FXBG Winter Activities to do from the comfort of your home
Even though the weather has turned chilly and social distancing measures are still in place, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the Fredericksburg region. Locals are offering what they do best virtually and to-go to keep you safe and entertained this winter.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm are offering a monthly blast from the last. Their Time Travelers Trunks allow families can explore history from the safety of their own homes. Each monthly box includes interactive seasonal items related to the sister museums.
Boxes are available for pickup or delivery at the beginning of each month. February’s Time Travelers Trunk is available for pre-order now. The museum group keeps the contents a secret until each is released, but they did mention this about the February box: George Washington’s childhood in the Washington House at Ferry Farm inspired the contents.
DISCOVER A NEW WORLD—IN A BOOK
If the subscription box idea interests you, downtown’s Riverby Books offers a regular adventure for book lovers and it is completely customizable. For $10 per week, the store’s knowledgeable staff will pick out personalized reads for you. Looking for kid’s books? Sci-fi? Literary fiction? Biography? They have it all. The store offers pick up at the store, local delivery or shipping to make its subscription club even more convenient. These reads will keep you cozy all winter long. Contact Riverby Books today to get started.
MAKE SOMETHING TOGETHER
Are your kids crafty? Local artists have projects and classes just for them—and you! Art Time For Kids has a downtown space for art classes, but during the pandemic they’ve made that experience virtual, too. Aimed at kindergarten through 5th grade-aged children, classes are pre-recorded and include drawing, painting, and papier mâché lessons. An 8-week session is $80 and they can provide a supply list or the bag of supplies itself.
Liberty Town Arts Workshop is also currently offering socially distanced classes, as well as “take-and-make” classes. They provide the material and the instructions. You make it. Current projects available include ceramics like a turtle-shaped mug or an octopus-themed chip and dip plate, a mini mural fence that lets creativity bloom, and paper quilling for the more advanced student. There is a project for each family.
FOR THE REFINED PALATE
Freedom Society opened last year to bring the tearoom experience across the pond to Fredericksburg. Now, they can bring that experience to your kitchen. Readily available is their exotic tea tasting, a selection of teas with tasting notes that can be picked up, delivered, or shipped.
The eatery will also take care of a virtual tea party for your group, from sending out the invitations to shipping the tea and scones, and setting up a video link. It’s a great option for those far from family, especially elderly relatives. Contact Freedom Society to find out more.
And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, they are offering a special Valentine’s to-go menu. No need to miss those reservations and fancy restaurants. Their perfect desserts and gifts are sure to impress.
LISTEN TO THE STORIES OF GREAT LIVES
The University of Mary Washington is one of the institutions that makes Fredericksburg so special. And this winter, their annual Great Lives lecture series is going virtual. Faculty experts from UMW will deliver talks on the lives of presidents James Monroe and George Washington, abolitionist and activist Sojourner Truth, Isaac Newton, Johnny Carson, Zora Neale Hurston and many others.
The entire series of 18 lectures will be pre-recorded and delivered electronically, through Zoom Webinars, with closed captioning available. And while the presentations will be taped in advance, there will still be a live question and answer session following the online debut of each talk. Visit this link to find out more.
There’s nothing like a piping hot pizza, fresh out of the oven, especially when it’s cold outside. Downtown restaurant Orofino has created pizza kits to-go, so you can enjoy their tasty pies while safe at home and doing an activity together. The kit includes dough, their house-made sauce, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and spicy sopressata. They can even do gluten free dough to cater to every taste. Order online for curbside pickup here.
SEND A POSTCARD
The Fredericksburg Visitor Center has a new “Paint the Town” postcard initiative to spread a little cheer this season. Postcards in three original designs celebrating the ‘Burg can be printed at home or requested from the center for you and your family to decorate.
Send them to a loved one or back to the Visitor’s Center at 706 Caroline St., where they will proudly display your artwork in the window. To be part of the online community around the event, share your work on social media with #fxbgcolor, #lovefxbg and #fxbgstrong. Find out more here.
EXPLORE VIRTUALLY, VISIT IN-PERSON
One of the best-known spots to visit in Fredericksburg is the National Battlefield, the site of the December 1865 Battle of Fredericksburg. For those avoiding tourism hotspots, or who simply don’t like the cold, the National Park service has a virtual 360° tour. The virtual tour has key locations—from downtown Fredericksburg to Prospect Hill—of some of the first urban combat battle sites in American history. View it is your browser or take the virtual tour using a virtual reality headset. And while you’re visiting virtually, plan your next in-person visit. The Fredericksburg Battlefield virtual tour can the found here.