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The purpose of Friends of Chatham is to support the preservation of Chatham Manor including various outbuildings, dependencies, and the historic ground which surrounds it, through advocacy, financial support, and increased community involvement, while promoting public awareness and appreciation

of its historic legacies primarily by facilitating, sponsoring, and participating in fundraising events

relating to the foregoing purposes.

Your membership, donations, and involvement in FOC activities helps us help Chatham!

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Spring Gala and Art Auction
Sunday, April 28, 2024 ~ 1:00 to 4:30 PM
Belmont, Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Spring is here promising warm sunshine, cheerful flowers and optimistic moods. To recognize the hopefulness of the season and the creativity of our local artists, Friends of Chatham invites you to attend our Spring Gala and Art Auction.  This festive event will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM at Belmont, Gari Melchers Home and Studio, located at 224 Washington Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.    The event will be catered by Party Services by Dori, offering a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres as well as wines and a festive non-alcoholic punch. Feel free to sample the fare as you chat with friends and fellow Friends of Chatham supporters while viewing the art created at the Friends of Chatham Plein Air events held in October 2023 and February 2024, and donated separately by local artists.

The auction will feature over 20 pieces of art created by local artists using various materials and techniques,     a few of which are seen here.  There will be photographs, oils, watercolors, acrylics and mixed media works, all available for purchase by the highest bidder.  Your participation in the auction will demonstrate your support for the local art community and Friends of Chatham.

Tickets to attend the Spring Gala and Art Auction are $40.00 per person.  To make your reservation(s), please email Carol Hyland at

After you have made your reservation, please send your check to:

Friends of Chatham, PO Box 36,

 Fredericksburg, VA  22404. 

You can also pay for your ticket using PayPal below

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Credit cards and personal checks from the winning bidders will be accepted at the Art Auction.


The parking lots at Belmont are a distance from the building where the Art Auction will be held.  If anyone in your party has mobility issues, please advise us of that when you make your reservation. Thank you for your continued support of Chatham and Friends of Chatham.

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