Lightfoot

Elnora Lightfoot, who retired this year after being a Culpeper County Public School bus driver since 1965, is greeted by CCPS Director of Transportation John Walsh during a surprise retirement party last Saturday evening.

Battlefield Tours at Cedar Mountain

Join Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield for a guided walking tour of the battlefield in Culpeper County on the third Saturday of each month in June, July, September and October.

The first tour will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday with parking at the Friends of Cedar Mountain Meeting House, 9465 General Winder Rd. in Rapidan, off of U.S. 15 south of Culpeper. A $10 donation is requested.

The summer and fall tours are open to all ages to 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. Please note August 10-11, 2019 is the annual commemoration of the battle, a free living history event open to the public. Contact info@friendsofcedarmountain.org or 540/727-8849 for information.

The Gypsy Food Truck Festival & Flea Market

Vendors will come from near and far to offer an enjoyable shopping and food truck experience 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises, 10220 James Monroe Highway.

Hosted by Jane of All Trades, the Gypsy Food Truck Festival will offer handmade, handpicked, handpainted items, games, food, music and more. For information, see gypsywagonjane.com/gypsy-flea

The Gypsy Tent Revival will be held at 7 p.m. on the grounds of Culpeper Ag Enterprises following the Gypsy Flea & Food Truck Festival. There will be words from preachers, music by local singers and musicians, and open testimony from any who come.

Brandy Edwards, co-owner with her sister Tabatha Haines of Jane of All Trades, explains that this event is meant to be one where you can come as you are and be fed both physically and spiritually.

Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Series concludes

The local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will conclude its garden series with a final class on trellising/staking and moisture management at 5 p.m. this Friday at The Carver Center, 9433 James Madison Highway in Culpeper County. Cost is $10 per class. For information or to register, contact Shawn Appling at 540/727-3435 ext. 355 or ashawn6@vt.edu.

Local Commemoration of 400th Anniversary of Africans in America

Sky Meadow State Park will host a history event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday in commemoration of local ties to the 400th Anniversary of Africans in America.

From separation of families during slavery in the mid-1800s, to children without local schools in the mid-1900s, Sky Meadows’ history is rich in stories of African Americans’ experiences in the Crooked Run Valley, according to a news release. Join staff and volunteers for special tours of the park’s Historic Area to see, hear, taste, and touch these stories. Tours begin every half hour at the front porch of Mount Bleak House.

The State Park is located at 11012 Edmonds Lane in Delaplane, Fauquier County. There is a $10 entrance fee per car. For information, contact skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov or 540/592-3556.

MAD Cats yard sale benefit

A large fundraising yard sale will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at 13737 Inlet Rd. in Culpeper to benefit Madison Community Cats, also known as MAD Cats. The nonprofit, all volunteer run organization provides low cost spay & neuter services for cats in Culpeper and Madison counties.

This weekend’s yard sale will have many items for sale, including cookies, to support the group and its efforts to prevent unwanted and overpopulation of the cat population. Donations will be accepted and information provided about MAD Cats. For information, contact Patmadcats4@gmail.com.

Community Art Show & Sale

A Community Art Show & Sale will be held noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday at Remington United Methodist Church, 150 W. Bowen St. in Remington.

The Community Garden Gala will follow, starting at 4:30 p.m. For information, contact RCArtShow@gmail.com or on Facebook.

Memories of Elvis

Memories of Elvis, featuring Steward Chapman, will be performed at 2 p.m. this Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 341 Newton St. in the town of Orange.

Tickets are $15 in advance on EventBrite or $20 at the door with proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Doors will open at 1:30 for general admission seating.

For information, contact dellis5949@yahoo.com or 540/854-6283.

Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Meeting

The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will hold its chapter meeting at 11 a.m. this Saturday at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant in Southgate Shopping Center in the town of Culpeper. Lunch will be ala carte.

The special guest speaker will be Sally Humphries, author of “Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution.” New members will be inducted and there will be discussion of summer activities.

At 2 p.m., the group will gather at the Culpeper Minutemen marker, on the back side of Yowell Meadow Park, for a ceremony honoring the original Culpeper Minutemen.

Lignum Ruritan Shrimp Dinner

Lignum Ruritan Club will serve a Shrimp Dinner 5 to 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Ruritan clubhouse, 20489 Gibson Rd. in Lignum. Come and enjoy good fellowship and good food while supporting community activities. For information, contact 540/718-5130 or 540/825-2157.

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