Seniors enjoying drinks at a private bar

A jubilant summer at Jubilation

It’s going to be a glorious summer for residents of Jubilation by Silver Company, Fredericksburg’s luxury apartment retirement community. From dinner theater and concerts in town to events you can enjoy without leaving home, there’s an exciting array of activities for everyone.

Two favorites of Jubilation resident Patti Myers are Music on the Steps at the Rappahannock Central Library and Sounds of Summer at Market Square, offering a diverse lineup of free live music performances ranging from bluegrass to Beatles hits.

“What’s really great is that our wonderful activities director, Eric Brouman, and his assistant, Kelsey Pitman, bring picnic chairs to the event grounds and set them up, then come back to drive us to the concert,” Myers said. “So we’ve got reserved seating right when we arrive.”

In fact, this active lifestyle is exactly why she left another senior living residence and moved to Jubilation.


“I was looking for a community that offered more activities, and with so many interesting things going on in Fredericksburg, Jubilation was just perfect for me,” said Myers.

Retired teacher Martin Conroy is looking forward to an evening at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts to see the Broadway musical “42nd Street,” famous for such classic tunes as “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Lullaby of Broadway” and “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.”

“It’s one of my all-time favorite musicals,” he said. “It’s corny as all get-out, but I love the songs and choreography.”

One of the most popular events is First Friday Fredericksburg: Starry, Starry Nights, where, on the first Friday of every month, the historic downtown is transformed into a summer festival. Drink in hand, you can Sip & Stroll — or hop on and off the free trolley if you’d rather ride — and enjoy the musicians and street performers. Meet artists showing their work at the galleries and studios, grab a bite at one of the 21 restaurants, and browse 30 late-night shops. 


When you feel like staying home, there’s just as much to do at Jubilation, with scheduled activities almost every day of the month — 30 out of 31 days in July alone.

Conroy is looking forward to a live performance by the guitar duo Simple Chemistry, the always-popular trivia night and the Pool and Potluck Party, where he plans to bring his hamburger pie, his comfort food of choice that’s become a crowd favorite at Jubilation.

This full calendar of events is created by Brouman and Pitman — and, like Patti Myers, Conroy is full of praise for them.

“Eric and Kelsey do such a fabulous job. He was an activities director for major cruise lines, and he brings his expertise, his personality and his dynamic efforts here just as he would on one of those ships,” said Conroy. “He’s just incredible and we’re so fortunate to have him.”


Of course, summer isn’t summer without baseball, and right next door to Jubilation is Virginia Credit Union Stadium, home of the Fredericksburg Nationals, the minor league team of the Washington Nationals.

“That ballpark is within walking distance, even for an old guy like me,” said Conroy. “There’s a fireworks display after every game, and when I don’t go I can watch them from my window.”

For Conroy, this is one of the many reasons he’s happy to call Jubilation home. 

“I cannot see myself living anyplace else,” he said. “Coming here was like winning the lottery.” 


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