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closeups 9

Mykal & Sabine 25 years of performance arts

5

Alex Harvell expressions of freedom

31

Farsad & azadel the falafel joint

9

Porch talk .3

david swisher....motorcyclist & much more

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on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages

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master gardeners....lifting hearts with beauty

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life in the burg...a newcomers perspective

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I have a friend: simple joys

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Calendar of events

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history’s stories: edwin arthur emerson our heritage: then & now

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what’s in an icon?...the purina tower

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Senior Care: perfect storm

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it’s all energy...letting go

22

wellness: caterpillars & titanic anxiety empowerment lesson

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life in motion

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mYSTERY hOUSE STORIES OF FXBG: Laura

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art in the burg

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everything greens ...green space for all poetryman: faith

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radio: a lifeline for info

30

fredericksburg sketches #fredstrong

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David Swisher Motorcycling Enthusiast by mary geil enforcement corruption, he teamed with others to fight the shady elements in the sheriff’s department.

...And more!

11

I didn’t know a male hooker .....until i met johnnie wood

12

handcrafted art... .....world class crafted spirits

10 all things italian....all month long

13

season’s bounty: savory fall

24 mindful mornings

14

food co-op revisited

28 go mobile with your vet visits

15

painting with purpose

28

Cover: “Nocturne” By Laura Craig

That and much more David Swisher of Bowling Green turned 88 in January of this year. This article is a belated tribute for his birthday which was to focus on his motorcycle riding. Procrastination paid off as I was recently inspired by his reminiscing of days gone by. Thankfully his mind is still sharp and he can share his stories. Although he is known for being a motorcycling enthusiast. He is that and much more. He is an example of perseverance, resilience, cooperation and dedication. These qualities have been evidenced throughout his lifetime. From a young age, he farmed, starting in West Virginia and then in Ladysmith. Despite the hard work and long hours, he found time for family and community. He has a long history in Caroline County, Virginia. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from C.T. Smith High School. He worked hard from a young age, even driving a school bus as a student. He was a founding member of the Ladysmith Volunteer Rescue Squad at the time when a patient was taken to different locations for treatment based on the color of their skin before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a candidate for Board of Supervisors at that time, he was popular with people of all backgrounds because of his reputation for fairness and integrity, regardless of race or beliefs. He served on the Wright’s Chapel United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and along with others, helped to build the church at its current location. He was dedicated to making his community a safe place to live. Back in the day when Caroline County had law

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Regarding David, the motorcycle enthusiast, his love for the motorcycle was sparked after he purchased a Honda CB100 for his twin sons’ birthday. He was soon off on a trip on this bike to visit West Virginia relatives. It was soon after he purchased his first BMW motorcycle. He started keeping a log of his mileage ridden. By 1999, he had logged one million miles ridden on BMW motorcycles. David was quoted to say, “I've enjoyed every mile of the million and have met a lot of nice people." He continued to enjoy riding the miles and meeting nice people. From 1999 to 2016, he logged more than 700,000 additional miles. His award for 1,700,000 miles was presented in 2016 at BMW Motorcycles in Morton’s Fredericksburg. Other local high mileage award winners can be viewed at Morton’s www.mortonsbmw.com/highmilers. Many of David’s miles were gained in long distance trips. He made 30+ round trips coast to coast in the U.S., a trip through five countries in Europe and through the Alps, four trips to Mexico, five shore-toshore trips across Canada, trips to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and many BMWMOA rallies throughout North America. He also logged numerous miles by traveling back and forth to Mathews, VA just to eat breakfast (a 200-mile roundtrip!). He has made friends with members of that community as well. In 2016, he opted for the stability of a three wheeled mode of conveyance. He Am Spyder. On his purchased a Can-A Spyder, he rode over 57,000 miles. In 2018, he decided to add another wheel to his mode of travel. He now is travelling in a Subaru and continues to visit his friends in Mathews County at least weekly. Who knows? If you combine the mileage of all of his travels, he may have gone to infinity and beyond.

Article written by Mary Beth Geil with contributions by Edgar Cahoon and James Swisher. Photo by James Swisher. They are three of David’s ten children.

front porch fredericksburg

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contents

closeups 9

Mykal & Sabine 25 years of performance arts

5

Alex Harvell expressions of freedom

31

Farsad & azadel the falafel joint

9

Porch talk .3

david swisher....motorcyclist & much more

4

on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages

6

master gardeners....lifting hearts with beauty

7

life in the burg...a newcomers perspective

8

I have a friend: simple joys

16-17

Calendar of events

18

history’s stories: edwin arthur emerson our heritage: then & now

19

what’s in an icon?...the purina tower

20

Senior Care: perfect storm

21

it’s all energy...letting go

22

wellness: caterpillars & titanic anxiety empowerment lesson

23

life in motion

25

mYSTERY hOUSE STORIES OF FXBG: Laura

26

art in the burg

27

everything greens ...green space for all poetryman: faith

29

radio: a lifeline for info

30

fredericksburg sketches #fredstrong

25

David Swisher Motorcycling Enthusiast by mary geil enforcement corruption, he teamed with others to fight the shady elements in the sheriff’s department.

...And more!

11

I didn’t know a male hooker .....until i met johnnie wood

12

handcrafted art... .....world class crafted spirits

10 all things italian....all month long

13

season’s bounty: savory fall

24 mindful mornings

14

food co-op revisited

28 go mobile with your vet visits

15

painting with purpose

28

Cover: “Nocturne” By Laura Craig

That and much more David Swisher of Bowling Green turned 88 in January of this year. This article is a belated tribute for his birthday which was to focus on his motorcycle riding. Procrastination paid off as I was recently inspired by his reminiscing of days gone by. Thankfully his mind is still sharp and he can share his stories. Although he is known for being a motorcycling enthusiast. He is that and much more. He is an example of perseverance, resilience, cooperation and dedication. These qualities have been evidenced throughout his lifetime. From a young age, he farmed, starting in West Virginia and then in Ladysmith. Despite the hard work and long hours, he found time for family and community. He has a long history in Caroline County, Virginia. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from C.T. Smith High School. He worked hard from a young age, even driving a school bus as a student. He was a founding member of the Ladysmith Volunteer Rescue Squad at the time when a patient was taken to different locations for treatment based on the color of their skin before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a candidate for Board of Supervisors at that time, he was popular with people of all backgrounds because of his reputation for fairness and integrity, regardless of race or beliefs. He served on the Wright’s Chapel United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and along with others, helped to build the church at its current location. He was dedicated to making his community a safe place to live. Back in the day when Caroline County had law

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Regarding David, the motorcycle enthusiast, his love for the motorcycle was sparked after he purchased a Honda CB100 for his twin sons’ birthday. He was soon off on a trip on this bike to visit West Virginia relatives. It was soon after he purchased his first BMW motorcycle. He started keeping a log of his mileage ridden. By 1999, he had logged one million miles ridden on BMW motorcycles. David was quoted to say, “I've enjoyed every mile of the million and have met a lot of nice people." He continued to enjoy riding the miles and meeting nice people. From 1999 to 2016, he logged more than 700,000 additional miles. His award for 1,700,000 miles was presented in 2016 at BMW Motorcycles in Morton’s Fredericksburg. Other local high mileage award winners can be viewed at Morton’s www.mortonsbmw.com/highmilers. Many of David’s miles were gained in long distance trips. He made 30+ round trips coast to coast in the U.S., a trip through five countries in Europe and through the Alps, four trips to Mexico, five shore-toshore trips across Canada, trips to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and many BMWMOA rallies throughout North America. He also logged numerous miles by traveling back and forth to Mathews, VA just to eat breakfast (a 200-mile roundtrip!). He has made friends with members of that community as well. In 2016, he opted for the stability of a three wheeled mode of conveyance. He Am Spyder. On his purchased a Can-A Spyder, he rode over 57,000 miles. In 2018, he decided to add another wheel to his mode of travel. He now is travelling in a Subaru and continues to visit his friends in Mathews County at least weekly. Who knows? If you combine the mileage of all of his travels, he may have gone to infinity and beyond.

Article written by Mary Beth Geil with contributions by Edgar Cahoon and James Swisher. Photo by James Swisher. They are three of David’s ten children.

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Suzy Woollam

ON THE PORCH

Chuck Archer Laurie Black Kourtney Bumbrey

A.E. Bayne Kevin Brown Laura Craig Caitlin Daly Christina Ferber k. Jeanne frazer Mary Geil Jon Gerlach Carol Hyland John Reifenberg David C. Kennedy

Tim Eggers Frank Fratoe Rich Gaudio Joan M. Geisler Ralph “Tuffy”Hicks Sabine Kvenberg Karl Karch Jo Loving Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy Pete Morelewicz Vanessa Moncure Patrick Neustatter Sarah Perry M.L. Powers Rob Rudick Casey Alan Shaw Brad Smith Georgia Strentz James Kyle Synder Wayne Whitley Tina Will Kathryn Willis Dawn Whitmore Sonja Wise Norma Woodward

Front Porch Fredericksburg is a free circulation magazine published monthly by Olde Towne Publishing Co. Virginia Bigenwald Grogan, Publisher. The mission of Front Porch Fredericksburg is to connect the diverse citizenry of Fredericksburg with lively features and informative columns of interest to our community’s greatest resource, its people. Messages from our readers are welcome. All submissions must be received by e-mail by the 19th of the month preceding publication.

Writers / Artists / Photographers are welcome to request Guidelines and query the Publisher by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: frntprch@aol.com Web Site: www.frontporchfredericksburg.com Facebook: @Front Porch Fredericksburg The opinions expressed in Front Porch Fredericksburg are those of the contributing writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Front Porch Fredericksburg or its advertisers. Copyright 2018 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

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Alex Harvell’s “expressions of freedom”

Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists

October 2018

FREEBYRUNNING

preparing to be a community by Suzy Woollam Be Prepared. It’s a common phrase, and one we hear quite often, especially at this time of year. It’s the motto of the Scouts, which urges us to at all times be in a state of readiness, in both mind and body, to do our duty. It’s a reminder to us all that the future is uncertain, and that unless you are ready for the hardships that may occur, it can be a very scary thing. Being prepared can bring us a sense of peace, not only in the tough times, but in the good times as well. But have you ever stopped to think about what “being prepared” really means? At the time of this writing, we are, as individuals, a city, a state, and a nation, preparing for one of the worst Hurricanes in many years. As Florence bears down on the east coast, many folks are rushing out and stocking up on water, canned goods, and non perishable food items. Store shelves are emptied, gas lines are long, and tempers are short. And once Florence has passed, hopefully with no lingering damage to our fair town, the snacks will be snacked, the water drunk, and we return to our regularly-scheduled, happy, peaceful lives. At least, until next time. I recognize, in fact encourage, the need for being prepared with “stuff”. It gives us a sense of security in an unsure situation, and comforts us with the knowledge that regardless of the situation, we can provide food, shelter and safety to weather any storm. It’s our insurance against impending calamity, protection for ourselves, and our families. We prepare because we care. Something I continually find missing from “preparedness” lists, however, is being “community prepared”. Social media, with its spit-polishand-shine promise of allowing us to “keep

messages Virginia! Such a good issue (August 2019) (as always!). I am continuously grateful to our history teacher, Tuffy Hicks, but especially for this Littlepage lesson. What a fellow young General Littlepage was, and speaking of fine fellows, kudos to Ms. Strentz for her article about Roxbury's own, Andy Lynn. No finer, or wiser, fellow than he. I was so glad she mentioned the Blaze King stove and the aromatic bean soup cooking

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in touch” with one another, has only served as a means to further separate us as a community, as neighbors. . Gone are the days of “reaching out and touching someone” with a phone call or visit. Instead, we simply write on their wall, and wait for our friend to “like” it. We no longer linger over mailboxes and on front porches visiting with neighbors and passersby. Heck, many of us don’t even know our neighbors! We seem to have lost the art of conversation, preferring instead a text, tweet or post. Perhaps for such a transient area as Fredericksburg, these “mayberryesque” ideals seem a bit outdated, but aren’t these small-town values and experiences why we all chose to be a part of this great city? So how can we become more “Community Prepared”? It’s easy, really. Turn off the TV. Step away from your computer, Ipad, and cell phone. Get to know your neighbors. Talk to them before disaster strikes, so that you know about their interests, skills and abilities. Find out who has basic/advanced First Aid skills, CPR, a 4WD vehicle. Who has basic carpentry/electrical skills? . In the event of an emergency knowing that next-doorBill is a retired plumber may come in handy. Or that Ms. Jane, the 86 year old who lives two doors up is alone, and has trouble seeing in the dark, and may appreciate a little help during a power outage. Create an emergency preparedness phone list, including a map of your neighborhood, that lists all necessary information, that is not stored in your cell phone. Cell phone batteries have the innate ability to run out at the

most inconvenient times. Most importantly, stay in touch with your neighbors. Developing a plan of Community Preparedness benefits not only the immediate community, but our city as a whole, and makes us all happier, and more secure. Regardless of what, or when, disaster strikes, you and your family will know where to turn, who to contact, and how to help, so that we can work WITH each other, instead of against each other. Catastrophe comes in many forms like divorce, long-term illness, layoff or hurricane. No matter the cause, having a strong, prepared community team to turn to can provide comfort knowing by working together, all will be well in the end.

Suzy teaches classes on Preparedness at The Scenter of Town on Charles Street

thereon! I used to walk down there just for a sniff or two! Yumm! Speaking of good sniffs, I cannot fail to mention Bob Whittingham's kitchen shop with its ever glorious windows. The pride of our wonderful Fred.! As ever, your devoted reader and writer emeritus, still Retired and Buck Naked on the Back Porch, Jo Middleton.

Thank you so much to Front Porch for partnering with the FXBG FoodBank (Porktoberfeast, Sept. 2018) in the fight against hunger! Elizabeth Gilkey

September is a great issue! Love the cover! (“Ed King”) Collette Capara

Great Article ({“What’s in a Riverbank”, August 2018). Jon Gerlach always delivers. Kevin Brown

Had to say…..the August Front Porch cover photo ({“Kayaakers”) is beautiful. jeanne fraser

A.E. Bayne passion for art and opportunities to those less fortunate, and movement. So, when help him eventually obtain a building/safe the world around him place. Donations are accepted at his was telling him he showcases and through the w o u l d n ’ t … h e FREEBYRUNNING gofundme page. couldn’t…Harvell did. “I’ve been where these youth In April of are, and I’ve felt their frustrations," 2015, Harvell organized Harvell says. "The arts should be the focus a group of former high for youth, especially in tougher areas school friends and where there aren’t as many positive acquaintances for a outlets for their energy and frustrations. showcase at Salem We should be providing space for Church Library developing voices from the Mayfileds, the entitled Abstract Vibes. Hazel Hills, and the outer reaches of the It included live surrounding counties. It concerns me performances in dance that more people are not involved with Alex Harvell @FCCA First Friday and poetry, live this kind of work. Whole communities are When Alex Harvell was growing painting, and music. It would be the first being left out of the conversation of the up in Fredericksburg, art was his refuge of many where Harvell successfully arts in our region, and it’s simply because from the difficulties in his life. Home was brought area youth together to create they don’t have access to platforms and filled with parents coming and going, and something mesmerizing. Today, Harvell spaces to practice and share their work.” there were negative influences swirling leads other young artists and performers The UUFF Gallery at the Unitarian around him. Tragic circumstances through Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg his organization, surrounded his life. Harvell was full of FREEBYRUNNING. will host FREEBYRUNNING during October energy and was always on the move, but As his brother did for him, and November 2018. The show, school was uninviting. To overcome it all, Harvell hopes to inspire young artists and Expressions of Freedom, will be open to Harvell took to heart the advice of his performers to tune out the naysayers and the public on Sundays between 10 a.m. older brother, George, who told him to pursue their passions. He says, “I had a and 1 p.m. There will be an opening on “run with it.” Run with his spirit, his lot of people telling me I shouldn’t do Sunday, October 7, 2018, between 11:30 individuality and uniqueness. Run with his what I wanted to do, that it wouldn’t a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where artists will be on make me successful, but people measure success differently. To all the open-minded people I Your Hometown Jeweler Since 1940 work with, I say you have to keep your ideas intact. On-Premise You have to keep your vision together while Jewelry Repair everything around you tells you to let it go. Large Selection of That’s the whole idea ESTATE JEWELRY behind FREEBYRUNNING. You're FREE BY taking your passions and visions 212 William Street,Fredericksburg and just running with it. 540-373-5513 The mission is to Alex Harvell with other FBR Members Mon-Fri 9-5:30; Sat 9-4 promote equality, peace, jewelboxfredericksburgva.webs.com love and freedom of jewelbox14k@yahoo.com expression and individuality.” site for conversation and light Harvell says he feels good about refreshments. FREEBYRUNNING will host the work he’s done in the community with a live performance on Saturday, November showcases at art galleries, lodges, and 10, 2018, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at most notably the John J. Wright the UUFF. Call (540) (540) 310-4001 for Educational Cultural Center and Museum information. in his home county of Spotsylvania. He even had the opportunity to present a A.E. Bayne is an educator, artist and showcase called The Uprising for the writer living in Fredericksburg. She publishes Fredericksburg Literary and NAACP's King George branch. He has Art Review and is a partner in pulled people together from all corners of the Fredericksburg Independent the region, most recently with First Friday Book Festival. showcases at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. FreeByRunning “Expressions of Freedom” UUFF Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Outreach remains Harvell’s Fellowship of Fredericksburg primary goal. He often provides free 25 Chalice Circle, FXBG, VA 22405 community meals at his showcases, and he Opening Oct 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is trying to turn FREEBYRUNNING into a Live Performance Nov. 10, 7-9 9pm nonprofit by the end of this year in hopes it will expand his resources, give

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Suzy Woollam

ON THE PORCH

Chuck Archer Laurie Black Kourtney Bumbrey

A.E. Bayne Kevin Brown Laura Craig Caitlin Daly Christina Ferber k. Jeanne frazer Mary Geil Jon Gerlach Carol Hyland John Reifenberg David C. Kennedy

Tim Eggers Frank Fratoe Rich Gaudio Joan M. Geisler Ralph “Tuffy”Hicks Sabine Kvenberg Karl Karch Jo Loving Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy Pete Morelewicz Vanessa Moncure Patrick Neustatter Sarah Perry M.L. Powers Rob Rudick Casey Alan Shaw Brad Smith Georgia Strentz James Kyle Synder Wayne Whitley Tina Will Kathryn Willis Dawn Whitmore Sonja Wise Norma Woodward

Front Porch Fredericksburg is a free circulation magazine published monthly by Olde Towne Publishing Co. Virginia Bigenwald Grogan, Publisher. The mission of Front Porch Fredericksburg is to connect the diverse citizenry of Fredericksburg with lively features and informative columns of interest to our community’s greatest resource, its people. Messages from our readers are welcome. All submissions must be received by e-mail by the 19th of the month preceding publication.

Writers / Artists / Photographers are welcome to request Guidelines and query the Publisher by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: frntprch@aol.com Web Site: www.frontporchfredericksburg.com Facebook: @Front Porch Fredericksburg The opinions expressed in Front Porch Fredericksburg are those of the contributing writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Front Porch Fredericksburg or its advertisers. Copyright 2018 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

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Alex Harvell’s “expressions of freedom”

Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists

October 2018

FREEBYRUNNING

preparing to be a community by Suzy Woollam Be Prepared. It’s a common phrase, and one we hear quite often, especially at this time of year. It’s the motto of the Scouts, which urges us to at all times be in a state of readiness, in both mind and body, to do our duty. It’s a reminder to us all that the future is uncertain, and that unless you are ready for the hardships that may occur, it can be a very scary thing. Being prepared can bring us a sense of peace, not only in the tough times, but in the good times as well. But have you ever stopped to think about what “being prepared” really means? At the time of this writing, we are, as individuals, a city, a state, and a nation, preparing for one of the worst Hurricanes in many years. As Florence bears down on the east coast, many folks are rushing out and stocking up on water, canned goods, and non perishable food items. Store shelves are emptied, gas lines are long, and tempers are short. And once Florence has passed, hopefully with no lingering damage to our fair town, the snacks will be snacked, the water drunk, and we return to our regularly-scheduled, happy, peaceful lives. At least, until next time. I recognize, in fact encourage, the need for being prepared with “stuff”. It gives us a sense of security in an unsure situation, and comforts us with the knowledge that regardless of the situation, we can provide food, shelter and safety to weather any storm. It’s our insurance against impending calamity, protection for ourselves, and our families. We prepare because we care. Something I continually find missing from “preparedness” lists, however, is being “community prepared”. Social media, with its spit-polishand-shine promise of allowing us to “keep

messages Virginia! Such a good issue (August 2019) (as always!). I am continuously grateful to our history teacher, Tuffy Hicks, but especially for this Littlepage lesson. What a fellow young General Littlepage was, and speaking of fine fellows, kudos to Ms. Strentz for her article about Roxbury's own, Andy Lynn. No finer, or wiser, fellow than he. I was so glad she mentioned the Blaze King stove and the aromatic bean soup cooking

Front porch fredericksburg

in touch” with one another, has only served as a means to further separate us as a community, as neighbors. . Gone are the days of “reaching out and touching someone” with a phone call or visit. Instead, we simply write on their wall, and wait for our friend to “like” it. We no longer linger over mailboxes and on front porches visiting with neighbors and passersby. Heck, many of us don’t even know our neighbors! We seem to have lost the art of conversation, preferring instead a text, tweet or post. Perhaps for such a transient area as Fredericksburg, these “mayberryesque” ideals seem a bit outdated, but aren’t these small-town values and experiences why we all chose to be a part of this great city? So how can we become more “Community Prepared”? It’s easy, really. Turn off the TV. Step away from your computer, Ipad, and cell phone. Get to know your neighbors. Talk to them before disaster strikes, so that you know about their interests, skills and abilities. Find out who has basic/advanced First Aid skills, CPR, a 4WD vehicle. Who has basic carpentry/electrical skills? . In the event of an emergency knowing that next-doorBill is a retired plumber may come in handy. Or that Ms. Jane, the 86 year old who lives two doors up is alone, and has trouble seeing in the dark, and may appreciate a little help during a power outage. Create an emergency preparedness phone list, including a map of your neighborhood, that lists all necessary information, that is not stored in your cell phone. Cell phone batteries have the innate ability to run out at the

most inconvenient times. Most importantly, stay in touch with your neighbors. Developing a plan of Community Preparedness benefits not only the immediate community, but our city as a whole, and makes us all happier, and more secure. Regardless of what, or when, disaster strikes, you and your family will know where to turn, who to contact, and how to help, so that we can work WITH each other, instead of against each other. Catastrophe comes in many forms like divorce, long-term illness, layoff or hurricane. No matter the cause, having a strong, prepared community team to turn to can provide comfort knowing by working together, all will be well in the end.

Suzy teaches classes on Preparedness at The Scenter of Town on Charles Street

thereon! I used to walk down there just for a sniff or two! Yumm! Speaking of good sniffs, I cannot fail to mention Bob Whittingham's kitchen shop with its ever glorious windows. The pride of our wonderful Fred.! As ever, your devoted reader and writer emeritus, still Retired and Buck Naked on the Back Porch, Jo Middleton.

Thank you so much to Front Porch for partnering with the FXBG FoodBank (Porktoberfeast, Sept. 2018) in the fight against hunger! Elizabeth Gilkey

September is a great issue! Love the cover! (“Ed King”) Collette Capara

Great Article ({“What’s in a Riverbank”, August 2018). Jon Gerlach always delivers. Kevin Brown

Had to say…..the August Front Porch cover photo ({“Kayaakers”) is beautiful. jeanne fraser

A.E. Bayne passion for art and opportunities to those less fortunate, and movement. So, when help him eventually obtain a building/safe the world around him place. Donations are accepted at his was telling him he showcases and through the w o u l d n ’ t … h e FREEBYRUNNING gofundme page. couldn’t…Harvell did. “I’ve been where these youth In April of are, and I’ve felt their frustrations," 2015, Harvell organized Harvell says. "The arts should be the focus a group of former high for youth, especially in tougher areas school friends and where there aren’t as many positive acquaintances for a outlets for their energy and frustrations. showcase at Salem We should be providing space for Church Library developing voices from the Mayfileds, the entitled Abstract Vibes. Hazel Hills, and the outer reaches of the It included live surrounding counties. It concerns me performances in dance that more people are not involved with Alex Harvell @FCCA First Friday and poetry, live this kind of work. Whole communities are When Alex Harvell was growing painting, and music. It would be the first being left out of the conversation of the up in Fredericksburg, art was his refuge of many where Harvell successfully arts in our region, and it’s simply because from the difficulties in his life. Home was brought area youth together to create they don’t have access to platforms and filled with parents coming and going, and something mesmerizing. Today, Harvell spaces to practice and share their work.” there were negative influences swirling leads other young artists and performers The UUFF Gallery at the Unitarian around him. Tragic circumstances through Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg his organization, surrounded his life. Harvell was full of FREEBYRUNNING. will host FREEBYRUNNING during October energy and was always on the move, but As his brother did for him, and November 2018. The show, school was uninviting. To overcome it all, Harvell hopes to inspire young artists and Expressions of Freedom, will be open to Harvell took to heart the advice of his performers to tune out the naysayers and the public on Sundays between 10 a.m. older brother, George, who told him to pursue their passions. He says, “I had a and 1 p.m. There will be an opening on “run with it.” Run with his spirit, his lot of people telling me I shouldn’t do Sunday, October 7, 2018, between 11:30 individuality and uniqueness. Run with his what I wanted to do, that it wouldn’t a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where artists will be on make me successful, but people measure success differently. To all the open-minded people I Your Hometown Jeweler Since 1940 work with, I say you have to keep your ideas intact. On-Premise You have to keep your vision together while Jewelry Repair everything around you tells you to let it go. Large Selection of That’s the whole idea ESTATE JEWELRY behind FREEBYRUNNING. You're FREE BY taking your passions and visions 212 William Street,Fredericksburg and just running with it. 540-373-5513 The mission is to Alex Harvell with other FBR Members Mon-Fri 9-5:30; Sat 9-4 promote equality, peace, jewelboxfredericksburgva.webs.com love and freedom of jewelbox14k@yahoo.com expression and individuality.” site for conversation and light Harvell says he feels good about refreshments. FREEBYRUNNING will host the work he’s done in the community with a live performance on Saturday, November showcases at art galleries, lodges, and 10, 2018, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at most notably the John J. Wright the UUFF. Call (540) (540) 310-4001 for Educational Cultural Center and Museum information. in his home county of Spotsylvania. He even had the opportunity to present a A.E. Bayne is an educator, artist and showcase called The Uprising for the writer living in Fredericksburg. She publishes Fredericksburg Literary and NAACP's King George branch. He has Art Review and is a partner in pulled people together from all corners of the Fredericksburg Independent the region, most recently with First Friday Book Festival. showcases at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. FreeByRunning “Expressions of Freedom” UUFF Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Outreach remains Harvell’s Fellowship of Fredericksburg primary goal. He often provides free 25 Chalice Circle, FXBG, VA 22405 community meals at his showcases, and he Opening Oct 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is trying to turn FREEBYRUNNING into a Live Performance Nov. 10, 7-9 9pm nonprofit by the end of this year in hopes it will expand his resources, give

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October 2018

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Life in Fredericksburg

How Does A Master Gardener Grow? lifting hearts with beauty By Tina Will

October is arriving, and with it, hopefully, will be cooler temperatures and the colorful last hurrah on our deciduous trees and shrubs. Frost may come early, but flowers still have time to show off their beauty for several more weeks. With the abundance of rain that we have had here we may see a beautiful Autumn. Master Gardeners (MGs) volunteer their time for several different purposes. I have written about some of them this past year, and it continually impresses me that this is all done out of a desire to serve the community, as well as for the love and enjoyment of natural beauty in our outdoor world, and for the love and enjoyment of sharing Virginia horticultural knowledge. Cooperative Extension is our primary source of research-based information, and MGs (aka Extension Master Gardeners: EMGs), act as volunteer ‘employees’. Two branches of our Library (Howell and Porter) have gardens that are tended by MGs Pat Brown and Susan Van de Putte respectively. The Howell Branch garden encourages pollinating insects, and the Porter Branch garden grows vegetables with the produce being donated to SERVE (Stafford Emergency Relief

A Newcomer’s Perspective through Volunteer Efforts). The garden is still producing as I write this, but thus far this summer it has produced 328 pounds of carrots, eggplant, chili peppers, tomatoes, artichokes and herbs. During the Summer Susan offered gardening training every few weeks to interested members of the community. Some of the Library staff also enjoyed helping alongside Susan and the Porter Garden crew of MGs: Phyllis Phillips, Kathy Hobby, Pat Brown, Fran Furman, and Patricia Johnson. Outcome? The needy are served, the environment improved, and the human spirit is encouraged by the giving, receiving, and working together. Chatham Manor Gardens in Stafford County also has a large group of MGs who help maintain the flowers and plantings including: Carol Hyland, Rose Jennings, Susan Collins, Jonathan Stevens, Spencer Sullivan, Mollie Nagoski, Kathy Swengros, Arlene Wilkinson, Pat Brown, and Margie Huie. Their many hands and camaraderie make the work more enjoyable, and the results even more pleasing to all who visit. Dave Rodriguez launched several email series for us in recent years. A retired doctor, Dave took the Master

By Kevin Brown trip from New York to Florida. It happened to be Bastille Day. We were enjoying dinner and drinks at Spencer Devon’s and kept hearing music outside. The server said it was the Bastille Day celebration in the Market Square, so we decided to check it out. We walked over and saw a party – music playing, people dancing and generally having fun (and, of course, the wine!). So naturally we joined the festivities. That night we decided we wanted to make Fredericksburg our home. We moved to the area in 2017 and lived in Spotsylvania for a year before buying our house on Caroline across from Old Mill Park. We love the close proximity to the Rappahannock River and the trails, and get out as much as we can.”

Chatham House Summer Garden 2018 Gardener training and immersed himself in the world of horticulture. His series now cover six different areas: Insect of the Month, Plant ID of the Month, A Walk through Cossey Park, Learning Botanical Terms the Easy Way, Plant Problem of the Month, and Who am I Named For, are fun and informative. These writings help keep us abreast of current insect or disease problems and they also act as a mental prompt to remind us of something we have learned in our Master Gardener training. October is a good month to let your perennials, shrubs, and trees go to seed. Collect those seeds and store them

labeled with name and date of collection for MGACRA’s 3rd Annual National Seed Swap that will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019. Location and time will be shown on our website when plans are set: mgacra.org, and Facebook: MGACRA Master Gardener Association of Central Rappahannock Area.

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

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Q. What have you enjoyed doing in your first few months since moving to the city? A few months ago at a Sounds of Summer Concert in the Market Square, my wife and I met a fun-loving couple, Mike and Charlene Vizard, who had just moved to Fredericksburg. I was impressed by how these newcomers had so wholeheartedly embraced our city’s multitude of available recreational and cultural opportunities. This month, I asked Charlene to talk about how she and her family are enjoying an active lifestyle in the ‘Burg in 2018. Q. Please tell us about what brought you here to Fredericksburg? Charlene. “In 2016, we stopped in Fredericksburg overnight on a driving

my new favorite phrase is, ‘We'll have to remember that for next year!’ Mike is a big Civil War buff, so he got involved in the local roundtables as soon as we moved into the area. He’s met some interesting and helpful people that way, and we’ve been to a few events that are connected with those groups. On weekday mornings, we either drive or walk our son to his bus stop downtown and then I’ll go exercise and Mike will run home. On Fridays, we all walk to the bus stop and then Mike and I go for a longer run, first around downtown and then over to the Canal Path and the River Heritage Trail.

seems, and when there isn’t anything happening here, we’re close enough to Washington and Richmond to go be tourists for a while (and stock up on our favorites from Trader Joe’s!). Fredericksburg is a lovely town, in both architecture, history and people. We’re very happy being here!”

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

We love the fact that everyone we’ve met so far in Fredericksburg has been welcoming and friendly, and there are so many things to do! We have something planned every weekend it

Charlene. “We love wandering around downtown, especially in the antique stores—we always find something. The Sounds of Summer concerts on Friday nights have been a mainstay event for us, especially since we have an 8-year-old; he can run around and play while we enjoy the music. Being from New York, we are walkers, so we tend to leave the car at home and make the trek on foot. Sometimes our dog, Darby, comes along if it’s not too hot. We made a point to join the Fredericksburg Area Museum when we moved downtown, so we find out about a lot of events that way, including many of those that have already passed. I think

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Life in Fredericksburg

How Does A Master Gardener Grow? lifting hearts with beauty By Tina Will

October is arriving, and with it, hopefully, will be cooler temperatures and the colorful last hurrah on our deciduous trees and shrubs. Frost may come early, but flowers still have time to show off their beauty for several more weeks. With the abundance of rain that we have had here we may see a beautiful Autumn. Master Gardeners (MGs) volunteer their time for several different purposes. I have written about some of them this past year, and it continually impresses me that this is all done out of a desire to serve the community, as well as for the love and enjoyment of natural beauty in our outdoor world, and for the love and enjoyment of sharing Virginia horticultural knowledge. Cooperative Extension is our primary source of research-based information, and MGs (aka Extension Master Gardeners: EMGs), act as volunteer ‘employees’. Two branches of our Library (Howell and Porter) have gardens that are tended by MGs Pat Brown and Susan Van de Putte respectively. The Howell Branch garden encourages pollinating insects, and the Porter Branch garden grows vegetables with the produce being donated to SERVE (Stafford Emergency Relief

A Newcomer’s Perspective through Volunteer Efforts). The garden is still producing as I write this, but thus far this summer it has produced 328 pounds of carrots, eggplant, chili peppers, tomatoes, artichokes and herbs. During the Summer Susan offered gardening training every few weeks to interested members of the community. Some of the Library staff also enjoyed helping alongside Susan and the Porter Garden crew of MGs: Phyllis Phillips, Kathy Hobby, Pat Brown, Fran Furman, and Patricia Johnson. Outcome? The needy are served, the environment improved, and the human spirit is encouraged by the giving, receiving, and working together. Chatham Manor Gardens in Stafford County also has a large group of MGs who help maintain the flowers and plantings including: Carol Hyland, Rose Jennings, Susan Collins, Jonathan Stevens, Spencer Sullivan, Mollie Nagoski, Kathy Swengros, Arlene Wilkinson, Pat Brown, and Margie Huie. Their many hands and camaraderie make the work more enjoyable, and the results even more pleasing to all who visit. Dave Rodriguez launched several email series for us in recent years. A retired doctor, Dave took the Master

By Kevin Brown trip from New York to Florida. It happened to be Bastille Day. We were enjoying dinner and drinks at Spencer Devon’s and kept hearing music outside. The server said it was the Bastille Day celebration in the Market Square, so we decided to check it out. We walked over and saw a party – music playing, people dancing and generally having fun (and, of course, the wine!). So naturally we joined the festivities. That night we decided we wanted to make Fredericksburg our home. We moved to the area in 2017 and lived in Spotsylvania for a year before buying our house on Caroline across from Old Mill Park. We love the close proximity to the Rappahannock River and the trails, and get out as much as we can.”

Chatham House Summer Garden 2018 Gardener training and immersed himself in the world of horticulture. His series now cover six different areas: Insect of the Month, Plant ID of the Month, A Walk through Cossey Park, Learning Botanical Terms the Easy Way, Plant Problem of the Month, and Who am I Named For, are fun and informative. These writings help keep us abreast of current insect or disease problems and they also act as a mental prompt to remind us of something we have learned in our Master Gardener training. October is a good month to let your perennials, shrubs, and trees go to seed. Collect those seeds and store them

labeled with name and date of collection for MGACRA’s 3rd Annual National Seed Swap that will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019. Location and time will be shown on our website when plans are set: mgacra.org, and Facebook: MGACRA Master Gardener Association of Central Rappahannock Area.

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

Where Customer Service and Title Insurance Become One

Jewell Wolterman 12225 Amos Lane, Ste 204 Fredericksburg, VA 22407 540-907-0574 www.elitetitleva.com jwolterman@elitetitleva.com

Q. What have you enjoyed doing in your first few months since moving to the city? A few months ago at a Sounds of Summer Concert in the Market Square, my wife and I met a fun-loving couple, Mike and Charlene Vizard, who had just moved to Fredericksburg. I was impressed by how these newcomers had so wholeheartedly embraced our city’s multitude of available recreational and cultural opportunities. This month, I asked Charlene to talk about how she and her family are enjoying an active lifestyle in the ‘Burg in 2018. Q. Please tell us about what brought you here to Fredericksburg? Charlene. “In 2016, we stopped in Fredericksburg overnight on a driving

my new favorite phrase is, ‘We'll have to remember that for next year!’ Mike is a big Civil War buff, so he got involved in the local roundtables as soon as we moved into the area. He’s met some interesting and helpful people that way, and we’ve been to a few events that are connected with those groups. On weekday mornings, we either drive or walk our son to his bus stop downtown and then I’ll go exercise and Mike will run home. On Fridays, we all walk to the bus stop and then Mike and I go for a longer run, first around downtown and then over to the Canal Path and the River Heritage Trail.

seems, and when there isn’t anything happening here, we’re close enough to Washington and Richmond to go be tourists for a while (and stock up on our favorites from Trader Joe’s!). Fredericksburg is a lovely town, in both architecture, history and people. We’re very happy being here!”

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

We love the fact that everyone we’ve met so far in Fredericksburg has been welcoming and friendly, and there are so many things to do! We have something planned every weekend it

Charlene. “We love wandering around downtown, especially in the antique stores—we always find something. The Sounds of Summer concerts on Friday nights have been a mainstay event for us, especially since we have an 8-year-old; he can run around and play while we enjoy the music. Being from New York, we are walkers, so we tend to leave the car at home and make the trek on foot. Sometimes our dog, Darby, comes along if it’s not too hot. We made a point to join the Fredericksburg Area Museum when we moved downtown, so we find out about a lot of events that way, including many of those that have already passed. I think

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601 LAFAYETTE BLVD

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simple joys Visitors Program volunteers also love the flexibility of the program. Volunteers and their seniors can set up visits for the time that works best for them. It may not seem like much, but an hour a week can mean so much. Seemingly small and simple things make a big difference. You can make a difference! If you know a senior who could benefit from having a weekly, friendly visit OR if you would like to volunteer to visit a senior, call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2704 or visit our website at mhafred.org to download volunteer or senior applications.

Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program She can be reached at mhafaa@mhafred.org

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bringing performance arts to fxbg for 25 years

The Copper Shop

By Laurie Black

Sarah Dixon and her senior friend, Elaine sit across the table from each other. They smile and talk with the easiness of good friends. Their weekly visits are always relaxed and enjoyable. Sometimes they go out to eat or to the farmer's market, but usually they just sit, talk, and play games at Elaine's house. Elaine will tell you that as far as playing games, Uno is her personal favorite. Sarah and Elaine met through the Senior Visitors Program. Elaine's brother heard about the Senior Visitors Program and set up an appointment for Elaine with the Program Director, Teresa Bowers. Elaine and Teresa met at her home and then began looking for a volunteer to visit Elaine. Elaine explained that her brother and sister-in-law come to visit her regularly and she has a little dog, Brownie, who is good company. However, she was glad to meet a new friend. Her

visits from Sarah are something to look forward to. "Sarah is very nice. She is fun to be around and it is good to have someone to talk to." When Sarah and her husband, Todd Rump, moved to the Fredericksburg area, they immediately began to research volunteer opportunities. Todd was the first to volunteer for the Senior Visitors Program. (Todd and his senior friend, Darnell, were featured in the Front Porch Fredericksburg August 2018 issue.) Sarah A-W WishÂŽGreater volunteers with Make-A Virginia, but ultimately, decided to volunteer with Senior Visitors as well. Sarah and Todd enjoy having their volunteer work in common. They have volunteered together at various events and community fairs representing the Senior Visitors Program. Their community spirit and enthusiasm for service is both admirable and inspirational. When asked what she enjoys most about her volunteer visits, Sarah says, "I just love chatting with Elaine. Elaine is funny and honest. The time we spend together is really rewarding." This sentiment is often expressed by the Senior Visitors Program volunteers, who feel they get as much or more from their visits than their seniors. The Senior Visitors Program volunteers come from varied ages and backgrounds: college students, young professionals, active retired seniors, couples, mothers and daughters, men and women. Volunteers are as diverse as the seniors they visit. However, they all have a common joy in serving and making our community a better place. The Senior

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M & S Studio

THE

By christina ferber

371-4455 1707R Princess Anne

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M&S Studio of the Performing Arts is celebrating their 25th Season serving the greater Fredericksburg Area. In 1994 Mykal and Sabine Kvenberg moved to Fredericksburg Virginia with four suit cases and a dream. Prior to that, both were working as actors and musical theater performers in the US and Europe. Their vision was to pass on the love for the performing arts to a new generation.

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In August of 1994 they opened their doors in the Ferry Farm shopping center. The classes were filling up quickly and after four short years, they expanded to a bigger facility in Central Park to keep up with the demand. M&S Studio was different than other local dance studios. Mykal and Sabine brought Musical Theater to life. Besides offering all types of dance, students could study acting and singing. They were the first ones to offer the whole package. Many of their students went on to get their college education in dance and fine arts. Today M&S Studio is still strong with expanded programs. They offer a full music program Mykal and Sabine Kvenberg teaching all instruments and a pre"The most important aspect of professional program M&S Studio is that we help kids, teens for the serious-minded and adults to expand their horizon, gain students. confidence and self-esteem. No matter if "Family lives you start your career as dancer, singer, are so different today than they were 25 actor, or if you want to participate in a years ago," Mrs. Kvenberg said. "We want class on a recreational level, we have to help families to have more peace of something for everybody, age 3 to adults. mind by helping them to make things We even offer free trial classes, so more convenient, so they don't need to drive to so many different places for different activities. One family member is able take a music lesson while another child takes a dance or acting class." In the past few years we also helped many individuals, from kids to adults, to get their Hip Hop Dance Class start in the entertainment industry, either as actor or commercial families can make sure that we are the model. right fit" Kvenberg says. One of our past ARTS "We are delighted that we are Emma Angstadt performers, from able to provide a family friendly Fredericksburg actually landed a role in environment in which students can learn the movie "The Intern" with Ann Hathaway and grow, have fun, make friends and and Robert DeNiro. Many former students become a positive role model for others. are now well-established performers and At M&S Studio we create memories for Master teachers in the Dance and Acting families that last a lifetime." world. Christina Ferber is a teacher and a We always look for new faces and Certified Eden Energy Practitioner. She talent who are dreaming of getting a role lives in the FXBG area. on TV or Film either as a commercial model or actor. We are holding our next M&S Studio open auditions in October. To schedule Fredericksburg Central Park 1498 Central Park Boulevard your free appointment simply contact the (540) 785-6 6772 Studio info@mandsstudio.com front porch fredericksburg

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simple joys Visitors Program volunteers also love the flexibility of the program. Volunteers and their seniors can set up visits for the time that works best for them. It may not seem like much, but an hour a week can mean so much. Seemingly small and simple things make a big difference. You can make a difference! If you know a senior who could benefit from having a weekly, friendly visit OR if you would like to volunteer to visit a senior, call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2704 or visit our website at mhafred.org to download volunteer or senior applications.

Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program She can be reached at mhafaa@mhafred.org

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October 2018

bringing performance arts to fxbg for 25 years

The Copper Shop

By Laurie Black

Sarah Dixon and her senior friend, Elaine sit across the table from each other. They smile and talk with the easiness of good friends. Their weekly visits are always relaxed and enjoyable. Sometimes they go out to eat or to the farmer's market, but usually they just sit, talk, and play games at Elaine's house. Elaine will tell you that as far as playing games, Uno is her personal favorite. Sarah and Elaine met through the Senior Visitors Program. Elaine's brother heard about the Senior Visitors Program and set up an appointment for Elaine with the Program Director, Teresa Bowers. Elaine and Teresa met at her home and then began looking for a volunteer to visit Elaine. Elaine explained that her brother and sister-in-law come to visit her regularly and she has a little dog, Brownie, who is good company. However, she was glad to meet a new friend. Her

visits from Sarah are something to look forward to. "Sarah is very nice. She is fun to be around and it is good to have someone to talk to." When Sarah and her husband, Todd Rump, moved to the Fredericksburg area, they immediately began to research volunteer opportunities. Todd was the first to volunteer for the Senior Visitors Program. (Todd and his senior friend, Darnell, were featured in the Front Porch Fredericksburg August 2018 issue.) Sarah A-W WishÂŽGreater volunteers with Make-A Virginia, but ultimately, decided to volunteer with Senior Visitors as well. Sarah and Todd enjoy having their volunteer work in common. They have volunteered together at various events and community fairs representing the Senior Visitors Program. Their community spirit and enthusiasm for service is both admirable and inspirational. When asked what she enjoys most about her volunteer visits, Sarah says, "I just love chatting with Elaine. Elaine is funny and honest. The time we spend together is really rewarding." This sentiment is often expressed by the Senior Visitors Program volunteers, who feel they get as much or more from their visits than their seniors. The Senior Visitors Program volunteers come from varied ages and backgrounds: college students, young professionals, active retired seniors, couples, mothers and daughters, men and women. Volunteers are as diverse as the seniors they visit. However, they all have a common joy in serving and making our community a better place. The Senior

Front porch fredericksburg

M & S Studio

THE

By christina ferber

371-4455 1707R Princess Anne

Behind Silk Mill Like Us on facebook

Donate to a Cancer Organization

M&S Studio of the Performing Arts is celebrating their 25th Season serving the greater Fredericksburg Area. In 1994 Mykal and Sabine Kvenberg moved to Fredericksburg Virginia with four suit cases and a dream. Prior to that, both were working as actors and musical theater performers in the US and Europe. Their vision was to pass on the love for the performing arts to a new generation.

Fairy Dance Class

Thank You Fredericksburg for Your Support Since 1997 Accepting New Patients Emergency Patients Welcome Participant With Most Major Insurance Plans 131 Park Hill Dr, FXBG, 22401 540-373-0602 fdadental.com

In August of 1994 they opened their doors in the Ferry Farm shopping center. The classes were filling up quickly and after four short years, they expanded to a bigger facility in Central Park to keep up with the demand. M&S Studio was different than other local dance studios. Mykal and Sabine brought Musical Theater to life. Besides offering all types of dance, students could study acting and singing. They were the first ones to offer the whole package. Many of their students went on to get their college education in dance and fine arts. Today M&S Studio is still strong with expanded programs. They offer a full music program Mykal and Sabine Kvenberg teaching all instruments and a pre"The most important aspect of professional program M&S Studio is that we help kids, teens for the serious-minded and adults to expand their horizon, gain students. confidence and self-esteem. No matter if "Family lives you start your career as dancer, singer, are so different today than they were 25 actor, or if you want to participate in a years ago," Mrs. Kvenberg said. "We want class on a recreational level, we have to help families to have more peace of something for everybody, age 3 to adults. mind by helping them to make things We even offer free trial classes, so more convenient, so they don't need to drive to so many different places for different activities. One family member is able take a music lesson while another child takes a dance or acting class." In the past few years we also helped many individuals, from kids to adults, to get their Hip Hop Dance Class start in the entertainment industry, either as actor or commercial families can make sure that we are the model. right fit" Kvenberg says. One of our past ARTS "We are delighted that we are Emma Angstadt performers, from able to provide a family friendly Fredericksburg actually landed a role in environment in which students can learn the movie "The Intern" with Ann Hathaway and grow, have fun, make friends and and Robert DeNiro. Many former students become a positive role model for others. are now well-established performers and At M&S Studio we create memories for Master teachers in the Dance and Acting families that last a lifetime." world. Christina Ferber is a teacher and a We always look for new faces and Certified Eden Energy Practitioner. She talent who are dreaming of getting a role lives in the FXBG area. on TV or Film either as a commercial model or actor. We are holding our next M&S Studio open auditions in October. To schedule Fredericksburg Central Park 1498 Central Park Boulevard your free appointment simply contact the (540) 785-6 6772 Studio info@mandsstudio.com front porch fredericksburg

October 2018

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All things Italian

The Sunken Well Tavern

All month long By Kathyrn Willis

Fredericksburg-E Este Association is serving up treats pleasing to the body, mind and soul this month. First up is a program for the lifelong-learner. The interesting insights of Billy Chestnut, scholar and teacher, and long-time Italian habitant, will focus on Pre-Roman history and culture in a free lecture on Friday, October 12, at St. George’s Church, 905 Princess Anne Street (entrance on the George Street side). The evening begins with a gathering time and

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light refreshments at 6:30; the lecture begins at 7PM and concludes at 8. All are welcome, as are donations. The second offering is for the eyes: Nadir Frizzarin, (tattoo art above) an Italian artist at the top of his game, will visit Fredericksburg for two weeks beginning in midOctober. In addition to vibrant and energetic oils, pastels, and acrylics, Frizzarin has a wide reputation as a master body art tattooist. He will work alongside Fredericksburg artists, and will present a program of his works at LibertyTown on Sunday, October 21, for members of the Association and LibertyTown patrons. This Este’s Artist Exchange visit is part of Fred-E Program. Third up appeals to taste, smell, and rock ‘n roll. The ever-popular Pizza Palooza! is scheduled for Saturday,

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October 20, in Market Square. Folks can buy pizza for $1 a slice, and each slice will be accompanied by a gaming chip. Everyone will then vote for their favorite pizza, and at evening’s end, the People’s Choice award will be presented. Acoustic Onion will offer Beatles covers, Adventure Brewery and Italian Wines will be served for $5 a pour. Admission is only $2 IN CASH, please. A card reader will be available for food and beverage purchases. Bring your folding chairs and dress casually for this easygoing evening. The Fredericksburg Area Museum and the City’s Parks and Recreation are partners in making possible this fun time. The month concludes with the Annual William Prescott Carter Italian Concert Series, a free performance given

By k. Jeanne fraser in memory of Bill Carter, well-loved teacher, counsellor, community leader, and enthusiastic member of the Fred-Este group. This year, the accomplished and delightful performers of Washington’s Camerata (above), the early music ensemble established in 2009, will perform at St. George’s Church, on Friday evening, October 26. Watch for details on community online calendars, and Facebook (Fredericksburg-Este, Twinning). Also, sign up for our Newsletter—visit the website at www.fred-este.org. Better yet, join! Members are included in all-member events. The Fredericksburg-E Este Association, founded in 2015, is a sister city partner with Este, Italy. Its purpose is to nurture friendship and cultural understanding between the two cities through exchanges, programs, and events. The group’s website, www.fred-este.org, offers more information. Kathryn Willis happily advocates for the region's arts and culture

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"Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy." No, those don't work. "Butcher, baker, candlestick maker." Nope, these don't either. Retailer, barber, phlebotomist, flight attendant. Yes, that's it. But these titles barely begin to describe Johnnie Wood. After 30 years of flying around the world, first with Braniff in 1974, where he was a pioneer into the world of male flight attendants commonly known as stewards, and then with United, Johnnie decided on early retirement in 2004. "It was time." But retirement didn't mean not working. "I've had a variety of jobs, but never again will I do something I don't want to get up to do." For the moment, that means working on the desk at Hampton Inn and Suites South Fredericksburg, where he meets people from cities he used to fly to. Johnnie moved to Arlington, Virginia, in 1986 from Texas then to Fredericksburg in 2003. "At first I hated it because I was used to living in cities, but then I realized it has a sense of being the real America. There are people from all

beliefs and walks of life; it's a microcosm for the country. For better or for worse everything comes together here." What makes Johnnie unique is what he does in his free time. After learning to crochet in 2010, he has become an awardwinning crocheter making hundreds of hats, scarves, and blankets for people who need comfort and warmth. "My heroines are Tanis Galik (a recognized leader in the world of crochet) and Lily Chin, twice named the "Fastest Crocheter in the World" in international competitions. They both design beautiful wearables and home décor. They're my favorite hookers." Using single crochet for his first six afghans eventually led Johnnie to YouTube to learn more about his new hobby and enabled him to expand his stitch repertoire. "What I find there challenges and rewards me." Ann's A chance comment at Jo-A Fabric and Craft while he was buying yarn sent Johnnie looking for From the Heart Stitchers, a Virginia charitable organization with 1400 stitchers. According to Pam Greswolde, area coordinator for the group, (pegreswolde@comcast.net for more information) "Johnnie won't say this, but his work is stunningly beautiful and he is the most patient teacher I've met in 50 years of crocheting and knitting." When he starts to talk about From the Heart, his voice softens as he describes the impact of the group. "When I got involved with participating in charitable work I felt a paradigm shift in myself. I went from a life of selfindulgence to one of caring more about others. My compass for life is joy and

what we do as a charity elicits joy and peace." He recalls the family of one woman who received a Johnnie original who wrote to the group: "My mother cherished that blanket. She was clutching it when she had the last fusion in her cancer treatment." Today Johnnie is working on developing his own designs for other crocheters and knitters (he learned how to knit two years ago). "They're whimsical and fun" in keeping with his goal of having joy in his life. (514) Not willing to waste a minute, Johnnie works on a current project while talking. “Everyone has a story. I can't see it, but I believe there is a neon sign on my forehead that reads " Talk to me" and so people do. And I listen.” ~ k.jeanne fraser

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All things Italian

The Sunken Well Tavern

All month long By Kathyrn Willis

Fredericksburg-E Este Association is serving up treats pleasing to the body, mind and soul this month. First up is a program for the lifelong-learner. The interesting insights of Billy Chestnut, scholar and teacher, and long-time Italian habitant, will focus on Pre-Roman history and culture in a free lecture on Friday, October 12, at St. George’s Church, 905 Princess Anne Street (entrance on the George Street side). The evening begins with a gathering time and

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light refreshments at 6:30; the lecture begins at 7PM and concludes at 8. All are welcome, as are donations. The second offering is for the eyes: Nadir Frizzarin, (tattoo art above) an Italian artist at the top of his game, will visit Fredericksburg for two weeks beginning in midOctober. In addition to vibrant and energetic oils, pastels, and acrylics, Frizzarin has a wide reputation as a master body art tattooist. He will work alongside Fredericksburg artists, and will present a program of his works at LibertyTown on Sunday, October 21, for members of the Association and LibertyTown patrons. This Este’s Artist Exchange visit is part of Fred-E Program. Third up appeals to taste, smell, and rock ‘n roll. The ever-popular Pizza Palooza! is scheduled for Saturday,

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I Didn’t Know .... a male hooker until i met johnnie

October 20, in Market Square. Folks can buy pizza for $1 a slice, and each slice will be accompanied by a gaming chip. Everyone will then vote for their favorite pizza, and at evening’s end, the People’s Choice award will be presented. Acoustic Onion will offer Beatles covers, Adventure Brewery and Italian Wines will be served for $5 a pour. Admission is only $2 IN CASH, please. A card reader will be available for food and beverage purchases. Bring your folding chairs and dress casually for this easygoing evening. The Fredericksburg Area Museum and the City’s Parks and Recreation are partners in making possible this fun time. The month concludes with the Annual William Prescott Carter Italian Concert Series, a free performance given

By k. Jeanne fraser in memory of Bill Carter, well-loved teacher, counsellor, community leader, and enthusiastic member of the Fred-Este group. This year, the accomplished and delightful performers of Washington’s Camerata (above), the early music ensemble established in 2009, will perform at St. George’s Church, on Friday evening, October 26. Watch for details on community online calendars, and Facebook (Fredericksburg-Este, Twinning). Also, sign up for our Newsletter—visit the website at www.fred-este.org. Better yet, join! Members are included in all-member events. The Fredericksburg-E Este Association, founded in 2015, is a sister city partner with Este, Italy. Its purpose is to nurture friendship and cultural understanding between the two cities through exchanges, programs, and events. The group’s website, www.fred-este.org, offers more information. Kathryn Willis happily advocates for the region's arts and culture

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"Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy." No, those don't work. "Butcher, baker, candlestick maker." Nope, these don't either. Retailer, barber, phlebotomist, flight attendant. Yes, that's it. But these titles barely begin to describe Johnnie Wood. After 30 years of flying around the world, first with Braniff in 1974, where he was a pioneer into the world of male flight attendants commonly known as stewards, and then with United, Johnnie decided on early retirement in 2004. "It was time." But retirement didn't mean not working. "I've had a variety of jobs, but never again will I do something I don't want to get up to do." For the moment, that means working on the desk at Hampton Inn and Suites South Fredericksburg, where he meets people from cities he used to fly to. Johnnie moved to Arlington, Virginia, in 1986 from Texas then to Fredericksburg in 2003. "At first I hated it because I was used to living in cities, but then I realized it has a sense of being the real America. There are people from all

beliefs and walks of life; it's a microcosm for the country. For better or for worse everything comes together here." What makes Johnnie unique is what he does in his free time. After learning to crochet in 2010, he has become an awardwinning crocheter making hundreds of hats, scarves, and blankets for people who need comfort and warmth. "My heroines are Tanis Galik (a recognized leader in the world of crochet) and Lily Chin, twice named the "Fastest Crocheter in the World" in international competitions. They both design beautiful wearables and home décor. They're my favorite hookers." Using single crochet for his first six afghans eventually led Johnnie to YouTube to learn more about his new hobby and enabled him to expand his stitch repertoire. "What I find there challenges and rewards me." Ann's A chance comment at Jo-A Fabric and Craft while he was buying yarn sent Johnnie looking for From the Heart Stitchers, a Virginia charitable organization with 1400 stitchers. According to Pam Greswolde, area coordinator for the group, (pegreswolde@comcast.net for more information) "Johnnie won't say this, but his work is stunningly beautiful and he is the most patient teacher I've met in 50 years of crocheting and knitting." When he starts to talk about From the Heart, his voice softens as he describes the impact of the group. "When I got involved with participating in charitable work I felt a paradigm shift in myself. I went from a life of selfindulgence to one of caring more about others. My compass for life is joy and

what we do as a charity elicits joy and peace." He recalls the family of one woman who received a Johnnie original who wrote to the group: "My mother cherished that blanket. She was clutching it when she had the last fusion in her cancer treatment." Today Johnnie is working on developing his own designs for other crocheters and knitters (he learned how to knit two years ago). "They're whimsical and fun" in keeping with his goal of having joy in his life. (514) Not willing to waste a minute, Johnnie works on a current project while talking. “Everyone has a story. I can't see it, but I believe there is a neon sign on my forehead that reads " Talk to me" and so people do. And I listen.” ~ k.jeanne fraser

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October 2018

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Handcrafted Art ... World Class Crafted Spirits Whiskey & Wood Artisan Festival

Season’s Bounty Savory Fall

By vanessa moncure

By Tim Eggers now the premier event on the Guilds calendar.

With the final felling swing of an ax, a mature tree meets with it's ultimate destiny. At the hands of a skilled artisan who's medium of creative expression is wood, the tree will have the opportunity to live on for years to come. Nearly six years ago the local woodworking community came together and The Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild had it's genesis. Part of the vision for the Guild is to bring it's members together to share skills, abilities, and experiences, in hopes of developing better woodwork artisans of it' members. A larger vision for the guild is to promote woodworking to the community and support the long term success of woodworking businesses. In searching for ways to support those woodworkers who market what they make, the decision was made to create an event where woodworkers could showcase and sell their creations. Thus, The Whiskey and Wood Artisan Festival was born and is

This festival, in it's third year, will take place Friday October 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 Am to 5:00 PM. This year's festival will feature the original handcrafted works of 40 local wood artisans, along with friends from the pottery, glass, and metal worlds. One of the great aspects of the festival is the opportunity to meet the makers, learn the stories that inspire their pieces, and have the opportunity to acquire their works as additions to your collections. With artisans representing the broad spectrum of what can be created with wood you will be able to find everything from the simplest cutting boards and custom pens, to furniture, tables, lamps, keepsake boxes, humidors, sculptures, carvings, and even marble games-----------all of which are best described as functional art. The A. Smith Bowman Distillery is the host venue for this year's festival and is located at One Bowman Drive, at Deep Run, Fredericksburg VA 22408. Guests will have the opportunity to experience great handcrafted art as well as enjoying world class crafted spirits. Tours of the distillery are a great addition to the day with a tasting experience included. Admission, tours, and tastings all come at no charge, so plan on spending some time at The Whiskey and Wood Artisan Festival and get to know the local woodworking community. The Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild meet the first Saturday of every month, 8:30 AM, at The Workshop, 1104 Summit Street, Fredericksburg 22401. All who have interest in wood are encouraged to attend. Tim Eggers is the owner of Highwheel Woodworks, a Liberty Town Arts Workshop member, founder and director of The Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild, and partner in The Workshop. Whiskey & Wood Artisan Festival October 19, 4-8 8pm October 20, 10an-5 5pm A. Smith Bowman Distillery One Bowman Drive, at Deep Run, Fredericksburg VA 22408

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October 2018

WELCOME TO OUR GREAT OUTDOORS It’s Beautiful ~ Night and Day!

Front porch fredericksburg

October’s farm market stands are filling up with bushels of apples, baskets of mums and Crayola orange pumpkins - the very last of summer’s tomatoes, bush beans, eggplants, peppers and okra have been replaced by early beets and greens. My garden is being prepped for overwintering, pulling out the last vines and leaves of the past summer bounty, tilling and working in compost and chicken litter to enrich the soil. This year’s garden was a challange...but basil did well. Unlike my other herbs, I freeze basil rather than drying it - strip the leaves from the stem, rinse well and let air-dry, then place whole leaves in quart freezer bags. After they freeze, remove the bag from the freezer and open slightly, then crumble the leaves through the bag with your hands. Seal tightly again and store until ready to use measure in recipes as for fresh herbs dried herbs have a much more concentrated flavor, so use 3-4 parts fresh to one part dried herbs. This method works well for parsley leaves, too - I always keep a bag of fresh frozen parsley for cooking and garnishing - the freeze-dried

parsley sold in the spice aisle tastes just like green confetti. Pesto is not confined to only basil, as pesto is the term for any food made by pounding. Variations using arugula, spinach, roasted tomatoes and olives or even mushrooms have been popularized. I like freezing many herbs as pesto and although many pesto recipes call for pine nuts - I’m not a fan, I think they taste soapy - I think basil freezes better without nuts anyway. PESTO MONKEY BREAD or BREADSTICKS Pesto: In a food processor fitted with a steel blade (or mortar and pestle or VERY finely chopped by hand) blend 2 cloves of garlic with 1 c. packed basil leaves. Stir in ½ c. each grated romano cheese and grated parmesan cheese along with a pinch of salt. While machine is on, slowly drizzle in ½ c. olive oil. (and okay, if you love pine nuts, add in ½ c. chopped nuts). Set aside, covered, while making the bread. Dough: Stir ½ tsp. sugar and 1 pkg. active dry yeast into ¼ c. warm water and let work for five minutes. This is also a good way to proof your yeast if you’re

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unsure it is still active. In a large bowl, measure 2 c. bread flour, ½ tsp. salt. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, ½ of the basil mixture and 1 c. warm water. Gradually add 1 additional cup of flour as you work the dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding a bit more flour as necessary. Turn dough into oiled bowl, oil the top of dough and let stand, covered, until doubled, about one hour. Punch dough down and roll into about 16 balls, arranging around the bottom of a greased 10” tube pan. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes, bake in preheated 375F oven for 35-40 minutes. Let partially cool in pan, then turn out onto rack. Serve on platter, placing a small bowl filled with the remaining pesto in the center of bread. For breadsticks, just form the dough into 8” long rolls, let rise and bake at 375F for about half the time. Use the remaining pesto as a dipping sauce. PESTO CREAM SHRIMP LINGUINI Any time I combine pasta with seafood, I think of my Dad and his love of “oyster spaghetti” at Pasquale Manale’s in New Orleans. Begin preparing ½ lb. linguini. In a saute pan, melt 2 T. butter and 1 T. olive oil over medium high heat, cook ½ c. diced onion until softened - stir in ¾ lb. shelled and deveined 21-25 count Gulf shrimp (better flavor than farmed) and saute briefly, just til cooked through, about 2 minutes. Remove shrimp and onions and stir in ¾ c. heavy cream, ¼ c. basil pesto and 2 tsp. creole flavoring. Bring to boil, reducing cream to almost half. Return shrimp to pan along with ¼ c. pasta cooking liquid and 1 T. butter. Stir in linguine, lifting and stirring until sauce is well mixed with pasta. Remove pan from heat and stir in 2 T. fresh parsley and ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. HERBED PORK TENDERLOIN For each pork tenderloin, use 2 T. of pesto sauce for marinade. Rub over pork, place in glass baking dish, cover and leave for 30 minutes. Grill about 3 minutes per side, or until internal temperature is at least 145F. Meanwhile, roast Red Bliss potatoes, cut into about 1 ½” cubes and tossed with scant amount olive oil, at 425F until browned and tender. Remove from oven and toss with pesto sauce, adding 1 T. at a time until well-covered - add S&P to taste. Serve with the pork, along with sliced tomatoes. Vanessa Moncure has yummy recipes for every season.

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

Locally Owned Irish Pub and Restaurant 200 Hanover St. ~ 373-0738

The Soup & Taco, Etc. 813 Caroline St. Fredericksburg, VA

Serving Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex Food and Something More!! Tuesday to Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday 11am-6pm

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

front porch fredericksburg

October 2018

13


Handcrafted Art ... World Class Crafted Spirits Whiskey & Wood Artisan Festival

Season’s Bounty Savory Fall

By vanessa moncure

By Tim Eggers now the premier event on the Guilds calendar.

With the final felling swing of an ax, a mature tree meets with it's ultimate destiny. At the hands of a skilled artisan who's medium of creative expression is wood, the tree will have the opportunity to live on for years to come. Nearly six years ago the local woodworking community came together and The Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild had it's genesis. Part of the vision for the Guild is to bring it's members together to share skills, abilities, and experiences, in hopes of developing better woodwork artisans of it' members. A larger vision for the guild is to promote woodworking to the community and support the long term success of woodworking businesses. In searching for ways to support those woodworkers who market what they make, the decision was made to create an event where woodworkers could showcase and sell their creations. Thus, The Whiskey and Wood Artisan Festival was born and is

This festival, in it's third year, will take place Friday October 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 Am to 5:00 PM. This year's festival will feature the original handcrafted works of 40 local wood artisans, along with friends from the pottery, glass, and metal worlds. One of the great aspects of the festival is the opportunity to meet the makers, learn the stories that inspire their pieces, and have the opportunity to acquire their works as additions to your collections. With artisans representing the broad spectrum of what can be created with wood you will be able to find everything from the simplest cutting boards and custom pens, to furniture, tables, lamps, keepsake boxes, humidors, sculptures, carvings, and even marble games-----------all of which are best described as functional art. The A. Smith Bowman Distillery is the host venue for this year's festival and is located at One Bowman Drive, at Deep Run, Fredericksburg VA 22408. Guests will have the opportunity to experience great handcrafted art as well as enjoying world class crafted spirits. Tours of the distillery are a great addition to the day with a tasting experience included. Admission, tours, and tastings all come at no charge, so plan on spending some time at The Whiskey and Wood Artisan Festival and get to know the local woodworking community. The Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild meet the first Saturday of every month, 8:30 AM, at The Workshop, 1104 Summit Street, Fredericksburg 22401. All who have interest in wood are encouraged to attend. Tim Eggers is the owner of Highwheel Woodworks, a Liberty Town Arts Workshop member, founder and director of The Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild, and partner in The Workshop. Whiskey & Wood Artisan Festival October 19, 4-8 8pm October 20, 10an-5 5pm A. Smith Bowman Distillery One Bowman Drive, at Deep Run, Fredericksburg VA 22408

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October 2018

WELCOME TO OUR GREAT OUTDOORS It’s Beautiful ~ Night and Day!

Front porch fredericksburg

October’s farm market stands are filling up with bushels of apples, baskets of mums and Crayola orange pumpkins - the very last of summer’s tomatoes, bush beans, eggplants, peppers and okra have been replaced by early beets and greens. My garden is being prepped for overwintering, pulling out the last vines and leaves of the past summer bounty, tilling and working in compost and chicken litter to enrich the soil. This year’s garden was a challange...but basil did well. Unlike my other herbs, I freeze basil rather than drying it - strip the leaves from the stem, rinse well and let air-dry, then place whole leaves in quart freezer bags. After they freeze, remove the bag from the freezer and open slightly, then crumble the leaves through the bag with your hands. Seal tightly again and store until ready to use measure in recipes as for fresh herbs dried herbs have a much more concentrated flavor, so use 3-4 parts fresh to one part dried herbs. This method works well for parsley leaves, too - I always keep a bag of fresh frozen parsley for cooking and garnishing - the freeze-dried

parsley sold in the spice aisle tastes just like green confetti. Pesto is not confined to only basil, as pesto is the term for any food made by pounding. Variations using arugula, spinach, roasted tomatoes and olives or even mushrooms have been popularized. I like freezing many herbs as pesto and although many pesto recipes call for pine nuts - I’m not a fan, I think they taste soapy - I think basil freezes better without nuts anyway. PESTO MONKEY BREAD or BREADSTICKS Pesto: In a food processor fitted with a steel blade (or mortar and pestle or VERY finely chopped by hand) blend 2 cloves of garlic with 1 c. packed basil leaves. Stir in ½ c. each grated romano cheese and grated parmesan cheese along with a pinch of salt. While machine is on, slowly drizzle in ½ c. olive oil. (and okay, if you love pine nuts, add in ½ c. chopped nuts). Set aside, covered, while making the bread. Dough: Stir ½ tsp. sugar and 1 pkg. active dry yeast into ¼ c. warm water and let work for five minutes. This is also a good way to proof your yeast if you’re

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unsure it is still active. In a large bowl, measure 2 c. bread flour, ½ tsp. salt. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, ½ of the basil mixture and 1 c. warm water. Gradually add 1 additional cup of flour as you work the dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding a bit more flour as necessary. Turn dough into oiled bowl, oil the top of dough and let stand, covered, until doubled, about one hour. Punch dough down and roll into about 16 balls, arranging around the bottom of a greased 10” tube pan. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes, bake in preheated 375F oven for 35-40 minutes. Let partially cool in pan, then turn out onto rack. Serve on platter, placing a small bowl filled with the remaining pesto in the center of bread. For breadsticks, just form the dough into 8” long rolls, let rise and bake at 375F for about half the time. Use the remaining pesto as a dipping sauce. PESTO CREAM SHRIMP LINGUINI Any time I combine pasta with seafood, I think of my Dad and his love of “oyster spaghetti” at Pasquale Manale’s in New Orleans. Begin preparing ½ lb. linguini. In a saute pan, melt 2 T. butter and 1 T. olive oil over medium high heat, cook ½ c. diced onion until softened - stir in ¾ lb. shelled and deveined 21-25 count Gulf shrimp (better flavor than farmed) and saute briefly, just til cooked through, about 2 minutes. Remove shrimp and onions and stir in ¾ c. heavy cream, ¼ c. basil pesto and 2 tsp. creole flavoring. Bring to boil, reducing cream to almost half. Return shrimp to pan along with ¼ c. pasta cooking liquid and 1 T. butter. Stir in linguine, lifting and stirring until sauce is well mixed with pasta. Remove pan from heat and stir in 2 T. fresh parsley and ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. HERBED PORK TENDERLOIN For each pork tenderloin, use 2 T. of pesto sauce for marinade. Rub over pork, place in glass baking dish, cover and leave for 30 minutes. Grill about 3 minutes per side, or until internal temperature is at least 145F. Meanwhile, roast Red Bliss potatoes, cut into about 1 ½” cubes and tossed with scant amount olive oil, at 425F until browned and tender. Remove from oven and toss with pesto sauce, adding 1 T. at a time until well-covered - add S&P to taste. Serve with the pork, along with sliced tomatoes. Vanessa Moncure has yummy recipes for every season.

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

Locally Owned Irish Pub and Restaurant 200 Hanover St. ~ 373-0738

The Soup & Taco, Etc. 813 Caroline St. Fredericksburg, VA

Serving Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex Food and Something More!! Tuesday to Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday 11am-6pm

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

front porch fredericksburg

October 2018

13


Food Co-Op Revisited

Painting With A Purpose

become a part of our future by Mary Lynn Powers

Fredericksburg is working diligently on the opening of the new food co-op. Last year I wrote an article explaining the details of the Fredericksburg Food Co-O Op. At that time they had signed over 500 members. They now are at 850 members of the 1,000 needed to open a storefront. The organization is actively looking for a building to use for this purpose. The basic idea of the co-op is that it is member owned, and will facilitate a full service grocery store that sells local, organic foods with the added benefit of buying many foods, like rice, beans, oats, and spices from bins-thus saving packaging. In the meantime they are doing much more in the community. Various classes and information session are offered throughout the month at a variety of locations. The class on October 24th that sounds informative is being held at St. George’s Episcopal Church in their basement rooms where they have a lovely kitchen that can be

used for demonstrations. This class specifically addresses how to prepare good-for -you and good-for- the earth foods. Norris Dickard will show how to cook a vegan/gluten free Mexican dish. The class is free. A potluck will follow for anyone who likes to share their favorite plant based dishes. Last month the class was held at headquarters library, and featured a discussion on zero waste programs. This session was very interesting to me, unfortunately I was on vacation at the time. But I know many of us are vague on the recycling tenets in our communities and work places, and just in a day what goes in the trash is pretty incredible. The literature and research on this wave is available online for those interested in learning about the ideas. I plan on attending the next session if this subject is offered again. The food co-op volunteers are tireless in their efforts to recruit new members, and they can be found weekly at the Farmer’s Market in Fredericksburg. They are always ready for lively discussions on the current topics in sustainable cooking and healthy principles. The care of our Earth and each other is a big part of the food co-op’s ideals. Besides the educational classes offered, the hold happy hours at various downtown establishments. They met at Legume recently, and sometimes at the Red Dragon Brewery, and this month at Don Monchos. Lots of fun talks and a bit of learning goes on at these meetings. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in the conversation. More in-depth information can be found www.fredericksburgfoodcoop.com. at Anyone interested in becoming part of this exciting addition to our vibrant city, come out to the table at the market or contact through the website. They are looking for volunteers of all calibers, so jump in and become a part of our future. "The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain... until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life." -Jane Addams, human rights advocate

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

C L THE HAPPY M

Front porch fredericksburg

Mendez’s When Joan Diaz-M husband’s employment moved them to Virginia. They chose Fredericksburg to be close to family who live in the area. As a new resident, Diaz-Mendez turned to a family tradition of giving to become involved in the community. “My giving heart is 100% from my mother. I remember when little, on our trips to the Dominican Republic, Mother would fill up our suitcases with clothing, candy, and supplies to give away,” expresses Diaz-Mendez, “While living in New York City, I began implementing fundraising and volunteerism into my life as a hobby while running a Daycare business.” Fundraising and volunteerism have become an integral part of who Diaz-Mendez Leah Meredith Salzberg, Joan Diaz-M Mendez and is and continuing in a new city Gabriel Fernandez made perfect sense. However, Arts and learned about the organization’s Diaz-Mendez explains this is NOT a oneYouth Art Outreach Program. Transitions woman show. Over coffee, her and Leah 4 You would be the second non-profit Merideth Salzberg, Office Manager of organization chosen. Block Advisors discussed, ‘ways to reach Initially, the group planned to

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

540-899-0140 (ph)

540-899-0141 (fax)

Rand Sompayrac & Richard Moncure, Proprietors

Become a Member

fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com fredericksburgfoodcoop.com October 2018

by dawn whitmore

540-373-8300 www.marriott.com/fkrcy 620 Caroline St. FXBG, VA

Mary Lynn enjoys meeting & writing about interesting people & things in the 'burg

14

Fredericksburg charities benefit

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

the local public by creating an activity that would engage them while helping others’ with the added bonus of getting their name out to the public. From there, the two, reached out to a group including friends and local business people to see if interested in helping with the project. After each signed on, the “Painting Fredericksburg Sister Cities, A Charity Event” was born. The next step would be to decide who would benefit from the events. The group decided to choose 2 non-profit organizations to be the beneficiaries of the events. Diaz-Mendez researched Fredericksburg Center for the Creative

have a limited number of events. However, the outpouring and support from the community has encouraged the group to continue the events. If you would like to get involved in the once a month events planned at Italian Station or have a private event contact Joan Diaz-Mendez by phone 201546-2516 or email joandiazmendez@hotmail.com. Dawn Whitmore, The “Old Barn” Lady is a barnscape photographer & writer who lives in Spotsylvania. facebook.com/dewphotographypage www.dewphotographyva.com Photos by Speak Photography LLC's, Solange Phillips

front porch fredericksburg

October 2018

15


Food Co-Op Revisited

Painting With A Purpose

become a part of our future by Mary Lynn Powers

Fredericksburg is working diligently on the opening of the new food co-op. Last year I wrote an article explaining the details of the Fredericksburg Food Co-O Op. At that time they had signed over 500 members. They now are at 850 members of the 1,000 needed to open a storefront. The organization is actively looking for a building to use for this purpose. The basic idea of the co-op is that it is member owned, and will facilitate a full service grocery store that sells local, organic foods with the added benefit of buying many foods, like rice, beans, oats, and spices from bins-thus saving packaging. In the meantime they are doing much more in the community. Various classes and information session are offered throughout the month at a variety of locations. The class on October 24th that sounds informative is being held at St. George’s Episcopal Church in their basement rooms where they have a lovely kitchen that can be

used for demonstrations. This class specifically addresses how to prepare good-for -you and good-for- the earth foods. Norris Dickard will show how to cook a vegan/gluten free Mexican dish. The class is free. A potluck will follow for anyone who likes to share their favorite plant based dishes. Last month the class was held at headquarters library, and featured a discussion on zero waste programs. This session was very interesting to me, unfortunately I was on vacation at the time. But I know many of us are vague on the recycling tenets in our communities and work places, and just in a day what goes in the trash is pretty incredible. The literature and research on this wave is available online for those interested in learning about the ideas. I plan on attending the next session if this subject is offered again. The food co-op volunteers are tireless in their efforts to recruit new members, and they can be found weekly at the Farmer’s Market in Fredericksburg. They are always ready for lively discussions on the current topics in sustainable cooking and healthy principles. The care of our Earth and each other is a big part of the food co-op’s ideals. Besides the educational classes offered, the hold happy hours at various downtown establishments. They met at Legume recently, and sometimes at the Red Dragon Brewery, and this month at Don Monchos. Lots of fun talks and a bit of learning goes on at these meetings. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in the conversation. More in-depth information can be found www.fredericksburgfoodcoop.com. at Anyone interested in becoming part of this exciting addition to our vibrant city, come out to the table at the market or contact through the website. They are looking for volunteers of all calibers, so jump in and become a part of our future. "The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain... until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life." -Jane Addams, human rights advocate

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

C L THE HAPPY M

Front porch fredericksburg

Mendez’s When Joan Diaz-M husband’s employment moved them to Virginia. They chose Fredericksburg to be close to family who live in the area. As a new resident, Diaz-Mendez turned to a family tradition of giving to become involved in the community. “My giving heart is 100% from my mother. I remember when little, on our trips to the Dominican Republic, Mother would fill up our suitcases with clothing, candy, and supplies to give away,” expresses Diaz-Mendez, “While living in New York City, I began implementing fundraising and volunteerism into my life as a hobby while running a Daycare business.” Fundraising and volunteerism have become an integral part of who Diaz-Mendez Leah Meredith Salzberg, Joan Diaz-M Mendez and is and continuing in a new city Gabriel Fernandez made perfect sense. However, Arts and learned about the organization’s Diaz-Mendez explains this is NOT a oneYouth Art Outreach Program. Transitions woman show. Over coffee, her and Leah 4 You would be the second non-profit Merideth Salzberg, Office Manager of organization chosen. Block Advisors discussed, ‘ways to reach Initially, the group planned to

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

540-899-0140 (ph)

540-899-0141 (fax)

Rand Sompayrac & Richard Moncure, Proprietors

Become a Member

fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com fredericksburgfoodcoop.com October 2018

by dawn whitmore

540-373-8300 www.marriott.com/fkrcy 620 Caroline St. FXBG, VA

Mary Lynn enjoys meeting & writing about interesting people & things in the 'burg

14

Fredericksburg charities benefit

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

the local public by creating an activity that would engage them while helping others’ with the added bonus of getting their name out to the public. From there, the two, reached out to a group including friends and local business people to see if interested in helping with the project. After each signed on, the “Painting Fredericksburg Sister Cities, A Charity Event” was born. The next step would be to decide who would benefit from the events. The group decided to choose 2 non-profit organizations to be the beneficiaries of the events. Diaz-Mendez researched Fredericksburg Center for the Creative

have a limited number of events. However, the outpouring and support from the community has encouraged the group to continue the events. If you would like to get involved in the once a month events planned at Italian Station or have a private event contact Joan Diaz-Mendez by phone 201546-2516 or email joandiazmendez@hotmail.com. Dawn Whitmore, The “Old Barn” Lady is a barnscape photographer & writer who lives in Spotsylvania. facebook.com/dewphotographypage www.dewphotographyva.com Photos by Speak Photography LLC's, Solange Phillips

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CALENDAR of events

october 2018… Autumn harvest, autumn color, autumn air... ah, autumn! Wednesday, October 3

Open Auditions for "Scrooge" - A Musical Adaptation @ M&S Studio, 7:30pm. We are casting Actors, Dancers and Singers Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage

Thursday, October 4

Washington Heritage Museums' Speaker Series@ CRRL - FXBG, Theater Room. 10-11a. Judy Hansen, a retired teacher."Steamboats on the Rappahannock - and at Fredericksburg."

First Friday, October 5

Mindful Mornings Debut, FAM, 8am. (see pg 24 this issue) Fredericksburg Host Lions Club 9th Annual Golf Tournament @ Fredericksburg Country Club, 9a "Set Free", Robyn Ryan, opening reception, Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline St. All Member Show @ Artful Dimensions Gallery,922 Caroline St Constantly Becoming @ FAM 5-8p. meet Sophia Pineda, the artist behind the exhibition. Sophia, a 14-year-old with a passion for art, dancing, music, family, and friends, has the natural spirit most people strive to possess. Sophia also has Down Syndrome. Constantly Becoming will not only showcase the artistic talents of Sophia, but also educate the community about Down Syndrome and the resources available in our area. Film Screening: Intelligent Lives - Free @ FAM,7-9p Dan Habib's newest documentary tells the story of three young adults with intellectual disabilities. Mid Atlantic Pastel Society Special Guest Exhibit Opening Reception @ FCCA 6-8p. 813 Sophia St Waney Edges @Legume Kitchen & Bar, 715 Caroline St, Live Music, 8-10p Brush Strokes Gallery, “Color of the Season”, 824 Caroline St, opening reception, 6-9p

Saturday, October 6

FXBG Area Builders Assoc. "Parade of Homes". Come see what we are buidng for you. Info: FredParade.com Fall Fest at Aquia Church 8a-2p. Rt. 1 and Rt. 610, Stafford. Huge flea market, delicious BBQ pork sandwiches, face painting, baked goods and fresh pies, Live Auction at 11 AM, Book Nook and Toy Room, Room of Treasures, Craft Room, Clothes Closet, historic Church tours and much more Art in the Park @Hurkamp Park, 9a-1p. Local artists & craftspeople share their handmade goods Annual Fall Fest Craft Sale @ St. Matthias United Methodist Church. Big sale of crafts, home and holiday decor, baked goods, "cookies by the dozen," silent auction of specialty items; big yard sale and All Men's Stuff Yard Sale. 426 Deacon Rd Model and Talent Search @ M&S Studio, 1p. Children (age 5 and older), Teens and Adults are welcome to audition for us. Downhome Ball, An elegant hoedown. 6-10pm, Roxbury Farm & Garden, Layfayette Blvd.. Live Music, cash bar, free food, $ Kids' Galaxy Glow Run @ Patriot Park, 6p. 5710 Smith Station Rd, 22407. light up the night with an out-of-this-world race followed by a movie on our huge outdoor movie screen!!! The Science of Frankenstein @ Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, 7p UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrity Series: Paul Anka: Celebrating 60 Years of Hits - His Way@ Dodd Auditorium, 7:30p. Mr. Anka joins the Philharmonic for an amazing October season opener. You'll have the time of your life!!

Sunday, October 7

FreeByRunning "Expressions of Freedom" UUFF Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 25 Chalice Circle, FXBG, VA 22405. FXBG Area Builders Assoc. "Parade of Homes". Info: FredParade.com

Jazz Week: UMW Music Department and The Fredericksburg Jazz Collective for a full day of musicians' clinics, jazz history presentations, and live jazz performances! Free and open to the public. Thru Oct 13. check website for schedule & daily activities

Monday, October 8

Everything But the Garage Sale @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 9a-3p Second Saturday - So So Sophiola @FAM 11-Noon, featuring Sophia Pineda, a 14-year-old with a passion for art, dancing, music, family, and friends, has the natural spirit most people strive to possess. Sophia also has Down Syndrome

Columbus Day

Fall Colors Kayaking @ Stratford Hall,11:30a-3p Nerd Night @ Curitiba Art Café, 919 Caroline St., 7p. Info: sandrafedowitz @ gmail.com

Tuesday, October 9

Jazz Week 2018 : Spanglish (live Latin Jazz) at Billikens Smokehouse, 7-11p

Jazz Week 2018 : Jazz Styles Presentation at CRRL Library Main Branch, 6-8p

Jazz Week 2018 : Whisky Django Foxtrot at Legume Restaurant, 8-11p

Wednesday, October 10

Jazz Week 2018 : Elby Brass at Castiglia's Sky Bar , 10p-Midnight

Jazz Week 2018 : The Barker Brothers at Spencer Devon Brewing, 7-10p

Wood & Whiskey Festival, 4-8pm, featuring the original handcrafted works of 40 local wood artisans, along with friends from the pottery, glass, and metal worlds. as well as enjoying world class crafted spirits. Bowman Distillery, .

Saturday, October 20

Art in the Park @Hurkamp , 9a-1, Local artists and craftspeople share their handmade goods Pzza Palooza! @Market Square. Bring your folding chairs and dress casually for this easygoing evening. Acoustic Onion will offer Beatles covers, Adventure Brewery and Italian Wines will be served for $5 a pour. $2 admission. Presented by Fred Este Og.

Sunday, October 14

Meditation Retreat: Be Still and Know: A Day of Renewal @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 9-4p

Jazz Week 2018 : The Harry Wilson Quartet at the Kenmore Inn , 7:30-10p

Everything But the Garage Sale @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 9a-3p

Jazz Week 2018 : Open Jazz Jam at The Colonial Tavern , 8-11p

Third Annual Holiday Craft Fair @ Beth Sholom Temple, Across from the Howell Library, 9a-1p. Handmade jewelry, textile art, clothing, knitting, soaps, beauty products,healthy lifestyle & more

Wood & Whiskey Festival, 10a-5pm, featuring the original handcrafted works of 40 local wood artisans, along with friends from the pottery, glass, and metal worlds.as well as enjoying world class crafted spirits. Bowman Distillery, 1 Bowman

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

Thursday, October 11

Friday, October 12

All About Astronomy Fabulous Friday FXBG Branch of CRRL, 4:30-5:15p. Fun, hands-on activities for Grades K-6. Insights of Billy Chestnut, scholar and teacher, and long-time Italian habitant, will focus on Pre-Roman history and culture in a free lecture . St. George's Church, 905 Princess Anne Street gathering and light refreshments at 6:30; the lecture begins at 7PM All are welcome, as are donations Jazz Week 2018 : The Dangerous Kitchen jazz band at La Petite Auberge, 8-11p

FXBG Area Builders Assoc. "Parade of Homes". Come see what we are buidng for you. Info: FredParade.com

ArtsLIVE! partners again with The Rude Mechanicals on this rollicking 18th century play, The Rivals, at historic Stratford Hall, 3p.*Roundtrip transportation from Fredericksburg to Stratford Hall available for an additional cost

Wednesday, October 17

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

Thursday, October 18

Evening With An Expert: Diversity Today @ FAM Renwick Building

Saturday, October 13

FXBG Area Builders Assoc. "Parade of Homes". Info: FredParade.com

Friday, October 19

The Beach Boys @ Celebrate Virginia After Hours Purple Paws 2nd Chance Rescue Booth Camping World for the Pet Thornburg,

Brokedown Boys @Legume Kitchen & Bar, 715 Caroline St, Live Music, 8-10p

and spectators will walk to the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill where there will be live music, guest speakers, a 50/50 raffle, and food & drinks! Discover Your Food Co-op @ FXBG Branch Library, 2-3:30p. A community-owned grocery store is coming to Fredericksburg! You can make it happen.

Tuesday, October 23

Stafford High School Theater Department Presents 'Alice in Wonderland', 7p FREE

Wednesday, October 24

FXBG Food Co-Op class how to prepare good-for you and good-for- the earth foods. Norris Dickard will show how to cook a vegan/gluten free Mexican dish. Free, potluck will follow for anyone who likes to share their favorite plant based dishes. Civil War Round Table of FXBGhear author Bradley M. Gottfried, "The Maps of Fredericksburg", @ UMW, Jepson Center, 5:45p.social, dinner 6p, program 7:30p. (540) 361-2105 or email dinner@cwrtf.org.

leader, and enthusiastic member of the Fred-Este group. This year, the accomplished and delightful performers of Washington's Camerata, St. George's Church, pm Jahnel Daliya @Legume Kitchen & Bar, 715 Caroline St, Live Music, 8-10p

Saturday, October 27

Historic Cemetery Tour, Join costumed historic interpreters for the 16th annual tour of Fredericksburg's 3 most historic cemeteries: St. George's Episcopal Church, Masonic, and the grave of Mary Washington. Tour times: 11:00am, 12:45, or 2:30. Questions: Call Trip Wiggins 371-3906 (H); 653-6681 (W) / tripwig@cox.net or www.rchsva.org TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH BENEFIT YARD AND BAKE SALE Huge, indoor-outdoor yard and bake sale, 9a-2p, corner of William & College Ave UMW Philharmonic Orchestra's Fiddlestix Halloween "Spooktacular" @ Dodd Auditorium UMW, 3-5p. FREE, costumes encouraged.

Eating for the Earth @ St. George's Episcopal Church, Vegan and gluten-free healthy cooking can be quick and easy! Learn how to prepare a delicious vegan and GF Mexican meal, 5:30-7:30p

Happy Halloween Trails for all ages @ Motts Run Reservoir, 4-5p. Enjoy Halloween activities, games and treats

Halloween Movie Night @ Hurkamp Park, 7p, Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for our familyfriendly movie night!

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage, ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage, ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Sunday, October 21

Thursday, October 25

Fall Home and Craft Festival @ Fred Expo & Conference Center, 10a-4p, Unique blend of Home improvement companies and Hand Made Crafters

Nadir Frizzarin, an Italian artist presentation of his works @ Libertytown. In addition to vibrant and energetic oils, pastels, and acrylics, Frizzarin has a wide reputation as a master body art tattooist. This visit is part of Fred-Este's Artist Exchange Program. 4thy Annual Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes-FXBG @ Downtown . The walk brings awareness to the seriousness of domestic violence and raises money for Empowerhouse., 2p. Immediately following the opening ceremony, walkers will Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, literally! Men will slip into a pair of red high heels to show their support for the cause! Walkers

Crowns @ duPont Gallery, an exhibition of ceramic works curated by Jessica Gardner. Exhibit thru Dec2 Ready-Made Dream: Sue Johnson @ Ridderhof Martin Gallery, UMW, xhibition features floor-toceiling vinyl panels and decals that the artist has designed-transforming the gallery into the interior of an ideal, modern home.

Friday, October 26

Annual William Prescott Carter Italian Concert Series, a free performance given in memory of Bill Carter, well-loved teacher, counsellor, community

Halloween Wednesday, October 31

Belvedere Plantation Fall Harvest Festival, 10a-10p, Celebrating 35 years of Fall fun, , asutumn!

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CALENDAR of events

october 2018… Autumn harvest, autumn color, autumn air... ah, autumn! Wednesday, October 3

Open Auditions for "Scrooge" - A Musical Adaptation @ M&S Studio, 7:30pm. We are casting Actors, Dancers and Singers Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage

Thursday, October 4

Washington Heritage Museums' Speaker Series@ CRRL - FXBG, Theater Room. 10-11a. Judy Hansen, a retired teacher."Steamboats on the Rappahannock - and at Fredericksburg."

First Friday, October 5

Mindful Mornings Debut, FAM, 8am. (see pg 24 this issue) Fredericksburg Host Lions Club 9th Annual Golf Tournament @ Fredericksburg Country Club, 9a "Set Free", Robyn Ryan, opening reception, Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline St. All Member Show @ Artful Dimensions Gallery,922 Caroline St Constantly Becoming @ FAM 5-8p. meet Sophia Pineda, the artist behind the exhibition. Sophia, a 14-year-old with a passion for art, dancing, music, family, and friends, has the natural spirit most people strive to possess. Sophia also has Down Syndrome. Constantly Becoming will not only showcase the artistic talents of Sophia, but also educate the community about Down Syndrome and the resources available in our area. Film Screening: Intelligent Lives - Free @ FAM,7-9p Dan Habib's newest documentary tells the story of three young adults with intellectual disabilities. Mid Atlantic Pastel Society Special Guest Exhibit Opening Reception @ FCCA 6-8p. 813 Sophia St Waney Edges @Legume Kitchen & Bar, 715 Caroline St, Live Music, 8-10p Brush Strokes Gallery, “Color of the Season”, 824 Caroline St, opening reception, 6-9p

Saturday, October 6

FXBG Area Builders Assoc. "Parade of Homes". Come see what we are buidng for you. Info: FredParade.com Fall Fest at Aquia Church 8a-2p. Rt. 1 and Rt. 610, Stafford. Huge flea market, delicious BBQ pork sandwiches, face painting, baked goods and fresh pies, Live Auction at 11 AM, Book Nook and Toy Room, Room of Treasures, Craft Room, Clothes Closet, historic Church tours and much more Art in the Park @Hurkamp Park, 9a-1p. Local artists & craftspeople share their handmade goods Annual Fall Fest Craft Sale @ St. Matthias United Methodist Church. Big sale of crafts, home and holiday decor, baked goods, "cookies by the dozen," silent auction of specialty items; big yard sale and All Men's Stuff Yard Sale. 426 Deacon Rd Model and Talent Search @ M&S Studio, 1p. Children (age 5 and older), Teens and Adults are welcome to audition for us. Downhome Ball, An elegant hoedown. 6-10pm, Roxbury Farm & Garden, Layfayette Blvd.. Live Music, cash bar, free food, $ Kids' Galaxy Glow Run @ Patriot Park, 6p. 5710 Smith Station Rd, 22407. light up the night with an out-of-this-world race followed by a movie on our huge outdoor movie screen!!! The Science of Frankenstein @ Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, 7p UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrity Series: Paul Anka: Celebrating 60 Years of Hits - His Way@ Dodd Auditorium, 7:30p. Mr. Anka joins the Philharmonic for an amazing October season opener. You'll have the time of your life!!

Sunday, October 7

FreeByRunning "Expressions of Freedom" UUFF Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 25 Chalice Circle, FXBG, VA 22405. FXBG Area Builders Assoc. "Parade of Homes". Info: FredParade.com

Jazz Week: UMW Music Department and The Fredericksburg Jazz Collective for a full day of musicians' clinics, jazz history presentations, and live jazz performances! Free and open to the public. Thru Oct 13. check website for schedule & daily activities

Monday, October 8

Everything But the Garage Sale @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 9a-3p Second Saturday - So So Sophiola @FAM 11-Noon, featuring Sophia Pineda, a 14-year-old with a passion for art, dancing, music, family, and friends, has the natural spirit most people strive to possess. Sophia also has Down Syndrome

Columbus Day

Fall Colors Kayaking @ Stratford Hall,11:30a-3p Nerd Night @ Curitiba Art Café, 919 Caroline St., 7p. Info: sandrafedowitz @ gmail.com

Tuesday, October 9

Jazz Week 2018 : Spanglish (live Latin Jazz) at Billikens Smokehouse, 7-11p

Jazz Week 2018 : Jazz Styles Presentation at CRRL Library Main Branch, 6-8p

Jazz Week 2018 : Whisky Django Foxtrot at Legume Restaurant, 8-11p

Wednesday, October 10

Jazz Week 2018 : Elby Brass at Castiglia's Sky Bar , 10p-Midnight

Jazz Week 2018 : The Barker Brothers at Spencer Devon Brewing, 7-10p

Wood & Whiskey Festival, 4-8pm, featuring the original handcrafted works of 40 local wood artisans, along with friends from the pottery, glass, and metal worlds. as well as enjoying world class crafted spirits. Bowman Distillery, .

Saturday, October 20

Art in the Park @Hurkamp , 9a-1, Local artists and craftspeople share their handmade goods Pzza Palooza! @Market Square. Bring your folding chairs and dress casually for this easygoing evening. Acoustic Onion will offer Beatles covers, Adventure Brewery and Italian Wines will be served for $5 a pour. $2 admission. Presented by Fred Este Og.

Sunday, October 14

Meditation Retreat: Be Still and Know: A Day of Renewal @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 9-4p

Jazz Week 2018 : The Harry Wilson Quartet at the Kenmore Inn , 7:30-10p

Everything But the Garage Sale @ Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 9a-3p

Jazz Week 2018 : Open Jazz Jam at The Colonial Tavern , 8-11p

Third Annual Holiday Craft Fair @ Beth Sholom Temple, Across from the Howell Library, 9a-1p. Handmade jewelry, textile art, clothing, knitting, soaps, beauty products,healthy lifestyle & more

Wood & Whiskey Festival, 10a-5pm, featuring the original handcrafted works of 40 local wood artisans, along with friends from the pottery, glass, and metal worlds.as well as enjoying world class crafted spirits. Bowman Distillery, 1 Bowman

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

Thursday, October 11

Friday, October 12

All About Astronomy Fabulous Friday FXBG Branch of CRRL, 4:30-5:15p. Fun, hands-on activities for Grades K-6. Insights of Billy Chestnut, scholar and teacher, and long-time Italian habitant, will focus on Pre-Roman history and culture in a free lecture . St. George's Church, 905 Princess Anne Street gathering and light refreshments at 6:30; the lecture begins at 7PM All are welcome, as are donations Jazz Week 2018 : The Dangerous Kitchen jazz band at La Petite Auberge, 8-11p

FXBG Area Builders Assoc. "Parade of Homes". Come see what we are buidng for you. Info: FredParade.com

ArtsLIVE! partners again with The Rude Mechanicals on this rollicking 18th century play, The Rivals, at historic Stratford Hall, 3p.*Roundtrip transportation from Fredericksburg to Stratford Hall available for an additional cost

Wednesday, October 17

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

Thursday, October 18

Evening With An Expert: Diversity Today @ FAM Renwick Building

Saturday, October 13

FXBG Area Builders Assoc. "Parade of Homes". Info: FredParade.com

Friday, October 19

The Beach Boys @ Celebrate Virginia After Hours Purple Paws 2nd Chance Rescue Booth Camping World for the Pet Thornburg,

Brokedown Boys @Legume Kitchen & Bar, 715 Caroline St, Live Music, 8-10p

and spectators will walk to the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill where there will be live music, guest speakers, a 50/50 raffle, and food & drinks! Discover Your Food Co-op @ FXBG Branch Library, 2-3:30p. A community-owned grocery store is coming to Fredericksburg! You can make it happen.

Tuesday, October 23

Stafford High School Theater Department Presents 'Alice in Wonderland', 7p FREE

Wednesday, October 24

FXBG Food Co-Op class how to prepare good-for you and good-for- the earth foods. Norris Dickard will show how to cook a vegan/gluten free Mexican dish. Free, potluck will follow for anyone who likes to share their favorite plant based dishes. Civil War Round Table of FXBGhear author Bradley M. Gottfried, "The Maps of Fredericksburg", @ UMW, Jepson Center, 5:45p.social, dinner 6p, program 7:30p. (540) 361-2105 or email dinner@cwrtf.org.

leader, and enthusiastic member of the Fred-Este group. This year, the accomplished and delightful performers of Washington's Camerata, St. George's Church, pm Jahnel Daliya @Legume Kitchen & Bar, 715 Caroline St, Live Music, 8-10p

Saturday, October 27

Historic Cemetery Tour, Join costumed historic interpreters for the 16th annual tour of Fredericksburg's 3 most historic cemeteries: St. George's Episcopal Church, Masonic, and the grave of Mary Washington. Tour times: 11:00am, 12:45, or 2:30. Questions: Call Trip Wiggins 371-3906 (H); 653-6681 (W) / tripwig@cox.net or www.rchsva.org TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH BENEFIT YARD AND BAKE SALE Huge, indoor-outdoor yard and bake sale, 9a-2p, corner of William & College Ave UMW Philharmonic Orchestra's Fiddlestix Halloween "Spooktacular" @ Dodd Auditorium UMW, 3-5p. FREE, costumes encouraged.

Eating for the Earth @ St. George's Episcopal Church, Vegan and gluten-free healthy cooking can be quick and easy! Learn how to prepare a delicious vegan and GF Mexican meal, 5:30-7:30p

Happy Halloween Trails for all ages @ Motts Run Reservoir, 4-5p. Enjoy Halloween activities, games and treats

Halloween Movie Night @ Hurkamp Park, 7p, Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for our familyfriendly movie night!

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage, ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Sunken Well Trivia tonight starting at 7:45pm, 720 Littlepage, ~ Come and match wits against the finest minds in Fredericksburg! Compete for Honor, Glory, and Prizes!!

Sunday, October 21

Thursday, October 25

Fall Home and Craft Festival @ Fred Expo & Conference Center, 10a-4p, Unique blend of Home improvement companies and Hand Made Crafters

Nadir Frizzarin, an Italian artist presentation of his works @ Libertytown. In addition to vibrant and energetic oils, pastels, and acrylics, Frizzarin has a wide reputation as a master body art tattooist. This visit is part of Fred-Este's Artist Exchange Program. 4thy Annual Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes-FXBG @ Downtown . The walk brings awareness to the seriousness of domestic violence and raises money for Empowerhouse., 2p. Immediately following the opening ceremony, walkers will Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, literally! Men will slip into a pair of red high heels to show their support for the cause! Walkers

Crowns @ duPont Gallery, an exhibition of ceramic works curated by Jessica Gardner. Exhibit thru Dec2 Ready-Made Dream: Sue Johnson @ Ridderhof Martin Gallery, UMW, xhibition features floor-toceiling vinyl panels and decals that the artist has designed-transforming the gallery into the interior of an ideal, modern home.

Friday, October 26

Annual William Prescott Carter Italian Concert Series, a free performance given in memory of Bill Carter, well-loved teacher, counsellor, community

Halloween Wednesday, October 31

Belvedere Plantation Fall Harvest Festival, 10a-10p, Celebrating 35 years of Fall fun, , asutumn!

If you are reading this 255th issue of FPF, thank an advertiser as we celebrate our 22nd year of continuous publication! If you are an advertiser, list your events. Deadline for November 2018 issue is October 20th. To submit events go to frontporchfredericksburg.com/submit

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history’s stories

EDWIN ARTHUR EMERSON By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks ` Recently while researching my vast collection of historic files and documents, I came across a letter that I received over 40 years ago from a distant relative of Edwin Emerson. There have been many personal accounts published about the night President Lincoln was assassinated. This account was written on April 21, 1920, just two years before the death of Edwin Emerson and over 50 years after the assassination.

Who was Edwin Emerson? Edwin Arthur Emerson was a wellknown actor that was on the Ford Theatre stage the evening Lincoln was shot, Good Friday April 15, 1865. Emerson was also the GreatGrandfather of the owner of this letter. Edwin Emerson was born in Alexandria on December 27, 1839. His childhood was uneventful, with he and his family moving several times west to Missouri and Illinois, before moving back to Alexandria in 1852. “Ned” as he was called joined a society of actors that performed in a theatre located on the corner of Royal and King Streets in Alexandria. It was doing one of these performances that his talents attracted John T. Ford, manager of Ford’s Theatre in Washington. For the next 12 years he performed in several locations finally coming back to Washington in 1864 to perform at Ford’s Theatre. The “AMERICAN COUSIN, which had a long run in New York was to begin a season at Ford’s Theatre. Edwin was chosen for the acting part of Lord Dundreary in the production. He was listed on the program the night President Lincoln was assassinated. In his description Edwin writes: “I knew John Wilkes Booth well. I played with him through all the cities. He was kind-hearted genial person, and no clever gentleman ever lived than John Wilkes Booth. Everybody loved him on the stage; but he was a little eccentric and excitable”. Emerson went on in the letter reciting and event the day before Lincoln was shot. (Booth) “He said, Ned did you hear what that old scoundrel did the other day? I said, who are you talking about John? He answered, Why that old scoundrel, Lincoln”. Emerson said, “He was dumfounded as he told Booth, speak low or you going to get yourself in trouble. Emerson said that Booth went on to describe how Lincoln had gone into Jefferson Davis’s home and squirted tobacco juice all over the place, somebody ought to kill the old scoundrel.” Emerson went on to describe how Booth took Emerson’s cane and broke it in half and he (Emerson) still had the broken cane in 1920. Arthur went on to say that this made him afraid of becoming involved with Booth, however, he stated that he never knew anything about the conspiracy or any of the plans that Booth had made.

What’s in an Icon

OUR HERITAGE

A look at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center collection

The Purina Tower

then & now

By jon gerlach

By john reifenberg 81 years ago this month, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park marked an event at the intersection of Furnace Road and Old Plank Road in western Spotsylvania County. It was recorded on film by then park historian and amateur photographer Ralph Happel. For over 30 years he drifted through the back roads of the nearby counties, recording life as he saw it.

ages passing through town are treated to this delightful checkerboard tower.

I pulled some of his photographs from the archives at the Center, displayed here, and included photographs taken in 2018 for a comparison of visual and cultural interest. ~John

Captain Carter Bishop and Judge Rich listening to Dr. Freeman

A few wonderful buildings create the character of Fredericksburg's distinctive skyline. The Purina Tower is one of them. Located at 311 Frederick Street next to the railroad tracks, the iconic tower rises proudly out of the historic Darbytown neighborhood. Visible from almost anywhere in town, with its playful red-checkered paint scheme, the Purina Tower is understandably a favorite subject for local artists. Train riders of all

Notice Marker in background

If you're thinking of catching a breathtaking view of Fredericksburg from the top of the tower, approximately 85 feet above ground, beware: there are no stairs - only a really, really long ladder. The author declined a gracious offer to make the climb. Built around 1919, the steelreinforced poured concrete tower was Sweetster Company known as the Young-S Grain Elevator. A spur of the railroad tracks led directly to the base of the tower. Grains offloaded from railroad cars were

hoisted into the tower and redistributed into one of nine rooms, using scoops on a long conveyor belt powered by gasoline motors. The tower could accommodate 1,700 cubic yards of grain. Wheat, oats, barley, rye and corn were blended and bagged to fulfill client orders and for sale on the open market. Customers picked up their sacks of grain at the warehouse and loading dock next door.

G. Palmer, President). Above HGP's ceilings are the spacious, empty grain rooms.

The Purina Tower has lived several lives. The Young-Sweetster Company owned the property until 1971. Farm & Tractor Supply Company operated there from 1966 until 1992. In the 1950s, the Purina Tower's thick walls made for a perfect Civil Defense Fallout Shelter. Hamilton G. Palmer bought the property in 1999 and restored the tower and adjoining warehouse. Costs were kept manageable by financial help from Virginia's Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program and local real estate tax abatements (Fredericksburg Tax Credits for Rehabilitated Property). Today, the first floor of the tower houses the offices of land surveying firm HGP, Inc. (Hamilton

So … what's in an icon? Here, a playful part of our town's extraordinary skyline, the Purina Tower is a crown jewel in Fredericksburg's Historic District.

Architects Raymond and Dana Herlong of Herlong Associates, Inc. designed the "curtain wall", the warehouse glass façade facing the railroad tracks. Green Fitness and Wellness, a popular Gym/Physical Fitness Center, occupies the warehouse today.

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach chairs the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg.

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach chairs the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg. "Purina Tower" painting by Jon Gerlach

Marker Today

Emerson went on to describe the Friday of Lincoln’s death; “I was standing at the box office talking with Harry Ford, the treasurer when a courier came up from the White House wanting to know if the President could get a box“ Ford replied that Lincoln could have any box in the house. The courier said the President’s box was wanted by Lincoln. Mr. Ford made and posted a note that the President would be there. Emerson wrote: “John Booth came up looked at the note saying; “That old scoundrel is going to be here tonight?” Ford answered; “Yes, with that Booth walked away very rapidly.” April 15, 1865 the theatre was crowded: Emerson says “ I was on stage with Miss May Hart, when Lincoln entered as ‘Hail to the Chief’ was played by the orchestra. Emerson writes as soon as everything was quiet, Mr. Lincoln waved at him and in a low tone said “Now Mr. Emerson, go on.” He knew me, having seen me act so often”. Emerson writes that he was standing under Lincoln’s box when he heard a shot and he saw John Wilkes Booth, jump out of Lincoln’s box crying “Sic Semper Tyrannis” and run to the alley. Emerson writes that he never acted again at the Ford Theatre as it was closed. He ends the letter by saying that the incidents recorded are “just as they took place in my presence and witnessed by me at the time of that dreadful event and I shall never forget the shock and surprise and anguish which we all experienced.“ Emerson retired from acting in 1870 and moved to Lynchburg where he opened a successful book store. Edwin Arthur “Ned” Emerson died in 1922 at the age of eightytwo and is buried in Lynchburg. Dedicated to:Linda Robertson, Dickie Wendt, Roy Schmidt, Jessica Pierson, Emory Hicks

Dr. Freeman on a makeshift podium addresing the group at the dedication. He is flanked by two cedar trees planted to commemorate the occasion. It is the site where Lee and Jackson last met Cedar Trees planted in 1937 Today

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history’s stories

EDWIN ARTHUR EMERSON By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks ` Recently while researching my vast collection of historic files and documents, I came across a letter that I received over 40 years ago from a distant relative of Edwin Emerson. There have been many personal accounts published about the night President Lincoln was assassinated. This account was written on April 21, 1920, just two years before the death of Edwin Emerson and over 50 years after the assassination.

Who was Edwin Emerson? Edwin Arthur Emerson was a wellknown actor that was on the Ford Theatre stage the evening Lincoln was shot, Good Friday April 15, 1865. Emerson was also the GreatGrandfather of the owner of this letter. Edwin Emerson was born in Alexandria on December 27, 1839. His childhood was uneventful, with he and his family moving several times west to Missouri and Illinois, before moving back to Alexandria in 1852. “Ned” as he was called joined a society of actors that performed in a theatre located on the corner of Royal and King Streets in Alexandria. It was doing one of these performances that his talents attracted John T. Ford, manager of Ford’s Theatre in Washington. For the next 12 years he performed in several locations finally coming back to Washington in 1864 to perform at Ford’s Theatre. The “AMERICAN COUSIN, which had a long run in New York was to begin a season at Ford’s Theatre. Edwin was chosen for the acting part of Lord Dundreary in the production. He was listed on the program the night President Lincoln was assassinated. In his description Edwin writes: “I knew John Wilkes Booth well. I played with him through all the cities. He was kind-hearted genial person, and no clever gentleman ever lived than John Wilkes Booth. Everybody loved him on the stage; but he was a little eccentric and excitable”. Emerson went on in the letter reciting and event the day before Lincoln was shot. (Booth) “He said, Ned did you hear what that old scoundrel did the other day? I said, who are you talking about John? He answered, Why that old scoundrel, Lincoln”. Emerson said, “He was dumfounded as he told Booth, speak low or you going to get yourself in trouble. Emerson said that Booth went on to describe how Lincoln had gone into Jefferson Davis’s home and squirted tobacco juice all over the place, somebody ought to kill the old scoundrel.” Emerson went on to describe how Booth took Emerson’s cane and broke it in half and he (Emerson) still had the broken cane in 1920. Arthur went on to say that this made him afraid of becoming involved with Booth, however, he stated that he never knew anything about the conspiracy or any of the plans that Booth had made.

What’s in an Icon

OUR HERITAGE

A look at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center collection

The Purina Tower

then & now

By jon gerlach

By john reifenberg 81 years ago this month, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park marked an event at the intersection of Furnace Road and Old Plank Road in western Spotsylvania County. It was recorded on film by then park historian and amateur photographer Ralph Happel. For over 30 years he drifted through the back roads of the nearby counties, recording life as he saw it.

ages passing through town are treated to this delightful checkerboard tower.

I pulled some of his photographs from the archives at the Center, displayed here, and included photographs taken in 2018 for a comparison of visual and cultural interest. ~John

Captain Carter Bishop and Judge Rich listening to Dr. Freeman

A few wonderful buildings create the character of Fredericksburg's distinctive skyline. The Purina Tower is one of them. Located at 311 Frederick Street next to the railroad tracks, the iconic tower rises proudly out of the historic Darbytown neighborhood. Visible from almost anywhere in town, with its playful red-checkered paint scheme, the Purina Tower is understandably a favorite subject for local artists. Train riders of all

Notice Marker in background

If you're thinking of catching a breathtaking view of Fredericksburg from the top of the tower, approximately 85 feet above ground, beware: there are no stairs - only a really, really long ladder. The author declined a gracious offer to make the climb. Built around 1919, the steelreinforced poured concrete tower was Sweetster Company known as the Young-S Grain Elevator. A spur of the railroad tracks led directly to the base of the tower. Grains offloaded from railroad cars were

hoisted into the tower and redistributed into one of nine rooms, using scoops on a long conveyor belt powered by gasoline motors. The tower could accommodate 1,700 cubic yards of grain. Wheat, oats, barley, rye and corn were blended and bagged to fulfill client orders and for sale on the open market. Customers picked up their sacks of grain at the warehouse and loading dock next door.

G. Palmer, President). Above HGP's ceilings are the spacious, empty grain rooms.

The Purina Tower has lived several lives. The Young-Sweetster Company owned the property until 1971. Farm & Tractor Supply Company operated there from 1966 until 1992. In the 1950s, the Purina Tower's thick walls made for a perfect Civil Defense Fallout Shelter. Hamilton G. Palmer bought the property in 1999 and restored the tower and adjoining warehouse. Costs were kept manageable by financial help from Virginia's Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program and local real estate tax abatements (Fredericksburg Tax Credits for Rehabilitated Property). Today, the first floor of the tower houses the offices of land surveying firm HGP, Inc. (Hamilton

So … what's in an icon? Here, a playful part of our town's extraordinary skyline, the Purina Tower is a crown jewel in Fredericksburg's Historic District.

Architects Raymond and Dana Herlong of Herlong Associates, Inc. designed the "curtain wall", the warehouse glass façade facing the railroad tracks. Green Fitness and Wellness, a popular Gym/Physical Fitness Center, occupies the warehouse today.

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach chairs the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg.

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach chairs the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg. "Purina Tower" painting by Jon Gerlach

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Emerson went on to describe the Friday of Lincoln’s death; “I was standing at the box office talking with Harry Ford, the treasurer when a courier came up from the White House wanting to know if the President could get a box“ Ford replied that Lincoln could have any box in the house. The courier said the President’s box was wanted by Lincoln. Mr. Ford made and posted a note that the President would be there. Emerson wrote: “John Booth came up looked at the note saying; “That old scoundrel is going to be here tonight?” Ford answered; “Yes, with that Booth walked away very rapidly.” April 15, 1865 the theatre was crowded: Emerson says “ I was on stage with Miss May Hart, when Lincoln entered as ‘Hail to the Chief’ was played by the orchestra. Emerson writes as soon as everything was quiet, Mr. Lincoln waved at him and in a low tone said “Now Mr. Emerson, go on.” He knew me, having seen me act so often”. Emerson writes that he was standing under Lincoln’s box when he heard a shot and he saw John Wilkes Booth, jump out of Lincoln’s box crying “Sic Semper Tyrannis” and run to the alley. Emerson writes that he never acted again at the Ford Theatre as it was closed. He ends the letter by saying that the incidents recorded are “just as they took place in my presence and witnessed by me at the time of that dreadful event and I shall never forget the shock and surprise and anguish which we all experienced.“ Emerson retired from acting in 1870 and moved to Lynchburg where he opened a successful book store. Edwin Arthur “Ned” Emerson died in 1922 at the age of eightytwo and is buried in Lynchburg. Dedicated to:Linda Robertson, Dickie Wendt, Roy Schmidt, Jessica Pierson, Emory Hicks

Dr. Freeman on a makeshift podium addresing the group at the dedication. He is flanked by two cedar trees planted to commemorate the occasion. It is the site where Lee and Jackson last met Cedar Trees planted in 1937 Today

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It’s All Energy

Senior Care perfect storm

letting go Are You...

Dog Walking Pet Sitting Companion Play Time & Mini Furies, Too!

By Karl Karch

Sick & tired of being sick & tired?

(540-903-0437; lexig0892@gmail.com) On facebook as “City PetSitting”

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

As I was listening to weather reports about hurricane Florence and other world-wide weather crises, I thought about another looming crisis, the longterm care gap crisis. I remember the movie The Perfect Storm about a confluence of events coming together to cause a multiplier effect where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We are in the early stages of a long-tterm care crisis. The first event is the growth in demand for care. From 2015 to 2050, the number of people age 65 and older will grow 83%; those needing care will grow by 160% to more than 27 million by 2050. The second event is the shortage of the number of people able to provide paid and unpaid care. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the highest growing of all occupations listed are home health aides and personal care aides. However, the number of potential caregivers (paid and unpaid) will only grow 13%. The third event is the decline in the rate of unemployment to a current 3.9% with adult women, the primary caregiving pool, at 3.6%. In the next decade, the demand for health aides to relieve family members may exceed the supply by 3 million people. To add to the caregiving shortage, the changing size, shape and distribution of families will also adversely impact caring for loved ones. Boomers are less likely to have children than previous generations and families are more likely to live further apart from each other. One in four Boomers are at risk of becoming “elder orphans” without relationships to help shore up their family caregiving source. By 2020, for the first time in history, people aged 65 and over will outnumber children 5 and under. Yet only one physician is trained and certified as a geriatrician for every 13 pediatricians. And even worse, 96% of U.S. medical students don’t take a single

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

course in geriatrics. One reason for a shortage of geriatricians is they are reimbursed by Medicare which has a much lower reimbursement rate than normal health insurance. With the enormous cost of a medical education, physicians are seeking other specialties yielding a higher return on their educational investment. It is estimated that 70% of Americans age 65 or older will need some form of long-term care in their lifetime and, on average, will need that care for three years. The Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey reported that for the Richmond area the average monthly cost of home care is $4,004 (44 hours per week), assisted living is $5,034, and nursing home semi-private is $7,825 and private is $8,669. Yet, only 10% of elderly Americans have any sort of insurance for long-term care. And, the average savings for people 65-74 in 2016 was roughly $54,000. Medicare and other health insurance plans do not cover non-skilled services. Beginning in 2019, Medicare Advantage may provide limited coverage. Medicaid covers these services for individuals meeting limited income requirements. Otherwise, without longterm care insurance, families must pay privately until they qualify for Medicaid resulting in a significant financial burden for many.

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This summary is intended to highlight the problem, not provide solutions which are complex. Next month, I will discuss the impact caregiving has on the primary family caregivers.

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

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Helping homeless children and families in City of Fredericksburg, Counties of Caroline, Stafford & Spotsylvania 540 371 0831

ble at Availa n.com Amazo

by christina ferber Fall is a beautiful time of year, and just as the trees seek to find balance by releasing their leaves, we can also find balance this season with Eden Energy Medicine (EEM). Thousands of years ago, the Chinese mapped out the Five Elements or Rhythms. This system offers us an understanding of the processes within nature, as well as within our bodies. Metal is the element in this Five Rhythm model that represents Autumn. Just as the organs associated with this element, Lung and Large Intestine, are all about releasing things in the body that are no longer needed, the element itself is all about letting go. Working with the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians (energy pathways in the body) can help us to feel more balanced during this time of year. Deeply massaging points associated with these two Meridians called Neurolymphatic points (NL) can help. Large Intestine NL points are located on the outside of the thigh and Lung NL points are in the middle of the chest. Rub the whole area that is associated with these points deeply (see diagram). If any point is sore, then you definitely need to work with them. Another way to balance the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians is to work with the Source Points (SP) associated with them. Lung’s SP (which can also help with colds) is located on the inside of the arm where the thumb meets the wrist (see diagram). Large Intestine Source Point (which can also help with headaches) is located on the back of the hand at the webbing where the thumb and index finger bones meet. DO NOT USE the Large Intestine point if you are pregnant. Rub and hold these points for about 30 seconds. You can also trace figure 8s over them Another way to balance the rhythm of metal is to hold the Metal Neurovascular Points located at the very top of your head with the Main Neurovascular Points on your forehead above your eyebrows. Hold these points at the same time for as long as it takes to feel more balanced and release what you no longer need. One favorite exercise of mine, called Human Touching the Divine, can help us to energetically release things we have been holding onto. Place your hands on the sides of your legs and ground your energies by feeling a connection with the earth. Inhale and bring your hands straight up to your sides and then, with an

exhale and an “Sssss” sound, collapse your chest and round your arms in front with your fingers almost touching. Imagine holding your world and all your family and loved ones, and cradling them. Inhale, opening your arms wide and up, and

letting everything go. Exhale and bring your fingers together a little closer, but not touching. Inhale and open up again, surrendering and trusting that all is well. Exhale and allow your fingers to touch in front of your body, cross your hands over each other, and draw them to your chest feeling surrender and trust. With your hands on your chest, imagine that every time you exhale, you are drawing in what you either love or are sad about, and on each inbreath, you let your grip on those things go and open to faith. I hope you find balance this season as you make room for the beauty that is to come. You can view this exercise and others at www.itsallenergywellness.com Christina Ferber is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner. You can find out more atwww.itsallenergywellness.com

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Senior Care perfect storm

letting go Are You...

Dog Walking Pet Sitting Companion Play Time & Mini Furies, Too!

By Karl Karch

Sick & tired of being sick & tired?

(540-903-0437; lexig0892@gmail.com) On facebook as “City PetSitting”

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

As I was listening to weather reports about hurricane Florence and other world-wide weather crises, I thought about another looming crisis, the longterm care gap crisis. I remember the movie The Perfect Storm about a confluence of events coming together to cause a multiplier effect where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We are in the early stages of a long-tterm care crisis. The first event is the growth in demand for care. From 2015 to 2050, the number of people age 65 and older will grow 83%; those needing care will grow by 160% to more than 27 million by 2050. The second event is the shortage of the number of people able to provide paid and unpaid care. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the highest growing of all occupations listed are home health aides and personal care aides. However, the number of potential caregivers (paid and unpaid) will only grow 13%. The third event is the decline in the rate of unemployment to a current 3.9% with adult women, the primary caregiving pool, at 3.6%. In the next decade, the demand for health aides to relieve family members may exceed the supply by 3 million people. To add to the caregiving shortage, the changing size, shape and distribution of families will also adversely impact caring for loved ones. Boomers are less likely to have children than previous generations and families are more likely to live further apart from each other. One in four Boomers are at risk of becoming “elder orphans” without relationships to help shore up their family caregiving source. By 2020, for the first time in history, people aged 65 and over will outnumber children 5 and under. Yet only one physician is trained and certified as a geriatrician for every 13 pediatricians. And even worse, 96% of U.S. medical students don’t take a single

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

course in geriatrics. One reason for a shortage of geriatricians is they are reimbursed by Medicare which has a much lower reimbursement rate than normal health insurance. With the enormous cost of a medical education, physicians are seeking other specialties yielding a higher return on their educational investment. It is estimated that 70% of Americans age 65 or older will need some form of long-term care in their lifetime and, on average, will need that care for three years. The Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey reported that for the Richmond area the average monthly cost of home care is $4,004 (44 hours per week), assisted living is $5,034, and nursing home semi-private is $7,825 and private is $8,669. Yet, only 10% of elderly Americans have any sort of insurance for long-term care. And, the average savings for people 65-74 in 2016 was roughly $54,000. Medicare and other health insurance plans do not cover non-skilled services. Beginning in 2019, Medicare Advantage may provide limited coverage. Medicaid covers these services for individuals meeting limited income requirements. Otherwise, without longterm care insurance, families must pay privately until they qualify for Medicaid resulting in a significant financial burden for many.

Donate to a Cancer Organization

This summary is intended to highlight the problem, not provide solutions which are complex. Next month, I will discuss the impact caregiving has on the primary family caregivers.

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

Front porch fredericksburg

Helping homeless children and families in City of Fredericksburg, Counties of Caroline, Stafford & Spotsylvania 540 371 0831

ble at Availa n.com Amazo

by christina ferber Fall is a beautiful time of year, and just as the trees seek to find balance by releasing their leaves, we can also find balance this season with Eden Energy Medicine (EEM). Thousands of years ago, the Chinese mapped out the Five Elements or Rhythms. This system offers us an understanding of the processes within nature, as well as within our bodies. Metal is the element in this Five Rhythm model that represents Autumn. Just as the organs associated with this element, Lung and Large Intestine, are all about releasing things in the body that are no longer needed, the element itself is all about letting go. Working with the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians (energy pathways in the body) can help us to feel more balanced during this time of year. Deeply massaging points associated with these two Meridians called Neurolymphatic points (NL) can help. Large Intestine NL points are located on the outside of the thigh and Lung NL points are in the middle of the chest. Rub the whole area that is associated with these points deeply (see diagram). If any point is sore, then you definitely need to work with them. Another way to balance the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians is to work with the Source Points (SP) associated with them. Lung’s SP (which can also help with colds) is located on the inside of the arm where the thumb meets the wrist (see diagram). Large Intestine Source Point (which can also help with headaches) is located on the back of the hand at the webbing where the thumb and index finger bones meet. DO NOT USE the Large Intestine point if you are pregnant. Rub and hold these points for about 30 seconds. You can also trace figure 8s over them Another way to balance the rhythm of metal is to hold the Metal Neurovascular Points located at the very top of your head with the Main Neurovascular Points on your forehead above your eyebrows. Hold these points at the same time for as long as it takes to feel more balanced and release what you no longer need. One favorite exercise of mine, called Human Touching the Divine, can help us to energetically release things we have been holding onto. Place your hands on the sides of your legs and ground your energies by feeling a connection with the earth. Inhale and bring your hands straight up to your sides and then, with an

exhale and an “Sssss” sound, collapse your chest and round your arms in front with your fingers almost touching. Imagine holding your world and all your family and loved ones, and cradling them. Inhale, opening your arms wide and up, and

letting everything go. Exhale and bring your fingers together a little closer, but not touching. Inhale and open up again, surrendering and trusting that all is well. Exhale and allow your fingers to touch in front of your body, cross your hands over each other, and draw them to your chest feeling surrender and trust. With your hands on your chest, imagine that every time you exhale, you are drawing in what you either love or are sad about, and on each inbreath, you let your grip on those things go and open to faith. I hope you find balance this season as you make room for the beauty that is to come. You can view this exercise and others at www.itsallenergywellness.com Christina Ferber is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner. You can find out more atwww.itsallenergywellness.com

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Emancipated Patients Empowerment Lesson By Patrick Neustatter, MD

This month, in keeping with what this column is meant to be about, a lesson in how to be an emancipated/empowered patient. Local social activist, Shelley Pineo-JJensen – who goes by “Dr. P-JJ” wrote a blog titled ‘The Time I Didn’t Really Almost Die’, in which she tells her tale of woe of being diagnosed as having diabetes and the terrible time she had because of the way she was treated (www.pineojensen.org/non-ffiction.html) She had a blood test ordered by her doctors that came back in the borderline diabetes range, so the office called in a prescription for metformin. Immediately after starting this she became sick as a dog with diarrhea and stomach pains she says. She also developed tingling/pins and needles in her hands and feet. Need A New Doctor? She tried to call to get advice from her doctor’s office, but was on hold for 8 minutes, then disconnected. Called again, hold for 9 minutes, disconnected. Couldn’t leave a message. Couldn’t get to speak to anyone. Much later got to speak with a nurse practitioner, who would appear to have been downright nasty. Does this all sound familiar? Finally she got advice from her dental hygienist, but non-the-less finished up in Mary Washington Hospital when the ER found her electrolytes – calcium and potassium - were out of whack, so she was admitted and given IV fluids. She stopped the metformin. Figured out she wasn’t at deaths door from diabetes. Modified her diet, and says now ” I’m lucky to be alive and I’m in a way better mood.” The Lessons To Be Learned I’m wondering if Dr. P-J didn’t make this up as a perfect story to be used as a teaching tool. There are so many teaching points, but unfortunately space is limited. The fundamental issue is that you should be empowered and calling the

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shots on your health – I know some doctors/providers treat you like it’s almost “none of your business” but this is where we have to talk about “testicular fortitude” – sorry ladies, but “ovarian fortitude” just doesn’t sound the same. We have evolved a culture where the medical professional expects to be in charge, and you, some capin-hand simpering peon. Dr. P-J says she “felt a burden and a bore.” It can get very technical and very hard to understand exactly what’s going on – not helped by your doctor’s unwillingness or ineptitude at explaining. Information Is Everything But to be in charge of your care, you have to be informed, which poses the crucial questions: “Where do I get good information?” Your dental hygienist may not be the best source. Most people look on line – but there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Finding good information is an art all of its own – unfortunately too complex to explore here in detail. Somewhere like WebMD, or The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine has good information about assessing sites for reliability. I devote a whole chapter (Getting The Right Information) in Managing Your Doctor. There are other lessons, like if you start getting weird symptoms immediately after starting a new medicine - blame the medicine until proved otherwise. And if your doctor’s office treats you like a moron and a bother. . . . . Fredericksburg has a lot of doctors these days (Getting The Right Doctor is another chapter in the book). And a secondhand conversation over the phone, with an “extender” (nurse practitioner or physicians assistant), as they are rather derisively referred to, when diagnosed with an illness as potentially serious as diabetes, is inadequate in my opinion. It’s a sad story of mismanagement that Dr. P-J tells. There are many more pitfalls to point out, but which could be avoided by being an empowered, informed and assertive patient. Patrick Neustatter is the Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic.

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Life in Motion

Wellness caterpillars & titanic anxiety

crisis or correction?

By Wayne Whitley DDS Anxiety – butterflies, ants in pants, heebie-jeebies, pin and needles, Hmmmm? That is an interesting synonym, Anxiety and butterflies. I guess the fluttering feeling we feel in our gut when we are anxious and worried can be characterized as a feeling of fluttering of butterflies. But is there more to that? We all know how the caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly. But what does that radical transformation entail? How does a caterpillar rearrange itself into a butterfly? What happens inside that chrysalis or cocoon? First, the caterpillar digests itself, releasing enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. If you were to cut open a cocoon or chrysalis at just the right time, caterpillar soup would ooze out. Now if the caterpillar stopped there and looked at itself, it would most likely say, “Holy Cow! What kind of mess did I get myself into? How am I ever going to be whole again? I will NEVER be a beautiful butterfly!” WHAYYY! Does this sound like you? We become anxious and doubt ourselves. Just as we feel ‘butterflies’ in our stomach, we feel anxiety in our organs. This anxiety when left uncheck will manifest itself in different areas of the body. As the caterpillar digests itself, we will begin to feed on ourselves and develop ulcers, colitis, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, swelling, constipation and diarrhea. How and why does this happen? When the body’s stress response kicks into high gear, the brain signals the body to get ready to fight the stress or ‘flight’, run from the stress. Just as the captain of a ship will lighten the cargo load in order to withstand the impending storm, the body tells the large intestines, “Lighten up the cargo hold.” And it will begin to eliminate

the bowels. The brain tells the small intestines to ‘cease any movement and lock down the ship.’ (We have all seen the scene in the Titantic after it hits the iceberg and the crewmen frantically begin to shut down all valves to stop the intake of water). Imagine that happening to the gut and intestines. “Tighten up Scotty, we need to conserve energy!” Well…something like that. You get the idea. Once the cargo hold is lightened up and the ship is locked down so no more damage is incurred, the collateral damage is constipation, cramping and irritable bowels. How did I get from anxiety to caterpillar to butterfly to the Titantic. Talk about linguistic gymnastics! When the tongue blocks your airway, you release more adrenaline putting your body in a constant state of ‘fight or flight’ mode. This is when your Titanic starts taking in too much water! The crew (your hormones) start shutting down the valves (I’m talking constipation, irritable bowel) to save the ship. Enough of the analogies. YOU CAN get help for your anxiety/depression with a simple comfortable mouth piece that will re-align your tongue and get it out of the back of your throat and get you to breathe optimally. A simple XRAY will see if your tongue is blocking your airway.

By Rich Gaudio PT

As of June 1st this year, I have been practicing as a licensed physical therapist for the past 20 years. It seems amazing that I’ve done anything consistently for 20 years. Yet, here I am, in my mid 40’s providing for and nurturing my young family with my beautiful wife of 18 years Carol; and a little over 18 months into nurturing and growing our Fusion Physical Therapy practice with Dr. Travis Stoner, DPT and his (adorably pregnant) wife Jennifer. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on where I’ve been the past 20 years, where I am right now, and where I will be going over the next 20 years (Lord

willing). I’m in the stage of life when most men begin to experience “the change.” Yes, I said men…and yes, I said “the change,” but it’s not the change you are thinking of…I’m talking about the midlife crisis! Traditionally described as a phenomenon whereby a man realizes his mortality, mourns the loss of the virile man he used to be and desperately strikes out on a new adventure to recapture lost glories of the past, often to the disruption and dismay of those around him. While I do not feel any sense of crisis at this moment of my life, I certainly am experiencing things I did not plan nor anticipate in the past 10-20 years. As it

turns out, I am not alone. In an online magazine called Medium. Paul Flannery provides an interesting glimpse into my generation with his article titled Extreme Athleticism is the New Midlife Crisis. The main theme of the article is the fact that most extreme sporting events today are heavily populated by folks in their 40’s. The author hits on a number of hypotheses to explain the phenomenon but ultimately lands on the concept that, “The focus is less on the [past] and more on the [future]…getting better at getting older.” An antithesis to the previously defined midlife crisis…he actually goes so far as to re-brand the experience as a “midlife correction.” I found the article a refreshing perspective on the mid-adulthood years, especially as most of us juggle our lives, our young children and our aging parents. It stands in stark contrast to another article I came across written back in 1998. Shephard defined middle age in a more classic style in an ‘Aging and Exercise’ piece in the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science:

“During young middle-age (3545 years), physical activity usually wanes, with a 5-10 kg accumulation of body fat. Active pursuits may be shared with a growing family, but it becomes less important to impress either an employer or persons of the opposite sex with physical appearance and performance.” This is where many people suggest the crisis happens. Flannery on the other hand embraces the idea that no matter our age, we are built to move and there is value in pushing ourselves physically: “…people need to go to the edge. Somehow that’s good for us, to be reminded of our mortal limits…it creates a sense of compassion and gratitude for what your body can do…it honors the work and energy and effort which drives us to do it again.” No matter your age, live a life in motion! Rich Gaudio is the PT Clinic Operator at Fusion Physical Therapy. Rich can be reached at www.facebook.com/FusionPTSpotsy/, . (540) 710-0100

Visit Dr. Whitley’s webste, www.drwaynewhitley.com 2501 Princess Anne St. (540) 993-1091

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

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

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Emancipated Patients Empowerment Lesson By Patrick Neustatter, MD

This month, in keeping with what this column is meant to be about, a lesson in how to be an emancipated/empowered patient. Local social activist, Shelley Pineo-JJensen – who goes by “Dr. P-JJ” wrote a blog titled ‘The Time I Didn’t Really Almost Die’, in which she tells her tale of woe of being diagnosed as having diabetes and the terrible time she had because of the way she was treated (www.pineojensen.org/non-ffiction.html) She had a blood test ordered by her doctors that came back in the borderline diabetes range, so the office called in a prescription for metformin. Immediately after starting this she became sick as a dog with diarrhea and stomach pains she says. She also developed tingling/pins and needles in her hands and feet. Need A New Doctor? She tried to call to get advice from her doctor’s office, but was on hold for 8 minutes, then disconnected. Called again, hold for 9 minutes, disconnected. Couldn’t leave a message. Couldn’t get to speak to anyone. Much later got to speak with a nurse practitioner, who would appear to have been downright nasty. Does this all sound familiar? Finally she got advice from her dental hygienist, but non-the-less finished up in Mary Washington Hospital when the ER found her electrolytes – calcium and potassium - were out of whack, so she was admitted and given IV fluids. She stopped the metformin. Figured out she wasn’t at deaths door from diabetes. Modified her diet, and says now ” I’m lucky to be alive and I’m in a way better mood.” The Lessons To Be Learned I’m wondering if Dr. P-J didn’t make this up as a perfect story to be used as a teaching tool. There are so many teaching points, but unfortunately space is limited. The fundamental issue is that you should be empowered and calling the

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shots on your health – I know some doctors/providers treat you like it’s almost “none of your business” but this is where we have to talk about “testicular fortitude” – sorry ladies, but “ovarian fortitude” just doesn’t sound the same. We have evolved a culture where the medical professional expects to be in charge, and you, some capin-hand simpering peon. Dr. P-J says she “felt a burden and a bore.” It can get very technical and very hard to understand exactly what’s going on – not helped by your doctor’s unwillingness or ineptitude at explaining. Information Is Everything But to be in charge of your care, you have to be informed, which poses the crucial questions: “Where do I get good information?” Your dental hygienist may not be the best source. Most people look on line – but there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Finding good information is an art all of its own – unfortunately too complex to explore here in detail. Somewhere like WebMD, or The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine has good information about assessing sites for reliability. I devote a whole chapter (Getting The Right Information) in Managing Your Doctor. There are other lessons, like if you start getting weird symptoms immediately after starting a new medicine - blame the medicine until proved otherwise. And if your doctor’s office treats you like a moron and a bother. . . . . Fredericksburg has a lot of doctors these days (Getting The Right Doctor is another chapter in the book). And a secondhand conversation over the phone, with an “extender” (nurse practitioner or physicians assistant), as they are rather derisively referred to, when diagnosed with an illness as potentially serious as diabetes, is inadequate in my opinion. It’s a sad story of mismanagement that Dr. P-J tells. There are many more pitfalls to point out, but which could be avoided by being an empowered, informed and assertive patient. Patrick Neustatter is the Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic.

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Life in Motion

Wellness caterpillars & titanic anxiety

crisis or correction?

By Wayne Whitley DDS Anxiety – butterflies, ants in pants, heebie-jeebies, pin and needles, Hmmmm? That is an interesting synonym, Anxiety and butterflies. I guess the fluttering feeling we feel in our gut when we are anxious and worried can be characterized as a feeling of fluttering of butterflies. But is there more to that? We all know how the caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly. But what does that radical transformation entail? How does a caterpillar rearrange itself into a butterfly? What happens inside that chrysalis or cocoon? First, the caterpillar digests itself, releasing enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. If you were to cut open a cocoon or chrysalis at just the right time, caterpillar soup would ooze out. Now if the caterpillar stopped there and looked at itself, it would most likely say, “Holy Cow! What kind of mess did I get myself into? How am I ever going to be whole again? I will NEVER be a beautiful butterfly!” WHAYYY! Does this sound like you? We become anxious and doubt ourselves. Just as we feel ‘butterflies’ in our stomach, we feel anxiety in our organs. This anxiety when left uncheck will manifest itself in different areas of the body. As the caterpillar digests itself, we will begin to feed on ourselves and develop ulcers, colitis, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, swelling, constipation and diarrhea. How and why does this happen? When the body’s stress response kicks into high gear, the brain signals the body to get ready to fight the stress or ‘flight’, run from the stress. Just as the captain of a ship will lighten the cargo load in order to withstand the impending storm, the body tells the large intestines, “Lighten up the cargo hold.” And it will begin to eliminate

the bowels. The brain tells the small intestines to ‘cease any movement and lock down the ship.’ (We have all seen the scene in the Titantic after it hits the iceberg and the crewmen frantically begin to shut down all valves to stop the intake of water). Imagine that happening to the gut and intestines. “Tighten up Scotty, we need to conserve energy!” Well…something like that. You get the idea. Once the cargo hold is lightened up and the ship is locked down so no more damage is incurred, the collateral damage is constipation, cramping and irritable bowels. How did I get from anxiety to caterpillar to butterfly to the Titantic. Talk about linguistic gymnastics! When the tongue blocks your airway, you release more adrenaline putting your body in a constant state of ‘fight or flight’ mode. This is when your Titanic starts taking in too much water! The crew (your hormones) start shutting down the valves (I’m talking constipation, irritable bowel) to save the ship. Enough of the analogies. YOU CAN get help for your anxiety/depression with a simple comfortable mouth piece that will re-align your tongue and get it out of the back of your throat and get you to breathe optimally. A simple XRAY will see if your tongue is blocking your airway.

By Rich Gaudio PT

As of June 1st this year, I have been practicing as a licensed physical therapist for the past 20 years. It seems amazing that I’ve done anything consistently for 20 years. Yet, here I am, in my mid 40’s providing for and nurturing my young family with my beautiful wife of 18 years Carol; and a little over 18 months into nurturing and growing our Fusion Physical Therapy practice with Dr. Travis Stoner, DPT and his (adorably pregnant) wife Jennifer. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on where I’ve been the past 20 years, where I am right now, and where I will be going over the next 20 years (Lord

willing). I’m in the stage of life when most men begin to experience “the change.” Yes, I said men…and yes, I said “the change,” but it’s not the change you are thinking of…I’m talking about the midlife crisis! Traditionally described as a phenomenon whereby a man realizes his mortality, mourns the loss of the virile man he used to be and desperately strikes out on a new adventure to recapture lost glories of the past, often to the disruption and dismay of those around him. While I do not feel any sense of crisis at this moment of my life, I certainly am experiencing things I did not plan nor anticipate in the past 10-20 years. As it

turns out, I am not alone. In an online magazine called Medium. Paul Flannery provides an interesting glimpse into my generation with his article titled Extreme Athleticism is the New Midlife Crisis. The main theme of the article is the fact that most extreme sporting events today are heavily populated by folks in their 40’s. The author hits on a number of hypotheses to explain the phenomenon but ultimately lands on the concept that, “The focus is less on the [past] and more on the [future]…getting better at getting older.” An antithesis to the previously defined midlife crisis…he actually goes so far as to re-brand the experience as a “midlife correction.” I found the article a refreshing perspective on the mid-adulthood years, especially as most of us juggle our lives, our young children and our aging parents. It stands in stark contrast to another article I came across written back in 1998. Shephard defined middle age in a more classic style in an ‘Aging and Exercise’ piece in the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science:

“During young middle-age (3545 years), physical activity usually wanes, with a 5-10 kg accumulation of body fat. Active pursuits may be shared with a growing family, but it becomes less important to impress either an employer or persons of the opposite sex with physical appearance and performance.” This is where many people suggest the crisis happens. Flannery on the other hand embraces the idea that no matter our age, we are built to move and there is value in pushing ourselves physically: “…people need to go to the edge. Somehow that’s good for us, to be reminded of our mortal limits…it creates a sense of compassion and gratitude for what your body can do…it honors the work and energy and effort which drives us to do it again.” No matter your age, live a life in motion! Rich Gaudio is the PT Clinic Operator at Fusion Physical Therapy. Rich can be reached at www.facebook.com/FusionPTSpotsy/, . (540) 710-0100

Visit Dr. Whitley’s webste, www.drwaynewhitley.com 2501 Princess Anne St. (540) 993-1091

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

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

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Mindfull Mornings

of fredericksburg

more than A speakers Series

Laura Craig....Cover Artist

By brad smith "A friend of mine, passing through Fredericksburg, commented on how they wished their city and neighborhood could mirror the spirit of collaboration and intersectionality they perceived throughout the streets. They were encouraged witnessing the diversity of many of the groups of teenagers intermingling and inspired by the positive relationship that many of the local businesses have in spite of maintaining a spirit of friendly competition. They furiously wrote notes on their phone as I told them about the efforts of many of the non-profits to improve the lives of the local population. As a resident, I know Fredericksburg is not perfect, but I certainly appreciate this spirit of community that many foster in

to say nothing of the innumerable modern, contemporary and local artists whom I admire just as ardently. “In choosing subjects for my own work, I always begin with the light. It is one of the most meaningful and important elements that I set out to capture. I also gravitate toward an unexpected composition, an interesting texture, seductive color, and candid scenes that exude innocence or happiness.

about local organizations and individuals doing work in the community. The goal is also to leave inspired and with an added depth of understanding to a population, issue, or cause that exists in your neighborhood. There is a desire for the organizers to challenge the participants-both speakers and the audience--to get out of their comfort zones and normal "swim lanes" to see how they may be able to collaborate with people or groups they may not have felt they had access to or even known about. They also want to put a human face behind the efforts in the community. They don't want you to just learn statistics about how many cans Friends of the Rappahanock cleaned on our

Art is a Gift from the Heart Debut October the face of a world that often does not understand it. Among those trying to continue to foster and expand this community centric mentality is Mindful Mornings, a speakers series and collective that spans across multiple states and strives to connect individuals from across socioeconomic, professional, and cultural lines that have a common goal "to unite, teach, and inspire do-gooders along their journeys toward creating a more well world." The series aims to attract everyone from non profit board members, to students, to local business owners, to individuals who may not be active in their communities but are looking to change that. They are partnering with the Fredericksburg Area Museum to host a monthly speaker--affectionately known by Mindful Mornings as a "do-gooder"--who shares some of what they have been doing in the local community. The format is informal and mirrors the popular TED Talk series but with the added element of a call to action at the end. The goal of the events is not only pragmatic--though there is an element of networking and becoming more educated

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riverbanks, how many preschoolers Downtown Greens served, or how many pounds of vegetables the Fredericksburg Community Supported Agriculture Project donated, they want you to know that a specific person in your community cares about those causes passionately. The speakers are chosen to align with a monthly theme mirrored throughout of the chapters. Past themes have included well-being, justice, mindfulness, and sustainability. Mindful Mornings has already experienced a great deal of success and interest in every city they have planted themselves in since their inception in Richmond and they hope Fredericksburg will be no exception. They will be having their Fredericksburg debut Friday October 5th at 8:00 AM at the Fredericksburg Area Museum. Registration is open to the public and can be found on their website, www.mindfulmornings.org/freder icksburg, but seating is limited. We hope you can make it!" Brad Smith has lived all over the world but now calls downtown Fredericksburg home. He is excited to now serve on the board after many years as a volunteer

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Name This House

Stories

“Happy Day on the Riverboat”, Beverley Coates

“As an artist, my aim is to capture and elevate the everyday and familiar to the painterly and picturesque. My paintings, in general, are snapshots of life: quaint vignettes or narrative portraits in which I attempt to harmonize the calming with the energizing, the quiet with the vibrant, complexity with simplicity. There is often an undercurrent of nostalgia and optimism to my work. “A native of Virginia, I grew up on the rural Eastern Shore but have called Fredericksburg home for the past twelve years. Aside from some training in drawing and watercolor in my childhood, I am entirely self-taught, but I take cues and inspiration from other artists and from my surroundings all the time, and consider painting an ongoing and everevolving education. I work primarily in oils and watercolor, and my style falls somewhere on the spectrum between realism and impressionism. “For inspiration, I turn to the work of the realists, impressionists and post-impressionists, in particular: Sargent, Zorn, Cassatt, Turner, Renoir, Matisse, Klimt and Vermeer. And that is

www.lauracraigfineart.com Facebook & instagram @lauracraigfineart Purchase paintings at LibertyTown (Studio 4) or via Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/lauracraigfineart

win downtown gift certificate

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

Last Month’s House: 700 Littlepage St The Winner of a gift certificate from Roxbury Farm & Garden Center is Ellen Richardson

Old Man You look so sad and bad old man, over these many years, always needing paint and a loving hand. For forty years as I have gazed upon you, your condition always shocks me. The rotting walls and porch, the dim, dark windows, whose smiles have lost their teeth. Who is it that cares so little, that owns your sad porch and gables, that they would let you fall apart, with so little hesitation.. Shame on those who could help you, but chose to let you die. I hear your call my good old man, on the corner near the historic medicinal store. I am doing all I can with this poem to help you with my heart, in your very sad situation. “Still Life, Jam”, Laura Craig

“Red Barn”, Penny A. Parrish “River Crossing”, Lynn Abbott

Daily hours 10 to 6.

Artist on site Saturdays 540.371.4099

810 Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg front porch fredericksburg

October 2018

25


Mindfull Mornings

of fredericksburg

more than A speakers Series

Laura Craig....Cover Artist

By brad smith "A friend of mine, passing through Fredericksburg, commented on how they wished their city and neighborhood could mirror the spirit of collaboration and intersectionality they perceived throughout the streets. They were encouraged witnessing the diversity of many of the groups of teenagers intermingling and inspired by the positive relationship that many of the local businesses have in spite of maintaining a spirit of friendly competition. They furiously wrote notes on their phone as I told them about the efforts of many of the non-profits to improve the lives of the local population. As a resident, I know Fredericksburg is not perfect, but I certainly appreciate this spirit of community that many foster in

to say nothing of the innumerable modern, contemporary and local artists whom I admire just as ardently. “In choosing subjects for my own work, I always begin with the light. It is one of the most meaningful and important elements that I set out to capture. I also gravitate toward an unexpected composition, an interesting texture, seductive color, and candid scenes that exude innocence or happiness.

about local organizations and individuals doing work in the community. The goal is also to leave inspired and with an added depth of understanding to a population, issue, or cause that exists in your neighborhood. There is a desire for the organizers to challenge the participants-both speakers and the audience--to get out of their comfort zones and normal "swim lanes" to see how they may be able to collaborate with people or groups they may not have felt they had access to or even known about. They also want to put a human face behind the efforts in the community. They don't want you to just learn statistics about how many cans Friends of the Rappahanock cleaned on our

Art is a Gift from the Heart Debut October the face of a world that often does not understand it. Among those trying to continue to foster and expand this community centric mentality is Mindful Mornings, a speakers series and collective that spans across multiple states and strives to connect individuals from across socioeconomic, professional, and cultural lines that have a common goal "to unite, teach, and inspire do-gooders along their journeys toward creating a more well world." The series aims to attract everyone from non profit board members, to students, to local business owners, to individuals who may not be active in their communities but are looking to change that. They are partnering with the Fredericksburg Area Museum to host a monthly speaker--affectionately known by Mindful Mornings as a "do-gooder"--who shares some of what they have been doing in the local community. The format is informal and mirrors the popular TED Talk series but with the added element of a call to action at the end. The goal of the events is not only pragmatic--though there is an element of networking and becoming more educated

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riverbanks, how many preschoolers Downtown Greens served, or how many pounds of vegetables the Fredericksburg Community Supported Agriculture Project donated, they want you to know that a specific person in your community cares about those causes passionately. The speakers are chosen to align with a monthly theme mirrored throughout of the chapters. Past themes have included well-being, justice, mindfulness, and sustainability. Mindful Mornings has already experienced a great deal of success and interest in every city they have planted themselves in since their inception in Richmond and they hope Fredericksburg will be no exception. They will be having their Fredericksburg debut Friday October 5th at 8:00 AM at the Fredericksburg Area Museum. Registration is open to the public and can be found on their website, www.mindfulmornings.org/freder icksburg, but seating is limited. We hope you can make it!" Brad Smith has lived all over the world but now calls downtown Fredericksburg home. He is excited to now serve on the board after many years as a volunteer

Front porch fredericksburg

Name This House

Stories

“Happy Day on the Riverboat”, Beverley Coates

“As an artist, my aim is to capture and elevate the everyday and familiar to the painterly and picturesque. My paintings, in general, are snapshots of life: quaint vignettes or narrative portraits in which I attempt to harmonize the calming with the energizing, the quiet with the vibrant, complexity with simplicity. There is often an undercurrent of nostalgia and optimism to my work. “A native of Virginia, I grew up on the rural Eastern Shore but have called Fredericksburg home for the past twelve years. Aside from some training in drawing and watercolor in my childhood, I am entirely self-taught, but I take cues and inspiration from other artists and from my surroundings all the time, and consider painting an ongoing and everevolving education. I work primarily in oils and watercolor, and my style falls somewhere on the spectrum between realism and impressionism. “For inspiration, I turn to the work of the realists, impressionists and post-impressionists, in particular: Sargent, Zorn, Cassatt, Turner, Renoir, Matisse, Klimt and Vermeer. And that is

www.lauracraigfineart.com Facebook & instagram @lauracraigfineart Purchase paintings at LibertyTown (Studio 4) or via Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/lauracraigfineart

win downtown gift certificate

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

Last Month’s House: 700 Littlepage St The Winner of a gift certificate from Roxbury Farm & Garden Center is Ellen Richardson

Old Man You look so sad and bad old man, over these many years, always needing paint and a loving hand. For forty years as I have gazed upon you, your condition always shocks me. The rotting walls and porch, the dim, dark windows, whose smiles have lost their teeth. Who is it that cares so little, that owns your sad porch and gables, that they would let you fall apart, with so little hesitation.. Shame on those who could help you, but chose to let you die. I hear your call my good old man, on the corner near the historic medicinal store. I am doing all I can with this poem to help you with my heart, in your very sad situation. “Still Life, Jam”, Laura Craig

“Red Barn”, Penny A. Parrish “River Crossing”, Lynn Abbott

Daily hours 10 to 6.

Artist on site Saturdays 540.371.4099

810 Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg front porch fredericksburg

October 2018

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Art in the Burg

Everything Greens THE POETRY MAN

Colors, Wildlife, & Symbols talent by attending workshops, classes, and working with other professional artists whose work she greatly admires. Ryan currently produces her art from her working studio, Ballyryan Studios, located in Fauquier, VA. Opening Reception First Friday, Oct 5 6-9 9pm Exhibit on View through Sun., October 30, daily 11a-5 5

Robyn Ryan @Art First "Set Free" Robyn Ryan Art First Gallery 824 Caroline St.

"Colors of the Season" All-M Members Exhibit Brush Strokes Gallery 824 Caroline St. Throughout October, the artists of Brush Strokes Gallery invite all to share with them in a visual and textual celebration of Autumn with their "Colors of the Season" exhibit. he display will feature the artists broad range of talent in a spectrum of mediums expressed through an exciting variety of styles. With simplicity and lightness, Nancy Williams' watercolor captures the whimsy of the season as colorful leaves cascade against the bright blue sky. Paintings by Liana Pivirotto and Sarah Flinn treat the viewer to classic images of fall--a basket with the bounty of the apple

“Set Free" is a collection of Robyn's most recent wildlife artwork using the mechanisms of composition and arrangement, physical presentation, and the wildlife subjects' characteristics as metaphorical tools for expressing the process of learning to live in freedom. Robyn's current show explores acrylic on watercolor paper, float mounted at varied levels on raised birch shadow box panels. Robyn Ryan was accepted as the youngest student in a “Symbols of Summer”, Jan Settle @FCCA National Watercolor Society Artist's class at eight years old in 1972. From this solid harvest and a nostalgic view of a barn on Others capture the foundation, she continually refines her a pumpkin farm.

drama of the season through expressionism and impressionism, as Dawnette Lussier does with her painting of Autumn in New York. The lines and forms Kathleen Willingham's of painting

“Leaves”, Nancy Williams @Brush Strokes Gallery "Entwine" may elicit the interconnected emotions and memories sparked by the change of seasons. And one-of-a-kind "industrial abstract" jewelry creations by Michele Milano, wrought in white copper with intricate designs, gives a hint of October's role as a harbinger of the winter months to come. Opening Reception First Friday, Oct 5 6-9 9pm Exhibit through October 28

collaborating with Edward Weiner of Maryland China Co. to bring three exclusive ceramic designs into production to sell on the world's largest online platform: the Single Sponge Holder, Double Sponge Holder and the Sponge and Brush Holder. The sponge holder series is a definitive kitchen must have thoughtfully designed by an artist who has a well-trained sense of functionally and aesthetic. Launching on Amazon as an artist and designer with a private label item is a big step for Scarlett. We're excited to share this news and invite you to enjoy the work of Scarlettwares!

green space for all

By Brad Smith

- By Frank Fratoe

Faith Asleep or awake I cannot hear a pine-cone that falls tonight or regard where it has landed deep in woods beyond my window. But I have no doubt it’s there since now is the time of year when seasons bring us a cycle preparing nature to rest again Next morning the forest floor is nearly smothered with cones which the boughs had cut loose under a moon-lit sky in autumn.

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

I was very young when my grandmother explained the magic of seeds to me. She broke open a variety of seeds and had me touch, draw, and even taste some of them. We took others and planted them in small groups in the soil beside her house. She planted in me an appreciation for things that grow, a belief that cocoons turn into butterflies, rain drops turn into rivers, and seeds turn into forests. She and the rest of my family fostered a sense of comfort and security in being connected with nature. I knew not everyone loved or appreciated the great outdoors as much as my family did. I knew not everyone had a mother that would tell them stories about growing up on an island, eating oysters off the beach, eating from wild fruit trees. I knew not everyone had a father that took them camping or would tell them which plants were edible and which were poisonous. But it wasn't until I was an adult that I considered that nature itself was out of reach to some both conceptually and practically. I had never considered that I had taken the stars for granted until a group

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of boys from Philadelphia were laying beside me in the Laurel Highlands of w e s t e r n Pennsylvania unable to sleep because of what they saw when they looked up. They told me they had never really seen stars, much less e n t i r e constellations, because of the light pollution of the city. They told me they rarely ventured to the city parks unless they needed a shortcut to get home. The parks in their city were seen as boring and filled with garbage or broken down equipment or as dangerous, home to people they were told to stay away from. The community gardens were seen as spaces for people a little higher on the social ladder than them, people they couldn't relate to. The stars themselves were things you could only see in movies or books. The older I get the more I appreciate the privilege it is to have safe, geographically close spaces to disconnect from the speed of modern life, technology, and the indoors, and interact with plants, animals, and people in nature. I was raised with the mantra "if you love something, if you benefit from it, share it." I appreciate more the individuals in my community that are happy to share their love for nature and break down barriers between people and the outdoors whether the barriers be geographic, social, or whether they exist only in an

individual’s mind. Downtown Greens especially resonates with me because of it's desire to bring people together regardless of age, religion, socioeconomic background, or familiarity with the great outdoors. Though the organization seeks to serve children specifically, I have been just as impressed by the secondary effects that it has in connecting with their families and the rest of the community whether it's one of the kids in the program proudly bringing home herbs to cook with his family or a mother saying how nice it is for her kids to have a safe place to play outside. Please consider coming to celebrate the Fall with Downtown Greens at their Down Home Ball Fundraiser on October 6 from 6-10pm. Though it is a fundraiser, Downtown Greens strives to make all of their events and services available to as many as possible. Follow them on social media for more details on how you can join them! Brad Smith is on the Downtown Greens Board of Directors.

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Art in the Burg

Everything Greens THE POETRY MAN

Colors, Wildlife, & Symbols talent by attending workshops, classes, and working with other professional artists whose work she greatly admires. Ryan currently produces her art from her working studio, Ballyryan Studios, located in Fauquier, VA. Opening Reception First Friday, Oct 5 6-9 9pm Exhibit on View through Sun., October 30, daily 11a-5 5

Robyn Ryan @Art First "Set Free" Robyn Ryan Art First Gallery 824 Caroline St.

"Colors of the Season" All-M Members Exhibit Brush Strokes Gallery 824 Caroline St. Throughout October, the artists of Brush Strokes Gallery invite all to share with them in a visual and textual celebration of Autumn with their "Colors of the Season" exhibit. he display will feature the artists broad range of talent in a spectrum of mediums expressed through an exciting variety of styles. With simplicity and lightness, Nancy Williams' watercolor captures the whimsy of the season as colorful leaves cascade against the bright blue sky. Paintings by Liana Pivirotto and Sarah Flinn treat the viewer to classic images of fall--a basket with the bounty of the apple

“Set Free" is a collection of Robyn's most recent wildlife artwork using the mechanisms of composition and arrangement, physical presentation, and the wildlife subjects' characteristics as metaphorical tools for expressing the process of learning to live in freedom. Robyn's current show explores acrylic on watercolor paper, float mounted at varied levels on raised birch shadow box panels. Robyn Ryan was accepted as the youngest student in a “Symbols of Summer”, Jan Settle @FCCA National Watercolor Society Artist's class at eight years old in 1972. From this solid harvest and a nostalgic view of a barn on Others capture the foundation, she continually refines her a pumpkin farm.

drama of the season through expressionism and impressionism, as Dawnette Lussier does with her painting of Autumn in New York. The lines and forms Kathleen Willingham's of painting

“Leaves”, Nancy Williams @Brush Strokes Gallery "Entwine" may elicit the interconnected emotions and memories sparked by the change of seasons. And one-of-a-kind "industrial abstract" jewelry creations by Michele Milano, wrought in white copper with intricate designs, gives a hint of October's role as a harbinger of the winter months to come. Opening Reception First Friday, Oct 5 6-9 9pm Exhibit through October 28

collaborating with Edward Weiner of Maryland China Co. to bring three exclusive ceramic designs into production to sell on the world's largest online platform: the Single Sponge Holder, Double Sponge Holder and the Sponge and Brush Holder. The sponge holder series is a definitive kitchen must have thoughtfully designed by an artist who has a well-trained sense of functionally and aesthetic. Launching on Amazon as an artist and designer with a private label item is a big step for Scarlett. We're excited to share this news and invite you to enjoy the work of Scarlettwares!

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By Brad Smith

- By Frank Fratoe

Faith Asleep or awake I cannot hear a pine-cone that falls tonight or regard where it has landed deep in woods beyond my window. But I have no doubt it’s there since now is the time of year when seasons bring us a cycle preparing nature to rest again Next morning the forest floor is nearly smothered with cones which the boughs had cut loose under a moon-lit sky in autumn.

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

I was very young when my grandmother explained the magic of seeds to me. She broke open a variety of seeds and had me touch, draw, and even taste some of them. We took others and planted them in small groups in the soil beside her house. She planted in me an appreciation for things that grow, a belief that cocoons turn into butterflies, rain drops turn into rivers, and seeds turn into forests. She and the rest of my family fostered a sense of comfort and security in being connected with nature. I knew not everyone loved or appreciated the great outdoors as much as my family did. I knew not everyone had a mother that would tell them stories about growing up on an island, eating oysters off the beach, eating from wild fruit trees. I knew not everyone had a father that took them camping or would tell them which plants were edible and which were poisonous. But it wasn't until I was an adult that I considered that nature itself was out of reach to some both conceptually and practically. I had never considered that I had taken the stars for granted until a group

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of boys from Philadelphia were laying beside me in the Laurel Highlands of w e s t e r n Pennsylvania unable to sleep because of what they saw when they looked up. They told me they had never really seen stars, much less e n t i r e constellations, because of the light pollution of the city. They told me they rarely ventured to the city parks unless they needed a shortcut to get home. The parks in their city were seen as boring and filled with garbage or broken down equipment or as dangerous, home to people they were told to stay away from. The community gardens were seen as spaces for people a little higher on the social ladder than them, people they couldn't relate to. The stars themselves were things you could only see in movies or books. The older I get the more I appreciate the privilege it is to have safe, geographically close spaces to disconnect from the speed of modern life, technology, and the indoors, and interact with plants, animals, and people in nature. I was raised with the mantra "if you love something, if you benefit from it, share it." I appreciate more the individuals in my community that are happy to share their love for nature and break down barriers between people and the outdoors whether the barriers be geographic, social, or whether they exist only in an

individual’s mind. Downtown Greens especially resonates with me because of it's desire to bring people together regardless of age, religion, socioeconomic background, or familiarity with the great outdoors. Though the organization seeks to serve children specifically, I have been just as impressed by the secondary effects that it has in connecting with their families and the rest of the community whether it's one of the kids in the program proudly bringing home herbs to cook with his family or a mother saying how nice it is for her kids to have a safe place to play outside. Please consider coming to celebrate the Fall with Downtown Greens at their Down Home Ball Fundraiser on October 6 from 6-10pm. Though it is a fundraiser, Downtown Greens strives to make all of their events and services available to as many as possible. Follow them on social media for more details on how you can join them! Brad Smith is on the Downtown Greens Board of Directors.

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Companions Taking your pet to the Vet?

Radio Is Always There During Disasters, Radio Broadcasters Can Be A Lifeline For Information

by kourtney M. Bumbrey

By Chuck Archer

...KEEP CALM & GO MOBILE! When it comes to taking your pet to the Vet, it can be an EPIC battle. You try to get your dog in the car or put the cat in the cage. You get in the car only to arrive at the Animal Hospital and deal with cleaning up your pet’s mess in your car. Then, you now have to sit in a lobby with a bunch of other dogs and wait to be seen. Well, Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC is here to take the stress out of Veterinary Care. Pet care just got easier for Fredericksburg! Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC (RMVS) started in May 2018 bringing veterinary care right to the homes in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania. They offer services such as Wellness/Vaccines, Nutritional/Behaviorial Consultation, Management of Diseases such as Diabetes/Kidney/Thyroid disease as well as At Home Euthanasia. They are capable of treating minor issues such as skin or ear infections. But what is unique about them is it is all done right in your home. No more dragging your pet in the car or shoving them in a cage. So, who is behind this brilliant idea? Dr. Gerri S. Reid has been practicing as a Veterinarian in the Fredericksburg area for over 18 years. In her years of practicing, she kept hearing the same thing said by clients, “I wish you could come to my house”. So, at the beginning of the year, Dr. Reid felt it was time to take pet care to another level. She wanted to bring the bond between the pet owner, their pet and their Veterinarian back to this area. But she didn’t want to just open another Brick & Mortar Animal Hospital. So, how do you set yourself apart from the rest…GO MOBILE! With the help and partnership of Kourtney Bumbrey, they created Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC!

So, why choose Mobile? Mobile Veterinary Care decreases the stress for the pet as well as for the client. Older pets that have difficulty

Dr. Reid seeing Tyson for his first puppy Visit getting in the car or don’t like to ride in the car can still receive Quality Veterinary care. Disabled pet owners who find it hard to get their pets to the vet definitely find mobile veterinary care just perfect for them! And for cats, it is simply PURR-fect! We find that pets are more comfortable when we come to their home. We get to have a one-on-one interaction with the Pet owner as well as the pet and truly get to know them on a more personal level. And that is exactly the Mission Dr. Reid envisioned when she created her Business: To provide Convenient, Quality and Compassionate Veterinary Care in the comfort of their home Fredericksburg is a Community filled with Pet Lovers of all ages. We are living in an age of Busy Commuters and Stay Home Moms. But one thing that Dr. Reid wants is for the care of your companion animal to remain easy and convenient. She is excited to bring this service to this area and hopes to expand in the future to bring surgical needs right to your driveway! When you are out walking your dog or driving around town, you may just see Dr. Reid heading to a neighborhood near you or even your neighbor’s house. So, what are you waiting for? Word around town about pet care is just GO MOBILE!

As I write this, nearly one million people have been told to heed a mandatory evacuation from coastal areas as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas. Prior to the storm, radio, TV,

Internet and Social Media all did a good job getting the word out to get out of low lying coastal areas. In this day of the 24 hour news cycle, it’s pretty easy to keep the public aware of critical, up-to-theminute information. That is UNTIL…THE POWER GOES OUT! In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria was devastating. Not long after striking the island of 3.4 million, the power grids started to fail. So too did cell service and other means of digital communication. Radio, and specifically AM radio, became a critical means of communication. Reuters published a story about a small AM station, WAPA 630, that was able to stay on the air during and after Maria swept through. This tiny AM radio station

was able to continue broadcasting thanks to a generator and older, analog systems that weren’t reliant on relays, computers and digital systems. Staffers used typewriters to get messages on-air. With phone service mostly down, residents would show up at the station in person to get messages out. Several years ago I worked for a group of radio stations on Hilton Head Island. There were many systems in place that would help keep us on the air. Our transmitters were housed in cinder block “hurricane proof” bunkers. We had a backup broadcast facility at the electric cooperative. We also had the means to get our staff many miles inland, but still broadcast live information. We knew it was critical for us to stay on the air when people needed us most. Now back to Florence. While Fredericksburg isn’t coastal, we’re still not immune to the damage wind and excessive rain can do to our area. As we’ve experienced during major snowstorms and the big Derecho storm in 2012, power can remain out for several days…even weeks. Once power goes out, if you’re not

fortunate enough to own a generator, you won’t be able to watch TV news. Your home wifi will not operate. In the case of prolonged outages, you may not have cell service. The good news is that RADIO will be there. B101.5 and NewsTalk 1230 WFVA are prepared to help get the word out during a natural disaster. We have redundancies in place to keep us on the air. Our airstaff is ready to stay on the air for the duration to keep you informed with StormWatch or SnoWatch. A few years back when our area received over 20 inches of snow, Dee Daniels and Ted Schubel remained on the air for many hours through a weekend. Sleeping at the station and eating leftover fried chicken Ted’s wife passed along to the duo before the storm hit. “It was a bit like going to camp,” said Schubel. “It’s long, hard work but doing my part to get important information out to our listeners is radio at its best and it’s what I love to do.” Chuck Archer is Operations Manager for B101.5/NewsTalk 1230 WFVA

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Kourtney Bumbrey wqas born & raised in FXBG. She has 2 dogs and is part owner & is the practice manager

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Companions Taking your pet to the Vet?

Radio Is Always There During Disasters, Radio Broadcasters Can Be A Lifeline For Information

by kourtney M. Bumbrey

By Chuck Archer

...KEEP CALM & GO MOBILE! When it comes to taking your pet to the Vet, it can be an EPIC battle. You try to get your dog in the car or put the cat in the cage. You get in the car only to arrive at the Animal Hospital and deal with cleaning up your pet’s mess in your car. Then, you now have to sit in a lobby with a bunch of other dogs and wait to be seen. Well, Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC is here to take the stress out of Veterinary Care. Pet care just got easier for Fredericksburg! Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC (RMVS) started in May 2018 bringing veterinary care right to the homes in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania. They offer services such as Wellness/Vaccines, Nutritional/Behaviorial Consultation, Management of Diseases such as Diabetes/Kidney/Thyroid disease as well as At Home Euthanasia. They are capable of treating minor issues such as skin or ear infections. But what is unique about them is it is all done right in your home. No more dragging your pet in the car or shoving them in a cage. So, who is behind this brilliant idea? Dr. Gerri S. Reid has been practicing as a Veterinarian in the Fredericksburg area for over 18 years. In her years of practicing, she kept hearing the same thing said by clients, “I wish you could come to my house”. So, at the beginning of the year, Dr. Reid felt it was time to take pet care to another level. She wanted to bring the bond between the pet owner, their pet and their Veterinarian back to this area. But she didn’t want to just open another Brick & Mortar Animal Hospital. So, how do you set yourself apart from the rest…GO MOBILE! With the help and partnership of Kourtney Bumbrey, they created Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC!

So, why choose Mobile? Mobile Veterinary Care decreases the stress for the pet as well as for the client. Older pets that have difficulty

Dr. Reid seeing Tyson for his first puppy Visit getting in the car or don’t like to ride in the car can still receive Quality Veterinary care. Disabled pet owners who find it hard to get their pets to the vet definitely find mobile veterinary care just perfect for them! And for cats, it is simply PURR-fect! We find that pets are more comfortable when we come to their home. We get to have a one-on-one interaction with the Pet owner as well as the pet and truly get to know them on a more personal level. And that is exactly the Mission Dr. Reid envisioned when she created her Business: To provide Convenient, Quality and Compassionate Veterinary Care in the comfort of their home Fredericksburg is a Community filled with Pet Lovers of all ages. We are living in an age of Busy Commuters and Stay Home Moms. But one thing that Dr. Reid wants is for the care of your companion animal to remain easy and convenient. She is excited to bring this service to this area and hopes to expand in the future to bring surgical needs right to your driveway! When you are out walking your dog or driving around town, you may just see Dr. Reid heading to a neighborhood near you or even your neighbor’s house. So, what are you waiting for? Word around town about pet care is just GO MOBILE!

As I write this, nearly one million people have been told to heed a mandatory evacuation from coastal areas as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas. Prior to the storm, radio, TV,

Internet and Social Media all did a good job getting the word out to get out of low lying coastal areas. In this day of the 24 hour news cycle, it’s pretty easy to keep the public aware of critical, up-to-theminute information. That is UNTIL…THE POWER GOES OUT! In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria was devastating. Not long after striking the island of 3.4 million, the power grids started to fail. So too did cell service and other means of digital communication. Radio, and specifically AM radio, became a critical means of communication. Reuters published a story about a small AM station, WAPA 630, that was able to stay on the air during and after Maria swept through. This tiny AM radio station

was able to continue broadcasting thanks to a generator and older, analog systems that weren’t reliant on relays, computers and digital systems. Staffers used typewriters to get messages on-air. With phone service mostly down, residents would show up at the station in person to get messages out. Several years ago I worked for a group of radio stations on Hilton Head Island. There were many systems in place that would help keep us on the air. Our transmitters were housed in cinder block “hurricane proof” bunkers. We had a backup broadcast facility at the electric cooperative. We also had the means to get our staff many miles inland, but still broadcast live information. We knew it was critical for us to stay on the air when people needed us most. Now back to Florence. While Fredericksburg isn’t coastal, we’re still not immune to the damage wind and excessive rain can do to our area. As we’ve experienced during major snowstorms and the big Derecho storm in 2012, power can remain out for several days…even weeks. Once power goes out, if you’re not

fortunate enough to own a generator, you won’t be able to watch TV news. Your home wifi will not operate. In the case of prolonged outages, you may not have cell service. The good news is that RADIO will be there. B101.5 and NewsTalk 1230 WFVA are prepared to help get the word out during a natural disaster. We have redundancies in place to keep us on the air. Our airstaff is ready to stay on the air for the duration to keep you informed with StormWatch or SnoWatch. A few years back when our area received over 20 inches of snow, Dee Daniels and Ted Schubel remained on the air for many hours through a weekend. Sleeping at the station and eating leftover fried chicken Ted’s wife passed along to the duo before the storm hit. “It was a bit like going to camp,” said Schubel. “It’s long, hard work but doing my part to get important information out to our listeners is radio at its best and it’s what I love to do.” Chuck Archer is Operations Manager for B101.5/NewsTalk 1230 WFVA

Wills and Trusts Provide for Incapacity Trusts for Minor Children Wealth Preservation Trusts Avoid Probate AhearnEstateLaw.com

540/371-9890

Kourtney Bumbrey wqas born & raised in FXBG. She has 2 dogs and is part owner & is the practice manager

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Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC www.reidmobilevetservices.com.. (540) 623-3 3029 Facebook & Instagram

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#FredStrong A Metaphor of America

Fredericksburg Sketches A visual Celebration of our community

By Joan Geisler

30

October 2018

606 Caroline Street Old Town Fredericksburg 373-7847

By Casey Alan Shaw The Union destroyed the mansion. They cut down the trees for firewood and when that was gone they pulled the paneling off the walls and burned that. At one point, the Union quartered their horses in the lower level while the officers kept watch over the city on the second floor! The house lay in ruin, just as the southern states found themselves destitute. They both remained bereft of their glorious past for many

Chatham Manor, 1864 Raise your hand if you have NOT visited Chatham Manor. I am ashamed to say that I lived in Fredericksburg 28 years before I even set foot on the National Park Service property even though I pass it every day of my life. The mansion was built in 1771 by William Fitzhugh. It is 220 feet long, 12,000 sq. feet, has 10 rooms and sat on 1280 acres. As a colonial sympathizer, he wanted to let everyone know that he supported the American cause by naming the home after William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. Pitt was a member of parliament and championed the rights of the American colonists. Among the many George visitors was Washington. He must have visited with his family often enough because George's grandson, George Washington Custus Park married Fitzhugh's daughter Molly. Crazy huh? Then Molly and George's daughter would marry Robert E. Lee. Fitzhugh sold the property and it was eventually purchased by J. Horace Lacy and his wife Betty. This is where the house begins to mimic the American south and the antibellum period. During the years that the Lacy's owned Chatham, life was grand and large. Between 40 -100 slaves farmed the large plantation. As a southern sympathizer, Lacy joined the confederates. Betty packed up the 4 children and headed to Spotsylvania to their other home called Ellwood. The unoccupied mansion overlooking Fredericksburg would be the perfect place for the Union to set up headquarters. In April 1862, General Irvin McDowell brought 30,000 men to Fredericksburg. In December, McDowell was joined by General Ambrose E. Burnside and 120,000 men.

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

Where Fredericksburg Gets Engaged

years. The beautiful lady on the hill seemed destined to sit as Miss Havisham, reminding the southern states of their defeat. But just like the south, Chatham

723 Caroline St

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A couple of months ago, I shared a terrific house portrait by LibertyTown artist Carol Phifer. This month, I’m sharing one of my own house portraits of a home on Charles Street.

did RISE AGAIN. The property languished under a succession of owners until 1920. Daniel and Helen Devore purchased Chatham and breathed life back into her. The house once again was the belle of the ball and received her guests with grace and dignity. Mrs. Devore built the grand gardens that remain today. In 1931 John Lee Pratt, an executive with General Motors, and his wife purchase the estate and its remaining 256 acres. Pratt willed the estate to the National Park Service and the remaining 30 acres. It wasn't until 2008 that it began to receive visitors as it does today. The National Park Service is always looking for volunteers to lead tours of this grand ol' lady who sits in respite on the hill. I have recently become one of the many volunteers required to keep her history alive. Come tour Chatham for the first time or return and see the new exhibits. Off season is a good time for us locals to view our great landmark. Tour hours are 9:00 to 4:30 every day.

Front porch fredericksburg

Something to Think About

I love doing these personal portraits of local homes. We are privileged to have so many iconic, historic buildings throughout Fredericksburg, but we also have an abundance of incredible private homes. I love to walk the streets near downtown and just gawk at all the residential architecture. And, every once in a while, I get the opportunity to do a commission and really stop and drink in the view as I work on one of my sketches. This was one of those times. Enjoy! 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.

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

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

Daily 10-5:30; Sunday 12-5

Give a Child

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Chatham Manor, Today

the falafel joint

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

810 Caroline Street (540) 371-5684

by georgia Lee Strentz

"Our town, our town, "dead Fred" no more, she is alive and well!! The fantastic people who have lived here and loved her so long, helped each other,the newcomers, all are saying, "we love you Fredericksburg, what a great place to live and raise our kids, retire to, you name it, Fredericksburg has something for everyone.” I went to wonderful get together at our Shiloh Baptist Church on Princess Anne Street, filled with non-profit organizations all helping people who live in our town. Our town attracts compassionate people,we are very fortunate indeed. There was the, "Tree Lady," Anne Little, who has done more to beautify our city than almost anyone, along with the Marcel Day company with Rebecca Rubin, who has donated so much of her employees time to help plant the trees, and supported many other ecologically diverse projects, and humanistic projects also. Back of Sugar ShackThen there were those that help mothers and children, you name a problem, someone was there to try to help solve it. Today I talked to Azadeh Rahmani, the owner of one of our newest businesses to open, The Falafel Joint on William Street. It was evident that our town attracts over and over,the finest, and most creative, sparkling people who trust our town and our citizens enough, to invest their lives and resources.. She and her husband Farsad, have opened their place in the back portion of Sugar Shack, which their friends, Heather and Edwin Grimes operate. Great idea, eat, then go next door for your donut for dessert. Azadeh is getting feedback from the neighborhood around her building, which is heavily white-haired and retired. One neighbor told her that she saw one of her older neighbors in the parking lot with a falafel, and she saw her take a bite and start to dance! The college kids also like "the Joint," great food, under $10.00,hang out,friendly,intimate,welcoming,close to campus.

Azadeh shared her health enhancing (all fresh, natural) falafel ingredients with me. Each falafel contains four hand-rolled chickpea and spice balls , with fresh vegetables, in special made pita bread, delicious,I tasted it out!. Or you can have the ingredients served in a bowl, minus the pita roll. Also on the menu is Chicken Shawarma, Al Paster Tacos, and Street Tacos,all scrumptious.. Check out the cozy, interesting decor, tables, chairs, the tin ceiling, the many vintage pictures and cultural material, interesting Americana, as Azadeh is also a decorator among her many talents. She chose many stools where you can hang out with your computer shelf,and your books,very handy,comfy. Azadeh is from Canada, and her husband Farsad is from Massachusetts. They live in Stafford with their 3 dogs,on several acres, after moving down here from Maryland several years ago. Welcome to "The Falafel Joint!!!" If you see a blue three- wheel bike in the parking lot at The Joint, with a Front Porch magazine in the basket,it's probably me, eating a falafel, and I may be dancing!

Georgia Strentz is our gal about town & FXBG’s biggest supporter

The Falafel Joint 801 William Street (Back of Sugar Shack) 540-3 373-1 1001 Hrs. 11am-9 9pm

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#FredStrong A Metaphor of America

Fredericksburg Sketches A visual Celebration of our community

By Joan Geisler

30

October 2018

606 Caroline Street Old Town Fredericksburg 373-7847

By Casey Alan Shaw The Union destroyed the mansion. They cut down the trees for firewood and when that was gone they pulled the paneling off the walls and burned that. At one point, the Union quartered their horses in the lower level while the officers kept watch over the city on the second floor! The house lay in ruin, just as the southern states found themselves destitute. They both remained bereft of their glorious past for many

Chatham Manor, 1864 Raise your hand if you have NOT visited Chatham Manor. I am ashamed to say that I lived in Fredericksburg 28 years before I even set foot on the National Park Service property even though I pass it every day of my life. The mansion was built in 1771 by William Fitzhugh. It is 220 feet long, 12,000 sq. feet, has 10 rooms and sat on 1280 acres. As a colonial sympathizer, he wanted to let everyone know that he supported the American cause by naming the home after William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. Pitt was a member of parliament and championed the rights of the American colonists. Among the many George visitors was Washington. He must have visited with his family often enough because George's grandson, George Washington Custus Park married Fitzhugh's daughter Molly. Crazy huh? Then Molly and George's daughter would marry Robert E. Lee. Fitzhugh sold the property and it was eventually purchased by J. Horace Lacy and his wife Betty. This is where the house begins to mimic the American south and the antibellum period. During the years that the Lacy's owned Chatham, life was grand and large. Between 40 -100 slaves farmed the large plantation. As a southern sympathizer, Lacy joined the confederates. Betty packed up the 4 children and headed to Spotsylvania to their other home called Ellwood. The unoccupied mansion overlooking Fredericksburg would be the perfect place for the Union to set up headquarters. In April 1862, General Irvin McDowell brought 30,000 men to Fredericksburg. In December, McDowell was joined by General Ambrose E. Burnside and 120,000 men.

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

Where Fredericksburg Gets Engaged

years. The beautiful lady on the hill seemed destined to sit as Miss Havisham, reminding the southern states of their defeat. But just like the south, Chatham

723 Caroline St

899.8077

A couple of months ago, I shared a terrific house portrait by LibertyTown artist Carol Phifer. This month, I’m sharing one of my own house portraits of a home on Charles Street.

did RISE AGAIN. The property languished under a succession of owners until 1920. Daniel and Helen Devore purchased Chatham and breathed life back into her. The house once again was the belle of the ball and received her guests with grace and dignity. Mrs. Devore built the grand gardens that remain today. In 1931 John Lee Pratt, an executive with General Motors, and his wife purchase the estate and its remaining 256 acres. Pratt willed the estate to the National Park Service and the remaining 30 acres. It wasn't until 2008 that it began to receive visitors as it does today. The National Park Service is always looking for volunteers to lead tours of this grand ol' lady who sits in respite on the hill. I have recently become one of the many volunteers required to keep her history alive. Come tour Chatham for the first time or return and see the new exhibits. Off season is a good time for us locals to view our great landmark. Tour hours are 9:00 to 4:30 every day.

Front porch fredericksburg

Something to Think About

I love doing these personal portraits of local homes. We are privileged to have so many iconic, historic buildings throughout Fredericksburg, but we also have an abundance of incredible private homes. I love to walk the streets near downtown and just gawk at all the residential architecture. And, every once in a while, I get the opportunity to do a commission and really stop and drink in the view as I work on one of my sketches. This was one of those times. Enjoy! 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.

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

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

Daily 10-5:30; Sunday 12-5

Give a Child

SKETCH #47: House on Charles Street.

Chatham Manor, Today

the falafel joint

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

810 Caroline Street (540) 371-5684

by georgia Lee Strentz

"Our town, our town, "dead Fred" no more, she is alive and well!! The fantastic people who have lived here and loved her so long, helped each other,the newcomers, all are saying, "we love you Fredericksburg, what a great place to live and raise our kids, retire to, you name it, Fredericksburg has something for everyone.” I went to wonderful get together at our Shiloh Baptist Church on Princess Anne Street, filled with non-profit organizations all helping people who live in our town. Our town attracts compassionate people,we are very fortunate indeed. There was the, "Tree Lady," Anne Little, who has done more to beautify our city than almost anyone, along with the Marcel Day company with Rebecca Rubin, who has donated so much of her employees time to help plant the trees, and supported many other ecologically diverse projects, and humanistic projects also. Back of Sugar ShackThen there were those that help mothers and children, you name a problem, someone was there to try to help solve it. Today I talked to Azadeh Rahmani, the owner of one of our newest businesses to open, The Falafel Joint on William Street. It was evident that our town attracts over and over,the finest, and most creative, sparkling people who trust our town and our citizens enough, to invest their lives and resources.. She and her husband Farsad, have opened their place in the back portion of Sugar Shack, which their friends, Heather and Edwin Grimes operate. Great idea, eat, then go next door for your donut for dessert. Azadeh is getting feedback from the neighborhood around her building, which is heavily white-haired and retired. One neighbor told her that she saw one of her older neighbors in the parking lot with a falafel, and she saw her take a bite and start to dance! The college kids also like "the Joint," great food, under $10.00,hang out,friendly,intimate,welcoming,close to campus.

Azadeh shared her health enhancing (all fresh, natural) falafel ingredients with me. Each falafel contains four hand-rolled chickpea and spice balls , with fresh vegetables, in special made pita bread, delicious,I tasted it out!. Or you can have the ingredients served in a bowl, minus the pita roll. Also on the menu is Chicken Shawarma, Al Paster Tacos, and Street Tacos,all scrumptious.. Check out the cozy, interesting decor, tables, chairs, the tin ceiling, the many vintage pictures and cultural material, interesting Americana, as Azadeh is also a decorator among her many talents. She chose many stools where you can hang out with your computer shelf,and your books,very handy,comfy. Azadeh is from Canada, and her husband Farsad is from Massachusetts. They live in Stafford with their 3 dogs,on several acres, after moving down here from Maryland several years ago. Welcome to "The Falafel Joint!!!" If you see a blue three- wheel bike in the parking lot at The Joint, with a Front Porch magazine in the basket,it's probably me, eating a falafel, and I may be dancing!

Georgia Strentz is our gal about town & FXBG’s biggest supporter

The Falafel Joint 801 William Street (Back of Sugar Shack) 540-3 373-1 1001 Hrs. 11am-9 9pm

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Front Porch Fredericksburg - October 2018  

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