Culpeper-area community briefs for Oct. 16, 2022

21st Annual Chili Cookoff at the Old House

Old House Vineyards in Stevensburg is hosting its 21st Annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday, October 16 from 12pm to 6pm

Live music by James Tamelcoff at 1pm-4pm, chili tasting, winery, distillery and brewery open, Green Ribbon dining and Talk of the Mountain Seafood.

Feel free to bring a pole – pond fishing welcome.

The organizers are looking forward to a great afternoon at the Old House!

Toddler program on colonial life in the museum

This month’s Hands on History theme at the Museum of Culpeper History is Colonial Life.

Toddlers will explore what it was like to live in the days when Virginia was a colony in this short program on Tuesday, October 18 from 10:30-11:30 at the Museum in the Depot. Young historians learn about daily life, customs and even some games played by colonial children.

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There is no admission fee for this program. To reserve a spot or for more information, visit or contact the museum at [email protected] or call 540/829-1749.

Difficult to address the Ruritan Club

The Jefferson Ruritan Club will hold its monthly dinner, special program and meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jeffersonton Baptist Church Community Hall, 18498 Springs Road.

No cost to participate. Everyone is invited. The evening begins with a delicious dinner.

The keynote speaker is Andrew Hardy, Director of Culpeper County Parks & Recreation. He will be speaking about Spilman Park in Jeffersonton, as well as other parks and recreation areas in Culpeper County. A brief Ruritan business meeting follows.

The Jefferson Ruritan Club is a service organization that helps the community become a better place. Members get to know others in our community while helping the community. New members or visitors are always welcome, from school age to seniors. 540/937-5119 or

White House Ornaments for sale at EVHS

Eastern View High School Choir Sells Official 2022 White House Trinket

Ornaments are $25 and can be picked up at Eastern View High School’s main office.

Email Tiffany Richtarski at [email protected] to order one.

Reading Between the Wines fundraiser

An annual Culpeper Literacy Council fundraiser, “Reading Between the Wines,” will be held on October 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Old House Winery in Stevensburg.

Join the wine and hors d’oeuvres event and meet Layton Scarbrough, muralist and artist for Culpeper’s Trailblazers, who will be selling and autographing his new book. Bid on silent auction items, test your knowledge with a US citizenship test and take a spelling checker.

Tickets are $50 at or at the office at 415 N. Main St., Suite 001.

Subsidy towards the heating costs of the house

Culpeper Human Services and the Culpeper County Department of Social Services are now accepting applications for home heating fuel assistance from income-eligible individuals and families through November 11.

This grant helps with home heating bills and can also be used for stove restarts, late fees, delivery fees, installation fees, and connection or reconnection fees.

Applicants must reside in Culpeper, have heating bill responsibilities, and meet gross monthly income requirements. For example, a single person household with a gross monthly income of up to $1,699 would qualify, as would a family of four with a gross monthly income of up to $3,469 to a family of 20 with a gross monthly income of $12,909.

The income of all household members must be proven. Deliverables are identified and authorized for supplies or services sent to suppliers in December.

Submit an application with the Culpeper Department of Social Services, 1835 Industry Drive, Culpeper at, 855/635-4370 or 727-0372 ext. 371. Assistance is subject to the availability of funds. Suspicion of fraud or abuse of any kind? Report it at 540/727-0372 or 800/552-3431.

Culpeper School Events 18 Oct-Nov 3

Culpeper County Public Schools Calendar of Events:

18 October – Culpeper County School Board Administrative Committee Meeting, School Board Office, 8 am

Oct 19 – Eastern View High School Mock Interviews, EVHS Campus, Not open to the public

20 October – Culpeper County High School mock interviews, CCHS campus, not publicly available

Oct 21 – No School for Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences, 11am-6pm

24 October – Regular CCSB Working Session, CCHS Studio, 6pm

Nov. 3 – Culpeper County High School and Eastern View High School One Act Festival, CCHS Auditorium, 6-9 p.m

New US Navy license plate available

October 13 was the Navy’s 247th birthday.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is proud to offer a special license plate honoring those who serve or have served in the US Navy.

The legislation, introduced by State Senator Jennifer Kiggans, R-Virginia Beach, and signed by Governor Glenn Youngkin, authorizes the issuance of the revenue-sharing license plate. It features the Navy emblem and directs proceeds to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Fund.

“DMV offers a range of license plates that honor our armed forces. We are proud to add the United States Navy as an option for those who bravely serve or have served our country,” said Acting DMV Commissioner Linda Ford.

The license plate is available to individuals who are actively serving in the Navy, have been honorably discharged after at least six months of active service, or have retired from the Navy. The license plate can also be issued to unmarried surviving spouses of the beneficiaries.

The new license plate is available for an annual fee of $25. After DMV issues 1,000 plates, $15 from each purchase is contributed to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Fund to support its operations in Virginia.

The license plate can be purchased at any DMV Customer Service Center, DMV Connect, DMV Select office or online at

Survey for Virginians over 60

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is inviting Virginia residents age 60 and older to provide feedback on the Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults by October 27 at

The survey will feed into the development of the next state plan for aging services (2023-2-27). The plan directs the Commonwealth’s implementation of Older Americans Act programs and services and seeks to coordinate a statewide response to meeting the needs of older Virginians. The online survey is available in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. Those who receive the open participation survey link are encouraged to participate.

Polco conducts the survey on behalf of DARS. They commit to a strict privacy policy – they only share anonymous, combined results. The individual data and answers of the participants are never shared.

The findings from the survey flow into the needs assessment of the department. The results will enable state agencies, local governments, community organizations, the private sector and other community members to more thoroughly understand and more accurately predict the services and resources needed for older Virginians and their caregivers.

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