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 in 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.


The Louisa Community Emergency Fund will host its third annual “Gospel Extravaganza” on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Louisa High School’s Alan Jackson Theatre. This year’s performers will include: The Shelton Brothers, Ann Quarles, Jamori Harris and his Amplified Youth Ministry group, Camden Harper, Byrd Grove Baptist choir, and Thomas Mason, who has performed all over the country including at the National Cathedral. Dinners, provided by Our Brothers Keeper, will be available for purchase during intermission. Event tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Contact Lin Kogle at (540) 894-0239 or Thomas Johnson at (540) 894-7644 for more information or to purchase tickets.


Mitchells Presbyterian Church will hold its annual fall steak dinner on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost for adults is $12 and children 6-12 eat for $5.  Children under 6 eat for free.  Proceeds will benefit the Christ-Center Addiction Restoration Services.  For more information and carry-outs, call 825-1079.   


Bound2plz Books welcomes science fiction enthusiasts to this month's gathering at the Main Street book shop, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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


The Orange County Democratic Committee picnic will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. at Veteran’s Park on Newton Street in Orange. Amy Laufer, candidate for Virginia State Senate, and Ann Ridgeway, candidate for House of Delegates, will be guests. All are welcome. Please bring a side dish or dessert. For more information, call (540) 972-0305.

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.


The Culpeper Race Amity Alliance will meet Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West Street, Culpeper.


The fall season of Bel Canto will resume with rehearsals Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.  Concert dates are Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Orange and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. at Piedmont Episcopal Church in Madison.  Rehearsals are held Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Madison United Methodist Church at 505 South Main Street in the town of Madison.  Bel Canto is seeking new members at all musical ranges. For further information, call Bob Burnett at (540) 222-1397.

SEPT. 18


Join the Young at Heart Club to hear missionaries from Cameroon speak Wednesday, Sept. 18, 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.


The Culpeper-Orange-Madison chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Culpeper County Library. As September is Suicide Prevention Month, meeting topics will include a discussion of how universal background checks, red flag laws, and the BE SMART program can reduce the risk of firearm suicides. The meeting also will cover upcoming efforts to campaign for Virginia General Assembly candidates who support common sense gun laws. Moms Demand Action will also host a table at the Culpeper Fiesta on September 20 and the Gordonsville Fall Festival on October 5.

SEPT. 19


Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Germanna Foundation staff and representatives from Germanna Community College and the National Park Service will be stationed around the Fort Germanna Visitor Center grounds to provide a historical narrative about the history of its property. The event is free to the public and visitors can walk the property at their own pace. In the event of inclement weather, the stations will be moved inside the Fort Germanna Visitor Center and Hitt Archaeology Center. Complimentary cookies and punch will be available inside the visitor center. The center is located at 2062 Germanna Hwy., Locust Grove. For more information, call (540) 423-1700 or email


The Rapidan Service Authority will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Madison County Administration Building.

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. 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.


The Madisons of Montpelier Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of 1812 will hold their next meeting on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Café, Ruckersville. Guests and prospective members are cordially invited to attend. For further information and to RSVP please contact Anne Winn at or 832-3771.


Join Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield (FCMB) for a guided walking tour of the battlefield and learn about the August 9, 1862 encounter in which Confederate troops led by General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson prevailed over Federal troops led by General Nathaniel Banks at a cost of 3,800 men killed or wounded. The tour will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 a.m. No preregistration is required. A $10 donation to support battlefield preservation efforts is requested. Parking is available at the FCMB meeting house at 9465 General Winder Road, Rapidan. Inquiries may be directed to

 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. 23


The Orange County Department of Social Services VIEW/Adult Education Center will hold a personal care aide training course Sept. 23 to Oct. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Bernice Washington at 672-1155 ext. 8141 or email


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. Call Michelle Pitts at (434) 985-4434 for more information.

SEPT. 27 - 28


The Belmont Club of Women will hold a scrapbook weekend Sept. 27 – 28. Join fellow scrappers for two fun days of cropping Friday, Sept. 27 from 1 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Belmont Club, 7124 Belmont Road, Mineral.  The $65 cost includes two days, a six-foot table, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, door prizes,  snacks and drinks, vendors on site plus much more!  Contact Anne at (540) 219-3646 for more information and a registration form. 

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 Gordonsville Police Department is offering a free firearms safety class open to anyone over the age of 12.  Those interested may contact the Gordonsville Police Department at 832-2234 to register for the class. Certificates will be awarded to everyone that successfully completes the class. The class will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Gordonsville Town Hall. There is no cost, but participants must register by Tuesday, Sept. 24. Please bring a pen and paper to take notes. There will be a test at the conclusion of the class and participants must score a minimum of 80% to be awarded a certificate. Participants should not bring firearms to the class.


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.


Saturday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., The Arts Center In Orange welcomes Henry Browne to speak on his book, “Vanishing History: Ruins in Virginia.” Browne will offer a virtual tour of historic and abandoned structures around Virginia, including mills, railroad depots, residences, and more. The talk is free and open to the public. Contact Mary Dennis at 672-7311 for further information.

SEPT. 29


Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will host the 13th annual “Taming the Wilderness” living history event at Ellwood Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Programs include guided walking tours, craftspeople and artisans and demonstrations of 18th century frontier living. The Germanna Foundation will have a display of archaeological activity from nearby sites. For more information, visit

SEPT. 30


The Foothills Housing Network and Legal Aid Works will be hosting a workshop on “I owe money, what are my rights?” Monday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 420 Southridge Pkwy., suite 106, Culpeper.  Legal Aid Works will focus on debt collection, garnishments, bankruptcy, etc.  The workshop is free but registration is requested at Those attending are welcome to bring a bagged dinner to enjoy during the presentation. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (540) 829-7450 or email

OCT. 3


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 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.

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.


Rapidan Volunteer Fire Department will hold its fall harvest pork tenderloin dinner Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse. The menu includes: pork tenderloin, baked apples, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, desserts and beverages. Eat-in or carry-out plates are available for $12 (adults) or $6 (children 12 and under). Proceeds benefit the fire department’s tanker fund. Call 672-5744 for more information.


The NAACP Culpeper Branch, also representing Madison and Rappahannock counties, will host its 38th annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 12 noon in the Peppers Banquet Hall at the Best Western Culpeper Inn. The fundraiser also supports the NAACP’s scholarship fund, which awards four $500 scholarships to deserving high school students in Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties. Tickets are $50 each. For tickets, table sponsorships and advertising placements in the souvenir journal, contact Rose Herrity at (540) 219-8909 or

OCT. 5


The Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary is preparing for its annual fall festival Saturday, Oct. 5, at the fairgrounds. Spaces are available for $60 and electricity is available on a first-come basis. Last year, there were more than 75 vendors in attendance. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and parking is available at the firehouse on Baker Street. For more information, contact Debbie Hoffman at 832-3297.   Applications are available at the fire company’s website— All proceeds benefit the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company which serves Orange and Louisa counties.


A one-week book sale, sponsored by the Gordonsville Friends of the Library, will be held Oct. 5 to 12 at the Gordonsville Library, 319 N. Main Street, Gordonsville. Books for all ages, fiction and nonfiction, as well as CDs and DVDs will be available. All-day specials include: $5 for a bag of books and $10 for a box of books. Sale hours are: Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 12 during regular library hours. All proceeds benefit the library.

OCT. 6


There will be a free hunter education class conducted at the War Memorial Building in Madison Sunday, Oct. 6, from noon to 6 p.m.  Pre-registration is required and there are a limited number of seats.  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 Madison County Extension Office.  

This course is open to anyone, however, youths 12 and under only can attend if they are accompanied by an adult.  To register, visit the VA DGIF website at or call (888) 516-0844.  For additional information, contact Mark Frazier at 661-3489, after 5 p.m.

OCT. 9

OCHS CLASSES OF 1959 and 1960

Members of the Orange County High School classes of 1959 and 1960 will gather for their annual fall “Dutch Treat” lunch and fellowship at The General’s Quarters Restaurant in Locust Grove on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 11:30 a.m. Guests and members of other OCHS classes are welcome as well. Reservations are requested by Monday, Oct. 1. Please register by contacting one of the following classmates: Clyde Davis at or (757) 566-9747; or B.J. Carpenter Simms at or (904) 241-7842.

OCT. 12


The Orange American Legion, Post 156, is hosting a free community breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall at the end of Newton Street in the Town of Orange.  Everyone is invited to enjoy a breakfast that will include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, biscuits, fried potatoes, pastries and beverages. Donations will be accepted and will support the Legion’s activities that help our community.


The Orange County High School Family, Career, Community Leaders of America chapter will host a community yard sale Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Hornet Sports Center (field house) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are available for $10. Contact Nicole Lohr at 661-4300, ext. 1130 or for more information.

OCT. 18


   The Lake of the Woods Civil War Study Group hosts its annual Battle of the Wilderness Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse. The guest speaker will be Chris Mackowski, editor in chief of the Emerging Civil War book series. He will speak on his latest book, “The Great Battle Never Fought: The 1863 Mine Run Campaign.”  The dinner is open to the public, but seating is limited. The cost is $27 per person. Reservations are required before Oct. 10. Details and a reservation form are available at

OCT. 19


Civil War historian and author Dr. Peter Carmichael will discuss the war from the everyday soldier’s point of view at a gourmet dinner presentation sponsored by Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Generals’ Quarters Restaurant on Route 20 in Locust Grove. Cost is a $35 donation to FoWB and reservations are required. The reservation deadline is Oct. 14. Visit


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. 25


The National Wreath Project benefit golf tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at Meadows Farms Golf Course in Locust Grove. The tournament benefits the Sgt. Mac Foundation that works to raise money for holiday wreaths at the graves of servicemen and women at the National Cemetery at Quantico, Virginia. The cost is $100 per person and includes golf, lunch, mulligans and prizes. Sponsorships are available. The captain's choice tournament begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. To register or for sponsorship information, email For more on the project, visit

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.


The Orange County High School Family, Career, Community Leaders of America chapter will host a trunk or treat car show at the high school Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. Preregistration is $10 per car or $15 on the day of the event. Those entered are encouraged to decorate their cars and hand out candy or simply hand out candy. Children are encouraged to attend in Halloween costumes. The event will benefit FCCLA programs. Trophies will be presented to best in sow, bust truck and best car. To register or for more information, contact Nicole Lohr at 661-4300, ext. 1130 or at

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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