Culpeper in Brief

Culpeper in Brief

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Food Closet shares needs

Food Closet “Needs of the Week”: saltine crackers, any canned meat especially chicken, individual serving oatmeal packs, rice and potato dishes (not mashed). 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.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. – Piedmont Area Chapter 752

Monthly meetings are held the 1st Monday of each month at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 115 N. East Street, Culpeper, VA 22701 (new section 3rd floor) at 7 p.m. Park in the back parking lot off of Commerce Street close to the train station. You will see tags with Vietnam Veterans of America logo. There is an elevator for those that may need to use it. This is open to everyone. We do not meet in July or August. We do not have a dress code. Dress comfortably. Informal Breakfast Get-Togethers are held the 1st Wednesday of each month at IHOP Restaurant, 15271 Creativity Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701 at 9 a.m. We welcome those interested in getting to know our chapter members. For more information contact Sam or Linda Thompson at 540-825-5672 or email: You can also visit the website at

Richardsville Fire & Rescue â?? Fried Chicken Dinner

Richardsville Fire & Rescue will serve a fried chicken dinner on Saturday, May 31 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and kids 5 and under eat free. For more information call 540-399-1122. Richardsville VFD & Rescue, 29361 Eleys Ford Road, Richardsville, VA 22736.

Guitarist Laurence Juber at Theatre

On Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m., the celebrated acoustic guitarist Laurence Juber returns to the Theatre at Washington, VA, for a solo concert during his tour of the East Coast from his home base in California. Tickets for the concert on May 31 are $25 for adults and $10 for students under 18. For reservations, phone 540-675-1253, send mail to or write to The Theatre, 291 Gay Street, P.O. Box 322, Washington, VA 22747.

Miracle Valley Vineyard â?? “Operation: Spycraft” Seminar

Linda McCarthy, founder of the CIA Museum, Emmy award winner, and noted Espionage historian will speak on “Operation: Spycraft” at Miracle Valley Vineyard in Delaplane, VA on Sunday, June 1 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Although there is no cost to attend the seminar, please call 540-364-0228 for a reservation to attend. Miracle Valley Vineyard, 3661 Double J Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144.

Virginia Bass Forum Features Clinic with Bassist Stewart McKinsey

The Virginia Bass Forum will present Bassist Stewart McKinsey who will help all artists “develop their original voice” at Forte Music Studios on Sunday, June 1 at 4 p.m. Writers, photographers, anyone in the arts and creative individuals are invited to participate in this casual, interactive clinic, which will look at the art and craft of what you do, learn about the function of instinct in creating, identify healthy and unhealthy ego, and confront criticism and comparison from others. The Virginia Bass Forum with McKinsey is open to the public for $10 in advance at or $15 at the door. The clinic will be held at Forte Music Studios, 1691 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA. For more information contact Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy at 540-752-8269 or

Antiquarian Book Road Show

Join the Friends of the Culpeper County Library as they host Frank P. Wood of De Wolfe and Wood, Antiquarians on the Green on Tuesday, June 3 at 7 p.m., in the meeting room. Mr. Wood will talk about the fine art of collecting old books, how to preserve, store and value them. For $5.00 a book, up to 3 books, Mr. Wood will appraise your older books. Those proceeds go to benefit the Friends of the Library. A special treat that evening will be the opportunity to sell your books as Mr. Wood may be in the market to purchase some older titles, but only of course if you are interested in selling them. Join us for a night of learning and possible surprises. Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701. For more information contact Susan J. Keller at 540-825-8691 or

Culpeper County Library to Participate in International Big Library Read Program

The Culpeper County Library announced today that it will be taking part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and read the mystery eBook, A Pedigree to Die For, Book 1 of the Melanie Travis Mystery Series by Lauren Berenson, starting June 3 and concluding the morning of June 18 by visiting their website, Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program dates, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able to borrow A Pedigree to Die For using a valid library card, and read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindles without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and best of all, there are no late fees. The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Kensington Publishing Corp., publisher of Lauren Berenson’s unusual and fascinating mystery. About the author: Lauren Berenson is an award-winning author. She’s most noted for her Melanie Travis series of murder mysteries based on school teacher Melanie Travis who owns and shows full-size pedigree Standard Poodles. The series includes: Doggie Day Care Murder, Hounded to Death, Chow Down, and Raining Cats & Dogs. Berenson is an Agatha and Macavity nominee, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and a four-time winner of the Maxwell Award which is presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. She lives in Kentucky with her family. About OverDrive: OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. They supply a secure lending platform for 28,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Visit their website at

Guided Walking Meditation at Blandy Experimental Farm

The program, presented by Shell Fischer, Insight Meditation Instructor, will be held on Wednesday, June 4 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet at the Parkfield Learning Center (PLC). Learn to slow down and draw on nature through guided meditation, silent walking, and personal reflection. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. For those 16 years and older. Cost is $10 for FOSA members and $12 for nonmembers. This program is part of FOSA’s public program series, which brings programs on a variety of topics to the Arboretum. Reservations are required as space is limited. Call 540-837-1758, ext. 224 or go to the website The State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620.

Bluemont Concert Series Sound Crew Member Orientation

The Bluemont Concert Series is holding a meeting to recruit and orient new sound crew members to help present Bluemont’s cultural programs in the area, including its concert seasons in the areas of Ashland, Culpeper, Winchester, Fredericksburg, Warrenton, Middleburg and Leesburg. The meeting will take place Wednesday, June 4 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Bluemont Concert Series Office, 101 E. Main Street, Suite 203, Berryville, VA 22611. Working on the Bluemont Sound Crew can be a very rewarding activity, and no prior experience is necessary. All members of the crew over age 16 will be contracted employees â?? hourly work is also available. Individuals under age 16 are invited to join the crew as a volunteer intern. This is a great opportunity for students and individuals of all interests and backgrounds to gain worthwhile experience by working hands-on with music and events management, sound set-up, and a nonprofit organization. Sound crew responsibilities include: sound amplification, concert site set up and clean up, promotions, poster distribution, and more. Come help make Bluemont’s summer concert season a success. To RSVP to commit to the 2014 sound crew, even if you are unable to attend the meeting, please call Cory Finch at 540-955-8186 or email him at

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 June are: Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 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.

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble Concerts

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble, a 12-voice choral group with singers from Albemarle, Madison, Culpeper and Rappahannock counties, is pleased to present two concerts entitled “A Musical Garden”. Their director is Amy Coddington, a Ph.D. Candidate at UVa. Please join them Friday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Methodist Church, 143 W. Main Street, Orange, VA 22960 or come on Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m., Piedmont Episcopal Church, 214 Church Street, Madison, VA 22727. The Friday concert will include a reception at intermission. The Sunday concert will be followed by an ice cream social. Both concerts are free with goodwill donations accepted. Please call 540-948-3257 with questions.

“Little Fork Day” Celebration

Please join us in celebration of Little Fork Day on Sunday, June 8 at 10 a.m. There will be lively worship led by Rev. Brad Jackson, with Mike Vinson providing music on dulcimer, guitar and mandolin. Following the service there will be tours of the church and a potluck picnic lunch with children’s games and pony rides. Little Fork Church, built in 1776, has witnessed a lot of history, including Little Fork Rangers mustering for the 1st Battle of Manassas/Bull Run and Union troops camping nearby and destroying much of its interior. We are also a living church, where people have worshipped for some 238 years. Little Fork Church is located at 16461 Oak Shade Road, Rixeyville, VA 22737. Call the church office with questions 540-937-4306 or visit All are welcome.

5th Annual Dash for Trash

On Saturday, June 14, the ODA and the Orange County Litter Control Committee will host the fifth annual downtown-Orange Dash for Trash clean-up. Clean-Up teams will start promptly at 9 a.m., registration will start at the Train Station at 8 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning teams at the end of the event, $100 for First Place, $75 for Second and $50 for Third. For more information, contact Ron Rose at or Jeff Curtis at You can also go to the website at or call 540-672-2540.

Jefferson Ruritan & Community Center Breakfast

The Jeffersonton Ruritan Club together with the Jeffersonton Community Center will hold its monthly all-you-can eat Country Breakfast from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14, at the Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Road, Jeffersonton, VA 22724. Menu will include: eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fried apples, biscuits & gravy, pastries, orange juice & coffee. Cost for the breakfast is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 and under 6 is free. Carry-out will be available. All proceeds go to scholarships, local public service organizations & charities and maintaining the Community Center. Breakfasts are held each month on the 2nd Saturday. All are welcome. For more information call 540-937-5119 or go to

Aging Together Honors Five Over Fifty

To celebrate, Aging Together will honor its first Five Over Fifty on Friday, June 20 with a reception, awards ceremony, and benefit concert at the State Theatre in Culpeper. The Five Over Fifty honorees include T. I. Martin, Dr. R. Merrick, Hal Hunter, Jean Kane and Jean Lowe. Aging Together invites the public to join in the celebration of these five individuals at the State Theatre on June 20. The reception, catered by Peppers Grill starts at 6 p.m. Awards will be made at 7 p.m., followed by a concert with Deanna Bogart. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Aging Together website at

‘Rock for Strings’ Offered by Brittany Frompovich

Brittany Frompovich, professional musician, clinician, and educator, of Fredericksburg, will offer “Rock for Springs” ensemble class at Forte Music Studios on Mondays, from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., June 23 through August 11. Orchestral instrumentalists of all ages and skill levels can register for the summer session for $100 by contacting Brittany Frompovich at or by calling Forte Music at 540-899-6787. Students with stringed instruments (including electric) â?? violin, viola, cello, double bass â?? are encouraged to register. The class will be held at Forte Music, 1691 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA.

Culpeper Astronomy Club Meeting & Field Trip Planning

Amateur astronomer Myron Wasiuta will be leading fellow night sky watchers at the Monday, June 23 meeting of the Culpeper Astronomy Club from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., in a discussion of the constellation Hercules. Myron is also planning a field trip to a local observatory (to be announced). Please plan to attend, especially if you are interested in going on the field trip. The first part of the meeting will be held inside the library from 7 to 8 p.m. At roughly 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. Sunset for June 23 in Culpeper, VA is scheduled to start at 8:40 p.m. All ages are welcome, children, teens and adults. For more information call 540-825-8691 or go to the website Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701.

FREE Cooking Activities for Children – Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market

Georgette Yates, family nutritional educator, has put together an exciting FREE educational opportunity, “I’m SOW Healthy”, for area children. Georgette will host cooking activities on the 4th Saturday of each month starting May 24 and ending September 27. The cooking activities are offered in three convenient, 30-minute sessions. The goal of this program is to promote healthy eating to area youth, the local farmers market, and the use of SNAP benefits at the market. Saturday, June 28 will be the second activity. Session 1 is 9 a.m., Session 2 is 10 a.m., Session 3 is 11 a.m.
For this activity, children will make Red, White and Blueberry Parfaits just in time for 4th of July. Children will layer creamy yogurt with juicy strawberries and blueberries a top with yummy, whole-grain granola. This week’s activities sponsored by: Piedmont Growers. For more information call 540-825-4416 or go to the website

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.

Culpeper’s 4th of July Celebration

Join us for a great day of celebration and patriotism in and around downtown Culpeper on Friday, July 4. The days events will include a 5K race, patriotic speeches, a festive parade, CRI’s 4th of July Car & Bike Show, amusements for children and adults and of course fireworks that will delight everyone. Volunteers are an essential part of the Culpeper 4th of July Celebration. If you are interested in assisting with one, or all, of the events please contact the Culpeper Festival Committee at 540-829-8278 or email

National Capitol Squadron â?? Historic Aircraft Youth Mentorship Maintenance Team – Benefit BBQ

The Benefit BBQ will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 5, from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., at the NCS hangar. The MX Team Leadership is dedicated to providing the younger generation with the education and hands-on training required to service and restore these rare and historic aircraft. Sponsorships available. Dinner will include beef, chicken and pork plus sides. $25 per dinner, youngsters are free. Dinner tickets can be held at the door for pick up. For additional information and to schedule your Flight Experience call 540-308-3034 or send an email to: Donation checks are made payable to: NCS MX Team and can be mailed to the provided address. All donations are tax-deductible to the allowable extent of the law. Please support the NCS Youth Educational Program today! National Capitol Squadron, 12499 Beverly Ford Road, Brandy Station VA 22714. For additional information see the website

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church â?? VBS Registration Open

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church is going “Under Construction!” for this year’s Vacation Bible School on July 13 â?? 18th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All children ages 3 to 6th grade are invited for a week of fun, faith, crafts, songs, and snacks to learn about faith and serving others. Older youth are welcome as volunteers. The curriculum is created by Habitat for Humanity, and some of our projects will benefit their work. Each evening will begin with a light dinner. Visit or call 540-825-8358 and leave a message to register. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1200 Old Rixeyville Road, Culpeper, VA 22701.

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.