August Front Porch Magazine

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history in our backyard: novel connection

20 Senior Care: brain health

wild & wonderful kristen nash

22 emancipated patients:: constitutional rights

collette caprara artist, writer, volunteer




it’s all energy: heart meridian

PORCHLIGHT: meanderings of the pandemic

24 art in the ’burg 25





astrology & you poetryman: alternatives


fredericksburg sketches


meet print jazz!

spirit of community service


on the in fredericksburg Messages


stories of fxbg: jessica’s story


In the Garden: summertime doings


everything greens: hope & berries


i have a friend: resilience


riverfest: same event, different style


season’s bounty: cooking & coping


summer restaurant week


vino...custom crush


history’s stories: farmers creamery what’s in a church?

bill sale @100 not retired, just slowed down

Porch talk ..3


bulletin board.....what’s open


...And more! 5 . how women won the right to vote



umw virtual series support for k-2 teachers


cinema hearts: beauty queen to rock band

Cover: “Canal Path” By Pete Morelewicz/Print Jazz

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Spirit of Community Service umw Students & Alums Steps up during pandemic By Jill Laiacona

UMW Senior Heather Strother participating in socially distanced river clean-u ups.for FOR Maria Rhoads was worried when COVID-19 first hit. But the UMW senior decided fear shouldn't stop her from serving her community. "I'm low risk as a young person," said Rhoads, whose first task as a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer was assisting with safety and sanitation at a local voting precinct. "Because of everything that's happening in our world, I think it's important for someone like me to help others." While many people are staying home, the pandemic hasn't paused UMW's passion for service. From encouraging civic participation to feeding families in need to socially distanced river clean-ups, Mary Washington students and alums are

stepping up, using the skills and experiences they've acquired in college to give back - both in person and remotely to their communities. "Our students went from doing their planned work on campus this spring to recognizing a need to help others in the face of the pandemic," said Leslie Martin, faculty director of UMW's Center for Community Engagement. "The ethos of civic responsibility has really taken root, and they're finding new ways to support their neighbors even in situations of such uncertainty." Growing up in a family that valued service primed her for Mary Washington, said Julia Geskey, a recent grad who volunteered with the Special Olympics and Fredericksburg Food Bank while at UMW. "The University was full of resources and people to help me continue my service," she said, citing Martin, who helped her secure an internship this spring with the Rappahannock Area Health District. The work wasn't meant to be COVID-related but morphed once the virus took its course.

"I found an immense lack of information online, as well as people who felt they were alone in this unprecedented time," Geskey said. Much of her internship was spent scanning social media and distributing resources on health and safety measures, food access, unemployment and eviction prevention. Social media has also been the focus of senior Stephanie Turcios' yearlong UMW Freshman Elisa Luckabaugh created a GIS map fellowship with the Campus Vote for Volunteer Fairfax Project. A political science major, "I wanted to use my experience Turcios uses tools like the UMW Votes Instagram account, Twitter and Zoom to and skills to spread positivity," said inform fellow students about upcoming Luckabaugh, who took a high school elections, voting laws and civic course in geospatial analysis and plans to major in geography at UMW. "Assisting engagement opportunities. with this campaign is a great way to do "My goal is for voting to become second nature for people," said Turcios, that." Mary Washington alums often who helped coordinate UMW's National choose to continue service after they've Voter Registration Day last fall. "The same graduated, including Megan Turner, a way you can search for the best sushi teacher at a Title I school in Newport restaurant, you can also research a News, Virginia. As former staff director of candidate and issues coming up for an UMW's Community Outreach and election." On the other hand, some Resources service program, known as students have continued to work onsite COAR, Turner honed fundraising skills she's now using to collect donations to this summer, like senior Heather Strother, purchase books celebrating diversity for who is assisting Friends of the Rappahannock with socially distanced her students. Basic needs aren't being met for river clean-ups. many of these children, Turner said. The "Even in these unsettling times, school system provides meals and school my fellow volunteers and I are finding supplies, but she and her fellow teachers ways to give back and motivate others in hope the books will promote social and Fredericksburg to be good river stewards," said Strother, an emotional learning and encourage students to believe in themselves and help environmental science major. Freshman Elisa Luckabaugh has others as well. "We want to help them realize been feeding families through her church, but that's not the only place she's making that even at their age," she said, "they an impact. She's developed a GIS map for can still make a difference in our world." people to share their good deeds and inspire others to serve, as part of Volunteer Fairfax's #GoodConnectsUs campaign.

Jill Laiacona is the Media Manager, University Relations & Communications at UMW

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Norma McGehee Woodward Guest Porch Editorial Contributing Writers & Artists Rita Allan Kathy Anderson Sally Cooney Anderson Dianne Bachman Madalin Jackson Bickel Sarah Kay Bierle Laurie Black Tracy Blevins Sonja Cantu Collette Caprara Sandra Erikson Christina Ferber Frank Fratoe Bill Freehling Jon Gerlach Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks Donna Hopkins Karl Karch David C. Kennedy Jeanette Kurucz Julie Laiacona Vanessa Moncure Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter M.L.Powers Gerri Reid Paula Raudenbush Danielle Rose Ethan Sahlin Casey Alan Shaw Mandy Smith Carleigh Starkston Georgia Strentz Neva Trenis Tina Will n Norma Woodward

Front Porch Fredericksburg is a free circulation magazine published monthly by Olde Towne Publishing Co. Virginia Bigenwald Grogan, Publisher.

The mission of Front Porch Fredericksburg is to connect the diverse citizenry of Fredericksburg with lively features and informative columns of interest to our community’s greatest resource, its people. Messages from our readers are welcome. All submissions must be received by e-mail by the 19th of the month preceding publication. Writers / Artists / Photographers are welcome to request Guidelines and query the Publisher by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: Web Site: Facebook: @Front Porch Fredericksburg The opinions expressed in Front Porch Fredericksburg are those of the contributing writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Front Porch Fredericksburg or its advertisers. Copyright 2020 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.


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ON THE PORCH ANd so we adapt! by Norma McGehee woodward In late winter of 2020, planning our lives, our vacations, our celebrations, we had no idea that we would be in the midst of a pandemic that would alter our lives in myriad ways. We heard vaguely of a virus in China. Far away from us. There was no assumption that we, personally, would ever have to deal COVID-19. Then the newscasts mentioned it had arrived in Spain, Italy, France, and other still distant locations. To keep us safe, flights to Europe were cancelled. After all, people in those countries had contracted the dreaded, fast moving virus. And by avoiding those areas, we would be fine. The solution to fight COVID-19 would come soon and planned vacations could be rescheduled. We adapted. Then the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths in Europe began to grow exponentially. Countries were locked down. But we still considered ourselves safe in the United States. But the news each day continued to report larger numbers of deaths and hospitalizations and our country was added to the frightening list. Uncertainty and concern crept in as the reported locations of the pandemic crept closer and closer. European vacations became impossible for the foreseeable future and we stopped trying to change the dates of flights and hotel reservations and began the process of asking for refunds for cancelled trips. Still we had a feeling of superiority that our country, the most advanced in the world, had medical facilities and personnel to successfully fight the coronavirus. Then the news from New York City began to dominate every broadcast on every network. The NYC mayor's daily press conference outlined the terrible numbers of pandemic hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID19. All of sudden, the realization was that "it is here". And so we adapted. Offices were closed and working remotely became the norm for those lucky enough to keep their jobs. Houses were rearranged to allow for working space. Guest bedrooms became offices. Schools were closed. Teachers prepared on-line

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lessons taught by parents. To avoid being around others, we cancelled appointments with doctors, dentists, and salons. Doctors connected with patients by phone. Haircuts were "homegrown". Closed restaurants began curbside delivery. Supermarkets brought food to our door that we had ordered on-line.

explore things nearby allowed respite from isolation and simply a change of place. Now there was time and more time, and we filled it to counteract boredom and keep our thoughts on something other than the scary ever growing sad numbers.

We adapted. We adapted. Our homes began to be perceived as a safety net. We dug into long forgotten boxes of recipes and baked bread, made cookies, pulled items from the freezer and cooked fantastic meals. Ordering on-line became both a convenience and a distraction from the uncomfortable news. The sight of delivery trucks neighborhoods was a daily occurrence as everything including clothes, games, videos, food, and, toilet paper was placed at our door. Gardens thrived as there was time to weed, plant and water. We sat outside and enjoyed the flowers ...and the sound of birds. We walked on local trails carefully avoiding other walkers. Wearing masks became the norm and we kept far away from those who did not wear them. We painted, knitted, cleaned, read, and constructed. Doing things that usually were put on the backburner because of lack of time. Taking occasional day-long, solo, no contact, road trips to

Friends and family became more important when we realized we couldn't visit, hug, and interact with people we loved. Zoom, FaceTime, e-mail and Facebook became our welcomed lifelines to others. Old friendships were renewed. Long time friends commiserated. Encouraging sayings were posted as a counterpoint to bad news. Scientists are diligently working on vaccines that hopefully will be available in the next few months. Life goes on. In ways we could not have ever imagined. The human spirit remains. are human We adapt!


Be sure to seat on your porch and read this issue of Front Porch “Cover-to-Cover”...It will help you adapt!

Norma Woodward is a long time resident of Fredericksburg. She is an 80 year old photographer, painter, traveler and optomist!

How Women Won the Right to Vote the passage of the 19th Amendment By mADALIN jACKSON bICKEL

In the 1840's, women who had gained experience from the abolition movement became leaders of the rights for women movement. The United States Constitution did not give women any rights. In 1848, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and several other women called a women's rights meeting after they were barred from attending the World Anti-S Slavery Convention in London. The meeting was held on July 19 and 20 at Seneca Falls, New York. During the two-day meeting, members rewrote the

Declaration of Independence and titled it the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolution. Attendees called for women to revolt against the tyranny inflicted upon them by men. It was the beginning. Women's conventions continued every year until the beginning of the Civil War. The conventions were attended by women who paved the way for future suffragists including Sojourner Truth, Antoinette Brown, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. After the end of the Civil War, women renewed their focus to obtain equal rights including the right to vote. Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed the American Equal Rights Association which combined both the

abolition and suffrage movements. Its goal was to give all adults the right to vote regardless of race or sex. During the years after the thirteenth and fourteenth amendments were ratified, the women's movement increased. Anthony and Stanton formed the National Women Suffrage Association. Other women who felt more strongly about rights for African Americans were concerned the women's suffrage movement might lesson the abolition movement. Lucy Stone, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Julia Ward Howe formed the American Woman's Suffrage Association. By 1869 the women's movement had split. Through the 1870's and 80's women continued their work towards equality. A Woman Suffrage Amendment was proposed in Congress in 1878. The first vote on woman suffrage, however, did not take place until 1887 in the United States Senate. It was defeated. In the meantime, several states joined the union. The states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Washington State included woman suffrage in their constitutions. By 1913 several of the younger leaders of the women's movement felt a more radical approach was needed. Alice Paul, who had participated in the militant Women's Social and Political Union in England, joined forces with Lucy Burns, Olympia Brown, Helen Keller, Maria Montessorie and others to form the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage. On March 3, 1913, spearheaded by Alice Paul and the National American Woman Suffrage Association, an enormous suffragette parade was held in Washington DC. The parade was held one day before the inauguration of President Wilson. The town was packed with people who had come for the President's inauguration. Many, however, did not support the suffragettes. Parades continued around the

country including several in New York City. As the women lobbied and demonstrated in Washington DC, they were arrested and imprisoned at the Women's prison in Occoquan, Virginia. They were treated horribly and went on hunger strikes. President Wilson did not initially support the amendment but eventually realized the significant role women were playing in the war effort and asked Congress to support the amendment. The women, led by Alice Paul, worked tirelessly lobbying for the amendment and to elect members to Congress who would support the amendment.

Finally, following the 1918 elections, The 66th Congress convened with Republicans in control of both the House and the Senate. The House quickly passed the amendment in February 1919. Finally, in May of 1919 the Senate passed the amendment. It took over a year for the needed 36 states to ratify the amendment. By August 1920, 35 states had ratified the

amendment. One more was needed. The Tennessee legislature met. Those for the amendment wore yellow roses. Those opposed wore red roses. As the vote was being taken, a young legislator wearing a red rose, received a telegram from his mother telling him to be a good boy and vote for the amendment. When his named was called, he voted aye. The amendment was ratified by one vote. On August 26, 1920 the United States Secretary of State ratified the 19th Amendment and it became the law of the land. In November 1920 women voted in a presidential election for the first time. Every citizen over the age of twenty-o one now had the right to vote.

Madalin Bickel is a retired teacher, local poet, and author of cozy mysteries. Madalin”s Books “The Caroline Caper” and “Hunt for Murder” available at

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Jessica’s Stor y From the Files of Empowerhouse “I was at a crossroads in my life. On one side were the abuse, neglect, and pain that I had known from my family and my partner, all of which were all too familiar weights pulling me back into a toxic cycle. On the other were the opportunity to heal, to carve a new life for myself, and to face everything from my past that was holding me back. I chose the path with the greatest challenge: completely rebuilding my life. However, I knew I would not walk this path alone because of Empowerhouse and all the support and advocacy they provided to me and to other survivors of domestic violence. “I was raised in a household where my biological father wasn't around, which caused me a lot of emotional insecurity. I never grew up neglected of the materialistic or basic needs as a child; I lived in a beautiful home full of beautiful things but the perceived beauty from the outside looking in was nothing in comparison to the inside looking out. “I witnessed and experienced violence on a constant basis at a young age. My mother and stepfather were physically and emotionally abusive towards each other and they, in turn, lashed out at me. The innocence I had rotted away. “I also experienced sexual abuse as a child, which was made worse by the fact that neither of my parents believed me when I told them. Instead, they showered me with insults and scorn to the point where my stepfather even suggested that I should kill myself, so I tried. At this point, I had no choice but to leave my home and I became homeless. Being rejected by my own family put me in such a vulnerable position, and the person I thought I could turn to, my boyfriend, ended up taking advantage of my situation and plunged me further into the cycle of abuse. “My boyfriend assumed total power and control over me and every aspect of my life. He would take my money and spend it on drugs and alcohol. I was strangled for speaking too loudly almost every night, fighting for my life just to breathe. I was in so much fear that I would urinate on myself. My lips were constantly inflamed from pillows being violently rubbed across my face from suffocation. He would also not allow me to eat meals and he would only give me the scraps from his plate. I became so malnourished that my clothes would just


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hang off of my body, and I was reduced to 90 pounds. Self harm was the only control I felt I had over my body. “I knew I was in dire straits and I tried to leave so many times. He would even threaten to take his own life if I left. The last time almost cost me my life. After a heated argument, I left and he followed me down the street and proceeded to pull me, kick me, punch me, and slap me. He then grabbed me by my hair and threw me in the trunk of his car, holding some of my braids in his hands which he had torn out of my head. “I was lucky because the neighbors called the police who came and had him arrested, I was then taken to the Emergency Department for treatment. “In the aftermath, I was staying in the psychiatric facility to address my PTSD and depression, and my case manager there referred me to Empowerhouse. Monica, the Empowerhouse Advocate, came to meet me and told me about the services Empowerhouse offers. She said that the abuse was not my fault and that I deserved better. When Monica performed the shelter assessment for me, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief knowing what my next steps were instead of being faced with uncertainty again. The Empowerhouse Shelter was truly a haven because it was so clean, spacious, beautiful, and they had advocates who provided support groups and job assistance. At first, I would barricade myself in the room and make a little fort with the blankets to feel more secure. They checked on me regularly, but gently, and with such consideration. Eventually, I started to come out of my room and I began to meet other people. Rose and Ashley were so helpful and overall I could not believe how nice the shelter was. They didn't just have sheets; they were beautiful, with polka dots and stripes. They cared about me and I achieved many great things while in the Shelter. I gained 15 pounds and was finally at a healthy weight because they provided me with nutritious food. I created a resume, obtained a full time job, and completed Clinical Partial Outpatient Treatment. I was very young and with that progress and feeling of invincibility, I believed I could make it on my own so one day I left the Empowerhouse Shelter and did not return. “I fell back into the cycle of violence and entered into another

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abusive relationship where I was physically and emotionally assaulted. I also turned to drugs and alcohol this time and fell into an addiction. I became homeless again and resorted to staying with different friends until one day I was in an unsafe situation in a local motel and I realized I had to get out and find safety. I had no place to turn. Yet, I remembered that there was one place in my life where I did feel completely safe and cared for and realized I could turn to them. Even though it was a year later, I still reached out to Empowerhouse. I couldn't believe it; Monica answered the phone. Monica said she remembered me and shared with me something I had shared from my past. I knew she remembered me and I felt immediately at ease. She performed the shelter assessment over the phone and I was soon taken into the Empowerhouse domestic violence shelter again. This time, I was determined to choose the best path for myself so that I could build a better future. “During my second stay in Shelter, I gave my life to Christ, found a church home, and received a donated car from the local church. I met the amazing Daphne from Empowerhouse and she helped me enter into Empowerhouse's Housing Support services to find a new, safe home. I struggled with fears of living alone surrounded by strangers, but Monica arranged to have a door chain installed. Every time I see that chain I feel safer and more secure thanks to Monica. I also faced hurdles such as going to see a psychiatrist and taking medication. I got to a point where I felt in my heart it was time for me to detach myself from anti- depressants and anxiety medications. I knew that the blessings Jesus was raining down in my life and my security were strong enough to keep me uplifted. I no longer take medication. Every morning now I take a dose of joy and power. My trained professional therapist is now Jesus. Monica was not only understanding and supportive in my beliefs but she even went the extra mile to write out a coping skills and emergency contacts if I were to ever need a listening ear or help. “All the support and assistance Empowerhouse and their advocates have provided to me has allowed me to overcome so many barriers in my life. The God I serve has taught me forgiveness. I realize that "hurt people, hurt people" and in order for me to heal my own

wounds, I needed to understand that my abusers were also people who suffered from the same cycle of violence in their lives. However, I chose to break free of that cycle and am proud of the accomplishments that I have made with the support of Empowerhouse. I am now pursuing my Nursing Degree thanks to WISP (Women's Independent Scholarship Program). I applied for WISP with the help of the RGI employment specialist and the Empowerhouse advocates who sponsored me. The grant goes to Empowerhouse and they spend it on the living expenses I choose, which allows me to focus on school. I work for my Dean and feel like I have worth now. I also continue to live on my own and take care of myself. My journey is truly one that has undergone many shifts and changes, but the one constant has always been one of the greatest gifts God has sent me, the Empowerhouse team who have stood by me the whole way and have given me the tools I needed to believe in myself and have the confidence to take back my life. I am not only courageous but EMPOWERED”

Empowerhouse is a non-profit organization providing confidential domestic violence assistance in the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline. These services include a free and confidential 24-hour hotline, a temporary emergency shelter, information, referrals, and advocacy. Empowerhouse is an accredited Virginia domestic violence program funded by state and federal grants, localities in planning district 16 (to include Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline), Rappahannock United Way, donations, and fundraising events. To help Empowerfhouse’s Domestic Violence Shelter and Families, please support the Shelter by mailing your donation to: Empowerhouse, PO Box 1007, FXBG, VA 22402

For Free Local Confidential Services call 540-3 373-9 9373

Not Retired....Just Slowed Down BILL SALE @ 100 YEARS RALPH "TUFFY" HICKS I have known Mr. William Powell Sale ever since my teen years growing up with his two sons Powell and David. Both of them have been life-long friends. Bill as he likes to be called, aka Pop and The Chief is one of the most respected and wellknown residents of Fredericksburg, he will celebrate his 100th year on August 26. I have wanted to honor him for many years with a story about his legacy, as he is the senior merchant in Fredericksburg and as he says not retired but "slowed down". His memory is amazing as he recalls his early childhood years and starting his successful business Crown Jewelers in the city.

200 William St Downtown Fredericksburg 540-373-4421

Bill was born on August 26, 1920, in Caroline County approximately 8 miles from Fredericksburg. He grew up with three brothers Morton, Charlie and Battile. He said that the family relocated near Fredericksburg on a hundred-acre farm when he was six and his father was working at the local Pratt Cheverolet dealership. When he graduated from high school in 1938, he worked several jobs including in the Sylvania Plant as a Lab Technician, we shared a laugh as he recalled the smell from the plant all over the town. Back in those days it was said to be the "smell of money" by the employees of the plant. He recalled his only job that he had out of Virginia was in the Westinghouse Turbine plant in Pennsylvania. Bill said that the salary was excellent, however, he wanted to come back to Fredericksburg. He would meet his future wife around 1941 as he and some friends went to Madison College for a weekend and Pauline Phillips would get them blind dates. It would be three years later when by fate Pauline would have her first job teaching at Spotsylvania High School. Bill would call her up and they would be together as he would say, "seeing each other daily for the next 73 years". A true love story that produced two sons who

have carried on the family tradition in the business. Bill joined the Navy in 1941 and he was assigned to work on instruments for the fleet which included many of the time pieces and clocks. He said that his instructor was a jeweler from the Portsmouth Virginia area and liked his work so much that he offered him a job when his enlistment was over. He said that he liked working on watches and this was the beginning of a life-long business. In May 1945, his first son Powell was born while he was still in the Navy. His second son David, who is the manager of Crown Jewelers would be born five years later. David's son Justin works in Crown also, his brother Ryan works for the VRE. Powell Sale, III and his wife have a successful landscaping business and his

brother Lowell works for the County of Spotsylvania. His son W.P. Jr. operates the Jewel Box and he and his wife Peggy reside in the city. He is immensely proud of his family and his grandchildren and appreciative of his employees. He mentioned his Business Manager Michael Hicks who has been at his side for 40 years and how thankful he is for his advice and assistance thru trying times. This is a story of a self-made man who we all wish a: very Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Sale...‌God Bless Tuffy Hicks is a lifelong resident of Fredericksburg & has lots of stories to tell about the ‘Burg

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In the Garden summertime doings despite restrictions By Tina Will that succumbs quickly to Boxwood Blight. Several varieties in development where Lindsay works show reliable resistance to BOTH Boxwood Blight and Boxwood Leaf miner. That is really good news! Look for 'NewGen' varieties. Two of several are Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Winter Gem' or 'Wintergreen' or

photo “ Blue Danube” by Tracy Blevins

Master Gardeners Go to College

photo “:Wedding Gown” by a.Tracy Blevins

Master Gardeners usually head to Virginia Tech for four days in late June for Virginia Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener College. Lectures by the best speakers on many horticulturally related topics are offered, but this year MG College came to us courtesy of Zoom and YouTube. Great lectures were livestreamed and recorded so we have the option of listening to as many lectures as we like since they are available for several months to those who registered. Hope for Boxwood! One of the talks was given by Lindsay Day, daughter of Master Gardener Tracy Day. Lindsay, who works in the Boxwood industry, gave a talk on 'The Future of Boxwood.' It gave me hope that Boxwood can make a comeback thanks to all the work being done on breeding varieties resistant to the blight that has destroyed many established plantings of boxwood since being discovered in the USA in 2011. Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruiticosa' is one of the old traditional English Boxwoods (with the strong odor)


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Buxus harlandii 'Richard.' I am hopeful that this wonderful evergreen will again add its beauty to our landscapes and offer its unsurpassed greenery in Winter for Boxwood wreaths! Hydrangeas How do hydrangeas survive the string of 90-degree days with no rain? MG Ray Mikula advises that if they are planted

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where they get too much sun, the owner will be hard-pressed to get them to thrive. Afternoon sun often gets too hot in Virginia for most Hydrangeas. Well drained soil is also important since they don't like wet feet, and a layer of mulch will help keep the moisture in the soil a bit longer. Ray's siting of his Hydrangeas and Hostas is parallel to the driveway, but perpendicular to the slope of the land. This placement takes advantage of any rain that does fall; the garden gets the benefit of surface runoff, and stops the rain from continuing downhill. This can be done on any slope to catch some extra moisture. Something to consider when planting plants with high moisture needs. Having stems to use in flower arrangements is always a bonus, but their heavy heads often droop after a few days. MG Tracy Blevins, who grows nearly 50(!) varieties, has some advice: put the flower heads upside down into a bucket of tepid water for up to 20 minutes. This allows the head to rehydrate and will help it stand up in a flower arrangement for several days before needing a repeat treatment. Always recut the stems, too. I tried it, and it worked!

Bring a little sunshine to a senior’s life! Too many seniors feel lonely and isolated. YOU can make a difference by volunteering to visit a senior in the Fredericksburg area. Volunteer training is provided & no special skills are required. The Senior Visitors Program is a FREE community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Visit or call 540-371-2704

Fall MG Training Class will not be held due to COVID-1 19 The usual Fall Master Gardener training class will not be offered this year. Please call the Extension office at 540-658-8000 with any horticultural questions you have. Soil test kits are available outside the office and can still be sent to Virginia Tech for analysis.

Tina Will has volunteered with MGACRA for 16 years and lives near Ferry Farm in Stafford County.

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Everything Greens hope & berries By jeanette kurucz

On the outskirts of town there is a little grey building adorned with big lovely coneflowers. Everyday, our towns people drive past, looking up to admire the flowers and wonder, "what is that place?" Few stop to venture down the narrow path that would, with certainty, quench their curiosity. The happy little building has been there for quite a long time and wanderers are welcome, from

sun-up to sundown, 365 days a year. Have you been there? I've been there... it's a secret garden, but I tell everyone! It's filled with hope and berries! The people who care for the garden are keen on loving the earth and are eager to share all the secrets they know about growing vegetables and finding the best worms. Butterflies and laughter float effortlessly and honey bees and sweet scented flowers are often seen arm in arm. There are little places you can go throughout the garden, tucked away to

help you forgot...or remember. I learned there, that I could make my own heart bigger, just by growing vegetables and then giving them away! It's humbling. It's inspiring. It soothes and it fills. Love lingers there, it drips like raindrops from the branches. It has been left there by all the earth loving people that have been planting things thru the years. I've consorted with the mantis and monarchs. I have, many times, found laughter. I've even found tears. But the best was the day I found bubbles filing the air. Someone told me they saw a fairy portal there once. I'm still looking for that. Maybe you can meet me there and we can look 206 Charles Street The lovely little green space, so often forgotten, is yours. All of yours. Those keen, earth loving people who tend it, have forever preserved this little bitty garden JUST FOR YOU.They call it Downtown Greens, 2.8 acres of community green space, waiting for you to discover! Take a long walk and quench your curiosity. They would love to show you around and share what they hope tomorrow will be. Downtown Greens is a not-forprofit, 501(c)(3) that survives on the generosity of our community friends and neighbors, those individuals who believe having a delightful little green space is essential. Downtown Greens is NOT funded or managed by the city. It is a private entity that shares all it has with anyone and everyone willing to stop there.

If you are inclined to partner in the belief of tomorrow, please visit 206 Charles Street or look for them online at there you can see all the different ways to help monetarily or in- kind. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @downtown_greens and keep up with the ever- changing garden.

I hope I see you there. I'm the one with the big smile. Jeanette Kurucz, Garden Coordinator at Downtown Greens who says “I come to work everyday and play in the dirt! What else could I ask for?� photos by Donna Hopkins

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By Laurie Black I overheard a conversation recently in which someone said they were feeling "resilient." So, what exactly is resiliency and how can we feel resilient when we are facing so many challenges? I asked some volunteers and seniors from the Senior Visitors Program to tell me what resiliency means to them and how they stay resilient during difficult times. Here are their thoughts: Juliette (senior): Resilience is "being able to bounce back from a problem. Make the best of a bad situation or something difficult." The following help her be more resilient: "I read the Bible, it really does something for me. Going for a walk and doing my exercises. Also, I have no care in the world when I look at nature. Sometimes I sit out on the bench and watch people going by. Sometimes cleaning everything in the house or calling someone to see how they are doing. " Juliette also feels people who volunteer show resiliency. For example, a woman in her building who has limited mobility organized all the people in her building to bring dinner to others in need within the building. "It's just a small amount, but giving service to others helps their resilience." Niki (volunteer): "Resilience for me always means the ability to bounce back from a problem or a difficult situation. I have always put this on my list as one of my strongest traits. I have had the need for resilience in my life and career many times; I make a plan, a backup plan, and go for it. Strangely, [the senior I visit], who is the ultimate "survivor" in life, is also extremely resilient and catlike. Even though we come from opposite directions, we are both resilient people." Charles (senior): Resilience is "being able to adapt to different situations." Charles says, "Friendship helps me be more resilient. Friendship from someone who is 100% resilient (like my volunteer, Steve). Also, the attitude that others have toward me and also seeing the attitude that people have with what they face. I'm getting old now and I'm more tolerant of people than I used to be, I'm more resilient. I've learned to back up and listen to what people have to say. I may not agree with them, but I take it into consideration." Mike and Marietta (volunteers): "Resilience is the ability to recover or adjust to misfortune or change. This pandemic that we have all been living through has been a real test of that resilience. In the last year our senior has gone from living in her home, to her being in a convalescent home due to a fall, to now being in an assisted living facility. She was adjusting well and then the pandemic hit. Socialization came to a sudden halt. Weeks passed. We kept in touch several times a week by phone. One

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day we saw a commercial which showed individuals visiting their elderly relatives by way of "window" visits. Once we received permission from her facility to do "window" visits, we wore face masks, visited our senior outside her window and talked with her through cell phones. This was a small step in bringing socialization back into her life and alleviating some of the loneliness. The three of us look forward to the day when restrictions are lifted, and we can have a pizza party together on the patio." Elsa (senior): To be resilient is "to be against something or to put up a resistance against something that is a struggle." Elsa says, "I think I handle struggles well. For example, I had an adopted nephew who stopped by our home so we could see his new RV. First, I said I would enjoy [seeing it] from the outside. Then everyone said what they could do to help me [get inside the RV]. I had to trust my family to help me. I was resistant to them, but then I told them I could try [to get into RV up narrow steps, from a wheelchair]. It worked! I have patience and everything I do, I try to do with safety in mind." Pete (volunteer): "Navigating both the pandemic and the long-overdue process to make society more equitable is full of uncertainty, unknowns, and new territory for everyone. Resilience for me means taking the steps necessary to be there for others as we all figure out a way forward. We all will have different experiences, different setbacks, and different epiphanies. But we're in this together, so being empathetic and available for each other is paramount. For my senior, being in assisted living, she is in a vulnerable environment. Not just because of the susceptibility of COVID, but because her social circle wasn't big to begin with. As they've gone into pretty strict isolation, she sees even fewer people. Despite this, she reads the newspaper regularly and stays on top of events. The situation is by no means ideal, but her spirit is buoyed by the fact that she stays informed and we can stay connected via the phone." If you know a senior who could benefit from having a weekly, friendly visit OR if you would like to volunteer to visit a senior, call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2 2704 or visit Senior Visitors Program is a free community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg.

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Riverfest 29 same event ... Different style By carleigh starkston support the many restoration and education projects in our headwaters. We've planted thousands of trees and distributed thousands of oyster shells distributed upon our restoration reefs just to name a few. We also have broadened our education programs to allow for virtual outdoor education and learning for socially distanced students.

Every fall for the last twenty nine years, the Fredericksburg and the nearby Rappahannock River community have gathered on the banks of the Rappahannock to celebrate Riverfest. While the delicious crab feast is definitely a selling point on the event, Riverfest has never been just about the crabs. Instead it's been an opportunity to gather as a community and celebrate the past year's work done to restore and preserve the Rappahannock. Already this year we have opened an Upper Rappahannock satellite office to

We couldn't have accomplished these things without our Rappahannock River community. That is why even in this year of abnormality, we are still holding Riverfest! This year because of COVID-19, we have an opportunity to get creative and share Riverfest with the entire Rappahannock River watershed! This year on October 24th, Friends of the Rappahannock is delighted to share Riverfest with your friends, family and neighbors across the watershed. With individually packaged 'Party Packs", crab lovers and FOR supporters can gather together to enjoy a crab feast from

the comfort of their homes. Each party pack will come with everything you need for a crab feast; crabs, sides, spices, knockers, and paper. Party packs can be designed exactly to your liking with the ability to customize your party pack to your group's preference. To better share Riverfest with the watershed, Party Packs will be available at pick-up locations in Culpeper, Fredericksburg and Tappahannock! In true Riverfest tradition, you will be able to view live music and entertainment via streaming, participate in the raffle, and bid on auction items. We expect this Riverfest to be an opportunity for our greatest supporters to share FOR's mission (and love of crabs) with our Rappahannock River community.

This will certainly be a Riverfest to remember! Purchase your Party Pack NOW at the Friends of the Rappahannock's website Carleigh Starkston is the Development Coordinator at the Friends of the Rappahannock.

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Wild & Wonderful Kristin Nash By Mandy Smith

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Kristin Nash was born in Germany and raised in New England by a single mother who was working her way up the television ladder. They moved around New England quite a bit, finally settling in Portland, Maine. Her mother, Jan Fox, was the anchor of the 6:00pm and 11:00pm news on Channel 6 in Portland, making media a natural fit and an easy choice for Kristin. However, she took years to make that choice! Kristin went to College at Framingham State University in Massachusetts for a couple years and then attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. After graduating, she ended up in Rhode Island with a gig as the merchandizer of a big fried chicken company. It took Kristin until her late 20's to realize that her mother was smarter than she was and quickly signed up for classes at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. $5000.00 and 2 months later, she walked out with a demo CD and zero experience. By then, her mother had

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WUSA working for Channel 9 News, doing a consumer report called Channel 9 Wants You to Know. Kristin followed her mom to D.C. where she sent out over 100 demo CD's. In a short amount of time, she found herself working overnights on a couple of D.C. stations and traffic reporting for many stations in the region. This included the Don and Mike Show, Redskins Radio, Channel 4 Afternoon TV Traffic, and B101.5. Some people really love being a traffic reporter‌ Kristin did not. She was feeling out of place in the hustle and bustle of D.C. life. So, when a midday opening at WFLS became available she applied‌ hard! Kristin reminisced that she bought the program director, John Reid, a tin of Virginia peanuts to show her appreciation for the meeting. She was hoping this would also make her stand out as a candidate. It worked, and a few weeks later she was moving to Fredericksburg. For the last 10 years, Kristin has been with B101.5 and The Burg has become her home. She has a 14 year old beautiful daughter, Kaden, who is an avid horseback rider and a sarcastic rock star (wonder where she gets that wink wink). Kaden is the favorite part about her life. Also living in their house; Joey the dog, Snickers the cat, Humphrey the hamster, Larry the hermit crab, and about 12 goldfish that have been won at the Fredericksburg Fair over the years. In her free time, Kristin loves to ride her motorcycle; always looking for the next greatest road and there are plenty around here. Her Spotsylvania backyard is her oasis and she is always pleasantly surprised with how great her vegetable garden grows. When it is not scorching hot, camping is another one of her favorite pastimes.

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Kristin feels she is one of the lucky radio personalities who did not have to move around to feel settled at a great station. B101.5 is the perfect fit. Kristin said, "I get to spend my day working right alongside the greatest people - you, the listener! The last few years, I have also been a part of the sales team. I love that

I get to help businesses reach their full potential! It is amazing to see the impact that advertising on a trusted station will have on a business! What does the future hold? Someday, if I ever retire, I would love to own a campground. But right now, I am more than happy playing Today's Best Music on B101.5"

Mandy Smith is the Promotions & Marketing Director for B101.5. AKA "AJ" Weekend Air Personality

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How have you been coping during these uncertain months of 2020? In January, a trickle of information flowed from China about a new respiratory virus sweeping through Wuhan - mostly relegated to back page newspaper filler. How could this possibly affect us here? Then our concern grew as nightly newscasts began bombarding us with health information - as the Chinese military ramped up building enormous temporary hospital facilities, flights from China were banned, lockdowns were initiated for millions, their crematoriums began operating round the clock and the first initially discredited Chinese whistleblower, an ophthalmologist, died of the very disease he tried to warn us about, the named coronavirus COVID-19. Sweeping around the world, COVID escalated into a pandemic, as nations cowered in lockdown from this unseen enemy. Grocery shelves became bare, a basic disruption of supply and distribution of products as coveted as flour and yeast, sanitizers and paper goods. Unable to work, gather, travel, or go to school, we hunkered down at home and began to expand our virtual footprint. Suddenly having the responsibility for feeding everyone in the household every meal every day became a challenge for many. Not so much in my home, with the canned and frozen garden bounty, jams, preserves, pickles that I had already put up - and the recommendation to keep a two-week pantry supply I had already exceeded. My three children coped in three different ways - my daughter, with four young children, began ordering four Hello Fresh meals per week, becoming too exhausted by the limitless loads of laundry, housework, distance learning home schoolroom and her own job to plan for, shop and prepare three meals a day every day for six people. My older son began cooking massive amounts of pho, soups, stews, bulgogi, pork wontons, with the ingredients available at his neighborhood Korean market, quantities that he froze in case of future shortages. And my younger son pulled out a voluminous Culinary Institute textbook and began teaching himself about laminated dough, baking croissants from scratch - perfecting a fines herbes

omelette, and educating himself with cooking and baking techniques he'd never had time to delve into deeply before he had extra time on his hands. All of this unending media coverage, the HD TV blaring a constant stream of strain, anxiety and exhaustion into my home sent me right back into the kitchen where I churned out family comfort food in the midst of an uncomfortable time. It's helping. Some hopeful vaccines against COVID are in Phase 3 trials at this time, and perhaps by this time next year we will have succeeded in beating back this scourge with the CDC's recommendations of social distancing, vigilant use of masks, thorough hand washing, testing and contact tracing and an eventual vaccine. Flour and yeast are back in stock, so get baking! EASY PITAGrill these on a griddle or grill pan if you like charred marks. Store airtight for two days or freeze - you can roll out dough to make mini pitas for snacking and dipping or larger pitas for sandwiches and stuffing. Use just whole wheat or white flour if desired. Stir together 1 tsp. dry yeast with 2 ½ cups warm water and 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour until the mixture is smooth. Cover with a tea towel and let rest one-half hour. Then stir in one tablespoon each kosher salt and olive oil, adding 2 ½ to 3 ½ cups all purpose flour until the dough comes together. Knead on a floured surface 8-10 minutes until it is smooth. Coat a large mixing bowl lightly with olive oil, turn the dough into the bowl, cover with the tea towel and let rise until doubled. Punch the dough down and work with half at a time, keeping the other half covered. Cut the half into at least 8 pieces (to make large pitas). Roll out the dough on a floured surface into rounds about ¼" thick. Preheat a cast iron or heavy skillet (or grill pan) over medium high heat. Lightly oil pan with canola oil and bake pitas one at a time, about 30 seconds on one side, then turn over and bake until the pita puffs and is done, about another two minutes. Repeat with remaining dough. You may never buy store-bought pita again! MIXED BERRY RUSTICA This is a free-form dessert, also known in French as a galette. The secret (well, one secret) to making a dough with a tender crumb is to handle it very lightly - that's also the secret to a tender crumb

biscuit. This is the season for mixed berries, but almost any seasonal pie filling can fill a rustica - peaches, apricots, apples, cherries or blueberry filling. Serve with ice cream or fresh whipped cream. My mother made delicious pastry, probably because she was very precise in ingredient measurements and in following directions, neither of which are my strong points. She had patience, I just wanted to hurry up and finish baking! Baking with leavening ingredients, whether yeast, eggs, egg whites, baking powder or soda or a sponge requires accurate measurements, baking, cooling or chilling temperature and time, no shortcuts. Some people are great cooks, but can't consistently bake a good cookie. Cooking and baking are at different ends of the culinary spectrum - now that you may have a bit more time you can work on your baking techniques. With a pastry blender, cut ½ cup unsalted butter (no substitute) into 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon sugar and ½ teaspoon salt. Mix together 3 tablespoons buttermilk with ¼ cup cold water, and add to the flour/butter mixture a tablespoonful at a time until the dough comes together. Roll into a ball, then shape into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least two hours or overnight. Meanwhile, mix together 2 cups mixed fresh berries - blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries with 3 tablespoons sugar Preheat oven to 400F. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet with edges. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a large approximately 12" round and turn the berries into the center of the dough, leaving a 3-inch border. Cut two tablespoons of butter into slivers and scatter over the berries. Fold the edges of the dough roughly over the berries, overlapping as you go. Beat one egg yolk with 2 teaspoons water and brush over the dough with a pastry brush. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar or clear sanding sugar. Bake 35-45 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let the rustica cool on the pan 15 minutes or so and, using a wide spatula, transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Best eaten that day. Enjoy!

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Fredericksburg's Summer Restaurant Week will return starting August 14 and running through August 23 with a focus on allowing customers to safely enjoy the culinary delights of downtown Fredericksburg. This summer's showcase comes with a "Love Local Style" twist. To be responsive to the current environment and make people feel safe, restaurants will be offering a variety of options. These will include curbside pick-u up, pre-p packed picnics, take-h home meal kits, and traditional dining-iin - indoors and outdoors. "Our chef-owned downtown restaurants have taken numerous steps to ensure the safety and well-being of their customers," said Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Danelle Rose, who spearheads the semi-annual Restaurant Week promotion. "We all know this year's Summer Restaurant Week needs to be handled a little bit differently than in the

past, but we are confident that we have put together a great program that will keep everyone safe while getting to enjoy our wonderful restaurants."

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink specials will be offered at price points in the "20 of 2020" range. Prices will range from $4.20 to $40.20. More information is available at A list of participating restaurants, menus and more will be posted to that website. Traditionally about 30 restaurants participate. So come out to downtown Fredericksburg and taste what our wonderful local chefs have to offer - in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable. There's an option for everyone!

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Establishing your own winery is an extremely costly venture, involving the purchase of land, cost of vines, farming equipment, building of winemaking facilities and tasting room, cost of winemaking equipment, and labor, in addition to the legal costs of setting up your business and permitting and licenses to make and sell alcohol. Grapevines take at least 3 years after planting before the vineyard owner may get a usable harvest. One way a new winery can postpone some of these costs, and the time waiting for their grapevines to mature, is to work with a custom crush facility.

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A custom crush facility, or winery, is one that is legally bonded, which allows other wineries to make wine at that facility, or for them to make wine for a winery. Any custom crush facility has to have submitted complex regulatory paperwork that allows them to make wine, transfer wine, and to transfer ownership of that wine. The winery using the custom crush facility must have their own license in order to market and sell the resulting wine. A winery can buy grapes from another winery or vineyard and then use the custom crush facility to process the grapes, ferment, age and bottle the wine. The winery can also buy grape juice and use the facility to ferment the juice into wine. Another option is for a winery to buy already bottled bulk wine, and have the facility label it for them.

Custom crush facilities allow wineries that make their wine at the location, or have their wine made for them there, to have access to high-end wine production equipment, and share the cost of equipment, facilities and storage. This means the winery can postpone the cost of their own winemaking facilities until a later date and focus on establishing their tasting room, presenting their brand to the public and building their client base that will help fund the facilities. Another benefit of using a custom crush facility is lower labor costs for wine production. Trained staff are included in the contract with the facility and that staff are shared among all the other wineries utilizing the same facilities. Also, partnering with a facility allows access to subject-matter experts in wine production. One of the best-known custom crush facilities in the state of Virginia is Virginia Wineworks, established in 2007 by Michael Shaps. Michael Shaps is an illustrious winemaker and consultant who consistently has wines either made by himself, or made at his facility, earn gold medals, and/or their place in the Virginia governor's case. A number of other wineries across the state offer custom crush services at their winery, including King Family Vineyards and Breaux Vineyards, to name a couple.

City Vino is located at 810 Caroline St. You can find owner Rita Allan on-site to provide answers to all your wine questions

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BULLETIN august 2020... Be sure to check online stores, brick & mortar stores, galleries, restaurants & facebook pages to keep current with re-opening plans & schedules. Thanks to B101.5 (Operation Carry-Out) & City of Fred(

"There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking" ~Ben Franklin Hartwood Winery, Good Wine Makes Social Isolation Bearable call ahead we will deliver wine "car-hop" style. 540-752-4893. 345 Hartwood Rd. City Vino:, 810 Caroline St, curb-side pick-up, shipping, & delivery 540-368-0400, online store @ Potomac Point Winery, 540-446-2251, Vineside Pickup for food, wine & wine-cakes, check website for more info Red Dragon Brewery, takeaway beer. curbside pickup, 540-3718100. Princess Anne St, FXBG Adventure Brewing, to go or get it delivered. order form on our web site pick up or delivery,, 242-8876, 6 Bears & a Goat, 1140 International Parkwy, 22406, delivery & curbside pick-up of food & BEER! Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Highway.Fridge stocked? Get your Growlers and cans Check facebook for daily hours Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George St.curbside pick-up of food and BEER! 540.479.8381 to order. delivery of beer within a 30 minute radius of the brewery. To place your beer delivery order please TEXT 843.384.5750 with your beer order. 540-479-8381

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25 30 Espresso, 400 Princess Anne, full service walk-p & delivery through UberEats Agora Downtown Coffee Shop, 520 Caroline St delivery service Grubhub." (540) -369-8180, fb@agoradowntowncoffeeshop Hyperion Espresso, 301 William St, takeout/to-go, 540-3734882

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well" ~Virginia Woolf

Allman's BBQ, 1299 Jeff Davis Hwy, Curbside Pickup. Don't miss your favorite is "comfort food"! , 540-373-9881, fb@allamnsBBQ Alpine Chef, train station downtown, take-out & delivery, 540656-2101 Bangkok Cafe Thai Cuisine, 825 Caroline St CarryOut and Free Delivery with in 5 Miles radius (minimum $15), 540-373-0745 Basilico Italian Market, 2577 Cowan Blvd; & 7011 Harrison Rd.Curbside pick up and delivery of food, WINE and BEER 540-370-0355 540-370-0355; 540-412-6244

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Juan More Taco,826 Caroline store pick up and limited delive

Mason-Dixon Cafe 2100 Princes Stafford,full menu curbside through Ubereats. (540) -220





Carl's, walk up window for carry out .200 Princess Anne Castiglias Downtown, 324 William St, Take out as well curbside delivery. 540-373-6650 Carrabba's Italian Grill, 548.1122, Carryout, delivery from GrubHub & UberEats Carl's, 2200 Princess Anne, walkup service Colonial Tavern, 406 Lafayette Blvd, Curbside orders, which can include beer &/or wine, 540-373-1313 Eileen's Bakery & CafĂŠ, 1115 Caroline St, website for menu Fahrenheit 132, 318 William St A condensed menu, Also offering butcher cut steaks, uncooked, Everything is at a very discounted price as we are trying to keep as many employees working as possible. We are offering wine at 40% off for pick up. 540.940.2614

Guru Indian Cuisine, Take-out, curbside, delivery, wine & beer to go. 3140 Cowan Blvd, 540-548-1011


Jay's Sport Lounge, 409 William including beer & wine

Benny Vatili's Pizza , Pickup Fredericksburg (540) - 368-1690

Aladin Restaurant, 2052 Plank Rd, delivery, pickup, curbside, 372-7755

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Italian Station 620 Caroline St pizza panini, baked/delivered drinks and Steep hot teas. curbs drinks (540) -940-2165

La Petite Auberge, 311 William out, Curbside delivery, (540) -

Abner B Ice Cream, 821 Caroline St.

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Here & Abroad Bistro, 1004 P 371-2999

Battlefield Restaurant, 1018 Lafayette Blvd, pick-up only, 540846-9661

Foode & Mercantile, Foode & Mercantile have consolidated into one building at Foode's location of 900 Princess Anne St downtown carryout & delivery - and that includes many grocery items. the list is always changing, so please visit our website at for daily updates. 404-790-3409

2400 Diner, 2400 Princess Anne, curbside pick-up, -373-9049

Hard Times Cafe, Drive-Up Pick 540-710-6771

Marco Pizza, 316 White Oak Rd

Metro Diner, offering Metro M 540-642-13 UberEats Orifino,1006 Caroline St, delive

Olde Towne Butcher, 401 Willia fresh beef, pork, poultry, eggs

Renee's Crepes & Cakes Take Eagle Village Plaza 22401, (540

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Recreation Center FXBG, Carry William Street, 540-371-6498

Soup & Taco 1 & 2- Offer carry in 5 mile radius 813 Caroline S 806 William St (540)899-0941

Sonic Drive In, 5817 Plank Rd, menu car-service

Sunken Well Tavern, 720 little Food/Wine/Beer.& Uber Eats


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Food/Beer/Wine 540-845-9609 Vinny's Italian Grill, 201 Kings Hwy, Ferry Farm Shopping Center, 540-374-8288 Vivify Burger, 314 William St., old town carry out or pick up! menu available will change but it will remain current on Uber Eats and our website. (540) -656-2500

hopping is Cheaper than Therapy ~Unknown Sh 2 Hearts 1 Dress, 614 Caroline St 540-370-8082 merchandise & gift certificates online. Follow social media for featured items. Becks Antiques, 708 Caroline St 540-371-1766 | Interesting antiques added to website every day. Call to place your order. Fraser Wood Elements, 1023 Caroline St ,Store Hrs 11-4 with private or virtual appointments any time. Free Local Deliver. Curbside Pickup.

River Rock Outfitter, 215 William St 540-372-8708 gear and apparel online store at Skin+Touch Therapy Spa ,714 Caroline St | 540-479-6470 Gift Cards online store spa boxes and skin care Taste Oil Vinegar Spice, 815 Caroline St 540-373-1262 Oils, Vinegars, Spices, and Specialty Food.Pickup & shipping available. Whittingham / The Kitchen at Whittingham, 1021 Caroline St | 540-374-0443 gift shop and kitchen shop open Limit 10 We have open arms (but six feet apart!) for you. Come see us! Wildflower Collective, 208 William St 540-940-8932 Free Same Day Delivery!

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Gemstone Creations, 606 Caroline St 540-373-7847 Appointment only jewelry repair, custom design consultations, jewelry evaluations and appraisals. Website sales.

Art Time for Kids, 101 Hanover St 540-842-6250 virtual art class, Weekly Art Instruction K-6th grade.Art History lessons drawing, painting, sculpture!

The Grove of Brite Blessings, 914 Caroline St 540-273-2778 All products & readings by phone. curbside pickup . Jabberwocky Books &Toys, 810 Caroline St | 540-372-5684 | shipping, curbside, in store shopping by appointment

"Paint the Town" postcards are now available that feature a variety of black-and-white Fredericksburg scenes. print them out, color them in with your choice of design and share them on social media with #fxbgcolor #lovefxbg #fxbgstrong.

Kimman's Co., 820 Caroline St | 717-515-9506 Shop online for curbside pickup and shipping. Visit websites & facebook Lady Legacy, 723 Caroline St 540-899-8077 Curbside pick-up & shipping Email gift cards are also available.

Fredericksburg Area Museum, 907 Princess Anne St | 540-3713037 virtual tours of our exhibits and educational resources. FXBG & Spotsy National Military Park Virtual Classroom , Explore the experience of war in Fxbg & Chancellorsville through interactive activities, primary sources and multimedia

Latitudes Fair Trade Store, 800 Caroline St 540-370-8778 Shop online on the website. Facebook and Instagram for updates. . Peacaloo Boutique, 720 Caroline St 540-940-2818 Shop online! Purchase gift cards!

LibertyTown Arts Workshop Virtual art classes, with detailed directions, online videos, and skill building. kids. Adult

Phosphene Studio, 806 Caroline St collection of beautiful, ethically made goods from independent designers online shop is open 24/7; visit us at

Rappahannock United Way, Story time takes place every day at 11:00 am Facebook page.

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery, 712 Caroline St | 540-656-2215 Online Classes available for children ages 6+.

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PONSHOP Studio and Gallery, 712 Caroline St 656-2215 Ceramics, Artist Edition T-Shirts and Artist Prints Order online. Pickup and shipping available. Curbside Pickup

Virtual Museum Tours, Check out the Louvre in Paris, NASA Space Center, The National Gallery of Art, National Women's History Museum , The Vatican Museums, Toyota Automobile Museum, or The Spy Museum!

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Re-Run Shoppe, 1017 Caroline St 540-371-7221 Consignment for Women's & children's clothing Call for an appointment.

Wine & Design Fredericksburg, 709 Caroline St | 540-809-0899 Party with us at home! Virtual Classes. FB page for schedules.

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Farmers Creamery By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks

It seems like yesterday when we would get out of bed and run to the front door to see what the "Milk Man" had left in the early morning. Most of the time it was two or three bottles of cold milk. That was our lives growing up in the 1940's and 50's. I remember those days well since I was a Washington Post paper carrier and I had to be extra careful on milk day not to break the milk bottles left out for the "Milk Man" to return for reuse. The customer would put out their empty bottles to be picked up for refilling, as they would break easily if hit by a thrown newspaper. I was always careful with the exception of one day when I broke three that belonged to an FBI agent in the neighborhood. He reminded me of that into my grown years when he was working to get me elected to City Council.The memories came back years later as a member of Council when we were trying to find a use for the vacant buildings in the 1980's. In 1914 a group of farmers from several local dairies established a company called FARMERS CREAMERY on Wolfe Street. The company would become one of the largest local employers and milk plants in Virginia, delivering products throughout the area. I recall the trucks were using "dry ice" to keep the products cool and my relatives Lewis English and Paul Green along with Dallas Foster would give us kids the ice to play with at the end of their day. In the 1919 they began the home delivery and up to seventy-five miles from Fredericksburg. The company was producing well over ten million bottles per year by the late 1960's. E.G. Mason of Hollybrook Dairy (todays Spotsylvania mall location) was one of the main sources for the milk supply. Mr. Mason had his own bottling operation. In the 1920's the company produced Farmers Creamery ice cream that many of us can still remember. Company management changed several times in the late 1960's and the plant slowed production due to loss of several of the supply dairy farms being sold for development and the influx of supermarkets. The plant closed and remained vacant for several years, along with several other nearby buildings that were garment companies. Today, instead of just one large business at the location of the former creamery there are many. I can recall that City Planning Director Jervis Hairston had a vision for the use of the vacant property with many different types of businesses in the location. Wegner Metal Arts I recall was one of the first to establish a location on Wolfe Street and used much of the original structure to their advantage in their unique business. Stewart Wegner and his brother Steve cast the 1986 Religious Freedom Medal as commemoration of two-hundred years of the Religious Freedom Statute being drafted in Fredericksburg. There are many different companies in the buildings today. It is still difficult to believe that many homes did not have refrigerators or electric less than 100 years ago.

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What’s in a Church? St. George’s Episcopal Church By jon gerlach At the corner of Princess Anne and George Streets, St George's Episcopal Church is a treasured gem of Romanesque Revival architecture. An enduring landmark of the rich history of Fredericksburg, it's gone through three iterations. The original wood structure was built in the 1730s. The family of George Washington attended services there. William Paul, brother of John Paul Jones, was a vestryman, along with George's brother, Charles Washington, and their brother-in-law, Fielding Lewis. Now gone, it was replaced by a brick building in 1815 at a cost of $11,000, which itself was replaced by today's magnificent church in 1849, built by Robert Cary Long and H.R. Reynold of Baltimore. The floorplan, with its nave and columns that create a court-like space on three sides with a gallery in the rear, harkens back to Roman designs of the 4th Century. Other examples of similar postNicene secular basilica have populated the Mediterranean region and Europe for sixteen centuries. of In the 1862 Battle Fredericksburg the church somehow escaped serious damage, unlike other buildings in town. However, parts of the communion set were looted during the Union occupation, and the final piece was returned in the 1930s thanks to dedicated public outreach. More recently, the 1754 Bible was restored, and a multi-million dollar fundraising drive preserved the church building. With generous grants from the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, exterior elements of the magnificent Tiffanysigned stained glass windows were repaired and protected. This year marks St. George's 300th Anniversary! In 1720 the Virginia House of Burgesses established St. George's Parish. That was eight years before the City of Fredericksburg was founded. The 300th Anniversary is a yearlong celebration stretching into 2021 with many interesting events planned. Check out for details.

St. George's also has a rich history of community service. According to its website: "During the Colonial Period, the Church was responsible by law for the welfare of orphans, widows, the sick and the needy in the community. From 1795 to 1802, the Church established male and female charity schools. Before the Civil War, it operated Sunday Schools for enslaved children. During the same war, it was used as a hospital and for revival meetings. Today, St. George's continues its commitment to the community by helping to create and support such organizations as the Fredericksburg Senior Citizens, Rappahannock Big Brothers/Sisters, the Interfaith Council, Hospice, the Homeless Shelter, and Hope House." The Table at St. George's, a vibrant grant-funded outreach program, fosters better nutrition for food-insecure members of our community, continuing St. George's long tradition of providing for those in need.. So, what's in a Church? Here, 300 years of Fredericksburg history and community service.

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach serves on the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston, c. 1927-1929, courtesy Library of Congress

History in Our Backyard Novel connection to battle of chancellorsville By Sarah Kay Bierle

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Born in 1871 and six years after the conflict ended, Crane probably spent time interviewing Union veterans and used their stories as inspiration for the classic novel which chronicles a fictional tale set within the true historical framework Battle of of the Chancellorsville Battlefield is the setting for Chancellorsville. The Stephen Crane's classic novel, “Red Badge of Courage” story appeared in "You jest wait 'til tomorrow, and serialized form in 1894 and published as a you'll see one of the biggest battles ever book the following year. was." That's part of the advice that young Henry Fleming represents the Henry Fleming gets from his friend Jim fears, comradery, and courage experienced Conklin in the Union army ranks as they by many real soldiers at Chancellorsville. Taking interest in the novel, its march "way up the river, cut across, an' It's a coming of age story as Henry starts come around" behind the Confederates. thinking that war is something of the past portrayal of a common soldier's tale, and They are fictional characters in Stephen and then, with the opening spring the details of the battlefield terrain, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is using Crane's novel The Red Badge of Courage campaign of 1863, confronts himself with the story as the theme for their virtual which offers a story about what life and the fearful question: would he run like a fundraiser event in August 2020. Since the battle was like for the common soldier in coward when he final got into battle? This the American Civil War. nagging thought tortures the young conference and in-person events have been soldier and his initial battle experience canceled, this is an opportunity to take a (spoiler alert!) ends in flight. After new look at familiar history at experiences in the dense Wilderness and with wounded soldiers, Henry started to "regarded the wounded soldiers in an envious way. . . . He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage." He returns to the regiment, and the next day Henry's transformation from boy to man, coward to soldier Preserving battlefield land creates outdoor classrooms is put through a fiery test to teach stories of courage. which he faces with a desperate bravery. One of the fascinating parts of Chancellorsville through the lens of the the novel is the descriptions of the dense historical common soldier and literary woods and open fields where the combat fiction. The online event is free and all unfolds. The forest is almost portrayed as donations support battlefield preservation a character with qualities that help or here in Central Virginia. For more details, check the event website for all the details hinder the soldiers. "He went from the and relevant links: fields into a thick wood, as if resolved to bury himself.......The ground was cluttered with vines and bushes, and the trees grew close and spread out like bouquets. He was obliged to force his way with much noise. The creepers, catching against his legs, cried out harshly as their sprays were torn from the barks of trees. The swishing saplings tried to make known his presence to the world. He could not conciliate the forest. As he made his way, it was always calling out protestations."

Sarah Kay Bierle serves on staff at Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. ( When not at work preserving historical sites, she is often reading or hiking.

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Senior Care brain health By Karl Karch

One way to keep mentally stimulated for me was to stay abreast of the news. With all the negative news currently happening and reported, I now get so upset that I find it too stressful and unhealthy and have reduced my TV and internet current event routine. I decided to research more about ways to maintain and/or improve my brain health. One source I uncovered is an AARP free benefit program for members called Staying Sharp ( Staying Sharp follows guidance from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), an independent collaborative of scientists, health professionals, scholars, and policy experts from around the world working in areas of brain health related to human cognition. Staying Sharp defines six pillars of brain health: Be social, Eat right, Manage stress, Ongoing exercise, Restorative sleep, and Engage your brain ("Be More"). The Staying Sharp pillars are consistent with research conducted by the Alzheimer's Association. Their research found that combining good nutrition with mental, social, and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity. The Staying Sharp website contains challenges, articles, activities, videos, recipes, and games. It also has a section for caregivers brain health. One article I found interesting was "Music and Brain Health". According to Jonathan Burdette, a professor of neuroradiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a contributor to the new GCBH report on the positive impact of music on the brain, "Nothing activates the brain like music." It can improve sleep and sharpen memory, as well as reduce stress and stimulate thinking skills. Music also has healing power. For example, music has been found to help adults recover from strokes and help those with Parkinson's disease improve their gait. So, if you


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haven't already, put music in your life to improve your quality of life, well-being, and reduce anxiety. Another article from Johns Hopkins Medicine addressed the importance of sleep for all types of memory while sleep deprivation can cause cognitive deficits, including worsened memory. One brain healthy recipe I am interested in trying is egg salad sandwich with watercress, scallions, and yogurt. If you want to spend $7.00 and 20-30 minutes, you can get an Individual Brain Health Assessment. I didn't, so I cannot speak to its benefit. The website also identified myths about the brain such as you only use 10% of it, sneezing harms your brain, drinking alcohol kills brain cells, and your memory gets worse as you get older and there's nothing you can do about it. This website is an excellent resource to improve your brain health. Remember, your brain is like a muscle. To make it stronger, you have to use it. However, if you are doing the same things repeatedly to use it, like crossword or Sudoku puzzles, you need to mix things up. Daniel G. Amen, a psychiatrist based in Costa Mesa, CA, and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, "It's like going to the gym and just doing bicep curls. Your brain has many different parts, so you want to engage it in different ways. The act of mixing it up makes the brain more agile." The old saying "use it or lose it" is true, and with the help of this website you can uncover more ways to improve your brain health. .

Karl Karch is a Gerontologist and local franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed home care organization providing personal care, companionship and home helper services in the Fredericksburg and Culpeper region.

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We are in the heat of summer, and that means that the Fire Element is in full swing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Fire Element is associated with Summer, and also connected with the Heart Meridian. Meridians are energy pathways in our body and when we balance them, we can achieve emotional and physical well-being and good health. Heart is often called "The Emperor" in TCM because it rules over all of our organs. It is responsible for the circulation of blood, and is associated with laughter, enthusiasm, and love. When the Heart Meridian (HT) is out of balance, we can experience shortness of breath, palpitations, tiredness, cold sweats, and restless sleep or insomnia, among other things. Heart is also the ruler of our emotions. When we experience intense feelings, they go to HT and it sets the mood for the other organs in the body. An imbalance can find us feeling sad or depressed, anxious, or even experiencing erratic behavior. We can also become overwhelmed with pain or grief. However, a balanced HT offers us tranquility, optimism, a zest for life, joy, and love for ourselves and for others. Working with the Heart Meridian's Source Point is one way to balance it. Simply press on or massage HT 7, located on the palm side of the hand at the wrist crease, in line with the pinky finger. Balancing this point can aid with issues related to sleep, blood pressure, and help us feel more connected and less anxious. Tracing the pathway of Heart Meridian is another way to balance it. Place your right hand under your left armpit and trace straight down the inside of your arm in line with your little finger, and then off of your little finger. Do the same thing on the other side. I like to pull with pressure and twist my little fingers to really activate Heart energy.

the organ itself. While sitting on the edge of a chair, place your palms over your kidneys on your back. On a deep breath in, lift your chest and try to pull your elbows together. Hold this pose for ten to fifteen seconds, and then release your breath. Repeat this a few times. Placing one flat hand over your heart area and the other hand over the area beneath your belly button can also help balance HT. Breathe deeply for about two to five minutes, and you should feel calmer and more centered. You can also place one hand on your heart area and the other on the top of your head over what used to be your baby soft spot. Hold this for a few breaths and see if it doesn't help to calm you as well. For more exercises to balance HT and other energy systems in the body, visit

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Emancipated Patients Constitutional rights By Patrick Neustatter, MD

You Americans need a king again. Or something or someone to find some kind of compromise between the people who want vigerous restrictions to preserve public health and all those Minutemen out there complaining about their constitutional rights being infringed. Their freedom being trampled. Currently health experts like the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci and innumerable public health departments are screaming for mandatory mask wearing, social distancing, keeping things locked down. On the other hand, we have Virginia gubernatorial candidate Senator Amanda Chase (R Chesterfield) tweeting "I will not be MASKED, TESTED, TRACKED or CHIPPED to support this LIBERAL agenda. We will not stop fighting for YOU and YOUR FREEDOMS." And Texas County Sheriff Jason Bridges saying his deputies will not be enforcing the order to wear masks or limit gatherings, claiming that he promised to defend the U.S. Constitution. This whole constitutional rights, liberty thing, is something I don't quite understand. It all seems a bit fanciful. It is relevant to lots of public health measures mind. Not just corona virus. Maybe because I'm from Britain and a monarchy? Which is of course what you feisty Americans nonchalantly caste off all those years ago. A Moderate View? I thought maybe friend Gary Golden, 55, who has a Libertarian bent, and is a declared antivaxxer might help me to understand. He is a marine insurance merchant, a sailor (he notes boating's fits his libertarian bent - "you set your own course"). Is not inhibited about expressing his opinations (he has a court date at the end of the month to make the point - from when he was expressing his views at a Black Lives Matter protest and got arrested).


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He has fired up not a few mutual friends with his critical comments on their posts on Facebook promoting the need to wear masks and keep the economy shut down etc. "Some have unfriended me" he told me but didn't seem too distressed about it. His beef is with the blanket restrictions imposed by Governor Northam. It should have been done "by local health districts according to what is happening there" he told me. "It would have removed the politics. Though when push comes to shove, he didn't really have an answer. He couldn't tell where the tipping point is. Where the "need for social order overcomes the rights of individual liberties." Too Much Room for Opinion Though the framers of the constitution were some pretty savvy guys, it's unfortunate they left room for people to interpret the various amendments. People who are often "unencumbered by the thought process" in my opinion, to use a smartarse phrase from Click and Clack from Car Talk. There has been some guidance from the courts. A case in 1905 (Jacobson v Massachusetts) questioning whether people can be forced to be immunized against smallpox went to the Supreme Court. The decision was that liberty was "subordinate to the welfare of the general public." It's impressive that Americans are so devoted to the constitution. But combined with that is a ferocious individualism and independence that sometimes has a downside. “How come the authorities can't seal up apartment buildings, shut down whole towns and impose such draconian measures like they did in China or South Korea?" I asked Gary. "They're more used to it" was his answer. I would say they are more willing to subjugate their personal freedom to obtain a healthy community. You Americans just need a monarch to impose this on you. To stop you getting carried away with these fanciful ideas of democracy and freedom though I think a certain person thinks he has been anointed with that role already. Patrick Neustatter is the Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic.

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meanderings of the pandemic by Mary Lynn Powers Life changes. Life brings unexpected changes. We have all felt this over the last few months. Many of us know life has changed permanently. I am just on the cusp of being old enough to be considered in the at risk category of the new virus. So when Spring break came, and we were headed into a much needed vacation from school, I wondered if it would extend past the usual one week off from the little angels. Now let me clarify, I am a substitute teacher, so I am not really on the front lines of the school system, but I am regular enough to feel the pulse and mood of the school and teachers. I love my job, mostly because of the kids. They brighten my life, keep me active and give me a feeling of purpose. So, when the lockdown began, I stayed home. And stayed home and on and on, feeling more like a bit player in Groundhog Day as the time went on. I didn't mind that part, as I find pleasure in

solitary activities like gardening, reading and cooking. I missed the Y a lot, and have a hard time being disciplined enough to exercise regularly on my own. I am still attempting to change this part of my personality. Other than via the media's depiction, I have not had any contact with individuals who have tested positive. I knew enough from the news sources to fear the consequences of contracting the disease. Though we are inundated with news around the clock, we all know to take everything with a grain of salt. One side says increasing cases, the other side says decreasing cases, but all we know is that a new strain of virus is out there, and it is potentially deadly. So fast forward to the life changes, we all are wearing masks in public, and many of us are wearing disposable gloves. This takes some getting used to. But as is always said, it's amazing what one can become accustomed to.

Most of my friends who are seniors have taken this threat very seriously. My Dad who lives in a continuing care community has been on lockdown for months. He tries to stay active, but he will tell us his biggest dilemma is boredom. Really, it stems from a lack of the usual social contact. We worry about visiting him as God forbid we are silent carriers. My usually active 95 year old friend has not left her house in almost five months. Fortunately, she has her daughter who lives with her taking care of the necessary errands. I finally was able to visit her in person, being careful to stay six feet away, giving make pretend hugs. She talked about stringent rationing back in the day, and was ready to start stretching food supplies as though we were back in the 1930s and 40s. Most of us have a hard time imagining that this was really a thing. Is it possible that we couldn't get any food item we wanted on

demand? Let me not digress into a "back in my day" reverie. More important is that we are all here together in this, even if we are alone in many ways. How we handle the day to day will show the resilience of our culture and society. The "every day heroes" are out there doing the job under fairly harrowing circumstances. We can all be part of this in how we treat each other even if we do not have a skill that allows us to fight the good fight. The word "kindness" has been thrown around like confetti, and sometimes we forget that it can go a long way. My goal these days is to try to do at least one ordinary act of kindness, however small, every day. Anyone who knows ML, knows of her everyday kindnesses

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Art in Burg Art Galleries in August Most galleries are opening under Phase Three Reopening of Gov. Northam. Please check websites for updates and hours of operation

“Lazy River”, Lisa Gillen @Art First Gallery

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“Images of Comfort and the Beauty of Nature” Brush Strokes Gallery 824 Caroline St. Reopened our doors Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11am to 5 pm.

"Marred Art” Featuring Art First artist Lisa Gillen (NO FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTION) Exhibit on view August 4 - August 30 Gallery is only open Thurs. Through Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 824 Caroline Street August featured artist Lisa Gillen (above). showcases her beautiful kilnformed glass. The artist's theme for this "marred" show is that we are living in an imperfect world. "Through these imperfections, it makes people who they truly are," says Gillen, who has quickly become well-known in the area for her glass creations. "The choices we make, the decisions we face, the downfalls and windfalls makes us who we are. We are different, imperfect, flawed, marred. Embrace it. Recognize it." she urges. "Marred Art" is a collection of several different glass techniques showcasing the wonderfully imperfect world in which we live. "Created by a marred artist," Gillen adds, "to share a little joy to those who need it!"

photograph, "Peggy's Cove" features a scene of a charming fishing village, Sarah Flinn's painting, "Old Days," features elements of a comforting and constant lifestyle, while Carol Haynes' “Old Days”, Sarah Finn @Brushstrokes portrait of a dog named Doc connotes the faithful friendship and attentiveness that canines In addition to its weekend hours, can provide. Brush Strokes Gallery will continue its online presence and sales. , also be open by appointment. To ensure the well-being of all, safety protocols, including the use of masks, will be followed. ~Collette Caprara

August featured artist Ron Rosiello will include his unique floral creations, his traditional pens, and more. Come visit the gallery to see this show and work by all of our member artists. ~Sally Cooney Anderson

“Ron’s World”, Ron Rosiello@Artful Dimensions

“Mr. Goodfinch”, Buddy Lauer @Brush Strokes Gallery

For the gallery's featured exhibit in August, our artists have created engaging images that provide a respite from a world and lifestyle that have been Norma Woodward's a bit awry.

Other artwork depicts the allure and beauty of nature--ranging from Stacy Gaglio's "Spiral Shell," to Buddy Lauer's poised "Gold Finch" and the camaraderie of Collette Caprara's "Perched Pelicans." Other artists transport viewers to a place of internal beauty, such as the softly depicted blossoms in Nancy Williams' (right) "Meditative Moment" and Penny A Parrish's "Cryptic," which combines the pattern, uplift, and solace of a religious site. Brush Strokes artists work in a spectrum of mediums, including hand-crafted jewelry, unique glass art, charcoal drawings, pastels, photography, paintings in oils, watercolors, acrylics, metal sculpture, porcelain painting, and mixed-media, which can be viewed and purchased at

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Collette Caprara Artist, Writer, Volunteer Since experiencing as a child the majestic world of book illustrations, Collette has loved drawing and art. Though she later majored in English and Philosophy as an undergrad and received her Masters' degree in Philosophy, throughout the years, she always looked for opportunities to take drawing and painting classes offered by schools and community organizations.

There will still be a 35th Annual “Music on the Steps” Concert. Only it will be virtual due to Covid safety concerns. Here is what is up in August: August 3: Cinema Hearts (Soft Rock) August 10: Dan Trull (Singer/Songwriter) August 17: Fredericksburg Concert Band August 24: Colonial Seafood (Ukulele-d driven Americana) August 31: Semilla Cultural (Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena)

To finance travel abroad during her college years, she painted murals in her home town of

But after moving to Fredericksburg in 1995, Collette met artist and educator Johnny Johnson whom she credits with “reigniting her pursuit of art.”

Go to for updates, and links to watch. There is also a dial-in number if you are unable to watch online The library hopes to hold live concerts in August outsde the FXB Main Branch, with appropriate social distancing measures. Space at live concerts will be limited. Check for updates as season progresses

At first, she worked primarily in watercolor, finding it a wonderful medium for capturing the transforming quality of nature. Currently, she works in both watercolor and acrylic.

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Elmira, New York-at a swimming pool, in the pediatrics ward of a local hospital, and at a little boutique that was the first business venture of now-famous Tommy Hilfiger, who then attended her high school.

She says, "Typically, I paint and draw from photographs of places that our family has visited, attempting to convey the heart and character of a scene, as I experienced it. I am truly grateful for the gift of this world-its depth, and beauty, and message of love."

For some years, she placed painting on the "back burner" as her life became busy with the greatest creation of all-her son.

Collette Caprara is a frequent contributor to Front Porch. Her work is currently on display at Brush Strokes Gallery

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Support for K-22 Teachers in Online Teaching UMW Summer Virtual Teaching Series by Neva Trenis

Kimberly Young, Continuing & Professional Studies Executive Director. After doing their best to teach remotely for three months due to the 12 teachers global pandemic, Virginia's K-1 got word that they likely would return to teaching this fall - and at least some of it would be online. The sudden switch in spring had been hard enough; few of the state's teachers had been trained in remote education or in keeping off-site students engaged. They needed help. That's when the University of Mary Washington's College of Education (COE) stepped up. In collaboration with Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) at UMW, a Summer Virtual Teaching Series quickly emerged. "It has been an exciting opportunity to share the experience and knowledge of the College of Education faculty with local schoolteachers," said Kristina Peck, UMW's Director of Clinical Experiences.

In just four weeks, based on local educators' input, UMW prepared six onec r e d i t professionaldevelopment courses providing best practices in o n l i n e instruction. Despite the tight schedule, UMW didn't sacrifice quality, said Kimberly Young, CPS executive director. The classes had to meet the same standards as other

The classes cover teaching tools, planning, and options for delivering assignments. Among the topics are elementary instruction, foundations of online teaching, secondary instruction in science and mathematics, ways to support students with specialized learning needs, and K-12 assessment. The series supports Virginia SOL standards and helps teachers inspire critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship. As a public university, Mary Washington is eager to help local citizens when needs arise. UMW couldn't have delivered these classes so quickly without the collaboration of area schools and teachers - and it was facilitated by the

COE courses "It's important that we are able to quickly respond to the needs of the region by doing just-in-time programs like this series," Young added. The Summer Virtual Teaching Series began in mid-June with full enrollment - 200 K-12 teachers from across the region. The courses have offered training in online instruction, but just as importantly, they have placed teachers right where their students will be this fall: facing the challenges presented by remote learning. A student might have trouble logging on to a site, Young said, or downloading materials and assignments. "These are real things that are going to happen, and the teachers [in our program] experience it themselves," she said. "They gain personal insight and empathy."

partner schools," he said. "As a college of education in a public university, we have a responsibility to be actively involved in the life of our partner schools." In her role as director of clinical experience, Peck works closely with area school divisions. She helps place UMW students in classrooms, and she supports initiatives such as Virginia's Teachers for Tomorrow program for recruiting high school students into the teaching profession. Developing the summer virtual learning series was a natural fit for Peck. Local divisions are already seeing the benefits. Stafford County Public Schools educator Monica VanHusen worked closely with UMW to register county teachers in the program. The classes are focused on skills she and her colleagues need, she said, and UMW offered them just in time for the fall return to teaching. Marci Catlett, superintendent of Fredericksburg City Schools, is "extremely excited" about collaborating with UMW and neighboring districts to support teachers. "We can always count on UMW to provide high quality and relevant courses that respond specifically to the diverse needs of our staff," according to Catlett.

Dean Peter Kelly, College of Education College of Education's longstanding relationships with area school divisions. According to COE Dean Peter Kelly, each year UMW places more than 350 students in partner schools for a range of hands-on learning. "Our ability to be successful in teacher preparation is contingent upon the success of our

Helping teachers also helps families and communities, Young said. Investing in students today will result in adults who contribute to society tomorrow - something that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven may be more important than ever. Nevia Trenis is the Director of Publications, University Relations & Communications

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Cinema Hearts.. our story Philadelphia, Richmond, and other cities. They have shared the stage with Cold War Kids, Ian Svenonius & Chain and the Gang, La Luz, Dengue Fever, Death Valley Girls, and EsmĂŠ Patterson. In 2016, Cinema Hearts' first album, Feels Like Forever, debuted -- an aural tale of waiting forever for good moments to come and wishing that those lovely moments could last forever. Cinema Hearts' lyrics describe life in their hometown of Fairfax, Virginia, the suburban shadow of Washington, DC, while their music is reminiscent of the doo-wop singers and surf guitarists from long ago. The sound of Cinema Hearts is wistful, yet feisty, with a pulsing passion for days gone by. Cinema Hearts' second album, Burned and Burnished, released May 8, 2017, renounces the consuming worry of

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An ex-pageant queen fronts a rock 'n' roll band; Cinema Hearts is the musical project of singer-guitarist Caroline Weinroth.

Weinroth competed in the Miss Virginia pageant as 2019 Miss Roanoke Valley, "I did my first Miss America pageant when I was 18, because Miss America has a talent portion and this was around the time when I was starting to play guitar for the first time," said Weinroth. "There really wasn't anywhere for me to perform, since a lot of spaces near me were, like, bars or more for older men. So competing in Miss America was the way that I could play guitar onstage." Cinema Hearts (Caroline, brother Erich Weinroth on bass and drummer Shane Chergosky, right) has played concert halls and rock clubs, including

Kennedy Center, AMP by Strathmore, Smithsonian Museums, Black Cat, Fort Reno, and more. Cinema Hearts has toured the east coast to New York City,

"forever" and embraces reckless impermanence. Diving into the frustrating heartbreak of infidelity, loss, and rejection, Cinema Hearts takes on new strength with pounding drums, roaring guitar solos, moody bass lines, and a voice that beckons like a siren's call. Expanding upon the retro flair of Feels Like Forever, Burned and Burnished is witty, dramatic, dark, and powerful; acute lyrical observations present a mature and womanly perspective on the possibility that, no matter how hard one hopes and prays, a dream may not materialize as reality. In Burned and Burnished, sorrow becomes a magic mirror that lets one investigate life's true vulnerability. What started as a girlish dream to sing on a stage has morphed to become a dynamic rock performance that continues to surprise and shine. Cinema Hearts Aug7 Music on the Steps Google Meet @ 7:00pm EDT fb@cinemahearts photos by Ethan Sahlin

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Companions what the pandemic has taught me

by Gerri Reid dvm

Everyone's world has been turned upside down due to pandemic. Stores/restaurants have been closed making our kitchen tables our restaurant and dining area. We have had to become creative with entertaining our children since they seem like they are never going back to school. Unfortunately, we have seen friends and loved ones who have died from COVID-19. The numbers keep rising here in Virginia and other states as well as in foreign countries. We are all living with a sense of fear of the unknown. We focus on the negative results COVID has made, but what about the positive things that have come out in the mist of this crisis? this My experience with pandemic as challenged me as a Mother, Veterinarian and even a Life Partner. When it first hit, I listened to see what was happening. Then they began to pull Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) away from Veterinarians, I knew this was serious. Speaking to family members who are Doctors, their advice was "Stay Home"! So, I closed my Mobile Business down for 2 ½ months. Now what do we do? Kourtney, Terri (my daughter) and I stayed in our house for 2 ½ months. Did not go anywhere. Groceries/dog food/cat food were delivered, any personal items were delivered by Amazon and even my medications were send in the mail. How long could we survive like this? My positive experience during this time of not working, being home with my Daughter and Kourtney opened doors to other adventures. As a family, we began cook dinner together, sit and chat, sit outside and wait my Bunny "Stache" hop around enjoying the greasy air and freedom. We started a garden filled with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, herbs watermelon, and strawberries. I even read about certain vegetables and


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how to grow tomatoes from seeds. I have about 12 tomato plants in my yard that I grew by seeds. Our neighbor is quite the Gardner and guided me with his knowledge to care for my garden. Not every day a Veterinarian is even home to tend to a garden. Besides playing in the dirt outside, I pulled out my old paint brushes and acrylic paints. Before I wanted to go to Veterinary School, I wanted to be an Artist/Illustrator.My Mother told me I wouldn't make much money being an Artist, so you know wha happened then. I decided to paint my Bunny "Stache”(above) who is a Calico colored Holland Lop. I did have to study a bit before starting but it is like riding a bike. A little time and some patience I was able to complete his portrait! I was quite proud of myself that my skills were still there. Maybe this isolation thing isn't so bad. We became a household of playing games, napping in the afternoon, watching movies after midnight. Spending more time with our pets. Many days we would never turn the TV on and the house would have a calmness to it. We managed to become close with our neighbors as we started to eat on our deck as did they. Talking, laughing, eating…boy this is the life. But nothing last forever. As we started Phase 1, then gradually Stage II and now we are in Stage 3, I was still worried. School is coming up and what will the kids do with this pandemic? Even if it is "safe" to return to our normal life, I don't think we ever will. Quarantine has taught us all a few things. It may have helped you complete a project around the house. It has brought families together, reconnect friendships and even created friendships. Not saying I want COVID to stick around, but I rather enjoyed the positive things it has created for me and my family. I think when it is all said and done, we all may take the time to slow down, unwind, and appreciate life.

Gerri S. Reid is the Owner/Veterinarian of Reid Mobile Veterinary Services. has been named “2020 Best Veterinarian in the “Burg, 540-623-3029;

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Astrology & You THE POETRY MAN

Uranus Retrograde By Dianne Bachman

By Frank Fratoe

Alternatives What ambitions should we have: To exist only for ourselves, To heighten a temporary fame, To enforce power over others, To make more and more money, To demand indulgent pleasures, To lie instead of giving truth, To die alone without friends? What if we choose another way: To care about those with need, To find courage helping others, To match love bestowed on us, To divide power as an equal, To use money where it serves, To speak the unerring truth, To live celebrated by friends! Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city.he loves.

Somehow it doesn't sound quite right when I say out loud, "This article is about Uranus." Certainly, this poor planet has been the butt of many jokes (no pun here!), but it is an important planet, nonetheless. On August 15, 2020, Uranus will station retrograde and can be a strong catalyst for personal growth and change. So, here is a little bit about this gassy giant (wink, wink). Uranus was discovered in 1791 by William Herschel and named for the Greek god of the Sky. It was a big deal to discover this planet because up until that time, astronomers had only known five planets in our solar system. Herschel had finally built a telescope powerful enough to see that Uranus was a planet and not a star in the constellation Taurus. It is said that, though planets obviously exist before they are discovered, the energies of a planet will begin to manifest through trends in culture as it is visible to us. You might say that we are ready to look at whatever it is that the planetary energies are stirring up. Independence, the collective and communication were some of the themes in 1791 and Uranus is the influencer of these. We had the Declaration of Independence and innovative communication through the semaphore machine from France, that would revolutionize long distance exchanges of information.

Uranus takes 84 years to complete its cycle around the zodiac wheel and it stations retrograde once a year. Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius and it is a planet of individuality, invention, discovery and the collective. It is dynamic with an electrified kind of energy and known for quick changes, bursts of insight, and can embody the spirit of rebellion. Currently Uranus is in the sign of Taurus, so it will influence areas in our lives that deal with money or things of value (including how we value ourselves), and all things connected to earth. If you would like to explore where Uranus is providing opportunities in your life, look at 10 degrees of each sign, especially Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. These will be the places where Uranian energy will be most influential. When a planet goes into retrograde, our work is more internal. We work with "re": review, revise, revisit. With this particular retrograde, we might look at how we work for the collective good but in doing so, maintain our sense of individuality and perspective. What does it mean to think for ourselves? How can we be more in tune with earth, honor Gaia (wife of Uranus) by being innovative in our day to day habits? Unfocused Uranus will behave in an irresponsible, 'rebel without a cause' type of way. Focused Uranus will express itself in innovations, inventions and aha moments that help us set goals and provide direction for change. Certainly, focused Uranus can shake us up and get us moving toward the future. Here are some influences in the astrological outlook of August, 2020: August 1 finds the following planets stationed retrograde: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. Uranus joins them on August 15, and all will remain retrograde

past the end of the month. August 3 will see the full Moon in Aquarius. This is a good time to connect with causes, friends or to explore future goals. It has been far too easy in this time of Covid to feel isolated, so playfully, uniquely, and safely reaching out to others is supported by this lunar phase. August 4 Mercury enters the sign of Leo, bringing a flair for the dramatic in communication, especially for those who have their Sun or Mercury in Leo. Uranus will form a 90-degree angle (square) to the Mercury/Sun conjunction at this time, making for an energetic and unpredictable several days. August 7 Venus enters the sign of Cancer and the energy reflects a grounded sensitivity. Definitely a good time to explore how your home environment supports your sense of well-being or aesthetics. If Venus is strong in your chart, it is a great time to consider starting a creative project. August 18 New Moon in Leo when we journey within to explore the balance between our need to belong and how we go out into the world and shine. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how we give and receive love as well as our sense of worthiness. August 22 Sun enters Virgo and turns our attention to health, planning and efficiency. Certainly, we will see this as the summer ends and tasks at hand involve serving others, medically as well as educationally, while maintaining health and safety. . Diane Bachman is a psychotherapist & astrologer practicing in FXBG. Reach her at “Uranus & the Dance of the Stars�, Freidrich Schinkel

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Fredericksburg Sketches 606 Caroline Street Old Town Fredericksburg 373-7847

A visual Celebration of our community

By Paula Raudenbush

Open By Appointment

Where Fredericksburg Gets Engaged

801 Hanover Street Happy August everyone! I hope your staycation is going well. For me, it's one day at a time and each day seems much like the last. I am trying to enjoy the small things. They seem to have gained significance these days. Sketching is not exactly a small thing for me but it is definitely something from which I gain a great deal of pleasure. When I am engrossed in a sketch (or a painting), I'm in a sensory bubble. I let go of everything that makes me anxious or annoyed and exist totally in the moment. When I look at older sketches, I am able to remember details like the weather, if I was alone or with someone, if there were mosquitoes, bird songs, traffic-it all comes back through the sketch. What I don't remember is my life's particulars on either side of the sketch. I usually start a sketch in ink then add watercolor but, in the case of this Grande Dame, I decided the black and white suited her better. This one took a little over an hour to draw and I remember all the details. Paula Raudenbush is a local artist and organizer of the Fredericksburg Chapter of Urban Sketchers International (on Facebook at Urban Sketchers Fredericksburg).

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PRINT JAZZ AKA Cover Artist Pete Morelewicz ABOUT THE ART The cover art, "Canal Path", was originally created for the Fredericksburg Main Street, Inc. poster series. The posters promote activities and events around the city, including shopping, restaurants, recreation, and seasonal happenings. Many of these posters can be found dotting the pages of Front Porch each month. ABOUT THE ARTIST Pete Morelewicz, aka Print Jazz, is a Fredericksburg-based artist and graphic designer. His studio at LibertyTown Arts Workshop features a diverse selection of his work, including letterpress prints, screen prints, paintings, greeting cards, and buttons. In addition to his own work, Pete has paired with the city to design various campaigns, including Restaurant Week, Paint the Town, FXBG Love Local, and the Chatham Bridge "Road Scholar" mascot. Pete says, "There's nothing better than helping to promote all of the positive aspects of our city. I love Fredericksburg, and sharing that enthusiasm with others - both locals and visitors - is most gratifying." Many of these designs are displayed in Front Porch monthly

“Houghtaling Pete's work can be found at LibertyTown Arts Workshop

“Red Awning””

Last summer Pete created the FXBG Font, a fully-functional typeface inspired by handpainted commercial advertising once prevalent around Fredericksburg. You can download it for free at Pete and his wife, Christine Henry, a professor at UMW, live in Darbytown and enjoy taking advantage of all that Fredericksburg has to offer.

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