Newsletter of the Friends of Chatham

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From Fitzhugh to Faberge

Chatham Chatter

3rd Quarter, July - September 2018

Upcoming Events

Member Mingle
Paradise Diner, 260 Warrenton Road
Saturday, July 28th @ 9:30 - 11:30am

Please join us for a hearty and delightful Dutch treat breakfast at the Paradise Diner.

Get Friends of Chatham updates and have an opportunity to chat and socialize. Great way to start a Saturday!

Directions to the Paradise Diner: From Route 1, go West on Warrenton Road (US-17Bus). The Paradise Diner will be on the right. From I-95, take Exit 133 East onto Warrenton Road. The Paradise Diner will be on your left.

Hope to see you there!

Pan Cupola Celebration
Wednesday, August 29th @ 5:30 - 7:00pm

Join us to celebrate the successful completion of the Pan Cupola Project on the lawn near the Pan Cupola. This event will be for our partners, all donors, and members. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Jazz Up the Garden
Saturday, August 29th

Details to be provided.


President's Message

As I sit here and reflect on all that has happened in the last three months, I am continually appreciative of all that has been accomplished by our dedicated Board of Directors and members.

In May, History Live was held at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, celebrating the history of Chatham and Stafford County. Through a grant from Stafford County Arts, we were once again able to engage the students of the Stafford County Schools in a creative way that brought Chatham awareness to a whole new audience. It was such a success. Special thanks to Cathy Walker and Carolyn VanDerJagt for all their time and efforts spent planning for this event. We also have to thank Riverside for allowing us to use their facility for the performances.

At our Annual Meeting we thanked Lynda Baer and Carolyn VanDerJagt for the years of service on the Board of Directors. We welcomed Beth Strenstrom to the Board. She will be serving as secretary for the next two years. I also want to thank Cathy Walker, Anne Betz, Nancy Fahy, Carol Hyland, Patsy Thompson and June Woditsch for agreeing to continue to serve on the Board of Directors for the next two years. Thanks also go Carolyn for organizing the refreshments and Susan Hatch and Carol Hyland for organizing the volunteers who helped at the meeting and with the tours.

Friends spent another delightful evening at Riverside in June, enjoying The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Thanks go to Patsy for organizing these events and our members for your continued support of the events.

It’s official! Our most recent project, the Pan Cupola repair is completed. Thank you, Nancy, for overseeing yet another successful project for Friends of Chatham. Be sure to check out all the photos and videos of the project posted online. We are planning a celebration of the successful completion of the Pan Cupola Project on August 29th from 5:30 - 7:00 on the lawn near the Pan Cupola. This event will be for our partners, all donors, and members. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Upcoming events include a Member Mingle in July and Jazz Up the Garden in September. I hope to see you there.

Until the next time,

Pan Cupola Roof & Soffit Repair Project

The Pan Cupola Roof & Soffit Repair Project started in March 2018 will be completed by the time this newsletter is published.
Thanks to the skillful work of Scott McKee of Sculpture in Architecture with assistance from brick mason David Via, the cupola is ready to protect Pan for years to come. 
The project was funded by the dedicated donations made by our members, the Rappahannock Fredericksburg Rotary Club, and funds from the General Preservation Fund, which comes from the membership fees contributed by our members in excess of the base $25.00 membership. Your membership and donations made this all happen and the Board of Directors of Friends of Chatham thanks everyone for their support.
Check out the video posted here ( with commentary by Scott McKee and Nancy Fahy, Director of Projects, and see how it looks from the scaffolding, a view that you will not have at ground level.  And, here is one of the "before" photos of the soffit as it was prepared for the new mold to be attached: 
From the Garden

Wonderful News: The Demonstration Garden is a reality! Sally Harman, the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club Conservation and Preservation Chair who designed the beds for Friends of Chatham, came to the garden in mid-April and met with Gardener Scott Blake and Board Members Nancy Fahy and Carol Hyland. From that meeting, a plan for the first phase of planting emerged. The National Park Service graciously agreed to provide the plant materials and action began. First to be planted were 36 peonies of three different varieties to anchor the beds. Asters, daylilies, lupine, and salvia were purchased and added to the beds, and Sally Harman donated foxgloves that she raised in her nursery. All of the plant varieties used had been included in the original plans for the Chatham’s Gardens which were created by prominent landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman in the early 1920s. The Demonstration Garden is only in its infant stage with much more planting and growing to come, but it is adding beauty to the gardens and showing hints of its promise.

Elsewhere in the garden, the perennials in the walkway beds are putting on their summer show. The parterre beds are filled with red and white vinca and blue dwarf morning glory in a symmetrical design created by gardener Scott Blake. The rectangular beds near the Summer House have plantings of various summer annuals including marigolds, salvia, vinca and mandevilla. It is a show of beautiful colors in a peaceful and pleasant setting and well worth a visit.

Volunteers continue to work in the garden each Wednesday morning. If you would be interested in helping or would like more information, contact volunteer coordinator Carol Hyland at

Membership Committee Seeking Assistance

The Membership Committee is looking for volunteers to share new ideas and help us with our mission to grow Friends of Chatham by adding new members and retaining current and past members. We are a small but friendly and congenial group which meets only periodically when we have projects. Along with membership outreach, our tasks also include planning Member Mingles and other activities. If getting more involved in Friends of Chatham is something you would like to do, the Membership Committee would welcome you. We are looking for new folks and new thoughts to complement our wonderful veteran members.

If you are interested, send an email to and put Membership Committee in the subject line. We will get back to you and answer any questions you may have.

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

The 2018/2019 Membership Year has Arrived?

While Friends of Chatham happily and gratefully welcomes new members at any time, the official membership year and our fiscal year run from July1 to June 30. So we are just entering a new year, and it is time for members to renew for 2018/2019. 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, and submit your renewal electronically from there. The newly elected Board of Directors will be planning many interesting and fun events for this new membership year. Please lend your support by renewing your membership.

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

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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