FROM STAFF REPORTS

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. will recognize community leaders for their preservation efforts during its annual meeting at 2 p.m. today Sunday at the historic Renwick building on Princess Anne Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

“Recognizing these leaders shows that preservation is a community effort,” said HFFI Director of Operations Sandra Erickson in a news release. “They have all used their time and talents to make a difference and we are very fortunate to have their influence on our city.”

HFFI will present the E. Boyd Graves Preservation Award to the University of Mary Washington for rehabilitating its amphitheater and to Janet Edson, for her maintenance and care of the house at 312 William St.

Red Dragon Brewery and Gladys H. Oberle School will receive Preservation Spark Awards. These are presented to businesses that have created a ripple effort of economic vitality in the community by adaptive reuse of their historic building.

The Special Recognition Award will be given to Matthew Kelly for his advocacy of historic preservation. The Dr. Edward D. Alvey, Jr. Education Award will be presented to Meredith Beckett for educating the community on preservation through involvement in the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, College Heights Neighborhood Association and her recently established charitable fund.

William Beck will receive the President’s Exceptional Service Award for his commitment to public service and preservation advocacy.

One of HFFI’s accomplishments last year was the publishing of “Homes for the Holidays: Historic Fredericksburg’s Candlelight Tradition.” Authors Linda Billard, Nancy Moore and Emily Taggart Schricker will receive Special Recognition Award for their efforts. These HFFI volunteers, along with Elizabeth Daly, who is involved in many community organizations, will receive the Lillian D. Reed Volunteer Award.

HFFI’s next event will be Coffee for Conservation on March 24. It will include an interactive lecture on the 600 block of Caroline Street, and attendees will enjoy coffee and pastries from Katora Coffee.

The event will then move to the basement of the building, where there will be a presentation on Elkin’s Funeral Home and funeral practices of the mid-20th century. The event will conclude at Handsome Hound Pet Grooming, where attendees will about pet adoption.

Reservations can be made at hffi.org/events.

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