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T H E R E G I O N ' S free C O M M U N I T Y M A G A Z I N E
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YEAR 16 • ISSUE 183 • SEPTEMBER 2012
Big Plans
Pamela Coopwood
A Life of Art
Paula Rose
A New B&B?
The Question
@ 1601
Rest in Peace,
The O’Reilly
American Made
The Way We Were
Dan Telvock
Says Goodbye
The Fab Four
Our Heritage... the crhc collection
history’s stories.: colonial fredericksburg
you are creative!: rikki ansell
companions: adoptions!
hey, i know that dog!
Senior Care: you are not all alone
wellness: to tailor & tempt
green remedies
art all over...from books to benefits
scene & the ‘burg!
community link: Frank O’reilly
porch talk
guest poet: lori klopp
wit & wisdom of rim
my own path:
lessons for parents
true americana: doug’s grocery
storefront stories
traversing faith
....pamela mann
beverly proctor
....Lunch buddies doggie daycare
two sister’s boutique
.... heather stapleton
on the in fredericksburg
spotlighting business: pamela coopwood
fbi seizes dominion cup
retired on the back porch
Dee Antil: length,width,depth
roll out the barrel: oktoberfest
Vino: sake
season’s bounty: post labor day fare
daytripper: lake anna winery
15 principles: a roadmap for success
on the house: beer myths
Calendar of Events
True Americana
Doug’s grocery - a landmark ‘dinosaur’
By archer dipeppe
...And more!
living a life of art: paula rose
to b&b or not to be: 1601 caroline street
miss caroline street: tribute to corinth butler
“30”... exit interview with dan telvock
Cover Photo 1601 caroline street by Arch Di Peppe
On the corner of Ringgold and
Brooke Roads sits Doug’s Grocery in
Stafford County. It is a local landmark to
the longtime residents. Doug Sullivan, Sr.
and his wife Nell married in 1948 and built
the store in 1968. In the early days it was
open seven days a week from six until
eleven. “In those days there were only two
houses in sight. They are both gone, and
now there is no site,” says Nell. Suburbia
has crept up to their back door.
At first they carried a large
variety of items and sold gas. As the years
went by, they couldn’t compete with the
large discount gas stations and the large
supermarkets that could sell cheaper than
Doug’s could buy. But by that time, they
already filled a much-needed niche.
Today you can usually find fresh
produce, such as tomatoes, peppers,
squash, zucchini, onions, cucumbers,
radishes, beets, and okra grown across the
street. Some years they grow potatoes
and green beans and some years they
don’t. Hand-painted signs staggered along
the front of the property announce what’s
for sale. It is also a good place to buy
They raise chickens and sell fresh
eggs. When I asked Nell how many eggs
they sell a day, she said however many the
chickens lay. When it’s hot, laying drops
off because the chickens don’t feel much
like eating and drinking and laying eggs.
Some people come into the store to buy
eggs that were laid that morning. If you
have never had a fresh laid egg, you will be
surprised at the difference in the taste
from supermarket eggs. Please bring back
the cartons, though, because they recycled
long before it was cool.
Like most of their customers, I
shop there because of the people that run
the store. Doug, Sr. passed away in 2009,
but Nell and her son Doug, Jr. (Dougie)
still operate six days a week (Monday thru
Friday 8-7 and Saturday 8-5). Nell and
Dougie are hard- working, friendly, no
nonsense people.
They are true
Americana, not the plastic, cellophane
wrapped, thinly disguised variety
that tries to pass for it.
A few years back Dougie
introduced me to tomatoes known
as Cherokee Purples.
They have
green shoulders and a plum-colored
body. They are twice as sweet and
have half the acid of regular
tomatoes. I can’t wait for them to show
up each summer.
Doug waxes poetic
about the difference between his tomatoes
grown in clay soil and what he calls
Sandyland tomatoes. It seems that his
take longer to grow in his soil, have longer
to absorb the nutrients, and taste better.
I have taken the cure and am now an
evangelist for this variety. I almost hate
to tell you about them because it is like
telling hundreds of people about my
favorite fishing hole.
Nell can bake (understatement),
and her church, New Hope United
Methodist on New Hope Church Road, is
having a Fall Festival September 29th with
pork-pulled BBQ, baked goods, crafts, and
games for kids. Do not buy all of Nell’s
baked goods before I get there.
Nell holds down the fort at the
store with her chicken-herding Rat Terrier
“Tink”. (above) You better hope Tink likes
you because she can cipher out a rouge or
a fool in a second. We all take stock in
that dog’s judgment. Dougie is in-an-out
all day tending to the garden, cattle,
chickens, etc.
Nell doubts she will retire one
day. “What would I do,” she asks? Doug
believes their grocery is a dinosaur. If so,
I hope they stay around as least as long as
the first ones did.
Archer Di Peppe lives in Stafford, VA.
311 William Street
Open for Lunch & Dinner Mon - Sat
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Rob Grogan
Contributing Writers & Artists
Megan Byrnes
Ana Brigos
Joshua Camelli
Jamie Call
C.Ruth Cassell
Arch Di Peppe
Austen Dunn
Frank Fratoe
JoAnna Cassidy Farrell
William Garnett
Joe Gherlone
Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks
Elizabeth Howard
Karl Karch
Lori Klopp
Peter Knox
Blanton Massey
Sara Mattingly
Jo Middleton
Vanessa Moncure
Amy Pearce
Susan Carter Morgan
Mary Lynn Powers
Scott Richards
Paula Rose
Wendy Schmitz
Jeremy Sutton
Matt Thomas
Rebecca Thomas Christine Thompson
Rim Vining
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September 2012
artfully autumn
Spotlighting business
Archer Di Peppe
It’s nice to see that I can close
out my summer and enter autumn with a
birds-eye view of a fabulous new mural as
I enter downtown via the Chatham Bridge
to socialize or do business. Where, once
upon a time, the arts were ho-hummed
and this entry into downtown was marked
by a sign that read, “Do Not Enter”, today
we are welcomed with a 30-foot tall
sample of the artistic talent that is FXBG,
September in Fredericksburg is a
bright and brilliant month, in which art
meets smart.
Nature’s colors, artists’
palettes, and a potpourri of learning
opportunities key the cusp of autumn as
summer fades with a flurry of heat and
stormy skies, not willing to exit easily.
On many corners and asphalt
surfaces downtown, September will beam
with the colors of art, via Art Attack and
Via Colori. The air will fill with the oompah-pahs of German music and the cheers
and toasts of Oktoberfesters.
galleries will offer the length, width and
international – artistic talent. Creativity
will explode, and go beyond the arts. In
fact, classes will teach what creativity is
and how to tap into it.
New artists will emerge, several
icons will change venues, and Brandon
Newton has returned from his Cape Cod
Music will carry through the
slightly cooler evening air. The arts will
meet in formal yet unstuffy sessions to
bring the public into the fold of interest in
Dear Editor:
While it is interesting to read
Rebecca Thomas’ experiences with weight
loss, her Principle #3 is troubling. She
suggests “weigh yourself everyday.”
While that might work well for her and
some others, there are those who might
consequences. Some of those who obsess
over weight often fall victim to eating
disorders. I would hope that Rebecca
would be careful in giving advice. She
needs to encourage her readers to
consult medical professionals before
undertaking any extensive effort of their
own to lose weight.
Frank J Jandrowitz, Locust Grove
Dear Frank,
Thank you for your letter and
expressing your point of view. While I
agree that excessive concern over weight
can lead to eating disorders and that
these issues are best left to professionals.
I would encourage anyone starting out a
weight loss program to get a full physical
exam (as I did) and consult medical
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September 22nd & 23rd
the creativity and artistry that makes
FXBG in the 21st Century such an amazing
by mary lynn powers
History will remain prominent
with us, as a grand old mansion begins its
slowly potential transformation into a bed
and breakfast (as we went to press, a
potential buyer had embraced the b&b
concept for 1601 Caroline), and
videography will emerge as a potent teller
of history’s storefront stories.
One artist will begin a new leg in
her personal journey; others will launch
new shows and give us a new dimension to
ponder. Elby Brass will once again kick
(rhymes with brass) at the Cap Ale O-ffest
(which is for celebrators and their
families, not for the faint of heart or the
terminally negative).
The art of creative thinking
colors our September as well.
optimism for FXBG swells as I think about
Seth Casana’s dream for a new way of
including the public in decision-making
and greater participation, simply by
invoking a change in venues for some
official open-to-the-public meetings. Seth,
who now chairs the FXBG Arts
Commission, envisions the commission
holding its meetings in a more alluring
space than the council horseshoe that’s
entrapped within a maze of access points
at City Hall. Seth would air things out,
increase transparency and build public
interest by gathering the commission in a
place like Market Square, or maybe
professionals at any point. Having said
that I stand by my point of view. As a
previously overweight person who lost it
slowly and has now kept the weight off
for a year, I can attest it is possible to be
vigilant and realistic.
I would also
encourage my advice to be taken in
context with my other columns, which
advocate moderation and being kind to
Sincerely, Rebecca Thomas
Wow Rob,
Man, the time has flown by
again. I read Front Porch when I get the
chance. Working for you guys was one of
the best experiences I had. I’m glad I was
able to work and stay home for boys
when they were young.
NOTE: Kathleen Slocum used to sell
advertising for us. She is now a librarian
in South Dakota.
Rob, your article about teaching
made me tear up. I didn’t realize you
worked in education. I too have had
students with challenges that seem impo
ssible to overcome. Sometimes it breaks
Sidewalk Sale
Riverfront Park, as assuredly as we already
exhibit art and enjoy music in these best
of public spaces.
You see, that mural, under the
leadership of artist-educator Mirinda
Reynolds, is more than just a nice gateway
to our downtown. It’s a much-welcomed
clarion call to the community.
announces an artful autumn that will last
through all the seasons and coming years,
and will trumpet the message that
Fredericksburg, VA is here to stay – a
creative, smart, caring, artistic and
innovative town.
Enjoy it! And enjoy the pages of
our latest issue of what’s so good about
the Burg.
your heart, but it is one of the most
rewarding careers out there. I enjoyed
reading about your experiences.
Amy Bayne
Thanks, again, for getting word
about the Arts Commission out! I think
I’ve told you this before, but I think that
encapsulation of the spirit of the Burg. I
loved that article about the phases of
becoming a Fredericksburgian!!!!
Sincerely, Collette Caprara
The question of small business
and entrepreneurship has been a topic
that is hot in the news today. Many
people feel that opening a business at this
juncture is a gamble. Though, everywhere
we look, there are new shops, restaurants
and online companies that are doing just
that. I ran into an individual who owns
her own company – The Planned Event,
which she bases out of her Massaponox
home. Ms. Pamela Coopwood, founder and
president, offers “precision event planning
and protocol consulting … because it
Ms. Coopwood is planning a
designer showcase in September at
LibertyTown Arts Workshop. For those
few who are unfamiliar with LibertyTown,
this studio houses fifty-plus artisans
specializing in a variety of different
mediums. This is the first of
what she hopes will be an annual
Her goal is to involve a
wider audience by inviting
businesses specializing in fabric,
yarn and other mediums.
martini social is planned to reach
out to businesses that may not
have been aware of LibertyTown
prior to this event. In promoting
this type of event, Pam hopes to
bring visibility and a brand to
LibertyTown, similar to that of
The new business
that this generates is great for
Fredericksburg, as well as shops and
restaurants. Quite a few restaurants will
be donating food, and their business cards
will be displayed by their appetizers, again
promoting business for all involved.
Pam has been involved with event
planning for over twenty years, in varying
facets. She is specialized in Protocol and
Etiquette, meaning that she has skills that
are honed in doing things the correct way.
Pam has coordinated and executed
dignitary visits.
She received a Masters Degree in
Tourism Administration from George
Washington University. In addition, she
has certification in global leadership, and
is a certified protocol officer and
consultant. She also does workshops and
seminars on business etiquette and
professional protocol.
Her list of
accomplishments is extensive.
facilitated a Women’s Leadership Seminar
in Nicaragua. She taught courses at the
American University in Haiti. She traveled
internationally with different faith based
organizations doing volunteer work.
It never ceases to amaze me how
many talented and interesting people live
in our immediate area. If you would like
more information, Ms Coopwood can be
found at
Mary Lynn Powers writes
from her home in Stafford.
1021 Caroline Street
Open Friday Nights till 8pm
NOTE: Collette is a member of the FXBG
Arts Commission, which meets publicly the
first THURSday of every month at 7 PM at
City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
The article about “Fredericksburgians”
was by Mike Jones.
Errors by the shortstop:
The photo of Jake Walther and his crew in
Master of Awe by A.E. Bayne was taken by
Heather M. Schulz.
About the Cover: 1601 Caroline up for
auction. See article by Blanton Massey.
Photo by Arch Di Peppe.
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Living a life of art
By Paula rose
summer flood. An
adventure was ready
to begin! Luckily, the
water did not cross
Sophia Street, and my
Frame opened for
live an “artful” life
balancing act, but it
holds many rewards.
One must be flexible,
decisions, sometimes
on short notice and
“Emerald Coast” by Carol Iglesias
most importantly by
trusting your instincts.
July, 1995 – That is when I, Paula
For example, when someone drops by and
Rose, moved my art supply and frame
offers you an adorable white kitten, i.e.
shop from 908 Caroline Street to the our resident shop cat McNeill (17 years),
present location of P Rose Gallery at 709 you say, “Thank you very much.”
Caroline Street. On that July day, the nextOr when artist Carol Iglesias
door neighbor, The Richard Johnston Inn, heard about a residency in Dinan, France,
had a truckload of sandbags delivered for she sent in her application and when
there, five months ago. But that did not
stop her creative flow, and her show
reflects her ability to interpret both
visual cues and emotional experiences.
Netherlands” have never looked better,
and that aptly is the title of her show.
As for me, I have spent 30 years
working and living on Caroline Street. I
have seen and experienced many changes
to downtown and its main street. But
adaptation to change seems to be a
particular component of an artful life.
So here I am again, ready for change
Moving onward
after 30 years downtown
709 Caroline,
for sale
@ $800,000
For information, contact Susan Pates,
Assoc.Broker, Long & Foster, Realtors. 540-809-9443;
[email protected];
September 2012
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No, it’s not a breaking news crime
bust headline; it’s the tasty results of the
19th Annual Dominion Cup Pro-Am
dominated by local homebrew club, The
Fredericksburg Brewing Insiders (FBI).
It wasn’t easy. 518 home brews
were entered in 23 categories and were
judged with a gold, silver and bronze
medal awarded in each. The FBI won the
following 10 – count them - 10 medals:
3 Gold Medals:
Brian, Scott and Rod Bergquist for a
Robust Porter
Brian, Scott and Rod Bergquist for Lake
Anna IPA
Brian, Scott and Rod Bergquist for
Coconut Robust Porter
First Friday, September 7th, 6 to 9 P.M.
Celebrating her much anticipated pastels at
The P. Rose Gallery/ Colonial Art & Frame
By Sara Mattingly
The Plato award, which is the
competition, was won by Brian, Scott and
Rod Bergquist, proprietors of The Brew
Shop at The Natural Path.
Living A Life of Art @ 709 Caroline
First Friday Cheers!
to Paula Rose
Capital Ale’s Oktoberfest
James Tweeddale for Saison
David Taylor & James Tweeddale for
accepted, she responded with a hearty
“Thank you.”
Carol’s colorful and
luminous pastels from her month long
residence in Dinan will be on display at my
P Rose Gallery from First Friday
September 7 through October 31 to help
me celebrate my own journey, as well as
It will be a great show. April is an
“iffy” month in France, and Carol
experienced many weather inconveniences
First Friday Salut!
to Carol Iglesias
Roll Out the Barrel
FBI Seizes
Dominion Cup!
2 Silver Medals:
David & Julia Taylor for Calypso Stout
David Taylor & James Tweeddale for
I have listed my building for sale
with Susan Pates of Long and Foster
Realty. Susan and Ann Morgan Pates will
be hosting an Open House and a very
unique tour of my studio, shop, gallery
and residence at 709 Caroline Street on
First Friday from 6-9
9PM. The First Friday
in September promises to be a great night
for art, and a special look at an artful and
creative life.
Carol and I both are pleased with
where our instincts have taken us, and I
trust they will continue to serve me well
on the next leg of my life’s journey. So
please come by and take a look at what
Carol has painted, at what my building has
to offer its next owner, and to chat for a
while about living a life of art.
Paula Rose and McNeill welcome you at
709 Caroline Street downtown.
5 Bronze Medals:
Brian, Scott and Rod Bergquist for Kolsch
James Tweeddale for Double Up Imperial
The premier medal awarded at
this competition is Best of Show, which is
the comparison of the 23 gold medal
beers. The first place, a Coconut Robust
Porter and second place, a Lake Anna IPA
were awarded to Brian, Scott and Rod
Bergquist. The first place beer will be
brewed at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
to be entered in the Great American Beer
Festival in 2013.
The Fredericksburg Brewing
Insiders is a local homebrew club that is
promotion of home brewing and beer
appreciation in the Fredericksburg, area.
They hold monthly meetings and special
events and if you have an interest in
learning about beer styles, or are curious
as to what it takes to brew beer, you are
invited to attend a meeting. Visit the web
site at
Until recently, there wasn’t a
place to purchase all required supplies
needed for home brewing, but The Brew
Shop is now located at The Natural Path,
4413 Lafayette Blvd.
They carry a
complete line of home brewing supplies
and offer free classes for both beginners
and the more experienced home brewer.
See for product and
class information.
Grab your lederhosen! It’s the
Annual Oktoberfest celebration, bigger
and better than ever! Get your fill of
grilled bratwurst and giant Bavarian
The Capital Ale House will
feature many authentic German food
specials, German beers and exciting events
throughout the day, September 29 in
downtown Fredericksburg. Cap Ale’s party
features live German beer-drinking music
and The SGTEV Hirschjager German
exercises what many
would consider the
highest motivation for
becoming mayor —
tapping the ceremonial
keg of beer at noon and
will close two blocks of
Caroline Street and two
blocks of George Street
until 10PM, with Capital
Ale House restaurant
service continuing until
1 : 3 0 A M .
Additional family friendly vendors, and
restaurants are onboard for this year’s
fest — the 10th annual Oktoberfest for
Capital Ale at several of its locations. In
addition to German dance, German music
will fill the air as performed by The Happy
Dutchmen, and Seth Casana’s hometown
Elby Brass band will step up the tempo
with German Oompah music right with
Seth at the helm playing the big horn.
Family Magazine has signed on for
Kidtoberfest from 11-3, and The
Fredericksburg Area Service League will
create the Kinderplatz portion of
Oktoberfest, featuring authentic giant
Bavarian pretzels and other tasty treats
for die Kinder. “We have dedicated an
entire city block just for the little
Oktoberfesters!” wrote Cap Ale’s Amy
DuFour. “We will feature face painting by
Fun 2C Faces, balloon twister Mike
Klee, and large inflatable attractions.” All
children will receive a free all-inclusive
pass to the children’s area, from 12 Noon
to 8 PM.
There will be a $2 cover charge
with the proceeds going to the
Fredericksburg Area Service League, an
organization of women dedicated to
improving the lives of
Fredericksburg area by
volunteering time and
Head Start, Bragg Hill
Family Life Center,
Explore It! Children’s
Museum, and Adopt a
If you miss the
celebration or simply
place to be on October
and 7
at Capital Ale House,
This will be one giant
celebration over two days in the street
and Music Hall.
Four closed blocks
between Main Street and 6th Street will be
the scene of entertainment that includes
The Continentals and Die Immergrun
At both events, each guest of
legal drinking age can purchase a
traditional 1-liter Capital Ale House stein.
Families are welcome; however, anyone
under the age of 21 must be accompanied
by a parent or guardian. There’s more
info at
Sara Mattingly just returned from the
Olympics in London and now gets to
drink beer.
Roxbury Farm & Garden Center
Knowledgeable Staff & Quality Products
Established in 1929Celebrating Our 83rdYear
601 Lafayette Blvd.
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Pamela Mann
To B&B or Not To Be
the question at 1601 caroline
Kick off the
NFL Season with Us!
Traversing faiths
By A.E.Bayne
The labyrinth is a fitting symbol
for a life well lived. The adept traverse its
curves, twist in unlikely directions, and
sometimes even double back, but they
always leave their minds open to meditate
on events that shape the journey. In kind,
Pamela Mann didn’t realize that working
with labyrinths would become her passion
when she encountered one in California in
1998, leading to the birth of her first
labyrinth project for Trinity Episcopal
Church in Manassas, VA; nor could she
foresee that the labyrinth would guide her
toward a path of interfaith ministry. She
reflects, “That’s one of the gifts of the
labyrinth; it’s a mirror and metaphor for
your relationships and life. When you
walk a labyrinth you should observe
everything that happens, every encounter,
because when you later process the
journey, you find that it is reflective of
something that’s going on in your current
On a personal level, Mann became
interested in labyrinths because she enjoys
walking when she prays. She illustrates,
“People ask me why I don’t just take a walk
in the woods. I tell them that walking a
labyrinth is quite different
because it keeps you focused,
being that there is a specific
beginning, middle, and end.
When you are in the woods you
can get sidetracked and might
never return to your original
Walking the labyrinth
aligns mind, body and spirit,
something our society has been
You are meditating
holistically; the movement helps
people connect all aspects of their
It’s a process where
afterwards you can examine the patterns
revealed and reflect on what they mean to
your life.”
Historically, labyrinths have been
found in caves, on rock formations, and on
artifacts such as ancient coins. Today, one
can find labyrinths in any locale around
the world with a click of the mouse and
( online. Mann
sheds light on the phenomenon,
“Labyrinths seem to resurge when
spiritual evolution occurs and there is a
need for introspection, when society’s
Days Gone By
Courtesy of the William T. Garnett Collection
Don’t you wish we still had the Colonial Theater?
At least we have the 909 Saloon!
William T. Garnett Antiques
at 540-424-2448.
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Come watch your favorite NFL
teams on one of our many HD TV’s
spiritual needs are just very hungry.
That’s another reason I was interested, to
be on the ground movement of their
Like many people today, Mann
grew up in a Christian interfaith
household. Along with a study of world
religions, she explored many Christian
denominations, and most recently worked
with the Episcopal Church. She describes
an experience that occurred during her
early presentation of labyrinths in
Manassas that inspired her to bring people
of different faiths together, “I had a Jewish
woman tell me she didn’t know if it was
approved by her religion to walk it, and I
had had some people from Christian
denominations ask me as well.
encounters encouraged me to reach out to
all faiths and inspired the design for my
labyrinth, Wings of Wisdom. I wanted the
visual impact to be inclusive of all, so it
includes symbols from major world
religions with prayers of peace layered
under the symbols.”
Mann doesn’t see herself with her
own church in the immediate future,
though perhaps it is a long-term goal.
Today, she is focusing on her ministerial
work and on facilitating interfaith
weddings. She smiles, “It allows me to be
Helping to bring couples
together and working with their spiritual
needs has given me a lot of joy. My focus
with the weddings has certainly been to
assist couples with different religious
background, but sometimes there those
that are simply more spiritual than
religious, so I am reaching out to them as
well.” Mann, who hopes to bring the
interfaith community of Fredericksburg
together through events centered on
peace work, envisions using labyrinths to
help accomplish that task.
For more information about
Pamela’s interfaith ministry and Wings of
A.E. Bayne is a teacher and writer who
has lived and worked in Fredericksburg
for fourteen years.
Enjoy cold drinks and food specials
from our Bistro Bar
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You could win one of
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By blanton massey
Arriving on the
market ahead of the
new 3D movie version
of The Great Gatsby,
riverfront manor house
at 1601 Caroline Street,
last owned by Herman
reflects its age in more
ways than one. Built
circa 1889 and now in
great need of repair, it
was a grand house for
entertaining, with its
large rooms and high
ceilings reflecting the
reconstruction wealth
of its first owner, C.W. Colbert. A branch
of the national Presbyterian Church
acquired the house in foreclosure around
1906 and added eight more rooms to
allow for a boarding house.
It again
served as a private residence when C.M.
Mullen of Indiana acquired it in 1916 and
announced his arrival and status with a
display of ostentatious wealth indicative
of the coming Roaring 20’s, by building
the grand porch (photo by Chris Limbrick)
with its eight large columns.
By then, the horse stable behind
the house had become the car garage. The
Executor and beneficiaries under the Will
of Mr. Groves prefer to see this 22-room
house restored to its grandeur and
opened to the public as a 5-bedroom bed
and breakfast. This house is neither in the
Old Town Historic District nor the Old Mill
District; thus its new owner is free to
restore it to its grandeur or tear it down
for a modern home. It would not be the
only ultra modern home on the City’s
Dr. Elizabeth Sommer, who
taught in the Historic Preservation
Department at UMW, has researched the
house and says it is clearly eligible for
inclusion in the National Register of
Historic Places. Built on the edge of town
and adjacent to the mills powered by the
river, this house is a prime example of the
post-Civil War industrialization and
socialization of Fredericksburg in a very
under-represented and neglected period of
current study (1880-1920). The people
who owned this house and the people now
involved in its future create a fascinating
picture of Fredericksburg past and
present. Dr. Sommer stands ready to
assist in filing for whichever Federal
Rehabilitation this house will be eligible.
Sean Maroney, Executive Director of
agrees, but while HFFI hopes to restart its
previously successful acquisition program,
it is unable to play a role in what becomes
of this treasure.
The house is within the Rising
boundaries, and Association members and
friends were treated to a wine and cheese
open house and estate sale preview, then
met to discuss their views on the Groves’
house becoming a bed & breakfast.
Support was overwhelming. In response
to the few negative comments, Andi
Gabler pointed out that residents who
bought homes in Fredericksburg knew it
was a vibrant, changing community and
had to expect that neighbors might
change their properties in a way that
caused other residents to lose a view or
privacy they had previously enjoyed. She
said her Schooler House B&B, only four
blocks away from the Groves’ house, stays
busy, and she welcomes another bed &
Also attending was Sally Lou
Fitzhugh of Stafford, whose ancestor,
Anne Fitzhugh, once owned this lot and
sold it to Stafford County as part of the
planned “Free Bridge” site. Sally came
with Marjorie Morris, who lived two doors
upriver from Groves, who had told
Marjorie if anyone asked him to sell the
house, he’d tell them to “go to hell” and
would never sell a premium river front
property that would never go down in
value. He held on for 63 years.
An estate sale held over Labor
Day weekend may have seen the next
owner of this grand house. If so, hope for
an invitation to a Great Gatsby party or at
least a front row seat for the next 4th of
July River Raft Race.
You can see more of Chris
Limbrick’s photographs of the house at
Blanton Massey practices mediation at
his firm five blocks down from 1601
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Retired & Buck Naked
1992 - 2012
On The Back Porch
fallen on deaf ears
by jo middleton
I’ve got to start hanging out with
a younger crowd. Maybe go to some of
those young person meetings where they
sip iced tea and eat Charlie Brown Cookies.
I did young activities once upon a time. I
am, quite experienced, filled with senior
wisdom, and bring a healthy appetite
for delicious Charlie Brown cookies. But,
here’s the thing, these meetings with old
people are just not my cookie. I’m a 35year old 75-year old, and just don’t fit in
with the geriatric crowd. Old people go to
a great deal of trouble to attend their
meetings, which may be, and often is, their
last. You frequently hear, “Don’t expect
Dick tonight. He died.”
The last elder-meeting I attended
was in a Mexican restaurant.
particular restaurant had a great meeting
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room behind a darkened glass window. In
fact, it is the only restaurant in town with
a meeting room. Old folks don’t meet
where they don’t eat. It’s a prerequisite.
The waiter assigned to us was our age. He
spoke little or no English, but was tall and
dignified looking, like the incredible
charmer Manolito Montoya of the High
Chaparral. He took our orders, which of
the 30 people there, included 15
cheeseburgers with fries (reminding me of
John Belushi’s cheeseburger skit, and
wondering if these people, like Belushi’s
customers, really ordered “chee-burgah,
chee-burgah!”). When he left to go to the
kitchen with our orders, the door to the
meeting room would not open.
doorknob was in the spin mode. He kept
banging on the darkened glass, but of
course, nobody could see him, and the
merengue hot mix music playing in the
main restaurant drowned out his shouts
of “abre la puerta!”
Of the 30 people in the meeting
room, 15 of which supposedly ordered
“chee-burgahs,” 28 were deaf with
hearings aids making a whistling noise, so
nobody caught the waiter show at the
spinning doorknob, which sent me into
gales of giggles, unappreciated by my
fellow diners. When the owner came in to
check on the meeting room guests, he let
Manolito Montoya out to distribute our
orders to the kitchen. Manolito had begun
scratching his fingernails on the glass,
unbeknownst to the hearing impaired
meeting goers. The two of us who could
hear and see the unprogrammed comedy
routine were still trying to recuperate
from our gales of laughter and therefore
unresponsive to the owner’s satisfaction
inquiries. But soon our various orders,
arrived. The diners could understand the
Spanish-speaking girls call out their cheeburgah order. However, orders such as
Carne Asada required waving of the plates
among the diners to see if visual
recognition was possible. This was the
funniest meal I’ve ever attended, but I
have not been invited back.
Do you know of any meetings
with folks under 40 who serve Charlie
Browns? I’ll be there, but only after I take
a bit of a kip, retired and buck naked on
the back porch.
Jo Middleton is an uncharacteristically
junior senior citizen.
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anticipated three-dimensional art gallery
will be the featured artist in Artful
Dimensions’ first-ever featured artist
showcase. On First Friday, Sept. 7, Dee
Antil, an acclaimed local artist who works
in semiprecious stones and metal, will
present Rock Candy Mountain, a
collection of some of her newest and most
whimsical work to date.
Rock Candy Mountain will also
serve as the kickoff event in Artful
Dimensions’ planned series of “First
Friday” artist exhibits, each of which will
showcase a different artist in the gallery
and be accompanied by a small reception,
a discussion of his or her new and featured
works and a meet-and-greet with the artist
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Dee and a handful of other local
artists poured a measure of blood, sweat
and tears into a raw space on Charles
Street behind Castiglia’s and slowly
transformed it from a graffiti-ridden
warehouse into a chic, urban art gallery
complete with a number of working
studios and a sprawling exhibit space for
3-D art.
Mountain promises to be something of a
visual treat for the eyes. Using the finest
components and supplies, the artist
manipulates sterling silver wire around
raw materials like sterling silver, copper,
semiprecious and precious gemstones, and
precious metal clay to create a series of
one-of-a-kind designs, including necklaces,
bracelets and earrings that can at times be
bold and daring and at others be
understated and elegant.
“I am not sure my pieces have
any one singular design element, other
than the fact they represent a little piece
of me and are reflective of my mood or
something I was feeling at the time I
crafted them. My guess is that’s why
people tell me some of them are as much
fun to look at as they are to wear.”
Named after the Depression-era
hit “Big Rock Candy Mountain” by Haywire
Mac, a rail song about a hobo’s vision of
heaven wherein all the hens lay soft boiled
eggs and cigarettes grow on trees, Dee’s
show is part tribute to the “big rocks” she
sometimes uses in her work, and part
“Jewelry is a little bit like
daydreaming in precious metals and
stones. When you wear just the right
piece of jewelry, it’s no longer Tuesday
and you’re no longer running errands or
trudging through the daily routine of
life. For just a moment, you can look at
your wrist or catch a glimpse of yourself
in a store window and be transported to a
different place and time.”
Dee claims she creates jewelry
that is varied in both style and price
points, and includes original pieces for
everyone, every gender, every age and
especially, every pocketbook.
This is a great gallery, and Dee is
a great artist. The next time you think
about art, consider not only the length
and width of a piece of work, but add some
depth for a stunningly new perspective on
art. -SM
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Season’s Bounty
post labor day
etiquette & final fare
While you still can, get 2-3
steamed, spiced crabs/per person and ½
lb/per person unpeeled shrimp, steamed
and spiced. If seafood is pre-cooked, set
ingredients, then add during last 10-15
minutes of boiling.
If you want to
steam/spice your own seafood, layer with
vegetables and cover tightly - steam over
high heat approx. 30 min. per dozen crabs.
In large deep pot, fill quarter deep w/
boiling water, ½ to 1 c. each beer and
cider vinegar, S&P, Old Bay Seafood
seasoning, 1 halved lemon, ¼ c.
Worchestershire). Per person, add 1 each
shucked corn on the cob, one small red
bliss potato, ¼ lb. chunk spiced sausage.
When potatoes are tender, drain cooking
liquid, spread seafood and ingredients on
newspaper-covered table. Have knife and
crab cracker per person with saltines,
vinegar and melted butter. And many
paper towels!
selection of toppings, fillings and
condiments: shredded and leaf lettuce,
tomatoes, sliced/ diced onions; American,
blue cheese, Swiss, Monterey jack, crispcooked bacon, sweet relish, cole slaw,
pickles, chow-chow, hot peppers, dijon and
yellow mustards, mayo, ketchup, spicy
bean-less chili w/ chopped onions and
melted Velveeta for chili dogs.
Into boiling salted water, place 1in. diced red potatoes, skin-on until
potatoes can be pierced by fork, but do
not fall apart. Drain in colander and set
aside. Cook thick-sliced bacon until crisp,
then drain, reserving bacon grease. In
large mixing bowl combine sliced green
onion, thinly sliced celery w/ tops,
potatoes, bacon, just enough mayo to
lightly coat potatoes, 2T. bacon grease,
S&P, 2T. whole grain mustard and ½ tsp.
celery seed. On platter, shred romaine,
top w/ sliced tomatoes, potato salad.
Sprinkle fresh parsley.
Save cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple and
watermelon halves.
Cut up single-size
watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and
pineapple into chunks. Add drained peach
individual red and white seedless grapes,
blueberries, sliced kiwi - mix together, add
a 12-oz. container condensed juice. Mix
fruit together, spoon into reserved fruit
halves. Garnish w/ fruit. Enjoy! Then on
to autumn…
Slider buns are widely available
for purchase as hamburger buns. Topsplit hot dog buns are easier to top and
eat - all-beef kosher dogs are best. My
burger and frank buffet offers a wide
Vanessa Moncure was FXBG’s
premier caterer back in the days of her
Chez V Catering company.
September 2012
you’re not drinking enough of it
By jeremy sutton
By vanessa moncure
A quick check of the whys and
wherefores of Emily Post’s 1952 Blue Book
of Social Usage updates us on proper daily
etiquette as well as general sartorial
requirements - absolutely no white shoes
before Memorial Day, nor after Labor Day.
Now that the whites are away, school is
open and vacation closed, what can you do
during the warm cusp of autumn? Have
one last all-American cookout for your
immediate family; a chance to review the
summer in conversation and talk about
plans for autumn.
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I read an article a few
months ago talking about why
time seems to “speed up” as
we grow older, and the
phenomenon of 365 days
seeming so much longer to an
8 year-old than an 18 year-old
than a 48 year-old. The article
diminishing ability to “be
surprised,” in that as time
goes on we start to see many
events and processes repeat,
and instead of looking at them
in wonder and analytical
thought as a child, we simply
file that experience away with
the other 4-4,000 examples of
it already in our brain as an
adult. It was an excellent dose of
perspective, and very good insight on how
to keep the joie de vivre of youth, and
maintain a little jaunt in your step despite
the creak in your knee.
Now, fascinating non sequiturs
aside, let’s talk about sake. Ever since
some lackadaisical Japanese left out a bowl
of moldy rice porridge 1,000 years ago,
sake has been the touchstone beverage
alcohol of the culture. It has the most in
common with beer, in that it comes from
a grain, is brewed, and the sugar necessary
for fermentation requires an extra step or
two to produce. But more like wine or
good scotch, the end result is stupefying
in its complexity and character.
Sake is simple on the surface:
rice, water and a special mold known as
“koji.” When brewing sake, there is not
enough readily available sugar in a rice
grain to start fermentation, so we have to
coax it out for fermentation to begin, a
very precise and fascinatingly exacting
process. After a batch of rice has been
soaked in water and steamed (the
brewmaster, or “toji” is often seen with a
stopwatch, going down to the second to
get the water saturation/steaming just
right), it is laid on large tables in a
specialized room known as a “koji muro”
to begin drying. While the rice is dried, it
is sprinkled with koji mold, which works its
way into the pure heart of starch at the
center of each rice grain (the “shinpaku”).
These flat beds of molding rice are
painstakingly raked and reconstituted to
ensure even drying and application of the
koji to all grains of rice, often being done
every 45-60 minutes over 2 days. The koji
begins converting this coveted pure starch
to sugar, so that the rice may be
fermented. A starter, or “moto,” with
yeast, rice, water and koji is begun, and
three more (each time doubled) additions
of rice, water and more koji, and another
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20 odd days of fermentation will leave us
at 40 days and sake that’s ready to press
and drink. It’s a process that can only be
finessed by a skilled eye, and many seasons
of brewing experience.
And what is our reward for all
this painstaking process? A beverage that
is simple and sublime in its original
material that becomes utterly profound in
its final expression. Good sake (not the
small, warm carafe you get with your $1
sushi special), is served chilled, and is an
experiment in elegance. Forget the grainy,
starchy, harsh liquid you’ve likely had
before. Look for the words “junmai,”
“ginjo,” “honjozu” or “daiginjo” on the
label to know that you’re buying upper
echelon sake (these are official quality
designations, and it won’t necessarily be
the most expensive). Some are fruity and
round, others bright and sharp, almost all
offer something to be appreciated and
studied. Not unlike wine, sake takes a few
simple ingredients and through the magic
of fermentation bursts forth in a dazzling
display of deliciousness and dexterity, a
delight to the drinker, and a surprising
finish to its humble start.
And there it is, all back to the
beginning. Allow yourself to be surprised
by sake, don’t look past it as something
you may have had once in college, or as a
drink just for sushi restaurants. Be open
to intrigue, and willing to learn more.
Slow life down and embrace a new and
exciting endeavor, and fulfill your curious
mind’s ambition with a whole new love
and understanding for sake.
Jeremy Sutton is a Certified Sake
Professional, and will be hosting a 7course sake dinner at Bistro Bethem on
Thursday September 13th, 2012 for all
the curious minds out there.
Reservations required, seating limited,
surprises plentiful. Please call 540-3719999 for details and reservations.
Most of the wineries in Virginia are
designated “Farm Wineries”, meaning the
majority of the grapes used to produce
wine there are farmed there. Taking a
closer look, you see that a lot of farm
wineries are also family wineries, where
not only is the business passed down from
one generation to the next, but the entire
family is involved in various tasks.
Not to miss out on a good
tradition, the Heidig brothers, Jeff and
Eric, are the second generation to work
the vines at Lake Anna Winery. Its origins
are in a business trip to France by founder
Bill Heidig, where he inquired what would
be good to plant on the land he already
owned. Not surprisingly, they responded
that grapes would be the optimum crop,
because in Heidig’s Piedmont Virginia, clay
makes up the majority of soil. Combined
with the climate of the second largest lake
in the state, the terroir has proven
advantageous in producing wine grapes.
On that advice, Bill and his wife
Ann planted their first vines in 1983 –
2,000 seyval, 250 cabernet sauvignon, and
1000 chardonnay.
After selling their
grapes to local wineries, the Heidigs made
and bottled their first wine in 1989,
Seyval Blanc.
Soon after, Lake Anna
Winery became a reality at festivals
around Virginia.
Now Jeff and Eric utilize the
culture of the area, specifically the nearby
battles of the Civil War, to set their wines
apart. The Spotsylvania Claret – a bright,
lively flavor of red cherries, red raspberry,
and herbs in a medium body — has a
variety of different collectible labels
depicting battles.
And at present, the 21-planted
acres produce approximately 60 tons of
grapes annually; or 75 percent of the
grapes needed for the winery, with the
remainder bought throughout Virginia.
The winery produces 5000 to 5500 cases
annually, with plans to expand to a ceiling
of 8000-10,000 cases.
Of their dozen or so wines, the
best known is the Enigme, a gold medalist
at the Virginia State Fair. It is made from
tanat, chambercin and merlot grapes, and
delivers a big, bold taste, but is not heavy.
This is a complex and delightful pairing
for meals, in which a number of flavors
The 2008 Bellehaven Cabernet
Franc is 100% this Virginia signature
It exhibits a deep, rich color
belying a wine of mocha and ripe berries.
Its full finish wraps up the entire
experience laced with hazelnuts!
For white wine lovers, there is the
2010 Chardonnay Barrel Select, in the
European tradition. Aged in oak for 10
months, 100% Chardonnay; a taste found
nowhere else in Virginia — English toffee
and caramel with a hint of tropical fruit.
Like hot chicken soup on a cold day, this
wine warms the soul.
The impressive grounds and
operations of Lake Anna Winery and, of
course, the wines, make it a must-stop on
your Daytripper itinerary.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s; open
362 days, daily 11-5; Sun. 1-5. Lake Anna
Winery’s Octoberfest, Oct. 6 (4-8PM), will
offer the bounty and beauty of fall in the
country, an evening of wine, a German
meal, and music by Michael Wheelehan.
RSVP: 540-895-5085.
$35 (benefits
Habitat for Humanity).
Scott Richards, owner of Loch Haven
Vineyards, writes at and The
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myths of mythical persistence
by matt thomas
It’s a process and a practice…
Think of all the daily decisions you are
now faced with that sabotage your ability
to maintain a healthy weight. Most likely
things like indulging in sweets, eating
beyond hunger and not making time for
exercise have become automatic. These
will all become opportunities to practice
mindful eating and moving your body.
Each time you make the healthy choice
you practice supporting your goal of a
trim and healthy body.
This is also a time for discovery...
Without examining my eating habits and
experimenting with new healthier ones, I
would never have learned simple, effective
techniques to manage my hunger. Today,
I favor soup, salad or a simple egg dish for
lunch. They satisfy my hunger and keep
my blood sugar steady, which provides
energy and mental clarity throughout the
day. Sounds simple enough but until I
made the connection between the
importance of what I ate at lunch and my
ability to function optimally the rest of
the day I would regularly skip lunch or eat
a heavy, calorie-laden meal with the
justification I would burn it off. It took
practice and experimentation to get the
food choices and portions just right.
Today, it’s automatic but also flexible
enough to be fine tuned if need be.
gratification… So easy to say, much
harder to do, but worth endeavoring to
acquire this important skill. Some people
are born with the innate ability to make
choices based on delayed gratification.
Not me. I had to learn it and still practice
it today. Sometimes it comes down to a
dialog in my head about what I want
more, the muffin, or my pants to fit. I
take a moment to visualize the process of
not fitting in my clothes and how that will
make me feel. 9 times out of 10 I choose
not to eat the muffin.
Early in my own process I made
the decision that now was the time for
me to figure out the keys to a healthy
and trim body and committed myself
entirely, even if I wasn’t exactly sure
what the path was. You must be ready
to do the same. Learning to create
eating guidelines right for you, moderate
portions by eye, be in tune with feelings
of fullness and incorporate exercise you
will look forward to, has to be developed
over time. The payoff for making it a
priority is enormous. You will have the
tools to successfully manage your weight
for the rest of your life. So make the
commitment and practice, practice,
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aspiring self-publishing author and
partner at kybecca.
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By rebecca thomas
While this seems obvious anytime
you make a lifestyle change, in this
particular case it bears repeating and
rereading. Achieving sustained weight loss
is a process with times of lesser and
greater motivation, successes and failures,
and inevitable frustrations.
your patterns of eating and movement
requires many small decisions over a long
period of time that lead to an overall
change in thinking. Any significant change
takes a real commitment; there is no
shortcut. Making it a priority doesn’t
bestow you with innate discipline. It is a
first but crucial step, a decision to hold
your physical health in the highest
When I began this process I
started with examining how I conducted
my life. Was I choosing to walk when I
could, how often did I really eat sweets,
have a salad, stop eating when I wasn’t
hungry anymore, move my body that
day? A full-scale evaluation of how you
live your life is a great place to start. Each
decision you make that relates to your
eating and movement is worth taking the
time to think about. Bit by bit you will
begin to replace your current unhealthy
behaviors with ones that propel you
forward. You will occasionally slip up or
plateau, it happens. That’s what the daily
weigh ins are for, to keep you honest.
Making it a priority means you will be
secure knowing that through setbacks or
successes you are learning to make choices
that support your health goals.
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Beer may be as old as civilization
itself (there is even a beer god –
Dionysus), but myths about beer persist.
In my experience as a beer retailer and
restaurateur I hear these myths over and
over again. In your own place of business
it’s difficult to correct somebody without
causing offence so I’m going to use my
space in Front Porch to talk about the
most persistent beer myths and just hope
that the right people read it.
Beer Should be Drunk Ice Cold.
I like drinking lighter styles, such
as lagers or wheat beers, pretty cold,
especially in the summer. But like wine,
many beers taste better at around fifty to
fifty-five degrees. This is especially true of
Belgian or Belgian-style ales such as
Chimay or Ommegang. Drink it too cold
and it dulls the flavor.
In the U.K.
traditional cask ales are served at this
temperature, which led to another myth –
that British beers are warm.
Dark Beer is Stronger.
Just because a beer is dark
doesn’t make it strong. Guinness isn’t
particularly strong either in alcohol or
calories. If you think about it there’s no
reason it would. One common method of
making dark beer is to use roasted barley.
There’s no reason why roasting the barley
would result in a stronger beer. Some
styles, such as a Belgian Tripel, are very
strong and not very dark.
Once Beer is Cold, Keep it Cold.
Just about everybody seems to
believe this. I regularly have customers
refuse to buy refrigerated beer if they
can’t keep it refrigerated. Ideally, yes, you
should keep cold beer cold. But it will not
ruin it if you let it warm up then cool it
again. Let me let you in on a trade secret:
that beer you’re buying almost certainly
already cooled then warmed again,
probably more than once. You can’t get
beer from a brewery to a truck to a
warehouse, then to another truck without
some temperature changes. Don’t worry
though, the beer is fine. If you warm and
cool the same beer over and over
eventually you will ruin it, but not just
Imported Beer is Stronger/Better
than Domestic.
Let’s be clear, domestic means
beer made in the United States.
Somewhere along the way domestic
became a synonym for Big Brand Beer. I
sometimes get asked why I don’t sell any
domestic beer, even though most of my
beer is domestic. There was a time, let’s
call it the 1970s and 1980s, when it was
very difficult to get good beer. People
would travel to Europe, have good beer
for the first time, and report back. But
now it’s the opposite if anything. The
quality of American craft beer is very high
and pretty strong too. Plus there’s the
vacation factor, responsible for the myth
that Guinness tastes better in Ireland or
German beers are much better than beers
you get here.
Beer Tastes Better From a Keg.
Maybe, but not always. Some
styles, especially bottle-conditioned ales,
taste better from a bottle. I’ve never had
a Saison on tap that was as good as in the
bottle. Also, kegs are sometimes not lined
correctly (ever had beer from a keg that
tasted metallic?) and the lines need to be
clean, which is always a gamble. Assuming
both beers are fresh, I would challenge
even the most sensitive palates to blind
taste a beer from a keg and the same beer
from the bottle and tell the difference.
Matt Thomas offers the best selections
in beer and wine, in-house and for retail,
at kybecca, 400 William.
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September 2012
of events
september 2012… An artful summer/autumn month, perfectly Fredericksburg!
*Live music at Bistro Bethem 8-11P. $3 beer, wine,
cocktail specials. All ages. Tonight: Ray Woodruff
*Some events run same day weekly
or more than one day.
saturday, september 1
*Every Sept. Tues: Healing Heart Yoga Class 9A.
Thrive, 10700 Ballantraye Ct, S-104. Register:
Lake Anna Winery Last days of Summer Jazz – A
tribute to classics (Beach, Rock & Roll,
Motown). $15. Music w/ Spectrum, wine glass,
tours, tasting. Wood fired pizza for sale. 6301030P
wednesday, september 5
*Yamaha Music School keyboard classes begin this
month. Age 3 to Adult. or 371-4526
FCCA Poetry Group first Sat monthly 1P. Free
First Saturday Farmer’s Market. Expanded Market!
7A-2P. Hurkamp Park
*Riverside Dinner Theater: Phantom thru Oct 14.
Wed matinee 130P; Sun matinee: 3; Thurs, Fri, Sat:
8. Reservations: 730-4300, 888/999-8527. Kid’s
Theater: Lunch ‘N Show w/ Schoolhouse Rock, Jr.
Sat’s at 2
*VA Wine Experience - artwork
Rappahannock River. Thru Oct 31
American Music: The Believers, bluegrass. 7-9P.
Market Square. Free
*Changing Seasons/Changing Faces. Sophia St.
Studios: paintings of Anne Parks, R.J. Klingbeil, fine
art photography of Sue Henderson. Daily 10-5.
372-3459. 1104 Sophia
Kenmore Inn Indian Summer Dinner w/ Jefferson
Winery (Seasonal/Local Menu). Reservations: 540371-7622 or [email protected] 1200
Princess Anne.
*Brush Strokes Gallery: “FALLing in place” by
Merian Stevens. Acrylics, watercolors/silk, scarves;
Reception 6-9P. Open Wed–Sun 11-5; First Fri til 9.
*Miss Lady & Mr. Man’s Open Mic Jam 8-11P every
Wed. The Rec Center/Pool Hall, 213 William
*Spotsy Farmers Market 3-7P every Sept Wed. Free
blood pressure checks. Spotsy Regional Medical
Center, 4600 Spotsy Pkwy. Local produce, cheese,
meats/chicken, dairy, baked goods, plants/shrubs
*Live Music at Courtyard Marriott every Wed.
Tonight: Robert Davezac
*Black Dynamite Trio Wed. at Otter House: Jazz,
Fusion, Funk 9P. No Cover. 21+
sunday, september 2
thursday, september 6
*Jams: Read All Over Books: Jazz 230P; Colonial
Tavern: Jazz 7P; *Sunken Well Tavern: Bluegrass 7P
monday, september 3
Labor Day
*Every Sept Mon: Restorative Yoga Class: 7P.
Thrive, the healing center, 10700 Ballantraye Ct,
S-104. Register: 361-1331
tuesday, september 4
*Restoration Yoga: Tue & Thurs Noon-115P. Free
trial: 582-9600
*Every Tues, Picnic in the Park. Live free music.
Hurkamp, 11-1P. Brown bag it or buy
*Art First Gallery: Linda Warshaw, Adam Desio,
others. Opening Reception 6-9P. Daily 11-5P thru
Oct 1
*PONSHOP Group Show: Opening Reception 6-10P.
Thru Sept 30
Live Music at The OH, 1005 Princess Anne. TBA
*Events at The Kenmore Inn, 1200 Princess Anne,
371-7622/• Elegant Sunday
Brunch in Main Dining Room 1130A-230P
*Artful Dimensions: 911 Charles: 3D Artist Dee
Antil’s whimsical Rock Candy Mountain
*Sign Up! It’s a month away! 4th Annual
Empowerhouse Golf Tournament! (formerly RCDV
– Rapp. Council on Domestic Violence) Oct. 5, 1P
shotgun start. Pendleton GC, Ladysmith.
$350/foursome by Sept. 16; $400 Sept. 17-28.
Sponsorships available.
First Wed., FXBG Blues Society. 7P. Shannon’s Bar
& Grille
*AM1230 WFVA “Community Link” 8-830A. Rob
Du Bois, author Powerful Peace. Host Ted Schubel.
Listen at
*LibertyTown Arts Workshop - Opening Reception
5-9P - Curios: New Work from Sarah Perry
*Every Thurs. Live Music: kybecca wine bar 8P;
*Special Night at Otter House 10P. *Kenmore Inn
730P; *Tru Luv’s Acoustic Rock Thurs/Fri 7P;
*Open mic 8P Yakadoos, VA Go Girls Jam
first friday, september 7
*[email protected] Last Resort. St. George’s Church
“Living a life of art” @ 709 Caroline. Paula Rose at
her P Rose Gallery welcomes guest artist Carol
Iglesias and her pastels. Tour Paula’s building,
which is for sale!
“Layers of Color” - national juried exhibit at FXBG
Center for Creative Arts (FCCA); Also, “Cabinet of
Curiosities” by Leslie Brier. 218 Sophia
*800 lb Gorilla art exhibition thru Sep 28 benefits
Bully Paws pit bull rescue. Old Stone Warehouse,
William and Sophia. Opening Reception 7-9P.
Gallery open 11-5 Wed-Sun
Soggy Doggy Swim - Dogs rule the pool this
evening as we close for the season. $5/1or 2 dogs.
Register: Hart Community Center
Live Music @ kybecca. Tonight: Mercutio
*Live Music Fri at Courtyard Marriott w/ Wave on
Eli Cook: Blues Rock Guitarist Extraordinaire. The
Otter House, 1005 Princess Anne. 10-130A. 21+
get in
saturday, september 8
Head to Toe Women’s Expo: 9-Noon. Spotsy
Regional Medical Center. Gifts, raffle. 498-4054 or Jewelry, fitness, skin care,
fragrance, fashion, nutrition. Demos, free bone
density screenings
Learning How to Homebrew - Everything you need
to know. No experience required. The Brew Shop at
The Natural Path 4413 Lafayette Blvd. 891-6200
Art Attack! Artists turn their studios inside out,
ambushing Caroline and William with live art
demos. Minimal impact on environment, major
impact on culture. See art in the making. 10-5P.
(Rain: Sep 15)
Second Sat. at the Museum 1-3P. Civil War and era
dolls; make a yarn doll, journal doll’s story. See 2
Civil War era dolls. Bring own dolls
*Every Sept Fri: Lasting Wellness Yoga 1130A.
Thrive, the healing center, 10700 Ballantraye Ct,
S-104. Register: 361-1331
Hartwood Days Community/Youth Festival. Rides,
“Walk Through Time,” more. Trailblazer
Adventure Program!
Fri. Night Fest in ‘Burg! Olde Silk Mill. Country
Home & Garden Show at the Eagles on Cool Spring
Rd. 8A-4P. Benefits charities
Historic FXBG Foundation Vintage Route 1 Tour &
Community Day celebrates 1920s-1960s. Streetcar
Tours, Fashions, Costume Contest, Classic Cars,
Oral History, Kids’ Activities, Self-guided Tour.
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Music By
Moonlight: FXBG Big Band 7P Hurkamp Park. Free.
Benefits Camp Happyland. Food at 5P. Bring lawn
The WAVOS - 80’s Dance Party at The Otter House,
1005 Princess Anne. 10P-130A. 21+ to get in
sunday, september 9
*AM1230 WFVA “Community Link” 8-830A. Gwen
Braswell/Bob Alexander - Baron Braswell Run
against Teen Violence; Glen Trimmer -Stafford
Civil War Park update. Host Ted Schubel. Listen at
monday, september 10
The Wellions - FXBG’s best kept bluegrass secret...
w/ legendary Jim Burton! The OH, 1005 Princess
Anne. 10p-130a. 21+ to get in
saturday, september 15
Free Vegetarian Cooking class every 3rd Sat. 2330P. Meditation 4-5P. Porter Library
FCCA Art Guild of VA meets third Sat 10-Noon.
RiverFest at Farley Vale Farm. Tix in advance!
Unity Cafe featuring GRACE. Devotional song,
rhythm, movement. All ages. 7P. Love offering
Arts & Cultural Council of Rappahannock (ACCR)
interested in all who have interest. Lunch provided.
CRRL Theater, 1201 Caroline. 10A-230P. RSVP:
[email protected]
sunday, september 16
Headquarters CRRL, 1201 Caroline. Harrison,
Hennessy: curiosities from period photos, art,
documents about civilian landscape and who lived
tuesday, september 18
U of Richmond – Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes.
Written for vocal quartet, four-hand piano. 730P.
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Free.
tuesday, september 11
FXBG Center for Creative Arts (FCCA) celebration
of art, books; special classes 10-3P w/
unconventional journal book. $50/members,
$55/non, space limited. Register by Sep 5
Dangerous Kitchen Live at Bistro Bethem 8-11P.
$3 beer, wine, cocktail specials. All ages!
wednesday, september 12
24 years since our day on the front porch in
Spring Lake! Happy Anniversary, Virginia!
thursday, september 13
pairings. Educational, delicious. Enjoying sake w/
all manner of cuisine. Prepaid reservations:
$95/person (includes gratuity). Bistro Bethem.
Unique evening w/ ‘Burg’s only certified Sake
professional! Limit 50 persons. See Vino article
*Live Music @ kybecca. Tonight: Pete Fields
friday, september 14
*Live Music every Friday at Courtyard Marriott.
Tonight: Michael Geddes Sr.
*AM1230 WFVA “Community Link”. 8-830A. Dr.
David Sam -Germanna CC; State Fair of VA preview.
Host Ted Schubel. Listen at
Living A Course in Miracles - Unity of FXBG, 7-9P.
3607 Lafayette Blvd, Ste. A. $20/advance,
$25/door., 710-1235
*Live Music every Fri at Courtyard Marriott.
Tonight: Ashleigh Chevalier
*Whittingham’s Sidewalk Sale thru Sunday
*FXBG Arts Festival. Hurkamp Park. All weekend
*SAT Prep: 6-week course starts today. Saturdays
8A-2P. Manigault Institute. Register: 720-0861.
“Art in the Garden” Yard Sale 9-5P. Plein art works,
unused art supplies. 813 Sophia
The Conquer Chiari Walk: awareness/fundraising.
Registration: 9A. Walk 1030A. Pratt Park. 3k/5k
Making the Jump to All-Grain - Learn to brew. Brew
Shop at Natural Path, 4413 Lafayette 891-6200
*You ARE Creative: Awaken innate creative
abilities. $80 (includes materials). Tues’ 7-830P.
Sep 18-Oct 9. Community Center, 408 Canal.
or 372-1086
150TH Anniversaries 1862: “Crossing to Freedom”
at Cow’s Ford; Lincoln’s signing of Emancipation
Proclamation. 9-Noon. Remington, Fauquier
County. Directional signs posted
Karen Jonas Live at Bistro Bethem 8-11P. $3 beer,
wine, cocktail specials. All ages!
Pawpaws hunt: FOR and FPD’s Lee Sillitoe.
Confluence of Rivers. Min. age 8 years. $10
indiv/$30 fam
The Lisa Lim Band — Blues Rock at its Finest. The
Otter House, 1005 Princess Anne. 10P-130. 21+ to
get in
wednesday, september 19
Stress Management, 6P. Thrive, the healing
center, 10700 Ballantraye Ct, S-104. Register: 3611331
*Live Music every Wed at Courtyard Marriott.
Tonight: Cori Blanch
thursday, september 20
*Live Music @ kybecca. Tonight: Ray Woodruff
Insurance Awareness 7P. Overview of life, health,
auto. Thrive, the healing center, 10700
Ballantraye Ct, S-104. Register: 361-1331
friday, september 21
3rd Fri, 830A business ladies’ free networking
“TIPS”. Ellen Baptist, 548-0652
*Via Colori opens three days at Riverfront Park.
Entertainment, artist’s market, kids’ activities,
hundreds of artists painting streets.
Light Housekeeping
Personal Care
Flexible Hours
Bash in the ‘Burg: Dave Adler of “Dave’s Morning
Show” 95.9 WGRQ. At FOE. Patsy & Country
Classics, R. Green’s “Showtyme Band”, auctions,
food, B.Y.O.B. Benefits Red Cross Armed Forces
program. Tix: $25/, $30/door., 804343-2797, [email protected]
sunday, september 23
*AM1230 WFVA Community link 8-830A. Spotsy
Sheriff Roger Harris; Frank O’Reily -Battle of FXBG.
Host Ted Schubel. Listen at
monday, september 24
Artist’s Way Intro Class: 6P. A Spiritual Path to
Higher Creativity”. Beginners 9/26. Thrive, the
healing center, 10700 Ballantraye Ct, S104. Register: 361-1331
*21-Day Community Rejuvenation Seminar Sep 24,
Oct 18 (intro’s 9/13, 9/18, 10/11). Also, private
consultations. Elizabeth Howard, BS, NTP. Lizz
Creative Juices; Deep Rooted Nutrition. 915
Lafayette Blvd.;
[email protected]
Call for a free,
no-obligation appointment
2191 Sebastian Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
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September 2012
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Framed Work on Canvas
Greeting Cards
Commission Work
Bruce Middle Trio Live at Bistro Bethem 8-11P. $3
beer, wine & cocktail specials. All ages!
wednesday, september 26
*Live Music every Wed at Courtyard Marriott.
Tonight: Wil Gravatt, solo
Art Films at CRRL Theater, 1201 Caroline.
Surrealist cinema 7P. (2005/39 min.). Jimmy &
Max Ernst’s lives/works. (2006/28 min.)
saturday, september 22
~ Peggy Wickham Art ~
Meal Preparation
Medication Reminders
tuesday, september 25
thursday, september 27
*Live Music @ kybecca. Tonight: Cori Blanch
friday, september 28
U of Richmond – Symphony Orchestra, Wind
Ensemble, Schola Cantorum, Women’s Chorale,
Jazz Ensemble. 715P. Taiko Ensemble outside
Booker Hall. 730P. Free.
Songwriters’ Showcase (Laura Shepherd, others).
8P. Picker’s Concert Hall, 902 Caroline.
*Live Music every Fri at Courtyard Marriott.
Tonight: Michael Geddes Sr.
Madi Wolf and The Pack! The OH, 1005 Princess
Anne. 10P-1A. 21+ to get in
saturday, september 29
New Hope United Methodist Fall Festival, New Hope
Church Rd. Family fun! 10A to 6P
10th Annual Capital Ale House Oktoberfest! Starts
at Noon. See article!
Live Comedy at Courtyard Marriott
The Pie Tasters - Ska for the Soul – The Otter
House. 1005 Princess Anne. 10P-130A. 21+
sunday, september 30
*AM1230 WFVA “Community Link” 8-830A. Rob
Grogan and guest; Pat Holland/Kristen Hanson Partners in Aging monthly seminars. Host Ted
Schubel. Listen at
FXBG Cyclists’ 14th Annual Cannonball Century at
Curtis Park. Pre-reg:,
(includes t-shirt). Day-of: extra $15 (no t-shirt). [email protected]
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September 2012
history’s stories
Colonial Fredericksburg
By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks
A monthly look at the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center collection
schooled on schools
In 1957, Oscar H. Darter a Professor at Mary Washington College
(UMW) wrote a book he called Colonial Fredericksburg and
Neighborhood in Perspective. After more than 50 years, I still consider
his work to be one of the most comprehensive on the history of not
only Fredericksburg, but the surrounding area.
It was during this period of time that Historic Fredericksburg, Inc., the prelude
to the HFFI of today, was being formed. Many of the historic buildings such as the
McPherson Charity School (1796) were demolished and replaced by the Masonic Lodge
#4 AF&AM. One of the goals of Historic Fredericksburg was to save historic buildings in
Professor Darter stated that he believed that Fredericksburg was the gateway
to American Freedom. With his description of how the community furnished not only
troops in the American Revolution but the material of war — such as gunneries, iron
foundries and even the building of vessels – Darter made his case. Indeed, in 1774, over
700 patriots had met in the town and adopted the resolution: “God save the liberties of
America”. Her in Fredericksburg!
It is obvious the Professor Darter did research into the extensiveness of the
trade and the importance of the town as a cultural center in the colonial South. He even
realized the contributions of the many Indian tribes that used the region as a trading
center prior to the coming of the settlers. He used the written observations of travelers
who visited the area for his studies. One of his observations was quite interesting, as
he says, “Civilization is interracial; interacting forces and influences determine the
course of history”.
As proof of his extensive research, Professor Darter points out that John
Forsyth was born in Fredericksburg in 1780, and moved to Georgia after the
Revolutionary War, and was elected to the United States Senate. Forsyth was than
elected Governor of Georgia and went on to be Secretary of State under Presidents Van
Buren and Tyler. He points out further that the town merchants conducted extensive
trade with over 43 towns scattered throughout the colonies, extending north to Quebec
and south to New Orleans.
I often take the professor’s book from my library, as it is a treasure trove of
Tuffy dedicates this story to the memory of his friend, Corinth Butler.
See a tribute to her in this issue.
Central Rappahannock
Volunteers needed
to process historical documents
and aid researchers.
Training provided.
Phone 540-373-3704 or email [email protected]
Open to the public for scholarly research
The Heritage Center
September 2012
Maury Commons
900 Barton St
Front porch fredericksburg
became a university town, it would have
been accurate to dub it the “city of
schools.” I stopped counting at 26. And
that’s without the kindergartens…
In 1892, the Presbyterian Church
established the Assembly’s Home & School
to “care for widows and orphans of
ministers and missionaries” and worthy
laymen. Absorbing the Female Orphan
Asylum and going public, it satisfied the
well-to-do’s quest for “a high grade
school.” With an act of the state’s General
Assembly to incorporate it, the school
added a collegiate department. By 1894,
with 174 students from many towns and
several states, it was newly chartered as
Fredericksburg College. More than 40
orphans and children of missionaries were
enrolled in the home and school
department and its Bible & Training
School. In exchange for 10 scholarships
to “free school” children, the City aided
This controversial deal was not
longstanding. With the college in debt, the
General Assembly severed all connections
Rikki, don’t lose that number
by jamie call
in 1897.
Perhaps it was the excessive
competition [schools for boys, girls, or coed] that popped up with prominent
citizens or reverends, in buildings and
private homes; or the oft-confusing
additions and name changes, that led to
their demises. One that lasted – the State
Normal & Industrial School for Women
[1908] — became Mary Washington
College (Photo of MWC Special Collections
Library, 1932) and, subsequently, the
University of Mary Washington.
church schools to segregated schools,
we’ve had dozens since the 1700s. To
learn more, turn to the History of
Fredericksburg by S.J. Quinn [published
1908], or the History of the Presbyterian
Church of Fredericksburg 1808-1976, by
Edward Alvey, Jr.
to, within a five-mile radius
of 22401, there are at least 32 different
schools serving children from Pre-K
through 12. —RG
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You Are Creative!
(540) 373-9636
Rikki Ansell’s goal is to expand
the creative skills of adults who feel
In Fredericksburg, where
creativity saturates the air like humidity,
some people are intimidated by the
creativity around them. Riki will change
that with her Creativity classes at the
Community Center.
“In freeing the
participants, I hope to not only help them
improve their business skills, but also
happiness. Creative people - those who
scientifically proven to be happier overall
and more successful in all areas of life.”
We are born creative – “As
children, we exercise that ability
constantly. Think of how children can
turn a box into anything — a spaceship, a
castle, a fort, a boat. They share their
adventures only to be told their stories
aren’t real. Eventually, they may even get
into trouble for telling their stories. The
events get labeled as lies, the children get
chastised or punished.” By middle school,
we don’t quite fit in. We end up burying
our natural creativeness through to the
workplace, where many companies reject
new ideas on sight! “Enough rejection,
and many who held on to strands of
creativity are now afraid to use it.” But
finally, “We now live in a world were
creativity is a requirement. Companies
cannot survive if they don’t innovate.
Apple and Google try to test an applicant’s
creativity in the interview.
individuals who can’t find a way out of the
economic quagmire are creating their own
jobs. Many fear failure; they believe they
lack the creativity to make something
new.” They need Rikki’s creativity classes!
“Creativity is the ability
to make connections between
diverse concepts.
did this with boxes and
training at all.
connected geometry and art.
Some brilliant
healthier drinks and less
mess, to tiny milk cartons in
school, to the concept of the
juice box.”
Rikki created her reality
as a child by taking a small
bag on long walks, gathering
whatever junk she found
along the way, and returning
home to construct it into odd little
sculptures. Traveling the country in her
late teens, early twenties, she experienced
a broad range of interaction — from
homeless to thugs, to entrepreneurs, to
musicians both known and unheard of, to
“the bizarre experience of being in a rain
of frogs, a plague of grasshoppers, and
being held at gunpoint three different
At Full Sail University, one of the
top entertainment art schools in the
country, Rikki discovered there were
always better artists “but rarely anyone
who created concepts as well as I did.” She
is currently on hiatus from Full Sail due to
finances but hopes to return. Through an
online education product design program,
Rikki created Creativity Training, which
she offers beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18
(“You ARE Creative: Awaken innate
creative abilities.” $80 includes materials.
Tuesdays 7P-830P through Oct 9.
main.sdi or 372-1086).
From day care teacher, nanny,
carhop, traveling salesperson, perfume
model, laborer, manager, and art glass
artist, she “eventually recognized my
passions as teaching and creating.” She
would love to create a system that gives
the homeless a legitimate way to earn
money and get back on their feet. “I’d like
to convert a hotel into a half-way house as
a base from which they re-integrate,
allowing shelter and income — that is one
of the things I’d like to do.” Rikki, who has
that creative number going on, probably
Jamie Call is into creative writing at VCU
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September 2012
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Pet Au Pair Services
As a dog lover I made the mistake
of watching a documentary on HBO last
month called One Nation Under Dog. I
say it was a mistake because while it was a
much-needed documentary on the life of
dogs in the US, it included some footage
that came with a warning of graphic
content. My husband and I paused the
show to consider if the visuals would be
disturbing to our two year old nearby. We
agreed he probably wouldn’t understand
whatever it was and that we’d be ready to
turn the show off should it get bad or if he
started to pay attention. What we failed
to consider was whether or not I was
ready to see the footage, and once it
started, I couldn’t stop watching even
though I probably should have. I blame
my husband for not turning the show off,
because when his wife started to cry he
should have realized we were headed down
a slippery slope that would result in our
adopting another dog.
It isn’t as if I don’t know the
statistics on unwanted dogs in America. I
know the numbers, I understand the
policies, and I have seen the results of
both kill and no kill shelters. I have
weighed the ethics and values I hold dear
and considered my definition of humane.
I have always owned at least one rescue
September 2012
Doggie Daycare & boarding facility
Last Chance Vacation?
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Leave the Dogs to Me while You get things Done!
by wendy schmitz
dog and I make donations to my
local shelters and support spay
and neuter programs when I can.
So I am not ignorant of the
plight of the American dog, but
“knowing” all of this information
is not the same as watching as
dozens of dogs are placed in a
dumpster and then gassed. It
didn’t prepare me for when those
dogs fell silent and a dozen more
dogs were placed on top of their
deceased brothers to meet the
same fate. I watched horrified at
the confused expressions on their
sweet puppy faces as they sniffed
the bodies of those that came
before them and I cried as they
screamed when the lid closed and
the gas was turned on again.
I realize now that there are some
things I don’t need to see, this
was probably one of them. But
once the documentary was over,
all I could think about was saving
a life. I couldn’t save them all,
there will always be more dogs
than there are homes, but I could
save one life and as the saying
goes, “saving one dog won’t
change the world, but it will
change the world for that one
dog”. This set the ball in motion
and the wheels spinning in my
head. How could I convince my
husband we needed a fifth dog? Could we
find a dog that our current dogs would
accept as one of their own?
Convincing my husband wasn’t
hard at all, I’m lucky he gets me and I
suspect he saw this coming. We own 5
fenced acres, I train dogs for a living, our
boys are all easy to take care of, and we
have had 5 dogs before, so I think he
figured how hard could it be? It took
some time, but after a regular visit to, and one adoption that
didn’t go well (not to worry he is in a
foster home), we finally found Opie, our
fifth companion, and it felt so good to
know he will never sleep another night
without a home where people love him.
I imagine it will be a long time
before the images from the documentary
fade from my mind, but I sleep a little
better at night knowing that we saved two
dogs from certain death. I realize I may
never get a dog when the time is right, but
I always get a dog when my heart tells me
to. And so far, my heart has never been
wrong. What does your heart tell you?
Wendy Schmitz and her husband Jay
have hearts of gold.
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Hey – I know that Dog!
By susan carter morgan
Cats and Dogs:
Walks, Feedings, Playtime.
Call Alexis Grogan at 540 - 903 - 0437
Serving Southern Stafford & the City
Full Service Hospital
Grooming Salon
Canine Boarding
in Our Indoor/Outdoor Runs
Dog Training &
Behavioral Consults
with certified dog trainer
Feline Boarding in Our
Spacious Multi-room Condos
Serving you & your companion animals
for 15 years
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They start arriving at 6 a.m.,
often racing each other to the front door.
They know this place, a second home for
many of them. Peaches in her pink bow
and Logan, a Siberian Husky. Minutes
later, Casey, who has his own Facebook
page, bounds through the door.
there’s Riley, whose mom says he’s a
better dog because of his visits. All tell
similar tales about Lunch Buddies, a dog
daycare and boarding facility in the old
SPCA building on William. Word of mouth
has helped the business grow, says owner
Beverly Proctor, who opened in August
2010. She wants Lunch Buddies to be a
place with “love, fun, and a lot of laughs.”
Casey makes it clear how he feels.
“When he knows it’s Lunch Buddies day, he
starts doing a whirling dance,” says owner
Sharon Ramsey. “He runs to the door, and
the whole way to Lunch Buddies I’m
saying, ‘I can’t drive any faster!’ Dogs
come anywhere from one to five days a
week from 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Boarding
is also available.
“I never want to see a sad face,”
Beverly says. “If I do, my mind starts
racing, thinking of what they might want
or need.”
Framed photos of all the
“buddies” line the purple and pink walls
leading out to the rest of the facility,
which includes quiet rooms with sofas—
one for the big dogs and another for the
little ones— an indoor gym, and an
outdoor fenced play yard.
The daily
schedule of activities includes walks, water
play, birthday parties, and agility training.
Once new dogs go through a
socialization process, they are able to
attend as daycare buddies or boarders.
And this is the best part. Beverly and
Annabelle “Dog Ma” - an assistant - stay
overnight with the boarders. When they
settle down at night to watch television,
their buddies curl up at their feet or next
to them on the sofas. No one stays in a
kennel unless the owner requests it.
“These dogs make me happy,”
Beverly says. “It’s like family coming to
visit.” She sings to them on their walks,
sometimes with five dogs at a time,
helping them socialize in safe ways.
There’s Spencer, a mutt, who
helped make a video for his parents on the
agility equipment. He recently won an
online contest for “biggest dog smile.”
And Perry, a Border Collie, whose best
friend is Logan.
Perry even put a
Valentine’s Day ad in the local newspaper
for his buddy. BFF’s forever.
Teacher Leslie Barber started
taking Libbie, a Cock-a-Poo, to Lunch
Buddies so she wouldn’t be alone all week.
Leslie checks Facebook at the end of the
day to see photos of Libbie playing with
her dog friends. And play they do. One
Christmas Beverly and Annabelle were
taking photos of the dogs in Santa hats.
Annabelle, also wearing a Santa hat, bent
down and one of the dogs snatched it,
running off to play. Just as Annabelle got
close, another dog ran up and snatched
the hat—their own version of keep-a-way.
On hot afternoons, one of the favorite
spots is the pool in the play yard. Of
course, the dogs must rest, and they know
when it’s time to lie “down.”
Late in the afternoon, parents
begin arriving to pick up their pups. No
racing now as the dogs wait for one last
hug or pat from Beverly or Annabelle.
Peaches jumps up on the leather chair in
the front room and stretches out, waiting
for her dad. She has spent the day on
“Steppin’ Paws” and is exhausted. She’ll
sleep well tonight. “Beverly treats them
like her own,” said Kim Sluss, who owns a
Pomeranian named Nugget. “They don’t
want to go home.”
Susan Carter Morgan writes from her
Downtown Writing Studio at Liberty Arts
You may have seen her walking downtown sporting a bright pink
“Service Dog” vest, but now, Bella, a West Highland Terrier who
works at the Pure Pilates Studio is a YouTube celebrity. Never far
from the action, Bella made sure that she was front and center
during a recent filming of pilates exercises. To see her antics and to
learn how you can jumpstart your pilates practice at home, visit
YouTube and enter “Valya Karcher Pure Pilates.”
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Something to
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810 Caroline Street
(540) 371-5684
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Senior Care
Green Remedies
our goal: to tailor and tempt
you are not alone
By elizabeth howard
By Karl Karch
Branch Coordinator, Lori Myers.
She provides education, offers
practical information with easyto-apply techniques, and support
groups for family caregivers and
other groups for those diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s.
You can
contact her at 540-370-0835.
The family should have a Durable
Power of Attorney signed while
their loved one still has clear
mental capacity. Otherwise, the
court must assign a guardian or
A person with Alzheimer’s disease
can remain safely at home in
familiar surroundings.
company is committed to helping
family caregivers by providing
free online training through a
dedicated website:
Every 69 seconds someone in
America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
disease (2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts
and Figures). 13% of adults 65 and older
and half of adults 85 and older have
Alzheimer’s disease, an estimated 5.4
million people. It is now the sixth leading
cause of death in the United States. The
cost to American society in 2012 is
estimated at $200 billion and projected to
grow to $1.1 trillion by 2050. More than
15,000,000 caregivers provided 17 billion
hours of care in 2011. If Alzheimer’s and
dementia caregivers were the only
residents of a single state, it would be the
fifth largest state in the nation. You are
not alone!
My industry cares for many
clients who are in various stages of
dementia and want to remain home. We
see the effects the disease has on our
grandchildren, and close friends. This is a
disease that has no cure. Each day, those
who live with Alzheimer’s experience fear
of getting lost in their neighborhoods or
not remembering the faces of those they
love. They experience frustration of not
being able to perform simple, familiar
tasks. Caring for a family member with
Alzheimer’s can cause physical, emotional
and financial stresses. One study by the
American Medical Association revealed
that family caregivers were 63% more
likely to die sooner than those who were
not caregivers.
Fortunately, there are many
resources now available to help those with
the disease and their caregivers.
Fredericksburg area is fortunate to have
September 2012
This is a great resource for helping
families cope and care for their loved ones.
Also, licensed home care organizations can
assist families who need periodic respite
relief or are unable to commit the time
needed to care for their loved one as the
disease progresses. Look for a company
that provides specialized Alzheimer’s
training to their caregivers. The training
we provide our caregivers focuses on the
behaviors, care and dignity of the
individual. We know there are two key
challenges: keeping a client’s mind
engaged and managing behaviors that can
include belligerence and aggression. A key
tool we are now using is a Life Journal, a
means to capture and preserve memories.
The Alzheimer’s Association
requires financial support to search for a
cure to this disease. September 29 th the
Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at the
University of Mary Washington, 1301
College Avenue at 9:00am. You can start
a team, raise money, or just walk through
the campus to support the cause.
someone approaches you for a donation,
consider the facts in the first paragraph
above. If you don’t already know someone
who has or had Alzheimer’s, you probably
Karl Karch is a local franchise owner of
Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed
home care oganization providing
personal care, companionship and home
helper services. Please go to
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A member of the Aster family
and sometimes mistaken for a
marigold, Calendula is called “herbal
sunshine” because it is a remedy for
places where the sun doesn’t shine.
Places such as the lymphatic system
that lay under major structures of the
body like beneath the chin, also the
armpits and breast area and hidden in
the groin crease region.
lymphatic system has potential for
damp congestion and may benefit
from the “sunshine herb” to move and
dry out wet stagnation.
The medicine is a sticky resin
beneath the flower petals that helps
heal wounds not as an antibiotic but
more as a “bacteriostatic”. It does not
kill bacteria, but contains them
helping keep the wound clean so the
body can heal itself.
Calendula is so gentle that it is
used in many natural infant medicinal
lotions and salves and yet effective
enough to be used in Germany’s
surgical centers still today.
I had the opportunity with my
classmates at herb school to harvest a
field of calendula late summer and I
learned to respect the prices of herbs
after spending a whole day in the hot
August sun picking sticky flower heads
off thousands of plants amongst the
The flowers are picked and
dried for use in tea. Externally, it is
used as a cream or salve.
What was previously the artists’
cove at The Gallery at 915 has gained a
whole new flavor with the addition of Lizz
Creative Juices. In November of 2011,
adding to the already rich history of
Fredericksburg, the café delivered its own
historical moment by becoming the first
juice bar to open in the downtown area!
We certainly didn’t want dear old
Fredericksburg to miss out on this newer
equating to
more than
just coffee.
Howard, also
Liz, and I’m
a native of
Fredericksburg. I spent many years away
from the area living and exploring,
including over two years in the paradise of
Hawaii and most recently seven years on
the west coast in Eugene, Oregon. In my
travels and studies I learned the taste,
value and importance of high quality
foods. I came to understand how cottage
industries can turn into something more!
What I personally gained was a hunger to
offer a venue that people seeking allergyfree alternatives and pure and simple
beverages and foods could count on and
When I came back to the burg
last fall with an invitation to create the
first juice bar in town, I also wanted to
provide more.
Being a Certified
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a
Certified Raw Foods Nutrition Specialist, I
consultations and a broad array of classes
and seminars offering you practical whole
foods nutrition perspectives for a variety
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Revelation 22:2
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of lifestyles: raw foodists, vegetarians,
vegans, pescatarians and omnivores to
name a few! (
Although we at the Gallery at 915 wear
many hats and our whole foods
philosophy is broad, we maintain we are
nutritional frame of reference and leading
them a couple steps further.
Why Visit Lizz Creative Juices? If
the answer, “because we’re the only one in
town” doesn’t strike you, you might decide
to visit because we are gluten and dairy
free, dedicated to your whole health and
our community stocking a majority of
local and organic produce. Looking for a
Bloody Mary but your doc recommended
one without the alcohol? Or have you
been searching for an antioxidant
smoothie that’s helpful to your heart and
better for your waistline, but you don’t
know where to start? We have those
drinks and more! If you are looking to add
a boost to your beverages, look no
further, we provide those green and red
drinks that truly have a nutritional punch!
And, we sell the supplies to support your
health at home. Our goal is to tailor your
drinks to your nutritional needs and
tempt you to be daring.
Come by and enjoy unique raw
foods cuisine on our Entrée Wednesday for
lunch or dinner. If you are getting jazzed
up, check out our new juice packages
beginning September 1st or join our 21Day Community Rejuvenation Seminar
with two sessions beginning September
24th and October 18th (introductions
9/13, 9/18 and 10/11). If you have needs
that you would like to discuss privately,
schedule a nutritional consultation with
me. There is always a way to remain
supported at the Gallery at 915 as you
continue or start your wellness journey.
I’ll be back in
November to
d i s c u s s
w e l l n e s s
strategies! I’m
l o o k i n g
serving you.
Elizabeth Howard, BS, NTP, owns Lizz
Creative Juices at The Gallery at 915
(Lafayette Blvd.), (541) 515-9162.
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September 2012
Art All Over
“If You Dream It,
We’ll Create It”
from books to benefits
by megan byrnes
by amy pearce
Adam DeSio @Art First
Gallery is collaborating with the Visitor
Center to offer six scholarships for an
exclusive workshop for local students that
explores key historic sites downtown, and
will result in a walking map to be printed
and distributed by the Visitor Center for
LibertyTown Arts Workshop
presents “Curios” opening First Friday,
featuring the work of former Burger and
UMW BA in Studio Art Artist Sarah Perry.
From rural VA to France and back, Sarah’s
living and making art on both continents
for the past five years results in a cabinet
de curiosités of sorts, featuring two
distinct series of work tracking her
existence in two sets of social norms and
David Weadon is opening a new
modern art gallery named Weadon Studios
and Fine Art, set for Oct. 5, featuring local
artists and internationally known artists;
so far over 20, including Matt Sesow, Dana
Ellyn, Ed King, and Bill Harris, are in; the
opening will include an independent film
by James Coleman.
Painter Linda Warshaw and
painter/photographer Adam DeSio have
taken their work in different, but
arresting directions, with the result the
combined show, “Altered Visions” all
month at Art First Gallery. For Adam, the
work is “more objective and rigid, yet still
slightly surrealistic.”
September 2012
Leah Comerford was
juried into a jewelry book
touted by Publishers Weekly.
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry:
Photographs of Beautiful
Contemporary Beadwork sells
for $27.95 in paperback (432
pages, ISBN 978-1-4547Adam
photographed Leah’s necklace
for the project.
“Layers of Color” is the
national juried exhibit at the
Fredericksburg Center for the
Frederick Gallery. “Cabinet of
Curiosities” by Leslie Brier is
in the Members’ Gallery. Her
work includes mixed media
collage and 3-D assemblage
with a decidedly modern spin
on traditional cabinets of
The “Art in the Garden”
Yard Sale will enhance the Via
Colori celebration on Sept. 22
(& 23), featuring plein air
painting, drawing, art for sale
as well as unused art supplies
outside on the grounds of the
Experience is showing Rappahannock River
Paintings/photos featuring artists like
Sandy Skipper, Ed King, Michael Dean, Rick
Klingbeil, Renee Gauvin, and more.
“FALLing in Place” by Merian
Stevens captures the process as nature
prepares itself for the next season. “The
Fall in our lives is not an ultimatum to the
end of things, but a process to another
stag,” as pointed out by Merian. Stop by
Brush Strokes Gallery.
Two quick-drying notes:
Attack, barring rain, is happening Sept. 8,
and the Mirinda Reynolds-led mural is
done, much to the delight of the 18,000
drivers crossing the Chatham Bridge daily.
Bluegrass Artist Mark Newton
was hospitalized unexpectedly while
preparing for the Graves Mountain
Festival of Music. After Mark’s friends
held a golf and music benefit to assist him
with medical expenses, FP spoke with him
by phone: He’s doing well, very grateful,
following doc’s orders, and paying those
In Memoriam: On a sad note, on
Aug. 25 came the news that Shirley
Whelan had passed away that day, ending
her valiant battle with cancer.
condolences to her family and to the arts
Amy Pearce put in a lot of legwork
compiling these stories.
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Embroidery Services, Birthday
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Lemme upgrade ya! Wade Truong
has officially taken the helm of Kybecca’s
kitchen. The wine bar has been turning it
out with some menu additions (lobster
and corn croquette) and major revamps to
old favorites (s’mores) since Truong’s
takeover – I highly suggest a visit. Plus,
Stephen Graham is currently showing his
“unique photographic exploration” there
now, and who doesn’t love a good
photographic exploration?
Ask about Tote Gatherings and
Our TOTE’ally
Surprised Experience!
Fredericksburg? Me either, until I read
that there’s an entire Board of Directors
for the “Real Fredericksburg” which makes
me wonder about the not real one. Real
Fredericksburg is actually just the
nickname for the emerging ’Burg Main
Street organization. Members of the
newly-formed board include: Scarlett
Pons, PONSHOP; Andi Gabler, Schooler
House B&B; Dave Minkler, Raven Hi-Fi;
Wilson Greenlaw Jr., Cushman &
Village Montessori School; Paul Cymrot,
Riverby Books and Read All Over; and Sue
Bridi, Union First Market Bank. I wonder if
the fake Fredericksburg has a Board, too?
I’m free!
be opening in the current bv space on Oct.
6th. Alicia and Megan’s sleeves have a
bunch of awesome ideas up them; the pair
is beside themselves with excitement for
what this collabo will mean for their
creative juices (and, obviously, their
beloved customers!).
Gift Certificates available
1217 Jefferson Davis Highway,
Fredericksburg VA 22401
(540) 371-3547
Mon - Sat 10am to 7pm,
Sunday by Appointment
(except not really).
Blake Bethem (above) celebrated his 40th
birthday with a BBQ/Vegas themed bash
his wife Aby put together. Friends Jess and
Jeremy Sutton, Tommy Manuel and Laura
Eubanks, Danny and Gia McBride, Brooke
Farquhar, Kellie Walsh, Rebecca Thomas,
Brian Downing, Matt Rivers, Kenny and
Claire Ellinger, Brock and Amanda Miller,
Fritz Heller, Lori Fitzpatrick, Jim and Cissy
Nelson, Jim Tharp, Wayne Gootee, Cathy
Stewart, Dave Minkler, Megan Mason
sipped mojitos, ate burgers, played black
jack and got a sneak peek of Vivify’s
vivacious space.
Speaking of Hyperion Espresso,
can you believe it’s been 18 years? That’s
congratulations to owners Dan Peterson
and Ana Brugos, manager Amanda Kate
Jones and the rest of the crew (and crews
past – I’m looking at you, Jerry Brick!).
Blackstone Coffee on a less-than-24-hour
Taylor (above) scaling
visit; Alex Capshaw-T
cliffs and eating cake in Austria with her
boyfriend Alex Hanisch; Georgia Rathje
winding down with some vino at Kybecca;
Mirinda Reynolds (right) and J.M. high’s
Will Baker high in the sky, painting a
mural on the side of Tom Eskam’s Bike
Works; Vilma Bustamante (below)
Ever Sew English; Leila Kilgore in line at
With Chris “Hollywood” Park out
of the picture, 2/3 of the Lowboy’s – Jeff
Gandee and Mike Payne – decided it was
time for a new sound, new band, and new
band member (no offense, Hollywood).
The Fredericksburg Paint pair brought on
long-time friend Eric French to form Boats
and Sounds. The trio played their first gig
last month at the Kenmore Inn; their
sound is a trippy, mellow, Radiohead-y
kinda deal. It’s a need-to-hear basis, and
you need to hear.
Congratulations are also in order
for Laura and Mike Craig (above) as they
welcomed sweet Nora to the world at the
tail end of July. The little family is in headover-heels love with each other, though if
their doggie Austin was capable of
speaking English, he may disagree.
Did you know there is a fake
In “Hey, that’s cool!” news: UMW
professor Chris Kilmartin has a new book,
Dave Goodrich a new album out (and
available for streaming), Hal Bell (above)
received an Excellence in Service award
from NASA for his space shuttle and Mars
rover work, metalsmithing man Michael
Goldbender (he is a metalsmither and his
name is Goldbender, people!) reached
“next level” status with his commissioned
family crest.
I’ll bet Jesse Brown’s
viola teacher, Elizabeth Piller, is burstingat-the-seams proud right now, as the
Courtland High grad is off to attend VA
Tech on a music scholarship for 2012.
And now to celebrate a marriage
(of sorts). Two of Fredericksburg’s finest
boutiques (ok, ok, I’m biased), beaucoup
vintage and madeline ruth, are becoming
one! FORAGE consignment and vintage will
to Danielle Payne, Stephan
Morrison, and Hannah Bloodgood..
Here’s to chicken wings and frigid
temps! A fond farewell goes out to FXBG
Patch’s Dan Telvock, as the intrepid
reporter heads north to Buffalo to pursue
new opportunities. (Read “Exit Interview”
with Dan.)
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“Miss Caroline Street”
Courtesy of WFVA and Front Porch
rest in peace, corinth butler
Dec. 18, 1922 - Aug. 12, 2012
Many of us claim to be
Fredericksburgers, but few could
measure up to Corinth Butler’s
legacy of the term. She lived and
worked on Caroline Street most
of her life. It was her favorite
place of all places. The facts of
her biography, obtained from her
obituary and paraphrased here,
reveal a local good person, whose
wit and activity extended her life
to nearly 90 years, mostly in very
good health. Even in her later
years, before residing at Hughes
House on lower Caroline, Corinth
would sometimes walk from her
home to the retail district twice a
As a young girl, she sold
raffle tickets and Christmas cards
on Caroline for a Mrs. Marston,
whose husband owned the Brent’s
store; at 16, she worked at
Montgomery Ward’s, and later at
Joe Ulman’s apparel shop.
James Monroe High graduate,
Corinth later worked at the
telephone company and then as a
Viscose. She returned to Caroline
Street in her 30s to work at Western Auto
and E. C. Ninde’s Furniture, for 20 years.
During the 1980’s, Corinth worked at
Leggett (now Belk), and in 1990 she began
to work at Crown Jewelers for about 12
When she retired, the Downtown
Retail Marketing, Inc. gave her an
honorary membership and award for her
lifetime contributions to Downtown
commerce. In 2001, she was chosen to
participate in Historic Fredericksburg’s
oral history project.
“Fredericksburg has always been
her home, and she dearly loved the town,
its people, and particularly Caroline
Street”, reads her memoriam at Covenant
Corinth Belle Coleman Butler, age
89, was known by various nicknames over
the years by different people: Cony Belle,
Connie, Grandma, and various incorrect
pronunciations of her given name,
Corinth. A feisty free spirit, she was born
at Bloody Angle in Spotsylvania to Irene
Hall Parker and Paul D. Coleman. She was
the “baby” among eight children, all of
whom she survived. Her daughters Dr.
Nancie Butler Lightner and Patsie Salvador
gave her seven grandchildren, six greatgrandchildren, and one great-great
Gardening was her passion; she
called it “the best therapy”. Her “green
thumb” was well known and admired as
always in the past, forever in the present
by peter knox
she happily toiled in the soil rooting and
growing plants and flowers. Her irises and
lilies were her signature. And as a friend
said, “She fed the birds and cussed the
Like many of her generation she
did not waste anything, but in many ways
she was ahead of her time. She was a
divorced, independent, working Mom
before it was fashionable, and she was
earth-friendly, calling herself a “recycling
maniac”. Her energy and sense of humor
were contagious.
She loved to travel with her
daughter Nancie and son-in-law Jeff
Lightner, and they enjoyed many road
trips to Colorado, Pennsylvania, and
Virginia Beach. Until age 87, she rode her
bike on the boardwalk. And everywhere
she went, she seemed to know somebody.
Once while vacationing on the Costa Del
Sol, she ran into a couple to whom she had
sold furniture!
A music lover, Corinth loved to
dance and she loved people. She was a
strong, self-made woman, who refused to
be limited by conventions, and who often
rocked our world with feisty comments
and colorful perceptions. As Peggy Sale
once said to her, “This is why we love
Her memorial wishes are for
contributions to the Fredericksburg
Center for the Creative Arts.
Frank A. O’Reilly defies the advice
to never look back; in fact, making his
living reviewing and explaining the past as
though it were here and now. He is, in
that regard, always in the past, forever in
the present.
Frank met Front Porch in 1995
when he gave his first of two lectures on
the front steps of editor Rob Grogan’s
home, the historic Phillips House (photo).
He talked about of the property’s Civil War
history as though it was happening live,
and he sent chills throughout his rapt
audiences. Frank’s present-day narration
became his trademark and made the past
seem so vital to present day.
Frank graduated in 1987 with a
B.A. in American History from
Washington & Lee University.
He worked for the “Stonewall”
Jackson House in Lexington and
guest lectured at Washington &
Lee on Civil War topics while still
an undergraduate.
Joining the National
Park Service in 1987 as a
temporary historian at the
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania
National Military Park, he later
took a fulltime position at
Philadelphia. Fortunately for us,
Fredericksburg in 1990 to fill
position at the “Stonewall”
Jackson Shrine at Guinea
Station, south on route 2. He
has also served as an historical
consultant for the City of
Shenandoah Valley Battlefield
Planning Commission.
Frank has written numerous
articles on the war in Virginia.
introductions to several books include Phil
Sheridan’s memoirs, the History of the 1st
Massachusetts Cavalry, and the 155th
Pennsylvania’s Under the Maltese Cross.
He released his own book on the
Fredericksburg Campaign titled, Stonewall
Jackson at Fredericksburg, in 1993, and
contributed several pieces to James M.
McPherson’s Atlas of the Civil War; Civil
War Regiments; Civil War, and America’s
Civil War publication.
His depth of
scholarship and narrative style has earned
him appearances in several video
documentaries, including Civil War
His book, The
F r e d e r i c k s b u r g
Campaign: Winter War
on the Rappahannock,
was released by LSU Press
in December, 2002, was
nominated for a Pulitzer,
and won the Capital
District (Albany, NY)
2002 Book Award. His
latest book, The Last
Jackson, would make a
great present, about the
Hear Ted Schubel
discuss the Battle of
Fredericksburg with
Frank O’Reilly on
“Community Link” 8
a.m. on Sun., Sept. 23
on AM1230 WFVA radio
Peter Knox, a history
major, will be listening.
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September 2012
A ‘Please’ ing Place
Heather Stapleton’s
Two Sisters Boutique
Keyboard Classes
Ages 3 to Adult
Free Introductory Lesson
207 William Street
Certified Experienced Staff
Located in Downtown Fredericksburg for Over 40 Years
With back-to-school and holiday
season fast approaching, most of us are
focusing on our assigned homework, fall
wardrobes, good food to be eaten with our
families and gift giving. This is Heather
Stapleton’s favorite time of year for these
exact reasons.
Her shop, Two Sisters
Boutique on Princess Anne, may just be
the essential stop for a person in need for
the perfect present.
Stapleton, a native of Woodbury,
New Jersey, opened Two Sisters in May
2006 after her husband retired and the
couple decided that they needed
something to fill their time. The boutique
has grown, expanding in November 2009,
and now the three-roomed shop is packed
with trinkets and goodies for each family
In the next two months,
Stapleton is planning on expanding again,
but this time online. Stapleton’s husband,
Jim, is writing the website program for
Two Sisters so that their products, and
highlighted artists can be nationally
The shop features American
artisans from all over the nation, their
items tagged with miniature American
flags to alert customers of their origin.
Jewelry made in Chester and Stafford, VA;
clay bird bowls from Richmond; paperlined glass bowls created in NJ, and many
products from California, Georgia, North
Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and
New York can be purchased at the
“We need to get back to the way
we were 50 years ago,” said Stapleton
about her drive to sell American-made
products. “It’s a chance for us to change
our little corner of the world.”
Stapleton insists that each
product “has its own story,” pointing to
the checkout counter, where a bowl is off
to the side filled with colored clay balls
with a smiling face stamped onto the side.
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Mark Borella, the artist who first created
these “Seeds of Happiness”, had a friend
whose child was undergoing treatment for
cancer. Borella made the child the seed of
happiness clay face with the hope that one
day the child would be able to smile again.
Stapleton explained that the story stuck
with her and she sells the Seeds to further
share Borella’s smiles.
Before opening Two Sisters,
Stapleton owned a catering business, acted
as a substitute teacher, worked at the
Fredericksburg and raised three children
as a stay-at-home mom. According to
Stapleton, each experience has helped to
create her mission for Two Sisters:
customer service.
“The most important thing to me
is customer service. It is all about how
you feel when you leave the store,” said
Stapleton. “I really enjoy people, so this
gives me a people fix. I like supporting the
local artists too, so I have not regretted
Behind the counter on the
computer screen, Stapleton has posted a
note with the word “please” to remind her
employees of Two Sisters’ devotion to
customer service.
She encourages all
employees to say please after giving the
customer the total price of their
“I want people to think that we
are looking out for them. I want them to
have a good time, to be relaxed,” said
“Thankfully, we have a
relationship with the people, and that is
special. I mean, how can you love retail
and not love customers?”
Austen Dunn of King George County and
the William & Mary Class of ’15,
writes for the college newspaper
The Virginia Informer.
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show me your true colors
exit interview with dan telvock
By Rim Vining
By Austen Dunn
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Classes begin
in September
AutoKnown Better
Sounds of
The call of the blue jay does it for her,
My mother once told me.
That clear, insistent reminder,
Of the stillness that would soon be.
Clouds whispering to a blue sky,
Thirsty leaves rustling in the trees.
A tired butterfly drifting by,
Stealing some life from the breeze.
Front Porch
Since 1997
September in Virginia begins with
hot weather and the deep, rich, green of
summer. It ends with cool evenings and
just a hint of the changing seasons that lie
before us. To the Robert Frost’s of the
world it is the parade of nature’s changing
colors that warns of winter’s return. To
the automotively challenged we see the
colors sooner than the rest and smell the
approach of winter on the wind... in
slightly different ways. Our colors are on
sheet metal and roll past us on the
highway. The smells are of oil, gas and
transmission fluid mixed with just a hint
of moth-ball flakes and warm vinyl. These
gypsies of the road ease slowly past us on
destinations like Hershey and Carlisle,
Summit Point and various ‘Brit Fests’
somewhere far away.
These are the
driven cars of the driven. They are not
transported in closed trailers.
your gaze catch the eye of the occupants
you will be greeted with a real smile given
by someone who is truly happy and at
peace with the world. Why not? They are
wrapped in the handiwork of craftsmen
from another age. These people drive old
But it isn’t just that they drive
old cars... they work on them, they
understand them, they give them names
and speak gently to them. These people
actually groom their noble steeds of steel
and go forth to be judged by their foes
and fans alike or maybe just to bring a
smile to the faces of those less
fortunate. They may call it the old car
‘hobby’ but isn’t it more like an act of
community outreach to those around
them? If you ask anyone about their car
they are only too happy to tell you the
entire family history of their involvement
with their auto. What you have to do is
listen to the description.... roll it on your
tongue a few times and then pass it on…
“Yes, it is a ‘49 Roadmaster
Riviera done in Cumulus Grey over
Regency Blue with grey cloth and red
leather bolsters...”
“The Galaxy came in a few really
nice colors... Chalfonte Blue, Rangoon Red,
Silver Moss and Patrician Green but mine
is the Oxford Blue with matching blue
“This is Packard’s swan song, the
Caribbean convertible in Gulf Green
Metallic. It has all the options including
‘Easamatic’ power brakes and the standard
leather interior.”
So... can you tell us what color
your car is other than ’beige’? Do the
options on your car have wonderful new
space age names?
How many were
produced in ‘your’ color? Sorry... we don’t
know that! It is fall now when the car
‘owners’ come out to play and go to car
“meets” and vintage races and enjoy
“motoring’ as it was once called. If you
have a friend with an old car ask them for
a ride somewhere. It will take years off
your life and remove all traces of road
rage. Use your eyes and ears this fall and
try and spot the truly unique cars on the
road to somewhere. Maybe take a tip
from our esteemed editor and relax on the
front porch... listen to the traffic.... and
see if you notice the growl of an old car
going through the gears. Fall is for more
than just picking apples and going back to
Autoknown @
Color Rim content.
As the nagging geese set the mood,
The excitement of summer gives way,
To the quiet, the peace, the solitude,
Of a young mother on an August day.
She notices each sound, quiet and clear,
And allows them to briefly transport
To that promising, melancholy time of
And the sweet, sad sounds of
Our friend Lori Klopp works at the
U of MW.
The Poetry Man, Frank Fratoe,
returns in October.
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In journalism, “30” means the
end of the story. And with that, Dan
Telvock has shuffled off to Buffalo after
four years in the Burg, where he opened
many eyes to investigative journalism. A
native of the Fingerlakes-Ithaca region of
New York, Dan has taken a new job about
two hours from his old home.
Dan came to Virginia in 1999 for
a radio news gig at WINC-FM in
Winchester, left a deputy editor job at a
weekly in Leesburg in 2006, and came to
the Free Lance-Star on the Spotsylvania
County beat. In early 2010, Dan began
writing a series of stories about a fatal
house fire in Spotsy. This series forced
significant changes to the fire and rescue
After the newspaper downsized,
Dan heard from AOL’s news-source, Patch.
“Patch called me and moved pretty
quickly. They met my requirements and I
was intrigued by the hyperlocal onlineonly news model.” Fredericksburg Patch
became the most-read Patch of Virginia’s
32 sites, “so kudos to the locals who
seemed to enjoy the alternative news
source I provided over the past 18
Dan liked the autonomy at
Patch. “I like to do what I want when it
comes to producing news because I know
what works.”
And what works is what Dan
thinks Fredericksburg needs —“a hardhitting weekly newspaper that focuses on
Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania.
Solid news content with aggressive
reporting in a weekly newspaper, along
with a 24-7 news website, will attract
eyeballs, and advertisers love eyeballs on
their products — this axiom will never
One of his “biggest peeves” with
the FL-S was “why it didn’t have a night
reporter working 10p.m.-6a.m. who could
constantly update” the local, local, local
website. In a general statement to all
dailies, Dan urges them “to stop printing
yesterday’s news on this morning’s front
page…” and sees the need for “more
watchdog reporting in this region.” He
suggests using the business model of the
Green Bay Packers, in which anyone can
invest a certain amount of money to
develop a weekly news product that meets
expectations. “This model worked very
well in Leesburg; the investors turned
$350,000 into $6.5 million in less than 15
years. This would work in FXBG.”
He believes that print journalism
still has a future in strong, hard-hitting,
“The fact that Warren
Buffett invested into small local
newspapers is a good sign that there is a
future. However, print journalism today
may not be what exists 10 years from
My generation still reads
newspapers, but the ‘Millennials’ do not…
If you look at the weeklies making it work,
the coverage is almost always solid and
there are a few watchdogs on the payrolls.
There’s really no other way to do it.”
at, an online-only
investigative news nonprofit center
founded by Pulitzer Prize nominee Jim
Heaney, Dan is its first official journalist.
“I will focus on environmental issues in
Buffalo and western NY. The focus is on
hard-hitting watchdog reporting.”
In a farewell to FXBG, Dan says, “I
will miss Bistro Bethem, my good friends,
walking downtown, kayaking the river, my
friends at Raven Hi-Fi, and running into
Danny McBride.” He would like to see
high-speed rail to Richmond and DC, and a
baseball team.
With a shout-out to
Annette and Bob Jones, Tom Byrnes and
Megan Parry, Blake Bethem, Jim Toler, Phil
Jenkins, Nancy Moore, and the FL-S
family, Dan sums up his FXBG experience
in one sentence: “I came, I saw, I
conquered.” —J. Caezar.
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Storefront Stories
My Own Path
as told by the fab four
First Day of School ~ Lessons for Parents
by rob grogan
Imagine a round table. Seated
are legendary comedians Steve Martin,
Billie Crystal, Bob Newhart, and Tim
Conway. They keep things light. They
have fun. And when they work together,
the outcome is seriously good.
pretty much what you get when you meet
(L to R) Scott “CB” Eyestone; Bill “Hugo
Backntime” Hatch; Tom “Bear” Van
Winkle; and Scott “Milk” Walker. With
vaudevillian demeanor, these men stir up
passion about history.
Their Heritage
Media, LLC enhances the experience. Their
current project, Storefront Stories, is a
marketing tool for retail stores occupying
historic buildings. And how they work —
professional yet light-hearted — results in
excellent video productions.
Milk - thanks to his “got milk?”
moustache - knew Hugo in college, where
“we played Hearts all year — one, long
game.” He met CB at the Civil War Round
Table and Bear at the Central VA
Battlefields Trust (CVBT). While growing
up in VA, Milk got the idea “that either
Thomas Jefferson or Stonewall Jackson
might walk through any door at any
moment — today!”
Milk markets,
researches, writes, and does voice-overs
for the group. He also owns Hallowed
Ground Tours.
Hugo, who grew up in Hawaii and
the San Francisco Bay area, taught in an
Eskimo Village. “I had always enjoyed
history; not the big events but rather how
ordinary people were able to cope with the
massive tides of history.” He also taught
on a small Island in the Bering Sea, and,
with his wife Susan, on the Kenai Peninsula
and in Fredericksburg. Of Heritage Media,
he says, “We have some very powerful
personalities in this group, so I throw my
ideas out and see what happens.”
For Bear, a co creator, writer,
sound engineer, researcher, Executive
Producer, web builder, and marketer at
Heritage, it was his military family that
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nurtured his history bug.
Winkle, served on the
destroyer escort U.S.S.
Robert F. Keller (DE 419)
in WWII; my father also
served in the Navy after
the war; my uncle Paul
Heteji, Army 83 rd
Division, landed on the
beaches of Normandy.”
Bear and his wife Lisa
“wound up living literally
history took hold.
love to know where we
came from and what
shaped this country. As I
get older, the history
bug bites harder.”
A former sound
engineer, Pro Bass fisherman, monster
truck builder, and drag racer in New
Jersey, Bear was five-term president of
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield and sits
on the Board of the CVBT.
CB, Director of Production
Operations, arrived here in 1989 and
began reading Town & County in the Free
Lance-Star. “Over the years the layers of
history in this area seemed to ‘ooze in’. By
the late 90’s, I had become a Civil War
In the “short version” of his
autobiography, CB wrote, “Well, there’s a
good chance that I’m the only video
producing, (Air Force) combat medical
planning, emergency managing, software
developing, optometrist from a southern
Illinois farm you’ve ever met.” At Heritage
Media (, he says,
“We all wear many hats. We all interface
with clients, do research, and write
complement what CB calls “the actual
written prime directive of Heritage Media
LLC —- ‘First, have fun’.”
Fredericksburg: Then & Now,” spawned
Heritage Media and united three plus Bill
(Hatman) Huber, who was later bought
out by Hugo. The four discuss and pitch
ideas no matter how far fetched.
there’s a sticking point, “CB and I mount
our lawn tractors with microphone stands
in hand and joust,” says Bear. “We keep
things lose but keep serious about our
quality of production.” Adds Milk, “Our
collegial decisions make our group work
far better than any individual’s.” Says CB,
“The quantity of golf and fishing is
suffering a bit, but I wouldn’t change a
Rob Grogan lives in history at
The Phillips House in southern Stafford.
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By c. ruth cassell
Yellow buses crawl across the
front parking lot, puffing and hissing with
each nudge. A mother shuffles her small
herd across the sidewalk, smiling and
scolding them in turn. Bright headlights
wind one after another off the crowded
main street, blinking in the early morning
I crane to watch out the side
window as my barely five-year-old son
totters up the concrete steps and into the
cavernous wooden door. I cringe at the
thought of him traversing those long
hallways alone. I know he’s not alone, but
he doesn’t have me. Or, is it that I don’t
have him...
Sending a child off to
Kindergarten, tests not only
the child’s resilience but also
the parent’s resolve. For me,
the temptation to do too
much for my son often
overwhelms me. I want to
teach him to think and do for
himself, not to wait for me to
do it for him. I want him to
be independent, a leader not a
follower. I want to give him
the tools he needs to succeed
when I’m not around.
Because I won’t be
around. Either in the eight
hours a day I’m at work or the
decades he walks around
without my guidance, or
perhaps even my knowledge,
as to where he is or what he’s
doing. I won’t be there. The
first week of Kindergarten
brought this reality very
clearly home to me.
I struggled for months
with the decision as to
whether to send him to public school or
try to afford a private school. I came to a
final decision approximately 15 times
before I finally decided to stick with the
local public elementary school.
As I attempted to make this
decision, I simultaneously struggled to get
him “ready” for kindergarten. I wanted
him to be able to dress and potty
independently, to follow directions
without being reminded 100 times, to
entertain himself for more than five
seconds, and to make simple choices
without waging war against his mother.
That’s a tall order for any five-year-old
and single parent.
If I were graded on my ability to
step back and allow him to find the tag in
the back of his shirt, pull it over his head,
and get stuck in the arm hole—I would
fail. He wouldn’t fail. He would learn that
his head doesn’t fit in the arm hole. I
instead learn that if I pull the shirt on for
him, he expects me to get him dressed
again the next morning, and the next and
the next.
Finally, five years into this
parenting gig, I’ve come to realize that I
must set the parameters at the onset of
any new behavior or activity, because he
quickly catches on if mommy is having a
pushover day (or year). My number one
job is to give him the tools he needs to be
independent and self-reliant. That means
allowing him to make mistakes, to do for
himself, and to walk through those wideopen doors into a world I have no control
No, wait, come back! Mommy
wants a kiss!
Ruth Cassell, a UMW grad and
Bistro Bethem veteran,
now finds her path in Roanoke, Va.
She blogs about similar topics as
addressed in My Own Path in her
personal blog at
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