October Issue 2020

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history’s stories: mom & pop store what’s in a crossing? Chatham bridge


history in our backyard

40 year journey dan finnegan


Senior Care: regrets


it’s all energy: stomach meridian

Balance Between art & science Hailey light


emancipated patients:: coaching for doc visits


tidbits... small bites of community news


art in the ’burg ...galleries in october


behind the scene with bill




astrology & you poetryman: reverence


fredericksburg sketches

dtg new board member lauren malloy


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on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages


fxbg main street ...power of 100


stories of fxbg: micah sustaining hospitality


everything greens: velvet ants don’t touch


In the Garden: gone to seed


i have a friend: sharing life


notables: crrl new chairs


season’s bounty: dutch babies


spirits: bourbon cocktails


vino..when wine ages


Calendar of Events


...And more! 27


suffragists pursue right to vote


table in the world serving food


outdoor public sculptures

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THE FREDERICKSBURG POTTER Dan Finnegan shares his 40 year journey

Dan told FPF that it was hard to put 40 years into 750 words...He is correct. So below is excerpts from Dan’s Journal: Forty years ago this month I arrived in Fredericksburg with all of my worldly possessions packed into my '66 Chevy van. The Fredericksburg Pottery was founded by two local families in 1976, the Bicentennial year, and was located at the corner of Sophia Street and Hanover Street. Phil Chapman got his start there. . Fredericksburg in 1980 was a very different town...early that year the Spotsylvania Mall was opened and most of the shops left downtown. It might be hard for more recent residents to believe, but a number of major department stores including Sears and Penney's used to be located in our fair city. I was hired to expand the pottery's business beyond Fredericksburg. There was no longer enough foot traffic to support us so I designed a simple line of pottery and trained the two potters that I had inherited to make them. We then began selling work up and down the East

Coast to galleries and craft shops and restaurants. The most significant restaurant was in our back yard...just a few months after I arrived Sammy T's was opened. Founded by a college professor and two former UMW students it was a welcome addition to town, bringing in a menu that went way beyond barbecue (vegetarian and vegan food!). We made

them an offer that they couldn't refuse...I would trade pottery for food so that I could get my work on the tables in front of their customers. This was a happy relationship and most of my friends today were met in that cozy restaurant. I made little creamers and bud vases and I still occasionally meet a former customer (or employee) who confesses to taking one or two home! I didn't mind, as it meant I could make more and eat more! In 1984 I purchased the business and moved to a farm on the Rappahanock River in Dogue. I was now on my own and I carried on the wholesale business while spending a lot of time developing new work and ideas. I sold pots in a couple of shops downtown as well. Then, in 1991, I discovered the building at 106 Hanover Stree (below) was vacant and with the financial support of some dear friends I moved back to town and resumed my business directly across the street from the old pottery. This was a very fruitful time for my career. Downtown's revival was ongoing and it had certainly become a more interesting place. The VRE coming to town sparked a great interest with developers. All of a sudden living and working downtown seemed viable. It wasn't long

will follow us. The shop at 106 had a bit of magic to it, created by all the friendships and relationship that flourished there. Some bought a pot, some bought a 100 pots, but I like to think that it was a place for good conversation and goodwill as much as a place of business. Being the 'town potter' was a privilege and my work sometimes had greater meaning than a mere piece of pottery, I made pots to celebrate weddings and for church services and urns for ashes for the remains of loved ones. During this time I was invited to teach a course for the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va. I didn't know it when I agreed, but this was a baby step towards a career on a national rather than local level. As one thing led to another I was invited to teach at The Penland School of Craft In NC, a

before I was selling all of my work through the shop, an unusual business model for a potter. Most craftspeople have been packing up their vans and travelling to shows all over tarnation...I always aspired to living a more civilized life and the shop allowed me to sleep in my own bed every night and spend my energy creating rather than hustling to shows. By now I saw the need for help in the shop and that it was time to begin training the next generation of potters. I was incredibly fortunate to work in England at the historic Winchcombe Pottery before I came here and that very unique experience gave me the knowledge and experience to be successful. Being part of a long tradition creates a responsibility to pass on that knowledge to those who

very prestigious 'summer camp for adults"!. There is an irony in my teaching career...I left college because I was certain that I didn't want to be a teacher but rather a maker. I now teach 3 or 4 workshops a year at craft schools and universities. The other project to note here is LibertyTown...When I began to take on assistants I wanted to make sure that I could pay them a fair wage to survive here. The pottery alone would have had difficulty accomplishing that. So I started a little pottery school across the street where my assistants and friends could teach and I could pay them much better for that work. I had no idea that we would find such strong interest in pottery classes, but that inspired me to look for a bigger space. This is what led me to start LibertyTown in 2001. I won't tell that story here, but 23 local people lent me money and with the help of a couple of friends we converted the former Plumbing

Supply building into a spectacular Art Center that continues to thrive today. For those keeping count, I then built my fifth (and LAST!) studio on a farm in Caroline County. Ever since my training in England I had wanted to build a kiln that burned wood for fuel (Left). This is an ancient technology that continues to be relevant and engaging today. I had built that kiln at the farm a few years before and when the shop was closed I was welcomed to move my studio there. This is where I work now and where I am writing from today. Up until the pandemic I had been building a new business, selling my pots at national invitational shows and teaching a few workshops as well as keeping a supply of work for sale at Libertytown. Just as I closed the door for the last time on Hanover Street I was invited to the biggest, most prestigious pottery show held in Minnesota each year and this really helped introduce me and my work to a national audience. It has been a real privilege to spend time with potters whose work I had admired from afar and make new friends. I even helped start a national show in Washington DC called 'Pottery on the Hill'. This will be our 9th year at the Hill Center (hillcenterdc.org) and this show has become a popular model for others...a small, finely curated show of potters making useful pots in an elegant and intimate setting. The Fredericksburg community has always been supportive of me and my work, and as we look at downtown today, there are artists and galleries everywhere who are also finding that same support. I am very grateful for that support over these many years. Thank you! Be sure to read the complete Dan Finnegan Journal danfinneganpottery.com danfinneganpotterry.com/shop www.danfinneganpottery.com

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Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists Rita Allan Kathy Anderson Sally Cooney Anderson Dianne Bachman Laurie Black Sarah Kay Bierle Sean Bonney Sonja Cantu Bill Carroll Collette Caprara Sandra Erikson Christina Ferber Dan Finnegan Frank Fratoe Bill Freehling Jon Gerlach Ann Glave Malanna Henderson Sue Henderson Anne Hicks Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks Karl Karch David C. Kennedy Julie Laiacona Lisa Chinn Marvashti Sean MeLauren Beverly Mendez Vanessa Moncure Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter M.L.Powers Gerri Reid Paula Raudenbush Joanne Rose Casey Alan Shaw Mandy Smith Marianne Tokarz Tina Will Norma Woodward Margie Zambon-Brewer

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October 2020

Harvesting Solace by Anne Hicks As I write this article in September it's looking more like spring. Good thing color has returned with healthy rich hues of green as it appeared to be looking like fall in early July and August. It's reminiscent of how quickly events unfolded throughout the first three quarters of 2020. What a relief it is was to watch nature's gentle rain showers heal the ground we call home. This renewal offers solace and a sense that we may trust, all will be well even amidst new horizons. Consider the significance of naming this time when many of us may have been pushed to the edge, or even out of our seats in what seemed to be overnight, even though it was a tad longer but in our midst. Perhaps there will be special days named to commemorate this year at the end or beginning of better times to come. October is a good month to look at the names of the day, as I found googling away on a rainy day. Considering our lifestyles were altered in public and personally transformative ways makes it's important to mark how our community took ahold of the force of change that tested our resilience to face the unexpected. Looking back, we can see how much was done. Not that it's never happened before yet, not quite in the same exacting way. The call for swift action and attention to take immediate care for safety, and the continued ongoing efforts, are bountiful. Notably, there are stories from the heart of people and organizations in our community. It's wonderful to read them or be part of all that's been and is being done. From the Grab and Go Lunch Program and the local school systems efforts to keep the children safe, to the private businesses who have invested in safety, to the public officials vigilance, and administration of grants and nonprofit community foundations like the Community Ministry Center of Fredericksburg, Rappahannock Area YMCA Childcare for Essential Workers, SPCA Pet Quarantine for COVID-affected Families, Salvation Army Food and Emergency Financial Assistances. To all local Church Support and to Yoga Studios and individual Yoga teachers who came zooming into our homes. This is only names a few.

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It's this season's harvest and the autumns blessing to have grace to keep making ends meet. We've been doing a lot of this from home. Doesn't it feel good to be home in this town? We all will have stories to share about this time and we will find a way gather and to define what's happened. October, a month that's reaped many named days and has a designated National Story Telling Day. That is what will be remembered, names and stories. So, ending the rainy days google, and commenting on my favorites from holidayinsights.com and MentalFloss.com about October, hope you find comfort in your story and a defining moment either through this list or your own list. I did. October 1st International Day for the Elderly Taking time to help and visit. 2nd World Smile Day - A spontaneous free feeling that brings joy anytime. 4th Octoberfest - Not just about Beer! Cultures. 5th World Teachers Day - Do Something Nice Day. 9th Curious Events Day - A new norm? 11th It's My Party day - Not in this house, that's the 18th Tuffy's Day Birthday. 12th International Moment of Frustration and Scream Day - We've earned this one! 15th Face your Fear Day - Growing. 19th Sweetest Day - Our house for leftovers from Tuffy day. 20th Evaluate your life Day Reflections. 21st Smart is Cool Day - So are not so Smart Days. 24th Make a Difference Day - In any giving way. 27th National Tell a Story Day Everyday!

29th Cat Day. Gentle souls. 31st Halloween and Carve a Pumpkin Day. Candy day.

It's true we will continue facing the unexpected and uncanny in difficult ways. We have lost and gained a lot. Let's spread the hope that the green is like nature sharing the luck of a what's in a name and allowing us the full spectrum of brighter colors and falling leaves and that hope for renewal, healing and growth are on the horizon. Not to mention naming this year or day in this year, what would you call it?

Anne Hicks is a writer; she works at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is celebrating Tuffy Day on October 18th for her husband Ralph "Tuffy" Hicks.

FXBG VA Main Street The Power of 100+ - We Need You! By ann glave conversations with the Fredericksburg VA Main Street's Mozena, Design Chair, Anna Mitsis-M and her committee and spoke with leaders within the City. Thanks to the immediate support of the City's Department of Public Works, we knew we were on the right path.

It started with an idea. Fredericksburg resident, Holly Clark approached Fredericksburg VA Main Street with a question "How do we get more bikes racks Downtown?" An avid bike enthusiast, Holly is the perfect champion to lead this effort. On most days, Holly, and her family bike Downtown to their favorite shops and restaurants. Their challenge‌.no place to park their bikes! We knew there was a solution and so the work began. We started with

The Power of 100+! We need you now! Imagine what 100 people investing in their downtown at $100 each can accomplish - $10,000. Imagine what 1000 people supporting Downtown at $100 apiece can achieve? If you have a love for Downtown, ever wanted a place to sit as you stroll downtown, or desired more bike

And the idea grew. The VA Main Street's Downtown Investment Grant has a maximum award of $25,000, with a 2 to 1 financial match component. We decided to "go big" and add additional items including more benches, planters, and trash cans. All total, we wrote the grant to include 20 bike racks, 1 bike corral, 2 bike shelters, 4 benches, 4 planters, and 4 trash cans. And we WON! In August, the Governor announced that we won the full grant award of $25,000! Now the hard To satisfy the grant work begins‌ requirements we must raise a match. This is where you come in.

racks, you can make it happen from October 1st to October 16th. Fredericksburg VA Main Street needs to raise thirteen thousand dollars to make the bike racks, benches, planters, and trash cans come to fruition. Starting on October 1st, it will be as simple as 1 - 2 - 3.

1.Text FXBG100 to 44-321 2.Follow the links and prompts 3.Feel awesome!

If you prefer to write a check or have difficulty texting, reach out to us at 540-538-7445 or mail a check payable to Fredericksburg VA Main Street Inc. to PO Box 7275 Fredericksburg VA 22404 Let's be Fredericksburg Strong and make this goal! A huge Thank You to the many people that LOVE Downtown and are making this a realty. Together we can accomplish great things for our community. Ann Glave is the executive director of Fredericksburg VA Main Street. She loves all things Downtown! info@fredericksburgmainstreet or 540-538-7445.

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Micah Sustaining Hospitality By Margie Zambon-Brewer Covid-19 has changed the way the world looks at hospitality. We protect others by being less inclusive - we don't gather with our friends and family, we don't share as freely, we keep a distance and often a barrier between ourselves and those we meet. While Micah is not exempt from these new social norms, five months into the pandemic we are still pursuing hospitality in the most creative ways we can.

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When it became clear that this virus was a real threat and it would be necessary for anything 'non-essential' in the community to close down, Micah committed to be the lighthouse in the storm. Most of us could distance ourselves from CoVid-19 by sheltering in our homes. Besides the enhanced risk of infection that comes from living outdoors, suddenly our homeless population would not have the same access to community meals, temporary shelter from the elements, or even public bathrooms and water sources they had relied on for basic safety. They needed the Hospitality Center on Princess Anne Street to remain open as a starting point and source of community in circumstances that were far more complex in the midst of pandemic. Although we've had to do some things differently, the center is still welcoming people Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm. Thankfully, emergency management resources have made it possible for nearly all of our street homeless to be offered temporary shelter. We cannot imagine the crises that would be before us, had that opportunity come to fruition. For them, hospitality can now be delivered one on one. It comes directly to their doorstep in ways we have only dreamt about. But everyday that we open the doors to a heat index of 100 plus degrees or a severe storm warning, we remember that there are some whose circumstances prevent them from accepting help and new people lose their homes every day.

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There are things the Hospitality Center still can't provide. We can't provide a whole morning's refuge from the elements. We can't gather for a mini health clinic or food distribution. We can't

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provide that much needed haircut or the perpetual flow of coffee. We require masks and social distancing and limit the number of people at any given time. Lunches are take out only. And our guests these days often have to access community resources through a computer screen. But, if nothing else, we can provide a place to come inside for a few moments and make a connection. That connection might be a s h o w e r that allows someone to feel clean again after a couple of n i g h t s sleeping outside. It can be an address where the post office can leave the envelope that contains connection to family, benefits or other important information. It is connecting with someone to help you figure out how to replace the lost identification card or sort out complex paperwork. It's a bag lunch when you haven't eaten yet or a few extra bottles of water when the low temperature is in the 80's. It's someone to welcome you inside, even if only for a short time, and ask you what has happened since the last time you were here.

The Hospitality Center is a care coordination hub for those who sleep on the street. Although the direct traffic coming through 1013 Princess Anne St. is currently smaller, we are providing the same care we always have in the places people are sheltering. Due to CoVid-19, some of our volunteers have dwindled and there are many ways you can help be a part of the unique ways we are caring for people in this season.

Margie Zambon-Brewer is the Hospitality Navigator. For more info on the Center contact her at: (540) 479-4116 x15 or margie@dolovewalk.net photo courtesy of Micah

Micah Ecumenical Ministries is a collaboration of churches following Christ to cultivate community and care for neighbors. We envision a just, kind and humble community community where all neighbors belong, participate, meet each other's needs and engage in meaningful relationship.

Hospitality Center, 1013 Princess Anne St Respite House, 1512 Princess Anne St Furniture Bank, 1212 Lafayette Blvd Cold Weather Shelter, 748 Kings Hwy micahfredericksburg.org 540-4 479-4 4116

Everything Greens Velvet Ants: look but do not touch! By Janet Douberly in your hand and lasts HOURS! You have just met the

Imagine this scene: You're walking along downtown and you see something red moving along very quickly on the ground. You stop to look and your eyes light upon the biggest, fuzziest ant you've ever seen! The colors are bright red and black, an obvious warning, but it's furry cuteness urges you to just reach out and touch it, maybe even let it crawl on your hand! Suddenly, BAM! The most intense burning you've experienced starts

Common in this area during the late summer, you may have already seen these deceptively cute little critters in your yard or garden lately. They are also known as Cow Killers. Though they look like large hairy ants, 'Dasymutilla occidentalis' are actually a wasp. The females are flightless and condemned to a life on the ground. The males look like smaller versions of the females except they have the advantage of transparent black wings. While the male is harmless, these fuzzy ladies have a long stinger that is also their ovipositor (used to lay eggs) and can deliver one of the top most painful stings in the world with pain lasting for days in humans. The nickname "Cow Killer" derives from the tale that cows, when

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stung, will die from the pain. These wasps are solitary and parasitic to bumblebees. Females seek out bumblebee nests and lay their eggs inside the wax cups. After bees, adult female velvet ants enter the host nest by digging through the soil or breaking through nest walls. The cow killer larvae feed on the bumblebee larvae and pupae and will pupate inside the bumble bee nest. This bumblebee is ultimately killed. Despite the damage they can do to bumblebees and the pain they can cause humans and animals, they aren't all bad news. The adults live on a diet of water and nectar meaning that they can play a hand in pollention. Velvet ants prefer pastures and fields with sandy soil where their prey are most likely to be found. There is no effective control measure for them. If they are particularly abundant in an area often populated by humans, it may be helpful to heavily seed the area to promote thicker grass coverage. This would discourage the ground nesting bees, like our friend the bumblebee, on which velvet ants feed. No chemical control is recommended. If you spot one, have no fear, just caution. They are not aggressive and will try to escape when encountered. They've also been heard to give a little squeak when disturbed, which honestly makes them sound even more charming. But despite their seeming cuteness, these insects SHOULD NOT be handled! They are usually more active at dusk! So, keep your eyes peeled and pointed down to get a glimpse of these adorable pain providers.

If you have any questions about velvet ants or anything plant or insect related, don't hesitate to come by Downtown Greens! Our knowledgeable staff love nothing more than to educate and discuss all things plant related!

Janet Douberly is Garden Coordinator at Downtown Greens

Founded in 1995, Downtown Greens promotes environmental care by preserving two urban garden areas, using sustainable gardening methods, teaching children through a weekly Garden Club, and raising bees with the Urban Bees program. Located at 206 CHarles Street downtowngreens.org

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In the Garden gone to seed? save & share By Tina Will Seed Swap January 2021 If you've let some vegetables go to seed, there's a good use for them. Save those overgrown beans and other seeds, put them into labeled and dated envelopes (with year of harvest), and keep in a cool dry place. Plan to bring them to the Master Gardener 5th Annual Seed Swap in late January. Cool weather crops should be in the ground already, and by early October some will be producing. Seeds from these crops can be saved also. Seeds from invasive plants are not allowed; please check the invasive species list w e b s i t e : www.invasive.org/species/list. Also, vegetables that are F1 hybrids will not grow true from seed.

Seed saving is as old as agriculture, and should get far more respect than it does. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains, are the most important foods we can eat. Their seeds are our food future, and gardening should be something more of us do even if on a small scale. Some flowers are edible, too, and flowers bring beauty and cheer to us all. I am happy that Farmers Markets will continue to operate and bring us the food we need. I am also optimistic that the Fredericksburg Food Co-O Op will bring us more of what we need through the Winter and early Spring seasons as well as the remainder of the year.


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Master Naturalists have donated their time and energy to planting and maintaining this garden. Alvin Recently, MGs Calhoun, Mary Ellen Green, Carol Werle, and Betsy McDonald have been tending and weeding it. There you will see a huge variety of native perennials and shrubs that are producing their Autumn fruit and seed. Clustered Mountain Mint, Beauty Carol Werle at Cedell Brooks Park Berry, Butterfly Weed, Sweet Pepperbush, are just a few of what you will find there. Buttonweed, Narrow-L Leaved Sunflower, Large helpful area signs list the plants Pasture Rose, Goldenrod, and Wintergreen near each sign. Now is a great time to take a walk in the park!

Boxwood Wreaths through RAAI Master Gardeners took a break from offering Boxwood wreaths for the last two years due to the Boxwood Blight that has done a lot of damage to Buxus microphylla and other Boxwood species. This year we will again offer boxwood wreaths for sale through RAAI to support their organization. More information about that will be available as the Holiday season gets closer.

The 2021 Seed Swap will be different than the 2020 event since it is likely to be affected by Covid-19 restrictions, but seeds will still be offered! Exact date and location are still being worked out, but will be advertised on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/MGACRA/, as well as our website (mgacra.org) as soon as it is known.

Tina Will has volunteered with MGACRA for 17 years and lives near Ferry Farm Photod by Tina Will

Demonstration Garden Fall is the time to see many perennials set seed, and Cedell Brooks Jr. Park, located at 11215 Henry Griffin Rd, King George, VA 22485, is putting on quite a show as I write this in midSeptember. Many Master Gardeners and

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Suffragists Pursue Right to Vote their protest lead to passage of the 19th amendment By malanna henderson

In the spirit of patriots of the American Revolution, suffragists pursued their right to the ballot box. Nothing validates citizenship like exercising the right to vote. Historically, this right has been a hard-won privilege for segments of the population. Women activists marched and protested, and risked imprisonment and assault to win the vote.

Richmond Times Dispatch. Seawell penned an antisuffragist booklet called The Ladies' Battle. Her editorials: Why Women Should Not Vote and Some Problems of Woman's Suffrage predicted consequences, such as divorce, violence against women, high taxes, exposure to socialism, forced support of husbands, and African American suffrage.

In 1912, Clark and Molly Elliott Seawell published dueling essays in The

African American women organized their own suffragist leagues and clubs across America to fight sexism and racism. Prominent African American suffragists were Augusta Chissell and Margaret Hawkins, Mary Church Terrell, Mary McCloud Bethune, Ida B. Wells, Sojourner Truth, and poet Ellen Watkins Harper. Their attempts to join the national front was rebuffed. The 1890 National American Women Suffrage Association refused membership of black women's groups. In response, they formed the National Association of Colored Women in 1896. This led to the founding of the NAACP in 1909.

Clark contradicted Seawell in a pamphlet titled: Facts vs. Fallacies, AntiSuffrage Allegations Refuted: A Reply to Miss Molly Elliott Seawell. The League appealed to the General Assembly to amend the state constitution to extend voting rights to women. Three resolutions submitted from 1912 to 1916, were defeated. When Nineteenth Congress passed the Amendment, Virginia was one of nine southern states that refused to ratify it.

Virginian women were not to be left behind. In 1909, at the home of Anne Clay Crenshaw of Richmond, women founded the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (above). They wanted to effect changes in health, education, and child labor laws. Lila Meade Valentine served as its first president. Other noted members were writers Mary Johnston and Ellen Glasgow, artists Adele Clark (right) and Nora Houston, and physician Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, of Stafford County. Recording Secretary Adele Clark organized rallies, designed postcards, and helped direct legislative initiatives. Suffragists used speaking tours to educate the public and win support.

League joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association. By 1919, membership had reached 30,000.

In the 1913 women's suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., African Americans ignored requests to march in the back of the line. Ora Perry (top), was the first president of Virginia Negro Women's League of Voters. Their motto "Lifting as

Virginian women won the right to vote in August 1920, but the General Assembly didn't ratify the Nineteenth Amendment until 1952.

In 1914 the League founded a monthly newspaper, Virginia Suffrage News. Support from Richmond businessmen led to the establishment of the Men's Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. That same year, the Suffrage

Although, the early leaders of the women's movement honed their organizational skills as abolitionists, they excluded their African American sisters from membership. Lila Valentine cautioned Mary Johnston in a letter not to jeopardize their own chances. "I believe that all women, white or black, who meet the qualifications for suffrage in any State should have that right, but ‌ we should exercise common sense, and not complicate our efforts and add difficulties of the task by injecting elements of discord. As you know, the Negro is the one remaining argument against suffrage in the Southern States." The League published a flier in 1916, to clarify its position on Negro suffrage. It argued that "the enfranchisement of Virginia women would increase white supremacy." Voter suppression through literacy tests and poll taxes would prove effective in disenfranchising blacks.

we climb," included ending Jim Crow laws and lynching, and advocating for social reforms and education. Whereas The Virginia Suffrage League disbanded soon after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, black women faced continued challenges. Richmond's black female leaders, Maggie Walker (first woman in the U.S. to establish and serve as a bank president) and Perry organized voter registration drives and educational events. Not until President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965, which outlawed voter suppression tactics, did America truly become a democracy.

Malanna Henderson is retired from the banking industry. She's the author of a historical fiction book titled: On the Wings of Freedom, available through Amazon.com

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“I Have A Friend� Bring a little sunshine to a senior’s life! Too many seniors feel lonely and isolated.

sharing life By Laurie Black A little chill in the morning air makes me excited for the coming fall weather and foliage. We all need something to look forward to whether it is a change in the seasons, a special event, a favorite holiday, or even a simple visit from a friend. Judy Scheibe and her senior friend, Jeanne, always look forward to time together and were thrilled when they could begin visiting again in-person. Judy explains, "When the pandemic happened, we were not able to have in-person visits. We kept in touch with phone conversations, cards, and occasional text messages and discussed how the situation was affecting our lives and the mood and condition of the country. When some restrictions were lifted, we resumed in-person visits and social distanced, wearing masks. We meet at a table in her building's library area and get down to some serious weekly dominoes playing! I think I have won only once! She is a smart and strategic player! Before we begin, Jeanne always prepares the table, wipes it down with disinfectant, and has hand sanitizer handy so we can have a safe visit. We are pretty used to the protocol now and are so relieved we can share each other's company in-person again." Judy has been with the Senior Visitors Program since 2012. Judy has a long history of working with seniors. She has been involved with the Alzheimer's Association for many, many years. Judy says, "I currently volunteer with the local Alzheimer's Association, and still help facilitate support groups. I will always be involved in that endeavor, for as long as I can be of help. I am willing to help seniors in the community in any capacity that I can." Judy continues, "The Senior Visitors Program seemed like a good fit. I knew there was a need for senior companionship in the community, and felt I could make a difference in someone else's life, while enriching my own. I

visited my first senior in her home for over five years. Each week we would play a variety of games, share stories and laugh together. It was such a positive experience, and she kept commenting on how much she liked to keep her brain challenged and active!" Judy and Jeanne have been visiting together now for almost a year. Jeanne says, "This volunteer program is very special. I have many episodes that are stressful. Judy gets me on an even keel and I stay calm. We spend the first part of our time together talking. She listens, comments and suggests. All are helpful. We tried playing several games together until we found one to satisfy both of us. We play a simple game of dominoes. Judy has to help me sometimes. She is very patient and kind." Judy says of Jeanne, "She is a delightful person, and we never run out of things to talk about. She has lived a very full and adventuresome life and has shared many stories with me. She has a gentle soul and a sentimental heart, yet speaks her mind boldly. She willingly rolls with the punches of life and is grateful for such a fulfilled life. She deeply loves her family and stays in close contact with them. I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to our visits." When I asked Judy what surprises her most about being a volunteer she shared, "I enjoy the anticipation of the visit. I never know what will transpire when I arrive - or what the topic of conversation will be. Every visit has its own "personality." What often surprises me is the length of the visits. I can't believe how fast the time goes - a couple of hours can zip by in no time!" Judging by their enthusiastic smiles, Judy and Jeanne give each other great friendship and much to look forward to!

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YOU can make a difference by volunteering to visit a senior in the Fredericksburg area. Volunteer training is provided & no special skills are required.

Do you have some time to share with a senior in our community? Can you be that friend that someone looks forward to visiting with? Call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2 2704 or visit mhafred.org. Senior Visitors Program is a free community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program

The Senior Visitors Program is a FREE community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Visit mhafred.org or call 540-371-2704

Notables crrl board of trustees elects new chairs By sean bonney

Central Rappahannock Regional Library's Board of Trustees held elections at their quarterly meeting and elected Kimberly Young as Chair and Xavier Richardson as Vice Chair. Kimberly Young is Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Mary Washington and is responsible for developing educational partnerships to advance the leadership capacity of individuals and organizations in the Fredericksburg region. A native of Kansas City, Young attended Duke University where she earned a BA in Public Policy Studies and Cornell University where she

earned a Master of Management in Hospitality as well as an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. Prior to her role at the University of Mary Washington, Young worked at the University of Missouri--Kansas City, for global consulting firm Ernst & Young, and global management services corporation ARAMARK. Xavier Richardson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Development Officer of Mary Washington Healthcare, overseeing the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation, Stafford Hospital Foundation, and Mary Washington Healthcare Community Programs. Richardson earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where he was a National Achievement Scholar. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Saint Paul's College. Richardson has received several awards, including the first James

Farmer Distinguished Lecturer Award by the University of Mary Washington. Library Board of Trustee members are appointed by and represent their jurisdictions, donating their time as advocates for the public. Trustees work closely with the Library Director and Deputy Director to determine library policy, adopt budgets, and support library legislation on a state and national level. Trustees also promote the library's services, classes, and events in their interactions in the community. Sean Bonney is the Community Engagement Manager at Central Rappahonnck Regional Library Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is a public library system that serves the city of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties in Virginia: Fredericksburg Branch (Fredericksburg) .Howell Branch (Stafford)

Porter Branch (Stafford) Fried Center (Stafford) .Salem Church Branch (Spotsylvania) Snow Branch (Spotsylvania) Cooper Branch (Westmoreland) . Montross Branch (Westmoreland) .Newton Branch (Westmoreland)

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Table in the World

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FINDING ABUNDANCE By jOANNE rOSE www.fredericksburgcsa.com

Seven months ago, as the Fredericksburg area encountered a reality much changed by COVID-19, The Table at St. George's faced new challenges. The pop-up market-style food pantry that operated each Tuesday for 50 weeks a year was shuttered due to the pandemic. Since 2012, those challenged with food insecurity had come to The Table to obtain healthy food at no charge and participate in a loving community that offered smiles and friendship as those served and those serving connected with one another. The Table provided fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to the nonperishable foods found at most food pantries. How could The Table continue to serve its neighbors without being able to gather safely in the church's parish hall? Four women deeply committed to this mission, Linda Miller, Linda Carter, Chris Cook and Wendy Cannon, acted quickly to find an answer. They decided to build on an initiative started in the summer of 2017. The Table in the World (TITW),

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The leaders turned the challenge of COVID-19 into an opportunity to expand the reach of TITW and to engage partners who were also concerned with alleviating hunger in our area. Plans began for weekly deliveries and increases in the amount and variety of fresh produce. This model would support local farmers such as the G. Flores Farm in Westmoreland County, with whom The Table has been doing business since 2013. To secure additional sources, TITW reached out to Virginia Community Food Connections to find two more local farmers and to a wholesaler willing to deliver directly to multiple locations. The Fredericksburg Area CSA offered to provide a portion of the produce for one site.

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operating as an extension of The Table, initially delivered fresh vegetables to several sites serving seniors and the affordable housing communities. By delivering directly to community sites, TITW served those with transportation or health issues that made leaving home to obtain food difficult, issues now worsened by the pandemic. The loss of the community that The Table had fostered over eight years weighed heavily on those affected.

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TITW's leaders worked through the issues of distributing food in a time when health concerns were high, making the ranks of volunteers slim. Each delivery site would be required to safely package and distribute the food to its constituents. On-site managers stepped up to the task. In April, TITW began delivering to locations it served last year. In May, TITW began providing fruit and cheese to Stafford Food Security to support its

programs. By the end of July, TITW was delivering to four more locations. In just a few months, TITW doubled its delivery sites and was serving more than 1,600 people each week. TITW now serves 10 locations, delivering a total of 115 crates each week. Deliveries, which can include fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and eggs, are tailored to each location. This all comes at a hefty cost. Each week, TITW spends nearly twice what was spent to operate the indoor food ministry. This initiative to spread God's abundance is possible through the generosity of community partners, donors and grant awards. Food brings community together, even in a pandemic, and through the work of many hands and partnerships, TITW is championing the belief that everyone should have access to healthy food. TITW is grateful for generous grants from The Community Relief Fund of The Community Foundation, The Mid-A Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition (MAFRAC), and Phase 37 and Phase CARES Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). To donate to The Table, visit www.stgeorgesepiscopal.net/giving (For Fund, select The Table). Checks payable to St. George's Episcopal Church (with The Table in memo line) can be mailed to: 905 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

JoAnne Rose is a Table volunteer and a member of St. George's

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The Sunken Well Tavern

hoe cakes, congyoung & dutch babies vanessa moncure

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

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

The Jeopardy answer appears above. It's a Daily Double. How much would you like to wager? The question is "What Are Types of Pancakes?" Some derivation of pancakes have been noted from the first recorded history of foods, and even earlier archaeological evidence proves that a starch-based cooked batter was possibly one of the earliest prepared cereals from prehistory. Researchers found einkorn wheat grains in the stomach of Otzi the Iceman, mummified remains dating back over 5500 years., The Romans savored and wrote of "alita dolcia", batter made from flour, egg, milk and spices. Grains, the small hard seed harvested from maize, rice, wheat, spelt, amaranth, barley, corn and other seeds of plants of the grass family - can be dried and stored for long periods after harvest.. Dry climactic conditions, as in ancient Egypt, enabled men to build granaries, storage vessels to preserve grain against times of scarcity. . In general terms, a pancake is a thin, flat cake made of batter and fried in vegetable or coconut oils, butter, ghee, or rendered animal fat. They can be sweet or savory, stuffed or garnished, served hot or cold. The "hoe cake" mentioned in the title is a Southern American riff on colloquial Johnnycakes - cornmeal batter fried on an iron pan called a hoe. Chinese scallion pancakes, congyoubing, are not technically a pancake, but a savory flatbread made from a quick dough, not batter. Probably the best known Chinese street food, the crisp, savory and aromatic congyoubing is purportedly pizza's Oriental ancestor . And don't throw the Dutch Baby out with the bath water - an American invention, similar to a sweetened Yorkshire pudding batter, it is thicker than most pancakes and resembles a popover. Their inspiration may have been the Dutch treat poffertjes, small fluffy pancakes made with buckwheat flour and yeast, generously spread with butter and sprinkled with

sugar. Middle Eastern Esfahani pancakes are a turmeric- spiced savory, with egg-enriched batter, cooked slowly in a frying pan, then cut, folded and garnished. The Guiglese Italian borlengo, a dramatic, almost transparent pancake almost a foot and a half in diameter, shatters like a potato chip, leaving behind the lusty flavors of Parmesan, rosemary and garlic. SWEET - CREPES Traditionally French in origin, South Africa, by way of the Netherlands, has co-opted the crepe, making PANNEKOEK, their version with a slightly thicker batter. The secret to crepes is how adept you are with the batter. Use a crepe pan if you have one, or a 6"-8" nonstick pan, with only a very light sheen of oil. In a medium sized bowl, stir together 1 c. flour ( or buckwheat flour) with ½ tsp. salt and ¾ tsp. baking powder. Whisk together 2 eggs with one cup whole milk and stir into the flour until no lumps remain. Add 2 T. melted butter to the batter and stir until combined. Preheat pan over medium high heat. Lightly oil the pan with butter and pour ¼ c. batter into the center of the pan - here's the wrist action - immediately swirl the pan in a circle to coat the bottom in a thin layer. Once it is golden brown, flip to cook the other side, about 30 seconds. Remove crepe from pan and sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mixture, then roll up and enjoy while hot. SAVORY - CONGYOUBING Chinese scallion pancake, also known as green onion pancake, is a street food staple throughout China. Enjoy them for breakfast, or all day long. A bit long to write about here, you can easily make these at home using one of the many

recipes found online. Use just the green part of the scallion as the white is not as tender and can break through the dough. Great to serve with tomato egg drop soup. STUFFED - BLINTZES are a pancake with its origins in Eastern Europe. It is made with flour, egg, salt and milk, like a regular pancake. The difference is this is a filled pancake, fried on one side only, and filled with a cheese and sometimes fruit filling. GARNISHED - FRUITY BUTTERMILK PANCAKES Buttermilk gives a rich, moist upgrade to a milk-based pancake. Using a milk recipe, substitute buttermilk cup to cup plus one tablespoon extra plus an additional ¼ tsp. baking soda and ½ tsp. baking powder to each cup of flour in the recipe. Top with a fresh or cooked fruit topping. AND IN A MUG The Van Houtte(™) Canadian coffee company gives us the "Coffee Dutch Baby Pancake in a Mug" for an on-the-go pancake breakfast and caffeine boost all in one. Preheat oven to 450F. Place ovenproof mug to heat. Mix together one egg, 2 T. milk, 1 tsp. sugar, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, and 2 T. flour. Remove mug from oven and drop in 1 tsp. butter, allowing it to melt. Pour the batter in the mug and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the pancake is puffed and golden. While it is baking, make a coffee syrup of ¼ c. brewed coffee and ¼ c. sugar by bringing to a boil in a small pan - simmer until slightly thickened. When the Dutch baby is ready, take from the oven, drizzle with the coffee syrup and garnish with lemon zest and powdered sugar. They recommend this as "the perfect breakfast to enjoy a little something sweet before a busy day ". Vanessa shares her fabulous recipes , with a bit of southern charm & wit, each month in FPF

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Join Us on the Rooftop for Chill VIbes, Tasty Eats, & Cold Drinks

Bourbon cocktails

GROWN FOLK’S TEA At Foode owner/executive chef Joy Crump and her bar team use black tea-infused bourbon to create its "Grown Folk's Tea," which the company describes as "a cocktail that, on its surface, is fun and drinkable in its familiarity, like a simple sweet iced tea in the summertime. But it has layers and complexity from the black tea slowsteeped in bourbon; notes that make it more than just a drink - it's a timetested pleasure that's earned." In order to achieve its signature teabourbon hybrid, Crump & Co. "steeps the tea bags in the bourbon (they prefer Bowman's Bourbon) under refrigeration. Remove the tea bags gently without squeezing. This will keep the final product exactly like you'd want your sweet tea: crisp, bright and cloud-free." ~ Manual.Com

Here are a few more bourbon cocktails too try this fall:

BOURBON LIFT COCKTAIL The cocktail equivalent of a New York egg cream, this rich and fizzy bourbon drink is absolutely delicious. 1.5 oz Bourbon 5 oz Heavy Cream 5 oz House Spirits Coffee Liqueur or other coffee liqueur 5 oz Almond orgeat (bottled or homemade) Club soda Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and double-strain into an 8-ounce Fizz or Collins glass. Fill with club soda, pouring from about 6 inches above the glass. Wait a few seconds and then add another splash of soda this will lift the foam above the top of the glass. Serve with a straw.

HOT TODDY Boiling water 4 Cloves 1 Lemon twist 2 tsp Demerara sugar or brown sugar .25 oz Lemon juice 2 oz Bourbon, rye whiskey, Irish whiskey or scotch Fill a mug with boiling water and let stand for a minute or two to warm. Meanwhile, stick the cloves into the lemon twist and set aside. Empty the mug and fill about halfway with fresh boiling water. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the prepared lemon twist and stir. Add the lemon juice and whiskey, and stir again.

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BOURBON MANHATTAN 2 oz Bourbon 1 oz Italian sweet vermouth 2 dashes Angostura bitters Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. (If you prefer a dry Manhattan, use dry vermouth instead of sweet and garnish with a lemon twist.).

BOWMAN BOURBON PUNCH 4 oz bourbon 4 oz orange juice A few dashes blood orange bitters Ginger beer Serves: 2 Combine bourbon, orange juice and a few dashes of blood orange bitters in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into mason jars filled with ice about until about two-thirds full, top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh orange slices.

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THE JOCKEY CLUB COCKTAIL 1.5 oz Bourbon 1 oz Sweet vermouth .25 oz Maraschino liqueur Garnish: 1 Brandied cherry Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry

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Vino What happens to wine when it ages?

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About 99 percent of the wine produced in the world is meant to be consumed young and is not intended to be aged. The compounds in wine that allow it to be aged are tannins, acidity, and alcohol, which act as natural preservatives. Tannins are substances found in grape skins and seeds, as well as in young oak barrels. Acid is a natural substance in grapes and is what gives wine its brightness. Alcohol is an antiseptic. With age, wine will have changes in color, aromas, and flavors. Wine corks are porous and gradually let some air into the wine allowing gradual oxidation to occur. When you cut an apple or an avocado and leave it for a little while, there is a reaction between compounds in the fruit and the air, and it browns. This is the same type of oxidation that occurs in wine. With age, white wines will turn darker from yellow to a golden-b brown. The lower the acidity level, the faster the color change will occur. The most age-worthy white wines are those will high acidity levels. These are usually from high-acid grapes, especially if they are grown in cool climates, as the lower temperatures slow down the loss of acidity as the grapes ripen. White wines that age well are those made high-acid grapes, like Riesling, Chenin Blanc, and Semillon. Chardonnay from Burgundy, a cool climate, retains its acidity well, making these wines age well also. White wines aged in younger oak barrels, like White Rioja and warmerclimate Chardonnay, will age due to the tannins extracted from the oak during barrel aging. Aging red wine will cause color pigments to fade and wines will become lighter, more translucent and more brick in color, due to oxidation. Also, color pigments and tannins in red wine will join together over time, and form larger

particles called polymerization. These particles will fall to the bottom of the bottle, reducing the color and the tannins of the wine as they form a sediment. Wines, with age, show a reduction in the aromas of the fresh fruit that were present, if the wine had been opened and drunk early. Fruitiness is replaced by dried fruits or even stewed fruits. Floral notes may yield aromas of dried flowers with age. Aromas that weren't detected or strongly evident in the wine's youth will appear like honey, earth, soil, mushrooms, and savory notes. Some of these aromas will come from the winemaking itself, but weren't detectable due to the prominent fruit characteristics. Similar to the changes to the aroma of wine, wine flavors change too. The primary flavors the wine had when first released fade and are gradually replaced by more flavors that come from aging, but also barrel aging, like vanilla, cocoa, leather and dried tobacco. The tannins are also softer. Wines made from red grapes that have the ability to age include grapes like Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, and Malbec. Pinot Noir can be aged, especially if it is from Burgundy, due to the climate and the ability to retain acidity. A final note is that sweet wines age beautifully, too, because the grapes used are very high in acidity, to be in balance with the sweetness. Sweet wines that can be well aged include Recioto della Valpolicella, Tokai Aszu from Hungary, German Rieslings, Alsatian Rieslings, and French Sauternes.

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

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CALEND october 2020... Enoy the Fall....Be sure to check online stores, brick & mortar stores, galleries, restaurants & facebook pages to keep current with schedules.

Throughout October

Scarecrows are coming Contest. Come downtown & vote for your favorite Scarecrows. Ballots available at businesses downtown.

Thursday, October 1

In need of fresh food, please come by Empowerhouse Free Farm Stand every Thursday, now starting at 6pm. We join forces with The Table at St. George's, the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project (FACSAP) and others to bring local produce and food to the community in need right here in our area.

First Friday, October 2

Darbytown Art Studio Cliff Satterthwaite from 12 - 2 for an outdoor book signing of his new book, "Year 1966: Original Observations of Amish Life." The book features the artist's plein air drawings from his 1966 sketchbook. 241 Charles Street FCCA Members Gallery, Vann Brooks; "Memories: Places,Structures" All-Media National Exhibit. 813 Sophia ST


Brush Strokes Gallery, "Respite, Renewal, and Reflection", 824 Caroline Street

Saturday, October 3

Farmers Market Hurkamp Park, 7a-2p Canal Quarter Arts will host Cliff Satterthwaite from 12 - 2 for an outdoor book signing of his new book, "Year 1966: Original Observations of Amish Life." The book features the artist's plein air drawings from his 1966 sketchbook. 1517 Princess Anne St Libertytown Kids Clay Class Oct 3-Nov 2. libertytownarts.com, October 5 through November 2 Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 9a-6p Hayrides, corn maze, interactive game within the corn maze, a sunflower maze, and lots of fun photo ops. Family Playgrounds! Visit the farm animals! Lots of swings, a tree house, sand piles, slides, hay barn, volleyball, tether ball, steer heads to rope, and more! Come and picnic, enjoy lunch from the Braehead Farm Kitchen or bring your own food. Concessions with Kettle Korn, dairy fresh ice cream, and more! Braehead Farm has 28 PUMPKIN PATCHES AROUND THE FARM FOR PLENTY OF SOCIAL DISTANCING! The Fall Festival Event has its own pumpkin patch! (Pumpkins are sold separately at .70 cents per pound.) Picasso in the Park, Alum Springs Park, 10am plein air creativity. Bring your own art supplies for the medium of your choice as we spread out in the park and attempt to capture nature's beauty in artwork. Bring a chair and pack a lunch or plan to drive out to eat.

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Sunday, October 4 Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 9a-6p (see Oct. 3 for details)

Tuesday, October 6

Lectures on the Lawn at Kenmore This lecture at Historic Kenmore will discuss how ceramics contributed to Mary Washington's goal of remaining of the gentry class and giving her children a good head start to do the same.7:30p

Sunday, October 11

A Downtown Affair to Go! 2020 h unknown as to what this fall will br A Downtown Affair to you.!, a collaboration to benefit Frederick programs.

Sunday, October 11

Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 9a-6p

Thursday, October 15

"Harry S. Truman: The Accidental President and the Triumph of True Grit", UMW Great Lives Online Series, Each lecture will be delivered by UMW Professor Emeritus of History William B. Crawley, who is the founding director of the Great Lives series. www.umw.edu/greatlives/

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Wednesday, October 7

Friday, October 16

Pumpkin Paint & Sip Night 7:00 - 8:30pmVirtual program in the comfort of your home Ages: 21+Fee: $5 (with paint supply kit: $15), preregistration required The air is cooling and the leaves are falling so it must be time‌. It's spooky season! Decorate your home, front porch, or party with cute painted pumpkins. Join an instructor virtually as we guide you through three different painted pumpkin designs. You will need three average sized pumpkins (at least one white one), a glass of your favorite beverage, and smile to join in on the fun. Try to choose pumpkins without deep ridges, as they are easier to paint. A full supply list will be emailed to you once you register. Or for an added fee, you can pick up a paint supply kit from the Dorothy Hart Community Center. register online or by calling 540-372-1086

Thursday October 8

If you or anyone you know is in need of fresh food, please come by Empowerhouse Free Farm Stand every Thursday, now starting at 6pm. We join forces with The Table at St. George's, the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project (FACSAP) and others to bring local produce and food to the community in need right here in our area.

Saturday October 10

Farmers Market Hurkamp Park, 7a-2p Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 9a-6p (see Oct 3 for details)

Graves & Ghouls. Join the Univer Preservation Club for tours of Cemetery! Tours beginning at 5:0 minutes. Guides will take visitors history, layout, famous burials, an socially distant with guides wearin shoes and face coverings are recom

Saturday, October 17

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Graves & Ghouls. Join the Univer Preservation Club for tours of Cemetery! Tours begin at 4:30 w Guides will take visitors around t layout, famous burials, and notab distant with guides wearing face sh face coverings are recommended.

Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 9a-6p

Campout in the Park, 5pm to 10 Recreation ares.We provide food, sleeping gear. Individuals & famili

Out of the Darkness Experience, walk for Suicide Prevntion & awareness. Old Mill Park, 10am

Sunday, October 18

Night in Washington's Day, examines the surprising active nighttime lives that folks like Geo Washington and families led before the advent of electric kights. Historic Kenmore, 7pm

Monday, October 19

Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 9a-6p

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Tuesday, October 20

"John F. Kennedy: "Camelot" and the Question of Style vs. Substanc", e UMW Great Lives Online Series, Each lecture will be delivered by UMW Professor Emeritus of History William B. Crawley, who is the founding director of the Great Lives series. https://www.umw.edu/greatlives/

Thursday, October 22

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Spirit Night Fundraiser 5p, Chipotle

If you or anyone you know is in need of fresh food, please come by Empowerhouse Free Farm Stand every Thursday, now starting at 6pm. We join forces with The Table at St. George's, the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project (FACSAP) and others to bring local produce and food to the community in need right here in our area. Park after Dark: Gather under the trees to hear family-friendly spooky stories. Bring your own chairs and blanket Alum Springs Park Stage. 6:30p. $ we will be led by a storyteller through tall tales of all kinds.. Family-friendly for ages 5 and up. Pre-Registration is required, register online or by calling 540-372-1086.

Saturday, October 24

Farmers Market Hurkamp Park, 7a-2p

Saturday, Oct 31 Happy Halloween!

Farmers Market Hurkamp Park, 7a-2p Night of the Evil Dead 1781 Brewing Co. will be showing Evil Dead on the outdoor theater at sundown and releasing our spooktacular Halloween beers. (Socially distanced of course) Best Costume Contest 4-10p If you or anyone you know is in need of fresh food, please come by Empowerhouse Free Farm Stand every Thursday, now starting at 6pm. We join forces with The Table at St. George's, the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project (FACSAP) and others to bring local produce and food to the community in need right here in our area.

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Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 9a-6p (see Oct 3 for details) Scarecrows & Bat.s at Fred NAts, 5-7:30pm. Grab the family & a blanket and head to the Fred Nats Stadium fun activities, games & FREE movie! Masks & social distancing required

Sunday, October 25

Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 9a-6p (see Oct 3 for details)

Wednesday, October 28

Treerific Trees, did you know trees tell a story? Come along on a hike as we identify trees, learning how to estimate age,& uncovering ther hidden stories. Mott Run Reservoir Recreation area, 2pm $

Thursday, October 29

If you or anyone you know is in need of fresh food, please come by Empowerhouse Free Farm Stand every Thursday, now starting at 6pm. We join forces with The Table at St. George's, the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project (FACSAP) and others to bring local produce and food to the community in need right here in our area.

Friday, October 30

The Rocky Horror Show, 1781 Brewing Co. is bringing the big screen to the farm for a socially distanced, fabulously terrifying, rose tinted time warp! Come early and in costume to get the best spots! They highly recommend to bring props but please bring rice instead of confetti !4p-10p, 11109 Plank Rd, Spotsy

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Mom & Pop Store By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks

The year was 1890 and a new building was being built at 1806 Fall Hill Avenue, that would become a local grocery store. Not unusual back in those days as there would be over twenty such stores in the small Town of Fredericksburg operating from the early 1900's until the late 1950's when the large supermarkets would take the customers. Names such as North End, Perry's. Proctor's. Mitchell's, Sullivan's, and Perry's to name a few, would fade into the past. I remember as a young boy going into several of the such as Charles Street Market and Perry, buying the penny candy and reaching into the cold water in the soda box for a Nehi-Orange. I along with other neighbor children would find Soda bottles as we could get two cents each for them so we could buy the Mary Janes and Fire Ball candy. That new building being built in 1890 would turn out to be ECONOMY FOOD MARKET. Today the store is still in operation still serving the Fredericksburg community for over one-hundred years. I can recall as a young boy going into the store with my mother in the 1950's and meeting the owner's BURROUS AND PAULA SNELLINGS. One of the advantages of writing for FP is that it allows me to have the pleasure of doing a story that brings back so many fond memories. I visited Burrous and Paula at their home in the city a few weeks ago. Burrous (Junior) who is now 94 and Paula a young 90 are two amazing people that loved to talk about the past business and their love for the customers they knew from their 51 year's operating the store. Frank Harding owned and operated the store from around 1900 until the Snellings purchased it in 1936. Burrous and Paula operated the store after his return from the Army in WWII in 1943. Their hours of operation were from 6:30AM - 9PM, six days a week closed on Sunday. The store originally had a gasoline pump and also kerosene. They sold fresh dairy products from Farmers Creamery, especially the ice cream. Burrous said that he was a meat cutter and his meats were popular in the area. They were proud that after 10AM each day Burrous would home deliver groceries throughout the area in his red truck. They get that twinkle in their eyes when they talk about raising their three children. Paula and Burrous both said that they would do it all over again providing a needed service for the community. In 1987 they sold the business to Paul and Theresa Kim. The Kim's have continued the friendly "Mom and Pop" service to the community Paul and Theresa have operated the store going on 34 years this year. Unlike the Snellings the Kim's originally lived over top of the store for several years before moving to a home locally. They have raised two children that are grown. One attended University of Mary Washington and the other University of Virginia. Prior to the purchase of the store Paul worked at the commissary at Quantico. The store is much the same with the signage unchanged. Paul has added an extremely popular Deli operation and is known for his sandwiches. Theresa and Paul know most of their customers by name. Unlike going to a supermarket, the front door is just a few steps from the curb and the items are many and easy to find and the service is personal and friendly. Family owned businesses are on the rise as people seek individual personal services, as it was in the early 1900's. Stop in the Economy Market and enjoy a tradition with Paul and Theresa. Do not forget your Lottery tickets. Dedicated to : Hugh Cosner, Jules Elliott, Jack Harris, Connie Bourne & Ned Skinner. Tuffy is the Front Porch resident FXBG historian John Wayne Edwards painting "Junior's Store


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What’s in a Crossing? THe historic chatham bridge By jon gerlach As an avid kayaker, one of my favorite places to paddle is along the Rappahannock River. It's quiet, even under the bridges, except for the momentary "glurp" of a sun-bathing turtle dropping into the water. T h e Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg is beautiful, and famous. Here, where cascading waters of the Virginia Piedmont ease into a lazy tidal flow, early settlers established the village of Fredericksburg, using the river as a key route of commerce. George Washington grew up nearby and was said to hurl a silver dollar all the way across the river. Here, Union forces built pontoon bridges to get into Fredericksburg, and back out again. Enslaved Americans crossed to freedom on the opposite shore and started new lives. Here, an amusement park once flourished on Scott's Island. Today, kayakers, canoeists and stand-up-paddlers enjoy the river's beauty, and hopeful fishermen congregate in Spring for the shad run. Soon, bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to pause at an overlook and leisurely view the river from high above. Fredericksburg is a river town and always has been. Like any such town worth its salt, people are connected by its bridges. Chatham Bridge, which links William Street in downtown Fredericksburg to its northern neighbor, has a rich history of people reaching the other side. Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism intern Lily Eghtessad, who studied historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington, is revealing the fascinating history of Chatham Bridge. Her weekly updates are a great read, appearing online at www.VisitFred.com/spanniing-cchathambridges-h history. Our best-understood early iteration of Chatham Bridge (named for Chatham Manor and William Pitt, Earl of Chatham), was a privately owned, timber framed affair built around 1823. The bridge builder, Major Churchill Jones, died before it was completed, possibly due to "too much exposure" in superintending its construction. Within three years, a flood undermined the structure … and Chatham's toll bridge "floated down the restless current". In 1832 its replacement, Coalter's Bridge, was finished -- aided in all

likelihood by enslaved people laboring under harsh conditions. That bridge lasted until the Spring of 1862 - when Confederates burned it to impede Union forces who had arrived at Stafford Heights and Chatham Manor. With no other way to cross (all the bridges into town had been destroyed), the Union army built pontoon bridges and entered the City. Floodwaters soon washed away the pontoons. Another approach was needed, and a permanent crossing was built later that summer - a wire suspension bridge - anchored across the relic abutments of Coalter's Bridge. Washington Roebling, who accomplished this feat as a Union engineer in 1862, would later help design and build the famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. However, by the end of that war-rent summer, Roebling's suspension bridge in Fredericksburg had been reduced to ashes. The next bridge, officially named Chatham Bridge, was built in 1865-66. Skipping all the way forward to 2020, Chatham Bridge is closed now for construction while everyone looks forward to using it once again. But don't miss what happened in between: check out Lily Eghtessad's blog as she uncovers more of the bridge's history. So … what's in a Crossing? Here, a recurring pursuit of new and better ways to reach the other side.

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach serves on the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg. 1862 lithograph by E. Sachse & Co., Courtesy Library of Congress

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By Sarah Kay Bierle Fredericksburg's place in the crossfire of the Civil War battle during December 11-13, 1862, is legendary. Normalcy for the small city on the Rappahannock disappeared as artillery shells pounded the buildings, and urban warfare erupted as soldiers battled for control of the town. Then, the new occupiers in blue uniforms plundered many of the civilian homes and businesses.

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Schoolgirl Eliza Alsop recorded damages to her family's home in Fredericksburg during the Union occupation of the town. In addition to damage to the family's house and garden and the destruction or theft of most of their food supply, they "put their wounded on the feather beds, which are consequently all stained up, tore up the carpets & put them in the garret, cut up the sewing machine, & threw the wooden part into the garden, but carried off the machinery. Destroyed six gallons of cider in bottles, besides some two or three boxes of mineral water‌. Tore up curtains for bandages, shivered mirrors,

great & small, strew books about the garden & removed or destroyed one volume of almost every work. Broke up china & glass in the greatest abundance, & managed to [make] it impossible for us ever to get things as they once were. When any one asks Father how much they injured him he says I can tell you much better what they left, than what they destroyed." M a n y historians and War on the homefront as Union soldiers fought and plundered writers have Fredericksburg in 1862. (Library of Congress) addressed the details and effects of war on the homefront as it It's a small, usually overlooked occurred in Fredericksburg. However, postscript in Fredericksburg's Civil War there's a lesser known response, offering a history, and a gentle reminder that we can portrait of compassion and kindness in pull together to help those in need and response to the destruction suffered by support our local community through the community. difficult or challenging times. During the winter of 1862-1863, some of the soldiers W i t h who had Union troops back surrounded ...the southern soldiers started the 19th across the river and battled and Confederate Century equivalent of a "Go Fund Me" through the soldiers settled campaign to provide financial aid to the town, across into winter camps, suffering community....It's a small, usually the railroad the southern overlooked postscript in Fredericksburg's tracks, and soldiers started through the Civil War history, and a gentle reminder the 19th Century f a r m l a n ds equivalent of a that we can pull together to help those in became the need and support our local community "Go Fund Me" ones to rally through difficult or challenging times. campaign to to fundraise to provide financial repair some of aid to the suffering the damages caused by war. Sometimes Jedidiah Hotchiss, community. a kindness and compassion shine brightest topographical engineer serving on General after the darkest pages of history. "Stonewall" Jackson's staff, recorded in his diary on January 3, 1863: "A donation of over $700 was sent in by a Ga [Georgia] Sarah Kay Bierle serves on staff at Regiment for the Fredericksburg Central Virginia Battlefields Trust; when not at work preserving historical sites, sufferers, and all parts of the army are she is often reading or hiking. Central giving liberally to the despoiled people. The Gen. gave $100." It seems that some friendly competition occurred between units in the Army of Northern Virginia. Hotchkiss wrote on January 7: "I drew my pay for Nov. & Dec. 1862, today & gave $15 to the Fredericksburg fund, for the relief of the sufferers by the enemy. Our Hd. Qrt. [head quarters] have raised over $800, & A.P. Hill's Div. [division] some $10,000.00"

Virginia Battlefields Trust seeks to preserve battlefield land to protect the memory, meaning, sacrifices, and stories of the Civil War soldiers who fought and fell here. To learn more about this grassroots preservation organization and their 24 years in the local community, please visit: www.cvbt.org

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Senior Care regrets By Karl Karch

Remember these words in the Frank Sinatra song "My Way": "Regrets, I've had a few, but then again too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption." Everyone has at least a few regrets, some more significant than others. Personally, I've had more than a few, but I choose to avoid reliving the past except as a learning experience to improve in the future. Rather than looking back on past regrets, look forward and think about what you might regret in 10 years so you can do something about it now.

So, what do you think you will regret in 10 years? Maybe you won't do something because the timing isn't right, or you are a procrastinator like me. Know that there will never be a perfect time. So, start now on whatever project or dream you've been delaying. For example, we know we should plan for retirement and the end of our lives. But often, individuals and families fail to plan for the stage of life between retirement and end of life. How do you plan to live the remaining years of your life? Where do you want to live? What is your plan for long-term care should you need it? Do you know the cost A minister in her 30s wanted to of long-term care? Is your plan flexible to better understand what old changes that might occur over people regret and what time? Does your family things they find most know about your plans and Make the most of the important in life. So, she where information is kept? remainder of your life and spoke with people in their Research conducted by limit future regrets. 90s about regrets and Home Instead, Inc. found happiness. Most of their that more than 75% of older regrets revolved around their families, adults feel more comfortable and more wishing relationships with their children prepared planning for their funeral than or between their children had turned out their final years of life. differently. She could tell these thoughts were still painful to them. This is one of When you're driving, you look my big regrets. I'm painfully reminded forward through a big windshield and look whenever I hear the song "Cats In the back through a small rearview mirror. Cradle" by Harry Chapin. Joel Osteen said, "The reason the The lyrics: "When you coming home son? I don't windshield is so large and the rearview know when. But we'll get together then, mirror is so small is because what's dad. We're gonna have a good time happened in your past is not near as then‌ And as I hung up the phone, it important as what's in your future." You occurred to me, he'd grown up just like can't undo the past, but you can make me." When the minister asked one 90- wise choices going forward. Make the something-year-old, "Do you wish you most of the remainder of your life and accomplished more?", he responded, "No, I limit future regrets. wished I loved more." I recently read that an older parent was upset their children hadn't called them during this coronavirus Karl Karch is a Gerontologist and local pandemic to check in on them. Don't wait franchise owner of Home Instead Senior for their call, call them instead. Don't Care, a licensed home care organization regret this missed opportunity later in providing personal care, companionship and home helper services in the life. Fredericksburg and Culpeper region.


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Stomach Meridian, the next stop on our yearlong Meridian journey, plays an important digestive role in our lives, but also is an important part of our emotional well-being. If you have ever had the feeling of knots in your stomach, you have felt the manifestation of stomach's emotional aspect when imbalanced: worry. The Stomach organ's job is to digest foods and fluids and move them along the digestive tract. An imbalance in the organ or the Stomach Meridian (ST) can show up as a result of any type of reversal of the downward flow of digestion, such as acid reflux, hiccups, or vomiting. We can also feel discomfort such as bloating and cramping. Just as the organ is responsible for digestion of food, ST is also responsible for the digestion and assimilation of ideas and the absorption of information. An imbalance in ST can result in excessive worry, and feelings of gloom and fear. We can also become stagnate and resist change, feel a sense of anxiety, and doubt ourselves. A balanced ST can help us honor and nurture ourselves, trust in the larger picture, feel a sense of healthy compassion for ourselves and others, and have feelings of openness, caring, and fairness. Luckily there are some ways to balance ST using Eden Energy Medicine techniques. Stomach Thump, The or Grounding Thump, is one way to balance ST and can help us feel more grounded. Simply tap on your cheekbones with your fingertips. To ground even more and even help to alleviate nausea, instead of tapping, place your thumbs right below your cheekbones and press in and up with deep pressure. Stomach 36 is an acupoint that can help balance ST energy. It can also help strengthen the immune system, alleviate digestive issues, and balance our overall energy. It is about four finger widths down from the bottom of your knee on the outside area of your shin bone. Work this point on both sides of the body by massaging it or simply holding it with a little bit of pressure (see diagram).

The Source Point of ST, Stomach 42, is another point that can be massaged or held. This point also helps to balance the organ itself and can help to send energy throughout the body. Work the point on both sides of the foot (see diagram for location) Working with the Neurolymphatic points (NL) of a meridian helps to release toxins from the energy system and balances the Meridian as well. To work with the ST NLs, deeply massage the points on the outside of your collarbone on both sides of the body (see diagram). ST is a part of the Earth Element and one way to balance the Meridian as well as the element itself is by doing a Neurovascular Hold. With light pressure place your thumbs on your cheekbones and the rest of your fingers above your eyebrows on your forehead. Hold this for a minute or two taking some deep breaths to balance the emotional response of worry that is related to the Earth Element (and ST too). For other ways to balance the Stomach Meridian and to view some videos of the above exercises, visit www.itsallenergywellness.com.

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Emancipated Patients coaching for doctor office visits By Patrick Neustatter, MD When I saw that one of the services that LOWLINC offers is helping people prepare for a visit to their doctor, I felt like they were "singing my song." They were encouraging emancipated patient behavior. But in addition they introduced me to the whole new world of the virtual village. LOWLINC (lowlinc.clubexpress.com) is, in their own words, is "a charitable, nonprofit organization that provides services to enable older adults at Lake of the Woods, Virginia, to remain safely and independently in their homes, with continued connections to the community." Virtual villages like LOWLINC are being formed countrywide - an idea promoted by the organization Village to Village Network (www.vtvnetwork.org). It's a thing I didn't know about but apparently there are already some 75 just in the Washington area. They are membership-driven, grassroots, nonprofit organizations run by volunteers and paid staff to help people maintain their health, help with transport, home repairs, find reliable affordable


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handyman services, provide social and educational opportunities and more. My introduction came at one of the programs of the end of life positive planning group. A group I have mentioned before that I am helping run together with retired hospice grief counselor Gloria Lloyd. The group is made up of mostly old people interested in being proactive in how we slip gracefully into our dotage, but remain active, and ideally in our own homes. It's Not Rocket Science The coaching service LOWLINC provides to prepare for going for a doctor's visit is not rocket science. The idea is to help people get the most out of their hard to get, and usually all too brief, visit to the doctor's office. It uses things like the “'Talking to Your Provider" check list to encourage people to make a list of their concerns with pertinent questions. It tells people bring your medications (a point I would like to emphasize - and preferably bring them in the original bottles, as the label has lots of additional useful information

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over and above just what kind of horse pills you are taking). It suggests you take a note pad to be sure you don't forget what your healthcare provider/doctor tells you - or better still someone else to hear and record what's said. That's where another LOWLINC service comes in. If you don't have a friend or family member available, they have a program of volunteers who will drive members to the doctor's office and go into the appointment as well. The idea of having volunteers attending the appointment with the member grew out of what started off as just a transporting service, explained retired nurse/educator Emily Slunt, one of the LOWLINC original volunteers and board member. A former chairperson of the health sciences department at Howard Community College in Maryland, she, together with fellow board member Carolyn Rourke, were the ones talking to our end of life group. "We found often the member

wanted the driver to come in with them to their visit" Emily Slunt told me when I called her a few days after the program. So they started recruiting and training notetakers - putting them through role playing, orientation, and background checks. LOWLINC and other villages provide all sorts of other services and seem to me a great examples of community organizing, and people looking after themselves. But as I say, it is prepping people for their office visit, which is something I am always emphasizing as a low-tech, commonsense idea which can have a big impact, that I am particularly glad to see. Patrick Neustatter is the Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic. & Author of Managing Your Doctor The Smart Patient’s Guide to Getting Effective Affordable Healthcare. managingyourdoctor.com


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small bites of community news FXBG Economic Development is considering a solution to the city's condondrum on what to do with the historic Mary Washington Monument Caretaker Lodge (below). Will it get a "For Rent" sign?

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A dog daycare, spa and boarding facility, has opened at 1523 Olde William Street in Fredericksburg. The Ruff House provides dog daycare with supervised indoor and outdoor pack play, as well as comfortable, clean accommodations for overnight boarding.

New restaurant coming to former Home Team Grill space in Eagle Village Shopping Center. Rey Azteca Mexican Restaurant & Bar has leased the nearly 5,000-square-foot space at 1109 Jefferson Davis Highway. The space is directly across the pedestrian bridge from the University of Mary Washington. Looking forward to Rey Azteca's opening! Washington Heritage Museums has reopened its historic Fredericksburg properties to the public. Visitors and staff must wear masks that cover both their nose and mouth to tour the organization's properties - Mary Washington House, Rising Sun Tavern, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop and St. James' House. Cleaning procedures have been enhanced, and tours have been redesigned to flow in one direction. The Fredericksburg Area Museum, James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, and Historic Kenmore have also reopened.

Josie Ramos (below) serves as Housing Locator for the Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care. That means when people become homeless in our community, no matter which agency is caring for them, she helps them find a willing landlord and an available apartment. If you or someone you know owns rental property and would like to learn more about the stable homes partnership, contact Josie. Tenants come with community support, pay fair market rent and have an 81% success rate.

VDOT and Fredericksburg Public Works crews have installed a time-llapse construction camera at the Chatham Bridge work zone, viewed from the William and Sophia streets intersection. The camera allows people to keep track of the project, and eventually to see progress that has been made over the past day, week, month and the entirety of the work. app.oxblue.com/open/vdot/chatham to check it out. The project is scheduled for completion around October 2021.

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Art in Burg Art Galleries in October

tuning pegs, multiple moving parts attached to each key, 6” screws and the heavy metal frame for strings. It wasn’t until it was in pieces that I started to figure out what to do with them.”

Darbytown Darbytown Art Studio 241 Charles Street 1st Friday, 12-3 3p Cliff Satterthwaite outdoor book signing of his new book, "Year 1966: Original Observations of Amish Life." The book “Waiting Patiently”, Denise Denecke @BrushStrokes features the artist's plein air drawings from his Joe Wilkinson 1966 sketchbook. “When the Music Stops”" Artful Dimensions Gallery 922 Caroline ~Sally Cooney Anderson When the Music Stops includes wooden masterpieces of many sizes. Each piece contains parts from a late 1800’s Kranich & Bach upright piano. Says Joe, “Until I got my hands on it, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to take apart. We know about the 88 keys out front, but the internals are far more

while Stacy Gaglio's "No Vacancy" signals the private time of a needed get-away. Meanwhile, Penny A Parish's "Terra Cotta Bloom" presents an image that can spark internal peace as does the steadfast gaze of the canine Denise companion in Denecke's "Patiently Waiting." In addition, Hailey Light's depiction of marine life in "Circling" calls to mind the mysterious wonders of the deep sea and Collette Caprara's "Music on the Porch" connotes the comfort of friendship and evening sessions with a banjo and guitar. ~Collette Caprara

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As the Summer transforms into the crisp, invigorating season of “Nubble Lighthouse” Buddy Lauer @Brushstrokes Autumn, the members of the Brush Strokes Gallery display depictions of FCCA moments of respite, renewal Members Gallery, Vann Brooks; and reflection in the gallery's "Memories: People, Places, Structures" October exhibit. Buddy Lauer's All-M Media National Exhibit. 813 Sophia ST "Nubble Whitehouse" conveys an Th-F Fri, 12-4 4p; Sat 11-4 4, Sun, 1-4 4p aura of stability and security as does Sarah Flynn's "Grand Canyon" painting that depicts Art First the timeless beauty of nature, 824.Caroline Street as does Norma Woodward's “No Vacancy”, Stacey Gaglio @Brush Strokes Gallery "Chincoteague Bridge." Nancy Thursday thru Sunday, 11a-5 5p Williams' "Camp Site" harkens the ~Casey Shaw complex. There are more than 200 spirit of the respite of the mountains

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Outdoor Sculptures provided a sense of excitment & place By bill freehling and “Re: Aman” by Anthony Heinz May. Both of these sculptures were installed in October 2019 as part of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission's Public Sculpture Program. Since 2016, the Fredericksburg Arts Commission has selected six self-supporting, outdoor public sculptures to be displayed in prominent locations in “Three Musketeers” by Michael Bednar Fredericksburg for 11 months. Funding for the Two public-art sculptures will be “Re: Aman” by Anthony Heinz May. current installation - October added to the City of Fredericksburg's 2019 through September 2020 inventory. have low maintenance requirements, and - was provided by the Fredericksburg are offered at a good time for the City. Economic Development Authority, Mary Fredericksburg City Council Sited as they are at trails and parks Washington Healthcare and authorized the City Manager to accept some of the City's most-used assets Rappahannock Development Group. The “Three Musketeers” by Michael Bednar works are located at Fall Hill Ave & Village during the Covid-19 pandemic - our Lane, Wolfe Street & Kenmore Avenue, the outdoor sculptures provide a sense of Train Station, Heritage Trail at Old Mill excitement and 'place' while encouraging Park, Dixon Park and Mary Washington safe physical activity." Healthcare campus. Designed to be visible for all who pass by, people have often been seen admiring and photographing these artworks. The program director, Preston Thayer, worked with the two artists who offered to donate their works to the City. “Re: Aman” will remain along the Heritage Trail near the entrance to Old Mill Park. “Three Musketeers” will be moved from Dixon Park to the Wolfe Street Triangle in September. A new piece that was selected for the new, fifth year of the Public Sculpture Project will be placed at Dixon Park in October. Thayer stated, "the works

The City also owns “Dancing Milkweed IV” by David Boyajian located on the Canal Path and “Morning Glory Bench IV” by Jim Gallucci on the Heritage Trail. The public is invited to explore all of these public sculptures now through September, after which three new pieces will be installed for the next eleven months. For more information about the City's public art and where to find each of the works, please visit FredArts.com or call 540-372-1086.

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Hailey Light Balanced between Art and Science by collette caprara lead me to pursue a career in both factbased veterinary medicine and imagination-based art. I often feel like, as a personality, I am precariously balanced between right brain and left brain, logic and emotion, Science and Art. On one hand I can fall back on hard logic to easily make difficult decisions, and I can stay coolly rational in the face of heated arguments and emotionally charged situations. On the other hand, I can be highly empathetic, prone to flights of fancy, and have what some might consider a child-like appreciation for imagination and fantasy.

“Circling” Please join us in welcoming artist Hailey Light to the Brush Strokes Gallery team. Her work is amazing and so are this young lady's accomplishments. A practicing Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, most of her work celebrates the beauty of animals and nature. Stop by to see her first exhibit at Brush Strokes Gallery. Animals and nature have always been my inspiration for just about everything I do, so I suppose it's not that surprising that my dual nature would


While I work in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, nothing has allowed me to express this duality quite like mixing pour painting with traditional subjectbased painting. With strongly logic-

oriented thought processes and a heavy education in scientific fields, creating art that mimics biology comes easily to me. A straight translation of what I see in reality to what I draw, paint, or sculpt comes to me like breathing. Creating something purposely abstract, fantastic, or other-worldly feels nearly impossible by comparison. Allowing what I imagine and feel to flow into my art without logic and order over-asserting themselves in the process can be a frustratingly impossible task for me. That is where the fluid properties of pouring paint come in.

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Hailey Light @ Brush Strokes Gallery 824 Caroline Street

In my experiments over the last few years, I have found that the harder I try to impose order on a pour painting in progress, the less control I end up having. The results are always unique, rarely what I initially imagined, and they allow me to introduce whimsy, colors, and abstractionism into my work in a beautiful and organic way that might otherwise feel forced and insincere. Once I have a poured base that speaks to me, I can gently add layers of order with my brush until I find the balance that I am seeking in the piece, between fact and imagination, wild and controlled, Art and Science.

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Behind the Scenes with Production Director, Bill Carroll Something I get asked all the time not only in the radio/television industry but by a lot of our clients is, "what skills and/or assets are most important when it comes to producing great commercial production?" Y'know, those commercials you hear every day between the music and programming. Another one I also receive all the time is, "what tools and/or expertise do you find key to being able to turn out effective commercials that keep the audience tuned in and advertisers coming back?" I love this question because it really is what I teach and guide my voice people for "great reads" and fully produced spots on all levels. I approach an Ad with 3 levels, to make it as effective as can be. This is going to be a bit broad and of course each level has its own degrees of what needs to be done but my 3 levels are as follows: 1) The Actual Script - Probably THE most important part of the ad as you're creating the foundation of the commercial itself. What's your concept? What's the message? All of this determines what kind of voice you're going to use, how many voices and what kind of delivery and energy it will need to get across the point of the ad. 2) The Voice Actor(s) - Extremely

key and to me the second most critical part of the process. You can get anyone to read anything but if you don't pair the right voice and delivery to the words and message you're trying to convey, then it'll fail and won't be as effective as it should be. I'm extremely picky on the voice delivery of each and every spot that comes across my studio. If I'm limited in voice talent and of course I can't keep voicing everything, I make the best of it and actually coach and lead the voice talent to where the spot should be. 3) The Post Production Process - I hear so much bad production of agency spots and "hey I produced this in my basement studio with my laptop with zero experience" that I have to sometimes re-master the spot as best as I can to make it "sound" audibly delicious on the air. But, if I'm producing in house, the music bed and layering process is also key in making this spot stand out and sound the best that it can be. Layering the music and any sound FX is crucial to make it sound believable to the listener. Unfortunately, there are so many inexperienced producers out there that work real cheap for agencies. They don't take the time to properly match the music with the voice, style, feel and genre of the ad/client. They also don't care enough to take the extra time to make it sound believable and audibly great to listen to. Just as someone's voice delivery, music and sound FX creates the mood of the spot. It stirs emotion and most people are driven by how they feel at that particular time they're listening. Knowing this is what fuels my production to be the best that it can be. Sound is a very powerful thing. And what does someone's emotional state do? It makes them spend money or not spend money with that specific client. No matter what format the station is and who your core audience is, commercials touch their senses. Sound is Theatre of the Mind. Also, never underestimate the power of a

jingle. Having a branded jingle can make your business memorable and your spot standout. Bottom line is if I strive to take the time to create effective commercials on all levels, the more air time the business will buy because I'm giving them the tools for ROI (return on investment) and giving the listener a reason to keep listening. I absolutely love what I do whether it's a straight read with a little personality behind it or some crazy character I'm portraying. Hopefully my voice(es) take you on a journey of sound throughout the commercial. I also remix music, produce the "imaging" of the station(s) and so much more behind the scenes every day. I've done it all and strive to do more and get better and better at it. Being a Producer and Voice Actor is probably the most fun I've ever had at a job and I never look at it as a "job" either. Started when I was 18 and have never stopped. My voice has been on most TV networks including CNN, SpikeTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, Lifetime, TNT and MTV as well as hundreds of radio station across America. If you can find something you love to make a living with, grab onto it and never let go! Bill Carroll is the Production Director/On-Air Personality at WBQB/WFVA

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Companion Wait...I’m a Vet, Not a Writer by Gerri Reid dvm

Happy Anniversary to Me! Hard to believe that I have been writing for the Front Porch Magazine for 2 years this month. And what an Adventure it has been thus far. I never imagined that in my Career as Veterinarian that I would not only be doing what I love but also writing about what I love. Win Win! I moved here 15+ years ago as a New Graduate and I was determined to accomplished any goal I had set and one was to write a column about Pets. I researched the area and one day found a local Magazine while walking Downtown Fredericksburg called the Front Porch. With a bit of determination, haste and hesitation, I took the plunge and contacted the Publisher, Virginia Grogan. I ask her if she would interested in having me write an informative pet column. I sat back and waited for her response…and she said "YES"! I was thrilled! My first Article was about Lyme disease in dogs. I went by the book…I dotted my i's and crossed my t's. I submitted my article and was on my way! Have I just become a Writer? When my column was published back in 2003, I felt so accomplished. I did it…I wrote an article. Sadly, it was short lived because between working and raising my children, I was just too busy to continue to do it. Fast forward to 2018…the year we started Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC. As a Business Owner now, I wanted to dive face first into contributing to my Community. Why not write again? Would Virginia let me come back again after I failed to continue writing back for her in 2003? I told myself, all she can say is "No". So, can't hurt to ask. I wrote her an email asking if she remembered me and that I use to write for the magazine and if she would allow for me to start writing again. I patiently waited for her response. I


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opened up the email and to my surprise, she remembered me and she said "YES" again! For the past 2 years, I have poured my heart, my knowledge, and my sense of humor into my articles. I remember Virginia telling me to just write like you are talking to someone. Best advise ever because when I sit down to write these articles, the words would just flow off my fingertips. Each month I think about what is going on locally or even nationally as it relates to Veterinary Medicine. Writing for me is freeing, it challenges my imagination and my use of words to create an image or scenario. It reminds me of all my English teachers who taught me how to write a simple paragraph. I can hear them now, "Gerri, it must have 5 complete sentences to be a paragraph". I get it now…they were right. So, here I am. 2 years into writing an article each month and I still get excited to write it. There are times that I have no clue what I am going to write about each month. But this month, on my 2 year Anniversary, I knew exactly what I wanted to write. I wanted to write about the vision I had to write a monthly article and how I accomplished it. I want to say Thank You to Virginia Grogan for giving me the opportunity again to explore my writing abilities. I encourage anyone who has an idea or a goal to pursue it. I did and now I sit here Celebrating 2 years writing for Our Local Community Magazine…Life is Good!

Gerri S. Reid is the Owner/Veterinarian of Reid Mobile Veterinary Services. has been named “2020 Best Veterinarian in the “Burg, 540-623-3029; reidmobilevetservices.com

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Astrology & You Twice in Oct, Once in a Blue moon

By Frank Fratoe

By Dianne Bachman


timely and here is why:

Under a cloudless blue-dome This is my house of worship, the one which really matters authentic before all others, immensity within resplendence giving purpose to everything, breeze moving across my face with sunshine warming hands, onlooker come to see grandeur as eyes peer out at the gold, a reverence enduring always when I lean against the wind, and where origins cannot end something beckons to be known.. Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city.he loves.

“You knew just what I was there for. You heard me saying a prayer for….” Every time I hear the phrase "Blue Moon" my brain immediately skips to a hit parade, from Billie Holiday to Frank Sinatra to Elvis. But the Blue Moon is more than just a catchy tune, it is an astrological event. The term refers to the second full moon during one calendar month. So, how often is 'once in a blue moon'? It is about every 2.7 years. While not being rare the event doesn't happen too often. Let's look at this pair of full moons for the month of October and how we might understand and utilize them from an astrological perspective. On October 1, the first full moon will be in the sign Aries. Typically, the full moon is a time to realize the results of our actions, to reap the benefits or weep the losses. But during the new moon the sky is dark, like deep soil, and it is the time to plant seeds, to intuit what we want to grow in our lives. So, the last new moon occurred on September 17 in the sign of Libra. Though there are many ways we can approach interpreting signs and planets, I think this particular set is quite

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On a personal, psychological level, we can interpret the moon as emotional need. With the last new moon in Libra on September 17, the need to please, to be appreciated was highlighted. We might have taken time to look at ourselves reflected in the 'other', those we are relating to, to look beneath the surface. As the sun in Aries at that time shone brightly onto the Moon, we could have looked for the hidden places that keep us stuck, that called out to be explored. Certainly, there is a balance between what we give and what we take, what we know to be true and what we project. Aries is energetic and bold, but more than that, Aries is courageous. It lights a path in the darkness. I don't know about you, but there seems to be plenty of darkness to go around these days, with a pandemic, hurricanes, fires, and a country that seems to be divided. We jump forward to October 1 again, with the full Moon in Aries. Now the roles are reversed. The Sun is in Libra shining its light on Aries Moon, the need to start with ourselves, to absorb that courage and to act upon what we were able to learn over the time that the moon was waxing into its full phase, action, mission; reminds me of Ghandi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." So much division and chaos, yet amid all of this we have that capacity to evolve into the absolute best versions of ourselves.

With the new moon in Libra on October 16, we may look at what is reflected in the 'other' again. Another opportunity to do some soul searching, to look at how we fit in, how we might commit to the greater good, what thought seeds we wish to nurture. When the second full Moon rises on October 31 in the sign of Taurus, we can take action according to our highest values, grounding them in a way that deepens our understanding of who we truly are and what we stand for. The Sun will be in Scorpio at that time, penetrating, always seeking truth, searching beneath the surface. We have a big election coming up in early November and taking time to do some internal work beforehand could be significant to the collective wellbeing of our society. On October 14, a few days before the new Moon, Mercury will go into retrograde at 11 degrees Scorpio, opposing Uranus in Taurus. Communication could become unpredictable and with Mercury in retrograde, technology might give some of us a headache, so, as always, slow down and take your time. Mercury stations direct one day before the presidential election, though we will still be in the shadow of the retrograde until later in November. An interesting twist is that on November 3, Mercury will be squaring Saturn, and Saturn can represent government. Hmmmm. I think we should not only keep calm, we should keep our eyes out for what could be a stressful presidential election. Let's support each other, stay well and stay safe. Diane Bachman is a psychotherapist & astrologer practicing in FXBG. Reach her at dbachmanlcsw@gmail.com Painting By Winslow Homer “Kissing the Moon”

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Fredericksburg Sketches A visual Celebration of our community

By Paula Raudenbush

As if there aren't enough challenges in our lives right now, I gave myself another one. In my never-ending desire to try new things, the idea of a limited palette appealed to me. Above is a page from my current sketchbook where I used brown ink in my fountain pen, blue and brown watercolor in the sketch on the left, and blue and green watercolor on the right. Unfortunately, I hadn't realized that the new bottle of lovely brown ("Chocolate Pudding" by Monteverde) ink was not waterproof. I did both of the sketches with the pen before I added the watercolor and you can see how the ink bled. Things don't always go according to plan and this is particularly true with on-site sketching. I persisted though, and these are the results. I'm not completely unhappy with them but I did switch to a waterproof ink for further studies. I often learn best from my mistakes. The sketch on the left is the back of a house on Charlotte Street that has a huge Ailanthus tree in the back yard. The window in the building is on the 3rd floor and I was trying to capture the scale of the tree. The barn is up the hill from the Sunken Road battlefield and is part of the Brompton estate. I love discovering buildings that seem incongruous to our fair city. This was once a large working farm less than a mile from downtown and it is still being used although not to store hay or livestock anymore. The takeaway here is to allow yourself to play. Try new things. Don't worry about the outcome. Just enjoy the process and be open to learning something you hadn't expected. Cheers! Paula Raudenbush is a local artist and organizer of the Fredericksburg Chapter of Urban Sketchers International (on Facebook at Urban Sketchers Fredericksburg).

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Spotlight Lauren Malloy Interview By Marianne Tokarz Tell us a little bit about yourself I'm Lauren and I am a new Fredericksburg resident. My family and I moved here from Syracuse, New York in January of this crazy year. I own my own public relations and inspiration company called Blooms PR and Inspiration Company. I am also a freelance blogger, quasi writer and the social media manager for Fredericksburg Parent Magazine. On top of that I host my own blog and website and social media that talks about blooming where you are planted and flourishing through faith and where that journey takes you. I have been married to my husband for almost a decade and we have two wonderful daughters who are sweet and spicy. How did you first come across us? The Sip & See was my first interaction earlier in spring. It was such an amazing experience to come and see the beautiful urban garden in downtown Fredericksburg. I was here for all of nine weeks and I really wanted to get involved in something outdoors. Coming here there was already a sense of community. My daughters and I come here and do some gardening and weeding, we pick some of the pick your own. What's your favorite thing about Fredericksburg? It's a beautiful mix of history but it is not stuck behind with the times. Like visually historical but very modern and with the times with a lot of exciting things being done here. What's your favorite thing about DTG? I really like the fact that it is a community garden. Also because of the

involvement with the youth. Not only because I have my own children, but also because that was my world back in New York. What is one unique thing about you that people might not know? I think something that is unique about me is that I cannot plant. I have no green thumb at all. Everything I do is flowers, all my branding is blooming. I love flowers and in my other life I really want to aspire to be a woman and be able to go from farm to table.. I even told my husband I wanted chickens when we moved here. I am not a country girl so even my friends were shocked like "you really want chickens?" even though I barely want to take our dog for a walk.

Why did you become a DTG Board Member I think I had an amazing board experience back home. Three of us amazing dynamic women in my community in Syracuse decided we were not going to let an old grocery store be turned into a McDonalds. So I said yes to that board, working social media, vice president, and event planning. I said yes because I wanted to make a change and I saw that as a way to evoke change within a community. That co-op is now a cultural epicenter in Syracuse and it is a place to host events and learn. So when I was asked to be a board member, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to meet people and share any expertise that I have in this beautiful space. Marianne Tokarz is the Office Administrator for Downtown Greens

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Articles inside

astrology & you article cover image

astrology & you

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Companions article cover image


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dtg new board member lauren malloy article cover image

dtg new board member lauren malloy

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behind the scene with bill article cover image

behind the scene with bill

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outdoor public sculptures article cover image

outdoor public sculptures

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art in the burg article cover image

art in the burg

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spirits: bourbon cocktails article cover image

spirits: bourbon cocktails

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history in our backyard article cover image

history in our backyard

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its all energy: stomach meridian article cover image

its all energy: stomach meridian

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tidbits article cover image


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emancipated patients:: coaching for doc visits article cover image

emancipated patients:: coaching for doc visits

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history s stories: mom & pop store what’s in a crossing? Chatham bridge article cover image

history s stories: mom & pop store what’s in a crossing? Chatham bridge

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Calendar of Events article cover image

Calendar of Events

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suffragists pursue right to vote article cover image

suffragists pursue right to vote

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everything greens: velvet ants don’t touch article cover image

everything greens: velvet ants don’t touch

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stories of fxbg: micah sustaining hospitality article cover image

stories of fxbg: micah sustaining hospitality

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40 year journey article cover image

40 year journey

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table in the world serving food article cover image

table in the world serving food

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notables: crrl new chairs article cover image

notables: crrl new chairs

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fxbg main street ...power of 100 article cover image

fxbg main street ...power of 100

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i have a friend: sharing life article cover image

i have a friend: sharing life

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