Newsletter of the Friends of Chatham

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From Fitzhugh to Faberge

Chatham Chatter

2nd Quarter, April - June 2018

SUpcoming Events

Hunchback of Notre Dame
Thursday, April 19th @ 5pm

The Friends of Chatham returns to the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts to see the critically acclaimed musical based on the Victor Hugo novel, with songs from the Disney film.  Reception starts at 5.00 PM and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner starts at 5.30, with the performance begining at 7.30.

Price is $75 per Person (gratuity included)~ Paid in Advance (includes a $20 tax deductible donation to Friends of Chatham)


To reserve your place, email us at and mail your check to:

Patsy Thompson
206 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

OR To Purchase Tickets Online - click here

  Hope to see you there!

Stafford County Schools
Drama Event Presentations and Awards

Saturday, May 5th, 2:00 - 6:00pm

Stafford County students will present their skits and vignettes about Chatham.  The event is funded by a Stafford Grant for the Arts.  The top three in the different class categories will receive awards.

Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, June 7th at Chatham Manor

Full House Tours starting at 4:30pm
Business Meeting starting at 5:30pm

President's Message

As always I will begin with thanks. Many thanks to Nancy Fahy and Carol Hyland with the Olmstead Group as they reported on the Cultural Landscape Report. They ably presented our plan for the Shipman demonstration garden inside the walled garden. The committee was impressed with the plan for this garden. They also met with members of the House Committee on Natural Resources and spoke about the many projects we have completed and the continuing work we do in the garden. I also want to thank Patsy Thompson who has organized two Riverside events -- February 22nd for Mamma Mia and April 19th for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. These events are popular with our members and are a fun way to raise funds for our ongoing projects. Thanks also to Hallowed Ground Tours for their donation of wine for the Riverside events. Thanks to Caroll Hyland and the Membership Committee for organizing the Member Mingle at Colonial Tavern in March. It was a fun evening and we had a great attendance.

Cathy Walker and Carolyn Van Der Jagt are busy working on the Drama Event for Stafford County students featuring skits and vignettes about Chatham. This is the latest event funded through a Stafford Grant for the Arts. The presentations and awards will be held at Riverside on May 5th between 2 and 6 p.m..

Work is proceeding on the Pan Cupola 3 project. The garden volunteers continue to work in the gardens on Wednesdays and despite the crazy weather the gardens are looking beautiful.

Lynda Baer recently received a National DAR Award for Preservation for her efforts in starting the Friends of Chatham. This is a prestigious award and we are very proud of Lynda. Congratulations, Lynda.

We are looking forward to the Annual Meeting which will be held at Chatham on June 7th beginning with house tours at 4:30. We will be voting on the new Executive Board for 2018 - 2020 so I hope you will plan to attend.

Finally thank you for your continued support of Friends of Chatham. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Status of the
Pan Cupola Roof & Soffit Repair Project

Work began on the Pan Cupola Roof and Soffit Repair Project during the last week of March. Scaffolding is up, materials delivered or enroute, and Scott McKee of Sculpture in Architecture is hard at work. As with all projects involving historically-significant structures, the more Scott does, the more he finds that needs attention.
Thanks, Scott McKee, for the work you have done since 2013 on all things Pan and will do in this final phase of work involving the Pan Statue and its home. 

Thanks to all our donors, members and partner organizations, including the Rappahannock Fredericksburg Rotary Club , The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club, and the Duff McDuff Green Jr. Fund of the Community Foundation, for your support from the beginning of this journey.
If you would like to contribute toward this project, email us at or visit our website at 
From the Garden

We have good news to report from the garden. In January, the plan for our demonstration garden beds was completed by Sally Harman, Conservation and Preservation Chair of the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club. Using the now empty beds that surround the Four Seasons statues in the area near the summer house, our objective is to create a space evocative of Ellen Biddle Shipman’s design intent using plant materials that were included in her original Chatham designs or were staples in her designs for other gardens. The plan was submitted to NPS, made its way through the rigorous compliance process mandated for actions on historic properties, and has been approved. We will turn next to working with NPS on the implementation process. This will be a very exciting undertaking. Our hope is that the demonstration beds will add to the beauty of the garden and provide visitors an opportunity to explore another part of the history of Chatham’s landscape.

The other good news in the garden is provided by Mother Nature (although she seems to be in no hurry) as Spring is arriving. Daffodils are filling the beds with their cheerful yellow shades and tulips are up and ready to open as the weather warms. And, yes, we did have a better survival rate on the tulips this year thanks to gardener Scott Blake’s techniques to deter the squirrels and rabbits. The volunteers returned to the garden at the beginning of March, working through two very chilly Wednesdays and missing a week due to a snow cancellation. That all seems to be in the past and we enter April with hopes for sunshine and warmer weather. We are always looking for additional volunteers on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested in helping out, contact volunteer coordinator Carol Hyland at

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?

If you have not yet renewed your membership for the 2017-2018 year, we have good news. It is Bonus Time! Since we are in the last quarter of the membership year, you can renew now and get your membership for the rest of this year (which gives you a vote at the Annual Meeting scheduled for June 7) and your new membership will cover 2018-2019 as well. So you will be all set through June 30, 2019. Friends of Chatham will be involved in a number of important projects in coming year, and we will have some fun activities and Member Mingles. Please renew your membership and be part of the good work and fun.

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.

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

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