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contents

closeups

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history’s stories.: north south trader’s civil war our heritage: the women of fxbg step up

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art first turns 25!

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Senior Care: still working

21

emancipated patients: ageing mind your mind: it is about you

22

wellness: bacteria for health renew: common weight loss blunders

23

happy trails...tribute to jim shelhorse

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art in the burg: Valentine’s show @BSG

25

mYSTERY hOUSE

porch talk

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fxbg music: lage & eldridge show

27

downtown buzz:recap 2016 Business briefs

28

companions: aches & Pains

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11

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Joni Moore Kanazawa ...Paying Forward “I have a Friend” ... Bob & Eugenia Nasir Shelton stories of fredericksburg

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4

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It’s all energy

on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages

30

fredericksburg sketches

5

On the trails:: Celebration of Life

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7

“718”: a meeting place in downtown

from my porch: where no woman has gone before Stacey mclaughton

8

Black History Month Celebrations

10

Everything Greens: Hawthorn & the heart poetryman: ultimate test

12

vino: winter’s end

13

season’s bounty: romance of food

14

Cooking with Kyle... spicy fish soup

15

nerd nite @ red dragon brewery

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Calendar of events

26

paying forward By mary lynn powers

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...And more! 6 friends of the rappahannock’s wild & scenic film festival 9 African American History & Culture Exhibit 30 on stage: steel magnolia @ klein theatre

Cover: “Cold Ducks” by David c. Kennedy

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Joni Moore Kanazawa Everyone has a personal struggle, and most of the time it is not visible to the world. Many of us shy away from others’ difficulties, but it is hard to ignore the suffering of a child. There are angels on Earth though, who spend their time helping children and families that are going through hardships. One such person, Joni Moore Kanazawa has started an organization called Ellie’s Elves which helps families and children dealing with cancer and other crisis. Joni considers herself to be one of the fortunate ones. She moved to Fredericksburg in 2011, and within just a few months she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is presently in remission. She said she found a world of good people in Fredericksburg to help her through the ordeal. She has spent the years since her recovery, “paying it forward.” I personally have seen evidence of her commitment to this cause throughout 2015/16 school year when Ryan Mott was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare brain cancer. He was a sweet, loving 2nd grader at the time, and everyone around him felt the loss of his passing. Joni and her team rallied the community and school, bringing meals and keeping company with the family until the end. This tireless

group created the town of "Whoville" from Ryan's favorite Christmas movie "The Grinch" the month before he passed. They then organized a beautiful memorial at a local marina where they floated hundreds of paper bag luminaries that contained messages from friends and family down the river. The motto “Let it Shine” originated along with Ellie’s Elves when they orchestrated a similar memorial for the organization's namesake Ellie Blaine (above) who also lost her battle to pediatric cancer in December 2013. Ellie loved lights and the memorial included thousands of pink luminaries in front of the church where the service was held. Joni said that candles were also lit all over the world for Ellie in prayer and support. Coincidentally, Ellie’s family had been a support to Joni during her treatment and recovery. Shortly after Joni went into remission, young Ellie was diagnosed. Ellie's Elves was then created to help support the family of the sweet 2year-old during the Christmas season. "A small group of people who stepped up to donate toys and clothes has truly morphed into something we never imagined," Kanazawa says. "It's amazing what our community is capable of when someone is in need."

Along with co-director Elizabeth Nast, she also created the annual Color Rush, a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run held at Wilderness Presidential Resort that is dedicated to cancer patients and survivors. They are presently navigating the process to become a nonprofit which can be a lengthy, involved process. Throughout all of this, Joni has a lovely 5th grade daughter and a behind the scenes husband who both support her efforts and remind her to try and balance helping others while navigating her own journey to good health. Her gut feeling is that people genuinely want to help those in need, but may simply need direction. Once they become aware of Ellie’s Elves, people reach out to her via social media and personal acquaintance, and Joni picks up the torch and runs with it. She has organized toy drives, silent auctions and miscellaneous fund raisers. She worked with a local biker’s club who helped with bunk beds for a family in need and another who provided a pink electric Jeep for a child battling Leukemia. Ellie's Elves also provided toys and clothing for over 50 local children in need this Christmas. Whatever is needed for each individual case, she is on it.

Recently, they have partnered with Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and created the Pediatric Oncology Fund which is enabling pediatric cancer patients to get some of the procedures like port flushes and blood draws locally that previously required travel to D.C., Richmond or Charlottesville. Joni is one of the most positive people you will ever meet, and she is extraordinarily adept at organizing armies of helpers. Her idea is that dealing with cancer is all about perspective and finding silver linings. For every sour moment, there is a drop of honey the comes along with it. The quote that she uses from C.S. Lewis is kind of a mantra for her work. “Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that, through you, others can see Him." For more information about Ellie's Elves and to find ways to help in your community, check out their Facebook page facebook.com/PrincessElliesElves/ or email them at phcolorrush@gmail.com.

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contents

closeups

18

history’s stories.: north south trader’s civil war our heritage: the women of fxbg step up

19

art first turns 25!

20

Senior Care: still working

21

emancipated patients: ageing mind your mind: it is about you

22

wellness: bacteria for health renew: common weight loss blunders

23

happy trails...tribute to jim shelhorse

24

art in the burg: Valentine’s show @BSG

25

mYSTERY hOUSE

porch talk

26

fxbg music: lage & eldridge show

27

downtown buzz:recap 2016 Business briefs

28

companions: aches & Pains

.

3

11

25

Joni Moore Kanazawa ...Paying Forward “I have a Friend” ... Bob & Eugenia Nasir Shelton stories of fredericksburg

25

4

29

It’s all energy

on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages

30

fredericksburg sketches

5

On the trails:: Celebration of Life

31

7

“718”: a meeting place in downtown

from my porch: where no woman has gone before Stacey mclaughton

8

Black History Month Celebrations

10

Everything Greens: Hawthorn & the heart poetryman: ultimate test

12

vino: winter’s end

13

season’s bounty: romance of food

14

Cooking with Kyle... spicy fish soup

15

nerd nite @ red dragon brewery

16-17

Calendar of events

26

paying forward By mary lynn powers

30

...And more! 6 friends of the rappahannock’s wild & scenic film festival 9 African American History & Culture Exhibit 30 on stage: steel magnolia @ klein theatre

Cover: “Cold Ducks” by David c. Kennedy

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February 2017

Front porch fredericksburg

Joni Moore Kanazawa Everyone has a personal struggle, and most of the time it is not visible to the world. Many of us shy away from others’ difficulties, but it is hard to ignore the suffering of a child. There are angels on Earth though, who spend their time helping children and families that are going through hardships. One such person, Joni Moore Kanazawa has started an organization called Ellie’s Elves which helps families and children dealing with cancer and other crisis. Joni considers herself to be one of the fortunate ones. She moved to Fredericksburg in 2011, and within just a few months she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is presently in remission. She said she found a world of good people in Fredericksburg to help her through the ordeal. She has spent the years since her recovery, “paying it forward.” I personally have seen evidence of her commitment to this cause throughout 2015/16 school year when Ryan Mott was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare brain cancer. He was a sweet, loving 2nd grader at the time, and everyone around him felt the loss of his passing. Joni and her team rallied the community and school, bringing meals and keeping company with the family until the end. This tireless

group created the town of "Whoville" from Ryan's favorite Christmas movie "The Grinch" the month before he passed. They then organized a beautiful memorial at a local marina where they floated hundreds of paper bag luminaries that contained messages from friends and family down the river. The motto “Let it Shine” originated along with Ellie’s Elves when they orchestrated a similar memorial for the organization's namesake Ellie Blaine (above) who also lost her battle to pediatric cancer in December 2013. Ellie loved lights and the memorial included thousands of pink luminaries in front of the church where the service was held. Joni said that candles were also lit all over the world for Ellie in prayer and support. Coincidentally, Ellie’s family had been a support to Joni during her treatment and recovery. Shortly after Joni went into remission, young Ellie was diagnosed. Ellie's Elves was then created to help support the family of the sweet 2year-old during the Christmas season. "A small group of people who stepped up to donate toys and clothes has truly morphed into something we never imagined," Kanazawa says. "It's amazing what our community is capable of when someone is in need."

Along with co-director Elizabeth Nast, she also created the annual Color Rush, a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run held at Wilderness Presidential Resort that is dedicated to cancer patients and survivors. They are presently navigating the process to become a nonprofit which can be a lengthy, involved process. Throughout all of this, Joni has a lovely 5th grade daughter and a behind the scenes husband who both support her efforts and remind her to try and balance helping others while navigating her own journey to good health. Her gut feeling is that people genuinely want to help those in need, but may simply need direction. Once they become aware of Ellie’s Elves, people reach out to her via social media and personal acquaintance, and Joni picks up the torch and runs with it. She has organized toy drives, silent auctions and miscellaneous fund raisers. She worked with a local biker’s club who helped with bunk beds for a family in need and another who provided a pink electric Jeep for a child battling Leukemia. Ellie's Elves also provided toys and clothing for over 50 local children in need this Christmas. Whatever is needed for each individual case, she is on it.

Recently, they have partnered with Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and created the Pediatric Oncology Fund which is enabling pediatric cancer patients to get some of the procedures like port flushes and blood draws locally that previously required travel to D.C., Richmond or Charlottesville. Joni is one of the most positive people you will ever meet, and she is extraordinarily adept at organizing armies of helpers. Her idea is that dealing with cancer is all about perspective and finding silver linings. For every sour moment, there is a drop of honey the comes along with it. The quote that she uses from C.S. Lewis is kind of a mantra for her work. “Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that, through you, others can see Him." For more information about Ellie's Elves and to find ways to help in your community, check out their Facebook page facebook.com/PrincessElliesElves/ or email them at phcolorrush@gmail.com.

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A.E.Bayne

ON THE PORCH Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists A.E.Bayne Laurie Black Kevin Brown Nick Cadwallender Collette Caprara Barbara Deal Anna Katya Hvizdo deLorenzo Christina Ferber Frank Fratoe Joan M. Geisler Ann Glave Alexis Grogan Ralph “Tuffy”Hicks Karl Karch David C. Kennedy Jo Loving Brenda Martin Vanessa Moncure Patrick Neustatter M.L. Powers Sarah Perry Scott Richards Suzanne Scherr Casey Alan Shaw Elizabeth Shotwell Meg Sneed Georgia Strentz James Kyle Synder Christine Thompson Dawn Whitmore 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 are welcome to request Writer’s Guidelines and query the Editor by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: frntprch@aol.com Web Site: www.frontporchfredericksburg.com 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 2017 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

a year of active involvement

Last year, I wrote an editorial about my goal of practicing loving kindness toward those in my life and my community here in Fredericksburg. It has not always been easy, but setting that intention has helped me approach challenging situations differently over the past year, especially throughout 2016’s divisive political campaigns. Watching conflicts, both onscreen and off, over fundamental differences in philosophy has been a test of my intention, the result of which has helped me to set this year’s goal toward being more actively involved in my community, especially regarding issues affecting the most vulnerable among us. Time and energy have always been my go-to excuses for why I am not more actively involved, and they are very real challenges. I work as a full-time educator and run a publication as a secondary career. I am a partner in a local book festival that requires year-round planning. I help to organize events for an area art gallery, and I try to write at least one freelance piece each month, whether for Front Porch or other publications. I also attempt to carve out time for creating visual art and poetry. When I am not working toward these personal and career goals, I am fostering relationships with family and friends. Time for anything else? Not really. Or is there? Like most people with access to the Internet or a cell phone, I spend a lot of unintended time online. The social media time-suck is a real phenomena. How often have I tapped on the screen to check recent updates, only to find myself scrolling, clicking and responding an hour

messages Virginia Happy New Year to you & your family, with gratitude for all you give to our community! Collette Caprara

Front Porch: What a great issue of Front Porch to start the year (January 2017). From Fritzi Newton's cover photo, to Bill Beck's editorial Pondering, to the many interesting articles---a pleasure.

February 2017

Front porch fredericksburg

a celebration of life By Kevin Brown

BY A.E.Bayne

Patricia Kent,Fredericksburg

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On the Trails Sarria, traversed past woodlands and hamlets over the rolling hills of Galicia, and culminated at the famous Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (below) on 24 October, Terrie’s 60th birthday.

later with no recollection of where the time has gone? I might do this under delusion of keeping in contact with friends or remaining informed, but I understand that social media is a superficial mechanism for true relationship building. Let’s face it; social media is easy. Building lasting relationships with people who hold differing opinions than I do is not. How’s that for a fact check?

L to R: Mitt, Dianne , Terri, David James

I also love to binge-watch my favorite shows and movies as much as the next person. How often have I started Episode 1 of fill-in-the-blank show, only to find myself six hours later at Episode 8 wondering if I have time for just one more? How do I reconcile spending those hours in front of the tube? The shows are quality programming covering important issues, the writing is top-notch, and whooboy, those actors are talented. Right. Excuses. Don’t get me wrong; downtime is a necessity for everyone. A person who doesn’t practice self-care will never be strong enough to care for others; however, I am sure there are myriad other ways I could take care of myself that would leave more time for more altruistic goals. Bottom line: My lifestyle choices in my downtime chew up hours that could better be served in active involvement in my community. I will spend this year examining where that time might be and will replace superfluous activities with those that will be meaningful to both myself and others. I’ll start with a couple of times a month and improve from there. The body works as a whole. When one part is weakened by Front Porch Just picked up my copy of FP at the Hospital. Last one left and it is only Jan.6th. Popular paper! I love it. Thanks again so much! Regards, Don Chewning

I Love The Front Porch!! Thank you,

From the River Heritage Trail to El Camino de Santiago

ill use or neglect it affects the entire being. I intend to listen more, to discuss more, and to do more. This is our home. I, for one, plan to jump in and participate. Best Always A.E. Bayne is the publisher of Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, a partner in the Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, and a veteran educator. She has lived in Fredericksburg for the past two decades. Hello I always enjoy picking up a copy of Front Porch. I usually learn something new despite my residence in Fredericksburg for over fifty years. Thank you for the nice salute to Jeff Fitzpatrick in the November issue. I always enjoy meeting new locals via Georgia Strentz's column. Kathy Mahoney

Christopher Wilson, Fredericksburg Virginia, I read the Front Porch on line most every month. It is such a wonderful connection to the area that was home for almost 30 years. Mary Jane Bohlen , Cranston, RI

As always, thank you for all you do for the arts and for the Fredericksburg area community. Thanks again! Lou Gramann

Last year while driving to the Fredericksburg Train station in the mornings, I kept seeing this tall, fitlooking couple walking briskly up Caroline Street towards the River Heritage Trail. Often in the evenings after work or on weekends, I noticed yet again this same tall, fit-looking couple walking the trail with a confident gait and sense of purpose. As Fredericksburg is a small town, my wife Susan and I came across this couple during First Friday at the Art First Gallery, and we took the opportunity to say hello and compliment them on their impressive trail-walking regimen. This is how we met David and Terrie James, and learned about their pilgrimage to celebrate life on the trails. Both David and Terrie have lived in Fredericksburg for over 30 years. He currently serves as the Right-of-Way Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), after serving for 29 years as a Reservist in the Army National Guard, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. She is retired after serving as the Dahlgren Postmaster, after a tour of duty at the Fredericksburg Post Office. Why were David and Terrie fervently training on our Fredericksburg trails in 2016? Well, they were preparing for a momentous personal journey. You see, Terrie was approaching her 60th birthday last year after surviving bouts of cancer in 2011 and 2015. To celebrate the precious gift of life, David and Terrie decided in June last year to prepare for a 6-day, 117.4-kilometer hike in scenic northwest Spain. The chose one of many pilgrimage routes that symbolically represent “The Way of St James” (St. James the Great’s burial procession from Jerusalem to Spain), popularly known as El Camino de Santiago. The James’ journey began on 19 October in the town of

How did our Fredericksburg trails help with Dave and Terrie’s training for this ambitious pilgrimage hike? Living downtown provided easy access to the 3.1 mile River Heritage Trail/Canal Path. The couple walked vigorously almost every day from June to October, traveling through downtown to connect with the River Heritage Trail/Canal Path, usually making a 6 mile loop. Note: They would have liked to train on more hills, like the steep Fall Hill Trail that is scheduled to open in early 2017. What were some of the James’ favorite memories from the pilgrimage? There were wonderful sites and centuriesold buildings and architecture, but the best part of the trip for David and Terrie was meeting fellow pilgrims from all over the world, not just Spain. Like Mitt and Dianne from Australia, who they encountered at a trailside Bed & Breakfast, commonly known in Europe as a "Pension". Although the Aussies went on ahead of their new Americans friends after their first meeting, the couples reunited by plan in the Cathedral Square, and then stuck around and enjoyed dinner together for the next few days. David and Terrie hope to plan another adventure with their new friends Mitt and Dianne sometime in the future! Thank you David and Terrie for sharing your inspiring “St James” pilgrimage story with us. We look forward to seeing what you come up with to celebrate Terrie’s 70th!

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A.E.Bayne

ON THE PORCH Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists A.E.Bayne Laurie Black Kevin Brown Nick Cadwallender Collette Caprara Barbara Deal Anna Katya Hvizdo deLorenzo Christina Ferber Frank Fratoe Joan M. Geisler Ann Glave Alexis Grogan Ralph “Tuffy”Hicks Karl Karch David C. Kennedy Jo Loving Brenda Martin Vanessa Moncure Patrick Neustatter M.L. Powers Sarah Perry Scott Richards Suzanne Scherr Casey Alan Shaw Elizabeth Shotwell Meg Sneed Georgia Strentz James Kyle Synder Christine Thompson Dawn Whitmore 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 are welcome to request Writer’s Guidelines and query the Editor by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: frntprch@aol.com Web Site: www.frontporchfredericksburg.com 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 2017 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

a year of active involvement

Last year, I wrote an editorial about my goal of practicing loving kindness toward those in my life and my community here in Fredericksburg. It has not always been easy, but setting that intention has helped me approach challenging situations differently over the past year, especially throughout 2016’s divisive political campaigns. Watching conflicts, both onscreen and off, over fundamental differences in philosophy has been a test of my intention, the result of which has helped me to set this year’s goal toward being more actively involved in my community, especially regarding issues affecting the most vulnerable among us. Time and energy have always been my go-to excuses for why I am not more actively involved, and they are very real challenges. I work as a full-time educator and run a publication as a secondary career. I am a partner in a local book festival that requires year-round planning. I help to organize events for an area art gallery, and I try to write at least one freelance piece each month, whether for Front Porch or other publications. I also attempt to carve out time for creating visual art and poetry. When I am not working toward these personal and career goals, I am fostering relationships with family and friends. Time for anything else? Not really. Or is there? Like most people with access to the Internet or a cell phone, I spend a lot of unintended time online. The social media time-suck is a real phenomena. How often have I tapped on the screen to check recent updates, only to find myself scrolling, clicking and responding an hour

messages Virginia Happy New Year to you & your family, with gratitude for all you give to our community! Collette Caprara

Front Porch: What a great issue of Front Porch to start the year (January 2017). From Fritzi Newton's cover photo, to Bill Beck's editorial Pondering, to the many interesting articles---a pleasure.

February 2017

Front porch fredericksburg

a celebration of life By Kevin Brown

BY A.E.Bayne

Patricia Kent,Fredericksburg

4

On the Trails Sarria, traversed past woodlands and hamlets over the rolling hills of Galicia, and culminated at the famous Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (below) on 24 October, Terrie’s 60th birthday.

later with no recollection of where the time has gone? I might do this under delusion of keeping in contact with friends or remaining informed, but I understand that social media is a superficial mechanism for true relationship building. Let’s face it; social media is easy. Building lasting relationships with people who hold differing opinions than I do is not. How’s that for a fact check?

L to R: Mitt, Dianne , Terri, David James

I also love to binge-watch my favorite shows and movies as much as the next person. How often have I started Episode 1 of fill-in-the-blank show, only to find myself six hours later at Episode 8 wondering if I have time for just one more? How do I reconcile spending those hours in front of the tube? The shows are quality programming covering important issues, the writing is top-notch, and whooboy, those actors are talented. Right. Excuses. Don’t get me wrong; downtime is a necessity for everyone. A person who doesn’t practice self-care will never be strong enough to care for others; however, I am sure there are myriad other ways I could take care of myself that would leave more time for more altruistic goals. Bottom line: My lifestyle choices in my downtime chew up hours that could better be served in active involvement in my community. I will spend this year examining where that time might be and will replace superfluous activities with those that will be meaningful to both myself and others. I’ll start with a couple of times a month and improve from there. The body works as a whole. When one part is weakened by Front Porch Just picked up my copy of FP at the Hospital. Last one left and it is only Jan.6th. Popular paper! I love it. Thanks again so much! Regards, Don Chewning

I Love The Front Porch!! Thank you,

From the River Heritage Trail to El Camino de Santiago

ill use or neglect it affects the entire being. I intend to listen more, to discuss more, and to do more. This is our home. I, for one, plan to jump in and participate. Best Always A.E. Bayne is the publisher of Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, a partner in the Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, and a veteran educator. She has lived in Fredericksburg for the past two decades. Hello I always enjoy picking up a copy of Front Porch. I usually learn something new despite my residence in Fredericksburg for over fifty years. Thank you for the nice salute to Jeff Fitzpatrick in the November issue. I always enjoy meeting new locals via Georgia Strentz's column. Kathy Mahoney

Christopher Wilson, Fredericksburg Virginia, I read the Front Porch on line most every month. It is such a wonderful connection to the area that was home for almost 30 years. Mary Jane Bohlen , Cranston, RI

As always, thank you for all you do for the arts and for the Fredericksburg area community. Thanks again! Lou Gramann

Last year while driving to the Fredericksburg Train station in the mornings, I kept seeing this tall, fitlooking couple walking briskly up Caroline Street towards the River Heritage Trail. Often in the evenings after work or on weekends, I noticed yet again this same tall, fit-looking couple walking the trail with a confident gait and sense of purpose. As Fredericksburg is a small town, my wife Susan and I came across this couple during First Friday at the Art First Gallery, and we took the opportunity to say hello and compliment them on their impressive trail-walking regimen. This is how we met David and Terrie James, and learned about their pilgrimage to celebrate life on the trails. Both David and Terrie have lived in Fredericksburg for over 30 years. He currently serves as the Right-of-Way Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), after serving for 29 years as a Reservist in the Army National Guard, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. She is retired after serving as the Dahlgren Postmaster, after a tour of duty at the Fredericksburg Post Office. Why were David and Terrie fervently training on our Fredericksburg trails in 2016? Well, they were preparing for a momentous personal journey. You see, Terrie was approaching her 60th birthday last year after surviving bouts of cancer in 2011 and 2015. To celebrate the precious gift of life, David and Terrie decided in June last year to prepare for a 6-day, 117.4-kilometer hike in scenic northwest Spain. The chose one of many pilgrimage routes that symbolically represent “The Way of St James” (St. James the Great’s burial procession from Jerusalem to Spain), popularly known as El Camino de Santiago. The James’ journey began on 19 October in the town of

How did our Fredericksburg trails help with Dave and Terrie’s training for this ambitious pilgrimage hike? Living downtown provided easy access to the 3.1 mile River Heritage Trail/Canal Path. The couple walked vigorously almost every day from June to October, traveling through downtown to connect with the River Heritage Trail/Canal Path, usually making a 6 mile loop. Note: They would have liked to train on more hills, like the steep Fall Hill Trail that is scheduled to open in early 2017. What were some of the James’ favorite memories from the pilgrimage? There were wonderful sites and centuriesold buildings and architecture, but the best part of the trip for David and Terrie was meeting fellow pilgrims from all over the world, not just Spain. Like Mitt and Dianne from Australia, who they encountered at a trailside Bed & Breakfast, commonly known in Europe as a "Pension". Although the Aussies went on ahead of their new Americans friends after their first meeting, the couples reunited by plan in the Cathedral Square, and then stuck around and enjoyed dinner together for the next few days. David and Terrie hope to plan another adventure with their new friends Mitt and Dianne sometime in the future! Thank you David and Terrie for sharing your inspiring “St James” pilgrimage story with us. We look forward to seeing what you come up with to celebrate Terrie’s 70th!

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Wild & Scenic Film Fest

“718” A Meeting Place in Downtown

adventure meets activism

By Kevin Brown You will not find a stronger Fredericksburg advocate than Michael Colangelo. A native son, Michael has a long track record of economic contribution and selfless service to our community. We asked Michael to describe his passion for Fredericksburg and introduce his latest new endeavor, “718” – an exciting new venue on Caroline St in the heart of downtown that is scheduled to open on the 1st of March.

By nick cadwallender

Red Wolf of North Carolina created jobs, cleaned their beaches and attracted tourists who stimulate their local economy. And then there’s David Bamberger who turned an overgrazed cattle ranch in the Texas hillcountry into an oasis, a haven for wild life. By planting native grasses and trees, water returned

Mozambique Landscape Shake off the winter blues! Ski, climb, paddle and bike your way to Friends of the adventure at Rappahannock’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. And don’t worry about missing out on tickets. After 5 years of packed houses at Movieco, FOR is moving their festival to UMW’s Dodd auditorium. Wild and Scenic is the largest environmental film festival in North America, hosted at 140 sites nationwide. Fredericksburg has been chosen to host the event for 6 years in succession, each year the audience has grown. “We have sold out for the past two years,” said Friends of the Rappahannock’s Woodie Walker. “Taking these great films to UMW will allow us to accomodate more than 1,000 people.” And that is just what FOR wants to do. Reach out to more people through these movies and inspire them to get out into the wild places in our own backyard.

Own The Movie A 40-minute film with aerial and underwater photography that tells the story of the Rappahannock River from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.

DVD $14.95; Members $11.96 www.riverfriends.org 540-373-3448 3219 Fall Hill Ave.

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Rappahannock into the longest free flowing river in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. So shake off those winter blues with Friends of the Rappahannock on Saturday, March 25 at Dodd Auditorium from 1- 5 p.m. Come on out and get inspired at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 on the day. Students will be admitted free of charge. College students bring your ID. Tickets are available online at riverfriends.org.

Q. Why are you so passionate about Fredericksburg? A. I think people shouldn't just live in our City, they should be part of the community. I'm a passionate person by nature, a relentless advocate for my hometown, and a believer in “being” the change I want to see.

6th annual Wild & Scenic FilmFest @ UMW’s Dodd Auditorium Saturday, March 25 1-5 5pm Tickets @riverfriends.org Buy soon...this event always sells out!

Alaskan Brown Bear

The festival will take you to places around the globe; surfing in Iceland, jet boating in Alaska, mountain climbing in Mozambique and diving on coral reefs off the Florida Keys. It will also confront you with the threats faced by our rivers, oceans, forests and deserts. You will meet the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee and the Red Wolves of North Carolina, both brought back from the brink of extinction by dedicated naturalists devoting thier lives to the protection of threatened species. The films are inspirational because they show ordinary folks doing extra-ordinary things. People like the villagers of Los Llanos, Mexico who through a home-grown recycling program collect 12- 16 metric tons of plastic a month from their beaches. They’ve

Front porch fredericksburg

Large or Small, I Sell Them All! Dreaming of Fabulous City Living? Let s Make It Happen!

to the land; springs, ponds and creeks have returned and with it the birds, animals, plants and even fish. You will meet Destiny Watford a Baltimore High Schooler who organized her classmates to prevent the construction of the nations largest incinerator less than one mile from their school. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things is what Friends of the Rappahannock is all about. It was a group of friends who 40 years ago came together to stop the building of a hydro-electric dam on the Rappahannock. It was some of those same people who worked with the City and others to place 4,000 acres of riverfront property into perpetual conservation easement. And it was ordinary folks who petitioned to take down the Embrey Dam and make the

Nick Cadwallender, former President & Publisher of the Free Lance-Star is an avid vegetable gardener, bike rider, and yoga practitioner. He now works with Friends of the Rappahannock.

Supporting Preservation Since 1997

Historic Preservation Design, LLC

Q. Tell us about your experience with opening up a new business in downtown? A. A few years ago, we could not find a small-size local venue to celebrate my parents’ 50th Anniversary. Fredericksburg has wonderful larger venues, but we just needed something more intimate. After this experience, I had a space available for lease as a broker for Johnson Realty Advisors. I would show it to clients while sharing my vision of its potential as a small venue. After finding no takers, I decided to purchase the building myself and “give it a go”. The building required substantial renovation, so I hired Sarah Hanson as my architect and Jay Holloway with Habalis Construction. Habalis excels in historic restoration and high quality craftsmanship. The City has been wonderful to work with. People sometimes

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make the mistake of dropping off a set of plans one day and expecting too much. We met early and often with Jeff Bragg and other City administrators, and by the time we submitted plans all sides were well versed in what was required. Q. What would you like to tell the public about “718”, what is your vision for the business and what it will mean to downtown Fredericksburg? A. “718” will be a small-scale venue available to book for intimate events with 95 people or less, like company Christmas parties, anniversary and birthday parties. We have a catering kitchen, which means there will be no ovens - just a commercial refrigerator and freezer with a warming stack and steel sinks and counters. It will be a perfect place for caterers to come, prep and serve. “718” will be a place for people to meet while also enjoying historic downtown Fredericksburg (we are one block from the downtown Marriott hotel and parking garage). The sumptuous atmosphere at “718”, resplendent with fine art, will complement momentous occasions where cherished memories will be made. We will be a part of First Friday and offer opportunities for local artists and musicians to hold pop-up events to provide them greater exposure and bring people together for fellowship. Q. Thank you for “being” the change you envision, Michael. Any final thoughts to share with the public? A. Thank you! I want our citizens to realize that Fredericksburg needs a strong base of economic development and support for our small businesses to sustain our City status and quality of life. Having people come and experience our local businesses helps our tax base and pays our teachers, first responders and other vital municipal responsibilities. My vision for Fredericksburg and “718” is to encourage, educate and build upon the great local opportunities our community offers. Kevin Brown is the administrator of the "On the Fredericksburg Va Trails" & the "FXBG City Council Public Forum" Facebook Group,

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Wild & Scenic Film Fest

“718” A Meeting Place in Downtown

adventure meets activism

By Kevin Brown You will not find a stronger Fredericksburg advocate than Michael Colangelo. A native son, Michael has a long track record of economic contribution and selfless service to our community. We asked Michael to describe his passion for Fredericksburg and introduce his latest new endeavor, “718” – an exciting new venue on Caroline St in the heart of downtown that is scheduled to open on the 1st of March.

By nick cadwallender

Red Wolf of North Carolina created jobs, cleaned their beaches and attracted tourists who stimulate their local economy. And then there’s David Bamberger who turned an overgrazed cattle ranch in the Texas hillcountry into an oasis, a haven for wild life. By planting native grasses and trees, water returned

Mozambique Landscape Shake off the winter blues! Ski, climb, paddle and bike your way to Friends of the adventure at Rappahannock’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. And don’t worry about missing out on tickets. After 5 years of packed houses at Movieco, FOR is moving their festival to UMW’s Dodd auditorium. Wild and Scenic is the largest environmental film festival in North America, hosted at 140 sites nationwide. Fredericksburg has been chosen to host the event for 6 years in succession, each year the audience has grown. “We have sold out for the past two years,” said Friends of the Rappahannock’s Woodie Walker. “Taking these great films to UMW will allow us to accomodate more than 1,000 people.” And that is just what FOR wants to do. Reach out to more people through these movies and inspire them to get out into the wild places in our own backyard.

Own The Movie A 40-minute film with aerial and underwater photography that tells the story of the Rappahannock River from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.

DVD $14.95; Members $11.96 www.riverfriends.org 540-373-3448 3219 Fall Hill Ave.

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Rappahannock into the longest free flowing river in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. So shake off those winter blues with Friends of the Rappahannock on Saturday, March 25 at Dodd Auditorium from 1- 5 p.m. Come on out and get inspired at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 on the day. Students will be admitted free of charge. College students bring your ID. Tickets are available online at riverfriends.org.

Q. Why are you so passionate about Fredericksburg? A. I think people shouldn't just live in our City, they should be part of the community. I'm a passionate person by nature, a relentless advocate for my hometown, and a believer in “being” the change I want to see.

6th annual Wild & Scenic FilmFest @ UMW’s Dodd Auditorium Saturday, March 25 1-5 5pm Tickets @riverfriends.org Buy soon...this event always sells out!

Alaskan Brown Bear

The festival will take you to places around the globe; surfing in Iceland, jet boating in Alaska, mountain climbing in Mozambique and diving on coral reefs off the Florida Keys. It will also confront you with the threats faced by our rivers, oceans, forests and deserts. You will meet the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee and the Red Wolves of North Carolina, both brought back from the brink of extinction by dedicated naturalists devoting thier lives to the protection of threatened species. The films are inspirational because they show ordinary folks doing extra-ordinary things. People like the villagers of Los Llanos, Mexico who through a home-grown recycling program collect 12- 16 metric tons of plastic a month from their beaches. They’ve

Front porch fredericksburg

Large or Small, I Sell Them All! Dreaming of Fabulous City Living? Let s Make It Happen!

to the land; springs, ponds and creeks have returned and with it the birds, animals, plants and even fish. You will meet Destiny Watford a Baltimore High Schooler who organized her classmates to prevent the construction of the nations largest incinerator less than one mile from their school. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things is what Friends of the Rappahannock is all about. It was a group of friends who 40 years ago came together to stop the building of a hydro-electric dam on the Rappahannock. It was some of those same people who worked with the City and others to place 4,000 acres of riverfront property into perpetual conservation easement. And it was ordinary folks who petitioned to take down the Embrey Dam and make the

Nick Cadwallender, former President & Publisher of the Free Lance-Star is an avid vegetable gardener, bike rider, and yoga practitioner. He now works with Friends of the Rappahannock.

Supporting Preservation Since 1997

Historic Preservation Design, LLC

Q. Tell us about your experience with opening up a new business in downtown? A. A few years ago, we could not find a small-size local venue to celebrate my parents’ 50th Anniversary. Fredericksburg has wonderful larger venues, but we just needed something more intimate. After this experience, I had a space available for lease as a broker for Johnson Realty Advisors. I would show it to clients while sharing my vision of its potential as a small venue. After finding no takers, I decided to purchase the building myself and “give it a go”. The building required substantial renovation, so I hired Sarah Hanson as my architect and Jay Holloway with Habalis Construction. Habalis excels in historic restoration and high quality craftsmanship. The City has been wonderful to work with. People sometimes

SUZY STONE Mobile:540.847.0630 Office: 540-898-2900 suzystone22@gmail.com C21redwood.com

make the mistake of dropping off a set of plans one day and expecting too much. We met early and often with Jeff Bragg and other City administrators, and by the time we submitted plans all sides were well versed in what was required. Q. What would you like to tell the public about “718”, what is your vision for the business and what it will mean to downtown Fredericksburg? A. “718” will be a small-scale venue available to book for intimate events with 95 people or less, like company Christmas parties, anniversary and birthday parties. We have a catering kitchen, which means there will be no ovens - just a commercial refrigerator and freezer with a warming stack and steel sinks and counters. It will be a perfect place for caterers to come, prep and serve. “718” will be a place for people to meet while also enjoying historic downtown Fredericksburg (we are one block from the downtown Marriott hotel and parking garage). The sumptuous atmosphere at “718”, resplendent with fine art, will complement momentous occasions where cherished memories will be made. We will be a part of First Friday and offer opportunities for local artists and musicians to hold pop-up events to provide them greater exposure and bring people together for fellowship. Q. Thank you for “being” the change you envision, Michael. Any final thoughts to share with the public? A. Thank you! I want our citizens to realize that Fredericksburg needs a strong base of economic development and support for our small businesses to sustain our City status and quality of life. Having people come and experience our local businesses helps our tax base and pays our teachers, first responders and other vital municipal responsibilities. My vision for Fredericksburg and “718” is to encourage, educate and build upon the great local opportunities our community offers. Kevin Brown is the administrator of the "On the Fredericksburg Va Trails" & the "FXBG City Council Public Forum" Facebook Group,

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February 2017

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Celebrate Black History Month

African American History & Culture

@ James Farmer Multicultural Center

A Large Selection Available

200 William Street Downtown ,Fredericksburg 540.373.4421 Mon-Sat: 9-5:30 CrownJewelersFredericksburg.com

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 the Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Visit mhafred.org or call 540-371-2701

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February 2017

James Baldwin, author and activist, once said, “If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” The 2017 Black History Month celebration seeks to draw parallels between the past and present; looking towards a brighter, more inclusive and limitless future for all. Please join the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we highlight accomplishments of Black Americans, celebrate diversity, and continue a fight for justice. Mammy, Sapphire, and Jezebel: Black Female Archetypes in Film & TV Wed, Feb. 1, 5 p.m. Lee Hall, 412 Dr. Wanda Simpkins will lead a discussion on the roles of Black women in cinematic history. Hip-H Hop Saved My Life Thurs, Feb 2,7 p.m. Lee Hall, 411 Co-sponsored by the Diversity and Unity Coordination Committee Since its inception, Hip-Hop has always been used to provide voice for marginalized communities, bring awareness to social issues, and ignite movement towards social equality. This event will show how Hip-Hop has been used as a platform to allow artist and the culture to address stigmas of mental illness in the Black community. Gospelfest Sat, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, Sponsored by Voices of Praise and UMW Praise Dance Team Join gospel choirs and praise dance teams from several Virginia colleges and universities as they engage in spiritual song and dance. Human Rights Film Series Presents: Mooz-llum Mon, Feb 6, 6 p.m. Colonnade Room, University Center Thanks to a strict Muslim upbringing that largely shielded him from the outside world, Tariq’s first year of college proves transformative. That is, until the 9/11 terrorist attacks invite growing suspicion and distrust from his angry classmates. “MOOZ-lum” is directed and written by Qasim Basir, and stars Danny Glover. The History of the Divine Nine: Scholarship, Service, and Tradition Tues Feb 7,| 6 p.m. Colonnade Room, This program aims to educate participants about the history and traditions of each divine nine organization and illustrate how each organization is significant in black history and presentday efforts to promote equity and the advancement of people of diversity. Great Lives Lecture: Nat Turner Tues, Feb7,7:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center Nat Turner was the leader of the most important rebellion of enslaved people in US history. The revolt itself most immediately created panic throughout the South, generated a debate in the Virginia

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legislature to seriously consider the gradual abolition of slavery, and inspired others to resist enslavement. Kenneth S. Greenberg is Distinguished Professor of History at Suffolk University will present. Observations on Two National Holidays: Memorial Day and Independence Day Mon, Feb 8, 4 p.m, Trinkle Hall Inspired by David Blight’s account in his book Race and Reunion of how Memorial Day first began in 1865 in Charlotte SC as Decoration Day, a black commemoration of Union dead in honor of their sacrifice, Craig Vasey will present on Blight’s scholarship while addressing Frederick Douglass’ account of July 4. Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Maggie Anderson Wed, Feb 8, 7 p.m. Digital Auditorium Margarita Anderson and her family made history and dominated headlines as national media covered their year-long stand in honor of Black professionals, entrepreneurs, businesses and neighborhoods. The Anderson family

lived exclusively off Black business and talent, and bought only Black-made products for an entire year. This firsttime ever real-life case study in self-help economics was called The Empowerment Experiment (EE).Their experiment resulted in a landmark study which proved how incremental support of Black businesses can improve the American economy. Colors of Africa Fri, Feb 10, 6 p.m. Chandler Ballroom, University Center Sponsored by the African Student Union, Bothers of a New Direction, Students Educating and Empowering Diversity, and Women of Color With a culture that is so diverse, Colors of Africa will raise awareness and highlight Caribbean, African, and

traditionally African American culture through music, dance, and food! Screening of the Netflix Original Documentary, “13th” Mon, Feb 13, 6 p.m. Digital Auditorium, The James Farmer Multicultural Center will host a special screening of the 2016 Netflix original documentary, 13th. A discussion of the movie will follow. I Love My Muses – A Poetry and Open Mic Night Thurs, Feb 16, 6:30 p.m. Underground Ra-Twoine Fields, New Jersey native will provide a poetry reading from his newly released book, I Love My Muses. An open mic portion will lead us into the reading and a book signing will follow the event. 25th Annual Step Show and Competition Sat, Feb 18, 7 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall call 540.654-1044. Sponsored by Women of Color and Black Student Association Join regional college and universities’ Greek step teams as they engage in a high-energy, entertaining competition. Monumental or An Epic Fail? A Closer Look At Brown vs. Board of Education Mon, Feb 20, 6:30 p.m Colonnade Room, University Center Historian Brittany Jones will discuss the resegregation of schools since Brown vs. Board of Education. Great Lives Lecture: Harriet Tubman by Catherine Clinton Tues, Feb 21,7:30 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall Born in Maryland in 1825, Harriet Tubman fled enslavement in 1849 and became a renowned abolitionist and intrepid abductor (assisting with escapes from within slave states) on the Underground Railroad. Her fame was not insured outside the black community until a growing number of popular children’s books at the end of the twentieth century celebrated her heroism. In the 21st century, her life has been explored more fully, and her accomplishments earned renewed interest, particularly with the announcement on April 20, 2016 that the U.S. Treasury will honor her as the first woman to grace the front of U.S. currency: Tubman’s portrait will appear on the front of the redesigned twenty dollar bill. Professor Catherine Clinton, the leading scholar on Tubman and one of the motivating forces behind Tubman’s being chosen for depiction on the $20 bill, will present. UWM Jazz Night Wed, Feb 22.6 p.m. The Underground, The Department of Music celebrates Black History Month with a free, public concert.

Front / Blacks Occupy Seats From Rear / No Smoking.”. This sign referenced a Jim Crow Law enabled by the Plessy v. Ferguson court case that allowed individual states to continue segregation of public facilities, physiologically and physically separating the races up until the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Providing an example of a Jim Crow stereotype, a third FAMCC object is a 1950s era wooden child’s toy, called a Jumping Jack Doll, that moves when a set of strings are pulled. The toy possesses

The popularity of African American history is achieving unparalleled heights. The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. opened in September last year and has been overwhelmed with visitors ever since. Locally, Spotsylvania County has created the African American Heritage Driving Trail with 11 stops commemorating 23 African American events, people, and places. Winding through Fredericksburg and Stafford County, the Trail to Freedom retraces the routes of faithful freedom-seekers - men, women, and children. In the heart of downtown, the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center (FAMCC) has collected numerous objects pertaining to African American history, with several currently on display. These objects, along with historical context, are described below. The first FAMCC artifact is a 1950s bathroom door from a gas station in Falmouth. “Ladies, White” is painted on the door. During segregation, Jim Crow laws were in place, prohibiting African Americans from sharing facilities with Whites. A second related FAMCC artifact is a bus sign from the Colonial Transit Company, also from 1950. The sign reads, “State Law! Whites Occupy Seats From

the same bulbous lips, black skin, and large eyes associated with the hateful, demeaning Jim Crow association. A fourth FAMCC piece is a ‘coloredonly’ ticket window from the old Victoria Theater (now part of Fredericksburg Baptist Church). The window includes the original glass pane with hole in the center (for talking) and bottom (for passing money) and the original marble counter top. After buying tickets from a different ticket window than white patrons, blacks sat in either the balcony or other segregated space. The final item currently on display at the FAMCC is a large neon-lit Central Lunch Sign from a business historically located at 815 Caroline Street, which had a segregated-lunch counter. In the middle of the 20th century, many downtown

As the fight against segregated-lunch counters swept the nation, a group of Fredericksburg African American youth, mentored by Dr. Phillip Wyatt, president of the Fredericksburg branch of the NAACP and leader in the Fredericksburg black community, bravely organized a non-violent demonstration against this segregation. The students endured hostile tactics by b u s i n e s s proprietors and abusive w h i t e customers who spat on them, blew smoke in their faces, and cursed at them. In the face of these young people’s courage and perseverance, downtown businesses eventually capitulated and changed their policies, which allowed integration.

In honor of Civil Rights for all Americans, we encourage everyone to get out and visit our local museums and follow the heritage trails!

Note: Special thanks to Sara Poore, President and CEO of the FAMCC, and former UMW Student Michelle Martz whose 2010 paper “The Civil Rights Movement: Fredericksburg’s Story” was used in providing reference material for this article.

Kevin Brown is the administrator of the "On the Fredericksburg Va Trails" & the "FXBG City Council Public Forum" Facebook Group,

Fredericksburg lunch establishments like People’s Drug Store, F.W. Woolworth’s and W.T. Grant’s only served white costumers.

“Best of Legacy” Crabtree & Evelyn Thymes Pillows Gifts And More!

Has Moved To

723 Caroline St

540.899.8077

Daily 10-5:30,Sunday 12-5

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February 2017

9


Celebrate Black History Month

African American History & Culture

@ James Farmer Multicultural Center

A Large Selection Available

200 William Street Downtown ,Fredericksburg 540.373.4421 Mon-Sat: 9-5:30 CrownJewelersFredericksburg.com

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 the Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Visit mhafred.org or call 540-371-2701

8

February 2017

James Baldwin, author and activist, once said, “If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” The 2017 Black History Month celebration seeks to draw parallels between the past and present; looking towards a brighter, more inclusive and limitless future for all. Please join the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we highlight accomplishments of Black Americans, celebrate diversity, and continue a fight for justice. Mammy, Sapphire, and Jezebel: Black Female Archetypes in Film & TV Wed, Feb. 1, 5 p.m. Lee Hall, 412 Dr. Wanda Simpkins will lead a discussion on the roles of Black women in cinematic history. Hip-H Hop Saved My Life Thurs, Feb 2,7 p.m. Lee Hall, 411 Co-sponsored by the Diversity and Unity Coordination Committee Since its inception, Hip-Hop has always been used to provide voice for marginalized communities, bring awareness to social issues, and ignite movement towards social equality. This event will show how Hip-Hop has been used as a platform to allow artist and the culture to address stigmas of mental illness in the Black community. Gospelfest Sat, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, Sponsored by Voices of Praise and UMW Praise Dance Team Join gospel choirs and praise dance teams from several Virginia colleges and universities as they engage in spiritual song and dance. Human Rights Film Series Presents: Mooz-llum Mon, Feb 6, 6 p.m. Colonnade Room, University Center Thanks to a strict Muslim upbringing that largely shielded him from the outside world, Tariq’s first year of college proves transformative. That is, until the 9/11 terrorist attacks invite growing suspicion and distrust from his angry classmates. “MOOZ-lum” is directed and written by Qasim Basir, and stars Danny Glover. The History of the Divine Nine: Scholarship, Service, and Tradition Tues Feb 7,| 6 p.m. Colonnade Room, This program aims to educate participants about the history and traditions of each divine nine organization and illustrate how each organization is significant in black history and presentday efforts to promote equity and the advancement of people of diversity. Great Lives Lecture: Nat Turner Tues, Feb7,7:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center Nat Turner was the leader of the most important rebellion of enslaved people in US history. The revolt itself most immediately created panic throughout the South, generated a debate in the Virginia

Front porch fredericksburg

legislature to seriously consider the gradual abolition of slavery, and inspired others to resist enslavement. Kenneth S. Greenberg is Distinguished Professor of History at Suffolk University will present. Observations on Two National Holidays: Memorial Day and Independence Day Mon, Feb 8, 4 p.m, Trinkle Hall Inspired by David Blight’s account in his book Race and Reunion of how Memorial Day first began in 1865 in Charlotte SC as Decoration Day, a black commemoration of Union dead in honor of their sacrifice, Craig Vasey will present on Blight’s scholarship while addressing Frederick Douglass’ account of July 4. Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Maggie Anderson Wed, Feb 8, 7 p.m. Digital Auditorium Margarita Anderson and her family made history and dominated headlines as national media covered their year-long stand in honor of Black professionals, entrepreneurs, businesses and neighborhoods. The Anderson family

lived exclusively off Black business and talent, and bought only Black-made products for an entire year. This firsttime ever real-life case study in self-help economics was called The Empowerment Experiment (EE).Their experiment resulted in a landmark study which proved how incremental support of Black businesses can improve the American economy. Colors of Africa Fri, Feb 10, 6 p.m. Chandler Ballroom, University Center Sponsored by the African Student Union, Bothers of a New Direction, Students Educating and Empowering Diversity, and Women of Color With a culture that is so diverse, Colors of Africa will raise awareness and highlight Caribbean, African, and

traditionally African American culture through music, dance, and food! Screening of the Netflix Original Documentary, “13th” Mon, Feb 13, 6 p.m. Digital Auditorium, The James Farmer Multicultural Center will host a special screening of the 2016 Netflix original documentary, 13th. A discussion of the movie will follow. I Love My Muses – A Poetry and Open Mic Night Thurs, Feb 16, 6:30 p.m. Underground Ra-Twoine Fields, New Jersey native will provide a poetry reading from his newly released book, I Love My Muses. An open mic portion will lead us into the reading and a book signing will follow the event. 25th Annual Step Show and Competition Sat, Feb 18, 7 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall call 540.654-1044. Sponsored by Women of Color and Black Student Association Join regional college and universities’ Greek step teams as they engage in a high-energy, entertaining competition. Monumental or An Epic Fail? A Closer Look At Brown vs. Board of Education Mon, Feb 20, 6:30 p.m Colonnade Room, University Center Historian Brittany Jones will discuss the resegregation of schools since Brown vs. Board of Education. Great Lives Lecture: Harriet Tubman by Catherine Clinton Tues, Feb 21,7:30 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall Born in Maryland in 1825, Harriet Tubman fled enslavement in 1849 and became a renowned abolitionist and intrepid abductor (assisting with escapes from within slave states) on the Underground Railroad. Her fame was not insured outside the black community until a growing number of popular children’s books at the end of the twentieth century celebrated her heroism. In the 21st century, her life has been explored more fully, and her accomplishments earned renewed interest, particularly with the announcement on April 20, 2016 that the U.S. Treasury will honor her as the first woman to grace the front of U.S. currency: Tubman’s portrait will appear on the front of the redesigned twenty dollar bill. Professor Catherine Clinton, the leading scholar on Tubman and one of the motivating forces behind Tubman’s being chosen for depiction on the $20 bill, will present. UWM Jazz Night Wed, Feb 22.6 p.m. The Underground, The Department of Music celebrates Black History Month with a free, public concert.

Front / Blacks Occupy Seats From Rear / No Smoking.”. This sign referenced a Jim Crow Law enabled by the Plessy v. Ferguson court case that allowed individual states to continue segregation of public facilities, physiologically and physically separating the races up until the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Providing an example of a Jim Crow stereotype, a third FAMCC object is a 1950s era wooden child’s toy, called a Jumping Jack Doll, that moves when a set of strings are pulled. The toy possesses

The popularity of African American history is achieving unparalleled heights. The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. opened in September last year and has been overwhelmed with visitors ever since. Locally, Spotsylvania County has created the African American Heritage Driving Trail with 11 stops commemorating 23 African American events, people, and places. Winding through Fredericksburg and Stafford County, the Trail to Freedom retraces the routes of faithful freedom-seekers - men, women, and children. In the heart of downtown, the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center (FAMCC) has collected numerous objects pertaining to African American history, with several currently on display. These objects, along with historical context, are described below. The first FAMCC artifact is a 1950s bathroom door from a gas station in Falmouth. “Ladies, White” is painted on the door. During segregation, Jim Crow laws were in place, prohibiting African Americans from sharing facilities with Whites. A second related FAMCC artifact is a bus sign from the Colonial Transit Company, also from 1950. The sign reads, “State Law! Whites Occupy Seats From

the same bulbous lips, black skin, and large eyes associated with the hateful, demeaning Jim Crow association. A fourth FAMCC piece is a ‘coloredonly’ ticket window from the old Victoria Theater (now part of Fredericksburg Baptist Church). The window includes the original glass pane with hole in the center (for talking) and bottom (for passing money) and the original marble counter top. After buying tickets from a different ticket window than white patrons, blacks sat in either the balcony or other segregated space. The final item currently on display at the FAMCC is a large neon-lit Central Lunch Sign from a business historically located at 815 Caroline Street, which had a segregated-lunch counter. In the middle of the 20th century, many downtown

As the fight against segregated-lunch counters swept the nation, a group of Fredericksburg African American youth, mentored by Dr. Phillip Wyatt, president of the Fredericksburg branch of the NAACP and leader in the Fredericksburg black community, bravely organized a non-violent demonstration against this segregation. The students endured hostile tactics by b u s i n e s s proprietors and abusive w h i t e customers who spat on them, blew smoke in their faces, and cursed at them. In the face of these young people’s courage and perseverance, downtown businesses eventually capitulated and changed their policies, which allowed integration.

In honor of Civil Rights for all Americans, we encourage everyone to get out and visit our local museums and follow the heritage trails!

Note: Special thanks to Sara Poore, President and CEO of the FAMCC, and former UMW Student Michelle Martz whose 2010 paper “The Civil Rights Movement: Fredericksburg’s Story” was used in providing reference material for this article.

Kevin Brown is the administrator of the "On the Fredericksburg Va Trails" & the "FXBG City Council Public Forum" Facebook Group,

Fredericksburg lunch establishments like People’s Drug Store, F.W. Woolworth’s and W.T. Grant’s only served white costumers.

“Best of Legacy” Crabtree & Evelyn Thymes Pillows Gifts And More!

Has Moved To

723 Caroline St

540.899.8077

Daily 10-5:30,Sunday 12-5

front porch fredericksburg

February 2017

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“I Have A Friend”

Everything Greens Local Resident Heidi Hubbell donated a wonderful Hawthorn tree to Downtown Greens in 2016. It took a beating with the weather and location but is doing well. I hear that Hawthorns can flourish anywhere. Now that is a tree that Downtown Greens can get behind! They can also live up to 100 years. The Hawthorn comes back in the story later, but for now let’s chat about the heart. The heart is no unspecial organ, its properties profound, literal and metaphoric. Ancient Greeks held that the heart was the center of the soul. Ancient Romans understood the heart to be the single most vital organ to sustain life. In Christianity, the Sacred Heart symbol, which reached a high point during the Middle Ages, is still seen in art and doctrine today. The heart can sing, cry, feel. You can get to the “heart of the matter.” It can be tested in trying times like these in America. It also serves very clear functions that the following herb supports like clockwork. If you were to go into any

health food store and ask what herb they would recommend for the heart, they will most likely tell you “Hawthorn”.

when there is a suspicion of a problem, or cardiovascular disease.”

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and its woodland cousin Crataegus laevigata have been used since time immemorial as food and medicine. It is an official drug in the pharmacopoeias of many advanced countries. Also called “maybush” (UK) and “l’epine noble” (the noble thorn in French) since it was supposedly used for Christ’s Crown of Thorns.

Hawthorn is also food for more than 300 insects! Sounds like a pollinator paradise to me! One of our goals at Downtown Greens is to promote and continue transforming our gardens into a pollinator paradise. Our pollinators need all the support they can get. The Hawthorn is food for over eight different caterpillars. Its flowers are food and provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects. The berries are rich in antioxidants and are eaten by many birds such as cedar waxwings, sparrows and thrushes, as well as small mammals.

Hawthorn, taken over time (3 months) is said to strengthen the heart and increase the quality of circulation around the heart. Most heart attacks occur from not enough blood to the heart not the other way around. Of course, you should consult with your physician and a professional herbalist for specifics on herbal medicine. Renowned herbalist Christopher Hobbs says that “besides garlic, it should be added to one's daily dietary regimen

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Grow your own medicine and be heart healthy to boot. Plant a lovely Hawthorn tree or bush in your yard today!

visiting ever since. Bob explains, “It has been a wonderful match! I can’t believe how much we share in similar interests. And when I am down, she lifts my spirits!”

Anna-Katya Hvizdos de Lorenzo is an herbalist and is the Horticultural Director at Downtown Greens.

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Their story is just one of many successful friendships which began with the Senior Visitors Program. The program was launched in 2000 by Mental Health America of Fredericksburg which developed the Senior Visitors Program as a free community service - there is no cost to seniors. This remarkable program bridges generations, connects our community, and in some cases gives much needed respite to caregivers. The concept is simple, match a volunteer from the community with a senior who could use a little companionship.

Are you interested in learning more about herbal medicine & pollinatorfriendly plants? Come check us out at Downtown Greens where we host herb walks & offer herbal medicine workshops. The Northern Neck School of Herbalism & Green Comfort Herbal School are www.greencomfortherbschool.com also both great resources in learning how to grow and make your own medicine locally.

- By Frank Fratoe

Jewell Wolterman

Office Hours by Appointment Only Monday through Saturday

By Laurie Black

By anna katyahvizdos de lorenzo

By On a rather ordinary Sunday afternoon, Bob Biscoe and Peaches, make their way along the streets of Spotsylvania for a rather extraordinary visit to their dear friend, Eugenia. Eugenia gets dressed up and is waiting and ready with a treat for Peaches. Peaches is eager to please and delights in the attention.

Love will not survive until it is challenged and may be vulnerable from forces outward or doubt from within.

“Miss Genie” and Peaches play ball while Bob and Eugenia laugh and share memories or talk about current issues. All too soon it is time to go, but there are phone calls during the week to check on each other until their next visit.

Passion cools in time and plans are delayed that must be tentative as trouble hinders us before we keep going.

On Eugenia’s birthday Bob cooked her favorite meal for her. He chuckles, “I love to spoil her; she is worth spoiling!” Bob says that he often wishes she was his mother. That is just how close they feel. Eugenia says, “You and Peaches are my two most favorite people.” Bob points out that she considers Peaches a person!

If romance has died then it never existed but is real and strong when all the hazards have come to nothing.

Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city. He has written poems from the heart for Front Porch for the past 7 years.

You might wonder how this trio of friends came together. They were brought together by the Senior Visitors Program. Bob heard about the Senior Visitors Program at a community event and immediately thought he would like to give it a try. Around the same time, Eugenia was referred to Senior Visitors by her Home Health provider. They were matched together in 2014 and have been

Attorney and Counselor At Law

(540)371-4720

Bob & eugenia

Hawthorn and the Heart

Anne Ligon Woodbridge

Teresa Bowers, the Senior Visitors Program Director, states, “Our volunteers come from all ages and stages in life. We welcome adults 18+, including retirees, couples, and families as volunteers. Volunteers are asked to visit one hour per week and are asked to make a 6-month commitment to the program. Volunteer hours are flexible and matches are made based on time availability, geographic proximity, and common interests or background.” When asked about how matches are made Ms. Bowers indicates, “There is an art to making a match. It takes special consideration of both the client and the volunteer and maybe even a little bit of magic.” Every match is unique. For some Senior Visitors “friends” a visit consists of running an errand, for others a weekly game of chess, watching an old movie, or taking a stroll around Hurkamp Park. Teresa notes, “Though volunteers typically visit for an hour a week, many volunteers give so much more.” So many, like Bob and Eugenia, come to feel like family. For more information on how to refer a senior or become a volunteer, call Mental Health America of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-2 2704 or visit their website mhafred.org.

Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program

201 Princess Anne St Old Town Fredericksburg, VA Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia and the State of New York

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“I Have A Friend”

Everything Greens Local Resident Heidi Hubbell donated a wonderful Hawthorn tree to Downtown Greens in 2016. It took a beating with the weather and location but is doing well. I hear that Hawthorns can flourish anywhere. Now that is a tree that Downtown Greens can get behind! They can also live up to 100 years. The Hawthorn comes back in the story later, but for now let’s chat about the heart. The heart is no unspecial organ, its properties profound, literal and metaphoric. Ancient Greeks held that the heart was the center of the soul. Ancient Romans understood the heart to be the single most vital organ to sustain life. In Christianity, the Sacred Heart symbol, which reached a high point during the Middle Ages, is still seen in art and doctrine today. The heart can sing, cry, feel. You can get to the “heart of the matter.” It can be tested in trying times like these in America. It also serves very clear functions that the following herb supports like clockwork. If you were to go into any

health food store and ask what herb they would recommend for the heart, they will most likely tell you “Hawthorn”.

when there is a suspicion of a problem, or cardiovascular disease.”

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and its woodland cousin Crataegus laevigata have been used since time immemorial as food and medicine. It is an official drug in the pharmacopoeias of many advanced countries. Also called “maybush” (UK) and “l’epine noble” (the noble thorn in French) since it was supposedly used for Christ’s Crown of Thorns.

Hawthorn is also food for more than 300 insects! Sounds like a pollinator paradise to me! One of our goals at Downtown Greens is to promote and continue transforming our gardens into a pollinator paradise. Our pollinators need all the support they can get. The Hawthorn is food for over eight different caterpillars. Its flowers are food and provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects. The berries are rich in antioxidants and are eaten by many birds such as cedar waxwings, sparrows and thrushes, as well as small mammals.

Hawthorn, taken over time (3 months) is said to strengthen the heart and increase the quality of circulation around the heart. Most heart attacks occur from not enough blood to the heart not the other way around. Of course, you should consult with your physician and a professional herbalist for specifics on herbal medicine. Renowned herbalist Christopher Hobbs says that “besides garlic, it should be added to one's daily dietary regimen

Where Customer Service and Title Insurance Become One

Grow your own medicine and be heart healthy to boot. Plant a lovely Hawthorn tree or bush in your yard today!

visiting ever since. Bob explains, “It has been a wonderful match! I can’t believe how much we share in similar interests. And when I am down, she lifts my spirits!”

Anna-Katya Hvizdos de Lorenzo is an herbalist and is the Horticultural Director at Downtown Greens.

THE POETRY MAN Ultimate Test

1320 Central Park Blvd, Ste 200, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 540-907-0574 www.elitetitleva.com jwolterman@elitetitleva.com

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February 2017

540/371-9890

Front porch fredericksburg

Their story is just one of many successful friendships which began with the Senior Visitors Program. The program was launched in 2000 by Mental Health America of Fredericksburg which developed the Senior Visitors Program as a free community service - there is no cost to seniors. This remarkable program bridges generations, connects our community, and in some cases gives much needed respite to caregivers. The concept is simple, match a volunteer from the community with a senior who could use a little companionship.

Are you interested in learning more about herbal medicine & pollinatorfriendly plants? Come check us out at Downtown Greens where we host herb walks & offer herbal medicine workshops. The Northern Neck School of Herbalism & Green Comfort Herbal School are www.greencomfortherbschool.com also both great resources in learning how to grow and make your own medicine locally.

- By Frank Fratoe

Jewell Wolterman

Office Hours by Appointment Only Monday through Saturday

By Laurie Black

By anna katyahvizdos de lorenzo

By On a rather ordinary Sunday afternoon, Bob Biscoe and Peaches, make their way along the streets of Spotsylvania for a rather extraordinary visit to their dear friend, Eugenia. Eugenia gets dressed up and is waiting and ready with a treat for Peaches. Peaches is eager to please and delights in the attention.

Love will not survive until it is challenged and may be vulnerable from forces outward or doubt from within.

“Miss Genie” and Peaches play ball while Bob and Eugenia laugh and share memories or talk about current issues. All too soon it is time to go, but there are phone calls during the week to check on each other until their next visit.

Passion cools in time and plans are delayed that must be tentative as trouble hinders us before we keep going.

On Eugenia’s birthday Bob cooked her favorite meal for her. He chuckles, “I love to spoil her; she is worth spoiling!” Bob says that he often wishes she was his mother. That is just how close they feel. Eugenia says, “You and Peaches are my two most favorite people.” Bob points out that she considers Peaches a person!

If romance has died then it never existed but is real and strong when all the hazards have come to nothing.

Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city. He has written poems from the heart for Front Porch for the past 7 years.

You might wonder how this trio of friends came together. They were brought together by the Senior Visitors Program. Bob heard about the Senior Visitors Program at a community event and immediately thought he would like to give it a try. Around the same time, Eugenia was referred to Senior Visitors by her Home Health provider. They were matched together in 2014 and have been

Attorney and Counselor At Law

(540)371-4720

Bob & eugenia

Hawthorn and the Heart

Anne Ligon Woodbridge

Teresa Bowers, the Senior Visitors Program Director, states, “Our volunteers come from all ages and stages in life. We welcome adults 18+, including retirees, couples, and families as volunteers. Volunteers are asked to visit one hour per week and are asked to make a 6-month commitment to the program. Volunteer hours are flexible and matches are made based on time availability, geographic proximity, and common interests or background.” When asked about how matches are made Ms. Bowers indicates, “There is an art to making a match. It takes special consideration of both the client and the volunteer and maybe even a little bit of magic.” Every match is unique. For some Senior Visitors “friends” a visit consists of running an errand, for others a weekly game of chess, watching an old movie, or taking a stroll around Hurkamp Park. Teresa notes, “Though volunteers typically visit for an hour a week, many volunteers give so much more.” So many, like Bob and Eugenia, come to feel like family. For more information on how to refer a senior or become a volunteer, call Mental Health America of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-2 2704 or visit their website mhafred.org.

Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program

201 Princess Anne St Old Town Fredericksburg, VA Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia and the State of New York

Helping You Heal Naturally

The Way Your Body Was Meant To Dr. Jason Sneed, D.O. 540-322-5040 www.odomedicine.com front porch fredericksburg

February 2017

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Vino Winter’s end by scott richards February is, for me, the beginning of spring. This is when things really start happening. Whether or not you are a viticulturist or any other kind of culturist, it's a jumpin' month. I used to think of this time as the winter doldrums. Granted, there is often a lot of snow and crazy weather, but for the past few winters, I have had an expectancy that I have not been able to shake. Even though plants are still dormant, the sap is starting to flow, not just in the trees, but in people as well. In the vineyard, pruning is the order of business. Arguably, it is one of the most important times of the vineyard calendar. But then again, every time in the vineyard calendar is the most important time. There is no slacking. With pruning, comes spraying a dormant oil to cover the wounds made by cuts due to pruning. After that, there is more spraying and then more spraying, on and on. Oh, and don't forget, while pruning, the counting of the buds take place, giving somewhat of an idea of what the year may look like at harvest. That is if everything works as it is supposed to, fat chance. Outside of the vineyard, the Hallmark Holidays began to hit us hard. Valentine's Day is one my mother used to love because she had an excuse to send her grandchildren Valentine cards and give them chocolate candy. After what she considered a sufficient amount of chocolate was dispersed, she would turn them back over to us to deal with the residual effects. This is one of those holidays when people buy pink bubbly they don't really care for, but they feel like they have to do it because it is what you do at Valentine's Day. For those of you who like pink bubbly, please enjoy, but there are other options that allow freedom from worrying about the fizz. A good rosé is a lovely (close to pink) and sexy wine. When paired with Northern Neck oysters, or any other fare for that matter, it can be a great catalyst for a romantic evening to remember. With the recent inauguration of our 45th president, the subject of past presidents is still fresh in the minds of many. Of course, Presidents' Day occurs in February, and the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail is providing a way to celebrate. On February 18-20, seven vineyards in the

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Season’s Bounty romance of food

By vanessa moncure

Olde Towne BUTCHER Corner of William & Charles Streets Downtown Fredericksburg 540.370.4105 www.oldetownebutcher.com Hours Monday - Saturday, 9am to 9pm; Sunday, 11am to 6pm Keith Lebor Proprietor

Northern Neck area will be providing a wine and cherries event. Imagine a good wine paired with the following desserts: Good Luck Cellars: Cherry Brownies and Cherry Pie Ingleside Vineyards: Cherry Cupcakes and ChocolateCherry Cookies Oak Crest Vineyard and Winery: Cherry Brownies Vault Field Vineyards: Cherry Fudge Cake Caret Cellars, Dog and Oyster Vineyard, and General's Ridge Vineyard will be serving Cherry treats. Spring starts in February. Just because ladies wear stocking caps instead of Easter bonnets, does not mean life is not roaring. Visit your favorite winery or enjoy a nice bottle in the comfort of your home with your loved one this month, and kiss the winter doldrums goodbye! Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail Wine & Cherries Event February 18-2 20 Scott Richards is owner of Loch Haven Vineyards, and a free lance writer Read his blog at fromthevine.wordpress.com or Contact him at bgmeadowswine@yahoo.com

Flowers and velvet-flocked chocolate boxes; a hand-crafted paper doily Valentine; romantic dinners a deux; poems, gifts of lace, perfume and glints of gold - a shining day in the midst of winter dark meant for love for that special someone. But did you know that February is National Heart Month? And Valentine’s Day can be the perfect day to begin (or continue) eating a heart-healthy diet. Plenty of exercise and a continuing diet of moderation will ensure many years with your Valentine. Following is a romantic meal to show your Valentine you care about their healthy heart, and you won’t have to sacrifice deliciousness! DILLED SALMON Purchase wild-caught salmon, either in steaks or a 12-oz filet, both with skin on. Mix together 1 tsp. each dried dill weed, tarragon leaves and garlic with 1 tsp. olive oil. Brush top of salmon with mixture and preheat broiler. Broil salmon on metal pan until browned, then reduce oven to 350F and cook through. (Should only be an additional 5-7 min. after browning, but depends on thickness of fish). Remove from heat, squeeze fresh lemon juice (1 tsp) over fish. Serve w/ sauce made from dijon mustard and fresh dill. GRILLED ASPARAGUS Toast ¼ c. pine nuts over medium-low flame in non-stick skillet when they just begin to brown, watch them carefully as they can easily burn. When they color, turn out of pan onto paper towel. Let cool. Wash and cut woody ends of asparagus - use a narrow or medium-stalk. Brush 8 oz. of asparagus with olive oil, place on metal pan and broil along with the salmon, turning if they get too browned (or grill). If they’re not yet tender, continue at 350F w/ salmon. Place asparagus on plate, sprinkle w/ pine nuts. WILD RICE Actually not rice, but seeds of a grass plant. Purchase the dark rice and

cook in chicken broth as package directs for broth amount and time (usually 45 min.). FLOATING ISLANDS Prepare early in the day. Beat 3 egg whites with ¼c. Splenda until they form very stiff and glossy peaks; fold in 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Place in 2-inch mounds on parchment-covered baking sheet, then place in preheated 300F oven for 1 ½ - 2 hours or until dried and very lightly browned. Let cool on a rack. When ready to serve, mix 1 ½ c. lowfat raspberry yogurt with enough pure pomegranate juice to make a creamy consistency, like soup. Place yogurt mixture in bottom of cream soup bowls, place 1-3 meringues atop the mixture, then sprinkle with fresh raspberries. This meal is filled with heart nutrients - antioxidants in the fish, olive oil, asparagus, pomegranate juice and nuts - fiber reduces levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, found in rice and nuts electrolytes and phytonutrients, ensuring healthy heart rhythm and having antiinflammatory properties. Happy HeartHealthy Valentine’s Day to you! PS Perhaps the most romantic of three versions of St. Valentine - the original St. Valentine was a priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius. He ruled that unmarried men must serve in his army, and to that end banned all marriages. Valentine performed marriages in secret, but was discovered, jailed and sentenced to death. Young lovers felt the injustice and visited the prison with gifts of flowers and loving notes. After Claudius was put to death February 14, 269AD, the ban was overturned. Since then, poems, notes, flowers and love tokens prove true love is sacred; St. Valentine’s sacrifice is memorialized annually.

Vanessa Moncure, a Cupid at heart, combines romance with culinary delights.

Serving Breakfast Sandwiches 10am ~ 11:30am Lunch 10am ~ 4pm Open Monday ~ Saturday 10am - 4pm 540.371.2233 www.thevirginiadeli.com 826 Caroline corner of Caroline & George Streets

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Vino Winter’s end by scott richards February is, for me, the beginning of spring. This is when things really start happening. Whether or not you are a viticulturist or any other kind of culturist, it's a jumpin' month. I used to think of this time as the winter doldrums. Granted, there is often a lot of snow and crazy weather, but for the past few winters, I have had an expectancy that I have not been able to shake. Even though plants are still dormant, the sap is starting to flow, not just in the trees, but in people as well. In the vineyard, pruning is the order of business. Arguably, it is one of the most important times of the vineyard calendar. But then again, every time in the vineyard calendar is the most important time. There is no slacking. With pruning, comes spraying a dormant oil to cover the wounds made by cuts due to pruning. After that, there is more spraying and then more spraying, on and on. Oh, and don't forget, while pruning, the counting of the buds take place, giving somewhat of an idea of what the year may look like at harvest. That is if everything works as it is supposed to, fat chance. Outside of the vineyard, the Hallmark Holidays began to hit us hard. Valentine's Day is one my mother used to love because she had an excuse to send her grandchildren Valentine cards and give them chocolate candy. After what she considered a sufficient amount of chocolate was dispersed, she would turn them back over to us to deal with the residual effects. This is one of those holidays when people buy pink bubbly they don't really care for, but they feel like they have to do it because it is what you do at Valentine's Day. For those of you who like pink bubbly, please enjoy, but there are other options that allow freedom from worrying about the fizz. A good rosé is a lovely (close to pink) and sexy wine. When paired with Northern Neck oysters, or any other fare for that matter, it can be a great catalyst for a romantic evening to remember. With the recent inauguration of our 45th president, the subject of past presidents is still fresh in the minds of many. Of course, Presidents' Day occurs in February, and the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail is providing a way to celebrate. On February 18-20, seven vineyards in the

12

February 2017

Front porch fredericksburg

Season’s Bounty romance of food

By vanessa moncure

Olde Towne BUTCHER Corner of William & Charles Streets Downtown Fredericksburg 540.370.4105 www.oldetownebutcher.com Hours Monday - Saturday, 9am to 9pm; Sunday, 11am to 6pm Keith Lebor Proprietor

Northern Neck area will be providing a wine and cherries event. Imagine a good wine paired with the following desserts: Good Luck Cellars: Cherry Brownies and Cherry Pie Ingleside Vineyards: Cherry Cupcakes and ChocolateCherry Cookies Oak Crest Vineyard and Winery: Cherry Brownies Vault Field Vineyards: Cherry Fudge Cake Caret Cellars, Dog and Oyster Vineyard, and General's Ridge Vineyard will be serving Cherry treats. Spring starts in February. Just because ladies wear stocking caps instead of Easter bonnets, does not mean life is not roaring. Visit your favorite winery or enjoy a nice bottle in the comfort of your home with your loved one this month, and kiss the winter doldrums goodbye! Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail Wine & Cherries Event February 18-2 20 Scott Richards is owner of Loch Haven Vineyards, and a free lance writer Read his blog at fromthevine.wordpress.com or Contact him at bgmeadowswine@yahoo.com

Flowers and velvet-flocked chocolate boxes; a hand-crafted paper doily Valentine; romantic dinners a deux; poems, gifts of lace, perfume and glints of gold - a shining day in the midst of winter dark meant for love for that special someone. But did you know that February is National Heart Month? And Valentine’s Day can be the perfect day to begin (or continue) eating a heart-healthy diet. Plenty of exercise and a continuing diet of moderation will ensure many years with your Valentine. Following is a romantic meal to show your Valentine you care about their healthy heart, and you won’t have to sacrifice deliciousness! DILLED SALMON Purchase wild-caught salmon, either in steaks or a 12-oz filet, both with skin on. Mix together 1 tsp. each dried dill weed, tarragon leaves and garlic with 1 tsp. olive oil. Brush top of salmon with mixture and preheat broiler. Broil salmon on metal pan until browned, then reduce oven to 350F and cook through. (Should only be an additional 5-7 min. after browning, but depends on thickness of fish). Remove from heat, squeeze fresh lemon juice (1 tsp) over fish. Serve w/ sauce made from dijon mustard and fresh dill. GRILLED ASPARAGUS Toast ¼ c. pine nuts over medium-low flame in non-stick skillet when they just begin to brown, watch them carefully as they can easily burn. When they color, turn out of pan onto paper towel. Let cool. Wash and cut woody ends of asparagus - use a narrow or medium-stalk. Brush 8 oz. of asparagus with olive oil, place on metal pan and broil along with the salmon, turning if they get too browned (or grill). If they’re not yet tender, continue at 350F w/ salmon. Place asparagus on plate, sprinkle w/ pine nuts. WILD RICE Actually not rice, but seeds of a grass plant. Purchase the dark rice and

cook in chicken broth as package directs for broth amount and time (usually 45 min.). FLOATING ISLANDS Prepare early in the day. Beat 3 egg whites with ¼c. Splenda until they form very stiff and glossy peaks; fold in 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Place in 2-inch mounds on parchment-covered baking sheet, then place in preheated 300F oven for 1 ½ - 2 hours or until dried and very lightly browned. Let cool on a rack. When ready to serve, mix 1 ½ c. lowfat raspberry yogurt with enough pure pomegranate juice to make a creamy consistency, like soup. Place yogurt mixture in bottom of cream soup bowls, place 1-3 meringues atop the mixture, then sprinkle with fresh raspberries. This meal is filled with heart nutrients - antioxidants in the fish, olive oil, asparagus, pomegranate juice and nuts - fiber reduces levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, found in rice and nuts electrolytes and phytonutrients, ensuring healthy heart rhythm and having antiinflammatory properties. Happy HeartHealthy Valentine’s Day to you! PS Perhaps the most romantic of three versions of St. Valentine - the original St. Valentine was a priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius. He ruled that unmarried men must serve in his army, and to that end banned all marriages. Valentine performed marriages in secret, but was discovered, jailed and sentenced to death. Young lovers felt the injustice and visited the prison with gifts of flowers and loving notes. After Claudius was put to death February 14, 269AD, the ban was overturned. Since then, poems, notes, flowers and love tokens prove true love is sacred; St. Valentine’s sacrifice is memorialized annually.

Vanessa Moncure, a Cupid at heart, combines romance with culinary delights.

Serving Breakfast Sandwiches 10am ~ 11:30am Lunch 10am ~ 4pm Open Monday ~ Saturday 10am - 4pm 540.371.2233 www.thevirginiadeli.com 826 Caroline corner of Caroline & George Streets

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Cooking With Kyle

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by james kyle snyder Brrrrrr As one of the coldest months of the year, February affords us the opportunity to make something both warm and spicy to take the edge off the bitterness and warm us from the inside. As soup season continues, I get to break out a winter favorite - spicy fish soup! This dish leans in the paleo keto direction of diets. It is rich, filling, and nutritious. You can add spinach to it at the end to get your greens in and liven the pot even more. It’s soup – haha - so you can do just about anything you like to turn it into your very own version of this basic, easy recipe. Start by warming 15 ounces of coconut milk, 2 cups of chicken bone broth, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp S&P, and ½ tsp of both red and white pepper in a larger pot. Don’t let it boil – yet. Any time you have a recipe, which requires heating a liquid, it saves time getting it started first.

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While that warms, wash one pound of cod and cut into inch-by-inch squares. In a non-reactive container, juice a lime over it, making sure all pieces are covered. Set the cod aside at room temperature. For this, and many other recipes, I like to cook the vegetable individually to get them just right (definitely not mushy). Start two sauté pans with a little oil in them. I don’t mind the dishes and like to reduce cook time. If you have the time and are dish adverse, one pan will do. Place one diced medium onion, two cloves of minced garlic, and one diced jalapeno in one of sauté pans on medium high with a little oil. Cook until the onions are translucent 3-4 minutes and add the pan’s contents to the pot. As with any spicy dish, if you are not a spice fan, leave the hot stuff out. In the other sauté pan on medium with a little oil in it as well, add inch-by-inch squares of 1 red pepper and 1

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Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm Sun 11am - 9pm Bar open until 2am everyday yellow pepper. Cook these until barely al dente and add to the simmering pot. Add 2 cups of chopped tomatoes to the pot, turn it up to high to bring it to a boil. Just as the caldron starts to boil, add in the fish squares – lime juice and all - and bring it back to a boil again. Put the lid on and set it off the heat for 10 minutes. You are effectively poaching the fish. This method works great for tilapia in a pan with white wine, butter, and capers or any white fish in a broth. Bring the broth to a boil, add fish, back to a boil, and set aside for 10 minutes. Voila! Perfect fish. Great garnishes for our soup are chopped fresh cilantro and additional lime wedges. You could also pour the delicious concoction over spinach or kale, as previously mentioned, to really “healthyup” this filling meal. Soups are a great way to teach children how to cook. They can be fun family times too. Deconstruct the meal

into its components with just the poached fish and broth in the pot. The only addition step needed would be to cook the tomatoes in a little of the broth for a couple minutes. Then, let each member create their own version in their bowls. These can then be shared to see whose is the best and who has to do the dishes. From our house to yours, keeping it simple, easy, and delicious. Be well!

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Brightening up an otherwise cold and dreary evening, the nationwide phenomenon “Nerd Nite” burst onto the Fredericksburg scene last month. The sounds of clinking mugs and hearty conversation filled the air at the bustling Red Dragon Brewery, where patrons young and old gathered in a quest for knowledge and a thirst for craft beer. How did this unusual event come about? Introducing Nerd Nite FXBG founder Sandra Fedowitz, who will fill us in on all the details. Sandra: Hallo! I am originally from Germany, moving to Fredericksburg in 2014. Before coming here, I worked full time as a large-scale event manager (business events with up to 750 guests, organized weddings, trade shows and street festivals) for over 6 years. As a side job, I worked as a band and tour manager, which is how I met my husband, Fredericksburg resident John Fedowitz, when he was touring Europe with his band. Last year, John and I started Wind Up Bird, a business currently offering healthy food selections at the Red Dragon Brewery and Hyperion. What is Nerd Nite? Nerd Nite, or “NN”, is an informal social event where speakers make short presentations on unusual topics in an intimate pub setting. Originating in Boston in 2005, NN has expanded internationally since then around the globe. The official subtitle of NN describes it best: “It’s like the Discovery Channel…with beer™. People learn something new while having a fun time. My sister started the Nerd Nite Berlin, Germany and I helped her organize it. Moving to Fredericksburg, I quickly realized there are so many lovely nerds in town! It stunned me how many people have fascinating hobbies, passions, jobs in

Fredericksburg - perfect for NN! Nerd Nite gives you the opportunity to learn something new and exciting about and from your neighbor. It’s about sharing and about realizing that we are all nerds in a way, right?. Why did I choose the Red Dragon Brewery to host NN FXBG? “It’s like the Discovery Channel…with beer™” answers that question. The brewery has this really great and unique concept going on - you can just come in with your family or friends, hang out and spend some time in a cozy atmosphere playing board games and meeting new friends at the table right next to you. Our first NN FXBG in January 2017 exceeded all expectations! The brewery was packed with a highly supportive crowd. James Noll spoke about his favorite author, Ambrose Bierce. John Fedowitz showed the crowd how to silk screen. Brent Hunsinger let us be part of his Appalachian Trail hike. Our inaugural NN was a great example of how different the topics and speakers can be. What is next for the NN FXBG? Events will continue at 7 PM on the second Monday of the month. In February, a gentleman will scare us with some sinister scoop about security (Internet), a lady will sew a yarn about knitting, and a group will entice us with essential oils. In March, a doctor will enlighten us about laughter, and a dame will divulge her dreams about all sorts of doors. If interested in speaking at NN, please contact Sandra at sandrafedowitz@gmail.com. Join the “Nerd Nite Fredericksburg VA” Facebook group, stay informed, and spread the word. Finally, on Monday 13 February, “Be There and Be Square!”. Kevin thoroughly enjoyed his evening being square

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by james kyle snyder Brrrrrr As one of the coldest months of the year, February affords us the opportunity to make something both warm and spicy to take the edge off the bitterness and warm us from the inside. As soup season continues, I get to break out a winter favorite - spicy fish soup! This dish leans in the paleo keto direction of diets. It is rich, filling, and nutritious. You can add spinach to it at the end to get your greens in and liven the pot even more. It’s soup – haha - so you can do just about anything you like to turn it into your very own version of this basic, easy recipe. Start by warming 15 ounces of coconut milk, 2 cups of chicken bone broth, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp S&P, and ½ tsp of both red and white pepper in a larger pot. Don’t let it boil – yet. Any time you have a recipe, which requires heating a liquid, it saves time getting it started first.

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While that warms, wash one pound of cod and cut into inch-by-inch squares. In a non-reactive container, juice a lime over it, making sure all pieces are covered. Set the cod aside at room temperature. For this, and many other recipes, I like to cook the vegetable individually to get them just right (definitely not mushy). Start two sauté pans with a little oil in them. I don’t mind the dishes and like to reduce cook time. If you have the time and are dish adverse, one pan will do. Place one diced medium onion, two cloves of minced garlic, and one diced jalapeno in one of sauté pans on medium high with a little oil. Cook until the onions are translucent 3-4 minutes and add the pan’s contents to the pot. As with any spicy dish, if you are not a spice fan, leave the hot stuff out. In the other sauté pan on medium with a little oil in it as well, add inch-by-inch squares of 1 red pepper and 1

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Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm Sun 11am - 9pm Bar open until 2am everyday yellow pepper. Cook these until barely al dente and add to the simmering pot. Add 2 cups of chopped tomatoes to the pot, turn it up to high to bring it to a boil. Just as the caldron starts to boil, add in the fish squares – lime juice and all - and bring it back to a boil again. Put the lid on and set it off the heat for 10 minutes. You are effectively poaching the fish. This method works great for tilapia in a pan with white wine, butter, and capers or any white fish in a broth. Bring the broth to a boil, add fish, back to a boil, and set aside for 10 minutes. Voila! Perfect fish. Great garnishes for our soup are chopped fresh cilantro and additional lime wedges. You could also pour the delicious concoction over spinach or kale, as previously mentioned, to really “healthyup” this filling meal. Soups are a great way to teach children how to cook. They can be fun family times too. Deconstruct the meal

into its components with just the poached fish and broth in the pot. The only addition step needed would be to cook the tomatoes in a little of the broth for a couple minutes. Then, let each member create their own version in their bowls. These can then be shared to see whose is the best and who has to do the dishes. From our house to yours, keeping it simple, easy, and delicious. Be well!

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Brightening up an otherwise cold and dreary evening, the nationwide phenomenon “Nerd Nite” burst onto the Fredericksburg scene last month. The sounds of clinking mugs and hearty conversation filled the air at the bustling Red Dragon Brewery, where patrons young and old gathered in a quest for knowledge and a thirst for craft beer. How did this unusual event come about? Introducing Nerd Nite FXBG founder Sandra Fedowitz, who will fill us in on all the details. Sandra: Hallo! I am originally from Germany, moving to Fredericksburg in 2014. Before coming here, I worked full time as a large-scale event manager (business events with up to 750 guests, organized weddings, trade shows and street festivals) for over 6 years. As a side job, I worked as a band and tour manager, which is how I met my husband, Fredericksburg resident John Fedowitz, when he was touring Europe with his band. Last year, John and I started Wind Up Bird, a business currently offering healthy food selections at the Red Dragon Brewery and Hyperion. What is Nerd Nite? Nerd Nite, or “NN”, is an informal social event where speakers make short presentations on unusual topics in an intimate pub setting. Originating in Boston in 2005, NN has expanded internationally since then around the globe. The official subtitle of NN describes it best: “It’s like the Discovery Channel…with beer™. People learn something new while having a fun time. My sister started the Nerd Nite Berlin, Germany and I helped her organize it. Moving to Fredericksburg, I quickly realized there are so many lovely nerds in town! It stunned me how many people have fascinating hobbies, passions, jobs in

Fredericksburg - perfect for NN! Nerd Nite gives you the opportunity to learn something new and exciting about and from your neighbor. It’s about sharing and about realizing that we are all nerds in a way, right?. Why did I choose the Red Dragon Brewery to host NN FXBG? “It’s like the Discovery Channel…with beer™” answers that question. The brewery has this really great and unique concept going on - you can just come in with your family or friends, hang out and spend some time in a cozy atmosphere playing board games and meeting new friends at the table right next to you. Our first NN FXBG in January 2017 exceeded all expectations! The brewery was packed with a highly supportive crowd. James Noll spoke about his favorite author, Ambrose Bierce. John Fedowitz showed the crowd how to silk screen. Brent Hunsinger let us be part of his Appalachian Trail hike. Our inaugural NN was a great example of how different the topics and speakers can be. What is next for the NN FXBG? Events will continue at 7 PM on the second Monday of the month. In February, a gentleman will scare us with some sinister scoop about security (Internet), a lady will sew a yarn about knitting, and a group will entice us with essential oils. In March, a doctor will enlighten us about laughter, and a dame will divulge her dreams about all sorts of doors. If interested in speaking at NN, please contact Sandra at sandrafedowitz@gmail.com. Join the “Nerd Nite Fredericksburg VA” Facebook group, stay informed, and spread the word. Finally, on Monday 13 February, “Be There and Be Square!”. Kevin thoroughly enjoyed his evening being square

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CALENDAR of events

february 2017… Black History Month: celebrate the achievements of Black Americans Black History All Month. See UMW events page 8

Wednesday, February 1

Mammie, Sapphire, & Jezebel: Black Archetypes in Film & TV . In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Wanda Simpkins will lead a discussion on the roles of black women in cinematic history and how portrayals of these archetypes affect perceptions and stereotypes about this community. UMW, James Farmer Multicultural Center, 5pm Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm .Scott Wagner hosts the coziest and best sounding open mic in Fredericksburg. Sign up starts at 7, music at 8. 213 William St. Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!! Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Thursday, February 2

brings art to local underserved children through an initiative of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Show continues through Feb. Love is in the air at Artful Dimensions Gallery. Join us for First Friday for lovely art, food and wine and loving people! Visit us throughout the month Tuesday through Sunday - 12 noon to 6pm.

Saturday, February 4

10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser for the EOD Warrior Foundation, where participants will plunge into the frigid waters of the Rappahannock River City Dock @9am Civil Rights Gallery & Walking Tour FAMCC n honor of African American History Month, John Hennessy will lead a civil rights themed tour beginning in the Museum's first floor gallery. After an in-gallery discussion and presentation of some of the Museum's civil rights objects, members will take to the streets and see visit some of the historic landmarks throughout the downtown district.

Defining American Moderisms, Lecture by Dr. Leo Mazow. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Quill You Be My Valentine? Learn the art of quilling, a decorative art form from the Colonial period. @ Mary Washington House, 1-2pm. $$

First Friday, Feb 3

FXBG Grizzlies vs Saliabury Bulldogs 7pm Hungry for some live, exciting in-your-face basketball action?! Join us at the University of Mary Washington - Anderson Center to watch the Fredericksburg Grizzlies, an ABA professional basketball team, serve up its competition during our 2016 - 2017 season. You can expect high flying dunks, 3 point shooting, and half time entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! $$

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, 425 William Street, will celebrate First Friday afternoon from 25 pm. Several artists will be present and light refreshments will be served. The Art Gallery at the Bank is a community partnership with FCCA (Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts). Grab your BFF! PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is hosting a Galentine's Day Party 5-9pm celebrating friendship and creativity. So grab your best friend, mom, and sister and visit us for our jewelry trunk show featuring Lisa Latendress and pop-up chocolate and macaroon stand with The Frenchman's Corner. "This is Us" Art First celebrates 25th Anniversary from 6 to 9 pm at 824 Caroline Street, for month long silent auction of more than 25 representative works, by current and some emeritus members. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Art Program, which

Sunday, February 5

Bluegrass Jam @Sunken Well, 720 Littlepage, 79pm It's a Sunday tradition with some of the best pickers around.

Tuesday, February 7

Music Tuesdays @Bistro Bethem309 William St. 711pm. Join us for Join us for ½ Drinks & pizzas. Legume Tasting Tuesdays, featured Wine &/or Draft Beer 3-6

Wednesday, February 8

Main Street's Downtown Community Meeting on at the Courtyard Marriott at 8am. Meet the new directors, hear about upcoming projects and a recap of the year. Breakfast starts at 8am. Please rsvp at info@fredericksburgmainstreet.org or 540-4791595

Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Maggie Anderson, James Farmer Multicultural Center, 7pm Margarita Anderson and her family made history and dominated headlines as national media covered their year-long stand in honor of Black professionals, entrepreneurs, businesses and neighborhoods. The Anderson family lived exclusively off Black business and talent, and bought only Black-made products for an entire year. This first-time ever real-life case study in selfhelp economics was called The Empowerment Experiment (EE). Their experiment resulted in a landmark study which proved how incremental support of Black businesses can improve the American economy. Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm .Scott Wagner hosts the coziest and best sounding open mic in Fredericksburg. Sign up starts at 7, music at 8. 213 William St. Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come & match wits against the finest minds in FXBG! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!! Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Friday, February 10

Night of Love & Laughter, Salem Fields Community Church, 7:30pm-pm. Come celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one, and laugh along with comedian, Marty Simpson! $ Go to yourper.com for ticket sales.

Saturday, February 11

Curious about researching your family tree, but don't know where to start? Join us for an introduction to genealogy at the Mary Washington House. This class will give you tips and tricks to start researching your family's history. MWHouse@WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org or 540-373-1569.

FXBG Kids Expo , FXBG Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, 10am. $$

Sunday, February 12

Rescheduled: Variations @ UUFF Gallery enjoy the opening of Variations, the work of Sally Rhone Kubarek and Linda LaRochelle. The artists will be on site to give a demonstration and to discuss their work., 12noon - 1:30pm, 25 Chalice Circle FXBG 22405 Bluegrass Jam @Sunken Well, 720 Littlepage, 79pm It's a Sunday tradition with some of the best pickers around. Valentine's Day Old Time Sweets from Lust to Love, A Valentine'd Tasting @Rising Sun Tavern, 3pm. Event hosted by Susan Benjamin, a candy historian and author of numerous books, including "Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America's Favorite Pleasure" (Prometheus, 2016) which made the Smithsonian's "Best of Books about Food 2016." $. 1304 Caroline St. FXBG Grizzlies vs PG Valor 4-6pm, UMW Anderson Center. Hungry for some live, exciting in-your-face basketball action?! Join us at the University of Mary Washington - Anderson Center to watch the Fredericksburg Grizzlies, an ABA professional basketball team, serve up its competition during our 2016 - 2017 season. You can expect high flying dunks, 3 point shooting, and half time entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! Music by our resident DJ and 99.3 the Vibe's own DJ2Much! There will be food, fun, and prizes to win. Can't wait to see you in the building! It's guaranteed to be a good time! Doors open an hour before the start time of each game. 4pm

Wednesday, February 15

Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm .Scott Wagner hosts the coziest and best sounding open mic in Fredericksburg. Sign up starts at 7, music at 8. 213 William St. Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in FXBG! Compete for Honor, Glory, & Prizes!! Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Saturday, February 18

25th Annual Step Show and Competition Join regional college and universities' Greek step teams as they engage in a high-energy, entertaining competition. James Farmer Multicultural Ctr, 7pm George Washington's Birthday @Ferry Farm. 104pm Celebrate George Washington's 285th birthday at his boyhood home with fun activities for the whole family, including games, crafts, exhibits, the Stone Throw Challenge (weather permitting), history theater, and birthday cake. "General Washington" will attend the birthday celebration to talk about his youth on the farm! $ For more information, please call 540-370-0732 x27 or emailavery@gwffoundation.org.

Nerd Nite @ Red Dragon Brewry, 7pm, contact Sandra Fedowitz at sandrafedowitz@gmail.com. "It's like the Discovery Channel…with beer™

FXBG Grizzlies vs Buccaneers an ABA professional basketball team, serve up its competition during our 2016 - 2017 season. You can expect high flying dunks, 3 point shooting, and half time entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! Music by our resident DJ and 99.3 the Vibe's own DJ2Much! There will be food, fun, and prizes to win. Can't wait to see you in the building! It's guaranteed to be a good time! Doors open an hour before the start time of each game. 1-3pm

Tuesday, February 14

Sunday February 19

Monday, February 13

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bluegrass Jam @Sunken Well, 720 Littlepage, 79pm It's a Sunday tradition with some of the best pickers around.

Monday, February 20

President's Day Federal Holiday In celebration of President's Day, Washington Heritage Museums will be offering half price admissions to our three sites: Mary Washington House (1200 Charles Street), Rising Sun Tavern (1304 Caroline Street) and Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop (1020 Caroline Street). Archaeology Day @ Ferry Farm , 10am. For children, families, and lifelong learners, hear firsthand from archaeologists on staff about excavations and the 735,000 artifacts unearthed at George Washington's boyhood home. Enjoy crafts, theater performances, presentations by Muraca the Magnificent - Guru of Glues, and behind-the-scenes visits to the archaeology laboratory. Tour the visitor center exhibits and learn about the Washington house under construction! FREE

Saturday, February 25

Cool Cow Comedy presents Adam Mamawala @ Courtyard Marriott, 620 Caroline St.. Shows 7 & (pm

Sunday, February 26

"Be Our Guest" Stevenson Ridge Bridal Open House, 1pm-4pm. 6901 Meeting St, Spotsy. 540-5826263. The Bridal Open House is FREE to all guests and open to the general public. We will be showcasing our premiere venues, cabins & cottages, catering, and our preferred vendors! We'll be giving away door prizes throughout the event and a Grand Prize at the end. FXBG Grizzlies vs Yellow Jackets, professional basketball, UMW Anderson Center 4pm

Tuesday, February 21

Music Tuesdays @Bistro Bethem309 William St. 711pm. Join us for Join us for ½ Drinks & pizzas. Legume Tasting Tuesdays, featured Wine &/or Draft Beer 3-6

Wednesday, February 22

Bluegrass Jam @Sunken Well, 720 Littlepage, 79pm It's a Sunday tradition with some of the best pickers around.

Tuesday, February 28

Music Tuesdays @Bistro Bethem309 William St. 711pm. Join us for Join us for ½ Drinks & pizzas.

George Washington Birthday

Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm .Scott Wagner hosts the coziest and best sounding open mic in Fredericksburg. Sign up starts at 7, music at 8. 213 William St. Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Music Tuesdays @Bistro Bethem309 William St. 711pm. Join us for Join us for ½ Drinks & pizzas.

Join the Washington Heritage Museums in celebration of our first president's birthday! Come by the Mary Washington House and decorate your own cupcake, price included with admission.

Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Legume Tasting Tuesdays, featured Wine &/or Draft Beer 3-6

The Big Day Bridal Show, 11am, FXBG Expo Center $

We are turning 10 years old! The Princess Parties Virginia 10th Anniversary Ball will be on February

Friday, February 24

24th from 5:30-7:30 PM. We are featuring professional singing and dancing, cupcakes, professional photography, and of course, seven princesses ready to meet and greet and give hugs. All proceeds will go to Joy to the Kids, a charity that gives joy to hospitalized children through character visits to promote spiritual healing. 7001 Harrison Road, Suite125, princesspartiesva@gmail.com

Legume Tasting Tuesdays, featured Wine &/or Draft Beer 3-6

If you are reading this 235th issue of FPF, thank an advertiser as we celebrate our 20th year of continuous publication! If you are an advertiser, list your events. Deadline for March 2017 issue is February 20th. To submit events go to frontporchfredericksburg.com/submit

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CALENDAR of events

february 2017… Black History Month: celebrate the achievements of Black Americans Black History All Month. See UMW events page 8

Wednesday, February 1

Mammie, Sapphire, & Jezebel: Black Archetypes in Film & TV . In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Wanda Simpkins will lead a discussion on the roles of black women in cinematic history and how portrayals of these archetypes affect perceptions and stereotypes about this community. UMW, James Farmer Multicultural Center, 5pm Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm .Scott Wagner hosts the coziest and best sounding open mic in Fredericksburg. Sign up starts at 7, music at 8. 213 William St. Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!! Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Thursday, February 2

brings art to local underserved children through an initiative of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Show continues through Feb. Love is in the air at Artful Dimensions Gallery. Join us for First Friday for lovely art, food and wine and loving people! Visit us throughout the month Tuesday through Sunday - 12 noon to 6pm.

Saturday, February 4

10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser for the EOD Warrior Foundation, where participants will plunge into the frigid waters of the Rappahannock River City Dock @9am Civil Rights Gallery & Walking Tour FAMCC n honor of African American History Month, John Hennessy will lead a civil rights themed tour beginning in the Museum's first floor gallery. After an in-gallery discussion and presentation of some of the Museum's civil rights objects, members will take to the streets and see visit some of the historic landmarks throughout the downtown district.

Defining American Moderisms, Lecture by Dr. Leo Mazow. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Quill You Be My Valentine? Learn the art of quilling, a decorative art form from the Colonial period. @ Mary Washington House, 1-2pm. $$

First Friday, Feb 3

FXBG Grizzlies vs Saliabury Bulldogs 7pm Hungry for some live, exciting in-your-face basketball action?! Join us at the University of Mary Washington - Anderson Center to watch the Fredericksburg Grizzlies, an ABA professional basketball team, serve up its competition during our 2016 - 2017 season. You can expect high flying dunks, 3 point shooting, and half time entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! $$

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, 425 William Street, will celebrate First Friday afternoon from 25 pm. Several artists will be present and light refreshments will be served. The Art Gallery at the Bank is a community partnership with FCCA (Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts). Grab your BFF! PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is hosting a Galentine's Day Party 5-9pm celebrating friendship and creativity. So grab your best friend, mom, and sister and visit us for our jewelry trunk show featuring Lisa Latendress and pop-up chocolate and macaroon stand with The Frenchman's Corner. "This is Us" Art First celebrates 25th Anniversary from 6 to 9 pm at 824 Caroline Street, for month long silent auction of more than 25 representative works, by current and some emeritus members. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Art Program, which

Sunday, February 5

Bluegrass Jam @Sunken Well, 720 Littlepage, 79pm It's a Sunday tradition with some of the best pickers around.

Tuesday, February 7

Music Tuesdays @Bistro Bethem309 William St. 711pm. Join us for Join us for ½ Drinks & pizzas. Legume Tasting Tuesdays, featured Wine &/or Draft Beer 3-6

Wednesday, February 8

Main Street's Downtown Community Meeting on at the Courtyard Marriott at 8am. Meet the new directors, hear about upcoming projects and a recap of the year. Breakfast starts at 8am. Please rsvp at info@fredericksburgmainstreet.org or 540-4791595

Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Maggie Anderson, James Farmer Multicultural Center, 7pm Margarita Anderson and her family made history and dominated headlines as national media covered their year-long stand in honor of Black professionals, entrepreneurs, businesses and neighborhoods. The Anderson family lived exclusively off Black business and talent, and bought only Black-made products for an entire year. This first-time ever real-life case study in selfhelp economics was called The Empowerment Experiment (EE). Their experiment resulted in a landmark study which proved how incremental support of Black businesses can improve the American economy. Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm .Scott Wagner hosts the coziest and best sounding open mic in Fredericksburg. Sign up starts at 7, music at 8. 213 William St. Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come & match wits against the finest minds in FXBG! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!! Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Friday, February 10

Night of Love & Laughter, Salem Fields Community Church, 7:30pm-pm. Come celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one, and laugh along with comedian, Marty Simpson! $ Go to yourper.com for ticket sales.

Saturday, February 11

Curious about researching your family tree, but don't know where to start? Join us for an introduction to genealogy at the Mary Washington House. This class will give you tips and tricks to start researching your family's history. MWHouse@WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org or 540-373-1569.

FXBG Kids Expo , FXBG Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, 10am. $$

Sunday, February 12

Rescheduled: Variations @ UUFF Gallery enjoy the opening of Variations, the work of Sally Rhone Kubarek and Linda LaRochelle. The artists will be on site to give a demonstration and to discuss their work., 12noon - 1:30pm, 25 Chalice Circle FXBG 22405 Bluegrass Jam @Sunken Well, 720 Littlepage, 79pm It's a Sunday tradition with some of the best pickers around. Valentine's Day Old Time Sweets from Lust to Love, A Valentine'd Tasting @Rising Sun Tavern, 3pm. Event hosted by Susan Benjamin, a candy historian and author of numerous books, including "Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America's Favorite Pleasure" (Prometheus, 2016) which made the Smithsonian's "Best of Books about Food 2016." $. 1304 Caroline St. FXBG Grizzlies vs PG Valor 4-6pm, UMW Anderson Center. Hungry for some live, exciting in-your-face basketball action?! Join us at the University of Mary Washington - Anderson Center to watch the Fredericksburg Grizzlies, an ABA professional basketball team, serve up its competition during our 2016 - 2017 season. You can expect high flying dunks, 3 point shooting, and half time entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! Music by our resident DJ and 99.3 the Vibe's own DJ2Much! There will be food, fun, and prizes to win. Can't wait to see you in the building! It's guaranteed to be a good time! Doors open an hour before the start time of each game. 4pm

Wednesday, February 15

Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm .Scott Wagner hosts the coziest and best sounding open mic in Fredericksburg. Sign up starts at 7, music at 8. 213 William St. Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in FXBG! Compete for Honor, Glory, & Prizes!! Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Saturday, February 18

25th Annual Step Show and Competition Join regional college and universities' Greek step teams as they engage in a high-energy, entertaining competition. James Farmer Multicultural Ctr, 7pm George Washington's Birthday @Ferry Farm. 104pm Celebrate George Washington's 285th birthday at his boyhood home with fun activities for the whole family, including games, crafts, exhibits, the Stone Throw Challenge (weather permitting), history theater, and birthday cake. "General Washington" will attend the birthday celebration to talk about his youth on the farm! $ For more information, please call 540-370-0732 x27 or emailavery@gwffoundation.org.

Nerd Nite @ Red Dragon Brewry, 7pm, contact Sandra Fedowitz at sandrafedowitz@gmail.com. "It's like the Discovery Channel…with beer™

FXBG Grizzlies vs Buccaneers an ABA professional basketball team, serve up its competition during our 2016 - 2017 season. You can expect high flying dunks, 3 point shooting, and half time entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! Music by our resident DJ and 99.3 the Vibe's own DJ2Much! There will be food, fun, and prizes to win. Can't wait to see you in the building! It's guaranteed to be a good time! Doors open an hour before the start time of each game. 1-3pm

Tuesday, February 14

Sunday February 19

Monday, February 13

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bluegrass Jam @Sunken Well, 720 Littlepage, 79pm It's a Sunday tradition with some of the best pickers around.

Monday, February 20

President's Day Federal Holiday In celebration of President's Day, Washington Heritage Museums will be offering half price admissions to our three sites: Mary Washington House (1200 Charles Street), Rising Sun Tavern (1304 Caroline Street) and Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop (1020 Caroline Street). Archaeology Day @ Ferry Farm , 10am. For children, families, and lifelong learners, hear firsthand from archaeologists on staff about excavations and the 735,000 artifacts unearthed at George Washington's boyhood home. Enjoy crafts, theater performances, presentations by Muraca the Magnificent - Guru of Glues, and behind-the-scenes visits to the archaeology laboratory. Tour the visitor center exhibits and learn about the Washington house under construction! FREE

Saturday, February 25

Cool Cow Comedy presents Adam Mamawala @ Courtyard Marriott, 620 Caroline St.. Shows 7 & (pm

Sunday, February 26

"Be Our Guest" Stevenson Ridge Bridal Open House, 1pm-4pm. 6901 Meeting St, Spotsy. 540-5826263. The Bridal Open House is FREE to all guests and open to the general public. We will be showcasing our premiere venues, cabins & cottages, catering, and our preferred vendors! We'll be giving away door prizes throughout the event and a Grand Prize at the end. FXBG Grizzlies vs Yellow Jackets, professional basketball, UMW Anderson Center 4pm

Tuesday, February 21

Music Tuesdays @Bistro Bethem309 William St. 711pm. Join us for Join us for ½ Drinks & pizzas. Legume Tasting Tuesdays, featured Wine &/or Draft Beer 3-6

Wednesday, February 22

Bluegrass Jam @Sunken Well, 720 Littlepage, 79pm It's a Sunday tradition with some of the best pickers around.

Tuesday, February 28

Music Tuesdays @Bistro Bethem309 William St. 711pm. Join us for Join us for ½ Drinks & pizzas.

George Washington Birthday

Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm .Scott Wagner hosts the coziest and best sounding open mic in Fredericksburg. Sign up starts at 7, music at 8. 213 William St. Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Music Tuesdays @Bistro Bethem309 William St. 711pm. Join us for Join us for ½ Drinks & pizzas.

Join the Washington Heritage Museums in celebration of our first president's birthday! Come by the Mary Washington House and decorate your own cupcake, price included with admission.

Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Legume Tasting Tuesdays, featured Wine &/or Draft Beer 3-6

The Big Day Bridal Show, 11am, FXBG Expo Center $

We are turning 10 years old! The Princess Parties Virginia 10th Anniversary Ball will be on February

Friday, February 24

24th from 5:30-7:30 PM. We are featuring professional singing and dancing, cupcakes, professional photography, and of course, seven princesses ready to meet and greet and give hugs. All proceeds will go to Joy to the Kids, a charity that gives joy to hospitalized children through character visits to promote spiritual healing. 7001 Harrison Road, Suite125, princesspartiesva@gmail.com

Legume Tasting Tuesdays, featured Wine &/or Draft Beer 3-6

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NORTH SOUTH TRADER’S CIVIL WAR By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks I am often asked if there is a publication that I would recommend about the Civil War for not only historians, but collectors and relic hunters. That is an easy answer that has local attachments. The magazine is North South Trader’s Civil War (NSTCW). The magazine was initially known as North South Trader and was founded in Steve Maryland in 1973. Sylvia the original editor purchased it in 1985. Steve and I have been friends for many years, due to our interest in the history of the Civil War along with searching for artifacts with metal detectors. He originally was involved with music as a sax player while earning a degree in Journalism at the University of Maryland. He has many fond memories of playing music with Gladys Knight, Little Anthony, Paul and Paula and others.

He moved the publication to Virginia shortly after he purchased it, finally settling in the historic town of Orange where the publication has been for almost three decades. Steve along with his longtime friend Michael O’Donnell published The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics along with several other publications on military artifacts, which has been reprinted many times. Steve is also the owner of J. S. Mosby Antiques & Artifacts business located in Orange. The shop carries a variety of antiques and authentic militaria. You may shop on line; however, it is a short trip worth taking into the historic town of Orange. (JSMosby.com) Steve credits much of the success of the magazine to its managing editor and designer Nancy Rossbacher his wife who has been with the company since the mid 1980’s, she resided in a home in Fredericksburg at one time. She is a proud member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Like Steve they both had ancestors who fought for the Union. Nancy has served as designer and consultant for numerous books about Victorian and vintage jewelry. Steve and Nancy are why the magazine is such a wonderful publication with the knowledge and enthusiasm of the owners. Steve is still very active with Civil War shows and the Antiques Roadshow as an appraiser traveling all over the country. The reason that the publication has been so successful is that it honors people both North and South no matter their loyalty in the Civil War 1861-1865. He was the first curator of the Gordonsville Exchange Hotel Museum. Steve or Nancy are always available if you should have any questions on any item you may find in an estate or attic. We are fortunate of have the knowledge and wisdom so close at home with an award winning bi-monthly publication North South Trader’s Civil War. DEDICATED TO: JIM SHELHORSE, CECIL COX, & MARY CADOW

OUR HERITAGE

A monthly look at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center collection

the women of fxbg step up By elizabeth daly The range of material and topics in the Heritage Center collections is vast and sometimes a research project takes unexpected directions. One thing leads to another. Lewis Years ago, the Washington-L Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution decided to entrust their charter, prepared in 1922, to the care of the Heritage Center. The chapter members realized the beautiful parchment document, with hand lettered names of the charter members, was suffering. In the past, no one worried about the effects of fluctuating temperature and humidity. Three years ago, while preparing for their 90th anniversary celebration, several members noticed that despite being kept in a stable environment at the Center, out of light and in an acid-free folder, the signatures of the sponsor, Virginia’s Regent, Kate Waller Barrett and the President General Anne Rogers Minor were fading and some spotting had developed. Before the charter came to the Center, well-intended members had had the document mounted on a foam core board. A cardinal rule of document preservation is to never do anything that can’t be undone. The Chapter sent the charter to a conservationist in Richmond for evaluation and preservation. The parchment could not be removed from the foam core backing, but the ink signatures have been stabilized, the spots removed and further deterioration has been prevented. The document tells a lot about Fredericksburg of the early 20th century. The Washington-Lewis Chapter was formed by women who wanted to save Kenmore Plantation. The house was built in the 1770s by Fielding Lewis, George Washington’s brother-in-law. Washington’s sister, Betty married Lewis and together they lived in the beautiful home. In 1920, Kenmore was threatened, it was to be either torn down or made into apartment. The women of Fredericksburg (and the surrounding counties) mobilized.

They could not permit George Washington’s sister’s home to be destroyed. They formed the WashingtonLewis Chapter, raised funds, bought the property and restored it, making it into what they called a “historic shrine.” So, what about these 36 charter members, who were they? There were a determined lot and this was not their first effort. The women had names still familiar in the Rappahannock area; names like Barney, Chinn, Chewning, Daniel Jett, Goolrick, Pratt, Rowe Stoffregen and Willis to name some. Searching their names in our database, we find these women or their ancestors had formed the Fredericksburg Ladies Memorial Association which created the Confederate Cemetery in 1866, resurrected the Mary Washington Monument in 1894 and kept it from being taken over by a Washington, DC women’s group, kept Mary Washington House from being sold as a display at a world’s fair, and established Mary Washington Hospital which they have continued to support for over 100 years. Each woman has a unique story and most made multiple contributions. Among them were a judge’s wife who was also writer, a telegraph operator, teachers, nurses, authors, a lawyer, and historians. Women were coming into their own in the 1920s. The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, became law on August 18, 1920. By the end of October 1920, 19 of the 36 women of the Washington-Lewis chapter had registered to vote in Fredericksburg. The Center only has voter registration records for the City, so the number is likely higher since some of the women lived outside the City. As the late Anne Wilson Rowe (her grandmother Gilmer Martin Stoffregen and an aunt Fitzhugh Sale Rowe were charter members) said, the women of Fredericksburg always step up.

ART FIRST TURNS 25 oldest art co-op in fxbg By Suzanne Scherr

Carol Coffman Longevity is rare for any organization that depends on voluntary effort. But the oldest art cooperative in Fredericksburg owes its start, and continued success, to members and their families, who willingly contribute time and elbow grease to encourage each other's creativity. Artist Jane Woodworth assembled Art First Gallery's original members. In

canvases will all be part of a monthjust one month, the long-vacant long silent auction (Go to former restaurant at 108 Hanover Fredericksburg Sketches, pg 30 to Street, "around the corner from see Casey Shaw’s special canvas Sammy T's", was scrubbed of grease created specifically for the 12x12 and smoke, painted and open to the show. public. Many of the gallery's former members continue to exhibit in the All are welcome to join the local area and beyond. Widely First Friday celebration from 6 to 9 pm on February 3rd at 824 Caroline Street, for recognized are: Jane Woodworth, Johnny P. Johnson, Paula Rose, Helen our month long silent auction of more Butler, Dee McCleskey, Alba King (her son, Ed King, is a current member), Elsie Hagenlocher, Anita Holle and Ruth Loving. Two founding members remain: Cathy Herndon and Linda Warshaw. Both paint, create assemblages and teach. Members are juried by an elected board that values professionalism and a unique portfolio. Today, just as in the beginning, members ages span five decades. To celebrate the Gallery's 25th anniversary, all the Art First members have created a 12"x12" canvas. While they're all the same size, these canvases show the wide-range of imagination our members exude. The Linda Warshaw

Cathy Herndon than 25 representative works, by current and some emeritus members. The show is called "This is Us". Proceeds will benefit the Youth Art Program, which brings art to local underserved children through an initiative of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. So come on out an bid on some terrific local art! Additional information is available at www.artfirstgallery.com or by calling 540-371-7107. Exhibit on View: Wednesday, February 1 through Monday, February 27 from 11 am to 5 pm

Suzanne Scherr, is the media contact for Art First . Contact her at 717-3576198, suzanne.scherr@att.net

Elizabeth Daly, is a Heritage Center volunteer, editor of the CRHC newsletter, and frequently speaks to organizations about the work and collections of the Heritage Center.

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NORTH SOUTH TRADER’S CIVIL WAR By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks I am often asked if there is a publication that I would recommend about the Civil War for not only historians, but collectors and relic hunters. That is an easy answer that has local attachments. The magazine is North South Trader’s Civil War (NSTCW). The magazine was initially known as North South Trader and was founded in Steve Maryland in 1973. Sylvia the original editor purchased it in 1985. Steve and I have been friends for many years, due to our interest in the history of the Civil War along with searching for artifacts with metal detectors. He originally was involved with music as a sax player while earning a degree in Journalism at the University of Maryland. He has many fond memories of playing music with Gladys Knight, Little Anthony, Paul and Paula and others.

He moved the publication to Virginia shortly after he purchased it, finally settling in the historic town of Orange where the publication has been for almost three decades. Steve along with his longtime friend Michael O’Donnell published The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics along with several other publications on military artifacts, which has been reprinted many times. Steve is also the owner of J. S. Mosby Antiques & Artifacts business located in Orange. The shop carries a variety of antiques and authentic militaria. You may shop on line; however, it is a short trip worth taking into the historic town of Orange. (JSMosby.com) Steve credits much of the success of the magazine to its managing editor and designer Nancy Rossbacher his wife who has been with the company since the mid 1980’s, she resided in a home in Fredericksburg at one time. She is a proud member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Like Steve they both had ancestors who fought for the Union. Nancy has served as designer and consultant for numerous books about Victorian and vintage jewelry. Steve and Nancy are why the magazine is such a wonderful publication with the knowledge and enthusiasm of the owners. Steve is still very active with Civil War shows and the Antiques Roadshow as an appraiser traveling all over the country. The reason that the publication has been so successful is that it honors people both North and South no matter their loyalty in the Civil War 1861-1865. He was the first curator of the Gordonsville Exchange Hotel Museum. Steve or Nancy are always available if you should have any questions on any item you may find in an estate or attic. We are fortunate of have the knowledge and wisdom so close at home with an award winning bi-monthly publication North South Trader’s Civil War. DEDICATED TO: JIM SHELHORSE, CECIL COX, & MARY CADOW

OUR HERITAGE

A monthly look at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center collection

the women of fxbg step up By elizabeth daly The range of material and topics in the Heritage Center collections is vast and sometimes a research project takes unexpected directions. One thing leads to another. Lewis Years ago, the Washington-L Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution decided to entrust their charter, prepared in 1922, to the care of the Heritage Center. The chapter members realized the beautiful parchment document, with hand lettered names of the charter members, was suffering. In the past, no one worried about the effects of fluctuating temperature and humidity. Three years ago, while preparing for their 90th anniversary celebration, several members noticed that despite being kept in a stable environment at the Center, out of light and in an acid-free folder, the signatures of the sponsor, Virginia’s Regent, Kate Waller Barrett and the President General Anne Rogers Minor were fading and some spotting had developed. Before the charter came to the Center, well-intended members had had the document mounted on a foam core board. A cardinal rule of document preservation is to never do anything that can’t be undone. The Chapter sent the charter to a conservationist in Richmond for evaluation and preservation. The parchment could not be removed from the foam core backing, but the ink signatures have been stabilized, the spots removed and further deterioration has been prevented. The document tells a lot about Fredericksburg of the early 20th century. The Washington-Lewis Chapter was formed by women who wanted to save Kenmore Plantation. The house was built in the 1770s by Fielding Lewis, George Washington’s brother-in-law. Washington’s sister, Betty married Lewis and together they lived in the beautiful home. In 1920, Kenmore was threatened, it was to be either torn down or made into apartment. The women of Fredericksburg (and the surrounding counties) mobilized.

They could not permit George Washington’s sister’s home to be destroyed. They formed the WashingtonLewis Chapter, raised funds, bought the property and restored it, making it into what they called a “historic shrine.” So, what about these 36 charter members, who were they? There were a determined lot and this was not their first effort. The women had names still familiar in the Rappahannock area; names like Barney, Chinn, Chewning, Daniel Jett, Goolrick, Pratt, Rowe Stoffregen and Willis to name some. Searching their names in our database, we find these women or their ancestors had formed the Fredericksburg Ladies Memorial Association which created the Confederate Cemetery in 1866, resurrected the Mary Washington Monument in 1894 and kept it from being taken over by a Washington, DC women’s group, kept Mary Washington House from being sold as a display at a world’s fair, and established Mary Washington Hospital which they have continued to support for over 100 years. Each woman has a unique story and most made multiple contributions. Among them were a judge’s wife who was also writer, a telegraph operator, teachers, nurses, authors, a lawyer, and historians. Women were coming into their own in the 1920s. The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, became law on August 18, 1920. By the end of October 1920, 19 of the 36 women of the Washington-Lewis chapter had registered to vote in Fredericksburg. The Center only has voter registration records for the City, so the number is likely higher since some of the women lived outside the City. As the late Anne Wilson Rowe (her grandmother Gilmer Martin Stoffregen and an aunt Fitzhugh Sale Rowe were charter members) said, the women of Fredericksburg always step up.

ART FIRST TURNS 25 oldest art co-op in fxbg By Suzanne Scherr

Carol Coffman Longevity is rare for any organization that depends on voluntary effort. But the oldest art cooperative in Fredericksburg owes its start, and continued success, to members and their families, who willingly contribute time and elbow grease to encourage each other's creativity. Artist Jane Woodworth assembled Art First Gallery's original members. In

canvases will all be part of a monthjust one month, the long-vacant long silent auction (Go to former restaurant at 108 Hanover Fredericksburg Sketches, pg 30 to Street, "around the corner from see Casey Shaw’s special canvas Sammy T's", was scrubbed of grease created specifically for the 12x12 and smoke, painted and open to the show. public. Many of the gallery's former members continue to exhibit in the All are welcome to join the local area and beyond. Widely First Friday celebration from 6 to 9 pm on February 3rd at 824 Caroline Street, for recognized are: Jane Woodworth, Johnny P. Johnson, Paula Rose, Helen our month long silent auction of more Butler, Dee McCleskey, Alba King (her son, Ed King, is a current member), Elsie Hagenlocher, Anita Holle and Ruth Loving. Two founding members remain: Cathy Herndon and Linda Warshaw. Both paint, create assemblages and teach. Members are juried by an elected board that values professionalism and a unique portfolio. Today, just as in the beginning, members ages span five decades. To celebrate the Gallery's 25th anniversary, all the Art First members have created a 12"x12" canvas. While they're all the same size, these canvases show the wide-range of imagination our members exude. The Linda Warshaw

Cathy Herndon than 25 representative works, by current and some emeritus members. The show is called "This is Us". Proceeds will benefit the Youth Art Program, which brings art to local underserved children through an initiative of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. So come on out an bid on some terrific local art! Additional information is available at www.artfirstgallery.com or by calling 540-371-7107. Exhibit on View: Wednesday, February 1 through Monday, February 27 from 11 am to 5 pm

Suzanne Scherr, is the media contact for Art First . Contact her at 717-3576198, suzanne.scherr@att.net

Elizabeth Daly, is a Heritage Center volunteer, editor of the CRHC newsletter, and frequently speaks to organizations about the work and collections of the Heritage Center.

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Senior Care still working By Karl Karch

Lexi Grogan’s Pet Sitting Service “Your pet becomes my pet while in my care, and I care a lot!” - Lexi (540-903-0437; lexig0892@gmail.com) On facebook as “lexi grogan’s pet sitting service” Prices: Dogs - $15 per canine per visit Cats - $12 per feline per visit

I am always inspired when I read about the accomplishments of older adults. Recently, there were several articles written about people working well past typical retirement age, even as high as the age of 99. What better role model of people working in their golden years than Betty White, one of the stars ofThe Golden Girls, who turned 95 on January 17. After doing a Google search, I found many other amazing stories written in the last few years. Elisabeth Davis (99) celebrated her 80th year as secretary at the same school. Agnes Zhelesnik (99) after being a stay-at-home mom and wife for 60 years, began her teaching career in 1995 at the age of 81 teaching cooking, sewing, and costume-making. Joseph Barca, Sr. still worked as a barber at the age of 99. Stewart Wade (99) worked part time as a real estate agent. Beatrice Doane (99) worked in her family’s furniture store since the day it opened in 1929. And, Doris Payne (pictured above) was “still working” at age 86, until midDecember 2016 when she was arrested for trying to steal a $2,000 necklace. Her life of crime involved more than 20 arrests over six decades across two continents, and earned her the title “granny gem thief”. To this day, she does not regret her career choice and only laments getting caught. Netflix chronicled her crimes in a 2013 documentary “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne” and YouTube has videos about her life. Admittedly, these are the more extreme cases of working in the golden years. However, working past the now full retirement age of 67 is no longer unusual. In fact, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 report, almost a third of Americans between 65 and 70 are still working, and there were 1.5 million people (7.9%) age 75 and older still

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working. There are now new words to describe these new careers. “Recareering” occurs when people change careers and “encore careers” describe jobs that come after retiring from another. So, why is it that so many people still work past full retirement age. People are living longer and staying healthy and active longer so it is more “normal” to work. Some recareering is the result of layoffs and business closings. Some individuals have not financially prepared for lengthy retirement. Many find a desire to give back to their communities, while others love and are passionate about what they do. Optimism and good attitude describe many of those who choose to work longer. Many say they enjoy their new jobs more even though they often pay much less than their former jobs. New jobs have a deeper personal meaning than earlier careers. Many, like me, start their own business later in life. Personally, I continue working for all these reasons. There are additional benefits to working longer. Research studies have found that work in paid and volunteer positions during later adulthood contributes to physical, social, and emotional wellbeing, and higher scores on cognitive performance tests. Research also found no evidence in the widely held belief that older people take jobs away from younger workers. In addition, society also benefits. So, if you are retired and see an older person still working, thank him or her for their continued contribution to helping keep Social Security and Medicare solvent. Karl Karch is a 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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By Patrick Neustatter, MD

By Barbara Deal Better value, more love for your pet than if you kennel board him!

It’s February. Thinking about relationships. Sometimes it just is about us. Ourselves, our needs. Getting. Taking. And taking some more. Looking for more cause this isn’t enough. Wow. That is different. Step back. We are, as individuals, machines like cars that must be “minded”, looked after, attended to and watched. Not to overdo the comparison, but without that tending, neither cars nor human beings function very well. How can one love deeply when empty and hobbling?

in. Just think about that good. Drink it in. Take a real minute. Five minutes, half an hour. Linger there. Cherish that in you. Fill up with that good in your. Let it breathe in you. How about this? Now, shift, Instead, look outside that way of being, driven to performance, achieving, doing. Look instead to the one you love. Earnestly and softly. Anyone. February conventionally defined by Hallmark is about husbands and lovers. There are loves that are not that. Not just people, though. Beloved pets. Even those now gone. Cherish that, the memory, the gift of that love. Look to the one you love. Really look. Soak that in. Soft eyes.

Sometimes I suggest to couples to ‘take a vacation from the Trouble” the conflicts, the arguings. Just settle. Make a space for mutual To love best and give well, recognition. “oh. we have to be well. There you are”.

To love best and give well, we have to be well. Being cold, unfed, sleepless and running 95 miles an hour, driven by pressures to perform, self talk of failure does not leave one awake enough to notice another. This you know. Nag nag nag. You are thinking I will hound you about eating right, exercising, blah blah blah. First off, just do the diagnostics, the body-emotionspirit-relationship scan. How are you doing.? Where does it hurt, on all 3 dimensions. Sometimes that is a vague numbing, chronic gnawing dissatisfaction. Stoppit. Detach from that to look at what is working. Wowie. You can read. You can think. You can move. What are you doing right morally? William Glasser defines the sense of belonging as the cornerstone of mental health. Again, specify the good that is ongoing. Give yourself credit for that. Even if it would be luck, you took it

Maybe make a list of what is good there. Maybe the other person can do that too. If you can try to bask in those moments, that recognition of the Other. See in yourself, as that person mirrors back who you are with them. See who you have become.

Barbara Deal MA, LCSW is a psychotherapist at Mental Health Resources, ( 540 ) 899-9826

Once a week you will find me, and a group of other curmudgeons, gathered around one of the tables at Eileen's drinking coffee and chewing the fat. Often we talk about our ailments. Back pains, problems with memory, the latest doctor visit, our prostates. It's fascinating stuff. Of prime interest is what can you do to retard the unavoidable downhill slide of ageing - that causes an inexorably 1% loss every year from age 30 the experts tell us. I was telling the lads of an interesting experiment cited by Deepak Chopra in an audiobook I am listening to.

Reap What You Sow Starting with the boomers, many Americans are going to live to between 90 and 100 years Chopra claims, so at age 50 you still have half your life to lead. Us old farts are only a little past half-time. The significance of this is that "we will reap the benefits and deficits developed in the first 45-50 years" notes Chopra. This is corroborated by the growing evidence that the devastation of diseases like diabetes and Alzheimers takes decades to happen.

In Langer's other study she took a group of elderly people and put them in an environment where everything - décor, music, dress, news, household appliances were from 20 years earlier, and told them to believe they were themselves but twenty years ago. Physiological testing of the subjects after just five days showed they were suppler, had improved dexterity, sat taller, had improved eye sight and looked younger. They "put their mind in an earlier time and their body went along for the ride" as Langer put it. Chopra explains the ability to do this through the notions and philosophies of his native India and Ayurvedic medicine. "The body and mind are inextricably connected in a network of energy and intelligence that is in constant dynamic exchange with the world around." The cells of our bodies are "listening in" to every thought, feeling, sensation. Reacting to everything we eat, breath, or put in to our body. The modern day scientific equivalent of this is the whole world of epigenetics. Where your behavior determines the function of your genes.

So prevention means starting young - a demographic who usually ignore their doctor carping about exercise, a plant based diet, moderating chemicals/intoxicants etc.

So we old buggers can just think ourselves younger. It puts me in mind of the slightly non-PC quip of my Irish friend Henry. "Your only as old as the women you feel."

The experiment that Chopra was citing was by psychologist Ellen Langer who had already caught the professions attention with a study where she showed people in an old folks home lived twice as long as controls if they were given a houseplant they were responsible for keeping alive (and some control over their daily activities).

Patrick Neustatter is the Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic. Read his book, "Managing Your Doctor, The Smart Patient's Guide to Getting Effective, Affordable Healthcare", available at Amazon.com

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Senior Care still working By Karl Karch

Lexi Grogan’s Pet Sitting Service “Your pet becomes my pet while in my care, and I care a lot!” - Lexi (540-903-0437; lexig0892@gmail.com) On facebook as “lexi grogan’s pet sitting service” Prices: Dogs - $15 per canine per visit Cats - $12 per feline per visit

I am always inspired when I read about the accomplishments of older adults. Recently, there were several articles written about people working well past typical retirement age, even as high as the age of 99. What better role model of people working in their golden years than Betty White, one of the stars ofThe Golden Girls, who turned 95 on January 17. After doing a Google search, I found many other amazing stories written in the last few years. Elisabeth Davis (99) celebrated her 80th year as secretary at the same school. Agnes Zhelesnik (99) after being a stay-at-home mom and wife for 60 years, began her teaching career in 1995 at the age of 81 teaching cooking, sewing, and costume-making. Joseph Barca, Sr. still worked as a barber at the age of 99. Stewart Wade (99) worked part time as a real estate agent. Beatrice Doane (99) worked in her family’s furniture store since the day it opened in 1929. And, Doris Payne (pictured above) was “still working” at age 86, until midDecember 2016 when she was arrested for trying to steal a $2,000 necklace. Her life of crime involved more than 20 arrests over six decades across two continents, and earned her the title “granny gem thief”. To this day, she does not regret her career choice and only laments getting caught. Netflix chronicled her crimes in a 2013 documentary “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne” and YouTube has videos about her life. Admittedly, these are the more extreme cases of working in the golden years. However, working past the now full retirement age of 67 is no longer unusual. In fact, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 report, almost a third of Americans between 65 and 70 are still working, and there were 1.5 million people (7.9%) age 75 and older still

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working. There are now new words to describe these new careers. “Recareering” occurs when people change careers and “encore careers” describe jobs that come after retiring from another. So, why is it that so many people still work past full retirement age. People are living longer and staying healthy and active longer so it is more “normal” to work. Some recareering is the result of layoffs and business closings. Some individuals have not financially prepared for lengthy retirement. Many find a desire to give back to their communities, while others love and are passionate about what they do. Optimism and good attitude describe many of those who choose to work longer. Many say they enjoy their new jobs more even though they often pay much less than their former jobs. New jobs have a deeper personal meaning than earlier careers. Many, like me, start their own business later in life. Personally, I continue working for all these reasons. There are additional benefits to working longer. Research studies have found that work in paid and volunteer positions during later adulthood contributes to physical, social, and emotional wellbeing, and higher scores on cognitive performance tests. Research also found no evidence in the widely held belief that older people take jobs away from younger workers. In addition, society also benefits. So, if you are retired and see an older person still working, thank him or her for their continued contribution to helping keep Social Security and Medicare solvent. Karl Karch is a 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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Mind Your Mind

Emancipated Patients Ageing

it is about you

By Patrick Neustatter, MD

By Barbara Deal Better value, more love for your pet than if you kennel board him!

It’s February. Thinking about relationships. Sometimes it just is about us. Ourselves, our needs. Getting. Taking. And taking some more. Looking for more cause this isn’t enough. Wow. That is different. Step back. We are, as individuals, machines like cars that must be “minded”, looked after, attended to and watched. Not to overdo the comparison, but without that tending, neither cars nor human beings function very well. How can one love deeply when empty and hobbling?

in. Just think about that good. Drink it in. Take a real minute. Five minutes, half an hour. Linger there. Cherish that in you. Fill up with that good in your. Let it breathe in you. How about this? Now, shift, Instead, look outside that way of being, driven to performance, achieving, doing. Look instead to the one you love. Earnestly and softly. Anyone. February conventionally defined by Hallmark is about husbands and lovers. There are loves that are not that. Not just people, though. Beloved pets. Even those now gone. Cherish that, the memory, the gift of that love. Look to the one you love. Really look. Soak that in. Soft eyes.

Sometimes I suggest to couples to ‘take a vacation from the Trouble” the conflicts, the arguings. Just settle. Make a space for mutual To love best and give well, recognition. “oh. we have to be well. There you are”.

To love best and give well, we have to be well. Being cold, unfed, sleepless and running 95 miles an hour, driven by pressures to perform, self talk of failure does not leave one awake enough to notice another. This you know. Nag nag nag. You are thinking I will hound you about eating right, exercising, blah blah blah. First off, just do the diagnostics, the body-emotionspirit-relationship scan. How are you doing.? Where does it hurt, on all 3 dimensions. Sometimes that is a vague numbing, chronic gnawing dissatisfaction. Stoppit. Detach from that to look at what is working. Wowie. You can read. You can think. You can move. What are you doing right morally? William Glasser defines the sense of belonging as the cornerstone of mental health. Again, specify the good that is ongoing. Give yourself credit for that. Even if it would be luck, you took it

Maybe make a list of what is good there. Maybe the other person can do that too. If you can try to bask in those moments, that recognition of the Other. See in yourself, as that person mirrors back who you are with them. See who you have become.

Barbara Deal MA, LCSW is a psychotherapist at Mental Health Resources, ( 540 ) 899-9826

Once a week you will find me, and a group of other curmudgeons, gathered around one of the tables at Eileen's drinking coffee and chewing the fat. Often we talk about our ailments. Back pains, problems with memory, the latest doctor visit, our prostates. It's fascinating stuff. Of prime interest is what can you do to retard the unavoidable downhill slide of ageing - that causes an inexorably 1% loss every year from age 30 the experts tell us. I was telling the lads of an interesting experiment cited by Deepak Chopra in an audiobook I am listening to.

Reap What You Sow Starting with the boomers, many Americans are going to live to between 90 and 100 years Chopra claims, so at age 50 you still have half your life to lead. Us old farts are only a little past half-time. The significance of this is that "we will reap the benefits and deficits developed in the first 45-50 years" notes Chopra. This is corroborated by the growing evidence that the devastation of diseases like diabetes and Alzheimers takes decades to happen.

In Langer's other study she took a group of elderly people and put them in an environment where everything - décor, music, dress, news, household appliances were from 20 years earlier, and told them to believe they were themselves but twenty years ago. Physiological testing of the subjects after just five days showed they were suppler, had improved dexterity, sat taller, had improved eye sight and looked younger. They "put their mind in an earlier time and their body went along for the ride" as Langer put it. Chopra explains the ability to do this through the notions and philosophies of his native India and Ayurvedic medicine. "The body and mind are inextricably connected in a network of energy and intelligence that is in constant dynamic exchange with the world around." The cells of our bodies are "listening in" to every thought, feeling, sensation. Reacting to everything we eat, breath, or put in to our body. The modern day scientific equivalent of this is the whole world of epigenetics. Where your behavior determines the function of your genes.

So prevention means starting young - a demographic who usually ignore their doctor carping about exercise, a plant based diet, moderating chemicals/intoxicants etc.

So we old buggers can just think ourselves younger. It puts me in mind of the slightly non-PC quip of my Irish friend Henry. "Your only as old as the women you feel."

The experiment that Chopra was citing was by psychologist Ellen Langer who had already caught the professions attention with a study where she showed people in an old folks home lived twice as long as controls if they were given a houseplant they were responsible for keeping alive (and some control over their daily activities).

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Common weight-loss blunders by Joan M. Geisler Losing weight can be tricky business. It's easy to fall into pitfalls, but hey, knowledge is power-when you know the traps you're most likely to fall into, it's easier to steer clear. Here are weight loss mistakes registered dietitians warn against:

7. Steering clear of healthy fats. Many people are stuck eating low-fat or fat-free versions of food. A moderate amount of fat is important as it helps with satiety.Include healthy fat at every meal, in the form of nuts, seeds, liquid oils, avocados, oily fish, soy, and dairy

1. Focusing on what you can't eat. So many people embarking on a weight loss journey focus on what they can't have-such as no sugar, no alcohol, no dessert, no bread, no cheese. Focus on what you can have & tally up all the filling and nutritious superfoods out there.

8. Ditching fruits and veggies with high sugar content. Cutting out certain fruits and vegetables because they contain too much sugar. Some do contain a bit higher amount of naturally occurring sugars, but they also contain fiber, which helps counterbalance the effect on blood sugars.

2. Adopting an all-or-nothing attitude. Don't eliminate foods you love. Instead of depriving yourself of foods you love, learn how to incorporate them into their diet in a healthier way. 3. Not having a solid plan. Not having a solid, realistic plan People should set themselves up for success by coming up with small, challenging yet attainable action steps to work towards. 4. Cutting out an entire food group. When people are trying to lose weight, they often cut out an entire food group, like carbs or meat, but this usually just results in an unbalanced diet and even deficiencies in certain nutrients. 5. Replacing meals with liquids. Green juices & smoothies are very popular now, and a lot of people will use these as meal replacements. Unfortunately, oftentimes these beverages aren't made up of the right mix of nutrients. Green juices lack fiber and protein and smoothies are typically loaded in sugar. 6. Eating too few calories. The biggest pitfall is the calorie counting trap. Transition from counting calories to counting nutrients because at the end of the day, what you eat is just as important as how much you eat.

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9. Relying on weight loss pills. If there was a pill or a potion that really worked in the long term, then no one would need weight management at all! The only long-term effective weight management skill is to change the way think about fueling our bodies. 10. Taking the weekends off from healthy eating. Take the weekends off from your job, not your diet. Try changing your weekend routine to include more exercise and healthier food choices." 11. Not drinking enough water. Changing this habit is one of the easiest ways to help your health. Studies show that drinking water or eating a water-rich salad or broth-based soup before a meal can help decrease how much you eat during the meal-plus, staying hydrated helps prevent headaches, which can lead to stress eating. Contact me joan@8020lifefitacademy.com

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Joan is beginning her 20th year in the fitness industry. She believes it is a privileged to help individuals be empowered to restore their health.

Jimmy Shelhorse

By christine H. Thompson, D.C.

The advances in health and wellness discoveries are astounding these days. I have been listening to interviews with the brilliant Dr. Zach Bush and his research on how to repair the tight junctions in the cells lining the intestinal tract so that proper elimination and absorption can be restored. This is the key to healing most of the degenerative diseases prevalent today. Interestingly, researchers have recently discovered there are an equal number of neurons in the gut as in the brain. The gut is now considered the "second brain". In a nutshell, Dr. Bush has discovered the key to cellular repair and elimination of zonulin, a chemical destructive to our gut lining. Zonulin destroys the tight junctions between the cells that allow nutrients to pass through while preventing toxic chemicals from getting into the blood. As you have probably heard, chronic inflammation is the root cause of all disease and the vast majority of this inflammation is caused by the failure of the membranes of our body to keep irritating chemicals out of our tissues. Dr. Bush is a medical doctor who did cancer research at the University of Virginia and is now continuing research into what causes and prevents cellular repair. Our cells know how and when to die, repair or regenerate appropriately due to the presence of specific molecules called redox or reduction-oxidation molecules. Our cells (actually the mitochondria inside our cells) produce redox molecules during the production of ATP, our cellular fuel. However, this is an exhaustible supply and we need more. It turns out bacteria can make a renewable form of redox molecules. Who knew?? To top that, it is the bacteria in our gut that also protect the intestinal lining and tight junctions. We know that we are supposed to have 20,000 to 30,000 different species of bacteria in our gut

lining that each contribute something unique to keeping us safe from infestation and toxins. We have devastated this diversity of organisms fairly thoroughly with antibiotics and pesticides. It is rather futile to expect that we can re-establish proper gut flora by taking probiotics that contain 5 to 25 strains of bacteria, but amazingly, probiotics do help. We need to do much more if we are going to counteract the destruction of our microbiome and also address the huge increase of degenerative diseases occurring today. We need to replenish the diverse bacterial flora of our gut and re-establish cellular communication and repair. Anti-o oxidants from fruits and vegetables provide some protection from cellular damage, but there are a couple of problems with relying on produce to reduce the inflammatory cascade. Since fruits and vegetables get their nutrients from the soil, the consequence of soil depletion and sterilization is depleted nutrients in our foods. Lab analysis shows that the nutrient density of foods today is dramatically less than 50 years ago. This may sound like a science fiction movie, but it's the amazing truth of our existence. We are dependent on bacteria for survival and they reside inside our bodies allowing us to repair and heal. Sounds like we'd best make friends with these microscopic beasties we seem so determined to eradicate from our lives! We have caused much devastation to our microbiome through human and livestock antibiotic use, pesticides and herbicides. The good news is that knowledge and understanding allows us to make the changes necessary to reconstruct the environment we desperately need for health and well-being.

December 3, 1943 - January 2, 2017

photo by elizabeth shotwell Jimmy Shelhorse began patrolling the city of Fredericksburg as a mounted police officer in In 1986. Townspeople and tourists would gather around, full of questions. Shelhorse was happy to give directions to historic sights or meet groups of schoolchildren. He and his horse became a familiar sighs. There wasn’t always a mounted police patrol unit in the City of Fredericksburg. As Shelhorse recalled to Jennifer Strobel, Free Lance-Star, "I wanted to be a police officer, and I wanted to ride. Chief Jim Powers gave me the opportunity."

As Alexis Grogan said, “When I was a little girl, Officer Jimmy would let me pet Bailey. I’d beg Papa to take me downtown just to see them.” He became a Fredericksburg fixture in uniform and on horseback. His outgoing personality and commitment to Fredericksburg brought respect and recognition to the area. . He truly never met a stranger and will be sorely missed by all. Photo above from 2008. Officer Shelhorse giving directions to a tourist.

photo by brenda martin The photo above is from the Shelhorse funeral prosession on January 9th. The riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups represent a fallen leader looking back at the troops for the last time.

We will miss you Jim. Rest in peace. ....”Til we meet again”.

Christine Thompson is the owner of Whole Health Solutions. Contact her at 540-899-9421

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Common weight-loss blunders by Joan M. Geisler Losing weight can be tricky business. It's easy to fall into pitfalls, but hey, knowledge is power-when you know the traps you're most likely to fall into, it's easier to steer clear. Here are weight loss mistakes registered dietitians warn against:

7. Steering clear of healthy fats. Many people are stuck eating low-fat or fat-free versions of food. A moderate amount of fat is important as it helps with satiety.Include healthy fat at every meal, in the form of nuts, seeds, liquid oils, avocados, oily fish, soy, and dairy

1. Focusing on what you can't eat. So many people embarking on a weight loss journey focus on what they can't have-such as no sugar, no alcohol, no dessert, no bread, no cheese. Focus on what you can have & tally up all the filling and nutritious superfoods out there.

8. Ditching fruits and veggies with high sugar content. Cutting out certain fruits and vegetables because they contain too much sugar. Some do contain a bit higher amount of naturally occurring sugars, but they also contain fiber, which helps counterbalance the effect on blood sugars.

2. Adopting an all-or-nothing attitude. Don't eliminate foods you love. Instead of depriving yourself of foods you love, learn how to incorporate them into their diet in a healthier way. 3. Not having a solid plan. Not having a solid, realistic plan People should set themselves up for success by coming up with small, challenging yet attainable action steps to work towards. 4. Cutting out an entire food group. When people are trying to lose weight, they often cut out an entire food group, like carbs or meat, but this usually just results in an unbalanced diet and even deficiencies in certain nutrients. 5. Replacing meals with liquids. Green juices & smoothies are very popular now, and a lot of people will use these as meal replacements. Unfortunately, oftentimes these beverages aren't made up of the right mix of nutrients. Green juices lack fiber and protein and smoothies are typically loaded in sugar. 6. Eating too few calories. The biggest pitfall is the calorie counting trap. Transition from counting calories to counting nutrients because at the end of the day, what you eat is just as important as how much you eat.

“Happy Trails”

Wellness

9. Relying on weight loss pills. If there was a pill or a potion that really worked in the long term, then no one would need weight management at all! The only long-term effective weight management skill is to change the way think about fueling our bodies. 10. Taking the weekends off from healthy eating. Take the weekends off from your job, not your diet. Try changing your weekend routine to include more exercise and healthier food choices." 11. Not drinking enough water. Changing this habit is one of the easiest ways to help your health. Studies show that drinking water or eating a water-rich salad or broth-based soup before a meal can help decrease how much you eat during the meal-plus, staying hydrated helps prevent headaches, which can lead to stress eating. Contact me joan@8020lifefitacademy.com

at

Joan is beginning her 20th year in the fitness industry. She believes it is a privileged to help individuals be empowered to restore their health.

Jimmy Shelhorse

By christine H. Thompson, D.C.

The advances in health and wellness discoveries are astounding these days. I have been listening to interviews with the brilliant Dr. Zach Bush and his research on how to repair the tight junctions in the cells lining the intestinal tract so that proper elimination and absorption can be restored. This is the key to healing most of the degenerative diseases prevalent today. Interestingly, researchers have recently discovered there are an equal number of neurons in the gut as in the brain. The gut is now considered the "second brain". In a nutshell, Dr. Bush has discovered the key to cellular repair and elimination of zonulin, a chemical destructive to our gut lining. Zonulin destroys the tight junctions between the cells that allow nutrients to pass through while preventing toxic chemicals from getting into the blood. As you have probably heard, chronic inflammation is the root cause of all disease and the vast majority of this inflammation is caused by the failure of the membranes of our body to keep irritating chemicals out of our tissues. Dr. Bush is a medical doctor who did cancer research at the University of Virginia and is now continuing research into what causes and prevents cellular repair. Our cells know how and when to die, repair or regenerate appropriately due to the presence of specific molecules called redox or reduction-oxidation molecules. Our cells (actually the mitochondria inside our cells) produce redox molecules during the production of ATP, our cellular fuel. However, this is an exhaustible supply and we need more. It turns out bacteria can make a renewable form of redox molecules. Who knew?? To top that, it is the bacteria in our gut that also protect the intestinal lining and tight junctions. We know that we are supposed to have 20,000 to 30,000 different species of bacteria in our gut

lining that each contribute something unique to keeping us safe from infestation and toxins. We have devastated this diversity of organisms fairly thoroughly with antibiotics and pesticides. It is rather futile to expect that we can re-establish proper gut flora by taking probiotics that contain 5 to 25 strains of bacteria, but amazingly, probiotics do help. We need to do much more if we are going to counteract the destruction of our microbiome and also address the huge increase of degenerative diseases occurring today. We need to replenish the diverse bacterial flora of our gut and re-establish cellular communication and repair. Anti-o oxidants from fruits and vegetables provide some protection from cellular damage, but there are a couple of problems with relying on produce to reduce the inflammatory cascade. Since fruits and vegetables get their nutrients from the soil, the consequence of soil depletion and sterilization is depleted nutrients in our foods. Lab analysis shows that the nutrient density of foods today is dramatically less than 50 years ago. This may sound like a science fiction movie, but it's the amazing truth of our existence. We are dependent on bacteria for survival and they reside inside our bodies allowing us to repair and heal. Sounds like we'd best make friends with these microscopic beasties we seem so determined to eradicate from our lives! We have caused much devastation to our microbiome through human and livestock antibiotic use, pesticides and herbicides. The good news is that knowledge and understanding allows us to make the changes necessary to reconstruct the environment we desperately need for health and well-being.

December 3, 1943 - January 2, 2017

photo by elizabeth shotwell Jimmy Shelhorse began patrolling the city of Fredericksburg as a mounted police officer in In 1986. Townspeople and tourists would gather around, full of questions. Shelhorse was happy to give directions to historic sights or meet groups of schoolchildren. He and his horse became a familiar sighs. There wasn’t always a mounted police patrol unit in the City of Fredericksburg. As Shelhorse recalled to Jennifer Strobel, Free Lance-Star, "I wanted to be a police officer, and I wanted to ride. Chief Jim Powers gave me the opportunity."

As Alexis Grogan said, “When I was a little girl, Officer Jimmy would let me pet Bailey. I’d beg Papa to take me downtown just to see them.” He became a Fredericksburg fixture in uniform and on horseback. His outgoing personality and commitment to Fredericksburg brought respect and recognition to the area. . He truly never met a stranger and will be sorely missed by all. Photo above from 2008. Officer Shelhorse giving directions to a tourist.

photo by brenda martin The photo above is from the Shelhorse funeral prosession on January 9th. The riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups represent a fallen leader looking back at the troops for the last time.

We will miss you Jim. Rest in peace. ....”Til we meet again”.

Christine Thompson is the owner of Whole Health Solutions. Contact her at 540-899-9421

Give a Child Something to Think About

Books, Games, Amusing Novelties M-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1pm-4pm

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of fredericksburg years old and I played all the way up until my senior year in high school, and then I played a little bit my freshman year of college. Once I got to college it just wasn’t fun anymore and I just wanted to focus on the books and my grades. I continued to play just for fun.

Artists: Lynn Abbott, Jen Callahan Penny Parrish, Beverley Coates Daily hours 10 to 6. Artist on site Saturdays 810 Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg

Nasir Shelton, 33, became homeless about a year ago. He and his girlfriend work odd jobs and do what they can to stay afloat in a hotel. "I was born in New York, then we kind of bounced around. The crime there when I was growing up was just bad. My parents didn’t want me to grow up in that city. My aunt was in the military and was stationed in Virginia. She told my family to come out to Virginia because she thought we might like it. I wasn’t too fond of it. Growing up in the city and then moving here…it was a big change. We moved here in ’96 and have been here ever since. I was about 11-12 years old.

“Love Handles”, by Penny Parrish Find a Valentine gift at Brush Strokes Gallery with art that comes from the heart at our Member's Show. Choose from our diverse display of artful photography, paintings in various media; watercolor, acrylic, oil or pastels, or select a gift of delicately beaded jewelry, fused glass or other hand crafted art on display. There will also be small treasures in our glass displays. Attend the opening reception and meet the artists at Brush Strokes Gallery on First Friday February 3 from 6-9 PM.

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Brush Strokes Gallery is open daily from 11-5 p.m. in downtown Fredericksburg at 824 Caroline Street. Show: through February 26 First Friday, February 3, Reception

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My best childhood memory was the first time I actually played a sport for a team. I’ve always played sports just around the neighborhood, but the first time I actually played on a team I just excelled. I was the shy kid and we actually had this so-called basketball star on our team and he got into some trouble, so coach came to me and said ‘I see you all the time at practice- you’re really good! Are you ready to step up and be the man?’ I was like ‘I guess so’ and the first game I started I just excelled, and the whole entire season I was just the man. We won the championship that year. I was a point guard. I was a little super star. I was 9

win downtown gift certificate Identify this mystery house and you could win a gift certificate from a downtown merchant.

nasir shelton

By Norma Woodward

“A Red, Red Rose”, by Peggy Wickham

Name This House

I’ve been with my girlfriend for about a year and some change now. We had an opportunity to move out to Pennsylvania where she’s from. We moved in there with her mom and it just took a turn for the worse. There were a lot of arguments and a lot of accusations…Well, her mom winded up kicking us out…this was back in January. So, we literally packed up all our things, hopped back on the road and came back here with nothing. Been in this situation ever since. Just trying to build back and start all over.

Here’s how: Email frntprch@aol.com, Subject: mystery house Identify house address Your name, address, email. The poem below is a hint of the location of the mystery house. Good Luck! Last Month’s House: 709 Lee Avenue Clint Van Zandt is the Winner of a Gift Certificate from The Virginia Deli @826 Caroline St.

Your massive, brave, white brick countenance, stands before me, tall still. Your Georgian chimneys so graceful and holding the sky, as they have done since you opened your beautiful small paned eyes. 1780, I think you said old man, born when the Maury's lived inside. Next door to your brother who like as you, has watched all the happenings while facing the "Avenue." "The War" was so hard with the cannon roar, it shook you and damaged your beautiful brick skin. Stay brave my huge, ancient friend, stay with us please, til the bitter end.

I’m the type of person that I really don’t like to ask other people for help. I’m always trying to do everything on my own. I’m just doing everything I can for me and my girlfriend. Right now we’re at a hotel just trying to save up money and find something affordable. We’re just going through the process right now. I am working a lawn and roofing. It pays the bills. I actually have an Associate’s degree in psychology. I just haven’t found my calling yet to use my degree. I’ve never been in this situation before to where I guess I’m in survival mode. I never have. It’s overwhelming. I cry sometimes. It’s crazy. I don’t know what we’re going to eat…you know what I mean? It just gets rough. I just stay with a smile on my face.”

Submitted by Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a Christ-Centered Community supporting people experiencing chronic homelessness and identifying pathways to sustainable housing. Contact 540-479-4116; www.dolovewalk.net; facebook

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FXBG Music Scene

Business Briefs “When I started working for my grandfather, he always reminded me that we should treat customers the way we would like to be treated,” says Appleton Campbell President, Mike Appleton (left).

healthy mix of jazz, bluegrass & spontaneity: Julian Lage & Chris eldridge

By Beth Constantino Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge first met backstage in Boston following a Punch Brothers show. Over the course of several years, a casual friendship led to a solid musical partnership that produced the 2013 EP Close to Picture and 2014's full-length release Avalon, produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids. Known for pushing the envelope of folk, bluegrass, and jazz,

The Grammynominated Lage has been highly regarded in jazz and new music circles for his own work as well as for his collaborations with such artists as Nels Cline, Fred Hersch, and Jim Hall, among many others. A former child prodigy, Lage has been recognized for his remarkable musical ability from a very young age, which was displayed in the acclaimed 1996 Oscar nominated short documentary, Jules at Eight. Fellow Grammy-nominee Eldridge, an Oberlin Conservatory grad

who studied with bluegrass guitar legend Tony Rice, is equally noted in the progressive bluegrass world for his stints with the Seldom Scene and The Infamous Stringdusters, which led to his joining Chris Thile's adventurous quintet, Punch Brothers. TICKETS: Early Admission ($55) includes Artist Talkback Session, heavy hors d'oeuvres, one free drink ticket, cash bar, early admission to regular show with premium seating, and access to Gari Melchers Studio after the concert. Doors open at 5:30pm, talkback session runs from 5:45-6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. General Admission ($35) includes light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and access to Gari Melchers Studio after the concert. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. ArtsLive founders were members of this community and believed that our region deserved top-quality presentation of the arts.

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Since 1988, our goal has been to present to the region the highest quality performances in theater, dance and music. Formally known as The Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts (FFPA) ArtsLive exists to promote, provide and preserve the highest quality of the performing arts for all. FFPA music performances include a highly diverse repertoire from classical to jazz to blue grass. ArtsLive is the longest and continuously active performing arts nonprofit organization in the Fredericksburg region, now celebrating 30th Anniversary Contact Information: Phone: (540) 374-5040 Fax: (540) 479-8358 Email: theArts@FredFest.org Mailing address: ArtsLIVE! (FFPA) P.O. Box 7816 Fredericksburg, VA 22404 Location: ArtsLIVE! (FFPA) 904 Princess Anne St., Suite 107 Fredericksburg, VA 22401

quick re-cap

FXBG Native, Anne Ligon Woodbridge Opens Law Office in Downtown

Appleton Campbell Earns Esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award Appleton Campbell has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members for the sixth year. This achievement in 2016 is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier. Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements, must be in good standing, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Lage & Eldridge showcase, as the New Yorker writes, a "familiarity with the fretboard...so extravagant and capacious that they bring flourishes to this music that it simply hasn't enjoyed before." Their performance is sure to astound.

Downtown Buzz

Fredericksburg native Anne Ligon Woodbridge has recently opened a law office in downtown Fredericksburg. She is a graduate of James Monroe High School and the University of Mary Washington. Prior to attending law school at George Mason University, she was Director of Community Relations at Mary Washington Hospital. With deep roots in Fredericksburg, her ancestors include John Henry Myer, a Civil War veteran, who owned and operated the 19thCentury Germania Mills on Caroline Street and Fredericksburger Hamilton James Eckenrode, author and state historian, who created the historic marker sign program whose gray metal signs chronical Virginia history throughout the state. Her office is located at 201 Princess Anne Street in the two- centuryold house built by ship's carpenter, Philip Terrier, in 1812.

By Ann Glave

Fredericksburg VA Main Street had quite the busy and successful year in 2016, racking up over 3,000 volunteer hours, redesigning both the Main Street and a Downtown logo, beginning to implement our new website and promotional materials, and numerous other work plans though out the year. With a conscious effort on preservation, the first workshops on that topic were held: “Ins and Outs of the Historic Tax Credits”, which included a walkthrough of sample property and a work session Donovan Rypkema featuring of PlaceEconomics. These events wouldn’t have occurred without the collaboration with University of Mary Washington University Historic Preservation Department, Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group and VA Department of Historic Resources. Both workshops were well attended. Fredericksburg Main Street continued with the maintenance of the 20 planters, brought in Frazier Design Associates to meet with the design committee and Downtown stakeholders to discuss goals, objectives and wayfinding signage. Face the River, the project to clean up the riverfront from the 800 to 1000 blocks of Sophia Street project, a public and private partnership with the City, was effective and will continue to move forward in 2017. Successful promotional events included the LoveFXBG with 13,000 uses on Instagram alone, coordination of Side Walk Sale in late September, a strong Small Business Saturday – A Day in Fredericksburg, a successful Holiday Season, and Merry Carols our 2nd annual Sing-a-Long. We continued collaborations with Rappahannock Fredericksburg Rotary, Fredericksburg Parent Magazine and the City’s Police for three fall events:

Scarecrow Contest with over 60 scarecrows, an outdoor movie night (one of the coldest nights) and Treats on the Streets with estimates of 2,500 + children. Working with the City’s Economic Development and Tourism office, Main Street was able to participate with the VA Garden Day by creating a Downtown Courtyard Tour. We also spread the love for Downtown with the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon by introducing Thunder Alley on Caroline Street, suppling information to runners about Downtown plus Main Street donated a Downtown gift basket to a lucky runner that visited the booth at the Expo Center. AND we dealt with a major Water Line Improvement Project for seven months on the 1000 to 700 blocks of Caroline Street. Main Street created a Facebook page, Caroline Street WaterLine Project, and a short video (financed by the City’s Economic Development and Tourism office) about our “FIND James and George” game. The game was created to encourage visits to the blocks under construction. A new partner, the Central Regional Rappahannock Library came forward with their graphic department creating the open for business flags. Up Next? Come out to Main Street’s Downtown Community Meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at the Courtyard Marriott at 8am. Meet the new directors, hear about upcoming projects and a recap of the year. Breakfast starts at 8am. Please rsvp at or info@fredericksburgmainstreet.org 540-479-1595 for a count for breakfast and seating. Ann Glave is the Executive Director of Fredericksburg Main Street. She can be found at 904 Princess Anne St, Suite 303, or Office: 540-479-1595 Cell: 540-538-7445

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Art in the Burg Valentine Art @ Brush Strokes

Art is a Gift from the Heart

Stories

of fredericksburg years old and I played all the way up until my senior year in high school, and then I played a little bit my freshman year of college. Once I got to college it just wasn’t fun anymore and I just wanted to focus on the books and my grades. I continued to play just for fun.

Artists: Lynn Abbott, Jen Callahan Penny Parrish, Beverley Coates Daily hours 10 to 6. Artist on site Saturdays 810 Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg

Nasir Shelton, 33, became homeless about a year ago. He and his girlfriend work odd jobs and do what they can to stay afloat in a hotel. "I was born in New York, then we kind of bounced around. The crime there when I was growing up was just bad. My parents didn’t want me to grow up in that city. My aunt was in the military and was stationed in Virginia. She told my family to come out to Virginia because she thought we might like it. I wasn’t too fond of it. Growing up in the city and then moving here…it was a big change. We moved here in ’96 and have been here ever since. I was about 11-12 years old.

“Love Handles”, by Penny Parrish Find a Valentine gift at Brush Strokes Gallery with art that comes from the heart at our Member's Show. Choose from our diverse display of artful photography, paintings in various media; watercolor, acrylic, oil or pastels, or select a gift of delicately beaded jewelry, fused glass or other hand crafted art on display. There will also be small treasures in our glass displays. Attend the opening reception and meet the artists at Brush Strokes Gallery on First Friday February 3 from 6-9 PM.

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Brush Strokes Gallery is open daily from 11-5 p.m. in downtown Fredericksburg at 824 Caroline Street. Show: through February 26 First Friday, February 3, Reception

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My best childhood memory was the first time I actually played a sport for a team. I’ve always played sports just around the neighborhood, but the first time I actually played on a team I just excelled. I was the shy kid and we actually had this so-called basketball star on our team and he got into some trouble, so coach came to me and said ‘I see you all the time at practice- you’re really good! Are you ready to step up and be the man?’ I was like ‘I guess so’ and the first game I started I just excelled, and the whole entire season I was just the man. We won the championship that year. I was a point guard. I was a little super star. I was 9

win downtown gift certificate Identify this mystery house and you could win a gift certificate from a downtown merchant.

nasir shelton

By Norma Woodward

“A Red, Red Rose”, by Peggy Wickham

Name This House

I’ve been with my girlfriend for about a year and some change now. We had an opportunity to move out to Pennsylvania where she’s from. We moved in there with her mom and it just took a turn for the worse. There were a lot of arguments and a lot of accusations…Well, her mom winded up kicking us out…this was back in January. So, we literally packed up all our things, hopped back on the road and came back here with nothing. Been in this situation ever since. Just trying to build back and start all over.

Here’s how: Email frntprch@aol.com, Subject: mystery house Identify house address Your name, address, email. The poem below is a hint of the location of the mystery house. Good Luck! Last Month’s House: 709 Lee Avenue Clint Van Zandt is the Winner of a Gift Certificate from The Virginia Deli @826 Caroline St.

Your massive, brave, white brick countenance, stands before me, tall still. Your Georgian chimneys so graceful and holding the sky, as they have done since you opened your beautiful small paned eyes. 1780, I think you said old man, born when the Maury's lived inside. Next door to your brother who like as you, has watched all the happenings while facing the "Avenue." "The War" was so hard with the cannon roar, it shook you and damaged your beautiful brick skin. Stay brave my huge, ancient friend, stay with us please, til the bitter end.

I’m the type of person that I really don’t like to ask other people for help. I’m always trying to do everything on my own. I’m just doing everything I can for me and my girlfriend. Right now we’re at a hotel just trying to save up money and find something affordable. We’re just going through the process right now. I am working a lawn and roofing. It pays the bills. I actually have an Associate’s degree in psychology. I just haven’t found my calling yet to use my degree. I’ve never been in this situation before to where I guess I’m in survival mode. I never have. It’s overwhelming. I cry sometimes. It’s crazy. I don’t know what we’re going to eat…you know what I mean? It just gets rough. I just stay with a smile on my face.”

Submitted by Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a Christ-Centered Community supporting people experiencing chronic homelessness and identifying pathways to sustainable housing. Contact 540-479-4116; www.dolovewalk.net; facebook

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FXBG Music Scene

Business Briefs “When I started working for my grandfather, he always reminded me that we should treat customers the way we would like to be treated,” says Appleton Campbell President, Mike Appleton (left).

healthy mix of jazz, bluegrass & spontaneity: Julian Lage & Chris eldridge

By Beth Constantino Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge first met backstage in Boston following a Punch Brothers show. Over the course of several years, a casual friendship led to a solid musical partnership that produced the 2013 EP Close to Picture and 2014's full-length release Avalon, produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids. Known for pushing the envelope of folk, bluegrass, and jazz,

The Grammynominated Lage has been highly regarded in jazz and new music circles for his own work as well as for his collaborations with such artists as Nels Cline, Fred Hersch, and Jim Hall, among many others. A former child prodigy, Lage has been recognized for his remarkable musical ability from a very young age, which was displayed in the acclaimed 1996 Oscar nominated short documentary, Jules at Eight. Fellow Grammy-nominee Eldridge, an Oberlin Conservatory grad

who studied with bluegrass guitar legend Tony Rice, is equally noted in the progressive bluegrass world for his stints with the Seldom Scene and The Infamous Stringdusters, which led to his joining Chris Thile's adventurous quintet, Punch Brothers. TICKETS: Early Admission ($55) includes Artist Talkback Session, heavy hors d'oeuvres, one free drink ticket, cash bar, early admission to regular show with premium seating, and access to Gari Melchers Studio after the concert. Doors open at 5:30pm, talkback session runs from 5:45-6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. General Admission ($35) includes light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and access to Gari Melchers Studio after the concert. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. ArtsLive founders were members of this community and believed that our region deserved top-quality presentation of the arts.

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Since 1988, our goal has been to present to the region the highest quality performances in theater, dance and music. Formally known as The Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts (FFPA) ArtsLive exists to promote, provide and preserve the highest quality of the performing arts for all. FFPA music performances include a highly diverse repertoire from classical to jazz to blue grass. ArtsLive is the longest and continuously active performing arts nonprofit organization in the Fredericksburg region, now celebrating 30th Anniversary Contact Information: Phone: (540) 374-5040 Fax: (540) 479-8358 Email: theArts@FredFest.org Mailing address: ArtsLIVE! (FFPA) P.O. Box 7816 Fredericksburg, VA 22404 Location: ArtsLIVE! (FFPA) 904 Princess Anne St., Suite 107 Fredericksburg, VA 22401

quick re-cap

FXBG Native, Anne Ligon Woodbridge Opens Law Office in Downtown

Appleton Campbell Earns Esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award Appleton Campbell has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members for the sixth year. This achievement in 2016 is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier. Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements, must be in good standing, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Lage & Eldridge showcase, as the New Yorker writes, a "familiarity with the fretboard...so extravagant and capacious that they bring flourishes to this music that it simply hasn't enjoyed before." Their performance is sure to astound.

Downtown Buzz

Fredericksburg native Anne Ligon Woodbridge has recently opened a law office in downtown Fredericksburg. She is a graduate of James Monroe High School and the University of Mary Washington. Prior to attending law school at George Mason University, she was Director of Community Relations at Mary Washington Hospital. With deep roots in Fredericksburg, her ancestors include John Henry Myer, a Civil War veteran, who owned and operated the 19thCentury Germania Mills on Caroline Street and Fredericksburger Hamilton James Eckenrode, author and state historian, who created the historic marker sign program whose gray metal signs chronical Virginia history throughout the state. Her office is located at 201 Princess Anne Street in the two- centuryold house built by ship's carpenter, Philip Terrier, in 1812.

By Ann Glave

Fredericksburg VA Main Street had quite the busy and successful year in 2016, racking up over 3,000 volunteer hours, redesigning both the Main Street and a Downtown logo, beginning to implement our new website and promotional materials, and numerous other work plans though out the year. With a conscious effort on preservation, the first workshops on that topic were held: “Ins and Outs of the Historic Tax Credits”, which included a walkthrough of sample property and a work session Donovan Rypkema featuring of PlaceEconomics. These events wouldn’t have occurred without the collaboration with University of Mary Washington University Historic Preservation Department, Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group and VA Department of Historic Resources. Both workshops were well attended. Fredericksburg Main Street continued with the maintenance of the 20 planters, brought in Frazier Design Associates to meet with the design committee and Downtown stakeholders to discuss goals, objectives and wayfinding signage. Face the River, the project to clean up the riverfront from the 800 to 1000 blocks of Sophia Street project, a public and private partnership with the City, was effective and will continue to move forward in 2017. Successful promotional events included the LoveFXBG with 13,000 uses on Instagram alone, coordination of Side Walk Sale in late September, a strong Small Business Saturday – A Day in Fredericksburg, a successful Holiday Season, and Merry Carols our 2nd annual Sing-a-Long. We continued collaborations with Rappahannock Fredericksburg Rotary, Fredericksburg Parent Magazine and the City’s Police for three fall events:

Scarecrow Contest with over 60 scarecrows, an outdoor movie night (one of the coldest nights) and Treats on the Streets with estimates of 2,500 + children. Working with the City’s Economic Development and Tourism office, Main Street was able to participate with the VA Garden Day by creating a Downtown Courtyard Tour. We also spread the love for Downtown with the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon by introducing Thunder Alley on Caroline Street, suppling information to runners about Downtown plus Main Street donated a Downtown gift basket to a lucky runner that visited the booth at the Expo Center. AND we dealt with a major Water Line Improvement Project for seven months on the 1000 to 700 blocks of Caroline Street. Main Street created a Facebook page, Caroline Street WaterLine Project, and a short video (financed by the City’s Economic Development and Tourism office) about our “FIND James and George” game. The game was created to encourage visits to the blocks under construction. A new partner, the Central Regional Rappahannock Library came forward with their graphic department creating the open for business flags. Up Next? Come out to Main Street’s Downtown Community Meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at the Courtyard Marriott at 8am. Meet the new directors, hear about upcoming projects and a recap of the year. Breakfast starts at 8am. Please rsvp at or info@fredericksburgmainstreet.org 540-479-1595 for a count for breakfast and seating. Ann Glave is the Executive Director of Fredericksburg Main Street. She can be found at 904 Princess Anne St, Suite 303, or Office: 540-479-1595 Cell: 540-538-7445

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Companions aches & pains By alexis grogan

The morning runs begin to slow, laying down is accompanied by a groan, jumping on the couch for love and cuddles is a difficult task. everyday movements that were once second nature are now impossible. These are common signs of arthritis in your pet. There are many different type of arthritis the most common one is the degenerative form, which is the thinning of their cartilage cells as they begin to die off causing great discomfort and sometimes pain. When the cell dies off they release an enzyme in the joint capsule and increase joint fluid, a bony growth start to develop, with the cartilage thinning the bone deteriorates, with this comes further changes in the dogs joint movement. Upon physical exam the vet relies on the dogs pain response to joint palpation, detection of crepitus ( crackling or grinding of the joints) arthritis isn't the only reason for a dogs lack of movement,

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so all other possible causes would need to be ruled out first, like cardiac conditions, cancer (particularly bone cancer), anemia, and endocrine conditions such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease. There are medications you can give to your pup for relief of pain but keep in mind, no amount of consumed nutrients will correct structural damage to a dogs joints, this goes for humans as well. Supplements to the dogs diet such as glucosamine can assist in the decrease in inflammation but if the pain persists your veterinarian may prescribe a pain medication to help him get back on his feet. The glucosamine that I recommend is Glycoflex. Our cousins use it for their dogs and the dogs have shown great improvement. We are now using it for our now senior pup who has developed arthritis. Our pups mean a great deal to us, so as your pup grows old look for the signs and make them as comfortable as possible. You can also use a ramp or stairs to help them get on and off of the couch, if you have slippery floors (wood or tile) use carpet to prevent slipping. Your pups love you unconditionally, show them the same love.

Alexis Grogan is the owner of Lexi Grogan's Pet Sitting Services, Contact her at Lexig0892@gmail.com; 540-903-0437; or on facebook

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Lexi Grogan’s Pet Sitting Service “Your pet becomes my pet while in my care, and I care a lot!” - Lexi (540-903-0437; lexig0892@gmail.com) On facebook as “lexi grogan’s pet sitting service” Prices: Dogs - $15 per canine per visit Cats - $12 per feline per visit

daily energy routine: Pt 2 by christina ferber Better value, more love for your pet than if you kennel board him!

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It’s All Energy As I shared in January's Front Porch, Donna Eden's Daily Energy Routine (DER) is a fantastic way to get your body in balance and on track to maintain wellness. It can help you become more resilient to illness, give you more energy, and improve your overall emotional and physical health. Part one (Front Porch, January 2017) consists of Four Thumps, the Cross Crawl, and the Wayne Cook Posture. Part two starts where the Wayne Cook Posture leaves off. The Crown Pull is an exercise that can help to relieve headaches, mental

540-898-0737

congestion, and can help you think more clearly. Start with your thumbs on your temples and your fingertips in the middle of your forehead. With pressure, stretch your forehead by moving your fingers to your temples. Repeat at your hairline and move over your head until you reach the base of your neck. Pull across it, and place your fingers behind your shoulders. Squeeze your shoulders and pull your fingers over them to the front. Take a deep breath and pull your hands off. Connecting Heaven and Earth exercise makes room for healing energy to travel where it needs to go. It can help you feel more connected, as well as help to get rid of toxins and stimulate fresh energy to flow, especially in the joints. If you have any joint pain, do this often to help relieve it. Rub your hands together vigorously and shake them off. Place them on your thighs with your fingers spread and take a deep breath. On the next inhale, circle your arms out and bring them to a prayer position in front of your heart. Exhale out. On the next inhale, stretch one hand up

and one down. Make your hands flat, stretch as far apart as you can, and hold your breath. Come back to prayer position on the exhale, and repeat on the other side. Do this twice on each side and after the last stretch, bend down as far as you can, and let your arms hang in front of you. Take two deep breaths, and then swing back and forth making sideways figure eights all the way up your body. The next exercise, The Zip Up, traces Central Meridian as a way to boost your confidence and clear your thoughts. Because this meridian governs selfsuggestion, The Zip Up also helps to protect you against any negativity that may be around you. Starting at your pubic bone, use both hands to trace straight up the center of the front of your body to your bottom lip. Then, imagining a lock and key, lock that meridian at your bottom lip. Do this as many times as you need to throughout the day. The last exercise in the DER is The Hook Up. This one calms you, and helps you feel more connected because it connects two meridians- the Central and Governing Meridians. Place one finger in your belly button and the other between your eyebrows on the bridge of your nose (The "Third Eye"), push in and pull both points up. Breathe a few times, and you have not only helped Central and Governing Meridians, you have also helped all the energy systems in your body. Try out the DER once a day for at least two weeks, and you will jump start new patterns and habits in the energy systems in your body. I am sure you will find yourself feeling better both physically and mentally. Watch the whole routine at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di5Ua 44iuXc or search "Donna Eden's Daily Energy Routine (Official Version)" on YouTube.

It’s always more fun in the Scenter of Town!

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Christina Ferber is an Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner working toward certification. Find out more at www.itsallenergywellness.com

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Companions aches & pains By alexis grogan

The morning runs begin to slow, laying down is accompanied by a groan, jumping on the couch for love and cuddles is a difficult task. everyday movements that were once second nature are now impossible. These are common signs of arthritis in your pet. There are many different type of arthritis the most common one is the degenerative form, which is the thinning of their cartilage cells as they begin to die off causing great discomfort and sometimes pain. When the cell dies off they release an enzyme in the joint capsule and increase joint fluid, a bony growth start to develop, with the cartilage thinning the bone deteriorates, with this comes further changes in the dogs joint movement. Upon physical exam the vet relies on the dogs pain response to joint palpation, detection of crepitus ( crackling or grinding of the joints) arthritis isn't the only reason for a dogs lack of movement,

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so all other possible causes would need to be ruled out first, like cardiac conditions, cancer (particularly bone cancer), anemia, and endocrine conditions such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease. There are medications you can give to your pup for relief of pain but keep in mind, no amount of consumed nutrients will correct structural damage to a dogs joints, this goes for humans as well. Supplements to the dogs diet such as glucosamine can assist in the decrease in inflammation but if the pain persists your veterinarian may prescribe a pain medication to help him get back on his feet. The glucosamine that I recommend is Glycoflex. Our cousins use it for their dogs and the dogs have shown great improvement. We are now using it for our now senior pup who has developed arthritis. Our pups mean a great deal to us, so as your pup grows old look for the signs and make them as comfortable as possible. You can also use a ramp or stairs to help them get on and off of the couch, if you have slippery floors (wood or tile) use carpet to prevent slipping. Your pups love you unconditionally, show them the same love.

Alexis Grogan is the owner of Lexi Grogan's Pet Sitting Services, Contact her at Lexig0892@gmail.com; 540-903-0437; or on facebook

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Lexi Grogan’s Pet Sitting Service “Your pet becomes my pet while in my care, and I care a lot!” - Lexi (540-903-0437; lexig0892@gmail.com) On facebook as “lexi grogan’s pet sitting service” Prices: Dogs - $15 per canine per visit Cats - $12 per feline per visit

daily energy routine: Pt 2 by christina ferber Better value, more love for your pet than if you kennel board him!

Old Town’s Greatest Tour 35 Monuments, Markers, & Attractions AND the Fredericksburg Battlefields Weddings Reunions Shuttles Parties Group Outings Fredericksburgtrolley.com

It’s All Energy As I shared in January's Front Porch, Donna Eden's Daily Energy Routine (DER) is a fantastic way to get your body in balance and on track to maintain wellness. It can help you become more resilient to illness, give you more energy, and improve your overall emotional and physical health. Part one (Front Porch, January 2017) consists of Four Thumps, the Cross Crawl, and the Wayne Cook Posture. Part two starts where the Wayne Cook Posture leaves off. The Crown Pull is an exercise that can help to relieve headaches, mental

540-898-0737

congestion, and can help you think more clearly. Start with your thumbs on your temples and your fingertips in the middle of your forehead. With pressure, stretch your forehead by moving your fingers to your temples. Repeat at your hairline and move over your head until you reach the base of your neck. Pull across it, and place your fingers behind your shoulders. Squeeze your shoulders and pull your fingers over them to the front. Take a deep breath and pull your hands off. Connecting Heaven and Earth exercise makes room for healing energy to travel where it needs to go. It can help you feel more connected, as well as help to get rid of toxins and stimulate fresh energy to flow, especially in the joints. If you have any joint pain, do this often to help relieve it. Rub your hands together vigorously and shake them off. Place them on your thighs with your fingers spread and take a deep breath. On the next inhale, circle your arms out and bring them to a prayer position in front of your heart. Exhale out. On the next inhale, stretch one hand up

and one down. Make your hands flat, stretch as far apart as you can, and hold your breath. Come back to prayer position on the exhale, and repeat on the other side. Do this twice on each side and after the last stretch, bend down as far as you can, and let your arms hang in front of you. Take two deep breaths, and then swing back and forth making sideways figure eights all the way up your body. The next exercise, The Zip Up, traces Central Meridian as a way to boost your confidence and clear your thoughts. Because this meridian governs selfsuggestion, The Zip Up also helps to protect you against any negativity that may be around you. Starting at your pubic bone, use both hands to trace straight up the center of the front of your body to your bottom lip. Then, imagining a lock and key, lock that meridian at your bottom lip. Do this as many times as you need to throughout the day. The last exercise in the DER is The Hook Up. This one calms you, and helps you feel more connected because it connects two meridians- the Central and Governing Meridians. Place one finger in your belly button and the other between your eyebrows on the bridge of your nose (The "Third Eye"), push in and pull both points up. Breathe a few times, and you have not only helped Central and Governing Meridians, you have also helped all the energy systems in your body. Try out the DER once a day for at least two weeks, and you will jump start new patterns and habits in the energy systems in your body. I am sure you will find yourself feeling better both physically and mentally. Watch the whole routine at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di5Ua 44iuXc or search "Donna Eden's Daily Energy Routine (Official Version)" on YouTube.

It’s always more fun in the Scenter of Town!

Essential Oils Liquid Herbs Reiki Reflexology Aromatherapy Custom Blending Aroma-Therapeutic Massage Harmonic Resonance Therapy Products ~ Services ~ Classes 907 Charles Street, Downtown thescenteroftown.com

ble at Availa n.com Amazo

Highlighting Local People, Places & Events Since 1997

Christina Ferber is an Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner working toward certification. Find out more at www.itsallenergywellness.com

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On Stage!

A visual Celebration of our community

at UMW Klein Theatre

By Casey Alan Shaw

Steel Magnolias

Catherine O’Meara, ‘17 plays “Shelby”

Fredericksburg Sketches

FXBG’ERS stacey mclaughton

Gossip and witty Southern banter come forth like the spray from a new can of Aqua Net in Robert Harling's beautiful and heartfelt comedy. The charming and never-without-an-opinion hairdresser, Truvy, does hair for the classiest and sassiest of northwest Louisiana. As they pass time in Truvy's chair, at the shampoo basin, and under the hair dryer, these strong, resilient women celebrate one another's joys and forge bonds that overcome life's disappointments. Popularized by the 1989 film by the same name, Steel Magnolias offers inspiration from a simpler time while reminding us that the best things in life are the company of faithful friends, a good laugh, and a trip to the beauty shop.

Background: Based on theRobert Harling's real life experience of the death of his sister Susan Harling-Robinson from diabetic complications after the birth of his nephew. A writer friend continually encouraged him to write about the

Madeleine Dilley, Lily Olson, Mandy Barnes, Catherine O'Meara, Gwen Levey, Mo Gresham University of Mary Washington Klein Theatre College Ave & Thornton Feb 16-18 & Feb 22-25 @ 7:30pm; Feb 19, 25, & 26 at 2pm AfterWords on Feb 19; Sign-Interpreted Performance on Feb 25 at 2pm Friday Night Out, Feb 17, 5:30-7pm Hyatt Place a pre-show evening with the cast,.beer, wine, hors d'oeuvre and your theatre ticket! Call 540-654-1111. Tickets go on sale Feb 8, 2017! Tickets online @ fredtix.com box office 540-654-1111. One Day Only Online Sale, Wednesday, February 8, 10a-10p. All tickets $10 . fredtix.com enter code: BEEHIVE at checkout

"As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings," ~ The Dalai Lama

SKETCH #28: Rappahannock Evening This month, the image I'm sharing with you is more of a finished painting than a sketch. In fact, it's a painting for a special event. February is the 25th anniversary of Art First Gallery, making it Fredericksburg's oldest artists' co-op. I've been a designer and artist for a long time, but it's only fairly recently that I've been fortunate to begin forging relationships in the local arts community and Art First has played a large role in that. To celebrate the Gallery's 25th anniversary, all the Art First members have created a 12"x12" canvas. While they're all the same size, these canvases show the wide-range of imagination our members exude. The canvases will all be part of a month-long silent auction with a portion of proceeds going to the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts children's arts programs. Rappahannock Evening (above) is my special canvas created specifically for the 12x12 show. So come on out … bid on some terrific local art … and help raise money for a great cause. And, if nothing else, it's a perfect opportunity to meet some local artists and start building your own relationships in the community. Casey Alan Shaw is a local artist and Realtor. He exhibits his original artwork and limited-edition prints at Art First Gallery in downtown Fredericksburg and at www.caseyshaw.com.

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Why do some people in our world give so much effort, care and compassion to others, and some give nothing at all? Our little town of Fredericksburg here in Virginia, on the banks of the Rappahannock River, does not suffer from a lack of caring individuals. Each month so many citizens in our town spend countless hours working compassionately for those in need. I meet these citizens who live here month after month, year after year, those who help to make our town the wonderful place it is, this place we call home and where we raise our children. From the friendly faces on the porches of our well kept streets, with the many trees planted by "Trees Fredericksburg," started by volunteers, Anne and Carl Little. To the countless

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experience in order to come to terms with his sister’s death. He did but originally as a short story to give his nephew an understanding of the child's deceased mother. It eventually evolved in ten days to a play performed Off-Broadway before being adapted for Steel Magnolias movie (1989).[3] Harling felt it important to include the way the characters utilized humor and lighthearted conversations to cope with the seriousness of the underlying situations. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M'Lynn, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama. As the title suggests, the female characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower, and as tough as steel.

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unique, and friendly stores, our fantastic restaurants, even brewers. But let us not forget communication, because without communication,we are not a community. Let us recognize our local, interesting hometown paper, "The Front Porch," which was started by Virginia and Rob Grogan, as our hometown newspaper, and still today, 20 years later, draws us all together as a family, as a community and continues today, with Virginia at the helm. Highlighted here in our volunteers column this month, is Stacey McLaughlin. She is a local hometown girl, raised here in Spotsylvania, then off to see the world, attending college in Colorado, law school in Indiana, then back to her wonderful hometown. She started a law practice here and became a downtown girl, along with her husband John, living and raising their two children in town. Health and fitness and spirituality plays a huge part in Stacey and John's lives. Bringing free health and fitness information to our citizens and our children, plays a big part in their activism. Those people,who might not have the opportunity or means to explore the yoga aspects of healthy living, has been the driving factor behind their decision to start Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg. Stacey spends countless hours each month with scheduling and working with the yoga instructors, finding grants to extend the opportunities for our citizens at the many locations in our community, and at their studio in town. Stacey says she is amazed by the feedback she gets from the YOFO teachers of the children's classes, as to the calming effect on the children. In a busy world, this is a golden skill to impart to our children. "YOFO," is a non-profit, which brings donation based yoga instruction to our citizens at their studio at 1403 Franklin Street, below the college,(info@yogafredericksburgva.com) and at the many locations where they send instructors to give community based instruction. These locations include; EnmpowerHouse, Gladys Oberle School, Rappahannock Juvenile Dentention Center, Headstart of Fredericksburg, RCASA. and Hugh Mercer Elementary School, Geico. YOFO is hoping that with donations and grants, YOFO will become self-supporting. Thanks Stacey and John for creating this wonderful opportunity for our hometown.

By Jo Loving Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain I’ve always been a risk taker. From the time I was a little girl, jumping off the jungle gym, taking off on an unknown trail, pushing every limit thrown at me, I relished risks, challenges, and adventures. This is how I always viewed life – through the lens of adventure. Now, some of my adventures have been grand successes, and some have taught me what NOT to do, but from each one, I’ve learned something. What is life, if not an adventure? Each life event brings a new one. Marriage, childbirth, child rearing, careers and career changes, moves from one place to another. Trying to cook from a new recipe can sometimes be its own adventure: Will it turn out? Will they like it? Will I like it? What if it doesn’t turn out? What if we don’t like it? What if it is a dud? -- Most of the time, though, I look on the bright side of things. Because of this, I’m always up for a new adventure. Most of them are solo adventures. My husband is not the risk taker I am, which is probably a good thing. One of us needs to exercise caution. I am not that person, unless it involves protecting my children or grandchildren. But as for myself, I plan and plan, research and research, and then I plunge in and do it. This is how I came to skydive 43 times, zipline through the wilds of Virginia, bungee jump from the New River Gorge Bridge (when it was legal), and how I will take off on a trip, no matter the distance, just to see, or do, something

new. I have an ever-growing list of adventures to pursue. Over the past year, having been grounded for much of that time, I had many opportunities to think. I also had a terrible case of wanderlust setting up in my restless nature. I had long wanted to try a hiking trek, and thought for some time that it would be the Appalachian Trail that I first tackled, but I think I need to start out on a tamer trail, but one that would perhaps result in something more – something that will feed my spirit. So I decided to hike the Camino de Santiago – the Way of St. JamesThis fall, I’ll be trekking the 500 or so miles across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, and continue on to Finisterre. I started training shortly after the first of the year, and will continue to train so that I will be ready. What I hope to gain is twofold: the trail is a physical challenge, one I want to conquer, thumbing my nose at the last year of injury and recovery; and the trail is also conducive to introspection, and I hope, spiritual growth. So, this will be the year of the pilgrimage – my pilgrimage. I’m looking forward to the journey! As you think about the things you haven’t done – what one thing stands alone? What will you do to move towards your personal adventures this year? What are you waiting for? Jo Loving is on the porch tonight, planning her route. She imagines herself on the trail, smiling, walking, learning, meeting new people, experiencing new adventures, facing and conquering challenges, and having more stories to share with her children and grandchildren, and you! Publisher’s Note: See “On the Trails, Celebration of Life”, pg.5 Terri & David James same journey fall 2016

Georgia our hometown girl has started early, counting the days 'til Spring!

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On Stage!

A visual Celebration of our community

at UMW Klein Theatre

By Casey Alan Shaw

Steel Magnolias

Catherine O’Meara, ‘17 plays “Shelby”

Fredericksburg Sketches

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Gossip and witty Southern banter come forth like the spray from a new can of Aqua Net in Robert Harling's beautiful and heartfelt comedy. The charming and never-without-an-opinion hairdresser, Truvy, does hair for the classiest and sassiest of northwest Louisiana. As they pass time in Truvy's chair, at the shampoo basin, and under the hair dryer, these strong, resilient women celebrate one another's joys and forge bonds that overcome life's disappointments. Popularized by the 1989 film by the same name, Steel Magnolias offers inspiration from a simpler time while reminding us that the best things in life are the company of faithful friends, a good laugh, and a trip to the beauty shop.

Background: Based on theRobert Harling's real life experience of the death of his sister Susan Harling-Robinson from diabetic complications after the birth of his nephew. A writer friend continually encouraged him to write about the

Madeleine Dilley, Lily Olson, Mandy Barnes, Catherine O'Meara, Gwen Levey, Mo Gresham University of Mary Washington Klein Theatre College Ave & Thornton Feb 16-18 & Feb 22-25 @ 7:30pm; Feb 19, 25, & 26 at 2pm AfterWords on Feb 19; Sign-Interpreted Performance on Feb 25 at 2pm Friday Night Out, Feb 17, 5:30-7pm Hyatt Place a pre-show evening with the cast,.beer, wine, hors d'oeuvre and your theatre ticket! Call 540-654-1111. Tickets go on sale Feb 8, 2017! Tickets online @ fredtix.com box office 540-654-1111. One Day Only Online Sale, Wednesday, February 8, 10a-10p. All tickets $10 . fredtix.com enter code: BEEHIVE at checkout

"As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings," ~ The Dalai Lama

SKETCH #28: Rappahannock Evening This month, the image I'm sharing with you is more of a finished painting than a sketch. In fact, it's a painting for a special event. February is the 25th anniversary of Art First Gallery, making it Fredericksburg's oldest artists' co-op. I've been a designer and artist for a long time, but it's only fairly recently that I've been fortunate to begin forging relationships in the local arts community and Art First has played a large role in that. To celebrate the Gallery's 25th anniversary, all the Art First members have created a 12"x12" canvas. While they're all the same size, these canvases show the wide-range of imagination our members exude. The canvases will all be part of a month-long silent auction with a portion of proceeds going to the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts children's arts programs. Rappahannock Evening (above) is my special canvas created specifically for the 12x12 show. So come on out … bid on some terrific local art … and help raise money for a great cause. And, if nothing else, it's a perfect opportunity to meet some local artists and start building your own relationships in the community. Casey Alan Shaw is a local artist and Realtor. He exhibits his original artwork and limited-edition prints at Art First Gallery in downtown Fredericksburg and at www.caseyshaw.com.

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Why do some people in our world give so much effort, care and compassion to others, and some give nothing at all? Our little town of Fredericksburg here in Virginia, on the banks of the Rappahannock River, does not suffer from a lack of caring individuals. Each month so many citizens in our town spend countless hours working compassionately for those in need. I meet these citizens who live here month after month, year after year, those who help to make our town the wonderful place it is, this place we call home and where we raise our children. From the friendly faces on the porches of our well kept streets, with the many trees planted by "Trees Fredericksburg," started by volunteers, Anne and Carl Little. To the countless

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experience in order to come to terms with his sister’s death. He did but originally as a short story to give his nephew an understanding of the child's deceased mother. It eventually evolved in ten days to a play performed Off-Broadway before being adapted for Steel Magnolias movie (1989).[3] Harling felt it important to include the way the characters utilized humor and lighthearted conversations to cope with the seriousness of the underlying situations. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M'Lynn, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama. As the title suggests, the female characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower, and as tough as steel.

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Give your pearls a facelift. We offer expert restringing & reknotting to make your pearls look like new!

373-7847 www.gemstonecreations.org Tuesday - Saturday 10-5 Wednesdays until 6:30 and by appointment

Where Fredericksburg Gets Engaged

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unique, and friendly stores, our fantastic restaurants, even brewers. But let us not forget communication, because without communication,we are not a community. Let us recognize our local, interesting hometown paper, "The Front Porch," which was started by Virginia and Rob Grogan, as our hometown newspaper, and still today, 20 years later, draws us all together as a family, as a community and continues today, with Virginia at the helm. Highlighted here in our volunteers column this month, is Stacey McLaughlin. She is a local hometown girl, raised here in Spotsylvania, then off to see the world, attending college in Colorado, law school in Indiana, then back to her wonderful hometown. She started a law practice here and became a downtown girl, along with her husband John, living and raising their two children in town. Health and fitness and spirituality plays a huge part in Stacey and John's lives. Bringing free health and fitness information to our citizens and our children, plays a big part in their activism. Those people,who might not have the opportunity or means to explore the yoga aspects of healthy living, has been the driving factor behind their decision to start Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg. Stacey spends countless hours each month with scheduling and working with the yoga instructors, finding grants to extend the opportunities for our citizens at the many locations in our community, and at their studio in town. Stacey says she is amazed by the feedback she gets from the YOFO teachers of the children's classes, as to the calming effect on the children. In a busy world, this is a golden skill to impart to our children. "YOFO," is a non-profit, which brings donation based yoga instruction to our citizens at their studio at 1403 Franklin Street, below the college,(info@yogafredericksburgva.com) and at the many locations where they send instructors to give community based instruction. These locations include; EnmpowerHouse, Gladys Oberle School, Rappahannock Juvenile Dentention Center, Headstart of Fredericksburg, RCASA. and Hugh Mercer Elementary School, Geico. YOFO is hoping that with donations and grants, YOFO will become self-supporting. Thanks Stacey and John for creating this wonderful opportunity for our hometown.

By Jo Loving Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain I’ve always been a risk taker. From the time I was a little girl, jumping off the jungle gym, taking off on an unknown trail, pushing every limit thrown at me, I relished risks, challenges, and adventures. This is how I always viewed life – through the lens of adventure. Now, some of my adventures have been grand successes, and some have taught me what NOT to do, but from each one, I’ve learned something. What is life, if not an adventure? Each life event brings a new one. Marriage, childbirth, child rearing, careers and career changes, moves from one place to another. Trying to cook from a new recipe can sometimes be its own adventure: Will it turn out? Will they like it? Will I like it? What if it doesn’t turn out? What if we don’t like it? What if it is a dud? -- Most of the time, though, I look on the bright side of things. Because of this, I’m always up for a new adventure. Most of them are solo adventures. My husband is not the risk taker I am, which is probably a good thing. One of us needs to exercise caution. I am not that person, unless it involves protecting my children or grandchildren. But as for myself, I plan and plan, research and research, and then I plunge in and do it. This is how I came to skydive 43 times, zipline through the wilds of Virginia, bungee jump from the New River Gorge Bridge (when it was legal), and how I will take off on a trip, no matter the distance, just to see, or do, something

new. I have an ever-growing list of adventures to pursue. Over the past year, having been grounded for much of that time, I had many opportunities to think. I also had a terrible case of wanderlust setting up in my restless nature. I had long wanted to try a hiking trek, and thought for some time that it would be the Appalachian Trail that I first tackled, but I think I need to start out on a tamer trail, but one that would perhaps result in something more – something that will feed my spirit. So I decided to hike the Camino de Santiago – the Way of St. JamesThis fall, I’ll be trekking the 500 or so miles across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, and continue on to Finisterre. I started training shortly after the first of the year, and will continue to train so that I will be ready. What I hope to gain is twofold: the trail is a physical challenge, one I want to conquer, thumbing my nose at the last year of injury and recovery; and the trail is also conducive to introspection, and I hope, spiritual growth. So, this will be the year of the pilgrimage – my pilgrimage. I’m looking forward to the journey! As you think about the things you haven’t done – what one thing stands alone? What will you do to move towards your personal adventures this year? What are you waiting for? Jo Loving is on the porch tonight, planning her route. She imagines herself on the trail, smiling, walking, learning, meeting new people, experiencing new adventures, facing and conquering challenges, and having more stories to share with her children and grandchildren, and you! Publisher’s Note: See “On the Trails, Celebration of Life”, pg.5 Terri & David James same journey fall 2016

Georgia our hometown girl has started early, counting the days 'til Spring!

1013 Princess Anne Street , FXBG front porch fredericksburg

February 2017

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