Culpeper in Brief

Culpeper in Brief

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Food Closet shares needs

Food Closet “Needs of the Week”: Mac and cheese, peanut butter, rice and pasta side dishes, canned chicken and chicken helper. Food donations are really down, There is a lot going on in the summer, but people are still hungry, especially with kids home for lunch. 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.

DMV Offices Closed Friday and Saturday for Fourth of July

All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) customer service centers (CSCs) will be closed on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5, 2014 in observance of Independence Day. DMV will re-open for service on Monday, July 7, 2014. During the Fourth of July holiday weekend, law enforcement will be out in full force, cracking down on drivers who are not obeying the law. DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office reminds Virginians to designate a sober driver before the Fourth of July celebration begins.

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

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups

The support groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. Held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701. Held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Culpeper Regional Hospital Conference Room, 501 Sunset Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter. You can also call 434-973-6122 or 1-800-272-3900 or see the website For more information contact Kathi Walker, 540-825-3100 ext. 3416 or

USDA 2014 Summer Food Service Program Returns to Culpeper

Monday, June 16th, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will begin serving breakfast and lunch each weekday at two locations within the Town of Culpeper. Kid Central along with the Culpeper Human Services has been selected to manage the program from June 16th to August 8th. The SFSP was created to ensure that children can continue to receive nutritious meals during extended school vacations when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. Participation in this program will benefit residents of Culpeper County by providing breakfast and lunch meals for residents (18 years and younger) free of charge. The program will be held Monday through Fridays (breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) at Yowell Meadow Park, located in downtown Culpeper and in the Belle Court subdivision. The program will also be available to children attending Kid Central’s Summer Day Camp held at Culpeper Middle School. The school site will be considered a closed-site for camp attendees only. More information explaining the USDA’s Summer Food Program is available 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.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church â?? “Gospel Jubilee”

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Alanthus will host a Gospel Jubilee on Saturday, June 28 at 3 p.m. Various musical groups and praise dancers will perform. Please come out and join us for this special occasion. Pastor Sylvester Brown. For more information call 540-825-1440. Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 11232 Mt. Zion Church Road, Alanthus, VA

Bass Coalition Summer Workshop at Shenandoah University, June 27-28

The Bass Coalition Summer Workshop, which is geared to students of every age and skill level, will take place at Shenandoah Univeristy on June 27 and 28. Brittany Frompovich, of Fredericksburg, a music teacher and performer, will join Dr. Donovan Stokes, professor of classical and jazz bass at Shenandoah University-Conservatory, and other faculty for the two-day workshop. The intensive workshop for electric and upright bassists, will include clinics and mater classes. Students will participate in a bass orchestra and small bass ensembles. For more information, applications, online payments and to donate toward camper scholarships for the Bass Coalition Summer Workshop, visit Minors must be checked in by a parent or guardian, and those students under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. A separate registration is needed for each participant. Shenandoah University, 1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601.

Brandy Station Battlefied Tour

On Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – Noon, you can tour the Brandy Station Battlefield by personal vehicle. The fighting for Fleetwood Hill was the most intense and prolonged combat on June 9, 1863. At one point 12 regiments â?? 6 Union and 6 Confederate â?? struggled for control of the hilltop. Unlike most Civil War battles, the troopers fought from the saddle, mostly with sabers. One frustrated Rebel was heard to shout at his Yankee opponent, “Why don’t you Yankees put away your sabers, draw your pistols, and fight like gentlemen!” The tour will begin at the Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station, VA. For more information see the website:

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.

Healing Service at Reformation Lutheran Church

A service of healing of mind, body, or spirit will be held at 6 p.m., on Saturday, June 28 at Reformation Lutheran Church, 509 S. Main Street, Culpeper, VA 22701. This service of prayer, laying on hands and anointing with oil will be incorporated into the regular Saturday Praise and Prayer Worship. For more information call 540-825-1376 or email:

Bluemont Summer 2014 Concerts

The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to announce its 2014 season of Saturday evening concerts in historic Warrenton beginning on Saturday, June 28th. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Bluemont’s popular concerts bring world-class performers on Saturday evenings to the Warren Green lawn, located at the corner of Culpeper and Hotel Street in Warrenton. In the event of bad weather, concerts will be moved to Taylor Middle School, located at 350 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, VA 20186. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic to enjoy before the show. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for kids under twelve. Proceeds go to support our Artist-in-Education program in Fauquier schools. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed.

Concert schedule is:

Saturday, June 28 â?? The Daryl Davis Band (Boogie Woogie Rock & Roll)
Saturday, July 5 â?? Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein (Acoustic Country)
Saturday, July 12 â?? Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie (Bluegrass)
Saturday, July 19 â?? Pan Masters (Caribbean Steel Drums)
Saturday, July 26 â?? Solas (Irish and Celtic Super Group)
Saturday, August 2 â?? Silver Tones Swing Band (Jazz and Swing)
Saturday, August 9 â?? Matuto (Appalachian Brazilian Funk)
Saturday , August 16 â?? Hot Seats (Old Time String Band)

For more information call 540-955-8186 or go to the website: You can also send an email to:

Brandy Station Foundation Lecture Series featuring Hank Neimeier

On Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m., the Brandy Station Foundation Lecture Series will feature Hank Neimeier. He will discuss “A History of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad”, at the Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station, VA. Light refreshments will be served. Free, donations appreciated. For more information see the website:

Graves Mountain Lodge – 4th of July Celebration

Gravesâ?? Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA invites you to enjoy a 4th of July family picnic celebration. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Our famous Gravesâ?? Mountain picnic foods will be served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music with the Cody Austin Band from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fireworks Display at 9 p.m., sponsored by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Lots of kid-friendly activities including fishing, swimming, and pony rides. Free Admission. Parking donations accepted by Madison County Volunteer Fire Company & Madison County Rescue Squad. For more information call 540-923-4231 or visit the website:

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. Stephen’s Episcopal Church â?? Red Cross Blood Drive

Our men’s group, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 8 from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., on the 3rd floor above the Culpeper Food Closet. Parking is available on Commerce Street. Give-the Gift of Life-Give Blood! Please call the parish office for more information at 540-825-8786or visit our website at: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East Street, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Blandy Experimental Farm â?? “Threats to Native Birds”

On Thursday, July 10, from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Grant Sizemore from the American Bird Conservancy, will do a presentation on “Threats to Native Birds from Domestic Cats and other Sources”. Reservations are recommended. Domestic cats are the largest direct source of human-caused mortality in birds. Learn about threats from cats and other sources and what you can do to help.
Cost is $10 for FOSA members, $12 for non-members, and $20 for the whole family. This presentation is part of FOSA’s public program series. For more information or reservations call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 or go to the website: The State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620.

Bright Box Theater Presents â?? “The Stray Birds”

The Stray Birds will perform in Winchester on Friday, July 11 at Bright Box Theater. Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalistsâ??the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven’s richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench. Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. For more information call 540-665-2878 or go to the website Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

Full Moon Walk at Blandy Experimental Farm

Join us on Saturday, July 12 from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., for a guided walk and explore the State Arboretum of Virginia under a full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and discover the natural world at dusk and after dark. This program is perfect for the whole family, but no dogs please. Cost is $10 for FOSA members, $12 for non-members, and $20 for the whole family. This walk is part of FOSA’s public program series. Reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or reservations call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 or register online at: The State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620.

Jefferson Ruritan & Community Center Breakfast

The Jefferson Ruritan Club together with the Jeffersonton Community Center will hold its monthly all-you-can Country Breakfast from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 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 will be held each month on the 2nd Saturday. All are welcome. For more information call 540-937-5119 or to go

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.

Madison GOP BBQ â?? Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate

Ed Gillespie, Candidate for U.S. Senate, Congressman Robert Hurt (5th District), and Delegate Ed Scott (30th District) will be the Guest Speakers at the 15th Annual Madison County Republican Barbeque, Saturday, July 26 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m, at the Fire Hall in the Town of Madison. Delicious barbecue will be prepared for the event by Bill Heflin of B&K Catering. Everyone is invited to attend this gathering. For additional information please call 540-948-6904.

Culpeper Astronomy Club

Amateur astronomer Myron Wasiuta will be leading fellow night sky watchers at the Monday, July 28 meeting of the Culpeper Astronomy Club in a discussion that highlights summer stargazing. This will include the constellation Sagittarius, how to observe the year’s best meteor shower in the Perseids, and what’s visible in the sky using just binoculars. The first part of the club meeting will be held inside the library from 7 p.m. – 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 July 28 in Culpeper is scheduled to start at 8:27 p.m. All ages are welcome, children, teens and adults! Myron Wasiuta is currently a member of the Rappahannock Astronomy Club in Fredericksburg. He has built a number of telescopes and had the opportunity to teach astronomy as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Mary Washington from 2002-2005. For information about this and other programs, please feel free to call the Library at 540-825-8691. The Culpeper County Library’s normal hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For your convenience, we also offer a variety of information resources, including ebooks, on our website: