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Columbus’ Ships, Secretariat’s Legacy, Montpelier Wine and More First Weekend in May Events

by | Jun 10, 2016 | Events

Compiled by Susan Larson for Fredericksburg Today and B Scene with Dee Daniels in the Morning on B101.5 FM

A calendar of events for the first weekend of May 2015. Click the hyperlinked titles for more information.

Columbus’ Nina and Pinta on View in Richmond
Daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, May 10.
The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, 4708 Old Main St., Richmond, Va.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under can enter for free.

First Friday Fredericksburg
Downtown Fredericksburg galleries and studios host open houses, which highlight featured artists and include refreshments and often live music. Most of these occur from 6 – 9 p.m. Some of the city’s restaurants, businesses and museums join the fun, offering entertainment, exhibits and specials of their own.

Spring Walk at Quantico
Saturday, May 2. Begin your walk between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m.
Quantico, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle
Enjoy a spring walk along three and six-mile trails through the USMC Museum grounds and Locust Shade Park.
Free

Flea Market, Vendors Craft Show and Yard Sale
Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave., Fredericksburg
Free admission and parking.

Downtown Fredericksburg Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Participating businesses in downtown Fredericksburg will feature specials in this sidewalk sale, sponsored by Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street Inc.

Virginia Gold Cup
Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, Va 20198
Steeplechase horse racing, terrier races, wagering, tailgate parties.
General admission car pass $85. See the hyperlink for more options.

Spostylvania County Sheriff’s Office Arrive Alive Tour
Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wal-Mart, 10001 South Point Pkwy., Spotsylvania
Demonstrations, displays and vendors related to safety, especially driving safety.
Free.

Montpelier Wine Festival
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday May 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
James Madison’s Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station, Va.
This premier spring event is fun for the whole family, featuring children’s entertainment, arts and craft vendors, live music, and tastings all day.
$10 admission for wine festival attendees includes a tour of the mansion.
A $2 donation is suggested for parking. All proceeds from parking benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Montpelier Gardens and Grounds Tour
Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m.
James Madison’s Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station, Va.
Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn about the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.
Free.

Kentucky Derby Day at Secretariat’s Meadow
Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Put on your fancy hat and come learn all about Meadow Stable’s two Derby champions – Secretariat and Riva Ridge. Meet Secretariat’s great-great-great grandson Moe. The Hoofprints of History tram tours will be conducted by Leeanne Meadows Ladin, author of “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend.” You also can enjoy the Virginia Dressage Association horse show, which is free and open to the public.
$10 for adults and $5 for children. To make your reservation email [email protected] or call 804-363-1683.

Fredericksburg Community Concert Band Spring Concert
Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m.
Massaponax High School, 8201 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg
“The Majesty of America”
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children in grades K – 12. Children under kindergarten age are free.

Chamber Choral of Fredericksburg
Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m.
“Mountain Music Old and New,” including a Bluegrass Mass, traditional ballads and contemporary settings of favorite mountain songs.
Hope Presbyterian Church (formerly Spotsylvania Presbyterian), 11121 Leavells Rd., Spotsylvania
$10 for adults, $5 for students.

Loisann’s Hope House Benefit Concert
Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m.
James Monroe High School auditorium, 2300 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg
Performances by Deborah Silver, Tom Wopat and Carol Woods.
$30 a person. Purchase tickets online or call 540-785-3396.
All proceeds benefit Loisann’s Hope House, a Fredericksburg shelter for homeless mothers and children.

Fredericksburg Birding Club Walk
Sunday, May 3, 8 a.m.
Fredericksburg Canal Path. Meet near the tennis courts on Mary Ball Street, between Kenmore and Washington Avenues.
The walk is free and open to all ages.

Shenandoah Ford: Bluegrass Festival
Sunday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sprint Tent, 1755 North Sector Ct., Winchester, Va.
The concert is part of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. This year’s performers include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Howlin’ Brothers, and Bud’s Collective.
Tickets are $30 – $50 on site.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Fredericksburg
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1 – 4 p.m.
The walk begins at Fredericksburg City Dock, 207 Sophia St., and concludes at the Olde Silk Mill, 1707 Princess Anne St., where there is a party for all.
Men literally walk one mile in women’s high heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence, educate their communities and raise money for chronically underfunded rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence prevention and recovery services. The Fredericksburg Walk will benefit Empowerhouse.

“The Calm Before The Storm” Book Signing
Sunday, May 3, 1 – 5 p.m.
Barrel Oak Winery, 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, Va.
It’s Kentucky Derby weekend, so come meet Kim Campbell, author of “The Calm Before the Storm,” the first book in her Triple Crown Horse Racing trilogy.
Free admission.

The Painted Garden
Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth
The Painted Garden: A Favorite Motif in American Impressionism, an illustrated presentation by Belmont Curator Joanna Catron on early 20th century American impressionist painters.
Free

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