Tim Snyder: New Works, New Direction

Front Porch Magazine
April 2016, pg. 26

Local photographer Tim Snyder’s show, New Works, will open to the public at Bistro Bethem on April 3rd between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Primarily known for his photography in real estate, skateboarding, portraiture, and landscapes, Snyder’s new show will include works of abstraction and contrast, highlighting creative conceptual art that represents a different direction. (Read More

MotoWorks: Big Dreams for Small Shop

Front Porch Magazine
March 2016, pg. 31

It’s a dream when you think about it.  You’re hanging with your best buds, crackin’ brews, talkin’ shop and admiring your first restoration, when you realize that what you’ve got going is pretty damn good, maybe even genius.  The group is growing, space is getting tight, and you’re all thinking that it might be time to take the whole show on the road, to move it into a larger space for the sake of your crew and your own sanity.  (Read More)

CommonWealth Slam: Competitive Catharsis

Front Porch Magazine
March 2016, pg. 28

Robert Owens might be the person who is most surprised by his development as a poet.  In school, he’d thought of poetry as dry and academic, structured and somehow designed to make the reader feel less intelligent than the poet.  He felt no connection.  It wasn’t until he was 22 years old that he began to consider himself a writer. The advent of Def Jam Poetry changed his outlook.  Finally, he heard something that sounded like his writing.   (Read More

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Yoga Foundation of FXBG: Spreading Peace through the Community One Pose at a Time

Front Porch Magazine
March 2016, pg. 31

The Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg will open its doors to the public at 1403 Franklin Street on February 29, 2016.  YFF currently seeks nonprofit status and will use funds raised through the new studio to reach community members in most need of health and wellness assistance, but who might not have the means to obtain it.  

Founded offsite in October of 2013, YFF is the brainchild of local yoga instructors Steve Watkins and Stacey Strentz McLaughlin (both formerly of Dragonfly Yoga Studio).  Joining them is John McLaughlin, a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and co-founder of Insight Meditation Community of Fredericksburg.  (Read More

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Birding: The Original Twitter

The Health Journal
February 2016

Follow these tweets for stimulation, rejuvenation and fun

For years, studies have shown that spending time in communion with nature provides life-changing opportunities to de-stress and get active. In fact, the Journal of Environmental Psychology cited a group of five studies in 2010 showing that people gain a sense of vitality that outweighs even the physical effects of exercise when involved in activities in a natural outdoor setting. From the casual observer to the avid enthusiast, one way people are making room for nature is through bird watching.   (Read More)

A Fair Deal

Front Porch Magazine
February 2016, pg. 15

VCFC believes that accessible, affordable fresh food leads to healthy lives

The farmer’s markets in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and King George are burgeoning spaces, bustling with buyers and sellers during Virginia’s long growing season. What started as a collaboration between these farmers markets, The Farmers Market.co (TFM.co), has blossomed into an organization working to promote local farmer’s markets and to increase local food access and affordability, connecting those with limited means with programs that will get healthy food into their hands. All of this is positive and indicative of the growth that our region, one the size of Rhode Island, has experienced over recent years.  Today, TFM.co is evolving to address broader food access and food system issues.  

Global Perspectives(C

Front Porch Magazine
January 2016, pg. 25

Photography opens a Year of Diversity in Art at UUFF Gallery

A paired photography show from Seth Craig and Saeed Ordoubadi kicks off UUFF Gallery’s Year of Diversity in Art.  An opening will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at 25 Chalice Circle in Fredericksburg. Come out and enjoy this pairing of populations, cultures, and natural habitats that span the globe.

Making the Cut

Front Porch Magazine
January 2016, pg. 11

Greg Crawford talks paper portraiture, fan arts and trading on Instagram

A little over five years ago, Greg Crawford began experimenting with his wife Candace's excess scrap booking paper.  He’d always enjoyed working with collage and decoupage, and he had developed an eye for light and shadow through his interest in photography.  When he came across a short video tutorial showing paper cut portraits, he knew he’d found a new creative outlet.  Pairing his love of fan art with intricate knife work, Crawford began sharing his portraits on Instagram, leading him to join a community of fellow artists who are in it for the trade. 

Resolutions, Every Day

Front Porch Magazine
January 2016, pg. 5

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately.  In this town I’ve called home for nearly 18 years, I’ve seen love manifest in many forms among neighbors, lovers, family and friends; through secular and spiritual practices; and through my bond with my own son, a deep and primal love. 


"The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

I have known love and I have seen what this town makes of love among its citizens.  In this, I’ve witnessed true understanding and unconditional compassion that transforms a place and is unstoppable.

"Love your neighbor, but who is your neighbor. Your neighbor is the one who is sent to you from the Divine. Your neighbor can be one who is a total stranger to you from afar. Your neighbor can be someone living close to you. But what is true is that your neighbor is one of the Light who needs your support as much as you need his." ~ Jesus of Nazarath

I’ve watched people make connections in this town, opening themselves like doors, offering comfort through words and deeds.  My own understanding of love is to live intentionally with a generous heart, to love deeply and openly; yet, I could love more.  Fear and anger sometimes get in the way of my loving as freely as I might wish, the way I know is right and true.    


Virginia's Trails: Elevations Above

The Health Journals
November/December 2015

It’s no secret that Virginia has some of the most spectacular terrain on the Atlantic coast. From its western mountains and Piedmont rivers to its shorelines on the bay, Virginia offers hikers the opportunity to experience a variety of natural environments, lush with a bounty of native species, natural features and a range of challenges to fit different physical needs. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert hiker, Virginia has a trail for you.

Hand in Hand: Caregiving in a Modern Age

The Health Journal
November/December 2015

According to statistics compiled in 2014 by the Family Caregiver Alliance, a community based nonprofit dedicated to caregivers and their needs, the Ross’ story is far from unusual. In Virginia, there 180,000 grandparents living with grandchildren, and about 122,000 people in Virginia are 85 years or older. With nearly a quarter of the households in the state housing people 65 and older, the intricacies and balancing act of caring for a family member is a common reality for many.  

Kelly Pawlik's City Soup / A Home Cook Goes Rogue

Front Porch Magazine
December 2015, pg. 3

The promise of a home cooked meal is rooted in nurturing and love.  We so often forget this promise in the rush of modern life.  Do we care for our loved ones and ourselves the way we should?  What’s in a meal?  In Kelly Pawlik’s mind, quite a lot.

City Soup has been going strong for a year now.  It’s a simple system that requires mountains of prep work and delivery hours on Pawlik’s part, but which provides a nourishing solution for an ever-expanding base clientele.  People want to feel cared for in the rush of the day. 

(C) Kelly Pawlik  

(C) Kelly Pawlik


James Noll / Burn All the Bodies Drops like Clockwork

Front Porch Magazine
November 2015, pg. 6

Time is a relentless partner: the longer we dance with it, the more it demands of us.  James Noll knows this.  He’s shaped time over the past twenty-four years, carving out space to create, write, develop, play, record, mix and collaborate - all while working as a full-time high school English teacher and raising a family with his wife, Angie. That being said, Noll retains steady control over that which we all seek.

Known locally as a master manipulator of the mixing boards, Noll has crafted music for over two decades, first stoking his talents as a drummer for local punk bands in Fredericksburg during the early 1990s.  He’s most recently produced music for Colonial Seafood, Alpha Jerk, The Apes of Wrath, The Skiffle Lounge Sound (Harry, Larry, Piper, and Buck) and Trucker Troy and the Convoy.  However, Noll’s projects over the past twenty years have not been solely musical; he’s concurrently published short stories and a novel series.  He says, “When I started getting serious about these creative projects, I realized I had to put more time and energy into them or they weren’t going to go anywhere.  I started with drum lessons and playing in local bands.  At the same time I was reading genre fiction.  It was a science fiction story, “‘Repent Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” by Harlan Ellison, that left me thinking I could do something like this.  I remember going downstairs to write my first short story on our Commodore Amiga when I was still in high school.  It was horrible.” 

Painter Barbara Kenny Returns to Fredericksburg for UUFF Art Gallery Inaugural Show

Front Porch Magazine
October 2015, pg. 24

Join the UUFF Art Gallery in welcoming visiting artist Barbara Kenny for its inaugural reception and show on Sunday, October 4, 2015, from noon until 2:30 p.m.  Kenny brings over 30 new oil paintings to Fredericksburg infused with her signature flashes of color and abstract sensibilities. 

Kenny paints in the moment and is guided by instinct. She says that inspiration can come from anywhere, from splashes of light on the leaves in the forest, to sprays of color in a field of flowers: “For instance, the other day a woman we know at our church had posted on Facebook a snapshot of all the things she purchased at the local farmer’s market.  She had fruits and vegetables with a few sunflowers, and I was totally struck by that.  It’s the kind of thing I would have gone right into it.  Suddenly just, ‘Oh, look at that. I want to paint that in a semi-abstract sort of way to utilize these colors and shapes.’  It’s that instantaneous.”   

Everything Old is New Again!

Front Porch Magazine
October 2015, pg. 19

If you find yourself meandering through town on a bright autumn day, you will eventually come to the 1000 block and will be drawn in by the inviting front widow of the Re-Run Shoppe.  Opened in the late 1970s by Carol Riley, the shop changed hands in the mid ‘80s to current owner Valorie Wegner.  It’s served the Fredericksburg community for close to 40 years.



Fruitful Opportunities

Front Porch Magazine
October 2015, pg. 15

Fredericksburg has steadily attracted a variety of grocery opportunities for area consumers, including those which offer alternatives to large chain grocery stores.  Small regional and ethnic markets along the Route 3 corridor, Relay Foods, area CSAs, the Saturday Farmer’s Market, as well as the Olde Towne Butcher and Kickshaw’s Market, are now providing shoppers with options and resources for a wide range of diets and food preferences.  Soon, another option can be added to the gastronomical smorgasbord; a group of dedicated locals is working toward opening a member owned and operated natural food co-op in Fredericksburg.