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Fredericksburg is An Amazing Little Town


By: Lee Chandler
Photo Credit: Doug Kerr on Flickr

As I prepare for my beach weekend and head down the road with hundreds of my closest friends (better known as traffic), I ponder about my little town. Fredericksburg is an amazing little town. Why am I even heading to the beach? Seriously, why? Everything I need is right here! Okay, maybe not waves, jellyfish, and surfing. But, Fredericksburg has a ri-vah! I can take beautiful morning strolls along the riverfront paths and enjoy nature at its best. Kyacking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and boating all all possible here in my little town. I don’t really need the beach.

If you have never taken a nature tour, enjoyed a fishing tournament, or participated in a night-time nature walk, I highly recommend it. Going out on the river and spending the day fishing can be so relaxing. The Virginia Outdoor Center or River Rock Outfitters will hook you up with a fun filled day on the river. Both self guided and a tour guide are available, you will enjoy the day out on the river. Watch the bald eagles flying around, the herons enjoying the sun, or the turtles and fish popping out of the water. How relaxing!!

Need some morning yoga? Yoga in the Garden is the place to be – sponsored by the Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg in Downtown Fredericksburg. Enjoy the meditation and stretching to start your day off right! Jog along the many paths that Fredericksburg has to offer. Or visit the historical battlefields and landmarks and learn about our history. Not that energetic? No problem, enjoy a picnic in one of our many parks. One of my favorite is the farmers market. Whether during the week or weekends, stop by the farmers markets and get your locally grown, delicious fruits and veges, jams and jellies, local honey and flowers.

Fredericksburg is know for downtown. There is nothing better than spending a day walking downtown , stopping at all the unique shops, finding treasures old and new, and enjoys some incredible food. Have you ventured into the antique shops or incredible used book stores? The history in this shops are amazing! The enjoyment continues into the night as musicians take to the streets and jam And, Fredericksburg First Night is always a hit.

Did I mention the food? Fredericksburg has the most amazing restaurants! You can find the biggest pizza slices ever, awesome hummus, chicken and waffles and so much more. Don’t forget the tacos! Don’t be shy to go into some of the higher end establishments. I find a new places to eat every day – I really need to get out more! I would be remiss if I don’t remind you to get ice cream.

Fredericksburg has many festivals and fairs as the warmer weather approaches us – Greek Fesitvals, Fairy Festivals, Wine Festivals, American Heritage and International

Festival, and so many more! Celebrate Virginia has their music series with national bands and did you hear? ….Baseball is coming to Fredericksburg! yep, our very own team! Play ball! Can’t wait for some seventh ending stretches!

I love that I can do it all here in Fredericksburg. It won’t disappoint you. So why am I heading to the beach? Good question.

Spotsylvania County: A GREAT VACATION SPOT !

Spotsylvania County’s wonderfully diverse attractions are conveniently located between Richmond, VA, and Washington, D.C, along Interstate 95. A Visitor Center at I-95 exit #126 is open 7 days per week.

Several major military battles of the Civil War were fought in the County, and the National Park Service (NPS) and other public and private supporters have respectfully preserved over 8,000 acres for quiet enjoyment. The NPS has a visitor center in the northwest portion of the County, where historians are available during the summer to lead tours and assist visitors in learning about soldier and civilian experiences during the War.

Leisurely kayak and canoe trips are available on the environmentally protected Rappahannock River, which runs along the northern edge of the County.

Local wines and spirits can be found at Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, and the Blue and Gray Brewery. All have tours, and are family owned and operated.

The Spotsylvania Museum, located in the center of the County, depicts a wide range of historical periods, including Native American activities and the first Governor of Virginia – Alexander Spotswood – who greatly influenced the lives of ordinary citizens in the early 1700’s. The Museum provides maps for self-guided tours of nearby battlefields and the historic Spotsylvania Courthouse area (one block away). The John J. Wright Museum and Cultural Center will let you explore the history of Civil Rights in Spotsylvania.

At the south border of the County is the extensive Lake Anna recreation area, where all forms of resort and water activities are available. Boat sales / rentals / launching / marinas along with lodging, dining, and related equipment are available. Lake Anna State Park has 15 miles of walking trails.

The immense Spotsylvania regional mall offers every imaginable variety of shopping and dining experience. Many hotels and B&B’s are conveniently located near major attractions. See our web page www.spotsylvania.org .

Steve Thomas and Mark Newton & The Stillhouse Band Coming to Fredericksburg, Virginia To Benefit The Fraternal Order Of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Mark Newton and Steve Thomas proudly announce their upcoming show in Newton’s hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia on November 17th at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 21 Cool Springs Road. The evening of Bluegrass will feature a number of bands to include Virginia native Junior Sisk and his band Ramblers Choice, Copper Ridge, Page County Ramblers, and Milford Station. The evening concert will benefit the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Tickets are $25 for the evening.

Newton is well known for his contributions to the field of bluegrass and acoustic music as an artist, producer, writer, and vocalist. Thomas, a highly regarded writer and producer, has been involved with various forms of acoustic music for over 30 years including recording with artists to include Brooks and Dunn, The Whites, Barbara Mandrell, and The Osborne Brothers to name a few. Their shows are high energy and run a spectrum of musical genres reaching from Merle Haggard cover tunes, to bluegrass standards, to original material.

“I am looking forward to coming back to Fredericksburg” said Newton. “It’s always wonderful to come home, especially when we get to play some music and support a good cause like diabetes research. It will be great to see old friends and make new ones during the evening performance.”

Thomas and Newton have performed in a variety of bands over the years and have contributed much to the world of acoustic music. The shows are always filled with a wide variety of music, covering country, bluegrass, roots, folk, and Americana. The shows cover a wide genre that will appeal to listening audiences of all types.
The event will kick off at 5pm. There is a $25.00 cover charge for the show. No outside beverages permitted. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. This show is ages 21 and up. Event is being held at Fredericksburg Eagles #4123 located at 21 Cool Spring Road Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Proceeds will benefit the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) Diabetes Research Center (DRC). In a unanimous decision by more than 700 voting FOE delegates from across the United States and Canada, the Eagles will partner with the University of Iowa in a five year fundraising project that will culminate with the FOE DRC at the University of Iowa . The FOE DRC will be a dedicated center for diabetes research within the Institute for Biomedical Discovery Building at the University of Iowa. Money donated by the FOE will go directly to medical research.

Tickets available for purchase at the following locations:
Picker’s Supply – 902 Caroline Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401
MVP Awards – 306 Kings Hwy #105 Fredericksburg, VA 22405

For More Information on the event:
David Limerick – 540-287-0731 or DWL629@gmail.com

Additional details on Mark Newton and Steve Thomas are available at:
www.marknewtonmusic.com or www.stevethomasmusic.com

Media inquiries should be directed to:
Mark Newton (615)599-2692 or (615)336-4899 • Frgmusic@aol.com