Page 1

Culpeper’s Resource for Kids and Families




“Children love to learn, Wakefield Country Day School gives children something to love�


akefield Country Day School is a nonsectarian, preschool through twelfth grade, college preparatory day school. The curriculum emphasizes scholarship in the classical tradition.


Wakefield Country Day School Flint Hill, Virginia


Bus service from Culpeper and surrounding areas.

Consider Wakefield Country Day School A foundation for personal and academic excellence from preschool through grade twelve. Limited openings at certain grade levels. WCDS is accredited by the Virginia Independent School Association and is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. We admit students without regard to race, religion, sex or national origin.

 Check us out online at


Family Camping 101 Camping is the perfect mini-vacation in todays economy.

Culpeper’s Resource for Kids and Families


Letter from the Publisher

6 Winterizing Your Garden 12 Culpeper County Library Book Reviews

18 21 16

Makin’ Stuff - Fall Edition Local Events Game Reviews

Volume 1, Issue 5 September / October

7 8 14

Oh, oh, it’s Magic Some ideas for your junior magician

Fall Scene A sampling of fall events for the whole family. Family Camping 101 Getting the family out for a fall camping trip can be a great way to spend the weekend.

Be sure to check out our enhanced online version of Culpeper Kids Magazine at


Virginia Dickerson Culpeper’s Resource for Kids and Families


David Dickerson


ith the economy having an effect on many of us, heading out for a two week vacation at a 5 star resort may not be a possibility. Although we can certainly cling to these idealistic dreams, it is very important to actually take time out for yourself and for your family...even when it seems like it’s impossible to take that break. A few weeks ago, my husband and I ventured out on a camping trip to Montebello, Virginia, to enjoy a “new to us” pop up camper that we had recently purchased. I will be the first to admit it wasn’t quite the same experience as it would be to sit on a white sandy beach with a pina colada in hand....but, what a fun little adventure we had -- and a memorable, quality family trip to say the least! With the dogs in tow, we found a cute little campground and enjoyed the lake and made some friends! For anyone who has read prior issues of CulpeperKids, you know what a huge advocate I am of getting the family OUTSIDE! This “no excuse” trip took little planning ( just meals and geography), little packing (1 night and the next day) and very little expense (less than $100). There are so many day hikes and camping options out there - If this issue inspires just one family to take the camping plunge, then you can consider me a “happy camper” (I couldn’t resist)! The fall is such a wonderful time to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with the children in your life: camping, hiking, fall festivals, picnics -- you name it! Have you taken a great outing that you’d like to share with us? Please send your story and pictures to submissions@ Be sure to visit our website, to sign up for our email newsletter.


Samuel Dickerson Jane Edwards Kristen Gardner Culpeper County Library Youth Services GENERAL INQUIRIES ADVERTISING INQUIRIES CONTRIBUTIONS EVENT LISTINGS 6236 Duncan Trail Reva, VA 22735 540-547.9671 Culpeper Kids assumes no repsonsibility for the content of articles or advertisements, in that the views expressed therein may not necessarily reflect the views of the magazine employee or contributor. This publication and all of its contents are copyrighted.

Virginia Dickerson, Publisher

About the Cover Kristen Gardner is a photographer located in Warrenton, VA. When she’s not taking pictures, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, and her one-year-old daughter, Maggie. You can view more of Kristen’s fabulous work on her website at Our sincere thanks to Kristen for supplying her beautiful work for the cover.

 Check us out online at

Winterizing Your Garden It’s time to say goodbye to warm weather and hello to sweaters and jackets. While the thermometer plummets, it’s time to get your lawn and garden tucked in for a long winter’s nap. Your “to do list” can be endless if you’re a dedicated gardener. Borders and walks can always use edging, roses must be sprayed and pruned, shrubs shaped, perennials divided and moved, iris dug and replanted. (Major pruning of shrubs is usually left until early spring, keeping in mind that you may lose out on some spring blooms.) If your time and energy are limited, tackle only a few outdoor projects. For now, a healthy fall serving of plant food will encourage attractive shrubs and perennials for next season. A late fall application of lawn fertilizer will feed and protect your grass through the winter. At your garden center you can determine the amount to purchase by reading the coverage rate on the bag. Consider having the lawn mower blade sharpened now rather than waiting until you need it next spring! With minimal effort your yard, garden , window box and pots will be beautiful next summer.

An Autumn Checklist : 1. Disconnect hoses, drain water, and put away. 2. Rake leaves. Neighbors will thank you when the wind blows toward their yards. 3. Prune rose bushes to 3 feet to lessen winter wind damage to tall canes. (You’ll do further pruning next spring.) Place several inches of mulch around the crowns. Purchase mulch by the yard or in bags, or use leaves after mulching them with the lawn mower. 4. Pull up and discard spent annuals - impatiens, zinnias, petunias, etc. Leave others in place if you want them to reseed next summer (alyssum, marigolds). Collect seeds to store in a cool place for spring planting. 5. Dig and store in peat moss any plant tubers that may not survive cold temperatures (dahlias, cannas). 6. Leave some seed pods for birds - crape myrtles, coneflowers, morning sun, sunflowers. 7. Geraniums can be started from cuttings and potted for the winter, or simply dug and stored in bags with some dirt left in place around roots. 8. Scrub flower pots, dry, and put away for the winter. 9. Clean tools, oil, and sharpen. 10. Clean porch/deck furniture and charcoal/ gas grills - put away.

For helpful gardening information go to or visit Andre Viette’s farm and nursery in Fishersville, VA. Directions: Traveling West on Interstate 64, take Exit 91, turn North (right) on Route 608/285, turn West (left) on Route 250 (one block), turn North (right) to get back on Route 608 - Nursery is 2 1/2 miles on left.

 Check us out online at

11. Check drains and clear splash blocks of fallen leaves. 12. For a jump on spring, take inventory of your lawn fertilizer, weed killer, potting soil, bloom booster, etc. Make a shopping list to store with your garden supplies until spring.

Many “how-to” books are also available teaching basic magic tricks and illusions for children and adults alike.

In this day of extreme popularity for Harry Potter, it seems that children everywhere are gaining a fascination with magic. Books about “Wizardology” and Guidebooks for Wands can be found at bookstores like never before. October, with Halloween as it’s theme, seems like the perfect time for delving into the world of magic, if even just for a moment.

Wizardology books are typically aimed at children who are stronger readers and ready to tackle concepts that are a bit more complex (typically 7 and up). Although they are classified as fiction, these captivating books have a more “mystical” feeling and often are read as guidebooks (books that have been written by experienced wizards). Potion making, casting spells and the making and use of wands are all subjects that your little wizard can master.

A magic kit can be purchased at a minimal cost, and usually includes a lot of fun “tricks” for the young (ages 3-6) magician in your home. Cards, materials for optical illusions, and sometimes even a wand is included in these kits. Directions are included so there is no fear of making a mistake. Making a ball disappear, guessing a card that was picked, or “cutting” a piece of cardboard in half only to make it whole again are some of the trick options available.

With the Harry Potter books and movies such a commercial presence in our lives, it is no surprise why our children are so enthralled with the magic of it all. Robes, wands and brooms....It is perhaps a passing phase as were other series that have come and gone. Or, maybe it will stand the test of time with such movies as Star Wars. For now, it’s anyone’s guess how many Harry Potters we will see on Halloween night!

Melissa & Doug Discovery Magic Set Includes illusions and crafty slightof-hand tricks for young magicians. Let your young magician practice and perform with disappearing objects, magic boxes, multiplying coins and more.

Wizardology A dazzling compendium of all things magical - and wise teachings from Master Merlin for aspiring wizard apprentices!

The Wandmaker’s Guide Book This guidebook covers every aspect of making your own wand, from the type of wood to the powers that you can create with natural elements like sand, herbs, feathers and more.

$13.59 from $15.63 from

$19.99 from

Here’s an easy way to win some points... Have your child find their own wand out in the yard or at the park. Whittle the bark off of the end leaving a handle. Embellish with a jewel, stone or snakeskin. Get really creative and thread a ‘unicorn’ hair into the middle or carve out a place for a crystal for extra ‘powers’! Finish with a spray on laquer for extra shimmer. 

FALL SCENE With everyone back to school, sports and activities back in full swing, you’re probably already missing the lazy days of summer. Perhaps this year’s remarkably mild weather helped to speed the season along but it definitely seemed to be over before it started. As I write this the morning temperature is under 50 degrees. It sure feels like fall is on it’s way - a bit early. If you’re like me and really enjoy fall best of all seasons, then you may already know all about these local fall favorites. If another season is your fave then maybe these upcoming events will help draw you into the fold of autumn lovers. Virginia State Fair September 24 - October 4, 2009 Funnel Cakes, sausage and peppers, midway rides, sideshows and of course the animals are all back this year at a new home in Caroline County near King’s Dominion. The 155 year old state fair has been moved to The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. The new site boasts 360 acres and is centrally located between Fredericksburg and Richmond. New attractions this year include; The Magic of Lance Gifford, FMX Freestyle Moto-X, Fire Training Show and the Lumberjack Show. Nightly musical performances at the 2009 Toyota Tacoma Concert Series on Festival Stage are included with your admission ticket. Choose from a variety of ticket options tailored to your visit.

home cooked food to enjoy as well as jams, relishes and other home made offerings. (Think Christmas presents for those not lucky enough to enjoy the best parts of our little corner of the world.) Don’t miss some of the area’s best bluegrass acts with daily concerts between 11:00am and 3:00 pm. The Orange, Skyline and Hi Horse Cloggers will perform between 3:30 and 4:30 each day.

Tickets and more information are available online at:

This festival has something for everyone. With music and clogging, beautiful crafts and plenty to eat. Bring the whole family for a beautiful fall outing.

Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival - Syria, VA October 10-11, 2009 and October 17-18, 2009 The apples will be hanging off the trees and ready to be plucked. Jump on a hay wagon and head out into the orchard for a day of pickin’ and sampling. Come back and let the kids go nuts on hay mountain for a while. It’s fun for all ages at this yearly family favorite in Syria, VA.

Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour October 3-4, 2009 10 am to 4 pm This year’s Farm Tour will begin at the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s center where you can learn about Culpeper’s agricultural history. Goodies for the kids and Farm Tour door prizes will be on display. Don’t foget to pick up a Farm Tour Passport. The passport will be stamped at each of the farms that you visit. Visit a minimum of 5 farms and return the passport by Nov. 1 to be entered to win one of the door prizes.

The Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival draws a huge crowd of people from all corners that wish to come and experience the potentially awe inspiring colors painted across the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The festival offers folks a variety of craft vendors from the region with over 65 vendors scheduled for this years festival. There is plenty of delicious

At each of the 12 stops you will get so see how a farm works, how the animals are cared for and get a sense of what it is like to farm for a living. This tour could be a real eye opener for many of us who think all too often that food comes from the grocery store. Check out for more details and to download a PDF brochure and passport.

 Check us out online at

Culpeper Airfest October 10, 2009 10 am to 4 pm Head on out to the Culpeper Regional Airport for the 10th annual Culpeper Air Fest. This is sure to be an exciting event for the whole family. There will be all types of planes to view up close. You can talk to the pilots and learn more about what it takes to fly these amazing machines. Enjoy a demonstration by FARM and their radio controlled planes. The Bealeton Flying Circus will perform their amazing wing walking. The Young Eagles will give FREE airplane rides to kids ages 8-17. Many restored vintage aircraft and great performances will punctuate this favorite Culpeper event. There will also be plenty of food, demonstrations, arts & crafts and face painting for the kids. Culpeper 250th Anniversary September 19-20, 2009 Here’s a big one, Culpeper is turning 250 and it will be celbrated in style. The anniversary celebration will be spread over many individual events around town at various times. Here’s the line-up: Historic East Street Garden & Art Show Saturday, September 19, 2009 9 am to Noon, South East Street Enjoy an early fall morning touring the gardens of some of Culpeper’s most historic homes. In addition, Windmore artists will display and sell their work in the gardens and on the porches of the homes. Artists include Joanne Coleman, Barbara Collins, Linda Duncan, Johnna Edmondson, Julia Farrar, Martha Harris, Bette Hileman, Pennie Kinsey, Millie Lane, Lucinda Larson, Nancy O’Connor, Michelle Powell, Marty Schwenzer, Janelle Seiberlich, Jan Settle, Tina Wade, Rose Mary Walls, Kathleen Willingham. Admission: $2.00 per person on the day of the tour. Historic homes include the Hill Mansion, the Ludwig home, Wisteria, the Rhoades house, the Rimeikis House, the Close House, and the Rectory. “Coleman Street” Parade Saturday, September 19, 2009 3:30 p.m., Main Street Enjoy an old fashioned parade of marching bands, floats, heroes, and history marching along “Coleman Street” (now known as Main Street). The Parade is proudly sponsored by 103.1 WJMA Today’s Country, 105.5 SAM.FM, and 1340 & 1490 WCVA America’s Best Music. The Lord & Lady Culpeper Historic Costume Ball Saturday, September 19, 2009 7 pm to 11 pm, Germanna’s Daniel Technology Center The honor of your presence is requested at a grand ball celebrating 250 years of the Town of Culpeper. Citizens of the land are encouraged to dress festively in attire from their favorite historical period. All are welcome! Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 after Sept 6. Tickets are available at the following locations: Petersen Jewelers, Pepperberries, Culpeper Cham

ber of Commerce, Museum of Culpeper History, and Culpeper Town Hall Treasurer’s Office. “A Walk Through Time” Picnic, Music, & Old Time Games Saturday, September 19, 2009 11 am to 3 pm, Yowell Meadow Park Begin your celebration of Culpeper’s 250th at Yowell Meadow Park! Sponsored by Martin’s Food Markets, you’ll have the chance to meet friends and family under the Welcome Tent and sign the guest book. Take a walk through Culpeper’s past with demonstrations of old crafts and displays of historical collections. Enjoy a picnic of delicious food from the Ruritan’s vendor court. WJMA FM will be broadcasting live and you can compete in lively field day games organized by the Star-Exponent. Local musicians will entertain you throughout the day. The 250th Anniversary Coloring Contest will be judged at 1:30. Fun for the whole family! Sunday Events Sunday, September 20, 2009 Begins at 1 p.m., Museum of Culpeper History; Culpeper Baptist Church Enjoy a delicious Sunday afternoon with an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Museum from 1 to 3 pm. At 3 pm, join Culpeper churches for a program entitled “A Worshipping Community Celebrating 250 Years”. There will be a living history

10 Check us out online at

interpretation of the Reverend John Leland, a Culpeper minister jailed for preaching who was a personal friend of President James Madison. A choir consisting of singers from many local churches will complete this perspective on the importance of religion in Culpeper’s history. Taste of Culpeper October 10-11, 2009 and October 17-18, 2009 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - The Depot, Culpeper Downtown Tempt your palate at the “Taste of Culpeper” featuring the very best in local cuisine from the region’s unique restaurants and caterers. Virginia wineries and microbreweries will be represented offering tastings and displays. Other entertainment of the day will include kids’ activities, artist displays, and live music. Admission: $10.00 per ticket in advance Ticket outlets include: StellarOne all Culpeper locations, Madison, Orange and Locust Grove, Chateau du Reaux, Randy’s Flowers and Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. $15.00 per ticket at the gate $5.00 Designated driver ticket (available for purchase at gate only) or for those who do not wish to participate in the wine tasting. Children under 12 free

What is Grymes Memorial School? Grymes Memorial School, a coeducational jk-8 independent school founded in 1947, is located on a beautiful country campus in Orange County. Rigorous academics are balanced by a strong fine arts program, daily physical education classes, and Spanish for all grades. Showcased by 29 winners of the Writer’s Eye Competition at the UVA Bayly Art Museum and invitations for 13 years at the Folger’s Shakespeare Festival in DC, Grymes students excel in a vibrant, caring environment. Tuition includes bus transportation for 6 surrounding counties. How does Grymes differ from public school? • Grymes receives no state funding and so is not bound by state mandates like Standards of Learning (SOL). Grymes is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools(VAIS), recognized and approved by the Virginia State Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education. VAIS supports continuous improvement in independent schools, receiving recognition for excellence from the National Association of Independent Schools(NAIS) Commission on Accreditation which establishes standards of excellence for independent schools world-wide. • Grymes has a talented group of educators, many of whom began their careers in public schools and have found their way to Grymes in search of the best educational environment for their own children. Teachers at Grymes have the freedom to be creative and innovative, participating actively in the ongoing curriculum development and daily decision-making process. Teachers who have transitioned from public school report the greatest difference is less stress in the classroom which in turn promotes a joyful learning environment. • The Grymes curriculum incorporates class plays, Spanish, art and music classes twice weekly, daily PE classes, and two recess periods each day. All grades enjoy technology resources for research, writing, and exploration. • Each grade may take frequent field trips which can be spontaneously scheduled, enriching current topics of study. • Grymes students are evaluated in many different ways to help each child achieve their full potential. Not bound by SOLs, Grymes administers the ERB tests beginning in third grade which provide practice in taking standardized tests. • Grymes is a small school community where teachers know what is unique about each child. There is one class per grade. Class size is limited to 18 in grades K-5 and 22 in grades 6-8. The jr. kindergarten class is limited to 20 students with two teachers. The small size allows flexibility for spur of the moment field trips, all school assemblies, an ice cream party! In this intimate environment children learn tolerance for other’s weaknesses and appreciation for other’s strengths. And there is more…. Integrity and responsibility are watchwords at Grymes. Grymes emphasizes character education and moral values through morning homeroom discussions, weekly assembly programs, community service projects, and the Honor Committee. These values have been with the school since its beginning, sixty-two years ago in the home of Emily Grymes. Mrs. Grymes lost both her children in rapid succession. Her daughter, Becky, died in 1943, after a long childhood illness, and her son, Breck, a rear gunner in World War II, was shot down on Christmas Eve, 1944. Bereft, Mrs. Grymes urged her neighbors to let her provide childcare for

We’ve known the secret for more than 60 years.

Coeducational Independent Day School • Jr. kindergarten through 8th Grade • Challenging Curriculum • Small Classes • Spanish for All Grades • Art, Music, Drama • PE Classes • Middle School Athletics • Bus Transport for 6 Counties

540-672-1010 13775 Spicer's Mill Rd • Orange, Virginia

their children. Enrollment grew rapidly, and by 1947, a group of dedicated parents led by Madison resident Caroll Shackelford incorporated the school. By 1957, thanks to the generosity of many in the Orange community and to a 32 acre gift of land from Mr. and Mrs. Woodbury Ober, the school moved to its current site. Today Grymes provides bus transportation, included in tuition, to students from Orange, Madison, Culpeper, Louisa, Greene and Spotsylvania counties and remains the only fully accredited independent elementary school in Orange, Madison, and Greene counties. One only has to visit the school to feel the warmth and enthusiasm of students and faculty. A stroll down the hallway decorated with student artwork reflects the art teacher’s passion for art and teaching; students calling out “Hola, senora!” bask in the enthusiasm of their Spanish teachers; students bent over their keyboards writing and rewriting prose pieces for the Writer’s Eye competition weigh the effect of possible words with their English teacher; junior kindergarteners release, with a mixture of sadness and joy, their newly hatched butterflies in the butterfly garden; second graders rehearse their class musical, Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock, eager for their moment on stage. Learning comes alive in the classrooms and in the halls. Students don’t just receive information; they experience it and get involved with it. Some independent schools come with an air of superiority and pretentiousness. Grymes, however, seeks racial, religious, and socioeconomic diversity. Over 50% of families receive financial assistance, possible through Annual Giving and restricted donations from friends of the school. The buildings will never make the cover of Architectural Digest, but they are lovingly maintained. As one parent said, “Everyone is very down to earth and friendly and visitors can tell that the school’s focus is on providing the students with an exceptional experience in a safe and loving environment, not on outward appearances.” 11

Recommended Family Reading Sponsored by Seer of Shadows

By Avi Reviewed by Laini Bostian Photography was a new art form in 1872. Thus, most people were mystified by the process. In the book, Seer of Shadows, Avi takes this mystique one step farther and makes photography into a medium for catching images of a ghost. This is not dissimilar from today’s ghost hunters using high resolution video cameras and temperature sensors to try to prove haunting to be real. Anyone interested in history, ghosts, how photography works or a just a good, fast paced read will enjoy this story. The plot focuses on 14 year old Horace, who has been sent to apprentice with his uncle, a photographer. Horace becomes wrapped up in his uncle’s plot to earn more money by creating fraudulent “spirit photographs”. He is not happy about his uncle’s scheme, as lying is not his foray. But, Horace goes along with the plan. Horace, a skeptic in a time where many people believed in spirits, is shocked when the hoax turns into the real manifestation of a young deceased girl as a ghost. Horace’s experiences with the ghost, who begins trying to harm her former parents, and his friendship with an African American “servant girl” keep the plot moving along steadily. Will Horace be able to rid himself of the ghost? Will the ghost commit murder? Pick up Seer of Shadows and find out! This is the perfect spooky read for tweens and teens, 4th grade and up recommended.

Can You See What I See? On a Scary Night by Walter Wick Ages 3rd – 5th graders

You will quickly get the idea that this is one spooky, scary book. Wick’s genius at involving readers in his creations is proven once again in this collection of double-page spreads featuring a spooky village, a scary night sky scene, a scary town’s aerial view, a scary street, and well the list goes on and on….…..

12 Check us out online at

Fortune’s Magic Farm By Suzanne Selfors Reviewed by Diana Cmeyla

Isabelle lives in Runny Cove, a dismal place where the sun never shines, the rain never stops and she and most of the other inhabitants of the town are forced to work in Mr. Supreme’s Umbrella Factory. She and her Grandma Maxine, who is very ill, livein a run-down boarding house run by a tyrant of a proprietor named Mama Lu. Isabelle takes care of her adoptive grandmother and she is always curious about where she came from…she’s been told she was found on the doorstep and came from “Nowhere.” One day on the beach, a sea monster delivers a special, magical apple to Isabelle. Shortly after, a tragedy occurs and she is told her Grandmother is dead, Isabelle runs away and meets Sage, a 12-year-old boy who tells her that she is not an orphan, but rather a tender, a member of the family who lives in hiding in the last place on Earth where magic grows. Sage takes her on a journey across the ocean to Fortune’s Farm. Isabelle finds her new home to be a sunny place filled with fruit trees and magical seeds that immediately change her pale, sickly appearance into a healthy body. Isabelle must overcome some fierce obstacles to save the declining farm and the friends she left behind. Readers will cheer for Isabelle throughout the story and despise Mr. Supreme and Mama Lu. This delightful fantasy will take you from the gloomy, dreary existence of life in Runny Cove to the colorful, happy resolution that Isabelle brings to all. It’s somewhat like the Lemony Snicket tales, but with a happy ending. This book is for ages 8-12, but will delight adults as well, and is great for family reading!

Ghosts in the House

by Kohara Kazuno Ages 3-5 A gentle scare for the youngest trick or  treaters.  A delightfully simple story, about  a  little witch  that moves into a haunted house full of ghosts. She knows exactly what needs to be done with the ghosts.

Culpeper County Library Youth Services 540-825-8691 540-823-7486 (Fax) E-mail: Check our website for more details and for upcoming programs!

CULPEPER COUNTY LIBRARY EVENTS Webcam Chat with author, Kathi Appelt AGES 10& Up Sept. 21, Monday 6-8 p.m. Writers and readers are invited to this informal chat with Kathi Appelt. Appelt is best known for The Underneath, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor 2009, and has published many beloved picture books and teen reads such as her memoir, My Father’s Summers. This will be an informal discussion with Kathi, speaking to us via webcam from her office at home in Texas. Come ready with questions about writing, her books, her favorite words, etc. This is your chance to get to hang out with a famous author for a night. Write-In AGES 12 & Up Thursday, Oct. 22nd 6-8:30 p.m. Join us for our second intergenerational writing extravaganza. We will be serving coffee-house syle beverages and sweets. Writing prompts provided. Writing to be shared in small groups. For more information, call the library or e-mail HEY TEENS! Visit our teen blog from any computer at the library under “Teen Blog” or from home at Vote on teen events. Check out our links and what’s going on at the Library. Or add CCLVA on Facebook. Games and Eats Wednesday Sept. 9th 6-7:30 MUST REGISTER Space is Limited Play Taboo, Apples to Apples, or a game you bring. Sweet snacks served. Books & Chocolate Ages 12-18 Thursday, Oct. 8th 6-7 p.m. Eat chocolate and talk books. Book lovers, come on down! Recommend books and get book recommendations from other teens. Plus, get a sneak peak at some of our new books. Random Writers AGES 12 -18 Monday, Nov. 16th & Monday, Dec. 21st 6-8 p.m. Bring a notebook and any writing you would like to share. Create, Listen, Share, Speak Teen!

Anime Ages 12-18 Thursday Nov. 5th 6-8 p.m. Watch a great preview of TSUBASA - RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Volume 1. Mingle with other anime and manga fans. Check out our blog for more information about the film. Walk-in Story Times Culpeper County Library offers two walk-in story times for children. Both programs are free and do not require registration. Tuesdays 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 15th. No story time Tuesday Nov. 3rd, Dec. 22nd, or Dec. 29th Special Event on Nov. 10th Bedtime Story Time is a family event where children are encouraged to wear their pajamas, slippers and bring their favorite stuffed animal. There will be stories, songs, rhymes and activities. Each program focuses on a different theme. Pick up a Library Newsletter or visit our website for theme listings. Fridays 10:30 a.m. beginning Sept.18th. No story time Friday Nov. 27th or Friday Dec. 25th Fun Friday Walk-in Story Time features stories, songs, activities and more! Each program focuses on a different theme. Pick up a Library Newsletter or visit our website for theme listings. Tuesday Morning Registered Story times Sessions- Sept. 15th-Oct. 20th , Nov. 10th-Dec. 15th Must Register IN PERSON at the Library. Registration for Sept./Oct. Story Times begins on Sept. 8th and for Nov./ Dec. Story Times on Nov. 3rd. Library opens at 10:00 am.

Toddler Story Time at 10:30 am and 11:15 am Caregivers participate with their children. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, crafts, and more! Itsy Bitsy Baby Story Time 2nd Mondays of the month: Sept. 14, Nov. 9, Dec. 14 3rd Thursdays of the month: Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17 10:30 a.m. Babies, birth to two years old, are welcome to attend. Parents will sit on the floor or a chair with their babies in their laps. Baby songs, nursery rhymes, finger plays, stretching exercises, books and methods for stimulating language and brain development for babies will be shared. No Registration Necessary. Halloween Story Times & Trick or Treating Tuesday, Oct. 27th 7:00 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 30th 10:30 a.m. We are having special Halloween Story Times in place of our regular walk-in programs. Children and caregivers are encouraged to come in costume. Little ones will trick-or-treat in the library after the program is over. READ TO THE DOGS AT THE LIBRARY! 2nd Saturdays of the month 10:3011:30 a.m. Sept. 12th, Oct. 10th, Nov. 14th, Dec. 12th The Welcome Waggers therapy dogs are coming back for another fun-filled Saturday morning of reading! This program is intended to encourage children to practice reading without the pressure of getting all the words right. Dogs don’t correct or criticize! Sessions are free, and there is no registration. A signed permission slip is required before children may participate in the program.

Pre-School Story Time Ages 3-5 Tuesdays 10:30 am Children participate on their own in this program. Caregivers remain in the library during the program, but get to browse our books! At 11:00, caregivers assist children with crafts. Books, songs, puppets, finger plays, and flannel board stories make this a great time for all! 13

FAMILY CAMPING 101 With Summer in the rear-view mirror and Fall coming on, it is time to think about those lovely weekends in the woods enjoying your favorite “get away from it all” camping style. Simplicity, proper planning and safety are just a few things to keep in mind before heading out into the great outdoors. DON’T OVER-COMPLICATE THINGS Some of us are tempted to bring our inner Emeril out to the woods with us. Others want to build an entire new town at their campsite. And others still are convinced that they will need a weeks worth of clothing for a two night stint. All of these overboarders are making things far too complicated and will only result in time wasted or frustration gained. FOOD Plan the number of meals you will be eating on your adventure and then make a simple menu. Although it’s fun to cook outside consider saving the ‘cooked over the fire’ meal for dinner and go with a hearty cereal and fruit for breakfast and perhaps sandwiches for lunch. You can pre-pack these things into portions before you leave home making it even easier to distribute to your hungry campers. You’ll save a lot of time getting the fire set and scrubbing pots and pans as well. CLOTHING Think in layers and pack one extra set. If you’re going camping in say October, you may have a daytime temperature in the upper 70’s; that could be shorts weather if you’re hiking or doing something active. That night time temp though is almost certainly going to be 40-50 degrees. Zip off pants really are functional for fall days. Fleece and wicking shirts are also good choices. Layers of clothes are great for outdoor sleeping too. I always choose some long underwear and wool socks to keep toasty warm when the sun goes down. Bring extra socks for everyone and extra underwear for those who might still be accident inclined. ACCESSORIES Take a look at the REI or Gander Mountain websites and you’ll 14 Check us out online at

see that there are camping gadgets galore, so many things you didn’t even know existed. The gleam catches your eye and you can see the need to have these new tools for your ultra extreme not-so-back-woods weekend family camping trip. RESIST my friends, resist. Take into account the amenities that your chosen home away from home has to offer and start there. For instance; is there drinking water? There is usually no need for a large water filtering system, as most campgrounds have running water. There are many basics that will help to ensure that your trip is a success. Make sure everyone has a flashlight or headlamp of their own. There is something empowering for small children when they have their own light source that they “control”. A fear of the dark night can be easily squashed with a mini LED and a couple of AAA batteries. The personal essentials like toothbrushes, floss, soap, washcloths can all be packed in each child’s backpack. Camping can be a great time to have some lessons in self sufficiency too. “Everyone grab your own toothbrush and washcloth, we’re going to the bathhouse to get cleaned up”. You may already have your tent; if not, keep these points in mind. Your cozy little 2- person tent you used in the pre-children days of your relationship won’t be adequate if you now have 3 children! Likewise, with older children who might require a bit more privacy, you might want to consider a tent with multiple, divided sections. Put the girls in one end, the boys in the other, and Mom and Dad in the middle. Shop around to find the right tent at the right price for your family camping trip. Price your tent based on the number of times you actually plan to camp in a year. If well cared for, even a less expensive tent will last for years. PLAN AND THEN PLAN SOME MORE Be sure to create a check list a day or two prior to your trip. Stick to your list as much as possible - for example, 1 towel per person (no need for 2 or 3 for an overnight). Although it is important to limit your packing, it is MORE important to bring everything that you and your family needs to make it a great trip. For example, don’t choose this weekend to forget the pacifier or favorite stuffed animal. Car games are great

sanity savers as well, and a small backpack with toys, books and games for the car can also make it’s way into the tent in the evening.

For older kids, try to plan a weekend in the vicinity of something they haven’t seen before. Caverns, waterfalls and scenic views will leave a lasting impression on even the most techno-tuned kid in your house. Nature can be awe inspiring on her worst of days and absolutely spectacular on her best.

PREPARATION If possible, reserve your site or cabin in advance. Most reputable commercial campgrounds have a website and online reservations. It could be worth your while to call directly to speak with someone at the campground when making your reservations. Chances are they’ll be able to tell you more about the campground than the website alone, and answer more specific questions you may have. You may want to inquire about any large groups that may be camping on your chosen dates. Be sure to print your directions to the campground before you leave along with any confirmation numbers. It is wise to get trail maps of the area you may be planning to hike as well.

Try something local. Take the time to really get to know more about an area by taking in a local fruit stand or general store. You may even have an interesting conversation and learn something you didn’t know about your own community. KEEPING IT SAFE Do your research before you leave and find out where the nearest hospitals are located. Check for ranger stations or campground offices. In very rural areas, take note of any rescue squad or volunteer fire departments in the area. You may not know (until you get there) whether or not you’ll have cell phone service, but make plans in case you don’t. A pair of two-way radios is a relatively inexpensive way to keep in touch once at the campsite and can even provide some entertainment for the kids.

NOW THAT YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY Your wild weekend may have already begun in the car if you didn’t do a good job with the planning stage above. Before leaving, look up or make up some games to play with your kids in the car. Discuss animals you may see on your trip. Talk to them about what they’ll do at the campground or over the weekend. Take the opportunity to extend the trip with an impromptu stop at a petting zoo or tourist attraction on the way. After all, the journey can certainly be part of the fun.

Every family deserves a break from the everyday stresses of life. Camping in the great outdoors can certainly help to wipe away worries from work, school and daily chores. With a little bit of forethought and organization, your family can have a fun, safe and best of all, RELAXING, camping trip.

Gearing UP A three room tent is roomy enough for the whole family yet sets up and packs easily. $99 - $400 +

REI Super Nova Kid’s Backpack $29.50 from also in pink Black Diamond Wiz - Kid’s Headlamp $18.95 from also available in fuschia

Coleman 4D Lantern w/ Mood Light $26.95 from

Eureka Children’s Grasshopper 30 Degree Sleeping Bag $26.99 from


MAKIN’ STUFF Fall Edition October

Everyone gets crafty in December, right? Here are a few simple favorites to get your little people into the act. These crafts are sure to put a smile on every face. Read our tips for turning these tasty projects into fun lessons. HAYSTACKS 1 (6 oz.) pkg. semisweet chocolate chips 1 (6 oz.) pkg. butterscotch chips 1 (6 oz.) can of peanuts (optional) Large can of chow mein noodles Melt bits over hot water. Add other ingredients and mix well. Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet. Push noodles together to haystacks.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH 1 butternut squash salt brown sugar (optional) Cut 1 butternut squash in half (there is no need to peel). Sprinkle salt and brown sugar onto the squash. Be sure the oven is preheated to 350°F before placing in oven. Bake squash until soft; then simply scoop the squash out of the skin, add a little butter and serve!

FROZEN PUMPKIN DESSERT 1 (11 oz.) pkg. no bake cheesecake mix 1/4 c. butter, melted 1 qt. butter pecan or vanilla ice cream, softened 3/4 c. milk 3/4 c. canned pumpkin Combine graham cracker crumbs from cheesecake mix with butter. Press into bottom of 9”x13” pan. Spread ice cream over crust. Put in freezer. Combine cheesecake filling mix and milk. Beat until blended. Add pumpkin and beat 3 minutes. Spread over ice cream. Freeze 3 to 4 hours before serving. A perfect fall treat!

16 Check us out online at

EGG CARTOON PUMPKINS Materials • Cardboard egg carton • Orange Paint • Glue • Paperclip • Green pipe cleaner or tissue paper • Black Marker


DIRECTIONS 1. Cut two cups from a cardboard egg carton. Run a bead of glue along the top edge of one cup. Invert the second cup and position it atop the first, making sure the cut edges align. 2. Once the glue dries, coat the little shell with orange acrylic paint. When the paint is dry, use the end of a paper clip to poke a hole in the top of the pumpkin. 3. Make a stem and curly vines out of green pipe cleaners or twisted tissue paper, and push the ends through the hole. Use a black marker to draw on a jack-o’-lantern face.

VAMPIRE BAT Materials: • 1 basket type coffee filter • Purple and black watercolor paints • Paintbrush • 1 miniature wooden clothespin • Black or purple acrylic paint • 2 small wiggle eyes • White scrap of paper • Scissors • White craft glue Directions: 1. Paint the clothespin either black or purple with water paints and set aside to dry. 2. Cut coffee filter in half. 3. Paint one half of the filter with black watercolor paint and the other half with purple watercolor paint. Let dry. 4. When filters are dry, place the purple half on top of the black half so that they line up. Pinch the filter with your fingers, gathering the paper in the center of the straight edge. 5. Open the clothespin and clamp the gathered end of the filter inside the clothespin. Add a dab of white glue in the clamp. 6. Use scissors to cut half circles from the rounded wings to resemble a bat’s wings. 7. Cut jagged edges along the circular side of the filter. 8. Glue two wiggle eyes to the front of the clothespin. 9. Cut two small triangular fangs from white paper and glue to the clothespin. 17

AREA EVENTS SEPTEMBER Spirit of America Date: September 11 & 12 showtimes vary Location: Patriot Center FREE ! Patriotic live-action show in which Soldiers in period uniforms reenact key moments in history. Show includes battle scenes, simulated gunfire, and perfomances by the Army’s elite cermonial units. For more information: 1-866-2399425 or email Motorcycle Rodeo To Benefit Families of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers: Thursday, Sep 17 - Sep 19, 2009 Time: Begins at 8 a.m. Location: Dominion Square Shopping Center Directions: 717 Dominion Square Shopping Center Business 29 North, Culpeper Organized by: Culpeper Sheriff s Office & Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Riding Committee Description: This exciting event comes to Culpeper as law enforcement officers from around the Mid-Atlantic and beyond compete in this motorcycle rodeo. On Thursday, see officers training for the motorcycle rodeo competitions. On Friday, training continues until 1 pm, when the competitions begin! On Saturday, officers will compete in various challenges including team riding and slow-ride competitions. Officers are fundraising for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and will raffle off a Harley-Davidson motorcycle (winner announced Saturday). Come and show your support for law enforcement and their families! Contact Person: Deputy Chad McKnight Email: Web site: 250th Anniversary - Town of Culpeper Date: from Sep, 18, 2009 to Sep, 20, 2009 Location: Town of Culpeper Time: celebrate all weekend Description: Official Ceremony Historic Costume Ball Old Time Games & Picnic in the Park Culpeper History Come to Life “Coleman Street” Parade Old Time Ice Cream Social Contact: Beth Burns 540-727-0611 Email: Website: 31st Annual Old Dominion Horse Show Saturday, Sep 19 - Sep 20, 2009 Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Location: Commonwealth Park, Culpeper, VA Directions: Route 522 South, 6 miles south of Culpeper Organized by: Virginia Draft Horse & Mule Association Description: Enjoy a horse show like none other. Draft horses, 18 Check us out online at

Have your event listed here and on Simply send information about your event to mules and donkeys compete in halter, riding, jumping, driving and obstacle courses in the largest event of its kind on the East Coast. A qualifying leg of the North American 6-Horse Hitch Classic will also be held! Feel the Thunder! Admission: $5.00 per person. Email: Web site: Stage Alive Presents Daniel Rodriguez Date: September 24, 7:30 - 8:30 Where: Culpeper County High School Directions: Culpeper County High School, 14240 Achievement Drive Culpeper, Virginia 22701 Former New York City police officer, Daniel Rodriguez, has experienced a meteoric rise to fame. He was one of his department’s designated anthem singers on September 11, 2001 when fate intervened - he rendered a cappella performances of “God Bless America” and the National Anthem that proved far greater than a patriotic gesture. Since then he has performed at venues ranging from the 2002 Winter Olympics, to Disneyland, to The White House. $20 adults/$5 children; subscription rates also available. Contact Person: Email: info@ Web site: OCTOBER 12th Annual Harvest Days Farm Tour Date: from Oct, 3, 2009 to Oct, 4, 2009 Location: Farms throughout the County Time: 10 am - 4 pm Description: Experience life on the farm in beautiful Culpeper County. Visit a variety of farms growing everything from herbs and cut flowers to cattle and bison. You may even want to try to milk a cow! Come and join the fun. Sponsored by Culpeper County Department of Economic Development. Contact: 540-727-3410 Email: Website: Culpeper Airport Air Fest Date: October, 10, 2009 Location: Culpeper Regional Airport - 12517 Beverly Ford Road Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Description: Join us at the 10th annual Culpeper Airport Air Fest at the Culpeper Regional Airport located in Brandy Station, VA. This FREE event has something for the entire family. Tour the County Airport, talk with the pilots about their planes and enjoy free airplane rides for ages 8-17 provided by the Young Eagles Program. Culpeper Parks And Recreation will have events for the kids, face painting will be available and good food will make this an enjoyable event for all. Contact: 540-825-8280 Email: Website:

Taste of Culpeper Date: October, 11, 2009 Location: The Depot Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Description: Tempt your palate at “Taste of Culpeper” featuring the very best in local cuisine from the region’s unique restaurants and caterers. 15 Virginia wineries will be represented offering tastings and displays. Other activities of the day include children’s activities, live entertainment, wagon rides and artist displays. Children under 12 free Contact: Culpeper Renaissance (540) 825-4416 Email: Website: Downtown Culpeper Shop Hop Saturday, October 17, 2009 Location: Downtown Culpeper Directions: Various locations in historic downtown Culpeper Organized by: Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Description: Come Downtown the 3rd Saturday of each month for the 2009 Shop Hop and enjoy in-store savings and special events. Contact Person: Culpeper Renaissance Phone: 540-825-4416 Email: Web site: Stage Alive Presents “Red Hot Hollywood!” Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Time: 7:30pm Location: Culpeper County High School Auditorium Directions: Culpeper County High School, 14240 Achievement Drive Culpeper, Virginia 22701 Organized by: Stage Alive Community Concert Association Description: Matt Davenport Productions Inc. presents a thrilling “red carpet” revue of Hollywood’s greatest musical memories. A cast of eleven sings, dances and recreates magical moments by Gene Kelly, Astaire and Rogers, Julie Andrews, Donald O’Conner, Judy Garland and more. Colorful sets and costumes sparkle around innovative musical arrangements and choreography as the auditorium comes alive with the story and sound of movie music. $20 adults/$5 children; subscription rates also available. Contact Person: Email: Web site: Graves Mountain Apple Festival Saturday, October 17, 2009 Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA Bring the whole family out for one of the area’s best and bigest fall festivals. Pick your own apples in the orchards, have a hay ride, sample local fare and shop the extensive selection of hand crafted items from local artisans.


taste of 2009 Culpeper Sunday October 11, 2009

noon to 5 p.m. The Depot District

Ticket Outlets: Chateau du Reaux, Randy’s Flowers, StellarOne, Wachovia $10 in Advance  $15 at the Gate  Kids 12 & under Free

Live Music  Free Kids Activities  Local Artists Local Restaurants & Caterers Virginia Wineries & Microbreweries Thank You to our Sponsors: Channel 21 Culpeper Star-Exponent Kid Central Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson Town of Culpeper Free Airshow Culpeper Airport Saturday October 10 1st Annual Downtown Restaurant Week October 12 - 17 540-825-4416 Design donated by Michele White graphics 20 Check us out online at

Video Game Ratings

Culpeper County Animal Shelter

This game is good for people who like adventure. There is a wide variety of Pokemon to catch and trade. (Although, keep your Pokemon in good shape) You will encounter a lot of battles along your journey. Whether it’s with wild Pokemon, trainers or gym leaders they’re fun and rewarding.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Poke Balls I would suggest this game for people who like speed and action. This game has challenges and a cool group of characters. This LuLuIn is this an 8 hovercraft year old game does not have any fighting or combat. female Hound. is fine meets skateboarding adventure you can score extraShe points by with other dogs and cats. performing tricks like grinds and flips.

Rating: 4 out of 5 SONICS

   

Culpeper County Pixie is a 8 week old feCulpeper County male, litter box trained. Animal Shelter Animal Shelter

      

 

 

  

Nugget is a 4 year old LuLu is an 8 year neutered male Jackold Rusfemale Hound. She is fine sell/Beagle mix. LuLu is an 8 year old with other dogs and cats. female Hound. She is fine

10144 Monroe Hwy withJames other dogs and cats. Culpeper, VA 22701 540-547-4477 21

CulpeperKids Magazine  
CulpeperKids Magazine  

September / October 2009