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What’s not to like about November? The weather is comfortable, we get a four-day weekend, and it ushers in the food, family and friends season.

Downtown has that unique festive feeling that you just can’t get in a shopping center or mall. I’m sure part of the charm is just being outdoors. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken a stroll down the charming streets of downtown, you’ve got a treat in store.

This month, take advantage of Small Business Saturday and rediscover downtown Fredericksburg. In the pages of this issue, you’ll learn about the Main Street Initiative, which is responsible for making downtown a great place to live, work, play and shop. There’s also a fun piece about the economic impact of local businesses.

I love bringing out-of-towners to the ‘Burg. The stores and restaurants downtown offer such a wide variety of options that any and all members of your group will find something to admire and purchase. At the end of the day, you can enjoy a savory meal prepared by talented local chefs. Who knows? This may be the start of a new tradition.

Sheila Giscard is the Sales Director for Fredericksburg Parent & Family Magazine. She has lived in Stafford for 10 years and enjoys everything the greater Fredericksburg area has to offer.

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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.