DEC. 5


The Arts Center In Orange will open its latest exhibit, “A Common Thread: The Art of the Quilt,” Thursday, Dec. 5. In conjunction with the Virginia Quilt Museum, The Arts Center will exhibit an 1858 botanical album quilt, as well as other quilted treasures from Virginia artists. The exhibit, in the Morin Gallery, begins with an opening reception Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit will continue through Friday, Jan. 31. The Arts Center is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 672-7311 or visit

DEC. 6


Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys will be performing at Orange American Legion Post 156 Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The Kirk Family Band will open the night with gospel and bluegrass music beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at Sedwick Building Supply in Orange. Call 672-1035 and speak to James Breeden or Jim Hutson. For additional information or tickets, call Steve Shifflett at (540 395-6644. All net proceeds benefit American Legion Post 156.


The Gordonsville toy drive, supporting local families in need, will be held Friday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Partners 1st Credit Union in the Gordonsville Plaza shopping center. Those who bring a new unwrapped toy to donate can enjoy a free piece of Gordonsville’s famous fried chicken and potato wedges from Homefried Catering. Monetary donations also are accepted. Items particularly needed this year include children’s helmets for riding bicycles and scooters. All items and donations collected benefit the Orange County Children’s Toy Box which annually serves hundreds of children in need throughout the county during the holiday season.

DEC. 7


Take a break from the holiday frenzy to relax and enjoy the season with a bit of history, tradition, and family-friendly activities at James Madison’s Montpelier Saturday, Dec. 7. The house, decorated according to 19th-century customs, will offer tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Madisons will be at home and greeting guests. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, kids’ hands-on history crafts, free cookies and cider. The event is free. Registration is not required.


The Orange Community Chorus presents a Christmas concert at Orange Presbyterian Church Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert is filled with a blend of sacred and secular music of the season, with exciting and fun arrangements of favorite Christmas songs.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.


The Lake of the Woods Lions Club will continue its Tree of Love dedication with the ceremonial lighting Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 20 in Locust Grove.  Requests for individuals to be remembered and honored, together with checks for a tax-deductible donation of $5 or more per individual, should be made payable and mailed to Lake of the Woods Lions Foundation, P.O. Box 605, Locust Grove, VA 22508.  The closing date for names to be included in the ceremony program is Sunday, Dec. 1. For more information, contact LOW Lion Peter Williams at 972-7117.


The Orange Elementary School PTA will hold a vendor fair at the school Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring more than 20 local vendors, baked goods and activities for children.


The Louisa Court House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Christmas walking tour of homes and landmarks in the Town of Louisa Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at the Louisa County Historical Society, Hair Graphics, Hello Gorgeous and Sherry’s Snip and Style. Proceeds benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund, local charities and National DAR projects. Call Peggy Sadler at (540) 967-1473 for more information. 


The Blue Ridge Chorale will hold its Christmas concerts Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at Culpeper Baptist Church. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. Visit for more information.


The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage will host a book talk and signing for Patricia Shirley, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. Shirley’s book, “Memories from a Federal Working Girl,” recounts a 40-year journey from rural Orange through a career in Washington, D.C.


The Mine Run Volunteer Fire Company will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 11 a.m. Santa Claus will arrive at the firehouse on a fire truck at 9 a.m. to visit with children. There also will be face painting and gift bags for children. The breakfast menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, coffee and juice.  Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10 and free for children under 5.For more information, call (703) 859-3483 or visit the fire company’s Facebook page.

DEC. 8


Friends of the Music Room will offer a chamber music performance featuring two Beethoven works; a string trio and a trio for clarinet, piano and cello at The Music Room in Orange Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, with any audience donations going to the non-profit string program for young musicians Rapidan violist Darlene Dawson has begun at the Music Room. She’s teaching for free, so the funds will be applied to materials, instruments and scholarships.

DEC. 9


The membership meeting for the Old Rag Master Naturalists will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m.  at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center.  Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Land and Resource Manager Ron Hughes will be the speaker.  He will be providing an overview of programs and initiatives associated with chronic wasting disease and talk about a need for citizen scientist support in monitoring/sampling activities in the deer population in Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties.  The public is welcome to attend.



The Orange Branch NAACP will hold its annual community Christmas program Monday, Dec. 9, at  7 p.m. at the Little  Zion Baptist Church in Orange.


Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services will hold its regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, 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 (540) 825-3100, ext. 3146.

DEC. 11


Join the Young at Heart Club Wednesday, Dec. 11, for their annual bake sale. The club normally meets from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the East Orange Ruritan building at the intersection of Rt. 20 and 522.  The club is open to senior adults and provides a social outlet including games, guest speakers, luncheons and other entertainment.  For more information, contact Carol Phillips at (540) 846-3522.


Bound2plz Books will host poet Hope Whitby on Wednesday, Dec 11, at 11:30 a.m. She will read from her book “Traveling the River,” a collection of her poetry. The book shop is located on Main Street in Orange. Call 672-4000 for more information


The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Regional Commission offices at 420 Southridge Pkwy., Culpeper. Visit for information.

DEC. 14


Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will host its 11th annual “A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor”  Saturday, Dec.14. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and children of all ages may visit with Santa and enjoy making period arts and crafts until noon. After Santa departs at noon, the house will remain open until 2 p.m. for guests who would like to enjoy the beautiful period decorations provided by the Fawn Lake Garden Club. Ellwood also will be open Dec. 15 to 20, from noon to 3 p.m. for visitors to enjoy the decoration and meet with FoWB volunteers who will discuss the history of the house and volunteer opportunities with the organization. This event is free and open to the public.  Donations are always welcome and appreciated. For additional information, visit


Join the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m., to learn to make a quilled paper snowflake. The program will include discussion of Christmas decorations of the past and include hot chocolate and cookies. The activity is free and participants will take home their own snowflake.


Culpeper National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America—an annual holiday ceremony—Saturday, Dec. 14, at 12 p.m. The ceremony honors the nation’s veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on their gravestones during the holiday season. Guest speakers at the Dec. 14 event include Sen. Bryce Reeves and VFW Commander Charles Bush Jr. The cemetery is located at 305 U.S. Avenue, Culpeper. Call (540) 308-0814 for more information.


The Montpelier Chapter NSDAR will meet Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria. This program will be Christmas family heirlooms and ornament exchange. Please RSVP by Friday, Dec. 6 to help plan for lunch. The cost is $18. Checks can be made to Montpelier Chapter NSDAR and sent to Karen Lohr, treasurer, 1136 Lost Mountain Rd., Aroda, VA 22709.

DEC. 14-15


Orange Baptist Church announces the 36th performance of the Singing Christmas Tree Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5 and 7:30 p.m. each evening. This year’s performance is titled “Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow!” with carol arrangements, handbells and instrumentalists in songs of the season. The concerts are free of charge and nursery care will be provided.

DEC. 15


The Arts Center In Orange will host local author Ellen Crosby Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., reading from her latest book, “The Angel’s Share,” the latest in her Virginia Wine Country Mystery series. This 10th book features vineyard heiress Lucie Montgomery and an intriguing blend of secret societies, Prohibition bootleg wine and potentially scandalous documents hidden by the Founding Fathers – all of which yield a vintage murder.   The Arts Center In Orange is located at 129 E. Main St., Orange. Call 672-7311 for more information.

DEC. 16


The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in partnership with the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office, will return to Orange County to offer DMV Connect services Monday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gordon Building, located at 112 W. Main St. in Orange. For more information, visit or call the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office at 672-4441.

DEC. 17


Relay for Life organizers will hold an informational meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Orange. The local Relay for Life will be May 30, 2020 at Eastern View High School in Culpeper and organizers are hoping to attract more Orange County participants, teams, sponsors and survivors. For more information, contact Kim Paris at or Ronny Leger at


St. Thomas Episcopal Church will host the 19th annual “Messiah” sing-along Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Alan Miller will conduct, accompanied by strings and organ, and lead individuals and audience members in selections of Handel’s “Messiah.” Scores are available. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. A reception will follow.

DEC. 20


The Madison Choral Society presents “A Ceremony of Carols,” in two concerts this holiday season. The program will include Christmas works by Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, George Frideric Handel, W.A. Mozart, Randall Thompson and others. Rafael Scarfullery will conduct. The first concert will be held Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange. A second concert is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 21, at 4:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Church in Haywood.

DEC. 21


The Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum in historic Gordonsville will host a Christmas event Saturday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum will offer refreshments and children can visit with the Grinch for photos. Admission will be donation-based.

DEC. 22


The Orange Community Band celebrates the season with a holiday concert at Orange County High School Sunday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of wonderful music that will fill you with the spirit of Christmas.  Admission is free.   For more information, visit or check out the band on Facebook.

DEC. 26


Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, all kids ages 14 and under get free admission for any house tour at James Madison’s Montpelier. To learn more, visit

JAN. 6


The James Madison Museum of Orange County History will host a discussion on the history of local Boy Scouts Monday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m. The program will be presented by Orange County resident Ray Ezell, assistant southern region, area 7 coordinator of the Boy Scouts.

JAN. 14


Virginia Cooperative Extension will have two master gardener training course options starting in January 2020. The first class will meet Tuesday mornings, beginning Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. The second class will meet Thursday evenings, beginning Jan. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. Both courses will cover the same material and will meet once per week. For more information, an application and to register for a mandatory orientation (in November), contact the Culpeper Extension Office at (540) 727-3435 ext 0 or

JAN. 17


Four County Players will host “Palettes at the Players” Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., to benefit its “build a backstage” effort. Participants will enjoy a sampling of Barboursville wine, with an art instructor who will lead them in a painting exercise they will take home at the end of the evening. The cost is $40 and tickets are available at The Bistro will be open for food and refills during the event.


Youth Orchestra Alive is an after-school program for beginning students in third grade and older to learn to play the violin, viola, cello or bass. Classes meet every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Music Room in Orange. Classes are taught by Darlene Dawson, a retired orchestra teacher and Rapidan Orchestra violist. For more information, email The Music Room is located at 135 East Main St., Orange.


Musikgarten is an early-childhood music education program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers held Monday mornings at The Music Room at Orange. Help your child develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. Participants will sing, chant, move, dance, listen and play simple instruments. Classes for pre-schoolers begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by toddlers at 10:15 a.m. and babies at 11 a.m. All classes are taught by Caroline Baldwin, licensed and certified Musikgarten instructor.  For more information, email Music Room is located at 135 East Main St., Orange.


Evening sessions of The Fun Band is open to all comers the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at The Music Room in Orange. Upcoming dates include Nov. 11 and Dec. 12. There are songbooks to sing along, and anyone who plays an instrument anywhere from the beginning level on up, is invited. The Music Room is located at 135 East Main St., Orange.

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. Beginning Nov. 8, Santa’s house will be open for early drop offs. For more information, contact Dallas Anderson at (434) 962-9768.

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