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closeups 5

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Pam Mcleod ...a solid foundation Mats jerndal ...oddbox studio, makers district Ali Hieber Spine of the “Great Lives Series”

5

porch talk .

3

nose to toes....skin+touch therapy spa

4

on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages

6

smart lawn...master gardeners

8

I have a friend: Sabina Klughardt

10

FXBG MUSIC: gaye & the wild rutz

11

Poetryman: her music

12

Vino: champagne or sparkling wine

13

season’s bounty: romance of food

14

cooking with kyle: lentil salad

15

everything greens

16-17

Calendar of events

18

history’s stories.: be my valentine our heritage: barry mcghee

19

a love story.....Rennick Bell ornament release

20

Senior Care: from the heart for the heart

21

emancipated Patients: billing madness

22

It’s all energy: more balance renew: nathan gist

23

life in motion: let’s move

24

art in the ‘burg: umbrellas, Just photos & grants

25

mYSTERY hOUSE STORIES OF FXBG: Chris

27

umw Great lives series opens

28

companions: a lifetime of love

30

fredericksburg sketches

31

from my porch: try this: it’s my job

18

meeganna henry... ain’t no mountain high enough.

9

A granddaughter’s story: A tribute to allen freeman yvonne bourne.. going out of the way to lend a hand

Cover: “Moonlight on St. George’s” By Casey Shaw

CARIBBEAN TEX-MEX RESTAURANT

Situated right in the center of the downtown retail section on Caroline Street, Skin+Touch Therapy Spa has literally had a front row seat to the many changes and improvements that Historic Fredericksburg has experienced over the past five or so years. Indeed, change has been a constant at Skin+Touch since day one, when Brian Lam (above) first opened his business in a small space within the Friends of the Rappahannock building in 2010. Since that time, Brian relocated the business to Princess Anne Street, and then purchased, renovated, and moved into the building at 714 Caroline Street. And renovated, renovated, renovated. Starting with just one staff member (himself), the business has expanded to five and now 17 employees. The space itself has also grown, to include both retail sales and skin therapy rooms, and expanding upstairs to include rooms for couples’ massages. The lobby has been transformed several times to allow for more seating and ease of movement for

staff and clients, as well as expanded retail displays. Brian also continues to hang the work of local artists, which allows him to keep a fresh look on the walls as the art rotates in and out. On a very brisk morning in January, I met with Brian to discuss (and experience!) the newest addition to the Skin+Touch Spa experience: professional, all-n natural nail services. The first thing I noticed when stepping into the freshly remodeled salon section of Skin+Touch is the light: when renovating the space, Brian had the ceiling lifted from flat to vaulted slope, and added windows on the high side. These windows, combined with the French doors opening to the back yard, add a wonderful natural lighting to the shiplap walls and black/white/chrome salon seating. The neutral palette allows Brian to have fun with color on the high wall and the seating, with a lively floral print on the high wall and pink and green cushioned chairs for the nail professionals. When I asked Brian when he first decided to add nail services, he said it was the goal

Belgian Chocolates and other Delightful Confections!

Fresh Made-To-Order Food Family Friendly Meeting Rooms/Private Parties Happy Hour/ 3 bars, 2 inside, 1 outside Outdoor Seating Overlooking Rappahannock River Catering/Take-Out www.donmoncho.com 1101 Sophia St, Fxbg, 373-0870 10151 Jefferson Davis Highway, Spotsy, 642-4204 2

February 2018

Front porch fredericksburg

TOES

by lori Izykowski

7

31

TO

the whole package

...And more! 7

NOSE

from the start, when he first purchased the building. “I wanted to eventually provide the full day spa experience, and this service is a connection to my fashion background. It allows us to be playful and bring some color to the other services we provide.” As we sat and enjoyed pedicures by nail professionals Rachel and Rhea (above right), I commented that there were no Dremels in sight, common in most nail salon settings. Brian stressed that the nail services at Skin+Touch are all natural. There are no nail tips or acrylics used. The polishes are non-toxic. And the scrubs used during the pedicures are made inhouse…and they feel and smell wonderful! R&R are enthusiastic about creating new scrubs and in general providing a relaxing and positive experience for clients. They are both professionally trained and knowledgeable about nail care. Brian sees this aspect of Skin+Touch appealing to a variety of clients, including bridal parties, families, and a welcome diversion for

travelers in town for business or pleasure. As we relaxed while our polish dried, I asked Brian what’s next (because there is always something next!) And what’s next will be that beautiful outdoor space visible from the nail salon getting some love and attention. He envisions at least one water feature, an herb garden, space for sitting, yoga classes, and other sensory experiences for meditation and relaxation. Spring will be a busy time for Skin+Touch and Brian Lam, and Fredericksburg residents and visitors will once again benefit from the changes. Skin+Touch 714 Caroline St, Downtown FXBG skintouchtherapyspa.com; facebook

Lori Izykowski loves this town and loves seeing the historic area thrive. She encourages you to dabble in a bit of self-care at Skin+Touch for Valentine’s Day…or any day!

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

SUZY STONE

817 Caroline Street 540.899.7655 thefrenchmanscorner.com

Mobile:540.847.0630 Office: 540-898-2900 suzystone22@gmail.com C21redwood.com front porch fredericksburg

February 2018

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contents

closeups 5

11

27

Pam Mcleod ...a solid foundation Mats jerndal ...oddbox studio, makers district Ali Hieber Spine of the “Great Lives Series”

5

porch talk .

3

nose to toes....skin+touch therapy spa

4

on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages

6

smart lawn...master gardeners

8

I have a friend: Sabina Klughardt

10

FXBG MUSIC: gaye & the wild rutz

11

Poetryman: her music

12

Vino: champagne or sparkling wine

13

season’s bounty: romance of food

14

cooking with kyle: lentil salad

15

everything greens

16-17

Calendar of events

18

history’s stories.: be my valentine our heritage: barry mcghee

19

a love story.....Rennick Bell ornament release

20

Senior Care: from the heart for the heart

21

emancipated Patients: billing madness

22

It’s all energy: more balance renew: nathan gist

23

life in motion: let’s move

24

art in the ‘burg: umbrellas, Just photos & grants

25

mYSTERY hOUSE STORIES OF FXBG: Chris

27

umw Great lives series opens

28

companions: a lifetime of love

30

fredericksburg sketches

31

from my porch: try this: it’s my job

18

meeganna henry... ain’t no mountain high enough.

9

A granddaughter’s story: A tribute to allen freeman yvonne bourne.. going out of the way to lend a hand

Cover: “Moonlight on St. George’s” By Casey Shaw

CARIBBEAN TEX-MEX RESTAURANT

Situated right in the center of the downtown retail section on Caroline Street, Skin+Touch Therapy Spa has literally had a front row seat to the many changes and improvements that Historic Fredericksburg has experienced over the past five or so years. Indeed, change has been a constant at Skin+Touch since day one, when Brian Lam (above) first opened his business in a small space within the Friends of the Rappahannock building in 2010. Since that time, Brian relocated the business to Princess Anne Street, and then purchased, renovated, and moved into the building at 714 Caroline Street. And renovated, renovated, renovated. Starting with just one staff member (himself), the business has expanded to five and now 17 employees. The space itself has also grown, to include both retail sales and skin therapy rooms, and expanding upstairs to include rooms for couples’ massages. The lobby has been transformed several times to allow for more seating and ease of movement for

staff and clients, as well as expanded retail displays. Brian also continues to hang the work of local artists, which allows him to keep a fresh look on the walls as the art rotates in and out. On a very brisk morning in January, I met with Brian to discuss (and experience!) the newest addition to the Skin+Touch Spa experience: professional, all-n natural nail services. The first thing I noticed when stepping into the freshly remodeled salon section of Skin+Touch is the light: when renovating the space, Brian had the ceiling lifted from flat to vaulted slope, and added windows on the high side. These windows, combined with the French doors opening to the back yard, add a wonderful natural lighting to the shiplap walls and black/white/chrome salon seating. The neutral palette allows Brian to have fun with color on the high wall and the seating, with a lively floral print on the high wall and pink and green cushioned chairs for the nail professionals. When I asked Brian when he first decided to add nail services, he said it was the goal

Belgian Chocolates and other Delightful Confections!

Fresh Made-To-Order Food Family Friendly Meeting Rooms/Private Parties Happy Hour/ 3 bars, 2 inside, 1 outside Outdoor Seating Overlooking Rappahannock River Catering/Take-Out www.donmoncho.com 1101 Sophia St, Fxbg, 373-0870 10151 Jefferson Davis Highway, Spotsy, 642-4204 2

February 2018

Front porch fredericksburg

TOES

by lori Izykowski

7

31

TO

the whole package

...And more! 7

NOSE

from the start, when he first purchased the building. “I wanted to eventually provide the full day spa experience, and this service is a connection to my fashion background. It allows us to be playful and bring some color to the other services we provide.” As we sat and enjoyed pedicures by nail professionals Rachel and Rhea (above right), I commented that there were no Dremels in sight, common in most nail salon settings. Brian stressed that the nail services at Skin+Touch are all natural. There are no nail tips or acrylics used. The polishes are non-toxic. And the scrubs used during the pedicures are made inhouse…and they feel and smell wonderful! R&R are enthusiastic about creating new scrubs and in general providing a relaxing and positive experience for clients. They are both professionally trained and knowledgeable about nail care. Brian sees this aspect of Skin+Touch appealing to a variety of clients, including bridal parties, families, and a welcome diversion for

travelers in town for business or pleasure. As we relaxed while our polish dried, I asked Brian what’s next (because there is always something next!) And what’s next will be that beautiful outdoor space visible from the nail salon getting some love and attention. He envisions at least one water feature, an herb garden, space for sitting, yoga classes, and other sensory experiences for meditation and relaxation. Spring will be a busy time for Skin+Touch and Brian Lam, and Fredericksburg residents and visitors will once again benefit from the changes. Skin+Touch 714 Caroline St, Downtown FXBG skintouchtherapyspa.com; facebook

Lori Izykowski loves this town and loves seeing the historic area thrive. She encourages you to dabble in a bit of self-care at Skin+Touch for Valentine’s Day…or any day!

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

SUZY STONE

817 Caroline Street 540.899.7655 thefrenchmanscorner.com

Mobile:540.847.0630 Office: 540-898-2900 suzystone22@gmail.com C21redwood.com front porch fredericksburg

February 2018

3


Cedric Rucker

ON THE PORCH Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists Rita Allen Laurie Black Collette Caprara TaLisa Cummings Renee Dunn Frank Fratoe K. Jeanne Frazer Joan M. Geisler Ralph “Tuffy”Hicks Karl Karch Lori Izykowski Jo Loving Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter Gabe Pons Cedric Rucker Casey Alan Shaw

A.E. Bayne Kevin Brown Tara Chipps Cait Daly Christina Ferber Jenna Freeman Rich Gaudio Alexis Grogan Ali Heiber David C. Kennedy Lisa Marvashti Vanessa Moncure M.L. Powers John Reifenberg Suzanne Scherr Georgia Strentz James Kyle Synder

Christine Thompson Tina Will

Laura Westermeier Norma Woodward

Front Porch Fredericksburg is a free circulation magazine published monthly by Olde Towne Publishing Co. Virginia Bigenwald Grogan, Publisher. The mission of Front Porch Fredericksburg is to connect the diverse citizenry of Fredericksburg with lively features and informative columns of interest to our community’s greatest resource, its people. Messages from our readers are welcome. All submissions must be received by e-mail by the 19th of the month preceding publication. Writers / Artists / Photographers are welcome to request Guidelines and query the Publisher by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: frntprch@aol.com Web Site: www.frontporchfredericksburg.com Facebook: @Front Porch Fredericksburg The opinions expressed in Front Porch Fredericksburg are those of the contributing writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Front Porch Fredericksburg or its advertisers. Copyright 2018 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

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February 2018

Pamdora

Bobbie Bow Dress

A solid foundation

tethered to the ‘burg

By A.E. Bayne

by Cedric Rucker Growing up in the inner city of Richmond, VA, my mother - like many hard-working parents on a tight budget – found a way to set aside enough money to buy World Book Encyclopedia one volume at a time. Gleefully, after each hardbound treasure arrived, I would spend hours sitting at the kitchen table poring over pages full of magical faraway places and exclaim, “I want to go there, and there, and there!” I also remember watching the Price is Right with Mom, and when people won exciting trips, she would exclaim, “I would love to go there, and there, and there!” Little did Mom realize that encyclopedias and Price is Right dreams would lead her son to a life-long pursuit of education and travel, to include 29 years (and counting) at the University of Mary Washington, and a passionate love of travel – with visits to 110 countries (and counting). After years of studying and work, I was finally able to afford to start traveling. One day, I told Mom we were going someplace warm, but didn’t tell her where. My sister took us to the airport, but Mom still did not know where we were going and assumed Florida. We went to the counter. Mom handed the counter attendant her ID, and in return was handed tickets to Hawaii. She started crying. Ever since I was a kid, Mom always said that she wanted to see Hawaii. To be able to share this adventure with her was an experience I will always treasure. Education has provided me with the ability to travel the world, take care of my mother, and so much more in life. This explains why I am so passionate about inspiring the next generation to pursue college and advanced degrees or vocational training in whatever field they choose. As Mary Washington’s Dean of Student Life, I have the opportunity to observe students advance through academic programs and accomplish lofty goals, and then follow their successes postcommencement. As a product of UMW myself, I can personally attest that an investment in education truly impacts lives and provides amazing opportunities. People ask me how I’m able to travel so much. Well, other than spending money on travel, I am a very frugal person. And fortunately, the academic calendar allows me to often travel in offpeak periods when the best travel deals can be found. I am always ready to travel when the opportunity arrives, with two

Front porch fredericksburg

Perfect for Any Occasion

723 Caroline St 540.899.8077 Daily 10-5:30, Sunday 12-5

Cedric in Antigua Guatemala, December 2017 packed bags (one each for warm and cold climates). Sometimes before I leave, I will go to a thrift store and buy clothing to take that I don’t mind leaving behind, freeing up room to bring home new-found treasures. An interesting product of my world travels is the renewed appreciation I have for the Commonwealth and city of Fredericksburg. Comfortably nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic beaches, and conveniently midway between Washington DC and Richmond, Fredericksburg is a well-placed jewel. Our city is filled with vibrant shopping and robust cultural experiences, whether it be listening to live music, visiting a museum or historic site. Our easily-accessible rail system allows commuters to travel north for work, then return here for small town charm and keen sense of community. People have always flocked to our historic city for its Revolutionary era legacy, Civil War Battlefields and antiquing, which re unparalleled. But there is so much more to be experienced, we have a first-class university and thriving community college, as well as a phenomenal restaurant scene, along with a growing number of coffee shops and craft breweries. I love the walkability of downtown Fredericksburg and our trail

system. Pathways like the popular River Heritage Trail along the scenic Rappahannock River are such a gift. Walking the Canal Path is an allencompassing natural experience. On my morning strolls, as well as many familiar faces, I often spy deer, an eagle majestically soaring overhead, and other wildlife. These are the small wonders in life that you can’t trade. To have such closeness to nature within a city is very special. No matter where I find myself in the world, my heart is ever tethered to the city of Fredericksburg, my neighbors and UMW family. We are truly a friendly community where people talk to one another. When I return from my morning walks on the Fredericksburg trails, I often enjoy a comfortable chat on the porch with my neighbor Neil Walsh, the sage of Prince Edward Street, before heading to work or other daily activities. Or I might sit back and read the educational Front Porch magazine cover to cover. Life is good. Thanks Mom.

Cedric Rucker is University of Mary Washington’Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life

We build life piece by piece, sometimes alone and other times in congress with friends and family. We do all the right things, make all the right connections, and secure all the right pathways to success, but inevitably we will face challenges at times that destroy our well-constructed lives in one fell swoop. If we’re lucky, we find that our foundation is strong, that long buried dreams can be rekindled, and our roots are never as far away as we believe. Coming home can feel a little bit like salvation. This is where artist Pam McLeod found herself six years ago after her beloved husband died and her children headed off to college. As she contemplated retirement alone and moving from Maryland, McLeod says, “I realized wherever I moved had to have an active music scene. My husband was a bluegrass musician, and I didn’t want to give up that part of my life. Music is in my family’s blood. The place also had to have an active arts scene because of my pottery. It had to be scenic. I wanted there to be a college so there’d be people to engage with culturally and intellectually, and I wanted to be able to walk to really good restaurants. I realized I was describing my home town.” McLeod turned to her family in

Fredericksburg, a place vastly different now than when she had grown up. Gone were the sketchy, struggling and empty storefronts along Caroline Street. Fredericksburg had experienced a citywide community revitalization effort. From the depths of devastation, McLeod felt she might have a hand to play in that effort as well. McLeod noticed the sale sign in the shuddered Bazzanella Fur Shop at 1109 Caroline Street in 2011, so she

sought more information during an online search. On a whim, McLeod approached the agent in charge of the sale, a former classmate from high school. The building was in a state of disrepair with termite damage and dry rot. It was a structural mess and much of it needed gutting. Like the city itself, the property required investments in elbow grease, money, and TLC. She decided to buy it in 2012 with plans to restore the space and open an art gallery and studio when she retired from the government. The transformation of 1109 Caroline Street started with McLeod’s move to Fredericksburg. She began work on the building with an eye toward historical restoration, and her plan was to divide the quarters into an upstairs living space and a downstairs gallery, teaching, and music space. The restoration forced McLeod to make choices both satisfying and heartbreaking. Would she be able to restore the fireplaces? Yes. Should she stick with heart of pine on the floors? Of course. Would the historical fur vaults behind the house be salvageable? Sadly, no. More importantly, McLeod found herself answering difficult questions

during the process about her own future. Would she be able to move past the monumental changes to her well-planned and cherished life? She still didn’t know, but she says, “There’s nothing like hitting a plaster wall with a sledgehammer to take care of any stress or angst you might have.” McLeod officially opened Pamdora gallery ahead of schedule just before the holidays in 2017. She carries a variety of two- and three-dimensional works of art and textiles, mush of which is made regionally. Eventually, she would like to offer classes and hold house concerts in the large back room. Today, Pam McLeod is excited about retirement. Just as she restored 1109 Caroline Street to its former structural beauty, she says, “This project really saved me in many ways. The future is full of promise and I’m excited to spend it here in the place where I started, giving back and improving my hometown.”

Pamdora 1109 Caroline St pamdora.com & facebook Open Friday 4 to 8 Sat. 10 to 6 Sun. 11 to 5. Handmade, Artisan Gfts by local artists. A.E. Bayne is a writer, visual artist and veteran educator who publishes Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review twice a year. Read it free online at fredericksburgwriters.com.

front porch fredericksburg

February 2018

5


Cedric Rucker

ON THE PORCH Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists Rita Allen Laurie Black Collette Caprara TaLisa Cummings Renee Dunn Frank Fratoe K. Jeanne Frazer Joan M. Geisler Ralph “Tuffy”Hicks Karl Karch Lori Izykowski Jo Loving Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter Gabe Pons Cedric Rucker Casey Alan Shaw

A.E. Bayne Kevin Brown Tara Chipps Cait Daly Christina Ferber Jenna Freeman Rich Gaudio Alexis Grogan Ali Heiber David C. Kennedy Lisa Marvashti Vanessa Moncure M.L. Powers John Reifenberg Suzanne Scherr Georgia Strentz James Kyle Synder

Christine Thompson Tina Will

Laura Westermeier Norma Woodward

Front Porch Fredericksburg is a free circulation magazine published monthly by Olde Towne Publishing Co. Virginia Bigenwald Grogan, Publisher. The mission of Front Porch Fredericksburg is to connect the diverse citizenry of Fredericksburg with lively features and informative columns of interest to our community’s greatest resource, its people. Messages from our readers are welcome. All submissions must be received by e-mail by the 19th of the month preceding publication. Writers / Artists / Photographers are welcome to request Guidelines and query the Publisher by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: frntprch@aol.com Web Site: www.frontporchfredericksburg.com Facebook: @Front Porch Fredericksburg The opinions expressed in Front Porch Fredericksburg are those of the contributing writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Front Porch Fredericksburg or its advertisers. Copyright 2018 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

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February 2018

Pamdora

Bobbie Bow Dress

A solid foundation

tethered to the ‘burg

By A.E. Bayne

by Cedric Rucker Growing up in the inner city of Richmond, VA, my mother - like many hard-working parents on a tight budget – found a way to set aside enough money to buy World Book Encyclopedia one volume at a time. Gleefully, after each hardbound treasure arrived, I would spend hours sitting at the kitchen table poring over pages full of magical faraway places and exclaim, “I want to go there, and there, and there!” I also remember watching the Price is Right with Mom, and when people won exciting trips, she would exclaim, “I would love to go there, and there, and there!” Little did Mom realize that encyclopedias and Price is Right dreams would lead her son to a life-long pursuit of education and travel, to include 29 years (and counting) at the University of Mary Washington, and a passionate love of travel – with visits to 110 countries (and counting). After years of studying and work, I was finally able to afford to start traveling. One day, I told Mom we were going someplace warm, but didn’t tell her where. My sister took us to the airport, but Mom still did not know where we were going and assumed Florida. We went to the counter. Mom handed the counter attendant her ID, and in return was handed tickets to Hawaii. She started crying. Ever since I was a kid, Mom always said that she wanted to see Hawaii. To be able to share this adventure with her was an experience I will always treasure. Education has provided me with the ability to travel the world, take care of my mother, and so much more in life. This explains why I am so passionate about inspiring the next generation to pursue college and advanced degrees or vocational training in whatever field they choose. As Mary Washington’s Dean of Student Life, I have the opportunity to observe students advance through academic programs and accomplish lofty goals, and then follow their successes postcommencement. As a product of UMW myself, I can personally attest that an investment in education truly impacts lives and provides amazing opportunities. People ask me how I’m able to travel so much. Well, other than spending money on travel, I am a very frugal person. And fortunately, the academic calendar allows me to often travel in offpeak periods when the best travel deals can be found. I am always ready to travel when the opportunity arrives, with two

Front porch fredericksburg

Perfect for Any Occasion

723 Caroline St 540.899.8077 Daily 10-5:30, Sunday 12-5

Cedric in Antigua Guatemala, December 2017 packed bags (one each for warm and cold climates). Sometimes before I leave, I will go to a thrift store and buy clothing to take that I don’t mind leaving behind, freeing up room to bring home new-found treasures. An interesting product of my world travels is the renewed appreciation I have for the Commonwealth and city of Fredericksburg. Comfortably nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic beaches, and conveniently midway between Washington DC and Richmond, Fredericksburg is a well-placed jewel. Our city is filled with vibrant shopping and robust cultural experiences, whether it be listening to live music, visiting a museum or historic site. Our easily-accessible rail system allows commuters to travel north for work, then return here for small town charm and keen sense of community. People have always flocked to our historic city for its Revolutionary era legacy, Civil War Battlefields and antiquing, which re unparalleled. But there is so much more to be experienced, we have a first-class university and thriving community college, as well as a phenomenal restaurant scene, along with a growing number of coffee shops and craft breweries. I love the walkability of downtown Fredericksburg and our trail

system. Pathways like the popular River Heritage Trail along the scenic Rappahannock River are such a gift. Walking the Canal Path is an allencompassing natural experience. On my morning strolls, as well as many familiar faces, I often spy deer, an eagle majestically soaring overhead, and other wildlife. These are the small wonders in life that you can’t trade. To have such closeness to nature within a city is very special. No matter where I find myself in the world, my heart is ever tethered to the city of Fredericksburg, my neighbors and UMW family. We are truly a friendly community where people talk to one another. When I return from my morning walks on the Fredericksburg trails, I often enjoy a comfortable chat on the porch with my neighbor Neil Walsh, the sage of Prince Edward Street, before heading to work or other daily activities. Or I might sit back and read the educational Front Porch magazine cover to cover. Life is good. Thanks Mom.

Cedric Rucker is University of Mary Washington’Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life

We build life piece by piece, sometimes alone and other times in congress with friends and family. We do all the right things, make all the right connections, and secure all the right pathways to success, but inevitably we will face challenges at times that destroy our well-constructed lives in one fell swoop. If we’re lucky, we find that our foundation is strong, that long buried dreams can be rekindled, and our roots are never as far away as we believe. Coming home can feel a little bit like salvation. This is where artist Pam McLeod found herself six years ago after her beloved husband died and her children headed off to college. As she contemplated retirement alone and moving from Maryland, McLeod says, “I realized wherever I moved had to have an active music scene. My husband was a bluegrass musician, and I didn’t want to give up that part of my life. Music is in my family’s blood. The place also had to have an active arts scene because of my pottery. It had to be scenic. I wanted there to be a college so there’d be people to engage with culturally and intellectually, and I wanted to be able to walk to really good restaurants. I realized I was describing my home town.” McLeod turned to her family in

Fredericksburg, a place vastly different now than when she had grown up. Gone were the sketchy, struggling and empty storefronts along Caroline Street. Fredericksburg had experienced a citywide community revitalization effort. From the depths of devastation, McLeod felt she might have a hand to play in that effort as well. McLeod noticed the sale sign in the shuddered Bazzanella Fur Shop at 1109 Caroline Street in 2011, so she

sought more information during an online search. On a whim, McLeod approached the agent in charge of the sale, a former classmate from high school. The building was in a state of disrepair with termite damage and dry rot. It was a structural mess and much of it needed gutting. Like the city itself, the property required investments in elbow grease, money, and TLC. She decided to buy it in 2012 with plans to restore the space and open an art gallery and studio when she retired from the government. The transformation of 1109 Caroline Street started with McLeod’s move to Fredericksburg. She began work on the building with an eye toward historical restoration, and her plan was to divide the quarters into an upstairs living space and a downstairs gallery, teaching, and music space. The restoration forced McLeod to make choices both satisfying and heartbreaking. Would she be able to restore the fireplaces? Yes. Should she stick with heart of pine on the floors? Of course. Would the historical fur vaults behind the house be salvageable? Sadly, no. More importantly, McLeod found herself answering difficult questions

during the process about her own future. Would she be able to move past the monumental changes to her well-planned and cherished life? She still didn’t know, but she says, “There’s nothing like hitting a plaster wall with a sledgehammer to take care of any stress or angst you might have.” McLeod officially opened Pamdora gallery ahead of schedule just before the holidays in 2017. She carries a variety of two- and three-dimensional works of art and textiles, mush of which is made regionally. Eventually, she would like to offer classes and hold house concerts in the large back room. Today, Pam McLeod is excited about retirement. Just as she restored 1109 Caroline Street to its former structural beauty, she says, “This project really saved me in many ways. The future is full of promise and I’m excited to spend it here in the place where I started, giving back and improving my hometown.”

Pamdora 1109 Caroline St pamdora.com & facebook Open Friday 4 to 8 Sat. 10 to 6 Sun. 11 to 5. Handmade, Artisan Gfts by local artists. A.E. Bayne is a writer, visual artist and veteran educator who publishes Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review twice a year. Read it free online at fredericksburgwriters.com.

front porch fredericksburg

February 2018

5


On the Trails

How Does A Master Gardener Grow? A smart Lawn for You

ain’t no mountain high enough

By Tina Will

A Master Gardener will come to your home, measure and assess your lawn, record your questions, and take a soil sample to send to Virginia Tech for analysis. Looking out the front window at our lawns in early Spring we are often faced with the realization that the great lawn we envision just isn’t there, and many of us don’t really know what to do to achieve it. We need specific information about our own mix of soil, weeds, and turf. Adding fertilizer and lime, and applying chemicals for weed and insect control has become a predictable routine, but hasn’t brought lasting results for too many of us (I dare say). Do you know your soil’s pH? Some do, many don’t, and don’t know that it is the place to start when planning improvements. Applying fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides should be done as a result of understanding the type of soil and climate we have here, and accurately identifying insects and lawn diseases. There is a way to have a great looking lawn, and there is specific advice for you and yours. It’s available through

the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s (VCE) Smart Green Lawn (SGL) program that’s been developed through VCE research at Virginia Tech, and it’s administered by our VCE Agent, Guy Mussey with the help of Master Gardeners. The genesis of the Smart Green Lawn program came with the realization that the Chesapeake Bay and watershed rivers were being overwhelmed by run-off from lawn fertilizer applications, and that pesticide run-off was also harming water organisms. It became clear that lawn care practices had to change. New guidelines have been developed, and are being followed statewide. Research has shown that root growth is more abundant and better achieved by fertilizing in Autumn. Roots have the chance to grow slowly between September and March which results in a stronger plant and plenty of new growth come Spring. This will occur best if the

topsoil layer is deep enough (about 2” at least), high in organic matter, and at a pH that allows nutrient uptake by the root system. Improving the soil strengthens the root system. It also means that applying lawn fertilizer in Spring is not always necessary and is no longer encouraged because of the run-off effect on our waterways. A benefit to this is that less mowing is needed! Want to get yours done? A Master Gardener will come to your home, measure and assess your lawn, record your questions, and take a soil sample to send to Virginia Tech for analysis. Once that analysis is received (takes about two weeks) Guy Mussey will review it and write a report answering the homeowner’s questions, and writing up the recommendations indicated by the soil report. The advice is very specific, and the report is comprehensive. Homeowners who have followed the instructions have seen their lawns return to health and thrive. They have also had the satisfaction

of knowing that they are reducing the amount of fertilizer run-off from their properties. The program runs from March to November. Beginning in March citizens can contact our VCE office (540-658-8000), request and fill out a Smart Green Lawn application, pay the $45 fee (which includes one soil test sample), and have an initial assessment scheduled to be done by a Master Gardener. VCE Agent Mussey will review the soil test results and address the homeowner’s questions with a detailed report and instructions on how to proceed. Less mowing, more growing, and more time to play in, or fish in, cleaner water! Smart, clean, and green. It is a great way to go!

Tina Will has volunteered with MGACRA for 13 years and lives near Ferry Farm in Stafford County. Photo by Laura Westermeier

Getting to know Meegana Henry “Meegana Henry is passionately dedicated to our local trails and spends hours cleaning and maintaining them. Much of the selfless work she does goes unnoticed by the general public.” ~ April Peterson, River Rock Outfitter Who is Meegana Henry? Well, she’s a guide certified through the National Hiking Guide Association; a No-T Trace Trainer; a Winter certified Leave-N Survival and CPR/AED training graduate; and a recipient of the "Figure Foundation Moving Hands Scholarship" to attend the National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine First Responder course in 2018. Meegana also devotes a lot of time to picking up other people’s

trash along our trails. For her credentials and community service, Meegana Henry is certainly worthy of public notice. So let’s find out more about this remarkable young lady. “I’ve always enjoyed hiking even at a young age. After completing the Appalachian Trail in 2014, I felt a calling to help others experience the wonders of hiking. So, I left a corporate job and joined the team at River Rock Outfitter. I have been happily married to this company ever since I walked through the front door! At RRO, I am fulfilling my dream of helping others experience the great outdoors by guiding local and regional hikes for individuals and groups, tailored to various skill levels. “The Fredericksburg region has a wealth of hiking trails. I'm always discovering new routes whether it be next

By Kevin Brown

to a pond, by the road, or through a neighborhood. My favorite trail is the River Heritage Trail/Canal Path loop, which brings back memories of walking with my grandfather while enjoying the amazing river view. I also enjoy the challenging Ridgeline segment of the Quarry Trails, which provides steep and undulating terrain similar to the Shenandoah National Park. “I LOVE seeing people outside and enjoying the Fredericksburg area outdoors environment, but there is one major area for improvement - picking up trash. At RRO, we host cleanups multiple times throughout the year, and many individuals contribute on their own. If anyone wants to find out more about “Leave No Trace”, please stop by and talk to our RRO staff. “In conclusion, I’d like to share a few lessons that I have learned “on the trails.” First, everybody's pack is different. By this I mean our gear is not going to look exactly the same because

we each prefer different things. Maybe you want to carry a spoon and a fork and I prefer my spork, or the “luxury” item you can live without may be an essential item in my pack. Second, if you don't enjoy your gear, do something about it. If you feel your pack is too heavy, lay out everything and take out unnecessary items. Color isn't everything, but if it makes you happier having an item in your favorite color (the very reason I received the trail name "Violet"), then do so. Third, hike your own hike. Each trail may have the same amount of miles but we do not all have the same pace. I may need an extra snack break, while my friend may want to continue hiking on. I say - do so. When you are on a hike, take time to relax and enjoy the views. You never know what is going to happen tomorrow, so enjoy today as much as possible.” Kevin Brown shares up-to-date local trail news and photos as administrator of the "On the Fredericksburg Va Trails" Facebook Group

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How Does A Master Gardener Grow? A smart Lawn for You

ain’t no mountain high enough

By Tina Will

A Master Gardener will come to your home, measure and assess your lawn, record your questions, and take a soil sample to send to Virginia Tech for analysis. Looking out the front window at our lawns in early Spring we are often faced with the realization that the great lawn we envision just isn’t there, and many of us don’t really know what to do to achieve it. We need specific information about our own mix of soil, weeds, and turf. Adding fertilizer and lime, and applying chemicals for weed and insect control has become a predictable routine, but hasn’t brought lasting results for too many of us (I dare say). Do you know your soil’s pH? Some do, many don’t, and don’t know that it is the place to start when planning improvements. Applying fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides should be done as a result of understanding the type of soil and climate we have here, and accurately identifying insects and lawn diseases. There is a way to have a great looking lawn, and there is specific advice for you and yours. It’s available through

the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s (VCE) Smart Green Lawn (SGL) program that’s been developed through VCE research at Virginia Tech, and it’s administered by our VCE Agent, Guy Mussey with the help of Master Gardeners. The genesis of the Smart Green Lawn program came with the realization that the Chesapeake Bay and watershed rivers were being overwhelmed by run-off from lawn fertilizer applications, and that pesticide run-off was also harming water organisms. It became clear that lawn care practices had to change. New guidelines have been developed, and are being followed statewide. Research has shown that root growth is more abundant and better achieved by fertilizing in Autumn. Roots have the chance to grow slowly between September and March which results in a stronger plant and plenty of new growth come Spring. This will occur best if the

topsoil layer is deep enough (about 2” at least), high in organic matter, and at a pH that allows nutrient uptake by the root system. Improving the soil strengthens the root system. It also means that applying lawn fertilizer in Spring is not always necessary and is no longer encouraged because of the run-off effect on our waterways. A benefit to this is that less mowing is needed! Want to get yours done? A Master Gardener will come to your home, measure and assess your lawn, record your questions, and take a soil sample to send to Virginia Tech for analysis. Once that analysis is received (takes about two weeks) Guy Mussey will review it and write a report answering the homeowner’s questions, and writing up the recommendations indicated by the soil report. The advice is very specific, and the report is comprehensive. Homeowners who have followed the instructions have seen their lawns return to health and thrive. They have also had the satisfaction

of knowing that they are reducing the amount of fertilizer run-off from their properties. The program runs from March to November. Beginning in March citizens can contact our VCE office (540-658-8000), request and fill out a Smart Green Lawn application, pay the $45 fee (which includes one soil test sample), and have an initial assessment scheduled to be done by a Master Gardener. VCE Agent Mussey will review the soil test results and address the homeowner’s questions with a detailed report and instructions on how to proceed. Less mowing, more growing, and more time to play in, or fish in, cleaner water! Smart, clean, and green. It is a great way to go!

Tina Will has volunteered with MGACRA for 13 years and lives near Ferry Farm in Stafford County. Photo by Laura Westermeier

Getting to know Meegana Henry “Meegana Henry is passionately dedicated to our local trails and spends hours cleaning and maintaining them. Much of the selfless work she does goes unnoticed by the general public.” ~ April Peterson, River Rock Outfitter Who is Meegana Henry? Well, she’s a guide certified through the National Hiking Guide Association; a No-T Trace Trainer; a Winter certified Leave-N Survival and CPR/AED training graduate; and a recipient of the "Figure Foundation Moving Hands Scholarship" to attend the National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine First Responder course in 2018. Meegana also devotes a lot of time to picking up other people’s

trash along our trails. For her credentials and community service, Meegana Henry is certainly worthy of public notice. So let’s find out more about this remarkable young lady. “I’ve always enjoyed hiking even at a young age. After completing the Appalachian Trail in 2014, I felt a calling to help others experience the wonders of hiking. So, I left a corporate job and joined the team at River Rock Outfitter. I have been happily married to this company ever since I walked through the front door! At RRO, I am fulfilling my dream of helping others experience the great outdoors by guiding local and regional hikes for individuals and groups, tailored to various skill levels. “The Fredericksburg region has a wealth of hiking trails. I'm always discovering new routes whether it be next

By Kevin Brown

to a pond, by the road, or through a neighborhood. My favorite trail is the River Heritage Trail/Canal Path loop, which brings back memories of walking with my grandfather while enjoying the amazing river view. I also enjoy the challenging Ridgeline segment of the Quarry Trails, which provides steep and undulating terrain similar to the Shenandoah National Park. “I LOVE seeing people outside and enjoying the Fredericksburg area outdoors environment, but there is one major area for improvement - picking up trash. At RRO, we host cleanups multiple times throughout the year, and many individuals contribute on their own. If anyone wants to find out more about “Leave No Trace”, please stop by and talk to our RRO staff. “In conclusion, I’d like to share a few lessons that I have learned “on the trails.” First, everybody's pack is different. By this I mean our gear is not going to look exactly the same because

we each prefer different things. Maybe you want to carry a spoon and a fork and I prefer my spork, or the “luxury” item you can live without may be an essential item in my pack. Second, if you don't enjoy your gear, do something about it. If you feel your pack is too heavy, lay out everything and take out unnecessary items. Color isn't everything, but if it makes you happier having an item in your favorite color (the very reason I received the trail name "Violet"), then do so. Third, hike your own hike. Each trail may have the same amount of miles but we do not all have the same pace. I may need an extra snack break, while my friend may want to continue hiking on. I say - do so. When you are on a hike, take time to relax and enjoy the views. You never know what is going to happen tomorrow, so enjoy today as much as possible.” Kevin Brown shares up-to-date local trail news and photos as administrator of the "On the Fredericksburg Va Trails" Facebook Group

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more than a friend By Laurie Black to attend together. “Evelyn and her husband, James, have a very good sense of humor and are very positive people. That makes them fun to be around. “ Both Evelyn and Sabina recommend the Senior Visitors Program to others. “I think that while giving your time, you receive a new friendship,” says Sabina. Their remarkable friendship continues to grow and touch the lives of those around them.

We all need friends. We all need that special someone we can count on to be a listening ear or inspire us or simply make us smile. This is the kind of friendship that makes us happier, healthier people and communities. This is the kind of friendship that Sabina and Evelyn share. Sabina Klughardt, a native of Germany, says “Since my own mother is in Germany and I cannot visit her on a weekly basis, I decided to volunteer to visit a senior here.” She heard about the Senior Visitors Program in 2013 at the annual Women’s Forum in Fredericksburg. Sabina attended volunteer training and was matched with Evelyn in 2014. Sabina goes on to say, “Evelyn and I were a perfect match from the beginning. When we met, she and her husband, James, were new to the area. They have their son and daughter-in-law right around the corner. However, when people get older, it gets harder to make new friends. Evelyn and my mother are only one year apart in age. We talk about everything going on in our lives and have developed

a very close bond. Evelyn has a lot of wisdom and it is always interesting to hear her point of view.” Sabina explains that Evelyn always understands when she needs to make a trip back to Germany. Evelyn heard about the Senior Visitors Program from her daughter-inlaw. Both Evelyn and her husband, James, joined the program and enjoy having a volunteer visitor. Evelyn says of Sabina, “She is a very nice person. She is very kind and very understanding. She is more like a family member. Sabina sits and lets you talk and she listens to what I have to say. We go walking, shopping and we have lunch. She always has a smile. She makes me very happy.” On one occasion, Evelyn and Sabina attended a Picnic in the Park concert hosted by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events. “Evelyn loves music and it is nice to see her sing along and tap her feet to the music,” says Sabina. Evelyn smiles, “I was trying to sing along. She thinks I can, but I can’t.” Sabina says they will have to find more music events

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tribute to Allen Freeman, 1946-2017 By Jenna Freeman Dear Grandpa, Thank you for your Service in the Air Force. You did such a great job repairing and servicing those airplanes. I’m proud to have such an awesome Air Force grandfather like that. I’m also proud that you served our country. You certainly deserve this letter for Veteran’s Day. I can tell that working on the Air Force helped make you the grandfather you are today. You are a very kind, generous, and helpful person and I love you very much. You also did a great job with your automotive repair business. You did an awesome job with the deli when it was on the corner of Sophia & William Street, as well as with the transition to the corner of Caroline and George Street in 2014. You still are doing a great job with the deli where it is, and I hope you continue. I am grateful that you come over with Granny for dinner on Sunday, dinner on Wednesday, now that we have dog training on Wednesday, Thursday, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and that one Hannukah. I look forward to five of the above-listed “special days” every week and year. I like all the cards you and Granny give me, as well as the desserts and candy. I also like all the dog books you and Granny gave me back in February. I am also grateful for those brunches that we used to have. I am also grateful for all the toys that you and Granny would buy me at Target. When I was in third grade, you would come over with Granny for us to go to Cici’s, and I am grateful for that as well. I am also grateful for all those stuffed dogs you and Granny gave me back in 2015. Love, Jenna

Allen Freeman, owner of the Virginia Deli, on Caroline Street, Downtown, passed away on December 12, 2017.He was 71 years old. Allen was a loving husband and a dedicated father to three children. He and his wife Linda have five grandchildren & one great grandson. Allen and Linda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. His friendly, welcoming presence will be missed downtown. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division Inc., 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, Va. 23060-9904.

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more than a friend By Laurie Black to attend together. “Evelyn and her husband, James, have a very good sense of humor and are very positive people. That makes them fun to be around. “ Both Evelyn and Sabina recommend the Senior Visitors Program to others. “I think that while giving your time, you receive a new friendship,” says Sabina. Their remarkable friendship continues to grow and touch the lives of those around them.

We all need friends. We all need that special someone we can count on to be a listening ear or inspire us or simply make us smile. This is the kind of friendship that makes us happier, healthier people and communities. This is the kind of friendship that Sabina and Evelyn share. Sabina Klughardt, a native of Germany, says “Since my own mother is in Germany and I cannot visit her on a weekly basis, I decided to volunteer to visit a senior here.” She heard about the Senior Visitors Program in 2013 at the annual Women’s Forum in Fredericksburg. Sabina attended volunteer training and was matched with Evelyn in 2014. Sabina goes on to say, “Evelyn and I were a perfect match from the beginning. When we met, she and her husband, James, were new to the area. They have their son and daughter-in-law right around the corner. However, when people get older, it gets harder to make new friends. Evelyn and my mother are only one year apart in age. We talk about everything going on in our lives and have developed

a very close bond. Evelyn has a lot of wisdom and it is always interesting to hear her point of view.” Sabina explains that Evelyn always understands when she needs to make a trip back to Germany. Evelyn heard about the Senior Visitors Program from her daughter-inlaw. Both Evelyn and her husband, James, joined the program and enjoy having a volunteer visitor. Evelyn says of Sabina, “She is a very nice person. She is very kind and very understanding. She is more like a family member. Sabina sits and lets you talk and she listens to what I have to say. We go walking, shopping and we have lunch. She always has a smile. She makes me very happy.” On one occasion, Evelyn and Sabina attended a Picnic in the Park concert hosted by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events. “Evelyn loves music and it is nice to see her sing along and tap her feet to the music,” says Sabina. Evelyn smiles, “I was trying to sing along. She thinks I can, but I can’t.” Sabina says they will have to find more music events

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If you know a senior who could benefit from having a weekly, friendly visit OR if you are ready to volunteer to be a friend to a senior, call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2704 or visit our website at mhafred.org. The Senior Visitors Program is a free community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program She can be reached at mhafaa@mhafred.org Photo by Tara Chipps, Zoom With A View Photography, LLC

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tribute to Allen Freeman, 1946-2017 By Jenna Freeman Dear Grandpa, Thank you for your Service in the Air Force. You did such a great job repairing and servicing those airplanes. I’m proud to have such an awesome Air Force grandfather like that. I’m also proud that you served our country. You certainly deserve this letter for Veteran’s Day. I can tell that working on the Air Force helped make you the grandfather you are today. You are a very kind, generous, and helpful person and I love you very much. You also did a great job with your automotive repair business. You did an awesome job with the deli when it was on the corner of Sophia & William Street, as well as with the transition to the corner of Caroline and George Street in 2014. You still are doing a great job with the deli where it is, and I hope you continue. I am grateful that you come over with Granny for dinner on Sunday, dinner on Wednesday, now that we have dog training on Wednesday, Thursday, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and that one Hannukah. I look forward to five of the above-listed “special days” every week and year. I like all the cards you and Granny give me, as well as the desserts and candy. I also like all the dog books you and Granny gave me back in February. I am also grateful for those brunches that we used to have. I am also grateful for all the toys that you and Granny would buy me at Target. When I was in third grade, you would come over with Granny for us to go to Cici’s, and I am grateful for that as well. I am also grateful for all those stuffed dogs you and Granny gave me back in 2015. Love, Jenna

Allen Freeman, owner of the Virginia Deli, on Caroline Street, Downtown, passed away on December 12, 2017.He was 71 years old. Allen was a loving husband and a dedicated father to three children. He and his wife Linda have five grandchildren & one great grandson. Allen and Linda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. His friendly, welcoming presence will be missed downtown. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division Inc., 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, Va. 23060-9904.

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FXBG Music Scene

The Makers District THE POETRY MAN

Gaye & The Wild Rutz

meet mats jerndal & oddbox studios

- By Frank Fratoe

BY Collette Caprara

Her Music

more element was added to their lives in June, 1997, with the birth of their son, Luc (pictured with Mats left). The couple's experience with portraying exaggerated, masked characters went with them as they traveled to the metropolitan New York area, where the Comedie Dell’Arte morphed into performances from their home-base in Jersey City that ranged from corporate-crowd-pleasing entertainment "complete with a moonbounce, cotton candy and popcorn machine" to street performances of juggling and stilt-walking. During that period, the beginnings of Oddbox studio also started to gel as Jerndal tapped the photography and design skills he had learned from his father in his homeland. But--be it through bad luck or

(For Jane)

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Out of all the emptiness we had borne in our lives during years often alone which kept us wondering if silence held a secret, to my great astonishment what brought us together was something in a lyric she sang with tenderness while playing the piano, that told me our children would be welcomed and loved whenever they came alive after I proposed to her and all the encores began.

Tanyah Cotton, Gloria Jackson, M.D., Marta Fuentes (back L-R R) and Gaye Adegbalola

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Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz (pronounced ROOTS) ) is an a cappella blues quartet complemented by percussion and occasional guitar. For many locals, Gaye needs no introduction. She was born and raised in Fredericksburg and graduated as valedictorian of the then-segregated Walker-G Grant High School. She has a Master's degree in Educational Media (with a concentration in photography) from Virginia State University Gaye has performed all over the world individually and as part of the group Saffire The Uppity Blues Women. Gaye has won numerous awards including the prestigious Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Award) - the Grammy of the blues industry. Saffire ended in late 2009, after making music together for 25 years. Gaye & The Wild Rutz formed and started touring in 2014. In April 2015, their first CD, "Is It Still Good to Ya?” was released. “Gaye, continues her signature "Saffire sassiness" and topical commentary in her songwriting on this CD of all original songs. Gaye's songs, as always, reflect her left-of-center sense of humor, her love of life and deep commitment to social activism including feminism, gay rights, and personal liberation.”, says Amazon Reviews

Gaye, the Rutz front woman, is a multi Music Award winner Gaye plays guitar, harmonica and is best known for her profound songwriting. The other members of the group - Tanyah Cotton, Gloria Jackson, M.D., and Marta Fuentes - have extensive and varied musical credentials, including decades of work with other brilliant musicians in a multitude of genres. Aside from their musical talents, these women are historians, healers, activists and visionaries.

Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city. He has written poems from the heart for Front Porch for the past 10 years.

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Local Performances Fredericksburg Songwrites Showcase, February 23, at LibertyTown Arts Workshop, 916 Liberty Street, 8 pm Info: burgsongs.org or 540-429-0999 ArtsLive! will host the group on March 3, 7-10pm at the at the Fredericksburg Country Club, 11031 Tidewater Trail . Info: thearts@artsliveva.org, 540-374-5040

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A magical realm within the Burg, the neighborhood near the intersection of Wolfe and Jackson Streets might appear to be quiet from the outside but it is bustling with activity, creativity, and innovation within, as artists and artisans (some acclaimed nationally and internationally) go about their work. Discover The Makers District

While each door of the workshops and studios in the Makers District at Wolf and Jackson Streets is a threshold to a surprising creative environment, the person behind the door at OddBox Studios is, himself, quite a surprise. From his first "Hello," it's quite clear that Mats Jerndal hails from Sweden--the homeland where the seeds were sown in the University of Gothenburg for what would become his 25-career in the performing arts. Mats' experience on-stage ranged from drama and Shakespearean plays to musicals, children's theater, and even the realm of Commedia dell'arte, with training at the esteemed Dell’Arte International in Humboldt County, CA, where he met his wife, Jackie. From that point on, the Jerndal's journey was a tale fitting of a dramatic production itself--the saga of a couple striving to balance the three key elements of their lives: the desire to express their artistic creativity, the need to make ends meet, and their involvement and relationships within a community. Yet one

fate that was to destine the Jerndal's to come to the Burg--sharp budget cuts in government funding for the arts reduced the percentage of support their performances received in New Jersey from 100% to zero. Mats and Jackie sold their company, packed up their belongings, and traveled to Virginia--a trek they had often made in the past to visit Jackie's sister. They rented a small home on lower Caroline Street and Mats did the work needed to set up a small photography and video studio in its basement. At the time, a small community newspaper called Snap! covered local entertainment and happenings in the business realm and Mats took the opportunity to use his photography, video, and broadcasting skills as a "Snapper" for the publication. In that capacity, as he came to know and befriend networks of overlapping communities within the city, Mats had first-hand experience of the generosity and mutual support that are hallmarks of the Burg. "I will never forget the time when we were living on Caroline Street and it was Jackie's birthday. I

wanted so much to host a celebration for her but we were so poor!" he said, "Then musicians Don Brown and Harry Wilson stepped up and offered to provide entertainment in our backyard for free. I will always remember how much that meant and I will always be there for them." Mats also makes a practice of "paying it forward" with similar generosity for those who are in need. Since those days, Oddbox found its current location on Wolfe Street and his son, Luc, came by Mats' side as his trusty assistant. Now in its fifth year, the studio has garnered state-of-the-art equipment--from computers, to audio, to software and photography/videography equipment, including broadcast, cinematic and aerial-imaging cameras. The company offers a spectrum of services, including media transfer, portraits product photography, real-estate footage, and wedding documentation and rents out its Cylcodrama, "Infinity Cyc," to videopgraphers and photographers. But the special touch of OddBox goes beyond its equipment and taps the well-spring of Mats' 25year career in the arts and the empathy he developed which enable him to recognize and convey the heart and essence of his subjects, with his masters' touch in cutting, close-ups, and carefully selected musical accompaniment. Next on the horizon for OddBox is the production of a feature/drama, Shane's Story, which chronicles one young man's victory over seemingly debilitating odds. The trailer will be released early this month at shanesstorymovie.com. Mats is also working on a documentary of a local band, "Swamp trash Band USA," which will premiere in 2020. Oddbox Studios 526 Wolfe St, Fredericksburg, VA (540) 268-0 0190 oddboxstudios.com; facebook OddBox Studios is a full-service video and photography provider With a fully equipped studio on-site, offering: Videography, Photography, Audio Webmercials, Music Videos, Weddings, All Special Events, Documentaries, Actors Reels, Portraits Collette Caprara is a local writer and artist

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FXBG Music Scene

The Makers District THE POETRY MAN

Gaye & The Wild Rutz

meet mats jerndal & oddbox studios

- By Frank Fratoe

BY Collette Caprara

Her Music

more element was added to their lives in June, 1997, with the birth of their son, Luc (pictured with Mats left). The couple's experience with portraying exaggerated, masked characters went with them as they traveled to the metropolitan New York area, where the Comedie Dell’Arte morphed into performances from their home-base in Jersey City that ranged from corporate-crowd-pleasing entertainment "complete with a moonbounce, cotton candy and popcorn machine" to street performances of juggling and stilt-walking. During that period, the beginnings of Oddbox studio also started to gel as Jerndal tapped the photography and design skills he had learned from his father in his homeland. But--be it through bad luck or

(For Jane)

.

Out of all the emptiness we had borne in our lives during years often alone which kept us wondering if silence held a secret, to my great astonishment what brought us together was something in a lyric she sang with tenderness while playing the piano, that told me our children would be welcomed and loved whenever they came alive after I proposed to her and all the encores began.

Tanyah Cotton, Gloria Jackson, M.D., Marta Fuentes (back L-R R) and Gaye Adegbalola

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Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz (pronounced ROOTS) ) is an a cappella blues quartet complemented by percussion and occasional guitar. For many locals, Gaye needs no introduction. She was born and raised in Fredericksburg and graduated as valedictorian of the then-segregated Walker-G Grant High School. She has a Master's degree in Educational Media (with a concentration in photography) from Virginia State University Gaye has performed all over the world individually and as part of the group Saffire The Uppity Blues Women. Gaye has won numerous awards including the prestigious Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Award) - the Grammy of the blues industry. Saffire ended in late 2009, after making music together for 25 years. Gaye & The Wild Rutz formed and started touring in 2014. In April 2015, their first CD, "Is It Still Good to Ya?” was released. “Gaye, continues her signature "Saffire sassiness" and topical commentary in her songwriting on this CD of all original songs. Gaye's songs, as always, reflect her left-of-center sense of humor, her love of life and deep commitment to social activism including feminism, gay rights, and personal liberation.”, says Amazon Reviews

Gaye, the Rutz front woman, is a multi Music Award winner Gaye plays guitar, harmonica and is best known for her profound songwriting. The other members of the group - Tanyah Cotton, Gloria Jackson, M.D., and Marta Fuentes - have extensive and varied musical credentials, including decades of work with other brilliant musicians in a multitude of genres. Aside from their musical talents, these women are historians, healers, activists and visionaries.

Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city. He has written poems from the heart for Front Porch for the past 10 years.

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.

Local Performances Fredericksburg Songwrites Showcase, February 23, at LibertyTown Arts Workshop, 916 Liberty Street, 8 pm Info: burgsongs.org or 540-429-0999 ArtsLive! will host the group on March 3, 7-10pm at the at the Fredericksburg Country Club, 11031 Tidewater Trail . Info: thearts@artsliveva.org, 540-374-5040

Open Monday – Friday at 6am Open Saturday – Sunday at 7am Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner $5.00 Weekly Lunch Specials

Check Out Our NEW Bistro Menu! 540-373-8300 www.marriott.com/fkrcy 620 Caroline St. FXBG, VA

A magical realm within the Burg, the neighborhood near the intersection of Wolfe and Jackson Streets might appear to be quiet from the outside but it is bustling with activity, creativity, and innovation within, as artists and artisans (some acclaimed nationally and internationally) go about their work. Discover The Makers District

While each door of the workshops and studios in the Makers District at Wolf and Jackson Streets is a threshold to a surprising creative environment, the person behind the door at OddBox Studios is, himself, quite a surprise. From his first "Hello," it's quite clear that Mats Jerndal hails from Sweden--the homeland where the seeds were sown in the University of Gothenburg for what would become his 25-career in the performing arts. Mats' experience on-stage ranged from drama and Shakespearean plays to musicals, children's theater, and even the realm of Commedia dell'arte, with training at the esteemed Dell’Arte International in Humboldt County, CA, where he met his wife, Jackie. From that point on, the Jerndal's journey was a tale fitting of a dramatic production itself--the saga of a couple striving to balance the three key elements of their lives: the desire to express their artistic creativity, the need to make ends meet, and their involvement and relationships within a community. Yet one

fate that was to destine the Jerndal's to come to the Burg--sharp budget cuts in government funding for the arts reduced the percentage of support their performances received in New Jersey from 100% to zero. Mats and Jackie sold their company, packed up their belongings, and traveled to Virginia--a trek they had often made in the past to visit Jackie's sister. They rented a small home on lower Caroline Street and Mats did the work needed to set up a small photography and video studio in its basement. At the time, a small community newspaper called Snap! covered local entertainment and happenings in the business realm and Mats took the opportunity to use his photography, video, and broadcasting skills as a "Snapper" for the publication. In that capacity, as he came to know and befriend networks of overlapping communities within the city, Mats had first-hand experience of the generosity and mutual support that are hallmarks of the Burg. "I will never forget the time when we were living on Caroline Street and it was Jackie's birthday. I

wanted so much to host a celebration for her but we were so poor!" he said, "Then musicians Don Brown and Harry Wilson stepped up and offered to provide entertainment in our backyard for free. I will always remember how much that meant and I will always be there for them." Mats also makes a practice of "paying it forward" with similar generosity for those who are in need. Since those days, Oddbox found its current location on Wolfe Street and his son, Luc, came by Mats' side as his trusty assistant. Now in its fifth year, the studio has garnered state-of-the-art equipment--from computers, to audio, to software and photography/videography equipment, including broadcast, cinematic and aerial-imaging cameras. The company offers a spectrum of services, including media transfer, portraits product photography, real-estate footage, and wedding documentation and rents out its Cylcodrama, "Infinity Cyc," to videopgraphers and photographers. But the special touch of OddBox goes beyond its equipment and taps the well-spring of Mats' 25year career in the arts and the empathy he developed which enable him to recognize and convey the heart and essence of his subjects, with his masters' touch in cutting, close-ups, and carefully selected musical accompaniment. Next on the horizon for OddBox is the production of a feature/drama, Shane's Story, which chronicles one young man's victory over seemingly debilitating odds. The trailer will be released early this month at shanesstorymovie.com. Mats is also working on a documentary of a local band, "Swamp trash Band USA," which will premiere in 2020. Oddbox Studios 526 Wolfe St, Fredericksburg, VA (540) 268-0 0190 oddboxstudios.com; facebook OddBox Studios is a full-service video and photography provider With a fully equipped studio on-site, offering: Videography, Photography, Audio Webmercials, Music Videos, Weddings, All Special Events, Documentaries, Actors Reels, Portraits Collette Caprara is a local writer and artist

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Season’s Bounty

Vino Champagne or Sparkling Wine?

Fredericksburg’s Hometown Irish Pub & Restaurant Since 1961

romance of food

by City Vino

By vanessa moncure 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.

Olde Towne BUTCHER Corner of William & Charles Streets Downtown Fredericksburg 540.370.4105 www.oldetownebutcher.com Champagne is a sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Champagne refers to a wine made using a specific process from a specific set of grapes grown in a specific region in France. The Champagne region is east of Paris, in northern France. Champagne is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. The process to make Champagne is long and complicated. First, a standard base wine is made and bottled. Into each bottle, a combination of sugar and yeast is added and the bottle is sealed. The yeast eats the sugar, producing carbon dioxide and some additional alcohol. When the yeast has finished eating all of the sugar, it dies and begins to break down. These broken down yeast cells are called "lees." The lees are left in the wine for months or even years and add bread-y, toast-y notes to the wine. During this lees' aging process, the bottles are slowly rotated and angled so they are neck-down. This process forces the lees to ultimately collect at the opening of the bottle. When the lees' aging

is complete, the bottles are quickly opened to remove the collected lees and a small amount of wine is added to the bottle to fill the space. This added wine may contain some sugar to add sweetness. At this point the bottle receives its final cork and seal. The wine will then undergo some amount of bottle aging before being released for sale. This elaborate process, known as the traditional method or methode champenoise, is used in other parts of the world, but the wine is not called Champagne. Cava from Spain, and some sparkling wines from other parts of France, the US, and even England, are made using this process. This method of making sparkling wine was actually developed in Limoux, in southern France, when the monks of Saint-Hilaire noticed that their wines would develop bubbles after being bottled. Not all sparkling wines go through such an elaborate process. Prosecco, from Italy, starts similarly, but the secondary fermentation to create the carbon dioxide happens inside a large pressurized tank, instead of in the individual bottles. The large tanks do not provide as much lees contact, so the resulting wine tastes much fruiter than champagne and does not have as much of the bread-y, toast-y notes. Some sparkling wines are made by simply injecting carbon dioxide, as is done with soda. This provides a much less expensive alternative to other methods, but the bubbles fade quickly leaving the wine flat.

City Vino is located at 810 Caroline St. You can find owners Renee Dunn & Rita Allen on-site to provide answers to all your wine questions

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Hours Monday - Saturday, 9am to 9pm; Sunday, 11am to 6pm Keith Lebor Proprietor 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

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

The Sunken Well Tavern

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.).

200 Hanover St. ~ 373-0738

The Soup & Taco, Etc. 813 Caroline St.

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.

Mon-Thurs, 11am-9pm Fri & Sat, 11am-10pm Sun, 11am - 9pm Bar open until 2am everyday

Fredericksburg, VA

Serving Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex Food and Something More!! Tuesday to Saturday

Eat Well Drink Well Live Well 720 Littlepage sunkenwelltavern.com 540-370-0911

11am-9pm Sunday 11am-6pm

Phone: 540-899-0969 soupntaco@yahoo.com

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Season’s Bounty

Vino Champagne or Sparkling Wine?

Fredericksburg’s Hometown Irish Pub & Restaurant Since 1961

romance of food

by City Vino

By vanessa moncure 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.

Olde Towne BUTCHER Corner of William & Charles Streets Downtown Fredericksburg 540.370.4105 www.oldetownebutcher.com Champagne is a sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Champagne refers to a wine made using a specific process from a specific set of grapes grown in a specific region in France. The Champagne region is east of Paris, in northern France. Champagne is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. The process to make Champagne is long and complicated. First, a standard base wine is made and bottled. Into each bottle, a combination of sugar and yeast is added and the bottle is sealed. The yeast eats the sugar, producing carbon dioxide and some additional alcohol. When the yeast has finished eating all of the sugar, it dies and begins to break down. These broken down yeast cells are called "lees." The lees are left in the wine for months or even years and add bread-y, toast-y notes to the wine. During this lees' aging process, the bottles are slowly rotated and angled so they are neck-down. This process forces the lees to ultimately collect at the opening of the bottle. When the lees' aging

is complete, the bottles are quickly opened to remove the collected lees and a small amount of wine is added to the bottle to fill the space. This added wine may contain some sugar to add sweetness. At this point the bottle receives its final cork and seal. The wine will then undergo some amount of bottle aging before being released for sale. This elaborate process, known as the traditional method or methode champenoise, is used in other parts of the world, but the wine is not called Champagne. Cava from Spain, and some sparkling wines from other parts of France, the US, and even England, are made using this process. This method of making sparkling wine was actually developed in Limoux, in southern France, when the monks of Saint-Hilaire noticed that their wines would develop bubbles after being bottled. Not all sparkling wines go through such an elaborate process. Prosecco, from Italy, starts similarly, but the secondary fermentation to create the carbon dioxide happens inside a large pressurized tank, instead of in the individual bottles. The large tanks do not provide as much lees contact, so the resulting wine tastes much fruiter than champagne and does not have as much of the bread-y, toast-y notes. Some sparkling wines are made by simply injecting carbon dioxide, as is done with soda. This provides a much less expensive alternative to other methods, but the bubbles fade quickly leaving the wine flat.

City Vino is located at 810 Caroline St. You can find owners Renee Dunn & Rita Allen on-site to provide answers to all your wine questions

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Hours Monday - Saturday, 9am to 9pm; Sunday, 11am to 6pm Keith Lebor Proprietor 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

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

The Sunken Well Tavern

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.).

200 Hanover St. ~ 373-0738

The Soup & Taco, Etc. 813 Caroline St.

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.

Mon-Thurs, 11am-9pm Fri & Sat, 11am-10pm Sun, 11am - 9pm Bar open until 2am everyday

Fredericksburg, VA

Serving Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex Food and Something More!! Tuesday to Saturday

Eat Well Drink Well Live Well 720 Littlepage sunkenwelltavern.com 540-370-0911

11am-9pm Sunday 11am-6pm

Phone: 540-899-0969 soupntaco@yahoo.com

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February 2018

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Cooking With Kyle

Everything Greens bloom where you are planted

Turkey Sausage Lentil Salad

By cait daly

by james kyle snyder

Horticulture Director Sarah Bachman planting some of the many bulbs donated by Roxbury Farm and Garden. Italian seasoning. What’s in it? If you’re like us, we prefer to blend our own spices, garam masala, steak seasoning, Italian seasoning, etc. The benefit is twofold: first – the blend is balanced to our preference, second it’s possible to save a ton of money by buying bulk spices at international markets. Why buy a .95oz bottle of Italian seasoning at $5.95 (about $100 per pound) when each of the spices can be picked up for $5-6 for a pound or home grown and made for pennies? The plants are easy to tend and you only need a newspaper in a wellventilated area to produce bags of freshly dried herbs you can share with friends. You can make your own onion powder, garlic powder, powdered fennel, and red pepper flakes too. It’s February so start seedling herbs now for the summer crop! One delicious Italian Seasoning blend combines 2 TBS each of: basil, oregano, minced dried rosemary, powdered marjoram, dried thyme, dried minced cilantro, savory, and red pepper flakes. I purchased the savory only because I didn’t grow it last summer. With all the dried spices, it’s easy to make your own unique sausage especially if you took advantage of purchasing meat on sale like turkeys after Christmas. If you’re making loose sausage, there is less chance of botulism, especially if you’re freezing it or using it immediately. Make the sausage the day before; the flavors will infuse the meat and balance out. In a bowl combine: 2 tsp dried minced parsley, 2 tsp of your Italian seasoning, 1 TBS of your dried minced garlic, 1 tsp of your onion powder, ½ tsp powdered fennel seed, 1 ½ tsp ground black pepper, ½ tsp paprika, 1 tsp of your flaked red pepper, and 2 tsp kosher salt. Add this blend to 2 pounds of whatever meat you want, mix well by hand, and wrap in plastic wrap overnight in the

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refrigerator. Voilà – Spicy Italian sausage. Now when to use it? Many colder weekend days, Mitzi and I spend time prepping meals for the week – roasting and portioning chickens, ready-to-go chicken tikka masala, chili, saag, spicy fish soup, or lamb shanks to name a few. Recently we ran across a lentil recipe on eatwell.com that we adapted and are passing along to you. In a medium saucepan bring a quart of water to boil. For the dressing, whisk together 3 TBS EVOO, 2 TBS red wine vinegar, 1 TBS Dijon mustard, and ½ tsp each kosher salt and ground black pepper. In a large skillet brown 1 pound of your Italian Sausage breaking it up completely; drain on a paper towel. Finely dice: one small bulb of fennel, your favorite apple, and 2 stalks of celery with the leaves. Once the water boils, add one cup of lentils. Cook until al dente (definitely not mushy) 15-30 minutes depending on the lentil. Strain and rinse in cold water until cool. I used small green lentils here because I had them. Now make your salad! Toss all the ingredients with the dressing and place them on a bed of greens. Arugula is great with this dish if you have it. I had spinach, kale, and a mescaline mix so that’s what we used. The clementine is a favorite citrus throughout the winter so one joined the party! Healthy sausage is super simple, easy, and delicious to make and it stores in the freezer for months. If you’re uneasy about making your own, take a class with Keith at Olde Towne Butcher. He’s a great resource for everything having to do with meat! Be well! Kyle Snyder appeals to your palate and your other senses when it comes to good, simple, healthy eating Edited by the protector of the well-read eye K. Jeanne Fraser

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C L THE HAPPY M The Only Thing We “Overlook” is the Rappahannock! Monday ~ Saturday: 11am ~ 9pm Sunday: 12-8pm 1017 Sophia Street

540-899-0140 (ph)

540-899-0141 (fax)

Rand Sompayrac & Richard Moncure, Proprietors

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

Thanks to our friends at Roxbury Farm and Garden Center, Downtown Greens will be vibrant and beautiful this Spring 2018! Andy Lynn, owner of Roxbury Mills in downtown Fredericksburg, donated over 1,000 bulbs of varying species to spruce up the Downtown Greens building and property located at 206 Charles Street. This donation is awesome in part because the green space will be filled with floral scents and blooming beauties, and also because this garden brings the community joy in so many ways. For example, did you know that we offer opportunities to learn about gardening and to connect with other like minded people? In January, we had a bulb planting party! A total of 630 bulbs went into the ground, and there are still so many left to be planted! Do you have a green thumb or, like so many of us, is gardening a relaxing activity for you and your family? Well, come join us for Garden Hours starting back up after a winter hibernation period, this month (February) through November l on Thursdays from 3 til 6pm and Saturdays from 9am til Noon. Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more! If you're not into getting your hands dirty, that is fine! Our gardens are open 365 days a year from sun up til sun down for your enjoyment. Watch our organic fruits and veggies grow in the upper garden and watch the community children plant and learn. Enjoy all of the beautiful blooms and majestic sycamore tree in the middle garden beside the headquarters building. Sit among the fragrant herbs and flowers and watch the bees buzz around on the patio in the lower garden behind the building- a perfect spot to sip tea and reflect all year round. Do you need a spot to study? Look no further. A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England,

found that students demonstrate 70 percent greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants (“5 Benefits of Houseplants.” 5 Benefits of Houseplants | Bayer Advanced, 12 Jan. 2018, www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/5benefits-of-houseplants.). Plants are also proven to lower stress and purify the air around us. Our lower garden also offers compost options if you've been wondering what to do with leftover coffee grounds or produce. The best part is, we use the compost to nourish the gardens and help all of the different species of plants thrive. Are you interested in helping out in other ways? Perhaps you'd like to donate needed items for our youth programs or maybe you'd like to make a monetary gift to help us fund much needed maintenance for our building or farm equipment? Maybe you're interested in donating time or your professional services? We appreciate any and all help from our generous community members. Learn more by visiting our www.downtowngreens.org Cait is the director of the area's SPCA and board member of Downtown Greens.

Become a Member

fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com fredericksburgfoodcoop.com

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Cooking With Kyle

Everything Greens bloom where you are planted

Turkey Sausage Lentil Salad

By cait daly

by james kyle snyder

Horticulture Director Sarah Bachman planting some of the many bulbs donated by Roxbury Farm and Garden. Italian seasoning. What’s in it? If you’re like us, we prefer to blend our own spices, garam masala, steak seasoning, Italian seasoning, etc. The benefit is twofold: first – the blend is balanced to our preference, second it’s possible to save a ton of money by buying bulk spices at international markets. Why buy a .95oz bottle of Italian seasoning at $5.95 (about $100 per pound) when each of the spices can be picked up for $5-6 for a pound or home grown and made for pennies? The plants are easy to tend and you only need a newspaper in a wellventilated area to produce bags of freshly dried herbs you can share with friends. You can make your own onion powder, garlic powder, powdered fennel, and red pepper flakes too. It’s February so start seedling herbs now for the summer crop! One delicious Italian Seasoning blend combines 2 TBS each of: basil, oregano, minced dried rosemary, powdered marjoram, dried thyme, dried minced cilantro, savory, and red pepper flakes. I purchased the savory only because I didn’t grow it last summer. With all the dried spices, it’s easy to make your own unique sausage especially if you took advantage of purchasing meat on sale like turkeys after Christmas. If you’re making loose sausage, there is less chance of botulism, especially if you’re freezing it or using it immediately. Make the sausage the day before; the flavors will infuse the meat and balance out. In a bowl combine: 2 tsp dried minced parsley, 2 tsp of your Italian seasoning, 1 TBS of your dried minced garlic, 1 tsp of your onion powder, ½ tsp powdered fennel seed, 1 ½ tsp ground black pepper, ½ tsp paprika, 1 tsp of your flaked red pepper, and 2 tsp kosher salt. Add this blend to 2 pounds of whatever meat you want, mix well by hand, and wrap in plastic wrap overnight in the

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refrigerator. Voilà – Spicy Italian sausage. Now when to use it? Many colder weekend days, Mitzi and I spend time prepping meals for the week – roasting and portioning chickens, ready-to-go chicken tikka masala, chili, saag, spicy fish soup, or lamb shanks to name a few. Recently we ran across a lentil recipe on eatwell.com that we adapted and are passing along to you. In a medium saucepan bring a quart of water to boil. For the dressing, whisk together 3 TBS EVOO, 2 TBS red wine vinegar, 1 TBS Dijon mustard, and ½ tsp each kosher salt and ground black pepper. In a large skillet brown 1 pound of your Italian Sausage breaking it up completely; drain on a paper towel. Finely dice: one small bulb of fennel, your favorite apple, and 2 stalks of celery with the leaves. Once the water boils, add one cup of lentils. Cook until al dente (definitely not mushy) 15-30 minutes depending on the lentil. Strain and rinse in cold water until cool. I used small green lentils here because I had them. Now make your salad! Toss all the ingredients with the dressing and place them on a bed of greens. Arugula is great with this dish if you have it. I had spinach, kale, and a mescaline mix so that’s what we used. The clementine is a favorite citrus throughout the winter so one joined the party! Healthy sausage is super simple, easy, and delicious to make and it stores in the freezer for months. If you’re uneasy about making your own, take a class with Keith at Olde Towne Butcher. He’s a great resource for everything having to do with meat! Be well! Kyle Snyder appeals to your palate and your other senses when it comes to good, simple, healthy eating Edited by the protector of the well-read eye K. Jeanne Fraser

Front porch fredericksburg

C L THE HAPPY M The Only Thing We “Overlook” is the Rappahannock! Monday ~ Saturday: 11am ~ 9pm Sunday: 12-8pm 1017 Sophia Street

540-899-0140 (ph)

540-899-0141 (fax)

Rand Sompayrac & Richard Moncure, Proprietors

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

Thanks to our friends at Roxbury Farm and Garden Center, Downtown Greens will be vibrant and beautiful this Spring 2018! Andy Lynn, owner of Roxbury Mills in downtown Fredericksburg, donated over 1,000 bulbs of varying species to spruce up the Downtown Greens building and property located at 206 Charles Street. This donation is awesome in part because the green space will be filled with floral scents and blooming beauties, and also because this garden brings the community joy in so many ways. For example, did you know that we offer opportunities to learn about gardening and to connect with other like minded people? In January, we had a bulb planting party! A total of 630 bulbs went into the ground, and there are still so many left to be planted! Do you have a green thumb or, like so many of us, is gardening a relaxing activity for you and your family? Well, come join us for Garden Hours starting back up after a winter hibernation period, this month (February) through November l on Thursdays from 3 til 6pm and Saturdays from 9am til Noon. Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more! If you're not into getting your hands dirty, that is fine! Our gardens are open 365 days a year from sun up til sun down for your enjoyment. Watch our organic fruits and veggies grow in the upper garden and watch the community children plant and learn. Enjoy all of the beautiful blooms and majestic sycamore tree in the middle garden beside the headquarters building. Sit among the fragrant herbs and flowers and watch the bees buzz around on the patio in the lower garden behind the building- a perfect spot to sip tea and reflect all year round. Do you need a spot to study? Look no further. A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England,

found that students demonstrate 70 percent greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants (“5 Benefits of Houseplants.” 5 Benefits of Houseplants | Bayer Advanced, 12 Jan. 2018, www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/5benefits-of-houseplants.). Plants are also proven to lower stress and purify the air around us. Our lower garden also offers compost options if you've been wondering what to do with leftover coffee grounds or produce. The best part is, we use the compost to nourish the gardens and help all of the different species of plants thrive. Are you interested in helping out in other ways? Perhaps you'd like to donate needed items for our youth programs or maybe you'd like to make a monetary gift to help us fund much needed maintenance for our building or farm equipment? Maybe you're interested in donating time or your professional services? We appreciate any and all help from our generous community members. Learn more by visiting our www.downtowngreens.org Cait is the director of the area's SPCA and board member of Downtown Greens.

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CALENDAR of events Great Lives Lecture Series, "Nikola Tesla" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm

Live Music, Karen Jonas @ Legume Kitchen & Bar, 8-10p, 715 Caroline St

heard in years. Full bar, great food, TV's, kid friendly. Courtyard Mariott Historic Disteict, 620 Caroline St, 6-9pm

Open Mic Night @ Legume w/Mark Vollen 715 Caroline St

Live Music @ Adventure Brewing, Fall Line Bluegrass Band, 8-10p, 33 Perchwood Dr

"Vamos" Music Fridays @ Legume,"Vamos" 8-10p, 715 Caroline St….check their web

Open Mic with Larry Hinkle every Thursday at Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour 6:30-10p

Sunday, February 11

Fredericksburg Kids Expo @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 10-4p

Great Lives Lecture Series, "Sam Phillips" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm

Live Music @Kenmore Inn, "Revelator Hill",Blues Rock 1200 Princes Anne, 7-10p

Sweet History @Rising Sun Tavern enjoy Valentine candy, learn the stories of how each to be true American sweethearts. Event hosted by Susan Benjamin, a candy historian and author of numerous books 2-3:30p, 1304 Caroline ST

Open Mic with Larry Hinkle every Thursday at Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour 6:30-10p

february 2018….Celebrating US Presidents, Black History, & Heart Month Thursday, February 1

Downtown Greens Garden Hours 3:00pm til 6:00pm Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more! Justin Trawick & the Common Good, Live Music at 7:30 Kenmore Inn. Open Mic with Larry Hinkle every Thursday at Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour 6:30-10p

First Friday, February 2

Live Music @ LaPetite Auberge Bar, "Kurt Crandall", 8-10p, 311 William St. "Swamp Trash" live music @ Adventure Brewing Co, 33 Perchwood Dr., 8-10p

Saturday, February 3

Groundhog Day….will he see his shadow? Meet the Artists at Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Amanda Carter, 2-3pm; Ina Moss, 34pm; Katherine Arens, 4-5pm.

Highmark Brewery 1st Anniv celebration t-shirt and gift card give away Live Music Laurie Rose Griffith, & Peter Mealy, Brokedown Boys, Juan More Taco Food Truck. MANY MOONS - Beer Release Brewed w/ Mosaic Hops Noon-10p

Threads of History: Elizabeth Monroe's Wedding Dress. Textile historian Colleen Callahan discusses the dress Elizabeth Kortright wore on the day she married a future president, James Monroe Museum

City Vino Wine Tasting Sample featured wines of the week. 12-4p The Shoppes @810

The month of love. red & pink abound. Visit Artful Dimensions gallery all month. And take a look around! All member show opening reception, 6-9p, 922 Caroline St. Music As Muse @ Art First Gallery 26 artists of Art First Gallery showing work with a music-related theme. month long show kick offs with open reception 824 Caroline St Celebrating a "Love Story" Renwick Bell Ornament Release Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 69pm Exhibition Dates: February 2-February 28 All Photography Exhibit, FCCA, 813 Sophia St, in Member's Gallery, Millie & Ray Abell "Umbellas", Brush Strokes Gallery, reception 6-9pm, 824 Caroline St.

opening

Father( or uncle, grandpa, stepdads) and Daughter Dance @ Dorothy Hart Community Center,6:30-8:30p "Wave on Wave' Gina Clark and Doyle Green playing all your favorites and some you haven't

Bart Balderson @Adventure Brewing South, great Blues , 33 Perchwood Dr. 8-10p

Sunday, February 4

Super Bowl 52 Sunday Party @Grapevine Café, 211p. Join us watching Super Bowl playing live on the BigScreen. Happy hour, drinks & food specials all night long.

Tuesday, February 6

Great Lives Lecture Series, "The Women Soldiers" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm Red Dragon Brewery Beer & Trivia night hosted by Donald Heinlein ! Bring most knowledgeable friends for 5 rounds of mind-numbing movies, tv, history, and pop culture trivia questions.

Wednesday, February 7

Sunken Well Trivia 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Thursday, February 8

Downtown Greens Garden Hours 3- 6pm Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more!

7-9p,

Friday, February 9

Variety Show @Dodd Auditorium, UMW, 6:30p. The show will feature performances from various UMW student groups, including the UMW Dance Team & acapella groups. Raffles, silent auctions proceeds go directly to UMW's Alternative Service Breaks program, which enables UMW students to travel to different locations to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Sweet Heart Swing Dance @ Central Station Banquets, 1917 Princess Anne St, 8-11p.Learn how to Swing Dance with your Sweetie or Yourself! Hosted by Central Station and Dance FXBG Live Music @ Legume "The Kingbolts" 8-10p, 715 Caroline St Live Music @ Adventure Brewing, "Gary Lekas" 810p, 33 Perchwood Dr

Saturday, February 10

Fredericksburg Kids Expo @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 10-4p

Monday, February 12 Lincoln's Birthday

Downtown Greens Garden Hours 3:00pm til 6:00pm Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more!

EP Jackson & A Songwriter Showcase @Kenmore Inn, 7:30-10p

Friday, February 16

UMW Jazz Ensemble celebrates Black History Month, 7:30 p UMW HCC Digital Auditorium Nerd Nite @ Red Dragon Brewry, 7pm, contact sandrafedowitz@gmail.com."It's like the Discovery Channel…with beer™

Tuesday, February 13 Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras

Great Lives Lecture Series, "The Tuskegee Airmen" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm Red Dragon Brewery Beer & Trivia night hosted by Donald Heinlein ! Bring most knowledgeable friends for 5 rounds of mind-numbing movies, tv, history, and pop culture trivia questions.

City Vino Wine Tasting Sample featured wines of the week. 12-4p The Shoppes @810

Wednesday, February 14

Mardi Gras @Adventure Brewing, 7-10p, 33 Perchwood Dr We'll be tossing beads and trinkets out all night from the bar, giving a prize for best costume, and there's a special treat in store for the lucky guest who finds the baby in their slice of King Cake. Just like in The Big Easy, we'll have awesome live music from Fall Line Bluegrass Band and delicious food, courtesy of The UFO Truck

Stupid Cupid Singles Party @ Adventure BrewingCo, 7-10p, 33 Perchwood Dr. Sip a Choc Raspberry Stout play a hilarious round of speed dating, groove to local live music, and take a crack at our Stupid Cupid pinata at this ultimate celebration of the single life.

Sydney Murray Music ~ soulful indie from Soulegacy & Em ~ neo-soul from fburg Megan Miller ~ indie acoustic from fburg. CRRL main branch, 7p

Thursday, February 15

Happy Valentine's Day

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 @ Legume "Not at Liberty" 8-10p, 715 Caroline St

Saturday, February 17

Dirt! The Movie A story with heart and soil. This award-winning documentary significance of dirt, the precious soil which is fundamental to our very existence. Refreshments will be provided by Katora Coffee and Mandala Pies. Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and Downtown Greens.@ Unity of Fredericksburg , 2217 Princess Anne St, #101

Rising Sun Tavern, tour in honor of our first president, George Washington, pay what you can as long as a president is on the bill! 11-4p

Tuesday, February 20

Red Dragon Brewery Beer & Trivia night hosted by Donald Heinlein! Bring most knowledgeable friends for 5 rounds of mind-numbing movies, tv, history, and pop culture trivia questions.

Wednesday, February 21

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, Prizes!!

Thursday, February 22

Downtown Greens Garden Hours 3:00pm til 6:00pm Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more! Great Lives Lecture Series, "Ernest Hemingway & John Dos Passos" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm

St. George Chamber Orchestra afternoon of music, 3-4p, St. Geo Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne White Like Me Screening @ Unity of Fredericksburg join Unity of Fredericksburg and other Unity churches nationwide a film explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. A local and national discussion will follow. 2217 Princess Anne St Curator's Tour, The public is invited to a behind the scenes tour of the museum operation at Gari Melchers Home and Studio led by 35 year veteran at the property, Joanna Catron. 224 Washington St. Info 540) 654-1848, mpcsolya@umw.edu, garimelchers.umw.edu/

Monday, February 26

Fredericksburg Fine Arts Show Call for Artists Entry Deadline @ Dorothy Hart Community Center, Find entry information online at www.FredParksRec.com or call 540-372-1086.

Open Mic with Larry Hinkle every Thursday at Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour 6:30-10p

Tuesday, February 27

Friday, February 23

Red Dragon Brewery Beer & Trivia night hosted by Donald Heinlein ! Bring the most knowledgeable friends and family you can find as you journey through 5 rounds of mind-numbing movies, tv, history, and pop culture trivia questions. Compete to stand tall as the top team of the night and go home with a prize!

City Vino Wine Tasting Sample featured wines of the week. 12-4p The Shoppes @810

Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase concert series presents original acoustic music line-up includes special guest Gaye Adegbalola. LibertyTown Arts Workshop, 916 Liberty Street, 8 pm , www.burgsongs.org or 540-429-0999

Sunday, February 18

Saturday, February 24

Great Lives Lecture Series, "George Orwell" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm

Fredericksburg Big Day Bridal show @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 11-4p

Kitchen Table Stories: Aaron Anderson - African American Civil War Hero and Medal of Honor Recipient @ Stratford Hall 10-Noon

Happy Birthday, George! @ Mary Washington House,1200 Charles St refreshments, decorate cupcake & honor George Washington take a tour learn about the woman who raised him! Noon-4p

City Vino Wine Tasting Sample featured wines of the week. 12-4p The Shoppes @810

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, Prizes!!

Belmont Woodland Tours 2 PM. by Virginia Master Naturalists, a mile of trails also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont's past. wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center. Free.

If you are reading this 247th issue of FPF, thank an advertiser as we celebrate our 21st year of continuous publication!

Ice-breaker Bass Tournaments @ Motts Run Reservoir, 8am Bring own fishing gear. open to the public and renting boats info call: Ray Thomas (540-898-7542)

If you are an advertiser, list your events. Deadline for March 2018 issue is February 20th. To submit events go to frontporchfredericksburg.com/submit

Monday, February 19

Presidents Day & George Washington Birthday Presidents' Day - Pay What You Can! @ Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop,

Wednesday, February 28

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Sunday, February 25

Become a Friend Advocate ~ Donate ~ Volunteer

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CALENDAR of events Great Lives Lecture Series, "Nikola Tesla" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm

Live Music, Karen Jonas @ Legume Kitchen & Bar, 8-10p, 715 Caroline St

heard in years. Full bar, great food, TV's, kid friendly. Courtyard Mariott Historic Disteict, 620 Caroline St, 6-9pm

Open Mic Night @ Legume w/Mark Vollen 715 Caroline St

Live Music @ Adventure Brewing, Fall Line Bluegrass Band, 8-10p, 33 Perchwood Dr

"Vamos" Music Fridays @ Legume,"Vamos" 8-10p, 715 Caroline St….check their web

Open Mic with Larry Hinkle every Thursday at Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour 6:30-10p

Sunday, February 11

Fredericksburg Kids Expo @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 10-4p

Great Lives Lecture Series, "Sam Phillips" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm

Live Music @Kenmore Inn, "Revelator Hill",Blues Rock 1200 Princes Anne, 7-10p

Sweet History @Rising Sun Tavern enjoy Valentine candy, learn the stories of how each to be true American sweethearts. Event hosted by Susan Benjamin, a candy historian and author of numerous books 2-3:30p, 1304 Caroline ST

Open Mic with Larry Hinkle every Thursday at Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour 6:30-10p

february 2018….Celebrating US Presidents, Black History, & Heart Month Thursday, February 1

Downtown Greens Garden Hours 3:00pm til 6:00pm Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more! Justin Trawick & the Common Good, Live Music at 7:30 Kenmore Inn. Open Mic with Larry Hinkle every Thursday at Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour 6:30-10p

First Friday, February 2

Live Music @ LaPetite Auberge Bar, "Kurt Crandall", 8-10p, 311 William St. "Swamp Trash" live music @ Adventure Brewing Co, 33 Perchwood Dr., 8-10p

Saturday, February 3

Groundhog Day….will he see his shadow? Meet the Artists at Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Amanda Carter, 2-3pm; Ina Moss, 34pm; Katherine Arens, 4-5pm.

Highmark Brewery 1st Anniv celebration t-shirt and gift card give away Live Music Laurie Rose Griffith, & Peter Mealy, Brokedown Boys, Juan More Taco Food Truck. MANY MOONS - Beer Release Brewed w/ Mosaic Hops Noon-10p

Threads of History: Elizabeth Monroe's Wedding Dress. Textile historian Colleen Callahan discusses the dress Elizabeth Kortright wore on the day she married a future president, James Monroe Museum

City Vino Wine Tasting Sample featured wines of the week. 12-4p The Shoppes @810

The month of love. red & pink abound. Visit Artful Dimensions gallery all month. And take a look around! All member show opening reception, 6-9p, 922 Caroline St. Music As Muse @ Art First Gallery 26 artists of Art First Gallery showing work with a music-related theme. month long show kick offs with open reception 824 Caroline St Celebrating a "Love Story" Renwick Bell Ornament Release Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 69pm Exhibition Dates: February 2-February 28 All Photography Exhibit, FCCA, 813 Sophia St, in Member's Gallery, Millie & Ray Abell "Umbellas", Brush Strokes Gallery, reception 6-9pm, 824 Caroline St.

opening

Father( or uncle, grandpa, stepdads) and Daughter Dance @ Dorothy Hart Community Center,6:30-8:30p "Wave on Wave' Gina Clark and Doyle Green playing all your favorites and some you haven't

Bart Balderson @Adventure Brewing South, great Blues , 33 Perchwood Dr. 8-10p

Sunday, February 4

Super Bowl 52 Sunday Party @Grapevine Café, 211p. Join us watching Super Bowl playing live on the BigScreen. Happy hour, drinks & food specials all night long.

Tuesday, February 6

Great Lives Lecture Series, "The Women Soldiers" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm Red Dragon Brewery Beer & Trivia night hosted by Donald Heinlein ! Bring most knowledgeable friends for 5 rounds of mind-numbing movies, tv, history, and pop culture trivia questions.

Wednesday, February 7

Sunken Well Trivia 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Thursday, February 8

Downtown Greens Garden Hours 3- 6pm Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more!

7-9p,

Friday, February 9

Variety Show @Dodd Auditorium, UMW, 6:30p. The show will feature performances from various UMW student groups, including the UMW Dance Team & acapella groups. Raffles, silent auctions proceeds go directly to UMW's Alternative Service Breaks program, which enables UMW students to travel to different locations to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Sweet Heart Swing Dance @ Central Station Banquets, 1917 Princess Anne St, 8-11p.Learn how to Swing Dance with your Sweetie or Yourself! Hosted by Central Station and Dance FXBG Live Music @ Legume "The Kingbolts" 8-10p, 715 Caroline St Live Music @ Adventure Brewing, "Gary Lekas" 810p, 33 Perchwood Dr

Saturday, February 10

Fredericksburg Kids Expo @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 10-4p

Monday, February 12 Lincoln's Birthday

Downtown Greens Garden Hours 3:00pm til 6:00pm Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more!

EP Jackson & A Songwriter Showcase @Kenmore Inn, 7:30-10p

Friday, February 16

UMW Jazz Ensemble celebrates Black History Month, 7:30 p UMW HCC Digital Auditorium Nerd Nite @ Red Dragon Brewry, 7pm, contact sandrafedowitz@gmail.com."It's like the Discovery Channel…with beer™

Tuesday, February 13 Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras

Great Lives Lecture Series, "The Tuskegee Airmen" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm Red Dragon Brewery Beer & Trivia night hosted by Donald Heinlein ! Bring most knowledgeable friends for 5 rounds of mind-numbing movies, tv, history, and pop culture trivia questions.

City Vino Wine Tasting Sample featured wines of the week. 12-4p The Shoppes @810

Wednesday, February 14

Mardi Gras @Adventure Brewing, 7-10p, 33 Perchwood Dr We'll be tossing beads and trinkets out all night from the bar, giving a prize for best costume, and there's a special treat in store for the lucky guest who finds the baby in their slice of King Cake. Just like in The Big Easy, we'll have awesome live music from Fall Line Bluegrass Band and delicious food, courtesy of The UFO Truck

Stupid Cupid Singles Party @ Adventure BrewingCo, 7-10p, 33 Perchwood Dr. Sip a Choc Raspberry Stout play a hilarious round of speed dating, groove to local live music, and take a crack at our Stupid Cupid pinata at this ultimate celebration of the single life.

Sydney Murray Music ~ soulful indie from Soulegacy & Em ~ neo-soul from fburg Megan Miller ~ indie acoustic from fburg. CRRL main branch, 7p

Thursday, February 15

Happy Valentine's Day

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 @ Legume "Not at Liberty" 8-10p, 715 Caroline St

Saturday, February 17

Dirt! The Movie A story with heart and soil. This award-winning documentary significance of dirt, the precious soil which is fundamental to our very existence. Refreshments will be provided by Katora Coffee and Mandala Pies. Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and Downtown Greens.@ Unity of Fredericksburg , 2217 Princess Anne St, #101

Rising Sun Tavern, tour in honor of our first president, George Washington, pay what you can as long as a president is on the bill! 11-4p

Tuesday, February 20

Red Dragon Brewery Beer & Trivia night hosted by Donald Heinlein! Bring most knowledgeable friends for 5 rounds of mind-numbing movies, tv, history, and pop culture trivia questions.

Wednesday, February 21

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, Prizes!!

Thursday, February 22

Downtown Greens Garden Hours 3:00pm til 6:00pm Help us work the soil, pick weeds, plant saplings or bulbs, move mulch, and so much more! Great Lives Lecture Series, "Ernest Hemingway & John Dos Passos" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm

St. George Chamber Orchestra afternoon of music, 3-4p, St. Geo Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne White Like Me Screening @ Unity of Fredericksburg join Unity of Fredericksburg and other Unity churches nationwide a film explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. A local and national discussion will follow. 2217 Princess Anne St Curator's Tour, The public is invited to a behind the scenes tour of the museum operation at Gari Melchers Home and Studio led by 35 year veteran at the property, Joanna Catron. 224 Washington St. Info 540) 654-1848, mpcsolya@umw.edu, garimelchers.umw.edu/

Monday, February 26

Fredericksburg Fine Arts Show Call for Artists Entry Deadline @ Dorothy Hart Community Center, Find entry information online at www.FredParksRec.com or call 540-372-1086.

Open Mic with Larry Hinkle every Thursday at Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour 6:30-10p

Tuesday, February 27

Friday, February 23

Red Dragon Brewery Beer & Trivia night hosted by Donald Heinlein ! Bring the most knowledgeable friends and family you can find as you journey through 5 rounds of mind-numbing movies, tv, history, and pop culture trivia questions. Compete to stand tall as the top team of the night and go home with a prize!

City Vino Wine Tasting Sample featured wines of the week. 12-4p The Shoppes @810

Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase concert series presents original acoustic music line-up includes special guest Gaye Adegbalola. LibertyTown Arts Workshop, 916 Liberty Street, 8 pm , www.burgsongs.org or 540-429-0999

Sunday, February 18

Saturday, February 24

Great Lives Lecture Series, "George Orwell" , UMW, Dodd Aud. 7:30 pm

Fredericksburg Big Day Bridal show @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 11-4p

Kitchen Table Stories: Aaron Anderson - African American Civil War Hero and Medal of Honor Recipient @ Stratford Hall 10-Noon

Happy Birthday, George! @ Mary Washington House,1200 Charles St refreshments, decorate cupcake & honor George Washington take a tour learn about the woman who raised him! Noon-4p

City Vino Wine Tasting Sample featured wines of the week. 12-4p The Shoppes @810

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, Prizes!!

Belmont Woodland Tours 2 PM. by Virginia Master Naturalists, a mile of trails also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont's past. wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center. Free.

If you are reading this 247th issue of FPF, thank an advertiser as we celebrate our 21st year of continuous publication!

Ice-breaker Bass Tournaments @ Motts Run Reservoir, 8am Bring own fishing gear. open to the public and renting boats info call: Ray Thomas (540-898-7542)

If you are an advertiser, list your events. Deadline for March 2018 issue is February 20th. To submit events go to frontporchfredericksburg.com/submit

Monday, February 19

Presidents Day & George Washington Birthday Presidents' Day - Pay What You Can! @ Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop,

Wednesday, February 28

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Sunday, February 25

Become a Friend Advocate ~ Donate ~ Volunteer

3258 Fans (& Growing) Want You to Join

Front Porch on 540~479~4116 1013 Princess Anne St , FXBG 16

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history’s stories

BE MY VALENTINE By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks

There are many different stories on the history of Valentine’s Day. The Romans are said to have had a feast of fertility in 300 BC at which time they matched up men and women. In the Middle Ages, Poets it is said connected the feast of Saint Valentine with love. They were comparing this with the birds finding mates around that time of the year. This may be the reason the phrase “love birds” came into use as and expression of two people in love. Lovers looked upon this date as a time for exchanging gifts and love letters. February 14th was the feast day for this event after a Roman priest was executed for encouraging people to marry in the Christian Church. Geoffrey Chaucer made the first recorded connection between Saint Valentine and love in his poem “The Parliament of Fowls”, in 1381. French writers along with the English in the 14th and 15th centuries allude to the 14th day of February as reserved for lovers. England is credited with the Valentine Day card with over 60,000 sent alone in 1835. Cupid also appeared about this time shooting arrows. It is stated that Cupid shoots arrows to stoke the flames of lust and romantic desire. Cupid has become a childlike figure his character is somewhat mischievous from Greek and Roman mythology where he is known as Eros in Greek mythology. The use of the heart shape as a love symbol is unclear, however, it is normally associated with Valentine’s Day. The use of chocolate on Valentine’s Day goes back to around 1840 when the candy manufacturer Cadbury used it as a marketing tool. This Valentine’s Day will be a special one for Anne and I as we celebrate our first Valentine’s Day as married. The holiday is a special day for us as we became engaged on February 14th. The day was always special for me as a young man as I would always show my love for my Mother with a card, chocolates and flowers as would many of my friends. Sending friends and family cards was a custom that many individuals enjoyed, not so much in the distant past. Today these cards have become collectibles not only for the beauty of the designs, but that the custom is almost non-existent. If your parents are still alive it is never out of style on Valentine’s Day or any other day to express your love and especially your respect for them. If they are deceased, it is always nice too place flowers at their grave site on Valentine’s Day or any other time. Happy Valentine’s Day Dedicated to the memory of Larry Lancaster, Wayne Tolson and Horace Brown Publishers Note: Congratulations to Anne & Tuffy on their Nuptials New Year’s Eve, 2017

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A “Love Story”

OUR HERITAGE

A look at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center collection

founding father

renwick bel ornament release

By John Reifenberg

By Gabriel Pons

Founding Father(s). The phrase conjures up a long list of names we have encountered for years. But as a volunteer at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, a name springs to mind that many may not be familiar with. Barry L. McGhee. He is our Founding Father. It was through Mr. McGhee’s foresight and dedication that the Center had a birth and then became a reality. And it was his vision that was directly responsible for the collection and preservation of the Center’s current running totals of over 3,500 library items, 3,550 photographs, and over 86,000 items consisting of historically valuable records. This he accomplished after a career as a Navy officer and after the formation of an earlier archive he designed and formed for the city in 1990 called The Fredericksburg Circuit Court Archives. Its mission was to assist the city in preserving and cataloging their court records. Mr. McGhee saw the acute need to preserve and document evidence of the culture of the Central Rappahannock Region and to assure that researchers would have access to the information. He identified the need and saw these two goals to fruition twice. Quoting from an article in the Free Lance-S Star of 1998, Rita Copeland recorded Mr. McGhee’s words; “It’s incredible how many unique items end up in the garbage. Often when an estate comes up for sale, there is little time to go through boxes of letters and documents. So the easy thing to do is take them to the dump.” Sadly, we occasionally witness the same scenario, but much progress has been made. Nothing is static and the Center’s occupancy record, having been circuitous, proves the point. It began in Barry’s home closet space, moved to a storage facility off Belman Road, thence to a room at the National Park Service’s 1930’s mansion

Fredericksburg with a “suitable bell for the public use.” Since Miss Chew—a southern belle—was leaving the city, Silas felt compelled to gift the city with another bell.

just off of North Lee Drive, and finally came to rest in the old gymnasium at the Maury Commons on Barton Street.

Join PONSHOP as we unveil the release in the second of their "Fredericksburg Bell Series" Ornaments on “First Friday” of February. Designed by Print Jazz (Pete Morelewicz, right) and produced by Craftwork Studios (301 Lafayette Blvd.), PONSHOP is excited to showcase this collaborative series. The Renwick Bell is rendered on a 3" diameter ceramic ornament with a custom commemorative illustration. In the 1820s, Silas Wood fell in love and married Julia Ann Chew, a native of Fredericksburg. In 1828, as a token of his love and since he considered the city as a place where he spent “the happiest days of [his] life,” he presented the city of

Courthouse (805 Princess Anne St.) to photograph, measure, and sketch the historic bell. We collaborated with local illustrator Pete Morelewicz and Craftworks Studio to fabricate the limited edition pieces. Join PONSHOP in c e l e b r a t i n g Fredericksburg’s love story this month.

Gabriel and Scarlett Poons are the owners of the PonShop at 712 Caroline St, Downtown To create the Renwick Bell Ornament design, Scarlett and myself, visited the former Fredericksburg

Celebrating a “Love Story” Renwick Bell Ornament Release Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 6-9 9pm Exhibition Dates: February 2-F February 28

Sharing the gym with the Center, the former Community Room has evolved as the next area to be incorporated in the Center’s search for additional archival space. The city and the Center reached an agreement late in 2017 allowing for the Center to utilize the space. At a Board of Directors meeting scheduled for 1/16/2018, the room will officially be renamed the Barry L. McGhee Room. Mr. McGhee stepped through the daunting door of need and into history. That is full circle. John Reifenberg Retired from the National Park Service after 31 years of service. He has been volunteering at the Center since the fall of 2011.

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history’s stories

BE MY VALENTINE By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks

There are many different stories on the history of Valentine’s Day. The Romans are said to have had a feast of fertility in 300 BC at which time they matched up men and women. In the Middle Ages, Poets it is said connected the feast of Saint Valentine with love. They were comparing this with the birds finding mates around that time of the year. This may be the reason the phrase “love birds” came into use as and expression of two people in love. Lovers looked upon this date as a time for exchanging gifts and love letters. February 14th was the feast day for this event after a Roman priest was executed for encouraging people to marry in the Christian Church. Geoffrey Chaucer made the first recorded connection between Saint Valentine and love in his poem “The Parliament of Fowls”, in 1381. French writers along with the English in the 14th and 15th centuries allude to the 14th day of February as reserved for lovers. England is credited with the Valentine Day card with over 60,000 sent alone in 1835. Cupid also appeared about this time shooting arrows. It is stated that Cupid shoots arrows to stoke the flames of lust and romantic desire. Cupid has become a childlike figure his character is somewhat mischievous from Greek and Roman mythology where he is known as Eros in Greek mythology. The use of the heart shape as a love symbol is unclear, however, it is normally associated with Valentine’s Day. The use of chocolate on Valentine’s Day goes back to around 1840 when the candy manufacturer Cadbury used it as a marketing tool. This Valentine’s Day will be a special one for Anne and I as we celebrate our first Valentine’s Day as married. The holiday is a special day for us as we became engaged on February 14th. The day was always special for me as a young man as I would always show my love for my Mother with a card, chocolates and flowers as would many of my friends. Sending friends and family cards was a custom that many individuals enjoyed, not so much in the distant past. Today these cards have become collectibles not only for the beauty of the designs, but that the custom is almost non-existent. If your parents are still alive it is never out of style on Valentine’s Day or any other day to express your love and especially your respect for them. If they are deceased, it is always nice too place flowers at their grave site on Valentine’s Day or any other time. Happy Valentine’s Day Dedicated to the memory of Larry Lancaster, Wayne Tolson and Horace Brown Publishers Note: Congratulations to Anne & Tuffy on their Nuptials New Year’s Eve, 2017

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A “Love Story”

OUR HERITAGE

A look at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center collection

founding father

renwick bel ornament release

By John Reifenberg

By Gabriel Pons

Founding Father(s). The phrase conjures up a long list of names we have encountered for years. But as a volunteer at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, a name springs to mind that many may not be familiar with. Barry L. McGhee. He is our Founding Father. It was through Mr. McGhee’s foresight and dedication that the Center had a birth and then became a reality. And it was his vision that was directly responsible for the collection and preservation of the Center’s current running totals of over 3,500 library items, 3,550 photographs, and over 86,000 items consisting of historically valuable records. This he accomplished after a career as a Navy officer and after the formation of an earlier archive he designed and formed for the city in 1990 called The Fredericksburg Circuit Court Archives. Its mission was to assist the city in preserving and cataloging their court records. Mr. McGhee saw the acute need to preserve and document evidence of the culture of the Central Rappahannock Region and to assure that researchers would have access to the information. He identified the need and saw these two goals to fruition twice. Quoting from an article in the Free Lance-S Star of 1998, Rita Copeland recorded Mr. McGhee’s words; “It’s incredible how many unique items end up in the garbage. Often when an estate comes up for sale, there is little time to go through boxes of letters and documents. So the easy thing to do is take them to the dump.” Sadly, we occasionally witness the same scenario, but much progress has been made. Nothing is static and the Center’s occupancy record, having been circuitous, proves the point. It began in Barry’s home closet space, moved to a storage facility off Belman Road, thence to a room at the National Park Service’s 1930’s mansion

Fredericksburg with a “suitable bell for the public use.” Since Miss Chew—a southern belle—was leaving the city, Silas felt compelled to gift the city with another bell.

just off of North Lee Drive, and finally came to rest in the old gymnasium at the Maury Commons on Barton Street.

Join PONSHOP as we unveil the release in the second of their "Fredericksburg Bell Series" Ornaments on “First Friday” of February. Designed by Print Jazz (Pete Morelewicz, right) and produced by Craftwork Studios (301 Lafayette Blvd.), PONSHOP is excited to showcase this collaborative series. The Renwick Bell is rendered on a 3" diameter ceramic ornament with a custom commemorative illustration. In the 1820s, Silas Wood fell in love and married Julia Ann Chew, a native of Fredericksburg. In 1828, as a token of his love and since he considered the city as a place where he spent “the happiest days of [his] life,” he presented the city of

Courthouse (805 Princess Anne St.) to photograph, measure, and sketch the historic bell. We collaborated with local illustrator Pete Morelewicz and Craftworks Studio to fabricate the limited edition pieces. Join PONSHOP in c e l e b r a t i n g Fredericksburg’s love story this month.

Gabriel and Scarlett Poons are the owners of the PonShop at 712 Caroline St, Downtown To create the Renwick Bell Ornament design, Scarlett and myself, visited the former Fredericksburg

Celebrating a “Love Story” Renwick Bell Ornament Release Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 6-9 9pm Exhibition Dates: February 2-F February 28

Sharing the gym with the Center, the former Community Room has evolved as the next area to be incorporated in the Center’s search for additional archival space. The city and the Center reached an agreement late in 2017 allowing for the Center to utilize the space. At a Board of Directors meeting scheduled for 1/16/2018, the room will officially be renamed the Barry L. McGhee Room. Mr. McGhee stepped through the daunting door of need and into history. That is full circle. John Reifenberg Retired from the National Park Service after 31 years of service. He has been volunteering at the Center since the fall of 2011.

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Senior Care From the heart...For the heart By Karl Karch

Lexi Grogan’s Pet Sitting Service

Emancipated Patients

“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”

billing madness

Prices: Dogs - $15 per canine per visit Cats - $12 per feline per visit

Are You...

By Patrick Neustatter, MD

Sick & tired of being sick & tired?

All at the expense of the patient – especially if, God forbid – you don’t have insurance, so you don’t have anyone to fight your corner. Debt collectors aren’t sympathetic to your complaint that it’s not fair that you don’t get that 84 per cent discount like Betty. Even if you do have insurance, these insane prices drive up the cost of your premium. To be fair hospitals do claim they give a discount to the uninsured, but from what I know of it, it’s a pretty hit and miss business, and requires a certain chutzpa on the part of the patient.

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

Having sleep problems? Constantly clearing your throat? Hypersensitive? Panicky? Sore Neck & Back? Anxious? Depressed? Fatigued? Morning Brain Fog? Oral System Balancing –OSBcould be just what you need

MORE MADNESS

February is a time of year that February is also American Heart many people see hearts as a symbol of Month. According to the American Heart Association, love, especially on Valentine’s Day. We cardiovascular disease think of spouses, significant others, (including heart disease and stroke), is friends, and children. But, we often America’s leading health problem and overlook the older adults in our lives. For cause of death, resulting in 1 out of every many seniors, Valentine’s Day can be just 3 deaths. Direct and indirect costs of another day, or worse, a day of increased cardiovascular diseases and stroke are loneliness and sorrow as they reflect on estimated to total more than $316 billion; the loss of cherished loved ones. Many that includes both health expenditures seniors are widowed or and lost productivity. The Don’t overlook the living alone. Even those good news? Heart disease who live in a group setting opportunity to show your can often be prevented such as an independent or love and gratitude to your when people make healthy assisted living facility may senior loved ones. As for choices and manage their be surrounded by others, you, the perfect gift this health conditions. The but this does not American Heart Valentine’s Day is the gift necessarily prevent Association (AHA) of heart health feelings of loneliness or identified seven key health grief. Finding a special way factors and behaviors they to show some extra love can make a big termed “Life’s Simple 7” that will reduce difference in their lives. The best gift you the risk of heart disease and stroke: notcan give a senior is your time and smoking, physical activity, healthy diet, attention, whether it’s a parent, body weight, and control of cholesterol, grandparent, other relative, or even an blood pressure, and blood sugar. To learn older neighbor. Make it a point to visit more, Google “Life’s Simple 7”. Little with them sometime in February, ideally changes over time make a big difference. in person, but if not, at least by phone. For example, you don’t have to run the Or, if you are technically savvy, Skype is a Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, but great way to visit with distant loved ones. everyone can commit to move more, even If they are not currently equipped, you if wheelchair bound. can make that a priority in February so Valentine’s Day is a special day you can Skype in the future, especially on that makes us think of love and birthdays and holidays. What a great way relationships. Don’t overlook the for grandparents to connect with distant opportunity to show your love and grandchildren and watch them make gratitude to your senior loved ones. As Valentine’s Day cards, read a book for you, the perfect gift this Valentine’s together, or share in other activities if Day is the gift of heart health. So, this they cannot be with them in person. One February give from the heart, and do unique gift for parents and grandparents something good for your heart. is to frame an old photo of yourself with Karl Karch is a local franchise owner of your loved one, and include a card about Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed home care organization providing how much they mean to you. Or, share a personal care, companionship and home meal together, or make homemade hearthelper services in the Fredericksburg and healthy snacks to share. Culpeper region.

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My friend Betty has a fantastic health insurance policy. The company saved her $15,107.98 on a bill of $17,892.55. Betty (not her real name) had a fairly minor operation at a local hospital. Sufficiently minor that the insurance company thought it was worth only $2,784.57 – or that was their “allowable charge.” So they discounted some 84 per cent off the bill. “What’s wrong with this picture?” you might ask. What’s wrong is that it is a great example of what an absolute farce the whole business of medical billing has become. Steven Brill, in his landmark Time Magazine, cover story in (http://content.time.com/time/subscriber /article/0,33009,2136864-1 11,00.html ) explains it. How doctors and hospitals use this fantasy pricing system called the “chargemaster” that bears no relationship to what something cost – or the real world in general. The “chargemaster” is responsible for all those egregious examples you read about, like Tylenol pills costing $15 a pop; a one cent plastic medicine cup costing $10; a box of tissues – drolly described as “mucus recovery system” - costing $8. Despite the respectable seeming “non-profit” status of many hospitals (which of course means they don’t pay taxes), they and other players in the healthcare field have been cleaning up. “Over the past few decades, we've enriched the labs, drug companies, medical device makers, hospital administrators and purveyors of CT scans, MRIs, canes and wheelchairs” notes Brill.

As if that’s not enough, “it’s estimated that 80-90% of hospital and medical bills contain items or services which are either overcharged or should not have been charged in the first place!” Notes Medical Billing Advocates (https://billadvocates.com/disputemedical-b bill/) - a site that will help you figure out that inappropriately named “explanation of benefits” and negotiate your bill. Get an itemized bill they advise. And you need to shop around. A survey of hospital charges in California showed the charge for the same operation (appendectomy) ranged from $1,529 to almost $183,000. Go to Healthcare Bluebook (https://healthcarebluebook.com) to find out what a fair price should be. Another thing to watch for is that everyone involved in your care should be in your health insurance plan. A (very informative) Readers Digest special report on hospital billing (www.rd.com/health/healthcare/specialreport-w w hy-a a -h h ospital-b b ill-cc osts-w w hat-ii tcosts/) notes a particularly apt acronym for those doctors who you are liable to get a surprise bill from - radiologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists and ER doctors. The acronym is RAPE. There’s a lot more you can learn to minimize what you pay – it is a science unto itself. I am of course being facetious when I say Betty’s insurance is so wonderful to give her an 84 per cent discount. This is fantasy – like the bill in the first place.

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

Visit www.drwaynewhitley.com & watch amazing video testimonies Call for a FREE consultation Dr. Wayne Whitley 540-847-1935

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.

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

Volunteer training is provided & no special skills are required. The Senior Visitors Program is a FREE community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Visit mhafred.org or call 540-371-2704

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Senior Care From the heart...For the heart By Karl Karch

Lexi Grogan’s Pet Sitting Service

Emancipated Patients

“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”

billing madness

Prices: Dogs - $15 per canine per visit Cats - $12 per feline per visit

Are You...

By Patrick Neustatter, MD

Sick & tired of being sick & tired?

All at the expense of the patient – especially if, God forbid – you don’t have insurance, so you don’t have anyone to fight your corner. Debt collectors aren’t sympathetic to your complaint that it’s not fair that you don’t get that 84 per cent discount like Betty. Even if you do have insurance, these insane prices drive up the cost of your premium. To be fair hospitals do claim they give a discount to the uninsured, but from what I know of it, it’s a pretty hit and miss business, and requires a certain chutzpa on the part of the patient.

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

Having sleep problems? Constantly clearing your throat? Hypersensitive? Panicky? Sore Neck & Back? Anxious? Depressed? Fatigued? Morning Brain Fog? Oral System Balancing –OSBcould be just what you need

MORE MADNESS

February is a time of year that February is also American Heart many people see hearts as a symbol of Month. According to the American Heart Association, love, especially on Valentine’s Day. We cardiovascular disease think of spouses, significant others, (including heart disease and stroke), is friends, and children. But, we often America’s leading health problem and overlook the older adults in our lives. For cause of death, resulting in 1 out of every many seniors, Valentine’s Day can be just 3 deaths. Direct and indirect costs of another day, or worse, a day of increased cardiovascular diseases and stroke are loneliness and sorrow as they reflect on estimated to total more than $316 billion; the loss of cherished loved ones. Many that includes both health expenditures seniors are widowed or and lost productivity. The Don’t overlook the living alone. Even those good news? Heart disease who live in a group setting opportunity to show your can often be prevented such as an independent or love and gratitude to your when people make healthy assisted living facility may senior loved ones. As for choices and manage their be surrounded by others, you, the perfect gift this health conditions. The but this does not American Heart Valentine’s Day is the gift necessarily prevent Association (AHA) of heart health feelings of loneliness or identified seven key health grief. Finding a special way factors and behaviors they to show some extra love can make a big termed “Life’s Simple 7” that will reduce difference in their lives. The best gift you the risk of heart disease and stroke: notcan give a senior is your time and smoking, physical activity, healthy diet, attention, whether it’s a parent, body weight, and control of cholesterol, grandparent, other relative, or even an blood pressure, and blood sugar. To learn older neighbor. Make it a point to visit more, Google “Life’s Simple 7”. Little with them sometime in February, ideally changes over time make a big difference. in person, but if not, at least by phone. For example, you don’t have to run the Or, if you are technically savvy, Skype is a Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, but great way to visit with distant loved ones. everyone can commit to move more, even If they are not currently equipped, you if wheelchair bound. can make that a priority in February so Valentine’s Day is a special day you can Skype in the future, especially on that makes us think of love and birthdays and holidays. What a great way relationships. Don’t overlook the for grandparents to connect with distant opportunity to show your love and grandchildren and watch them make gratitude to your senior loved ones. As Valentine’s Day cards, read a book for you, the perfect gift this Valentine’s together, or share in other activities if Day is the gift of heart health. So, this they cannot be with them in person. One February give from the heart, and do unique gift for parents and grandparents something good for your heart. is to frame an old photo of yourself with Karl Karch is a local franchise owner of your loved one, and include a card about Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed home care organization providing how much they mean to you. Or, share a personal care, companionship and home meal together, or make homemade hearthelper services in the Fredericksburg and healthy snacks to share. Culpeper region.

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My friend Betty has a fantastic health insurance policy. The company saved her $15,107.98 on a bill of $17,892.55. Betty (not her real name) had a fairly minor operation at a local hospital. Sufficiently minor that the insurance company thought it was worth only $2,784.57 – or that was their “allowable charge.” So they discounted some 84 per cent off the bill. “What’s wrong with this picture?” you might ask. What’s wrong is that it is a great example of what an absolute farce the whole business of medical billing has become. Steven Brill, in his landmark Time Magazine, cover story in (http://content.time.com/time/subscriber /article/0,33009,2136864-1 11,00.html ) explains it. How doctors and hospitals use this fantasy pricing system called the “chargemaster” that bears no relationship to what something cost – or the real world in general. The “chargemaster” is responsible for all those egregious examples you read about, like Tylenol pills costing $15 a pop; a one cent plastic medicine cup costing $10; a box of tissues – drolly described as “mucus recovery system” - costing $8. Despite the respectable seeming “non-profit” status of many hospitals (which of course means they don’t pay taxes), they and other players in the healthcare field have been cleaning up. “Over the past few decades, we've enriched the labs, drug companies, medical device makers, hospital administrators and purveyors of CT scans, MRIs, canes and wheelchairs” notes Brill.

As if that’s not enough, “it’s estimated that 80-90% of hospital and medical bills contain items or services which are either overcharged or should not have been charged in the first place!” Notes Medical Billing Advocates (https://billadvocates.com/disputemedical-b bill/) - a site that will help you figure out that inappropriately named “explanation of benefits” and negotiate your bill. Get an itemized bill they advise. And you need to shop around. A survey of hospital charges in California showed the charge for the same operation (appendectomy) ranged from $1,529 to almost $183,000. Go to Healthcare Bluebook (https://healthcarebluebook.com) to find out what a fair price should be. Another thing to watch for is that everyone involved in your care should be in your health insurance plan. A (very informative) Readers Digest special report on hospital billing (www.rd.com/health/healthcare/specialreport-w w hy-a a -h h ospital-b b ill-cc osts-w w hat-ii tcosts/) notes a particularly apt acronym for those doctors who you are liable to get a surprise bill from - radiologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists and ER doctors. The acronym is RAPE. There’s a lot more you can learn to minimize what you pay – it is a science unto itself. I am of course being facetious when I say Betty’s insurance is so wonderful to give her an 84 per cent discount. This is fantasy – like the bill in the first place.

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

Visit www.drwaynewhitley.com & watch amazing video testimonies Call for a FREE consultation Dr. Wayne Whitley 540-847-1935

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.

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

Volunteer training is provided & no special skills are required. The Senior Visitors Program is a FREE community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Visit mhafred.org or call 540-371-2704

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Renew have outrageous success by Joan M. Geisler

Nathan Gist has a morning show where he shares words of encouragement, inspiration and great positive music. You might know Nathan by his stage name, Mike Kelly on 90.5 WPER. It is no surprise that he encourages and inspires in his own business too. , The Mental Hustle is Nathan’s business that helps people be their best. Nathan says, “If you are at your best, the community is at its best.” Nathan helps people find outrageous success in their lives whether it is to overcome a hurt, habit or hang-up or to learn new skills to perform better. He has a treasure chest full of sharpened and well-honed tools with which to teach. Linguistic One such tool is Neuro-L Programming- NLP. Yea…I had to Google it to know what it was. NLP is simply how we function in the world. Neuro – brain/mind, Linguistic- language and communicating, Programming- how we choose to behave. NPL is learning how your mind speaks to your body to produce a desired outcome of behavior. His favorite tool, and the one that is always sharpened and ready, to use to help people create a great life is hypnosis. Further explanation is on his website www.fredericksburghypnosis.com Now before you think about a stage shows where the ‘hypnotist’ puts people in a trance and makes them do crazy stuff, this is NOT AT ALL LIKE THAT. I, too, had to get that mental image out of my head. Hypnosis is simply ‘changing your mind, your behavior and your actions.” It’s like this. Have you ever watched a movie that made you cry or made you afraid even though you were sitting safe and sound in your home? Have you ever heard a love song and had romantic feels towards your loved one?

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Congratulations! You have been hypnotized. Any good parent has ‘hypnotized their child.’ Have you kissed a child’s boo boo and helped them feel the pain go away? Have you hugged a frustrated teenager and helped them feel, “It will be okay.” Have you ever soothed your child after a bad dream reassuring them that it was not real? Congratulations. You have hypnotized your child. When a great coach is firing up the team in the locker room before the big game, he has just hypnotized the group. AND if the smell of cookies takes you back to grandma’s kitchen, you have been hypnotized. Hypnosis is a ‘tool’ to help you be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Stress, fear and the way you cope with a situation is a learned behavior. If your mother reacts to dogs, you will learn to react to dogs. If your father screamed at other drivers … guess who will grow up thinking honking will make traffic move faster? You wanna know who are the best hypnotists? The man or woman in a white lab coat. Yes, your doctor. When he says, “This is going to be painful.” Your mind tells the body, ‘Buck up boy, this is going to hurt.” But if the doc says, “This will only feel like a pin prick.” The mind tells the body, ‘Relax, we have been through worse.” It is not physical…it is mental. The body is not stressed, fearful or is anxious. The mind is. And the mind is the boss, and the body does what the mind tells it to do. You can change that. You can reach Nathan Gist at 540-222-1715 and nathangist@gmail.com or visit fredericksburghypnosis.com

Joan Geisler is a Habit Coach, A Behavioral Change Specialist. Visit her New Website at www.8020healthyhabits

Nathan Gist Board Certified Hypnotist, National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) nathan.gist@gmail.com fredericksburghypnosis.com facebook @mental hustle

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It’s All Energy

Life in Motion

hook-up for more balance

Let’s Move

by christina ferber

By taLisa cummings, PT, DPT

Have you ever had one of those days when you just could not get it together? When we feel “scatter brained,” or as if we can’t seem to focus, one way to pull ourselves back together is by doing what the Eden Energy M e d i c i n e community calls, “Hooking up.” Doing a Photo courtesy fo Big Tree School of Natural Healing Hook-u up brings energy systems hand on the side of your face with your together, so that they can keep your body fingers flat at your temples. Take some in balance. Hooking up is as simple as deep breaths and then switch sides. This holding two spots on your body that hold will also help to calm the Stomach correlate with the systems you are trying Meridian which can be involved with any to bring into balance. Because these feelings of worry. exercises are so calming, they are good to Holding Neurovascular Points is do anytime you feel dizzy or faint, have a another option to calm down and get shock or change, or feel disconnected centered. Place one hand on your forehead from yourself or others. and the other on the back of your head. up is part of the The Classic Hook-u You can place the hand on the back of Daily Energy Routine (see Jan/Feb 2017) your head in different areas depending on for a good reason. It connects two the need. Put it at the bottom of your meridians (energy pathways in the body) head at the base of your skull to quickly which are like our “energetic spine.” This calm down. Place it directly behind your hook-up also helps Radiant Energy (the eyes to alleviate any thoughts of fear, or energy of joy and vitality) flow, and helps behind your eyebrows to lessen panicked connect the mind and body. There have feelings. Be sure to breathe and hold any also been reports that it has stopped of these hook-ups as long as it takes to feel seizures and fainting spells. Simply place a sense of peace. one middle finger in your belly button and up The 2nd & 4th Chakra Hook-u the other one on your forehead between helps to center us and “come home” to your eyes. Push in, pull up, and breathe a ourselves. This exercise connects two few times. chakras (energy centers that play a role in Triple Warmer is the meridian in all of the system in our body) and brings charge of our survival, and is usually balance to the body. Place a flat hand over running at full speed. When it gets your heart area and the other hand flat overworked, we can feel anxious and across the area beneath your belly button. stressed, but Harmonizing Triple Warmer Do this whenever you feel disconnected as a Radiant Circuit brings it into the with yourself and need to feel more Radiant Energy of joy. Place a flat hand on centered. your forehead and the other flat hand on These simple, easy hook-ups can or a little above your bellybutton. change your day by adding peace and calm Connecting these two areas settles the to it. Just remember to breathe and hold adrenals down and calms you. them for a few moments or until you feel Another fantastic way to work better. For more exercises that can bring with Triple Warmer is to Calm the Triple balance to your life, visit Warmer Neurovascular Points. Place your www.itsallenergywellness.com. thumb, first and middle fingers in a cluster together, called a 3-finger notch. Then put those fingers at the “V” at the bottom of your throat above your Christina Ferber is a Certified Eden collarbone. If this feels funny, you can use Energy Medicine Practitioner a flat hand over this spot. Place the other

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“Country music singer Jamie Johnson has a song titled, 'Stars in Alabama.' Well, Dr. TaLisa Cummings, DPT is one of those 'Bama stars! TaLisa was born in raised in Birmingham and attended The University of Alabama before making her way to Virginia. We, at Fusion Physical Therapy are blessed to have Dr. Cummings (aka, "T") as a member of our professional team and...our Fusion family. Without further ado, I introduce to you, Dr. Talisa Cummings, DPT..." ~ Rich Gaudio When was the last time you walked through your neighborhood with a friend? Have you recently taken the stairs at work instead of the elevator? If not, what’s holding you back? LET’S MOVE!!! A sedentary lifestyle is a lifestyle that does not include participation or engagement in any regular, physical activity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor globally for mortality. Physical inactivity is also associated with several chronic diseases that plague our communities including: coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity, cancer, and diabetes, to name a few. There are many preventative measures that can help reduce these risks, but it is up to you, the individual, to be the change. As a physical therapist, the most important thing that I want people to understand is that physical activity does not always equate to strenuous exercise. Physical activity is skipping the elevator and taking the stairs, taking a trip to a local store and parking further away, or standing up to stretch during a commercial break of your favorite television show. While the aforementioned may not appear much like activity, they are simple, yet important factors that are beneficial in aiding toward a healthy wellbeing. Recently I started a walking club with a close friend. At the tender age of 80, he walks over 3 miles, 5-6 days out of the week. On days when I feel like being less active, it is his passion for movement that inspires me. We begin our walk at Fusion Physical Therapy and make our way down Spotsylvania Parkway, walking through Cosner’s Corner shopping plaza and around Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg. At Fusion Physical Therapy, we offer an opportunity

for people to transition into a wellness program that would be great for an individual that is interested in beginning their wellness journey. Our “Better U” program is equipped to assess each person individually, ensuring that they are paired with a proper health and wellness program that is beneficial and of great interest to them. Through our walking club and “Better U”, we hope to inspire people of all ages, young to experienced, to get up, get out, and move. There are many ways that you can become active. The most important thing is to remember that you should DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Walking 10 minutes down your drive-way to the mailbox and back to your garage, standing and sitting from a chair 3 times every half hour, chair yoga, taking your dog for a walk, whatever you do, do something…LET’S MOVE!!!

TaLisa Cummings is a Physical Therapist . She can be reached at Fusion PT Center, (540) 710-0100 , www.fusionpta.com Rich Gaudio is the PT Clinic Operator at Fusion Physical Therapy, Rich can be reached at www.facebook.com/FusionPTSpotsy/, . (540) 710-0100, Or, agewellvirginia@gmail.com

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Renew have outrageous success by Joan M. Geisler

Nathan Gist has a morning show where he shares words of encouragement, inspiration and great positive music. You might know Nathan by his stage name, Mike Kelly on 90.5 WPER. It is no surprise that he encourages and inspires in his own business too. , The Mental Hustle is Nathan’s business that helps people be their best. Nathan says, “If you are at your best, the community is at its best.” Nathan helps people find outrageous success in their lives whether it is to overcome a hurt, habit or hang-up or to learn new skills to perform better. He has a treasure chest full of sharpened and well-honed tools with which to teach. Linguistic One such tool is Neuro-L Programming- NLP. Yea…I had to Google it to know what it was. NLP is simply how we function in the world. Neuro – brain/mind, Linguistic- language and communicating, Programming- how we choose to behave. NPL is learning how your mind speaks to your body to produce a desired outcome of behavior. His favorite tool, and the one that is always sharpened and ready, to use to help people create a great life is hypnosis. Further explanation is on his website www.fredericksburghypnosis.com Now before you think about a stage shows where the ‘hypnotist’ puts people in a trance and makes them do crazy stuff, this is NOT AT ALL LIKE THAT. I, too, had to get that mental image out of my head. Hypnosis is simply ‘changing your mind, your behavior and your actions.” It’s like this. Have you ever watched a movie that made you cry or made you afraid even though you were sitting safe and sound in your home? Have you ever heard a love song and had romantic feels towards your loved one?

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Congratulations! You have been hypnotized. Any good parent has ‘hypnotized their child.’ Have you kissed a child’s boo boo and helped them feel the pain go away? Have you hugged a frustrated teenager and helped them feel, “It will be okay.” Have you ever soothed your child after a bad dream reassuring them that it was not real? Congratulations. You have hypnotized your child. When a great coach is firing up the team in the locker room before the big game, he has just hypnotized the group. AND if the smell of cookies takes you back to grandma’s kitchen, you have been hypnotized. Hypnosis is a ‘tool’ to help you be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Stress, fear and the way you cope with a situation is a learned behavior. If your mother reacts to dogs, you will learn to react to dogs. If your father screamed at other drivers … guess who will grow up thinking honking will make traffic move faster? You wanna know who are the best hypnotists? The man or woman in a white lab coat. Yes, your doctor. When he says, “This is going to be painful.” Your mind tells the body, ‘Buck up boy, this is going to hurt.” But if the doc says, “This will only feel like a pin prick.” The mind tells the body, ‘Relax, we have been through worse.” It is not physical…it is mental. The body is not stressed, fearful or is anxious. The mind is. And the mind is the boss, and the body does what the mind tells it to do. You can change that. You can reach Nathan Gist at 540-222-1715 and nathangist@gmail.com or visit fredericksburghypnosis.com

Joan Geisler is a Habit Coach, A Behavioral Change Specialist. Visit her New Website at www.8020healthyhabits

Nathan Gist Board Certified Hypnotist, National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) nathan.gist@gmail.com fredericksburghypnosis.com facebook @mental hustle

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It’s All Energy

Life in Motion

hook-up for more balance

Let’s Move

by christina ferber

By taLisa cummings, PT, DPT

Have you ever had one of those days when you just could not get it together? When we feel “scatter brained,” or as if we can’t seem to focus, one way to pull ourselves back together is by doing what the Eden Energy M e d i c i n e community calls, “Hooking up.” Doing a Photo courtesy fo Big Tree School of Natural Healing Hook-u up brings energy systems hand on the side of your face with your together, so that they can keep your body fingers flat at your temples. Take some in balance. Hooking up is as simple as deep breaths and then switch sides. This holding two spots on your body that hold will also help to calm the Stomach correlate with the systems you are trying Meridian which can be involved with any to bring into balance. Because these feelings of worry. exercises are so calming, they are good to Holding Neurovascular Points is do anytime you feel dizzy or faint, have a another option to calm down and get shock or change, or feel disconnected centered. Place one hand on your forehead from yourself or others. and the other on the back of your head. up is part of the The Classic Hook-u You can place the hand on the back of Daily Energy Routine (see Jan/Feb 2017) your head in different areas depending on for a good reason. It connects two the need. Put it at the bottom of your meridians (energy pathways in the body) head at the base of your skull to quickly which are like our “energetic spine.” This calm down. Place it directly behind your hook-up also helps Radiant Energy (the eyes to alleviate any thoughts of fear, or energy of joy and vitality) flow, and helps behind your eyebrows to lessen panicked connect the mind and body. There have feelings. Be sure to breathe and hold any also been reports that it has stopped of these hook-ups as long as it takes to feel seizures and fainting spells. Simply place a sense of peace. one middle finger in your belly button and up The 2nd & 4th Chakra Hook-u the other one on your forehead between helps to center us and “come home” to your eyes. Push in, pull up, and breathe a ourselves. This exercise connects two few times. chakras (energy centers that play a role in Triple Warmer is the meridian in all of the system in our body) and brings charge of our survival, and is usually balance to the body. Place a flat hand over running at full speed. When it gets your heart area and the other hand flat overworked, we can feel anxious and across the area beneath your belly button. stressed, but Harmonizing Triple Warmer Do this whenever you feel disconnected as a Radiant Circuit brings it into the with yourself and need to feel more Radiant Energy of joy. Place a flat hand on centered. your forehead and the other flat hand on These simple, easy hook-ups can or a little above your bellybutton. change your day by adding peace and calm Connecting these two areas settles the to it. Just remember to breathe and hold adrenals down and calms you. them for a few moments or until you feel Another fantastic way to work better. For more exercises that can bring with Triple Warmer is to Calm the Triple balance to your life, visit Warmer Neurovascular Points. Place your www.itsallenergywellness.com. thumb, first and middle fingers in a cluster together, called a 3-finger notch. Then put those fingers at the “V” at the bottom of your throat above your Christina Ferber is a Certified Eden collarbone. If this feels funny, you can use Energy Medicine Practitioner a flat hand over this spot. Place the other

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

“Country music singer Jamie Johnson has a song titled, 'Stars in Alabama.' Well, Dr. TaLisa Cummings, DPT is one of those 'Bama stars! TaLisa was born in raised in Birmingham and attended The University of Alabama before making her way to Virginia. We, at Fusion Physical Therapy are blessed to have Dr. Cummings (aka, "T") as a member of our professional team and...our Fusion family. Without further ado, I introduce to you, Dr. Talisa Cummings, DPT..." ~ Rich Gaudio When was the last time you walked through your neighborhood with a friend? Have you recently taken the stairs at work instead of the elevator? If not, what’s holding you back? LET’S MOVE!!! A sedentary lifestyle is a lifestyle that does not include participation or engagement in any regular, physical activity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor globally for mortality. Physical inactivity is also associated with several chronic diseases that plague our communities including: coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity, cancer, and diabetes, to name a few. There are many preventative measures that can help reduce these risks, but it is up to you, the individual, to be the change. As a physical therapist, the most important thing that I want people to understand is that physical activity does not always equate to strenuous exercise. Physical activity is skipping the elevator and taking the stairs, taking a trip to a local store and parking further away, or standing up to stretch during a commercial break of your favorite television show. While the aforementioned may not appear much like activity, they are simple, yet important factors that are beneficial in aiding toward a healthy wellbeing. Recently I started a walking club with a close friend. At the tender age of 80, he walks over 3 miles, 5-6 days out of the week. On days when I feel like being less active, it is his passion for movement that inspires me. We begin our walk at Fusion Physical Therapy and make our way down Spotsylvania Parkway, walking through Cosner’s Corner shopping plaza and around Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg. At Fusion Physical Therapy, we offer an opportunity

for people to transition into a wellness program that would be great for an individual that is interested in beginning their wellness journey. Our “Better U” program is equipped to assess each person individually, ensuring that they are paired with a proper health and wellness program that is beneficial and of great interest to them. Through our walking club and “Better U”, we hope to inspire people of all ages, young to experienced, to get up, get out, and move. There are many ways that you can become active. The most important thing is to remember that you should DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Walking 10 minutes down your drive-way to the mailbox and back to your garage, standing and sitting from a chair 3 times every half hour, chair yoga, taking your dog for a walk, whatever you do, do something…LET’S MOVE!!!

TaLisa Cummings is a Physical Therapist . She can be reached at Fusion PT Center, (540) 710-0100 , www.fusionpta.com Rich Gaudio is the PT Clinic Operator at Fusion Physical Therapy, Rich can be reached at www.facebook.com/FusionPTSpotsy/, . (540) 710-0100, Or, agewellvirginia@gmail.com

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Art in the Burg

Stories

of fredericksburg

Umbrella, Umbrellas! Umbrellas! For rain and sun and just plain fun, they have been part of daily lives throughout the centuries and around the world. Whether for protection from the elements, to make a fashion statement, or to top-off a cocktail, the umbrella has served us well. Throughout February, the artists of Brush Strokes Gallery are paying tribute to this handy device in their allmember show "Umbrellas!"--each depicting a unique way they have been used. Join us on Friday, February 2, to meet and speak with our artists at the "Umbrellas!" opening reception from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Name This House

Chris

“Canal Path, Yellow Sign”, Penny A Parrish

Brush Strokes Gallery, located “Backyard View” Kathleen Willingham at 824 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg, is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. The "Umbrellas!" exhibit will be featured from January 29 through February 25. ~ Norma Woodward

Just Photography A robust body of photography will be showcased in their 3rd Annual "All Photography" Fredericksburg show at Center for the Creative Atrs (FCCA) Juror Roy Sewall will present awards; along with her juror talk at the opening of the reception at 6pm. First Friday reception on Friday, February 2nd from 6 PM to 8:30 PM at 813 Sophia Street in Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. The “Commonplace Beauty” Fitzi Newton event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. ~ Dawn Whitmore

Fredericksburg Arts Commission Now Accepting Creative Communities Partnership Grant Applications The Fredericksburg Arts Commission administers an annual Creative Communities Partnership Grant to City non-profit arts organizations . The program is funded with City tax dollars and matching funds from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the purpose of supporting the arts in our area. This is an operational grant for awardees; applications are not for specific projects or events. Any interested 501(c)(3) City arts organization is invited to apply for this FY2019 VA Commission for the Arts Creative Communities Partnership Grant. Applications are available online at www.fredarts.com. Please submit completed applications no later than close of business Thursday, March 1, 2018 Sonja Wise Submissions are sent to the attention of at spwise@fredericksburgva.gov, by fax to 540-372-3475 or mail/deliver to the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. To find out more about this grant application or to get involved with local arts in our area, please visit www.fredarts.com or call 540-372-1086 ext. 215. The purpose of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission is to provide leadership by and for city government in supporting arts and cultural affairs. The Mission of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission is to promote, support and expand the arts as an integral part of life for all people in the Fredericksburg area. The Commission advises the City on policy and program development, oversees the grants and public arts programs, advocates for the arts and acts as liaison between the arts community and the City. Contact the Fredericksburg Arts Commission at www.fredarts.com.

Art is a Gift from the Heart Artists: Beverley Coates, Lynn Abbott, Penny A Parrish Daily hours 10 to 6. Artist on site Saturdays 540.371.4099 810 Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg

Chris works with Maranatha Music Ministries, an inter-denominational Christian music Ministry that has been in the Fredericksburg area for 45 years. Chris is a part of a volunteer team that hosts Tuesday evening dinners in his facility in downtown Fredericksburg the 1st Tuesdays of the month, and Shiloh Baptist (King George) uses their facility to host the 3rd Tuesday of the month dinner. Here is what he has to say: "There was a need to host some community dinners and some of our leadership got together and we decided that Micah has a lot of parallel with our ministry. It is an ecumenical ministry and so are we. It seemed like a no brainer to get together and make the Tuesday evening dinners for anyone in need happen, now we have been at it for a few years. We found that it has really been a great thing for our organization because it has provided opportunities for people of all ages to get together and serve. We have some regular adults who are there

almost every time to help with cooking or providing materials or cleaning or setting up tables. Volunteers have said to me that they really appreciate the opportunity to bring their kids to help. A lot of people in the community want to help in a tangible and specific way, and Micah has really helped us provide that. We can say 'we need you here at 4pm…we need you there for this amount of time…we need you to cook…we need you to clean…we need you to set up furniture' - whatever it is, it is a way that people can go 'oh, I can do that' and so I think it really has helped us to connect with our community in a different way."

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

win downtown gift certificate Identify this mystery house and you could win a gift certificate from a downtown merchant. 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: 918 Grove Street The Winner of a City Lights Beauty Salon. Gift Certificate is Mary Martens Oh my I am so happy, my tickle bone in my basement, completely went berserk! Maybe you don't know, haven't heard the whispers, I was quickly sold last year, I thought it was on the news. My family had to leave me, though I did not know why, but it seems it was better, than ever I could imagine, tho it was just a quick bye, bye. My new family has fantastic taste you see, my new door is green , my yard done exquisitely. The new brick wall around my waist , makes me feel right in style. They seem to love me, and it makes me really thrive, In this neighborhood below the college, where beauty is the norm. Come see my new look, not far from where the soldiers crossed the canal, during the tragic Civil War

~Sonja Wise, Treasurer Fredericksburg Arts Commission

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Art in the Burg

Stories

of fredericksburg

Umbrella, Umbrellas! Umbrellas! For rain and sun and just plain fun, they have been part of daily lives throughout the centuries and around the world. Whether for protection from the elements, to make a fashion statement, or to top-off a cocktail, the umbrella has served us well. Throughout February, the artists of Brush Strokes Gallery are paying tribute to this handy device in their allmember show "Umbrellas!"--each depicting a unique way they have been used. Join us on Friday, February 2, to meet and speak with our artists at the "Umbrellas!" opening reception from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Name This House

Chris

“Canal Path, Yellow Sign”, Penny A Parrish

Brush Strokes Gallery, located “Backyard View” Kathleen Willingham at 824 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg, is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. The "Umbrellas!" exhibit will be featured from January 29 through February 25. ~ Norma Woodward

Just Photography A robust body of photography will be showcased in their 3rd Annual "All Photography" Fredericksburg show at Center for the Creative Atrs (FCCA) Juror Roy Sewall will present awards; along with her juror talk at the opening of the reception at 6pm. First Friday reception on Friday, February 2nd from 6 PM to 8:30 PM at 813 Sophia Street in Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. The “Commonplace Beauty” Fitzi Newton event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. ~ Dawn Whitmore

Fredericksburg Arts Commission Now Accepting Creative Communities Partnership Grant Applications The Fredericksburg Arts Commission administers an annual Creative Communities Partnership Grant to City non-profit arts organizations . The program is funded with City tax dollars and matching funds from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the purpose of supporting the arts in our area. This is an operational grant for awardees; applications are not for specific projects or events. Any interested 501(c)(3) City arts organization is invited to apply for this FY2019 VA Commission for the Arts Creative Communities Partnership Grant. Applications are available online at www.fredarts.com. Please submit completed applications no later than close of business Thursday, March 1, 2018 Sonja Wise Submissions are sent to the attention of at spwise@fredericksburgva.gov, by fax to 540-372-3475 or mail/deliver to the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. To find out more about this grant application or to get involved with local arts in our area, please visit www.fredarts.com or call 540-372-1086 ext. 215. The purpose of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission is to provide leadership by and for city government in supporting arts and cultural affairs. The Mission of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission is to promote, support and expand the arts as an integral part of life for all people in the Fredericksburg area. The Commission advises the City on policy and program development, oversees the grants and public arts programs, advocates for the arts and acts as liaison between the arts community and the City. Contact the Fredericksburg Arts Commission at www.fredarts.com.

Art is a Gift from the Heart Artists: Beverley Coates, Lynn Abbott, Penny A Parrish Daily hours 10 to 6. Artist on site Saturdays 540.371.4099 810 Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg

Chris works with Maranatha Music Ministries, an inter-denominational Christian music Ministry that has been in the Fredericksburg area for 45 years. Chris is a part of a volunteer team that hosts Tuesday evening dinners in his facility in downtown Fredericksburg the 1st Tuesdays of the month, and Shiloh Baptist (King George) uses their facility to host the 3rd Tuesday of the month dinner. Here is what he has to say: "There was a need to host some community dinners and some of our leadership got together and we decided that Micah has a lot of parallel with our ministry. It is an ecumenical ministry and so are we. It seemed like a no brainer to get together and make the Tuesday evening dinners for anyone in need happen, now we have been at it for a few years. We found that it has really been a great thing for our organization because it has provided opportunities for people of all ages to get together and serve. We have some regular adults who are there

almost every time to help with cooking or providing materials or cleaning or setting up tables. Volunteers have said to me that they really appreciate the opportunity to bring their kids to help. A lot of people in the community want to help in a tangible and specific way, and Micah has really helped us provide that. We can say 'we need you here at 4pm…we need you there for this amount of time…we need you to cook…we need you to clean…we need you to set up furniture' - whatever it is, it is a way that people can go 'oh, I can do that' and so I think it really has helped us to connect with our community in a different way."

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

win downtown gift certificate Identify this mystery house and you could win a gift certificate from a downtown merchant. 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: 918 Grove Street The Winner of a City Lights Beauty Salon. Gift Certificate is Mary Martens Oh my I am so happy, my tickle bone in my basement, completely went berserk! Maybe you don't know, haven't heard the whispers, I was quickly sold last year, I thought it was on the news. My family had to leave me, though I did not know why, but it seems it was better, than ever I could imagine, tho it was just a quick bye, bye. My new family has fantastic taste you see, my new door is green , my yard done exquisitely. The new brick wall around my waist , makes me feel right in style. They seem to love me, and it makes me really thrive, In this neighborhood below the college, where beauty is the norm. Come see my new look, not far from where the soldiers crossed the canal, during the tragic Civil War

~Sonja Wise, Treasurer Fredericksburg Arts Commission

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UMW Great Lives Lecture Series 15th Season Begins This month

The woman Behind the Scene

by Ali Hieber

Bill Crawley moderating the lecture on The University of Mary Washington kicks off its annual Great Lives lecture series this month. Known as the William B. Crawley Lecture Series, the popular four-month program examines the lives of historical figures told through lectures by nationally prominent biographers and authors. The talks are held in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium and are open to the public free of charge. “This year’s series is characterized by a wide variety of topics – including medicine, music, science, literature, sports, fashion, civil rights, politics and business – and ranges from the well-known to the relatively obscure,” said Professor Emeritus William Crawley, Great Lives founder and director. The session will open with a lecture on Jonas Salk, who developed the first successful polio vaccine, presented by author Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs. The series encompasses 18 lectures, featuring topics that span history, from French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte to American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffet. It will examine the lives of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and Richard Nixon, the only U.S. president to resign in disgrace. The lectures also will take a closer look at some of history’s strong women, including the female soldiers of

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by Lisa Marvashti World War I, a pathbreaking women’s basketball team of the Depression-Era Midwest and the women code breakers of World War II, whose efforts helped shorten the war and saved countless lives. In fact, two women with UMW connections are among those courageous code breakers, according to Crawley. One was a 1943 Mary Washington graduate; the other was Johnny Cash the mother of retired UMW Professor Jane Gatewood, former director of the University’s writing center. Two lectures will focus on figures who were significant, in different ways, on the Civil Rights movement: the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, and activist Pauli Murray, who was friend, counselor, and confidant to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Several popular authors from previous Great Lives lectures are returning, including Sally Bedell Smith, who is considered the preeminent contemporary American writer on the British Royal Family, according to Crawley. Other repeat lecturers include Stephen Watts, James McGrath Morris, and John Farrell. Each program includes a Q&A session with the audience. In partnership with the University Bookstore, selected titles related to that evening’s topic will be available for purchase and signing in the Dodd foyer. For more information and a complete listing of lectures, visit http://www.umw.edu/greatlives or call the Office of University Events and Conferencing at 540-654-1065. Ali Hieber is Coordinator of Community Events at UMW

From her office in George Washington Hall, Coordinator of Community Events Ali Hieber is the spine that binds the series together, from communicating with the prestigious speakers to reserving VIP seats. The tedious process draws out for months and requires all the decisionmaking, planning and public relations skills Hieber honed in her former role as associate dean of undergraduate admissions. But “the heart of my work,” she said, “is still tied to the University’s mission, and to service to the students and the greater community.” Q: What’s the best part of coordinating the Great Lives Lecture Series? A: It’s got to be seeing an audience of 500 to 600 guests enjoying one of the lectures! Q: What’s the most challenging part? A: Early on, I have a hard time keeping the names of all the topics, authors and book titles straight. This year three of the book titles are: Code Girls, The Hello Girls and Dust Bowl Girls. Once we exchange a few emails or phone calls, it gets easier. Q: Do you read all the featured books all the way through? Be honest! A: No. Q: Since you’ve been coordinating the series, what’s been your favorite presentation? A: Rebecca Skloot spoke in 2016 about her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. We had a tremendous turnout, with more than 1,150 students and community members completely engaged. The book was that year’s

Common Read selection, and the lecture exemplified the best of Great Lives – connecting our students and the greater Fredericksburg area community in learning. Q: What’s your biggest fear during the series? A: I’ve had a dream that we’re all in Dodd auditorium with hundreds of guests and everything is ready to go, but I forgot to get the speaker. Q: Any particular memory of a snafu that you can look back on now and laugh about? A: In events, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. During my first season, our office had a good laugh when the Hyatt rooms were initially booked under the names of the lecture topics rather than visiting authors. Particularly funny when we got a room confirmation for Secretariat! Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you? A: I’m an extrovert. After being around this place 20-plus years, I don’t have any surprises. Lisa Marvashti is the Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations at UMW

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UMW Great Lives Lecture Series 15th Season Begins This month

The woman Behind the Scene

by Ali Hieber

Bill Crawley moderating the lecture on The University of Mary Washington kicks off its annual Great Lives lecture series this month. Known as the William B. Crawley Lecture Series, the popular four-month program examines the lives of historical figures told through lectures by nationally prominent biographers and authors. The talks are held in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium and are open to the public free of charge. “This year’s series is characterized by a wide variety of topics – including medicine, music, science, literature, sports, fashion, civil rights, politics and business – and ranges from the well-known to the relatively obscure,” said Professor Emeritus William Crawley, Great Lives founder and director. The session will open with a lecture on Jonas Salk, who developed the first successful polio vaccine, presented by author Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs. The series encompasses 18 lectures, featuring topics that span history, from French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte to American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffet. It will examine the lives of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and Richard Nixon, the only U.S. president to resign in disgrace. The lectures also will take a closer look at some of history’s strong women, including the female soldiers of

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by Lisa Marvashti World War I, a pathbreaking women’s basketball team of the Depression-Era Midwest and the women code breakers of World War II, whose efforts helped shorten the war and saved countless lives. In fact, two women with UMW connections are among those courageous code breakers, according to Crawley. One was a 1943 Mary Washington graduate; the other was Johnny Cash the mother of retired UMW Professor Jane Gatewood, former director of the University’s writing center. Two lectures will focus on figures who were significant, in different ways, on the Civil Rights movement: the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, and activist Pauli Murray, who was friend, counselor, and confidant to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Several popular authors from previous Great Lives lectures are returning, including Sally Bedell Smith, who is considered the preeminent contemporary American writer on the British Royal Family, according to Crawley. Other repeat lecturers include Stephen Watts, James McGrath Morris, and John Farrell. Each program includes a Q&A session with the audience. In partnership with the University Bookstore, selected titles related to that evening’s topic will be available for purchase and signing in the Dodd foyer. For more information and a complete listing of lectures, visit http://www.umw.edu/greatlives or call the Office of University Events and Conferencing at 540-654-1065. Ali Hieber is Coordinator of Community Events at UMW

From her office in George Washington Hall, Coordinator of Community Events Ali Hieber is the spine that binds the series together, from communicating with the prestigious speakers to reserving VIP seats. The tedious process draws out for months and requires all the decisionmaking, planning and public relations skills Hieber honed in her former role as associate dean of undergraduate admissions. But “the heart of my work,” she said, “is still tied to the University’s mission, and to service to the students and the greater community.” Q: What’s the best part of coordinating the Great Lives Lecture Series? A: It’s got to be seeing an audience of 500 to 600 guests enjoying one of the lectures! Q: What’s the most challenging part? A: Early on, I have a hard time keeping the names of all the topics, authors and book titles straight. This year three of the book titles are: Code Girls, The Hello Girls and Dust Bowl Girls. Once we exchange a few emails or phone calls, it gets easier. Q: Do you read all the featured books all the way through? Be honest! A: No. Q: Since you’ve been coordinating the series, what’s been your favorite presentation? A: Rebecca Skloot spoke in 2016 about her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. We had a tremendous turnout, with more than 1,150 students and community members completely engaged. The book was that year’s

Common Read selection, and the lecture exemplified the best of Great Lives – connecting our students and the greater Fredericksburg area community in learning. Q: What’s your biggest fear during the series? A: I’ve had a dream that we’re all in Dodd auditorium with hundreds of guests and everything is ready to go, but I forgot to get the speaker. Q: Any particular memory of a snafu that you can look back on now and laugh about? A: In events, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. During my first season, our office had a good laugh when the Hyatt rooms were initially booked under the names of the lecture topics rather than visiting authors. Particularly funny when we got a room confirmation for Secretariat! Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you? A: I’m an extrovert. After being around this place 20-plus years, I don’t have any surprises. Lisa Marvashti is the Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations at UMW

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Companions a lifetime of love & devotion by georgia strentz Today as I visited the Courthouse Rd. SPCA's lovely, (filled with people) facility on Courthouse Road to get pictures for this article As the dogs came through clinging to their new owners, memory took me back in my long lifetime, to the many dogs and cats who have taken care of me, loved me and comforted

“Uncle Fester.” is a super laid back guy! He loves to snuggle and cuddle.

forage in the kitchen garbage pail for food. Freda, the sad German shepherd puppy. who I found on a foggy night on the street in Calif., shivering. She disciplined Friday, who always got in trouble, and lived to be 12. Then there was Duke, whom I found at a secluded dump in Stafford ,Virginia,. I grabbed him, stuck his skinny, starving body in the back seat and he helped me raise my children to adulthood, watching over us gently, taking over a father- parent roll as man of the house for 12 loving years,, as my husband traveled extensively. Tex (pregnant with 4), found in Texas at a rest stop. The abandoned poodle.who went blind, left us with 4 babies. My Tiny, a wonderful Rottweiler, who took over the job taking care of me on the farm, as the children moved off to college, we were the farm hands. He lived to be 10, I miss him today. My Montross shelter dog Autumn, has just passed away, cancer took her, and now a rescued, short fuzzy little love-bug, Bailey, has come to be the latest "bed-hog, "cuddle bug,' in the house, yard and car, (not mention she runs alongside my bike!) More next month on cats and love!!! Please stay warm with a good book, hug your kids, with your dogs and cats by the fire!!!! I just bought some dog house heaters (plastic flat) for the bottom of the hay- filled dog houses I have for the homeless strays outside in my alley and on porch, with plug-in water dish. (Yep,attracts raccoons!!)

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

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

540-898-0737

me,taught me. Our dogs,helped me enjoy life in a much richer and deeper way, watched over and helped me raise my children, taught them bonding skills, how to love, give and take, responsibility. Without these canine people drawing my attention to the alternate dog and cat world colors in the sky, my families appreciation of life, deep emotional connections, desire to be compassionate to all living things, including people, would not be as developed.. My mind travels back to the dog-people who inhabited my lifetime adventures on this planet. There was Juke, a Border Collie from a “Landon” is a lovable, laid-b back, California shelter, whom my sweetheart of a guy! new stepfather got for me when I was a lonely, confused, young 9 year old. Juke was my sibling, and These two companions (any many more) lived until I was 26, finally a parent figure are available for adoption at the SPCA, to me. Friday, the little Dachshund,-furry 10819 Courthouse Rd, 540-8 898-1 1500; short legged guy who wandered onto the fburgspca.org/adopt-a a-p pet/ school grounds in Calif.,and that my fellow & on facebook teachers kept in the teacher's lounge, "for Georgia to take home." He lived to age 12, and helped my son at age 2, learn how to

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Companions a lifetime of love & devotion by georgia strentz Today as I visited the Courthouse Rd. SPCA's lovely, (filled with people) facility on Courthouse Road to get pictures for this article As the dogs came through clinging to their new owners, memory took me back in my long lifetime, to the many dogs and cats who have taken care of me, loved me and comforted

“Uncle Fester.” is a super laid back guy! He loves to snuggle and cuddle.

forage in the kitchen garbage pail for food. Freda, the sad German shepherd puppy. who I found on a foggy night on the street in Calif., shivering. She disciplined Friday, who always got in trouble, and lived to be 12. Then there was Duke, whom I found at a secluded dump in Stafford ,Virginia,. I grabbed him, stuck his skinny, starving body in the back seat and he helped me raise my children to adulthood, watching over us gently, taking over a father- parent roll as man of the house for 12 loving years,, as my husband traveled extensively. Tex (pregnant with 4), found in Texas at a rest stop. The abandoned poodle.who went blind, left us with 4 babies. My Tiny, a wonderful Rottweiler, who took over the job taking care of me on the farm, as the children moved off to college, we were the farm hands. He lived to be 10, I miss him today. My Montross shelter dog Autumn, has just passed away, cancer took her, and now a rescued, short fuzzy little love-bug, Bailey, has come to be the latest "bed-hog, "cuddle bug,' in the house, yard and car, (not mention she runs alongside my bike!) More next month on cats and love!!! Please stay warm with a good book, hug your kids, with your dogs and cats by the fire!!!! I just bought some dog house heaters (plastic flat) for the bottom of the hay- filled dog houses I have for the homeless strays outside in my alley and on porch, with plug-in water dish. (Yep,attracts raccoons!!)

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

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

540-898-0737

me,taught me. Our dogs,helped me enjoy life in a much richer and deeper way, watched over and helped me raise my children, taught them bonding skills, how to love, give and take, responsibility. Without these canine people drawing my attention to the alternate dog and cat world colors in the sky, my families appreciation of life, deep emotional connections, desire to be compassionate to all living things, including people, would not be as developed.. My mind travels back to the dog-people who inhabited my lifetime adventures on this planet. There was Juke, a Border Collie from a “Landon” is a lovable, laid-b back, California shelter, whom my sweetheart of a guy! new stepfather got for me when I was a lonely, confused, young 9 year old. Juke was my sibling, and These two companions (any many more) lived until I was 26, finally a parent figure are available for adoption at the SPCA, to me. Friday, the little Dachshund,-furry 10819 Courthouse Rd, 540-8 898-1 1500; short legged guy who wandered onto the fburgspca.org/adopt-a a-p pet/ school grounds in Calif.,and that my fellow & on facebook teachers kept in the teacher's lounge, "for Georgia to take home." He lived to age 12, and helped my son at age 2, learn how to

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Fredericksburg Sketches 606 Caroline Street Old Town Fredericksburg 373-7847

A visual Celebration of our community

By Casey Alan Shaw

From My Porch

FXBG’ERS

try this: “it’s my job”

yvonne bourne

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

by georgia Lee Strentz

By Jo Loving

Where Fredericksburg Gets Engaged

get anything for you?” Randal, there to hear our concerns. Randal, there to reassure us. Randal – our lifeline…

Give a Child

It takes courage to make a difference. Go out of your comfort zone and see life with the eyes of compassion. ~ Regina Malabago

Something to Think About Sylvia Makulis, Yvonne Bourne & Karen Estes

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

" A kind gesture can reach a wound only compassion can heal." ~ Steve Moralde

810 Caroline Street (540) 371-5684 SKETCH #40: Fredericksburg Folk Art Winter When I turned 50, even though I had been a graphic designer and illustrator for nearly thirty years, I hadn’t painted on actual canvas since my college days. So, as a birthday present to myself, I enrolled in Bill Harris’ painting workshop at LibertyTown. You might think I had grandiose dreams of becoming the next Matisse or Picasso, but in truth a big part of my inspiration for picking up a paintbrush again was to emulate the decidedly sentimental work of Charles Wysocki. I love his folk-art style paintings. How fun it would be to create my own “Wysock” of downtown Fredericksburg. The painting above was my first foray in trying to capture that spirit. While my current work has evolved quite a bit and I’ve tried out quite a few different styles of painting using Fredericksburg’s buildings as my backdrop, this was my “first” so it will always have a special place in my heart. 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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It's in her eyes, you notice immediately. Some people have experiences in childhood, which make them more compassionate than those who grow up untouched by these sometimes subtle experiences. It's an internal kindness radar, turned on, tuned in, it can't be shut off by others, and aren't we lucky these compassionate souls live among us,.Yvonne Bourne is one of those people. Yvonne is a native of our area, living here all her life. She was raised in a family with two younger sisters, and a brother. Yvonne was the caretaker of her siblings, and babysat neighborhood children. She loves to be outdoors growing flowers, crafting and quilting, and is a people person, getting pleasure from helping others. She has had a variety of jobs and training, from Giant Foods to the Health Dept. She stayed home for a few years to raise her children, ending up working for Stafford County Schools at Drew Middle School, until she and her husband Henry, (former military) both retired. Yvonne is a person who goes go out of her way to lend a hand, no matter how great the effort or time involved. Yvonne's philosophy is summed up, when she said, "bringing joy to others is one of life's blessings." She and Henry raised their two children here, and now have 6 grandchildren. Yvonne feels that by volunteering she meets alot of newcomers, and with her volunteering she helps makes our growing area friendlier She knows that volunteering in our community, enhances the quality of life for our children.

For our interview, I met Yvonne at Greenfields Senior Living Assisted Living complex, only one of the volunteer placements where Yvonne spends time. .She goes to her volunteer activities because, "it makes my heart happy to see people happy." I enjoyed meeting some friendly seniors and the welcoming Administrator, Karen Estes, whose leadership demonstrates the term, "a higher calling," with her compassionate care and concern for the seniors at Greenfield. Next was Sylvia Makulis, the enthusiastic Program Director, who joined us in the, lovely, light-filled, and cheerful, senior living facility's main room.The seniors were talkative and enjoyed the visit. Yvonne is also involved with her church, New Hope United Methodist Church, in the Community Meals Program, at Christ Lutheran Church. Her church also helps pack food in backpacks for a wonderful new program called, Stafford Food Securities,Inc., ( a non-profit started by Tim White, for the Stafford County schools). This program provides free meals for 4, for any family with children in Stafford County.needing food. The goal is ,'shielding children from hunger." Thanks Yvonne for coming outside on a cold day, and giving our home-town newspaper, the Front Porch, the opportunity to tell our fellow Fredericksburgers all about the good people and good things going on in our home town.

Georgia is our gal about town on the lookout for stories to interest FPF readers. Watch for her on her three wheeler and companion “Bailey”

He sits behind a reception desk at the heart hospital. People come in, asking for directions to the appropriate floor. They ask for directions to the cafeteria. They ask for updates on loved ones. He greets everyone with an honest smile and helpful nature. His name is Randal. Let me tell you about how one person can make a difference. It may seem a small difference to you, but to a family in a state of concern and anguish, you want a Randal. My sister recently underwent quadruple bypass surgery with mitral valve repair. We live on the East Coast and in the South. She lives in Oklahoma City. We had a day to make the trek and process the situation, emotionally and cognitively. So it is that our family convened on the hospital. We entered the hospital. A smiling, middle-aged gentleman, Randal, was at the desk. We explained why we were there. He gently guided us. We went to her floor, kissed her and told her we loved her, and they wheeled her to the operating room, where her very capable surgeon and surgical team waited. We then waited. Here is Randal, asking if he can get us anything, can he help, asking about us, our family, our sister/daughter/friend. For many hours, we waited. He came and got us every hour for the phone update from the surgical nurse. This was a somewhat complicated surgery. We were anxious and concerned. And then, there is Randal. A hug from Randal, a smile from Randal, and kind word from Randal.

Randal approaches the waiting room. The nurse is on the phone. My sister is out of surgery, it went well. The nurse will be down to give us a preliminary briefing in a few minutes, followed by the doctor, with a more detailed discussion. And here is Randal, hugs all around, helping, expressing genuine relief and concern. Randal, whose shift was over, remained. After my sister was transferred to the Cardiac ICU that evening, Randal came to the unit to make sure we were ok. Randal. Over the next few days, we saw Randal a great deal. He always asked about my sister, about my mother, who was ill, and about how we were doing. He offered a reassuring smile, a hug, light discussion, and humor. He is one of a kind. But you know what? He shouldn’t be. The Randals of the world should be everywhere. We should be a Randal. So that’s my goal this year. To be more like Randal. It means more than anyone will ever know. Be compassionate, caring, genuinely interested in others. Be real. Be kind. Yep, that’s my goal for the year. How about you?

Jo Loving is on the porch this afternoon, thankful that her sister has been given this new lease on life, thankful that her mother is much better, thankful that Randal was at the desk that day, and contemplating ways in which she can be more like Randal.

We are no stranger to hospitals and waiting rooms. We know the drill. We’ve had many experiences with them. None of the people, none of the hospitals – none compare to the way Randal does his job. It is evening, it’s been a long day. A handful of us remain in the waiting room, waiting, worrying, trying to entertain ourselves on phones, tablets, laptops, books, magazines. And then, there is Randal. “Fresh coffee is ready.” “May I front porch fredericksburg

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Fredericksburg Sketches 606 Caroline Street Old Town Fredericksburg 373-7847

A visual Celebration of our community

By Casey Alan Shaw

From My Porch

FXBG’ERS

try this: “it’s my job”

yvonne bourne

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

by georgia Lee Strentz

By Jo Loving

Where Fredericksburg Gets Engaged

get anything for you?” Randal, there to hear our concerns. Randal, there to reassure us. Randal – our lifeline…

Give a Child

It takes courage to make a difference. Go out of your comfort zone and see life with the eyes of compassion. ~ Regina Malabago

Something to Think About Sylvia Makulis, Yvonne Bourne & Karen Estes

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

" A kind gesture can reach a wound only compassion can heal." ~ Steve Moralde

810 Caroline Street (540) 371-5684 SKETCH #40: Fredericksburg Folk Art Winter When I turned 50, even though I had been a graphic designer and illustrator for nearly thirty years, I hadn’t painted on actual canvas since my college days. So, as a birthday present to myself, I enrolled in Bill Harris’ painting workshop at LibertyTown. You might think I had grandiose dreams of becoming the next Matisse or Picasso, but in truth a big part of my inspiration for picking up a paintbrush again was to emulate the decidedly sentimental work of Charles Wysocki. I love his folk-art style paintings. How fun it would be to create my own “Wysock” of downtown Fredericksburg. The painting above was my first foray in trying to capture that spirit. While my current work has evolved quite a bit and I’ve tried out quite a few different styles of painting using Fredericksburg’s buildings as my backdrop, this was my “first” so it will always have a special place in my heart. 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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It's in her eyes, you notice immediately. Some people have experiences in childhood, which make them more compassionate than those who grow up untouched by these sometimes subtle experiences. It's an internal kindness radar, turned on, tuned in, it can't be shut off by others, and aren't we lucky these compassionate souls live among us,.Yvonne Bourne is one of those people. Yvonne is a native of our area, living here all her life. She was raised in a family with two younger sisters, and a brother. Yvonne was the caretaker of her siblings, and babysat neighborhood children. She loves to be outdoors growing flowers, crafting and quilting, and is a people person, getting pleasure from helping others. She has had a variety of jobs and training, from Giant Foods to the Health Dept. She stayed home for a few years to raise her children, ending up working for Stafford County Schools at Drew Middle School, until she and her husband Henry, (former military) both retired. Yvonne is a person who goes go out of her way to lend a hand, no matter how great the effort or time involved. Yvonne's philosophy is summed up, when she said, "bringing joy to others is one of life's blessings." She and Henry raised their two children here, and now have 6 grandchildren. Yvonne feels that by volunteering she meets alot of newcomers, and with her volunteering she helps makes our growing area friendlier She knows that volunteering in our community, enhances the quality of life for our children.

For our interview, I met Yvonne at Greenfields Senior Living Assisted Living complex, only one of the volunteer placements where Yvonne spends time. .She goes to her volunteer activities because, "it makes my heart happy to see people happy." I enjoyed meeting some friendly seniors and the welcoming Administrator, Karen Estes, whose leadership demonstrates the term, "a higher calling," with her compassionate care and concern for the seniors at Greenfield. Next was Sylvia Makulis, the enthusiastic Program Director, who joined us in the, lovely, light-filled, and cheerful, senior living facility's main room.The seniors were talkative and enjoyed the visit. Yvonne is also involved with her church, New Hope United Methodist Church, in the Community Meals Program, at Christ Lutheran Church. Her church also helps pack food in backpacks for a wonderful new program called, Stafford Food Securities,Inc., ( a non-profit started by Tim White, for the Stafford County schools). This program provides free meals for 4, for any family with children in Stafford County.needing food. The goal is ,'shielding children from hunger." Thanks Yvonne for coming outside on a cold day, and giving our home-town newspaper, the Front Porch, the opportunity to tell our fellow Fredericksburgers all about the good people and good things going on in our home town.

Georgia is our gal about town on the lookout for stories to interest FPF readers. Watch for her on her three wheeler and companion “Bailey”

He sits behind a reception desk at the heart hospital. People come in, asking for directions to the appropriate floor. They ask for directions to the cafeteria. They ask for updates on loved ones. He greets everyone with an honest smile and helpful nature. His name is Randal. Let me tell you about how one person can make a difference. It may seem a small difference to you, but to a family in a state of concern and anguish, you want a Randal. My sister recently underwent quadruple bypass surgery with mitral valve repair. We live on the East Coast and in the South. She lives in Oklahoma City. We had a day to make the trek and process the situation, emotionally and cognitively. So it is that our family convened on the hospital. We entered the hospital. A smiling, middle-aged gentleman, Randal, was at the desk. We explained why we were there. He gently guided us. We went to her floor, kissed her and told her we loved her, and they wheeled her to the operating room, where her very capable surgeon and surgical team waited. We then waited. Here is Randal, asking if he can get us anything, can he help, asking about us, our family, our sister/daughter/friend. For many hours, we waited. He came and got us every hour for the phone update from the surgical nurse. This was a somewhat complicated surgery. We were anxious and concerned. And then, there is Randal. A hug from Randal, a smile from Randal, and kind word from Randal.

Randal approaches the waiting room. The nurse is on the phone. My sister is out of surgery, it went well. The nurse will be down to give us a preliminary briefing in a few minutes, followed by the doctor, with a more detailed discussion. And here is Randal, hugs all around, helping, expressing genuine relief and concern. Randal, whose shift was over, remained. After my sister was transferred to the Cardiac ICU that evening, Randal came to the unit to make sure we were ok. Randal. Over the next few days, we saw Randal a great deal. He always asked about my sister, about my mother, who was ill, and about how we were doing. He offered a reassuring smile, a hug, light discussion, and humor. He is one of a kind. But you know what? He shouldn’t be. The Randals of the world should be everywhere. We should be a Randal. So that’s my goal this year. To be more like Randal. It means more than anyone will ever know. Be compassionate, caring, genuinely interested in others. Be real. Be kind. Yep, that’s my goal for the year. How about you?

Jo Loving is on the porch this afternoon, thankful that her sister has been given this new lease on life, thankful that her mother is much better, thankful that Randal was at the desk that day, and contemplating ways in which she can be more like Randal.

We are no stranger to hospitals and waiting rooms. We know the drill. We’ve had many experiences with them. None of the people, none of the hospitals – none compare to the way Randal does his job. It is evening, it’s been a long day. A handful of us remain in the waiting room, waiting, worrying, trying to entertain ourselves on phones, tablets, laptops, books, magazines. And then, there is Randal. “Fresh coffee is ready.” “May I front porch fredericksburg

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