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I remember when Fred was dead! As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia (which had just started to admit women), on most weekends I would have to "roll" to area women's colleges. Mary Washington College was my favorite to travel to.
There wasn't much to do here, and down-town was deserted. I have fond memories of going to the river.
Twenty-five years later, my employment brought me to the Fredericksburg area. I have been here now more than 15 years and have seen remarkable change. There is a lot to do here, and I have friends come from many areas to enjoy what we have to offer.
I believe Mayor Tom Tomzak showed the wisdom of Solomon in reaching an amiable solution to some shop owners' concerns. The Capital Ale House has been very accommodating in making changes to ensure that all of the downtown area enjoys success with Oktoberfest.
I have admired what the Blue & Grey Brewery does for our community. It sponsors a family-oriented St. Patrick's Day Parade, the proceeds of which support local volunteer emergency squads. It, too, will have an Oktoberfest event, on Sept. 21.
With my interest in my Scottish heritage,
The restaurant's general manager, Jim Simmons, has showed great interest in working with the community. He has hosted several events for our local Scottish Society and for the kilt-wearing locals belonging to the Internet forum X Marks the Scot.
More importantly, I've seen Park Lane's assistance in fundraisers for those in need. It, too, will have an Oktoberfest, at Spotsylvania Towne Centre on Oct. 6., Fredericksburg region. King Ludwig would be proud.
"Dead Fred" is dead, and it is now truly "All Ahead Fred"!
Ernest Malcolm Jr.