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From Fitzhugh to Faberge

Chatham Chatter

4th Quarter, October - December 2018

Upcoming Events

Member Mingle
Ristorante Renato, 422 William Street
Thursday November 8th starting at 5:30pm

Please join us for a delightful Dutch treat dinner.
Get Friends of Chatham updates and have an opportunity to chat and socialize.

Hope to see you there!

Beauty and The Beast
At Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, November 1st @ 5:00pm

Reception at 5:00pm followed by dinner and the show.  Cost is $80 per person. Please make checks to "Friends of Chatham" and mail to:

Patsy Thompson
206 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg VA, 22401

Civil War Santa
Sunday, December 16th

The Park Service is again planning to hold the very popular Christmas Program at Chatham, complete with a Civil War era Santa Claus.  This program annually brings in several hundred visitors, including many children.  The Friends of Chatham will be helping by serving refreshments.

President's Message

The list of completed projects funded by Friends of Chatham continues to grow. We celebrated the completion of the Pan Cupola repairs with a reception for our partners, friends and donors on August 29th. Many thanks to Cathy and Scott Walker, Carolyn VanDerJagt for organizing the event and members of the Board who supplied food. Special thanks to Nancy Fahy for putting together the framed pictures of the Cupola as favors for all who attended. It was a great opportunity to share all the exciting things that are happening at Chatham.

On September 6th we had a Member Mingle at Don Moncho which was well attended. Thank you Carol Hyland and the membership committee for organizing these events.

On September 13th we had a another wonderful evening at Riverside as we enjoyed the play, A Chorus Line. Thank you Patsy for continuing to organize these events.

On September 29th we held our second annual Jazz Up the Garden event. What a wonderful evening. The hard work of the committee was evident throughout the evening. Our special thanks to Nancy G for sharing her wonderful house with us for the event.

Looking ahead, there are several events scheduled for the membership. We are heading back to Riverside on November 1st for Beauty and the Beast. November 8th we will be at Renato’s for dinner. Civil War Santa will be held at Chatham on December 16th. We will be assisting at this event and will be looking for volunteers.

Thank you for your generous support of Friends of Chatham.

Until the next time,


Jazz Up the Garden Event Held on September 29th

It was a fun and beautiful evening at Nancy Gasparovic's home on Sophia Street in the City of Fredericksburg across the Rappahannock from Chatham Manor at the second Jazz Up the Garden fun-raising event. Paradox Plus, with guest singers Sherri Haydon and Patrick A'Hearn, provided a wonderful evening of classic 1920s style music. Catering by Dori, with a little help from Patsy Thompson, provided lovely heavy hors d'oeuvres and vintage cocktails. Some guests dressed in 1920s costumes and participated in a casual costume contest to the enjoyment of all. All with a spirit of great fun, whether in costume or cocktail attire, a good time was had by all!  Final tally of the funds raised for the maintenance of the Chatham gardens are still being calculated ... Thank you to our The Bee's Knees sponsors, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, Joan McLaughlin, John & Patsy Thompson, and The Charleston sponsors Sharon Adinolfi, Fred & Anne Betz, Dan & Nancy Fahy and Hallowed Ground Tours for their financial contributions to the evening's success, and to all of the donors of the auction items, including Barbara Chadwick, Nancy Gasparovic, Sophia Pineda, Lynda Baer, Mr. and Mrs. John Garrison, Hsi-Mei Yates, Waldo Beck, Cotton and Wax, Fredericksburg Battlefield Museum Shop of Eastern National, Sherri Wilderson Cox, D.D.S., Salon 730, Becky Paul, Kerri Barile, and Patti Wallace. Special thanks to Nancy Gasparovic for providing the lovely venue! Thanks to all who attended and who sent donations! Friends of Chatham and the Fredericksburg and  Spotsylvania National Military Park are grateful for your continued support.

From the Garden

It has been a beautiful, if very rainy, summer in the garden. Our gardener, Scott Blake, and faithful volunteers have worked through heat, rain and days that felt like we were gardening in a sauna, all the while maintaining good humor and cheerfulness. What an amazing group of folks. The efforts have been rewarded with beautiful growth and blossoms from the summer annuals, lovely roses blooming early and some returning after the Japanese beetle infestation, and the pleasure of watching the newly planted Demonstration Garden begin to establish itself. Now the seasons have begun to change and the annual Aster show is starting to emerge. The garden remains beautiful and the new season provides another great reason to visit.

While we hope for many enjoyable sunny days in the garden this fall, the work now turns to seasonal cleanup. Scott and the volunteers will be planting pansies and bulbs, and finally tucking the garden in for the winter with a nice layer of mulch. We always welcome volunteers, so if you would like to lend a hand, just come to the garden any Wednesday. We start at 8:00 AM and work through the morning.

If you are thinking of planting bulbs in your own garden this fall, you can help Friends of Chatham at the same time by getting your bulbs from Brent and Becky’s. Just search online for Bloomin Bucks with Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. From the dropdown list of organizations choose Friends of Chatham to support. When you click agree, you will be sent on to Brent and Becky’s catalog of products where you can place your order. You will pay the normal price and Friends of Chatham will receive 25% of that price. You will get good products and help Friends of Chatham- a real win/win.

Please Renew and ...
Invite a Friend

If you have not yet renewed for the 2018/2019 membership year, now is a perfect time. 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. If you have already renewed, or while you are completing the process for this year, please invite a friend of yours to join Friends of Chatham. We happily and gratefully welcome new members at any time, and growing our membership is the key to increasing our ability to support Chatham Manor.

It is easy to renew your membership or join. You can simply send a check to Friends of Chatham, PO Box 36, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. Or you can visit the Friends of Chatham website at and submit your membership or renewal electronically from there. We are planning many interesting and fun events for this membership year and hope you will be joining the fun.

If you have any questions about membership, please email us at and we will get back to you with an answer.


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

Diana Returning to Chatham!

Did you know that a statue of Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, used to stand at the entrance of Chatham's garden?  It was donated by John Lee Pratt to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the current statue of Ceres, goddess of agriculture, was moved from the river side of Chatham to the garden entrance.  It is believed that the statue had been displayed outside at the museum at some point, but has been in storage for over 20 years. The NPS and Friends of Chatham approached the VMFA to see if we could get Diana back where she belongs.

Before Diana can retake her rightful place at Chatham, some restoration work is needed.  The picture with FSNMP staff Luisa Dispenzirie, curator, and Csaba Connor was taken at Russell Bernabo's Fine Object Conservation studio in Ashland upon its arrival there.
The restoration is expected to take about 3 months, but Diana will likely not be delivered to Chatham until next spring, when the weather is more appropriate for transport. Friends of Chatham is covering the $13,700 cost of the restoration of the terra cotta statue. The National Park Service is covering the cost of transport and anticipated to cover the costs of preparation of the pedestal for Diana at the location where Ceres currently is located and the cost of preparation of the pedestal on the river side of the grounds to which Ceres will be returned.

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.

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