Black Friday Culpeper Miss Minerva's window

Shoppers in downtown Culpeper look in the window of Miss Minerva’s Tea Room & Gifts on East Davis Street Friday afternoon. Local stores were busy in town and in the shopping centers

Lane closures today through Friday on Route 29 in Opal

The left lanes of U.S. Route 29 in Opal will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 6 for paving operations. The work is part of a project to modify the median breaks and extend turn lanes just north of Route 678 (Opal Road) in Fauquier County, according to a news release from VDOT.

During the paving work one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, but motorists should slow down and follow signs and lane restrictions as they approach the work zone.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.

Martin’s Day of Service

Martins Grocery Stores around Virginia and Maryland will participate today, Dec. 4, in a day of service.

The Culpeper Martins will donate canned goods to The Salvation Army pantry and volunteer to ring bells at Walmart, TJ Maxx, and Safeway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas Walking Candlelight Tour

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 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 7.

The tour will highlight three historic homes, the Louisa County Courthouse Circuit Courtroom, the Old Jail (circa 1868), the Crank Building (circa 1832) and St. James Episcopal Church (circa 1881). Other homes and places of interest will include the Boxley Inn (circa 1860), Uncle Tuck’s Cabin (c. 1740) and the Buffalo Soldier House at 120 West St.

The Hon. Judge John Cullen will speak in the courtroom about its history and refreshments will be offered in the parish hall at St. James. Tickets are $25 with proceed to benefit the DAR scholarship fund, local charities and national DAR projects. For information, contact 540/967-1473.

Virginia Economic Summit

The Virginia Chamber Foundation will host the 10th Annual Virginia Economic Summit 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 6 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The event brings together business leaders, elected officials, and key stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to discuss the different perspectives on Virginia’s economic future, according to a news release.

Panel members will include Gov. Ralph Northam, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, former Governor George Allen, Del. Terry Kilgore, Lisa Sturtevant, Chief Economist with Virginia REALTORS, Arthur Brooks¸ Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and Business School; Calvin “Woody” Fowler, Jr., President & CEO, Williams Mullen and John Reinhart, CEO, Virginia Port Authority, among others. For information, see

Restore Families support group

Do you love someone struggling with addiction? You are not alone. Restore Families is a faith based mutual support group whose mission is to offer support, and encouragement for family and friends affected by someone else’s addiction.

The group meets 7 to 8 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Thursday at Culpeper Baptist Church. Upcoming meeting dates are: Dec 12, Jan 9 & 23, Feb 13 & 27. For information, contact Dee Fleming at

High School and Middle School Band Christmas Concerts

The Culpeper County High School Band, under the direction of Duane Clore, and the Culpeper Middle School Band, led by Rebecca Roach, will present a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Culpeper County High School auditorium.

The Eastern View High School Band, under the direction of Adam Roach, and the Floyd T. Binns Middle School Band, led by of Siobhan Dowen Helton, will present its Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. this Sunday in the auditorium at Eastern View.

At both concerts, the Culpeper Band Boosters, Inc. will be sponsoring a Christmas bake sale to support the band program at all levels. In addition, the Culpeper Band Boosters, Inc. is holding a raffle. Prizes have been donated by individuals and local businesses. The raffle will help the high school students travel to Disney World in the spring. To purchase tickets contact Culpeper High School or Eastern View High School band student or contact Duane Clore at 825-8310, ext. 6523 or Adam Roach at 825-0621, ext. 2334. Tickets will be available at the concert.

Come out and enjoy the holiday music and support our band students. The concerts are free and open to the public.

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