Classic cinema, live music for children, history, health and a wine buffet are among the highlights of area weekend happenings. The Culpeper community and its neighbors offer myriad family-friendly events, many of them free.
Movies on the Mount: As usual, the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater on Mount Pony in Culpeper screens free films all weekend – three, in fact, beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. with John Barrymore in 1933’s “Dinner at Eight.”
The pre-code comedy is part of the LOC’s year-long film series for 2013, “Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself” – a look back at movies made 80 years ago even as the industry teetered on the brink of dramatic change.
It was in 1934 that the Production Code Administration, at the apparent urging of politics and religion, began censuring the content of Hollywood motion pictures. Films made the year before, however, were not yet subject to the rules meaning: racy content.
In “Dinner at Eight,” a group of elite guests gather to break bread. But amid all the behind-the-scenes scandal involving ex-lovers will dinner be served on time? Jean Harlow and Lionel Barrymore also star in the film directed by George Cukor.
Saturday on Mount Pony provides something for all ages beginning with a 2 p.m. under-the-sea matinee of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” from 1989. Saturday night at 7:30 check out the real-life Academy Award-winning documentary about “The Times of Harvey Milk” from 1984. It’s about the life of San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official, told through revealing news clips and archival film footage.
The Diggity Dudes: Culpeper Renaissance presents the first of two kids’ concerts Saturday at 5 p.m. as part of its Snow Much Fun event. Richmond’s own The Diggity Dudes take the stage down at the Depot performing hip music for hip young people and their equally hip parents. Disco moves, science experiments, interactive skits, comedy and presidential physical fitness comprise a typical set.
Admission is $5 per person aged 1 and older. Mama Mai’s Pizza by the slice, FCCLA bake sale goodies and beverages will be available for purchase. Doors open at 4 p.m. with face-painting by the FCCLA of Eastern View High. Concert goes until 6 p.m.
Drop It! Drop everything and get healthy this year at Culpeper Regional Health System’s Health Fair Saturday at the Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. The health fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is the kickoff for the hospital’s Drop It! initiative billed as the 2013 healthy living and weight loss challenge. Prizes for most weight lost with a top prize for adults of $1,000. Special guest Sherry Johnston from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” will be at Saturday’s health fair proving that lifestyle changes work if you work it.
Bicentennial celebration 1813-2013: The historic small-town of Gordonsville in adjoining Orange County celebrates its 200th anniversary Saturday 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gordonsville Fire Hall on Baker Street. With guest speakers noting the historic occasion, live music and dance and special selections from the community choir representing many of Gordonsville’s churches. Cake and ice cream reception followed by fireworks.
“This is Gordonsville’s 200th birthday party,” said Mayor Bob Coiner. “Come celebrate with us!” The town is named for plantation owner and postmaster Nathaniel Gordon’s tavern in the area visited by such notables as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Brunch in Madison: Prince Michel Winery on U.S. 29 in Leon hosts a Sunday brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wine tastings, self-guided or private tours and unique shopping opportunities in the winery shop. Brunch is $25 for adults and half-price for aged 12 and younger.
Movies on the Mount: February
The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater on Mount Pony inCulpeper recently released its schedule of free films showing thismonth. Here’s what’s showing:
Tonight: “Dinner at Eight” (MGM, 1933)
Saturday: “The Little Mermaid” (Disney, 1989), 2 p.m.
Saturday night: “The Times of Harvey Milk” (TC Films International, 1984)
Feb. 7 – “The Piano Teacher” (Kino International, 2001), in Frenchand German with English subtitles
Feb. 8 – “Star Trek: First Contact” (Paramount, 1996)
Feb. 9 – “Beau Geste” (Paramount, 1926), silent with live musicalaccompaniment by Andrew Simpson
Feb.12 – “Roxanne” (Columbia, 1987)
Feb. 13 – “I Love You Again” (MGM, 1940)
Feb. 14 – “Somewhere in Time” (Universal, 1980)
Feb. 21 – “Star Trek and Deep Space Nine on TV” (Paramount TV, 1965and Paramount TV, 1993)
Feb. 22 – “It’s a Date” (Universal, 1940)
Feb. 23 – “Queen Christina” (MGM, 1933)
Feb. 28 – “Star Trek” (Paramount, 2009)
All movies are free and show at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Make reservations at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or show up early to get on stand-by. In case of inclement weather, check the reservation line no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been canceled.