MWR Auto Hobby Shop at Dahlgren


The MWR Auto Hobby Shop rents a various selection of equipment for your recreational needs. Available items include: camping equipment, water activities, sports equipment and party gear. If you need transportation around the base, they have bicycles for rent also. Equipment may be rented daily or for the weekend.

Daily Prices

  • Camping Chair-$2.00
  • Coolers- $5.00-$10.00
  • 2 Man Tent-$3.00
  • 4 Man Tent-$4.00
  • Air Mattress-$4.00
  • Camp Stove-$4.00
  • LED Lantern-$4.00
  • Volleyball Set-$10.00
  • Badminton Set-$4.00
  • Horseshoe Set- $4.00
  • Badminton Set-$4.00
  • Croquet Set- $5.00
  • Kayak- $15.00
  • Canoe- $15.00
  • Jon Boat- $15.00
  • Bike and Helmet-$5.00

You can also rent a trailer for the canoes and kayaks for a weekend of fun for $30.00/daily or $50.00 for a full weekend.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 1000-1700

Sunday, Monday, Holidays Closed

Stop by 1282 Golf Lane, Bldg 1828 Dahlgren, VA 22448 or call 540-653-4900 for more prices.




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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Central Virginia


What’s SUP? No, I’m not asking you about your current demeanor, but I, literally, want to know what SUP is. Well, according to Black Dog Paddle it’s Stand Up Paddleboarding–a combination of canoeing, kayaking and surfing–and not only is it fun, but it’s a pretty good workout, too.

Black Dog Paddle brings stand up paddle boarding to Fredericksburg and Central Virginia, where they welcome you to learn the basics, and then take an ECO-tour. An ECO-tour is just about paddling in nature! All essential gear is provided, SUP board, paddle, PFD, and leash.

They use certified ACA SUP instructors, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction, and lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance. If you decide to head to Black Dog, it is recommended to bring water, sunscreen, snack, towel and a change of clothes.

And if you’re really adventurous, you can give SUP Yoga a go! Good luck.



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Awareness and Fun Day at Sealston Complex in King George


Head over to Sealston Sports Complex in King George for a free, family-friendly Awareness and Fun Day for wounded warriors and active duty military on August 10 from noon – 4:00 p.m. The day will include music, speakers, entertainment, resource materials, games for the kids, raffles and door prizes. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the day.

A number of local organizations are teaming up to sponsor the event:

  • American Legion Post 8, Unit 89
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter
  • King George County Parks and Recreation
  • King George Chapter 1616, and the UDC Virginia’s Deer Hunters Association
  • Northern Neck Chapter

Volunteers are needed to help with this event, so if you’d like to get involved contact Janice Jones at 703-887-2878. If you haven’t been to Sealston Sports Complex yet, you’re missing out on a gem. It’s a 45 acre park adjoining Sealston Elementary School that currently consists of a 10 acre multipurpose field and four baseball/softball fields.

We hope to see you there!





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Back to School Savings with Tax Free Shopping Holidays


The first day of school for area students is right around the corner and the sate of Virginia knows it! According to the state site, Virginia’s back to school tax-free shopping period is the first full weekend of August (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) each year. Therefore, this year the holiday will take place August 2-4, 2013.

That’s a win for all the families with students around Dahlgren; but, what is considered eligible for the tax break? Well, purchases of qualifying school supplies $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear $100 or less per item are exempt from sales tax. Easy enough.

Remember, the Navy Exchange Stores offer Price Match Policy, so take a competitor’s fliers to your Exchange and they will match up to $100. You can save some money and add to the turn-around dollars our Exchanges give back to military communities each year.

Happy Back-to-School Shopping!




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Paragon Village 12: A NoVa Establishment of Fun

There is fun to be had near Dahlgren Military Housing; there’s plenty if you know where to look! Just a 45 minute drive from home is an establishment that houses fun well worth the drive called Paragon Village 12. It’s a movie theater, bowling alley and restaurant!

Do you need more in-depth information? Paragon Village 12 is a 70,000 sq. foot entertainment center in Fredericksburg, VA. The theater portion boasts 12 high-definition digital screens, three of which include Premier VIP seating for 21 and over, and serve cocktails and food. The luxury bowling facility has 16 lanes of bowling with Splitsville‘s signature gourmet restaurant.

  • Expanded Food Offerings
  • Restaurants and Bar/Lounges
  • Reserved and VIP Seating
  • Ancillary Entertainment, Including Bowling and Expanded Arcade
  • Superior Customer Service

This theater actually has the biggest screen in the area with state of the art digital technology and 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound! Ultimately, the best movie watching experience you can get in Virginia–the Pepsi Max Movie Experience!





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Don’t Miss the The Liberty Cup–The Super Bowl of Jet Skis


Colonial Beach, Virginia will be the place to be this weekend as jet skis and their people will take to the waters of the Potomac for an eventful 3 days! Labeled The Liberty Cup-UWP ISJBA Jet Ski Weekend, you won’t want to miss a minute of the thrashing fun–to say the least.

Along with all the on-water fun, there will also be plenty to do at Dockside Restaurant like eat and take in some live music. Full Steam Band takes the stage on Friday the 19th at 8:00 p.m. with Yoko Says No and Jerry Wimmer & Your Best Shot on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Check out a few of the scheduled events for the July 19-21 weekend:

Friday, July 19th

  • 10:30 Corporate Challenge races begin
  • 9-5 Arts & Crafts Vendors on the Boardwalk
  • Boyz Toyz Expo on Town Hill from 2-7pm

Saturday, July 20th

  • Jet Ski races from 9am-4pm
  • Boyz Toyz Expo on Town Hill 10-7pm
  • 9-5pm Arts & Crafts Vendors on the Boardwalk
  • The top two teams from Friday’s Corporate Challenge will compete again at some point in the day to determine the winner
  • Swimsuit Competition following the races at Dockside Restaurant

Sunday, July 21st

  • Races from 9-4pm
  • 9-5pm Arts & Crafts Vendors on the Boardwalk
  • Expo open 10-4pm
  • Awards ceremony at Dockside Restaurant following the races

Sounds like a great weekend, no!?



Be Sure to Visit King George Farmer’s Market this Summer!


There’s nothing like fresh fruits and veggies, but when you add other organically created goods, things get even better! And that’s why you have to make a trip to the King George Farmer’s Market this summer–because that’s what they’re all about.

America’s Favorite Farmers Market Winner (2010) is now open to growers from both King George and Westmoreland Counties. The Producers-Only market features fresh vegetables, fruits, berries, fish, breads and jams from the fields, forests and waters of our beautiful region. Join your neighbors for a fantastic new season, now until November.

Take note that the market is open every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – noon at King George Elementary School at the corner of Rt. 3 and Rt. 205. Aside from it being open every weekend, Community Days are held the first Saturday of the month through October.

Be sure to connect with others in the community on the King George Farmers Market Facebook page. Will we see you next Saturday?




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Open Gym Nights at Paragon in Fredericksburg


Summertime can be a bit daunting when you have kids; they’re always “bored” and/or “hungry,” right? You may have to find a way to allay them during the weekdays, but come weekends let Paragon and their 20,000 square foot facility take care of them!

Paragon Training Center hosts Open Gym Nights for children on Fridays and Saturdays (and Sunday afternoons) where they have free reign on just about all of the equipment. That includes trampolines, in-ground foam pits, the rock wall, balance beam, and bars.


  • Fridays from 7:30 – 10:00 pm ($15.00 per child)
  • Saturdays from 6:00 – 10:00 pm ($20 per child)
  • Sundays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm ($15 per child)


  • All ages welcome, but children ages 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Adults 23 and older may not go on any trampoline surfaces.

And they even have a Preschool Open Gym:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4pm
  • Children ages 3 & under, ages 2 & under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Specially designed Preschool Gym
  • Please call the gym to pre-register your child as space is limited to 10 children, registration begins Monday’s at 9:00am for that week’s open gym
  • The Preschool room will also be available during our regular Open Gym weekend hours

Paragon is located at 1410 Central Park Blvd. in Fredericksburg, and it’s well worth the drive!




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Don’t Miss Free Friday Flicks in King George County


There’s nothing better than relaxing in the park on a summer evening  with the family. Well, I’ll take that back; it could only get better if you’re relaxing and watching a movie in the park at the same time. And like I was just granted a wish from a genie, Free Friday Flicks is back for 2013!

The movie series is taking place at Sealston Park in King George County (just a 30 minute or so drive) on designated evenings starting at 8:00 p.m. The movie schedule is as follows:

  • June 21 – Princess Bride  (Rated PG) at Sealston Park
  • July 5 – Hop  (Rated PG) at Sealston Park
  • July 19 – Escape from Planet Earth  (Rated PG) at Sealston Park
  • August 2 – Lincoln  (Rated PG-13 Recommended for older audience)
  • August 16 – Oz the Great and Powerful  (Rated PG)

Be sure to bring your lawn chair and/or blanket so you’ll be as comfortable as possible. Keep in mind that no coolers, alcohol, tobacco, and pets will be allowed. In case of rain, movies will be shown at King George Middle School.

So, who’s going?




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Potomac River Festival “Hometown Heroes”



The 62nd Potomac River Festival is scheduled for the weekend of June 7 through 9, and is destined to be one of the best to ever take place. The weekend will be packed full of fun events that you won’t want to miss, including a Grand Feature Parade on Saturday at noon with Ravens Wide Receiver and Colonial Beach native Torrey Smith Grand Marshaling the parade.

This time honored festival in Colonial Beach will also include a Friday evening Fireman’s Parade and Fire Department sponsored Beauty Contest on Town Stage. Food and craft vendors will be present on Town Hill on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, plus live music on Town Stage. There will be radio broadcast coverage live Saturday morning from Town Hill, and be sure to stick around for a fireworks show starting around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.

On Sunday there is a scheduled Boat Parade commencing at the Town Municipal Pier followed by a Pet Parade on Town Stage. As you can see, there will be plenty to do and take in the entire weekend! Oh, and don’t forget about the carnival sponsored by the fire department held on the backside of Town Hill from June 5 to June 9!




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