The Mary Washington House

The Weekend Planner

by | Aug 27, 2016 | Events

Compiled by Susan Larson.

Eleven Fredericksburg region special events for the weekend of August 26 – 28, 2016. Click the hyperlinks for more details.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Friday, Aug. 26, 7 – 9 p.m.
Historic Market Square, 907 Princess Anne St., in downtown Fredericksburg.
Cabin Creek will be performing.

National Capitol Squadron Open Hanger Day
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Culpeper Regional Airport, 12499 Beverly Ford Rd., Brandy Station, Va.
Visit the hangar/museum building equipped for the maintenance and display of a fleet of aircraft known as the Ghost Squadron.

National Park Service Centennial Open House
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg.
Hands-on activities, including demonstrations of historic preservation techniques and the opportunity for a closer look at some of the park’s artifacts. Meet a park law enforcement ranger and check out their gear, or talk to a park historian about what makes Chatham so special. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake.

Jackie Robinson’s Daughter to Speak at Sunshine Ballpark
Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.
Sunshine Ballpark, 1200 Wicklow Dr., Fredericksburg.
Sharon Robinson will talk about her dad, baseball, and her dad’s relevance to children today.
Free. Refreshments will be served.

Dog Days of Summer at the National Museum of the Marine Corps
Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle, Va. 22172
See working dog demonstrations
Meet animal rescue groups
Meet organizations that provide service dogs for veterans
See birds from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia
Check out the Bulldog “kissing booth”
Meet the Corps’ mascot, “Chesty” the bulldog
Bring the kids ­­ there will be crafts, a puppet show & an animal scavenger hunt
Dogs are welcome on the grounds of the museum.

Hands On History at Montpelier
Saturday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Hwy., Orange, Va. 22960
Once Upon Our Walls. The Madisons decorated several of Montpelier’s rooms with fashionable “paper hangings,” or wallpaper. Learn how wallpaper was created in the 19th century, and design and print your own pattern to take home. Located at the back lawn of the house.
$7 – $20. Kids through age 14 are free.

Commemoration of Mary Washington’s Death
Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
Wreath laying at The Mary Washington Monument, 1500 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg,
Reception at Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles St., Fredericksburg.
Honor the life of a remarkable woman with a wreath laying at her monument and a reception at her home.
Wreath laying, free. Reception, $10.

Swing Dance
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.
DanceFXBG at Dance Trance, 1145 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Fredericksburg.
Intro swing dance lesson 7:30 – 8 p.m.
Dancing 8 – 11 p.m.
No partner needed. All ages welcome. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Light refreshments.
$9 per person.

Gold Panning
Sunday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Rd., Spotsylvania, Va. — Meet at the Visitor Center.
Learn some of the techniques of professional prospectors and then dip your pan in Old Pond to see what washes up. Please pre-register. Limit 15.
To register, call the Visitor Center at 540-854-6245 and leave a message with your name, number in your group, and a contact phone number.

Geocaching 101
Sunday, Aug. 28, 12 – 2 p.m.
Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd.., King George, Va. 22485
Meet at the Visitor Center to check out the sport of Geocaching. Use a hand held Global Positioning System to find hidden containers in the park. It’s the high tech global scavenger hunt. This is a great family or group activity. GPS units provided.
$3 per person, $8 per family. Call for more information, and to make the required reservations. 540-663-3861

Belmont Guided Woodland Hike
Sunday, August 28, 2 p.m.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Fredericksburg.
Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center.

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