Front Porch Fredericksburg June 2024

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YEAR 27 ISSUE 323 JUNE 2024

3Patty Sparks instructs popular fitness classes

23pete morelewicz july cover artist

28becky reed eh founders award recipient

Porch talk

4 on the in fredericksburg messages

68th annual performing arts festival

7everything green: did you hear?

8In the Garden: lacewings for the win

9growing & crawling: official bug of june

10ironclad inn...b b & b

11vre ribbon cutting at fxbg station

12tidbits...small bites of local news

13 season’s bounty: new apiarists

15vino: wine cocktails for summer chillin

16-17Calendar of Events

18history’s stories: stafford, spotsy & fredericksburg

19 our heritage: fredericksburg 1824

20mental health: pro athlete to advocate

21 Emancipated patients: deprescribing

22 give pilates a try this summer

24art in the burg ...galleries in June

25 artist spotlight...

26auto known better: primary wire

28companions: summer fun series

29astrology & you poetryman: the swan

30fredericksburg sketches

Are You A Grandparent Raising A Grandchild?

Or Other Kin Raising a Relative's Child?

King George Caring for Kin Support Group is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join them as Grandfamilies Ambassadors.

As a Grandfamilies Ambassador, you will support kinship families through awareness, motivation, and resources, share your own experiences and knowledge, grow personally, and make a positive impact.

Requirements for this role: over 18 years of age; currently raising a grandchild or a relative's child under 18 full-time for 5+ years. In return for your time and effort, you will receive a stipend.

We invite you to explore this opportunity to make a difference in your community. For more information or to express your interest, contact Pegi Wright, our Family/Human Development Extension Agent, at or (540) 775-3062.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law.

5 rays of sun & success umw graduation

14 table farmers market

25 sound of summer concert series: 44 diesel

Cover: “Buzz” by pete morelewicz

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Young at Heart Classes Aptly Named introducing patty sparks

Folks walking down the hallway at the Massad YMCA on Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be aware of an exciting energy in the air as they approach one classroom. As they get closer, the irresistible beats of songs from the 50s and 60s will draw them forward, and, as they peek through the doorway, they will delight in the sight of nearly thirty figures of various shapes and sizes, with arms flailing and feet synchronized with dance steps such as the Grapevine, and joyful smiles on their faces.

The leader of that spirited exercise session and source of inspiration is five-foot-four instructor Patty Sparks, whose flexibility and indefatigable energy belies her 68 years. (In fact, some morning classes at the Y are preceded by an earlier 8 am session that she conducts with other fans at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, and she also instructs sessions at Downtown Bodyworks. In addition to the irresistible enthusiasm and exhortation of their leader, the camaraderie and esprit de corps of her loyal followers-who range in age from their 30s to the 80s-have their source in the group's on-going dialogue, group-sing-alongs to the music, and

humorous exchanges. At times, the class's humor emerges from a welltimed quip and, in other cases, it may be the emergence of a standing joke, such as the fearless leader's periodic confusion of left foot and right foot or her repeated query: "What number are we on now?"

All of the above are the ingredients of a perfect recipe for a wildly popular fitness session, which is truly aptly named Young at Heart Patty's classes are usually filled to capacity and there are often standby's waiting to join. In addition to her Young at Heart classes, which combine cardio and strength training, the

classes Patty currently instructs include gentle, intermediate, and power yoga, Pilates, muscle pump, step training, and dance & tone

The delightful spirit of Patty's Young at Heart class is augmented by the personality of its members-including Earl, who models All-In exercise with doubletime movements and sound effects, and Cathy, who serves as the class "thermostat" and signals when its time for the ceiling fans to be turned on.

Patty's prowess in teaching and popularity as an instructor are rooted in decades of experience. Throughout the years, she has led classes in YMCA and private facilities in Louisiana, New Jersey, and Alabama, in addition to her two stints in Fredericksburg. Throughout that journey, she received her first group fitness certification in 1987 and her national certification from the AFAA in 1988, as well as Yogafit certification in 2003. In sum, her advice is that "You have to keep moving, and, the more you move the better you feel." She stresses the importance of a positive mind-set and the benefit of learning and exercising with a group, and reminds all that walking is one exercise that is always available. Patty exemplifies the advice she gives, and, when she was confronted with the challenge of cancer 12 years ago, she responded with her hallmark courage and determination and emerged victorious.

The encouragement, inspiration, and guidance that Patty offers is deeply

appreciated by all who have come into her realm. The following are comments from her current Young at Heart class


“I started taking classes with Patty in 2014. She was teaching step aerobics! Now, here it is 2024 and she is still teaching group fitness which is a testament to her dedication, consistency and commitment to the wellness of the community. Her Young at Heart class is truly addictive. Her teaching style is engaging and motivating. Her class exudes positive energy!” ~Karla

“First, we had Cheryl. Then came Angela. Now Patty and she is a shining star at the Y! A great leader/instructor for Young at Heart!” ~Patricia

“She's a true blessing to our class!” ~ Wayne

“Fast forward-maybe with wonderful Patty I'll be able to touch my toes! She is the best and this group is fabulous-friendly, warm and funny! “ Maralyn

“We have been looking for a class that we could do together. Young at heart is perfect! Patty is the best instructor! We love the class!”

~Ginny and Pete

“It's amazing how good of a shape Patty is in. She never asks us to do something she can't do---and she can do it all with a great spirit and a lot of humor. Patty is the best thing that has happened to the Y, especially for Young at Heart. She has a great sense of humor and encourages us to improve our physical health.” ~ Ellen

Collette Caprara is a writer, an artist and keeps moving every day

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Contributing Writers & Artists

Rita Allan

Sally Cooney Anderson

Dianne BachmanSonja Cantu

Collette Caprara

Karen Funucan Clarkson Gary Close

Ryan CudahyStephanie Dolezal

Janet DouberlyJeannie Ellis

Caroline FordFrank Fratoe

Bill FreehlingKathleen Harrigan

Ralph “Tuffy” HicksAnne Hicks

Robert LookabillLisa Chinn Marvashti

Beverly MendezDavid C. Kennedy

Ray MikulaCher Murphy

Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy

Vanessa Moncure Pete Morelewicz

Patrick Neustatter

Paula RaudenbushRob Rudick

Mandy SmithChriws Therien

Rim ViningScott Walker

Tina WillNorma Woodward

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ON THE PORCH Summer love and father’s day

"Hello Sunshine", ring, ring! June here. Summer Solstice, Father's Day, and more. Ready to enjoy the season of warmth and sweet breezes?

Please find lots of information in the Old Farmer's Almanac for 2024 for Solstice, and about why we celebrate Father's Day, the history, some great gift ideas, top Father's Day recipes some corny jokes and lovely poems.

Father's Day is close to the Summer Solstice and is usually the third Sunday in June but not always the same date. It is defined in Wikipedia as a holiday honoring one's father as well as fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It was known to be founded in the state of Washington, by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909 who was raised by her father and four siblings and in 1908 by Grace Golden Clayton who proposed the day to honor those men who had died in a mining accident in the US. Yet it celebrated around the world.

Fun facts, the necktie is the most popular of Father's Day gifts for the approximate 1.5 billion Father's worldwide.

Also, Father's Day trending gifts are personalized digital greeting cards clothing, cooking classes, outdoor adventures, or subscriptions services, online learning, gift cards or dining experiences.

You can find most anything in Fredericksburg in terms of these or any gifts. There is also a 2024 Father's Day 5K, 10K & 1M run on June 15 from 7:30 am-10:00 a.m. hosted by Bishops Events whose mission is giving back to others, in keeping with what father's do for those they are nurturing. If you're walking the Heritage Trail in Fredericksburg, you'll know it's Father's Day. Need we say more if you've seen the families on the trail?

On a serious note: Fathers and Mothers are imperative to a child's/anyone's emotional well-being and the need to acknowledge everyone who is a support person for those who have lost their fathers, don't know them, or have fathers who are serving other missions, or for whatever reason, this is a real need. The idea being to love and show it by doing and caring. We wish everyone the

support of someone who is a role model to a child or any other member of our community. Some schools have decided to have gender-neutral Parent's Day instead of Mother's and Father's Day. One of the Father's Day Quotes reminds me of anyone who is a "father" or support person in any role: " A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow"_ Unknown.

Preserving and acknowledging our respect for Father's and Mother's Day and Parent's Day and our overall support from our communities is to nurture. June and Father's Day go hand and hand with this theme. We're fortunate to have this time to appreciate Dad's and Mom's and all those who love us and we them and those who may need our love and need us.

My father was a true role in this way to quote: "You were always my pillar of strength, my protector, and my best friend." He and my mom helped not just me but many. He would have been 100year-old this year. He served in WWII, and I wish I'd saved all his stories. He passed three months before his 90th birthday in 2014 I think the gift he would have wanted was for me to have fifty plants ready for planting in May before Memorial Day and all my love to give to everyone. I've tried. We would always plant these gardens and harvest them even though we didn't have a farm and we didn't do that for a living. We would always read, write, and sing songs. I don't know how much of a difference but believe it gave me strength, and a pillar of hope to share with others. This guidance shaped my ways and was so meaningful to my life and love to others. Not everyone has this, and this is the way we learn to give back and help.

Like my husband, a great father to his son, and his son, a wonderful father to his four children. They give back to this wonderful community. And know have memories of the lovely summers, Father's Day, Families, and the historical value of Fredericksburg.

Keep reading the Front Porch Cover to Cover every month and to find out what's happening this summer. Enjoy the warLove and Sunshine.

Anne Hicks enjoys life in Fredericksburg with her husband Tuffy.

Photo: Anne with her dad

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Rays of Sun & Success umw class of 2024 graduates

From the front steps of the Cedric Rucker University Center to the Lee Hall terrace and around the rim of Ball Circle, proud family and friends cheered their hearts out in May for the University of Mary Washington's 2024 graduates.

Nearly 1,000 students from UMW's Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education received bachelor's and master's degrees at the University's 113th Commencement ceremony. Puffy clouds dotted a bright blue, sun-filled sky as the ceremony unfolded all morning long.

The culminating moment of years' worth of work was "exciting" and "awesome," said Veronica Namulondo, who left home in Uganda to earn an MBA at Mary Washington.

Tayin Drea Rivera-DDorazio, a transfer student from Richmond, Virginia, predicted the emotional impact of earning a degree in communication and digital studies would come to him in waves throughout the day.

Taylor Johnson , a firstgeneration college student whose grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from the Caribbean, studied art history. "I'm just so grateful I got the opportunity and followed through," she said.

Biomedical sciences major Cidney Collins wore a rainbow of cords signifying academic success, service, leadership, study abroad and

Bachelor of Arts degrees, 30 Bachelor of Liberal Studies degrees, 39 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and 46 Bachelor of Science in Education degrees. It also awarded four Master of Geospatial Analysis degrees, 50 Master of Business Administration degrees, 27 Master of Education degrees and 12 Master of Science in Elementary Education degrees.

Members of the Class of 2024 also celebrated a unique four years. As the first class to arrive at UMW during the pandemic, many had missed experiencing in-pperson high school graduations

"Let us make up for what was lost four years ago and make this an especially joyous and celebratory occasion you can remember for a lifetime," UMW President Troy D Paino told the degree candidates.

other collegiate accomplishments. "UMW became my home and my lifelong friends. Even the professors here became my friends," she said. "I'm definitely going to miss Mary Washington."

The University awarded 443 Bachelor of Science degrees, 322

"Take pride in what you have accomplished and use your Mary Washington foundation to help you lead a life of meaningful purpose."

Class President Madison DeWitt, a biomedical sciences major, called the time she shared with her classmates an "incredible adventure."

Learning took place in classrooms, she said, but also across campus and beyond. "The greatest lesson I learned is that home is not just a place. I call Mary Washington home because of the people. For each of us, Mary Wash is a unique collection of friends, professors and memories that have framed our four years and created a home wherever we go."

UMW alum Mark McClure '96, vice president of technical operations for Major League Soccer, delivered the keynote address, chronicling his career journey and how the lessons he learned at Mary Washington helped lead him to success. "When it is your time to speak up and help solve the big problems, I know each of you will be ready," he told the soon-to-be grads. "Mary Washington has taught you to find creative, effective solutions."

The three-hour ceremony was filled with plenty of pomp and circumstance, with the grand marshal carrying the official academic mace, the bagpipes of the Eagle Pipe Band and the singing of the alma mater. Graduates in blue gowns wore colorful collars and cords denoting academic merits, and mortarboards personalized to what matters to them.

Board of Visitors Rector Devon W Cushman '93 praised the graduating class for all they'd achieved during their time at the University of Mary Washingtonresearch, internships, volunteerism, travel, athletics and more.

"We are so proud of you, Class of 2024," she said. "We wish you all the best."

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Lisa Chinn Marvashti Director of Media & Public Relations photos by Suzanne Carr Class President Madison DeWitt The music of the Eagle Pipe Band is a traditional sound at UMW Commencement ceremonies This year ' s group featured a 3D-pprinted bagpipe made entirely by UMW senior AJ Gluchowski

8th Annual Performing Arts Festival

call for artists

Dance Matrix & Company (DMC), Fredericksburg's only professional adult Dance company and arts production organization, is producing a Performing Arts Festival for the Fredericksburg community featuring local adult performing artists.

DMC is inviting performing artists ages 18 and up to apply to perform or teach workshops in their specialty, to the community, at this event. All genres; music, dance, theater, poetry, and film are accepted. Stipends are paid to all

chosen participating artists.

The Festival is set for July 26 and 27, 2024 from 10am to 9:30pm each day. Deadline to apply is June 24, 2024.

The 8th Annual Performing Arts Festiva l will be a 2 day event with interactive arts workshops and live performances featuring local adult performing Artists from the areas best dancers, singers and theatrical performers.

This Festival will give the community a taste of the rich and vibrant arts groups and artists in the area.

Performance workshops will be layered with live performances throughout each day. Performers can teach a class, and take each others classes as well. The arts community can enjoy mixing with the local residents and with each other. The goal is to have a fun, professional experience in the arts for all!

So all you performers, and performing arts teachers and mentors, here is an opportunity to stretch your legs and create a piece for yourself!

The event will be held at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Theater in downtown Fredericksburg. There will be availability for 10-15 artists to perform over the 2 days. Artists will be chosen through an application process. Performance pieces must be under 10 minutes in length. Information and

application can be found on the company's website, for questions, contact DMC at

Students artists under 18 may participate in the Emerging Artist Program details on our website

DMC is a non-profit Arts Production Company sustained by grants and donations. The money raised goes to support local professional performing artists by awarding them stipends to create new works. DMC also houses a professional dance company of adult dancers. Dance artists over 18 can continue their creative work with the company while they raise families and work in The 'burg.

Beverly Mendez is the chorepographer & Artistic Director fro Dance Matrix & Company

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Downtown Greens was awarded the Steward of the Year Award by the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV) for its conservation efforts of the Upper and Lower Gardens in the City of Fredericksburg!! The award was given at the Land Trust's 26th Annual Garden Party on May 5, 2024, held in Middleburg, Virginia.

"The conservation easement of our 2.8 acre parcel in the City of Fredericksburg through the Land Trust of Virginia in 2015 has provided us with a solid foundation to provide nature education and outdoor greenspace in an urban setting, " said Jim Schepmoes, Executive Director of Downtown Greens.

"With that foundation in place, we were able to launch an ambitious capital fundraising campaign in 2021 to purchase a pristine 56-acre parcel of land in the city that was slated for commercial development, giving us now a

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total of nearly 60 acres of urban greenspace."

According to the Land Trust, the Downtown Greens property is one of LTV's most unique easements. "This organization is the embodiment of an excellent steward of the land. Not only do they steward the rare bit of green space still left in the city of Fredericksburg, they also take care of their community by providing resources and educating future generations on the importance of the land and our environment."

Downtown Greens was established in 1995 and has a mission to enhance the well-being of our community, by connecting people with nature through education and the preservation of greenspaces. We wouldn't be able to accomplish any of that or win any awards without the continued support of our community!

Our Downtown Campus (the OG site, if you will), coupled with our new Belman Road Campus just over 60 acres of Fredericksburg that is under conservation easement through Downtown Greens. That's almost 1% of the whole city protected from development forever! Almost 1% that will remain green and open to the public

And while to some it may seem like a very small accomplishment, only 2.8 acres, the enormity of what this conservation entailed sent shockwaves of good far into the future.

With the city of Fredericksburg being only 10 square miles and getting

more crowded every day, these 2.8 acres will remain green forever. There won't be a parking lot, apartments, or retail spaces. There will be trees, shrubs, native plants, and lovely cool grass. For today and all of the tomorrows, our Downtown Campus will be here even if all of the other green spaces get snatched up and developed. An oasis for our community. A place where children learn about their food and where it comes from, where concerts have been enjoyed, marriages have taken place, sermons have been written. Exercise classes, story times, and free farm stands have all happened here. Friends meet here, eat here, play here and rest here.

This award is not just for Downtown Greens. This award is for all of the board, staff, volunteers, donors, wellwishers, and community members that have supported us through the decades. And we know that while recognition is very appreciated, the REAL reward is the land and the knowledge that it will always be there for us and our future generations. Thanks to you all! The real MVP's!

Janet Douberly is a grateful part of the team at Downtown Greens.

Downtown Greens, a nonprofit, mission is to enhance the well-bbeing of our community by connecting people with nature through education and the preservation of greenspaces

Office , Lower & Upper Gardens are located at Downtown Campus 206 Charles Street Belman Rd Campus , 56 acre property is 1360 Belman Road FXBG Industrial Park

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In the Garden

Lacewings for the win

Encouragement to plant a variety of flowers and herbs was a reward for attending the Master Gardener Symposium a few weeks ago. Dr Leonard Githinji from VSU (Virginia State University) spoke directly to the need for beneficial/predatory insects to help control destructive insects on our plants or garden crops. Plant it and they will come: Lacewings, parasitic wasps, and predatory mites each will attack many damaging insects.

Many of us know of the parasitic wasp that colonizes the tomato hornworm. But I had not realized how many destructive insects are preyed on by Lacewings since they look so delicate and harmless...ha! Not so. The larval stage feeds on aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, scales, spider mites, thrips, and whiteflies. Host plants where Lacewing will lay its eggs include Dill, Cosmos, Sunflower,

Lavender, Coreopsis, Yarrow, Fern, and more. Imagine how beautiful your garden would be with all those flowers!

So, take a look at these pictures. Lacewing larvae and adult look nothing like each other. Learn to recognize the larvae stage (something like a small crocodile), and the green lacy and net-like wings of the adult. They don't bite or sting unless it's something they want to eat! Their eggs are individually suspended on the thinnest of threads (made by mom, of course) and placed near aphid colonies. So marvelous! Larvae feed on insects, then the adult becomes a pollinator and finds strategic places to lay its eggs.

Plant it and they will come, but spray it and they will die along with the bad guys.

think twice

to reduce

Janet Douberly of Downtown Greens will give a (free) talk on insects at Dorothy Hart Community Center on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a m Register at: g-va/catalog/. Search Nature/MGACRA to find the list of programs that Master Gardeners are offering this Summer season.

July 13 at 10 a.m. will be a chance to create a Fairy Garden. Use the same link to register. Fall classes are also being planned and will be listed there.

Fredericksburg Central Branch Library Plant Clinic

A new Plant Clinic at Fredericksburg Central Branch of the Library started in May, and will be in the main floor lobby on the first Saturday of the Summer months. Bring your gardening questions to our Master Gardeners for advice and answers.

Tina Will is a Master Gardener and lives in Stafford County. She can be reached at

Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation Bulletin for Master Gardeners Classes: www FXBGparks com/nature/mgacra June 15 at DHCC: Insects: Pests, Friends, July 13 at DHCC Fairy Gardens (fee $10) August 10 at DHCC: Fall/Winter Garden Prep

and ticks No one enjoys those pests, but too many other insects are sacrificed in the process of killing the 'bad guys ' Pollinators and beneficial insects are NEEDED! Here are some guidelines:

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One would think that an insect that encompasses this entire month in its name would be a bit more well liked. Alas, it is the opposite for the June Bug.

If you are unfamiliar with 'Cotinis nitida', also known as Green June Beetles/June Bugs, they are large beetles in the scarab family that feed on some of our precious crops. While they aren't nearly as harmful as the also green yet invasive Japanese Beetle, they can definitely create enough damage in groups to be enemy to fruit growers all over the state

The larvae that emerge from their eggs in late summer can often be spotted pupating up to a foot underground, with some large grubs emerging in May to crawl on their back to a new pupating spot closer to the surface. There they feed on decaying vegetative matter and, to a lesser extent, on the tender roots of plants. Once formed into their adult stage they then take to the surface in June and early July, flying with all the grace of a Ford truck, to find food and mates.

Growing & Crawling the offical bug of june

Love'em or hate'em, June bugs are a Virginia native insect that, while annoying, provide an important food source for our birds, lizards, frogs, rodents, skunks, racoons, snakes, and bats! Touted as "the crouton of the sky" these flying annoyances are also consumed in all of their forms by humans around the world.

Janet Douberly is just as grossed out by this article as you are, at Downtown Greens.

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Ironclad Inn

Bed & Breakfast & bourbon

According to Kara King , CoOwner and Creative Director of Ironclad Distillery , "Nothing pairs better with bourbon than a good story." Now that her second location, Ironclad Inn, has opened on the first floor of Kenmore Inn, she is telling the story not only of Ironclad, but the story of Fredericksburg.

"In Fredericksburg, you can't throw a rock without hitting something

historical," King said, "so I feel like this is just more fodder for stories. It's also an awesome town, and this building…you can't help but just fall in love with [Kenmore Inn]."

King owns Ironclad with her younger brother, Owen, and her father, Stephen. The King family opened their initial location in Newport News in March of 2014, and recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. They were looking to add "more fun" to the Ironclad brand, and felt that a B&B&B (Bed & Breakfast & Bourbon) would be a wonderful addition to Fredericksburg and the Ironclad story.


Distillery in Newport News, where the King family distills their spirits, sits where the James River meets the Chesapeake Bay, the water of which they infuse into their bourbon, providing a salted caramel flavor that cannot be replicated. Ironclad's bourbon is not as sweet as Kentucky bourbon, which provides a unique nuance that, combined

with a "kick of the rye at the end," makes for an absolutely delicious product.

According to King, Virginia, the first American state to make spirits ( Berkeley Plantation, the first place to distill the first drop of corn liquor in 1620, is located in Charles City, VA), is a wonderful place to make bourbon and liquor. For that reason, Ironclad makes an effort to utilize all Virginia products for their distilling, including Virginia oak barrels and grain

Bourbon , the bottle of which has a blueprint of the first Ironclad ship, along with the history of the ship itself.

"Now it's like a purely Virginia

product," King said, noting that Ironclad works hard to promote and lift up other Virginia distilleries. "It's a great community, we're kind of all boosting each other."

Some of the bourbons available at Ironclad Inn include the Small Batch

Ironclad Inn had its Grand Opening in April, and according to King, the event was met with "nothing but smiles all around." The King family designed the space to be a comfortable environment, and intends for guests to bring family and friends, and sip on delicious bourbon cocktails. King wants Ironclad Inn to be an extension of her distillery's values, vibe, and sensibility.

Ryan Cudahy is the Tourismn Marketing Assistant for the City of Fredericksburg

Ironclad Inn is open WednesdaySaturday from 1-88pm, and is located on the first floor of Kenmore Inn at 1200 Princess Anne Street Follow them on Facebook

Now accepting overnight guest reservations & bookings for special events ironcladinn com Facebook@ironcladinn Open every Sat 7am-2pm

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VRE Ribbon Cutting at FXBG Station celebrates recent improvements

Representatives of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and a host of dignitaries gathered at the Fredericksburg Rail Station to celebrate recent improvements that enhance the passenger experience, increase safety for VRE riders and pedestrians, and restore the iconic image of the station and surrounding infrastructure

The $14.4 million project included rehabilitating the existing platforms, stairs and all four rail bridges; constructing new stairs to provide direct access from the platform to a parking lot; improving ADA access to the west side elevator; adding signage, sidewalks and

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lighting; and refreshing the platform canopies and other areas with paint.

have succeeded in restoring the Fredericksburg rail station and surrounding structures to a state that closely mirrors their appearance nearly a century earlier They also will help maintain the structural integrity of the station and bridges in the decades to come.

"At VRE, we take great pride in our stations - particularly those, like the one in Fredericksburg, that hearken back to another place in time," said the commuter railroad's CEO, Rich Dalton "The recent outpouring of unsolicited comments from riders, local businesses and residents, and other stakeholders

reinforces that this project has exceeded expectations."

"The benefits of these improvements go beyond the station itself," said Matthew Kelly, former member of the VRE Operations Board and current member of the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Board "They help relieve traffic congestion and provide economic development and tourism opportunities while preserving the historic character of the city, which is critical to its future."

"The upgrades at the Fredericksburg station, in particular the extended platforms, will significantly enhance the passenger experience at the station," said DJ Stadtler, executive director of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA)

"Transforming Rail in Virginia is a multifaceted project - we can add new stations, lay more track, and put more trains on those tracks to connect those stations," said Jennifer DeBruhl, director

of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation "However, we need to make sure that in creating additional options and alternatives, we implement them with all Virginians in mind. VRE, here at the Fredericksburg station, has taken a massive leap forward toward doing just that."

As the nation's 13th largest commuter rail service, VRE connects parts of Central and Northern Virginia with Washington, D.C. Its two lines, Manassas and Fredericksburg, serve 19 stations, including two - L'Enfant and Union Station - in the District of Columbia. VRE is recognized for its provision of safe, reliable, convenient, and comfortable transportation. Additional information is available at

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Karen Finucan Clarkson is the Public Affairs Administrator for the VRE

Always Flavored Opens New Location on Caroline Street

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

Locally Owned Irish Pub and Restaurant

200 Hanover St. ~ 373-0738

Rita Witte opened Always Flavored in September of 2020, when she began selling her delicious homemade sauces and seasonings. After receiving significant acclaim for her sauces, Witte opened her first brick-and-mortar in the Canal Quarter District, on Princess Anne Street. ,

She has moved Always Flavored to a new location 610 Caroline Street, right in the heart of downtown Always Flavored sells a variety of wonderful sauces, from mild to an extreme hot sauce made from pepper X, to an nationally award-winning BBQ sauce. Always Flavored also sells sandwiches and paninis, including BBQ Bacon Chicken, Furious Cuban, and Chimichurri Steak Sandwich.

Grand Opening on the weekend of June 1st.

Finnegan's Run opens in Eagle Village

A yarn shop called Finnegan's Run has opened in Fredericksburg's Eagle Village shopping center.

The store is located at 1145 Emancipation Highway. It is the only Rowan yarn shop in North America.

The store offers a variety of yarns, kits and projects, supplies and gift items. Classes and events are also held.

UMW Receives $200K for Internships

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) has received $200,000 in Virginia Talent+ Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP) grants to enhance internship and work-based learning opportunities.

"There's no substitute for a quality internship as part of the


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undergraduate experience," said UMW Provost Timothy O'Donnell "We are so pleased to have increased support to make this a reality for more UMW students."

A combination of a pair of $100,000 grants - the Student Internship Support Grant and the Internship Data Collection Grant - the funds bolster an effort already in progress to expand workbased learning at Mary Washington.

Silver Diner, Chase Bank Project Under Way

A project is under way that will bring a popular restaurant and a national bank branch to the main entrance of Fredericksburg's Central Park shopping center.

A Silver Diner and a Chase Bank are planned on the site at 2931-2951 Plank Road, at the intersection of Plank Road and Carl D. Silver Parkway. The two existing buildings on that site, which formerly housed a Ruby Tuesday and a Pancho Villa restaurant, were torn down for the project.

Building permits were recently issued for the two structures. We look forward to seeing them take shape!

Summer Solstice Festival at Riverfront Park!

On June 20th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Fredericksburg Main Street is hosting a unique event mashup art, beer, and wine. Enjoy local art while sipping on craft beers and local wines.

Early Bird tickets start at just $35 and includes a commemorative beer pint glass or wine glass and two drink tickets. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase.

Every ticket purchased directly supports the mission of Fredericksburg Main Street, with proceeds benefitting Main Street's initiatives dedicated to fostering the economic development and vibrancy through events, marketing, business education programs, and the preservation of the city's rich history.

New Tenants for Princess Anne Street Complex

Two separate tenants are going into buildings along Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg that were formerly fitness studios. Near Old Silk Mill complex A 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu studio is going into the 2,052-square-foot building at 1623-A Princess Anne St. (corner of Herndon Street), according to Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite's Donny Self.

Malone Electrical Solutions is going into the adjacent 3,200-square-foot building at 1623-B Princess Anne St., Self said. A parking lot separates the two buildings.

Milestones Gym

Bill meets Jessica Shipman, on Freehling Finds, owner of Milestones Play Gym & Pediatric Therapy at 1329 Alum Spring Road (Suite 101) This new play gym & pediatric therapy place is open to children through the age of 5 and their families. They offer a variety of therapy techniques to help children thrive and reach their developmental milestones in the most-suitable way possible. For more information, visit

Bill Freehling, Fredericksburg's director of economic development and tourism

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We're hoping for bigger and better garden veggies this summer as we've become beekeepers with our first hive! Traveling home from Richmond with our first deep nuc was a bit nervewracking, hoping no bees would bees escape to form an apiary inside the car!

Nuc is a shortened term for the nucleus or bee colony created by dividing a larger bee colony - each nuc consists of one queen, 3 frames of brood, one frame of honey and nectar. Our new garden hive is our grandson's Flow Hive, a revolutionary invention allowing one to harvest honey straight from the hive with minimal disruption to the colony. There is even a viewing window to watch the industrious bees. He has the full beekeeping suit with a veil and gloves, and because of the innovative design of the hive, rarely needs a smoker to calm the bees. New adventure! Apiculture! Can't wait to try our honey next year after the hive is fully established - you can expect 25-100 pounds of honey per hive in a successful year. Besides the following recipes, the National Honey Board (www honey com) has a wealth of recipes and information. There are quite a few varieties of honey to be found at the farmers market or your local grocery store. The most common in this area is probably clover or wildflower honeyalthough whenever I am in Florida, I can't pass up their orange blossom honey! I'm hoping my lavender will tempt our new bees.


Cream 1/2cup butter until light and gradually beat in 1/2cup strained honey until the mixture is light and fluffy. Makes about 3/4cup. This spread is delicious on cornbread, multigrain rolls, toast and crackers. Store in refrigerator.


Prepare the Honey Pecan filling by combining 1C minced white raisins, 3/4C honey, 3/4lb coarsely ground pecans, 1/4C milk, the zest from 2 large oranges and 2tsp ground cinnamon. Set aside. Combine 1/2C water, 1/2C milk and 1C butter in small saucepan and heat over low heat until the butter is just melted (about 120F). Stir liquid into a mixture of 6 1/2C flour, 1C sugar and 2pkg dry yeast. Add 3 beaten eggs and beat for several minutes until completely combined (dough will be soft, but if needed add up to 1/2C additional flour). Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. Punch the dough down and divide in half. Turn half of dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly to firm a smooth ball. Repeat with the remaining half, then cover both with a

clean tea towel and let rest 15 minutes. Roll out each half on heavily floured surface to 10"x18" rectangle, brush with melted butter and spread with half of the filling, leaving a 1-inch margin around the edges. Roll up lengthwise, pinching edges to seal. Place roll, seam side down, on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, brush lightly with milk, then bake at 350F 40-50 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped (190F). Let cool on wire rack. Delicious sliced and toasted.



Honey is a humectant, meaning that it retains moisture. Great news for baking "keepers" as it helps keep cakes and cookies moist. Compared to refined sugar, using honey gains a richer color and fuller flavor in your recipes. This is such an easy recipe - makes about 12 cookies. Beat 1/2C softened butter until light, then beat in 1/4C honey. Beat in 1 1/2C flour until you have a soft dough. Roll out dough on floured worktop to about 1/4inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 375F oven 10-12 minutes until lightly colored - cool on a wire rack.

Cut 2# baby carrots in angled halves. Toss with 3T olive oil, 2T honey, 3 large cloves of grated garlic, S&P to taste. Roast in preheated 400F oven on a parchment lined baking pan or casserole dish for 30-40 minutes. (Great to roast alongside a spachcocked chicken). Squeeze juice of 1/2lemon, 2T each fresh thyme and chopped parsley over the carrots and toss together. Drizzle with a bit more honey if desired.

Vanessa serves up yummy recipes from all kinds of places & for all seasons

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T h e T a b l e a t S t . G e o r g e ’ s A FREE FARMER’S MARKET

Every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00, you will find a bustling Farmer's Market in the heart of Downtown Fredericksburg. Tables line Market Square, filled with fresh produce You will find kitchen staples such as onions, carrots, potatoes, broccoli and peppers, along with a variety of vegetables you may never have cooked with before: dinosaur kale, romanesco, kalette, Cuban oregano. There will be apples, bananas, oranges and pears along with seasonal fruit like strawberries and peaches.

Here's the special thing about The Table at St George's: everything is absolutely free No questions asked, no forms to fill out, no qualifications to meet.

The Table purchases an average of 50 crates of fresh produce from the Flores Farm and Produce Source, costing around $1400. And while much of the produce is purchased by the Table, there is never a shortage of donations from the Flores family itself. Their generosity is boundless.

The Table is made possible by an abundance of generous volunteers who graciously provide hours of their time to make the program possible. Volunteers such as Lisa Durham, Wendy Canon and Sheryl Stroud Bryant who have been with The Table since its inception. Together these three women worked to transform this program into the weekly outdoor market it is today. "It is important that we give shoppers the dignity of choice," says Lisa Durham. The Table is different from other food pantry programs in that it allows shoppers the ability to do simply that: shop. They can browse from table to table, grabbing only what they want and need for their homes and families. Furthermore, The Table welcomes volunteers who are also shoppers. In this way the Table breaks down any form of hierarchy. Everyone helps as they are able, and in that true community is formed.

"I have such admiration for the women who have been working to put this all together," Sydney Simpson says, referring to Wendy, Lisa and Cheryl Sidney has been volunteering at the Table for four years. She says she loves seeing the behind the scenes work it takes to make it all possible. "As a consumer," Sydney goes on to say, "I see how expensive it truly is to eat well. I love being a part of this wonderful program."

In one day each shopper will leave the market with an estimated market value of $100 worth of groceries. This includes not only fresh produce, but eggs, bread and the occasional pre-mmade sandwich

All of this is made possible by the generosity of multiple donors and the tireless work of volunteers. Every week

The Table serves a variety of people and families that is reflective of the rich diversity of our region. "One of my favorite things," says Sydney Simpson, "is hearing people talk about how they are going to cook the produce they bring home."

"This is 'church' for some," Lisa Durham says. "Our goal is to feed the whole person, not just the body." She goes on to say that there are people who have been shopping at the Table for years. There are families they have watched grow, children they have known since birth, people who are there every week, rain or shine. "What better way to spend my time," says Table volunteer,

It is no secret that food prices have continued to rise exponentially, which means families may be finding themselves in increasingly difficult circumstances. "It is the mission of The Table, and St. George's, to be a place of

connection where people are sustained as much by the relationships formed as the food we share," says Jake DeNap, Director of Mission and Evangelism at St. George's. "In coming years we hope to grow the reach of The Table, removing the barriers to fresh, nutritiously dense food for even more people thanks to the continued hard work of our volunteers and the immense generosity of our donors. It is through this generosity that we can remain a place of nourishment in downtown Fredericksburg."

Follow The Table at St George'sfor more news, information and updates: facebook com/thetableatstg instagram com/thetableatstg

Stephanie Dolezal is a writer, community volunteer and mother.

Marvin Stearns, "than helping others feed their families."
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wine cocktails for summer chillin

The world of cocktails is rich with history and creativity, offering a diverse array of drinks that reflect cultural influences and innovative spirit. Among these are the Bellini, Pineau Spritz, and Kalimotxo. Each has unique stories and flavors that have contributed to their enduring popularity.

The Bellini, a delightful blend of peach puree and Prosecco, was conceived at Harry's Bar in Venice and named after a Renaissance painter, Giovanni Bellini. The Pineau Spritz combines Pineau des Charentes, a French fortified wine, with sparkling water for a refreshing twist. The Kalimotxo, a Basque invention, mixes red wine with cola for a simple yet surprising refreshment. Vermouth Cassis, a sophisticated combination of vermouth and blackcurrant liqueur, showcases the versatility of fortified wines. These cocktails not only highlight the ingenuity of their creators but also offer a taste of the regions and histories from which they originated, making them beloved choices for both casual gatherings and elegant occasions.


Harry's Bar became a favorite spot for many famous authors, including Sinclair Lewis, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway, while writing Across the River

and Into the Trees, frequently visited the bar and favored the Bellini. The bar is mentioned multiple times in the novel, reflecting Hemingway's fondness for the location. In recognition of its cultural significance, the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs declared Harry's Bar a national landmark in 2001.

As a delightful alternative to the mimosa, Bellinis are an excellent brunch choice, thanks to their fruit juice and light sparkling wine flavor. The refreshing sips will wake you up and pair nicely with fruitforward breakfast food.

4 large peaches (1 1/2 pounds frozen peaches)

4 1/2 ounces prosecco

1 ounce peach purée 1/2 ounce raspberry syrup (optional) Make peach purée. Blanch for 15 seconds, fresh peaches to remove the skins and pits. If using frozen peaches, bring to a thaw. Blend peaches in a food processor until smooth. Add sugar to taste.

Chill the flutes

Put purée on bottom, Pour prosecco over Drizzle raspberry syrup to color.

Pineau Spritz

The Pineau Spritz is a relatively modern cocktail that combines Pineau des Charentes with sparkling water or tonic and sometimes other ingredients to create

a refreshing, aromatic beverage. Pineau des Charentes is a French fortified wine produced in the Charente region, primarily associated with the Cognac region. Legend has it that in the 16th century, a winemaker mistakenly poured grape must (unfermented grape juice) into a barrel containing Cognac, thinking the barrel was empty. The Cognac raised the alcohol level of the must, halting fermentation and resulting in a sweet, aromatic wine. This "mistake" became the basis for Pineau des Charentes.

The modern twist of the Pineau Spritz came from an experimental mixologist looking to create new, refreshing cocktails with sweet, rich flavors and a bit of effervescence while maintaining the sophistication of Pineau des Charentes.

Ice cubes

3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) Pineau des Charentes

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon Honey Syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

2 (1 1/2-inch) lemon peel strips, divided Sparkling wine

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add Pineau des Charentes, lemon juice, syrup, and bitters. Hold 1 of the lemon peel strips by a long edge, skin facing down in shaker. Pinch peel strip to express citrus oils; drop into shaker. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with sparkling wine, and garnish with remaining lemon peel strip.


The Kalimotxo (also spelled Calimocho) is a popular Spanish wine cocktail made from equal parts red wine and cola.

This simple yet refreshing drink has an interesting and somewhat humorous origin story from the Basque

Country of Spain in the 1970s. During a local festival, a group of young people discovered that the red wine they had bought for the event had gone bad. To mask the unpleasant taste, they mixed it with cola, and to their surprise, it became a hit. The name "Kalimotxo" is believed to be derived from the Basque words "Kali" (a colloquial term for "cheap" or "bad") and "Motxo" (a term meaning "mixture" or "blend").It's a symbol of creativity and resourcefulness, demonstrating how a potentially ruined situation (bad wine) can be turned into something enjoyable with a bit of ingenuity and a touch of humor.

Over the years, the Kalimotxo has grown in popularity becoming a staple drink across Spain. It is especially favored among young people and is commonly enjoyed at festivals, parties, and casual gatherings. As the wine cocktail traveled to other places, variations began to develop. Some people add a splash of lemon juice, a shot of rum, or even a sprinkle of sugar to enhance the flavor. The drink is usually served over ice, making it particularly refreshing in hot weather.

1 part red wine (often a less expensive or lower quality wine is used)

1 part cola


Optional: a slice of lemon or lime for garnish

Fill a glass with ice.

Pour in equal parts of red wine and cola. Stir gently Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime if desired.

Summer is coming, kids are soon to get out of school. Prepare to keep cool!

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Fxbg Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park,7a-2p, Spotsy Farmers Market , 8am - 1pm 12150 Gordon Rd : , Yoga in the Park, Maury Park, 7-10;45a Fxbg Garage Sale,, Fxbg Convention Center, 11a-3p

Art in the Park at Farmers Market, Hurkamp Pk, 9a-1p

Greek Festival, Nativity of Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, Greek music, food, desserts, 12326 Spotswood Furnance Rd 11a-8p

Pride Month Kickoff, Neon Nights, Food, drinks,music, vendors, Curitiba Art Cafe, 919 Caroline St,7-11p

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

Live Music Reckless Brigade @Adventure Brewing N, 33 Perchwood, 7-9p

Live Music Collective @Hard Times Cafe, 10760 Patriot Hwy, 9p

Live Music Made in the USA @Log Home Brewing Co, 5827 Courthouse Rd, 6p

Live Music Synducate Band, Colonial Tavern Lafayette Blvd, 8-11p

Sunday June 2

Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern,9a-20 , & bluegrass music from 6-8, 720 Littlepage,

Greek Festival, Nativity of Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, Greek music, food, desserts, 12326 Spotswood Furnance Rd 11a-8p

Monday June 3

Music on the Steps,CRRL Fxbg Branch, 6:30-7:40p

Tuesday June 4

Picnic in the Park, Join us for live music, food & fun. Bubbles Day, Darcy Dawn Memorial Park, 11:30-1:30p

Wednesday June 5

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 June 6

Bluegrass in the Burg, Fxbg Fairgrounds thru June 8 $$

Live Music Art After Hours: Hazel Run, acoustic group, Gari Melchers Home & Studio, 224 Washington St, 6-8p

Acoustic Onion, Colonial Tavern, 406 Lafayette Blvd 7-10p Walk with a Doc 4-5p FXBG food CoOP, 320 Emancipation Hwy

DTG Volunteer Garden Hours 3p-Sunset

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

First Friday June 7

Sounds of Summer Concert 44 Diesel Rock, Market Sq, 6:30-8:30p

First Friday Artisian Market, art, food, drinks, Hurkamp Park 5-9p

Live Music Darcy Dawn @Fxbg Square, 525 Caroline ST, 6-10p

Live Music Hokie Joe @Log Home Brewing Co, 5727 Courthouse Rd, 6p

Open Mic @Strangeways Brewing, 350 Landsdown Rd, 7p

Summer Daze @Brush Strokes Gallery, All Member Show, Opening reception 5-9p, 824 Caroline St

FCCA, Frederick Gallery Artist Choice, Members Gallery, Connie Canby & Janice Jones, 813 Sophia St

Photographer Claire Sophia Thompson & Poet Tia Kellam, Book-Signing, Canal Quarters, 1517 Princess Anne St. Reception 5-8:30p

"The Wright Way" Handcrafted writing instruments, Artful Dimensions, 922 Caroline St, opening reception 6-9

"The Big, Big Show", All Member Exhibit, reception 6-9p, 824 Caroline St

James Hinz Featured Resident Artist, Darbytown Art Studio, reception 5-8:30p, 241 Charles St

JSaturday June 8

Kids Fishing Derby at Motts Run Reservoir "Free Fishing Weekend" (no license required) as kids compete to catch the biggest fish! 7:30a -12:30p

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

Shakespeare on the Lawn, "As You Like It", Kenmore, 6:30p

Live Music Savannah Dexter @Hard Times Cafe, Patriot Hwy, 7-11p

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

Live Music Homemade Sin @Log Home Brewing Co, 5727 Courthouse ,6p

Live Music Michelle & Jason Hannan @Adventure Brewing N, 7-9p

Live Music Xpress Band, Orleans Bistro & Grill, Southpoint Plaza Way,

Sunday June 9

Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern,9a-20 , & bluegrass music from 6-8, 720 Littlepage,

Shakespeare on the Lawn, "As You Like It", Kenmore, 6:30p

Meet the author Lynda Allen, Flashes of Insight Fxbg Food CoOp, 320 Emancipation Hwy, 3-4p

Monday June 10

Music on the Steps,CRRL Fxbg Branch, Hip Hop Night , David Lamont & MJ 6:30-7:40p

Live Music The Docksters @Strangeways Brewing, 350 Landsdown, 2-5p

Tuesday June 11

Picnic in the Park, Join us for live m Band, Memorial Park, 11:30-1:30p

Wednesday June 12

Karen's Line Dancing @Strangew Landsdown Rd

Trivia Night, Sunken Well at 6:30pm Open Mic@Katora Coffee, 615 Carol Trapper's Trivia @6B&G 7-9p, 1140

Thursday June 13

Walk with a Doc 4-5p FXBG food Co

DTG Volunteer Garden Hours 3p-Su

Live Music, Larry Hinkle, Highmark B

Live Music Jazz Jam @Colonial Taver

Ukulele Jamming Fxbg Food CoOP, 3

Friday June 14

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Sounds of Summer Concert Spang Square, 6:30-8:30p

"Collage Art" Karen Juihn Friday Jun Jarrett Thor Fine Arts 100 Taylor St

Live Music Center Point @Strangeway

Live Music Danny Jams @Adventure

Live Music Rogue Johnsen Project Courthouse Rd, 6p

Saturday June 15

Fxbg Farmers Market, Hurkamp Park

Spotsy Farmers Market , 8am - 1pm

Janet Douberly of Downtown Greens Dorothy Hart Community Center 10

Art in the Park at Fxbg Farmers Mar

Shakespeare on the Lawn, "As You L Ave, 6:30p

Live Music Suzie & Stephen Acous Perchwood Dr, 7-9p

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Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern,9a-20 , & bluegrass music from 6-8, 720 Littlepage, Shakespeare on the Lawn, "As You Like It", Kenmore, washington, 6:30p

Monday June 17

Music on the Steps,CRRL Fxbg Branch, Made in the USA 6:30-7:40p

Tuesday June 18

Picnic in the Park, Join us for live music, food & fun. Superhero Day, The Lowriders, Memorial Park, 11:30-1:30p

Wednesday June 19

Juneteenth African American Freedom Day, Market Square, 12n-6p

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

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

Thursday June 20

Summer Soltice Festival, Riverfront Park, 5:30-9:30p Celebrating the longest day of the year, art festival meets beer & wine festival; music.

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

Friday June 21

Sounds of Summer Concert Elby Brass, Market Square, 6:30-8:30p

Pride Night Fireworks Game w/ Fred Nationals

Live Music Sabin Mills @Adventure Brewing North 33 Perchwood 7-9p

Live Music Whiskey Tango 6, @Strangeways Brewing, 7-10p

Live Music @Curitiba, Latin Night Spanglish, 6-9p, 919 Caroline St

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

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

Nature Walk, Downtown Greens Belman Campus, come explore the woodlands, wetlands & fields, FREE, 9a,

Fly Fishing & Bourbon Casting lines and making memories! , 11a-4p, A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Sparking Freedom Trolley Tour Enslaved Resistance in Fxbg, & Stafford, Led by Dr. Gaila Sims, 1-3p, Battlefield Visitors Center

Renaissance Faire_ Adventure Style, laughter, games, food & beer! . Live Music shall be heard across the land of Adventure!, 12n-9p, Adventure Brewing North

Live Music Chauncey Fourtone @Strangeways Brewing, 7-10p

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Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern,9a-20 , & bluegrass music from 6-8, 720 Littlepage,

Monday June 24

Music on the Steps,CRRL Fxbg Branch, Laurie Rose Griffith & Peter Mealy 6:30-7:40p

Tuesday June 25

Picnic in the Park, Join us for live music, food & fun. Beach Day, DJ Bill Carrol, come dressed to play in sprinklers Memorial Park, 11:30-1:30p

Wednesday June 26

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 June 27

"Out & About", LGBTQ History of our Region, Fxbg Food CoOP, 320 Emancipations Hwy, 7-8p

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

DTG Volunteer Garden Hours 3p-Sunset

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

Friday June 28

"Food as Medicine", Fxbg Foos CoOP, 320 Emancipation Hwy12-1p

Live Music Chipp Burg @Log Home Brewing Co, 5727 Courthouse Rd, 6p

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

FXBGb Pride Festival music, vendors . March start Riverfront Park 10a through downtown ending at Riverfront Park for festival

VA Music Soulfest funfilled day with music, food Fxbg Fairgrounds $

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

Sunday June 30

Sunday Brunch Sunken Well Tavern,9a-20 , & bluegrass music from 6-8, 720 Littlepage,

Guided Woodland Hike at Gerri Melchers Home & Studio, Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, informative walks cover a mile of trails in woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont's past. 2-3pm. meet outside the Visitor Center

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history’s stories

Stafford, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg

I have been fortunate to have lived in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania during my lifetime. During those years I have heard many discussions involving the formation of the counties and the city. My grandfather Richard Hamilton Withers had a book entitled "Withers In America" that he showed me prior to his death in 1955, that had about the formation of Stafford county and the Withers clan that came over from England in the early 1700's.

One of the first encounters with Europeans was in 1608, with John Smith on the Rappahannock River there were over 30 Indian tribes in the area including the Patawomeck part of the Powhatan Confederacy. The Patawomeck still have many decedents in the area

Virginia established Stafford County in 1664. The county is named after Staffordshire England. Originally the county included the lands know today as :Arlington, Fairfax, City of Alexandria and Prince William.

Ferry Farm where George Washington spent his younger years was originally King George County before it became part of Stafford.

Sandstone from Aquia Creek was used to build the Capitol and the White House. The town of Falmouth was a major colonial sea port and the home of the first millionaire in America. The 2020 population was in excess of 156,000. Total area 560 square miles

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY was inhabited by the Manahoac tribe In 1721 parts of King and Queen, Essex and King William became Spotsylvania. The county was named for Alexander Spotswood who was Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Spotswood was famous for his Germanna ironworks that he founded in 1725, remnants of the ironworks are still visible. During the War between the states many battles were fought in the county including Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House. Spotsylvania is credited with having the first major commercial development in the area known as the Spotsylvania Mall It also has one of the largest lakes that is known as Lake Anna which is 13,000 acres for fishing and swimming g and all water sports. The National Park Service has over 4,400 acres of Civil War battlefields.

The county works with over 40 regional agencies that includes libraries and regional transportation. Known as one of the fastest growing counties in Virginia with over 146,000 population in 2022. The total land area is 414 square miles

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

900 Barton St #111, Fredericksburg, VA 540-373-3704

FREDERICKSBURG sits between Stafford and Spotsylvania with a land area of only 10.52 square miles. Founded in 1728 and named after Frederick, Prince of Wales

A city that I call my home town that I was born in over eight decades ago. I have been privileged to serve on the Planning Commission, City Council for twenty three years and still serve for the court on the Jury Selection committee.

Located almost directly between Washington the capital of the United States and Richmond the capital of

Virgnia. This made it a destination during the War Between the States, as it was the seen of many battles in and around the area. The Battle fields and the historic homes in the city make it a destination for over a million visitors per year as tourism is a major part of the economy.

During what is referred to as the European encounter many Indian tribes were in the area. Located at the head of navigation or the "fall line" which is very near the Falmouth bridge. In 1728 Fredericksburg was declared a port for the county. All the streets in the town were

named after members of the royal family ie. (Anne Caroline, Princess Anne).

Mary Washington the mother of George moved from Ferry Farm to Fredericksburg and Her daughter Betty lived in Kenmore, having married Fielding Lewis. In 1879 Fredericksburg received its charter as an independent city and was separated from Spotsylvania County. It was not until 1911 that the city adopted its present city manager form of government.

I am proud to have helped establish the Virginia Railway Express in the 1980's.

Today Stafford, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania work together thru regional cooperation to enhance travel, education and economics for the health and welfare of all its citizens.

Volunteers Wecome! Contact us about donating collections of documents and photographs 907 Princess Anne Street, Downtown Fredericksburg

STAFFORD COUNTY The colonial government of Dedicated To: Billy Nichols, Garland Jenkins, and George Kapatadakis
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Tuffy is Front Porch’s Resident Historian

Lafayette's view of Fredericksburg's Town Hall, completed in 1816, would not have differed substantially from this 20thcentury photograph

Most of us have an image of what we like about Fredericksburg. Many of our ideas center on the small-town atmosphere, the wonderful old buildings, and maybe other things such as the historic street names. But what do we really know about what the Marquis de Lafayette saw when he visited Fredericksburg in 1824?

As part of the lecture series sponsored by the Fredericksburg Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lafayette's visit, the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc., is pleased to present "Fredericksburg 1824: The City and Its People" on June 13.

We each have mental images of our older buildings and the stories that go with them. However, one of the first rules of looking back in history is "what you see is NOT what was. " That's the theme of June 13's two-part talk: first, what did the town look like, and second, what were its people like. Presented by HFFI Board members Barbra Anderson and Scott Walker, the talk will try to separate what you might

think and what really was.

For example, go to the Downtown Visitor Center at 702 Caroline Street, stand on the corner, and look at each of the buildings on the other corners. Can you name which were there in 1824? Are you sure? Remember that the things we take for granted as "old" might not be as old as we think.

We do know one of the primary buildings involving Lafayette was the Town Hall, where a reception was held in his honor. That building has lasted to modern times and now serves as the Fredericksburg Area Museum Right up the street is the prominent, steepled St George's Episcopal Church Well, here things get dicey: although the church congregation met at that location (and had done since the 1720s), the current building wasn't completed until 1849. Copy on file at HFFI Archives.

Across the street sits Foode restaurant In 1824, this building was only 4 years old, having been constructed in 1820 as a bank

One of the city's beloved residential neighborhoods, Lower Caroline Street, was there, but have you ever considered which houses were there and which were not? And, of course, in 1824, there were no railroad tracks between the main part of downtown and "Lower

Caroline." (The railroad came in 1838, when it was built at street level.)

Washington Avenue did not exist. and there was no Mary Washington Monument, nor was there a City Cemetery.

Much of the Caroline Street shopping district was new then-iimposing brick struc-ttures rebuilt after devastating fires in 1807 and 1822

cal of the times, a large number of enslaved Blacks. Who were they and what were their daily lives like?

So, before June 13, take some time to walk around the Downtown Historic District. See whether you can see what Lafayette might have seen.

Scott Walker operates Hallowed Ground Tours and is a frequent lecturer on area history. He is vice president of Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. photos: Copy on file at HFFI Archives.

This image of the 700 block of Caroline Street was taken between 1910 and 1920, but shows a streetscape dominated by brick buildings constructed prior to 1824 during the Federal period. Nearly all remain extant thanks

their durable construction and gen-eerations of

their preservation

Another active part of the city was the riverfront, providing docks for ship-ping goods and transporting people to far-off, exotic places such as Norfolk and Baltimore.

And, who were the people-some were well-to-do, some workers, and, typi-

The June 13 talk, Fredericksburg, 1824: The City and Its People, will be given at 7 p m at the Fredericksburg Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline Street

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Mental Health From Professional Athlete to Mental Health Advocate

As a former professional athlete for the Philadelphia Flyers - and a current mental health advocate for Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Center - I have had the privilege of using my platform to share my lived experience with addiction and mental illness.

My mental journey includes some truly devastating lows. One of the most shocking and shameful experiences of my life was that I had to drink during NHL games just to survive. And that was just one of the lowest points in my life. The passing of my sister only worsened my decline into depression and grief. Losing a loved one caused me to lose a part of myself.

Depression is a complex and deeply personal experience, and for me, it manifested in ways I never anticipated. Depression felt like a heavy weight pressing down on my soul. It was a constant sense of sadness, emptiness and hopelessness that seemed to permeate every aspect of my life. Simple tasks

became overwhelming, and I struggled to find joy or motivation in the things that once brought me happiness. It felt like I was trapped in a never-ending cycle of negativity and despair.

I turned to alcohol as a form of self-medication to escape these overwhelming emotions. Alcoholism crept into my life gradually, and before I knew it, it had taken a hold of me. It became a way to quiet the racing thoughts, numb the pain and escape from the weight of depression. Recognizing the destructive path I was on was a pivotal moment in my journey

Recovery is a Journey

One of the most important lessons I have learned is that recovery is a journey, not a destination. It is a process that requires commitment, dedication and support from others.

I was a "big, tough professional hockey player," yet I was struggling just as much as anyone else. Mental health and

addiction do not discriminate. . It also requires seeking help when you need it.

It can be difficult to admit that you need help, especially if you are used to being self-sufficient and independent. However, as I have learned, seeking help is a sign of strength. There are many resources available that can help you on your journey to recovery, such as therapy, medication and support groups.

Self-CCare is Critical

As a professional athlete, I was always pushing myself to the limit, both physically and mentally. However, I soon realized that this was not sustainable and that I needed to take care of myself to be able to perform at my best. This is especially true when it comes to mental health.

Physical exercise is a cornerstone of my self-care routine. Staying active helps me release stress, boosts my mood and improves my well-being. Meditation and mindfulness exercises help me center myself and maintain a calm and focused attitude. I engage in activities that bring me joy and stimulate my mind, like reading, listening to music or spending quality time with loved ones.

Additionally, giving back to the community is an integral part of my selfcare. Through sharing my story and providing support to others, I find a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Sharing Your Story Can Be Healing for Everyone

I have come to realize that sharing your story can be incredibly powerful. When I first started speaking publicly about my own struggles, I was nervous and unsure of how people would react. There were several reasons why I was afraid to talk about my struggles with mental health and addiction. There is a prevailing stigma surrounding these issues, especially within the realm of professional sports.

I worried about how my teammates, coaches, fans and the entire hockey community would perceive me if

they knew I was facing these challenges. The fear of judgment, rejection and potential negative repercussions was overwhelming. However, I soon realized that sharing my story not only helped me heal, but it also helped others who were going through similar challenges. By openly discussing my experiences, I've been able to connect with others who may have felt isolated or alone in their journey. It's through this connection that healing and growth can truly take place.

Chris Therien is a former NHL Philadelphia Flyer, esteemed analyst and Chief Wellness Officer of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Center. With an illustrious career in hockey and a deep commitment to mental health and wellness, Chris has become a driving force in advocating for positive change and supporting individuals in their journey towards well-being.

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health, suicide or substance use crisis or emotional distress, reach out 24/7 to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) by dialing or texting 988 or using chat services at to connect to a trained crisis counselor

You can also get crisis text support via the Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741741.

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At our last End of Life Conversations meeting, one of the participants talked about his mother.

"She would collect sticks in the garden and whack my dad with them" he told us. This, and fear of her escalating when she eyed the kitchen knives, led to her being admitted to a retirement village.

"At first, she wouldn't eat and generally failed to thrive" he told us, so, she was admitted to hospice - and part of this was that the multiple medicines she was taking were discontinued.

That's when she had a miraculous recovery.

This is not such an uncommon story and is more like as people are taking a lot of medicines these days - America being the world's greatest consumer.

Ninety percent of over 65-yyear old's take at least one medicine And 39 percent take more than five We spend the equivalent of $1,200 per head of population per year on medicines.

It's not unusual to see patients taking 20 or more medicines - which always makes me anxious, when I remember lecturers at medical school telling us "if you're taking more than three medicines,you really can't predict the potential interactions."

Then there's the craziness of so called "prescription cascade" - where the

side effects of one medicine are misdiagnosed as symptoms of another problem. Or they require some other medicine to counteract them - the ibuprofen you take for your arthritis burns holes in your stomach, so you finish up taking some acid blocker like Prilosec to counteract it for example.


Deprescribing, where you take people off medicines rather than adding new ones, is being recognized as a good thing. " The evidence supporting the benefits and safety of deprescribing continues to grow" notes an article in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, "strengthening the cause for greater integration of regular deprescribing into medical culture."

Medicines are prescribed in the belief they are going to do you good obviously - though all medicines are balancing act between their adverse effects and their benefit. But if someone is going to multiple doctors, who do not communicate - which, even in this day and age of computerized health records is still a huge problem - it's very easy to get inadvertently put on a lot of medicines that may have interactions and adverse effects.

I always feel a sense of achievement when I am able to reduce the number of medicines someone is takingpartly out of my belief that taking any kind of medicine is undesirable on principal.

I may be being biased against medicines of course. What we really should

do, notes Arnold Zermansky at the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds in England is regularly "review patients, their illnesses and their medicines."

This is particularly important in the elderly, and the American Geriatric Society publishes The Beers Criteria which is "a list of potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults." This list includes things as basic as brompheniramine that is in Dimetappwhich, like other antihistamines such as diphenhydramine in Benadryl, can also cause confusion in the elderly. Or everyday non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Motrin, Aleve, and Naprosyn, which may cause gastric ulcers or bleeding in the elderly.

Doctors Under Pressure

The trouble is so often doctors have been brainwashed by the pharmaceutical industry into the idea that everything should be treated with medications - big pharma spends a bit over a billion dollars a month on advertising.

Also, doctors are not well educated in managing medical problems other than with medicines - we need to follow the lead of the bumper sticker that says "meditation not medication."

Ideally every patient should be aware of what they're taking, why, and what the adverse effects might be. And suggest deprescribing to their doctor if there seems to be an undesirable mix - or at least ask your doctor to review your medicines on a regular basis and deprescribe anything that is not strictly needed.

The End-oof-LLife Conversations group meets usually every other second Sunday of the month in the afternoon at the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericksburg Anyone who would like to join or find out more, please contact me through Front Porch

Patrick Neustatter, MD is the Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic

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Give Pilates a Try This Summer l improve your flexibility, posture & balance

Pilates is a great route to improving one's health and well-being. The workout plan created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s is now regularly implemented by millions worldwide. The more people discover how it can help improve their health, the more they will want to try it. This summer is a great time to get started.

"The idea of Pilates intimidates many people are first," explains Jennifer Scherer, a registered dietitian nutritionist, medical exercise specialist, certified personal trainer, and owner of Fredericksburg Fitness Studio. "This is because there is equipment they are unfamiliar with, and it's something new. Once they try it and see the results, they love it!"

Pilates is a workout system that uses 50 repeated exercises to exert the muscles. Some people use it for a gentle approach to strength training, while others use it more vigorously to enhance athletic performance or rehabilitation. Those who have tried it for a long time will likely experience many benefits.

Here are 5 Reasons to Give Pilates a Try This Summer

#1 Try something new Deciding to try something different is exciting and interesting. It introduces people to things that they need to become more familiar with, which is good for the brain and motivational.

#2 Promote healthy behaviors. In a study published in the April 2021 issue of the International Journal of Research and Public Health, researchers put Pilates and yoga to the test to see if doing it leads people to make healthier choices overall. They report that doing one of these exercises regularly leads to healthpromoting behaviors and leads people to have more positive beliefs about their health status.

#3 Have more robust bones and less pain Doing Pilates regularly leads to stronger bones. Research published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation shared the research results to see if Pilates helps with bone strength in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. They concluded that Pilates increased bone mineral density and walking distance and helped to relieve pain.

#4 Lose weight. Those looking to shed some weight this summer should consider trying Pilates. In a study published in the March 2021 issue of the journal Frontiers in Physiology, researchers reviewed the research on whether Pilates helps people lose weight. They concluded that Pilates dramatically reduces body weight, body mass index, and body fat percentage in overweight or obese adults.

#5 Aging Gracefully The European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology, and Education reported in March 2022 that there are benefits to the elderly population taking up Pilates. Their study found that those over the age of 60 who started doing Pilates had an improvement in balance, strength, mobility, functional capacity, and mental and psychological health. They also report that it led to a reduction in the risk of falling. While people of any age can benefit from Pilates, this study shows that it's always possible to get started.

"I challenge people to take this summer to try Pilates and see what it does for them," added Scherer. "If they don't see and feel the benefits by the end of summer, they can go back to what they were doing. But in my experience, I can say that they will love what happens after sticking with Pilates for a summer."

Fredericksburg Fitness Studio offers a reformer Pilates fitness training program, a fun and unique exercise method with many benefits. The reformer can be done sitting, standing, or lying down, which gives a great workout. The program helps with strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, core control, and more. To get more information about the reformer Pilates program, visit the

Cher Murphy is the President of Cher Murphy PR

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Cover Artist

Pete Morelewicz (AKA Print Jazz) is a printmaker, illustrator, and designer. He creates paintings, posters, murals, illustrations, greeting cards, packaging, and whatever else may present itself. Pete is continually inspired by the everyday symphony of shape, color, sound, and texture. His process maintains an element of improvisation so that even he's surprised by the results.

After twenty years of working as a graphic designer in Washington, D.C., Pete and his wife, Christine Henry, moved to Fredericksburg so that Henry could be closer to her job at UMW (Christine is the Director, Historic Preservation) and so Morelewicz might pursue something he

Pete Morelewicz: AKA print jazz

felt he couldn't in D.C., a career as an artist. His cover image represents that direction.

Morelewicz says his work is traditionally everevolving and represents whatever catches his eye.

Morelewicz's work covers a wide variety of mediums, including graphics,

photography, mixed media and paint arts. He has a mild obsession with Bob Ross, whom he credits with his early forays into painting. Morelewicz found what he calls the perfect foil to his graphic design work in Washington, D.C. when he began delving into letterpress arts.

Contact him for commissions, advice on curling strategy, or just to say hi..

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Discover more of Morelewicz's designs at www printjazz com and at LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Studio 4 1/2

Art in the Burg

Art Galleries in june

“Summer Daze”, All Members

Opening Reception First Fri, June 7, 5--99p

Brush Strokes Gallery

824 Caroline Street

.In this display, the gallery's artists celebrate the spirit of the season in works in a variety of mediums that convey the freedom, wanderlust, and brilliant colors associated with this exhilarating and wonderful time of year. The bold splashes of exciting color in Kimberlly Zook's abstract painting "Fitting In" seem to call the viewer into a microscopic experience of the wonders of nature, while the sun-dappled pathway in Lois Baird's "Azalea Path" beckons folks to explore a walk through a realm of uplifting surprises offered by colorful flora as they journey along their way. With her hallmark expertise in conveying the personality of the trees in our environs, Stacy Gerise captures the fluidity of a curtain of brilliant green/blue branches in her painting "Willow Weep for Me."

Focusing on the man-made constructs of our environment, Norma Woodward's "By the River" seems to tell the stories of visitors who have visited this country store throughout the years, while the patterns of a series of sun-splashed decks that line waters at the shore are

highlighted in Penny A Parrish's "Docks at Sunset" and Taylor Cullar expresses the seeming animation and unique personality of instruments that can convey summer's joyful songs in his photo composite "All that Jazz."

~-Collette Caprara

“The Wright Way”

Handcrafted Writing Instruments by Ron Rosiello

Artful Dimensions, 922 Caroline St

Opening Reception, First Friday June 7 , 6-99pm

Ron Rosiello's pens are artistic creations that can be used and appreciated on a daily basis. Using a combination of domestic and exotic hardwoods and burls as well as natural and manmade materials, he creates pens in traditional, retro, and modern styles. The beauty of these natural woods and burls, sometimes resincasted, coupled with different pen styles and finishes is stunning. Over the past couple of years, Ron has added a line of pens to honor our military service members/veterans and more recently, pens to recognize first responders. Says Ron, "Life is too short to use an ugly pen!"

~ Sally Cooney Anderson

Tia Kellam

Canal Quarter Arts Artist

Meet & Greet Reception, First Friday June7, 5-88:30p

Olivia Kay Washington (Tia’s pen name) is a poet Blooms at Midnight is Olivia Kay's award winning debut work written in memory of her daughter, Jessie Marie

“Collage Art” Karen Juihn Friday June 14, reception 6-99p

Art Alliance at Jarrett Thor Fine Arts 100 Taylor St , Suite 101, Colonial Beach

One of Karen's favorite forms of expression is collage art. She likes to create landscapes with paper, paint and other forms of assemblage materials. Her pictures evolve as she works and take on an abstract quality, though, she wants the work to be representational. Each finished piece looks very unique and is appealing with bright color and texture. Additionally, AA artists display an array of painting, sculpture, photography, encaustics, ceramics, jewelry, and wood furniture throughout the gallery.

~ Rob Rudick

“The Big, Big Show”, All Members Exhibit Opening reception 1st Friday, June 7, 6pm to 9pm Art First, 824 Caroline St Art First Gallery has curated a statement show featuring new and large pieces, designed to make a big impression. These show-stoppers will make the perfect focal point for staging rooms or redesigning living and workspaces. With substrates in the range of 20x20 inches to 36x36 inches, gallery visitors will be treated to the big imaginations of our artists. Hang on

Gary Close

James Hinz, Featured Resident Artist Darbytown Art Studio 241 Charles St June 7, 5-88:30p

James Hinz moved to Fredericksburg eights years ago from his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan. He has been an artist at Darbytown Art Studio for about six years. He's an oil painter and will sometimes use acrylic and watercolors.


Photographer, Claire Sophia Thompson Canal Quarter Arts Artist

Meet & Greet Reception, First Friday June7, 5-88:30p

1517 Princess Anne ST

Claire loves the local landscape and wildlife. Claire has taken great interest in capturing the beauty and thrill of nature - from the dew on a small blade of grass to the majestic birds of prey diving to catch their next meal. Claire also loves to capture perfect moments of her clients during portrait photography seasons

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810 Caroline Street,Downtown 540.371.4099 Artist on Site Saturdays
“Azalea Path” @ BSG “Piazza Navona Bench”,Robyn Ryan “Happy Faces ”,Beverley Coates “Refuge”,Lynn Abbott Ron Rosiello @Artful Dimensions Claire Sophia Thompson@CanalQuarters Sunrise Conference, Gary Close @Art First “Change of Season”, Karen Juilhn @Art Alliance

Sounds of Summer free concert series returns

One of the most popular summer traditions in Fredericksburg comes dancing back on Friday, June 7th. Sounds of Summer returns to Market Square outside Fredericksburg Area Museum, and is free to the public.

The concert series will start off with country artist 44 Diesel, and will continue with different music artists on Fridays at 6:30pm throughout the summer, until September 6th when Karen Jonas closes out the series.

There is no better way to enjoy the season than Sounds of Summer, so head over to Market Square for Friday Fun! .

The 10-week series will feature a FREE outdoorpublic concert on the following Friday

nights from 6:30- 8:30PM in historic Market Square, located at 907 Princess Anne Street: Sounds of Summer is hosted by Fredericksburg Area Museum . Follow them on Facebook

June 7: 44 DieselClassic Rock

June 14: Spanglish Latin American Band

June 21: Elby Brass, Heavy

Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Non alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. Additionally, fans of the concert series can look forward to new Sounds of Summer branding, coming this summer!

For more information about Sounds of Summer, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Caroline Ford at

Caroline Ford is the Director of Operations for FAM

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Horn Funk Spanglish Latin American Band 44 Diesel - Classic Rock Elby Brass, Heavy Horn Funk

Auto Known Better primary wires

Everything runs off a primary wire. Let's call it the spark of life. Think zygote or "on the first day… heaven and earth…" whatever makes sense.

Automobiles have a primary wire that comes alive when we turn the key (or it senses the fob) and branches off to heat up the ignition circuits to make the engine run, make the A/C cool you down and light up that irritating little screen and the seat belt buzzer. When something interrupts power to the primary wire everything stops and you drift off to the side of the road hoping a Good Samaritan or a tow truck will come to your rescue.

Likewise your brain powers up the wires running through the medulla oblongata where it then branches off to run all the systems that keep us alive. Interrupt that primary wire and we cease to function.

So let's suppose when working correctly, all objects either animate or inanimate have a primary wire without

which we have darkness.

Over the years I have queried you readers about many things like whether or not automobiles identified with a particular gender or had a preferred sexual orientation. I've also asked if particular makes or models might be identified with certain smells. The first generation of mass produced automobiles were painted with lacquer because it dried quickly and they were all upholstered in leather with horsehair padding. A distinctive combination of olfactory fun.

Later in the century they developed acrylic paints and introduced us to wool upholstery which was not only itchy but took on an "old coat" smell rather quickly especially in moist climates. Next up was synthetic interiors like vinyl that held up well and had a wonderful ability to heat up enough in the sun to burn the legs off the unsuspecting occupant. Payback to children who used magnifying glasses on insects. Turnabout is fair play.

I've taken a dip or two in the political car pool as well, even doing a cost analysis of the President's chariots over the past 250 years. And now the time is nigh to execute the perfect belly flop into the rough waters of our current body politic. I hear the water is fine… perhaps a bit choppy!

So we're back to the primary wire! If we want our political vehicle to carry us safely to a bright future we need the ignition to work properly. The primary wire is where it starts. As citizens we have the right to vote or, as it has been so aptly described, we have the opportunity to impose term limits every two years. The choices made in primaries determine how well the vehicle functions. Does it start easily? Does it have good response time? When we find ourselves in a critical situation and need instant acceleration to avoid a catastrophic event does it move or just stall out on the tracks with the train fast approaching?

This is my considered opinion: (fancy sounding huh?) As a society we spend more time choosing a mechanic than we do our elected representatives or even our doctors. My experience keeping classic cars on the road would bear that out. I have to be responsive. I have to be a good communicator. I have to do effective work and keep their ride running reliably. If I fail to do these things they will exercise their option to choose another representative… and I only get paid if I do good work…

What? Pay for performance? Wouldn't that be a nice requirement? You get paid at the end of your term.

Use your brains think then VOTE June 18th!

Rim Vining, humorist, friend and a devoted community volunteer.

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The Moss Free Clinic Needs Our Support!

The mission of the Moss Free Clinic is to improve the health and wellness of low-income, underserved people through quality healthcare delivered in an atmosphere of dignity and respect

A community where everyone can access quality healthcare means a better quality of life for all

Safeguarding the future of our Clinic requires the continued support of the Frederickburg Community

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Sharing Our Dreams for Our Future

On April 25th, Empowerhouse held an event at 718 Venue to celebrate our past accomplishments and share our dreams for the future. The one hundred or so guests in attendance represented the thousands of individuals, organizations, and local sheriffs' departments, elected officials and staff who have partnered with Empowerhouse (formerly the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence) since our founding.

In an historic building, within the walls that have stood strong across several centuries, we talked of our own history; in particular, the amazing founders who had the vision and strength of conviction to give voice to survivors of domestic violence in our community and stand up for an organization that continues to serve 46 years later

their hearts, restore their connections, rebuild their lives and renew their spirits.

Dr Allyson Poska , Professor Emerita of History, University of Mary Washington, and former Empowerhouse Board Member, talked about the effort to organize and document the history of the organization and consolidate a narrative of breadth and depth of its service across the years.

Nancy Fowler , (photo right) Program Manager, Virginia Office of Family Violence, and Empowerhouse Executive Director, 1994-2004, spoke for us as she shared her admiration for Rebecca (Becky) Reed (photo left) as one of our founders, a leader in our community across many issues, and a mentor to many.

Becky is the first recipient of the Empowerhouse Founders Award; an award we hope will be an annual effort; a moment when we can pause the hustle and bustle of daily activities, take stock of what we have accomplished and recognize those that have lifted us up, and lent a helping hand along the way.

In 2023, Empowerhouse's programs and services supported more than 3,800 survivors of domestic violence. Year after year, for the past 46 years, we have served community members in the City of Fredericksburg, and Caroline, King Geoge, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties. Our mission is to empower survivors and their children to believe in themselves and build new lives filled with dignity, respect, safety and hope. Our programs and services are designed to give victims the time, space, and tools to heal

It was with our mission in mind that Board member Chris Rooney expressed our desire to continue to be a strong and sustainable organization, capable of serving our community throughout the next 46 years and introduced our updated strategic plan to attendees of the event in which we recommitted to:

1.Break the cycle of violence by expanding work with children and youth

2 Expand access to resources for our clients by strengthening inclusivity and responsive services to eliminate gaps in our services

3.Communicate the story of Empowerhouse to broaden understanding of the organization in the community and to continue to drive financial support.

4 Strengthen internal operations to ensure [we are] an effective and impactful nonprofit.

You can join us on this journey by learning more about Empowerhouse on our website (, by helping a survivor overcome domestic violence and get back on her feet through a donation on our website (or to Empowerhouse, PO Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402), and by being an ambassador for Empowerhouse. If you, or someone you know, needs help, remember it is all about that first step. You are not alone. They are not alone. There is help available by calling Empowerhouse's 24/7 confidential Hotline number: 540-3373-99373

Kathleen Harrigan is a member of the Empowerhouse Board of Directors and strongly believes in the kindness, respect, care, support and safety planning offered to survivors of domestic violence by Empowerhouse.

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C o m p a n i o n s

Friday Night Summer fun Series @ODHS

puppies to help them cool off, too!

Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy is a Public Relations Professional & a ODHS volunteer

ODHS is located at 3602 Lafayette Boulevard in Fredericksburg Adoption events are Wednesdays from 5-7 7 p m , Fridays from 6-8 8 p m and Saturdays from 12-4 4 p m Applications in advance are preferred and take priority over walk-iins For more information about the dogs available for adoption and adoption applications, as well as upcoming events, volunteering, fostering and donating items, visit www olddominionhumanesociety org

It's a "Summer Series of Friday Nights" featuring fun with puppies and exciting events at Old Dominion Humane Society (ODHS) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from May through August. From the first Friday to the fourth Friday, the four months will be filled with activities that are centered around the puppies. Families can make a date to be at ODHS to participate in wholesome fun and make memories with sweet, adoptable puppies.

The events include:

First Friday: "Puppy Playground," where guests can visit the puppies that will be playing on slides, dog tunnels and little houses. People can watch the pups get their energy out while playing on all types of fun, kiddie toys.

Second Friday: "Puppy Luau" with a swimming pool all ready for the puppies to doggie paddle and cool off. The dogs will be ready to kick back and relax with music by the pool. Guests should be ready to wade in, too, and enjoy some cool, refreshing fun with the rescue dogs.

Third Friday: "Puppies and Popsicles," where guests can get a favorite flavor refreshment from an ice cream truck that will be on hand. Popsicles will be supplied for the

Fourth Friday: "Puppies and Painting is available for guests' own dogs or some fun painting projects with the puppies at Old Dominion. Supplies will be provided. This is a fun activity for guests and the dogs to bring out their inner artist and create masterpieces.

"Families can spend time with puppies and other adoptable dogs during Old Dominion's 'Summer Series of Friday Nights', and they'll be able to enjoy parties, painting and popsicles," said Chrissy Blake, founder of ODHS. "It's a great way to start a family tradition and spend time with the cutest puppies. This is an opportunity for people to have fun while helping ODHS in its mission to provide permanent homes for animals in need."

The "Summer Series of Friday Nights" is a donation of $10 per family or a canned dog food.

Mission Statement: Old Dominion Humane Society is here to provide wellmatched, permanent homes for animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education.

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Levi is one of the rescue puppies up for adoption at Old Dominion Humane Society (ODHS) She can't wait to meet the families who will be visiting for the "Summer Series of Friday Nights


The Swan The Swan

From a distance she compares to a lotus riding on the pond/ her semblance clear turned upside-down and never divergent/ till breeze arouses cool water brushing along her feathers

Then she raises up into the urgent air as wings spread out/ climbing a tailwind to journey forward beyond the horizon/ and opens her being aloft without fear where heavens gleam..

Frank Fratoe writes poetry from the heart

Astrology & You let’s talk moon for june

Do you know what phase the Moon was in when you were born? This tidbit is often overlooked but important because this information can tell us much about our approach to life Our Moon is the gateway to understanding our emotions and gifts us with insights into our true Self and what we need, what feeds our soul. But this isn't the only gift studying our natal Moon can bring us. Looking at the phase of the Moon at our birth can deepen an appreciation about how we best approach life. It flavors all the other planets in our birth chart as we look at the dynamics of planets in signs in aspect to each other.

The Moon reveals itself in phases: New Moon, followed by Waxing Crescent, First Quarter waxing, Waxing

Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, and finally, the Waning Crescent (or Balsamic). Each Moon phase is equal to 45 degrees on the Zodiac wheel. There are many astrology and astronomy sites that will calculate your Moon, but the best I have encountered is astro-sseek com It is free and they will give you not only the phase but your Moon sign and which house your natal Moon occupies (if you have a birth time), along with a short interpretation. If you are curious and want to expand your understanding of all things Moon, Steven Forrest's book titled The Book of the Moon: Discovering Astrology's Lost Dimension, is an excellent read and very entertaining.

Another item related to overlooked Lunar information is the Void of Course Moon. As the Moon prepares to change signs, there can be gaps of time (typically hours) where the Moon does not make any aspects (angles) to the other planets. In essence, it is out there on its own. People often look to the void-ofcourse Moon when planning events. I always check to see if the Moon will be void of course before I make any medical or dental appointments or set up important meetings. We can learn more about how this period may impact us by looking at any aspects it made prior to leaving the last sign. Did the Moon make easy or supportive angles to other planets or were they challenging, difficult angles? More on this topic next month.

Here is the astrological weather for June:

June 1 Mars Chiron conjunction in Ariestake a calm, easy approach with yourself, especially if any unresolved issues from the past arise. Courage comes easily.

Venus approaching cazimi with the Sun (they travel together most of June) Love, enjoying companionship, spending time with your fur babies are all favored this month Celebrate with a special date.

Mercury Uranus conjunction (the first four days of the month)-Time to let your inner genius take the lead! This is a time of ingenuity, invention, and maybe a few surprises.

North Node of the Moon stations retrograde and is conjunct the Moon-Turn inward and listen to that inner warrior spirit Be brave as there is plenty of fire to get things moving.

June 6 New Moon in Gemini-Consider meditating on clearing any blocks to your thinking, especially if you wish to start something new. Meeting with others, attending events that support your goals are all favored. Now is the time to plant the seeds that will grow into your future Note: Venus will also be making a conjunction with this New Moon, so creativity as well as finances could be favorable

June 9 Mars enters Taurus-Wow! The steady, unyielding power of the bull couples with fiery Mars is enough energy to make even the most daunting tasks approachable. Onward!

June 14 Mercury cazimi with the Sun (and conjunction with Venus)-This combo makes us shine in the social realms. Harmony and cooperation are the name of the game today

June 17 Venus enters Cancer-until midJuly, Venus brings love and beauty while the sign of Cancer helps us embrace themes of nurturing, empathy, and self-care. It may be a tender, vulnerable time for some, so take diligent care to honor your needs for comfort. Mercury enters Cancer/Mercury conjunct Venus in Cancer-supports expressing our love and reaching out with empathy to others. Remember to say "I love you " to those special people in your life Also, take time for self-care through the senses and indulge in what feeds your soul.

June 20 Sun enters Cancer/Summer Solstice (Venus/Mercury conjunct the Sun)-- Take time today for self-care through the senses. Care and comfort are the magic words for the next month. Summer Solstice is a time to turn inward as it is strongly influenced by the symbol of the watery crab. What nourishes you? This is a time to slow down and reflect, gather any missing pieces.

June 21 Full Moon in Capricorn-This is a more practical, grounded Moon. Remember those seeds you planted during the New Moon on the 6th? Now it is time to plan, to put bones to those new beginnings

June 29 Saturn stations retrograde in Pisces until mid-November. This combination brings with it a sense of practical idealism, grounded and patient.

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

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Give a Child Something to Think About

Fredericksburg Sketches

A visual Celebration of our community

June is Pride month but since The Front Porch goes to press a month ahead, this sketch is actually from last year. But it's still valid.

The cheerful and colorful flags adorn all the downtown utility poles and the city shares a month-long celebration with all its citizens.

One of the things I love about this town is its inclusivity. Go get out there and fly your flag-and maybe even sketch it! Cheers!

Paula Raudenbush is an admin for the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Urban Sketchers and maintains a studio in Libertytown Arts Workshop.

Now offering psychological astrology & astrological consultations In addition to Individual, family & marital therapy Hypnosis Expressive Arts 540.845.7622 810

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Beginning on Saturday, June 8, and going through Sunday, August 11, Friends of Wilderness Battlefield Interpreters will be available to give tours of Payne's Farm on Weekends, from 9AMPM.

Payne's Farm is the site where a Civil War Battle took place during the Mine Run Campaign, which occurred November 27 - December 2, 1863. There were around 2,000 casualties there, and the battle only lasted about an hour, but the events leading up to and that happened right after it are also quite interesting.

Zoar Baptist Church is across the street from this site and their address is 31334 Zoar Road, Locust Grove, VA. As

Payne’s Farm guided tours this summer

By robert lookabill

you approach the intersection of Hwy 20 (then called Orange Turnpike) and Zoar Road, pull off into the parking lot of the Exxon Station for a moment and look at that intersection. General Warren's Second Corps was right there, looking towards Orange, and Confederate Troops were just on the other side of Mine Run, facing Locust Grove. Visitors can see what is left of the old well belonging to Robinson's Tavern, which was where the Exxon sits today. There are several historical markers visitors can read, as well. Turn at the Exxon on Zoar Road (you are going to the side of the Exxon) and go about 2.5 miles down, and you will come to Payne's Farm on your right.

This is a wooded trail, and good walking or hiking shoes are recommended. The only bathroom facility is a porta potty, so visitors might want to stop at the Locust Grove Town Center before they arrive. The trail is around 1.5 miles or

visitors can walk a quarter of a mile and just view the field where the battle took place.

This property is owned by the American Battlefield Trust, and Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is working closely with them to help Preserve, Promote, and Protect it.

The tours are free, and donations are welcome.

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield Payne's Farm Open for Tours Payne's Farm, Locust Grove, VA Weekends June 8 - August 11 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Free and open to the public

Robert Lookabill is a member of the FoWB Board
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