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Interview with Santa

The 2010 Holiday Gift Guide to fit every budget. See what your neighbors are asking for this year and find gift ideas to satisfy the hardest to shop for or to add to your own list.

Every year parents and children flock to have their picture taken with this jolly fellow, but who’s behind the beard?


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have learned to hate internet quizzes that offer to answer the question “Which (blank) are you most like?” Invariably, I am always most like the character that no one wants to be. When I took the Beatles quiz, I was Ringo. When I took the Muppets Quiz, I was Gonzo and embarrassingly enough, when I took the Sex & The City Quiz, I was Miranda. At a friends urging, I decided that when it came to Christmas characters, the results might prove more flattering. I have always seen myself as Ralphie from “A Christmas Story”, flopping down the stairs in a big pink rabbit costume in the hopes of finding a Red Ryder BB Gun under the tree. I was certain I was right, not only because of my Peter Pan complex but also as the youngest of four boys, I knew I would most likely shoot my eye out. The parallels were uncanny and so I took the quiz to prove to everyone once and for all that I wasn’t the Christmas equivalent of Ringo. As it turns out, I am most like the Grinch. Luckily my dog wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to put the antlers on, making stealing Christmas almost impossible. So no need to worry about what I might do while all of Central Virginia “lay a snooze” in their towns. Rather than slither or slunk around Whoville, I have worked with our staff at Virginia Neighbors to create a holiday issue that is more than just “Noise, Noise, Noise!” We have compiled a holiday gift guide that will make even the hardest to please think twice before trying to regift anything from it and we have picked some unusual but great Christmas albums to take your family holiday party off the beaten path. All of our writers and staff have worked exceptionally hard to make this holiday season unforgettable and we hope that you agree.

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National Peanut Butter Lovers Month Can you remember sitting at that long table in your elementary school cafeteria, anxious to whip out your very own PB&J (un-squished) from your lunch box? One of the most comforting, popular snack items around—peanut butter has always been there for us and now it’s time to celebrate! Spread on a slice of bread, melted into a soup, or mixed into a marinade, peanut butter finds its way into everything from breakfast to dessert. It has come a long way since first developed in 1890, when a St. Louis physician suggested processing and packaging ground peanut paste into a nutritious protein substitute. So...if you want a snack that’s packed full of nutrients, you can’t beat peanuts and peanut butter. They’re packed with energy, protein, and all kinds of vitamins and minerals. They taste terrific, too!

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of the American peanut crop is used for peanut butter, 21% for confectionery items and 23% for salted peanuts.


peanut butter sandwiches can be made from one acre of peanut plants


of all peanut butter sold is smooth and 30% is chunky.


peanuts are needed to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.



From Hybrid to Thoroughbred A look at just a few of the options available to change your commute

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to let their car hum modestly along toward

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definition of hybrid. The MIT-trained

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ECO 411 Green Gift Giving No matter what holiday your family celebrates, eco-friendly choices in gifts and wrappings abound. From snuggly fleece jackets recycled from plastic bottles to contemporary home décor made from re-purposed bicycle parts, many gift ideas can be found in catalogs or via Internet search. Recently, I discovered beautiful scarves woven from silk fabric scraps at Ten Thousand Villages in Fredericksburg. This local store also has colorful trivets and coasters made from rolled up pages of magazines among many other recycled items. Other green gifts include homemade ones: baked goods, jams, pickles, bath salts and needlework. Good Gifts from the Home is a series of books that contains recipes for everything from soaps to strawberry preserves. Additional gift ideas with smaller carbon footprints include tickets to shows or movies and even gift cards to a favorite restaurant. In addition, donations to a particular charity can be made in a person’s name. Electronics are always popular gift items. Consider donating old electronics to Goodwill when they are replaced. Keep the earth in mind–purchase rechargeable batteries to go with digital cameras and remote-control trucks. These batteries reduce waste and can be recycled after they eventually wear out. Don’t forget to take your reusable shopping bags to the stores too. Create uniquely wrapped gifts by giving the newspaper one last use before recycling it. Let children decorate paper grocery store bags with stamps and stickers. Give someone who loves to travel a gift wrapped in an old road map. Kitchen theme gifts can be tied up in a beautiful tea towel and garden theme gifts can be given in a flowerpot. Reusable shopping bags make great gift bags and


become part of the gift. Save traditional bags, boxes, ribbon, and bows from year to year and reuse them. My family has a couple of gift bags that have been given back and forth since I was a child. They are wrinkled and tattered, but we always get a kick out of seeing who gets them each year. Reuse the front of old holiday cards as gift tags. I’ve accumulated so many I’m thinking of sending the fronts of old cards as postcards this year. The Life Box ( is an innovative product you might consider for shipping packages to distant friends and family. Tree seeds have been embedded in the paper fibers so that once the box is opened, it can be planted. I have seen this clever concept with wildflower seeds in bookmarks, but not with tree seeds in a corrugated cardboard box. When the house guests have gone and it is time to put away the decorations, don’t pitch your cut Christmas tree to the curb. Recycle it! Remove all ornaments, tinsel, and lights and take it to the landfill (or check with your locality for pick up days) to be chipped for mulch. Even better than recycling: dig or purchase a living tree and plant it after the holidays. With all these eco-friendly ideas, even if we do have snow, there’s no reason not to have a green holiday! Author Julie May is an Analyst for the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board. For more information about R-Board programs, visit


Practical Tips For Human Hibernation How to take the “oh, no” out of cold snow


inter holidays are actually a great time to stay at home and out of the huddled masses crowding the highways; the parents yearning to be home; the grumpy grandkids waiting at airports and whining for their Wiis. For those of you lucky enough to avoid the high drama of holiday travel:

Top Ten List of must-haves to start your very own long winter’s nap. Let’s start with the obvious—stay warm. That’s usually not a problem during short and mild Virginia winters. At least it hasn’t been until last year when Fredericksburg did it’s very accurate impersonation of Buffalo. Stock up now with a mountain of fuzzy fleece and woolly sweaters. If you procrastinate, just order online and have your child or dog retrieve the package from your snowy porch.


You’re going to want movie nights without having to thaw your car from its icy shell to drive to a chilly theatre. Welcome to Netflix—the genius service where, for a reasonable fee, you select a wish list of movies online and have the DVDs delivered with your mail. Just return them to your mailbox in their special envelope when you’re done watching them. Works like magic. An even more magical option that doesn’t require you to move from your cozy spot in front of the fireplace or even to trade your Snuggie for a winter coat, is to sign up to get the flicks delivered directly to your TV or computer. Technology is a fabulous friend to the hibernator.


To counteract the pound-packing punch of the comfort food you’ll munch during those movies, buy a “Fruit-of-the-Month” club membership. Fresh fruit delivered to your door without having to venture out. It also delivers less guilt than the pizza guy.


Any serious hibernator requires lots of reading materials. Get thee to a bookstore while the leaves are still on the trees. Order some magazine subscriptions too. I’d suggest the ever fascinating (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) Virginia Neighbors magazine.


After awhile, the rooms in your house will start to shrink. There’s no avoiding it—you will HAVE to get outside. Plan a sledding party. You’ll be the toast of the neighborhood. Grab sleds, a picnic lunch and head to the hills complete with thermoses of hot chocolate. Don’t forget the adults-only thermos of cocoa with peppermint schnapps— again, it’s all about the warmth.


Even hardcore hibernators want to stay-connected to loved ones. Laptops are the perfect way to have a little fun with your Facebook friends. Photoshop photos of yourself into the Swiss Alps or on a Tahitian beach. No one needs to know you’re actually on a “staycation.”



Just because you’re not spending lots of time under the sun doesn’t mean you have to look like it. Restore that summer blush to your skin. Buy boxes of selftanner in bulk.

Indulge in role-playing. On an episode of, The Big C, Laura Linney’s character, Cathy Jamison, is shocked to discover that her living room has been turned into a beach—complete with lounge chairs, beach umbrella and mountain of sand. Her husband had trucked in the seashore as a surprise.


“Note to my spouse: Don’t try this at home. Dumping heaps of sand on our hardwood floors may be divorce-court inducing.” However, in theory, this has a lovely romantic appeal. So if it’s time for new rugs anyway, go ahead. Set up your very own seashore. Drag in the inflatable baby pool while you’re at it. Play Jimmy Buffett tunes and stick that paper umbrella in your drink.


Trade in your Prius for a snowmobile. It’s not much smaller and you’ll find it easier to zoom down the snowy road come January.

And the number one thing on my list of must-haves for a happy hibernation is…a calendar. Count-down the days until you’re sprung from your cocoon. One morning, you’ll notice that little yellow spot in the yard—no, not from the neighbor’s dog—it’s that crocus bud or daffodil emerging from the ground. Then you’ll know the one thing we can count on from winter weather is here—the end.


— Lisa Ferreira




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The Rudolph Tree, Longstreet Drive, Spotsylvania, VA Fawn Lake’s Rudolph tree was created on December 1, 1998 thanks to residents Kathy and Jim Forget. From Kathy and Jim’s very first visit to Fawn Lake the special tree caught their eye. It reminded them of a moose, a much celebrated animal known throughout their previous home state, Maine. From there it was only natural to don him with Rudolph attire every December, so as to bring a smile to everyone returning home along Longstreet and to add a touch of whimsy in the midst of history.



Part of the collection of excavated Federal issue tools at White Oak Museum, Falmouth, Va.


In Your Back Yard The best Civil War museum in the world


n May 1998 a friend of mine from the National Park Service introduced me to “Digger” D. P. Newton, a lifelong Stafford resident that wanted to promote the history of the area through a museum displaying his Civil War relics. I was floored by “DP’s” mass collection, tucked away in the old White Oak schoolhouse. DP and his friends and family, had excavated the Union and Confederate campsites for over four decades and had never sold anything. Mr. Newton’s collection was indeed a sensory overload . When the soft spoken (and somewhat shy) carpenter and waterman was asked if he ever sold any relics he replied in his rich tidewater accent, “Oh, no sir. I reckon I can’t sell ‘em. You see I never paid for ‘em, so how could I sell ‘em. They ain’t mine.” His collection of dug muskets, dug shoes, bottles, canteens, buttons, dog tags, false teeth, etc. (and even full-scale replica Civil War era log huts) is truly unique. One main theme to DP’s museum is their “digs” of a huge log hut city that housed 120,000 Union soldiers for a little over four months in the early months of 1863. What that army left behind was massive. At White Oak you can get closer to Fredericksburg’s past. Another chapter in America’s history is spelled out more clearly in the modest museum at the crossroads of 218 and 603 than any other resource around. The White Oak Museum stands alone. It is family owned and operated. It has an incredible research center full of our local history. Just 5 miles east of Fredericksburg, in Stafford County the museum is something to be cherished. This museum’s collection is amazing. The museum itself, which houses the artifacts inside DP’s old elementary school, is a great venue, especially in the cooler months when the wood stove is taking off the chill.


Even more amazing is the cannon that is an exact replica of one that was used in the Civil War, with every piece handmade, without power tools by the museum owner, DP. He has put his blood, sweat and tears into bringing the public such important pieces of history. The Fredericksburg area obviously boasts a rich history, particularly in America’s Civil War. The reminders are everywhere—from the historical signage along the roads, to the military cemeteries, to the numerous trenches through Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park. These things tell us something big once happened here. If CNN, FOX, and the like, would have been around in the 1860s they would have been very familiar with the Fredericksburg area. 150,000 American soldiers would be killed, wounded, or missing in four of the bloodiest battles in the costliest war in Unites States history. However, more soldiers died in the inglorious camps than in battle during the Civil War, principally due to germs. Often these mass encampments are overlooked. Soldiers spent months in camp as opposed to hours in battle, leaving behind countless relics at the campsites— their discarded equipment and personal items. That is why Stafford, and other areas, became a “gold mine” for finding Civil War relics. DP Newton has been able to bring Fredericksburg history to us. I encourage you to take advantage of this gem in your back yard and visit the best Civil War museum in the world. — Robert Lee Hodge

Robert Lee Hodge is an emmy winning filmmaker known for his work in Civil War awareness and presentation in the region.



Just Can It First canning experience was ‘berry’ rewarding


know it’s the thought that counts, but I swore off the hassle of thoughtful homemade gifts years ago. This particular epiphany came to me while carefully layering cookie ingredients into decorative jars that I planned to pass off as Christmas presents. I have to admit my cookies-in-a-jar turned out pretty, and though I made them sometime during the Clinton administration, my mom still proudly displays hers atop the fridge. But the project pushed my patience to the limit and, after pouring my love–and every curse word I could think of–into the time-consuming task, I vowed I’d never go that route again. For the most part, I’ve kept that promise, but hard as I try, I’m still a sucker for sales—and cheap gifts. So, when berries were advertised at unbelievable prices this summer, I instinctively reached for the car keys and headed to the market. Hours later, I was home, my hard head hunkered over a pot of simmering strawberries. I’d just read a magazine article about inexpensive gifts, including homemade jams, and the jars in the picture looked so cute with their labels and bows. That, coupled with my good fortune of stumbling into a berry bonanza, persuaded me to take another crack at playing Martha Stewart. In other words, I was ready to re-embrace my gift-giving cheapness. I had never canned before and had no canner. I had no jar grabber. No lid lifter. And no intention of doing anything crazy, like investing in the proper equipment for the job. And, thus, a kitchen-wide scavenger hunt began. I plunged myself into the depths of the cabinets, scrounging for makeshift supplies. I pushed past a pasta maker I last remember using while watching an original episode of Donahue. I shoved aside the mechanical deviled

egg filler I’d felt pressured into buying at a coworker’s Pampered Chef party. I emerged triumphant, armed with everything I’d need—the largest pot I could find and a pair of plastic tongs. Things went smoothly enough…for about five minutes, until yet another episode of SpongeBob Squarepants let me down by ending and the kids came clamoring into the kitchen. I did what any good mom would do: I sat them down for their 79th viewing of Finding Nemo and got back to the task at hand. Then, I ran out of berries but still had jars, so I made another run to the market. Upon returning, I ran out of jars but still had berries, so I headed back to the discount store. Several car trips later, my jam making was once again at full throttle, and all those bubbling berries were beginning to make the room look more like a crime scene than a kitchen. On a more palatable note, I probably could’ve avoided scalding my hands and lower arms had I only had sense enough to spring for that darned jar grabber. But despite all the skimping, things turned out well. The jam tasted good, the jars looked pretty, and my burns healed. In fact, I was still on such a high after scraping the last bit of berry goo from the ceiling, I decided to share not only with loved ones, but also with a few of my favorite neighbors. I know my friends and family won’t be surprised that I skimped on gifts again this season, but I hope they don’t mind that I didn’t spend much money. Maybe when they spread that homemade jam on hot buttered toast this winter, they’ll get a taste of the time and love that went into each jar. And, though I’d told myself I’d never again spend hours making gifts, I felt more and more fulfilled with every batch of jam I made. Maybe it really is the thought that counts. —Lisa Chinn





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The Cocoon Innovations GRIDIT!™ organizers provide endless configurations for digital devices and personal items. This particular organizer snugly hugs a sun visor in any car. ($20;



catch all The Coin Storage combines simple design and form with functionality. A useful coin bank and tray in-one concept is a must item especially for those who tend to forget where they placed their keys, glasses, or carry change in their pockets.


check in and out mobile power Because you’re not the only one who needs a charge in the morning, brew up the perfect present for those on the go. The Powercup Inverter fits perfectly in a car’s cup holder to charge USB–and AC–powered devices via the cigarette lighter. ($29;

For a bibliophile, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing beloved books, but no crueler pain than losing them for good—until the Personal Library Kit. Revive old-fashioned library circulation techniques for fun and book retention. ($16;

capture memories Yes it looks like a sturdy vintage camera, but it’s really a trompe l’oeil Large Vintage Camera Photo Album that looks like leather. It’s perfect for both digital photos and traditional prints. ($16;

Hide Messy Cords The ingenious Grass Charging Station by Kikkerland is a clever way to keep your electronics (and your decor) properly charged. Great for cell phones, media players, cameras and more. ($27;

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Since I have been doing lots of traveling.. I would like new luggage. Hate to spend money on myself for something I don’t really need, but would like to have. So I am asking for it for Christmas. I want some cute luggage with polka dots, or flowers on it! That way I can find my luggage easily at the airport! —Theresa Hoeffer- Hahn


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Delicately hand crafted in Brooklyn, NY. Skinny Vinny bow ties are made with carefully selected fabrics in limited quantities. No two ties are the same. Partial proceeds of each product will be donated to The Natural Resources Defense Council. ($68;

Featuring engravings from the 19th century Webster’s dictionaries, this chunky volume is an irresistible treasure trove for art lovers, designers, and anyone with an interest in visual history. Pictorial Webster’s–a fascinating historical record and a stunning jewel of a book, wall cards, and stamp set. ($55;

An entire self-sustaining ecosystem thrives within this attractive hand-blown glass Living Ecosphere: Plants, live shrimp, algae, and micro-organisms. It requires only indirect light and moderate temperatures, and offers hours of fascinating viewing. Each EcoSphere comes with a handbook that explains how it works and how to care for it. ($89;



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The Deer Trophy is the overthe-top gift they definitely won’t expect. The perfect companion for home or office and a great gift for dad.

Each trophy is made from recycled cardboard, a non-toxic, environmentally friendly product. Large Bucky, measures: 24W x 33H x 18D inches; variety of sizes available. ($52;

instant is back Featuring classic Polaroid instant film, automatic flash and four scene settings, the new Polaroid 300 Instant Camera delivers a new twist on the classic instant photo. ($90;

Living wreath Hang the wreath on a door or a wall, or set in a favorite dish. This planted Succulent Wreath is as eco-friendly as it is enchanting. The succulents include unique yet compatible varieties that thrive with minimal watering every 3 to 10 weeks. Variety of shapes: round, square, heart. All

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unwrapped | kitchen style Galison’s Kitchen Collage Set is an attractive way to organize favorite recipes, coupons, notes. Lorena Siminovich’s vibrant, colorful collages of food and kitchen equipment decorate the set which includes a recipe Binder, Recipe Box, Coupon Organizer, Tin Coaster Set, and Sticky Notes. What a wonderful gift for someone who likes to cook. Available separately. ($67;


What I want for Christmas this year is a kayak! So that I can enjoy all the beautiful rivers and lakes that Virginia has to offer while getting a great workout! It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the wildlife as well. I see many Eagles flying overhead and other animals when on the water and it’s a magnificent way to spend a day in our gorgeous state. —Julie West


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Nature’s bling Annie Band Jewelry creates unusual, unique jewelry with a perfect combination of design and talismanic spirit. Only recycled natural or lab-grown gemstones are used. A hand-sculpted and handinscribed creation. Annie makes everything from charms with letter initials to intricate custom pieces. (Avg. $158;

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I already got it! I switched out my Motorola “Flip” mobile phone for an “I Phone 4”. I didn’t want to fight the hoards shopping for the “I-Phone 4” during the preChristmas selling season. —Chuck Hoffman


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The first thing your children notice as they prepare to dish on their wish list is the beard, that famous ivory hair that hangs low like a Christmas stocking. It is part of the iconic image, along with a belly embraced by red velvet, white gloves, antiquated spectacles and a hat that looks like something Harry Potter would wear if he were fifty years older and chauffeured by reindeer. His name is Santa Claus, and come December your children will flock to see him at malls and department stores nationwide. These Santas are jolly, gentle and incredibly patient—but who’s behind those bushy beards? by Nicholas Addison Thomas


There are two sides to Dave Cardiff. In plain, everyday clothes,

he looks like the kind of guy who’d just as soon listen to your troubles as lend you a helping hand. He has a warm smile, ruddy cheeks and the kind of physique that leads you to believe he played football back in the day. At 67, you could say the Oregon native is a lot like others his age, save for that thing he does every winter. When he’s not working full-time from home, Dave adopts an alter ego that looks an awful lot like that plump guy from the North Pole—from the beard down to the black, fur-lined boots. You should know that the suit weighs approxi- nurseries display their freshest pines. For huge mately 16 pounds— heavy fabric, charcoal-colored Christmas fans like Dave, playing the jolly fat buttons, layers of delicate padding and snow-white man is a rite of passage and a special contribution trim. And then there’s the belt, a stretch of black to the holiday season. While everyone is busy leather that does double duty supporting large shopping or decorating, Dave is preparing for a gig. As an impeccable trousers and an even Santa, the grandfather larger belly. It’s a uniform of five morphs into a recognized by millions of courier of holiday cheer, people around the world, spreading happiness and and to the actors who don promoting the benefits of them every December, it is giving to others. This fun a chance to join the ranks approach to philanthropy of holiday heroes. For is what inspired him to sixteen years, Dave has stick to the role-playing. been portraying Santa, It began decades handing out candy canes, ago. When he was in his managing difficult parforties, Dave wanted to ents and bringing smiles do something fun for his to children everywhere. family and friends, so he It’s a role he’s come to decided to rent a Santa cherish, regardless of the suit for a night. What preparation involved. started out as a fun way “One of the biggest to celebrate the holiday, things people don’t realquickly turned into a ize is how tiring it can Santa ‘Dave Cardiff’ Claus lucrative side job. Since be. Most of the Santas I know are in their fifties and sixties, and when you then, Dave has perfected the art of playing the do five gigs in a day, you can get worn out. Also, North Pole pioneer. In fact, he’s a graduate of the suits are hot and can dehydrate you quickly, the International University of Santa Claus, a and it can get expensive,” said Dave, whose cur- member of the Fraternal Order of Real-Bearded Santas, and a charter member of the International rent suit and accessories cost him roughly $800. In the wake of Thanksgiving, the planning Order of Santas. As Santa, he serves at home and that surrounds the most profitable holiday in company parties, winter bazaars, and retirement history begins. All around America, department or assisted-living homes. He also does several prostores sport red-and-white regalia; shops sell bono gigs for children’s hospitals each year, which candy canes the size of hockey sticks; and he says keeps him based in reality.


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“When you work the children’s hospitals, you can meet some kids who really need you. It’s tough because you can’t do anything to help them out, except for taking their minds off things for awhile and making them happy,” said David.”You just hope they get better, even though you know some of them might not even make it to Christmas.” If you think pretending to be Santa is easy, think again. Playing the beloved figure is more than just donning the velvet suit, strapping on a fake beard (Dave grew his own for added realism) and adopting a positive disposition. The job can be arduous at times, testing both your patience and willingness to handle uncomfortable situations. In Dave’s case, the toughest times are when you’re asked for things that are impossible to deliver. “When you’re sitting there, talking to the kids, some of them will ask you to make their parents stop fighting, or if I’m in a hospital, ask for a new kidney or a cure for their disease,” said Dave. “Those requests are hard to deal with.” Even though there are hardships associated with the gig, playing Santa also has its rewards. Not only do you have a decade’s supply of candy canes to choose from, but you get a chance to make a difference in someone’s life and create lasting memories. For people like Dave, those who embody the true spirit of Christmas every winter, it’s more than just a holiday. It’s an opportunity to give back to others and spread joy. What’s more, the love he receives from children is irreplaceable. “One of the priceless things about being Santa is that everyone loves him. The only negative thing I can think of is that the season is too short. I can get really down during the first week of January because I’ve just come off a busy schedule, but then I begin planning for the next year,” said Dave. Part of that planning includes promoting himself through his Web site: For added exposure, Dave places signs on his car highlighting his services about two months before the season officially kicks off. This grassroots approach to marketing, coupled with a heavy dose of word of mouth, goes a long way in establishing Dave as a reliable and realistic Saint Nick. In many respects, playing Santa has become more than just a paycheck; it’s big part of who he is as a person. Through his devotion to sharing happiness, Dave has become a local hero of sorts, serving as a jolly reminder that Christmas should be about family and helping those less fortunate. “It’s great knowing you can make a difference in people’s lives by simply listening to their needs, whether it’s children or adults. Since I’ve been doing this, I’ve learned the value of being there for people when they need you,” said Dave. “It’s amazing what a red suit and a big smile can do.” This December, as you shuffle your kids to the closest Claus, take a second to look beyond the beard— you’ll be looking at an important part of your community. d Want to find the closest Claus? Head to the Spotsylvania Town Centre, where Santa will be available for photographs starting on November 13 For more information, visit


will seek knowledge to be well versed in the mysteries of bringing Christmas cheer and good will to all the people that I encounter in my journeys and travels.


shall be dedicated to hearing the secret dreams of both children and adults.


understand that the true and only gift I can give, as Santa, is myself.


acknowledge that some of the requests I will hear will be difficult and sad. I know in these difficulties there lies an opportunity to bring a spirit of warmth, understanding and compassion.


know the “real reason for the season” and know that I am blessed to be able to be a part of it.


realize that I belong to a brotherhood and will be supportive, honest and show fellowship to my peers.


promise to use “my” powers to create happiness, spread love and make fantasies come to life in the true and sincere tradition of the Santa Claus Legend.


pledge myself to these principles as a descendant of St. Nicholas the gift giver of Myra. -Phillip L. Wenz


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From shop teacher to blacksmith, Hunter Perkinson’s

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Forging A Future Hunter Perkinson’s Featherstone Forge is a Labor of Love for the Local Artisan


he process of shaping metal is one that requires time, persistent effort, and careful attention. After speaking with Hunter Perkinson, I’m convinced that so does the process of shaping the smith. Hunter is a blacksmith, but not in the sense that most people would think. He does admit to doing some more traditional work, such as door handles or railings, but his true passion lies in turning his medium in to works of natural beauty. From crabs made from horseshoes to a work in progress of a fish breaching the water to catch an unsuspecting insect, his creations all seek to capture the essence of the living world. While it’s easy to think that smithing is something he’s done his whole life due to the depth of his passion for the craft and his skill, the truth is somewhat surprising. Hunter is a Spotsylvania native that grew up on a farm. He immersed himself in the pleasure of nature through frequent hunting and fishing. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1980 with a degree in Industrial Arts Education, the “shop teacher degree” as he calls it, and worked as one for several years before moving on. It was

during his next job that he took a fateful vacation to Bear Mountain Outdoor School in 1990. After seeing an ad in the Freelance Star for a week long introductory blacksmithing course, Hunter’s fire for his passion began to smolder. Intending to just try something different, he was blown away by the process of shaping normally unyielding materials like iron and steel into new forms and decided to take it up as a hobby. This hobby has since become a way of life and a profession. Despite their historical significance and the role blacksmiths played throughout history, there were no official blacksmiths in the area at the time. So Hunter moved to Texas and honed his skills at his first forge. Almost six years after his experience at Bear Mountain, Hunter returned to the Fredericksburg region to set up shop. In addition to his art, he commonly does craft shows and even civil war reenactments as a way to share his passion with others. He’s still a way off from the selfsufficiency he dreams of, but that doesn’t seem to bother him. He jokes “behind every successful blacksmith is a wife with a good job.” — William Sorrenson Kelly Phillips photo


Hangin With Stogie Local Students Breathe New Life Into The Region’s Pop Country Scene


o say that Hangin with Stogie has a sound comparable to Taylor Swift would be doing an injustice to the originality and unique songs that this group, composed of local middle and high school students, bring to every second of their performances. The trio’s sound is well beyond its years. With songs featuring rich orchestrations that highlight the gentle twang of the girls’ country pop roots, the band demonstrates a sense of homage to the culture from which they sprung. Casey, Abbie and Christina are budding songsmiths and each member brings a distinctive element to the group’s dynamic. At the age of fourteen, singer/guitarist Casey Hargrove is a surprisingly seasoned musician capable of anchoring the band with her emotive vocal style. Casey has been performing and winning talent competitions since she was five years old and performs with confidence on stage with Hangin With Stogie. In 2009, she began writing original songs for the group including her first, “American Soul”, a tender ballad about those who have died protecting our liberties. Casey’s lithe melodic decisions are excellently embellished by the harmonies of Abbie Snellings, the group’s bass player. Her beginnings as a cellist in the sixth grade have added richness to her playing and in turn to the band’s songwriting. Abbie’s rockabilly influences from Elvis to Brad Paisley can be felt in every chorus. Her nimble playing is often understated but is keenly aware of the emotive needs of the songs. Rounding out the band is the steady snare-work of the eleven-year-old drummer Christina Reese. When she was younger, her music teachers first noticed her unmatched attention to rhythm and encouraged her to start taking drum lessons at the age of seven. Now she provides the hard-hitting backbone of the group’s music while also providing occasional support on the keyboard and lending her musical sensibilities to shaping the trio’s signature melodies. This fall marks a milestone for the band as they finish work on recording their debut album at Wally Cleaver’s Recording Studio in Fredericksburg. The band will also be performing at area schools with the hopes of inspiring their passion for music in a new generation of students. To preview the album or to check out the group’s tour dates, go to their website (www.hanginwithstogie. com) or find them on Myspace (

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Bob Dylan Channels Christmas

Caroling with a Twist

For many listeners, Christmas albums have become the equivalent of a career riding off into the sunset. What makes Bob Dylan’s “Christmas in the Heart” an exception to the rule? The album is the perfect blend of refreshing and delightfully odd. With a wide breadth of song choices made anew by quirky instrumentation and Dylan’s unique style, imagine what Christmas with a group of polka loving gypsies would sound like and you are halfway to the heart of this rarity.

REO Speedwagon’s “Not So Silent Night” Rock the Holiday

No it isn’t Christmas in 1984 but REO Speedwagon wants you to fire up your sleigh’s eight track, cut the sleeves off your favorite concert t-shirt and prepare to deck the halls with some stringshredding metal. If all you want for Christmas is a can of Aquanet, cheetah-print pants and the newest issue of TigerBeat, this is the best seven dollars you will ever spend.


The Big Short

Inside the Doomsday Machine In the wake of the Fall 2008 Subprime Mortgage Meltdown, many Americans are still left wondering just how this all happened and what exactly a collateralized debt obligation is. Enter Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side. In his 2010 non-fiction narrative entitled The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael presents the whole crisis through a series of stories taken from all sides of the crisis. What makes The Big Short a great read is that the author is aware that the subject matter is difficult to grasp and paces the story like a thriller rather than a finance textbook. To avoid bogging the reader down with complicated jargon revolving around bond derivatives, the author instead creates a sort of puzzle that challenges the reader to follow the clues to understand the creation of these esoteric financial products. The end result is a captivating reflection on modern economics that doesn’t require an MBA and most importantly the story of the human side of a crisis that has defined a generation. The Big Short represents non-fiction at its best, aware and conscious that it has important information to impart but not oblivious to the notion that someone has to read it.

The Novel’s Unlikely Hero Jonathan Franzen Survives Oprah and Continues to Write Great Fiction It is a testament to Jonathan Franzen’s abilities as a writer that he survived a spat with Oprah. In early 2001, the author’s third novel, The Corrections, was selected as an Oprah’s Book Club book. Alarmed that the label may narrow his readership, the book’s author expressed some hesitation, and the show rescinded the offer to appear. For an up-and-coming author, this seemed to be the kiss of death to a promising career but Jonathan Franzen’s work transcends his comments. The Corrections went on to win a National Book Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer in literature. In the nine years since his well-publicized feud with the richest woman alive, Jonathan Franzen has painstakingly crafted his fourth novel, released earlier this year, entitled Freedom. At close to six hundred pages, the book has garnered both critical and public acclaim and has been hailed by many as the work of one of the greatest living authors. In August, he became the first living writer in ten years to appear on the cover of TIME magazine and for those who have read Freedom, it comes as no surprise. The novel is one of the few great pieces of long-form fiction to have been written in an age where more and more writers are turning to briefer narratives to compete with a shortening American attention span.


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“When Italian wine maker Gianni Zonin hired a young and audacious graduate of Italy’s premier wine making academy to head his Barboursville Vineyard in Orange County, he set in motion a chain of events that would ultimately

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Shattering Preconceptions of Virginia Wine and Cuisine Award-winning Barboursville Vineyard and Palladio Restaurant in rural Orange County are jewels of the Virginia Piedmont.


lthough he was never successful at viticulture especially of the Bourdeaux-blend on his own Piedmont estate, Thomas Jefferson Octagon (named for the octagonal always believed that Virginia could produce central parlor in the Jeffersonwines to equal those of Europe. Over 200 years designed Barbour mansion), has later, a modern-day wine making operation, built on been key in dismantling entrenched property once owned by the statesman’s friend, James prejudices against Virginia wine both locally and abroad. Barbour, may yet prove that Jefferson was right. The greatest strength of Virginia wines is revealed in Barboursville Vineyard had been producing wine for more than ten years before owner Gianni Zonin, a seventh their food pairings. The winery’s Palladio Restaurant was generation wine maker and head of one of Italy’s leading developed specifically so that visitors could experience wine companies, hired Luca Paschina as a consultant the fullness of Barboursville’s varieties in their most in 1990. Luca, an Italian Piedmonte wine maker in his favorable setting. Drawing clientele from Charlottesville, twenties, was bold in recommending a complete revision Richmond and Northern Virginia, Palladio is a destination restaurant where customers expect—and receive— of the Barboursville operation to Zonin. To develop the potential Luca believed was inherent exceptionally innovative offerings. Melissa Close Hart, head in the Barboursville terroir, chef at Palladio for the last he advocated the use of vi“We help each other from the ten years, is behind the ticulture techniques drastibeginning to the end. We’re a good restaurant’s stellar reputacally new to Virginia wine team…I feel lucky to be part of this.” tion. The Alabama native making. Furthermore, Luca and New England Culinary felt the grapes themselves should be allowed to dictate which wines the vineyard Institute graduate is a three-time nominee to the James would produce, rather than blindly following what the Beard Foundation’s list of Leading Chefs in the Midmarket dictated. It is a testament to Gianni Zonin’s own vi- Atlantic and is known for her authentically Italian style. sion and daring that he subsequently brought Luca on per- “The philosophy of cooking in Italy is very similar to that of cooking in the South. We get very similar produce,” she manently as wine maker at Barboursville. As a result, Barboursville Vineyard is now the most points out. Utilizing quality local products and items grown honored of the 160-plus wineries in the state, winning to her specifications on the estate, Hart develops seasonal countless awards and astonishing wine critics in blind menus augmented by imported Italian specialty items on taste tests. The exceptional quality of Barboursville wines, par with the finest metropolitan restaurants.


Palladio experience will be memorable (left) Palladio Restaurant’s well for every guest as he moves discreetly known Prosciutto and Pears dish. from table to table, pouring wines and (below) Barboursville Inn, next to answering questions. Palladio’s menu the ruins of John Barbour’s mansion, changes seasonally, and Alessandro and designed by Thomas Jefferson. Chef Hart collaborate on the selections and wine pairings for each new offering. They are joined by wine maker Luca for a final menu tasting, to be absolutely certain that the combinations best showcase both the food and the wine. “We help each other from the beginning to the end. We’re a good team,” says Alessandro. “I feel lucky to be part of this.” The sentiment is echoed by Chef Hart, who feels the sense of family and teamwork at Barboursville is the winery and restaurant’s greatest strength. A pleasantly scenic hour’s drive from Fredericksburg on State Route 20, Barboursville Winery and Visitor Center are open daily for wine tastings and tours. Palladio Restaurant serves lunch Wednesday through Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are required for dinner and highly recommended for lunch. Chef Hart’s partner at Palladio is Visit the website for hours, menus, pricAlessandro Medici, internationally es, recommended attire, cancellation trained Maître d’ and Sommelier policy and directions. Special events, Professionista. Previously an employee tastings, and guest chefs are scheduled at a Zonin estate in Tuscany, Alessandro throughout the year. And for a Virginia came to Barboursville eleven years Piedmont weekend getaway, consider ago with the task of developing the booking accommodations at the luxurirestaurant from the ground up. Despite ous 1804 Inn or the Vineyard Cottage his impressive credentials and titles, on the estate. Alessandro’s demeanor is quietly and unobtrusively friendly and helpful. The — Drema Apperson perfect host, Alessandro assures the

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Koláche House Bakery “Raising Dough” For Good Causes


^ oug and Janet Holms, owners of Koláche House Bakery off Southpoint Parkway in Spotsylvania, believe being responsible business people means giving back to the community. Numerous commendation plaques on the cafe walls give testimony to the impressive scope of their fundraising activities. They’ve also established a special “Raising Dough” program of ongoing partnerships with local non-profits that return 20% of sales to participating member organizations—all while running a destination bakery attracting pastry lovers ^ from Richmond to Northern Virginia. Koláche House serves a wide assortment of delicious baked items, but they specialize in authentic Czech pastry. The most popular version, the kolache (pronounced kohLAH-chee) of the bakery’s name, is similar to a doughnut, with a circle of pastry surrounding a fruit or cream filling and topped with streusel. They’re not too rich, not too sweet, and Doug and Janet point out kolache have 60% less fat and calories than traditional doughnuts—a real plus since they’re completely addictive.

With a full espresso bar serving hot and cold drinks and free WiFi, the immaculate and sunny cafe area is perfect for a relaxing breakfast or midday break. Tempting cookies, bars, pastries, pull-apart breads, nut rolls and much more are available individually or by the dozen, for the office or your special event. Be sure to try their bread pudding, a blue ribbon award winner. Every Friday, head baker Ted Pitzer makes fresh sourdough, rye, potato foccacia and sweet breads so customers can stock up for the weekend. And lovers ^ of Central European comfort food take note—Koláche Benjamin Rush Photo


Vodka for Carnivores As if it is not enough for the beer industry to come up with so many different products that one goes stir crazy trying to keep up with them, the liquor industry has thrown in their contribution. Who would ever have thought that a libation known as a carnivorous vodka would be the next trend? The vodka that began all this was the Bakon Vodka (bacon flavored) produced by Black Rock Spirits in Seattle, Washington in May, 2009 and was accompanied a year later by Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka made by the Alaska Distillery in Wasilla, Alaska, presumably for the Alaskans to maintain their notoriety in a post-Palin era. Both vodkas were designed specifically to enhance the flavor of the Bloody Mary cocktail. Unless the flavor of tomato juice is something one enjoys, the thought arises as to how much of an improvement bacon or smoked salmon can truly be. True to the form of many good chefs, these carnivorous spirits are finding their way into dishes served in restaurants in areas where the vodka can be found. To date the Bakon Vodka is not available in Virginia, but can be found in Maryland just across the Potomac River priced between $30-35 a bottle. The Smoked Salmon Vodka is presently in Alaska, California and Texas. Although both are said to be high quality vodkas, reviews have been very mixed. Matthew Cloutier of Food and Beverage World


stated that Bakon Vodka was,”among the smoothest vodkas I have ever had with absolutely no bite...It gave the drink a hint of smokiness and of course a subtle bacon flavor that really, really works.” Bartenders in Alaska have remarked that the hard part of introducing Smoked Salmon Vodka is the idea that it will taste fishy. Understandably, creators Foster and Scotti MacDonald were reported to have said it took forty eight tries to get it right with the first forty seven being rather regrettable. Concerning the forty eighth try, the MacDonalds and all who have come to enjoy it have said it is a matter of pride to be able to have this vodka which so represents the state of Alaska. After all what could be more Alaskan than Smoked Salmon? Look out Virginia, not only is there a Santa Claus, but the word is out that he drinks Carnivorous Vodkas! — Scott Richards

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Spice Up Your Holiday Bread Basket with Sweet Potato Biscuits. You know full well you’ll forget all about carb counting when tempted with that highlight of the holiday meal, freshly baked breads straight from the oven, warm, fragrant and irresistible. Add extra zip this year by serving Sweet Potato Biscuits in place of more ordinary offerings. With subtle spices and rich golden color, it’s no surprise they’ve been popular since the earliest years of our country, when African and Caribbean influences gave a culinary kick-in-the-butt to boring British Colonial fare. — Drema Apperson


They pair perfectly with paper-thin slivers of country ham or a ribbon of dark molasses, or perhaps best of all—just butter!

Sweet Potato Biscuits Makes about 12 two-inch biscuits Cooking spray or parchment paper 2 ¼ C. self rising flour, sifted (Southern Biscuit or White Lily brands preferred) ½ tsp. salt 2 T. brown sugar ¾ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. allspice 4 T. cold vegetable shortening or butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2/3 C. heavy cream ¾ C. cold cooked mashed sweet potato ½ C. all-purpose flour, for shaping 2 T. butter, melted Place oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sifted selfrising flour, salt, spices and sugar and whisk. Use a pastry cutter or the tips of your fingers to cut vegetable shortening or butter into the flour to the size of peas. In a separate bowl, combine heavy cream and sweet potatoes until well mixed. Pour into the flour mixture and fold together with a spatula just until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix! Scrape dough out onto a well floured surface. Knead gently two or three turns, then pat out to 1-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch pastry cutter and place formed biscuits 1-inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Scraps may be gathered and cut once more, but discard any dough remaining after second cutting. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned and set. Brush with melted butter immediately upon removing from oven and serve right away.

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Let’s Talk Turkey

What will you do if the oven fails, there’s a power outage, or if time is just not on your side when that big turkey dinner needs to be prepared?. The following methods suggested by the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline are alternate routes for cooking a turkey safely. Estimated Cooking Time




Covered Charcoal Grill*

8–16 lbs

15–18 minutes per pound

THAW AND DO NOT STUFF. Build a pyramid of charcoal to one side. When the charcoal reaches 225 to 300 °F, place a drip pan with water in the center of the grill. Carefully push the hot coals evenly around the pan. Position the grill rack and place the prepared turkey in the center (breast side up). Then place the cover on the grill. Replenish with about 15 briquettes every hour; air in grill must maintain 225 to 300 °F.

Covered Gas Grill*

8–16 lbs

15–18 min per lb

DO NOT STUFF. If your gas grill has only one large burner, place a pan of water under the grate to create indirect heat. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and place on top of the grill. If the grill has two or three burners, the turkey should be placed away from the flame. This can be done by turning off one of the burners and placing the turkey in that area. Air in grill must maintain 225 to 300 °F.

*If desired, add water-soaked hardwood or fruitwood, in the form of chunks or chips, to add flavor. Do not use a softwood (pine, fir, cedar, or spruce) because it gives the food a turpentine flavor and coats it with a black pitch or resin. Crock Pot

under 10 lbs

Dutch Oven

under 8 35–45 min lb breast

Pan Fry

Small portions

10 hrs (low) or 5 hrs (high)


Place bird in crock pot after filling the cavity with stuffing. Add butter, salt and pepper and desired herbs. Take the breast off the bone, leave the skin on. Heat 5-6 tbl of olive oil in a dutch oven till smoking. Place the breasts skin side down and brown well on mediumhigh (12-15 min). DO NOT COVER OR skin will get mushy and soft. Turn breasts, and cook on medium an additional 20-25 min. The turkey pieces should be patted dry. Seasoning can then be added. Heat oil and place turkey pieces into skillet. The oil should sizzle when the meat hits the pan. Use tongs to turn portions throughout cooking. Leaving the meat in one position may cause the exterior to become overdone before the interior is cooked.


under 8 varies lb breast

Place whole breast on rack, using chicken broth as your liquid, place in a large pot. You may want to use a bamboo type steamer and layer your vegetables so that everything will be hot at the same time.


8–14 lbs

THAW AND DO NOT STUFF. Microwave in a cooking bag to cook evenly. Allow 3 inches clearance on top and 2–3 inches around the bird. Rotate during cooking. After removing, let the turkey stand 20 min before carving.

9–10 min per lb on medium power

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*Roasting time is approximate, so check the turkey by inserting a food thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh when it has defrosted enough to easily insert one. The turkey is done when the internal temperature of the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast 165 °F. **You can cook a 8–24 lbs turkey from it’s frozen state. Add 50% additional cooking time per chart (Do not smoke, grill, deep fat fry, or microwave a frozen turkey.). If the bird is defrosted in the microwave, cook it immediately. Do not use oven cooking bags on a frozen turkey. ***Do Not Cook in Brown Paper Bags, they are not sanitary, may cause a fire, and may emit toxic fumes. Instead, use commercial oven cooking bags. ****Giblet Packages. Giblet packages and the turkey neck may be found inside the turkey cavity and/or tucked under the flap of skin at the front of the breastbone. If the giblets were paper wrapped before being inserted into the turkey cavity at the plant they can cook completely inside the bird. Otherwise remove them from their packaging and cook separately or alongside until done. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2010 | VIRGINIA NEIGHBORS 43


Spotysylvania regional medical center MultiSpecialty Health Group Dr. Tony Fiore, Family Practice Dr. Rezhan Hussein, Infectious Diseases Dr. Sandy Dhaliwal, Endocrinology

With hundreds of healthcare providers in our region how would you ever be able to research them all to find the right doctor for you? Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to finding medical treatment. This issue we asked Central Virginia-area healthcare providers what they wanted prospective patients to know. Through their submissions we are able to present to you a special look at a few area doctors. Some you may recognise, and some may be just what you’ve been looking for.


The MultiSpecialty Health Group is now open at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. With the newest technology, a convenient location, and a foundation of excellent care, the doctors at the MultiSpecialty Health Group are here to serve you. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center HCA Virginia Health Systems



R. David Pagan. DMD Dr. Pagan’s Fredericksburgbased endodontics practice is state of the art. Whether it is the comfort measures that he provides through sedation dentistry or the compassionate care that he brings to every patient, this area provider offers convenient and affordable care with a wide variety of financing options and an easily accessible location. With root canal completed in just one visit and a friendly staff that files patients’ insurance information for them, this practice is adept at saving their patients both time and money while never compromising quality care.

William A. Hamilton, M.D.

4224 Plank Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407 540.785.7545

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Matthew Toohey MD

The Hearing Aid Place

Stephanie McMillan & Ashley DeMerie

Whether your child is sick or just needs a check up, you want to know that they are receiving the best care possible. After joining PL-Physicians-Pediatrics in the Spring of 2010, Dr. Matthew Toohey has set out to do just that. With patients ranging in age from birth to 18, this local provider is making a visit to the doctor quick and easy with options including same day appointments and a variety of insurance choices. Dr. Toohey also participates in the PL-Physicians Saturday Pediatric Clinic held at 4550 Empire Court in Fredericksburg. But what truly sets Dr. Toohey and PL-PhysiciansPediatrics apart is their experience garnered through top tier education and certifications. When it comes to your children, rest assured that these providers know what’s best and will help you every step of the way.

The Hearing Aid Place, located conveniently near downtown, on Princess Anne street, is a multi-line office. They take care of each step involved in the process of selecting and maintaining the right hearing device. The Hearing Aid Place hearing healthcare professionals, Stephanie McMillan and Ashley DeMerie, give complete hearing evaluations and consultations. By working together with their patients, as well as using the appropriate technology, they help you choose from the various manufacturers they work with. Service and repairs for all makes and models, as well as follow-up visits and annual hearing exams are also included in the services provided here. With their comfortable office, friendly staff, and ‘try before you buy’ policy, the Hearing Aid Place makes for a relaxing and informative experience. Call for a free hearing evaluation.

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Horizon Plastic Surgery & Dermatology Balvant Arora, MD Plastic Surgeon Theresa Conologue, MD Dermatologist We provide our patients with a full array of plastic and cosmetic surgery options, including: • Reconstructive plastic surgery • Post-bariatric body contouring • Hand surgery • Facio ancillary surgery • Soft tissue trauma surgery • Breast reconstruction and augmentation • Liposuction • Abdominoplasty Dr. Arora takes great pride in restoring women’s bodies after battling breast cancer, assisting patients with premature aging, and ridding patients of stubborn bulges and lax skin around their stomachs, hips and thighs. Dr. Conologue offers a variety of dermatological services including: • Laser hair treatments • Spider vein removal • Facial rejuvenation (Botox, chemical peels and fillers) • Lip Augmentation • Sclerotherapy • Botox treatments for excessive sweating • Acne treatment • Skin biopsies and cancer removal • Skin cancer exams and treatment • Keloid and scar treatments

Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza 1101 Sam Perry BLVd, Ste 121 Fredericksburg, VA 22401 540.899.1600 46

Endocrinology & Diabetes Associates

Luma Ghalib, MD, FACE Reshma Parab, MD, FACE Leslie Taguba, MD, FACE Abel Alfonso, DO Yasser Ousman, MD

Endocrinologists diagnose and treat hormone abnormalities by restoring the body’s natural hormone balance. Conditions they address include diabetes, thyroid disease and cancers, metabolic disorders, over- or under-production of hormones, menopause, osteoporosis, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, infertility, growth insufficiency (short stature), and endocrine gland cancers. The physicians of Endocrinology and Diabetes Associates treat conditions from routine to medically complex. The staff provides compassionate care on an outpatient or inpatient basis using the most advanced treatment options available. Dr.s Parab,Taguba, Ghalib, Ousman, and Alfonso are affiliated with both Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital, and work closely with the Diabetes Management Program at Mary Washington Hospital. Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza 1101 Sam Perry BLVd, Suite 305, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 540.374.3290

Mary Washington Eye Care Center Garth Stevens, MD Demi Dang, MD Jennifer Bowman, MD Mary Washington Eye Care Center offers high quality eye care in one convenient location. Services include: • Routine and annual eye exams • Contact lens services • LASIK surgery on site • Vision therapy • Medical exams Our physicians treat eye disease and disorders related to corneal disease, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and many other medical needs. Dr. Stevens has received advanced training in ophthalmology, completing his fellowship at The National Eye Institute in Ocular Immunology and Corneal Disease at Georgetown University. He brings to our community expertise in new techniques for corneal transplant. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., call today to schedule your next appointment.

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Central Virginia Surgical Specialists Rod Flynn, MD Surgical Oncologist Central Virginia Surgical Specialists provides exceptional cancer care here, in Fredericksburg. Dr. Flynn is the area’s only fellowship trained surgical oncologist. Our practice offers an expertly trained and experienced staff that provides care for the whole patient. Each patient’s treatment plan is personalized ensuring they receive the optimum sequence of therapies designed to fight cancer. Dr. Flynn and his team have access to state-ofthe-art treatment options. Dr. Flynn’s clinical focus and interests include: breast cancer, liver tumors, gastrointestinal malignancies (stomach, pancreas, colon and rectum), soft tissue sarcomas, melanoma and skin cancers, endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal), and advanced abdominal cancer.

Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza 1101 Sam Perry BLVd, Suite 413, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 540.374.3212

Rappahannock Neurology Specialists Maha Alattar, MD Amandeep Sangha, MD Sandra Crouse, MD Our physicians specializing in the treatment of disorders of the nervous system. In addition to our outpatient practice, we are part of the physician group that evaluates and treats admitted patients at Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital. Our physicians are all board-certified neurologists who are either fellowship trained or have advanced specialty training. Experienced in the evaluation and treatment of patients who are 13 years and older, we work closely with other disciplines and experts that include neurosurgery, neuroradiology, physiatry (rehabilitation), neuropsychology and social workers. Some of our unique services include Neurodiagnostic Center for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with seizures, dizziness or neuropathy, and the Sleep and Wake Disorder Center for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, sleep walking, night terror, and restless legs.

Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza 1101 Sam Perry Blvd, Suite 414 Fredericksburg, VA 540.899.1354

Rappahannock Neurosurgery Associates G. Jeffrey Poffenbarger, MD Rappahannock Neurosurgery Associates is dedicated to providing world-class, contemporary neurosurgical services with the utmost care and compassion. We are dedicated to treating each of our patients as unique individuals, with special attention and respect. Dr. Poffenbarger treats brain and spine related diseases and disorders including tumors, cerebral aneurysm, cerebrovascular disease, concussion, traumatic brain injury, lumbar spinal stenosis, spinal cord injury, vertebral compression fractures, herniated disc and much more. Treatment options range from minimally invasive to complex techniques. Our team provides leading edge surgical care and will work with other physicians to coordinate your care. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care for our patients while allowing them to stay close to home.

Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza 1101 Sam Perry BLVd, Suite 314 Fredericksburg, VA 540.374.3200

Virginia Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery J. Timothy Sherwood, MD Thoracic Surgeon Board-certified in both thoracic and general surgery, Dr. Sherwood performs the full range of thoracic procedures. He has extensive experience in lung, esophageal, chest, airway, and foregut surgeries. Dr. Sherwood also remains on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as assistant professor of surgery. He gained vast experience while on staff at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as attending thoracic surgeon, chief of esophageal surgery and led the minimally invasive thoracic surgery program. Patients can expect high-quality care from our team, recognized nationally for some of the best medical outcomes in the country. Dr. Sherwood is among only 15 percent of cardiothoracic surgeons in the US who exclusively perform thoracic procedures.

Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza 1101 Sam Perry Blvd, Suite 211 Fredericksburg, VA 540.372.7792 NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2010 | VIRGINIA NEIGHBORS 47

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8th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard Run

Come out and freeze your gizzard at Ida Lee Park. Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early and take the opportunity to have fun, exercise, and perhaps win a turkey. All ages are welcome to participate in the 8th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run, Saturday, November 20th at 9 a.m. This course is cross country style and has been developed due to terrain changes. Runners will not be disappointed. Registered 5K runners will receive a long-sleeve commemorative T-shirt and 1 mile runners will receive a race medal. Refreshments for all runners will be provided following the race. Spectators are welcome, but dogs, wagons and strollers are not permitted on the course. Two cans of food/person, plus registration fees; food donations benefit Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food bank. Register at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, online at (online registration ends 11/18/2010), or the day of event. Ida Lee Park is located at 60 Ida Lee Dr. (


Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble Performance Sponsored by the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies; 8 p.m.; free; (540) 6541023. University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg 11/11/2010

Veterans Day at Montpelier Montpelier salutes all veterans with free admission for those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. (540) 672-2728. 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange 11/11/2010

Veterans Day Car Wash Rob’s Car Wash & Detailing Team would like to honor and thank all veterans and service personnel on Veterans’ Day for their service. All veterans will receive a free car wash. Area “Rob’s” are proud to participate in the nationwide

Veteran’s Day car washing program, Grace for Vets. This event will be taking place at both locations in Central Park and Harrison Crossing

called Ozzy’s Journey which is in alignment with President Barrack Obama and the White House initiatives with its National Strategy policy.



UMW Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band Free student ensemble concert starting at 7:30 p.m. (540) 654-1012. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg 11/12/2010

H.O.M.E. 3rd Annual Light the Night Black Tie Gala The Home of Miracles & Embraces, Inc (H.O.M.E.) Cordially invites you to their 3rd Annual Light the Night Black Tie Gala at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center located at 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg. 
This years Gala theme is in recognition of the resurrection of a National HIV/ AIDS Awareness campaign

Chicago The Musical This widely acclaimed musical depicting the shady side of life in the Windy City during the 1920s, has become an icon of the American Musical scene. Catch a show before it ends November 21st. Times: Wed 11:30 a.m. dinner, 1:30 p.m. show; Th-Sat 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show; Sun 1 p.m. dinner, 3 p.m. show. www.rsdinnertheater. com. Riverside Center Dinner Theater. Fredericksburg

Live Jazz An evening of art and seriously good jazz with the Shane Chalke Quartet. The members frequently play at the best places in the D.C. area. This is your opportunity to hear seriously good jazz in a great atmosphere and it’s all free. Live An Artful Life, 6474 Main St, The Plains

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Chocolate Workshop: Intro to Working with Chocolate at Home The star of this class really needs no introduction. Learn the secret to making ganache, which is the key to wonderful truffles, dipped

fruit, and more. You will learn the basics and come away feeling inspired. 10 a.m.—1 p.m., reservations required. $60/person. 540-822-9017. Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. 42461 Lovettsville Rd., Lovettsville

* Schedules might change, so it’s best to call ahead to confirm date and time. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2010 | VIRGINIA NEIGHBORS 51

Out&About Urban Trail Ride Ride through downtown Fredericksburg, visiting many of the City’s points of interest on November 20, 2010 from 9:30 a.m.—Noon. For riders, coffee provided beforehand and after the ride we’ll have snacks and drinks for riders, as well as water for horses. The ride, which is all on asphalt, should take approximately 2 hours to complete. Trailer parking is located at Old Mill Park. Please be at the park no later than 9:00 a.m. The event is held rain or shine-unless extreme weather. Admission is $15/horse and rider by November 15th; $20/horse and rider after and on-site. Downtown Fredericksburg 11/13/2010—11/14/2010

Downtown Fredericksburg Holiday Open House Kick off the holiday season in Historic Fredericksburg, gaily decorated with Morovian lights. Street entertainment, holiday music, and shops and restaurants welcome you. 11/13/2010

Second Saturday in Stafford Live demonstrations by local artists painting with wine. All visitors welcome to participate in the painting. Event starts at Noon to 7 p.m. or later. Located at Duquettes Art & Frame Studio. 540-720-1566. 1284 Courthouse Rd, Stafford 11/14/2010

Benefit Dinner Murder Mystery Lafayette Inn and Entree Act Murder Mystery Troupe present the interactive murder mystery, The Trusty Keg. The Trusty Keg is the best and only saloon in Westanuthinville and Richmond Red keeps matters under good control. Join Richmond Red at The Trusty Keg from 5—8 p.m. and help solve the killings, or maybe YOU may be one of the victims! Admission $75. This is a benefit for the MadisonGreene Humane Society.

52 Lafayette Inn, 146 East Main Street, Stanardsville 11/20/2010

Movies at the Museum Bring the whole family to watch National Treasure, in the Museum’s Mansard Gallery. Learn about national landmarks, the Founding Fathers, and explore the Museum’s galleries for treasures. $3/member, $5/nonmember. Pre-registration is recommended. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m. Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, 1001 Princess Anne Street 11/20/2010—11/21/2010

Fall Celebration

Join Hartwood Winery and a guest winery for a proper send-off for the fall season. Enjoy a warm glass of red wine in the crisp fall air. Live music (weather permitting), winery tours and light hors d’oeuvres will delight you. Admission price includes a complimentary glass. Admission: $15.00. Hartwood Winery, Fredericksburg 11/21/2010

Chamber Music Concert Beautiful Music In A Beautiful Space, Nationally recognized

pianist Victor Goldberg fills the newly renovated nave of St. George’s Episcopal Church with an afternoon’s worth of beautiful music. Concert begins at 3 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg 11/25/2010

Holladay House Thanksgiving Feast Join Holladay House for the 5th annual Thanksgiving dinner. At 6:30 p.m., begin feasting upon free-range turkey, lots of side dishes, desserts and great conversation. Dinner is $39, all inclusive. Make a long weekend out of it and do some holiday shopping at unique shops and wineries: stay a second consecutive night, save 25% off your second night stay. Stay a third consecutive night, save 50% off your third night stay. Both offers cannot be combined. Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, 155 West Main Street, Orange 11/26/2010

Bluegrass and Folk Music Jam The Old Furniture Factory in Round Hill is home to the monthly Bluegrass & Folk Music Jam Session that has become a regular fixture in the community for over six years. The Jam Session is

a multi-generational event where people can play their instruments or just listen to all styles of acoustic music from progressive bluegrass and folk music to Celtic. 6—10 p.m. 540338-5050. The Old Furniture Factory, 6 West Loudoun St, Round Hill, Loudoun 11/27/2010—11/28/2010

Turkey Chili Weekend Join Willowcraft Farm for an after-Thanksgiving Weekend of Willowcroft wines and turkey chili. Groups of five or more, please call or email for reservations. Noon—4 p.m. $12/person. 703-777-8161. Willowcroft Farm Vineyards. 38906 Mount Gilead Rd., Leesburg 12/2/2010—12/3/2010

Holiday Pops Concert Concert, by UMW Philharmonic Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.; free; (540) 6541012. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg 12/3/2010

Holidays in Leesburg: Tree Lighting Ceremony The Town of Leesburg’s 2010 Annual Holiday Celebration begins with the annual tree lighting ceremony on the town green. With help from the children in attendance, we will throw the switch to officially illuminate the holiday tree. Local choirs will add their musical touch to the evening by serenading the public with holiday tunes. Admission: Free. 6—7 p.m. 25 W Market St., Leesburg 12/3/2010—12/5/2010

Candlelight Christmas at Montpelier Tour the James Madison mansion by candlelight for a very special introduction to the Holiday Season for you and your family. Participate in hands-on activities, and archaeology; stroll the

grounds; and take in the many galleries and other attractions on the 2,650-acre estate. To learn more, visit www. 5—7p.m. 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange

Claus. Admission: free. 706 Caroline St., Fredericksburg


Get into the Christmas spirit at Louisa’s Christmas Festival and Parade. Enjoy food, fun and unique crafts from the area. Find the perfect gift for that special person on your list, or enjoy the day with the family. Parade begins at 2 p.m. Admission: free. 125 Main St.

Culpeper Holiday Tour of Homes Visit some of Culpeper’s most beautiful homes festively decorated for the holidays. The South East Street neighborhood was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Begins at 11 a.m. Admission: $15 Adv., $20 day of. South East Street, Culpeper 12/4/2010

Christmas in Middleburg Enjoy this holiday celebration in the quaint capital of horse country. Includes two parades, live music, arts and crafts, food, and more. At 8 a.m. enjoy Breakfast with Santa, at 11 a.m. the local hunt club parades down Washington Street, creating a spectacular scene of hounds followed closely by nearly 100 horses and riders in red riding coats. The Hunt Parade is followed by the town’s old fashioned Christmas parade that ends with the arrival of Santa Claus. Admission: free. Town of Middleburg, Washington St., Middleburg 12/4/2010

Spotsylvania Christmas Parade Christmas Parade theme “Christmas Is...” Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Courthouse Road and Brock Road. 8800 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania. 12/4/2010

25th Annual Christmas Parade A downtown Fredericksburg holiday tradition beginning at 5:30 p.m. with bands, marching units, and floats, followed by Santa and Mrs.


Louisa Christmas Festival and Parade


Heart of Virginia Jingle Bell Trail

Buy a passport ticket for only $10 and you get a souvenir wine glass and tasting at the four Heart of Virginia Wineries: Lake Anna, James River, Cooper and Grayhaven. You will get to graze on munchies at each winery and check out special promotions. 540-895-5085. Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania

wreaths, dolls, pottery, jewelry, and much more will be available to buy. Featuring over 90 local and regional artisans. Sat. 9 a.m.—4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.—4 p.m. www. Ida Lee Park 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg

Claus, our 21’x12’ electric train display, pony rides and more. Sat. 11 a.m.—7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.—5 p.m. $5/person, free/ child under 12 years. 540822-9064. Lovettsville Game Protective Association, 16 North Berlin Tpk., Lovettsville



Holiday Open House Celebrate the Holiday Season at Potomac Point Winery with carolers, Christmas Grog, and more. Admission: free. www. 275 Decatur Road, Stafford 12/4/2010—12/5/2010

Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

What better way to shop for the holidays than while enjoying a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine), German sausage platters and artisan sweets while being serenaded by a strolling accordionist playing German and Austrian carols. Children will enjoy visiting with Santa

24th Annual Gingerbread Exhibit and Contest The Gingerbread Exhibit and Contest will once again fill the visitor center at George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm. Participate in this fun, family event by creating your own amazing entry for this year’s contest or just visit the exhibit to enjoy the work of others. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of America.” Entries accepted: 11/28—12/3/2010; entry fee: $5. Judging: Dec. 4th, 2010. Exhibit Open Daily: 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Closed Dec 24, 25, & 31. General Admission to Ferry Farm and the Exhibit:


Rappahannock Choral Society

FREE Christmas concert. A talented choir of 50+ members under the award-winning artistic direction of Linda Monner, and the incomparable accompaniment of Marilla Haas. The concert has something for everyone–from music of the Trapp Family Singers to Bashana Haba’ah to the Hallelujah Chourus. Concerts held at 8 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun at Spotsylvania Middle School Auditorium, 8801 Courthouse Rd. No Tickets required. 12/4/2010—12/5/2010

Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Show

The Holiday Arts & Crafts Show is the perfect place to find that unique holiday gift for a friend or family member. An assortment of handcrafted items, including holiday

Open Hearth Cooking Class Gear up for the Thanksgiving season on Saturday, November 20th, by learning the skills of open hearth cooking. Join an experienced open hearth cooking historian to learn basic skills of historic cooking. You will learn how to build a fire, prepare and cook three different dishes. Class will take place in the recently restored ca. 1850 Haislip Farmhouse. Contact 703-365-7895 for more information. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $40, Space limited, reservations required. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow


Out&About Adults $5, Children $3, under 6 free. Entrants and 2 guests are admitted free. www.kenmore. org/events. 258 Kings Highway (Rt. 3)., Fredericksburg


Explore Kwanzaa

Enjoy this outdoor celebration as the candles are lit at dusk and the area choirs begin to sing. Bring your blanket and your warm gloves and spirit. Admission: free. 9100 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania

The museum’s annual program explores the history and significance of Kwanzaa. Beginning at 11 a.m., learn about the principles of Kwanzaa, a seven-day cultural celebration that begins December 26 and ends January 1, and find out how to incorporate it into your holiday season. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria




Courthouse Christmas Luminary

Christmas to Remember Join the town of Purcellville for the day-long celebration beginning with breakfast with Santa at 7 a.m., followed by a Christmas parade at noon that includes dogs, horses, carriages, and floats. The day ends with the lighting of the teardrop tree at 6 p.m. that has been decorated by the children in the town. Admission: free. 540-338-7421. Town of Purcellville, 130 E. Main St. 12/11/2010

Holidays in Leesburg Festivities include a holiday parade, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, roaming carolers, rides, games, ice carving, and, of course, shopping. Holiday merchandise and refreshments will be available for purchase. 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m.—2 p.m. festival. Admission: free. 703777-1368. Historic Downtown Leesburg, King Street

Alpaca Full Moon Open House

Have a face-to-face chat with our wonderful alpacas and get a jump on holiday shopping. Browse through a wonderful selection of alpaca products from 10 a.m.—6 p.m. Gift selections range from throws, baby blankets, shawls, vests, hats, mittens, scarves, headbands, socks, purses, finger puppets and the most delightful teddy bears you can imagine. Holiday gifts are bagged, be-ribboned and tagged for easy gift giving. Alpaca Full Moon Farm, 9247 Ramey Road, Marshall 12/11/2010—12/12/2010

Rappahannock Model Railroad Club Christmas Show Annual Christmas Model Train Show and Display. Many Operating Trains and Train Layouts. Model Train-related vendors will be present.

Door Prizes. National Guard Armory, Fredericksburg 12/11/2010—12/12/2010

40th Annual Candlelight Tour

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. 40th Annual Candlelight Tour—Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m.—5 p.m. Houses will be on Charles, Amelia & Princess Anne Streets. Tickets for the event will presale for $20 and $25 at the door. Historic Fredericksburg 12/11/2010—12/12/2010

Civil War Santa Comes to Ben Lomond The Prince William County Garden Council will decorate the house in true Victorian style and children will have the opportunity to make decorations to take home. Cost is $5 per person. Pictures with Santa will be an additional charge. The program will be from 11 a.m.—4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.—3 p.m. on Sunday. (703) 367-7872. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10311 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas 12/12/2010

Battle of Fredericksburg Anniversary Program This 40-minute program commemorates the valor and sacrifice of those in the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. The program will be held at the Richard Kirkland Monument along the famous Sunken Road. Admission: free. 1013 Lafayette Blvd. 12/26/2010

First Night Leesburg Over 100 wonderful

performances at 20 indoor locations in downtown Leesburg. Enjoy jazz, classical, bluegrass, folk music, rock & roll, and much more. First Night concludes at midnight with a traditional Grand Illumination gathering on the courthouse green. 6 p.m.—12 a.m. $8/person, $6/seniors over 65 years, $3/child age 3-12, Free/child under 3 years. 540338-4640. Historic Downtown, Market & King Streets 12/27/2010—12/29/2010

Nutcracker By Virginia Ballet Company And School It’s the 61st season of the classic NUTCRACKER ballet. The performances are at 2 & 7 p.m. each day at the NVCC Annandale Campus in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $30 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at www.virginiaballetcompany. org. Group pricing for these 6 performances is available for groups of 10 or more for the same performance. NVCC Annandale Campus Ernst Cultural Center Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale 12/31/2010

First Night–Warrenton Family-oriented, alcohol free celebration of the arts. In churches, business lobbies and public buildings as well as on Main Street, find a full evening of musical and theatrical performances for the entire family starting at 7 p.m. Classical

Christmas at Oatlands Visit Oatlands from November 22 through December 30th to see the mansion and grounds come alive with holiday spirit. The mansion will be decorated in historic and handcrafted decorations, some featuring materials from Oatlands’ gardens. Tours: Mon–Fri every hour on the hour 10 a.m.—4 p.m.; Sat every half hour 10 a.m.—4 p.m.; Sun every half hour 1—4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Admission: $10/adult, $9/senior(60+) and child 6–16 years, free/children under 5 years and Friends of Oatlands. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln. Leesburg.


Ongoing music, puppet shows, theater, folk music, rock & roll, jazz, storytelling and much more. The celebration will conclude with a candlelight gathering at the courthouse steps to sing in the new year at midnight. www. 6 Main St 12/31/2010

Fredericksburg First Night A family-oriented community celebration of the arts, 7 p.m.— 12:30 a.m. to ring in the new year with song, dance, comedy, and children’s activities. 706 Caroline St. 12/31/2010—1/1/2011

New Year’s Eve Fine Wine and Dancing New Year’s Eve Fine Wine and Dancing at Potomac Point Winery, from 7 p.m.—1 a.m. Appetizers, dinner buffet, dessert buffet, DJ with dancing, balloon drop, Sparkling Wine toast at midnight, coffee and breakfast bar afterwards. Reservations are a must. Call 540-446-2107. 275 Decatur Road, Stafford 12/31/2010—1/1/2010

First Night, First Class and New Years Brunch On Friday enjoy a spectacular five course feast starting at 5:30 p.m. Listen to the classic & contemporary sounds of Robert Brockway on the baby grand piano. After dinner enjoy live jazzy entertainment in the Lounge. Champagne toast and party favors. Then on the 1st join The Manor House for an elegant three course brunch to ring in the New Year. Three courses range from French Toast Casserole to Seared Lamb Loin and everything in between. Champagne pairing is optional. Admission fee: $135 Friday evening, $55 for brunch. www. The Manor House at Poplar Springs, 9245 Rogues Road, Casanova

Dance at the Candy Factory

Join the dance sessions every first Sunday of the month from 4—6 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Old Town Manassas. Arrive at 3:30 p.m. for a dance lesson with great dance instructors. Beginners and advanced dancers are all welcome. Come try the gorgeous floors of the Kellar Theater at the Candy Factory. Bring your friends and family! Cost is $15 per person for lesson and dance session, $10 Dance only. Pay at the door. 9419 Battle St., Manassas Tuesdays through 11/30/2010

Redskins Late Night Montpelier salutes all veterans with free admission for those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. (540)672-2728. 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange Thur—Sat through 12/27/2010

Fall and Holiday Tea Fall teas are served on Thur— Sat through Nov. 29 (except Thanksgiving Day). Holiday teas are also available on Thur—Sun from Dec. 3 through Dec. 27 (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas). Admission: $24.95 per person, not including tax. Seatings are at 1 p.m. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg Thursdays through 12/2/2010

Poem Series Come join the English, Linguistics and Communication Department at UMW every Thursday for the Thursday Poem Series. Faculty, students and guest speakers will read their favorite poetry. 5—5:30 p.m.; free; (540) 654-2124. Combs Hall 139 Fridays through 12/30/2011

Cork & Fork Cork & Fork Wine and Beer in Gainesville, VA offers free specialty beer tastings every Friday evening from 5—7p.m., offered with food pairings. Anywhere from 4-20 beers will be open to sample. For additional information, sign up

for the weekly newsletter by writing to info@corkandforkva. com. 7333 Atlas Walk Way, Gainesville Fridays through 11/26/2010

Music in the Courtyard Come and join us for live music every Friday evening from 6—9 p.m. at Potomac Point Winery. Enjoy listening to music while dining at our bistro. Call 540446-2266 for details or check our event calendar on our website each week for a list of performers. $5/person. Stafford Through 12/3/2010

Computer Pictures: The Contemporary Language Exhibition, Mon, Wed and Fri, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat and Sun, 1—4 p.m.; free admission; (540) 654-1013. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg Through 12/18/2010

The Magical Land of Oz -The Musical Lunch and show are enjoyed from private candlelit tables. Time: Sat. matinee 1—3:15 p.m.; select Tues. & Thurs. 10 a.m.—12:45 p.m. Riverside Center Children’s Theater, Fredericksburg Through 12/31/2010

Fredericksburg Area Battlefields Old Times They Are Not Forgotten. Post war images of local battlefields. Many of the objects featured in this exhibit have never publicly

been displayed. Creating the rare opportunity to see them. Admission: $7 Adults, $2 Students. Noon—5 p.m. www. 1001 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg Every Sunday

Brunch Buffet at Landsdowne Resort The ultimate and elegant Classic Sunday Brunch Buffet at On the Potomac and the Waterfall Terrace, 11 a.m.—2 p.m. The menu includes Lansdowne Raw Bar, made to order omelets, carved roasted meats and smoked salmon. Adults–$49. Children (6–16)–$10. Children 5 and below free. 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Lansdowne. Every First Friday

Leesburg’s First Friday Stroll around historic downtown Leesburg to enjoy several live music performances throughout the town, art exhibits, wine tastings, lectures and so much more. Please visit www. for a complete list of activities. 2nd Sat. through 11/13/2010

Second Saturdays at the Museum Children’s activities will highlight the history of the Fredericksburg Area. Drop in from 1—3 p.m. free with Museum admission. Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Fredericksburg



My Best Christmas Gift of 1953 By Alan Branfman Our months of planning were over. The day had finally arrived. Everything was ready. We had bathed; not a hair was out of place; we were wearing our “Sunday best.” My younger brother Larry and I were going to see Santa at Macy’s in “the city,” (as Manhattan was known in Brooklyn). I was twelve and Larry was seven, so, of course, I was in charge of “The List.” “Where is it?” Larry asked. “It’s in a safe place.” I answered. “Don’t lose it.” “Don’t worry.” “I want to see it.” “It’s in my shoe.” “Which one?” “The left one.” “Which one is that?” “Never mind.” Larry duly noted both shoes were tied and was placated. Mom said, “Let’s go boys.” We smiled smugly at each other. There was electricity in the air. The Remsen Avenue bus took us to the Utica Avenue IRT subway line to Manhattan. It was 30 minutes from our house in Brooklyn. Mom positioned us in the first car. The way the train snaked through a dark tunnel and emerged into a blast of light at each station was fascinating to my young mind. As for Larry, he kept busy checking my shoes (and the safety of The List) in the light of each station. Holding hands, we finally arrived at the 34th Street Station. Being so close to Santa, we didn’t want to get lost now. Up the exit stairs, and there was M-AC-Y-’S—our toy Mecca, and S-A-N-T-A! Navigating our way through the throng of shoppers and hopping onto the rickety escalator, we were soon in the Toy Department. Looking at all of these toys, I felt like I could have lived there forever. But there was no time to dwell. Mom quickly followed the signs “To Santa and the North Pole.” We arrived at rear of the toy department, and—AT LAST—it was HIM! “Look, Mom, it’s SANTA!” Larry shouted. “And his elf!” “Shhhhhhh, not so loud,” Mom lightly admonished. It was, indeed, Santa and his trusty elf, sitting on a platform next to the sign “Take a Picture With Santa $1.” The line of kids was short. We were lucky. None of them had a list in their hands. Good! Larry looked at me with a sly grin. The queue was shortening very quickly. Before I knew it, it was my turn. The elf escorted me onto Santa’s lap. 56

“Ho, Ho, Ho. What’s your name?” “Alan.” “And, what would you like for Christmas, Alan?” I began to unlace my shoe. “No, no, don’t do that.” the elf cried out. “Wait, it’s right here” I replied. “The List. In my shoe.” Santa quietly mumbled to the elf, “Get him out of here.” Hands were tugging at me and I found myself on the exit line carrying one shoe and limping into the arms of my mother. I looked back in distress to see Larry already sitting on Santa’s lap. “And what do you want for Christmas?” With quivering lips, Larry replied, “I want Alan’s shoe!” A bawling Larry soon joined me on the exit line. Months of writing and editing Santa’s list had been negated in less than a minute. Larry blamed it on Santa. “Santa’s a good guy,” I lied, “it was the little guy’s fault.” “Yeah, Santa’s a good guy. It was that stupid elf’s fault” Larry agreed, but I sensed he really placed the blame squarely on me. As the day progressed, the tragedy was momentarily forgotten. A lunch at the Horn & Hardart Automat, seeing the movie “Hans Christian Andersen” with Danny Kaye, and buying two original Christmas gifts for dad, kept us too busy to lament. (In a window of a store in Times Square, each of us immediately knew what we wanted for dad: from me, a huge hanging coconut with a grotesquely painted Indian face and hanging earrings made of sea shells; and from Larry, a turtle with “Jo” painted on its shell (Dad’s name was Joe, but the “e” was rubbed out and it was the last one.) The ride home was uneventful, but I knew I had damaged my “hero” status with Larry. I tried to redeem myself by displaying decisive executive action when we arrived home. The first thing I did was crayon out the elf’s face in our photo with Santa. Next, I crossed out “1953” on “The List” and wrote in “1954.” I told Larry we’d have to “wait ‘till next year” just like our beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. Larry smiled and hugged me. My hero status had been salvaged. It was my best Christmas gift of 1953. _________________________________________________________ A Long Island, New York native, Alan Branfman now resides in Spotsylvania County.

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