More than 1,300 visitors came to campus for UMW’s 40th Family Weekend in late September. They enjoyed such events as a chemistry magic show, the annual 5K run, guided campus tours about Civil War history, a cookout, and more.
A UMW family favorite was “Bingo in the ’Burg,” a game sponsored by UMW and the city of Fredericksburg to help families better get to know students’ second home. Moms, dads, and siblings visited downtown businesses, where they collected stickers to fill bingo cards. A win meant a 10 percent discount at participating stores.
UMW guests enjoyed the game, and it was rewarding to Fredericksburg business owners and officials to see so many students and their families downtown. “It was a synergy of efforts that makes sense on a lot of levels,” said Julie Perry, Visitor Center manager. “And frankly, it was just plain fun.”