Guidelines: The deadline for submitting community calendar items is 3:30 p.m. Monday for that week’s paper. (The deadline moves up to Friday before all major holiday weeks.) Items are subject to editing and may be sent via email to They may also be sent by U.S. Mail to Editor, Madison County Eagle, P.O. Box 325, Madison, VA 22727. Please include a contact person’s name and phone number. Due to the volume of items received, The Eagle cannot always run announcements from out-of-county organizations.



Virginia Cooperative Extension will have two master gardener training course options starting in Jan. 2020. Training will be held Tuesday mornings 9 a.m. to noon with the first class Jan. 14 or Thursday evenings 6-9 p.m. starting Jan. 16. Both trainings will cover the same material and meet once per week. Deadline for payment is Dec. 16. For information, an application and to register for a mandatory orientation, contact the Culpeper Extension Office at (540) 727-3435 ext. 0 or Orientation will be held Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. to noon at the Orange Extension Office and Dec. 12, 11 a.m. to noon at the Madison Extension Office.


Aging Together will host a free caregiver seminar, “Caring for a Loved One—What You Need To Know,” Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to noon at Fauquier Heath Hospital’s Sycamore Room, 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton. The seminar will offer roundtable discussions covering various topics including dementia stages, goals of care, effective communication strategies, spiritual care & social support, and financial planning. Facilitators will host each roundtable and answer any questions participants may have. Markita Brown will open with a keynote talk about “Caregiver Burnout,” an epidemic shared by hundreds of family caregivers in the region, and the source of high levels of stress. The session will close with a talk by Sue Vantine, a community case manager, patient advocate and certified dementia trainer for NOVA Care, LLC. She will speak about “Options and Care Navigation” for family members and their loved one. Refreshments provided. RSVP to (540) 829-6405 or



ToyLift Charities and Creative Press Inc. have teamed up again with Walmart to again roll another carnival of fun to Greene County to on Dec. 6. ToyLift will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as they collect new toys, books, bikes and monetary donations to help give kids a very merry Christmas. Volunteers are needed and welcome to join in the special entertainment. Tommy Wood Band, Wes Iseli, Hi-Horse Cloggers, a DJ and more will take place in the south east parking lot of the Ruckersville Walmart. Santa’s house will be open for early drop offs. For more information, contact Dallas Anderson at (434) 962-9768.


The annual tree lighting and Friday Night Christmas Lights parade will be held Dec. 6 at 5:45 p.m. on the War Memorial Lawn. Enjoy music from Jessica Weaver and Silver Linings. Free cookies provided by the Madison Chamber of Commerce, treats from Cat & Fiddle Sweet Co., cake pops from Cake Krums and hot chocolate and cookies from the United Methodist Church. Thanks to Spruce Rock Farm for the tree and Aylor’s Garage and Roger Berry and crew for transporting. To enter the parade, call 948-4455 or email The celebration will continue post parade at Greenscapes Nursery and Garden Shoppe.


American Legion Post 128 will host its third annual holiday craft and vendor fair Dec. 6, 3-8 p.m. and Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the legion building, 636 Madison Road (Rt. 230), Stanardsville. There will be more than 40 crafters and vendors onsite as well as raffles, a local DJ, food trucks and a bake sale Friday. Santa will arrive at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, contact the event coordinator at (434) 989-2156.



The Blue Ridge Chorale, directed by C. Alexander Smith with accompanist Brittany Bache; assistant director Melanie Bolas; assistant accompanist Donna Steckler and featuring the Locust Grove Middle School Band will present its Christmas concerts Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West Street. No tickets required; donations accepted.


The Madison American Legion Post 157 and its auxiliary unit, sons squadron and riders chapter will host a banquet Dec. 7 at the post home, 310 Thrift Road. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Following dinner, there will be a short status report on post programs and what remains to be done during the 2019-2020 operating year. The winning tickets for a WWII M1 Garand Rifle, a Remington Model 1911 Pistol and a cash prize of $250 will be drawn after dinner. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the dinner. Dec. 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The American flag should be displayed and flown at half-mast until sunset to honor those who were killed or injured during the attack on Pearl Harbor. No charge for dinner; donations accepted. RSVP by Dec. 4 to Dottie Stephenson at 948-5019 or

Brightwood Ruritan Breakfast with Santa

The Brightwood Ruritan Club will host its big country breakfast Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the clubhouse located at U.S. 29 and Route 607. The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage gravy, hot spiced apples and more. The cost is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. Call 948-5108 for more information.



The Literacy Council of Madison County will host its annual holiday concert Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at Madison Presbyterian Church. The concert will feature “Wishful Thinkin’,” Hurt Hollow Bluegrass Gospel and other local talent. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. A reception will follow.


American Legion Post 157 will sponsor a full military dedication of a bronze plaque in memory of Bill Delia at the Madison Senior Center Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. Delia was a devoted volunteer at the center and spent many hours volunteering there. All are invited to honor Delia and his family for his service to the nation and his community.


The Madison County Rescue Squad is having a Sunday brunch Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the squad location across from the Madison Post Office. The cost for adults is $10 and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat for free with an adult. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, apples, beverages and homemade sweets. There will be a 50/50 raffle as part of the breakfast. Visitors also can learn about how to become rescue squad volunteers.



The membership meeting of the Old Rag Master Naturalists will be held Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center, 18121 Technology Drive, Culpeper. Ron Hughes, land and resource manager with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be the speaker. He will provide an overview of DGIF programs and initiatives associated with Chronic Wasting Disease. He will talk about a need for citizen scientist support in monitoring/sampling activities in the deer population in Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties.



Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services will hold its regularly scheduled board meeting Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at 15361 Bradford Road, Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend should contact Jeanette Nord at 825-3100, ext. 3146. RRCS is an equal access and opportunity organization.



Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission will meet Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. at the regional commission offices in Culpepet. The agenda and supported materials are available at one week in advance of the meeting.



The Madison County Republican Women will host a Christmas gala Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Madison Fire Hall featuring award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar, Mary Ann Jung presenting “Amelia Earhart: Dreams Take Flight.” There will be a silent auction, entertainment and dinner. The menu will include roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, salad, tea/water, sherbert punch and cake. Bring a gift to put under the tree for MESA—socks, mittens, hats or scarves for a child or adult. Gifts need not be wrapped. The cost to attend the gala is $25. RSVP to Paula Sweitzer at 948-6423. Make checks payable to MCRW and send to MCRW, P.O. Box 314, Madison, VA 22727. Seating is limited; reservations are due by Dec. 1.


The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation will host an open house Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m. to celebrate the holiday season and commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in America and the 10th anniversary of the restoration and reopening of the Scrabble School. Special guests will include members of the Tucker Family, descendants of the first Africans to arrive in America. For more information, call or text SSPF President Nan Butler Roberts at 661-2013 or email or


The Montpelier Chapter NSDAR will meet Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at Graves Mountain Lodge, 205 Graves Mountain Lane, Syria. The program will focus on Christmas family heirlooms and there will be an ornament exchange. RSVP by Dec. 6. The luncheon cost is $18. Make checks payable to Montpelier Chapter NSDAR and mail to Karen Lohr, treasurer, 1136 Lost Mountain Road, Aroda, VA 22709.

Santa’s Workshop at MPC

Madison Presbyterian Church will hold its third annual Santa’s Workshop Saturday Dec. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church on Fishback Rd. Participants will be able to make fun Christmas crafts. The workshop is open to all ages. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. For more info call Kim Barnes at (434)962-0916.



Madison Emergency Services Association (MESA) will host a holiday open house Dec. 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at 927 Orange Road, Pratts, VA 22731. RSVP by Dec. 10 to or 948-4427.



The Madison Choral Society will present “A Ceremony of Carols” Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 119 Caroline Street, Orange and Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Church, 1735 W. Hoover Road, Haywood. Enjoy Christmas works by Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, George Frideric Handel, W.A. Mozart, Joel Raney, Randall Thompson and more. The society is conducted by Rafael Scarfullery.



The Madison County Library will hold a used book sale Nov. 25 through Dec. 20. Gently-used hardback and paperback books, audio books, DVDs, CDs and other media can be purchased for $5 a bag. Many like-new materials will be ideal for Christmas gifts. The Used Book Room is located upstairs in the library. Check back frequently; inventory is replenished weekly. There is a great selection available including children’s stories; best sellers; books on cooking, home décor, crafts and wellness; novels; biographies; military history and other non-fiction. All proceeds benefit the Madison County Library. Visit the library website for more information at


Become a member of the Literacy Council of Madison County. Dues are $25 and may be paid at the council office, 110 N. Main Street, Suite A. Payment may also be mailed to PO Box 575, Madison, VA 22727. Members are entitled to a vote at general membership meetings and also support the only organization in Madison County that offers education services to adult residents of the county.


Become a volunteer driver to assist people in the community who are over 60 or disabled and who depend on transportation support to get to the doctor, grocery store or pharmacy. Volunteer driving is a simple, low cost, but high impact way of giving back to the community. Getting started is easy. Call 829-5300 or visit to ask questions or complete a short application. Drive when and where you want.


MESA’s ThriftShop sells used goods, clothing, books, household items and furniture donated by members of the public. Proceeds benefit MESA’s emergency fund which helps support and empower families in crisis. Visit or call (540) 948-4427 for more information. The ThriftShop is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

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