Conveniently located between Richmond and Washington, D.C., the Fredericksburg region, consisting of Stafford County, Spotsylvania County and the city of Fredericksburg, offers outdoor enthusiasts a nearly-endless supply of activities year-round. Here are just a few of our favorites: ON THE WATERRappahannock RiverThe Rappahannock River in eastern Virginia is the country’s longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States. Enjoy the river on your own or discover a number of river outfitters in the area that offer kayaking, fishing and tubing trips.Lake AnnaAmong Virginia’s most popular lakes, Lake Anna offers 13,000 scenic acres of sailing, water-skiing and sport fishing. Boaters can launch boats at the lake’s marinas or take a rental for a spin. At Lake Anna State Park, guests can rent cabins, yurts and lodges for up to 16 people. The park boasts miles of pristine hiking and horseback riding trails. Widewater State ParkWidewater State Park, which just opened in the fall of 2018, offers two miles of shoreline along the Potomac River. The park features beaches, hiking trails, picnic shelters, a public boat launch and a visitor center. TAKE A HIKE Government IslandNow a natural park preserve and archaeological site, Government Island contains a trail and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history (the stone from the Quarry was used to build the White House and the U.S. Capitol). With a 1.5 mile trail, Government Island is an ideal location to observe aquatic and native plants, as well as birds and other wildlife.Crow’s Nest Natural Area PreserveThe topography of Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve is varied, with the high narrow ridgeline rising 160 feet above two tidally influenced creeks: Potomac and Accokeek. Crow’s Nest also includes a shoreline birding/nature trail to viewpoints of Accokeek Creek, and an ADA-accessible canoe/kayak launch facility for the Crow’s Nest Water Trail.BattlefieldsGeographically located halfway between the Union and Confederate capital cities, the Fredericksburg region is surrounded by Civil War battlefields and historic sites. The battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse all raged within a 20-mile radius. These battlefields are all protected by the National Park Service and offer a number of activities.GRAPES & GRAINSPotomac Point WineryPotomac Point Winery is a beautiful, Mediterranean-style winery. The estate includes a delicious bistro, tasting room, internal courtyard, pavilion and event room. Just one mile from the Potomac River, the location was selected because of its rich history, fertile soil and river influences.Smith Bowman DistilleryA staple of Spotsylvania, A. Smith Bowman Distillery balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits. The distillery offers a large venue to gather, as well as tours and tastings throughout the day.Spencer Devon BreweryA full-service brewery and restaurant in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, Spencer Devon focuses on providing exceptionally crafted beer and a quality dining experience using locally derived ingredients.Start planning your Fredericksburg area adventure at visitfred.com.
… offers Government of Guyana’s fullest support for developmentRECENTLY appointed Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr, yesterday began his week-long interaction and meetings with a number of sport associations and federations, not only to introduce himself but also to hear their needs and what should take priority by his Government.Cricket, basketball and football, the three most-played sports locally, met with Ramson at the National Racquet Centre on Woolford Avenue, where he noted that under his tenure as the Minister of Sport, they will all flourish, He highlighted the PPP/C’s Government interest in ensuring that the facilities are available.In his meeting with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), it was said that discussions sought to remedy the current difficulties and constraints faced by the Board in the execution of its mandate to advance the sport of cricket in Guyana resulting in a number of collaborative efforts being advanced.Ramson, known for his passion for basketball, met with president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Michael Singh and his executives, as well as president of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Jermaine Slater and his team.The basketball fraternity received Ramson’s fullest support as he reminded that he more than dabbled in the sport.Details regarding the meeting between the Minister and the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) were not known at this time.After taking his Oath of Office from Head of State, Dr Irfaan Ali, Ramson, speaking to the media, had called the approach to sports in Guyana “ad hoc”. Ramson is also hoping to use his far-reaching network to help transform the sport sector.“In order to create a sustainable sport development programme that is a sport economy as well, because sport is a business too, we need a system that is sustainable and that can only be done through organised stakeholders and people that are connected to the overall development trajectory of the country,” the Sport Minister said.Ramson was adamant that “sport is more than just hobbies and staying fit; it is far bigger than that. It is one of the largest sectors in the world and it could very well be transformational for the country as well, by being able to draw on our human capital and our talents as young people.”Having graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, Ramson, who is an Attorney-at-Law, was asked about being in a sector that is the totally opposite of his area of expertise.In response, the avid cricket and basketball fan explained “the President recognises that over 60% of the population of Guyana is below the age of 35. For the last five years, this country has had a lack of strong youth leadership and an absence of sport leadership.”“The President, as well as the party, also believes that all three areas require strong leadership. It requires us to get organised so that we could help to transform the country and also to unify the country, and it is a critical component of who we are as a people and part of the healing process,” Ramson reasoned.According to Ramson, “Most of you know that I have a very strong sports background even though I was doing Oil and Gas and was speaking regularly on Oil and Gas subjects, I have always been doing sports-related issues and sports-related programmes. ”The minister said as far as providing the young leadership in Guyana for which there is a strong voice, both the President and the party felt that he would better serve in the area of Culture, Youth and Sport.