Calendar of Events

Ongoing

Preschool Palette Classes

Guided Woodland Hikes
Last Sunday of each month, 2 p.m.
Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont’s past. Please wear sturdy footwear. Meet outside the Visitor Center.

Public Programs

March 18- May 21
Belmont Portrayed: Through a Lens

A juried exhibition featuring photographs of the buildings, grounds and gardens of Belmont.  Awards determined by popular vote.    Included with museum admission. Press Release

 

April 9, 2-4 pm
Beeping Egg Hunt

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host its sixth annual Beeping Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 9 from 2-4 pm. This event provides an opportunity for visually impaired and blind children, along with their families, to participate in an audible egg hunt.  Families are asked to RSVP to 540 654-1851 or mdolby@umw.edu by Friday, April 7.  FLYER

April 23, 10 am-5 pm
Spring Open House

Enjoy the beauty of Belmont at the most delightful time of the year. Gather friends and family to take a tour of the historic house and the artist’s studio.  Wander the gardens and hike the woodland trails or find the perfect gift in the Museum Shop. Drop-in Preschool Palette classes will be offered from 11a.m. – 4p.m. The Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg will be offering a free, all-levels friendly 60-minute yoga class on the grounds at 1pm.   The Roots house will be open 12 noon until 3 pm during which time volunteer guides will give the public a rare view of the building and share its fascinating history. The Soft Serve Truck will be selling frozen treats from 10a.m. – 3p.m.   Free.

April 25, 10am – 5pm
Virginia Garden Week:  Fredericksburg

This walking tour is situated between Sunken Road, the eastern boundary of the University of Mary Washington on one hill, and Kenmore Avenue following the route of the old mill race that ran down the valley below Kenmore Plantation on the other side.  Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes, including Belmont.  Fredericksburg ticket holders will receive free museum admission on April 25.

May 7, 2 pm
Spring Garden Tour for Members

Cultural Resource Manager Beate Ankjaer-Jensen will conduct a private tour of the restored grounds and gardens for Friends of Belmont, including details about the buildings and the historic landscape discovered through her archival research. The outdoor walking tour will last about 1½ hours.  Free for members.  Space is limited, and reservations are required at 540 654-1839 or bjensen@umw.edu. To join the Friends, visit GariMelchers.org or call 540 654-1842.

May 11, 6-8 pm
Art after Hours

Music on the Lawn, featuring unique refreshments from local vendors and free gallery tours, welcomes visitors new and old.  Free. Beverage tickets and food purchases are extra. Reservations requested at 540 654-1848 or mpcsolya@umw.edu.

May 21, 2 pm
Spring Director’s Tour for Members

Friends of Belmont get a behind the scenes look at the historic house, studio and art collection with Director David Berreth.  Free for members.  Space is limited and reservations are required at 540 654-1840 or dberreth@umw.edu.  To join the Friends, visit GariMelchers.org or call 540 654-1842.

June 10- Sept. 4
Spotlight Exhibition:  Gari Melchers’ The Smithy

Loan courtesy of the Ross Family. Included with museum admission.

June 11, 2 pm
Faces that Linger in the Mind

Curator Joanna Catron uses The Smithy, which makes a special appearance as a summer spotlight exhibition, as the jumping off point for this illustrated presentation about the memorable faces painted by Gari Melchers. Free.