AUG. 17


The Orange County Free Clinic will hold a summer block party Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Silk Mill complex on Madison Road in Orange. The clinic wants to thank the community and show its appreciation for its support by hosting a party in the clinic’s parking lot. Join them for food, music, prizes and free health checks. Tour the clinic and meet the staff. Those who are uninsured can enroll for health care at the clinic and receive free Sheetz gift cards. Current patients who bring a friend will both receive gift cards.


The 79th annual Belmont Horse Show will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. at 17301 Monrovia Road, Orange. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Food will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the Belmont Club of Women and the Belmont Ruritan Club. For more information, call (571) 442-0655 or 854-5355 or email

AUG. 18


Congregations from six area churches will come together at Orange Presbyterian Church Sunday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. to assemble 10,000 meal packages for Rise Against Hunger. This international hunger relief organization distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. Community volunteers are welcome. Childcare is provided. Call 672-4240 for additional information.

AUG. 19


The Piedmont Race Amity Alliance presents “Race: The Power of an Illusion,” a three-part PBS documentary about race in society, science and history. Dates are Aug. 19, Aug. 26 and Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in Room 313 of Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West Street, Culpeper.

AUG. 20


The Orange County Department of Social Services’ VIEW/Adult Education Center will offer a nurse aide class starting Aug. 20, and continuing through Sept. 19. For more information, contact Bernice Washington at 672-1155 ext. 8141 or email

AUG. 21


Join the Young at Heart Club Wednesday, Aug. 21, 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.

AUG. 23


Virginia Cooperative Extension will be hosting a tree and shrub identification series starting Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at James Madison’s Montpelier. The series will continue Fridays, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, and Sept. 13. Registration is required. For more information and to register), contact the Culpeper Extension Office at (540) 727-3435 or


Bound2Please Books will host author Lynn Coffey Friday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m. Coffey lives in the little hamlet of Love in Nelson County and is the author of the BackRoads series which recounts stories of Blue Ridge families. Shewill read from her new book “Crazy Quilt,”  regaling us with more American folklore. Refreshments will be served and the author will sign books after her talk. Call 672-4000.

AUG. 24


Orange County Libraries’ new maker program will be wax watercolor resist art. Participants will craft a watercolor picture over one of four pre-printed, wax-resistant designs. Preregistration is required and is limited to 20 participants at each location. The Gordonsville program will be Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Call 832-0712.


On Aug. 24, the MAD Run 4-miler and Kid’s MAD Dash returns for the 10th year to gorgeous Hebron Lutheran Church Road. The event will start promptly at 7:45 a.m. The cost of the is $25 per runner or walker and you can register online at www.madrun4miler. There are awards for the top male and female runners and door prizes, and participants are encouraged to stick around until the end for a chance to win amazing raffle prizes. Parking will be available behind Hebron Lutheran Church. After 7:20 a.m., please enter the parking area from Blankenbaker Road since Hebron Church Road will be closing for the event. There will be a free Kid’s MAD Dash also starting at 7:30 a.m. To register your child for this, please send an email to with names and ages. Interested in being a sponsor or donating a door prize? Email

AUG. 25


The Orange County Education Foundation will honor longtime music teacher Judy Peterson with its lifetime contribution award at its fundraising celebration of education Sunday, Aug. 25 at The Pavillion at Lakeland Farm. The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. RSVP at 661-4550 or at by Aug. 16. The foundation supports scholarship and advancement for teachers in all Orange County Schools. For more information,


A free hunter education class will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, from 12 to 6 p.m. in the Orange Public Works building on Warren Street. Students must complete several hours of self-study prior to the class to be sure of passing the test and receiving a certification card.  The self study options can be found on the DGIF website at:, or by contacting the regional office at (540) 248-9360. A free copy of the book “Today’s Hunter” is also available at the Orange County Parks and Recreation office. This course is open to anyone, however, youths 12 and under can only attend if they are accompanied by an adult. There are a limited number of seats and preregistration is required. To register, visit or call (888) 516-0844.  If you have any questions, contact Mark Frazier at 661-3489, after 5 p.m.


Historian Gene Betit, author of “Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid — African Americans’ 400 Years in North America, 1619-2019,” will discuss the service of Black Americans in World Wars I and II and the “Great Migration” at the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage Sunday, Aug.25, at 2 p.m. Due to limited seating, RSVP to 672-1766 or Freewill donations appreciated.

AUG. 28


The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. in the commission offices at 420 Southridge Parkway, Suite 106, in Culpeper.

AUG. 31


James Madison’s Montpelier will host a nature exploration program titled “Insect Friends and Foes, Saturday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. Join this family-friendly small group experience through gardens, fields and forest to discover Montpelier’s buzzing bugs, winged wonders and creepy crawlers.  Learn the difference between insects and bugs, butterflies and moths, and those that are helpful or harmful. The walk may involve some moderate hills and is suitable for elementary-age children and those older. Cost is $10 per person and begins at the visitor center.  For more information or to register, visit  In case of inclement weather, call 672-2728, ext. 141 or 252.



The Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Center at Culpeper announce a series of brown-bag-breakfast seminars at the Culpeper County Library. These seminars will provide avenues of discussion to include ways to finance, manage, grow and nurture and locate the resources to plan your business strategy.   Light morning refreshments will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their brown-bag-breakfasts along with their hunger for business savvy topics to these events. No registration is required. The events will take place Thursdays Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Culpeper County Library’s Meeting Room at 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper.




The Orange County Chamber of Commerce will host its 44th annual Orange Street Festival Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Orange. More than 200 vendors are expected. The event will feature live music, a kids zone and a beer and wine garden. For more information visit


Tickets are now on sale for the Mine Run Volunteer Fire Company $5,000 raffle dinner. The dinner is Saturday, Sept. 7.  Tickets are $100 per couple and include dinner, one chance to win $5,000 and five chances to win $100.  Dinner will be steamship round of beef, chicken in a mushroom cream sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, salad, dessert and an open bar for beverages.  Cocktails start at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and the drawing is at approximately 8:30 p.m.  You need not be present to win.  For more information or tickets, please contact the fire company chief at (703) 859-3483.



The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage will hold a tea party in Taylor Park in Orange Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by JB Cakes and there will be a floral craft activity.  All ages are welcome. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations and payment must be made in advance. Call 672-1766 or email to RSVP and purchase tickets.

SEPT. 10


A free community suicide prevention conference will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with registration starting at 9:45 a.m. Sponsored by Germanna Community College, Rappahanock-Rapidan Community Services Board and Healthy Culpeper, this conference will include the acclaimed movie, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” and resource tables along with panel discussion involving community members. The panel discussion at this conference will feature coalitions that are enabling community prevention programs to work on this problem locally. Community members are invited to participate in this event with lunch provided upon preregistration. For registration, contact Kaitlyn Nickson at or (540) 321-8751.

SEPT. 11


Students from age 8 up to 17: Come read your poetry or short story at an open mic night at Bound2please Books Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. Reading out loud will help instill confidence, enhance creativity and provide vital feedback. Participants can read their own works or a published piece to a supportive audience in the book shop in downtown Orange. Call 672-4000 for more information.

SEPT. 14


Enjoy a free, family-friendly day celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution at Montpelier Saturday, Sept. 14. Begin the day with an interpreter-led “We the People” trail walk on the 3.5-mile Montpelier Loop Trail at 9 a.m. A second walk will be offered at 1 p.m. Admission to the house is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and hands-on history activities and colonial games around the grounds will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mr. Madison will be at home and receiving guests. Enjoy a variety of walking tours: “Montpelier’s Enslaved Community,” “Archaeology,” and “Garden and Grounds.” The lab and active dig sites will be open. Pack a lunch or picnic or enjoy a picnic buffet n the Exchange Café. Listen to live music while you eat; adults can also enjoy a cold craft beer for $5/glass.


Join local artist Kim Stocker for a ceramic plate workshop in a partnership between the Orange County Library and The Arts Center In Orange Outreach Program. Do you have a lot “on your plate?” Most people do. Take a break and come to this fun, introductory workshop where you’ll create your own food-safe ceramic plate. Workshops will be held at each of the county’s three libraries. The Orange Library workshop will be Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Gordonsville session will be Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Wilderness workshop will be Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The program is free and open to adult participants 18 and older. All supplies are included. The program is limited to 10 participants and preregistration is required. Call the Orange Library at 672-3811, Gordonsville at 832-0712 or Wilderness at 854-5310. Contact the Arts Center at 672-7311.

SEPT. 15


The 17th annual Tony Fogliani Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Orange County Free Clinic will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. at Meadows Farms Golf Course in Locust Grove. Early registration is $75 per player and $300 per team. The tournament will be a captain’s choice, shotgun start format. For sponsorship or registration information, call 672-3530 or visit



Join Montpelier at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a back-to-basics look at America’s defining contract. As we explore the text, we will consider both the complexity and simplicity of the world’s oldest written Constitution. Attendees will gain a better appreciation of how Madison’s ideas, conceived at Montpelier, are the foundation for Americans, and indeed billions of people around the world, aspiring to build a more perfect union. The event is free for members, but a $50 registration fee for the general public (which includes a complimentary Montpelier membership that will begin immediately upon registration). Registration is required at


The annual meeting of the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. The annual meeting offers a chance to learn about the museum and become involved with museum committees and events. Members vote on the board of directors. There is no fee to attend but participants are encouraged to RSVP due to limited seating.  Call 672-1766 or email

SEPT. 16


A free “Medicare 101” seminar will be held Monday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Grace Health and Rehab at 355 William Mills Dr., Stanardsville. Refreshments provided. R.S.V.P. to Michelle Pitts at (434) 985-4434.

SEPT. 20


The Germanna Community College Educational Foundation will host a benefit golf tournament Friday, Sept. 20 at Meadows Farms Golf Course in Locust Grove. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Sponsorships are available. The cost is $125 per golfer. To pay online, visit The foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the college through scholarships, new program development, equipment and facilities.

SEPT. 21


Join Montpelier in celebrating more than 1,900 acres of historical lands permanently set aside for all to enjoy–an achievement that will protect agricultural resources, forest resources, scenic open spaces, historic landscapes and views, and wildlife habitat. This free, fun, family-friendly event begins at 6 p.m. with a twilight trail hike in the Landmark Forest. Food from the Barbeque Exchange, wine from Barboursville Vineyards, and Virginia craft beers will be available for purchase. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show on James Madison’s front lawn at 8 p.m. Bring your walking shoes, a picnic, blankets, and chairs. The event is free. Registration is not required. No outside alcohol allowed. No pets allowed.


The Dolley Madison Quilters Guild will hold a quilt show Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, at Prospect Heights Middle School. Admission is $5 per person. The show will feature quilts for sale, local artisans and vendors, a white elephant sale, gift shop with handcrafted items and a raffle for a king size quilt. Proceeds benefit the Shining Hands Caring Kidz Program. The show is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email for more information or visit the show Facebook page.


The Madison County High School Class of 1969 will gather Saturday, 21, for a fall picnic. The picnic will begin at 3 p.m. at the duck farm near Hebron Lutheran Church. Fried chicken and iced tea will be provided. Please bring a favorite dish to share and a lawn chair.


The Orange County High School Class of 1979 will hold its 40-year reunion Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 – 11 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Newton Street in Orange. Dress Casual for a potluck dinner and BYOB. We hope to see you there and at the Hornets’ varsity football game Friday, Sept. 20, against Courtland High School.

SEPT. 22


The Orange County Heart Walk is Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. at Orange County High School.  Walk in honor of a family member or friend who has been touched by heart disease or stroke.  All Red Caps (heart disease survivors) are invited to attend.  The event is sponsored by the Orange County Unit of the American Heart Association.  For more information, call 832-5658 or go to to make an online donation.

SEPT. 25


The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage presents Dr. Jeff Broadwater, professor of history at Barton College to discuss his new book “Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution,” Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. He is the author of a number of historical works and his book “George Mason: Forgotten Founder” (2006) won the Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography from the Virginia Historical Society. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Call 672-1766 or email for more information.

SEPT. 26


Thursday, Sept. 26, Locust Grove AARP Chapter 5239 will sponsor a trip to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., for a Washington Nationals-Philadelphia Phillies baseball game.  Seats are $75 and located in the lower field with elevator access.  The trip will depart Lake of the Woods at 1 p.m. and stop at the Fredericksburg commuter lot at 1:20 p.m.  For reservations, contact Dave at (571) 334-4913, or Nick at (540) 972-0350, email


Grace Health and Rehab of Greene County will hold a “Light Up the Night” memorial program honoring loved ones who have died. The event will feature live music, refreshments and paper lantern decorating. As the sun sets, participants will send their “lights of love” into the sky honoring those who have gone on before. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. R.S.V.P. by Sept. 2 to Michelle Pitts at (434) 985-4434.

SEPT. 28


A reunion of the Orange County High School Class of 1974 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at Veteran’s Park near the Orange American Legion Hall. For more information, email


The George Washing Carver High School Alumni Association will hold its annual homecoming event Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Route 15 school. At 1 p.m., the association will unveil its new exhibit, “Athlos,” (the Greek word for athletics), featuring highlights from the 20-year history of Carver football, baseball, basketball and track, including coaches, cheerleading and the marching band. The event will feature food vendors, music, a vintage car show and more. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Hortense Hinton at (540) 308-5014 or visit for more information.


As part of the celebration for the opening of the James Madison Museum’s American Silk Mill exhibit, it will be offering an opportunity for children to learn and try silk screening. The free, hands-on activity will be Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 – 11 a.m.  The event is free, but participants are encouraged to RSVP to 672-1766 or to guarantee sufficient supplies for all participants. Following the activity, children will be able to enjoy the Silk Mill exhibit or otherwise explore the museum.

OCT. 4


Bingo is back!  Beginning Friday, Oct. 4, the Mine Run Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting bingo on the first and third Fridays.  Doors open at 5 p.m., early birds are at 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo starts at 7 p.m.  A regular admission pack is $20 and includes 19 games.  Paper for an additional five games is sold separately for $1 each, including the jackpot.  Food will be available for sale.  Come see old friends, make new ones and help raise money for the fire company.  For more information or questions, please contact the fire company chief at (703) 859-3483.

OCT. 19


The James Madison Museum will hold its annual appraisal fair Saturday, Oct.19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is patterned after “Antiques Roadshow” and participants are invited to bring treasures for a professional oral appraisal. The cost of appraisal is $20 per item or three items for $50. The museum is located at 129 Caroline St. in Orange. For more information, call 672-1776.

OCT. 26


AARP Chapter 5239 will sponsor a fall foliage vintage train ride through Maryland’s scenic country side Saturday, Oct. 26. The price is $85 per person and includes lunch. For more information, call 972-4651 or email


The Orange County High School Class of 1984 will hold its 35th reunion Friday, Nov. 1. Those in the classes of 1981 – 1987 are also welcome to attend. Contact Leslie Garrison Figgins at 832-2459 or Kevin Powell at (540 259-1388 for more information.

DEC. 4


AARP Chapter 5239 will offer a holiday trip to New York City from Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Friday, Dec. 6. The price is $579 per person including: two nights lodging (rooms are double-occupancy); two dinners, including one at a Brazilian steakhouse; a tour of the 9/11 museum, memorial and the top of One World Observatory; “The Ride,” an interactive tour of midtown; and free time to shop and sightsee. For more information, call 972-4651 or email

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