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Battle of the Condiments

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55 F oodie Profile

Saving big by going green

10 B its&Pieces 12 ECO 411

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Dog days of summer


Day trip to historic Jamestown

18 H  UMOR

Summer Jobs Gone Wrong

Around Town 21 A  round Town

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hhhh, summer!! What’s not to like about longer, warmer, sunnier days? Here in Virginia, we’re lucky to enjoy the beauty of four seasons. But there’s something about summer that brings a smile to our faces. Summer is a time to loosen up, break free of schedules (as much as possible), wear sandals to work, feast on fresh corn, tomatoes, ice cream and peaches. Summer means camps for kids, less car-pooling for parents. It’s a time for cook-outs, reunions, outdoor concerts, afterdinner strolls. It’s a time to get out of the house and chat with your neighbors. It’s a time to linger over another tall glass of iced tea with a sprig of fresh mint, a time to while away the afternoon with a lowbrow book or a stack of magazines. After our winter of the never-ending snowstorms, who among us would dare to complain about the heat and humidity? OK, there may be a stretch in August when summer’s sizzle might get to us, but we can snap out of the doldrums with a trip to Carl’s or a dip in a pool. At Virginia Neighbors, we’ve been gearing up for summer since that last snow got to us. In this issue you’ll find columnist Anna Billingsley’s thoughts on summer, a humorous look at summer jobs gone awry, a refreshing drink recipe and a feature on the Lake of the Woods ski team. We hope you enjoy this issue of Virginia Neighbors and as always, we look forward to hearing from you. Let us know if you have a friend or neighbor you think our readers would like to meet. Give us a call at (540) 899-3999, send me an email at or drop by our office at 520 William Street. We’d love to hear from you.

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The Great Cookout Debate: Mustard vs. Ketchup


Consumption of mustard per person each year in the US.


Jars featured in The Mustard Museum of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin from all 50 states and 60 countries.


Eating this much brown mustard can bump your metabolism about 25%, which lets you burn 45 extra calories per meal. Mustard seeds are full of selenium, a nutrient thought to protect against some cancers, and omega-3 fatty acids. These little seeds are also surprisingly good sources of iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, protein, niacin and even fiber.


Sodium in a 1 tablespoon serving of yellow mustard. It has about 15 calories, no sugar and no fat.

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The hungry have been crushing mustard seeds since before the Greek and Roman civilizations came to pass. In 1904 French’s signature yellow mustard made its debut at the St. Louis World’s Fair along with the hot dog.


Number of bottles of ketchup each American eats in a year.


Height of the world’s largest ketchup bottle, proudly displayed in Collinsville, Illinois built atop a water tower in 1949.


Quantity of ketchup you have to eat to gain the nutritional value of an entire ripe, medium tomato. Processing tomatoes concentrates the lycopene, an antioxidant shown to reduce incidence of cardiovascular disease, some cancers and macular degeneration.


About 8 percent of the recommended daily limit of sodium. A single tablespoon of ketchup has lots of sodium, about 16 calories and no fat.


The origin of ketchup dates back centuries to a salty pickled fish sauce from China called ketsiap. In the 1600s the sauce made it to America where the recipe went through many transformations. In the 1870’s, Heinz rolled out its own ketchup line.

The winner, Mayonnaise? Whether it is spread on sandwiches or found in sauces (tarter, coleslaw), the average American consumes about 4 lbs of the stuff every year, so we must love it. Made mostly of eggs and oil; mayo is a source of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that appears to promote cardiovascular health. Mayo has 90 calories,10 grams of fat and 130 mg of sodium per tablespoon. In 1905, the first ready-made mayonnaise was sold by a family from Vetschau, Germany, at Richard Hellmann’s delicatessen in New York. Candice Carver Illustration





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River Safety

Relaxation Drinks Pour on the Zen Sipping chamomile tea, turning on Beethoven or taking a yoga class can help you unwind after a mess of a day. But why bother with those when serenity comes in a can? After years of pouring the blood-revving powers of energy drinks like Red Bull and Boost down our throats, the beverage industry is finally showing signs of chilling out. Drinks that get you going are giving way to ones that make you feel mellow. According to a survey, there were 150 new relaxation drinks launched last year, a trend that is beginning to cover the market like a down comforter. “It’ll relax you in a heartbeat, in a matter of minutes, really,” said Jeremy Langlois of Lynchburg. “It doesn’t knock you out. It doesn’t put you to sleep. It calms you.” Jeremy, an independent contractor for Bebida Beverages Company, has delivered Koma Unwind, to country stores, gas stations, mini marts and truck stops since April. The drink, he said, helps release tension, allows him to focus, and tastes like grape Nehi soda. Since 2005, when RelaxCo launched Blue Cow, billed as “the original relaxation drink”, the concept has proven to be as contagious as a yawn. Innovative Beverage Group’s Drank, Funktional Beverages’ Purple Stuff Pro-Relaxation Formula and a variety of other brands, including iChill and Vacation in a Bottle, have strolled onto the scene. With slogans like “slow your roll,” “unwind from the grind,” and “the happy relaxation drink,” these pacifying products have stirred up some controversy, with

The Rappahannock River offers beautiful scenic views, great fishing and a multitude of other recreational activities. Unfortunately, its calming looks can be deceiving. Since the early 1960s, nearly 70 people have drowned in the river from Fauquier County to Urbanna according to Friends of the Rappahannock. Most of those deaths occurred in the Fredericksburg area. Most of the victims were strong, young adults; most knew how to swim, and none wore a life jacket. Before you head out to the river for a swim or a rafting trip, be sure to follow these safety tips from Friends of the Rappahannock.

opponents comparing their effects to those of marijuana. But, manufacturers say, the drinks are simply soothing cocktails of natural ingredients available where vitamins are sold. Melatonin, a hormone that controls sleep and wake cycles; rose hips, a plant derivative used to treat nervousness; valerian root, an herb that can quell anxiety; and L-theanine, a stressreducing amino acid found in green tea, are kicking caffeine to the curb. “Some guys at work want the energy drinks, but some guys are wired for sound. They get anxious, like me. They want to relax,” said Jeremy, who also works late shifts at a nuclear plant. “If your body’s tired, [Koma Unwind] will allow you to go to sleep. When I’m hyped up, it’ll allow me to focus on what I’m doing.” So, the next time you need to de-stress, you could reach for a tea bag, grab your iPod or head to the gym…or just pop a top and pour yourself a glass of Zen. —Lisa Chinn


ECO 411

Go Green, Save Green When it comes to the environment, most people consider themselves some shade of green. And when it comes to another green — money — most people want to save some. Here are some simple conservation practices that are proven to help the environment and keep money in your pocket. When it comes to cleaning our houses, there are several alternatives to the products people frequently use. These alternatives are friendlier to your budget, your personal health and the environment. For example, use plain toothpaste and a soft cloth to shine silver jewelry. Use vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water to clear slow drains. To deter ants from marching through your pantry, place cloves, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon at the point of entry.




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»U  se sunscreen and wear appropriate clothes and old tennis » U  nderstand what the water level means. Check the gauge shoes or river sandals with heel straps. Take a first aid kit and plenty of drinking water.

»N  ever wade, tube, swim or boat alone. Go with someone who knows the river.

before you leave home. When the river is in the Green area, life jackets are essential. Stay off the river when the levels are Yellow or Red. Rescue is difficult, if not impossible, when the water level is Red.

»W  ear a life jacket when fishing, wading, tubing, swimming » R ecognize moving water hazards. Swiftly moving water, or boating.

»D  on’t drink alcoholic beverages. Impaired coordination and judgment increase risk of injury or death.

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muddy water, and river water out of its banks are warning signs to stay off the river.

»D  on’t stand in moving water. Foot entrapment between

the weather forecast. Lightning, cold weather, high winds, and dusk all mean you should get off the river until conditions improve.

rocks or in debris can cause the current force the victim underwater. Instead, float and keep your feet up and downstream to fend off rocks.

trip should take. Let someone know of your plans —when and where you will start and when and where you expect to complete your trip.

if something goes wrong.

» P lan your trip. Consider water levels and how long your » C arry a charged cell phone in a dry bag to stay connected

If you make the switch to these alternatives, just be sure to dispose of your household chemicals properly. Don’t pour anything into a storm drain and contact your local hazardous waste program to find out about disposal options. Simple maintenance and good water conservation habits can also save a lot of money. That dripping faucet is not only keeping you awake at night, it may be wasting up to 20 gallons of water a day and costing up to $41 per year. Similarly, A leaking toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons a day, or $416 per year. To check for toilet leaks, add some food coloring to the water in the tank. If any color seeps into the bowl after thirty minutes, you have a leak. Turning off the water for personal care like tooth brushing saves up to nine gallons of water a day and taking shorter showers saves five gallons per minute. While the water savings

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may not seem like much, these gallons add up. Check your water bill this month and challenge the family to bring it down next time. Improving your home’s energy efficiency will save money each month too. The easiest no-cost solution merely requires a flip of the switch when leaving a room. Turn your hot water heater down to 120 degrees. Bump your thermostat up a few degrees this summer and down in the winter. Use a power strip for electronics so it’s easier to switch them all off, and unplug your cell phone charger when your phone isn’t charging. Low cost fixes include sealing cracks and installing weather stripping around doors and windows, installing a programmable thermostat and switching to compact fluorescent bulbs. Be sure to recycle them. Implement a few, if not all, of these great green tips and see how healthy your budget and environment can be.

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t may be summer, but you can still sneak in some history lessons for your kids with a quick trip down to the Jamestown Settlement. Yes, there’s a museum and a film, but the best part—and I think your children will agree—is the life-sized, outdoor living-history areas. The first time we ventured down to Jamestown, it was with friends from New York who’d come for a visit. Together, our brood of five kids, ages 4-7 at the time, spent the day exploring a Powhatan Indian Village, wandering around the decks of colonial ships, and trying on kid-sized armor at the James Fort, all while unknowingly absorbing historical knowledge. There wasn’t a yawn-inducing lecture to be heard, just hands-on fun guided by helpful interpreters in full costume. They described what daily life was like for the Virginia colonists and Indians 400 years ago. Then we let the kids and their imaginations run wild. At the Powhatan Indian Village, we explored replicas of Indian houses, felt the stacks of fur hides, and admired the


dried gourds and other cooking implements. We even had a chance to grind corn. As we emerged from the path in the woods that led from the village to the dock, we gasped when we saw the

tall ships. Replicas of The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery—which sailed from England to Virginia in 1607— waited to be boarded. We roamed the cramped quarters of the ships and pretended to be sailors. The kids swabbed the deck with buckets of water pulled up from the sides of the ship. They sat in sailors’ bunks, climbed over cannons and ran their chubby fingers along miles of ropes and knots that held the sails. At James Fort, the educational play continued as we explored the intricate woodwork inside the church, peaked out the windows of the dwellings and weaved a fence with wooden planks. The kids took turns modeling the metal armor, playing period games, like ring-toss, and found the musket demonstrations thrilling. Our trek continued to the Riverfront Discovery Area where we scraped out tree trunks with chunky shells to make canoes. The hollowed-out logs, I mean, canoes, were big enough for our bunch to sit in and row out to sea—at least in the magical world that Jamestown created for them that day. History learned. A fun-filled day had by all. Mission accomplished. There is a café on site, but we chose to pack lunch and sat outside at the picnic tables they provide. As of this writing, tickets for one-time admission for children 5 and under are free; ages 6–12 are $6.50; and ages 13 and up are $14. Check out Jamestown’s web site for combination tickets that include other historical sites as well as seven-day discount passes. You can even follow them on their Facebook page, which contains handy event updates along with typical Facebook chats and fascinating photos. The less than two-hour, 100 mile drive from Fredericksburg makes this a good day trip. But if you find yourself with more time, there’s plenty to do in The Historic Triangle—that includes Jamestown, the Yorktown Victory Center which chronicles the American Revolution and, of course, Colonial Williamsburg—but you will need more time than one day. And I’d need lots more than two pages to tell you about it. — Lisa Ferreira

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aybe you were the block’s best babysitter or a tanned, whistle-blowing lifeguard. As a teenager, my first foray into the working world was at a mom-and-pop dry cleaning shop. I worked the front counter, but the scary-looking equipment in the back spewed steam all day long, and that made the tiny space, sans air-conditioning, hotter than Hades. I soon traded that tropical setting for a string of jobs at icy cold ice cream shops including one where I sold softserve in waffle cones at an amusement park. Shortly after I started my job, one of the machines started to leak vanilla ice cream. I told the manager that the gasket appeared to be wearing out. He insisted that I’d simply not put the machine together properly after I’d cleaned it. Reader’s Digest Condensed Version: The leaking continued as did my attempts to convince the manager to replace the gasket until one afternoon when he pulled the handle to make a cone and the gasket gave way. The stainless steel machine erupted like Mt. St. Helens. Vanilla ice cream drops rained down like volcanic ash all over the heads of (screaming) customers. As always, there are lessons to be learned and this one is: Even when you are in charge, sometimes it’s simply best to shut-up and listen. My stint as a server at a restaurant is no less memorable. One night, a couple in my section was celebrating their wedding anniversary. It was a rare night without the kids. The woman wore a beautiful, amethyst-colored dress. I remember exactly what she had on because five minutes after she sat down, I lost my balance and dumped a tray of filled-tothe-brim iced tea and water glasses on her silk-draped lap. I watched in horror as the tumblers and ice cubes and

liquid cascaded down onto her. Resisting the urge to run out of the restaurant, I waited for her to shout. To my surprise she never did. She just grabbed a pile of napkins and started dabbing. Over my apologies and offers to dry clean her dress, she made jokes about how she usually ended up with something spilled on her every night at dinner thanks to her children. She stayed and ate dinner with her husband—wet lap and all—and once they were gone, I discovered the biggest tip I received all summer long. Lesson learned: Even if you can’t control a situation, you can control your response to it. Always try to choose to react with kindness and grace. A sprinkle of good humor goes a long way, too. Then there was the time I helped cater a wedding reception at a lovely winery. After I set up the buffet line, I walked out on the deck to admire the multi-tiered wedding cake. My boss had painstakingly handmade and decorated it with a meticulous lattice-work design. But instead of the cake I expected, I discovered the pastry equivalent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa! I tiptoed over to the tilted cake, afraid that any vibrations would send it in a nosedive off the table. As I got closer, I saw the culprit - tiny claw marks from the resident cat. Luckily, this Girl Scout-trained baker had extra icing. She cleverly covered the swipes, secretly marking where they were, so we wouldn’t serve those sections to the guests, and gently elevated the side so it wasn’t obviously tilted. Crisis averted. Lesson learned: Stick with freelance writing. It’s not as tasty, but it’s much less messy—especially for my customers. — Lisa Ferreira Candice Carver Illustration



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Working With Community-Based Youth Organizations, To Serve America’s Most Distressed Communities Led by former Major League Baseball greats, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Bill Ripken, The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation’s programs are designed to improve the odds that at-risk youth can make successful transitions to adulthood, primarily by creating opportunities for positive youth development. The Foundation’s youth development approach encourages, guides, and supports individuals to actively shape their own future through their choices and perceptions and implements an approach that facilitates youth's acquisition of basic personal and social competencies necessary for successful adolescent and adult life. The Foundation is providing a way for kids to play, learn and truly benefit from life-changing experiences through five signature programs: Swing for the Future; Badges for Baseball; Healthy Choices, Healthy Children; and Summer Camp programs. Since 2003, the Foundation has impacted more than 750,000 youth through local partnerships.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation recently wrapped up the first phase of its capital campaign to support the new Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Youth Development strategically located on Wicklow Drive in Fredericksburg. Thanks to the generous $1,000,000 challenge grant made by Doris Buffet and the Sunshine Lady Foundation, along with a $400,000 gift from the City of Fredericksburg, $439,000 in gifts from its local board of trustees, and the support of many businesses and individuals throughout the community, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

was able to secure $2,300,000 towards the initial phase of the complex. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Youth Development Park will serve as an outdoor classroom for many of the lessons they teach and enable them to attract and make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged youth in the Fredericksburg area for the long term. The goal is to provide a safe place for children to play and learn in a neighborhood where safe outdoor play spaces are very limited, and to develop a collaborative program to help build a supportive community that will provide physical activities and sports, while engaging more mentors in the lives of these youth, and to teach young people the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle and making smart and productive choices in their youth. There are a wide variety of ways to support the Foundation’s work with underprivileged children. Please go to to learn more about the organization.




Private Eye Sees It All Investigator finds the bad, the ugly, and occasionally the good


ohn Lopes has been chasing criminals since serving as a military policeman during the Cold War. After leaving the service, he studied psychology and photography at Southeastern Massachusetts University. In 1979, he moved to Los Angeles and began working as a private investigatorin-training. In 1985, he started his own investigative business—THE AGENCY—there, then moved the business to Virginia in 1995. His services run the gamut of human foibles—infidelity, insurance fraud, missing persons and the occasional homicide. VN: Where were you stationed as a

military policeman?

JL: I ended up doing the majority of my time in Berlin during the Vietnam War. I never did make it to Vietnam. I was trained to be a soldier and part of me wishes I had made it there to serve my country. VN: What was the attraction of being

a private detective?

JL: In 1979 I moved to Los Angeles and met a retired FBI agent turned private investigator. He felt my background was totally applicable to what he was doing. I was on this quest to find my niche and I believe it was a prayer answered because I got to use my photography skills, my psychological skills and my military police skills. VN: Where are you based and what areas

do you work?

JL: Our main office is in Fredericksburg but we don’t give out our physical location for security reasons. We have 22 investigators in the field and we work from Baltimore to Richmond and down to Williamsburg. VN: Private investigators are stereotypically

thought of as gumshoe types. But how has technology changed the business?

JL: GPS (Global Positioning System) has been a huge

boon for us. It helps us to follow people but it also helps us establish credibility with clients—they can see for themselves how on top of things we are. So it’s gotten very high-tech. We’ve got ink pens that have video cameras. VN: What’s the most challenging part

of the job?

JL: There is the element of danger. But the most challenging part is the hours—it’s 24-7. It’s also getting enough rest and staying on point because it’s all about the details. VN: You see the ugly side of life—adultery,

fraud, murder—but you still seem to relish the job. How does that work?

JL: Everyone comes to us with a puzzle with pieces missing. I guess the joy comes from the ability to answer those questions, walking away with the information your client wanted. I feel like I’m helping people. — Ted Byrd Jamie Haverkamp Photo


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Letterboxing: A Modern Treasure Hunt Summer memories and the search for stamps


osquitoes were biting and the humidity was teasing my hair into a halo of curls and frizz. But I was still excited about the day’s adventure—a treasure hunt of sorts. I was 10 years old and enjoying letterboxing, a popular pastime, with my babysitter, her two children and my little brother. My babysitter had taken us to Lake Anna State Park for the day. We searched the park and followed our printed clues. At last, we turned left at a crooked tree and rounded the bend to find a box hidden in a log near a stone cabin. Carefully, I pulled out my purple ink pad and daisy rubber stamp. I hesitated, with a smile on my face, and pressed the stamp on a log book inside the box. It was my first letterbox, my first treasure hunt. But it wouldn’t be the last that summer. The basis of letterboxing is someone hides a waterproof box somewhere outdoors, often under a rock or in a hollow log. Inside the box are a logbook, a carved rubber stamp, and maybe some trinkets. Whoever hides the box writes directions to it that can be found online. These directions can be simple, cryptic or anywhere in between. Usually the clues involve map coordinates or compass bearings from landmarks. Picking the place to hide the box and writing the clues is a favorite part of the game. Some people even make their own stamps by carving

Armchair treasure hunt: an activity that requires real-life literary riddles so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your favorite chair. Bonus box: (also referred to as an Easter egg) a letterbox with a clue that is not published, but hidden inside another letterbox. They are usually found near the host letterbox. Cootie: (also referred to as a flea) a small letterbox that is passed from letterboxer to letterboxer. It started as an activity for kids to record their thumbprints then pass them along secretly.

a design into a piece of rubber, then mounting the creation on a handle. Letterboxing began in Dartmoor, England in 1854. James Perrott, a guide of the moors in Dartmoor, left a bottle with his calling card and instructions for others to leave their contact information along the banks of the marshes near Cranmere Pool. Over the years the bottle was replaced by different boxes, and the calling cards were replaced with a logbook. Perrott’s act evolved into what is known as letterboxing today. By 2001, all 50 states in the United States had a letterbox, resulting in the formation of organizations such as LbNA and Atlas Quest that advocate and teach the ins and outs of letterboxing. LbNA is the most prominent organization in America. Its website,, explains how to plant a letterbox and leave clues for others to find. The supplies needed to carve a stamp and a glossary of letterboxing slang can be found on the website as well. Today, about 44,400 people in the U.S. are registered on LbNA’s website to participate in letterboxing. Though my letterboxing days are long over, I remember the anticipation upon finding each box hidden in local parks and around downtown Fredericksburg. Each time I look through my letterboxing logbook, it becomes less a montage of stamped miniature dogs, flowers and names, and more of a passport of my adventures during the summer of 2003. —Austen Dunn




When the Heat Rises, We Chill


s I write this, I have just seen the first lightning bug of the year. It’s mid-May, but I already have a little more spring in my step, and I’m drifting into a more carefree state of existence. What is it about summertime that, as Gershwin so aptly put it, makes the living easy? We hear the whir of lawn mowers and ceiling fans, we bare more and bear less, we meander, we think of sand, seafood, and stretched-out days. Never mind that my job continues year-round and that my civic responsibilities don’t let up in June, July, and August; I feel that my load is lighter when the temperature soars. At least life seems easier when women can ditch the pantyhose and men can get by with no ties. Burgers can be thrown on the grill and the stove can remain untouched. “Beach reading” and summer movies provide escapes. Neighbors are out, impromptu parties proliferate, and baseball beckons with fresh fruit and veggies abound, ice cream seems less sinful. People smile more when soggy and sharing a bond: “Sure is hot, isn’t it!” Days full with swimming, biking, golf, and Kings Dominion leave little time for worry. That conversation with the boss about conditions at work can wait. So can the rewriting of the neighborhood association bylaws and lesson plans for the new class this fall. And figuring out how we’re going to pay for college? That, too, can be put on the back burner. At least while the living is easy. We have vacations to plan, hammocks to occupy, fireworks to watch, sun to soak up, and gardens to tend. Not only are the days longer and the activities accelerated, but sights, sounds, and priorities shift for those of us in the Rappahannock region. We stand in line at Carl’s. We socialize every Saturday morning—and buy fresh produce—at the Farmer’s Market. We head to Wolf Trap and Bluemont. Hot lattés become iced skinny cappuccinos “Rappahannock Beach” emerges near the Chatham Bridge.


Traffic snarls every Friday and Sunday afternoon, but we don’t seem to mind. We are less perturbed by things that usually raise our ire. Along with layers of clothing, we shed our uptightness. When the heat rises, we chill. Ordinary things become extraordinary: fresh-picked basil, a gin and tonic with lime, Hanover tomatoes, a ripe peach, fiery sunsets, a late-afternoon thunderstorm, a slice of watermelon, Snead’s asparagus, a chair in the sun, iced tea, a cool breeze, freckles, screened porches, the scent of sunscreen, grilled fish, and water—water everywhere, whether in a bottle, from a sprinkler or a hose, or in an inflatable pool, lake, river, or ocean. Over the years, as I’ve visited various states, I’ve picked up postcards or mementos to remind me of where I’ve been. I hope to do the same after leaving this state of carefree and casual existence. As I return to the world of responsibility, routine, and hard living, I intend to carry with me some reminders of summertime. The freezer will be stocked with Carl’s and fresh-picked produce, a candle with a tropical scent will sit on my desk, and my night stand will hold a racy “beach” read. As I walk into my boss’s office or plop down at my desk with pending tasks, I’ll harbor memories of barbecues and beach parties. Until I see the first firefly of 2011, I want to focus on the extraordinary aspects of all seasons. And as the days grow shorter and the climate becomes cooler, I hope I’ll remember to chill.

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Summer’s here and the time is right for having fun! When the weather gets hot and the pace slows down, we look forward to weekends at the beach, barbeques and a host of other warm weather activities. Of course, to go along with all that summertime fun, there’s nothing like a great sound track to help celebrate the good times.

by Candice Carver JULY / AUGUST 2010 | VIRGINIA NEIGHBORS 29

FLY AWAY! Create Your Own Cool Breeze

See the Flying Circus Airshows in Fauquier County every Sunday all summer long and take an open-cockpit ride after the show. Just like the old Barnstormer shows, you'll thrill by the whirling daredevil stunt pilots, crazy 1920s style wing-walkers, skydivers, and hot-air balloons falling out of the sky. You can even pay to ride in a biplane after the show. ( Special events: Sunday, July 18, 2010—Airshow & The return of the Flying Farmer—Charlie Kulp. Charlie will fly his World Famous Cub Act for the first time in two years. Proceeds from the show will be used to kick off our new Aviation Museum Building project Sunday, Jul 25, 2010—Airshow & Motorcycle Day—50% off admission for Motorcycle Drivers Saturday and Sunday, August 21–22, 2010—Airshow & 37th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. Gates Open From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Launches Both Days— Early Morning 6–7 a.m. & Late Afternoon 5–7 p.m.

Songs You Can’t Fly Without Fly Like An Eagle / Steve Miller Come Fly With Me / Frank Sinatra Free Bird / Lynyrd Skynyrd Time For Me To Fly / REO Speedwagon Leaving On A Jet Plane / John Denver Danger Zone / Kenny Loggins


In the Fast Lane Experience the thrill of Racing at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas. The Racing School provides racing fans and thrill seekers the chance to get behind the wheel of a 500+ horsepower SPRINT Cup style race car as well a as Super Late Models at great race tracks across the country! You can take classroom instruction and then take the wheel of a powerful Nascar race car, or you can just “ride along.” Packages range in skill level, length and price. The beginning class, “Race Along With A Pro,” is a 3 to 4 lap ride in a stockcar with one of the school’s professional driving instructors for $59. The most advanced course is “Race Weekend,” prices start at $3,059. In this program you’ll have three 20 minutes sessions each day driving on track in Racing Reality’s Nascar race cars. With a break in between each session, you’ll be racing, and reaching top speeds, for a total of 60 minutes of driving.

Things to Know: Arrive at the track 30 minutes ahead of time, because race time slots are scheduled after registration at the track. You can also purchase an upgrade once you’re there. Remember to wear sneakers and comfortable clothing (you will wear a suit over the clothing you wear). With these fast paced hits the heat won’t be able to slow you down: Born To Be Wild / Steppenwolf

I Can’t Drive 55 / Sammy Hagar

Highway to Hell / AC/DC

Mustang Sally / Wilson Pickett

Start Me Up / Rolling Stones

Runnin’ With the Devil / Van Halen

Going the Distance / Cake

Life in the Fast Lane / The Eagles

Take Take A Hike A Ride

Some of the most challenging trails are located in Virginia.

So Load your Ipod with some mountain music and challenge yourself!

Listen to Happy Trails by Dale Evans while hiking Riverbend Park (Great Falls, VA). Trails range in length from .25 to 3 miles. RiverBend/

It’s Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen if you’re heading to Prince William Forest Park (Triangle, VA) for their 7.1 mile route.

You’re in for a Rocky Mountain High by John Denver while trekking the 5.2 mile trail at Wildcat Mountain (Manassas, VA).

Numerous scenic byways, recognized for their landscapes and historical areas, make for a relaxing afternoon drive.

Check out the Culpeper County Scenic Tour: Route 229, Route 522, and Route 15 offering views of the mountains and farmland. Or head down Orange County’s Route 15 as it winds through rural landscapes with grazing pastures and orchards.

Make sure to add these to your Road Trip Playlist:

No worries. These songs will get you in the mood to check out MovieCo Theaters and Splitsville in Spotsylvania Town Centre for some rain free fun! Tune into one of these... Drive-in by the Beach Boys, Summer Lovin’ from the Grease Soundtrack, Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams then find a summer movie release for any occasion... Date Night: Dinner for Schmucks (7/23)

Girls Night Out: Eat Pray Love (8/13) The Switch (8/20)

Action: SALT (7/23) The Other Guys (8/6)

Horror/Thriller: Inception (7/16) The Last Exorcism (8/27)


Cruisin’ / Smokey Robinson Route 66 / Nat King Cole WildcatMountain/

Ramblin’ Man /The Allman Brothers Band

Listen to I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) by the Proclaimers when you go climbing the 8 miles up Old Rag Mountain (Shenandoah National Park).

King of the Road / Roger Miller


Rainy Day?

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (7/16) Ramona and Beezus (7/23)

On the Road Again / Willie Nelson Runnin’ Down a Dream /Tom Petty Life Is a Highway / Rascal Flatts Highway 29 / Bruce Springstein


You Know It’s Summer When You Smell The

Grill Make Sure These Are Among The Tunes Rockin’ Your Backyard:

Light My Fire / The Doors Cheeseburger in Paradise / Jimmy Buffet Watermelon Crawl / Tracy Byrd Brown Sugar / Rolling Stones Rock Lobster / B-52s

Every grill master needs this recipe to recreate Tim McGraw’s BBQ Stain 1/2 onion, minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 cup bourbon whiskey 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 tablespoon salt 2 cups ketchup 1/4 cup tomato paste 1/3 cup cider vinegar 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer, if you prefer a smooth sauce.

Tip One Back

Tune-Inspired Cocktails


Songs That Have Us Eating Their Words Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine Summer Salad

concentrate, rose wine, and pineapple juice in a punch bowl until combined. Stir in the ginger ale just before serving.

12 slices bacon 2 heads fresh broccoli, florets only 1 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1cup seedless green grapes 1cup seedless red grapes 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1/4 cup white sugar Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In a large salad bowl, toss together the bacon, broccoli, celery, green onions, green grapes, red grapes, raisins and almonds. Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

You can’t forget to top it all off with some of Warrant’s Cherry Pie 1(12 ounce) package vanilla wafers, crushed 1 cup whipping cream 1(8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling Crumble cookies into a 9x9 inch pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whip cream and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, whip together cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth and fluffy. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture and spoon over crumbled cookies. Spread pie filling over top and refrigerate overnight.

2 (10 ounce) packages frozen sliced strawberries, thawed 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 2 (750 milliliter) bottles chilled rose wine 2 cups pineapple juice 1 liter ginger ale Stir the strawberries, lemonade

A punch of Two Pina Coladas / Garth Brooks 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened

1 tbsp passion fruit liqueur

1/4 cup tequila

20 oz can crushed pineapple

1 tbsp melon liqueur

1tbsp Cointreau

8 oz can coconut cream

1 tbsp silver tequila

1 tbsp lemon juice

46 oz can pineapple juice

2 tbsp white sugar

2 cups light rum

3 large basil leaves

2liter bottle lemon-lime carbonated beverage

Combine all ingredients except the ice in a blender; mix on low until smooth. Add the ice and puree until crushed, about 60 seconds.

Sugar Sugar / The Archies Candy Girl / Jackson 5 I Want Candy / The Strangeloves My Boy Lollipop / Millie Xmall Ice Cream Man / Tom Waits

Sip on Tutti Frutti / Little Richard

1 cup hulled strawberries

8 ice cubes

Tune Into These Sweet Tunes

Ice Cream Days at Chiles Peach Orchard, Saturday, August 7–Sunday, August 8, (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) Fresh, homemade peach ice cream available this weekend only. Enjoy this homemade treat after picking your own peaches (or choosing from our fresh-picked selections). Peaches, nectarines, and local produce available. Call or visit for more information. Come early, this event can sell out!!

Sangria inspired by Dina Carter’s Strawberry Wine

Visit Strawberry Basil Margaritaville / Jimmy Buffet

We All Sing for Ice Cream

1/3 cup cranberry juice
 Shake liqueurs and tequila. Strain in ice-filled glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

In a large container, combine all ingredients except the soda. Mix well and slowly stir in the lemon-lime soda. Freeze for 4 hours or until slushy. JULY / AUGUST 2010 | VIRGINIA NEIGHBORS 33

Splish– Splash

Beach Boys at Wolftrap Sunday, July 25, 2010 (2 p.m.) Soak in the songs of summer with the iconic surf and summer songs of the Beach Boys, the band that has embodied the culture of cool for more than four decades.

Beach Boys Top 10

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Get Around (1964)

surfin’ usa (1963)

kokomo (1988)

good vibrations (1966)

barbara ann (1966)

Help me, rhonda (1965)

Sloop john b (1966)

california girls (1965)

rock & roll music (1976)

fun, fun, fun (1964)

HOMERUN At $8 a ticket you can’t beat a minor league basball game. The Potomac Nationals are a minor league baseball club offering affordable family fun and major league values. After the non-stop action on the field, the stadium has fireworks after every Saturday night game. Come on out. You are sure to have a blast with Nationals Baseball.

Get in the Spirit for the Game with: The Greatest / Kenny Rogers Centerfield / John Fogerty Cheap Seats / Alabama Glory Days / Bruce Springsteen The Boys are Back in Town / Thin Lizzy

There’s no better way to cool off than to visit a local water park. Massad Family YMCA Water Park will be hosting these upcoming events:

Annual Luau

Saturday, August 7th, 7 p.m.

All American BBQ Bash Saturday, August 21st, 7 p.m. Don’t forget to pack these tunes along with the towels and sunscreen...

YMCA / The Village People Swimming Hole /

John McCutcheon

Soak Up the Sun / Sheryl Crow

Wipeout / The Surfaris

Head to the River Be Inspired To Spend Some Time On The Water Come Sail Away / Styx Saturday, August 14 (6:30–9 p.m.) Join guides Michelle Meyer and Bob Sargeant on a Sunset Canoe Float. Hopefully, you will see plenty of Rappahannock river wildlife as the nocturnal river habitat awakens! Meet at the City Dock. Minimum age: 6 years. Backup: August 15. $15 indiv/$45 family.

Rock the Boat / The Hues Corporation

Tuesday–Sunday, All Summer Long All Aboard, the “City of Fredericksburg” is departing City Dock on Sophia Street in Fredericksburg for romantic, nostalgic cruising and you must be aboard. With two decks, dance floor, on board dining and bar, these are cruises you don’t want to miss.

Take Me to the River / The Talking Heads

Saturday August 7 (9–11 a.m.) Bring your family to Leesylvania State Park for the Kids Fishing Tournament and see what you can catch. There is some fishing equipment that participants can borrow, but you should try to bring your own. There are several volunteers on hand to give participants help.


Beachin’ it Pack up that sunscreen and throw on your swimsuit and shades. Situated halfway between Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia, Fredericksburg is a mere 10 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, but the Rappahannock runs right through it. While the water is brackish and there’s virtually no waves, several beaches are within a short drive. Colonial Beach Originally founded as a resort town in the mid 1800s, Colonial Beach is located on a small peninsula that juts into the Potomac River. Surrounded by water on three different sides, this small town has a mile long sandy beach with ample opportunity for swimming, sunbathing, boating, and fishing. Restaurants and boutiques line the petite waterfront. Fairview Beach Anyone who has visited Dumfries’ Fairview Beach knows the biggest draw is boat accessibility. Spend an evening on the Potomac and you will eventually end up at one of the beach’s waterside restaurants and bars. There’s something for everyone from beaches and swimming, to cozy dinners on the deck, or a night out on the water.

Lake Anna State Park About 28 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, Lake Anna State Park has a large sandy beach located on a freshwater lake. The beach is open for swimming from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visitors can also take advantage of the lakeside picnic areas and the numerous hiking trails that cut through the park and around the lake. Virginia Beach Located about 2 1/2 hours southeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach is the closest oceanfront beach. The city has a massive 3-mile long boardwalk along the Atlantic in addition to 35 miles of wide popular beaches. Virginia Beach is a large draw for water sports enthusiasts, and major events like the annual east coast surfing championship take place in the area.

Classic beach tunes to keep you humming. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini / Brian Hyland Beach Baby / First Class Remember (Walking in the Sand) / The Shangri La’s Boys of Summer / Don Henley Under the Board Walk / The Drifters



Top Game At the

Rick Hurley:

of His

In his new job as president of the University of Mary Washington, Rick Hurley won’t have a bit of trouble fostering friendly relations between Fredericksburg and the 102-year-old institution on the hill overlooking the town. He got that ball rolling 10 years ago, and he’s been working on it ever since. by Susan Scott Neal | photography by Norm Shafer

Hurley and his wife, Rose, moved to the area in 2000 when the university lured him from Longwood University to take over as chief financial officer. Rose, an IT professional at Longwood, went to work at Mary Washington Hospital, and the couple made friends easily and quickly became involved in community organizations. Rick’s efforts to nurture relationships are partly by

design. “I see myself as an ambassador of the institution,” he says. But, truth be told, he loves people and he just can’t help himself. Rick isn’t loud and boisterous, but he genuinely adores everything about socializing, from making small talk with students on the university’s Campus Walk to chatting with people at meetings or dancing at


Rick Hurley, 63, Mary Washington University’s ninth president is already well-known in the Fredericksburg community. And in one of his more significant roles involving parties. “I do love everything about people,” he said. “I love meeting new people and hearing what they both the community and the university, Rick was responsible for establishing a committee which brings have to say.” Friends and associates say Rick is well-liked together civic leaders and university officials to discuss issues and strengthand respected because en communication. he’s unassuming and he He also was instrutreats everyone equally, mental in developing the whether he’s with digniuniversity’s first pubtaries or dishwashers. lic/private partnership, And that’s not very Eagle Village, a complex likely to change just beof university offices, cause he’s president of dormitories and retail the university. space in the former Park Not long ago, he was & Shop center. at a meeting of the BB&T The turn of events Bank Advisory Board, of leading to Rick’s presiwhich he is a member, Rick and his wife Rose enjoying an afternoon dency takes his breath and someone he’d never away from UMW campus away. He would have met asked him what he does. Rick replied, “I work at the University of Mary been retired by now had former president Judy Washington.” Someone else at the table spoke up and Hample not unexpectedly resigned after a two-year tenure. His retirement was to take effect May 1, but said, “Rick is the president of the university.” Rick says he gets his people skills from his dad. Hample’s April 1 announcement led immediately to And in choosing Rose as his wife, he guaranteed him- Rick’s postponement of retirement and his designaself a lifestyle that centers around people and the tion as acting president, followed nine days later by joys that friendship can bring. “Rose is just as much a the announcement of his selection as president by the Board of Visitors. people person as I am,” he says. By choosing Rick from within rather than hiring The Hurleys love to entertain and they’re always cooking for friends and family or going out to an outside firm to conduct a search, the board placed eat. They’re also regulars at Hope Springs Marina in its faith in a man who had already led the university Stafford where they keep their boat, a 44-foot Carver through a difficult transition period following the cabin cruiser, which Rick calls “a floating condomin- departure of former president William J. Frawley. ium.” They spend weekends cruising the Potomac In the interim between Frawley and Hample, Rick River with friends and family. Lots of homemade served as acting president from May 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. chow comes out of the galley. “Rick has the knowledge, experience and leadOn a more serious level, Rick is a former chairman and current board member of the Rappahannock ership qualities needed to move the university forUnited Way, a board member of the Fredericksburg ward,” said university board rector Nanalee Sauder. Regional Alliance, a director of the Fredericksburg “The outpouring of support for his candidacy from Regional Chamber of Commerce, and an active mem- faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community was remarkable.” ber of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club. 38

Indeed, Rick seemed the logical choice for a job that he had loved and embraced as acting president, but to which he never dared aspire. For starters, he doesn’t have a doctorate degree. Rick comes from a blue-collar background in which not even a bachelor’s degree was deemed necessary. Back in 1965 when he graduated from Penns Grove High School in Carney’s Point, N.J., “everybody went to work at DuPont,” he said. “My dad worked there, so I did too.” But after a year, Rick felt a sense of responsibility to serve his country, so he enlisted in the Army. He subsequently served in Vietnam, came home, married a hometown girl, and went back to work at DuPont. Then he tried construction, then a job in a gas station. By this time, he and Rose had a baby, and it slowly dawned on him that pumping gas on the New On any day you can find Rick greeting students on campus. Jersey Turnpike wasn’t going to enable him to provide for his family. With the GI bill and lots of part-time jobs, Rick and staff, excellent rapport with students, and visionearned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science ary leadership skills. He is seen as open and honest, from Richard Stockton College at the age of 29. He thoughtful and supportive, intelligent and instinctive. He’s also down-to-earth and approachable. intended to become a forest ranger. Rick’s appointment as president was met with elaInstead, he accepted a job offer from Stockton’s president, who was leaving to become head of tion on the university campus. “It’s just a love fest.” Vermont’s state college system and needed a top says Susan Worrell, special assistant to the president assistant. Rick’s willingness to move from his for university events. Rick and Rose plan to make the most of Brompton, hometown and his weekend work towards a master’s degree in public administration led to his 30-year the magnificent home the university provides for its presidents. They expect to throw the doors open at career path in higher education. “My goal was to become a vice president of fi- Brompton for lots of occasions large and small, fornance at the college level, and I thought that would mal and casual. “We want to bring a homey feel back be the pinnacle of my career; I didn’t need a Ph.D. for to Brompton,” Rose said. Much of the entertaining will be university-rethat,” Rick said. “Never in a million years did I dream lated, but the Hurleys also plan to share Brompton of becoming a college president.” Most colleges and universities do require doctor- with friends, their extended family, and the comate degrees of their presidents, and Mary Washington munity. They want to invite government officials to was no exception. But Rick’s previous experience as Brompton, and they intend to throw a dinner party acting president and his ready knowledge of the insti- for the entire Fredericksburg City Council. In other words, Rick will continue doing what tution outweighed that requirement. His popularity comes natural—mixing and mingling, listening and on campus also made him an appealing choice. Instead of a Ph.D., Rick has a deep, working learning, fostering relationships and having lots of knowledge of UMW, cordial relations with faculty fun at the same time. d JULY / AUGUST 2010 | VIRGINIA NEIGHBORS 39

Full Ski Rushing across the lake trailing a spray of water, the Lake of the Woods Water Ski Club skims the waves with style. by Nicholas Addison Thomas photography by Adam DeSio




Standing on the sun-drenched dock,

Lynda Johnson morphs her hands into binoculars and studies her student from afar. The young boy tilts his skis, pivots and scales the wall of a wave before sailing six feet in the air—whoosh! He nails the landing, just like he had practiced with Lynda. On a nearby knoll, friends and family belt out a chorus of cheers, watching as he skips across the lake like a flat rock. Moments later, Lynda turns and motions for other students to line up. Two young girls waddle forward, skis twice as long as their bodies strapped firmly to their feet. Veering on the edge of the dock, the wide-eyed water warriors look for affirmation from their coach. After a friendly nod from Lynda, they jump in the water and get in position: hands on the tow rope, skis pointed skyward. In seconds, a powerboat purrs to life and jets north. The girls pull themselves up, find their balance and begin to crisscross 3 ½ miles of freshwater, all the while moving their bodies like graceful ballerinas. To curious bystanders, this may seem like nothing more than an exercise in gravity and gumption. For members of the Lake of the Woods (LOW) Ski Club, it’s a fun-filled practice at the local marina. Three times a week during the summer months, club members visit the man-made lake in anticipation of high jumps and human pyramids. Beginner and expert skiers alike slip into elaborate skis, snap on orange life jackets and test the limits of their limbs at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. For these high-flying athletes, waterskiing isn’t just a passing hobby—it’s a wet-and-wild way of life. “Skiing has become a big part of our lives. It teaches us a lot about teamwork and leadership, and it also lets us give back to the community through special performances,” says Lynda, an 18-year club veteran who once served as vice president and show director. “Every week we come together in celebration of the sport, and we leave knowing that we’ve learned a lot, practiced hard, and most of all, had fun.” That mantra of fun and fitness long ago permeated the Locust Grove community. Since the 1970s, the LOW Ski Club has served as a haven for local folks looking to make waves. The club was originally founded by resident ski enthusiasts eager to teach life’s disciplines through sport, and to this day it remains a popular organization espousing the benefits of exercise and educational development. Funded through annual dues and community donations, the club currently boasts 55 members, all of whom joined to learn the basics of skiing—how to lift off, balance and handle unruly wakes—and perform tricks like slalom, double slalom, ballet, 360s and barefoot skiing, or “Boat-O.” A former daredevil on the water, Lynda spends most of her time teaching these skiing mechanics to a handful of young girls and beginners. With


students ranging from ages 5 to 17, the vocal leader highlights everything from how to wind your own rope and grip the short line to safety moves and the handling of combo skis. She also coaches a special type of waterskiing called “swivel,” a favorite technique of hers where the student skis backward for an extended period of time. In this position, the athlete can do toe-turns and hand-turns, balancing on a single ski like a figure skater. Though she still performs some tricks on her own, Lynda gets a different kind of rush from coaching. “I love watching the people I’m coaching succeed. When they make it up for the first time, they always come back with a big smile,” says Lynda. “These kids keep me coming back. I want to share with them what I know and can do. It’s a great way to give back to the kids, and it helps build their confidence in preparation for our shows.”

Every summer the club conducts two free ski shows for the Lake of the Woods community. The first one is held on July 4th in conjunction with local Fire and Rescue Day events, and the final show is on Labor Day, which ends the formal ski season. The events last about 90 minutes each, and offer spectators the kind of full-throttle action you’d find in summer blockbusters. Throughout the performance, skiers in fluorescent regalia perform wild tricks like high jumps, human pyramids and wake flips. In addition to these shows, the club hosts a slalom tournament each year, where club members get together to perform with outside competitors. Though the LOW Ski Club is primarily a show club, these tournaments inspire members to pursue competitive waterskiing during regional and national competitions. While exciting and fun-filled, these shows and tournaments are just one element of the club. The organization’s primary focus for the past three decades has been to offer students a home away from home on the water, and a chance to take a break from the busyness of life and form new friendships, learn new skills and perform physical feats that inspire success. To the versatile members of the LOW Ski Club, it’s more than just an organization. “The team is like a second family to us. We all work together for months and hours, perfecting our routines and learning new tricks. We hang out after practice, we have fights, laugh and cry—we do it all!” says Lynda. “At the end of the day, we know that when we come together to perform, we’re making an impact on the community, and that feels really good.” d

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Fate and Fortune by artist Gabriel Pons. He and his wife, Scarlett Suhy-Pons, are as expressive and diverse as their work suggests.Âť


Language of Space


ortraits of scowling, fierce-eyed girls with curled masses of hair are painted on skateboards that hang on a wall of a downtown Fredericksburg store. On nearby shelves are neat rows of handmade pots and bowls, their rich colors shimmering with a watery glaze. You might be surprised to find skateboards and pottery sharing space in a shop. But not if you know the store owners. Artists Gabriel Pons and Scarlett Suhy-Pons are as expressive and diverse as their work suggests. Gabriel and Scarlett met when they were architecture students at Virginia Tech and they have been working together since 1995. Scarlett was a model for some of the girls featured on Gabriel’s line of skateboards, MONO. A long-time skateboarder, Gabriel was drawn to the idea of “the landscape as a series of subtle obstacles and opportunities.” His graphic influences included iconic shows like Doctor Who and comic books like Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns.” Scarlett found architecture helped her understand, and express through her artwork, her experiences traveling overseas. Pursuing ceramics grew from her interest in “how an object sits in space, how it works with light, and how [people] interact with that form.” Moroccan and Mediterranean cultures became her primary influences. The artists recently opened a new store/gallery called PONSHOP on Caroline Street. The fledgling studio that originally began at LibertyTown has become a new extension of Fredericksburg’s art community. PONSHOP showcases the couple’s work as well as that of local artists like Rob Landeck and Claire Ellinger. Both Gabriel and Scarlett say PONSHOP has become their own “mutual art project.” One table shows a print of Gabriel’s most recent painting of Fredericksburg: a bird’s eye study of the streets curving along the river. A shelf opposite holds one of Scarlett’s blue-green plates, etched in the same design. Their journey to art gallery ownership began while living in New York. Scarlett was a founding member of the Sunset Park Ceramic Co-op, and Gabriel did commission


work for friends’ galleries. They drew on that experience when they came to Fredericksburg to be “in a place supported by family.” The local art scene welcomed the newcomers. LibertyTown, Art First and other groups were all stepping stones along the way to PONSHOP. At LibertyTown, Scarlett says, “we were able to pursue our art in a public space, develop a clientele and learn how to run a gallery.” The two also reached out to their new community and began teaching art classes for adults and children. Gabriel teaches classes on street art and drawing while Scarlett teaches pottery. — Elizabeth Rabin For more information on classes go to


Loud and Brassy


hen marching bands perform during high school football games, the

bleachers are empty. Bored spectators kill time milling about, eating hot dogs, using the restrooms, and completely ignore the goofily attired musicians strutting and fretting during their few minutes on the field. And when Elby Brass, a local “ultimate street brass band” plays, seats empty, too. So folks can shout out lyrics, leap about and parade around and groove with a band that can drive its fans to Dionysian frenzy. Yes, that’s right—a marching band. Says trumpeter Chris Gallo with forthright immodesty, “From the first note they hear to the last, we’ve got the audience hooked.” How could a marching band be so…cool? Inspire such fervor? For example in January, when Elby Brass led a stoked University Cafe audience out onto wintry William Street for a spontaneous Happening, a little pre-Mardi Gras celebration. The Snow Show: check it out on YouTube. These guys could seriously damage the nerd image so carefully cultivated by generations of marching bands. As trombonist Drew Orr says, “This ain’t yo momma’s band.”

Fans Love a Man in Uniform Elby Brass had their look before they even had any members. It started with a Craigslist offer of hundreds of Lake Braddock Secondary School band uniforms. Seth Casana, the group’s sousaphonist, took 150. A look, a concept, and a name (Elby, from Lake Braddock) were born. And those uniforms? “They’re purple,” says Drew, “which is straight pimp.”

Play That Funky Music The group’s members have wide musical experience (playing in punk, funk, blues, and bluegrass bands, even orchestras) but strive to keep the Elby Brass vibe loose and immediate. Seth explains, “No sheet music on stage—that’s like a wall between performer and audience.” Adds drummer Kenny Ellinger modestly, “When the opportunity came to beat on one drum in a consistent pattern, I was all over it.”

Outlaw Chic A rumbling blast issues from Seth’s sousaphone. It’s a rude sound, impolite, funny, but also electrifying. Trumpets, trombones, and saxes join the fray. Drums, music’s heartbeat, begin thumping. The faithful, already hoarse and sweaty, leap to their feet ready to dance. Make no mistake; Elby Brass is noisy and raucous. Seth chuckles. “The police are nice when they shut us down—they always comment on how good we sound.” — Rob Huffman



Summer Bookshelf Booked for the Season

Summer brings lessons in love and forgiveness that can change a life forever. Pack plenty of sunscreen— and tissues. Since most of us hit the beach sans mascara, Nicholas Sparks’ latest tearjerker, “The Last Song,” is a great seaside read. The last place 17-year-old Ronnie—played by Miley Cyrus in the novel’s onscreen adaptation—wants to spend the summer is on the North Carolina coast with the father she hasn’t spoken to for years.

Batter Up, Baseball Fans!

If you’re a diehard baseball fan, consider this your sports bible. There’s no better way to usher in the summer than with an entertaining book about America’s pastime. In Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” baseball fans are treated to an intrinsic look at how statistics go a long way in defining the outcome of games. The plot hinges on Billy Beane, a general manager of the Oakland A’s who was forced to win with a laughable budget. By leaning on statistics and key data, Billy built a contender and ushered in an era of statistics-supported competition.


Beauty Lies Within

Quite a Catch

Katherine Center, “Everyone is Beautiful” Lanie nearly loses herself when she moves far from home to further her husband’s music career. Alone with their three young sons, she feels trapped in her far-from-glamorous “mommy” role and resolves to reclaim her identity. She wages war against her weight, delves into photography and makes friends. But, while finding herself, she nearly loses her husband. In the end, Lanie’s reminded that, in their own way, everyone really is beautiful.

J.D. Salinger, “The Catcher in the Rye” Centered around the teenage angst of main character and narrator, ousted college prep student Holden Caulfield, this book chronicles the difficult period between being a child and reaching adulthood. Since it was published in 1951, the book has been acclaimed and discredited, taught in schools and banned from them. Rereading this controversial classic is a good way to celebrate the reclusive author, who died early this year.

Action & Espionage

A Fiery Love

Brian Haig, “The Hunted” International politics meets global terrorism in this fast-paced thriller. The story centers on one Alex Konevitch, an entrepreneur whose IQ and wealth is worldrenowned. In the 1990s, Konevitch embraced capitalism in the Soviet Union and wound up making millions. Unfortunately, that type of wealth in a broken nation tends to invite danger. With a bulls-eye on his back, Alex treks the globe warding off terrorists and crooked cops, all while ensuring his family stays safe. Based on a true story, “The Hunted” is as provocative a mystery as they come.

Shirley Hazzard, “The Great Fire” After two decades in the making, Hazzard brings to life a book about love and loss in a war-torn era. The plot hinges on Aldred Leith, a battered World War II hero who arrives in post-war Japan to write a book about war. While there, he meets Helen Driscoll, a beautiful teenager, and her terminally ill brother. Aldred soon falls for Helen, but he must first come to grips with his past in order to face his future. With stunning prose, it’s easy to see why this was a National Book Award winner. — Lisa Chinn & Nicholas Addison Thomas


Taylor and King Revisit The 70s

Thirty-seven years after first playing a Hollywood landmark, James Taylor and Carol King stage a reunion—“Troubadour” reunites the two singer-songwriters This 2007 concert from the Troubadour Theater in West Hollywood was a reunion of James Taylor and Carol King’s first performance there in 1970. Their voices remain magical and their musical performances, along with that of their backing band, are exquisite. The 15 songs include King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “So Far Away” and Taylor’s “Carolina In My Mind” and a stirring “Fire and Rain.”

Petty Goes To Roots

With “Mojo”, Tom Petty comes close to making a blues record. After taking an eight year break from the studio, the Heartbreakers stomp back. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sound like they’re channeling Dylan on some of the songs on their new album, “Mojo,” especially the opening “Jefferson Jericho Blues.” But Petty and his band pluck from a wide range of music styles, from rock and country to folk and blues. These songs don’t have the hooks of “Refugee” or “The Waiting,” but they have a clear-headed maturity and a garage band stomp.

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Tim’s II at Fairview Beach Some people need mountain air, some need activity or adventure, and some people need time in the sun by the water to relax and unwind. If you’re the latter and you’re craving a dose of beach culture and atmosphere, Tim’s II at Fairview Beach is the place to go. Located just 13 miles from Fredericksburg via State Route 218, you’ll feel like you’ve really gotten away from it all at this restaurant on a pier in the Potomac. Don’t expect anything fancy. This is a sunglasses, flip flops, tee-shirts-over-wet-bathing-suits kind of place. But that’s the

attraction. “People feel like they’re on a little vacation here,” says Guy Booth, one of the owners. Customers visibly relax as they settle into a table and take in the river view. And what a view it is. The Potomac conveniently takes a slight turn here, giving long vistas up and down the river from the restaurant’s deck and dining room. Technically in Maryland the state border is at the mean low tide of the Potomac here—the building and pier have a long history at this riverside community. In the 1940s, singers Patsy Cline and Jimmy Dean performed at the original restaurant on the site, when it was called the Starlight Pavilion. Old advertisements from the 1950s tout “amusements,” “juke box dancing,” and “beverages” as attractions. In the 1960s, popular local bands like the Prophets, Cavaliers, Continentals and others got their start playing on the pier on weekends to appreciative crowds. The personality of the place has varied over the decades from family restaurant to slots casino to road house, depending on changes in ownership, the times, and Maryland law. In 2001, the restaurant was purchased by a group of investors from Tim’s Rivershore, a busy beach-and-seafood themed restaurant on the Potomac in Dumfries which is highly popular with people in Northern Virginia. Tim Bauckman, Tommy Thompson, David Wright and Guy Booth, owners of the


Forget SoCo, Here Comes AmHo American Honey, a honey-sweetened whiskey concocted by Wild Turkey, combines the natural goodness of honey with the hard-hitting chest-pounder familiar to bourbon lovers everywhere. Like its more famous counterpart, Southern Comfort, American Honey aims to curb the burn in straight bourbon with a dose of sweetness. Unlike SoCo, this 71 proof (just over 35% alcohol) whiskey is light, fresh and vibrant, with none of the thick, cloying sugary, processed flavor present in Southern Comfort. Light gold in color and smelling sweetly of apples caramel, and (surprise) honey, the first sip is undeniably sweet. But as the flavor spreads out across the 52

palate, more complex flavors of toffee and walnut appear. It would be great on a cold night slipped into a mug of hot tea! However, with the hot stickies already upon us in Virginia, this liqueur really shines when fueling a sweet-tart, summery cocktail. My first reaction when tasting the American Honey was “I bet this would be good with a squirt of lemon and a dose of ginger beer.” And it was. Thus, the Stormy Honey, my variation on the classic Dark and Stormy rum cocktail, was born. — Kirk Evans

Fairview Beach location, focus on maintaining consistency between the sister restaurants. As the on-site manager, Guy calls on his background in law enforcement and his many years of experience at the original Tim’s to promote the group’s vision for the Fairview Beach site. “We’re into a family restaurant thing,” he says, and he makes sure to maintain an atmosphere where people can feel comfortable bringing their kids or grandparents. Everything about Tim’s II is casual, from the water skis and oars on the walls to the campy illuminated palm trees. The wide deck wraps around three quarters of the building, and the dining room has walls of glass windows so you won’t miss a bit of river view no matter where you sit. If you’ve been out on the Potomac River for the day, pull your boat right up to the pier and come in to Tim’s for lunch or dinner. Or, if you prefer, anchor offshore and Tim’s will send a shuttle to bring your party to the pier. The friendly and attentive staff, recognizable by their “Tim’s II” tee shirts in sherbet colors, will make sure your visit is enjoyable. Tim’s II is open every day, all year long, and offers a full menu of food and beverages, featuring fresh seafood from the Northern Neck. Local blue crabs are a specialty in season, and Alaskan king crab legs are always available. Check their web site for special events and coupons. Since local blue crab availability is seasonal and variable, it’s best to call ahead to check. Reservations are not accepted, but if you have a large party they would appreciate advance notice so arrangements can be made to accommodate you. — Drema Apperson

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Show off the flavor of summer tomatoes with Cornbread Panzanella Salad.

They’re finally here! Juicy, vine ripened, local tomatoes are at their peak. Fresh and flavorful, they’re the showcase ingredient in our spin on panzanella, the classic Italian “bread salad.” Traditionally composed of tomatoes, leftover bread, olive oil, vinegar and fresh basil, we’ve substituted cornbread and added smoked bacon for a hearty Southern version. Cornbread Panzanella is perfect as a main dish on a hot summer night, or serve it as a side dish for a barbecue. Using a variety of tomato sizes and colors will yield the most spectacular presentation. But there is one cardinal rule: you must use real Southern cornbread, made without sugar. As writer and cookbook author Ronni Lundy puts it, “If God had meant for cornbread to have sugar in it, he’d have called it cake.” And frankly, cake and fresh summer tomatoes just don’t go together.

Cornbread Panzanella 4 to 6 servings 4 cups day-old Southern-style cornbread, cut in 1-inch cubes 6 slices thick-cut smoked bacon Preheat oven to 425˚ F. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels, crumble, and reserve. Toss the cubed cornbread in the bacon drippings and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cubes are nicely toasted. Thirty minutes before serving, combine in a large bowl: 2 pounds fresh ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil

Add the cubed cornbread and allow this mixture to sit, tossing occasionally, to develop juices and slightly soften the cornbread. At serving time, add the following ingredients and toss well: 3 cups torn Romaine lettuce leaves Reserved crumbled bacon 2 T. red wine vinegar ½ cup sliced pitted olives, your choice 2 T. chopped fresh basil leaves Fresh ground black pepper to taste ½ large cucumber, peeled and diced (optional) ¼ large red onion, diced or thinly sliced (optional) Top with shaved or shredded Parmesan when serving. — Drema Apperson


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The Joy Of Cooking Home-cooked Meals Without the Hassle When Drema Apperson shows up at a customer’s home, she looks as if she’s moving in. Her client probably wishes she were. Drema totes in canvas bags packed with pots, pans, knives, and cutting boards. And groceries galore— fresh poultry, ripe mangoes, crisp carrots. Drema is a personal chef for people who want home-cooked meals but don’t have the time, energy or desire to cook. Many are working couples with children, but her clients also include retirees, the elderly and the ill. Prior to becoming a chef, Drema worked in the corporate world. She did well, but she wasn’t happy. “I felt like a square peg in a round hole.” Then she saw an ad for a personal chef class. She took it, learned the business side of the profession, quit her job and soon built up a clientele. Drema learned to cook on her on, and at an early age. “I remember adding Worchester sauce to eggs and thinking I was brilliant. I was 11,” she said. But she didn’t fall in love with cooking until she was in her 20s and bought “The Joy of Cooking.” “I was fascinated. I loved everything about cooking, the chemistry, physics behind it,” she said. She bought a series of 24 books on foods from around the world and learned even more. “I was self-educated, but very serious about it. I would satisfy my curiosity and then move on to some other region. “People always wanted to come to my house for dinner.” Most people prefer familiar food after a hard day’s work. Not necessarily meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas, she said, but maybe ginger beef or enchiladas. Her clients fill out a seven-page questionnaire on foods they like, dislike, or are allergic to. She also asks other questions such as where they go out to eat, or where they shop for groceries, to get a feel for their tastes. Drema normally cooks a week’s worth of dinners, including an entrée and side dish, enough for four people. She’ll leave one meal out for the client and put the rest in the freezer with detailed cooking instructions and her phone number in case there’s a problem or question. Nearly all of her clients come from word of mouth. Most live in the immediate Fredericksburg area. Paula Raudenbush never dreamed she could afford a personal chef. But after she heard about Drema, she gave her a call. Paula, the director of marketing for the George Washington Foundation, said she’d rather be in the garden than in the kitchen. Paula met Drema for lunch one day, filled out that questionnaire, handed over a spare house key, and didn’t look back. “She hasn’t made a single dud,” Paula said, “and she’s made some complicated stuff, like shrimp in lemon garlic sauce with orzo and snow peas. I can eat that warm or cold. It’s good either way.” Paula marveled that Drema always leaves the kitchen cleaner than it was. And that’s just how Drema likes it. “As long as the only real evidence I leave is a house that smells wonderful and a freezer full of food, then I’m happy.”

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For a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and great food visit Soup & Taco Etc. to dine in or carry out.

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30th Anniversary as Sister City with Fréjus, France

The first of many events for this week is a traditional French Bastille Day celebration, Le p’tit bal du 14 Juillet, on July 14th. There will be live music, dancing and food celebrated in the Market Square downtown. On the 16th, come by Riverfront Park for the “American Music Festival.” Musicians including the Dixie Power Trio, The Believers, The DooWoopers and Barbershoppers from the Voices of Pop, will be performing beginning at 7 p.m., but everyone is encouraged to come and bring a picnic when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. Come back the next day when the Fredericksburg Sister City Association, Inc. puts on a fabulous French Market of over 30 vendors, a parade and the cooking of a l’Omelette Géante (Giant Omelet) for all to share. These special events—free of charge and fun for the whole family—are a way of giving back to the people in our communities who have supported FSCA. For more information and a full list of events visit 7/7/2010–7/28/2010

Summer Fun

Hey kids! Spend Wednesday mornings starting at 8 a.m. playing colonial games. Programs for ages 4—6, and 7—12. Admission fee: $10. Advance registration required. (540) 672-2728. To learn more, visit

adventure. Books, cassettes, DVDs, children’s titles and so much more. Open during regular library hours. Come early for best selection. Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St.,
Fredericksburg 7/10/2010

Cajun Zydeco

Historians Eric Mink & Beth Parnicza will lead a 90 minute Civil War walking tour of the UMW campus. Meet at the UMW parking lot at the corner of William St. and Sunken Road at 7 p.m., free and open to the public.

Fireworks are over, but the sparks still fly at the winery for live Zydeco music with Dixie Power Trio and Cajun Fare. $30 ticket includes music from Zack Smith and The Dixie Power Trio, souvenir wine glass, tours, and tasting. Reservations for food are required. 540-895-5085. Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania



Find your romance or your fantasy, a mystery, or an

A courtroom has never been more lively than in this witty musical! The notorious Big


Civil War Secrets on the UMW Campus

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Big Bad Musical

Bad Wolf is slapped with a lawsuit by four storybook characters who want to get even—Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs, and the Boy Who Cried Wolf. Represented by the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother, the plaintiffs and defendant clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. You and the rest of the audience are the jury. Lunch and show are enjoyed from private candlelit tables. Time: Saturday matinee 1-3:15 p.m.; select Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Riverside Center Children’s Theater, Fredericksburg 7/11/2010

Summer Big Woods Walk Tour the James Madison Landmark Forest known as the “Big Woods,” designated a National Natural Landmark.

7th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Come join the fun and cheer on Regatta contestants as they sink or float in the warm waters of Aquia Landing Park in Stafford on July 17th. Boats are built using only cardboard, glue, tape and paint. Judges present design awards, then crews race for trophies. Go to www. to obtain registration info. Admission to attend is free; food and drinks will be available for purchase.

2 p.m. (540) 672-2728. To learn more, visit www.montpelier. org. 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange 7/13/2010—7/15/2010

Grandparent/ Grandchild Camp

Three days of fun-filled, educational activities offer a memorable family bonding experience while participants are reliving 18thcentury life on a Virginia

* Schedules might change, so it’s best to call ahead to confirm date and time. Candice Carver Illustration


Out&About Saturday Battlefield Tours The Brandy Station foundation is presenting a series of tours, one devoted to each of the four engagements that comprise the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863. Personal vehicle caravan tour will depart from the Graffiti House at 10 a.m. and last 2 hours. The cost is $10 (children under 12 are free). Please arrive at the Graffiti House before 10 a.m. 7/10 Buford Knoll & Yew Ridge Tour—This tour presents the fighting that took place late in the afternoon of June 9 between General Buford and General W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee’s brigade, Robert E. Lee’s second son. 7/24 Beverly Ford & St. James Church Tour—Incidents examined include the death of Union Colonel Benjamin Franklin Davis in a one-on-one encounter with a Confederate lieutenant on the Beverly Ford Road, and the charge of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry against Confederate artillery at Saint James Church. 8/7 Kelly’s Ford & Stevensburg Tour—Begins with a discussion of the Union river-crossing at Kelly’s Ford, and then follows the route of the march of the Union cavalry division commanded by Colonel Alfred Napoleon Duffie, a deserter from the French army, to Stevensburg. 8/21 F  leetwood Hill Tour—This tour focuses on the fighting for Fleetwood Hill, the most intense and prolonged combat on June 8, 1863. Unlike most Civil War battles, the troopers fought from the saddle, mostly with sabers. One Rebel was heard to shout, “Why don’t you Yankees put away your sabers, draw your pistols, and fight like gentlemen!” Also join us for our free Sunday lecture series the last Sunday of every month. Information is available on our website: plantation. For children ages 8—12. Stratford Hall, Westmoreland; 7/14/2010–7/17/2010

Caroline County Fair There will be multiple vendors, live entertainment, a midway, animals, and activities for all ages. Special events include: dog show, home goods contests, garden tractor pull, and antique & classic truck show. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 10 years old and under are free. For more information or to get a contest entry form, please visit our website, 7/16/2010

Rikki’s Refuge 3rd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Enjoy watching 18 holes of golf, luncheon, raffles, silent auction, demonstrations, entertainment and more. Meet the spokes-animals of Rikki’s Refuge. Play begins with an


8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Registration is $25/person for events and lunch, $10/person events only. Pre-registration is required. For details and to register, please visit www.,. Cannon Ridge Golf Club, 475 Greenbank Road, Fredericksburg 7/16/2010

Horror on the Plank Rd Historians Greg Mertz & Frank O’Reilly will lead a walking tour covering the fierce fighting astride the Orange Plank Road during the Battle of the Wilderness. Park on Longstreet Drive, at the entrance to the Fawn Lake subdivision, directly across Route 621 from the Wilderness Battlefield tour road, Hill-Ewell Drive. The tour begins at 7 p.m. and lasts 90 minutes. For additional information call 540-786-2880. 7/17/2010

Summer Beach Party Grab your friends and surf on over for an evening of fun!

Prize for best costume. Includes tour, tasting, Ingleside wine glass, live music and dinner (optional). From 6–9 p.m.; admission is $20 per person–music only (bring your own picnic); $35 per person– music and dinner. Limited seating; reservations required., Ingleside Vineyards, 5872 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove 7/17/2010

BB King w/ Lucas Nelson & The Promise Real For the past 61 years, BB King has been releasing music that has defined the blues and now he is bringing his commanding vocals and unique brand of electric guitar virtuosity to Virginia for one night only at the Charlottesville Pavilion. Tickets are available at www. 7/17/2010

Patriot Park Concert Series Wil Gravatt Band performs at

7 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $5/ Adults. $2/ Ages 12 & under. Rain or shine event. No alcohol. Bring your own chair or blanket. Concessions will be available. Please call 540-507-7540 for more information. 5710 Smith Station Rd., Fredericksburg 7/17/2010

Wine & Whiskers A fundraiser for the SPCA. This event features wine tastings, a cash wine bar, light fare and desserts, silent auction, door prizes and live music from Twelve Row Barley. $45 ticket includes souvenir wine glass, tours and tasting. Reservations for food are required. Visit www. for tickets and information. Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania 7/18/2010

Rebuilding Montpelier’s Civil War Huts Come and see Civil War reenactors from the 3rd

Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia rebuild the huts occupied by General Samuel McGowan’s South Carolinians during the winter of 1863—1864. To learn more, visit Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange

hands-on art activities free for children of all ages. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Volunteers wanted. In case of rain, moved to Dorothy Hart Community Center. 900 Prince Edward St., Fredericksburg

on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Visit or call 540-825-0354 for more information.



Fresh off the release of his Blue Note Records debut, American Classic, Willie Nelson will be at the Charlottesville Pavilion for a night of outdoor music. Join the ten-time Grammy winner for a career spanning set by purchasing tickets at www.

This year, the event will showcase a Chip Foose customized John Deere Big Buck 4020 tractor. Visitors who attend the Drive Green event from 10 a.m.—3 p.m. can enter to win the tractor at the John Deere dealership. 1410 Belvedere Dr., Fredericksburg

Orange County Fair The Orange County Fair is an old fashioned county fair in the truest sense; no midway carnival, no high pressure selling activities. We put together a collection of activities, contests, and entertainment for all members of our community and our guests. Held at Montpelier Station, VA behind Montpelier’s old Visitor’s Center on Route 20. To find out more visit www. 7/23/2010

A New Way of Fighting Upton’s Attack at Spotsylvania. Historian Frank O’Reilly follows the route of Colonel Emory Upton’s May 10 attack at Spotsylvania Court House. Meet at 7 p.m. at Tour Stop 2, Spotsylvania Battlefield. 90 minutes. Spotsylvania 7/23/2010–9/19/2010

Into the Woods—Musical

This musical weaves in favorites from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella. Enjoy dinner and this show. Time: Wed 11:30 a.m. lunch, 1:30 p.m. show; Thur—Sat 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show; Sun 1 p.m. dinner, 3 p.m. show. www. Riverside Center Dinner Theater, Fredericksburg 7/24/2010

23nd Annual Children’s Art Expo Messy, creative fun, with

Willie Nelson & Family


Intergenerational Exploritas Camp

An expanded version of Stratford’s grandparent camp. It is conducted by the Stratford Hall staff in cooperation with the Exploritas program office of the College of William and Mary. For adults of any age and a young relative or friend age 9—12. Stratford Hall, www. 7/26/2010–8/4/2010

Centennial Celebration of Scouting in the U.S. Scouts and visitors have enjoyed the privilege of experiencing a Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill. Every visitor to this year’s Jamboree will be asked for a $10 donation per person per day. Visiting hours will be from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. most days. See website for exact times and details, www. 7/28/2010–7/31/2010

Brandy Station Fair Fundraiser fair held by the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department. There will be rides, games, food and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Fire Department Parade


John Deere Drive Green Experience


Where Valor Sleeps Historian Donald Pfanz will describe the creation of Fredericksburg National Cemetery and point out some of the people buried there. Meet at 7 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. 90 minutes.

750-meter swim in Mountain Run Lake, athletes ride the rural country roads of Culpeper County. The run is all on road and goes down and up the famed Montelago hill. Great fun for participants and spectators alike! To sign up visit Mountain Run Lake Park 8/1/2010

Summer Freedman’s Farm and Confederate Winter Camp Site Tour Tour the Gilmore Farm from 2–4 p.m., home of George Gilmore, who was born a slave at Montpelier. A walking tour of the 1863—64 Confederate winter encampment site will follow. To learn more, visit 8/6/2010

Steamships, Slaves, Railroads, and Armies


Caribbean Beach Party Join Lake Anna, James River, Cooper and Grayhaven wineries for an evening of great wine, food and live Caribbean Jazz. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and dance under the stars. 540-894-5253 for more information. Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania 7/31/2010

Gidget—Sun & Sand Film Series Stop in at 2 p.m. and enjoy Tomboy Gidget (Sandra Dee) discover surfing and love one summer when she meets surfer Moondoggie (James Darren) (1959). Porter Branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2001 Pkwy Blvd,
Stafford 8/1/2010

The Culpeper Sprint One of the most popular races in the Virginia Triathlon Series. Begins at 8 a.m. After a

Aquia Landing. Historian John Hennessy will discuss the importance of Aquia Landing, the site of one of the Civil War’s first engagements. Meet at Aquia Landing Park at 7 p.m. for this 90-minute program. Lawn chairs are recommended. Free, Stafford 8/7/2010

PAWS for Reading Reading with therapy dogs trained to be avid listeners. Grades K–6. Please sign up to book your time. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.—Noon, Sign up begins July 1. Porter Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2001 Parkway Boulevard,
Stafford 8/13/2010

Forgotten: Slavery and Slave Places Historians John Hennessy and Steward Henderson will lead visitors through the streets of Fredericksburg pointing out sites related to the town’s African-American past. Meet at Hurkamp Park


Out&About on Prince Edward Street at 7 p.m., 90 minutes. Free 8/14/2010

South Pacific— Sun & Sand Film Series Stop in at 2 p.m. and enjoy “South Pacific.” A young American nurse from Little Rock (Mitzi Gaynor) meets the handsome French planter (Rossano Brazzi) on a South Pacific island during World War II. They find refuge in each other as their romance blooms in the lush tropical paradise (1958). Salem Church branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2607 Salem Church Road,


Lake Anna Winery Country Bluegrass Jamboree Enjoy backyard cuisine (pig roast and comfort food), foot stomping, knee slapping music, souvenir wine glass, tours and tasting for $30. Reservations required for food. 540-895-5085. Spotsylvania 8/18/2010

Music Under the Stars Free, live concert by the Fredericksburg Community Concert Band! Bring a blanket or chair. 7 p.m. (rain date 8/25). 900 Prince Edward St., Fredericksburg


Red Cross Blood Drive Donors must be 17 years or older. Please call 659-4909 to sign up. Walk-in donors are also welcome, 1-7 p.m. Porter Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2001 Parkway Boulevard,
Stafford 8/19/2010

Frank LLoyd Wright’s Taliesin: A Tour of His Wisconsin Home An extraordinary and stunning video tour of Wright’s Wisconsin home and the structures on the estate. Includes some older film footage of Taliesin and Wright himself talking about his life and the house. This is the official video made and distributed by Taliesin. Starts at 8 p.m., lasts about half an hour. High school through adult. Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St.,


ACE Blues & BBQ Fundraiser Adult Community Education (ACE) returns to kick up some fun with local musicians Blue Rock. $30 ticket includes souvenir wineglass, wine tasting, dinner and entertainment. Lots of surprises in store for the day along with auction items. Call us at 540-895-5085 for more information. Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania 8/28/2010–8/29/2010

Southeastern Guns & Knives, Ltd. Show

Homegrown Band. Gates open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5/ Adults, $2/ Ages 12 & under. Rain or shine event. No alcohol. Bring your own chair or blanket. Concessions will be available. Please call 540-507-7540 for more information. 5710 Smith Station Rd., Fredericksburg 8/26/2010


Rappahannock Independent Film Festival

Last Days of Summer Jazz

Now in its third year, RIFF 2010 is a truly “independent” festival featuring screenings of films from around the world, free workshops, music concerts, social events and a public platform for film creativity over four days. Join us for film fun from noon to midnight. Further information is available at

Join us at summers end for a savory collection of gourmet cuisine. $15 ticket includes live music with Richmond sensations SPECTRUM, wine glass, tours and tasting. Food will available for sale from a local vendor. Reservations are required for food. 540-8955085. Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania

Patriot Park Concert Series

Learn about the importance of safe, fresh, locally grown food while having a great time from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. July 24—25th. The festival is packed with vendors and tasting stations of regional foods, wines, and breweries, cooking demonstrations, and a children’s activity area. The main event will be the Battle of the Chefs where local Chef John Maxwell and newcomer Alex Reyes, using only Virginia products, will compete against the host of PBS’s “Flavors of America” Jim Coleman. Also Andre Viette, a Shenandoah Valley favorite, will be on hand to demonstrate and create holiday floral arrangements from backyard materials. Please visit www.saveourfood. org for more details. Admission: $7/Adults; Free/Kids. Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell


The gun show is an American tradition that traces its roots to the early days of our country’s settlement, when hunters and trappers ended their season in a “rendezvous.” Like those early meetings, the contemporary gun show allows participants to view, buy, sell, and trade a wide variety of shooting and sporting products. Displays range from rare and collectible Civil War weaponry to the most recent hunting and shooting products. Also found at the show: army surplus, shooting supplies, historical collectibles, and other forms of militaria. Public admitted 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun; admission $7, children $5. Meadow event park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell


Save Our Food Festival Fredericksburg Athenaeum, Fredericksburg, VA

Ongoing Through 7/26/2010

Through 10/16/2010

Music on the Steps

Birding Tour

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner every Monday in July from 7 p.m.—8 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Theater. Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St.,

The tour will begin from the Ferry Farm Visitor Center parking lot at 8 a.m. and will last about 2 ½ hours. Please wear good hiking boots and don’t forget your binoculars, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. No rain dates. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Upcoming Dates: Saturdays, August 14, September 11, October 16. George Washington’s Ferry Farm, Fredericksburg

Through 7/27/2010

Plant Clinic Tuesday nights, 6:30—8 p.m. Master Gardeners will be available in the lobby to help you with your garden-related questions. The Porter Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford Through 8/19/2010

3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series Join us from 5—9 p.m. every third Thursday in downtown Culpeper directly in front of the depot. Bring friends, family & a lawn chair Admission for those 21 and over is $15 season ticket $5/concert in advance and $7/ concert at the gate. Kids free. Through 9/24/2010

Finally Fridays A celebration of the weekend in Old Town Fredericksburg with live music, dancing, food and more from 6–9:30 p.m.
 Admission: Adults $4, Teens (13-20yrs) $3, Kids (6-12yrs) $1, Under 6 free. All proceeds go to local charities. To find out more visit Sophia Street Parking Lot Through 10/9/2010

Bricks and Boards in the ‘Burg Walking Tour Highlights four centuries of history and architecture. Tours begin and end in Market Square and run every Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. www.

Through 10/30/2010

Open Stage The Manor Mart Stage is open to any performer, pro or amateur, who’d like to step into the limelight. Alternate Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info 540-608-8927. 9040 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, Through 10/31/2010

National Treasure Tour An hour-long walking tour with behind-the-scenes information on where National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets filming took place and how these locations were used during George Washington’s time. Daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Fee is $5. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Through 11/1/2010

Baby Pet Parade at Old Mine Ranch Kids will love feeding the lambs, sheep, goats, chicks, ducklings and rabbits as well as enjoying pony rides, moon bounce, hayride, Train Ride, and Golf-Cart River Ride. Daily 10 a.m.—5 p.m. $6 per person, under age 2 free. www. Through 12/17/2010

Friday Night Flights Every Friday night from 6—8

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Summer Concert Series Featuring the Quantico Marine Band, one of the oldest musical ensembles in the Marine Corps. Enjoy a free outdoor concert on the grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps from 7–8:30 p.m. every Thursday through August 19th. For dates and information visit p.m. enjoy live music. Sample featured wine flights selected by our chef and owner. Cost ranges between $12-$18. A lighter fare lounge menu is available throughout the evening. www.poplar, The Manor House at Poplar Springs, 9245 Rogues Road, Casanova

Every First Friday

Through 12/18/2010

Every Third Friday

First Fridays

Gallery events, changing exhibits, restaurants and live entertainment provide a new reason to celebrateeach month. Art First Gallery at 824 Caroline St is always open on First Friday from 6–9 p.m. Fredericksburg

Live Music

Yoga 101, Vegetarian Cooking, & Meditation Join Debbie Bennett every third Saturday of the month as she teaches multiple free wellness classes. Yoga, 1–2 p.m. Vegetarian cooking 2–3:30 p.m Meditation 3:30—4:30 p.m. The Porter Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Stafford

The Neighborhood Strays playing every third Friday of the month from 8—11 p.m. Special Guests appearing—Mountain Remedy. Two bands for the price of (n)one–no cover. Cold beer, great dogs and pool tables. And don’t forget to come see The Believers every first Friday. The Rec Center, 213 William Street, Fredericksburg Every Second Saturday

Every Tuesday

Second Saturdays

Carolina Shag Dancing Shag dance lessons at Renato’s Restaurant. Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. dance til 10. Cover charge $4. 
Sponsored by Battlefield Boogie Club; www.battlefieldboogieclub. com. 422 William St, Fredericksburg

Join the Museum as we celebrate our history with family friendly activities, from 1—3 p.m. Hallowed Ground Tours will be offering architectural walking tours. Tours leave the Museum at 1 and 2 p.m. and last about 45 minutes.



Seasonal Job Swap Could Work By Lisa Chinn Just when you hoped unemployment wouldn’t get any worse, along came summer to shed a whole new light on things. Students—oodles of them—are all out of school and clamoring for jobs of their own. Thanks to today’s wilted economy, members of the younger set often compete against college grads and experienced professionals for the same warm-weather work. Last year, more than 27 percent of teens were unable to land a job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and that trend was expected to stick around again this summer. Wouldn’t it be cool if work-weary adults could help? What if longtime nine-to-fivers were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice: unchain themselves from their desks and hand the shackles over to students hungry for experience and a little cold, hard cash? Let the kids cram themselves into stuffy business suits and high heels while we adults frolic through the season in Bermuda shorts and flip–flops. Let them hit the boardroom while we hit the beach; let them work on their budgets and proposals while we work on our tans; let them worry about mergers and acquisitions while we worry about bikini styles and SPFs. They’d spend their summer sitting through endless strings of useless meetings, putting up with brown-nosers who get all the breaks, and feeling deflated by paychecks that always seem...well, deflated. We’d spend ours putzing around in laidback jobs as lifeguards and lawn cutters, camp counselors and pool cleaners. We’d bus tables at crab shacks, retrieve baseballs at stadiums, and breeze in and out of part-time positions at retail stores and coffee shops. We’d sit in comfy chaise lounges while they sat in lumpy office chairs. We’d drive golf carts across manicured greens while they drove company cars through rush hour traffic. We’d dish out soft-serve


ice cream and smoothies while they dished out false compliments aimed at buttering up the boss. Of course, they’d bring in the big bucks and we’d be stuck making do with minimum wage. But wouldn’t the break be worth it? We’d have to hand over precious contact lists and computer passwords, but the burden of responsibility and the stress of office politics would go with them. We’d spend the season feeling sunburned instead of burned out, on our last beer rather than on our last legs. Ambitious students, with spirits yet to be crushed by the weight of the work-a-day world, would walk away with fuel to jumpstart their résumés, golden nuggets of experience to pad their portfolios. They’d get their feet wet in corporate America before being plunged forever into the joys of full-time employment. And—bonus!—students wouldn’t groan about the end of summer vacation. After spending weeks crammed into a cubicle the size of a coat closet, frying their retinas in front of a computer screen, and watching their skin turn translucent under rows of fluorescent lights, they’d be begging to get back to the books. Let the school bells ring! _________________________________________________________ Lisa Chinn (a Fredericksburg Native) lives in Colorado where her full time job is riding herd on two busy boys.

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