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Holidays start early

- Virginia Gateway rang in the holiday season on Saturday with its Plaza on the Promenade Fireworks Spectacular and Family Fun event. The shopping center lit up the night sky with fireworks and hosted a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Lights, noise and laser guns

- Colder temperatures arrive just in time to heat up business for the newest indoor playground facility in Gainesville, JNJ BattleQuest. The new laser tag facility off Wellington Road gives kids of all ages a chance to unleash their energy inside 5,200 square feet of adventure land.

COLUMN:Another Voice - A true medical home

- What comes to mind when you hear the words “free clinic?” If you are anything like me, it is gray walls with long lines out the door of some deserted building. So I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to one of the local free clinics, the Prince William Area Free Clinic.

The Bone brings barbecue to Manassas

- The ribbon was cut on Nov. 3 celebrating one of Historic Downtown Manassas’s newest foodie hot spots, The Bone. The Bone Barbecue opened on July 4 at 9420 Battle St. in Manassas. The restaurant offers barbecue with meats that are smoked in-house and sauces and sides that are made from scratch.

Haymarket author explores the year 1844; Book signing is Nov. 23

- Haymarket resident John Bicknell has spent most of his life reading history books and most of his career on the front lines of recording history as a journalist. Now he has written his own take on a pivotal year in American history. “America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election that Transformed the Nation” knits together a wide array of events

Suspect wanted in connection with Keating Drive Murder

- On November 18th, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the shooter involved in the murder of Christopher Weaver which occurred in the 13400 block of Keating Dr in Woodbridge on November 16th. The investigation revealed that the suspect, identified as Bryan Patterson, shot and killed Weaver and wounded a 15-year-old male juvenile following a verbal altercation in front of the victim’s residence.

COLUMN:Virginia Afield -All choked up about croaker fishing

- “Everybuda love croaka fishin’!” I’ll never forget that drawl and the sentence that came from an old timer fishing next to me on Grandview Pier near Hampton Roads one summer many years ago.

Express lanes to open next month

- Two-and-a-half years and 29 miles of lanes later, the 95 Express Lanes are scheduled to open in early- to mid-December, a bit ahead of schedule. The 95 Express Lanes Project, which stretches between Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to Edsall Road in Arlington County, is all but complete.

Scoreboard:Football - Playoffs

- The football scoreboard is out for the first round of the playoffs.

Scoreboard:Cross country

- Cross country results are in from around the county for the week of Nov. 9 - 15.

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Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. kicks off holiday season in Culpeper

Photo by Adam Goings Step back into the Colonial era this Saturday and Sunday at the county's historic Burgandine House. Starting at 10 a.m. both days, you can sample an array of foods popular during George Washington's time of celebrating. Out-of-Time teachers will be dressed in period attire.
This weekend is the kick off to the holiday season in Culpeper with the annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening near the Depot. Sponsored by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. the downtown area will be alive with activities in anticipation of the holidays.

In the past, a visit to the Burgandine House may have been a stop after visiting the Museum of Culpeper History.

But this year keep in mind that the Museum is at its new location in the Depot. It may be further south on Main Street but it's worth a stop particularly if you haven't been there in a while.

“We've got more furniture and a lot of things to see,” says Susan Williams, who not only heads up Out-of-Time Teachers but is an advocate for the historic home. Along with her husband, David Reeves, the two are deep into preparations for this weekend.

“We'll be doing some cooking,” said Williams Monday noting that all their recipes come from 1700s cookbooks including a favorite – Martha Washington's Great Cake. While 40 pounds of flour won't be necessary, Williams will be making the cake which consists of fruits and spices.

Reeves will be stirring the outdoor fires while he stuffs apples underneath the skins of turkeys for some open spit roasting and then there is the ox tail soup.

With the days getting darker earlier, candles will glow from the Burgandine House and Williams and Reeves plan to keep serving up Colonial fare as long as there are folks to eat so come hungry.

Horse and carriage rides will be departing from the Depot between 1 and 5 p.m. The trolley will also be available including stops at the Burgandine House.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be welcoming visitors in the warmth of the Culpeper Center from 1- 4 p.m. While children are waiting, there will be holiday storytelling at the Center as well as at the Culpeper County Library.

While you are strolling Davis Street, you'll hear the sounds of the two high school bands from 1-3 p.m. in front of the Hazel River Inn.

If you need a break from the chill, stop in at the State Theatre. They will be showing classic holiday favorites from 1- 4 p.m.

Sunday will be a wonderful day to welcome in the spirit of Christmas. Bundle up and bring the family. Celebrate Culpeper and celebrate the season.

If you go

Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House
Sunday, Nov. 23
Noon to 5 p.m.
Community Tree Lighting 5:30 p.m.

Start your holiday shopping in Historic Downtown Culpeper. You’ll find something for everyone on your gift list in one of the many specialty shops: from delicious chocolates, unique art, distinctive clothing, and specialty foods to bird feeders and snow shovels, plus so much more. So, come enjoy the convenience of shopping downtown and the personal service merchants always provide.

Culpeper Downtown welcomes you with warmth and hospitality:

~ In-Store Specials ~ Door/Storefront Decorating Contest

~ Horse & Carriage Rides: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., departing from the depot

~ Trolley Rides: Noon – 5 p.m., various stops throughout downtown

~ Culpeper Garden Club Wreaths and Centerpieces at Culpeper Center

~ A special visit and photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Culpeper Center

~ Children’s Story Time by Culpeper County Library: 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. at the Culpeper Center

~ Culpeper Center Open House

~ “Giving Locally for the Holidays” Open House at the Culpeper Center

~ Museum of Culpeper History Open House & ornament making for kids 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

~ Miniature Horses from Cavalini di Amore from noon to 4 p.m. in the park across the street from the Depot

~ Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office free ID cards for kids and refreshments across the street from the Depot

~ Clore English Funeral Home & USMC Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign

~ Live holiday music from EVHS and CCHS Bands on the Hazel River Inn Restaurant front porch 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

~ State Theatre special showing of Classic Holiday Short Films 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

~ Burgandine House Colonial Dinner – both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

~ BRC Holiday Marketplace at the State Theatre

~ Windmore Gingerbread and Cookie Making Workshops at Lollipop Station

~ Strolling Holiday Skits by Stageworks throughout Downtown

Strolling Dance Performances by the Marie School of Ballet – on the hour at the Depot on the half hour at Culpeper Center – 1p.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us for a Community Tree Lighting with festive carols from Blue Ridge Chorale of Culpeper beginning at 5:15 and a Classic Holiday Dance by Marie School of Ballet at 5:10. Enjoy hot cider, cookies and a visit from Kris Kringle to complete this wonderful day at 5:30 p.m.!

For more information, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. ~ www.culpeperdowntown.com ~ 540-825-4416
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