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history’s stories: rails to trails heritage: battle of the silversmith house


what’s in a lesson? stewardship & hope

Paul Tebo 48 years & still drawing

20 Senior Care: aging in place 21

it’s all energy...energy psychology

makini s.g. ainsworth living her dream




mYSTERY hOUSE Stories of FXBG: amanda


art in the burg


link wray: get ready to rumble


julie newman furry farms

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on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages


master gardeners....how do we manage all the rain


Companions: spring allergies


astrology & you poetryman


fredericksburg sketches dc-24....medina roberts


On the Trails:Support your locals, follow your heart

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everything greens: still bringing change


fxbg hidden farm gems


I have a friend...seasons


art of recovery...exhibit breaks stigmas


season’s bounty: merry month of mat


pimenta...like you are in the islands

10 artslive: immerse yourself in music


vino...ole in a glass

23 the magic continues...skin+touch


Calendar of events


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Bruce Day.....Tribute to a man of heart & spirit

Cover: “Self Portrait” By Bruce Day


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Bruce Day A man of HEART & SPIRIT By collette caprara

“Anniversary”, by Bruce Day Bruce Day may no longer be with us physically, but the impact of his care and generosity will be felt among hundreds of fellow artists and friends in the community forever. I first met Bruce through the figure drawing sessions he hosted for local artists. This endeavor involved offering his studio as a site for the workshops, scheduling models, and serving as a communications center for participants. It was a labor of love that was just one of his many, many gifts to the community. Many of these are described in the personal reflections of some of those whose lives he touched, which continually include the

words “inspiring,” “encouraging,” “humble” and “supportive.” Becky Gregson recalls the early days when she first met Bruce in 1982 in Washington DC, where they worked in the same department of the Corcoran Gallery. “Bruce was a really even-headed, cheerful person. He always could be counted on to mellow out whatever was going on,” she said. “I never interacted with Bruce where I didn’t feel better afterwards. In the entire time I have known him, he always uplifted me.” Later when both Becky and her husband Chris and Bruce and his wife Keren moved to Fredericksburg, their friendship continued, as Becky and Keren

both engaged in weaving and became walking partners. “Bruce was incredibly talented and was in love with painting. He simply enjoyed the joy of putting paint on canvas.” Linda Baily, former long-time nature education coordinator for Fredericksburg, says she and her husband Carry have been friends with Bruce and Keren for many years. “Like many families, we met through our children,” she recalls. “Our son Carl was a classmate and friend of Mia’s and both she and her brother Henry were campers at Camp Wildwood.” “When you had a conversation with Bruce he was always engaged and would ask about your life and seemed genuinely interested in hearing your answer! Sometimes we would talk about politics, a subject he was passionate and well-informed about, but often he would talk about his family. He adored his artistic wife, Keren, and was so very proud of Mia and Henry, who have grown into delightful adults. As accomplished as Bruce was as an artist however, his family was his finest legacy.” Linda recalls running to their home to show her first attempt at weaving to Keren, an accomplished weaver. “Keren was not home but Bruce was so excited for me. He always encouraged people to follow their passion!” Chris O’Kelley, president of Art First Gallery, remembers his first encounter with Bruce when he went to his studio to attend a figure drawing session. “Although I had never met him before, Bruce greeted me with a warmth and familiarity that made me feel instantly welcome and at home. I attended sessions at his studio for a few years and I quickly realized that the warmth I had felt on that first day was a constant ember of kindness that resided in Bruce Day always,” he said. “When I later took on the role of hosting the sessions, I was not sure if that was something I could handle. Once again, Bruce’s kindness and encouragement gave me the confidence to undertake the task of continuing his legacy. His warmth touched quite a few of us in the Fredericksburg art community. He will be remembered by his smile, his gentleness, and his ability to support and encourage those around him.” Lynda Baer, a familiar face who coordinated the Library’s Music on the Steps concerts for years, is a neighbor of Bruce’s family. “Keren is a delightful member of my church and we would always see Bruce supporting his wonderful children Mia and Henry in attendance,” she said. “These children

have grown up with all of the attributes of Bruce—calm, quiet, great sense of humor, eager to help, talented and very cherished. The Baer family will miss him very much.” Susan Ishii, the local artist who initially launched artists’ drawing sessions remembers meeting Bruce when he came to the gatherings eight years ago. “He was very supportive and the very definition of kindness. When my husband passed away, he offered to take over the drawing session, which was a great relief for me. He was always encouraging and praised every artist, for simply being there and sharing the experience, and he was so humble about his own work,” she said. “He was always pushing himself and constantly trying new materials and going to new places. He only painted from life, and, when his subjects were plants such as sunflowers, or watermelons, or daisies, they were almost always ones that he had grown himself and nurtured and had a personal investment in. I thought he was the most talented artist I had ever seen, and he was an extremely kind, funny, wonderful person.” Suzanne Ludlum, local author and life coach, remembers Bruce as a “shining, yet quiet, presence” in our community. His artwork was beautiful and inspiring and he had a positive influence on those who attended his open studio sessions. When my daughter Katie was developing her portfolio for acceptance into art college, she attended these sessions and loved the encouragement and community he created there,” she said. “We don't realize how some people touch our souls until they are gone; Bruce is one of those people.” Collette Caprara is a local artist and writer.

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ON THE PORCH Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists Rita Allan Dianne Bachman Kevin Brown Mayo Carter Troy Coghill Rebecca Danello Frank Fratoe Preston Garrett Alexis Grogan Ralph “Tuffy”Hicks Lori Izykowski David C. Kennedy Cecelia Kirkman Wendy Migdal Vanessa Moncure Gabe Pons Linda Rath Rob Rudick Meg Sneed James Kyle Synder Tina Will Norma Woodward

A.E. Bayne Laurie Black Collette Caprara Trista Chapman Meghann Cotter Christina Ferber Joan M. Geisler Jon Gerlach Christine Henry Karl Karch Jo Loving Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter M.L. Powers Gerri Reid Casey Alan Shaw Georgia Strentz Amy Umble Dawn Whitmore

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

The mission of Front Porch Fredericksburg is to connect the diverse citizenry of Fredericksburg with lively features and informative columns of interest to our community’s greatest resource, its people. Messages from our readers are welcome. All submissions must be received by e-mail by the 19th of the month preceding publication. Writers / Artists / Photographers are welcome to request Guidelines and query the Publisher by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: frntprch@aol.com Web Site: www.frontporchfredericksburg.com Facebook: @Front Porch Fredericksburg The opinions expressed in Front Porch Fredericksburg are those of the contributing writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Front Porch Fredericksburg or its advertisers. Copyright 2019 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.


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fredericksburg is for lovers by Meg Sneed A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a fellow F r e d e r i c k s b u r g e r (Fredericksburgian?), when he brought up the history of the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan. It is a slogan I have been aware of for most of my life. It is etched into family memories of road trips, past and present, when the “Welcome to Virginia…Virginia is for Lovers” highway signs always feel like a homecoming banner just for us. The most recent iteration of Virginia’s slogan in the form of the “LOVE” signs have become a backdrop to our more local trips – all three kids excitedly point them out wherever we roam (although Fredericksburg’s LOVE sign in Hurkamp Park (above, Sneed kids posing in front of sculpture by artist Emma Stoddard) is still their favorite). In all honesty, however, it is not a slogan I ever truly understood until its history was explained. “Virginia is for Lovers” has always felt like a sweet, but incomplete sentiment. Lovers of WHAT? People? Peanuts? History? Ham? Hearing it simultaneously triggers state pride alongside the secret writer residing in me, screaming “Be more specific!” So, you can imagine my relief, when I learned that there was, originally, MORE to it than simply “Virginia is for Lovers.” It was originally intended by its creator, Robin McLaughlin on behalf of the Martin & Woltz Inc. ad agency and the Virginia State Travel Service, to be more specific –but with a flexibility that matched the diversity of all that Virginia has to offer: Virginia is for History Lovers. Virginia is for Beach Lovers. Virginia is for Mountain Lovers. And so on…

messages Hi Virginia, Still one of Front Porch's biggest fans! Keep the "Good News" coming. And here is to all the strong women who manage and/or contribute to Front Porch! ( March, National Women's Day) ~Phyllis Whitley Great Article on a great resaurant ("What's in a Family: Battlefield Restaurant, March 2019) ~Kathy Heuring Carlson

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I imagine this did not go over well in the tourism budget meeting that year. “We need HOW many different signs? In how many different locations? What if one place offers more than one thing to love?” Fredericksburg alone would qualify for an outrageous number of signs. After all: Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Lovers. Fredericksburg Fredericksburg

is is is is is is is

for for for for for for for

History Lovers. River Lovers. Health Lovers. Food Lovers. Farm Lovers. City Lovers. Small Business

is for Book Lovers. is for Antique Lovers.

Just to name a few - clearly, I could go on for the full length of this article (and then some) on what Fredericksburg loves. Our city would either be littered with signs, or we’d need one enormous one! Every season, my family and I find something new to love about Fredericksburg. A new restaurant like The Joint (whose shawarma and fries we have personally voted the BEST), or just a new-to-us gem such as Belmont. It’s Thanks for the opportunity to create the cover art ("River Otters", March 2019). I appreciate it. Can't wait to read through the issue.. "Cover to Cover" ~Pete M Hi Virginia, Thanks for the great article n Dr. Christopher Ryder.(April, 2019) I sang in "The Messiah" chorus with him for years. As Director, he leads with his talent, inspiration, and a good dose of humor. He is a welcome addition to UMW. ~Penny A Parrish

the joy of living in a small city steeped in history and culture as we go through the stages of life with our children, to be continually rediscovering and falling in love with Fredericksburg all over again. If you still need convincing, take a look at this magazine. Each issue encapsulates a Fredericksburg from a slightly different perspective – be it an article on local organic urban growers from the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project, a peak behind the medicine by Dr. Patrick Neustatter, an invitation to Downtown Greens, a spotlight on the thriving art and drama scene here, or an expose on our ever evolving understanding of history. Just read this issue of Front Porch “cover to cover” and you’ll see for yourself – Fredericksburg IS for Lovers!

Meg Sneed is the practice manager at Old Dominion Osteopathic Medicine, member of the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project, a homeschooling mom of 3kids, and an ardent lover of all foods local, natural, and un-messed-with.

Dear Virginia, Thank you to you and your supportive readers! The recent art show at Sammy T's ("Mirror Reflects Generosity", April, 2019) raised about $1700 for the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic. Just as important, you helped us raise public awareness of the clinic and the important work they do. We applaud the generous local artists who donated their beautiful paintings, photographs and fabric pieces for this good cause. Thanks again for all you do for the community. ~Lou Gramann, Clinic Volunteer

Paul Tebo 48 Years and Still Drawing By Dawn Whitmore In 1971, the 26th Amendment was ratified to lower the voting age to 18, Disney World opened in Florida, a new stock market index named Nasdaq was introduced, and Paul Tebo began drawing. Paul began his artistic career drawing with a traditional approach, drawing from the figure and from what he calls “the Old Masters.” He found a studio, which began with alumni for the RI School of Design (RISD) and worked to refine his skills. “While I played with landscape and architectural drawings, I kept coming back to the figure and portraiture. After moving to Arizona and going to graduate school, I found that traditional figurative drawing was seen as less contemporary than other approaches”, shares Tebo, “But, I elected to continue in drawing, refine my skills and continue to experiment with various media. I have drawn every day over all those years and sometimes now I feel the drawing is making itself and I am merely the instrument.” After being an artist for nearly 5 decades, Tebo recounts what he considers

“Unmasked”, Paul Tebo the best and worst advice ever given to him. “Early on, a RISD teacher instructed me to lose the charcoal…and put a ballpoint pen in my hand. She explained it would take 10 years to master the art of drawing…and she was absolutely right,” explains Tebo. Tebo spent his time using the fine line of the ballpoint pen to create shape and contour where he could see and correct his errors as they occurred. He

credits this time as building the foundation for his later work. The worst advice given, according to Tebo, when “the faculty who would encourage me to move on as soon as I demonstrated a new skill”. The instructors reasoning for moving on, ‘artistic freedom’ as if this should be every artist ultimate goal, whereas Tebo proposes a beginning artist needs to concentrate on practice and discipline of an art form. “Just as playing the piano requires skill building and control as expression, drawing has underpinnings and if you are ‘faking it’ it will show,” emphasizes Tebo. As an artist Tebo believes each piece is an emotional reading it has no narrative per se. It is more like poetry than prose. If successful it will leave you feeling something and will hold your attention over time. “In our time, drawing has become self-referential and that renders the viewing of artwork as a cryptic process. “What does this mean?” The artist can only hope that what he’s done – even though it’s very personal – will resonate with a large range of viewers,” shares Tebo, “You are looking inside yourself and hoping that what you are expressing will speak to some aspect of the human condition that will connect with other men and women. That would be very satisfying.” Tebo is exhibiting his artwork during a solo show during the month of May at Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts located on Sophia Street with an opening reception on May 3rd at 6pm. Dawn Whitmore is a photographer, better known as The “Old Barn” Lady in her community. She loves & photographs Old Barns throughout VA.

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In the Garden how do we handle all the rain? By Tina Will All the recent rainfall has been a challenge to local gardeners, but even more so to transplanted California gardeners No Surprise: There’s more water here in the East than in the Desert South West. It’s certainly been a challenge lately even for those of us who are accustomed to it. But for Master Gardeners’ (MGACRA) President John Westermeier, Master Gardeners’ (MGACRA) President, and his wife Laura, Master Gardener Education Chair., Nevertheless, iit’s been an interesting and welcome challenge; hurrah (yay for new plants!) since they moved here in 2013 from California. They are now live near their children and grandchildren, and, though retired from their California careers, they sought to connect with the local horticultural organizations. MGACRA is the fortunate beneficiary of their time and dedication to promoting the right plants for the ecology and habitats of our region. When the Westermeiers first set about converting their lawn here to shrubs, perennials, and trees landscaped areas, they wondered what to do with our abundant rainfall.all the water falling naturally from the sky. In California water is a scarce and carefully managed resource, and wWhile living in California, where water is a carefully managed resource, in California they had succeeded in eliminatingreplacing their lawn (no mowing!) and replacing it with flowering native plants that needed little water once established. That transformation drew neighbors and others to stop, ask questions, and make similar changes.adopt the idea of planting native species. They are still working to achieve the same thing here with species native to our Central Rappahannock area., but with a variety of Virginia native plants. As new arrivals, they went looking for guidance and plant suggestions which brought them to the MGACRA Plant Clinic at Hurkamp Park in downtown Fredericksburg. Lin Leong, a long serving Master Gardener, soon convinced them to take the Master Gardener training, and once that was complete, they jumped in with dedication as well as ideas and energy. But John and Laura were surprised to find a limited selection of native plants here at the local nurseries.. Coincidentally, a few years ago, in 2014, a regional the effort to educate people about the importance of native plants began in earnest and has increased local awareness tremendously. succeeded. The Westermeiers joined this effort and worked closely with the George Washington Regional Commission and a coalition of organizations to help publish “Plant Central Rappahannock Natives,” published in 2017. It’s a beautiful booklet


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Thanks for the Memories! And the 90 fabulous years together FXBG!

We appreciate your support & friendship ~Andy Lynn & the Roxbury Family with pictures and descriptions, and can be viewed and downloaded from the web at: www.plantvirginianatives.org. Roxbury Farm and Garden Center and others have responded by increasing their native plant offerings. Their careers and work experience are impressive and gave them extensive knowledge of the ecology and habitats of southwest California. John was a wildlife biologist, studying and managing large areas of the desert, coastal, and mountainous regions. Laura focused on Botany and the plants of the chaparral habitat in particular. Laura was the Science Co-Ordinator for the Santa Ana District schools. Their work grounded them with the understanding that native plants are critical to maintaining the local habitat. In our Master Gardener organization, they lead by example. Laura has been our Education Chair, recruiting speakers for our general meetings (open to the public at different libraries), and John, as President, oversees a long list of activities and volunteer efforts. Their weekly (April 27 through September 14) dedication to the Hurkamp Park Plant Clinic is just one example. They also volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Smart Green Lawn Extension’sour program where they meet with the homeowner to do a specific assessment of that person’s lawn. John and Laura were also rewarded in their efforts to recruit a large team of Master Gardeners who came with shovels and strong backs to help establish the Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Cedell Brooks Jr. Park in King George, VA last Fall. Thank you, John and Laura! Your dedication motivates and inspires us to do as you do.

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On the Trails support your locals & follow your heart By Kevin Brown

“Morning on George Street”, Wayne Butler We have a lot of impressive photographers “On the Fredericksburg VA Trails” Facebook page, so when this young man showed up and stood out among the rest, I knew I was witnessing a special talent. Let’s find out more about photographer Wayne Butler. Wayne: “I'm a proud Fredericksburg Native, one of the last babies to be born in the Old Mary Washington Hospital in September 1993. I was raised on my family's farm just

across the Rappahannock river in Stafford County, and I am related to familiar local names such as Butler, Shelton, Snellings, and Berry. This town has made me who I am from the time that I St. attended pre-school at George's Church , to my Business studies at the University of Mary Washington. I am very blessed to have been raised in this amazing community,

Art and nature have always been a major part of my life, so for me, photography is the perfect form of expression and creativity. I've always considered myself artistic and love to paint and draw, but once I got my hands on my first quality camera and lens, it was like someone provided the key that allowed me to unlock so much more of my creativity as an artist. It's the best way for me to express myself, connect with people, and bring focus to the beauty of the world and life itself. But my favorite thing about photography is how unique

it is to the artist. When you imagine a thought or composition, you know that nobody else can produce it from that perspective quite like your own. That is a very powerful and attractive thing to me. For equipment, I currently use a Nikon D850 with a Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 lens. As for my process, I am super organic when it comes to taking photographs. Most of my shots are gut instincts, being at the right place and the right time, or pursuing ideas I have formulated or borrowed from other people who have inspired me. Paying attention to detail in the natural world around me allows for quick reactions and seizing the moment when inspiration calls! There is beauty all around us and for me, it’s only a matter of time until that inspiration presents itself visually in one form or another, and then it’s my responsibility to take action on that creative impulse and bring it to life. Where will photography take me in the future? I hope photography takes

me to places I’ve always dreamed of seeing, to beautiful destinations, and on many adventures. I want to travel all around the world and then right back here to Fredericksburg where it all started. I am excited to grow professionally, to see what opportunities present themselves going forward, and to meet and collaborate with amazing people. I want to shed light on preserving our beautiful planet and have a truly positive impact on the world. I absolutely love what I am doing, so in the meantime I’ll be having a blast out here, working hard and keepin' it real. =]” I asked Wayne for some final thoughts to share with our readers, and he simply replied “Support your locals and follow your heart!” Now that sounds like good advice to me! To see and learn more about Wayne and his photography, check out www.shotsbybutler.com. .Kevin Brown is the administrator of the "On the Fredericksburg Va Trails"

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Everything Greens still bringing change By troy coghill

Sugar Beat was blasting out a cool set on the stage, the parking lot was full of people of all ages and descriptions, there was a wishing well, a swimming pool, inflatable bouncy thing for the kids, yard tools, baked goods, a deviled egg competition, plant sale, and just about something for everybody at this event called the Fork It Over Festival--a fundraiser for Downtown Greens. It was in May of 2002 that I attended my first Fork It Over. Since then, I have made it an annual tradition. Things have changed a little since then, but the spirit of the festival has remained true. This made me curious as to how it all came about in the first place. To find out, I contacted Laura Shepherd and Lisa Biever two of the original four board members and cofounders of Downtown Greens. Eric Olsen and Mark Jacobson were the other two original board members. The very first Fork It Over Festival was held in May of 1998 because the newly formed Downtown Greens was in need of “things” and “money.” You can’t get much digging done without a shovel and you can’t keep the lights on

without money. For the first five years the festival was held at Orbits which is now the Colonial Tavern Home of the Irish Brigade. Long before the days of social media, they posted a large “wish list" on the concrete wall near the railroad tracks by the then Orbits, plastered the town with posters, handed out flyers, and the best of all was word of mouth. Lisa said that Laura was the best at telling everybody she came in contact with about the upcoming event and the things the garden needed, and the people would show up. The list had things like a lawn mower, someone to mow the lawn, tools, money, etc. In its sixth year, Eric Olsen suggested moving the festival location to the newly purchased upper garden, so people could see what the Fork It Over was supporting. According to Laura and Lisa, the name of the festival originates from a double meaning: To prevent creeping grass, and to preserve the integrity of the soil, Laura would use a gardening fork to loosen the soil or “fork it over,” meticulously weeding out the creeping grass; then she’d mulch and plant the bed. On the more obvious to the fundraising

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aspect of the event, people who were so inclined could “fork over” their money to help the mission of the non-profit organization. Because, as Laura so aptly pointed out, “we needed their money.” The board of directors debated over whether the name was too audacious, or offensive, but concluded it was too good not to use. It has stood the test of time. “Bring Change” is another slogan of the event, for which I have always found clever and profound in its simplicity and its implication. Bring your change-pennies, nickels, quarters--and throw it in the wishing well; bring change to the world by starting in your neighborhood. By bringing together a diverse crowd of people the possibilities begin to become evident. Conversations lead to friendships. The world in which we live becomes smaller and richer. People brought together by wanting to make the world a more beautiful place. What could be a more lovely wish? The festival still maintains its original spirit. Keeping true to its legacy, the wishing well, the mulch bag kiddie

pool, garden rummage sale, live music, silent auction, but most importantly the friendship, volunteerism, and community are still alive and thriving there. On May 18, 2019, the 21st annual Fork It Over Festival will be held in the upper garden at Downtown Greens located at the intersection of Princess Anne and Dixon streets. Be a part of the community: become a volunteer for the event, bring us your garden rummage or plants/bulbs/starts, become a sponsor, donate goods for the silent auction, bring a snack for our snack table, but most of all come join in the fun and enjoy yourself in a beautiful environment with some good people. Email us at downtowngreens@gmail.com. Troy Coghill is a longtime volunteer and humble servant of Downtown Greens Fork it Over Festival May 18, 1-4 4pm Upper Garden @ Downtown Greens


urban, organically grown fxbg's hidden farm gems By cecelia kirkman

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Did you know that right here in the city there are farms growing using USDA organic methods? These growers are Certified Naturally grown (CNG) producers, an alternative certification program for small scale farms using organic method. CNG has distinct standards for produce, apiaries, livestock, aquaponics and mushrooms. Green Thumb Growers and Thumbs Up Bees, led by Tom Miller (left), currently leases land on Elm, Charlotte

and Barton streets for crop production. At Green Thumb Growers, human labor replaces the use of machines, pesticides and fungicides. You may have even seen Tom Miller delivering produce with his bicycle cart. Hand cultivation is the primary tillage system. Cover crops and hand weeding are used to control weeds. Hand picking is also used to control pests, as are crop timing and beneficial attractants. Fun fact about Green Thumb Growers: Crops are fertilized, in part, with manure from llamas in Stafford County. Produce from Green Thumb Growers is available exclusively through FACSAP--the Fredericksburg Area Community Supported Agricultural Project www.fredericksburgcsa.com. Green Thumb Growers also helped to launch the next generation of urban farmers. For years, Green Thumb Growers leased garden space on Dixon St from Downtown Greens for CNG crops. In 2017, Green Thumb Growers turned over cultivation of the garden to Downtown Greens. That garden is now part of Downtown Green’s Youth Farm Program (http://downtowngreens.org). Youth Farm Program The operates on 2.5 acres owned by Downtown Greens. It consists of weekly after school meetings from April-October. Young farmers receive a healthy snack and engage in non-traditional learning that

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includes gardening (weeding, watering, planting, harvesting), nature craft, and environmental literacy. Once a month, participants plan and prepare a community meal under the direction of a guest chef.

The Youth Farmer Program follows in the footsteps of Green Thumb Growers, utilizing labor intensive gardening techniques to produce CNG crops. They have developed a specialized expertise at growing hot peppers and lemon grass. Produce from the Youth Farmer Program is available at Fredericksburg Farmer's Market on the first Saturday of the month, at select supporting restaurants in Fredericksburg, and from FACSAP. You probably have never seen the gardens of the third CNG farmer in Fredericksburg. That’s because Terra Stone Greens LLC’s (below) crops are grown entirely indoors in vertical gardens. Joe and Caroline Nicotera, residents of Fredericksburg since 1992, began growing microgreens and wheat grass in 2015. They began selling to restaurants and the public in 2018, and became CNG certified in 2019.

Terra Stone Greens LLC grows it’s crops in 10x20” trays on shelves vertically. They are grown on a medium of organic soil and peat moss. LED lighting, fans, dehumidifiers and heaters are used to control the growing environment. The spread of pathogens is kept down by onetime use of soil, and sterilizing each tray with hydrogen peroxide and bleach water. After the crop is harvested, the growing medium is composted. Microgreens are fast growers. This gives Terra Stone Greens LLC the ability to have three harvests per month. Terra Stone Greens LLC sells directly to customers and restaurants. They also carry organic seeds and grow kits for people interested in growing their own microgreens. Products for sale can be found on their website at www.terrastoneorganics.com. Cecelia Kirkman is a volunteer with the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project (FACSAP). FXBG’s oldest Community Supported Agriculture program.

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ArtsLIVE! immerse yourself in music By rebecca danello ArtsLIVE! is proud to present the internationally acclaimed Muir String Quartet and five other world-renowned musicians in its annual Chamber Music Festival on May 14, 16, and 17, 2019. Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia, will welcome audiences at 7 pm on each night to thrill to the strains of Shostakovich, Hindemith, Piazzolla, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Bach, and Rossinni. As ArtsLIVE! enjoys its 32nd year as the oldest continuously operating performing arts nonprofit organization in the Fredericksburg region, this concert series will be special. Under the direction of Mike Reynolds, director of the Chamber Music Orchestra and founding cellist of the Muir Quartet of Boston, a program representing a rich variety of artists and classical music will entertain all ages. From the beginning, ArtsLIVE! has insisted on excellence in programming. Our annual Chamber Music Festival began with the Muir Quartet, a first-of-its kind event with world-renowned musicians, and 32


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years later the Festival has become a much touted and anticipated week of classical music. Not only will professional musicians play with credentials that include international awards and recordings, winners of the ArtsLIVE! Young Adult Competition will reprise their winning performance pieces from the winter finals. Local students, Noelle Fiegl, Corinne Sedelmayer, Abigail Henrickson, and Abigail Leidy will introduce each night’s program. Tickets may be purchased at the ArtsLIVE! office (540-374-5040), online at artsLIVEva.org, or at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center and the William Mason II Violin Shop. The event is underwritten in part by several local banks, Maureen and Clinton Jones, and some other local patrons of the arts who are passionate about bringing this extraordinary musicianship to the Fredericksburg region. This concert benefits ArtsLIVE! outreach programs to students, senior citizens, and the next generation of

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musicians and performers within our community. Our youngest patrons participate in our VA Opera program. This year ArtsLIVE! brought Jack and the Beanstalk, an operetta based on the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, to approximately 5,500 elementary school children in 16 public and private schools throughout the region. The Young Artist Competition targets middle and high school-aged students and is held annually for aspiring students of classical instruments and voice providing them an opportunity to display their talents and be rewarded with cash prizes. Finally, our Arts in Motion program reaches another segment of our community bringing music and entertainment to seniors in assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and

senior organizations, as well as underserved residents in hospitals and nursing homes. Our partnerships with Rappahannock POPS, Avery Ballet, The VOICES, and The Rude Mechanicals extend this community outreach. You don’t have to be an aficionado of classical music to be moved by the stories told by the instruments. So step into the sublime and immerse yourself in the beauty of the music! Additional information on the Chamber Music Festival and membership in ArtsLIVE! is available at www.artsLIVEva.org.

Rebecca Danello is a member of the Board of Directors for ArtsLIVE!

“I Have A Friend” CHANGING SEASONS By Laurie Black

In the Fredericksburg area you can enjoy four distinct seasons. Each season has its own colors, smells, and flavors. Each season has its own activities and entertainments. However, as seasons change, there are also inherent challenges and transitions. At the Senior Visitors Program, it seems we are forever transitioning with the changing seasons of our clients and volunteers. Teresa Bowers, the Senior Visitors Program Director, states, "Our volunteers come from all ages and stages in life. We welcome adults, including retirees, couples, and families as volunteers. Volunteers are asked to visit one hour per week and are asked to make a 6-month commitment to the program. Volunteer hours are flexible and matches are made based on time availability, geographic proximity, and common interests or background." However, circumstances sometimes change for the volunteer or the senior. A senior may move to be closer to family or have a change in their health that requires daily assistance. A volunteer may take a new job, graduate, or move to a new area. Though it can be a challenge to keep up with the ever-changing needs and situations of our volunteers and seniors, we are so grateful for those dedicated volunteers who continue to find creative ways to contribute. The Senior Visitors Program consists of so much more than a weekly visit. Many things happen behind the scenes to help seniors in our community. For example, one volunteer, Arden, was an active retiree who gave many hours visiting other seniors. When

her own health began to decline, she did not give up volunteering. She helped program staff with small projects. She distributed Senior Visitors postcards to local businesses to help raise awareness of the program. She also crocheted items to donate to our annual fundraisers such as the silent auction at the annual Walk for Mental Wellness. Later, Arden transitioned to being one of our senior clients, and is now receiving weekly visits from a volunteer. Volunteer, Judy Schiebe, joined the Senior Visitors Program a couple of years after she retired as the Fredericksburg Branch Office Coordinator of the Alzheimer's Association. Judy said, "I knew Teresa Bowers for many years and remember when she became the director for the Senior Visitors Program. Teresa has a passion for helping seniors. I felt this program would be a great way to stay connected and serve the community." For over five years, Judy faithfully visited a senior friend. When her senior friend passed away, Judy began helping office staff send birthday cards to seniors while she waits to be matched with a new senior. Birthday cards, get well wishes, and thinking of you cards are another way the Senior Visitors Program staff stay connected to seniors and bring them a little cheer. Another volunteer, Shirley Wulff, visited with four different seniors over three years of active volunteering. When her schedule changed and she was no longer able to make regular visits, she wanted to continue to support the Senior Visitors Program in any way she could. She most recently used her artistic talents to create beautiful hand drawn note cards and donated those cards to the upcoming silent auction at the Walk for Mental Wellness, May 4, 2019 at Maury Park. Shirley said, "I hope my cards will brighten someone's day. I hope I might inspire someone else to serve in whatever way they can."

Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program

To learn more, call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2 2704 or visit our website at mhafred.org. Refer a senior or sign up to be a volunteer! The Senior Visitors Program is a free community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Walk for Mental Wellness May 4, Maury Park

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Art of Recovery exhibit breaks stigma By Amy umble

Nearly one in five American adults live with mental illness-and each one has a deeply personal, unique path to recovery. Each year, the Art of Recovery exhibit allows a glimpse of what mental illness and recovery look like. The pieces range from serene, bucolic landscapes to dark, tormented portraits. Artists use a wide array of media and techniques to depict their very intimate journeys. Each year, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board sponsors the exhibit, which offers a testament to the power of creativity and expression. "Kenmore Club, a mental health program under the RACSB, organizes the annual Art of Recovery," said Amy Rippy, Kenmore Club coordinator. "The Art of Recovery, now in its 15th year, provides an opportunity for individuals living with mental health challenges to combat stigma and align with the community in promoting recovery. Artists from across the state participate in the annual art show. RACSB is fortunate to benefit from


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statewide participation and the exceptional partnership of Gabe and Scarlet Pons." The Pons own the PONSHOP Studio and Gallery on Caroline Street, which has hosted the event since 2011. "There's a certain degree of bravery and vulnerability that comes with creativity," Gabe Pons said. "Bravery in the sense that one has to venture into the unknown and uncharted territory when working on piece-a challenge that will force an artist be confronted with their own aptitude as well as the limits of the materials. Vulnerability arises when the work is complete and presented in the public realm. This is the eighth year that PONSHOP has hosted The Art of Recovery exhibit and we applaud the participating artists for their willingness to share their artistic journey with the public and look forward to their voices being heard." Artists have praised the show for providing them with a venue for expression and for helping them to educate the community about mental illness. One artist said he was contemplating suicide, but the exhibit gave him a goal to work toward. Each story is unique, and each work is different, but they all share one thing in common: A spark of hope and an illustration of resiliency. This year, the Art of Recovery will be on display from May 3-27. The Opening reception May 3, from 5-9 p.m. PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is at 712 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg More online at rappahannockareacsb.org. Amy Umble is the Communications Coordinator for Rappahannock Area Community Services Board

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The Old Farmer's Almanac promises me (within a 30% probability) that the last Spring frost date is April 30th - so welcome, May! My azaleas are a riot of color, the mounds of proud irises take their name from the Greek word for rainbow, or Iris, goddess of the rainbow. Wood hyacinths lay a lush purple carpet over a bed of periwinkles, and in the deep shade of a woodland garden, along with unfurling ferns, are a mass of beloved Virginia bluebells with their nodding clusters of sky blue flowers. In the deep woods at the farm, Virginia wildflowers are

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beginning their annual show - and how I wish I'd paid more attention to my elders as they foraged along the banks of the branch for peppery wild watercress, or under ash and oak trees where morels spring from the humid loamy soil. Even the dandelions we curse as lawn weeds are actually related to sunflowers and are one of the first foods blooming for honeybees in the spring - the tender green leaves make a delicious, albeit peppery and pleasingly bitter salad. Paired with bacon, nuts and goat cheese, drizzled with a lemony dressing, you may find yourself harvesting leaves from this accidental variety - please avoid weed spray and pets. I usually leave a few in my raised bed garden until the leaves harden and become very bitter. I doubt very many of us today could successfully forage for our suppers, except maybe at the Farmer's Market! Asparagus, sweet peas, spinach and so many types of greens, beets, radishes, spring onions - a virtual cornucopia of deliciousness. If you have a warm, southfacing window, you can have a fresh taste of spring and summer all year round. Take a well-drained clay pot, fill with potting mix and a pelletized fertilizer and either transplant herbs or follow planting directions for seeds. Keep away from your kitties! Then, after spring arrives, and after hardening them outside for a week or so, plant back in your herb garden. I usually let some go to seed and save for planting in the fall - I won't go in to detail, but some seeds need a time of refrigeration, others started in damp paper towels. Check online or with your local Extension Office. They know all!) I'm hoping the garden won't suffer through rain like we had last year I think every mold, mildew and fungus visited not only my garden edibles, but I lost 26 English boxwoods, seemingly overnight. And no, I can't replace them in the same spot. Sigh. Everything is looking green and vigorous right now - lots of salads on the menu - but the subtropical lemon also takes top billing. I buy them by the bag and if I'm just using the juice, I finely grate them and freeze the zest for flavoring other dishes - I also do this when navel oranges are in season. And a great hint - have you ever tried to juice a recalcitrant, cold lemon? Seems like it gives up maybe a teaspoon of juice. Pierce once or twice, then microwave whole lemon for 30 seconds. Cut in half and squeeze - you'll be amazed!

MAY DAY LEMON VINIAIGRETTE Mix 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, one teaspoon whole grain mustard, ½ teaspoon finely minced tarragon or fresh dill, salt and cracked black pepper and 6 tablespoons fruity olive oil. Will dress about four-six servings of greens. GRILLED SPATCHCOCK LEMON CHICKEN Mix together salt, pepper, granulated garlic, dried thyme, turmeric and white pepper with enough olive oil to make it spreadable. Using poultry shears, cut out the backbone of a fryer chicken (oven stuffers, or chickens over about five pounds take much longer to cook). Spread the mixture all over the chicken and place in oven roaster, flat with breast side up. Place some fresh herbs - thyme, parsley, cilantro, whatever you have on hand - on the chicken, then cover with parchment paper and a large cast iron skillet on top of the chicken to flatten it. Add bricks or other heavy cast iron to the pan and either roast it in the oven at 425F or on the grill until the internal temperature is 165F. Remove it from the roaster and place on serving platter - squeeze the juice of one lemon over the chicken. Juicy, flavorful, and a source of conversation! CRAZY EASY LEMON CURD I love lemon curd, but never enjoyed the endless time stirring it in a double boiler. I don't remember where I found this recipe, but I whip it up all of the time. Delicious made as the base for LEMON LAVENDER NAPOLEONS, or LEMON CURD AND SCONES FOR TEA. For the Napoleons, cut defrosted puff pastry dough into 6"x2" rectangles (three per serving), brush with egg wash, sprinkle with crystal sugar and bake at 425F until golden brown. Spread chilled curd between each of two layers, topping with fresh raspberries and sprinkling with (washed and dried) lavender flowers, leaving the top plain. Serve with sweetened whipped cream, also sprinkled with lavender. LEMON CURD Mix together two tablespoons grated lemon zest with one cup fresh squeezed lemon juice and set aside. Beat one-half cup softened butter with two cups sugar, then beat in four eggs, one at a time until well blended. Gradually add the lemon and zest - the mixture may appear a bit curdled, but don't worry. Pour into two-quart glass bowl. Microwave on HI for five minutes, stirring each minute. Mixture should be thick and coat a spoon. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. Will keep a week if kept refrigerated. Vanessa serves up yummy recipes for all seasons

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Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet Sunday, May 12, 9:30am ~ 2pm

feel like you're on the islands By M.L. Powers

I have once again had the pleasure of writing about a new food spot in town. Pimenta which is located on the North side of Caroline Street opened their doors to a warm welcome in Fredericksburg. Their specialty is Jamaican food, prepared fresh with recipes that Ray Simmond, the owner has perfected from years of cooking with his mom who is from Jamaica. The eatery is run by Ray, his wife Jacqueline, and Simone. daughter Simone handles marketing, and was in charge of the interior design which is minimalist but comfortable. When you walk in the front door, you face a small bar that is lined with Jamaican fruit juices and a variety of rums used in some island specialties. The side wall is decorated with photographs that would tempt even the most hesitant of travelers. Having never had the pleasure of visiting the islands, these beautiful photos remind me that there is a still a bit more traveling to do! Though at first glance the storefront looks small and unassuming, there is a lot of space behind the deceiving facade. They have the capacity to seat 55 people in the actual restaurant area, but additionally there is a small cafe attached that serves Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and an assortment of tropical ice creams. Behind the cafe area, they are still working on an event space which will bring total capacity to 165 people. There is already a stage and the beginning of a long bar where different events can be held. Reggae night is not too far in the future. I did have a meal there on a busy


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Friday night. For just recently opening, the restaurant was busy, but running very smoothly. I tried a Jerk Chicken dish which was flavorful, and not too spicy. For heat lovers, there are some spicier dishes. The jerk was an interesting flavor that I am not familiar with, so when I spoke with Ray, I asked him about the method. He explained that there are three main ingredients - allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, and scallions. There are many variations, but these are the three key components. Then the meats are smoked for an indeterminate amount of time. We also tried the jerk wings which we enjoyed, and are not too spicy. Quite different from Buffalo wings. One item which they had run out of was Coco bread. At first, I was picturing chocolate, but this slightly sweet bread is made with coconut milk and traditionally compliments the beef patty. Hope to try it next time! During the conversation, Ray talked about the diversity of Jamaica. Actually, it was a mini history lesson where he talked about the different countries that colonized the island. The food has influences from China, India, Spain and England, who at different time inhabited the island. Ray wears a baseball hat with the countries flag and the logo “Out of Many, We are One”. This could be a world logo. The Front Porch hopes that Pimenta has found a good home in our diverse community. Check them out at 1108 and 1110 Caroline St. and at pimentaeats.com.

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Sangria is a classic wine cocktail that is fruity, festive and fun. It is usually made from a combination of red or white wine, fruit juice, sliced or muddled fruit and sugar. There are hundreds of recipes for this cocktail, some of which call for added brandy or other liqueur and/or added sparkling water. The origins of sangria date back over 2,000 years ago when the Romans traveled through the Iberian Peninsula and planted vineyards along the way. Water was not always safe for consumption, so it was commonplace to add alcohol to water in order to kill off any bacteria. The name sangria is believed to be derived from the word sangre or blood referring to the deep dark color of the wine that was blended with water, fruit, herbs and spices. Sangria was first introduced to the Americas in the 1800s, but it gained its notoriety when it was served in the Spanish pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The term sangria received a legal definition in the European Union in 1991 as: “a drink obtained from wine, aromatized with the addition of natural citrus-fruit extracts or essences, with or without the juice of such fruit and with the possible addition of spices, sweetened and with CO2 added, having an acquired alcoholic strength by volume of less than 12 % vol. The drink may contain solid particles of citrus-fruit pulp or peel and its colour must come exclusively from the raw materials used. The description ‘Sangria’ must be accompanied by the words ‘produced in . . .’ followed by the name of the Member State of production or of a more restricted region except where the product is produced in Spain or

Portugal. The description ‘Sangria’ may replace the description ‘aromatized winebased drink’ only where the drink is manufactured in Spain or Portugal.” In the United States, the term sangria is not a restricted term. At City Vino, we are featuring the De La Costa Sangria from the Glunz Family Winery in Paso Robles, California. The sangria is premade and bottled for your convenience (no fruit slicing required). At 11% alcohol, the wine is light and refreshing with flavors of cherry and fresh berries with a dash of citrus for that extra zing. Serve well chilled.

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

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CALEND may 2019‌ National Pet Month, National Preservation Month Wednesday, May1

Rachael Carroll, "Chaotic Caldera", CRRL, Howell Branch,Exhibit May1-31 St. James Spring Open House, 1300 Charles st., 14p. Open thru May 4th. 1300 Charles St. open to the public for tours Visitors can tour the St. James' House to see its beautiful collection of antiques and decorative arts. Admission Food Co-op Happy Hour. join us for "Muffin Madness 6-8 pm, Adventure Brewing,33 Perchwood Dr Unit 101, . fredericksburgfoodcoop.com Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage

Thursday, May 2

Heritage Museum Speaker Series Jarod Kearney, Assis Director/ Curator of James Monroe Museum. "Preserving Family Heirlooms." CRRL FXBG 10am Theater Room.

First Friday, May 3

Laurie Rose Griffin & Peter Mealy Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8-midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com VA High School State Theatre Champions 'The Stafford Players' present 'Peter and the Starcatcher' at SHS, The Adventures of an Orphan who Becomes Peter Pan (the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up) 63 Stafford Indians Lane, 7pm; 2 & 7pm "Plum Peachy, works by Joe Wilkinson, Artful Dimensions, 922 Caroline St Urban, Suburban & Rural Exhibit, FCCA, 813 Sophia St; Paul Tebo in Member's Gallery. O Medina Roberts, "DC-24 Hours" Brush Strokes Gallery, 824 Caroline St, opening reception, 6-9p Art of Recovery opening @ Ponshop, 712 Caroline ST Exhibit Breaks Stigma, Celebrates Role of Creativity in Recovery. Runs through May 27 Mother-Son Dance, Boys 4-12 years invited to take their moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters or beloved friends on a special Mother's Day date! in. Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St, 6:30-8:30

Saturday, May 4

Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park, 7am-2pm features 29 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh items Local artists and craftspeople share their handmade goods in the park at the Farmers Market 9am to 1pm. Hurkamp Park, Free admission, be sure to stop by on your way through the farmers market! Walk for Mental Wellness, Maury Park, 9-12:30p mhafred.org/walk.raise awareness about mental health and wellness in our community. together we will walk one million steps for mental wellness! 50th Garden Celebration, Mary Washington House, 12-4p period costumed volunteers and refreshments. an exhibit, the first of its kind, in the north wing of the museum. It will include photos, postcards, paintings and memorabilia of the garden from past to present. Admission Charles Washigton's Birthday & Lawn Games, Rising Sun Tavern, 12-4p Celebrate Charles Washington's Birthday with a tour of his home, lawn games in the garden, and cupcakes! Included with admission

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Tuesday, May 7

Picnic in the Park, Story Book Day w/DJ Gravattron, Hurkamp Park. FREE. . 11:30-1:30 "League of Earth's Angels Howell Library Room #3 at 7:30pm. women's circle focusing on women's issues & global warming prevention. https://520727.wixsite.com/leagueofearthsangels for more info. All women are welcome

Wednesday, May 8

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage

Friday, May 10

"Left Behind", Vicki Marckel, Artists' Alliance 100Taylor St, Suite 101, Colonial Beach, Opening Reception, 6-9p Dangerous Kitchen ) Live Music @LaPetite Auberge, 311 William St, 8-midnight. . No cover. lapetiteaubergefred.com

Annual Spring Pig Roast and Craft Show featuring local crafters & artisans. Meal includes pulled pork sandwich, 2 sides, dessert & drink for $10. Free admission 9A-2P at Aquia Episcopal Church, 2938 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA.

Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park, 7am-2pm features 29 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh items

Sunday, May 5th

Sunken Well Brunch 9a-2p Harness the energy of Spring's growth with tools from Eden Energy Medicine and other Energy Modalities that will balance and bring you in harmony with the season. from 1-3 pm at Unity of Fredericksburg, 3451 Jefferson Davis Hwy Energy Balancing for Spring with Christina Ferber

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Award winning Civil War author Michael Hardy will be presenting and signing copies of his release book, "General Lee's Immortals" at Chancellorsville Visitor Center., 11a-2p. info www.nps.gov/frsp Sunken Road Walking tour (35-minutes):easy walking tours of less than 0.5 miles, at 11:25, 1:25, 2:25; 3:25, Meets at the Battlefield Visitor Center

Sunken Road Walking tour (35-minutes):easy walking tours of less than 0.5 miles, at 11:25, 1:25, 2:25 and 3:25, Meets at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center

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The Center for Natural Capital Spring Barbecue Supper 5-8pm, Emmanuel Church Parish Hall, 28279 Rapidan Road, Rapidan VA 22733. Learn about plans for the Rapisan Mill restoration. Tour of mill, 5-6:30p (540)672-2542 Sunken Road Walking tour (35-minutes):easy walking tours of less than 0.5 miles, at 11:25, 1:25, 2:25 and 3:25, Meets at the FXBG Battlefield Mothers Day Tribute@Ellwood Manor. readings from letters written by Civil War soldiers to their mothers, wives, and grandmothers. 11a-2p

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Sunken Road Walking tour (35-minutes):easy walking tours of less than 0.5 miles, at 11:25, 1:25, 2:25; 3:25, Meets at FXBG Battlefield Visitor Ctr Spring Wellness Weekend at Unity of FXBG 3451 Jeff Davis Hwy, 1 - 5 pm for natural and holistic tips& tools to live your best life. Mini-class topics include Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning, Tools to practice Mindfulness, Natural Techniques to Boost Mood, and Energy Psychology (EFT). FREE t

Rappahannock Youth Symphony an afternoon of symphony, a spot of tea, a bit of food, & bid on an original work of art at our Painted Violin Auction! Tkts are $20 for Adults and FREE for Students aged 18 years and younger. Tickets available at the door Mountain View High School 2135 Mountain View Road, .3 - 6 pm (540) 603-1002

on the grounds of the historic structure Ellwood, which served as a hospital for Confederate casualties during the Battle of Chancellorsville and then one year later was the scene of Federal headquarters operations during the Battle of the Wilderness. 2p FREE Ellwood Manor

St. George's Chamber Music series, 3p. St. George Chamber Orchestra

National Park Service 24th annual Luminaria at Fredericksburg National Cemetery. The program runs from 8 p.m.to 11 p.m., and is free to the public. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Sunday, May 26th.

“A Night at the Speakeasy�. Find out who "Annie" was. Enjoy history & refreshments at a "secret" location. Come in your 1920's finery! You won't want to miss this party to benefit the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and CASA 6-9 pm. Tickets are $50. fredericksburgfoodcoop.com

Tuesday, May 21

Sunday, May 26

21st Annual Fork it Over Festival, 1-4pm, intersections of Dixon, Charles & Pr. Anne. Silent Auction, Live Music, Plant Sale, Rummage Sale. FREE

Eating for the Earth. Joy Crump, Executive Chef of Foode & Mercantile, shares the joy of spring vegetables five different ways. Bring a dish to share or make a contribution to The Table. 5:30-7:30 pm, St. George's Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg. fredericksburgfoodcoop.com

Rappahannock Pops concert "In Memoriam" 6pm. a variety of music to honor our servicemen and women. outdoors in front of Mary Washington Hospital FREE. Bring a lawn chair. Snacks will be available. info at www.rappahannockpops.org.

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage

Picnic in the Park, w/Island Gerry Maddox & Carnival Day, Hurkamp Park. FREE. 11:30-1:30

FXBG Area Service League 2nd annual Rock Lobster Bake at Strangeways Brewing 4-9pm. Admission is free lobster bake meal tickets are available through www.ticketor.com/faserviceleague. All proceeds will benefit FASL's signature programs and partnerships with community charities. Game On! 6th Annual Dinner/ Auction to benefit UMW Athletics .cocktails under the stars at 6PM. An open bar, DJ, Dinner and Silent Auction & live auction, all at the University Center's Chandler Ballroom. .

Sunday, May 19:

Sunken Well Brunch 9a-2p

Picnic in the Park, w/Laurie Rose Griffin & Peter Mealy & Animal Day, Hurkamp Park. FREE . 11:301:30

Wednesday, May 22

Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg for NPS Historian, Patrick Schroeder's presentation on " "Zouaves: America's Forgotten Soldiers." Social 6 pm. Dinner 6:45 pm. The program starts 7:30 pm Please make your reservations for our November 14th meeting by Friday, May 17, 2019, either by phone (540) 361-2105 or email dinner@cwrtf.org. Late reservations can usually be accepted, but it can present difficulties in food preparation.

Sunken Road Walking tour (35-minutes):easy walking tours of less than 0.5 miles, at 11:25, 1:25, 2:25; 3:25, Meets at FXBG Battlefield Visitor Ctr

Saturday, May 25

Spring Wellness Weekend at Unity of FXBG 3451 Jeff Davis Hwy, 1-3 pm for an Herbal Medicine Workshop based on the medicinal properties of the weeds in your own backyard as we conclude this Spring Wellness Weekend filled with natural and holistic tips and tools to live your best life. All events are FREE

Sunken Road Walking tour (35-minutes):easy walking tours of less than 0.5 miles, at 11:25, 1:25, 2:25; 3:25, Meets at FXBG Battlefield Visitor Ctr

Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park, 7am-2pm features 29 vendors selling a wide variety of fresh items

Please join as we honor those Civil War soldiers who gave their lives on the Chancellorsville and Wilderness Battlefields. The program will be held

Sunken Road Walking tour (35-minutes):easy walking tours of less than 0.5 miles, at 11:25, 1:25, 2:25; 3:25, Meets at FXBG Battlefield Visitor Ctr

Monday, May 27 Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28

Wednesday, May 29

Grocery Story Book Tour with author Jon Steinman. Presenting "The Promise of Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants." The Fredericksburg Food Co-op will be a different kind of grocery store -- learn more! 7-8:30 pm, CRRL 1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg. fredericksburgfoodcoop.com Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage

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RAILS TO TRAILS By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks

While recently walking the Fredericksburg VCR trail when I was stopped and congratulated for the idea of building such a beautiful trail system, with all the hard work of the project that consisted of the land fill in the lowlying areas and the long straight stretches on the trail. I immediately advised the happy resident that the VCR trail was not my idea alone, however, I supported it in the early planning stages in the 1980’s and the 1996 Comprehensive Plan as a member of City Council. It would be years later with the involvement of many private and public individuals that the trails were built and still not completed. The City of Fredericksburg started the project well over a hundred and seventy-five years ago in 1840’s as Virginia Central Railroad. We can only imagine the physical labor that went into this project that was void of having heavy earth moving equipment, only shovels and horse drawn wagons, as we walk, run or bike it today. I knew the trail well as I searched for civil war relics on it as a young boy. Whenever I walk the VCR trail that starts near the Railroad station with a beautiful iron facsimile of a steam engine front, the trail continues across the Blue Gray Parkway towards Route 1 and beyond, RAILS TO TRAILS is in my mind. It was March 1853 when the Fredericksburg Gordonsville Railroad Company was incorporated with the same idea of a railroad between the Town of Fredericksburg and the Town of Orange to the west. Previously in the 1840’s the Virginia Central Railway had constructed a small gauge (width of rails) railway towards the town of Orange. The project was never completed due to economic and the advent of the Civil War. The railroad was in disrepair at the time of the Civil War and was not operating. The rail line was used as a road by both the Southern and Northern armies during the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Wilderness. The Fredericksburg Gordonsville Railroad Company struggled along slowly with the building of the railroad after the Civil War, in 1872 sold the line for $10,000.00. The new company was named the Fredericksburg, Orange and Charlottesville Railroad . This new company would not last long as the City Council became concerned about the financial stability of the company and changed the name in 1874 to Potomac, Fredericksburg and Piedmont Railroad. The company was controlled by the Royal Land Company, which completed the work in 1877. The line continued to experience financial problems and it was sold to L. H Richards from Philadelphia who also had financial problems until the year 1924 when the State Corporation Commission ordered the company dissolved. Strangely Mr. Richards sold the line at auction to Gordon Richards for $70,000.00. Gordon Richards also from Philadelphia planned to scrap the line for the iron value of the rails. A group of local businessmen purchased the company from Gordon Richards, and it continued to operate as the last narrow-gauge rail in Virginia. In 1926 the controlling stock was sold to Langbourne Williams who converted the narrow track to the standard gauge that all standard trains could run on. In November 1926 the new rail line operated under the name of Virginia Central Railway as it was called when it was originally built. Mr. Williams died in 1931 and left the stock to his sons. The train made it final run on January 1, 1938, all the rails were removed and sold. One mile of the track remained in the city and the brothers operated it up until 1967, as it continued to serve many businesses in the Fredericksburg Industrial Park. On June 23, 1967 the City of Fredericksburg acquired all the stock of the Virginia Central Railways as a gift from L. M. Williams, Jr. in honor of his father Langbourne Williams, Sr. Mayor Arthur The city operated the railroad for eight years with the Vice-M Smith as its president. In August 1975 the City gave all its Virginia Central Railway stock to Railvest, Incorporated. The tracks and ties were included as an asset of the VCR. The City retained its ownership of all the real estate, which is the reason we have this beautiful historic 2.7-mile trail today with plans for continued expansion and improvements. In Memory: Bruce Day, Doug Quarles & Ronnie Bell Tuffy is the Front Porch resident FXBG historian


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OUR HERITAGE battle of the silversmith house By Wendy Migdal Soon after the Revolutionary War, a small one-and-a-half story wooden house was built on Sophia Street. Its address would not become 813 until years later. It rested on a shelf of shale by the river and had two levels of basements. Other than that, it was not remarkable for its time. In about 1786, James Brown and his bustling family—a wife and six children—moved in. Brown was a jeweler and a silversmith, and his occupation gave the house the name it is known by today. The showroom and counting rooms were downstairs, and the family was crowded together in the half-story upstairs. Customers entered on George Street, which, at that time, continued all the way to the river. The house passed through several generations of Brown's descendants. The entrance was moved to Sophia Street, and interior stairs were added to reach the basement. Little else changed, even as another war came and went and shells flew overhead. However, by 1961, this ordinary late 18th century structure had become extraordinary. Everything around it had changed. Ironically, as one of the few surviving commercial buildings in Fredericksburg from the 1700s, it was to be sacrificed for commercial interests of the 20th century. Bought by the city, it was to be replaced by that bane of our society, the parking lot. Downtown merchants, concerned about growing business on Route 1, demanded more parking. Historic Fredericksburg, Inc. Historic Fredericksburg (now the Foundation, Inc. or HFFI) went into action, and a lengthy battle began. At first, HFFI considered a city suggestion to move the house. This idea was rejected because it would destroy a key aspect of the house's significance—its location. Then HFFI President Lillian Reed offered to buy it from the City Council. The town merchants resisted; they wanted their

parking lot. Other options were considered, such as modernizing the building to use as a shopping destination or making it into public restrooms. Fortunately, a better solution emerged. In February 1962, the City Council, feeling bound its promises to the merchants, ordered demolition of the house within 30 days. Offers began pouring in from people willing to dismantle the structure in exchange for the irreplaceable, hand-hewn materials. But the darkest hour is just before dawn. In April, HFFI notified the council that it had purchased another house at 1007 Sophia Street and would offer this to the city in a swap. The new location would provide 23 parking spaces versus the measly 5 offered by the Cole house. The house was saved, and HFFI won a major battle. The organization immediately leased (and later sold) the property to the Fredericksburg Gallery of Modern Art, now called the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Just as important, that February 1962 meeting resulted in the first discussion of a proposal that eventually became the Historic District Ordinance and marked a turning point in the city's attitude toward historic buildings. May is National Preservation Month. Take the time to celebrate our historic buildings, visit some of your favorite locations, and support organizations that protect Fredericksburg's historic character. Wendy Migdal is a volunteer for Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

What’s in a Lesson? stewardship & hope By jon gerlach The world watched in horror as towering flames engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last month. Constructed 850 years ago, in the 12th Century, Notre Dame Cathedral is one of

the world's finest icons of religious architecture. Thankfully, portions of the magnificent building including its twin bell towers were spared, as were some of the priceless artifacts in the church's collection that, ironically, had been removed to facilitate ongoing building restoration work prior to the fire. The Notre Dame Cathedral fire takes its place in a long series of stunning losses of cultural identity: from the burning of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt which, at the time of its destruction centuries ago, contained "all the written history of the world", to the loss of Brazil's National Museum by fire just last year. Such events should be a lesson for all of us: to cherish and protect the good things in the world - for ourselves, our children, grandchildren and all generations to come. It is also a lesson of hope. Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt, and no doubt beautifully restored. Architectural gems and the cultural treasures contained within their walls will survive the centuries because of love, and constant stewardship. Locally, St. George's Episcopal Church is a good example. A treasured gem of Romanesque Revival architecture, the church is an enduring landmark. Established as the St. George's Parish by the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1720, the original wood structure was built in the 1730s. Now gone, it was replaced by a brick building in 1815 at a cost of $11,000, which itself was replaced by today's magnificent church in 1849. The clock in the tower, installed in 1851, was soon damaged by fire and quickly

restored. Today the clock is maintained by the City of Fredericksburg. The present bell, third in the church's history, was cast in 1858. 1862 Battle of In the Fredericksburg the church somehow escaped serious damage, unlike many other buildings in town. However, parts of the communion set were looted during the Union occupation, and the final piece was returned in the 1930s thanks to dedicated public outreach. More recently, the 1754 Bible was restored, and a multi-million dollar fundraising drive preserved the church building. With generous grants from the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, exterior elements of the magnificent Tiffanysigned stained glass windows were repaired and protected. Starting next spring, the Parish celebrates its 300th anniversary. So ‌ what's in a Lesson? Here, a message of hope that no matter how fragile our collective history might be, it is resilient in the hands of good stewards. It takes money, dedication and hard work to hand-off our cultural treasures to future generations, but there is no question of its value, for without history to guide and comfort us, we are a people adrift.

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach chairs the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg. Notre Dame Cathedral photo by Jon Gerlach

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There really is no place like home. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level". According to an AARP study, 90 percent of people age 65 and older prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. For some, home is the place where children were raised, while for others, it’s modifying a current residence or moving into a new place that is designed for changing needs that come with growing older. According to recent research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., what’s important is the freedom and independence that an older adult has in determining what “home” means to them, which may look different depending on the situation. Many seniors in the Home Instead study cite comfort, familiarity, and community as key emotional factors in wanting to age in place. Fifty-four percent say they would be heartbroken if they could no longer live at home. However, only two-thirds of those wishing to remain in their current home have thought about age-friendly modifications, and half of those have taken no action to ensure that they will be able to live in their home as they age. Home danger zones include: bathrooms (tubs, showers, and toilets), thresholds, stairs, floors (slick floors, throw rugs without non-skid backing), and inadequate lighting. Dan Bawden, founder of the national Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) program for the National Association of Home Builders said many fixes are affordable and can be done for a fraction of the cost of an entire home remodel. All American Mobility of Fredericksburg has CAPS staff who can help determine what modifications are needed. They will provide a free in-home assessment of


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needs, provide installation, and service products. A growing number of older adults who wish to age at home are selecting a new home in which to live. Eighty-five percent of these seniors have taken the time to consider what age-friendly features they will want in their new home. The most often cited features are: single floor living, easy and low-cost maintenance, safe location, proximity to familiar places, and accessibility for those with mobility challenges. Loneliness, isolation, and health were also concerns impacting their decision on where to live while aging. Today’s seniors have plenty of options for aging in style. If living in their own home was no longer an option, 40 percent of those surveyed say they would choose to live in an independent senior living community and 27 percent would choose to live in a relative’s home. Other options depending on care needs are: continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, dedicated memory care facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. While many seniors have considered how their needs will change with age, only one in four has a specific plan for where they will live as they age, primarily because they are unwilling to admit the need for assistance. Admitting the need for assistance earlier rather than later and advanced planning (modified as conditions change) could mean more freedom for seniors when deciding where to age in place. Check out the website www.HomeYourOwnWay.com for free articles, resources, and videos to help with your planning. 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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What if I told you that there was a quick and easy way to process and release some of your emotional issues? You would probably think what I thought at first- that I had finally gone off the deep end. Well, believe it or not, there is a technique that is gaining more and more ground in the psychological field called Energy Psychology, or as it is better known, The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Developed by Gary Craig in 1995, it involves tapping on acupressure points with your fingertips while working through an emotional issue. It can often help to process the emotional response to the issue and lessen its impact. Quite a few studies have shown that EFT can reduce the body’s physical response to the emotion such as releasing less cortisol, and increase positive emotions such as hope and enjoyment. It has been shown to help with anxiety, depression, pain, phobias, weight loss, and PTSD just to name a few issues that many of us deal with daily. The buzz around it has also helped to create a movie,” The Tapping Solution,” and an annual Tapping Summit. There are a few different ways that it is taught, but no matter what way you choose to use, the intention behind it is that as you tap through the points, your feelings behind the issue will change and so will your emotional response. I use this technique often to tone down reactions that I may have, and even start my day with a tapping sequence that affirms I will have a great day. The process is fairly simple, and the following explanation includes the acupoints that I use to tap through. The first step is to rate your specific issue from 1-10, with 10 receiving the highest emotional charge. Then you start tapping on what is called the Karate Chop point on the side of your hand (see diagram for all of the points) as you say,” Even though I have (this issue), I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” Repeat this phrase three times as you tap on that point. Next, you tap through a series of points as you think about the problem or say words to describe the issue and your feelings about it. Start at the Inside of your Eyebrow and move though the following points: Side of the Eye, Under the Eye, Under the Nose, Chin, Beginning of the Collarbone, Under the Arm, and finally the Top of Head. Some methods have you tap the sides of the outside of the thighs instead of the top of the head, while others have you tap through the fingers. After one round, reevaluate your rating of the problem, and continue the process until the problem causes little or no discomfort.

EFT is a quick and easy way to work through simple issues, but please do not use it as a substitute for more complex issues where you may need a qualified therapist. If you have a hard time imagining what the script should sound like, there are many scripts and tapalong videos out there, as well as links on my website: www.itsallenergywellness.com. I will also be offering a mini-class on this technique on May 18th at Unity of Fredericksburg’s Spring Wellness Weekend. See the calendar of events to find out more.

Christina Ferber is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner. www.itsallenergywellness.com

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Living Her Dream makini s.g. ainsworth By preston garrett

Thank You Fredericksburg for Your Support Since 1997 Accepting New Patients Emergency Patients Welcome Participant With Most Major Insurance Plans Paving the Way to Optimal Health The doors to MD Wellness and Health Center opened for business in the Fredericksburg community on February 25, 2015. This health center is the brainchild of Dr. Makini S. G. Ainsworth. Dr. Ainsworth is a board-certified physician who is in a position that many of us envy—she is actually living her lifelong dream. At the age of 12 Dr. Ainsworth dreamed of becoming the first medical doctor in her family. She now brings over 20 years of medical experience to her private practice that includes 10 years serving her country as a US Navy physician. Dr. Ainsworth also brings with her a medical philosophy that includes a focus on the cause and not the symptoms of a patient’s illness. Although it has only been in existence for 4 short years, the MD Wellness and Health Center has already made an impact on the Fredericksburg community. Not only has patient feedback from care received at MD Wellness been overwhelmingly positive, in 2018 the Fredericksburg Awards Program recognized MD Wellness with a” Best of Fredericksburg” award in the category of Wellness Centers. When asked about the greatest joy in the first few years of opening her practice, Dr. Ainsworth responded by saying, “Seeing real life healing and lives being changed for the better. When a patient tells you that you saved their life, there is no greater joy than that in medicine.” In addition to her certification in Internal Medicine, Dr. Ainsworth is also certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine. She offers traditional and nontraditional services in her practice. Her


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traditional services include acute and chronic disease management (diabetes, thyroid issues, and hypertension), women’s health, and comprehensive physical exams. The non-traditional services include Integrative and Holistic medicine, Auriculotherapy, and Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT). The MD Wellness Health Center also has a lab onsite. Dr. Ainsworth’s long-term plans include establishment of a predominantly functional medicine/alternative medicine facility with the goal of opening a second location. Outside of her medical practice, Dr. Ainsworth and her husband, Dr. Darren Ainsworth, spend time raising their five children (ages range from 9 to 16). All of their children are excellent students and as of this writing they all participate in at least three sports. The doctors Ainsworth have also established a youth basketball program (Spotsy United) where the fundamentals of basketball are taught and other human values are emphasized. We wish MD Wellness and Health Center continued success in their efforts to “Pave the way to optimal health” for the residents of the Fredericksburg community and beyond. The center is still accepting new patients. Please feel free to check out their website at www.mdwellnesshc.com or call them at (540) 645-6400. They’re located at 10518 Spotsylvania Ave. suite 102, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

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The Magic Continues skin + touch+ Culpeper By Lori Izykowski “As we relaxed while our polish dried, I asked Brian what’s next (because there is always something next!)” That’s how I ended my last article about Skin+Touch Therapy, in January 2018. And yes, he’s at it again, folks! Brian Lam is spreading the magic, this time to that friendly little town to our west, Culpeper. I met Brian Lam and his husband, Wil Mackintosh, in 2011. By the time I wrote the first article about Skin+Touch Therapy Spa in 2013, the business had already evolved several times. Since then, in addition to getting married, purchasing and renovating a home, and adopting daughter Hazel (now almost 4 years old) and working diligently alongside other business owners to keep the downtown scene thriving, Brian has continued the metamorphosis of Skin+Touch…changing locations, renovating and growing the current location, and expanding the services they offer. And in that first article I commented that Brian would likely not be ‘settling down’ any time soon. Based on

the success and growth since then, that bit of prediction turned out to be true. But then if you know Brian you’re not at all surprised. The decision to open a store in Culpeper is also not surprising. Taste Oil & Vinegar and The Frenchman’s Corner have shops in both towns. And both towns share a wonderful mix of history and a variety of retail, services, and restaurants. “I have always admired downtown Culpeper,” Brian says. “Since I began working with Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street (FVMS) [a chapter of the National Main Street Program], the last few years I’ve made it a point to visit other Main Streets. Culpeper struck me as having something special going on. I love the retail and the restaurants. It’s a smaller downtown, well-curated with lots of style.” When considering another location, Brian hoped to find something in another historic downtown. It’s part of the Skin+Touch DNA. “I just love the charm of an old building. It’s something you can’t recreate and really makes for a boutique spa experience.” Fortunately, they were lucky enough to find the building available property located at the end of Davis Street, right by the LOVE sign, train station, and farmers’ market. The building was a commercial office space, but they took down the drop ceiling and exposed the beams supporting the roof, painted it white for a loft-like feel, exposed the brick, and replaced commercial carpeting with dark brown flooring. This had the effect of warming up the space and made it more spa-like. “We now occupy the second floor, providing massage and skin care services, with plans for expanding to other spa services down the road. We have five rooms and a lobby area perfect for spa parties and weekend tourists. We are also located across the street from a boutique hotel and near It’s About Thyme restaurant. “ Brian plans to commute two days a week…the easy drive is compatible with

raising a kid and having a family life. “I’ve been enjoying the drive and the views, the open farmland and the mountains in the background. It’s actually very calming for me. Also, with parenting a four year old, I welcome a 50 minute drive where I can listen to podcasts and decompress from a day of working.” Skin+Touch Therapy Spa opened its new location in downtown Culpeper on April 17, 2019, just in time for Spa Week. Visit the new Skin+Touch Therapy Spa at 254 East Davis Street and when you do, tell them you read about it in The Front Porch! Lori lives just across the river from downtown Fredericksburg, and enjoys sharing success stories of local businesses. She has lived in the Stafford/Fredericksburg area for twenty years.

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Celebration of Ceramic Art 3rd annual Sophia Street Pottery Throwdown For the third year in a row, on the second Saturday in June, Sophia Street in downtown Fredericksburg is the location of a celebration of ceramic art. The date this year is June 8th. Over 20 exhibitors will be set up to display and sell their pottery. The event has grown filling Sophia Street with pottery for sale, demonstrations in wheel throwing, opportunity to try throwing on the wheel, live music, refreshments and T-shirt sales. Continuing from last month's Front Porch Sophia Street Pottery Throwdown article in which Trista Chapman, Neal Reed and Christina Bendo were featured, are three more amazing potters exhibiting at the Throwdown.

downtown during her senior year at the University, which turned into a 2-year long residency there. Last summer she transitioned into a larger space at Sophia Street Studios, a gallery and working studio owned by long-time local potter Trista Chapman. Rachel enjoys working with hand-building techniques such as coil and slab construction to create unique functional pieces for the home. Currently, her favorite thing to make are planters that have a quirky and contemporary style.

‘Now I spend my time developing and producing new forms and patterns for my work. “My favorite surface motifs are things from the natural world quirky insects, butterflies, fruits and veggies that I might find right in my own back yard. The possibilities are endless and I look forward to each day knowing and loving that I will never be finished!!”

last for years. I want to make pottery that people don't reserve for only special occasions, but will pull out for a family meal or leave on the counter to hold fruit. To this end, I strive to make useful shapes that celebrate the everyday: bowls, mugs, creamers, vases, fruit bowls, and beer steins. “

Rachel Ruddle (above) Rachel Ruddle Rachel Ruddle has been working as a studio potter since

Phyllis Handal (above) “My pottery is the result of a lifelong love affair with clay - from my earliest clay doodles as a little one to right now, as a mature adult conducting business as a studio potter, after years of teaching college level pottery and drawing. “I earned an MFA in Ceramics at West Virginia University and traveled to China with other potters to experience the culture and ceramic traditions thriving there. It was in China that I came to appreciate the art and tradition of painting on pottery.

Phyllis Handal graduating from the University of Mary Washington's Studio Art Program in 2016. Her involvement with Fredericksburg's local art community started with an internship at Ponshop Studio & Gallery in

Dolores D. Lecky (D.D. Lecky, above right) “I am inspired by nature and by patterns and I strive to create tactile surfaces that you can't resist dragging a thumb over. These patterns are often based in nature: cell walls, the molecular structure of Vitamin C, bacteria. But I am just as likely to base them on medieval armor rivets or corset structures. I combine these patterns with one another and with leaves from my gardens pressed into the soft clay surface to create a contrast between order and chaos. “Despite all of this high design, I am deeply committed to making objects that can be used every day. I want to make a mug that will not only be beautiful, but will fit well in your hand, will not shatter in the microwave, and will



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Amanda, 35, is mother and a sister She went to Stafford High School, ran track and, at one time, attended classes at Germanna. She did well in school, won a spelling bee and wrote an essay that went to the district competition. Until recently, however, Amanda couldn't remember the last time she was happy or had dreams of what her life could become. She never really had a true support system. "I've always either lived with my parents or a man, and much of those experiences were traumatic or tragic," she said. She was molested throughout her childhood. Her oldest children's father was killed in a car accident. Her brother died of an overdose. And she lost custody of her children. "I started using drugs and alcohol in my teenage years because I didn't have the skills that I am being taught now to control my own emotions and feelings," she said. "My family was chaos-a lot of yelling, fighting, substance abuse and unaddressed mental health. The older I got, the more I had a need to numb what I didn't understand. I really didn't know there was a healthy way of dealing with my pain. I didn't feel like I deserved my kids. I didn't feel like I was good for them." Amanda attempted suicide many times and because her addiction her health started to fail. "Eventually, I found myself on feeding tubes and so weak that I couldn't even pick up my two year old daughter," she said. After loosing the place she was living, Amanda started staying in the woods. When she needed help, she found her way to the downtown churches. "What I found was the community and support that I had never had," she said.

She began to access mental health and recovery services, got help with cab rides when she could barely walk and found a N a r c o t i c s Anonymous g r o u p . Eventually, she ended up at Micah's respite house. Some thought she would be a hospice patient, but she healed, physically, emotionally and mentally. "I was overwhelmed by my past, all the doctor's appointments and what my future would be," she said "At the respite house, I learned how to manage my life a day at a time. I love myself now and I can't remember the last time I felt that way." Amanda been housed now for several months. She is healthy and close to completing the Micah's food service training program in the community café. "I spent a lot of my life feeling worthless," she said. "But now I get up four days a week with a purpose. As a trainee in the café, I get to practice talking to people in ways other than "scream, yell, cuss" and I learn cooking skills. My children appreciate that when they visit me and I can even make dinner for them.” Amanda says that seeing how others love the community has made her want to strive for that. "If you aren't angry all the time and out of control you have an opportunity to live the way the Bible tells you to," she said. "And that's what I'm experiencing in my life today." Currently, Amanda is working to complete community service hours so that she can get her driver's license back. Someday, she hopes to become a peer counselor "I still have things to work on, but I am extremely happy with my life," she says. Someday, she hopes her pursuits will allow her to become a peer counselor.

Identify this mystery house and you could win a gift certificate from a downtown merchant. Here’s how: Email frntprch@aol.com, Subject: Mystery House, Identify house address, Your name, address, email. The poem below is a hint of the location of the mystery house. Good Luck!

Last Month’s House: 1308 Winchester Street The Winner of a gift certificate from Roxbury Farm & Garden is Michael Vittoria Classy lady you stand so majestic, even the mailman takes an extra breath each day, when he ventures up your steps so tall. The loving hands that place each brick in place, were, ah so artistic, you can tell at a glance, you were more a work of love than labor. The plaque upon your wall, Peck-Heflin says it all, each one of a kind, is what you are. These homes placed here and there, in our old town in the 1930's it seems, by someone who loved that "look," and I certainly do agree. Walk along, look for me, as I sit attached to my two sisters, another relative close by. I am near the old canal the soldiers crossed, so may years ago.

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Art in the Burg Galleries in May “Plum Peachy”, Joe Wilkinson Artful Dimensions, 922 Caroline St Opening Reeception, First Fri. May 3 "Left Behind", Vicki Marckel Artists' Alliance 100 Taylor St, Suite 101, Colonial Beach Opening Reception, May 10, 6-9 9p Vicki's "Left Behind." juxtaposes the dramatically different feelings of excitement and isolation … “Left Behind”, Vicki Marckel using rich shadows to create contrast, intensifying the composition and highlighting a vignette of things we left behind. ~Rob Rudick Brush Strokes Gallery, Medina Roberts (see pg. 30)

Come see "Plum Peachy" - Works by Joe Wilkinson throughout the month of May Joe's use of local and exotic woods in his turned objects are inspired from nature's creations. ~Sally Cooney Anderson "Monarchs And More", Carolyn Cameron Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline St Opening Reception: First Friday,6 to 9p.m Fredericksburg-area artist Carolyn Cameron draws or paints with watercolor, pencil or pen … whichever attracts her attention at the time. While waiting for a car repair or at an airport, she may draw people waiting. The monarch butterfly watercolors showcased in Cameron's show are a result of working in a garden and trying to bat away things flying around her head. A visitor to Art First will see not only the butterfly watercolors, but Cameron has included packets of milkweed seeds so visitors can start their own monarch food supply! Plus, there will be other drawings and paintings. ~Casey Shaw Rachael Carroll, "Chaotic Caldera" CRRL, Howell Branch Exhibit May1-3 31 Exhibit showcases the work of local photographer Rachael Carroll. "Chaotic Caldera: A Visual Abstraction of Yellowstone National Park" is a collection of scenes from Rachael visit to Yellowstone Park. The pieces in this exhibit are part of a larger body of work that incorporate the colors, textures, and movement of Yellowstone's supervolcano. The variety of geological formations include hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, mudpots, and steam vents. These features are evidence that our Earth is alive and ever-changing beyond our influence


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Link Wray Get ready to rumble by Mayo Carter It is 1957 and Fredericksburg is Ground Zero in Rock and Roll History. Link Wray, a Korean War vet, leaves the teens' requested "Stroll" in the dust for what will become more of a walk on the wild side. It is the birth of the power chord. Music will never be the same. Wray’s edgy innovation earns four encores at the live show, but months later, the frustrated guitarist can't imitate the effect in the sterile studio so, he problem solves with a pencil, punching holes in his amplifier. His “Rumble”, which goes on to sell millions of copies worldwide, has a profound impact on many a musician, such as Pete Townshend and Iggy Pop. It’s the only instrumental in history to ever be banned on the radio for fear of promoting juvenile delinquency. Wray was of Native American descent, and the documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” which aired on PBS this January, is bringing awareness of this music legend. There are memorials to Wray, in his hometown of Dunn, N.C., and New York

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City. There is even a giant statue of him in Spain. His musical influence is still going strong. Wray’s daughter, Beth Wray Webb, has dedicated her life to preserving her dad's rich legacy. Her love for Fredericksburg's role in her father's story is profoundly moving. In addition, her son Chris Webb, carries on the tradition by performing his grandfather's music at the many tribute events that are held. Local resident and musician, Sonya Flowers, was inspired by the film. She reached out to Beth, curious to know if the Wray family had ever been contacted by anyone from the area to commemorate the historic event. A fast friendship was formed. I had the opportunity to meet Beth and Sonya, recently at the Rt 1 / Fall Hill Avenue location, former site of The Armory venue where Rumble was born. Witnessing Beth and Sonya together, it is easy to see their passion for the cause. As a history teacher, I am honored to research and fund a Rumble state marker locally. May 2nd would have been Wray's 90th birthday. Sonya would like to hear from anyone who attended the record hop the night Rumble was created. Individuals, organizations and corporations interested in creating a Link Wray Day to coincide with the future state marker's dedication, can contact her Facebook page: Link Wray's RUMBLE, Born In Fredericksburg, Va.

Mayo Carter, is a city resident, is a retired history teacher and active member of HFFI.

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Companions May Flowers Bring Allergies by Gerri Reid dvm

The trees are budding and the flowers are blooming. And we all can see the pollen on our cars and for others feel the effects of the pollen. Allergy Season is here my friends! As much as we are affected by allergies, for many dogs and cats, it can affect them as well. This is the time of the year where we see more cases of sneezing, watery eyes and itchy skin. So, let’s talk allergies. Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is the most common allergy seen in pets. External irritants such as fleas can cause extreme itching which in turn can cause skin infections. Pets that suffer from FAD tend to have a hypersensitivity to flea salvia. When a flea bites your pet, a small amount of salvia is introduced under the skin. Flea bites may become red and inflamed which will cause your pet to begin to scratch and chew at the site. Pets with FAD will need to be treated with antibiotics at times as well as monthly flea/tick prevention. Food allergy is also another form of allergies seen in pets. This form of allergy can manifest itself as gastrointestinal issues or skin infections. The reaction occurs due to the immune system’s hypersensitivity to a protein in a food. Beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb and soy are the most common food allergens in dogs, in this order; common culprits in cats include beef, dairy and fish. Food allergy accounts for only 10% of pet allergies. Treatment includes food elimination diet in which a hypoallergenic diet will be prescribed by your Veterinarian. Environmental allergies are relatively common in small animals. Most pets are faced with seasonal allergies where the symptoms are seen during certain seasons such as Fall or Spring.


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These are the seasons that we tend to see more pollen or mold due to the falling leaves or the blooming flowers/trees. Common irritants include dust mites, mold, mildew, and pollens from grass, trees and weeds. Symptoms include full body itching, excessive scratching, licking/biting which can cause hair loss and infection. Occasionally we will see watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing. Diagnosing environmental allergies includes blood testing and skin testing. This test will measure the body’s immune response to suspected allergens and confirm the diagnosis of environmental allergies. Your Veterinarian can then prescribe allergy injections or drops to help desensitize your pet to an allergen. Treatment takes time, so during the treatment phase, your pet may need to treated with antihistamines or corticosteroids and medicated shampoo to control the symptoms. Allergies in pets can be frustrating for pet owners. Treatment requires a commitment to testing and treatment protocols. Part of the treatment may also require frequent visits to your Veterinarian. These visits will help ensure the prescribed treatment is working for your pet. If you know your pet has seasonal allergies, be proactive and begin to treat them before the season begins. My advice…Pack Your Patience when dealing with allergies and trust the recommendations of your Veterinarian. Dr. Gerri S. Reid is the Owner/Veterinarian of Reid Mobile Veterinary Services. She can be reached at 540-623-3029 or reidmobilevetservices.com or facebook @ReidMobileVetServices

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Astrology & You


chiron: the wounded healer

By Frank Fratoe

Fishing: The Wrong Catch There in the Rappahannock one shad gliding upstream certainly evaded disaster because everyone can see entangled upon a sycamore well above the riverbank swings a fisherman’s line (exposing hook and sinker) where it undercut a limb then broke off soon after he misjudged the overhang and had cast way too high. A bad-angle by the angler made a fishfry impossible! Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city.in loves. “Not every fisherman reels in the prixed catch”

By Dianne Bachman When I think of the term ‘wounded healer’, my mother’s voice pops into my head. She would say, “what doesn’t kill us will make us strong”. Indeed, there was a lot of wisdom in her words. I must say that as a psychotherapist I feel honored to sit with my clients as they work with the wounds in their lives. I say this because as I have grown, I too have been able to open to my own wounds and I know how difficult yet rewarding this journey of the Wounded Healer can be. Carl Jung’s archetype of the Wounded Healer speaks to healing the struggles that cause us deep pain so that we may understand our own humanity and that of others. These wounds typically come to us through childhood and can be recurrent themes that hold us back. Family secrets, shame, feelings of abandonment, can be so fraught with fear that we are unable to look at their source. So, we struggle and struggle and struggle until something shifts within us. Perhaps a moment of grace, perhaps we finally feel safe enough to venture into the deep dark forest of our personal narrative. So, what does the Greek myth of Chiron have to do with astrology? Well, the story of Chiron is too complex to go into in this article, but I encourage you to read about Chiron. There is nothing juicier than a good Greek myth! In a nutshell, Chiron was a centaur (half man, half horse) who was immortal, rejected at birth, abandoned, and eventually adopted by Apollo. He was unlike the other centaurs (who were wild and impulsive) and was known for his wisdom, healing abilities, prophecy and compassion. Once pierced by a poison arrow, he could not heal himself unless he gave up his immortality. After his death, Zeus put

him among the stars as a constellation to honor Chiron’s many gifts. Our modern-day Chiron is classified as both a minor planet and a comet and was discovered in 1977. Its orbit is in the outer solar system between Saturn and Uranus. It typically takes Chiron 50 years to orbit the sun, therefore, at around age 49 to 51, we may see Chiron return to its original position in our natal charts.

Now, here are some astrological happenings for May 2019:

Chiron in Aries will be within a few degrees of the waning moon on May 2: I see this as a time to ignite energy, courage, to grasp opportunities to begin journaling, talking with trusted friends, begin a spiritual practice—anything that helps us open to naming our wounds, lifting the veil of fear a bit. New Moon in Taurus, May 4: This brings us down to earth, helps us ground and feel safe, invites creativity and gives us solid footing. It is a time to focus on our hearts’ desire, what we would like to manifest in our lives and to discern what we truly value. Full Moon in Scorpio, May 18 is within 120 degrees of Chiron: Again, we look to Chiron for the opportunity to dig a little deeper, to face our fears even

more, embrace them, and to open the doors for transformation and a deeper understanding of ourselves. The first full moon in May is also known as the Flower Moon.

The Sun and Mercury both enter Gemini on May 22: An excellent time to communicate, write, take short trips, learn something new or focus on the joy of learning. Dianne Bachman is a psychotherapist and astrologer who practices in FXBG, is passionate about Astrology, and can be reached at dbachmanlcsw@gmail.com. Chiron Tapestry by Ruebens

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DC - 24 Hours Medina Roberts By Collette Caprara Medina Roberts embraced the opportunity to create her "featured artist" exhibit at Brush Strokes Gallery with her hallmark, unbridled enthusiasm and innovation. She set out on a "DC--24 Hours Project" which involved walking the streets of our nation's capital for a full day and night, collecting images that conveyed the range of its populace and the changes in light and energy with the progression of time. Medina's venture took place from midnight until noon and involved a trek from the Capitol grounds to Georgetown to Chinatown to the neighborhood near P and 14th Streets. Captured in her exhibit's images, the city's pulsebeat ranged from night-time crowds enjoying entertainment and dining, to bustling shopping districts, to the empty streets of a still Sunday morning. The scenes also conveyed a wide spectrum of people and their conditions. One that impressed her was of a woman hurrying on her way with her Luis Vuitton handbag as she crossed in front of a homeless man on the sidewalk. "It was not that the woman was calloused or uncaring. She was just moving with the crowd," said Medina. "We are a country

carefully sought out a new home for herself and her 12-year old son and traveled from Australia to Vancouver to San Francisco. But no place seemed right and she resigned herself to return to Germany. As fate would have it, her flight had a stop-over and DC and she used her time in a seven-hour delay to take a cab to see the White House. It was there that the feeling came over her: "This is home." And so, the subject matter of DC 24 Hours has special significance for her. Fredericksburg gallery-goers may be familiar with the energy and passion that Medina conveys in her artwork with her signature broad, bold strokes. This exhibit takes that style to the max, with paintings as large as 70" by 40". What viewers may not know is the history of Medina's evolution as an artist. When she was as young as eight years old and living in Yugoslavia, she was hailed as a child prodigy and she won awards in numerous shows. Paintings from her youth typically conveyed tranquil village scenes with a sensitivity to color and values that seemed beyond her years. With the experience of the emerging Bosnian War, Medina's art took on a new sense of mission-to express the human condition and “P Street NW, Washington, DC”, Medina Roberts the power of emotionand her style changed dramatically. where there are very rich people as well Throughout May, visitors at the Brush as very poor people. I love America. I Strokes Gallery will have an opportunity chose to immigrate here from Europe. It to experience the impact of Medina's is the land of opportunity, but people medium and message. must be equipped to take advantage of those opportunities.” It was not by chance that Medina Collette Caprara is a local artist & Writer ended up in the United States, and particularly, in this area. She had been living in Yugoslavia and, when the Bosnian Medina Roberts, "DC-2 24 Hours" War was imminent, she escaped to live Brush Strokes Gallery, 824 Caroline St with relatives in Germany when she was April 29 - June 2, visitors will have an 20 and lived there from 1991-1999. opportunity to meet and chat with Though it was safer there, Medina never Medina and other gallery artists at the felt truly rooted and had to apply for a exhibit's opening reception on "First temporary visa every six months. When Friday," May 3, from 6: to 9pm. she was granted a refugee status, she


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Fredericksburg Sketches A visual Celebration of our community

By Casey Alan Shaw

SKETCH #54: Roxbury Farm & Garden Center, Guest Artist Christine Henry Last month I presented a Fredericksburg Sketch of the old Free Lance-Star building on William Street. One reason I chose that building is because it’s a landmark that won’t be with us much longer. Similarly, news came recently that the Roxbury Farm & Garden Center would soon be closing. Roxbury has been a Fredericksburg institution for 90 years. In Fredericksburg, we’re VERY lucky to have many buildings that are much older, but it still hurts each time we lose a spot so close to the hearts of local folks. So it seems doubly appropriate that this month’s Fredericksburg Sketch is by Christine Henry who is not only a talented artist but is also an Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington. Christine joined the local group of Urban Sketchers on a recent Sunday as they spent the afternoon roaming the Roxbury grounds. With sketchbooks in hand, they gave color to what will, unfortunately, be the last springtime at this downtown icon on Lafayette Boulevard. Casey Alan Shaw is a local artist. He exhibits his original artwork and limited-edition prints at Art First Gallery and at www.caseyshaw.com.

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O u r Fredericksburg is a dog/cat town, as you walk downtown, notice the multitudes of dog dishes along the streets in front of the shoppes. Notice the feline eyes peeking from behind the merchandise in the windows of the shops. We even write stories about the dogs, cats, even dogs who ride motorcycles like Dewey, who lives with his kind and interesting TV, sound systems, high tech installation shop owner on William street. Here in this issue in May, is the story of a very compassionate business, which could enrich your life and that of your canine family member! Julie says, " I love the dogs, they bring me joy with their own funny, quirky, and precious little personalities." This gives you an idea of the wonderful care your dog will receives at Julie's Furry Farm Pet Boarding (conveniently located near downtown on Olde William Street)) Your your dog can stay for any needed length of time, whether it be for a vacation, or that you work, and need a safe and loving, fun place daily for your best friend, your canine family member. Julie started her journey, ending up in our wonderful hometown like the majority of us, from somewhere else. Julie was raised in a small town of 13,000 in Minnesota, from a family of 10 children, all who went through college. Her dad was a local radio personality-commentator, whom everyone knew, her mom busily raising a large family. Julie excelled in sports in high school, especially basketball. She loved her small hometown, which was not unlike our Fredericksburg. (with more snow!) After Julie finished St. Catherine College, she got a job on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, then married into a military lifestyle, moving to California, Kansas, and other interesting posts, ending up in our big-little town, raising her two children and now is a grandmother. She is a occupational therapist locally. Furry Farms was started in response to a family emergency several years ago, at which time they were living in Spotsylvania, and they had to go out of town. There were no facilities at that time in our area where they could board their dogs. When they returned from their

trip,they decided to start a boarding place to fill this need for a safe place for our canine loved ones. They bought a farmette in Spotsylvania in 2004, established their business, and moved into Fredricksburg, moving Furry Farms to 1523 Olde William St., near downtown. Julie feels "dog people," are so grateful for a safe environment for their family dogs. She says it is so funny the way dogs who come daily, act like they, "own the place." There are certain spots they like. Some people provide doggie clothes, like sweaters, or dresses, and the dogs get in little tiffs, lots of drama over the fact that someone touched their clothing. They also display envy and jealousy, and often steal each others clothing. As I write this. I start chuckling at how cute this is, and how wonderful it is to have a place like Furry farms available in our town. Furry farms provides a safe social environment, with play groups for our dogs, who of course, are basically pack animals. “We have a sleeping time, a routine, naps, play time, and eating time,with lots of attention and personal care�, Julie comments. You can bring your dogs favorite parka or any other clothing, as Furry Farms has seen and welcomes even the weirdest of clothing!

This "gal about town," highly recommends a visit to Furry Farms by car or bike,and while there, bike down to Alumn Springs Park on the Blue and grey, walk through the soon to be warm water, take a break in nature!

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