Front Porch Fredericksburg September 2023

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5craig graziano trailblazing librarian

19Bishop & Doctor Henderson magnificent journey of faith

26phillip permutt crystal expert visits fxbg

Porch talk

4 on the in fredericksburg messages

7everything green: growth & possibilities

8In the Garden: the importance of water

9growing & crawling: helpful friends

10i have a friend: dream team

11everyday things: bicycles

12tidbits...small bites of local news

13 season’s bounty: end of summer garden

14whiskey business emerald isle

15vino: pinot gris vs pinot grigio

16-17Calendar of Events

18history’s stories: vmi cadet lilley

20mental health: measuring progress in treatment

21Emancipated patients: brain aneurysm

22auto known better: no spare tire

24art in the burg ...galleries in September

27 fxbg finest: rotarians determined to end polio

28Companions: spca 80 years

29astrology & you poetryman: a way to live

30fredericksburg sketches

31b101.5 care-a-thon double miracle

...And More!

3 the justice gap: legal aid works

6riverfest: a family celebration

25 art attack...artists taking it to the streets

Cover: “”Perfect Strangers”, By Ariel Freeman
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The Justice Gap legal aid works

The prohibitive cost of legal counsel is out of reach for many people, but especially if you are in a lower income bracket. People find the legal system daunting, and that is what Legal Aid Works (LAW) strives to eradicate. Legal Aid Works is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to help clients fight for their rights in many different types of cases, such as housing (landlord/tenant, foreclosures, etc.); family law (domestic violence protective orders, child and spousal support, custody); consumer (debt collection, payday loans, etc.); unemployment benefits; and immigration issues (for victims of crime and domestic violence). They are funded by local individuals, businesses, churches and organizations. Prior, they were known as the Fredericksburg Area and then Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc Legal Aid Society, but changed their name in 2016 to reflect their goal of successful advocacy.

I spoke with Ann Kloeckner who is the Executive Director of LAW. Ann is a passionate lawyer who specializes in advocacy of domestic violence survivors. She enjoys mentoring new lawyers, and maintains a vigorous schedule including speaking engagements throughout LAW's 17 county service area. They now have three locations, Fredericksburg, Culpepper and Tappahanock She told me that to say the offices are busy is an understatement. We all saw the devastating effects that COVID had on the community, and the legal ramifications were a side effect for many as people lost loved ones, jobs and homes. Their competent legal team is struggling to keep up with the amount of requests.

One always hears that you have a right to a free lawyer, but that is only true in criminal cases. Civil suits do not fall under that purview. For 50 years, Legal Aid Works in Fredericksburg has been working pro bono to assist in all types of cases. Their endeavors help to "level the playing field" in order to serve people in all walks of life. Unfortunately, as with many non-profits they cannot handle all the cases that come through their doors. The statistics that are reported show there is one legal aide lawyer for 7,000 needy Virginians The difference between those who can afford a lawyer and those who can't afford one is called the "Justice Gap". This poses the question - is there really justice for all?

Their website is loaded with information on the legal system, as well as contact information for the three branches of the agency. LAW celebrated 50 years of service to the community in August, and are still going strong.

They are partnering with the University of Mary Washington Jazz Ensemble to present the 10th annual Jazz4Justice concert, coming to you LIVE from UMW's Dodd Auditorium on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 7:30PM. What a fun way to support this worthwhile cause. Jazz4Justice tickets can be purchased online at Jazz4Justice™ Ticket Purchase - Legal Aid Works.

Legal Aid Works legalaidworks org FB@legalaidworks 540-3371-11105

FXBG Office: 500 Lafayette Blvd

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Contributing Writers & Artists

Sally Cooney AndersonRita Allan

Dianne BachmanBecki Beasley

Sonja CantuCollette Caprara

Gary CloseArcher Di Peppe

JoAnn Dinwoodie

Janet DouberlyJeannie Ellis

Jenna Elizabeth Edwards

Corey FillaultFrank Fratoe

Bill FreehlingMax Guttman

Sue HendersonRalph “Tuffy” Hicks

Nancy KellyDavid C. Kennedy

Joyce KinnardRay Mikula

Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy

Vanessa MoncureGabe Pons

Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter

M.L. PowersMarisoll Powell

Paula RaudenbushRob Rudick

Carleigh Starkston

Mandy SmithRim Vining

Tina WillJosie Wold

Norma WoodwardVon Young

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ON THE PORCH porch ponderings

As summer fades, I find myself nostalgic and reflective with thoughts of long past porch talks and reunions. There's something about those precious moments on the porch that guides the realization that late summer is more than a season - it's a feeling; memories of sunsoaked days and anticipation of cooler nights; the promise of change, of letting go, and embracing what's to come. As the years roll on, my porch has become a sanctuary of introspection. The once vibrant pace of life has gradually mellowed, much like the late afternoon sun that casts long shadows across the landscape.

A porch is more than just an architectural appendage; it's a space of transition and connection, where the rhythms of life unfold in their own gentle cadence. These platforms of possibility have a way of stirring the imagination and inviting contemplation, serving as a canvas for myriad moments and memories. Just as fingerprints are unique to each individual, porches, too, carry an essence that resonates with the inhabitants. Whether wrapped in ivy or bathed in sunlight, these spaces offer a pause from the hurried pace of the world, a sanctuary to gather one's thoughts.

The passage of time brings both challenges and wisdom. The joints creak, and the steps become a little slower, but the heart that beats on the porch is rich with the experiences of a life well-lived. Each wrinkle etched into my skin tells a story, and the eyes that look into the distance hold the reflections of countless moments-some joyful, some sorrowful, all woven into the fabric of my life.

At times, my porch has been a quiet confidant, bearing witness to life's sorrows and joys. In the midst of grief, it has provided a place to mourn in solitude, to grapple with loss amidst a cool breeze and the hushed comfort of nature. It's been an escape from the hectic pace of projects and people and a wonderful respite for books that can't be put down.

My porch becomes a bridge between the past and the present, a place where memories surface like ripples on a pond. A gentle breeze from a lilac evokes a childhood memory, while the distant laughter of children at play triggers recollections of our own kids. The neighbors' children, who once played tag

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in the yard, are now adults with their own lives. The lively gatherings and boisterous laughter have transformed into a theater of quiet observation. It is a time machine of sorts, where the echoes of laughter, tears, and conversations linger in the air, reminding you of the chapters that have been written and the ones that are yet to come.

In this age of constant connectivity, the porch remains a refuge from the hum of screens and notifications. It's a space to unplug, to listen to the rustle of leaves and the murmur of distant traffic, to rediscover the rhythm of one's own breath. It's a reminder that the most meaningful connections are often the simplest onesthe company of a friend, the serenade of a cricket, the gentle embrace of nature.

Growing old on the porch is an invitation to engage with the world in a different way. With a heart tempered by experience, I find solace in the smallest of moments-a bird's nest in the flower pot, an overgrown basil plant, waiting for the ginko leaves to drop. One marvels at how we have become so much more observant - the luxury of watching time slow down, allowing us to truly savor the taste of a morning tea or the feeling of the sun's warmth on your skin. The rush of the outside world becomes distant background noise, while life's subtleties take center stage.

And as the sun begins to set, casting a warm, golden glow on everything it touches, I've realized that growing old on the porch is not about becoming stationary, but about embracing a new rhythm. It's about finding joy in the gentle swaying of the rocking chair, the pages of a well-worn book turning as my mind embarks on new adventures, and the companionship of a loyal dog by my side.

It's about cherishing the present while honoring the past and welcoming the unknown future with open arms.

Watching the stars emerge is a a reminder we're part of something vast and timeless. The world keeps turning, seasons changing and life unfolding, and I am here, a sentinel on the porch, witness to it all.

You'll find me sitting on mine reading Front Porch from cover to cover, embracing life's mosaic, one moment at a time.

Sue Henderson is attempting to age gracefully while sipping libations on the porch in South Stafford. You can reach her at if inclined to join her.

For many, the mention of a library may conjure up a serious place where it's advised to use the hushed tones of your "library voice" as others ponder Deep Thoughts. Craig Graziano, manager of the Fredericksburg branch of the CRRL system has turned that image on its head, as was exemplified at a recent Music on the Steps, free concert at the library

Folks with their folding chairs and families with babies in strollers and toddlers with trikes, and even a van-full of citizens from a local senior center gathered in the library's front square as the band's foursome took their places on the steps. As the first guitar squeals rang out and the high notes of a hyper-active keyboard (played by Graziano) filled the air, it was clear this would be a very different concert for the summer concert series.

The band, "Trash Rocket" with its high energy, high volume, no-holds-barred lyrics had stepped in when the group

Craig Graziano

The Burg's Trailblazing Librarian

originally scheduled had a concurrent engagement. "That night, when I looked out on the crowd, I suddenly thought How are these people going to react to Punk Rock? Will they be leaving in droves?" Graziano said. That feared mass exodus did not occur and the rows of the audience, from folks in wheelchairs to tots on their parents' laps were moving, nodding and waving and bouncing to the music.

The audience's engagement was not only the result of the group's investment in their performance but also the unity of heart of the members who have played with each other for years and have helped one another through trials and challenges of their lives. These included the 2016 passing of Mike Tschirn, the husband of the lead singer Kristin "Monster" Bonecrusher, who had played with both Graziano and Bonecrusher in a prior band called The Crypts. In fact, many of Trash Rocket's songs were created by a collaboration of Kristin and bassist "Hodge" Critzer, and their lyrics, fast pace, and intense volume express her journey through the grieving process.

"Trash Rocket is punk-inspired in its basic elements and the belief that it is all about the energy that you bring to the performance, even more than any technical prowess," said Graziano. "Whether in my role at the library or performing, I work with a genuine earnestness and don't bring any cynicism or sarcasm to the table, and a sense of humor has always been a part of my lyrics."

Craig began performing with bands in 2003, as a lead singer, but began playing an instrument only last year. In

fact, 2003 included a few milestones in his life, including his high-school graduation, his family's move from Spotsylvania to College Heights in Fredericksburg, and the beginning of his work at the Fredericksburg Branch Library, where he started as a page shelving books.

Being an iconoclast was never part of Graziano's vision for his life. His career and vocation unfolded as he availed himself of the many opportunities in the area for creative expression. When he was in high school, he attended a Creative Writing program at the Salem Church Branch, and the poems he wrote became the lyrics of songs of a friend who was a guitarist. "It was the teen librarian at Salem Church who first helped me understand that you don't have to ask permission to make art or write something or express yourself," he said. Craig's writings later included articles for the "It!" teen section of the Free Lance Star's Weekender and writing for "Whurk" magazine, a monthly magazine that was dedicated to the creative communities of Fredericksburg and beyond. Recently, his endeavors also include working with the Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble, ranging from manning the box office to being cast for a role in the Little Shop of Horrors. "I had forgotten how much of a collaborative team-building experience theater is. And performing music taps into the same thing that theater does, engaging in a creative dynamic with the audience," he said

Graziano says he is grateful for the many performances that were available at local venues in his teen years and opportunities for creative expression and the exploration of the arts that he experienced, including a private painting lesson that his mother arranged for him and his sister with the iconic pillar of the arts community, Johnny Johnson

The desire to "pay it forward" is an essential part of Craig's character. When, in 2006, a fellow UMW student, Adam Bray, launched Fredericksburg All Ages to provide opportunities for youths to experience performances and to perform themselves, Craig readily

responded and did what he could to support his efforts. Throughout the years, he has made the theater of the Fredericksburg Library available for FAA performances. His efforts to serve the arts community have also included his role in

facilitating annual art shows, including the Johnny P Johnson Teen Art Show and the January exhibit of the members of the Johnny Johnson Media Workshop, who have been together for three decades.

Graziano sees his role at the library as a gift that he is grateful for. "It was only when I started working at the library that I realized how amazing and engaging our library system is. It has earned four-star ratings from the American Library Association year after year and the fact that it is a regional system is rare and offers families in Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties to benefit from the offerings of all its branches. Different people come in with different needs and we help to empower them to accomplish their goals. To continue to do that and also have creative outlets in other arenas, makes me very happy."

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every Sat 7am-2pm Rain/Shine @Hurkamp Park Thru October 28
Collette Caprara is a writer, artist & lover of all of life's blessings
Photo by Josie Wold "Trash Rocket" , photo by Becki Beasley

A River Family Celebration

Rappahannock Riverfest 33rd year

September 16th, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is inviting you and all of their new and old river family to celebrate the Rappahannock River with them t Riverfest!

The Rappahannock Riverfest is FOR's largest annual fundraiser for the river. Riverfest is a grand gathering featuring the region's best crab feast, live music, amazing raffle and auction prizes, delicious BBQ and a great cause. This fundraiser provides the necessary funding for the organization to operate throughout the year and continue their work preserving the Rappahannock River and educating our community. It also provides a platform for FOR to gather with the community and celebrate the past year's work done to restore and

"a trip that will interest most every River Friend!" The auction also has high ticket items and local experiences that are all donated from partners and fellow river lovers. The raffle has baskets for sport lovers, spa lovers, foodies, DIYers and all those in between.

We will see you at the river!

Carleigh Starkston is the Communication Coordinator at the Friends of the Rappahannock

preserve the Rappahannock.

This year, the event will be taking place on September 16th from 3 - 7 pm at the McDaniel's Property next to Fredericksburg City Dock.

Last year, Friends of the Rappahannock made the event as green as possible by ensuring that 90% of "waste" was actually compostable or recyclable "This was a huge success last year and we are excited to be bringing back the compostable platform this year and many more to come" Development Coordinator Lis Heras shared. "It feels great being able to actually implement our mission into this tried and true Rappahannock tradition and hopefully set an example for others."

This year the organization is highlighting their auction and raffle The Riverfest auction gives away local stays, international destinations and unique excursions. Communications Coordinator boasts the auction to have

In the past few years FOR has been splitting the auction into two parts. The first part is the Silent Auction This is available to the whole public and can be bid on by anyone! This opens a week prior to Riverfest to give all adequate time to bid and win their dream vacation, experience or item. The silent auction ends at 5:45 pm Sunday, Sept. 16th.

The second part, the Live Auction, is only available at Riverfest for attendees. This is where you'll find the

Friends of the Rappahannock Rappahannock Riverfest September 16, 3-7 7 pm at the McDaniel's Property next to Fredericksburg City Dock

international destinations and some never before seen items and experiences!

If that piques your curiosity…Get more information at

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Everything Greens growth & possibilities

If you haven't had the chance to join us on a tour of the land at 1360 Belman road, you're missing out. Since Downtown Greens took ownership of some of the last undeveloped land in the city in 2021, a lot has changed. You would be struck by how much the trees have grown in the short time since volunteers planted more than 800 native saplings back in April. They went in as little bare root sticks, as big around as a pencil and have, in four short months, set roots, leafed out, and are nearly bursting from the tubes in which they were planted.

The growth around this field serves as a reminder of the natural growth of the land purchase campaign itself. It's the story that we all know by now, of a community who came together in a very big way for the benefit of the whole. More than 500 people who all saw the potential and necessity of saving this pristine land full of natural wetlands and agricultural fields. They chipped in over four short months to raise enough money to make it possible to purchase the land, plant trees, host university research classes, and lay the groundwork for all the young people who will be able to learn about sustainable agriculture there.

And this was just the beginning! Phase two will start later this year with studies, master site plan renderings for the entire 56 acres and sketches of the built spaces like educational buildings as well as the natural spaces like wetland pathways

But before we can begin in earnest, we need to clear the remaining debt on the land. We only have $70,500 remaining before we own these acres outright! This seems like a huge number on its own. But considering that this

community has raised over $2 million dollars in donations, grants, and more, this is a drop in the bucket. Eliminating this debt means that we're free to build out the potential of the land and more quickly provide services back to our neighbors. The longer it takes us to pay off the debt, the more money we're spending in interest which isn't going toward our mission.

If you want to help us cross the finish line and leave your mark on this soon-to-be preserved piece of Fredericksburg's natural landscapedonate at Anything will help as we all come together in this last big push. All gifts of $10,000 and more will get your name (or a loved one ' s name) on the gratitude rock that will be placed at the entrance of the property

In the meantime, we're awaiting the approval of our comprehensive plan amendment request at City Council and the Planning Commission to allow us to

move forward with a Conservation Easement We are hoping to record the easement by the end of September. With an Easement in place this land will be preserved in perpetuity and will be available for the public to enjoy for decades to come.

Check out what all the fuss is about and join us on our next walkaround tour of the land on Thursday, September 14 at 5pm . Email to RSVP. Enjoy an hour-long tour around the property. Refreshing drinks provided.


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Your Mark
at: Downtwongreens org
Tour, Sept 14, 5pm

In the Garden importance of water

time as in past years even though there was sufficient warmth this spring. I stretched hoses out during the drought to jump start the blooming process for the azaleas and other spring blooming flowers. They began blooming within two days.

My fig tree this year had hundreds of small figs but they hadn't started to swell

Water is the essence of life. All life depends on it. People can only last about 15 days without water. So what happens when we have a drought? Every plant has their own needs and each plant will respond differently. Some plants grow deep roots and others are quite shallow. The Tulip poplar grows rapidly upwards and invests little energy in root growth. It competes well in the forest for light gathering but lacks in water collecting because of shallow roots. So when the rain stops for a few weeks it begins to drop leaves to conserve water. Oak trees have deep roots and can last longer through drought before taking drastic action. Azaleas bloom in spring when there is usually an abundance of rain and snow melt. But the buds that were set in the fall need lots of water to swell and open. This spring we had no snow melt and not enough rain. My azaleas were not blooming at the same

and ripen. The long string of hot dry weather in July and August caused the tree to start dropping fruit to conserve water. I ran the sprinkler on it for three hours the next day and within a week the fruit began to ripen.

Plants have a need to reproduce by making flowers, fruit and seeds but

their need to stay alive comes first. They will stop fruit production, drop leaves, delay flowers or drop them in order to first survive. So although you may have plants that are drought tolerant there comes a time when you need to water to save the flowers, fruits, and vegetables

So visit your plants every day in the hot weather to see how they are doing. Respond promptly when they are stressed from the weather so they can fully recover. My azaleas responded to watering this year with abundant blossoms and the fig tree produced hundreds of figs.

I would be remiss if I didn't share with you one of my favorite new plants I acquired this past year, the Starfish Flower plant or Stapelia grandiflora When I bought it from a small greenhouse in the

Carolinas, I was under the impression that it was a cactus. It is not related to cacti but is more of a succulent. It's flowers smell like carrion to attract flys as pollinators due to a lack of other pollinators where it is found normally in South Africa. Flowers are more than 6 inches across.

If you stop by the Farmers Market at Rt 3 and Gordon Road be sure to visit the Master Gardener tent on September 9th and 23rd. See you there.

RayMikula is a Master Gardener.He has several acres of garden space & has been gardening for 62 years. Before retiring Ray was a Earth Science & Astronomy Teacher

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Growing & Crawling Our helpful friends

Wasps again?!?! Yes. Wasps again. Hear me out…

In the past month or so you may have noticed a bunch of wasps flying around in circles low to the ground for seemingly no reason. If so, you have probably witnessed the scoliid (sko-LLEEud) wasp!

For gardeners in the know, the sight of these wasps brings a sense of joy, or at least grim satisfaction. They know the scoliid wasp is a predator of many of the pests that drive us insane including May bugs, June beetles, and the awful and invasive Japanese beetle.

While the adult wasps are usually only spotted when they are above ground drinking nectar from flowers (and also pollinating them in the process), they can also be seen flying low above the ground. They do this when they are hunting! The female wasps fly low "looking" for the grubs of the pests they love so much.

Once one is located she digs down to find it and using her ovipositor (the stinger) she injects her eggs inside the grub. The eggs, once hatched, release the larvae of the wasp which then feeds on the grub from the inside, thus killing it and keeping it from eating our lawn, flowers, and gardens.

And while the female can sting, she is not aggressive and will only sting if being mishandled. (Who among us doesn't?) The males cannot sting and they spend most of their time eating nectar and chillin'.

Janet Douberly runs PR for wasps at Downtown Greens.

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“I Have A Friend” An Open Invitation for "Dream Team" Membership

Have you always wanted to be a part of a Dream Team; defined as a team of people perceived as the perfect combination for a particular purpose? Becoming a Senior Visitor volunteer is an opportunity to fulfill that goal.

What is It?

Senior Visitors is a socialization program that seeks to mitigate social isolation and loneliness, which are risk factors for depression. Older adults (program participants) are matched with trained volunteers and meet weekly through home visits, phone calls, texts, emails, video chat, or other means. Program participants are usually 60+ years old and in situations that keep them from leaving their homes or staying active in the community.

There is no cost to participants since this program is part of MHAfred's community service mission. Volunteers are 18 or older and asked to commit at least six months to our program.

What are the Benefits?

Volunteering with the Senior Visitors program provides unique benefits including:

Membership in a supportive and encouraging community of volunteers. Education on local resources and MHAfred staff assistance to locate resources.

Professional letter of recommendation (upon request).

Credit hours toward university, school requirements, or Peer Specialist hours. Meaningful connection with older adults in our community.

Who is Eligibile?

The volunteer must: Live or work in the Fredericksburg, Virginia region.

email and Zoom. (If access is an issue, the Senior Visitors Program Lead will assist.)

Have the ability to consistently attend required meetings and communicate with the program participant at scheduled times. Have strong communication skills and personal boundaries.

Have compassion and empathy for others.

Have the ability to accept constructive feedback, and willingness to learn about mental health, aging, peer support, and wellness tools.

What are the Responsibilities?

The volunteer will: Participate in volunteer orientation. Review the Volunteer Handbook and bring any questions to monthly volunteer meetings.

Agree to follow the policies, procedures, and guidelines established by MHAfred.

MHAfred website under the Senior Visitors section. Additionally, assistance can be requested by contacting our office at (540) 371-2704.

Volunteers will be matched with a program participant after all screening and onboarding requirements are successfully completed.

Ready to seize this opportunity of a lifetime? Why not consider becoming a member of the Senior Visitors volunteer program "Dream Team". We are waiting with open arms to welcome you aboard!

Joyce Kinnard is a volunteer with the Senior Visitors program at Mental Health America of Fredericksburg.

What Local Areas are Served?

The Senior Visitors program serves older adults in the City of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, and King George counties.

Be at least 18 years of age. Meet the responsibilities outlined below, including time commitments. Have regular access to phone and internet-based technology such as

How do I Apply?

Individuals interested in applying must complete a Volunteer Application Form, which is also available on the

If you know a senior who could benefit from having a weekly, friendly visit or if you would like to volunteer to visit a senior, call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-22704 or visit our website at mhafred org Refer a senior or sign up to be a volunteer! The Senior Visitors Program is a free community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg

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On April 10, 1815 the largest volcanic eruption in history happened on Mount Tambora 300 miles east of Bali. Wait! What does this have to do with bicycles? Bear with me. This catastrophic event changed world history. In England the summer of 1816 became known as the "Year Without Summer "

So much ash was thrown into the atmosphere that it blocked sunlight and world temperatures plummeted. Crops failed and tens of thousands of people starved to death. There wasn't enough

food to feed livestock, so many farm animals died. This was especially critical for horses. Most horses that did survive were slaughtered for food. Horses had been the most common form of transportation.

Mass world migrations followed in search of a better place to live. Thousands of people came to America, and many Americans left the northern regions of the East Coast. The Northern Hemisphere did not recover for years. In New England it got below freezing every day in May. Rivers froze in Pennsylvania that summer. Frost occurred in Virginia August 20th and 21st.

A dark haze filled the sky. Paintings from that period reflected the hazy conditions. Crops failed three years in a row in China, and farmers switched to growing poppies for opium. This began a scourge that is still with us today.

Germany was hit even harder than England. Baron Karl von Drais invented what came to be the first bicycle for alternative transportation called the Draisine It had a wooden frame with wooden wheels. Leather was used in the place of tires. There were no pedals, so the rider sat astride and pushed the bicycle along with his feet.

As time went on more modifications were made. A Scottish blacksmith Fitzpatrick MacMillan attached pedals to the front wheel in 1853. High Wheel bicycles, known a Penny Fathering, were developed in the 1870's in England. The name reflected the size of the large English penny front wheel with the small English farthing referring to the small wheel on the back. To say these bicycles were dangerous is an understatement. They were much faster. The seat was four feet off the ground, and there were no brakes. They were not that popular with the general public not just because of safety issues, but also because they were expensive. Nevertheless, we see the first bicycle clubs and bicycle races. These bicycles were first imported to the U.S. in 1870.

The form of the bicycle today came in 1885 and was known as the Safety Bicycle. It was then that the popularity of the bicycle exploded. The wheels were the same size and had a chain driven drive. The rest is history.

Today the country with the highest per capita bicycle rate is the Netherlands. They have a rate of almost one bike per person. China has the most bicycles with a half billion. There are over 51.4 million bicycles in the U.S. It is estimated that bicycles save over 238 million gallons of gasoline every year worldwide

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Renovations underway at Goolrick's

One of the most important, prominent landmarks in the City of Fredericksburg was Goolrick's Pharmacy, which unfortunately closed its doors last year. However, thanks to extensive restoration and renovation, Goolrick's will soon re-open to the public.

Jarrell Properties has been renovating Goolrick's since they purchased it in May of 2022. The restorations have included fixing the building due to multiple fires and a flood in the 20th century, and the structure of Goolrick's has been saved. Goolrick's is known for its lunch counter and soda fountain, and the owners fully intends to maintain the building's old fashioned style and charm. They intend to incorporate the decor and stories of Fredericksburg into their renovations. Additionally, renovation of the basement, and intends to include it as part of the Goolrick's experience.

Hoping to have Goolrick's restored and open for business by Summer of 2024, .

Goolrick's is located at 901 Caroline Street Follow them on Facebook.


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Finest Supermarket Now Open

A supermarket featuring foods and products from Afghanistan and adjacent countries opened this past weekend at Fredericksburg's Gateway Village development off State Route 3. Finest Supermarket is at 2342 Plank Road, near the Goodwill store. A child support office was in that space previously.

The owners of the new store came to the United States from Afghanistan. The business features fresh Halal meats, organic fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked bread, pastries and more. Food comes from various Asian, European and Middle Eastern countries.

Cupcakes for about 11 years, and now she has her own shop. You are welcome to stop by, have a cup of coffee and enjoy one of their many popular flavors of allergyand vegan-friendly cupcakes.

Curio Wine Bar Now Open

Curio Wine Bar is at 209 William St The establishment features self-serve machines that allows customers with Curio cards to sample wine in taste, halfglass or full-glass pours, and then take home bottles to enjoy. Food options are also available. Curio features a wine cellar and a beautiful outdoor courtyard in addition to the tasting room. Look for more information soon in a "Freehling Finds" episode.

Curio is owned by the Puckett family, which also runs the Rogers Ford Farm Winery in southern Fauquier Co .

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) will offer free admission to all guests throughout September

FAM Executive Director Sam McKelvey said the museum wanted to give "as many opportunities as possible to make our museum available to all. The history of the city should be accessible to its residents without any economic barriers."

FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches and preserves the history, heritage and culture of the Fredericksburg region. The museum is located at 907 Princess Anne St. in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg.

Downtown Fredericksburg wine shop City Vino plans to open this fall in a new building across the street from Riverfront Park.The business, which is currently at 810 Caroline Street, will move to the 2,650-square-foot commercial space at Hanover House, the new mixeduse building at 100 Hanover Street. We recently featured the development in our "Freehling Finds" video series.

Cool Cat Cupcakes

A favorite local cupcake maker recently opened a stand-alone location at 1000 Charles Street in the lower level of the Olde Towne Butcher Cool Cat Cupcakes owner Jasmin Wisniewski Jasmin has been making and selling Cool Cat

8th Annual Meeting Sept 17, 3-55p

"Please join us at the 2023 Co-op Annual Meeting at Old Mill Park for an enjoyable and relaxing time together! 'Food' is our middle name, so of course there will be lots of delicious free food and drink, along with great music and fun activities for kids and adults alike. All are welcome!" the event is open to both member/owners and non-owners a perfect opportunity for folks to learn about the array of offerings for all at the Food Co-op throughout the year.

The Food CoOP is located at 320 Emancipation Highway

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I'm not quite as much of an avid gardener as an avid eat-out-of-the-garden gardener. My husband does the tilling, composting, planting, weeding, watering and, well, pretty much all of the physical (backbreaking) garden labor.

My contributions are picking the produce and the out-of-garden food preparation of said vegetables as well as freezing and/or canning all of the extra. And I almost gave up my lone picking duties when, at dusk on a June evening, I left the garden with a 5-gallon-bucketbounty of zucchini, yellow squash and green beans. I brought the bucket in the kitchen to dump it all in the kitchen sink and sort the veggies out. Along with the cascade of vegetables suddenly jumped out a 16-inch long snake! And as s/he he landed behind my countertop compost bucket, I couldn't identify what kind of snake, poisonous or otherwise! IDK why I stood there screaming as the dog and I were the only ones at home. Keeping laserlike eyes on the snake's hiding spot, I called my neighbor to help me. He valiantly appeared and, after determining my nemesis to be a common garden snake, removed it to another less-nervous neighbor's garden. Two days later, as my husband was picking the beans, he noticed the end of a distant bean row waving - and there was no wind. Apparently either snake #1 had returned, or we now had snake #2. I didn't pick any more beans this summer.

And now, our summer garden bounty has ended. We're kind of between seasons right now - still waiting on the cooler-wweather greens, beets and the second-pplanting of lettuces (and hopefully another round of squash) and eating the dribs and drabs of vegetables that the garden is still producing. No more heirloom tomatoes, but the Romas and grape tomatoes are still on the vine. We should be picking okra well into October, and the Lima bean vines aren't quite ready to be pulled up yet. We had a bumper crop of onions - I love to pull them up and braid maybe a dozen at a time by their tops. Then I hang them in a dry place and cut onions off as needed. I am keeping an eye on the second round of squash, too

Instead of our area being firmly in Zone 7 for plant hardiness, we are edging closer to Zone 8, which would extend our growing season and enable us to confidently plant either fruits or

vegetables needing a longer growing season or enable a "second season" of plantings. Gardeners do watch the weather, as well as relying on the Old Farmer's Almanac for the planting calendar and the best/worst zodiac signs under which to plant. I still have a stack of old almanacs and some of them had notations in my Grandfather's hand, scheduling the best days to plant and to harvest in both the large farm garden and the smaller kitchen garden. I still do advise using this old, invaluable resource.


Sauté one medium onion in a large drizzle of olive oil in a large shallow saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, til softened but not browned. Add 4C chopped Roma tomatoes with juice, 1C baby Lima beans and 2C cut okra (if you are put off by the okra "slime", don't worry. It absolutely won't be there in the finished dish). Cover and cook over medium to medium low heat until the limas are done, about 15 minutes. Remove lid and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the tomato juices have been reduced. Add S&P. This is a great side dish for a roasted filet of fish, like local rockfish, or any firm white flesh fish.

We have loads of onions, so I like to pickle them and keep in the refrigerator for up to a month. They are especially good on fish tacos, cooked greens of any description, beets, salads and burgers.


Are so easy - use yellow or white onions interchangeably. For red onionsHeat 1C red wine vinegar with 1/3C wa tee and 1tsp kosher salt to a boil in small saucepan. Using a heatproof container, pour vinegar mixture over two red onions, sliced into thin rings. Cool to room temperature and serve immediately or store in refrigerator up to one month. For yellow or white onions, you can substitute cider or white vinegars if desired.


Delicious served over burgers, or chilled and served as a spread with cheese and crackers. Dice one yellow onion and two large Roma tomatoes. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and add onion, cocking until lightly browned, stirring occasionally (about 8 minutes). Add tomatoes, 1tsp each smoked paprika, chicken base and sugar. Stir in 2T water and cook, stirring until jammy, about 2-3 minutes. Season with S&P.

Vanessa has yummy recipes for every season.

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"Whiskey Business: Emerald Isle"

Gwyneth's Gift Foundation benefit

Gwyneth's Gift Foundation is delighted to announce its upcoming fundraising event, "Whiskey Business: Emerald Isle." This exquisite evening is set to take place on September 22, 2023, at the Old Silk Mill in Fredericksburg, and promises to be an unforgettable experience celebrating the finest whiskey from Ireland, complete with whiskey tasting, cigar rolling, live entertainment, silent auction, and an open bar offering a selection of top-shelf whiskey, beer, and wine.

"Whiskey Business: Emerald Isle" is a unique opportunity for whiskey enthusiasts, business professionals, and philanthropists to network and support the meaningful work of Gwyneth's Gift Foundation. Attendees will be immersed on a journey through the rich heritage of Ireland's acclaimed whiskeys, indulging in tastings of the finest offerings from renowned distilleries Throughout this captivating journey, our knowledgeable experts will skillfully guide you, revealing thoughtfully curated selections of premium whiskeys. With an open bar serving a remarkable array of top-shelf whiskey, beer, and wine, attendees will have the opportunity to savor their preferred drinks while engaging in conversations, forging connections, and celebrating the impact of Gwyneth's Gift Foundation.

In addition to the exceptional whiskey tasting experience, attendees enjoy live entertainment that embraces the spirit of Ireland's cultural heritage Prepare to be enchanted by performances from talented musicians and entertainers who will create an atmosphere of joy and celebration.

The silent auction will highlight an assortment of treasures that no one will want to miss. Each piece has been meticulously handpicked by local businesses and sponsors to offer an exclusive experience. With each bid, you can acquire a remarkable item while supporting the local community.

Join us for an evening filled with sophistication, cultural richness, and unwavering dedication to a worthy cause. Your presence at "Whiskey Business: Emerald Isle" will not only be an unforgettable experience but will directly support Gwyneth's Gift Foundation's ongoing efforts to create a Culture of Action by empowering communities with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to save a life.

Tickets for "Whiskey Business: Emerald Isle" are available for purchase at w w w g w y n e t h s g i f t o r g / e v e n t / w h i s k e ybusiness-22023 /. We encourage early registration as this exclusive event sells out every year. Sponsorships are also available, please email for more information.

About Gwyneth's Gift Foundation: Gwyneth's Gift Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

committed to saving lives through education and action. Founded in honor of Gwyneth Griffin, the foundation focuses on raising awareness and training of Hands-Only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to prevent tragic incidents and empower communities to respond effectively in emergency situations.

Jo Ann Dinwoodie is the Communication Director for Gwyneth's Gift Foundation She can be reached at 540-681-1632,

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pinot gris vs pinot grigio

Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are two names for the same grape variety. Often the produced wines will exhibit very distinct characteristic differences, due to the winemaking styles and regional influences.

Let us first consider Pinot Gris wines, whereas the name suggests it originates from France, particularly in the Alsace region. At City Vino, you may wish to explore the Michel Fonne Pinot Gris, from Alsace

Pinot Gris wines are characteristically rich and full-bbodied, offering a wide range of flavors that may include citrus, apple, and stone fruit notes, like peach and apricot

In the winery, winemakers, making Pinot Gris, may use techniques such as barrel fermentation and aging on lees (dead yeast cells), which add depth, texture, and complexity to the wine. The higher sugar content, during fermentation, turns into a higher ABV level in the final product. These wines are often more aromatic, with pronounced flavors of citrus, apple, and stone fruits, and may have a richer, fuller body.

Labeling on the bottle will tell you which style the winemaker is going for. An example is The Ned from Marlborough, New Zealand Now Pinot Gris is a pinkish-gray color. When the skins are allowed to macerate with the fruit for a while, the color will rub into the juices creating a bit of a pinkish hue, like you would do for making red wines. This not only adds color, but it also adds flavors, and tannin texture, and reduces the acidity just a little. Meaning that the hang time with the skins has caused the wine to be a fuller-bbody wine, like you would experience with a French Pinot Gris.

On the other hand, the term Pinot Grigio is primarily used in Italy, although it can be used in other regions as well to indicate that the wine is made in a style reminiscent of the Italian approach. An example is I Lauri Tavo or Parlovini Il Nido, where the higher acidity and clean, crisp finish is key with these wines.

Italian Pinot Grigio is typically lighter in body compared to Pinot Gris from other regions, such as Alsace or

Oregon. This lighter style is often attributed to the cooler climate in the northeastern part of Italy, where the grapes grow. The cool air from the Alps helps the grapes retain more acidity as they ripen, leading to wines with higher levels of refreshing acidity. Italian Pinot Grigio is known for its light, crisp, and easy-tto-ddrink nature, making it very popular for casual sipping and warmweather enjoyment

In Italy, particularly in the northeastern regions like Veneto and Friuli, the winemaking style for Pinot Grigio is typically focused on preserving the grape's natural acidity and producing a lighter, crisper, and more refreshing wine The grapes are usually harvested earlier to retain higher levels of acidity and a fresher character. Stainless steel tanks are commonly used for fermentation and aging, minimizing contact with oxygen and keeping the wine's primary fruit flavors intact. As a result, Italian Pinot Grigio wines often showcase citrus and green apple notes, and they are lighter in body with a clean, zesty finish

The cooler climate of northeastern Italy, particularly influenced by the nearby Alps, provides a shorter growing season. This climate helps the grapes retain more of their natural acidity and prevents overripening. The mineralrich soils in this region can add a distinct mineral note to the wine, enhancing its crisp and refreshing character. Again, the very opposite of the Gris, the Grigio does develop sugar; it is just not the rich amount like that of the Gris. Grigio emphasizes preserving acidity and producing a lighter style, and generally has a lower alcohol content.

City Vino at 810 Caroline St is were you will find owner Rita Allan to provide you answers to all your wine questions

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Old Town’s Greatest Tour 35 Monuments, Markers, & Attractions ANDthe Fredericksburg Battlefields Weddings Reunions Shuttles Parties Group Outings 540-898-0737 Join Us on the Rooftop for Chill VIbes, Tasty Eats, & Cold Drinks 314 Open every Sat 7am-2pm Rain/Shine @Hurkamp Park ThruOctober 28

First Friday September 1


FCCA Member's Gallery, Rita Kavach; Viewpoints, Christine Long & Rebecca Carpenter. 813 Sophia St

Brush Strokes Gallery,"All in Color"receptions 5-9p, 824 Caroline St

"Ancient of Days"Solo Show, Gary Close Reception 6-9p Art First, 824 Caroline St

Betsy Moore, Guest Artist Opening Reception, 1, 5-8:30p Canal Quarters Arts, 1517 Princess Anne

Kevin Whichello Guest Artist, Reception, 5-8:30 Darbytown Art Studio241 Charles St

Back to School, All Member Show Artful Dimensions, 922 Caroline St Opening Reception, , 6-9pm

Ponshop "Artist Market" First Friday, 5-8pm 712 Caroline St

Sounds of Summer Concert, Diesel, Southern Rock, Market Square, 6:3010p

Live Music Whiskey Driven@Strangeways Brewing,7-10p

Live Music Spanglish duo @Curitiba Art Cafe, 7-9p, 919 Caroline ST

Live Music Shannon Peterson @Water's End Brewery at FXBG Square, 525 Caroline St, 6:30-9:30p,

Live Music Rocky Guttman @6B&G, 1140 International Pkwy, 7-9:30p

Saturday September 2

Art in the Park at Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park, 7a-1p

Fxbg Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park,7a-2p, Spotsy Farmers Market , 8am - 1pm 12150 Gordon Rd

Food CoOP Walking Group 9-10 am Meet at Fred Food Co-op, 320 Emancipation Hwy, enjoy FXBG's trails and neighborhoods

Live Music Goodtime Alibi@ Haley's Honey Meadery, 12 noon, 1600 Princess Anne

Live Music Acoustic Onion @6B &G, 1140 International Pkwy, 7-9:30p

Sunday September 3

Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern, 720 Littlepage, til 1p

Live Music with Andy Sowell, FXBG Square, 525 Caroline St, 2-4:30p

Monday September 4 Labor Day

Wednesday September 6

Open Mic @Katora Coffee, 615 Caroline St, 7-10p

Trivia Night, Sunken Well at 6:30pm 720 Littlepage

Trapper's Trivia @6B&G 7-9 pm. 1140 International Pkwy

Thursday September 7

Walk with a Doc 4-5p FXBG food CoOP, 320 Emancipation Hwy PA Lauren Bock will lead this walking group on the Heritage and Canal Path.

Live Music, Larry Hinkle, Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy, 7-10p Music on the Steps, Wellbillies, CRRL Fxbg Branch, 6:30-7:30

"The Garden", Group Exhibition UMW Ridderhoff Gallery Opening Reception, 5-7p

Live Music Acoustic Onion Beatles Night @Colonial Tavern, 406 Lafayette Blvd 7p

Friday September 8

Meet Greet, and Book Signing with Philip Permutt "Britain's leading crystal expert", The Dragon's Den &Tresures, 1002 Caroline St, Annual Crab & Beef Feast, Fxbg Fairgrounds, 3-10p

"Equinox", Andrea Clement Artist Alliance, Opening 6-9pb 100 Taylor St., Suite 101, Colonial Beach.

Live Music Rebecca Rose &Rehana's, 104 Wolf ST, 7-10p

Live Music Sean Liverman @6B&G, 1140 International Pkwy, 7-9:30p

Live Music Anthony G Solo Acoustic @Courtyard Marriott Downtown Fxbg, 6-9p

Live Music, Mozart's Piano Concerto, performed by Daniel Adam Maltz, Seacobek Hall UMW, Enjoy Haydn and Mozart's piano works performed as they intended them to be heard - on a Viennese fortepiano. 7:30-8p

Saturday September 9

Community Day at Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park 7a-1p

Spotsy Farmers Market , 8am - 1pm 12150 Gordon Rd

Food CoOP Walking Group 9-10 am Meet at Fred Food Co-op, 320 Emancipation Hwy, enjoy Fredericksburg's trails and neighborhoods

Virginia Cider Festival, Fxbg Fairgrounds, 11a-4p

5th Annual Northern Neck Beach Music Festival in Colonial Beach. 11am to 6 pm. For tickets and information, www.NN

Senior Citizen Student Fall Fling Prom, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, art show, 1-4p, No Stafford High Schol

East Coast Sound Link Up, Experience the true Caribbean Sound Culture. Featuring Caribbean Music, Food, Clothes, Crafts, Games and Activities For the entire family , Fxbg Fairgrounds, 10a-8p

Music By Moonlight Concert, The Fxbg Big Band, Hurkamp Park, 7-9p

Live Music Mixed Greens @6B&G, 1140 International Pkwy, 7-9:30p

Live Music Righteous Roots @Highmark Brewery, 6-9p, 390 Kings Hwy

Live Music with Virginia Man, Water's End Brewery at FXBG Square

Sunday September 10

Grandparents Day

Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern, Wednesday September 13

Open Mic @Katora Coffee, 7-10p, 61 Trivia Night, Sunken Well at 6:30pm

Live Music Chromatic Static @Courty Trapper's Trivia @6B&G Join Trappe

Thursday September 14 Downtown Greens "Walk-Around Tou Walk with a Doc 4-5p FXBG food Co

Live Music, Larry Hinkle, Highmark B

Live Music FJC Jazz Jam @Colonial T

Friday September 15

Rosh Hashana begins

Oktoberfest @Alpine Chef, 200 Lafay course beer 6pm thru Sept 16

Live Music Latin Night w/dj Elle J Caroline St

Live Music The Old North @6B&G, 1

Saturday September 16 "Art Attack":, Local artists taking a Downtown FXBG

Art in the Park at Farmers Market, H Fxbg Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park Spotsy Farmers Market , 8am - 1pm

Food CoOP Walking Group 9-10 a Emancipation Hwy, enjoy Fredericks Rappahannock Riverfest, 3-7 PM M Dock More info at

Live Music All Ages Show Lost in Clo 6B&G Oktoberfest plenty of tra games/activities! 11a-10p, 1140 Int

Sunday September 17

Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern, Hispanic Heritage Festival Fxbg Fair event! Live music, DJ, Food Trucks

Live Music Max Muscato singer-s philanthropist. Rock artist @Strange
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Wednesday September 20

Trivia Night, Sunken Well at 6:30pm 720 Littlepage

Sunday September 24

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Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy, 7-10p avern, 406 Lafayette Blvd, 7p

yette Blvd, food, games, raffles & of Jay@Curitiba Art Cafe, 7-10p, 919

1140 International Pkwy, 7-9:30p

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overs, 6:30p, Katora Coffee aditional German beer, food, and ternationak Pkwy

, 720 Littlepage, til 1p rground! 11am-4pm! family friendly

songwriter, guitarist, producer & eways Brewing, 2p,

Trapper's Trivia @6B&G Join Trapper Young 7-9 pm. Grab some friends and put your thinking caps on… 7-9p, 1140 International Pkwy

Open Mic @Katora Coffee, 615 Caroline St, 7-10p

Thursday September 21

B101.5's 10th annual Care-A-Thon donate at using the keyword "donate" or text "Buzzy" to 51555.

Walk with a Doc 4-5p FXBG food CoOP, 320 Emancipation Hwy fun walking group on the Heritage and Canal Path.

Live Music, Larry Hinkle, Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy, 7-10p

Friday September 22

B101.5's 10th annual Care-A-Thon donate at using the keyword "donate" or text "Buzzy" to 51555

Whiskey Business Emerald Isle benefit for Gwyneth's Gift Foundation, Old Silk Mill

Saturday September 23

6th Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Austen's Communitas 5k walk, 9am, Memorial Park, 1401 Kenmore Ave, Help raise funds for research into brain aneurysm

Fxbg Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park,7a-2p,

Spotsy Farmers Market , 8am - 1pm 12150 Gordon Rd

Food CoOP Walking Group 9-10 am Meet at Fred Food Co-op, 320 Emancipation Hwy, enjoy Fredericksburg's trails and neighborhoods

Plant & Play Day, VA Credit Union Stadium (home of FredNats, 9a-2p. outdoor play activitieds, lectures on native plant and trees, workshops. Tree FXBG will be distributing 7,000 native trees and shrubs for sale. Parks & Rec will host a full roster of activites for kisd & adults. More info: tree Fredericksburg

DisAbility Fall Family Festival, FXBG Fairgrounds, 11a-4p, games, food, music & lotsw of

Mosaic Art Stepping Stone Workshop, taught by Cathy Ambrose Smith. 10a - 4p & 2p - 5p, $$, Registration required, Call (540) 373-5646 or email, FCCA, 813 Sophia St.

Thriving in Sobriety, Old Mill Park celebrating people who have overcome challenges to live clean and sober Food trucks, a fun run, recovery speakers, cornhole tournament, open recovery meeting, musical performances, ax throwing, mobile lazer tag, face painting, chair massages, yard games, dunk tank , caricature artist! 11a-4p

FXBG Coffee & Chocolate Festival, a celebration of all things coffee and chocolate related… and then some Fxbg Convention Center, 11a-5p

Sahib Singh world class stand up comedy, Courtyard Mariott 7-8:30p

Live Music Whiskey Revival @Billiken's 6-9p, 623 Caroline St,

Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern, 720 Littlepage, til 1p

Wednesday September 27

Trivia Night, Sunken Well at 6:30pm 720 Littlepage

Open Mic@Katora Coffee, 615 Caroline St, 7-10p.

Trapper's Trivia @6B&G 7-9p, 1140 International Pkwy

Thursday September 28

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, exhibits, speakers, new machines, tools & fabics and more. Fxbg Convention Center

Walk with a Doc 4-5p FXBG food CoOP, 320 Emancipation Hwy PA .

Live Music, Larry Hinkle, Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy, 7-10p

Friday September 29

Live Music SD @Strangeways Brewing, 350 Landsdowne RD, 7-10P

Live Music Mo Safren @ Adventure Brewing North, 7p

Saturday September 30

Fxbg Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park,7a-2p

Spotsy Farmers Market , 8am - 1pm 12150 Gordon Rd

Food CoOP Walking Group 9-10 am Meet at Fred Food Co-op, 320 Emancipation Hwy, enjoy Fredericksburg's trails and neighborhoods

Kingdom Family Worship Center 40th Anniversary Celebration, 400 Bragg Hill Rd/Kingdom Way, 5p. Info fb@ KingdomFamilyWorshipCenter., (540) 371-3513 (540) 371-3662

FXBG Chili & Craft Beer Festival, Come enjoy Chili samples from local FXBG establishments as well as Craft Beer samples from Local & Regional breweries!!! Live music will be playing on stage throughout the day! Fxbg Fairgrounds, 11a-4p

Live Music Kylie Brown @ Water's End at Fxbg Square, 525 Caroline St, 6:30-9:30p

Break the Silence for Suicide Prevention Disco, Market Square, 6-9p

Chamber Chorale of FXBG, presents "British Invasion" featuring music brought from England with the first settlers to The Beatles and everything in between. Fredericksburg Baptist Church, Princess Anne Street, at 2pm and 7pm.

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VMI Cadet Lilley

I am often asked the question how do you decide what subject you will write for the coming issue of Front Porch? You would think that would be a easy answer question, however, it is not an easy answer. This month (September) I was thinking of something locally historical, when an item up for auction over near Harrisonburg caught my eye.

The image of a cadet caught my eye as it was by Michael Myley of Lexington Virginia. Knowing that Myley was famous for his Stonewall Jackson photographs and also being known for his photographs of VMI cadets from the 1850's thru early 1900's, any of his works are collectible. I looked closely at the photograph I noticed that the cadet was wearing his kepi, which was unusual as most of the cadets were hatless. The most unusual part of this photograph was that he had written under the hat brim "Virginia military institute Lilley" I knew that this was very unusual as cadets were issued demerits for defacing their uniforms and this cadet had identified himself (Lilley). I knew I had to bid on this photograph because I recognized the name (Lilley) as a Southern officer wounded at Spotsylvania and he was involved in the burial of General Stonewall Jackson. There was much interest in the image, and I was fortunate to be the winning bidder. I was able to determine that there were only two cadets that ever attended Virginia Military Institute John D Lilley class of 1864 and Raleigh Lilley class of 1894 Raleigh was the son of John Lilley

At this point in order to be concise and accurate I go into the research mode. The Virginia Military Institute has an extensive historical web

site that allows you to research the cadets. I was able to determine that father and son did attend the Institute, however, the image was either John or Raleigh. At this stage of research I needed to contact Mary Kludy VMI Archives and Management Specialist, we spoke by phone and internet. Mary provided over seventeen pages of documentation on Cadets John and Raleigh Lilley.

The photograph was identified by VMI as Raleigh Lilley class of 1894. The story had another turn as Cadet Raleigh Lilley on August 31, 1892, was dismissed from Virginia Military Institute along with seven other cadets for hazing Cadet Holt in room 101 according to the records of the superintendent.

The records reveal attempts by John Lilley to have his son reinstated, however Raleigh never returned to VMI. He according to VMI records was involved in construction in Maryland and died at his home in Jessup Maryland at the age of fifty five.

John Lilley after the civil war settled on a farm in Buffalo Hill. In 1870 he was surveyor for Augusta County and on the school commission. He died in Staunton Virginia on June 13, 1913, at the age of 72. His two brothers also served in the Confederate army, James a courier to General Lee and General Robert Lilley.

Dedicated To: Barry Jones, Edith Payne, Lou Silvey, Sam Fairchild, Judy C Usonis, and Glen Insley

The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center is a non-profit, all-volunteer archives whose mission is to preserve historically valuable material of the region and make it available to the public for research

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Kingdom Family Worship Center Turns 40

a Magnificent Journey of Faith and Service

On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Kingdom Family Worship Center, beyond all boundaries of race, ethnicity, and denomination, those whose lives have been reached and changed by the church's worship services and faith-inspired outreach will join together in celebration.

The Kingdom Family Worship Center (KFWC) began in 1983, as the Tower of Deliverance Church, when Bishop Joseph Henderson, then just nineteen years old, and several other members of the Richmond-based Tower of Deliverance Church were sent to "plant a church" in Fredericksburg. This was the launch of the Tower of Deliverance Church, which Bishop Henderson would pastor with his wife Dr Doris Henderson for the next four decades.

The Church relocated to multiple locations in the city within its first ten years. Each move included the challenge of maintaining cohesion in its congregation but its mission to be a "Christ-centered ministry that empowers, develops, and inspires others to maximize their potential" served as a constant guiding star throughout its journey.

From its initial location 2719 Lafayette Blvd, the Tower of Deliverance Church moved to sites in the lower Caroline Street, Canal Street, Butler Road, Fall Hill Avenue, and a vacant 7 Eleven Store on Princess Anne Street where renovations and repairs included the construction of an iconic tower on the roof. In 1997, Tower of Deliverance Church expanded its outreach ministry to a strip mall of storefronts at 3341 Fall Hill Avenue. Its spectrum of outreach programs and initiatives was dubbed the Bragg Hill Family Life Center and continued to expand in response to needs of the disadvantaged communities it served.

In 2003, the Family Life Center (formerly Bragg Hill Family Life Center) moved to its current site at 400 Kingdom Way/Bragg Hill Drive--a move that Bishop Henderson had not envisioned but a calling that he clearly heard and responded to. "The media had described that neighborhood as one of the most crime-ridden in the area, but I knew that only 10 percent of the community was bad and 90 percent were just regular folks. The youth were yearning for direction and purpose. Our goal was to establish a Permanent Positive Presence in the neighborhood," said Bishop Henderson. "I knew we didn't have to create everything from scratch and that partnerships with stakeholders from

symbol. A place of confinement was transformed to a place of inspiration and hope," said Bishop Henderson.

In the course of the past 40 years, partnerships have been also forged with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Virginia Department of Social Services, NSWC Credit Union, the Virginia Department of Health, The Ripken Foundation, Micah Ecumenical Ministries, Fredericksburg City Schools, the Rappahannock Area Office on Aging,

assistance in accessing local community college courses, as well as job-readiness sessions.

Opportunities for seniors included craft and fellowship sessions, nutrition and wellness presentations, and exercise, including a walking club. Health and wellness issues were addressed through offerings including an open gym and programs on substance abuse prevention and obesity. An innovative KEYS program ( Knowledge and Empowerment Yields Success) provided financial management training and planning to transition from renting to homeownership.

around the region-churches, businesses, and faith and community non-profitscould make possible our vision of building people and strengthening families and communities."

The Church looked at the possibility of purchasing the vacant building at Bragg Hill that was formerly the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Facility, presented a plan, and ended up buying the facility. Supporters who made contributions to the renovation of the existing building and the construction of the 20,000-square-foot facility included Doris Buffet, Sunshine Lady Foundation, and The Silver Companies, as well as many other businesses, nonprofits, churches and individuals

As the ministry continued to grow and expand, the Family Life Center provided a gym for sports activities, meetings, and conferences and a fitness and wellness center, as well as a site for health and nutrition programs and health screenings, through a partnership with the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and a dental clinic provided by Dr Wayne Whitley "The juvenile detention center transformation is a good flagship and

Friends of the Rappahannock, the Fredericksburg Department of Parks and Recreation, and others.

Throughout the past four decades, the Kingdom Family Worship Center/The Family Life Center has provided a spectrum of programs and initiatives to meet the needs of seniors, families, and those of all ages who are in need of support Services for at-risk children and youth promoted improved academic and social outcomes. An afterschool program called HELP (Homework Educational Learning Program) provided homework assistance, physical fitness activities, nutritional meals and computer access for K-12 students.STAR ( SelfEsteem, Teamwork, Attitude and Respect) Summer Camps were offered for children along with a summer basketball program. A program dubbed TEACH (Technology, Education and Career Help ) provided instruction on technology basics, job search strategies and employment assistance for youth and adults. Education programs for all ages included mentoring and homework assistance for children and youth, and, for adults, financial literacy presentations, job readiness, ESL classes, presentations on parenting skills, and

In addition, projects to address physical needs of residents have included a Kids Café, a Food Pantry and a Clothes Closet, while Holiday Meals have enabled hundreds of people to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. A Prisoner Re-eentry program provided job placement, transitional housing, and mentorship helping ex-offenders to successfully take on productive roles in their families and communities. During COVID, this ministry was on the frontlines as a host site for community testing and vaccination clinic for the Fredericksburg area.

Kingdom Family Worship Center/The Family Life Center continues to be a safety net for the vulnerable, providing quality care to strengthen lives of those in our community. "Lifetransforming work continues through the generosity and partnerships with corporate and non-profit organizations, ministries, friends throughout the Rappahannock area, and a host of volunteers, as we continue our effort to make a Kingdom Impact," said Bishop Henderson.

Collette Caprara is a writer and artist Kingdom Family Worship Center 40th Anniversary Celebration Banquet

Saturday, September 30, at 5 p m

Kingdom Family Worship Center 400 Kingdom Way/Bragg Hill Drive Fredericksburg 22401

Further details at:

fb: KingdomFamilyWorshipCenter (540) 371-33513 (540) 371-33662

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Mental Health

measuring progress in mental health treatment

Mental health clinicians have long been asked to measure the change in their patients to demonstrate treatment progress. This is typically accomplished through standardized testing, such as the Mental Status Exam (MSE) The MSE is a structured assessment conducted by healthcare professionals to evaluate an individual's cognitive and emotional functioning. It aims to gather information about a person's mental health and determine their current mental state. However, recent research has called into question the usefulness of such testing.

Until recently, clinicians have relied on the MSE and similar testing to measure the progress of their patients in treatment. Testing that research is beginning to suggest that "progress" is more subjective than clinical. Examples of subjective elements include appearance, behavior and speech. The MSE also relies on the subjective judgment and interpretation of the clinician. In the end, the clinician's professional expertise and training plays a crucial role in making these judgments.

With the rise of telehealth, patients are more connected to the computer than ever. Programs like Therapynotes com and other electronic health record systems test other measures to determine treatment progress These outcome measures, e.g. (CAGE-AID, a substance abuse screening tool, GAD-Y, an anxiety screening tool, PCL-5, a PTSD screening tool, etc.) are inserted into a patient's record without interrupting a therapy or med management session. Still, despite these advances, measuring the change in mental health treatment remains misleading in clinical practice. Moving forward, exploring alternative

ways of thinking about progress will become critical.

Why Is Measuring Progress In Mental Health Treatment Important?

Measuring progress in mental health treatment is essential because it allows treatment providers to objectively assess the impact of their interventions and determine whether more intensive or different treatments are necessary. It also allows for tracking individual patients' progress over time and provides a benchmark to gauge the effectiveness of various interventions. These measurements can also inform decisions about the appropriateness of treatments or other factors affecting mental health outcomes.

Measuring progress can help to identify patterns of change. Identifying these patterns can help clinicians to assess their practice and develop more efficient and effective treatment plans. It can also help to pinpoint areas where further research is needed.

What Factors Can Distort Measures Of

Progress In Mental Health Treatment?

Several factors can distort measuring progress in mental health treatment. The first is the timing of assessments. Often, assessments are performed at regular intervals, such as monthly or quarterly, instead of on an asneeded basis. This could lead to discrepancies in the results, as the patient may have had an event or a change in circumstances that impacted the evaluation results.

Another factor is the use of the same assessment tool for all patients This can result in oversimplified evaluation

results, as each patient may have a different set of issues that require different interventions and assessments. It can also lead to a lack of individualized care, as patients are not receiving tailored treatment plans based on their needs.

The effects of mental health treatments can be challenging to measure, as they involve physical and psychological changes It is easy to measure some physical changes, such as weight loss or muscle gains, but psychological changes can be vaguer and more difficult to measure accurately.

How Can We Get A More Accurate Measure Of Progress In Mental Health Treatment?

To get a more accurate assessment of progress in mental health treatment, clinicians should avoid the use of standardized tests, or use it solely to establish a baseline, and embrace more personalized forms of evaluation A personalized form of evaluation should be directly tied to a patient's treatment goals. For example, if a patient's goal is about maintaining stable employment, an assessment of their overall treatment progress should target their recent work history, how well they are performing at their job, etc.

In addition, a multi-ddisciplinary approach to treatment and evaluation should be adopted This may include psychological testing, interviews and other tools to assess a patient's physical and

psychological changes. It can also involve using different modalities, such as art, music or movement therapy, to help patients identify and express feelings or changes. Additionally, newer methods, such as using placebo controls and multimethod assessments, may also provide a more accurate picture of clinical progress. By combining a personalized and multidisciplinary approach, the clinician can better understand the impact of mental health treatments, ensure that changes are accurately tracked (i.e., monitored throughout the course of treatment), and interventions are tailored to meet individual patient needs. By doing so, mental health care can be more effective, efficient and personalized.

It is essential to be critical when evaluating research on mental health treatment progress. To continue progressing in mental health, we must invest in research to develop new measures that better assess clinical progress.

Max E. Guttman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, mental health therapist and disability rights advocate. Max is also the editor-in-chief of Mental Health Affairs, a website for the mental health prosumer.

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When Front Porch's publisherVirginia Grogan - forwarded an email to me from one Stacy Horner-DDunn who told us her daughter died of a brain aneurysm seven years ago and she has made it her mission to raise awareness and funds for research since. And wanted to publicize a fund-raising walk she is organizing on September 23rd, I was happy to help - but came to realize I was like so many other doctors, am sadly illinformed about the danger of this potentially catastrophic anomaly.

What is an Aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a bulging of a blood vessel, which may get to the point where it ruptures. What Stacy's daughter, Austen, died of, was a cerebral aneurysma blow out of a blood vessel in her brain.

Aneurysm can occur in other places - aortic aneurysm is another particular cause for concern. Cerebral aneurysm of the blood vessels in the brain (sometimes called "berry" aneurysms because they look berry like) can expand and press on adjacent structures. But it's when they rupture, causing profuse bleeding, that they can cause crippling or deadly neurological damage.

The estimate is that as many as 1 person in 50 has an aneurysm And 30,000 a year rupture Worldwide half a million people die every year - half of them under 50 years old

When they rupture, they cause sudden, intense "thunderclap" headache, nausea vomiting, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, possible seizure, loss of consciousness and death. Sometimes people will get a warning "sentinel" headache some time beforehand- as was the case with Austen.

The problem is some of the same symptoms can be caused by other, less sinister conditions. Migraine or tension headaches for example. The way to know is by doing a CT or MRI scan - but the Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF) notes that "in 3 out of 4 cases misdiagnosis results from failure to do a scan."

A Classic Case

Stacy's daughter, Austen was a classic, if tragic, case.

I went to talk to Stacy - we sat in her living room surrounded by dogs and cats (she's a veterinarian), and she told me the story.

Austen was in college and had an episode of headache so severe "she had to be carried home, then lay on the bathroom floor for three days throwing

up." Stacy took her to the doctor who said she was just having a migraine.

A few years later, she had the same symptoms come on again - headache, vertigo, vomiting. The rescue squad took her to the ER, but there was a single lack of urgency, Stacy told me - just ER doctor asking, "did she stick a pencil in her ear?"

Meanwhile Austen was deteriorating. She needed to be intubated, and a scan was done - which showed an aneurysm and a bleed, and that she needed a stent inserted as a temporary fix then to be air-lifted to VCU Medical Center - but it all took so long she died the next morning.

Underdiagnosed and Underfunded Austen's tragic case highlights how a " sentinel" bleed can be a forewarning. And how lack of awareness of aneurysms means they are misdiagnosed, and that all important brain scan is not ordered.

Writing this has made me realize I am as unaware as my colleagues - though appreciate diagnosing headaches can be difficult, and very often patients pressure the doctor to do a scan even for trivial headaches.

The mission of the BAF is to promote awareness and early detectionand they are pushing the idea that doing a scan can be crucial.

Stacy points out how research is desperately underfunded - how brain cancer research, which accounts for only slightly more deaths at 17 per 1000 people receives $424 million a year, but aneurysms, that are responsible for 12 deaths per 1000 receives a measly $13.9 million.

Motivated by Austen's death, and the fact that September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, Stacey holds a fund raising walk each year. This year it is on Saturday September 23rd., 9am, Memorial Park, 1401 Kenmore Ave Patrick

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Auto Known Better

no spare tire?

been replaced were the rutted tracks loosely called 'roads.' I believe there were maybe 200 miles of paved roads in the U.S. at the time.

From a gentleman's perspective that would be a compliment. "Why thank you. I have a vigorous exercise regimen and work out constantly to eliminate the dreaded spare tire. Thank you for noticing."

However, when being pitched by a salesman on the showroom floor, a car without a spare tire seems foolish. When did a spare tire become something you won't need? Are modern roads so smooth, clean and free from potholes and road hazards that having a flat tire has become a relic of the past? A "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" phenomenon?

Imagine the humiliation your children would experience if their friends found out you had a car with a spare tire! All that extra air! The playground can be a cruel master.

When the intrepid foot soldiers of the Manifest Destiny began their western migration they made damn sure they had as many spare wheels as they could carry. Grandma and the kids had to walk behind the Conestoga so the oxen could haul all those extra wheels and spare parts and grease and tools and smart things like food and water. And trust me the refrain of "how many more miles?" was tolerated for maybe a split second.

Of course playing alphabet with billboards and watching a DVD on the back of the mule in front of you was a few years in the future. So buck up and keep walking.

By 1908 when Jacob Murdock loaded his wife, three children, a driver and a mechanic from the Packard Motor Company into his Model 30 Touring Car very few things had changed except when they set out from Pasadena for New York the spare wheel had been replaced with spare tires. Lots of them. What had not

I understand Jacob being somewhat flamboyant with a 'can do' attitude, but going cross-country in 1908? "Trust me honey! It'll be fun." So I'll go along with the ten year old son thinking it would be an adventure and the folks from Packard to keep everything running makes perfect sense. It's when we get to the wife and two teenage daughters enjoying thirty-two days on the road where the sanity of the venture starts to unravel. There were no Stuckey's along the way.

So now I'm back to the salesman explaining to me how for 60K his new EV does not have a spare but does have a can of 'fix-a-flat." Oh, and you do have 24hour roadside assistance.

My brain knows that 'fix a flat' only works on slow leaks, not blow-outs, and sidewall failures require a new tire! My experience also tells me the distance from the airport to my aunt's house in Alamogordo, NM in my new rental that probably didn't have a spare either was 100 miles though the desert without a stop light, rest area or a White Tower where I could get a sack of burgers. You have whatever you brought with you which is hopefully some food, water and maybe a spare tire? Then there's that pesky lack of cell service for the roadside assistance.

Roads are better, tires are tougher and automobiles are more dependable. I'm just not sure we're any smarter. In 1903 Horatio Jackson made a $50.00 bet he could drive across the country in less than 90 days. It cost him $8,000.00 to win the bet and his first flat was fifteen miles from the starting line with only one spare tire on hand.

Just saying… he

Rim Vining, humorist, friend and a devoted community volunteer

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Freeman this month’s cover artist

Ariel Freeman is an Artist and Advanced Practice Nurse working and painting in the Fredericksburg area since moving to Virginia in 2006. "My life took me in many different directions, none in art. But everywhere I looked, I would see paintings. I picked up a paintbrush in 2002 and was hooked. As a nurse and artist, I have long appreciated the relationship between creative expression, health and well-being. Through art we find connectedness, to ourselves and others."

Ariel paints mostly in watercolor and oils, in her studio at home and en plein air “A year ago, I began the practice of "daily" painting, not every day, but most days. I struggled with

personal meaning and the exertnal world.

“My cover art, Perfect Strangers is a Watercolor. When my kids were young, they could hop on a tire-swing with perfect strangers…who then became friends”

.Ariel Freeman exhibits locally at Art First Gallery.

Follow new works on instagram @arielfreeman artlife and on her website arielfreemanart com

momentum, and creating unity and harmony in painting as a collective, so I began the habit of 'showing up'. Beginning each morning at 5 am with a small painting, no excuses. Early morning hour has become a meditative daily practice, developing patience with myself, inspiration from direct observation, self awareness, speed and confidence, and ultimately a unified collection of paintings. Each little painting not as important as the collective, realting artistic ideas to

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“Cozy & Warm” “Dune”

Art in Burg

Art Galleries in September

Zook's "Sunflower Tidal Wave," that is painted in the colors of Ukraine and Penny

A Parrish's "Artistic Conversation" that depicts a woman absorbed in her cell phone, in spite of the towering allegorical stained-glass window she is standing in front of. Meanwhile, the mounting dark clouds behind the skyscrapers of Talyor Cullar's "New York City" can remind us that, in spite of our grand achievements, we can all be affected by the whims of nature and the weather.

Moore currently enjoys painting en plein air with a group weekly and painting daily in her studio or abroad, wherever she can take her palette, paints and easel.

Jeannie Ellis

Back to School, All Member Show

Artful Dimensions, 922 Caroline St

Opening Reception, First Friday Sept 1, 6-99pm

“All in Color: Perception” All Member

Opening Reception First Fri, Sept1, 5-99p

Brush Strokes Gallery

824 Caroline St

Artists Open New Doors of Perception. members highlight ways in which artists' sensitivities and their choice of subject matter can unveil a new perception of the possibilities of objects that surround us in life. Carol Waite's sumi-e painting, "Humming Bird and Fushia" and Lois Baird's "Rappahannock Rocks" oil painting convey not only images of physical scenes but also the emotive spirit of uplift and peace. Artwork such as Abigail Horton's "Illusions"-in which a chair blends into the background while the surrounding background also penetrates the object-can expand our sense of space and objective reality, as does Cathy Suiter's "Red Pot", with reflections that challenge the viewer to determine what objects are inside and outside a café behind a table.

Other creations convey the movement and rhythm of different scenes, such as the staccato reflections in Stacy Gerise's "Fireflies on the Rappahannock" painting and the convincing fluidity of Norma Woodward's "Swirls with Blue" photograph. Other works of art may convey a social message such as Kimberly

“Ancient of Days”

Solo Show, Gary Close

Opening Reception First Fri, Sept1, 6-99p

Art First, 824 Caroline St

Inspired by the creations of artists 23,000 years ago "Ancient of Days" brings forward his vision of the world they reproduced on cave walls, stone and ivory."Every artist creates a message for the world to see. This was true 23,000 years ago. I believe their work carries a message for our world -- if we only stop to contemplate"

Close has painted and exhibited since he was twelve when he first attached tempera paintings on a chain-link fence at a swimming pool. "I sold one or two," quipped Close. Exhibit is dominated by large canvases in bold colors and images.

Betsy Moore, Guest Artist

Opening Reception, First Fri Sept 1, 5-88:30p

Canal Quarters Arts, 1517 Princess Anne

“The Garden”, Group Exhibition UMW Ridderhoff Gallery

Opening Reception, Sept 7, 5-77p

Shannon Petska

Kevin Whichello

Guest Artist, Reception, Sept 1, 5-88:30

Darbytown Art Studio241 Charles St

For many years, "back to school" happened after Labor Day. Now, we see it coming in July, when stores move supplies to the front, and it happens as early as August. But, no matter when it happens, it impacts all of us. More traffic in the morning, lunches to pack, homework, reuniting with friends, meeting new ones, and so much more. This month, Artful Dimensions Gallery will celebrate with our artists' representations of this seasonal occurrence. .

“Equinox”, Andrea Clement

Artist Alliance, Opening Sept 8, 6-99p 100 Taylor St , Suite 101, Colonial Beach

His work is centered on the premise that the artist can provide sufficient detail & still allow viewer to fashion their own meaning. Kevin works in acrylics, watercolor & ink

The multidimensional artist Andrea Clement explains, "this show is for all the beach and river babies like me. As much as we love the fall and the change of seasons the Equinox signals the close of our Summer romance with the bodies of water that fill the earth and the nostalgia that it brings." Her mixed media driftwood sculptures continue to delight gallery patrons.


First Friday, Sept 1, 5-88pm 712 Caroline Our garden is open boasting a wide array of artists and makers.

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Cathy Suiter, "Red Pot", @BSG Kevin Whichello @Darbytown Art Studio “Ocean”, Andrea Clement
810 Caroline Street,Downtown 540.371.4099 Artist on Site
“Ancient of Days” @Art First
“Ode Watership Down”,Robyn Ryan “Southern Duo”,Beverley Coates “Sunrise Princess Anne”,Lynn Abbott Betsy Moore @Canal Quarters


September 16th local artist taking it to the streets

Artist participation is free and artists of all media are welcome to join in, spending the day painting, drawing, and sculpting on the streets of Historic Downtown Fredericksburg.

Celebrating their tenth year, Art Attack Fredericksburg has become one of the city's most anticipated art events. More than 200 artists are expected to take part in the festivities, transforming the downtown sidewalks into an expansive outdoor studio and gallery . The art making begins at 10 AM and goes until 4 PM. Advance registration is encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome. Artists are to check-in when they arrive at Ponshop Studio & Gallery located at 712 Caroline Street to receive a name placard and information packet.

Art Attack Fredericksburg is an annual grassroots event that encourages artists to get out of the studio and into the city's streets. By collectively making art in public, participants get to meet fellow artists, share their creative process, and celebrate the local arts community.

Artists will be located on the sidewalks and other public spaces throughout the Caroline Street corridor between Amelia and Wolfe Street (600 Block thru 1000 Block) and William Street between Sophia Street and Princess Anne Street (100 block thru 300 block).

Founded by Bill Harris and Gabriel Pons in 2012, the Art Attack Project was originally conceived as a way to build solidarity among practicing artists. They recognized that whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, it's

differentiates itself from other art festivals in that demonstration, not sales, is the mission. The creative process takes center stage, with the spectacle focused on the artist.

The Tenth Annual Art Attack Fredericksburg event is made possible with support from: PONSHOP Studio & Gallery -, The Fredericksburg Arts Commission -, Big Wig Productions

Register as an artist participant at the official website:

Gabe Pons is an artist and co-owner of PONSHOP, 712 Caroline St

always better to be connected to a broader community of creative minds. By occupying public space in an inclusive and celebratory spirit, Art Attack benefits not only the participants, but also the community at large. Art Attack

Tenth Annual Art Attack Event Announced Local artists taking it to the streets in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg! Saturday, September 16, 2023 10 AM - 4 PM

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UK's Crystal Expert in FXBG philip permutt at dragonís den & treasures

Something exciting is coming to Downtown Fredericksburg! More like: someone. Proclaimed "Britain's leading crystal expert in the UK" by The Daily Mail, author Philip Permutt is beginning his much-anticipated book tour in the United States. With eleven books under his belt, Philip has just added his newest addition, “Crystal Connections”, which details how to better integrate crystals into your daily life.

In an interview with Permutt, he shared what got him into his crystal healing journey. "I used to suffer from Crohn's disease," Philip Permutt revealed, "After suffering for several years and having a number of bowel resections I had another operation and they severed the sciatic nerve to my right leg. I came out of the anesthetic and the surgeon said, 'The operation was a great success, sorry you can't walk.' And that was the moment I got into alternative therapies and particularly crystals! I walked out of the hospital six weeks and two days later. And I believed in crystals." Speaking from his personal experiences, Permutt got to see what these crystal tools could do and fervently began to teach his findings through his writing.

Philip Permutt describes his new book Crystal Connections as something he "...always wanted to write." This new book, according to Permutt, "looks at crystals as living beings." Through the help of scientific and esoteric explanations, he helps connect all your senses with these crystal tools, providing exercises to enhance your connection. Philip Permutt stated, "Whether you have just picked up your first crystal or you've been collecting all your life, you will find

the right practical exercise for you to connect."

Philip Permutt has three stops on his book tour: Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Fredericksburg. "Everywhere is new to me!" Permutt exclaimed, "Having not been to any of these cities before, every one of them is exciting in their own way. I'm really looking forward to coming to Fredericksburg to meet up with Miranda and her gorgeous family again." Philip Permutt is flying in this September to host a slew of classes at The Dragon's Den & Treasures owned by Miranda Powell in Downtown Fredericksburg! There will be a free book-signing on September 8th from 6 to 9 PM where Permutt will happily sign his newest and older books for your collecting pleasures.

"I'm inspired by the crystals that have called me to work with them and people's reaction to these," Permutt shared after being asked what inspired him and his line of work, "I love to see my students' realization as they connect and start to sense and really feel crystal energy. And then how they will go on to help and heal other people." Philip Permutt's passion for his teaching shines through inside and outside of a classroom, as well as on or off the pages of his many books.

Beyond gaining fulfillment as a crystal teacher, Permutt also creates music Some of his albums include Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation, The Little Taoist Meditation Album, and Walking the Walk, which can all be accessed and streamed on Spotify Permutt shared that these musical creations are "created with crystal singing bowls, First Nations Drums, and

dirty blues guitars; designed for meditation, healers, workshops, and just chilling to at the end of a busy day." Beyond being a prolific writer, Permutt is crafting music for everyone to enjoy when seeking moments of needed calm in this fast-paced world.

"What I always love sharing is my passion for crystals and how they can help everything we do in any and every way," Philip Permutt announced, ending the interview with these parting words: "Crystals speed and enhance all you can be. So even if you think you can't do something, such as heal your body or mind, find a new job or a fresh relationship, you might find that you actually can with a little help from your crystal friends."

Philip Permutt

“Crystal Connections”, Book Signing Friday, September 8, 6-99p The Dragon’s Den & Treasures 1002 Caroline St

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Local Rotarians Determined to End Polio Now


While any opportunity to cheer on the Fred Nats is cause for celebration, the home game versus the Augusta Green Jackets on August 20, 2023 offered participating Rotarians the opportunity to contribute to a particularly important cause - to support ending polio. With three dollars of each ticket going towards "End Polio Now," the game constituted one of various fundraisers that Rotary International District 7610 - comprised of 58 clubs and over 1,960 members throughout Northern and Central Virginia - has hosted in its mission to eradicate polio. Ironically, late summer had been dubbed "polio season" when the virus was at its peak - a reminder not to take our simple pleasures for granted, as well as a haunting parallel to the panic that pervaded the United States and global society during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Brief History of Polio in the United States Polio is an infectious and potentially lethal disease that most commonly affects children under the age of five years old. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water, whereby it can attack the nervous system and, in extreme cases, result in permanent paralysis. The first major documented polio outbreak in the

United States occurred in 1894 and epidemics peaked in the 1950s, crippling tens of thousands and with children constituting over 80% of documented fatalities. In 1955, Dr Jonas Salk developed a safe and effective vaccine to treat the virus. In 1960, the U.S. government licensed the oral polio vaccine, developed by Dr Albert Sabin , for distribution to children throughout the country. Within one year, the deaths attributed to polio declined by 50 percent, and this downward trend has continued to the present, with polio having been totally eradicated in most of the world.

What is Rotary International and Why Polio?

Rotary is an international membership organization comprised of service-oriented people seeking to address timely global challenges through advancing integrity, service, understanding, peace, and goodwill. These principles are embodied in the Rotary Four Way Test, a nonpartisan and nonsectarian framework for ethical conduct in personal and professional relationships. A world embodying the Four Way Test would be free of disease, pollution, and unhygienic conditions that increase child mortality. Therefore, ending polio - a debilitating disease that most severely impacts children and arises from contaminated water - is directly aligned with the Rotarian mission and ethical framework. In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative. Rotary has since worked with global

partners to help immunize more than 2 5 billion children against polio in 122 countries

The State of Polio Today Polio remains endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Moreover, up to 60 high-risk countries continue to operate large-sscale immunization campaigns to protect children against polio and prevent the virus from resurfacing

World Polio Day is recognized annually throughout the world on October 24th as a homage to Jonas Salk's birthday.

7610 recognizes individuals who commit to contributing $100 or more each year to the Rotary Foundation Polio Fund until the world has been declared free of polio. Fredericksburg (Rappahannock Rotary Club) and Stafford ranked among the top five clubs for 2022-2023, contributing $5,795 and $4,780, respectively. Since its founding in 1985, the Rappahannock Rotary Club has donated over $800,000 towards the eradication of polio.

On World Polio Day, Rotarians wear purple to symbolize that when a child is vaccinated on mass immunization days, the pinky finger is painted with a purple dye to indicate the vaccination status.

World Polio Day in Virginia

In 2022, a joint resolution designated October 24th as World Polio Day in Virginia The resolution recognized the critical leadership of Rotary International in founding the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which has subsequently immunized more than 17.4 million people and prevented more than 200,000 paralytic cases of polio. The Stafford County Board of Supervisors issued a corresponding proclamation in 2022.

Local Rotarians Remain Committed to Ending Polio

The PolioPlus Society of District

Janet Brown, a member of the Rappahannock Rotary Club and former District 7610 Governor, wears purple nail polish on her pinky finger throughout the year. "I helped vaccinate children in India," she reflects, "It was an incredible experience and something that makes me feel so proud to be a Rotarian."

Jenna Edwards is an attorney, a board member of the Rappahannock Rotary Club and District 7610 leader, and President of the SchwetzingenFredericksburg Alliance (Fredericksburg's German Sister City Group).

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September 7: The Wellbillies
Rappahannock Rotary Club Member and Past District 7610 Governor Janet Brown displays her purple pinky to symbolize children who have been vaccinated against polio

C o m p a n i o n s celebrating 80 years

Pates. That same year, the clinic received a grant from the Prince William Humane Society, which allowed for the purchase of state-oof-tthe-aart diagnostic and dental equipment to expand the services offered in-house. Today, the Fred SPCA Locke Community Medical Center provides medical care to over 7,000 animals annually!

In 2021, Joe & Mary Wilson generously donated the house and land located in front of the Fred SPCA, to create the Joe & Mary Wilson Community Resource Center It is equipped with classrooms for the Humane Education Department that offers youth education and volunteering opportunities that aim to educate and train animal advocates of the future by providing them with handson experience in a safe environment.

Founded on September 3, 1943, the Fredericksburg SPCA owes its existence to a group of compassionate residents and a transformative legacy gift from John Yates Downman. It began in a small houseturned-sshelter on Olde William Street, spanning 3,000 square feet with a capacity of around 100 homeless animals. However, as the Fredericksburg community grew, so did the number of animals in need. Eventually, the organization had to expand its facilities, staff, and volunteers to continue providing care to homeless animals.

Over the course of eight years, the community came together to fundraise for a new facility on Courthouse Road on land generously donated by Joe & Mary Wilson Their hard work paid off when the 17,000 sq ft center opened its doors on April 15, 2009, tripling the organization's capacity to care for homeless pets. This expansion marked the beginning of a new mission to offer services to the broader community.

In a bid to tackle the problem of overpopulation and reduce the number of animals being euthanized in Virginia, the Fredericksburg SPCA aimed to establish an in-hhouse clinic for spay and neuter surgeries for both shelter and public animals In 2013, the Raymond K and Krystyna K Locke Spay/Neuter Clinic was opened, thanks to the generous contributions of its major supporters. To accommodate the growing demand for its services, the clinic added an extra 1,200 sq. ft. wing in 2022, which was made possible by a generous bequest from one of its long-time supporters, Mary Alice

Over the last decade, the Fredericksburg SPCA has experienced rapid growth, expanding its programs to now serve both pets and their owners. The organization has developed these community programs backed by fundraising efforts, donations, and grants, all of which are critical to its success. It's worth noting that the Fredericksburg SPCA operates independently, with no affiliation to any other SPCA or governing body.

Today, the Fredericksburg SPCA offers more than just pet adoption services. Its extensive community support includes various intake diversion programs that aim to keep pets with their families. Among these programs are affordable behavior classes, free consultations, and the People Empowered Through Support (P E T S ) Program which provides access to affordable veterinary care, a free pet pantry, and a mobile meal delivery service. Additionally, its Safe Haven initiative provides temporary boarding and care for owned animals, particularly for owners experiencing housing insecurities or attempting to flee from domestic violence situations. The substantial growth of these initiatives in recent years aligns with the Fred SPCA's mission to evolve into a comprehensive Animal Resource Center that offers support to the needs of the community and their pets.

Visit or stop by Tuesdays through Saturdays to learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference!

Von Young is the SPADirector of Communications & Marketing

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Newly Adopted Puppy Rests on “Walkway of Love’’ Brick Paver Fundraiser


A Way To Live A Way To Live

“Live and let live” is a very old saying which has meant this: you can do as you want according to your needs and your preferences, while I can behave according to my needs and my preferences, for such is the way we accept each other sharing peace together, without anger or hatred or any confrontation is one global family

Astrology & You changing signs and the

If you can answer this question correctly, you are worthy of claiming that steamy pumpkin spice latte: What do Prince Harry, Beyonce, and Leo Tolstoy have in common? They were all born during Virgo season! Virgos play an important role in our world. They keep us organized, are able to think strategically,

fall equinox

they are good at planning and keeping routines, and they are diligent and eager to be of assistance to others. Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury and is of the element Earth. Virgo's' home on the Zodiac wheel is the sixth house, or the house that is commonly interpreted as relating to physical health or career According to astrologer Steven Forrest, some classic archetypes for this sign are the Servant, the Martyr, the Perfectionist, and the Analyst. All of those traits PLUS they tend to be humble: what's not to love about a Virgo?

Libra will take over the zodiac wheel on September 23 at 2:49 a m with what we call the Autumnal Equinox The day and night hours are about equal on this day, and we begin to slow down, perhaps turn inward in preparation for the longer nights and shorter daylight hours. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, is of the element Air, and is at home in the seventh house, the house commonly attributed to relationships. Libra is all about balance, serenity, peace. Beauty, art, and relationships in the outer world assist in creating a calm inner world. For this sign, Steven Forest proposes the following archetypes: the Lover, the Artist, the Peacemaker. Margaret Thatcher, Oscar Wilde, and Kate Winslet are a few of many Libra celebs

Now, here is a peak at the astrological weather for September: Sept 1 Moon in Aries opposes Mars in Libra. Lots of fire today brings energy that could be prickly in nature. Take a walk, go for a jog, dance. Breathe, let it go.

Sept 3 Venus stations direct in Leo. If there were insights that arose during the retrograde regarding self-worth, what you truly value, financial circumstances, now is the time to begin to assimilate the lessons learned.

Sept 4 Jupiter stations retrograde in Taurus. Time to reflect on where you would like to move forward in life as well as reflect on your personal philosophy. Jupiter will station direct again on December 31.

Sept 4 Jupiter trine Mercury. Could be a period of a few days that bring luck. The energy of this planet combo helps fuel enthusiasm and positivity around learning

new things.

Sept 6 Mercury cazimi 7:12 am at 13 degrees 36 minutes. A cazimi occurs when the Sun is conjunct a planet. This cazimi assists those Sun sign traits of Virgo to shine, supporting planning, efficiency, service to others, and physical health regimens. Because Mercury is still in retrograde, spend time double checking any plans.

Sept 8 My favorite Virgo's birthday! If you see my friend Rose Reif, wish her a happy one.

Sept 14 New Moon in Virgo. This is a wonderful time to put some details, structure, and design to your hearts' desire. Ask: what do I need to feel content and calm? Meditate on this.

Sept 15 Mercury stations direct in Virgo. Yesterday during the New Moon, you looked into your heart. Now you are being asked to think about what you realized via a more logical lens. Full speed ahead with any plans that stalled during the retrograde.

Sept 18 Sun opposes Neptune. Start the day paying close attention to dreams and/or intuitions. The outer world could seem a bit fuzzy, but don't let this stop you from expressing your creativity. Trust the process.

Sept 20 Venus trine Chiron. TLC time! Healing is the magic word of the day. Be gentle with yourself and others. Go for a massage, meditate, surround yourself with nature and beauty.

Sept 22 Sun enters Libra. Lovely time to spend time with loved ones and friends, focusing on harmony.

Sept 23 Mercury trine Jupiter. A great time to plan travel abroad, learn about other cultures, or to teach others about a topic you enjoy.

Sept 26 Mars opposes Chiron. If there has been turbulence in a relationship, now is the time to be brave, confident, and own your part of the disturbance. It is when we have the courage to be honest with others and speak from our hearts that we can truly heal.

Sept 29 Full Moon in Aries. There is much energy available to be the pioneer, the maverick. Courage is within reach, but the cost is stepping out of your comfort zone. As always, if the night sky is clear, take a moment to Moon bathe.

Dianne Bachman is a psychotherapist & astrologer practicing in FXBG. She can be reached at

Artwork is from a personal horoscope created for a medieval prince from the Middle East: "Virgo: the book of birth of Iskandar" circa 1411.

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Fredericksburg Sketches

A visual Celebration of our community

I'm hoping by the time you have this issue of Front Porch in your hands, the weather has cooled off a bit. It's been a struggle finding a cool enough day to sketch outside so sometimes it just means a retreat to an air conditioned space-in this case Hyperion Espresso. It's not always easy for me to sketch food. I always want to eat without sketching first. This time I deliberately pulled out my sketchbook before I gobbled the chocolate croissant and coffee and made this quick drawing. It's not a terrific representation of what was in front of me, but it was a reminder of the day and the heat outside, the folks I'd just been chatting with, and what I was planning for the rest of the day. No matter where or what I sketch, there are always a lot of memories attached.

I think it's simply because of the concentration it takes to focus on what I see. The smells, sounds, temperature, all come along with it and attach themselves to the memory. In any case, I find sketches like a visual diary.

Here's to a bit of a cool down in September and many days of sketching in the great outdoors. Join me! Cheers!


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Hyperion Espresso
Dianne Bachman,LCSW Psychotherapist/Astrologer Now offering psychological astrology & astrological consultations In addition to Individual, family & marital therapy Hypnosis Expressive Arts
Paula Raudenbush is an admin for the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Urban Sketchers and maintains a studio in Libertytown Arts Workshop.

During Jessica's 20-week ultrasound, she learned something wasn't right with her baby's heart. That same day, Jessica and her husband, John, met with Dr Craig Sable, a cardiologist at Children's National Hospital

Dr. Sable confirmed their baby had a congenital heart defect known as d-TGA, or transposition of the great arteries This occurs when the two main arteries carrying blood out of the heart are reversed. Baby Jocelyn would need lifesaving open-heart surgery when she was born.

"Months before she even had a name, Jocelyn already had a brilliant medical team behind her," recalls Jessica. "We were scared but knew we were in great hands."

After Jocelyn recovered from surgery, the family was relieved that they would need to return for only annual check-ups with Dr. Sable. These visits went smoothly until spring 2021. Her heart ultrasound did not look the same and her heart murmur sounded different. Further tests showed a narrowing of her main


with the Children's National Fredericksburg location. It includes pediatric specialists such as:

Cardiology, in office

Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program, in office

Endocrinology, in office & via telehealth

Neurology, in office and via telehealth

Physical Therapy, in office

Gastroenterology, in office and via telehealth

Hematology/Infusion, in office and via telehealth

team in pediatric cardiology. To me, it's soamazing to have this incredible level of care close to home."

"This can't happen without the support of generous donors like those who give during the B101.5 Care-A-Thon," Chuck says. "My wife and I have contributed for years because we know firsthand that Children's National makes miracles happen every day."

pulmonary artery and left coronary artery She would need another openheart surgery to prevent serious complications or even death.

"As shocking as this news was, we felt calm because they had a plan to repair Jocelyn's heart," Jessica says.

Dr Yves d'Udekem, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Children's National, performed a cardiac bypass surgerywhich is rarely done on kids - and a pulmonary repair. Jocelyn recovered quickly and began second grade a month later. Jocelyn is a happy fourth grader, participating in Girl Scouts and playing lacrosse.

"The team at Children's National gave us a double miracle," says Jessica. "We are grateful every day."

Building Impact for Families in Our Community

The B101.5 Care-A-Thon supports care for children and families in the community every year. In 2020, generous radio listeners helped bring Children's National care closer to home

"If you have kids, at some point during their childhood you will probably use a medical service from Children's National," says Chuck Archer, Operations Manager at B101 5 and a father of three. "Twice we needed the help of a Children's National specialist. Years ago, the nephrology team treated out son. Currently, our youngest daughter receives care from the electrophysiology

B101 5's 10th annual Care-AA-TThon will take place Thursday, Sept 21 and Friday, Sept 22 Donate at B1015 com using the keyword "donate" or text "Buzzy" to 51555

For more information, email Mandy@wbqb com

Mandy Smith is the Promotions & Marketing Director + On-Air Personality + Queen of All Things Nerdy for B 101.5 Children’s National 1300 Hospital Drive, Suite 201 Mary Washington Healthcare Campus 540-6681-22381

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