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history’s stories:fxbg lamp what’s in a basement?.....610 Lewis street


history in our backyard... hiking to find black history

James L. Farmer Jr. Centennial Celebration

20 Senior Care:photographs & memories

hunter, fisherman, chef Wade Troung

22 emancipated patients: tmi

Jerry Ulman continuing the family business

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tick bite took him down


on the in fredericksburg Messages


In the Garden: planning for spring


mental health training for youth


i have a friend: flying kings


brain injury services of FXBG


everything greens: Omnivore Option


season’s bounty: romance of food




Calendar of events




it’s all energy.: bladder meridan

my twisty career path new studio for ginny

24 art in the ‘burg Midge amos, porcelain artist


mystery house


umw/stagedoor workshops


Companions: I”heart” you


astrology & you poetryman:shore dalliance


fredericksburg sketches brenna erford new city budget manager


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great lives series returns treasured memories: buildings that are no more tribute to adam desio

Cover: “Neon and Chrome at Goolrick’s ” by David C. Kennedy

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

Annual Oyster Roast benefit By Bonnie Baker In April 2019, Quintin Beltran was preparing for an Easter egg hunt when he was bitten by a tick. Having been bitten before he thought nothing of it; however, this time was different as he contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. "Considered one of the deadliest tick diseases, Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be fatal in 80 percent of cases if not treated”, according to the Mayo Clinic. “Even those who get medical care can be left with organ damage and amputated limbs.” Quintin Beltran had all the toes on his left foot removed as a result of damage caused by a tick bite. He spent three weeks in a coma on life support with his liver and kidneys shutting down facing possible death. Then, He was in Intensive care for more than a month The devastation caused by the deadly disease resulted in a loss of blood to his extremities. Doctors had to amputate half of his left foot, all his toes, the tips of both thumbs, and top of the index finger on his left hand. He has also been left with short-term memory loss and

Quintin with his family feeling “blessed to be home” severe joint pain. His liver has recovered but his kidneys are still failing with the possible need for dialysis. He needed therapy to learn to speak and swallow, and he is currently undergoing therapy for his hands and to learn to walk and balance. Quintin and his wife Diana feel blessed that he pulled through; however, medical bills and loss of Quintin’s income have created financial hardships in paying their mortgage and household expenses. Diana shares the resolve of the family, “He continues to fight daily to regain his strength and holds tight to his faith in Jesus for better days ahead. Quintin has a long road ahead, but I know he can do it!!” The Benefit Oyster Roast is an annual fundraiser to benefit an individual or family in the greater Fredericksburg community. The Oyster Roast has been held annually for over 30 years and is currently sponsored and hosted by Fairview Baptist and River Club churches in conjunction with White Oak Equipment, Inc. Since its inception, over $1 million has been raised to help others in our community. The event is unique in that there is no charge to attend the event; rather donations are accepted at the door or in advance. All donations go to the family or individual selected as the beneficiary, as expenses for the event are paid for by various individuals, companies, and organizations in the area.

Funds raised by the Oyster Roast this year will be used to assist the Beltran Family. to assist in their home expenses and pay for medical bills. Info on Rockky Mountain Spotted Fever: Centers for Disease Control & Bonnie Baker is a volunteer with the Oyster Roast Committee Photo courtesy of River Club Church

Oyster Roast to Benefit Quintin Beltran February 29th, 2-5 5 pm Fredericksburg Agricultural Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Avenue, Donations only, All proceeds go to the recipient.

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ON THE PORCH Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists Rita Allan Sally Cooney Anderson Alexandra Baucus Dianne Bachman Bonnie Baker Sarah Kay Bierle Laurie Black Collette Caprara Sonja Cantu Jeanne Ellis Sandra Erickson Christina Ferber Frank Fratoe Bill Freehling Mary Geil Jon Gerlach Kathyrn Guy Alison Gauch Heiber David C. Kennedy Karl Karch Ralph “Tuffy”Hicks Sheila Jones Paulette Johnson Miriam Liss Lisa Marvashti Vanessa Moncure Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter DeLaura Padovan Sarah Perrry M.L. Powers Gerri Reid Rob Rudick Suzanne Rossi Alex Sakos Casey Alan Shaw Pat Smith Mandy Smith Georgia Strentz Tina Will Laurie Westermeir Norma Woodward

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It’s Time by Jon Gerlach The Past It all started in 1967 when my mom's car broke down on our way from Pennsylvania to Florida. While the mechanic fixed our ailing station wagon, we stayed at a hotel near a golf course (today, Central Park). We used the down time to visit the local battlefields, sparking my lifelong fascination with Virginia history. Later, our family vacations included stopovers in Fredericksburg because we loved it so much. As a teenager I went on annual history tours around Fredericksburg, led by my friend and renowned historian Jay Luvaas of Allegheny College. Jay's spirited teachings made history come alive for me. I had a professional career in archaeology, an adventure that took me far and wide across the United States. After retiring from archaeology I earned a law degree at the University of Richmond. I practiced construction law, representing real estate developers and contractors in Virginia, before moving to Colorado where I acquired an insurance agency and raised my two wonderful children. Although I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains, I missed the daily reminders of history that permeate the Virginia landscape. When I was presented with the enviable opportunity of choosing a place to live for the rest of my life, I had no doubt where it would be. Nowhere else matched Fredericksburg's rich history, proximity to the mountains, easy water access for kayaking, and the world-class cultural offerings found here and in nearby metropolitan areas. The Present Through my law practice at Gerlach Law Firm, PLC, I have met many diverse and fascinating people, cementing even more my love for Fredericksburg. Our 800 block of Charlotte Street, where Mitzi and I live, is a wonderful neighborhood. We visit with neighbors,


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As a new Virginia resident, I jumped at the invite to tour Downtown Fredericksburg last Saturday with some of my fellow coworkers also new to the area and picked up a copy of the most recent issue of the Front Porch Magazine. I loved reading the stories and feeling the same sense of community as I felt when I was walking around. Jheanel Walters

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and babysit their kids from time to time so parents can get out together. Kids love to stop in front of our house and inspect Hal, our large mechanical yard owl. His wings move in the wind, which seems to keep squirrels away while attracting children of all ages. Exploring downtown is our favorite pastime. We might stop for coffee, or shop in stores and chat with friends. Goolrick's has the best grilled cheese sandwiches, the restaurants downtown are fabulous, and we've taken to calling Valentine's Day "Carl's Day". A hike in the woods on the battlefield is just a few steps away. The City's Trails System and Lee Drive offer great opportunities for a lovely walk or a bike ride. River access downtown is the jumping-off point for a relaxing kayak float, courtesy of River Rock Outfitters, and Virginia Outdoor Center offers whitewater adventures further upriver. The Future Wanting to give something back to this marvelous community, I am running for an At-Large seat on City Council in the May 5, 2020 local election. You can learn about my campaign and where I stand on the issues, at As I like to say: "it's time". While making decisions that shape our future, we must keep in mind the vision of what we want our City to be. It will be complicated and challenging, given the development pressures that are coming down I-95. We will build, of course, but we can't let that destroy what we all love about this place. It won't be easy - but it is achievable as long as we remember that the key issues are interrelated: they overlap like a Venn Diagram. Solving the issues we face depends upon community engagement, transparent decision-making, strong leadership, and 21st Century solutions.

One thing I appreciate most about the City is that our local government is non-partisan. We may differ on state, national and international issues, but when it comes to the City, partisan disputes are few and far between. Instead, we roll up our sleeves together as a team, from the City Manager to City Council, City Staff, its boards, committees, volunteers and the community at large, and get things done. How refreshing is that? For more than 20 years, Front Porch Magazine has been a wonderful platform for community awareness and civic engagement. I look forward to reading each issue from cover to cover, and I hope you enjoy this month's issue!

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach chaired the Architectural Review Board and is running for an AtLarge seat on City Council. He frequently writes about historic sites for Front Porch Magazine .Photo by Alex Sakos.



Thank you so much for supporting the Food Co-op's outreach and for providing the Fxbg community with great information & entertainment every month. I'm a cover-to-cover reader and we know people find us by reading Front Porch. Margaret Kertess

Thank you so very much for all that you do for all of us in the art community! Sending you my heartfelt gratitude and best wishes! Warmly, Lynn Abbott

Front Porch: Thank you for including the museum in this initiative! ("A Slice of History", December 2019 Sara Poore, Fredericksburg Museum

What a great guest editorial Christina Ferber wrote for the Jan.2020 issue. I agree that if we only put down our cell-phonesfor awhile, we can experience the beauty, wonder, & human caring all around us here every single day. Frank Fratoe

Great Lives


popular series returns By Alison Gauch Hieber According to Regis Keddie (above), Managing Director of Davenport and Company, one of the program's original corporate sponsors, "The Great Lives Program is likely the most popular offering of the University in terms of engaging the Fredericksburg Community. The Program is offered during the Winter term when the weather is at its most inclement. Yet night after night for 15 or 16 evenings Dodd Auditorium is a full house. No other University activity draws this size and quality audience from the community. No other University activity has the same consistently positive engagement with the community that lives outside the gates, helping them feel that Mary Washington is, indeed, their University."

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of interesting people (e.g., duelists, pirates), some of whom are not widely known, including female pioneers in the areas of aviation and the internet. As a result of generous support from individuals and corporations in the Fredericksburg area, all lectures are open to the public free of charge. Further information on each lecture and the speakers is available at For complete schedule see Back Cover of this issue

Alison Gauch Hieber, M.Ed. is the Coordinator of Community Events & University Events and Conferencing at University of Mary Washington Reach her at

The 17th edition of the William B. Crawley Great Lives series begins on January 21, 2020, which also marks Professor Crawley's 50th year at the University of Mary Washington. Since the program began in 2004, it has included presentations on approximately 300 extraordinary figures from Alexander the Great to Muhammed Ali. Attendance at the series has grown steadily through the years, currently averaging approximately 600 per lecturesometimes exceeding 1000-making it a major cultural and educational attraction in the Fredericksburg region. The series is characterized by the breadth and diversity of topics, as well as the quality of speakers, who in 2020 will include two Pulitzer Prize winners: David Blight on Frederick Douglass and William Taubman on Nikita Khrushchev. The wide range of topics is evidenced by presentations from the world of politics, sports, science, music, law, and pop culture. In the area of US political history, topics include leaders from the early Republic (Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams), to the 1960s (JFK), to the 1980s (Ronald Reagan). Though most of the lectures examine the lives of single individuals, several topics in 2020 will focus on groups

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In the Garden planning for spring By Tina Will Symposium (info below), and bring gardening questions to our Plant Clinics later this Spring. Widewater State Park in Stafford County Have you been there yet? You really should visit, especially on a warm Winter day. They have done such a nice job with those properties! VA Department of Conservation and Recreation has recently opened two separate locations of Widewater State Park on the Potomac River and Aquia Creek peninsula in Stafford County, and more phases are planned. On the Potomac River side is a

Was that January we went through? It's a good thing plants and wildlife know how to weather the fluctuations we've had so far. February may feel more like Winter. We'll see. While we wait, we try to resolve the conflict: work in the garden or hibernate because it is winter, right? Hard to justify hibernating when it's nearly seventy degrees outside, but far too early to do much in the garden except for those who grow the cool weather vegetables which really can be started in February. Master Gardeners are planning new projects, getting ready for our Spring Symposium on April 4, and replenishing VCE information for our eight Plant Clinics which will start up sometime in April. We have just hosted our 4th Seed Swap with the help of many new MGs from the 2019 Master Gardener class. We welcome the new class, encourage citizens to attend our

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Also at the Aquia Creek location, thanks to Master Gardener Beth Daly, a Native Plants Demonstration Garden is being planned along the entryway in front of the Visitor Center there. It will showcase perennials, shrubs, and small trees that are native to this area, and provide examples of what home gardeners might plant in their own gardens. April 4, 2020 MGACRA's Symposium at Gari Melcher's Home at Belmont

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the grounds on one of January's recent warm Saturdays, a n d determined that it has a lot to offer all outdoor lovers.

Master Gardeners are so pleased again to be able to hold our annual 'Living

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Bryce Lane is coming from North Carolina and will give two lectures on (1) How to get ready for Spring, and (2) Gardening in containers. He taught Horticulture at NC State University for thirty-four years, and hosted eleven years of the home gardening show "In the Garden with Bryce Lane" produced by NC State. Michael Judd will be talking about growing soil fertility naturally. He is author of "Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist: How to Have Your Yard and Eat it Too." Barbara Ellis will show how proper pruning affects the health and beauty of a plant as well as its size and shape. Come join us for inspiration for your Spring gardening. This event is open to the public; registration is open now until March 27. The fee ($75) includes a pruning manual by Barbara Ellis, a light breakfast, and lunch. Information and registration form (print and mail it in) are on our website:

Michael Judd canoe/kayak launch and landing area, and picnic pavilion. On the Aquia Creek side there is the main entrance with a beautiful Visitor Center, picnic and playground area, canoe/kayak launch, and a short walking trail as well. My husband and I scoped out

Belmont Estate, in Falmouth, VA this year. Our three speakers bring years of knowledge, experience, and success. We highly recommend that you join us, and bring a friend.

Barbara Ellis, in the Garden' Spring Symposium at the lovely Gari Melcher's Home and Studio, aka

Tina Will has volunteered with MGACRA for 15 years and lives near Ferry Farm in Stafford County. Photos by Laurie Westermeir, Workman Publishing

Treasured Memories Buildings that Are No More: 1208 Sophia St By Collette Caprara The building at 1208 Sophia Street, which (vacant and unused) was torn down in 2017 to allow for more parking for the library’s steadily-growing clientele. Yet, even the lot adjacent to the building played a special role in Marcia Chaves’s life When she was a girl, the library building was the Lafayette Elementary school, and the lot served as the students’ playground. “It didn’t have any equipment, but the kids played ball there. And I remember going to an adjacent lot with my friends, where we would draw a circle in the dirt for games of marbles. We had a May Day Celebration where what, today, is the parking lot—an elaborate fest with long gowns, flowers, and a Maypole.”

Dr. Kennedy’s private office at 1208 Sophia. It was a wonderful space, with pine paneling and a secret compartment next to the fireplace. Throughout the Burg, there are a number of sites that were once the locales of bustling activity but are no longer among us. The buildings that stood in these places may not have been notable for their architectural features or prominence on the skyline, but they played an integral role in the lives of folks and families in a spectrum of the sectors of our community. Though the structures have disappeared, the memories of what happened within their walls are very much alive. Among these, is the structure that once stood at 1208 Sophia Street, behind what is now the Fredericksburg branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, and local artist Marcia Chaves carries in her heart recollections of the special place that it was for her. ~Collette

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The building itself served as the dental office for Marcia’s grandfather, Dr. Carroll P. Kennedy, whose patients were from an array of backgrounds in the community. “Every now and then, the kids would hit a ball through his window and the principal and teachers would send them over to apologize and pay for the broken window,” Marcia recalled, “but he would always give the money back to the children and send them off with a little piece of candy.” “Granddaddy was a kind and caring person, and often accepted items bartered for his services, ranging from vegetables to baked goods,” said Chaves, “and he also served as a charity to some.” A hub of employment in Fredericksburg during the years of the Depression was the Avisco Sylvania cellophane plant, whose engines hummed 24 hours a day. “In many cases, workers on the night shift would go directly to my grandfather’s office from work and he would be there very early in the morning,” Marcia recalled.

Who is this sweet faced boy ,who spends his free time with his mom doing therapy work at the hospital? Gal About Town and her Bailey, met them out for a stroll on William St., downtown of course!

story about the flood of ’42,” said Chaves. “They were living at Hillcrest and she wanted to take their children to get typhoid shots. The only way to get into town was to walk across the CSX bridge! I can hardly imagine that when I look at the bridge today!” Dr. Kennedy enlisted young Marcia as his 1208 Sophioa shortly before demolition. dental assistant when she Notice CRRL roofline in backgound was in high school. “My duties were more very kind and treated everyone with receptionist and secretarial in nature,” dignity and respect,” she recalled. she said, “but I did wear a white uniform, “Granddaddy’s private office was on the which I loved!” She has vivid memories of righthand side. It had a little bed for his office. “There was a front entrance quick naps and beautiful pine paneling with a little porch. You entered into the and a fireplace. I will always remember waiting room where there was a beautiful the ‘secret compartment’ behind a panel near the hearth—where he kept a reserve of whiskey!”

Dr. C. P. Kennedy, (far right, in waders) taken beside his office on Sophia Street showing the high water from the flood of '42. desk, and then one long hallway with a series of examination rooms and then the “colored waiting room” (a sign of that era) in the back. My grandfather was

Chaves cherishes her memories of the 1208 site and the vitality of the building that once stood on the lot. “I haven’t been by that block on Sophia Street since they tore that building down,” she said, “The whole block is filled with such meaning for me. There was Granddaddy’s office and my school, and Mary Washington Hospital, where I was born, was just down the street.”

Collette Caprara is a local writer and artist.

Marcia talks about the pivotal role that her grandfather played in her life. “When I was born in 1944, my father was overseas in WWII, so my mother and I lived with granddaddy and my grandmother at Hillcrest.” The mention of that neighborhood might be familiar to a lot of local folks. It is a central street of the Argyle Heights neighborhood and it was developed by none other than C.P. Kennedy, who was also a visionary, trailblazing real-estate entrepreneur. The streets of Argyle Heights still bear the names of folks in his family, including Ecco Drive (named his brother) and Hampton Drive (named for Marcia’s brother) as well as Lake Carroll. “My aunt often told one front porch fredericksburg

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The Life & Times of James L. Farmer Jr Civil Rights Leader and Distinguished UMW Professor By Lisa Marvashti Through 2020 and beyond, we're celebrating the legacy of Dr. James L. Farmer, Jr. and committing ourselves to advancing his work in social justice, inclusive excellence, service, and community and civic engagement. Dr. Farmer left a lasting imprint as a key figure in the civil rights movement. His work as a Distinguished Professor of History at UMW personified and carried forth our commitment to be a force for positive change, educating citizens who are ready and eager to address society's greatest challenges. Dr. James L. Farmer, Jr. was born on January 12, 1920 in Marshall, Texas, into a family of educators. As a boy, he "swelled with rebellion" when he personally witnessed the injustices of Jim Crow,

history professor at Mary Washington College from 1985 until 1998, one year before he died in 1999.. He earned national prominence as one of the foremost leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of his other outstanding accomplishments include: 1942 - Organized the nation's first civil rights sit-in in Chicago 1942 - Founded the Congress of Racial Equality, also known as CORE 1960s - Established as one of the "Big Four" of the Civil Rights Movement along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, and Roy Wilkins. 1961 - Organized the "Freedom Rides" to desegregate interstate bus travel.

On July 9, 1999, Dr. Farmer passed away at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is survived by two daughters, Tami Farmer Gonzalez and Abbey Farmer, and granddaughter Abigale Elizabeth Gonzalez. For more information about Dr. Farmer and his legacy, visit any of the following UMW websites: James Farmer Project, James Farmer Lecture Blog, 50th Commemoration Freedom Rides

Lisa Marvashti is the UMW Asst Director of Media & Public Relations, Farmer Legacy 2020 Centennial Celebration & Committment to Action For updates on activities throughout the year go to

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The legendary planners of the 1963 March on Washington meet in New York City in 1963, including John Lewis, far left, and James L. Farmer Jr., r ight of Martin Luther King Jr. igniting his lifelong civil rights activism. In 1942, 22-year-old Farmer co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which organized several protests of segregated facilities in the 1940s and 1950s. CORE, under his leadership, led the 1961 Freedom Rides into several southern states, including Virginia, to test Supreme Court rulings that outlawed segregation in interstate transportation and bus terminals. He also paved the way for many blacks in politics when he served as the Assistant Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Nixon Administration. Farmer's speeches captivated audiences and his autobiography, Lay Bare the Heart, offers an insightful account of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s, Farmer moved to Spotsylvania County and served as a


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1969 -1970 - Served as the Assitant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, & Welfare. 1985 - Wrote and published his autobiography Lay Bare The Heart. 1985 -1998 Served as Distinguished Professor of History and American Studies at Mary Washington College. 1997 - Awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Mary Washington College. 1998 - Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton; Mary Washington College's Multicultural Center was renamed the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

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Building Harmony & Peace Mental Health first aid training for youth

By Paulette Johnson

200 William St Downtown Fredericksburg 540-373-4421

Many people are expressing deep concern about today’s youth, especially about the growing numbers of Teen Suicide. But few adults have stepped up to the challenge with a willingness to learn warning signs and proven steps to protect young people. National Council for The Community Behavioral Health Care designed a training model to equip adults working proactively with youth. The model identifies signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in emotional crisis and guides interventions via a five-step action plan: Assess for risk of suicide or harm Listen nonjudgmentally Give reassurance and information Encourage appropriate professional help Encourage self-help and other support strategies Aikido in Fredericksburg’s Chief Instructor, Aviv Goldsmith, became aware the Mental Health First Aid for Youth cutting edge training. He understood its importance and quickly decided to attend

the Training and offer it to his Aikido students. Sensei Aviv states, “One of the great things about Aikido training is that it is accessible for anyone with a sincere interest to learn. We don’t discriminate against people with physical disabilities or Mental Health issues. We have a vibrant Youth Program at Aikido in Fredericksburg. It is very important for adults that often work with Youth to have some training in dealing with Youth that are having difficulties. I have welcomed the MHFA training to be hosted at our School. Hopeful, it should provide additional skills in our toolbox.” Aikido Student Rand Engle agrees, “Aikido has enormous capacity to help young people gain self-confidence, improve comfort in their bodies, communication skills, awareness of others, and better friendships. Sadly, I have become aware of the growing numbers of young people today who are struggling with depression and anxiety, due in part to social media. Replacing direct connection with others. I have found Aikido practice to be a very powerful builder of resilience. That counteracts fragility. I am attending the Training to be more aware of the sensitivities and issues that young people face. Learning when and how we might suggest options that will be appropriate supports”. Finally, Aikido Student Oliver Johnson (photo), believes that after spending close to 30 years practicing the art of Aikido as well as serving 32 years as a High School Health Teacher. “Today’s society demands a higher level of focus for all of us to better understand the conflicts, stresses, and challenges facing today’s Youth”. Johnson continued “I remain dedicated to practicing and learning all I can to make sure our Youth are safe and

protected from harm. Aikido has helped me over many years to stay in balance with the importance of achieving Health and Wellness. The Mental Health Aid Training for Youth will be a continuation of my life-long goal to pursue Peace and Happiness among our Youth.” It is clear and very transparent. Aikido of Fredericksburg students take very seriously the ethic of building Harmony and Peace among the Youth in our Community. We must be ever so grateful for their boldness and courage to face together the challenges facing today’s Youth. Paulette Johnson RN , Instructor Mental Health First Aid for Youth

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“I Have A Friend” flying kings: dan & leroy By Laurie Black

When is the last time you had a rousing game of checkers with a friend? Dan Walker and his friend, Leroy have been having weekly checkers matches since they met in September of 2018. Dan says of Leroy, “If there is a Master rating for checkers, he would have it. In fact, one role I play is relieving his primary nurse of the duty to play him. Sometimes, when I or his nurse notice Mr. Leroy making a wrong or illegal move, he will blame “amnesia,” but he seems to remember the times he has beaten me very well!” Dan heard about the Senior Visitors Program from his wife, who was thinking of volunteering. “It sounded like there was a real need. Since I had retired, I thought it was something I could try, at least once a week. Ironically, my wife eventually found that it would conflict more than expected with her volunteer work in animal rescue, and she’d have to short-change one or the other. On the other hand, I’ve continued longer than I expected.” Dan explained that Leroy is his third senior to visit. “They are all different. I guess I knew that, but to find such differences in personality and in response to the difficulties of aging… that was a surprise. A real plus was in meeting and becoming friends with families and caregivers. I had not expected to become so much a part of an extended family.” Mr. Leroy - as he is known to those close to him – is a Korean War veteran who wears his veteran cap with pride. He worked as an automotive


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mechanic both before and after the Korean War. He lives surrounded by many family members – his roots in the Ruther Glen community go deep – although his arthritis in his hands and lower limbs has pretty much disabled him when it comes to getting around. “Luckily, he has good support from the Veteran’s Administration, including special shoes and physical and occupational therapy,” says Dan. When asked to talk about Dan, Leroy said, “[He] gives me patience and understanding. [Also] I beat him on checkers.” Though he is a man a few words, his smile says it all. Leroy said he would recommend other seniors try the Senior Visitors Program so they “[won’t] be lonesome.” Dan also recommends to those considering volunteer service in the community, “You may find it less of a burden than you thought. Visitation times are usually flexible. Also, expect to learn some things about yourself and make new friends and connections you did not expect. You may also learn something from volunteer work in general: that “putting back” does reward the “putter” – if that makes sense.”

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Traumatic Brain Injury Local program offers support By Christina Ferber

Imagine having an injury that suddenly changes everything you knew about yourself and affects every aspect of your life. This is the life of a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor, and according to the CDC, in 2014 there were approximately 288,000 hospitalizations related to this injury.

to empower them to set goals while giving them the tools to reach them,” says Zach Daniel, BIS-Fredericksburg Program Manager. BIS accomplishes this through three main core services: a therapeutic day program, adult case management, and pediatric case management.

Luckily, the Fredericksburg area has Brain Injury Services (BIS) to help the survivors of brain injuries with direct support to navigate their new life challenges.

“The community programs and social aspects of the day program are really important to our clients. Being here with others who understand the process that you’re going through is invaluable. It’s nice to see the bonds they form as they find a new normal,” says Lynda Allen, Community Coordinator at BIS-Fredericksburg.

“BIS helps survivors and their families understand the brain injury, address the needs related to it and helps

The day program is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am-3 pm, and a much of that time is spent in the community through field trips and volunteering for area non-profits like the library, food bank, and SCPA. A wellness initiative is an integral part of the program, with activities beyond physical exercise, such as meditation, that addresses the client’s overall well-being. Opportunities to practice real life skills are also part of the program, with a goal to teach clients things that they can take home and integrate into their daily lives. “One of the common themes we find is: What is my life like now and what can I do? Those are really hard questions and our goal is to help them across all stages, whether through case management or regular support with our day program,” says Allen. Case managers help clients prioritize their needs such as employment and housing, and help navigate any issues with school systems, medical providers, and the health and benefits system.

“Our case managers do a great job of being a support person, facilitator, and expert in helping our clients be successful in their new challenges. At the end of the day we feel that all the programs that we offer are a chance for our clients to meet their goals and have a chance at a fulfilling life. We’re happy to be along for the ride and help them get there,” says Daniel. Opportunities to get involved with BIS include BIS Striders (a program for runners to raise money to support veterans with brain injuries), as well as a community open house on March 11th from 12:00-4:00 pm. If you are a business and are looking to partner with a local non-profit please join them for a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting to celebrate their office renovation on March 19th from 4:30-6:00 pm. Brain Injury Services (BIS) 927 Maple Grove Dr, #107. (540) 785-6 6122 Open House,March 11

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Shielding Children From Hunger Stafford Food Security, Inc. By Mary Beth Geil a message to the people we help that we care, and they are worthy.” SFS packing coordinates regular packing events.(Bethel Baptist Church event pictured below) At these events, the aim is to pack at least 100 backpack meals which include shelf stable ingredients for a family of four.

Tim and Amy White (abov) are providing food security in our local community. They founded Stafford Food Security Inc. (SFS). SFS is a 501©(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 2017 with a mission to shield children from hunger. SFS has expanded quickly in response to widespread food insecurity coupled with overwhelming support from the community.

SFS provides the backpack meals through schools. They currently cooperate with 54 schools in King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford Counties and City of Fredericksburg Public Schools. SFS provides guidance to teachers at participating schools to help identify students that need these meals. SFS provides the backpacks to participating schools. When the teacher identifies a child in need, the teacher sends a pack home with the child for dinner that night,

According to the Feeding America Organization’s website, one in nine people struggle with hunger. The website also states, “Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. “ In Tim White’s own words, “It’s a big deal to me, having grown up as one of these kids. I often felt I wasn’t as good as, or as important as, the kids who got “good stuff.” That feeling of worthiness is really what we are all about, and we want the people we help to feel the love we have for them.” Having experienced food insecurity first hand, Tim is motivated to help alleviate it. According to Tim via SFS’s Facebook page (, “When I conceived this program, my first thought was, “How do we get the food to kids?” That’s when I thought of teachers. Teachers and paraprofessionals just… know. So I called a local principal and said, “I have an idea…” He loved it, and has been incredibly supportive. With all of us working together, we can beat hunger, and help some kids. “ Tim points out that meals are provided rather than bags of food. He states, “The concept of providing complete, ready to prepare meals is really what distinguishes us from other organizations. We strive to give families in need the best meals possible, and though it costs us a little more, we believe it sends


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along with some resources to help the family. There are no income limitations, and no reporting requirements. Privacy and discretion are important to SFS. SFS also works with Stafford Junction to provide meals for after school and summer programs serving those who need the help most.

Mary Beth Geil resides in Spotsylvania County and enjoys writing about people.

Stafford Food Security Amy & Tim White SFS appreciates all the support from the community. If anyone wishes to help, please contact SFS via email at FB@StaffordFoodSec

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Everything Greens Plant-Based, with Omnivore Option

By DeLaura padovan Second Annual Spencer Devon Beer Dinner February 17 Paraphrasing the old sea shanty, “What do ya do with a drunken sailor?” Downtown Greens’ executive Director Sarah Perry asked Spencer Devon Brewing’s Head Chef Colton Jordan (right) : What can you do with a five pound bag of jalapenos, fish peppers, and cayenne peppers, a few pounds of honey, and herbs grown by the young farmers of our Youth Farm Program last summer? The answer will blow you away and leave your mouth watering to be part of the Downtown Greens not-tobe-missed 5-ccourse Beer Dinner at Spencer Devon Brewery on February 17 at 7pm. Chef Colton, who has been with Spencer Devon for the last year and a half has designed an amazing five-ccourse vegetarian feast and, YES! there is an Omnivore option for those who prefer a meatier meal. Each course is paired with one of Spencer Devon’s fabulous brews and comes with an introduction and very entertaining back story. The focus on plant-based foods gives the Brewery an opportunity to “branch” out into dishes they might not otherwise offer and underscores the programs offered by Downtown Greens to teach youth in Fredericksburg about healthier eating choices. In the words of Chef Colton, “The Beer Dinners let us break out of the normal box — the stuff we do everyday. I can get a little creative and use some higher end ingredients, things I don’t get to use everyday. It helps us branch out— not just me, it’s the whole kitchen team. Besides that, any time we can give back and help out local charities, it’s a good thing.” Downtown Greens’ educational programs help students from preschool through high school learn where healthy food comes from as they get the opportunity to sow seeds, and tend and harvest plants in their school gardens and in the Upper Garden on Dixon Street. Through our efforts and those of many others in the community, folks are learning that plants are downright delicious! Last year’s event was attended by nearly 40 people who chatted and laughed and got to know one another through the course of a sumptuous evening. Kathy Vining, former Board member and longtime supporter of Downtown Greens reflects, “We enjoyed a nice variety of food and drink and met new, kindred spirits. Good conversations were had all

around. It was a fun and interesting evening all in support of Downtown Greens.” Chef Colton has certainly designed a meal to remember! An appetizer course of beer-battered shishkebabs (tofu for the plant-based option and chicken and shrimp for the omnivores) marinated and cooked to perfection with wild mushrooms, onions, and colorful peppers will start you off on the right foot. Follow this with Braised Asparagus Spinach Salad with spiced blackberry vinaigrette featuring herbs from Downtown Greens, then, Thai Peanut Soup with rice noodles. For your entree? How does Sweet Potato Linguine (for the omnivores, Tuscan Garlic Chicken Linguine) sound to you? Your tastebuds will delight in the one-of-a-kind fare. “The linguine is the dish I am most excited about,” says Chef Colton. “For the first time I’ll be making noodles out of a vegetable instead of the traditional way.” The meal will end with a flourish of Vanilla Coconut Macaroons and Vegan White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. It will truly be a night to remember and we hope to see you there! Get your tickets



DeLaura Padovan is the Administrative Assistant at Downtown Greens Second Annual Spencer Devon 5 Course Beer Dinner Benefitting Downtown Greens February 17, 7pm 106 George St.

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Romance of Food vanessa moncure 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.

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Happy HeartHealthy Valentine's Day to you! 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!


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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.

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Toast ¼ c.pine nuts over medium-low flame in non-stick skillet - when they just begin to brown, watch them carefully as they can easily burn. When they color, turn out of pan onto paper towel. Let cool. Wash and cut woody

ends of asparagus - use a narrow or medium-stalk. Brush 8 oz. of asparagus with olive oil, place on metal pan and broil along with the salmon, turning if they get too browned (or grill). If they're not yet tender, continue at 350F w/ salmon. Place asparagus on plate, sprinkle w/ pine nuts.

WILD RICE Actually not rice, but seeds of a grass plant. Purchase the dark rice and cook in chicken broth as package directs for broth amount and time (usually 45 min.).

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.

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

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hunter, fisherman, chef by Mary Lynn Powers Wade is not sure where the road will lead now, but his main passion is the outdoors. He talked to me for quite some time explaining about his hunting philosophy, as well as as an intricate explanation of the river and bay dilemmas. Recently, he gave a lecture on the value of public land, and is trying to write a book on wild food. This transition out of the restaurant business will allow him time to work on the book. He said that what he has learned about foraging, hunting, and conservation has influenced the way he works and lives. He is an avid hunter and fisherman, and has been featured in the New York Times and the Richmond Times, the latter article featuring Wade and his better half, Rachel Owen. Both articles describe Wade as one of the new millennial chefs heavily interested in where their food comes from. The couple spend a majority of their free time together on the water Wade Troung has been the and in the woods. Both love the pure Executive Chef of Kybecca in downtown beauty of the open country. Wade is out Fredericksburg for about the last ten every season, looking for the next great years. He has been in the restaurant catch. Whether it be wild turkey, goose, world since he was very young. His duck, or deer, his enthusiasm for the hunt parents owned a restaurant in is endless. He is not a cavalier hunter, and Harrisonburg where he honed much of his speaks about the taking skills. Sadly, the news just of another life in a came out that after a long sacred way. Conservation and a self and successful run, Kybecca Conservation and a would be closing by mid sustaining ethos are an self sustaining ethos March. Mainly, the partners important part of are an important part and Wade want to Wade’s lifestyle. of Wade's lifestyle. concentrate on other efforts. Whatever the As I talked with Wade next act will be and he has a few ideas about Kybecca and his place in the relating to hunting and food, it will be business, he explained how it had interesting to watch. Fredericksburg transitioned over the last 10 years from a abounds with talent of all sorts, and Wade retail wine shop to wine bar to the present is definitely one of our local treasures. craft restaurant and cocktail bar. Wade The Front Porch wishes the best of luck to designed the menu which esteemed to be Wade and the Kybecca team. as local as possible, so seasonal changes were the name of the game. Wade explained that the cuisine was a blending of modern and traditional techniques Mary Lynn enjoys meeting and writing utilizing under appreciated "second about interesting people in the 'burg. She also enjoys eating at all of the fxbg generation American foods." By under restaurants! appreciated, he explained that he might use a sous vide method to tenderize an eye round roast, transforming a protein not normally used. Second generation food is recipes brought over from the old country and passed down through oral knowledge and blended with American cuisine.


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Kybecca 402 William St, Downtown (540) 373-3 3338; FB@kybecca Have a meal one more time before they close on March 16

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Zinfandel is a black-sskinned grape whose origins tie back to Croatia. DNA testing has confirmed that Croatian grapes Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag are genetically equivalent, and equal to the Primitivo variety from Apulia, Italy. Records indicate that the grape was introduced to Italy in the 18th century, and to the United States in the mid-19th century. Wines made from Zinfandel are robust red wines. Flavor depends on the ripeness of the grapes. In cooler climates, wines made from Zinfandel would have more red berry flavors, like raspberries. In warmer climates, the wines would have more blackberry, anise, and pepper notes.

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In 1972, Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home Winery drained some grape juice from his Zinfandel fermentation in order to get more tannin and color in his Zinfandel, by having less juice in contact with the skins. The juice he removed he fermented into a dry light blush, which he, by law and restrictions, ended up calling White Zinfandel. There was a big demand for white wines, which encouraged California winemakers to make white wines from red grapes. In 1975, Trinchero’s fermentation of his White Zinfandel was stuck, meaning that the yeast died off before all the sugar was consumed and converted to alcohol. He tasted the sweet light pink wine and decided to sell it. This was the beginning of the sweet White Zinfandels. The wine became incredibly popular. Zinfandel can often be found in Zinfandel blends are blends. Cabernet-Z popular in California. The rich jammy flavors of Zinfandel pair beautifully with the structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon,

and if you have Cabernet Franc in the mix, it brings spice and herbaceous notes to the wine. These blends are usually aged in oak, to add notes of vanilla and coconut aromas to the wine, while reining in some of the grape tannins. Food pairings for a Cabernet-Zinfandel blend would include ravioli in meat sauce, grilled meats, and game. Another common blend for Zinfandel includes Petite Sirah and Syrah. This blend is dark and full-bodied with its roots in California. All three grapes are known for the depth of their color, ability to have high alcohol and high tannin, making them able to be aged for a long time. Petite Sirah is intense in color and tannins, providing structure and pigment to the wine. Zinfandel brings rich, ripe fruit flavors. Syrah can bring color and peppery notes to the blend. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel blends are rich, fullbodied wines with dark fruit flavors such as blackberry, blueberry, and plums, with pepper and spice. These blends are usually aged in oak, often American oak; therefore it has flavors of vanilla, cocoa and coconut. The wines also have notes of dark chocolate, licorice, and leather as they age. Food pairing for these wines include beef tenderloin, roasted leg of lamb, and game. While the blends listed above are the more common Zinfandel blends, Zinfandel can often be found blended with other grapes like Sangiovese, Carignane, and Barbera. The blending options are wide open. Check out City Vino wines with zinfandel City Vino is located at 810 Caroline St. You can find owner Rita Allan on-site to provide answers to all your wine questions Photo courtesy of City VIno

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CALEND February 2020...Black HIstory Month, National Heart Month Sunday, February 1

LoveFred, find the roving gnome, snap pix ,post to FB &instagram , #FxbgFRED, #LovFred, win gift card. Throughout Feb Stage Door's popular Winter Workshop, Moving with Imagination 10am - Noon, Ages 5-9 Inspiration to move comes from many sourcesmusic, nature, sounds, and energy. By exploring a variety of possibilities, learn how to use improvisational movement to express your feelings. 810 Caroline St Stage Door's popular Winter Workshop, 810 Caroline St, Improvise! 1-3pm, Ages 10-15 Discover how to think on your feet second-bysecond through improv games, acting exercises, freeform moments, and structured storytelling that can be used in the theatre and in everyday life. 810 Caroline ST Green Your Organization. Join a conversation on making any organization more sustainable. enjoy a plant-based potluck before the discussion. 11:30 am-1 pm. Unity of Fredericksburg, 3451 Jefferson Davis Hwy.

Monday, February 2

Ground Hog Day‌.more winter? Midge Amos Guest Porcelain {painting Artist @Brush Strokes Gallery, 824 Caroline St, through March 1

Tuesday, February 4

"Francis Gary Powers" Great Lives FREE lecture series, UMW, Dodd Auditorium, 7pm.Info

Wednesday, February 5

Book talk and tea at the Mary Washington House. discussing Craig Shirley's book "Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington's Mother." Enjoy our flavorful house tea blends and delicious tea sandwiches and scones at this tea event held in the Mary Washington House. 1-3p Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage,

Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm rock out, sing, play guitar enjoy ice cold drinks and hang out! Join us between 7-10p 213 William St. Martin & Taylor at Red Dragon Brewery 1419 Princess Anne St 6pm to 8pm. mix of Eagles, James Taylor, Beatles and many other of your favorite tunes from the 70's, 80s, & 90s

Thursday, February 6

"The Beach Boys" Great Lives FREE lecture series, UMW, Dodd Auditorium, 7pm.Info Healthy Heart Habits. join us as we discuss the risk factors for heart disease along with ways to reduce your risk. We encourage you to wear red! Noon-1 pm. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 25 Chalice Circle. Live Music at 7:30 Kenmore Inn. featuring . Open Mic with Larry Hinkle Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour -4-6p

First Friday, February 7

Kathy Noel & Van Anderson @FCCA Members Gallery, 813 Sophia St. All Photography National Exhibit in Main Gallery Darbytown Art Studio hosting Kathy Craddock of Kickshaw's Gluten-Free Bakery. Kathy will have some of her amazing gluten-free and vegan artisan goodies available for purchase. Come by for beautiful art, fabulous conversation, and delectable treats! 6-9pm, 241 Charles St. Art First "All Member Show", reception 6-9p\

FAMfun, Kid Curator find out what happens behind the scenes at Fred Area Musuem. FREE. 1-2:30, 815 Princess Anne St Kids Expo, FXBG Expo Center, 10a-5p Explore the lives of Mary Washington's enslaved workers will discuss the daily lives of the enslaved workers and how the Revolutionary War impacted their lives. 10-11a Mary Washington House Carpool with the Rapp. Group Sierra Club, to Byrd Theater in Richmond, for the Environmental Film Festival ( Leave from Marquee Cinemas Southpoint, (Spotsylvania Cty.), parking lot. Sign up in advance and if questions, email Richard or Suzanne at: Join the League of Women Voters of the FXBG Area in a special tour of the Lucy Burns Museum at the site of the former Occoquan Womens Workhouse. story of suffragists who were imprisoned in 1917 for seeking women's right to vote. 11 a.m., no charge. Info to RSVP. Jon Wiley & Brandon Snellings Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover.

Sunday, February 9

Kids Expo, FXBG Expo Center, 11a-4p

Tuesday, February 11

"Dr. Seuss" Great Lives FREE lecture series, UMW, Dodd Auditorium, 7pm.Info

Wednesday, February 12

Fire and Ice" - All Member Show, Artful Dimensions Gallery 922 Caroline St. First Friday Reception on 6-9pm.

Martin & Taylor at Red Dragon Brewery 1419 Princess Anne Street from 6pm to 8pm.

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Saturday, February 8

Canal Quarter Arts a one night, pop-up art event, "Art for Australia" benefiting conservation efforts after the devastating brush fires. It will feature Australian themed pieces & live music by Mark Vollten of the Scenic Roots. Proceeds from all sales & donations will go to WIRES Wildlife Rescue Australia. 6-9pm, 1517 Princess Anne St.

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Martin & Taylor ,at Red Dragon Brewery 1419 Princess Anne Street from 6pm to 8pm.

Thursday, February 20

"American Duelists" Great Lives FREE lecture series, UMW, Dodd Aud, 7pm.Info Tavern Talk, Rising Sun Tavern, 6-8p. Many know that Charles Washington, a Colonel among the Spotsy Committee for Safety, was the original owner of the house that later became the Rising Sun Tavern in the 1790s.Few know the distinguished military service of the other men who came to own, live in, or operate the building that stands today. George Augustine Washington, Larkin Smith, Gustavus B. Wallace, John Frazer, James Fisher, John Harvey, and Joseph Verone were their names. Live Music at 7:30 Kenmore Inn. Open Mic with Larry Hinkle Highmark Brewery!, 390 Kings HWY, Happy hour -4-6p

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Enjoy cake, punch and children's activities while honoring George Washington and his enduring legacy. Celebrate his birthday with a tour of the Mary Washington House to learn more about the life of the woman who raised him. This special tour will highlight 18th century birthday traditions and celebrations. Mary Washington House, 11a-4p Canal Quarter Arts will host, "Winter," an art exhibit exploring both beauty and barrenness. Refreshments will be provided. 6-9pm, 1517 Princess Anne St.

Thursday, February 25

"John & Joyn Quincy Adams", Great Lives FREE lecture series, UMW, Dodd Auditorium, 7pm.Info

Wednesday, February 26

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage, Open Mic at the Rec Center 8 pm rock out, sing, play guitar enjoy ice cold drinks and hang out! Join us between 7-10p 213 William St. Martin & Taylor , at Red Dragon Brewery 1419 Princess Anne Street from 6pm to 8pm. Come hear our mix of Eagles, James Taylor, Beatles and many other of your favorite tunes from the 70's, 80s, & 90s

Thursday, February 27

Weekend is an annual event at St. George's as we enter into Lent, a forty-day season of spiritual renewal preceding Easter. The weekend of programming will explore how play and creativity nurture our spirituality and experience how art connects us for a shared sacred journey. The weekend begins on Friday with a potluck meal at 6 pm, followed by an interactive presentation at 7 pm on the role of creativity and play for living a wholehearted life Complete schedule available and registration encouraged at: Laarie Rose Griffin & Peter Mealy 9Soulo Brothers Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8midnight. . No cover., 911p

Saturday, February 29

St. George's Episcopal Church 2 pm, Rev. Lisle will present on faith and the creative process. Groups will tap into their inner artist and create silk painted banners together, working from scripture. On Sunday, March 1Rev. Lisle with live paint during 9 am, 11:15 am, and 5:30 pm worship services. Additionally, she will give a forum presentation at 10 am about why art matters to the church Complete schedule available and registration encouraged at:

Saturday, February 29

36th Annual Annual Oyster Roast to benefit Quinton Beltran, FXBG Agricultural Fairegrounds, 2-5pm. Info

Saturday, February 22

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"Fredericks Douglas" Great Lives FREE lecture series, UMW, Dodd Auditorium, 7pm.Info

Stage Door's Winter Workshop, 810 Caroline St, Spontaneous Reaction 10am - Noon, Ages 5-9, Learn how to respond to other actors while we create a unique theatre piece.

Live Music at 7:30 Kenmore Inn. featuring amazing live performances with an eclectic range of musical styles - from soft jazz, blue grass and country, to pounding rock and roll..

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Stage Door's popular Workshop, 810 Caroline St, Stage Dialects 1 - 3pm, Ages 10-15 Sometimes plays are written with characters from other places. In this session you will learn how to flavor your voice with dialect so your character sounds natural and authentic. Explore American South, New York City, and German in this session.

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St. George's Episcopal Church will host the Rev. Lisle Garrity for its Lenten Weekend program, "The Spirituality of Creativity and Play". The Lenten

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Fredericksburg Lamp

610 Lewis Street

By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks

Ironic as life can be on December 25, 2019 as many of us were celebrating Christmas in our home some of which had candles burning in our cherished Fredericksburg Lamps, Allen Green III passed away. Having been friends with the both Allen and his father for many years, I know they would have been happy knowing as their lives ended that their legacy continues. I remember almost 40 years ago when I along with another Councilmember Gordon Shelton stopped by the Copper Shop for a visit, Allen’s father was working away on a copper Whale weathervane and remarked that maybe in a century, he would be famous for his lamps. We all smiled and complimented him on what he was doing as a new business venture in the city. He said he had just had a patent approved for the Fredericksburg Lamp. After his father’s death, Allen continued the business producing the lamps that almost all of the older homes and many newer ones have in the area. The lamps Anne and I have four of the lamps that we display in our home. Allen told me that he knew that individuals from every state had purchased the lamps and that they had shipped them to over 60 countries. All have a date, an inscription and of course AHG initials. Georgia Strentz a long time Front Porch writer did a story on Allen and his wife Pat in the May 2018 edition. Pat a former teacher has contributed many hours working on boards and commissions in the City of Fredericksburg, I had the privilege of working with her as a member of City Council in the 1980’s and 90’s. The Green family have deep roots in the area especially in Stafford County. Allen III was a talented artist which he was able to use in creating the many items that he made in the Copper Shop. Whenever you stopped in it was like a step back in time as the craftsmanship was much like the seventeen hundreds, and there was always a friendly greeting that made it a special place, especially if you were a visitor touring Fredericksburg. I was asked just a few days ago, “where can we find one of those Fredericksburg Lamps”? My answer was, I do not know since they are so desirable and now a collector’s item more than ever. Allen, you did not have to wait a hundred years to be famous. You and your father will be remembered not only for the Fredericksburg Lamp, but the two gentlemen you were and how you represented your community, family and friends. Fredericksburg is what it is today because of people like Allen Green III. Dedicated to:: Donna Caple, Sylvester Silver, Russell Howard, Harrison Simpson Tuffy is the Front Porch resident FXBG historian


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By jon gerlach Built in 1928 by E.G. Heflin, this 2 ½ story brick Colonial Revival house is a downtown architectural jewel that has deep connections to the people and places of Fredericksburg. John W. Masters, a lumber merchant, and City councilman for 18 years, was the fist owner; his heirs lived there until 1959. In 1960 the house was purchased by Josiah P. Rowe, III and his wife, Anne W. Rowe, who enjoyed 53 years of marriage there. Josiah was the owner and Star publisher of the Free Lance-S Newspaper, a two-term mayor of Fredericksburg, School Board member, and a humble but effective philanthropist. Among his many accomplishments, he helped champion the City’s acquisition of rights to 4,800 acres of land in the upper Rappahannock River basin that we rely on today for clean drinking water and unspoiled river recreation. One of Josiah’s four children, Jeanette Cadwallender, recently gave me a tour of the magnificent house, and shared her memories of growing up there. She remembers how happy her father was to live so near to his work: first, the Star Building on William Street that housed the newspaper, and later, the new building at 616 Amelia Street. It was also close to the grocery store, perfect for sending one of the children to fetch an ingredient or two for cooking. As a man of eminent practicality, he even had a dedicated business telephone line installed in the house so he could be reached at any hour for newspaper business without tying up the family phone. 610 Lewis Street was a true family home: the family sat down to dinner each night and talked about issues of the day. It was also a gathering place for many other people including neighbors, educators, and foreign exchange students. “This was the house with all the people”, says Jeanette. The house was a gathering place for neighborhood kids too. Lifelong friendships were born and nurtured here. In the spacious basement, classmates met to create decorations for school dances and trappings for the homecoming parade floats. Paint cans of all colors were opened and freely employed. You can still see the results today, festooned on the basement walls. I hesitate to call it “graffiti” because it’s more like an endless guest book. The walls carry whispers of childhood crushes and alliances: such as “Richard + Diana”, “Donna + Kenny”, “Gary – Linda”, and “Pam Friend”, among hundreds of others. It’s wonderful that, in later years, this wall

art was preserved as part of the home’s legacy rather than painted over. It is a memorial and testament to youthful dreams … and boundless exuberance. Jeanette fondly remembers, as a teenager, moving into her new bedroom in the attic, furnished with yellow shag carpet, orange wicker furniture and a green bedspread with daisies. But as we all know, “to everything there is a season” and time marches on. Today this magnificent house is listed for sale contact Suzie Stone for details or Google MLS VAFB115550. So … what’s in a basement? Here, an impromptu “living diary” of a great family saved for posterity in a historic Fredericksburg house. An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach serves on the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg Photos by Jon Gerlach

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History in Our Backyard Hiking to Find Black History on a Battlefield By sARAH kAY bIERLE

These signs are along Lee Drive at the pull off (located south of Lansdowne Road) near the beginning of the 1.2 mile trail. History beckoned me as I parked the car and walked down the unpaved, leaf-carpeted trail. I headed along the National Park Service path on Fredericksburg battlefield, moving east toward the sites of the Bernard Slave Cabins. Usually when I visit battlefields for research or preservation work with Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, I’m

looking for military history. On this day, though, I had challenged myself to see the land through a different lens. To think about the enslaved people who had lived here prior to the Civil War. The loop-trail stretches 1.2 miles from South Lee Drive through the woods before breaking into open ground near the original cabins’ site. From the crest of the open ridge, I looked over the land, once part of the 1,800-acre Mannsfield estate. Beyond the railroad tracks, lie the open fields—now called Slaughter Pen Farm— and the site of an overseer’s home (no longer standing). Further east and across modern Route 2 rests the former location of Mannsfield, the home of Arthur Bernard, though the original 1766 structure burned in April 1863. Cabins for enslaved people—like the structures that once stood here—were often placed at a distance from the main house. I sat on the hill overlooking the cabins’ site, thinking about the nearly thirty-five men, women, and children who had once been forced to labor here. I tried to imagine the people who lived in the original cluster of cabins. This was where they returned after an exhausting day of work. Here, they cried, laughed, slept, ate,

loved, were born, and died. What were their stories? Perhaps they watched the sun rising over the distant home of the man who kept them in bondage. Perhaps they looked up at the midnight stars pointing a way north to freedom, if they dared run and risk all. What happened to them when freedom finally came? (Later, I paged through resources at the local library, finding clues. At least two of the enslaved men from the The Bernard Slave Cabins stood here in this open Mannsfield estate escaped ground prior to 1862. The structures were and forged their own path to accidentally destroyed by artillery fire during the freedom, volunteering with Battle of Fredericksburg and never rebuilt. Federal military units.) The field I overlooked is empty today—just grass, trees, and a railroad track. The Battle of Fredericksburg accidentally destroyed the Bernard Slave Cabins, leaving only clues and the site. However, weeks after that battle, the Emancipation Proclamation intentionally and officially added slavery’s end to the Federal war aims. Perhaps the destruction of the cabins during the battle can be seen as symbolic as we look back with hindsight. Walking back, I contemplated the importance of looking deeper at the history in our backyards and exploring the other layers of history. There are many stories and many questions to ponder. The Bernard Slave Cabins’ site had a role in the Civil War battle, but long before battle came, it was a tiny community where people lived, labored, and longed for freedom.

Though the cabins no longer exist, the trail is a lovely walk and a great way to explore “hidden history.”

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

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Senior Care photographs & memories Dog Walking Pet Sitting Companion Play Time & Mini Furies, Too!

By Karl Karch

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Many of you may remember the singer-songwriter Jim Croce, who died in a plane crash in 1973 at the height of his career. “Big, Bad, Leroy Brown”, “Time in a Bottle”, “Operator”, “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song”, and “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” are just a few I remember well. His ballad-like style full of emotion are timeless. While driving recently, the radio played his song “Photographs and Memories” and it especially resonated with me. Reflecting on a love he once had, Croce’s song said all that he had left were photographs and memories.

is an excellent retention method. Creating a scrapbook, looking through photo albums, and telling “I remember when” stories provide cognitive stimulation targeting both an individual’s mental and social functioning. This type of reminiscence therapy helps improve the quality of life for an individual with dementia. A daughter asked her mom who had Alzheimer’s about memorabilia that she kept. She was surprised at her mom’s ability to talk about some of the items and asked her how she remembered that far back. Mom replied: “I guess memories are in there somewhere.” You see, those with dementia Putting photos and other mementoes don’t lose their memories. They just have difficulty in a scrapbook creates recalling them. Sometimes, a legacy that can be prompting them with passed on to the family questions helps with recall.

I remember when my mother died, my sister and I were cleaning out her dresser and found many photographs scattered around in a drawer. None were dated or had people identified. Other than immediate relatives, we didn’t know who were in the earlier photos. They must have been meaningful, or mom wouldn’t have saved them. Sadly, we never sat down with mom to discuss the stories behind these photos.

One of the activities our company encourages caregivers do with clients, is scrapbooking. Caregivers spend time with clients asking questions about photos, then document the answers. Who was she? What was the occasion? Whose house was this? Where was this taken? Why did you save it? For example, after a son’s father passed away, one of our caregivers gave him a notebook with all the things she learned about his father. The son was moved to tears reading the notes and even said he learned things about his father he never knew before. Putting photos and other mementoes in a scrapbook creates a legacy that can be passed on to the family. Digitizing photos


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Jim Croce once said: “I think music should make people sit back and want to touch each other.” Maybe that’s where AT&T got the idea for their successful 1980s advertising slogan “Reach out, reach out and touch someone.” While the frequency of touch (not just physical) may decline with age, the need for touch does not. Research has demonstrated that touch can instantly boost our mood, strengthen our immune system, and reduce stress. So, spend time with your loved ones reminiscing over photographs and reliving memories and document where needed. If you do, everyone will benefit now and in the future. Eventually, these are all that’s left to remember loved ones. Karl Karch is a Gerontologist and local franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed home care organization providing personal care, companionship and home helper services in the Fredericksburg and Culpeper region.

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It’s All Energy bladder meridan by christina ferber

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As we continue our yearlong journey through the Meridian System (energy pathways in the body), this month brings us to Bladder Meridian (BL). Bladder is Kidney Meridian’s (see FP Jan 2020) partner in the Water Element, according to the Five Elements model in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Both Meridians filter and help to eliminate fluid from our body and keeping BL happy and balanced, can help Kidney Meridian stay balanced, as well as improve many other aspects of our health. The Bladder Meridian is the longest and most complex Meridian in the body and governs the nervous system. It runs from the inner corner of the eyes, over the head, down both sides of the spine, and ends at the little toe. When the Bladder Meridian is imbalanced, we can experience physical systems such as a stiffness in our neck and shoulders, headaches, back pains, urinary issues, a lack of energy and even pain in the eyes.

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Emotionally, an imbalance of Bladder energy can cause us to feel that our problems are unsolvable. We can also have an inability to express emotions, feel fearful and suspicious, as well as resist change because of a feeling of inflexibility. On the other hand, a balanced BL will help us feel courageous, trusting, and hopeful. When BL is balanced, we feel calmer and more peaceful and look forward to a future filled with endless possibilities. Through the TCM lens, Bladder is the storehouse of our emotions, and is most active from 3pm to 5 pm. If you feel a little slump during that time period, working with BL might help. The Source Point of any Meridian can directly send energy to the organ that it is associated with, as well as balance the Meridian itself. The Source Point for BL is BL-64 and according to TCM, it has a relationship with Heart Meridian and can be good for heart palpitations, chest pain, irritability, headaches, and back pain. Simply massage, tap or just hold the point

called BL 64 (see picture) on both sides of the foot. Another point to work with is the beginning point of BL. This point can help eye problems, migraines, insomnia, and nasal congestion, and it can also help balance the Meridian as a whole. The BL1 points are located at the top of the inside of the eye sockets. I like to gently hold these points with my middle fingers, but you can hold them in whatever way is most comfortable. BL 11 is a point that Donna Eden calls “The Magic Point” because it can help to balance so many other energies in the body and can also influence bone health. These points are located at the bottom of the neck on either side of the spine. As with the other points, massaging, tapping, or simply holding the points will all help bring them into balance. Tracing Meridian pathways is another way to balance them, but because of BL’s complexity, it is too lengthy to explain in these few words. If you would like to view a video of tracing BL, as well as a way to balance the Water element by tracing both Kidney and Bladder Meridians together, visit Christina Ferber is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner

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Emancipated Patients tmi By Patrick Neustatter, MD Where better to contemplate the problem of too much information, than when one is surrounded by it. This was the case when I participated in the recent health fair at the Howell branch of the library, organized by Head of Adult Research, Lee Criscuolo. Together with Fredericksburg Food Coop member, dietician Faye Krause talking about the essence of a good diet, and Kendra Morgan demonstrating antioxidant rich smoothies, I got to reiterate my message about the importance of being an informed emancipated patient.

TMI I was making the point that there is too much information for your doctor to know. I usually think of “TMI” as something my kids yell at me if I’m talking old folks having sex other “gross” subject. But too much information is posing a real challenge to the medical world – and it’s only going to get worse. There are endless dramatic statistics to make your mind boggle. Here’s just two:. Over the last 2 years alone, we have generated 90 per cent of our accumulated data in the world. Medical knowledge was doubling every 50 years in 1950’s. Now it’s doubling every 73 days. This means it’ possible for you to know more about your problem than your doctor. A good example was a friend with early prostate cancer, who was saved from surgery by asking to have a prostate MRI – that his doctor didn’t seem to know about. This showed a much smaller cancer than thought, so they opted for watchful waiting. Or I have been steered toward a correct diagnosis or better treatment on several occasions – I think about the patient that asked for pulmonary rehab’ for their COPD.

“A Lot of it is Seriously Wrong” In my book, Managing Your Doctor, and in my talk at the library, I include one of my favorite quotes. Dr Paul Cundy - chairman of the British Medical Associations technology subcommittee noting, “while there’s much more information available than ever before, much of it seriously wrong.” This highlights the other problem. There’s not just too much information. There’s a lot of bad information.


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The Internet is where everyone looks these days – roughly half of all Internet users are looking for health information it is claimed. And the number of healthcare websites is second only to the number of porn’ sites. Maybe you’ve learned to be selective about your porn sites. But knowing how to know if a medical site is going to give you good, unbiased information, requires information itself. The Medical Futurist website, lists what the author considers the 10 best sites. But more importantly there is advice on how to assess a site. To know, is the info’ valid? Some particular things to look for are: Is it supervised by medical professionals or some patient organization? What’s the policy on paid advertisements? Is there a clear description about the mission and intentions of the site? Does the site have a vested interest? Is it selling something? You also want to know is the information current - things change fast. A site this article recommends for advice on assessing websites is The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health “Information is everything” is one of my cheesy maxims. This applies to your doctor knowing all about you – so getting your medical records. But primarily about you knowing as much as possible about what’s wrong with you and what tests and treatments are available. Most information is not so arcane that you can’t understand it. It just requires a bit of work and a bit of chutzpa.

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

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My Twisty Career Path lead back to b101.5

A New Studio for Ginny Martineau By Pat Smith

By Mandy Smith

When I was a teenager, I could never pin down exactly what I wanted to do with my life. My interests were all over the place and I couldn't pick one passion. On the one hand I love drama, art, music, and people. Then on the other hand I love organization, structure, and procedures. People say you're either right or left brained, I feel like I'm right in the middle of the road. After graduating from Stafford Senior High School in 1998, I enrolled at Germanna Community College and worked at little Chinese Restaurant in Stafford called China Delight. In the summer of 1999 I worked at the Renaissance Fair, which is where I met Jon Stallard. Jon was not only the morning co-host of the Breakfast Flakes on B101.5; he was also the Marketing Director. He offered me a job as a Promotion Assistant and I fell in love with radio. I found that radio isn't just social and creative, it's also structured and organized… speaking to my middle of the road brain. Natalie Taylor was the 7pm to midnight Jock. One day we were at a remote and she said, "you know… you have a great voice, do you want to learn how to DJ?" Of course I said YES! Natalie took me under her wing and thus AJ was born. My first shift was the grueling Saturday Night shift. 7pm to Midnight followed by Midnight to 4am. Once I was comfortable on the air, I was given a recurring weekend shift and asked to fill in for the full time Jocks. I continued to work at B101.5 on and off until 2005. I worked for three different Marketing Directors at B101.5, but no one mentored me like M.C. Moncure. She is amazing! She understands the complexities of organizing creative

projects coupled with effective communication. She exemplifies loyalty, a great work ethic, communication, and respect for others. You never left M.C.'s office without her saying, "I appreciate you." I never thought about a career in marketing, but with M.C.'s endorsement in 2006 I landed the job as the Assistant Marketing Director at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre and was promoted to Marketing Director in 2007. Over my years at the Towne Centre I learned a great deal about planning events, marketing, advertising, community relations, graphic design… the list goes on and on. While at the Towne Centre I pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Administration at Utah Valley University, with the goal of being a Marketing Director for an Airport or Airline. It's funny how fate works. The path I was sure of was not meant to be and after a divorce, meeting the love of my life Luke, and graduating from College; I left the Towne Centre and my path led my back to B101.5 in July 2017.

"I've always wanted my own studio", Ginny Martineau said, and "I feel like Spotsylvania has untapped potential for the arts". She was born and raised in Spotsylvania, and her parents grew up in downtown Fredericksburg. Ginny is excited that in February she is opening a new studio/ gallery/ and art classroom space at 10813 Courthouse Road, Suite #110, Fredericksburg VA 22408. The gallery, Freedom Arts, will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 AM -5 PM, and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 PM. Other times are also available for classroom instruction. "I am thrilled to be bringing an art studio into the Spotsylvania area,

and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to bring our community together through artistic expression. I want Freedom Arts to be a place where people of all ages come to be inspired and become curious about their artistic potential." Ginny plans to teach collage techniques and polymer clay classes. She has also developed painting and drawing skills. Other instructors will offer other art classes, including ceramics and glass. They have installed a new kiln. Currently exhibiting collages at the UUFF Gallery, 25 Chalice Circle, through February 23, Ginny Martineau uses magazines, books, and other printed material to create emotionally evocative surrealistic images. She is fascinated by the surprise of juxtaposing images-sometimes deep insights erupt. Once wanting to be an art therapist, Ginny loves how the collage process creates unexpected feelings and meanings. "I like to think outside the box", and collage has been her primary vehicle for expression. Ginny can be found on Facebook at "these torn pages" and on Instagram @these_torn_pages. Pat is a local painter and a member of the Visual Arts Committee at UUFF

I have been a great many things: Waitress, Bartender, Realtor, Restaurant Manager, Aircraft Sales Rep, Jock, Marketing Director… to name a few. I can honestly say working at B101.5 as the Marketing Director and a Jock is the most rewarding and fulfilling career of my life. I work with amazing people in a fun atmosphere with a General Manager who truly cares. Our, General Manager Mark Bass, is a one in a million kind of boss. He has the best philosophy, which allows his employees to flourish. "Our employees don't really care about what we want them to do until they know how much we care about them. When an employee knows… truly knows… that you care about them, then they care about you." I never knew what I wanted to be and somehow my long twisty career path led me back to B101.5. I feel completely at home and I could not be happier.

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

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Tea Time

Art in the Burg

conversation with midge amos

February Shows in the Galleries Strokes artists at the exhibit's opening reception on "First Friday," .

"Sweethearts" Artists Alliance, 100 Taylor St, Suite 101, Colonial Beach Opening Reception, February 14, 6-9 9pm "Sweethearts". exhibit includes a combined featured display of works from the membership, as well as the regular displays of member artwork. The gallery art work encompasses the media of painting, photography, encaustic, glass, basketry, jewelry, and pottery. Thru March 8 "Winter" Canal QUARTERS Arts 1517 Princess Anne St Reception, February 22, 6-9 9pm

“Dark Red Rose Rob Rudick@ Artists Alliance

Canal Quarter Arts will host, "Winter," an art exhibit exploring both beauty and barrenness. Refreshments will be provided

"Art for Australia" Canal Quarters Arts 1517 Princess Anne St Opening Reception, February 7, 69pm Canal Quarter Arts will serve as the venue for a one night, pop-up art event, "Art for Australia" benefiting conservation efforts after the devastating brush fires. It will feature Australian themed pieces & live music by Mark Vollten of the Scenic Roots. Proceeds from all sales & donations will go to WIRES Wildlife Rescue Australia. 6-9pm, 1517 Princess Anne St.

"Tea Time", Midge Amos Brush Strokes Gallery 824 Caroline Street Opening Reception, February 7, 6-9 9pm

interview by norma woodward "My interest in the art of china painting came from seeing works by my first teacher. At that time, becoming an artist was the furthest thing from my mind, as I had a career in the business arena. My first lessons began in the mid70's and so did my stockpile of painted china. After a brief hiatus from painting in 1980, a new teacher advanced my skills and comprehension of the intricacies of this art form. No piece is ever finished until it has been kiln fired when the paint becomes permanent in the glaze of the porcelain. “The art of the leading contemporary artists in this field had a softness to it that attracted me and is referred to today as traditional Western

“First Snow on the Rappahannock”, Josh Stansfield@Canal Quarters Arts

Exhibit of painted porcelain by Midge Amos visitors will have an opportunity to meet and chat with Midge and Brush

Fire and Ice" - All Member Show Artful Dimensions Gallery 922 Caroline St February 4 - March 1 First Friday Reception on Feb 7 6-9 9pm.

style of painting on porcelain, in contrast with Asian or the European style. My love of a flower garden naturally led me to painting florals and fruits. Taking my own reference photos has heightened my awareness of elements of my subject matter, be it a tree, a flower, or a gorgeous sunset. Being on the road with my exhibits has inspired me to include subject matter that relates to specific areas, whether they are near the water or in cotton- or tobacco-growing areas. “In contrast with artists who work with oils and watercolors on a

square or rectangle canvas, with porcelain there is the challenge of determining what is appropriate to paint on the different shapes. For example, a grape design may look best on a tall vase or pitcher while a long platter or tray would suit a design with a fish. An object that is painted "in the round" requires a design that has the continuity to carries the viewer around to the back. In this respect, painting teapots can be a challenge. “My style typically presents a realistic rather than abstract depiction of my subjects. After studying with more foreign teachers, I am expanding my subject matter and want to paint more landscapes, particularly seascapes. I love the water and running water cascading over rocks intrigues me, presenting so much texture to be explored and captured on porcelain." Midge Amos' "Tea Time" exhibit of painted porcelain will be displayed from February 3 through March 1, at Brush Strokes Gallery..

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“First Snow”, Lynn Abbott

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Adam DeSio

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Farewell Friend

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by Casey Shaw I spoke with Adam just before Christmas and he sounded strong and upbeat, so it caught me unprepared when I heard the news. Linda Warsaw, one of Art First’s original founders said, “ Adam was always cheery, always helpful/patient, a true gentleman. Adam embraced life and its possibilities as much as anyone could in one lifetime.” Later this year, after the news has completely sunk in and Adam’s family has had a chance to begin to recover, Art First will be pay tribute to this fine artist and friend. We’ll miss you, Adam!

Identify this mystery house and you could win a gift certificate from a downtown merchant. Here’s how: Email, 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!

The Fredericksburg art community was very saddened to learn last month of the passing of artist, photographer and designer Adam DeSio. He was only 42 … far too early to leave us.

Last Month’s House: 307 Caroline Street Winner of a gift certificate from Ulman’s Jewlry is Lauren Braney

Adam was well-known locally for his mastery of numerous artistic disciplines, from paintings (both abstract and representative) to photography and more technical digital skills. His paintings often combined a free-flowing execution of paint combined with metal, studs and other industrial elements. But mostly he will be remembered for being a humble, friendly, helpful man who loved his family deeply and was very proud of his down-toearth western Pennsylvania roots. Adam had been a member of Art First Gallery since 2004, where he served in a variety of roles and had exhibited as the featured artist in shows for both his painting and his photography. Even after his cancer diagnosis, Adam remained the Gallery’s webmaster. It was a skill he also put to excellent use professionally for a variety of clients in the business he founded, DeSio Studios, in Locust Grove.

Charming,Charming, Gone

“Knotty Tree”, Adam DeSio Casey Alan Shaw is a past president at Art First Gallery. Photo by Sheila Jones

You were built in duplicate,touching, we do not know why. Or who carried your boards around with loving hands, and painted you pink first time. Always then, homes were one of a kind, an image only the builder did invision. Looking up from your street, in those far off times, so close to downtown, filled with horse-drawn carriages, and close to George’ s mom’s house too. Air so clear, big sky blue, ah so changed today. Soon our downtown sky will be filled, with four- storied giants, that block out all our smiles and faces.

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On Stage! youth theatre workshop by miriam liss Thespian Society and Vice President of the drama club. She chose to come to UMW because she heard the theater department was unmatched among small liberal arts colleges. She was especially impressed by the expertise of the faculty, the small class sizes, and the ability to develop close relationships UMW theatre major Victoria Fortune (seated) leads a with theater community theater workshop. Mary Washington students professionals. She use lessons they've learned in their own college courses has flourished at to lead the sessions. . UMW and most recently appeared in When Victoria Fortune was in 7th grade she performed in her middle school Klein theater as Lady Fidget in The Country Wife. production of Seussical as a Who and a Fish. Her passion for theater was ignited and she hasn't stopped performing since. She went to Courtland High School and thrived in the theater program - she was the President of the International

While at UMW, Victoria discovered that she not only has a passion for performing, but also for teaching the craft to others. She has been a teaching

Victoria Fortune & Diana Bloom watch while twin sisters try out some of there new acting skills at Youth Workshop assistant for three years in a voice and body class and loves watching students grow and fall in love with the work. When Gregg Stull, the chair of the theater department, approached her about leading workshops for local youth through Stage Door Productions she jumped at the chance. Last winter, she led workshops on voice and body movement and improvisation, and absolutely loved working with local youth. This year she will be leading classes in improvisation, Shakespeare and stage dialects. She is excited to share her love of theater and her knowledge and skills with local kids who are discovering their passion for theater. The collaboration between Stage Door Productions and UMW Theater is in its second year and going strong. UMW Theater students are offering workshops for local students on a wide variety of topics. This year there are a number of brand new classes including two classes where students will learn to speak in stage dialects - Feb. 15th for Standard British, Cockney and Irish and Feb. 22nd for American South, New York and German (co-led by Victoria). Another highlight includes a number of classes on stage combat - a favorite from last year's offerings. This year there is a basic stage combat class on Feb. 1st and an opportunity to learn how to use swords

and knives (rapier and dagger) on January 25st. There is also an onstage battle class on March 21st where students will learn how to choreograph a full onstage battle Shakespearean style. Younger children also have a lot of great opportunities including classes on improvisation, storytelling, and movement. A great aspect of the workshops is that they are located in downtown Fredericksburg on Saturdays. Parents can drop their kids off and have two hours to enjoy lunch or do some shopping in our beautiful downtown. Classes for 5-9 year olds are from 10am-noon; classes for 1014 year olds are from 1-3pm. See the full schedule and register for the Stage Door Youth Workshops at

Miriam Liss is a Professor of Psychological Science, at UMW. & thr StageDoor Youth Chair.She can be reached at Photo by Suzanne Rossi, courtesy of UMW Stage Door Productions 810 Caroline St 3rd floor, Downtown (540) 903-3 3808; fb@StageDoorFredbg

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Companions I “heart” you! by Gerri Reid dvm Regular Veterinarian for an evaluation.

Love is in the Air! February is the month we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day and recognize our loved ones with cards, flowers and of course, candy! Many countries and religions will honor “Love and Romance” in an array of ways. But February is also American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. But did you know that not just humans are affected by heart disease? We commonly see heart disease in dogs and cats. So, since we Love our pets, let’s discuss heart disease a bit more. Pet owners regularly take their pets to their Veterinarian to maintain their health and well-being. As pets get older, there are conditions such as Heart Disease or that are commonly diagnosed. Common questions I am asked frequently from pet owners are “What can I do to prevent it?” or “What are the signs of Heart Disease” and lastly “How is it treated”? So, let me answer these questions and help pet understand heart disease. Heart Disease (HD) is an abnormality of the heart. Dog breeds such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds, Miniature Poodles, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, Boxers and Miniature Schnauzers are prone to this disease more than other breeds. Clinical signs of HD include lack of energy, excessive/persistent coughing, or difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. These symptoms are very common with HD and if your pet is having any of these signs, it is recommended to see your


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Once your pet is diagnosed with Heart Disease, your Veterinarian may recommend further diagnostics or tests. These test include a radiograph or X-ray to evaluate the heart and lungs. Other tests may include an Ultrasound of the heart and blood test. This will help identify the severity of the disease as well as what medications are needed for treatment. At times, some pets will be referred to a Veterinary Cardiologist for further evaluation. Treatment may include medications to help manage the function of the heart, regular 6 month checkups as well as a low sodium diet. These treatments can effective when managing heart disease Lastly, how do you prevent Heart Disease? Weight management and exercise are always important to maintain your pet’s overall health. With the advancements of Veterinary Medicine, Heart Disease can be very well managed in both dogs and cats. I highly recommend yearly exams with your regular Veterinarian as early detection /diagnosis of Heart Disease is key to your pet’s heart health. Heart Disease, when undiagnosed or untreated, can be deadly in both humans and pets. American Heart Month was established in December of 1963 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was declared that February was the month we would recognize Heart Disease and support all programs that bring Awareness, Prevention and Treatment for the disease. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th, let this be a day that we, as pet owners, will be reminded to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup. Knowing the symptoms of Heart Disease as well as the breeds that are most affected by it will ensure early detection and management. So, have a ? and give your pet the Gift of Heart Health this month. ?

Dr. Gerri S. Reid is the Owner/Veterinarian of Reid Mobile Veterinary Services. 540-623-3029; ; facebook eVetServices Photo of Kaja by Reid Mobile Services

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Astrology & You THE POETRY MAN

ground hog day By Dianne Bachman

By Frank Fratoe

SHORE DALLIANCE A pond bright yearlong mirrors hands reaching out from the rockside to brush clear water and ripple the surface. Twofold curves spread from where they began to overlap one-on-one and swell even higher as rings fuse together. Each hand has become loops and colors that are joined by radiance into something perfect while waves go onward. Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city.he loves.

Where Fredericksburg Gets Engaged

What does Ground Hog Day have to do with astrology? Well, other than being my favorite holiday, in ancient times it had everything to do with providing a midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox. I imagine it was a chosen time to celebrate the waning of the frozen earth and the coming of longer, warmer, greener days. Can you envision a small band of prehistoric folks, covered with heavy animal skin wraps, crunching through the ice and snow to the edge of a field to wait for a sign of hope: a small, furry head poking up from its burrow? Surely the ground hog, who is wiser and closer to the earth knows whether the return of warmth, the greening of the forests and the temporary end of scarcity will be close at hand. Over the years, just like any other good idea, Ground Hog Day has become a "thing" and Punxsutawney Phil is a celebrity. He even has his own inner circle (all men, of course), decked out in top hats and tuxes, who interpret his every move. Each of the solstice and equinox points on our modern calendar correspond to one of the Cardinal axis points in the astrological chart. Cardinal sings (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) commence each season, in sync with the energy necessary to bring about changes in our inner and outer environments. So, Ground Hog Day is a good midpoint for all of us to do some pre-sspring cleaning. Ask: Am I dragging something with me that

needs to be cleared? How can I lighten my load in preparation for new growth? While there still may be 6 more weeks of winter, how might I bring light and warmth where it is needed in my life? What seeds can I dream of planting, what ideas and dreams can be fertilized in preparation for planting? In this way, just like our ancestors may have operated, we, too, can use the seasons to nurture and support our dreams and visions for the future.

February 8: Venus enters Aries, conjunct Chiron: A good time to initiate any healing efforts regarding relationships. Have you been putting off important conversations? This is an excellent time to embrace vulnerability and speak from the heart, though watch a tendency toward impulsivity. Take your time.

Now, let us look at some key planetary players for February 2020:

February 17: Mercury retrograde in Pisces. You may feel a bit dreamy, perhaps your intuition is not quite as sharp as usual. Best advice is slow down, recheck for errors, ground yourself and pay attention when driving.

February 1: Saturn conjunct Pluto continues and these two will be dancing closely for the next year or so. Back on January 12, 2020, these planets came together at exactly 22 degrees Capricorn. To figure out how this impacts you on a more personal level, look at where 22 degrees of any Cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) or 22 degrees of any water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) is in your chart. This blended energy is very powerful and about growth and evolving. It can feel heavy at times because Pluto wants to go deep and transform while Saturn can keep a lid on it, creating tension. Once the fear of change is managed, this can be such a positive time of forming new patterns and habits, cultivating long lasting change. February 1 and throughout February: Jupiter sextile Neptune. Perhaps this is the saving grace for February, making it a bit easier to be optimistic and to expand visions of the future. Also, a very good time for meditation and deepening any spiritual practices, bringing the numinous into daily life to inspire and nurture the soul.

February 9: Full Moon in Leo, known as the Snow Moon. Time to get creative, to let your talents shine. With Valentine's Day only a few days away, there is still time to make this February 14 special.

February 20: The Sun enters Pisces. Time to take a break and renew, dream into the gentle energy as the Sun brings more light to the Earth and prepares the soil for new growth. February 22: Uranus squares Saturn (until May 2020): Innovative and creative changes can occur rather swiftly, making the way for new structures. Can be a time when we look at our values or what we value and begin to think independently vs. going with the status quo. This can bring the lesson of ending things without destroying or smashing things to bits. February 23: New Moon in Pisces: Look at asking the universe for what you truly desire, based upon your dreams. A time to surrender to the mystery of the yin within.

Diane Bachman is a psychotherapist & astroger practicing in FXBG. She can be reached at dbachmanlcsw@gmail Illustration from a 14th century British Book of Hours

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Brenna Erford new cITY fxbg Budget mANAGER

Fredericksburg Sketches A visual Celebration of our community

By Casey Alan Shaw

By Sonja cantu philanthropic investments in improving the sustainability of U.S. federal, state, and local public finance and retirement policy. Ms. Erford also worked with state and local government clients as a manager in Alvarez & Marsal's Public Sector Services practice in Washington, D.C. Ms. Erford was integral to the launch of The Pew Charitable Trusts' influential work on state budget policy, which helps states identify strategies to better manage fiscal pressures resulting from economic and revenue volatility. From 2013 through 2016, Erford directed the project's work with state budget leaders, including technical assistance to develop and adopt policy solutions, and managed a team of researchers who identified and analyzed evidence-based policies to serve as models for states. The City of Fredericksburg is pleased to announce Brenna Erford has been hired as the new Budget Manager. She brings more than 17 years of public and private sector leadership experience in commercial, nonprofit, and public sector organizations. She's an established expert in U.S. state fiscal and budgetary policy who has testified before numerous state legislative bodies and professional associations. "We are so pleased to have Brenna coming on board to manage our budget process" said Mark Whitley, Assistant City Manager. "As Budget Manager, she will be responsible for supporting our City Council as they decide on how to put city resources to work on behalf of our growing community." Before joining the City, Ms. Erford founded Intersect Strategic Consulting, which provided strategic planning, applied research, and legislative fiscal analysis. Prior to consulting, Ms. Erford managed the Laura and John Arnold Foundation's portfolio of

She previously worked as a researcher and advocate for state policies supporting low-income and working families at the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, where her portfolio spanned K-12 finance, Medicaid, and a wide array of state economic development and tax issues. Before that, she served as a legislative fiscal analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly's nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division and as a legislative analyst for the Illinois General Assembly's Office of the House Minority Leader. Ms. Erford received a bachelor's degree in rhetoric from the University of Illinois and holds a master's degree in North public administration from Carolina State University. For more information, visit or call the City Manager's office at 540-372-1010.

SKETCH #62: guest artist Alexandra Baucus; Chatham Manor This month’s image is a delightful sketch of Chatham Manor, looking down on Fredericksburg from high on a hill just across the Rappahannock. The artist is Alexandra Baucum, one of the younger generation of artists at Art First (and in the larger Fredericksburg arts community) beginning to make their mark. I love the expressive qualities Alexandra brought to this sketch. I always learn something when I look at another artist’s work and this work inspires me to loosen up a bit and let my line explore the feeling I get from looking at a landscape scene, rather than being so tied down trying to render it exactly. Given that we are now in the midst of February, I especially love the prominence of the bare tree and the way it majestically dominates the stately home and our little burg in the background. .Casey Alan Shaw is a local artist. He teaches art at James Madison University and Germanna Community College and exhibits his original artwork and limited-edition prints at Art First Gallery and at

Sonja Cantu, a local artist , is the Public Information Officer for the City of FredericksburgShe can be reached at 540-372-1010 ext. 304, or

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DOWNTOWNERS Jerry Ulman by Georgia Strentz Ulman’s not only has a fine collection of jewelry, to celebrate the these milestones of our lives, Jerry’s wife Donna, discovers new ,gorgeous gift items at the gift shows in Atlanta, all quality names (and Donna has fabulous taste) such as Fabrielle, Art Carver, Simon G., Wedgewood, Waterford, in the back giftware section of their store. Donna spends 3 days a week in their store helping you as your personal shopper, so you can find a perfect momento, or keepsake for your celebrations. Helping her in the store are personal shoppers Brenna, Beverly, Linda and Amy (who also have fabulous taste, take my word!)

Fredericksburg is a town filled with surprises, but so traditional and comforting and predictable. As the tide of our river, the Rappahannock, flows through our town each day, so we also see the sight of a man and his dog each day. He is predictable, his beautiful sheltie, Simon is by his side, on their walk from home to their store downtown, Ulman’s Jewelry on Caroline St. Ah this is life in Fredericksburg, set your watch, know the day and time, comforting, safe and home, life is good, Jerry and Simon waving hi. Moving here over forty years ago, (guess what, a Federal job brought our family here too) our family treasured our town with the beautiful old buildings, and the people so friendly and caring, and our beautiful historic downtown. In those

days our town was not yet an I95 commuter mecca, then it was at quick commute from D.C., a great place where your kids could play in the streets and neighborhoods after school, safely.

Our gal Bailey wants you to know, your bike will fit in the space next to Goolrick’s Pharmacy on the corner, even your three-wheeler!! But be careful of Simon, he thinks everyone coming in the stories a sheep.

Ulman’s Jewelry 903 Caroline Street, Downtown 540 373 9243 facebook@ulmansjewelry

Jerry would like to share some strange but true information with you. Ulman’s Jewelers has 6 bench jewelers toiling away 6 days a week, repairing and restoring jewelry (often heirloom) in the basement of his shop. Bench jewelers are experts in jewelry creation and repair. Ulman’s is not a chain jewelry store.

Many things have changed today downtown, like the mega buildings that are being built, everyone wants to live downtown. One of the comforting predictable sights in Fredericksburg, the “Ah Life is good” feel. is the daily walk of a member of the Ulman Jewelry store family, yes walking to their Jewelry store. Jerry Ulman walks Simon, his beautiful Sheltie each day through town to his shop, operating, same location since 1928. Beautiful jewelry and gift products,” celebrating all the happy times of our lives, makes this such a wonderful job “as Jerry says.

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