Visitors to last weekend’s Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House stroll past Pinto Thai restaurant, while Santa seems to ask, “Have you been naughty, or nice this year?”

Remembering an Old Time Christmas

A nostalgic program, “Remembering an Old Time Christmas,” will be held 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Graffiti House, 19484 Brand Rd. in Brandy Station.

The Brandy Station Foundation will host an open house featuring Santa Claus, the Wilderness Run Players dulcimer music, refreshments, and a children’s program designed to share 18th century family customs. Children will have the opportunity to make ornaments, paper fans and “tussie mussies.” They will learn popular songs and the recipe for “rock candy” and how to make and write with a quill pen.

All are welcome with no RSVP necessary; please mark your calendars. For information, see

Santa to visit VFW

Santa and his elf will pay a visit to Culpeper VFW Post 2524 from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday Dec. 1. The hall is located at 12210 Sperryville Pike in Culpeper.

Santa is looking forward to seeing everyone. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 540/948-4661. There is no charge for this event.

Christmas Concert

The Blue Ridge Chorale will present a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West. St.

Prepare to be inspired by the 70 voices of this local chorale under the artistic direction of C. Alexander Smith. Brittany Bach is accompanist, Melanie Bolas is assistant director and Donna Steckler, assistant accompanist. No tickets are required. Donations gratefully accepted. For information, see and like Blue Ridge Chorale on Facebook.

Wreaths Across America at Culpeper National Cemetery

Sponsorships are being sought for placement of holiday wreaths in Culepper National Cemetery.

As of Wednesday, 2,918 wreaths had been sponsored of the more than 11,000 needed to cover the graves of veterans resting in the hallowed burial ground. Wreaths can be sponsored for $15 each at Purchase two wreaths and a third will be added. The deadline to purchase a sponsorship is Dec. 2. Community groups and local businesses are encouraged to participate in this patriotic cause.

Culpeper National Cemetery, an official Wreaths Across America location, will host a wreath-laying ceremony at noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, joining more than 1,600 other locations across the country for National Wreaths Across America Day. The annual event seeks to further the mission of Wreaths Across America of, “Remember, Honor, Teach, ensuring that the memory of

Local program coordinators, Sharon and Jennifer, will be at Chic-fil-A Culpeper from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 collecting last minute sponsors and donations. For information, see Wreaths Across America Culpeper National Cemetery on Facebook or contact

Lights of Love at Culpeper Hospital

The Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual Lights of Love tree lighting event at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 outside the Culpeper Medical Center emergency room.

Community members can donate in honor or in remembrance of a loved one by purchasing a light on the tree for $10 or a light in the star for $50. Forms are available in the first floor lobby reception area at the main entrance of Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, the gift shop in the main lobby, the coffee shop on the second floor adjacent to the waiting room or in the Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, 513 Meadowbrook Shopping Center.

The Dec. 3 program will feature holiday music by Jewell Tone Music Children’s Chorale as well as holiday treats and hot chocolate.

Pen to Paper meeting

Pen to Paper will hold its next monthly morning meeting 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3 at Culpeper County Library and an evening session from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fran Cecere’s house. People attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Member’s significant others are invited.

December writing prompts are: Christmas future and describing a “colorful” holiday (use as many colors as possible). Writers are asked to keep prompt stories to 500 words. Writers will share their work and receive constructive feedback. Pen to Paper, a writing club of Windmore Foundation for the Arts, meets the first Tuesday of each month in the library conference room.

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