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The Weekend Planner

Compiled by Susan Larson for Fredericksburg.Today and the B Scene with Dee Daniels on B101.5

Special events in the Fredericksburg region for the weekend of December 9 – 11, 2016. Click the links for more information.

Photos with Santa to Benefit Rappahannock United Way
Friday, Dec. 9, 3 – 5 p.m.
Virginia Partners Bank, 410 William St., Fredericksburg
Amanda Blough of Virginia Partners Bank will be the photographer, providing guests their Santa photos on a flash drive immediately after they are taken. Refreshments will be served.
The event will benefit the Rappahannock United Way, and a suggested donation of $5 is recommended

Christmas Movie in the Park: Elf
Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Hurkamp Park, 500 William St. Fredericksburg
Bring blankets and lawn chairs and Fredericksburg Parks and Rec for the movie “Elf.” Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages.
Free admission.

UMW Philharmonic Holiday Pops Featuring Tony Bennett
Friday, Dec, 9, 7:30 p.m.
University of Mary Washington Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, 1301 College Sve., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
SOLD OUT

Christmas Gift Give-A-Way
Saturday, Dec, 10, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New Life Outreach International Church, 4716 Harrison Rd., Fredericksburg, Va. 22408
Live bands, fried chicken and french fry frenzy, Christmas goodies, and grand prize giveaways at the top of each hour. Everyone who attends will receive a free gift.
Free.

Historic Occoquan Winterfest
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Historic Occoquan,
Santa’s Parade, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Harbor Drive
Fire pits, marshmallow roasting, carolers, kid’s crafts, and more, 3 – 7 p.m.
Free.

The Nutcracker Suite
Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S West St., Culpeper, Va. 22701
Culpeper Baptist Church hosts The Charlottesville Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker Suite, a shortened production of The Nutcracker, featuring Act II of the beloved holiday classic. After the one-hour performance, join the “Class with Clara” event perfect for boys and girls ages 3 – 8. Learn introductory ballet steps and have photo opportunities with the Charlottesville Ballet dancers.
$30

Fredericksburg Chamber Chorale Christmas Concert and Carol Sing
Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church, 810 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg
Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
A traditional Christmas Concert and carol sing.
Tickets available at the door or through this website; $10 for adults, $5 for students. Benefits the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide
Saturday, Dec. 10, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd., Montross, Va.
Enjoy Christmas as it was celebrated at Stratford Hall in 1774.
$12 for adults, $7 for children, free for Friends of Stratford members

A Christmas Dinner Buffet at Stratford Hall
Saturday, Dec. 10, 4 – 7 p.m.
Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd., Montross, Va.
Dinner is by reservation only. There will be seven seatings between 4 and 7 p.m.
The price of the meal, which includes tax and gratuity, is $59.95 for adults, $29.95 for children age 6 to 11, and free for children age 5 and under. Christmastide event tickets are offered ½ price for Christmastide diners.

Rappahannock Model Railroaders 19th Annual Christmas Train Show
Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Spring Rd., Fredericksburg, Va. 22405
The show will feature operating train layouts, model train vendors, and door prizes.
Adult $7, Child 6-12 $1, Under 6, free

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation 46th Annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes
Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Evening tour and cocktail party, 6 – 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
Visit five historic homes in the Lewis/Winchester Street neighborhood. decorated by professionals for the holidays, with holiday entertainment and refreshments.
Tickets range from $15 – $30 ($60 – $100 for the evening tour and cocktail party)

Battle of Fredericksburg Remembrance Weekend
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
10 – 11:30 a.m. – Battle in the Balance: Prospect Hill. Historian Frank O’Reilly will explore the south end of the field, where for a time on December 13, the battle hung in the balance. Meet at Tour Stop 6, Prospect Hill.

2 – 3:30 p.m. – Across the Bloody Plain—from Hurkamp Park to Sunken Road. Join Frank O’Reilly to follow the footsteps of the men who charged across the Bloody Plain, only to be stopped before they reached the Sunken Road. Meet at Hurkamp Park, William and Prince Edward Streets, downtown Fredericksburg. Plan for a return walk to your vehicle.

4 – 5 p.m. – Soldiers of the Road. Historian Becky Oakes will look at the fighting along the Sunken Road from the perspective of the Confederate soldiers who fought in the road itself. Park at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, 1013 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg.

7 – 8 p.m. – Voices from the Storm: Fredericksburg. Chief Historian John Hennessy will be joined by members of the community and the congregation at St. George’s Episcopal Church to present a dramatic mix of images, narration, music, and the words of those who bore witness to the events of December 1862. At St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St., downtown Fredericksburg.

Sunday, December 11
8 – 9:30 a.m. – Bridge to Destruction: The Struggle at the Upper Crossing. Historian John Hennessy will lead a walk from Chatham to the site of the upper pontoon crossing, where Union engineers struggled to build a bridge across the Rappahannock. A “real time” program, 154 years after the event. Meet at Chatham, 120 Chatham Lane, Stafford. Moderately difficult walk due to uneven terrain.

10 – 11 a.m. – The Bombardment and Looting of Fredericksburg. Join John Hennessy for a short walk through Fredericksburg’s streets, telling the story of Fredericksburg’s most difficult day, December 11, 1862. Meet at the Upper Pontoon Crossing site, 1401 Sophia St. Park on Caroline Street.

12 – 2 p.m. – In the Footsteps of the Irish Brigade. Join Historian Frank O’Reilly for what has become a legendary walk through the streets of Fredericksburg to the Sunken Road. Meet at the City Dock, 201 Sophia St. Note: plan for a walk back to your car after the 2 p.m. Remembrance Ceremony.

2 p.m. – A Nation Remembers: Fredericksburg. Join park staff, the superintendent, community groups, and keynote speaker Dr. Barton Myers at the Kirkland Monument for 30 to 40-minute ceremony recalling the events of December 1862, and their enduring legacy. Park at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, 1013 Lafayette Blvd.

Pre Kwanzaa Celebration
Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 – 6 p.m.
Lee Hill Community Center, 1 HCC Dr., Fredericksburg, Va.
Free

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