Newsletter of the Friends of Chatham

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From Fitzhugh to Faberge

Chatham Chatter

2nd Quarter 2017

Upcoming Events

Artisans, Art & History Day, April 8th
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm  at Chatham Manor
120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22405

The FoC in conjunction with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park are holding an Artisans, Art, and History Day at Chatham Manor in Stafford County on Saturday, April 8, 2017 for K through 12th grade students and their families.  To learn more, visit the our website at

Member Mingle, May 4th
11:30 am - 1:00 pm at Home Team Grill
Eagle Village Shopping Center, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Join us for an informal get-together and a Dutch-treat lunch.

Annual Membership Meeting, June 1st
5:30 pm at Chatham Manor
120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22405

President's Message

Spring has definitely arrived; the garden at Chatham is awash in color as all the blulbs so carefully planted last fall are blooming. It will be a beautiful backdrop for the Artisans, Art and History at Chatham event we are hosting with the Park Service on April 8th. Carolyn Van Der Jagt and Cathy Walker and their committee have been working on this event since last summer and have spent countless hours in preparation for the event. I hope that all of you will be able to come to Chatham that day and share in the festivities. As part of this event, the Fitzhugh Sampler is on display in the house.
Friends of Chatham is once again the recipient of a Duff McDuff, Jr. Grant through the Community Fund. This grant money will be used to repair the Pan Temple. Please stay tuned for more information about how you can help support this project. Many thanks to Patsy Thompson, Nancy Fahy and June Woditsch for preparing the grant application.
Continuing thanks go to Carol Hyland, the Garden Committee and all of the Wednesday volunteers who work to keep the gardens so beautifully maintained. The gardens draw many new visitors to Chatham each season. They are also working on some exciting new ideas for the garden which will be shared as the planning moves forward.
Our membership continues to grow for which we are grateful. The Membership Committee recently had a table at the Women’s Forum. It was good exposure for the Friends. Thank you Beth Daly and Anne Underwood for helping Carol Hyland that day. Also thank you to Carol Hyland, Nancy Fahy and June Woditsch for the beautiful display board we now have that visually shows what Friends of Chatham has accomplished in recent time.
In the coming months, there will be many opportunities to volunteer for upcoming events. Patsy Thompson is working on a major fundraising event for the fall and is forming a committee to get that event organized. Our Annual Meeting will be held in June and we will be looking for volunteers to serve on the nominating committee for the 2018-20 election of officers.
Thank you for your continued support of the Friends of Chatham.

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.

Gardener Scott Blake
Friends of Chatham
Appreciation Event

On February 10th, approximately 65 people enjoyed refreshments and fellowship as they joined Friends of Chatham at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for a reception to honor its members, donors, supporters, and volunteers.

Friends of Chatham President, Sharon Adinolfi welcomed those in attendance and spoke briefly of some of the Friend’s accomplishments over the past few years. Superintendent Kirsten Talken-Spaulding from the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park was on hand to thank the Friends for all their great work at Chatham and to share some of her thoughts on the future of Chatham. Chief Historian John Hennessy delivered a presentation on the Cultural Landscape Report and shared a few new facts learned about Chatham from that report.

Carol Hyland, Membership and Garden Committee Chair, presented appreciation gifts to donors to the Liz Thompson Memorial Fund for Chatham Gardens and Grounds. She also recognized some of the faithful volunteers who work regularly helping to weed and maintain Chatham’s amazing gardens. Even our former gardener, Leslie Bird, was in attendance to visit with old friends and receive recognition for her invaluable contributions to the grounds and gardens of Chatham.

Nancy Fahy, our Project Director and the moving force behind the highly successful Window & Door Repair Project, handed out before and after pictures to donors who adopted windows and doors as part of the Adopt-a-Window campaign and small photos of Chatham to other donors.

Friends of Chatham appreciates all its donors, volunteers, and members who have made the organization an outstanding success.
Leslie Bird, our former gardener, with Carol Hyland, Membership and Garden Committee Chair.
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
From the Garden

Spring has arrived in the gardens at Chatham Manor. Friends of Chatham Gardener Scott Blake began working in the gardens March 1st, and he will be with us for the entire garden season this year. The first day of work in the gardens saw daffodils in bloom and warm Spring weather, a hopeful omen for the start of the 2017 garden year.

Again this year, volunteers will be working in the garden on Wednesday mornings. We start our work at about 8:00 each Wednesday and continue through the morning. There are no set hours- each volunteer comes and goes according to what best suits them. There are also no knowledge or experience requirements to volunteer in the garden. Scott is there to give direction and answer questions and the volunteers assist one another.

The volunteers who work regularly in the garden find it a pleasant and rewarding experience. They enjoy the camaraderie with other volunteers and feel a sense of accomplishment from helping maintain a beautiful and historic garden. We would love to have more volunteers working with us on Wednesdays. If you would be willing to help, contact Carol Hyland,, or by phone at 703-801-1675.


Fredericksburg Women's Forum

For the first time, Friends of Chatham had a presence at the Fredericksburg Women’s Forum this year. Hosting a table display at the event held on March 18th, volunteers included Anne Underwood, Betty Oppel, Beth Daly and Carol Hyland. We had the opportunity to greet many Forum participants and acquaint them with the mission and activities of the Friends of Chatham. Our display included membership and fund raising material as well as information about our activities. We held a drawing for a lovely basket of goodies which got much interest from table visitors. We hope that some of the folks who visited with us at the Forum will accept our invitation to become members of Friends of Chatham.

Anne Underwood at the Friends table at the Fredericksburg Women's Forum.
From the Membership Committee

The Membership Committee wants to remind members that the FoC membership year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Our Annual Meeting is held each year in June, and a new membership year begins the following month. This, of course, causes some confusion because the membership year does not coincide with the calendar year. If you are unsure whether your membership is active for this year, please email us at and we will check your records and get back to you.

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