Shrek

Donkey, played by Tyler Bowyer, and Shrek, played by Reilly Tanner, plan a road trip during a rehearsal for the Summer Stages production of “Shrek The Musical Jr.” at Culpeper County High School last Thursday. The play was presented this past weekend in the CCHS auditorium.

New parking lot construction

starts at Old Rag

Shenandoah National Park announces the groundbreaking of a new parking lot for the Old Rag Mountain and Nicholson Hollow area trails. The new parking lot is located near the existing parking lot on Route 600 in Madison County.

A contractor for the national park service was slated to begin work on Monday. The construction is anticipated to take several months to accomplish. Construction activity shouldn’t interfere with hikers going to and from the area trails, however, there will be an increase in noise and truck traffic on Route 600 during the construction period, according to a SNP news release.

When the new parking lot is completed, it will become Shenandoah National Park’s primary parking lot for visitors climbing Old Rag Mountain. A new connector trail built by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club will connect the new parking lot with the Ridge Trail.

Agriculture

Field Day at The Carver Center

The Carver Center in Culpeper County will host Agriculture Field Day 8 a.m. to noon this Wednesday.

Hosted by the Small Farm Outreach Program, which is part of Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the event is free and open to the public. Special guests, Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh and James Tillman with the USDA, will give opening remarks.

There will be exhibits from Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Food and Nutrition Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service as well as demonstrations involving the Master Gardener’s organic vegetable plot, beekeeper’s association, deer fencing, Virginia Department of Forestry and more.

Topics to be covered will also include high tunnel production, commercial rabbit production, small garden plot for easy-to-grow fruits and vegetables, nutrient management, weed control, drone demonstrations, Hispanic outreach, beginning farmer and rancher program, farm equipment, bean varieties and from the Black Farmers of America. Pre-registration is required at ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then the registration link.

Culpeper Fest 2019

An annual showcase connecting business to community, CulpeperFest will take place this year 4 to 8 p.m. this Friday back at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center.

There will be indoor and outdoor exhibitors, giveaways, free health screenings, demonstrations and live music by alumni of Culpeper Has Talent. There will also be fire trucks, rescue squads and EMT vehicles on display as well as a photo booth and face painting.

Admission is free with a ticket from culpeperfest.com or $5 at the door. For information, see culpeperchamber.com/culpeperfest.

Strategy: Engaging Elected Officials

Officials from neighborhood groups, nonprofits, law enforcement, schools, and churches in northern Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties are invited to a free seminar on how to engage elected officials from 9 to 11 a.m. this Wednesday, June 12 in the meeting rooms of the PATH Foundation, 321 Walker Dr. in Warrenton.

Kim Herbstritt, with the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, will cover this important strategy to a successful advocacy campaign of engaging a broad array of individuals to champion efforts in the community.

Nonprofits and government serve the community and together they can work to solve complex issues requiring the design and implementation of strategies at all levels including policy. Herbstritt is an accomplished nonprofit leader who has worked with a range of organizations from small to large. She has designed and executed evidence-based strategies, training, and technical assistance utilizing media advocacy and community organizing, resulting in policy adoption and enforcement. For information, contact jsweigart@pathforyou.org or 540/680-4149.

Creating a

Butterfly Habitat

Janet Davis of Hill House Nursery will present a program, “Creating a Butterfly Habitat from the Ground Up,” at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at Culpeper United Methodist Church on Oaklawn Dr. for the Culpeper Garden Club. For information about the club, contact 540/937-3545.

Fauquier

Economic Summit

The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce will present its 2nd Annual Economic Summit at 8 a.m. this Thursday, June 13 at the Airlie Pavilion.

With this year’s focus on Fauquier’s tourist attractions, the Chamber is encouraging forward thinkers involved in development, real estate, investments, finance, aviation, tourism, industry, commerce, engineering, technology, education, and civic organizations to attend and participate.

The featured speakers will be Jason El Koubi, Executive Vice President at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Tyler Carroll, Business Development Specialist at the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Topics of discussion will include commercial and industrial development opportunities, resources for successful development outcomes, and incentives for technology, defense production, tourism, and green development.Admission is $20.

RSVP events@fauquierchamber.org or 540/347-4414.

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