Fall 2016 Interim Report



Colonial Beach Foundation 10th Anniversary Gala

The Tenth Anniversary recognition of the incorporation of the Colonial Beach Foundation was held in the newly renovated Community Center at 717 Marshall Avenue on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Foundation President, Peter Fahrney greeted the 45 guests and acknowledged the contributions of the "Friends of the Foundation". He noted that without such community support, the mission of the Foundation to "improve the quality of life for the citizens of Colonial Beach" would not be possible. At a previous gathering, he reported that the Foundation has contributed approximately $100,000 toward worthwhile projects in the community such as sending children to the 4H camp and providing "seed" money for the Community Garden and the River Walk.

A round of applause was given to the party planner and coordinator, Roberta Kulina, and for the catering chef, "Bill" Hall. Artwork on the walls was supplied by various artists of the Colonial Beach Artists' Guild. Mr. Bill Bowman, owner of the BoatHouse Marina, supplied all of the boating memorabilia and nautical decorations.

All "Friends" guests enjoyed the celebration.

LOVEwork Sign Unveiling
took place on September 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Hawthorn St. and Beach Terrace. This project had been in the works since mid-December 2014 and the sculpture was finally unveiled the weekend of the annual Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival. Abput 150 people were in attendance for the event. Video clips of the ceremony can be viewed here.

Colonial Beach Garden Association Officially Started


At the Annual Meeting of the Colonial Beach Historical Society, Mr. Bob Busick made a presentation of the plans for a community garden in Colonial Beach. Mr. Busick is a landscape architect and is the owner-president of Bay Haven Landscaping. The concept of a “community garden” is one of planning, planting and growing a variety of vegetables and flowers which would be shared in the community and with the Food Pantry. An interested and dedicated core of gardeners has formulated plans to begin the garden for the coming year. The Community Garden Association is searching for a proper location to put Mr. Busick’s plans into action.


Individuals who are interested in gardening and giving something to the community should contact Mr. Busick at bob@bayhavenlandscapes.com


The Historical Society will provide the new Garden Association with the necessary legal framework to get the organization organized. Dr. Peter Fahrney, President of the Colonial Beach Foundation, presented Mr. Arthur Buswell, President of the Historical Society, with a check to provide “seed money” for the new Garden Association.



Colonial Beach Garden

Art Buswell, Peter Fahrney, Bob Busick


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Recap

Here's a report on the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater show which took place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Wilkerson's Seafood Restaurant.


Second Annual Town Trolley Tasting Tour A Big Success


School Fire The Colonial Beach Foundation is deeply saddened by the loss, in a terrible fire, of the iconic old Colonial Beach School building on January 5, 2014. The building was over 100 years old and served as the platform for the education of many generations of Colonial Beach children. Many of those former students remain as citizens of our town.

To lessen the blow the CB Foundation is soliciting donations to be specifically used for grants to recover some of the school resources lost in the fire. Please click on the donate icon to make a direct donation or send to the Colonial Beach Foundation at PO Box 375, Colonial Beach, VA 22443


The Colonial Beach Foundation provided a grant to the Colonial Beach Yacht Center and Colonial Beach Historical Society coalition, a part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's effort to clean the tidal waterways of the Chesapeake Bay.  The grant was used to print Tee shirts worn by the volunteers emblazoned with, "Save the Bay!"  Many tons of trash were removed from the waters of the Potomac River and Monroe Bay by 75-100 volunteers who worked on June 2, 2012 to make the beach and bay a safer and more pleasant place for citizens and visitors to Colonial Beach.


Pictured are Mitzi Saffos of the Colonial Beach Historical Society and Peter Fahrney, M.D. of the Colonial Beach Foundation




Peter Fahrney, M.D., President of the Colonial Beach Foundation receives a donation from Ms. Linda Werring, Charities Committee Chairperson and Ms. Miki Cobb, President of the Dahlgren Officers Spouses Club.

Hug-A-Bear Project

Colonial Beach Foundation awards the CBVRS a grant of $2,500 for the Hug-A-Bear Project. Sometimes in times of tragedy or emergency small children become confused or frightened and do not comprehend what is happening. At such times a small stuffed teddy bear for them to hold gives relief and a sense of security. Each of the participants in this program have a stock of teddy bears for such occasions, in different colors denoting the organization which has given them. The participants in this program are the CBVRS, CBVFD, CBPD, clergy of the churches of CB and the Nash & Slaw Funeral home.