza, Suite 202 Potomac Falls, VA 20165 703-430-2020 8403 Richmond Highway. Suite I Alexandria, VA 22309 703-360-1070

Larry Terango

10753 Ambassador Drive, Suite B Manassas, VA 20109-2627 703-369-7173

7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 304 Gainesville, VA 20155-3260 703-753-7933

5206 Lyngate Court Burke, VA 22015 703-425-5010

243 Church Street Northwest, Suite 200A P.O. Box 568 Vienna, VA 22183 703-281-5970

Theodore P. Corcoran

Travis T. Patterson


6400 Arlington Boulevard Plaza 1 Falls Church, VA 22042 703-534-6500

6400 Arlington Boulevard Plaza 1 Falls Church, VA 22042 703-534-6500

Edward B. Delgado

Christopher Scott Perrie

3601 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 250 Alexandria, VA 22304 703-317-1717

9110 Railroad Drive, Suite 100 Manassas Park, VA 20111-7009 703-330-3223

Patrick J. Dolan

Cyrus Ramsey

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

Robert E. Doriot

Gerald Rothman

4211 Fairfax Corner East Avenue, Suite 235 4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 204 Alexandria, VA 22304-1306 Fairfax, VA 22030-8623 703-370-3012 703-449-8888

Daria Hamrah

8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 601 McLean, VA 22102-3816 703-288-4495

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 204 Alexandria, VA 22304-1306 703-370-3012 10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

Douglas M. Arendt

Curtis L. Abigail

3801 Fairfax Drive, Suite 60 Arlington, VA 22203-1762 703-522-0522

Diana M. Almy

10618 Spotsylvania Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22408-2637 540-898-7211

Kolman P. Apt

106 Elden Street, Suite 19 Herndon, VA 20170-4840 703-437-8700

M. Alan Bagden

6225 Brandon Avenue, Suite 170 Springfield, VA 22150-2504 703-451-3900

Rana Barakat

45745 Nokes Boulevard, Suite 175 Dulles, VA 20166-2493 703-433-9330

Gregory D. Bath

2535 Chain Bridge Road Vienna, VA 22181-5538 703-938-4614

4000 Virginia Street Fairfax, VA 22032-1047 703-273-1443 212 Park Street Southeast, Suite A Vienna, VA 22180-4610 703-938-8333 801 North Quincy Street, Suite 110 Arlington, VA 22203-1708 703-778-7610 5969 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22310-2247 703-960-1160 2000 Huntington Avenue, Suite 107 Alexandria, VA 22303-1728 703-960-8670 3299 Woodburn Road, Suite 440 Annandale, VA 22003-7329 703-698-9698 361 Walker Drive, Suite 204 Warrenton, VA 20186-4364 540-341-4111 212 Park Street Southeast Vienna, VA 22180-4610 703-938-0774

4210 Fairfax Corner West Avenue, Suite 225 Fairfax, VA 22030-8620 703-222-2992

Brenda J. Young

8316 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 226 Fairfax, VA 22031-5216 703-560-6301

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Jay M. Bukzin

Adrian L. Patterson, Jr.

Kimberly A. Silloway

Steven D. Strickland

7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 101E Annandale, VA 22003-2630 703-256-2307

2020 Opitz Boulevard, Suite A Woodbridge, VA 22191-3356 703-494-9173

3541 West Braddock Road, Suite 202 Alexandria, VA 22302-1902 703-379-6187

Richard M. Whittington

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

361 Maple Avenue West, Suite 200 Vienna, VA 22180-4311 703-255-9400

Jeffrey D. Wagman

John G. Stephenson

1720 Financial Loop Woodbridge, VA 22192-2459 703-494-6811

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 703-385-5777

Jeffrey R. Rothman

Yolonda L. Weaver

7501 Little River Turnpike, Suite 201 Annandale, VA 22003-2923 703-256-4500

409 Chatham Square Office Park, Suite 201 10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 111 Fredericksburg, VA 22405 Fairfax, VA 22030-2840 540-371-4131 703-385-5777

947 South George Mason Drive, Suite 1 Michael Timothy Gocke Arlington, VA 22204-1556 7601 Lewinsville Road, Suite 203 703-521-0900 McLean, VA 22102 703-388-2805

Christopher R. Spagna

6400 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 744 Falls Church, VA 22042-2336 703-532-7212

3801 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 54 Arlington, VA 22203 703-525-0157


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Northern Virginia Ruksana Talaksi

14245 Centreville Square, Suite M Centreville, VA 20121 703-266-9090

Jack Weil

402 Maple Avenue West, Suite B Vienna, VA 22180-4223 703-255-2573

Carol B. Wooddell

9295 Old Keene Mill Road Burke, VA 22015-4202 703-440-9701

Periodontics David C. Anderson

5288 Dawes Avenue Alexandria, VA 22311-1404 703-671-6060

Lillian Carpio

1355 Beverly Road, Suite 210 McLean, VA 22101 703-288-3570

Scott C. Berman

311 Park Avenue Falls Church, VA 22046-3300 703-241-9191

John E Bilodeau

6116 Rolling Road, Suite 201 Springfield, VA 22152-1512 703-451-4666

Paul J. Brosnan

5631-G Burke Centre Parkway Burke, VA 22015 703-250-7343

Matthew Harold Caspersen

408 Chatham Square Office Park Fredericksburg, VA 22405-2561 540-371-2611

William E. Crutchfield

14012 Sullyfield Circle, Suite E Chantilly, VA 20151-1681 703-263-0575

Garret Djeu

10875 Main Street, Suite 106 Fairfax, VA 22030-4732 703-691-8388

Michael G. Dunegan

8715 Stonewall Road Manassas, VA 20110-4534 703-361-5698

Henry F. Dutson, Jr.

4600 John Marr Drive, Suite 401 Annandale, VA 22003-3310 703-750-9393

Sherif N. Elhady

6505 Sydenstricker Road, Suite B Burke, VA 22015 703-440-0100

D. Michael Ellis

4600 John Marr Drive, Suite 401 Annandale, VA 22003-3310 703-750-9393

Harold A. Fleming

2959 Sleepy Hollow Road Falls Church, VA 22044-2002 571-765-3522

Harold L. Frank

4335 Ridgewood Center Drive Woodbridge, VA 22192-5308 703-590-6966

Allen S. Garai

427 Maple Avenue West Vienna, VA 22180-4222 703-281-4868

Ashkan Ghaffari

100 Church Street Northeast Vienna, VA 22180-4502 703-281-0466

Alfred C. Griffin, Jr.

179 Broadview Avenue Warrenton, VA 20186-2401 540-347-1888

Patrick D. Hart

12600 Lake Ridge Drive Woodbridge, VA 22192-2335 703-491-4278

David R. Hughes

8314 Traford Lane, Suite A Springfield, VA 22152 703-451-0502

Herbert M. Hughes

7906 Andrus Road, Suite 19 Alexandria, VA 22306-3170 703-360-8660

Mary A. Karau

1213 Belle Haven Road Alexandria, VA 22307-1218 703-765-5505

Rodney J. Klima

5204 Lyngate Court, Suite B Burke, VA 22015 703-425-5125

Donald F. Larson

814 North Saint Asaph Street, Floor 2 Alexandria, VA 22314-1779 703-838-8998

Edwin Lee

13350 Franklin Farm Road, Suite 310 Herndon, VA 20171-4095 703-481-3338

Mark A. Luposello

6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 100 McLean, VA 22101-3899 703-356-8781

Robert B. Marzban

6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 100 McLean, VA 22101-3899 703-356-8781

Deirdre Maull

6845 Elm Street, Suite 505 McLean, VA 22101-3822 703-556-9400

Michael Allen McCombs

3705 South George Mason Drive, Suite C7S Falls Church, VA 22041-3766 703-820-1011

Kevin M. McGrath

2968 Chain Bridge Road, Suite B Oakton, VA 22124-3038 703-938-1900

Juliana F. Miller

801 North Quincy Street, Suite 110 Arlington, VA 22203-1708 703-778-7610

Jeffrey P. Davis

6101 Redwood Square Center, Suite 305 8345 Greensboro Drive Centreville, VA 20121-4269 McLean, VA 22102-3530 703-818-8860 703-848-8444

Jina Naghdi

131 Elden Street, Suite 120 Herndon, VA 20170-4835 703-471-8333

Denise T. Nguyen

8298-C Old Courthouse Road Vienna, VA 22182 703-847-6544

Markus L. Niepraschk

540 Fort Evans Road, Suite 102 Leesburg, VA 20176 540-659-5286

Jack J. Rosenberg

6045 Burke Centre Parkway Burke, VA 22015 703-250-2208

Hani Thariani

2501 North Globe Road, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22207 703-527-5654

Stephan Tisseront

11720 Plaza America Drive, Suite 110 Reston, VA 20190-4762 703-773-1200

Katherine Mei Vroom

7027 Evergreen Court, Suite 8A Annandale, VA 22003-3227 703-658-0330

John C. Wiger

46165 Westlake Drive, Suite 300 Sterling, VA 20165 703-444-9373

Pediatric Dentistry Angela L. Austin

6303 Little River Turnpike, Suite 345 Alexandria, VA 22312 703-942-8404

Robert M. Averne

11503 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-1505 703-860-3200

Girish Banaji

2843 Hartland Road, Suite 200 Fairfax, VA 22031-4636 703-849-1300

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Christine M. Reardon-Davis

Jayne Elizabeth Delaney

50 South Pickett Street, Suite 120 Alexandria, VA 22304-7206 703-370-5437

M. Catherine Dvorak

2010 Opitz Boulevard, Suite D Woodbridge, VA 22191-3359 703-494-6690

Alan H. Golden

3320 Noble Pond Way, Suite 109 Woodbridge, VA 22193 703-590-2526

John Han

10614 Warwick Avenue, Suite B Fairfax, VA 22030-3060 703-383-3434

Mariam A. Khateeb

3320 Noble Pond Way, Suite 109 Woodbridge, VA 22193 703-670-9169

Gary R. Kramer

5631 Burke Centre Parkway, Suite F Burke, VA 22015-2234 703-978-0051

Lezley P. McIlveen

131 Elden Street, Suite 130 Herndon, VA 20170 703-689-3900

Niloofar Mofakhami

2944 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 202 Oakton, VA 22124 703-255-3424

Edward J. Nelson

2501 North Glebe Road, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22207-3558 703-525-8200

S. Sarah Ganjavi-Rejali

301 Maple Avenue West, Suite 400 Vienna, VA 22180-4301 703-938-6600

Andrew Jason Shannon

301 Maple Avenue West, Suite 200 Vienna, VA 22180-4301 703-319-8370

Emmanuel Skordalakis

46950 Jennings Farm Drive, Suite 160 Sterling, VA 20164 703-421-3000


Alfonso Patron

1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 960 Arlington, VA 22209 703-465-5080

David C. Pfohl

14 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 360 Sterling, VA 20165 703-430-0938

Ronald M. Rosenberg

8308 Old Courthouse Road, Suite D Vienna, VA 22182-3863 703-893-1640

David Sarment

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 312 Alexandria, VA 22304-1306 703-823-2228

Karl Allen Smith

2500 North Van Dorn Street, Suite 128 Alexandria, VA 22302-1601 703-894-4867

Vivek Doppalapudi

Richard G. Tami

102 Elden Street, Suite 19 Herndon, VA 20170 703-464-0900

2200 Opitz Boulevard, Suite 205 Woodbridge, VA 22191-3343 703-491-2974

Harold H. Fagan

James Alexander Withers

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22304-1306 703-823-2422

3998 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22033-2908 703-273-3300

Mehrdad Favagehi

Justin Zalewsky

313 Park Avenue, Suite 103 Falls Church, VA 22046-3303 703-237-3700

4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22304 703-823-2422

Brian A. Feeney


1430 Spring Hill Road, Suite 101 McLean, VA 22102 703-821-4040

Charles R. Fields

1886 Metro Center Drive, Suite 610 Reston, VA 20190-5232 703-689-4442

Michael L. Gannon

138 Church Street Northeast Vienna, VA 22180-4543 703-938-6022

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2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 502 Alexandria, VA 22314-4688 703-683-0117

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103 West Broad Street, Suite 601 Falls Church, VA 22046-4237 703-534-1766

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11503 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-1505 703-860-3200

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10610 Crestwood Drive, Suite B Manassas, VA 20109-4404 703-392-8844

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3020 Hamaker Court, Suite 510 Fairfax, VA 22031-2220 703-645-8001

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3299 Woodburn Road, Suite 120 Annandale, VA 22003-7311 703-560-2672

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10550 Warwick Avenue Fairfax, VA 22030-3133 703-273-7846

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11325 Sunset Hills Road Reston, VA 20190-5205 703-437-8811

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Steven E. Gardner

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54 South Medical Park Drive Fishersville, VA 22939 540-886-2956

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2071 Pro Pointe Lane Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-208-0716

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1010 Amherst Street Winchester, VA 22601-3308 540-667-9662

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208 East Washington Street Lexington, VA 24450-2718 540-463-7744

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1500 Brookhaven Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3585 540-433-1060

Quay Parrott III

1115 Ivy Road Waynesboro, VA 22980 540-949-6600

Chanda A. Roberts

211 Edgewood Road Staunton, VA 24401-3418 540-885-6815

Richard Bradley

187 South Main Street P.O. Box 950 Halifax, VA 24558 434-476-7885

Richard G. Copenhaver

210 Loretto Drive Wytheville, VA 24382-2076 276-228-3361

Mark A. Crabtree

407 Starling Avenue Martinsville, VA 24112-3731 276-632-9266

Barry K. Cutright

300 Piney Forest Road Danville, VA 24540-4122 434-799-1100

William A. Deyerle

5020 Grandin Road Ext. S.W. Roanoke, VA 24018-2203 540-989-4093

David Kyle Fitzgerald

6220 Peters Creek Road Roanoke, VA 24019-4040 540-366-3999

Richard K. Golden

692 Dillard Road Madison Heights, VA 24572-5384 434-846-1981

Frank Thomas Grogan III 288 Piney Forest Road Danville, VA 24540-4124 434-797-3598

Michael E. Hall

403 Roanoke Boulevard Salem, VA 24153-5007 540-389-0225

Nathan Houchins

109 Tazewell Street Wytheville, VA 24382-2347 276-223-0006

Malcolm J. Mallery

568 West Main Street Danville, VA 24541-3600 434-799-0121

William E. Morris, Jr.

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James K. Muehleck

25 Cleveland Avenue, Suite A Martinsville, VA 24112-2935 276-632-6219

Randy J. Norbo

895 East Washington Avenue Vinton, VA 24179-2105 540-344-7252

Larry R. Meador

4437 Starkey Road Roanoke, VA 24018-0619 540-774-5900

James H. Priest

420 Hamilton Boulevard 1414 Franklin Road Southwest, Suite 3 South Boston, VA 24592-5200 434-572-8975 Roanoke, VA 24016-5227 540-344-4798

Michael C. Peer

1997 Hamliton Boulevard P.O. Box 752 South Boston, VA 24592 434-575-5677

Dennis C. Schnecker

614 South Main Street Blacksburg, VA 24060-5259 540-953-2980

James Wilbur Shearer

25 Cleveland Avenue, Suite B Martinsville, VA 24112-2935 276-632-1296

Arthur T. Silvers

140 Piney Forest Road Suite 1 Danville, VA 24540-4126 434-793-4116

Nathan Charles Stephens 403 Roanoke Boulevard Salem, VA 24153-5007 540-389-0225

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Michael A. Abbott

1940 Braeburn Drive, Suite 1 Salem, VA 24153-7383 540-989-5257

Richard P. Boyle III

100 Professional Park Drive, Suite 1 Blacksburg, VA 24060-6736 540-951-8777

Richard L. Sherwood

990 Main Street, Suite 304 Danville, VA 24541-1825 434-792-4046

3650 Colonial Avenue Roanoke, VA 24018-4004 540-989-3639

Michele K. Ah

420 Hamilton Boulevard South Boston, VA 24592-5200 434-575-8488

Robert S. Carlish

140 Piney Forest Road, Suite 3 Danville, VA 24540-4170 434-793-1400

Joseph H. Penn

4405 Starkey Road, Suite A Roanoke, VA 24018-0616 540-772-2913

Walter D. Shields


120 Ponderosa Drive, Suite B Christiansburg, VA 24073 540-382-7960

Timothy T. Janowicz

John Ruffin Wheless III

Edward P. Snyder

Barry Wolfe

Bryan Randall Spurrier


221 South Maple Street Vinton, VA 24179 540-342-9876 101 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 6 Martinsville, VA 24112-3700 276-632-4144 808 Piney Forest Road Danville, VA 24540-2812 434-792-0141

Dennis L. Vaughan

600 Second Street Radford, VA 24141-1432 540-639-3002

311 Brown Street Martinsville, VA 24112-3801 276-632-3151 4405 Starkey Road, Suite A Roanoke, VA 24018-0616 540-772-2913

David Farley

5002 Brambleton Avenue Roanoke, VA 24018-4642 540-774-6667

Franklin M. Wheelock

3231 Electric Road, Southwest Roanoke, VA 24018-6425 540-989-5621

Pediatric Dentistry Sharlene Darcy Amacher 105 Akers Farm Road P.O. Box 295 Christiansburg, VA 24068 540-394-3300

Periodontics Benjamin S. Hanson

1805 West Plaza Drive Winchester, VA 22601-6365 540-535-0401

South / Southwest Endodontics Matthew Todd Ankrum

3708 South Main Street, Suite H Blacksburg, VA 24060-7007 540-552-1100

Robin Elizabeth Bagby

4102 Electric Road Roanoke, VA 24018-0614 540-772-9515

Michael G. Hunt

Samuel Vincent Mesaros 115 Cottonwood Lane Danville, VA 24540-4127 434-791-4700

Edward Michael O’Keefe 4102 Electric Road Roanoke, VA 24018-0614 540-772-9515

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100 Professional Park Drive, Suite 1 Blacksburg, VA 24060-6736 540-951-8777

119 University Boulevard, Suite C Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3753 540-433-0075

Edward Ross Testerman, Jr.

1451 Brookhaven Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3584 540-432-6616

200 East Washington Street Blacksburg, VA 24060-4838 540-552-2551

Clinton W. Howard

101 Cleveland Avenue, Suite E5 Martinsville, VA 24112-3700 276-632-3963

Joseph M. Greene, Jr.

4910 Valley View Boulevard, Northwest Suite 201 Roanoke, VA 24012-2040 540-563-5858

Douglas D. Wright

Jay M. Bass

J. Peyton Moore, Jr.

Pediatric Dentistry

29 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 103 Waynesboro, VA 22980-6598 540-943-0973 504 North Coalter Street Staunton, VA 24401-3401 540-885-1631

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The Hatfields & McCoys is that I have an abiding fascination with West Virginia, whence my family roots on both sides lie. The often-overlooked state, whose most famous historical event is America’s most infamous feud, understandably has a bit of a chip on its shoulder. When I was living in New York City, I once went into a travel bookstore and asked for a guide to West Virginia. The clerk led me to the guidebooks for Virginia. He didn’t seem to be aware that it is a separate state. Although John Denver’s song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was perhaps originally intended for Virginia, I am not sorry that our western offspring, which looms large in my childhood memory, got a break (apparently because the line needed another syllable). I remember on trips to Parkersburg, a town on the Ohio River, building ships with scraps of wood, glue and a hammer and nails on my father’s parents’ sagging front

porch. My grandfather—whom we called Guvver, short for “Governor,” my father’s nickname for him—worked for Pennzoil, rode the country gas lines on a horse, and could put a whole package of Mail Pouch chewing tobacco in his cheek at once. My mother’s parents’ considerably larger house was filled with dark Victorian antiques. My uncles had rooms full of model cars, airplanes, and ships that they had built and that I would put into action. My grandmother handed down to me my uncles’ castle and knights and Steiff stuffed dinosaurs, which became my prized possessions. My Great Aunt Varena and Uncle Tub lived in the town of Hundred. In college, when I wanted to take my girlfriend, Jessica, to visit them, I asked my father how to get there. He told me that all we had to do was back out of our driveway in Richmond, take a left on Three Chopt Road, and keep going for six hours until we reached Hundred. When I asked him how to find the house, he said, “That’s easy. It’s the last one on the left.” It sat on a wedge of land between Route 250 on one side and a creek and train tracks on the other and shook at night, when trains loaded with coal came by. Varena cooked her chicken so long in the oven that virginia living


it didn’t just fall off the bone: You ate the bone, too. In the evenings, an albino deer drank out of a concrete fish pond in the shape of the state of West Virginia in the yard. Uncle Tub, a retired coal miner, had a hog pen across the road. He had built a porch on the front with a rocker and a makeshift phone line so that he could call Varena in the house. Over the years, I visited many unusual places in the state and began to write about them for magazines. There was the rustic Smoke Hole Lodge, an off-the-grid fishing camp on the South Branch of the Potomac River, built of Western red cedar, poplar and knotty pine. The only way to get there was in the bed of the owner’s truck. Cheat Mountain Club, a former hunt club built by Pittsburgh industrialists on the Cheat River in 1887, is a grand log cabin with a veranda on a prime trout stream. John Burroughs, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison visited it in 1918 on one of their famous driving tours. They strung up lights and illuminated the cabin’s lush yard. My favorite place to visit is Helvetia (the Roman name for Switzerland). I still remember the first time my father took me there. As we turned off 250, we saw a huge, dead, black bear tied onto the top of a hunter’s pickup truck. Forty minutes back into the mountains, we arrived at an enchanting village with Swiss architecture, the babbling Buckhannon River, and a great story: At the end of the Civil War, a party of recently arrived Swiss farmers set out from New York City to find a place to settle. They made it to the new state of West Virginia, where a group of locals showed them a lush, green valley. After a night of quaffing moonshine together, the Swiss farmers took the locals’ advice and bought the whole valley. Many years after my first visit to Helvetia, I planned a special trip there with Jessica. On the way, I proposed to her next to a split-rail fence in Hightown, Virginia, as it started to rain. Between there and Helvetia, the sun came out, and a full rainbow appeared. We pulled off the road and stood on a picnic table to admire it. In the evenings, We arrived in Helvetia for their annual harvest an albino festival. After moving their families there, the Swiss farmers had put ads in newspapers around deer drank the country calling for other Swiss nationals to join them. And they did. Today, Helvetia is still Swiss out of a in feel, with a West Virginia twist. We went to the concrete fish town hall to see their prize vegetables. There were beautiful specimens of cucumbers, gourds and pond in the squash ... beautiful and miniature. Just six inches down, the valley’s rich soil turns into solid rock. For shape of a century and a half, these West Virginians of Swiss the state of descent have been growing their food in half a foot of dirt. Nonetheless, they continue to cling to their West Virginia beloved valley. As most visitors find, West Virginia is a place of in the yard. such natural beauty and inviting earthiness that it crawls inside your soul and stays. ❉


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