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All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feast

The Culpeper Chamber Young Professionals will host the 11th Annual Crab Feast from 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14 at Mountain Run Winery.

There will be live music and all you-can-eat crab, BBQ or both. Tickets, available on EventBrite, range from $35 to $70 and include one beer; additional wine and beer tickets are $5. Proceeds from the charity event will benefit Career Partners, Inc.

Germanna & the 8th Virginia in the Revolution

A free public program, “The German Regiment: Germanna and the 8th Virginia in the Revolution,” will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Hitt Archaeology Center at the Germanna Foundation 2062 Germanna Highway in Locust Grove.

Historian Gabe Neville will present on George Slaughter, a Captain of the Culpeper company of the 8th Virginia Regiment, originally designated “the German Regiment” by the Virginia Convention. Though the 8th Virginia did not develop into a uniformly German regiment, the Convention’s intent may explain Culpeper’s inclusion in the regiment’s recruitment area and Slaughter’s commission as a captain.

Neville will discuss other Culpeper soldiers with Germanna connections and complete their stories by following them into the Tennessee and Kentucky post-war frontiers. A question and answer session will follow the program.

The presenter has been researching the history of the Revolutionary War’s 8th Virginia Regiment for more than 20 years, according to a news release. Neville maintains a blog at, publishes essays on related subjects and is a former journalist and congressional staffer. He is now Senior Advisor at Covington & Burling. For information, contact or 540/423-1700.

Pickin’ Party

Sumerduck Ruritan will host a Pickin’ Party 6 to 10 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 13 at the clubhouse, 5335 Sumerduck Rd. in Sumerduck.

Dinner will be served 6 to 8 p.m. and at 7 p.m. the live music will begin featuring Michael Willingham with Remington Revival, Harmony on the Hill and Keith Jarman. Freewill donations appreciated. For information, contact 540/445-1714 and leave a message or see Sumerduck Ruritan on Facebook.

Annual Steak & Shrimp Dinner

Madison County Volunteer Rescue Squad will host its Annual Steak & Shrimp Dinner 4 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14 at the station house on North Main Street in the town of Madison.

Steak dinner for adults is $15; shrimp dinner $15; steak and shrimp combo dinner is $25; hamburger dinner $8 and children aged 6 to 12 eat for $8. Children 5 and younger eat for free. Add an extra pound of shrimp with dinner for $10. The meal includes green beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, roll, beverage and dessert.

Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party this weekend

The 43rd Annual Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Association Pasture Party will be held 8 dusk starting this Friday, Sept. 13 through Sept. 15 at Fairfield View Dairy, 14349 Blue Ridge Turnpike in Somerset, Orange County.

The Pasture Party includes day-long events and displays such as shingle mill, steam shed, steam & gas engines, duplicating lathe, antique tractors, tractor games, blacksmith, flea market, vendors, crafts and food.

The Virginia Military Vehicle Association will be bringing a number of historic vehicles to display such as antique Jeeps, trucks, and armored vehicles. Special events on Saturday will include the kiddie pedal pull at 10 a.m., live music by the Page County Ramblers 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tug-4-Fun at 1 p.m., parade at 1:30 p.m. and the Austin Boggs Band from 2 to 5 p.m.

A worship service will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday on the farm, live music by Jessica Weaver & Silver Lining 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tug-4-Fun at 1 p.m. and Parade at 1 p.m. A gate donation of $10 is requested and kids 12 and younger get in free. There will be free parking on site and handicap parking. For information, contact 540/672-3429 or

Square Dance drop-in session

Lake of the Woods Square Dance Club is offering its final, free square dance drop-in session for beginners 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Friday, September 13 at the LOW Community Center, 110 Sweetbriar Park Rd. in Locust Grove

A 14-session series of square dance lessons will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights beginning September 18 in the lower level of the Lake of the Woods Club House, 205 Lakeview Parkway in Locust Grove.

The cost for the 14 lessons is $75. Square dancing is exercise for both mind and body. Come enjoy the fun, and make new friends. For information, contact 703/298-6254.

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