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CMoR eyeing spring opening in Fredericksburg area

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The Children’s Museum of Richmond plans to open its Fredericksburg-area branch this coming spring, museum President and CEO Karen Coltrane said Friday.

Coltrane said CMoR has received a financial commitment from a Fredericksburg-area resident for a lead fundraising gift in the six figures. She didn’t identify the donor or state the exact amount of the pledge.

CMoR has received several other significant financial pledges from area residents toward the new branch, and it’s working to line up more, Coltrane said.

Coltrane has started looking at possible locations for the planned roughly 12,000-square-foot local branch, but nothing has been finalized.

Working with a group of local volunteers, CMoR is also planning a fundraising event scheduled the evening of Jan. 11 at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center on Hanover Street in Fredericksburg.

At that event, Coltrane plans to announce the location that has been chosen for the local museum and the scheduled opening date.

The fundraising event will be called “Twilight Carniball Destination: Germany.” It’s patterned after an event CMoR has done in Richmond and will include live music, auctions, and food, drink and entertainment with a German theme. Tickets are expected to go on sale later this month.

CMoR has its flagship branch in downtown Richmond and two satellite locations in Chesterfield and Short Pump. Coltrane said the Fredericksburg branch will be like a smaller version of the downtown Richmond location.

Separately this week, CMoR announced that it is merging with another Richmond-based nonprofit called Commonwealth Parenting. Coltrane said Commonwealth Parenting will have a kiosk at the new Fredericksburg branch.