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The Blue & Gray Press | November 15, 2018

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UMW student opens pop-up LGBTQ+ bookstore downtown

October 25, 2018 |

Staff Writer
Downtown Fredericksburg now has an LGBTQ+ pop-up bookstore, thanks to UMW senior and classics major, Andy Unger.Read More

Historic Preservation Club presents 34th annual Ghostwalk

October 18, 2018 |

Staff Writer
The thirty-fourth annual UMW Ghostwalk is upon us.Read More

Students for Leadership and Social Justice group call for change to downtown slave post plaque

April 26, 2018 |


Staff Writer

On Apr. 11, UMW students attended a forum about the slave post located in Downtown Fredericksburg.Read More

Is Downtown Fredericksburg safe?

April 11, 2018 |


Staff Writer
Some students love heading downtown and will make the walk every day, but some students have concerns that need to be discussed.Read More

Shops and entertainment debut in downtown Fredericksburg

February 8, 2018 |


Staff Writer

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.Read More

First Fridays in Fredericksburg, a haven for art lovers

October 12, 2017 |


Contributing Writer

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.Read More

Students living off campus express concern over Fredericksburg Parking Plan

September 21, 2017 |


Staff Writer

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.Read More

Parking Action Plan introduces new policies

September 14, 2017 |


Staff Writer

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.Read More

Fredericksburg hosts first independent book festival for upcoming writers

September 29, 2016 |


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.

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Downtown offers students affordable dining options

April 14, 2016 |


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.Read More

Think ‘fair trade’ for this holiday shopping season

December 3, 2015 |


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? Read More

Fredericksburg’s boom in business could affect UMW students

December 3, 2015 |


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.
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Agora Downtown gives coffee lovers a new perspective

November 19, 2015 |


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.Read More

Ghost Walk of historic Fredericksburg spooks students

October 27, 2015 |


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.Read More

Capital Ale House reopens, reschedules Oktoberfest for Homecoming Weekend

October 7, 2015 |


Capital Ale House’s Fredericksburg Oktoberfest, originally scheduled for Oct. 3, was recently rescheduled to Oct. 24 due to the threat of Hurricane Joaquin.Read More

Sugar Shack receives warm welcome in downtown Fredericksburg

September 10, 2015 |


“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.Read More

The best deals downtown for Restaurant Week

January 21, 2015 |


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 … Read More

Historic Preservation Club brings 30th annual Ghost Walk to downtown

October 29, 2014 |


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.Read More

Big Pretzels, Bavarian Dancers, Beer at Oktoberfest

October 3, 2012 |

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.Read More

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Gets New Location

September 20, 2012 |


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 … Read More

Local Bookstores Worth a Look

September 5, 2012 |


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 … Read More

New face moves into familiar space

January 26, 2011 |


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 … Read More

Local organization showcases young talent

January 19, 2011 |

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 … Read More

Annual ghost walk begins

October 28, 2009 |

On Oct. 23 and 24 the University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Club hosted its 25th annual Ghost Walk in downtown Fredericksburg.

From 6 p.m. to 10p.m. on Friday and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, tour groups … Read More