Archive for Local Events

Warrenton Is Going to the Dogs

Warrenton’s dog owners (and those who wish they were) are in store for a treat on Nov. 18 when the town’s first dog park opens at 10 a.m.

Located past the lower 5th Street parking lot along the Warrenton Greenway the park will be open daily, from dawn until dusk.

The opening will involve a ribbon cutting ceremony and some giveaways for dog owners who attend.

More information at the Fauquier Times.

Fall Fun Abounds in the Piedmont

Autumn is one of the most amazing seasons in our area. With so many trees along the mountains and hills, we get beautiful fall colors when the leaves change, and the temperature is perfect — not too cool.

It’s also a great time for festivals.

For example, this weekend is the 38th annual Warrenton Oktoberfest at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with an German oompah band, carnival games, corn hole competitions, a petting zoo, face painting, moon bounces, a silent auction, vendors and raffles.

And don’t forget Haunted Hollow, a haunted trail outside town.

Learn more from Fauquier Now.

Microspots Discussed as Possible Rural Internet Solution

As beautiful as our area is for everyday living, some people complain about the limitations when it comes to reliable internet. The hills and hollows make it difficult for signals to travel, and services like DSL have yet to make it out our way.

A new plan to install “microspots” in Culpeper, Orange and Madison counties  has earned Virginia Broadband a grant from Microsoft. Microspots are a series of utility poles that relay wireless internet service into isolated areas.

According to the Star Exponent:

The company currently uses about 30 of these mini-towers; the grant will allow the installation of nine more at a cost of about $10,000 each, according to Robert Sullivan, VABB’s CEO/president and an original founder of the company. Most of VABB’s Microspots are in the Northern Neck; however, Culpeper County currently has two.



Culpeper Continues to Draw Visitors

People who visit Culpeper are usually very impressed by the shops, restaurants, friendly people and surrounding countryside. It’s no surprise, then, that the U.S. Travel Association reported that Culpeper tourism increased 5.1 percent last year.

In an article for the Culpeper Times, Paige Read, Director of Tourism and Economic Development for the Town of Culpeper, said:

“Visitors to Culpeper are drawn to our historic downtown with boutique shopping and culinary arts. Culpeper’s history and heritage continue to attract people from across the country, and our growing agritourism industry delivers authentic local experiences.  Culpeper continues to grow as a destination, and the numbers prove this.”

The state has actually put forth a big effort to promote Virginia as a tourist destination. According to the USTA, tourism in Virginia in 2016 generated $24 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 230,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.7 billion in state and local taxes.

I can personally attest to the draw of beauty of our area, including the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge mountains, Warm Springs and other natural resources.


This Weekend: Piedmont Harvest Fest

Fall is a special time in our part of the country. The weather cools down and the trees turn amazing colors. It’s also a time for our fall and seasonal festivals.

The Piedmont Harvest festival is being held this Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Fauquier Fairgrounds: 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton, VA 20187.

According to Fauquier Now, “the Piedmont Harvest Fest is an indoor and outdoor event at the Fauquier Fairgrounds that features live demonstrations, animals, local artisans, a pumpkin sling-shot, face painting, farm equipment, food, local businesses and more.

Seed and Plant Giveaway in Marshall

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 east of Marshall, Virginia, the Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free “Flower Seed Saving Demonstration and Plant & Seed Giveaway.”

Master Gardener Peggy Schochet will discuss perennial seed saving, and afterwards, Master Gardeners will share plants and seeds they have harvested.

What is seed saving? According to Wikipedia:

seed saving (sometimes known as brown bagging) is the practice of saving seeds or other reproductive material (e.g. tubers) from vegetables, grain, herbs, and flowers for use from year to year for annuals and nuts, tree fruits, and berries for perennials and trees.

To register for this event or for more information, contact the Master Gardener group at 540-341-7950, extension 1, or email

Source: Fauquier Now

Visit Shenandoah National Park for Free This Friday

The National Park system turns 101 this Friday, so the government is offering free admission across the nation’s parks, including our state treasure, Shenandoah National Park.

One of our area’s true assets, Shenandoah National Park extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the famous Appalachian Trail. The park features forests, wetlands, waterfalls and hiking spots like Hawksbill and Old Rag mountains.

Click below for a map and directions to the park:

Conservation Funds for Fencing, Water, Cover Crops Available

The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District is currently offering agriculture program conservation funds.

One popular program is a 75-85% reimbursement for water development, rotational grazing and stream fencing. Adding these systems to your farm or land can yield many benefits like extended grazing season, improved soil and water infiltration.

For more information on these funds, contact theThe Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District at (540) 308-6301 or (540) 825-8591.

Orange, Virginia Home Now Part of Virginia Landmarks Registry

Every home has a story, and you never know the true history of a place until you dig a little deeper. Here’s a story from the Orange County Review about “Old Manse,” which sits on 46 acres on Landon Lane in Orange. Click here for the article.

One of the interesting points it makes is why some home buyers, if they can, should consider purchasing older, historic homes to help keep them alive and telling their stories into the next generation.

Old Manse is being considered for the National Register of Historic Places, which is administered by the National Parks Service.

Madison, Virginia Is Becoming a Foodie Town

Never say never, right? Foodie towns, which are towns that value good restaurants, are popping up all over the nation. So, why not in Madison, Virginia?

Three new restaurants have opened there, and the Culpeper Star-Exponent profiles them: Mad Local, Scotties BBQ and The Madison Inn.

“We’ll never be Culpeper’s Davis Street but we could become a Sperryville or Gordonsville,”Madison Local proprietor Jake Floyd said while greeting customers during an interview with the newspaper. “I really believe this.”

We’ve been seeing the towns in our area become more and more sophisticated over the years, making them a destination for families, young people and retirees.

If you’re in the area, stop by these places and see what all the fuss is about.