Tree lighting

Gordonsville Mayor Bob Coiner addresses those assembled at Sunday night’s Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Gordonsville Town Hall.

Class With Clara

Children ages 3 to 8 can experience the magic of The Nutcracker by taking a free ballet class with Clara at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Culpeper Baptist Church.

Culpeper Baptist Child Development Center proudly presents this special event at which participants will learn introductory ballet steps and have photo opportunities with Charlottesville Ballet dancers after the class and a mini performance. Class size is limited so reserve tickets at at this program supported in part by Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Culpeper Library Holiday Book Sale

The Culpeper Library Bookstore is now hosting its holiday book sale through Dec. 21.

Consider purchasing a few gifts/stocking stuffers while supporting a county asset! The Book Sale will be offering Christmas themed novels, paperbacks and books for children with proceeds benefiting the library’s mission.

Christmas Parade entry deadline

Community members have until this Wednesday, Dec. 4 to submit an entry form for participation in the Culpeper Christmas Parade.

The parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 8 on Main Street. For information and to register, see

Montpelier Holiday Open House

James Madison’s Montpelier will host a Holiday Open House this Saturday, Dec. 7 on the grounds of the presidential estate in Orange County.

Montpelier invites the community to take a break from the holiday frenzy to relax and enjoy the season with a bit of history, tradition, and family-friendly activities. The Madisons’ home will be decorated according to 19th-century customs.

The House will be open for tours 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and Mr. Madison will be at home and greeting guests. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, kids’ hands-on history crafts, a delicious soup buffet with cornbread, rolls, and pumpkin cake prepared by the Exchange Cafe ($10/adults, $6/kids 12 and under), and free cookies and cider. Bundle up and head out into the brisk weather, walking along Montpelier’s 8+ miles of trails through horse pastures, meadows, and old-growth forests.

Culpeper Community Christmas Basket The Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program is now collecting canned food to fill Christmas food baskets for needy families. Donations can be left at Battlefield Chevrolet, Battlefield Ford, Battlefield Toyota, Chrysler of Culpeper, Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper County Library, Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper E-911 Center, Frost Café, Gold’s Gym, K & M Rentals, Koon’s Automotive, Martin’s, MedExpress, Mountain Run Bowling Center, Museum of Culpeper History, North Ridge Apartments Lease Office, Rite Aid, Woodscape Apartments Rental Office, Town of Culpeper Treasurer’s Office, Minuteman Mall, VA Dept. of Health, Arbors of Culpeper, and Equinix. Culpeper area schools are also collecting canned food for the program.

The Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program is looking for volunteers to help pack food baskets and toy bags. Volunteers are needed to sort cans starting at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Brandy Station Fire Hall. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, volunteers are needed to help with packing of baskets from 5:00—9:00 p.m. at Brandy Station Fire Hall. Thursday, Dec. 19 starting at 2:00 p.m., volunteers are also needed to help carry food boxes to cars until 8:00 p.m.

Finally, on Friday, Dec. 20 from 2:00—8:00 p.m., volunteers are needed to help carry food boxes to cars. The Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program is also looking for businesses, churches and individuals to adopt a family this season. For information, contact Sue Jenkins at 540/825-7768. Monetary donations are also being accepted to purchase our hams or turkeys for each family. They can be sent to Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program at P.O. Box 574 Culpeper, VA 22701.

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