Columnists

Sweet Side: Let’s look at the marriage of chocolate and love

Who’s responsible for the pairing of chocolate to Valentine’s Day? Maybe the ladies of the 1930s/1940s movies who used chocolate as the go-to means of seduction. In the movie Dinner at Eight with Jean Harlow, she is draped with satin and sequins lounging in bed with a heart shaped pillow suggestively nibbling her way through a box of chocolates. […]

Columnists

FROM WHERE I SIT: From 1789 to 2017: Hail to the Chief

Several weeks ago our son shared with us that his Army Reserve unit out of Fort Belvoir was going to be in the inaugural parade. Doug spent a five-year stint in the Army with a tour in Afghanistan, returned safely and now has a wife and two small children. He’ll be carrying the flag for his unit. Time away from his job. Time away from family. But, what an experience. I talked with him the other day after they had had a practice near the Pentagon. […]

Columnists

Checkout these devices at the Culpeper County Library

Just as many people want to try on clothes or shoes to make sure that they fit, many people might not know what is available or what “fits” their lifestyle when it comes to devices to help with a visual or physical limitation. This could be a new diagnosis or one that has been getting worse over the years. The Library has a sampling of different devices that can be used either here in the building or in some cases checked out to take home and test out or “try on.” […]

Opinion

Look for traveling exhibits starting in February

George Washington Carver Regional High School Alumni Association, Inc. wishes to announce the showing in February of its second exhibit about the African American men, born in Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties, who enlisted and fought on the side of the Union in the Civil War. Using both narratives and artifacts, we will present some links between the Civil War and the overriding question of “What does one do with his/her freedom?” […]

Opinion

Culpeper Toy Chest and Clore-English Funeral Home say ‘thank you’

Culpeper Toy Chest and Clore-English Funeral Home would like to acknowledge the following individuals and businesses that made the 2016 campaign a meaningful success; a total of 2,761 toys were collected in Culpeper and distributed in Culpeper County through Culpeper Community Christmas Basket, S.A.F.E. and C.C.D.C. […]

Opinion

Cuts could hurt conservation efforts in Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly kicked off its 2017 session last Wednesday (Jan 11) and with a budget shortfall weighing heavily on the minds of our legislators a lot of cuts are being discussed. Of particular concern to those working to protect our land and water resources is HB 1470, which would substantially reduce the tax incentives for land conservation. […]

Columnists

CURTAIN CALLS: ‘Titanic:’ The unsinkable musical

The greatest theatre often requires the greatest risks. There’s no statuette for playing it safe. Aware of the challenges but thrilled by the possibilities, composer and lyricist Maury Yeston steamed ahead with writer Peter Stone into unchartered waters. Their destination: a musical version of the Titanic disaster – and the risks were legion. […]

Featured

Real People – Real Stories: Local film crew heads to Florida

Things are busy at the studios of Renaissance Women Productions located in Rappahannock County. It’s the culmination of nine months of hard work to produce a compelling TV series, filmed entirely in Virginia. In our culture where death, scandal and bad weather lead the news cycle, this is another example of one of the many really good things that go on in the background almost unnoticed. […]

Columnists

Bee Happy: Why did I start beekeeping? To bee happy

When asked if I would be willing to write about the life of bees, becoming a beekeeper, and sharing what a wonderful insight I have found with our hives, I said sure! What better way to educate? I am not by any means an expert on bees but what I am is someone that cares very deeply in what we leave for our children and grandchildren by way of a healthy earth, food that is healthy and not artificially changed, water that is not polluted, and taking care of our pollinators because without them we all lose, this is my legacy. […]

Columnists

The Wine Nerd: Strange Portents

Winter is no friend to man. I just returned from a week-long stay in the mountains of Montana, and never has 20 degrees felt so warm as it did stepping off the plane at Dulles. After days of the thermometer hovering below zero, anything warmer felt downright balmy. […]

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FEATURED PROPERTY: Welcome to Halcyon

This peaceful and pastoral residence is situated amidst the Rapidan estate area in beautiful Orange County. Designed by the late Thomas W.S. Craven, A.I.A of Johnson, Craven, & Gibson of Charlottesville, this well-appointed residence rests on more than 37 rolling acres that can be especially admired from both the upper and lower gazebos, each offering a unique vantage point of the land. The property is surrounded by mature hardwoods, extensive landscaping, and predominantly open land for cultivation and grazing. Bring the horses! The property boasts a spacious loft barn with 2 box-stalls, tack room, feed room, run-in shed, automatic waterers, and fenced paddock. […]