Non-profit organizations and agencies are encouraged to submit coming events and activities to publish in the Review. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by noon Monday for Thursday publication.
Everyone in the Orange County community is invited to shop the Love Outreach Clothes Closet September clearance. All summer items are free to all. Located at 252 Blue Ridge Drive, the Clothes Closet is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and Monday, Sept. 20, from 4 - 6 p.m. The shop will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 29 for stocking fall and winter items.
SEPT. 16 - 17
APPLE CRISP IN A BOX
Apple Crisp In A Box sign-ups are live. This free, at-home activity will be a hit for the whole family. Sign-ups close Wednesday, Sept. 8. Participants can pick up their free kits at the Orange Extension office Thursday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All instructions will be included for those who want to complete the project as a family or on their own. Orange County Extension will host a live Zoom program on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The kit includes all ingredients (except butter) as well as a cooking tin for one batch of apple crisp. Boxes are limited and are limited to one per household. The Market at Grelen has donated apples for the project. To sign up, visit https://forms.gle/TYDVuVvUudfUnR8y7.
GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE
The Dolley Madison Garden Club will hold a plant sale Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Taylor Park in downtown Orange. Dahlias, iris, hydrangea, succulents, lavender, shrubs, trees, perennials and more will be available for purchase. Grown by club members, these beautiful plants will be wonderful additions to local gardens. Come early for the selection. Notecards and other items will be available for sale as well.
Join James Madison’s Montpelier as it celebrates Constitution Day Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with house and archaeology tours, a food truck, live music, Mr. Madison and more. For more information, visit www.montpelier.org.
OC DEMOCRATS’ PICNIC
The Orange County Democratic Committee Annual Picnic in support of Annette Hyde, Candidate for District 30 House of Delegates will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Veteran’s Park Pavilion, Newton Street in Orange. State Senator Jennifer McClellan will be the guest speaker. Fried chicken and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert. RSVP to Sheila Clark, (540) 903-7531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN CONVERSATION AT THE ARTS CENTER
Join exhibiting artists and avid “moth”ers Anthony Childs and Deborah Davis for a discussion with Dr. Jessamyn Manson, PhD all about moths, their importance in the natural world, and what the artists find so inspiring about these nocturnal creatures.If you are interested in local pollinators, birds, or native plants, this talk is for you. The speakers will provide background information on the artworks in our current exhibition, “Lepidoptera: Night Magic” while also discussing the latest research on moths and what you can do in your own backyard to help. The program is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18. The program is free and open to the public but those planning to attend should RSVP to www.artscenterinorange.com/public-programs. The Arts Center is located at 129 East Main Street and can be reached by calling (540) 672-7311.
SEPT. 18 - 19
VIRGINIA CLAY FESTIVAL
The annual Virginia Clay Festival, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, will take place at William Monroe High School in Stanardsville the weekend of Sept. 18- 19. Virginia potters, sculptors and jewelers will gather to sell their work and demonstrate their craft using clay as their medium. Live acoustic music is provided by local Irish, old-time and blues bands and artisan food trucks offer sustenance. For more information, visit www.virginiaclayfestival.com.
Join James Madison’s Montpelier for a free virtual conversation with George Van Cleave and William Treanor as they discuss flaws in the U.S. Constitution Sunday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.montpelier.org.
DARNELL FAMILY REUNION
The annual Darnell family reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 19 at the church pavilion at Bethel United Methodist Church in Rochelle.
The Lake of the Woods Community Center at 110 Sweetbriar Park Road, will hold a blood drive Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.
THE YOUNG AT HEART CLUB
Join the Young at Heart Club Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Thrive Beyond 55 program sponsored by Orange County Triad at the Gordonsville Fire House on Baker Street. The club meets Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the East Orange Ruritan Building at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 522. The club is open to young at heart senior adults 50 and older and provides a social outlet. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Barbara Morris (540) 672-0552.
SEPT. 22 – 24
The Affrolachian On-Time Music Gathering
The Affrolachian On-Time Music Gathering, affectionately known by attendees as “The Thang,” is celebrating its fourth year. This annual gathering started in 2018 as a way for Dena and Donnie Jennings to provide a private retreat for Black string band musicians and their allies, and has grown over the years since. Following an online-only presentation in 2020, this year’s event is focused on local Virginian musicians and presented both online and in-person. On September 22-24, ticketholders can enjoy concerts by participating musicians onsite at the Little House on the Piedmont or view the broadcast in town at The Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased on the day for $10 per day or $20 for a three-night pass. All proceeds go directly to the Musician’s Mutual Aid Society through Imani Works (a 501c(3) nonprofit organization). For tickets or information, visit imaniworks.org.
CHAMBER CANDIDATE FORUM
The Orange County Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate forum Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m., at Lafayette Station in Rhoadesville. Candidates for the 30th District House of Delegates, District 3 Orange County Board of Supervisors and District 4 Orange County School Board will participate. Lafayette Station is located at 26322 Constitution Highway, Rhoadesville. Those who would like to attend virtually can email email@example.com.
Crescere Farm at 2423 South Blue Ridge Turnpike, Rochelle, will host a fundraising event to benefit Madison County emergency services Saturday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music, local food, beverage and community vendors, a silent auction, arts and crafts, fishing, hay rides and more. For ticket information, visit www.crescerefarm.com for ticket information.
MUSEUM KIDS’ ACTIVITY: MAKING BERRY INK
Wear old clothes, kids! Have fun making ink from berries at the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage Saturday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. The program is sponsored by “Paint It Orange” at 137 Caroline Street, immediately adjacent to museum. Paved parking is available on Church Street. The book is available in the museum gift shop. Please RSVP by calling (540) 672-1776.
Free Family Art
Join the Arts Center in Orange for its longstanding free Saturday family art making day, Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon. This month’s program will be led by artist Farley Farrar, who taught at the Arts Center as our Children’s Summer Clay Class instructor, and is an accomplished ceramic artist. Come have fun and make something memorable. The Arts Center is located at 129 East Main Street and can be reached by calling (540) 672-7311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage for its next quilling session Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. This time we will be decorating trinket boxes. RSVP with payment to reserve your space. The cost is $15 per person and is limited to 30 participants. All proceeds benefit the museum. The program is sponsored by “Paint It Orange” at 137 Caroline Street, immediately adjacent to museum. Paved parking is available on Church Street. RSVP to (540) 672-1776 or pay in advance through the museum website via PayPal at www.thejamesmadisonmuseum.net (Events/Donation Page).
SEPT. 27 – OCT. 8
PERSONAL CARE AIDE/DIRECT AIDE CLASS
The Orange County Department of Social Service Adult Education Program is offering a personal care aide/direct care class Monday through Friday, Sept. 27 through Oct. 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. Class size is limited to six people and participants must complete a background check. The cost is $225 and participants must have a COVID-19 vaccination. Participants must attend all classes; there are no make-up days. Classes will be held at the department of social services. Call Bernice Washington at 672-1155 ext. 8141 or email email@example.com for more information or to register.
TEE UP FOR HEALTHCARE
The 18th annual Tony Fogliani Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting the Orange County Free Clinic will be held Friday, Oct. 1, at Meadows Farms Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $80 per individual before Sept. 13, and $90 per player after. Registration ends Sept. 24. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Doug Ponton (434) 981-4531 or Kim Frye Smith (540) 672-3530 for more information, to participate or sponsor. Visit www.orangecountyfreeclinic.org to pay online.
FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
The Town of Gordonsville will hold its ninth annual Fried Chicken Festival Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company fairgrounds. The town also will be hosting its fifth annual 5K and third annual kids’ 1K. Visit the town’s website for more information at www.townofgordonsville.org.
THROUGH OCT. 2
TIRE DISPOSAL EVENT
The Orange County Landfill and Orange County Litter Control Committee announce the return of the tire amnesty event with a new format. The updated format will be voucher-based, self-serve, with a disposal period lasting more than a month. Those with county-issued vouchers can bring tires to the landfill from Saturday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 2. For more information, call 661-5323.
FREE COMMUNITY DENTAL DAY
Piedmont Smiles, a free community dental day event, is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 2, at Fauquier High School in Warrenton. As a free dental day event, Piedmont Smiles will offer free dental care to eligible adult residents of the region, including Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties. Dental volunteers will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral surgery, and endodontic services at the event. For more information, visit www.piedmontsmiles.org.
FALL FIBER FESTIVAL
The Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials return to Montpelier Station the first weekend in October. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3. Admission is $5 for adults, while children 10 and under are free. The festival is held at 11395 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station. Visit www.fallfiberfestival.org for more information.
THROUGH OCT. 3
AROUND TOWN SCAVENGER HUNT
The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is hosting a new “Around Town Scavenger Hunt.” The event began last Friday and concludes Sunday, Oct. 3. Participants will follow photo clues from the event flyer to locate 10 architectural details around the downtown areas of Gordonsville and Orange. Six lucky winners will be randomly drawn and awarded a $50 gift card. Event forms can be downloaded at www.thinkorangeva.com/living-here/orange-county-is-retail-ready or picked up at the visitor centers in Orange and Gordonsville. For more information on the Around Town Scavenger Hunt, contact Turner at (540) 672-1238.
OCT. 2 - 9
GORDONSVILLE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE
A one-week book sale will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Gordonsville Library at 319 North Main Street, Gordonsville. Books for all ages, fiction and nonfiction, as well as CDs and DVDs will be available. All-day specials: $5 bag of books, $10 box of books. Sale hours are: Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hours the rest of the week corresponding to regular library hours. All proceeds benefit the library.
EXTENSION DRINKING WATER TESTING
Do you have a well, spring or cistern and want to learn about the quality of your drinking water? The Orange office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering low-cost, confidential testing. The fee for testing is $55, and includes analysis for 14 chemical and bacteriological constituents. Testing kits will be available from the Orange Extension office, at 146 North Madison Road, from Oct. 4 to 12. Participants will then collect their samples and return them to the Orange Extension Office on the morning of Oct. 13. The confidential results will be available in November. Assistance with interpretation of the results will be available. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Clare Lillard, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences at (540) 672-1361 or Lclare4@vt.edu.
“DOLLEY MADISON AND THE WAR OF 1812”
Join the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage for a hybrid book talk with author Libby Carty McNamee to discuss her just-released book, “Dolley Madison and the War of 1812,” Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Attend via Zoom (link is on the museum website and Facebook Page) or in-person at the newly restored Halley’s/Hilltop building; now “Paint It Orange” at 137 Caroline Street, immediately adjacent to museum. Paved parking is available on Church Street. The book is available in the museum gift shop. Please RSVP by calling (540) 672-1776.
OUTDOOR HIRING EVENT
Virginia Career Works and the Orange County Office of Economic Development will hold an outdoor hiring event Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of the Sedwick Building on Madison Road in Orange. More details to come.
CANCELED (OCT. 13)
OCHS ’59 – ’60 REUNION
The Orange County High School classes of 1959 and 1960 get-together scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 13, has been canceled.
OCT. 12 - 13
DEMENTIA EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Aging Together and the Piedmont Dementia Education Committee will offer a virtual dementia education conference and exhibit hall Oct. 12 - 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day virtual conference includes topics such as: resiliency, overcoming social isolation, Parkinson’s, grief and guilt, community resources and more. The program is free to family caregivers and $25 for healthcare professionals. For more information or to register to attend, exhibit or sponsor, visit www.agingtogether.org or call (540) 829-6405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL ANTIQUES APPRAISAL FAIR
It’s just like “Antiques Roadshow!” Bring your collectibles, treasures, objects and odds and ends to the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage for an oral appraisal by one of our three appraisers Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $20 per item; or three items for $50. Payment is requested in advance, either in-person or through the museum website at www.thejamesmadisonmuseum.net (Events/Donation Page). RSVP for your half-hour to one-hour appointment by calling (540) 672-1776.
TICKETS ON SALE: BIG DREAMS, SMALL GARDEN
The Dolley Madison Garden Club presents author, columnist and speaker, Marianne Willburn at a brunch lecture and book signing at The Barn at Willow Grove, Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is open to the public and tickets are available online at www.dmgcvirginia.org.
GORDONSVILLE VETERANS PARADE
Gordonsville’s annual Veterans Parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. Those who are veterans of any military service are invited to ride in the parade. Participants may drive their own cars or ride in one of the classic cars from local car clubs. Those who would like to enter a float, vehicle or marching/walking group should call or email the Gordonsville Police Department at (540) 832-2234 or email@example.com. (Please note that COVID-19 restrictions may change and event organizers will do their best to keep participants and the public informed.)
SUFFRAGETTE TEA PARTY
Suffragettes didn’t just drink tea for refreshment, but used it as a central cog within their political strategy. “Suffrage teas” served as fundraisers where women could gather and discuss the cause. Join the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage in belatedly celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment with a tea party Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and is limited to 30 participants. Tea and snacks will be served. The special guest speaker will be Corinne Field, Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality at The University of Virginia. RSVP by calling (540) 672-1776.
THROUGH NOV. 15
MASTER NATURALIST SPRING 2022 TRAINING CLASS
The Old Rag Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists will be accepting applications for its spring 2022 training class from August 1 through November 15. If you are interested in becoming a master naturalist, go to www.oldragmasternaturalists.org/join-us.html for more information and to apply.
MUSEUM KIDS’ ACTIVITY: PINE CONE TURKEYS
Join the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage for a children’s activity Saturday, Nov. 20, to make pine cone turkeys. The free craft event and story time will be held at 11 a.m. RSVP by calling (540) 672-1776.
MASKS AT AMERICAN LEGION MEETINGS
Members attending the monthly meeting of American Legion Post 156 will be asked to follow CDC guidelines on masking and social distancing. The post’s business meeting will be held upstairs in the main hall.
HISTORY TO GO ADDITIONS
Two more documentaries from AHHA Productions (Philip Audibert and Ross Hunter) have been added to the Orange County Historical Society’s History to Go YouTube channel. “In the Season...the Edna Lewis Story” tells the tale of how this Orange County native became the “grande dame of southern cooking.” The second documentary, “Gordonsville...A Strong Fabric,” tells the story of the town from its 1813 founding to it’s 200th birthday in 2013. To view these documentaries and others that have already been posted, go to www.orangecovahist.org and click on the History to Go link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQvPfUSloS7GZW4Pce_17XQ.
ORANGE MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
Need groceries? The Orange Mobile Food Pantry offers fresh produce and usually some dry goods or dairy or frozen meet for free at Booster Park the third Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.brafb.org or call (540) 248-3663.
Hospice of the Piedmont is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles, including those with specialties such as certified pet therapists, certified massage therapists and military veterans. Hospice is seeking volunteers in Orange, Madison, Greene, Albemarle, Culpeper and throughout the rest of its service region. All volunteer roles are non-medical. Training is conducted online. Those interested are asked to complete an application at www.hopva.org or contact Patty Swain at (434) 817-6917 to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Hospice of the Piedmont volunteers.
If you are concerned about someone’s drinking, there is help in Al-Anon. Meetings are now being held in person every Thursday night at 7p.m. at Orange Presbyterian Church at 162 W. Main St., Orange, and provide education and support for family and friends of alcoholics. All are welcome. For more information, call 672-5696.
GCC MACHINING CERTIFICATION
Machining certification training is available through Germanna Community College Training Center for Workforce and Community Education. All machining courses are taught onsite at the state-of-the-art New Pathways Tech Machinist School on the Carver Center Complex in Rapidan. Enrollment is ongoing. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2RNT2CE or call to register (540) 891-3012.
Pickleball returns to the Trevilians tennis courts Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program and equipment is provided by Louisa County Parks and Recreation. There is no cost. To register for instruction, contact Annette Hayes, USA Pickleball Association Ambassador at (434) 960-5860.
CAREER WORKS CENTER OPEN
The Virginia Career Works Center, located at 127 Belleview Ave., Orange, is open for job search and resume writing assistance by appointment only. The center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 661-3419 for an appointment. Questions can be directed to Tanya.Ocasio@FredGoodwill.org.
Are you afraid to speak in public? Then Toastmasters is the place for you. Wilderness Toastmasters meets on Zoom every first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Not only is Toastmasters a great learning experience but it’s also a place to meet new people and have some fun. Do not let the fear of public speaking hamper your work and social life. Toastmasters is the answer. If interested, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGING TOGETHER SUPPORT GROUP
Join in “Listening Together,” an Aging Together-sponsored Zoom series for anyone caregiving for a person with a chronic challenge such as dementia. Tell your own stories or just listen as others talk about what they are dealing with. The group meets weekly. Email email@example.com to join. This is a great way to “escape” and have a little time to yourself, while being immersed with others who understand the struggles of caregiving.