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Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia rebuild the huts occupied by General Samuel McGowan’s South Carolinians during the winter of 1863—1864. To learn more, visit Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange

hands-on art activities free for children of all ages. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Volunteers wanted. In case of rain, moved to Dorothy Hart Community Center. 900 Prince Edward St., Fredericksburg

on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Visit or call 540-825-0354 for more information.



Fresh off the release of his Blue Note Records debut, American Classic, Willie Nelson will be at the Charlottesville Pavilion for a night of outdoor music. Join the ten-time Grammy winner for a career spanning set by purchasing tickets at www.

This year, the event will showcase a Chip Foose customized John Deere Big Buck 4020 tractor. Visitors who attend the Drive Green event from 10 a.m.—3 p.m. can enter to win the tractor at the John Deere dealership. 1410 Belvedere Dr., Fredericksburg

Orange County Fair The Orange County Fair is an old fashioned county fair in the truest sense; no midway carnival, no high pressure selling activities. We put together a collection of activities, contests, and entertainment for all members of our community and our guests. Held at Montpelier Station, VA behind Montpelier’s old Visitor’s Center on Route 20. To find out more visit www. 7/23/2010

A New Way of Fighting Upton’s Attack at Spotsylvania. Historian Frank O’Reilly follows the route of Colonel Emory Upton’s May 10 attack at Spotsylvania Court House. Meet at 7 p.m. at Tour Stop 2, Spotsylvania Battlefield. 90 minutes. Spotsylvania 7/23/2010–9/19/2010

Into the Woods—Musical

This musical weaves in favorites from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella. Enjoy dinner and this show. Time: Wed 11:30 a.m. lunch, 1:30 p.m. show; Thur—Sat 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show; Sun 1 p.m. dinner, 3 p.m. show. www. Riverside Center Dinner Theater, Fredericksburg 7/24/2010

23nd Annual Children’s Art Expo Messy, creative fun, with

Willie Nelson & Family


Intergenerational Exploritas Camp

An expanded version of Stratford’s grandparent camp. It is conducted by the Stratford Hall staff in cooperation with the Exploritas program office of the College of William and Mary. For adults of any age and a young relative or friend age 9—12. Stratford Hall, www. 7/26/2010–8/4/2010

Centennial Celebration of Scouting in the U.S. Scouts and visitors have enjoyed the privilege of experiencing a Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill. Every visitor to this year’s Jamboree will be asked for a $10 donation per person per day. Visiting hours will be from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. most days. See website for exact times and details, www. 7/28/2010–7/31/2010

Brandy Station Fair Fundraiser fair held by the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department. There will be rides, games, food and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Fire Department Parade


John Deere Drive Green Experience


Where Valor Sleeps Historian Donald Pfanz will describe the creation of Fredericksburg National Cemetery and point out some of the people buried there. Meet at 7 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. 90 minutes.

750-meter swim in Mountain Run Lake, athletes ride the rural country roads of Culpeper County. The run is all on road and goes down and up the famed Montelago hill. Great fun for participants and spectators alike! To sign up visit Mountain Run Lake Park 8/1/2010

Summer Freedman’s Farm and Confederate Winter Camp Site Tour Tour the Gilmore Farm from 2–4 p.m., home of George Gilmore, who was born a slave at Montpelier. A walking tour of the 1863—64 Confederate winter encampment site will follow. To learn more, visit 8/6/2010

Steamships, Slaves, Railroads, and Armies


Caribbean Beach Party Join Lake Anna, James River, Cooper and Grayhaven wineries for an evening of great wine, food and live Caribbean Jazz. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and dance under the stars. 540-894-5253 for more information. Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania 7/31/2010

Gidget—Sun & Sand Film Series Stop in at 2 p.m. and enjoy Tomboy Gidget (Sandra Dee) discover surfing and love one summer when she meets surfer Moondoggie (James Darren) (1959). Porter Branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2001 Pkwy Blvd,
Stafford 8/1/2010

The Culpeper Sprint One of the most popular races in the Virginia Triathlon Series. Begins at 8 a.m. After a

Aquia Landing. Historian John Hennessy will discuss the importance of Aquia Landing, the site of one of the Civil War’s first engagements. Meet at Aquia Landing Park at 7 p.m. for this 90-minute program. Lawn chairs are recommended. Free, Stafford 8/7/2010

PAWS for Reading Reading with therapy dogs trained to be avid listeners. Grades K–6. Please sign up to book your time. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.—Noon, Sign up begins July 1. Porter Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2001 Parkway Boulevard,
Stafford 8/13/2010

Forgotten: Slavery and Slave Places Historians John Hennessy and Steward Henderson will lead visitors through the streets of Fredericksburg pointing out sites related to the town’s African-American past. Meet at Hurkamp Park


Virginia Neighbors  

July August 2010Issue

Virginia Neighbors  

July August 2010Issue