Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminary 2015

Fredericksburg Community Calendar May 2016

by | May 24, 2016 | Events

Compiled by Susan Larson for Fredericksburg Today and B101.5 FM. Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminary 2015 photo by Susan Larson for Fredericksburg.Today.

Battle of Chancellorsville 153rd Anniversary
Sunday, May 1, 1 – 4 p.m.
Meet at the First Day at Chancellorsville, 6159 Plank Rd., Spotsylvania
Spark of Battle: The First Day at Chancellorsville
Join historians Frank O’Reilly and Mike Westermeier for a three-hour hike following the entire trail on the Civil War Trust’s First Day at Chancellorsville battlefield. The tour will walk slightly over two miles, exploring the initial clash of armies and the circumstances leading to battle at Chancellorsville.

Virginia Renaissance Faire
Four weekends in May and the first weekend in June, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 7-8 Opening Weekend
May 14-15 Midsummer Knight’s Dream
May 21-22 Celtic Heritage
May 28-29 Military History
Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Rd., Spotsylvania, Va.
B101.5’s Kristen Nash will be there from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
Ages 6 and up – $10
5 and under – Free

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – The Musical
Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters Branch Theatre, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg
Friday, May 6, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 3 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m.
Treat your entire family to this classic, charming, crowd-pleasing musical, based on Schulz’s classic comic strip. This revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” parades you through a day in the life of the ever hopeful Charlie Brown, complete with his sassy little sister Sally (“My New Philosophy”), bossy friend, Lucy (“The Doctor Is In”), her brainy brother Linus (“My Blanket and Me”), piano prodigy Schroeder (“Beethoven Day”), and loveable beagle, Snoopy (“Suppertime”). Will Charlie Brown ever find the meaning of happiness? Come find out.
Suggested donation of $5 per ticket, with a family cap of $20 for the whole family. Payment via cash or check only please.

Mother’s Day Eve at Lake Anna Winery: Live Music, Dancing, Wine and Crepes
Saturday, May 7, 6 – 10 p.m.
Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Rd., Spotsylvania, Va.
The fun starts for Mom a day early. The admission fee includes live music with Aaron Noe and his Big Band Sound 14 piece orchestra, a souvenir glass, and a rose for Mom.
Moniques Crepes will be on hand selling their delicious crepes to satisfy your hunger after Mom kicks it up on the dance floor.

Rappahannock Choral Society Spring Concert
Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m.
New Location: Riverbend High School Auditorium, 12301 Spotswood Furnace Rd., Fredericksburg.
The 75-voice audition-only Rappahannock Choral Society will present music from the movies.
Tickets $5 – $8, $ children and students are free.

Moms are Free on Mother’s Day at Montpelier
Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, Va.
Montpelier, home to President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison, is offering free admission to mothers of all ages who visit with a paying child. Moms are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center.

Civil War Mother’s Day Observance at Ellwood Manor
Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove, Va.
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield volunteer interpreters will read aloud from letters written by Civil War soldiers to their mothers, wives, and grandmothers as a special Mother’s Day tribute. Readings will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be live Civil War era music played Evergreen Shade. The house will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and volunteer interpreters will be available to talk with visitors and answer questions. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.
The event is free and open to the public.

Patriot Park Concerts
Three Friday evenings in May
Patriot Park Amphitheater,
5710 Smith Station Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
May 13 – Silver Wings – Motown, classic and Southern rock
May 20 – Patsy & the Country Classics – classic country
May 27 – Acoustic Onion (Beatles Tribute Band)
Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts at 7. Relax on the lawn. Concerts rain or shine.
Adults — $5, children 12 and under — $2
Bring chairs or blankets, concessions available, no alcohol

Marine Corps Historic Half and Semper 5ive Weekend
Historic Half Weekend begins at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo,
Friday, May 13, 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy., Fredericksburg
Visit 60+ booths featuring apparel, exercise, food, health and military appreciation.
Races are on Sunday, May 15, 7 – 11 a.m.
Runners on the 13.1 mile course start in Central Park. The new five-mile distance run, which replaces the 5K and 10K, begins in the Fall Hill neighborhood. Both runs wind through historic Fredericksburg downtown streets.

4th Annual Living in the Garden Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
University of Mary Washington Lee Hall, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg.
Join the Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area for their 4th Annual Living in the Garden Symposium. Topics include The Joy of Gardening, Renovating Mature and Frequently Neglected Gardens, and Plant Growth. The day includes a walking tour of the trees and shrubs on UMW’s campus.
Registration ($40 – $50) includes a box lunch. May 9 is the registration deadline.

Eagles, Beetles, and Wild Edibles
Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Friends of the Rappahannock Headquarters, 3219 Fall Hill Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Joella and Michael Killian of the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Biological Sciences on Saturday lead this nature walk on FOR’s trails and canal path. Explore birds, plants, insects, and natural edibles along the Rappahannock River.
All ages welcome. $5 for individuals, $10 for families. Rain date is Sunday, May 15.

Fit History Hike
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.
Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter, 9550 Grant Drive West, Spotsylvania, Va., 22553.
Join Mike Westermeier, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park historian, on this 5.7 mile hike exploring the Spotsylvania History Trail.

Saturday, May 14, 1 – 4 p.m.
England Run Library,
Central Rappahannock Regional Library hosts their second annual comic book convention at the England Run branch. The funs includes films, costume contest, crafts, gaming, a photo booth, balloon creatures and free comics

Fifth Annual Our Community Salutes
Saturday, May 14, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
University of Mary Washington Dodd Auditorium, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg.
Our Community Salutes of Fredericksburg, VA, is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with one purpose — to recognize, thank, and honor graduating seniors who are enlisting in the Armed Forces. The U.S. Representative Rob Wittman (VA-1) is the keynote speaker.

Bull Riding Rodeo
Saturday, May 14, 5:30 gates open, live music at 6, bull riding at 7:15
Oakland Heights Farm, 17110 James Madison Highway, Gordonsville, Va. 22942
Admission: Adults $15, kids 13 and under $10, 3 and under free.

Fredericksburg Community Concert Band Spring Fling
Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Massaponax High School, 8201 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg
The Fredericksburg Community Concert Band presents “refreshing sounds of the season.”
$5 adults, $2 students

Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts’ 29th Annual Chamber Music Festival
Tuesday, May 17, Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg.
Chamber music, including performances by Young Artist Competition winners.
Tickets for each concert are $25 for adults, $20 for those aged 65+, free for students.

Art After Hours at Belmont
Thursday, May 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth, Va., 22405
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music of Cabin Creek on Belmont’s lawn. Available for purchase will be local beer from Adventure Brewing Company and wine from Stafford’s Potomac Point Winery as well as slider and fusion tacos from the UFO Food Truck. Event admission is free and the Studio galleries will be open for viewing. Beer and wine tickets are $5 each with proper ID.

Dolley Madison’s 248th Birthday at Montpelier
Friday, May 20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, Va.
Montpelier, home to President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison, is Celebrating the anniversary of Dolley Madison’s birthday with special tours and cupcakes. Per Montpelier tradition, those named Dolley receives complimentary admission.

Annual Spotsylvania Spring Yard – Craft Sale
Saturday May 21, 8 until Noon
In the Holbert Building parking lot, 9104 Courthouse Rd
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Space rental available, call 507-7010
$15 for one parking space for your stuff, $20 for 2; $30 for 3 spaces

White Oak Ministries 3rd Car Show
Saturday, May 21, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
White Oak Ministries, 299 White Oak Rd., Fredericksburg, Va., 22405
Antiques, Classics, Customs, Originals are all welcome. Participant parking first come first basis. Trophies for Best in Show, Best in Paint, Best in Engine, Best in Originality, Best Foreign, People’s Choice Top 20. Door prizes, concession and vendor stands.
$15 entry fee per vehicle at gate — spectators free. Rain date is Saturday, June 4.

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Preservation Tour
Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.
Downtown Fredericksburg – the meeting location will be given when tour fee is paid.
This new walking tour of about one mile will look at some of the victories of historic preservation. Some building locations include steps.
$10 for HFFI members/ $15 for non-members

4th Annual Gordonsville Famous Fried Chicken Festival
Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fairgrounds on East Baker Street, Gordonsville, Va., 22942
Gordonsville is famous for its fried chicken, which was served to passengers of trains stopping in town during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by local women carrying platters of the delicacy on their heads. Nationally-known at that time, Gordonsville’s fried chicken earned the town the nickname of “chicken-leg center of the universe”. Today, the Cooper family holds the secret recipe for Gordonsville’s famous fried chicken.

American Girl Doll Tea Party
Saturday, May 21, 1 – 3 p.m.
Rising Sun Tavern, 1304 Caroline St., downtown Fredericksburg, Va.
Bring your American Girl Doll to this historic property for a tea party. Built by George Washington’s youngest brother Charles in about 1760, the home became a tavern in 1792. It’s now owned by Washington Heritage Museums.
$10 adults, $5 youth.

Shrimpfest and Chamberaoke
Thursday, May 26, 4 – 10 p.m.
Fredericksburg Fairgrounds
This fun event will kick off summer with all you can eat BBQ, peel and eat shrimp, beer and entertainment by your Chamber peers.  Dinner served 5 – 7 p.m.
$35 – $60

Traditional Trades Fair at Stratford Hall
Saturday, May 28, 9:30 – 5 p.m.
Stratford Hall, Home of the Lees of Virginia, 483 Great House Road, Montross, Va.
This year, the Stratford Hall Traditional Trades Fair will explore the building trades of pre-industrial colonial America, with activities for the entire family. This year’s Trades Fair is produced in partnership with members of the Colonial Williamsburg Joiners Shop. nd there is plenty for the children. Children’s activity tents will feature:
• Kids dress up
• Colonial Games
• Art/painting
• Kid’s basic carpentry
• Crafts & Stenciling
Regular admission: adults $12, children $7, Friends of Stratford cardholders free.

Liberty Mills Strawberry Festival
Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Liberty Mills Farm, 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, Va. 22972
Pick your own strawberries and sample jams, jellies, and preserves or try a fresh strawberry sundae.

Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminary
Saturday, May 28, 8 – 11 p.m.
Fredericksburg National Cemetery, located at the junction of Sunken Road and Lafayette Boulevard.
A luminaria will be lit for each of the 15,300 soldiers buried here. Taps will be played throughout the evening. Due to limited parking, a free shuttle service will operate from the University of Mary Washington parking lot on the corner of William St. and Sunken Rd. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot behind the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, with another shuttle operating between that point and the cemetery.
Free. Rain date is Sunday, May 29. No pets, please.

Fredericksburg National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30, 12 noon
Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Sunken Road and Lafayette Boulevard.
The National Park Service hosts this annual ceremony honoring the our nation’s fallen soldiers. Veteran and former Fredericksburg City Council Member Rev. Hashmel Turner will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes.

Fredericksburg Area Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30, 2:45 p.m.
Our Fallen Heroes Memorial in Fredericksburg Area War Memorial Park, George, Barton and Liberty Streets
Flag raising ceremony and speakers.

White House Band Memorial Day Concert
Monday, May 30, 7 p.m.
State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Historic Downtown Culpeper, Va. 22701 
The White House Band is a group of musicians who at some point in their careers played at The White House with our nation’s Washington-based military bands. Their Memorial Day Concert will honor our fallen soldiers.
Cost: $20 Adult, $10 Child

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