Newsletter of the Friends of Chatham

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From Fitzhugh to Faberge

Chatham Chatter

1st Quarter, January - March 2018

Upcoming Events

Member Mingle
Saturday, January 13th, 9:30-11:30am

It is January Member Mingle Time!  Please join us for a delightful Dutch treat breakfast at Keystone Coffee, 2206 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg (near Carl’s Ice Cream).
Get Friends of Chatham updates and have an opportunity to chat and socialize.  Great way to get together with friends and start the New Year.  Hope to see you there!
Kick-Off for the Pan Cupola Roof & Soffit Repair
Monday, January 29th at Brock's Riverside Grill
Cost $40
See Details Below

Mama Mia!
February 22nd at Riverside Dinner Theater
Cost $75
See Details Below

President's Message

Happy New Year!  Now that the holidays are over, the Board has planned several events for our members - from the Member Mingle on the 13th to the Brock’s Dinner on the 29th to the evening at Riverside on February 22 to see Mama Mia. I hope that you are able to attend one or more of these events. Board members will be sharing information about our current project -- Pan Cupola repair - which is scheduled to begin in the spring.

I would like to thank Cathy Walker and our volunteers who served cookies and hot cider in the Summer House on December 17th for the Civil War Santa Event. As usual this is a popular event and people welcome the refreshments.

Special thanks to all the garden volunteers who worked tirelessly in the gardens throughout the garden season.

What a pleasant surprise to find that the wrought iron railing is the featured picture in the Free Lance-Star 2018 calendar.

Thank you for your continued support of Friends of Chatham.

Kick-Off Event for the
Pan Cupola Roof & Soffit Repair Project

Join Friends of Chatham for Dinner at Brock's Riverside Grill (503 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg) to hear about the project to complete the restoration and forestall future deterioration of the cupola structure.

Monday, January 29th,  6:00 to 8:00 pm
$40 per person ~ Paid in Advance

Buffet Dinner with coffee, tea, soft drinks and dessert included, door prizes and cash bar.

Email: to reserve your seat and MAIL your payment to Friends of Chatham, P.O. Box 3882, Fredericksburg, VA 22402 (Paying by mailed check reduces our expenses and is preferred.)  OR pay online via PayPal on our website

~ Limited Seating ~ Sponsored in part by the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table ~

Mama Mia! at Riverside Dinner Theater
Thursday, February 22nd
5:00pm Reception
Dinner 5:30pm
Performance at 7:30 pm
$75 per person (gratuity included)

 Please make check to Friends of Chatham  and mail to 
Please let us know how many are in your group and their names .
Jazz Up the Garden Event
The final tally is in! Jazz Up the Garden realized net proceeds of over $9,500 which will be used to help fund the work in the Chatham gardens in 2018, as part of the mission of the Liz Thompson Memorial Fund for the Chatham Gardens and Grounds. The fund was created by Friends of Chatham to honor the memory of member, Liz Thompson, who was also a past president of The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club.  Thank you, again, to all who attended, who donated, who purchased auction items and who donated their time and efforts to make this event a fun success!
From the Garden

The Chatham gardens are now resting peacefully for the winter, but the final quarter of the year was full of activity. Pansies were installed in the parterre beds and in the rectangular beds in front of the summer house. About 2000 tulip bulbs were then planted to provide a beautiful show of color in the spring, if Mother Nature is willing. We did employ some animal deterrent techniques in our planting this year trying to minimize the loss of bulbs to squirrels and rabbits looking for a tasty lunch. To close out the year, a fresh layer of mulch was added to the beds. The NPS provided the plant materials and mulch, while the garden volunteers provided the labor under the direction of Friends of Chatham gardener Scott Blake. We will now take a short break, and resume our labors of love in the garden in the spring.

Gardener Scott Blake will be returning for the entire garden season in 2018. The Friends of Chatham Board is very pleased that Scott has agreed to return to the garden for another year and that his contract for 2018 is signed and in place. During the “off season,” we will be working with Sally Harman from the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club and the Park Service on plans for a possible demonstration garden. Once March arrives we will be back in the garden for another season and looking for volunteers to join the Wednesday morning crew.

For Sale:  $35 each*
FoC is selling signed and numbered limited edition prints of Chatham Manor by Joseph M. Serino, 18 1/2 in. x 23 3/4 in.   If you are interested in buying a print you can email us at  Prints can also be purchased online from our homepage at
* Includes shipping and handling

Did you know you can support FoC when you buy bulbs for your garden from Brent and Becky's Bulbs?  Go to  Select Friends of Chatham in the drop down menu, follow the prompts, and start shopping. Twenty-five percent of your purchase will go directly to Friends of  Chatham.

Is Your Membership Current?

The membership year for Friends of Chatham runs from July 1 to June 30, so we are now well into the 2017-2018 membership year. If you have not yet renewed your membership for this year, please consider doing so soon. We need your participation and support to continue or work helping Chatham Manor.

Memberships are available at various levels of support: Individual- $25; Family- $50; Sustaining- $100; Contributing- $250; River Terrace- $500; and Faberge Circle- $1000. Any amount in excess of $25 is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

It is easy to renew your membership. You can simply send a check to Friends of Chatham, PO Box 3882, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. Or you can visit the Friends of Chatham website at and submit your renewal electronically from there.

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