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Rock the River FXBG

Rock the River FXBG 2015

June 6th, 2015 @ Old Mill Park

Rock the River FXBG combines activities from various communities who benefit from, are inspired by, and enjoy their time on the Rappahannock River.  There is adventure with a multi-sport river and foot race, outdoor activities for grown-ups, kids, and their furry friends, a display of unique art and crafts, as well as the enjoyment of great craft beer, tasty food, and live music throughout the day.  These communities have one thing in common — the desire to show our beautiful Rappahannock River the love it deserves!

If you love our river and everything it means to Fredericksburg then you do not want to miss this event! There are several ways to get involved so come rock the river with us!

For more information, visit: http://rocktheriverfxbg.com/

Liberty Mills Strawberry Festival

Liberty Mills Farm - located at 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, VA 22972

Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 10 am - 3 pm

Celebrate strawberry season with Strawberry Fest at Liberty Mills Farm. Pick your own strawberries and sample jams, jellies, and preserves or try a fresh strawberry sundae. Visit their websites for more details.

Enjoy the fruit of the season around which this Fest is focused … luscious red strawberries. Sample everything strawberry from strawberry sundaes, to chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry salsa and more. Visit with local vendors and participate in fun contests including a Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest, Hat Contest and Berry Recipe and Baking Contests. Strawberry picking while supply lasts! Free parking and free admission to the Fest. Please visit their You Pick page for more information on picking berries.

Schedule of Events:

9:45 a.m. – Farm gates open

10:00 a.m. – Strawberry Fest opens and Strawberry Picking Begins*

*Strawberry picking available while supply lasts

Vendor Booths

Farm Market – treats and tastings throughout the day!

Fairy House Building Workshops ($15 per house; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

10:00-Noon – Food Contest Entries - Accepted at Farm Market

11:00 a.m. – Berry Best Dressed Baby/Toddler Contest (4 and under)

1:00 p.m. – Berry Best Strawberry Hat Contest (Category I: ages 5-15; Category II: ages 16+)

2:00 p.m. – Recipe Contest Results Presented

3:00 p.m. – Fest Closes



10 Handy Tips for Your Farm

Posted on February 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Trailers

All equestrians know the horse world can get a little pricey. We’ve all got a few tricks up our sleeves, especially when it comes to saving a little time or money! These ten handy tips will just add to your list!

  1. Bailing twine – Bailing twine is great! It can be used for tying a few flakes of hay together, hanging buckets, and more. Have you ever thought of saving your trailer ties, cross ties, or hitching posts with twine? Tie the twine to the clasp. If your horse pulls back, the twine will break, not your cross or trailer tie.
  2. Rubber mats – Rubber mats are found in most horse stalls. This makes the ground a little more forgiving for your horse’s legs. Rubber mats can also help to reduce mud. Just lay a rubber mat on a high traffic area prior to the rain.
  3. Duct tape – Not only is duct tape useful around your home, it can be useful in your barn as well. Duct tape can fix cracked buckets, it can be used for a temporary stall sign and so much more.
  4. Baby wipes – This is a tack box must have! Whether you are ready to show or just trying to clean up a bit, baby wipes will do the trick!
  5. Dish scrubbers – Dish scrubbers get your dishes nice and clean, but have you ever thought of using them on your horse’s whites? Cheap and easy!
  6. Pool skimmers – Don’t put your pool skimmers away at the end of the summer. Skimmers can be used to remove debris from your horse’s water. In the winter, it can remove ice chunks.
  7. Old socks – Use an old sock as a tail bag. Just cut three strips at the top to tie into your horse’s tail.
  8. Old milk jugs or coffee cans – Don’t trash these when you are finished with them! Use them in the barn as a grain scoop. Just make sure you know what the measurements are.
  9. Velcro strips – Velcro strips are great for your horse’s sport boots. Put a strip up in your trailer or tack room and just stick your boots to them.
  10. Apple juice or Gatorade – If you are traveling to an unfamiliar place, you may want to bring a jug of apple juice or Gatorade to add to their water. This will encourage your horse to drink and may even be a treat for you!

Handy barn hacks are a lifesaver for the savvy horse owner. Have you thought of these hacks before? What other hacks do you have to add to this list? We know there are more!

For more information on barn hacks, visit: http://life.nobleoutfitters.com/equestrian-life-hacks/

The Nutcracker in Fredericksburg

Saturday, December 20th 2014 - 2 pm / 7:30 - 9:30 pm OR Sunday, December 21st, 2014 - 2 pm

Start a new holiday tradition... Come and enjoy the magic of "The Nutcracker" from the areas longest running Ballet Company.  The Fredericksburg Ballet Centre's annual Nutcracker performance will be held at James Monroe High School on Saturday, December 20th at 2:00pm & 7:30pm and Sunday, December 21st at 2:00pm.  Tickets may be purchased at FBC or Sweet Reasons cupcakes in Central Park near Chik-fil-A.  General Admission Tickets: $16/ at the door $18.  Limited Patron Seating $20.  Discounts for Scout Troops.  There is something for the whole family.  Mice and soldiers fight, dolls come to life and sugar plum fairies dance. 

For more information, call 540-373-0978 or visit us at fredericksburgballet.com

Candlelight Christmas Tours at James Madison’s Montpelier

Fridays & Saturdays, December 5th - 13th, 2014 @ James Madison's Montpelier

Join us this season for a new twist on holiday tradition with James and Dolley Madison at their beloved home, Montpelier, featuring Santa's workshops, children's crafts, holiday entertainment and refreshment.

The first tour starts at 4:30 pm and the last tour will take off at 7 pm.

Tickets are $25 Advance, $30 At Door, and $10 Children Under 12.

For more information, call (540) 672-2728 or visit http://www.montpelier.org.

Annual Veterans Day Parade

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 | Veterans Day Parade starts @ 2 p.m.| Main Street, Gordonsville

Some of you have known members of our armed forces who gave their life for our country, or others who came home disabled after fighting and serving bravely. We should remember that many of our brave veterans are getting on in years. Few opportunities remain for us to say thank you to these heroes and to let them know of our admiration and gratitude for their many sacrifices. The second Saturday of November we will have a chance to honor veterans from throughout Central Virginia in the Gordonsville Annual Veteran's Parade. Our hope is to have as many veterans as possible marching and riding, along with their supporters honoring them with patriotic music and floats in the parade. Come and feel that patriotism, and be sure to bring your children to enjoy the pageantry and to instill the values of respect and honor that has made this country great.


For more information, visit: http://www.townofgordonsville.org/

Grand Opening of Spotsylvania Winery

Wilderness Run Vineyards | 11109 Plank Road Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 12 pm - 8 pm

Wilderness Run Vineyard will hold its grand opening in Spotsylvania this coming Saturday. The vineyard will have three wines bearing its label ready for the opening: a Chambourcin–Merlot blend, a Chardonnay and a blend of Viognier, Chardonnay and Petit Manseng. A Malbec will be ready for release around Christmastime.

Live music at the grand opening will be provided by Son de la Loma Fredericksburg Salsa and The Blues Buckets, which is also local, along with some solo acts. Martina’s Cantina food truck will also be there.

While the music and tastings will be free, hungry visitors can either buy food from Martina’s or bring their own. Wilderness Run should have seating ready on the new patio, which was being built next to the winery’s Tool Shed Tasting Room. There are also several picnic tables in a grassy area near the tasting room, which is in the back of a barnlike red metal building.

Wilderness Run has been encouraging people to stop by for tastings, bring a picnic and listen to local bands or watch movies projected on an outdoor screen. It’s open from noon to sunset Thursdays through Sundays.

In honor of Virginia Wine Month, the winery is also taking part in the “Pay $5 for 5!” promotion, which lets wine enthusiasts pay $5 and enjoy five tastings at five Stafford and Spotsylvania county wineries during October. Tastings at Wilderness Run are normally $8 and include a complimentary stemless, BPA-free polymer wine glass that is as thin-rimmed as crystal and features a thumb notch for easy swirling.

Tell your friends and bring the family and come enjoy great food, great music and of course a great selection of Virignia Wines!!

Autumn Vertical Tasting

Autumn Vertical Tasting @ Barboursville Vineyard
17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, VA 22923 United States

Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 11 am - 4:30 pm

Welcome to this rare opportunity, focusing on valuable older vintages, along with our traditional sampling of new Octagon from barrel including several older vintages of Octagon, Cabernet Franc, Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Caromont Farm will present award-winning artisan cheeses and fresh breads from Palladio Restaurant will refresh the palate.

Tickets are $35 per person. There is no reservation required.

Call (540) 832-3824 or email bvvy@barboursvillewine.com for more information about this event!

36th Annual Gordonsville Street Festival

Saturday, October 4th, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm

The Gordonsville Street Festival is held on the first Saturday in October. It is sponsored by the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary and is one of their biggest fundraisers to support our local Volunteer Fire Company.

The festival will be held along Main Street in Gordonsville. Many booths of food, raffles, crafts and more will be ready for you to come out and enjoy. Several groups of entertainment will be performing all day. Come and see what Downtown Gordonsville has to offer. Fun for the whole family!

Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival

October 4th-5th, 2014

Saturday: 11am-5pm / Sunday: 12pm-5pm

This is the 24th birthday for The Fredericksburg Wine Festival which is celebrating its move to the Pancho Villa Pavilion at Celebrate Virginia. Each year the festival is made up of the seven ownership wineries and three guest wineries which offer over 100 varieties of Virginia’s award winning wines for you to sample and purchase. The festival also offers a beer garden hosted by the All American Girls (50% of all proceeds benefit the Frasier Mason Some Gave All Foundation) Your donation benefits soldiers from our area.

As you leisurely roam through the pavilion, there will be staple food vendors and fun food concessionaires along with various artisans and crafters. Entertainment exists for all ages to include the barrel train, live music and more. You are more than welcome to purchase your bottle of wine, something to snack on and have a seat on a straw bale, your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the live entertainment.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information regarding wineries, vendors and directions, visit:


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