Newcomers to the Lake Anna area often say, "Well, we love the lake and surrounding area and would really love to live here, but we're used to being involved in different activities. What is there to do here besides boating and fishing?"
The answer is, plenty!
At last count there were more than 230 organizations and clubs in the Lake Anna/Fredericksburg area ranging from historical, cultural, fraternal and political to sky diving and quilting.
There is a club or organization for just about everyone's taste.
Does protection of property values, boating safety, emergency services or pollution control interest you? Then the Lake Anna Civic Association is a good place to start.
The Association is a non-stock, not-for-profit organization. Membership is open to all Lake Anna area property owners, businesses and organizations. A quarterly newsletter communicates happenings around the lake to the membership. In the past year the Association has contributed to the safety of the lake by paying for hazard buoys to be placed in the lake. The Association also provides input to Federal State and County governments, and to Virginia Power to provide sound management of Lake Anna.
Is gardening your cup of tea? There are a number of gardening clubs in the area. The closest ones are the Lake Anna Garden Group and the Lake Anna Federated Garden Club.
The LA Garden Group's membership averages 35 and is diverse in terms of gardening experience. Their events and meetings are usually planned for Monday evenings or Saturday mornings, depending on the time of the year. There is something for everyone with an interest in learning or sharing garden knowledge. Some of the activities enjoyed during the year are: plant swaps, house and garden tours, visits to local nurseries and landscape design. Speakers provide information on a wide range of topics including dried flower arranging, installing ponds and waterfalls, nature photography, and information on the Master Gardeners program.
The Federated Garden Club of Lake Anna has only been in existence for two years. They are a member of the Federated Garden Club of America and of Virginia in the Piedmont District. They have more than 20 members who meet the second Thursday of each month. In addition to learning about gardening., they also provide bulbs and seeds to the Virginia Highway Department to beautify the State's highways. They also support a scholarship fund for a post-5th grade nature camp located near Skyline Drive.
For the adventurous, Skydive Orange, might be what you're looking for. The Club is a United States Parachute Association Affiliated Center and has been in existence since the late 1970's. About 10,000 freefall parachute jumps are made annually and the number of skydives has been growing steadily. The only restrictions are in age and weight. Anyone over the age of 18 and less than 240 lbs may jump. "The only restriction for senior's would be that they be in reasonably good physical condition," said Ned Wulin of the Skydive club.
Many organizations in the area are looking for volunteers. Local Fire and Rescue squads are always in need of drivers and emergency medical technicians. Here again the only age restriction is a minimum age of 18.Volunteers need only to be physically capable of handling their duties and fulfilling the needed hours per month. "There is a Statewide 800 number that acts as a referral agency," said Bill Welsh of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Rescue Squad. " They will refer you to the nearest squad based on where you live," he said.
Historical organizations, including the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation and the Fredericksburg Area Museum, together with the National Battlefield Visitor Centers, also need volunteers.
"It's a great way to learn the history of the area and to meet people from all over the world," said Nancy Guerin, a volunteer at the Museum. "We only ask volunteers to donate three and a half hours a week," she said.
For more than forty years, the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation has purchased, stabilized and restored many of the historic buildings that are an integral part of the areas history. In addition to physical preservation, the Foundation also plays an active advocacy role in preservation issues. Each year the Foundation sponsors several festivities.
In order to maintain the community's link to the past they protect more than 36 historic properties, allocate 15 percent of the net proceeds from their annual Christmas Candlelight Tour and provide technical assistance for the restoration and maintenance of historic properties. They educate members and the community by: Recognition of historic properties through the historic Marker Program, feature speakers as monthly member forums,. interpret the area's culture and history for local citizens and visitors, and publish an annual Journal of Local History.
The Spotsylvania Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is another example of the diversity of Associations in the area.. Members meet the third Saturday of each month, September to June. They are an educational, historical and patriotic association. They are presently active in restoring the obelisk of James and Dolly Madison. They also support a number of historical homes in the area.
The organizations mentioned are but a sampling of clubs and associations waiting to be discovered by new residents. Whether you are a retired executive, Scottish, or bulldog fancier, you are sure to find a club that will meet your needs. A full listing of clubs is printed in the Free Lance Star's "Guide to Living for 1999-2000."Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87
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