By ELIZABETH DEVINE
Although downtown Fredericksburg is steeped in history, it is constantly experiencing change. Strolling down Caroline Street, it’s hard not to notice all the updated storefronts and new businesses. If you’re new to Mary Washington, or are just looking for a fun day with your friends, get off campus and check out what’s new downtown.
By ELIZABETH DEVINE
On the first Friday of every month, the streets of downtown Fredericksburg bustle with art lovers of all ages. Eleven unique art galleries display new exhibits from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday evenings. Visitors can take advantage of free parking in multiple locations or ride the trolley from gallery to gallery for free.
By GARY KNOWLES
The UMW Office of the President released a message stating that a Campus Parking Task Force will be forming in response to student concerns over the new parking policies which will take effect soon. According to many students, the most controversial change for the UMW area is that the city hopes to charge for 2-hour parking and install parking meters along the campus side of College Avenue.
The city of Fredericksburg is making new changes to the Parking Action Plan because of the existing challenges for locals parking downtown. These changes include a two-hour restriction for cars parked along the 500 to 600 blocks of William Street. This policy will replace the old unlimited parking limit to hopefully allow for more free spaces throughout the day.
By ANDREW ARENAS
In a wonderful culmination of reading and literature, the city of Fredericksburg held its very first Independent Book Festival at Riverfront Park this past Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Writers from a broad range of genres were there to discuss their works with others, including editors, friends and readers. The goal of the event was to bring together the community of Fredericksburg and authors of the written word.
By JOSEPH YEAGER
The smell of coffee. New York style pizza slices. A cozy restaurant in the back of an alley. Downtown Fredericksburg offers a wide variety of places to eat if you are hungry and looking to try something other than the University Center or restaurants in Eagle Village.
By CRISA YOUNG
With the holiday season in full force, the biggest franchises lead the way with extravagant sales and unbeatable deals. Shoppers flock to these opportunities with the intent to finish their holiday shopping in the quickest and cheapest way possible. But are they really aware of what they are paying for?
By ANDREW PETTERSON
Whether students have lived in Fredericksburg for 10 months or 10 years, downtown, or down Route 17, their lives have undoubtedly been impacted by the unrelenting expansion of the commercial and residential areas of the city.
By GRANT RAYCROFT
As the leaves turn red and the days grow cold, a cozy little place off the brick walk of old-town Fredericksburg is where one can get safe inside from the chill.
By ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP
University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Club hosted its annual ghost walk throughout downtown Fredericksburg. The student- run event took place at the James Monroe Museum.
By NICOLE LINDELL
Capital Ale House’s Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, originally scheduled for Oct. 3, was recently rescheduled to Oct. 24 due to the threat of Hurricane Joaquin.
By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH
“These doughnuts must be something,” I thought, as I arrived at Sugar Shack, the new doughnut shop that opened on William Street on Sept. 4, to find that the parking lot at the front of the building full along with the three or four blocks adjacent to the building.
By JONATHAN POLSON
Any student at the University of Mary Washington knows that Fredericksburg has a number of exciting and appetizing offerings when it comes to local restaurants. However, students also know that going out to eat is not always …
By COURTLAND LYLE
There’s something undeniably eerie – and yet so intriguing – about the night. The enveloping darkness that blinds one’s vision, the inability to pinpoint a strange noise, and yet the mystery of what’s out there – all of it gives even the bravest of us the chills. Combine these emotions of mystery, awe and even some fear with the unexplainable idea of ghosts, and you have a recipe for a fright-filled night.
Going downtown to Capital Ale House’s annual Oktoberfest should be something every University of Mary Washington student does at least once before they graduate.
By CHELSEA FULLER
The front window is filled with TV’s, the girl at the cash register has blue and pink hair and the floor is covered in comic books.As strange as the description might sound, these are the sights that …
By FAYE HAYMOND
Most people know that downtown Fredericksburg contains three primary sellers of used books: Riverby, The Griffin, and Read All Over. However, not everyone knows the ins and outs of these places and the unique niche each …
By JULIA HOLMES
The property at 409 William St. has been a revolving door for new restaurants the past few years, but on Jan. 17 the American eatery Longstreet’s opened for business, and manager Dave Hanlon doesn’t plan on leaving …
By Landon James Fredericksburg is full of young talent, but these musicians didn’t become a fixture in the growing downtown music community until Fredericksburg All Ages (FAA) formed in 2006. For those under 21, finding a place that isn’t …