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“Always … Patsy Cline” by Ted Swindley at the University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre & Dance’s Klein Theatre in Fredericksburg. Performances July 23–26 at 7:30 p.m. and July 26–27 at 2 p.m. Tickets $40; $35 for students, senior citizens, UMW alumni and military; $25 for groups of 10 or more. Musical features many of Cline’s hits, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces.” Tickets on sale at

“Culture and Cocktails: New Acquisitions.” 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Christopher Uebelhor, Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center’s director of collections and exhibitions, will display some of the museum’s newest items. Light fare and open bar in the Mansard Gallery of the Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, 1001 Princess Anne St. This event is for museum members only. Advanced registration is required.

To register, contact Anne Marie Paquette at

or at 540/371-3037, ext. 400.

“Steamships, Slaves, Railroads, and Armies: Aquia Landing.” 7 p.m. Friday, July 25. See this important, antebellum transportation hub and Civil War supply depot with John Hennessy, chief historian of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. 2846 Brooke Road, Stafford. A Stafford 350th Anniversary program. Bring a lawn chair.

Sounds of Summer concert series. 7 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 29. Local and regional performers of various musical genres, in Market Square at Princess Anne and William streets. The Believers will perform July 25. Activities for children and reception for Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center members. Free, extended hours at museum, 5–9 p.m. 907 Princess Anne St. 540/371-3037, ext. 135, or visit

“Archaeology: The Science of History” Educator Workshop at Ferry Farm. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28–31. Teachers will engage in scientific and anthropological methods used by archaeologists and historical researchers to understand artifacts and how they inform us about everyday life at the Washington family’s home farm. Educators will work with George Washington Foundation staff to dig and analyze artifacts excavated here. Participants will even learn how to concoct 18th-century glues similar to adhesives Mary Washington might have used to mend her broken punch bowl. Cost: $75; 20 recertification points. To register, call 540/370-0732 ext. 15, or email withers@gwffounda

Evening Tour of Downtown’s Historic Pubs. 5–9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26. On site, hear stories about Fredericksburg’s bar/pub/restaurant establishments—including Weedon’s Tavern, Indian Queen Tavern, Thornton’s Tavern and the Exchange Hotel—in this popular event with Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. Reservations required; $15/HFFI members, $20/ nonmembers. Call HFFI at 540/371-4504 to purchase. Due to limited space, this event will likely sell out. (Tour will be 4–5 hours long because the group stops at some locations for a beverage. Attendees must be 21 and older and should be able to easily walk 1–1.5 miles.) Start and end times are approximate. See

Trivia Night at James Monroe Museum. 6–8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Questions focus on American history. Admission and participation are free. The Celebrity Quizmaster will be Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. Prizes are awarded for first, second and last place. Light refreshments, a cash bar (beer and wine) and 50/50 raffle make it a perfect way to wind down from long summer weeks. Part of downtown’s First Friday; Fredericksburg Art Com-mission’s free First Friday Trolley stops at William and Charles streets, right across the street from JMM.

See the trolley map.

“Government Island: Making of the White House and Capitol, and its 300-Year History.” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. Local historian Jane Conner, who helped preserve Government Island as a public park and archaeological site, will recount the island’s history as a quarry that supplied building stone to the then-new nation’s capital, and the site’s use today. At England Run Library in Stafford County, part of Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s History Lecture series and Stafford County’s 350th Anniversary.

Battle of Cedar Mountain’s 152nd Anniversary. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. Greg Mertz, supervisory historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, will lead a real-time tour of Aug. 9, 1862, battlefield south of Culpeper at U.S. 15 and General Winder Road. Free. 540/727-8849;

Summer Kids’ Programs at Fredericksburg Battlefield. 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Aug. 9, National Park Service ranger-led programs are offered at Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, lasting about an hour for children ages 6–12.

Junior Ranger Walk: Earn a patch by completing several activities along the Sunken Road. Aug. 8–9.

National Cemetery: Explore and discover the stories hidden behind the brick walls of the cemetery and of the soldiers buried there. July 25 and 26.

Flags and Signals: Learn why these banners were so important as symbols and for communication—also make your own flag! Aug. 1–2. No registration necessary. Groups should sign up in advance: Peter_ or 540/373-6122. 1013 Lafayette Blvd.

Guided walking tours, historic Fredericksburg. 10 a.m. Saturdays, through October, in conjunction with Fredericksburg Area Museum, Hallowed Ground Tours offers 75-minute walking tour through downtown’s Historic District. Eight- to nine-block walk begins in Market Square, the old city center behind museum’s Old Town Hall (900 Princess Anne St.). $4/adults, $1/students. hallowedground

“Nobly Has That Little Band Worked.” New exhibit at Mary Washington House highlights preservation efforts behind the against-the-odds survival of the last home of the first U.S. president’s mother. 1200 Charles St., Fredericksburg. washingtonheritage; 540/373-1569.

From Prehistory to the White House. Port Royal Museum of American History and Gift Shop. 506 Main St., off U.S. 301 in Port Royal in Caroline County. Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Multi-themed museum, with White House, American–Indian and John Wilkes Booth artifacts, is a project of all-volunteer Historic Port Royal. For group or by-appointment tours, call 804/742-5406 or 804/742-5654.

“Magical History Tours” in Culpeper County. 4:30 p.m. on second Friday of each month through November. Visitors ride Culpeper Trolley for free, three-hour tours; each one visits two destinations. Space limited to 28 people. Reservations required; visit or call 540/727-0611 two weeks before tour date for details or to hold your seat.

“Fast Forward 2014.” New exhibition at Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center of selected works from studio art majors at University of Mary Washington: Rita Artinian, Travis Jarrells, Lula Ruggles Lambert, Sidney Mullis and Ashley Smith. They explore role of history in generation of creative ideas. Through Aug. 4. Other temporary exhibitions include “Woman Adorned: Transcending Time, Transforming Culture”; “Military Surplus”; and “George Washington and the Masonic Tradition.” 540/371-3037;

Summer hours, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Now through Sunday, Aug. 10, the four-battlefield-park’s various sites are open as follows: Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center: daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chatham: daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Stonewall” Jackson Shrine, Guinea Station: daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wilderness Exhibit Shelter, State Route 20: Historian on duty, daily, 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter, off State Route 613: Historian on duty, daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Old Salem Church, Spotsylvania: Saturdays and Sundays, 3–6 p.m. Ellwood, Locust Grove: daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Third annual Irvington Crab Festival. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Irvington Town Commons. Steamed crabs, barbecue and music by Jumbo Lump Daddy & the Backfin Boys. $35 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. Prices may increase July 1 based on crab availability. Tickets at Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, or at Proceeds benefit museum. 804/438-6888.

Historic Wharves Tour. Saturday, Sept. 6, in Tappahannock. Friends of the Rappahannock invites participants to step back in time aboard FOR’s River Steward Boat and follow the trail of Capt. John Smith, the English explorer of the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees will travel in wake of long-forgotten steamboats; pass nationally renowned eagle habitat at Fones Cliffs; and discuss historic homes and plantations and their lingering impact on the Rappahannock. Meet at FOR’s tidal office at June Parker Marina, 531 N. Church Lane, Tappahannock. Space is limited; register early. Minimum age is 10. $45/ individuals; $135/families. For FOR members, $36/individuals, $108/members. 804/443-3448.


“‘The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe’: Prince William County Remembers the Great War.” 7–9 p.m Monday, July 28. To commemorate 100th anniversary of beginning of the First World War, join Prince William County and Manassas staff at Old Manassas Courthouse for brief talk on World War I’s impact, followed by short ceremony to honor 26 Prince William County war dead listed on memorial on courthouse lawn. 703/367-7872. Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas.


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