Normally, the three dozen artists in the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle travel to Trish Crowe’s Madison County studio to create and discuss their latest works. But last month, the area artists began a plein air art gathering each Thursday at James Madison’s Montpelier. After painting, drawing a…

Downtown Gordonsville business owners put together a “safe, social distancing-compliant Independence Day celebration,” Friday, July 3. The idea for the event had been in the works long before the coronavirus pandemic shut down not only business activity, but also most July 4 celebrations. Th…

The Gordonsville Lions Club presented the 68th annual Miss Orange County Pageant last Friday at Orange County High School with 22 contestants. Pageant participants competed for nearly $3,000 in scholarships. The winners are: 2020 Miss Orange County Elizabeth Goodwin ($1,000 scholarship), fir…

More than 1,500 visited James Madison’s Montpelier Dec. 7, for the presidential estate’s holiday open house. Visitors enjoyed cookies and cider, holiday crafts, a visit with Santa, free house tours and more. 

Orange Baptist Church presented its 36th edition of the Singing Christmas Tree with two performances each Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 - 15. This year’s program, led by Martha Mikula, was titled “Rise up, Shepherd and Follow.” The holiday tradition features three dozen singers, a dozen chanc…

The Orange Rotary Club held the 40th annual re-dedication of the Orange Community Memorial Christmas Tree Sunday, Dec. 8 in Taylor Park. The tree dedication traditionally follows the club’s Christmas parade. The tree initially was planted and donated by Mr. and Mrs. Welford Sherman in memory…

The Orange Rotary Club hosted its annual Christmas parade Sunday, Dec. 8 in downtown Orange. The theme this year was, “Lights, lights, lights, Christmas lights: Show the world how you light the way during the Christmas season.” To illustrate that theme, the club chose Orange County classroom…

Gordonsville hosted its annual memorial tree-lighting ceremony in front of town hall Sunday, Dec. 1. Hundreds of area residents gathered on Main Street to sing Christmas carols, watch the Brushwood School of Dance students perform, hear the Gordon-Barbour Elementary School Bulldogs sing and …

Grymes Memorial School held a community  innovation celebration Thursday, Nov. 14, featuring student innovation projects and math, science, art and language activities. The tethered hot air balloon rides were a highlight of the afternoon’s events. 

Orange American Legion Post 156 hosted its annual Veterans Day observance Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Legion hall on Newton Street in Orange. As veterans, family and friends filed in, Orange Elementary School students lined the street, waving flags and offering thanks for service. The …

The Town of Gordonsville hosted its 11th annual Veterans Parade on Main Street Saturday, Nov. 9. Dozens of civic and community organizations participated, culminating in a program honoring veterans at the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company. Dr. William “Bill” Foster Hughes, Ret. Colonel, U.…

James Madison’s Montpelier hosted the 85th running of the Montpelier Hunt Races Saturday, Nov. 2. More than 15,000 visitors filled the grounds and enjoyed seven horse races, Jack Russell Terrier and stick horse races, tailgating and hat competitions, fellowship, food and fun. 

The Orange County African American Historical Society (OCAAHS) recognized its second slate of Eclipse Award winners Saturday evening in a celebration of friends and family at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce hosted its fourth annual The Best of Virginia in Orange Chili and Brewfest Saturday at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Participants enjoyed more tastings from more than a dozen regional breweries, a peoples’ choice chili contest, cornhole tournament and m…

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) hosted the 13th annual “Taming the Wilderness” living history event at Ellwood Sunday, Sept. 29. Throughout the day, crafters and artisans offered demonstrations of building trades, homemaking skills and everyday expertise required to settle and survi…

It’s been a dry summer, but you’d never know it from the bright, beautiful flowers on display during the Dolley Madison Garden Club’s Centennial Zinnia Show. Gardeners from across the region entered individual flowers, flower arrangements and photos of flowers in the show, held on Saturday a…

The 43rd annual Pasture Party was held last weekend at Fairfield View Dairy Farm on Route 231 in Somerset. Thousands of visitors attend the annual event that features antique steam and gas engines, live music and entertainment, demonstration, competitions, food and a variety of vendors. 

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James Madison's Montpelier celebrated the 232nd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with full day of events Saturday, Sept. 14. The presidential property welcomed guests for guided trail walks, visits with Mr. Madison in the home, archaeology programs, tours of "The Mere Distinction of Colo…

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 44th annual Orange Street Festival Saturday, Sept. 7, with hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors. Businesses, civic and community organizations and food trucks lined the streets downtown with live music at both ends of the street. 

Orange County TRIAD, in conjunction with Virginia State Police, held a vehicle identification number etching event Aug. 10 at the Orange Volunteer Fire Company. The State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) trailer was on-site and special agents provided the free chemical etchings on…

A severe summer storm ripped through Orange last Thursday evening, toppling trees and utility poles in a stretch from Rapidan Road, north on Route 20 and down Lahore Road. Power was knocked out at homes and businesses as roads and streets were littered with limbs and debris. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with other law enforcement and emergency services agencies, hosted a National Night Out activity Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Booster Park. Participants had a chance to meet local police, fire and EMS officers, explore emergency vehicles, learn about…

The Avis Beasley Community Outreach Group and Black Market Sundays hosted a free school supplies and ice cream event Sunday, Aug. 4, on Cobb Street in Gordonsville. The group distributed 70 bookbags and supplies to nearly 100 children and their families. For more information on the group, vi…

Thirty local children participated in 4-H Cloverbud Camp last week at the Northern Piedmont Center in Orange. Hosted by Orange Cooperative Extension, the camp’s theme was based on Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” This year’s camp focused on environmental education and appreciation. One day, campers l…

Thousands of Orange County residents and visitors from throughout Central Virginia filled Booster Park Saturday evening for the seventh annual Playin’ in the Park Independence Day celebration. The event featured talented local musicians, games, food trucks, a touch-a-truck activity and a fir…

Blue Run Baptist Church, Barboursville, celebrated its 250th anniversary with a family and friends day service Sunday, June 23, at the historic church on Route 20 between Somerset and Barboursville. Organizer Bernice Washington said she was pleased with the turnout and the program. Nearly 12…

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