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Your Community Calendar November 2016

Compiled by Susan Larson for Fredericksburg.Today and B101.5 FM. Downtown Fredericksburg Holiday Open House 2014 copyright Susan Larson for Fredericksburg.Today.

A selection of special events in the Fredericksburg region for November 2016. This list is updated throughout the month, so check back often. In addition, click the Events tab in the navigation bar for The Weekend Planner, and feature stories on other events; and visit the Fred Today Calendar.

NOVEMBER 4 – 6
The Weekend Planner November 4 – 6

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
November 3 – 20, 2016
University of Mary Washington Klein Theatre in Dupont Hall, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Charles Dickens was still writing his final novel when he died in 1870. Rupert Holmes’ Tony Award-winning musical aims to finish it with the help of the audience—resulting in a different ending every night. Performed by UMW Department of Theatre and Dance students.
$10 – $24

Caledon Art and Wine Festival
Sunday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd., King George, VA 22485
Get a jump on holiday shopping. Taste wine from local wineries. A commemorative wine glass is included with the price of tasting. Great food will also be for sale. The picnic shelter, gift shop and visitor center will be open, and hay wagon rides will be available for the kids. Admission for wine-tasting is $15 per person (21 and older – everyone must have ID to taste). The festival is free for non-tasting guests, but a $5/vehicle parking fee applies to all.

Fredericksburg Grizzlies
Sunday, Nov. 6, 4 – 7 p.m.
UMW Anderson Center, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The Grizzlies, Fredericksburg’s new American Basketball Association (ABA) team, plays their first home game.
$5 – $20

NOVEMBER 11 – 13
Sixth Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance
November 10 – 12
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg campus
A three-day festival of electronic music and art, this year featuring percussionist Tony Steve, percussionist Adam Vidiksis, pianist Theresa Steward, and violinist Margaret Jones.
Presented by the Department of Music
Schedule: http://eabarndance.com/schedule/
Free admission

Virginia Christmas Market
Friday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Exhibition Center at Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell, VA 23047
Holiday collection of porcelain, pottery, quilts, folk art, fine art, reproduction furniture, flags, ironwork, carvings, leather, toys, tin ware, candles, doll craft, woven wares, book authors, musicians, jewelry, basketry and more.  
Admission $5.50 – $12 (weekend pass)

SPOTSYLVANIA TOWNE CENTRE HOLIDAY KICK-OFF
Santa’s Laser Show Arrival
Saturday, Nov 12, 10 a.m.
Santa is coming to Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Join B101.5 and Bill Carroll welcoming Santa with a laser show spectacular in the Village across from Sephora in the B101.5 Laser Show Room.

Rappahannock Model Railroaders
November 12 and 13 inside the main entrance of Spotsylvania Towne Centre
The Rappahannock Model Railroaders will feature Model Holiday Train Displays along with Holiday Scenery.
Free.

Concert in Lights Kick-off Festival
Saturday, Nov 12, 4 – 8 p.m.
Festivities on the Green
Kettle Corn, Hot Chocolate, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Live Music

Iceless Ice Skating Rink, 2 – 8 p.m.

Ignite the Night Village Laser Show
Saturday Nov 12 – Saturday, Dec 24
Powered by B101.5
Friday evenings 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Saturday evenings 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, & 9pm
In the Village at Towne Center, across from Sephora.

Downtown Fredericksburg Holiday Open House
Saturday, Nov. 12, all day
Open House Weekend is the official start of holiday shopping in Downtown Fredericksburg. Windows are decorated, holiday music is heard, good cheer and “ho ho ho” are in the air.
New this year: Free wrapping stations.

Family Holiday Decorations Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Historic Kenmore, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg.
Holiday crafting for the whole family! Create a boxwood tree centerpiece in eighteenth century fashion, using greenery and natural elements found on the grounds of Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Also, capture the season on canvas, painting your very own 3”x 3” miniature painting, complete with an easel.    
Cost: $15 per person
Reservations required. Please call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email [email protected] to register.

Spotsylvania Wine Festival
Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave Fredericksburg, Virginia
Live music, food, vendors, and kid zone.

Tribute to Veterans
Saturday, Nov. 12, 3 – 6 p.m.
9019 Old Battlefield Blvd., Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Join us for an afternoon BBQ and tribute to our Veterans. WWII period music and performances. *FREE meals for veterans provided by: Vets on Track Foundation Food Vendors: Gourmeltz, Butternut and Blue Bistro and Subway Music by: Enduring Freedom Honor Team Indian Motors display WWII and Vietnam Vehicle display. We encourage family and friends to bring pictures and posters for our veteran tribute wall
Free

NOVEMBER 18 – 20
Trees of Hope to Benefit Loisann’s Hope House
Friday, Nov. 18, luncheon
Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open House, followed by An Enchanted Evening, featuring entertainment and a live auction.
Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Help provide support to homeless children and their families. View exquisitely decorated trees — and bid on them for a chance to take one or more home.

Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Nightly 5:30 – 10 p.m.
The Meadow Event Park is proud to present Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village. The light show consists of hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio, and features an 80-foot tunnel of lights, 50-foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen, singing trees and Santas and festive decorations.
$25 cars; $55 limos and mini buses; $100 full-sized bus

Merry Market
Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fredericksburg Area Service League (FASL) tenth annual Merry Market A Boutique Shopping Experience.
Fredericksburg Country Club, 11031 Tidewater Trail Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Childcare will be available on-site.
$5 admission

Amazing Discoveries in 18th Century Science
Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 – 9 p.m.
Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, 1020 Caroline St. Fredericksburg
Electricity, galvanism, mesmerism- real medicine or utter quackery?
Join the Washington Heritage Museums and the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop and judge for yourself the curative power of metallic attraction, animal magnetism (mesmerism) and electro-medicine.
Members $5, Non-members $10

Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House
Sunday, Nov. 20, 12 – 6 p.m.
In-store specials, door/storefront decorating contest, horse and carriage rides, trolley rides, wagon rides, live holiday music, children’s story time, Museum of Culpeper History open house, and of course a visit from Santa Claus himself. Tree lighting with carols, warm cider, and cookies at 5:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 24 – 27
Green Friday at Caledon State Park
Friday, Nov. 25, 12 – 3 p.m.
Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd., King George, VA 22485
Burn off some of that Thanksgiving Dinner and avoid the stress of long shopping lines while enjoying the comforts of nature. Take a ranger led hike through the forest, followed by a relaxing hayride tour of the park.
$3 per person, or $8 per family. Spaces are limited, so make your reservations by calling the park, or stopping by the park office.

Home for the Holidays at Gari Melchers
Friday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont,
Enjoy the house decorated for the holidays in the spirit and style of the Melchers.
Included with museum admission.

Small Business Saturday in Downtown Fredericksburg and in Downtown Culpeper
Saturday, Nov. 26
Early-Bird openings and special events throughout the day.

Fredericksburg Annual Children’s Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 26
4:30 – 6 p.m. at Hurkamp Park, William Street and Prince Edward Street, Downtown Fredericksburg
Free

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