Bright Spot

The Bright Spot Inclusive Playground in Culpeper County recently received an award for “Best New Facility” from the Va. Recreation and Park Society.

Parks & Rec gets state award for Bright Spot Playground.

The Culpeper County Parks & Recreation Department last week received a “Best New Facility” award for the Bright Spot Inclusive Playground. More than 500 delegates from around the state attended the 64th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society in Tysons Corner. The event is a learning exchange and provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest, according to a news release from the county department.

Highlighting each year’s conference is a formal presentation of awards. This year, 115 applications were received vying for awards in 14 different categories. Culpeper County won in the population category of 50,001-100,000 for the playground that opened last year at the Culpeper County Sports Complex. The playground serves children of all abilities.

Former NBA player to speak at CCHS

Motivational speaker Adrian Branch, who was part of the winning L.A. Lakers World Championship team in 1987, is coming to Culpeper.

He will share stories from the basketball world with humor to encourage and motivate during a special presentation at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 in the auditorium at Culpeper County High School. Branch is an ESPN analyst and Hall of Fame player with the University of Maryland.

He has spoken to nearly two million people through school assemblies, correctional institutions, collegiate professional sports teams and at corporate events. He is dedicated to encouraging people from all backgrounds.

The program at CCHS is free and open to the public and is being sponsored by Culpeper Baptist Church, Mountain View Community Church, Culpeper Wellness Foundation, the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper County High School, the Eastern View HS Athletic Boosters and Culpeper Presbyterian Church.

Living the Dream Foundation meeting

The Living the Dream Foundation for suicide, depression and substance abuse awareness will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 12 in the meeting room at Culpeper Holiday Inn Express.

All are welcome for light dinner and to learn how to help save lives. The group will hear a report on the recent community suicide prevention conference held Tuesday at the Germanna Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. For information, contact

Nat’l Pet Adoption Day

Forgotten Felines of Culpeper will be participating in National Adoption Day noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Culpeper PetSmart.

There will be many kittens and adult cats looking for forever homes. All are completely vetted: dewormed, spayed/neutered, two distemper vaccines, a rabies vaccine if four months or older, tested negative for feline leukemia, FIV, and heartworm and microchipped with a lifetime registration.

Forgotten Felines does not do same day adoptions. To adopt a cat from the all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue, see and click on the application document. Completed forms can be sent to or an application can be filled out on site this weekend at PetSmart.

Forgotten Felines of Culpeper takes in cats from Culpeper County and surrounding areas and cats and kittens from high-kill Virginia shelters that have been abandoned or forgotten. The group provides warm and loving foster homes, proper veterinary care, socialization, and anything necessary to enable cats to find loving purrmanent homes.

East Coast Longhorn Classic

The Longhorn Legacy Group is hosting the 2nd Annual East Coast Longhorn Classic heifer and cow sale starting at 7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 13 at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises, 10220 James Monroe Highway (U.S. Route 29 South) in Culpeper County.

Friday night’s events will include the Virginia Piedmont Dinner in the sale barn at 5 p.m. and futurity awards followed by the heifer sale. The sale on Saturday will be held at 11 a.m. The goal of the East Coast Longhorn Classic is for it to develop into a showcase that allows East Coast breeders the chance to build their herd with industry-leading cattle and genetics while promoting their programs and saving on the high cost of travel out west for other sales, according to the organization.

New this year will be a weaning pen catering to children and providing a safe and fun place for them to hang out for the weekend sale. For information, see 2019 East Coast Longhorn Classic on Facebook.

Carver homecoming and exhibit opening

The George Washington Carver Regional High School Alumni Association will host a homecoming and exhibit opening 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Carver Center, 9432 James Madison Highway in Culpeper County.

The new exhibit in the 4-County Museum at the Center is called, “Athlos,” Greek for athletics. To be unveiled at 1:00 p.m., the exhibit will feature highlights from the 20-year history of Carver football, baseball, track, and baseball, as well as its coaches, cheerleaders and marching band. The exhibit will remain on view through mid-February, 2020.

The day’s homecoming festivities will feature food vendors, music, vintage car show, and more. The events are free and open to the public. For information, contact Hortense Hinton-Jackson at 540/308-5014 or see

Battlefield Tours at Cedar Mountain

Join Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield for its latest guided walking tour of the battlefield in Culpeper County at 10 a.m. on Sept. 21.

The 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.

A $10 donation to support battlefield preservation is requested. Parking will be available at FCMB Meeting House, 9465 General Winder Rd. in Rapidan

For information, contact or 540/727-8849.

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