Culpeper in Brief

Culpeper in Brief

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Food Closet shares needs

Food Closet “Needs of the Week”: Rice and pasta side dishes, hand soap, saltine crackers, beef stew. Stats not available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 115 N. East Street, Culpeper, VA 22701. Phone: 540-825-1177.

Culpeper County Parks & Recreation

Spring activities are open for registration. Activities include: Horseback riding lessons for Adults & Pony riding lessons for ages 4-6 years; Dog Obedience, Quilting, Basketball for Men 20+years, Intermediate Guitar, Art classes for kids, Co-ed Field Hockey, Zumba, Tai Chi, and many more. For details and to register visit or call 540-727-3412.

Individual Job Coaching with Brenda Curlee

Bring your resume for a free, personal assessment. Brenda Curlee, “the job Coach”, continues to offer individual consultations, providing advice and assistance with resumes, interviewing, and networking skills. Currently scheduled dates and times of availability during April are: Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Registration is required. Call the Library at 540-825-8691 to make an appointment. Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Culpeper Astronomy Club

Amateur astronomer Myron Wasiuta will be leading fellow night sky watchers at the Monday, April 28 meeting of the Culpeper Astronomy Club in a discussion of the spring constellations Bootes Coma Berencies and Canes Venatici. There will also be a “show and tell” for the total lunar eclipse from April 15. The first part of the meeting will be held inside the library from 7 to 8 p.m. At 8 p.m., the club will then move outside to the front of the Library where there will be a telescope to observe the night sky, weather permitting. All ages are welcome, children, teens and adults. For more information call the Library at 540-825-8691.

Commemorative Heritage Weekend in Spotsylvania County

From May 1-4, Civil War history will come alive in Spotsylvania County during the Commemorative Heritage Weekend acknowledging the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse. All the details, plus online registration of reenactors and visitors, can be readily accessed via You can also purchase your tickets there.

For additional county information go to: or contact Kathy Smith, Public Information Officer at or 540-507-7005 or 540-455-8988.

FoWB to Host Events & Programs May 2 – May 4

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) in collaboration with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (FRSP) and in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness will offer Programs and Events beginning on Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4.

In early spring of 1864 while headquartered in Culpeper, VA, General U.S. Grant, USA devised an historic plan to end the American Civil War; it became known as the Overland Campaign. Though it would take the better part of a year and the massing of casualties in the hundreds of thousands to reach its goal, it would begin with the horrific two-day battle at the Wilderness on May 5 and 6 of 1864.

With casualties reaching nearly 30,000 during the two days of fighting, it it our duty and responsibility to keep their stories alive. “It is not so much a need to relive the past as it is an obligation to honor our ancestors be they military or civilian, black or white, Confederate or Union. At the very least, we owe them that,” said Zann Nelson, President of Friends of Wilderness Battlefield.

Beginning on Saturday, April 26 and running through August 17, Ellwood Manor will be open seven (7) days a week from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. After August 17th, Ellwood house hours of operation will resume its Sat., Sunday and holiday schedule through October.

There is never a fee to enter Ellwood or participate in any of the events offered on the grounds, though donations are always welcomed. For more information visit

The Blue Ridge Chorale & Youth Chorale Present “Music from the Movies”

Are you nostalgic for your favorite movie tunes? Hear them live again. The Blue Ridge Chorale and Youth Chorale will perform Songs of the Movies on the weekend of May 2-4. The program will include those favorite tunes from many movies, and a few that will surprise you. The first performance will be on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Prince Michel Vineyards & Winery, 154 Winery Lane, Leon, VA 22725. This is an “evening out” event, with hors d’oeuvres and beverages included, and wine available for purchase as well. Tickets ($12) must be purchased in advance of the concert, as seating is limited. Visit our website, or call 540-717-9023 to order tickets.

The second performance will be Sunday, May 4 at the newly refurbished State Theatre, 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper, VA 22701 at 3 p.m. Tickets ($12) can be purchased in advance through the Theatre box office or at the door.

St. Luke’s School Spring Children’s Consignment Sale

St. Luke’s School Spring Children’s Consignment Sale will be open to the public on Friday, May 2 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The sale will be held in the gymnasium (entrance behind the school) located at 1211 East Grandview Avenue, Culpeper, VA 22701. Questions call 540-825-8890 ext. 56 or email

CLC – New Tutor Training Workshop

The Culpeper Literacy Council will be having a “New Tutor Training Workshop” on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. No teaching experience needed, just a desire to help others. No cost for the workshop and lunch is provided free. Culpeper Literacy Council, 415 Main Street, Suite 204, Culpeper, VA 22701. Call to register for the workshop 540-825-5804.

Save May 6 for RappFLOW

On May 6, RappFLOW will join hundreds of nonprofit groups nationwide for a day of local giving. The national Give Local celebrates the 100th anniversary of community foundations. The local Give Local Piedmont is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. You can make a tax-deductible gift to RappFLOW by going to on May 6 to make your secure donation.


Join us for “Tip-A-Cop” on Thursday, May 8 from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Come out and support Special Olympics.

Local law enforcement officers will be your “celebrity waiters” and will explain how your extra tips will benefit Special Olympics! Come and meet former Redskin MIKE NELMS.

Glory Days Grill, 15295 Montanus Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701. For more information call 540-829-7133 or go to the website

Mount Vernon Trip

Start off your spring with a trip to historical Mount Vernon Estate on Thursday, May 8. The cost is $45.00 for adults, $35.00 for children. Price includes transportation and admission to Mount Vernon. Lunch will be on your own. Mount Vernon has a restaurant and food court. Please make checks payable to Madison County Republican Women, and mail to Ginny Pegelow, P.O. Box 314, Madison, VA 22727. Money must be received by April 15th. No refunds after that date. To reserve a seat, call Ginny Pegelow, 540-923-4085, or Mary Anne Walthall, 540-547-2156.

Verdun Adventure Bound Wounded Warriors Challenge & Family Day

On Saturday, May 10, Verdun Adventure Bound (VAB) will kick-off its first annual Wounded Warriors Challenge and Family Day. The benefit marks the beginning of the new VAB Wounded Warrior Family Program in partnership with Operation First Response, Inc., a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to assisting Disabled Veterans and their families. The Wounded Warriors Challenge and Family Day is a community event, free of charge to all non-competing guests and their families to enjoy the day.

The Wounded Warriors Challenge encourages all individuals and teams to pre-register by April 15, to ensure each competitor receives a race packet of a VAB Wounded Warriors Challenge T-Shirt and bag of goodies. Each competitor is required to pay a $25 registration fee. Day of the race registration is available for individuals and teams without guarantee of a completed race packet.

Verdun Adventure Bound is “Calling all Chili Chefs” to register for the Chili Cook-Off.

For more information contact Honore Hastings , Verdun Adventure Bound at 540-937-4920 or or Peggy Baker, Operation First Response, Inc. at 1-888-289-0280 or

Jefferson Ruritan Craft & Yard Sale

Indoor or outdoor craft / yard sale spaces are available for the Jefferson Ruritan Club Craft & Yard Sale on Saturday, May 24. It will begin at 8 a.m. At the Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Road, Jeffersonton, VA 22724. Call 540-349-2310 for info or go to The Jefferson Ruritan Club is a local community service organization.

First Annual Paws, Hearts & Souls Fundraiser

Fight for Freedom’s first annual Paws, Hearts & Souls Fundraiser will be raising money for military veterans and their service dogs with fun and festivities for everyone. There will be speakers, demonstrations, contests, vendors, raffles, horseback riding and more. Everyone is welcome to attend including your canine companions. Join us as we raise awareness for military veterans and their service dogs in honor of PTSD Awareness Day.

Ticket prices are as follows: adult tickets $20, children tickets $15, veteran tickets $10.

Saturday, June 28 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, June 29 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Blue Ridge Lane Farm, 6061 Griffinsburg Road, Boston, VA 22713. For more information see the website or call Olivia George at 757-681-2192 or 757-615-3874.

Crime Museum Crime Scene Investigation Camp

This is the 4th summer that the Crime Museum in Washington D.C. invites children ages 12 and up to learn all about Crime Scene Investigation.

Campers will learn to process a crime scene and interpret all the evidence they have collected. They will be instructed by a forensic technician on techniques for crime scene photography, document analysis, fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, and other forensic science applications. To accommodate all parents, half day and full day options are available.

The Camp will run two weeks in July with start dates on July 14 and 28. There are afternoon and one day CSI Camps that are $250 or $275; five day camps are $435 or $625.

This program is very close to what a CSI technician would do in the field or the lab. Parents and campers need to be comfortable with the subject matter. Each camper will receive all supplies needed, and at the end be rewarded with a certificate of completion and a museum t-shirt.

For more information see the Crime Museum’s camp page at Crime Museum, 575 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.