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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Date Night Ideas 2016



Fall is in the air and so is romance… Maybe? Do you and your loved one need a little pick me up? Stuck in a rut? Don’t have time to even find a rut to get stuck into? Never fear! We’ve rounded up ten great ideas for date night in Fredericksburg. So call the babysitter, find something clean to wear, and get ready for some fun!


Top Ten Fall Date Night Ideas 2016


1)      Go on a Ghost Tour- Did you know that Fredericksburg is full of haunted places? This is the perfect time of year to book a ghost tour and check them out! It’s a date night you’ll never forget.


2)      Snuggle up to an outdoor movie- “Movies In The Park” is BACK! We’re so excited to announce that Hurkamp Park will be showing back-to-back Halloween movies, on Oct 22nd. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will be shown at 6:30 pm and Hotel Transylvania at 7:00! Grab a picnic dinner, a thermos of hot cider, your loved one, and enjoy.


3)      Pick up a hot beverage and check out the scarecrows- This year, downtown is hosting  “The Scarecrows Are Coming” contest from October 8 – 31st. Over 30 downtown businesses will be decorating scarecrows and window displays in hopes of winning a sweet trophy, a spot in Fred Parent Magazine, and $200. We can’t wait to see what creative, spooky, and hilarious scarecrows appear this year.


4)      Sweat – Go for a run together on one of Fredericksburg’s many trails or take a class together at a local gym. Nothing gets the blood pumping better than a good old fashioned workout!


5)      Enjoy a tasting- There are four craft breweries in Fredericksburg (Spencer Devon Brewing, Red Dragon Brewery, Adventure Brewing South, and Maltese Brewing). Stop in for a leisurely flight and enjoy each other’s company over a few local brews.


6)      Create somethingPonshop, Liberty Towne Arts, and When Pigs Fly all hold art classes and we’re not just talking about painting. You can take classes on blacksmithing, woodworking, pallet art, decorating skateboards, and more.


7)      Listen to local live music- There are several opportunities to enjoy live music here in Fredericksburg. Check out Fredericksburg Today’s website for weekly updates.


8)      Make it a date weekend- Go big or go home, right? Why not stay at one of The ‘Burg’s Bed and Breakfasts and be a tourist for the weekend? Date night shouldn't be limited to just one night.


9)     Peep some leaves - You know you wait all year for the leaves to change color. There's just something so nostalgic and downright magical about it. So go ahead and indulge yourselves. Drive up to Shenandoah National Park and take in the season in its full glory. 


10)   Stay home- You read that right. Sometimes the best dates are the ones where you drop the kids off with the sitter and chill out at home.



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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall FXBG 2016 Events We Love


*Agora Downtown Coffee Shop's scarecrow from Scarecrows Are Coming 2015


Isn't Fall amazing? Fresh crisp air, boots, pumpkin spice everything...There are so many fun things to look forward to. It was so hard to narrow this week's list down to just ten items! From outdoor movies to leaf peeping, we have a little bit of Fredericksburg -in -the -Fall for everyone! So let's grab a salted caramel mocha and a fluffy blanket, and snuggle into this week's Top Ten!


Top Ten Fall FXBG 2016 Events We Love


1.      2nd Annual "The Scarecrows Are Coming!"- We can't WAIT to see what the downtown shops come up with this year! Every one really hit it out of the park creatively, in 2015. It was so hard to choose a favorite! This year will be extra exciting since we have a few new businesses who may take part in the event. Check back on our Facebook Page and website, and Fredericksburg Downtown's Facebook Page for more details as they come.


2.      Treats On The Streets- 2015 was our first year co-hosting Treats On The Streets. We have to say... it was epic! This year we hope to help make it bigger, better, and as effortless as ever. That's what we're all really looking for as parents, right? Come out for an afternoon of trick-or-treating (11:00am - 2:00pm) October 29th, at participating stores downtown. There will also be several fall themed festivities and an activity packet, at Riverfront Park. More details will be coming!


3.      Movies in the Park- On October 22, The City of Fredericksburg Police Department will be showing "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" at 6:30pm, followed by "Hotel Transylvania," at 7:00pm, in Hurkamp Park. Grab a blanket and the family and enjoy!


4.      Hiking and looking at the fall foliage- There are so many great family friendly trails in and around Fredericksburg. Be sure to take the family out for a long walk or hike while the leaves are peaking.


5.      Pumpkin Picking- Belvedere Plantation, Snead's Asparagus Farm, Braehead Farm, Miller's Farm... There are so many pumpkin patches to choose from! Check out our guide for details!


6.      Via Colori®-  On Oct. 8th- 9th, come to downtown Fredericksburg and check out this colorful, fun event. Per their page, "Via Colori®, The Street Painting Festival, is a signature special event which raises funds for not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States. Via Colori® brings together artists, volunteers and businesses with non-profit agencies in a unique community project to raise money each year for important social causes. Via Colori® Fredericksburg will feature over 100 artists creating 3D and 2D images on Charlotte and Sophia Streets near the Riverfront Park in downtown Fredericksburg."


7.     Coker Family YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot- We can't think of a better way to start Thanksgiving than with a family run! Not a runner? Not a problem. This really is a fun, laid back race. You may even see someone running dressed up as a turkey! There is a 1 miler and half miler available for the kiddos and of course a 5k for the adults. Register here.


8.      Fredericksburg Farmers Market Harvest Festival- You all know how much we love the Farmers Market! The highlight of the Harvest Festival has to be the little pumpkin patch where the kids can pick a pumpkin and decorate it. Of course, there will be lots of great vendors too. Follow their Facebook Page for more info as it becomes available.


9.      Fall Menus- Delicious pies, hearty stews, and savory meals... We can't wait to see what our favorite downtown restaurants will be cooking up this season. Hello, date- night!


10.   Babies in sweaters- Okay. Soooo this isn't really Fredericksburg specific, BUT come on! How adorable are babies and toddlers in big wooly sweaters? You know you wait all year for it!


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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches poked her head into an exciting new program for teens interested in law enforcement.

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The long running Spotsylvania Sheriff’s cadet program has reorganized as a Boy Scout Explorer troop, said Sgt. Blackington, who took over the program in February 2017.