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Fredericksburg events: Weekend picks
There’s plenty to choose from this weekend around Fredericksburg. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Riverside Center presents ‘Legally Blonde’
Check out this fantastic write-up on the show in this week’s WEEKender.
Ticket prices range from $40 to $60; student tickets are available on select nights. Check out the Riverside Center site for more details.
Finally, we’re pretty sure you won’t find the stars of this Stafford County production in any videos like this.
Honor Mary Ball Washington
She raised George Washington and his five siblings alone, and is the namesake of the University of Mary Washington.
The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Mary Washington Monument downtown.
That monument, on Washington Avenue, was built in 1894 and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland.
Wanna go? Check this out for more details.
This song has absolutely nothing to do with Mary Washington, but it came to mind when making this post so here you go.
What’s that, you say? You don’t know anyone graduating from the University of Mary Washington this year?
Don’t let that stop you. Pick a random graduate to focus on and cheer like crazy when his or her name is called. Why not?
As an added bonus, the campus is beautiful this time of year. The school puts a huge effort into sprucing up the place just before the ceremony, and it shows.
The formal ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at Ball Circle, but the real show starts about 7 a.m. when out-of-towners and locals battle for precious parking spots in College Heights.
At this point, the weather looks touch-and-go, but UMW says the outdoor event will go on rain or shine. Show up prepared.
Civil War History in song
Let’s keep it real: After last weekend, we can understand if you’d like a break from this stuff.
But this is a neat opportunity and a chance to support your local community, so give it a shot.
This weekend the Rappahannock Choral Society will musically retell history at their 2013 Spring Concert honoring the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the Battle of Chancellorsville. The official title is “A Musical Remembrance of the Civil War and the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville.”
The event takes place at Chancellor High School on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
The cost is $8, $5 for seniors. Students and kids get in free.
Find more details here.
“Bricks and Boards in the ’Burg”
Yes, we know the weather looks a bit shaky at this point, but let’s hope for the best.
This Saturday event begins and ends in Market Square, behind Town Hall, Fredericksburg.
A walking tour highlights the history and architecture from four different centuries. Co-sponsored by Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center and Hallowed Ground Tours. 10 a.m.
Adults $5, children/students $2. 540/809-3918, 540/371-3037.
Vegetarians, stop reading here.
This event, billed as a family fun day, takes place Saturday at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave.
Teams compete for best barbecue, rib-eating contest, children’s zone, wine/beer tasting, music, corn hole, vendors. Noon to 5 p.m. $15, ages 12 and younger free.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Take a Spring Walk
The Germanna Volkssport Association Spring Walk on Saturday takes place along the trails of Belmont and portions of the Belmont-Ferry Farm trail and the Rappahannock Heritage Trail.
Register at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., finish by 3 p.m. Free. ava.org.
Second Saturdays at the Museum
This great event for kids takes place Saturday at the Fredericksburg Area Museum, 1001 Princess Anne St.
Walk With a Virginia Master Naturalist
This Sunday event covers the Salamander Loop of the Ni River Trail, 8010 River Stone Drive, Spotsylvania.
Learn bird calls, identify trees and find out about wildflowers. 9 a.m. Free; spotsylvaniagreenways.org.
If you go, hum this song quietly to yourself.
Take a Hike with Mom
Mother’s Day Bird-watching Nature Hike, Lake Anna State Park’s Railroad Ford Trail. Self-guided, kid-friendly hike for the whole family. 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. 540/854-5503; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our searchable calendar of events here.