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➤ Bees, from Page 4 farms, bringing back hints of clover. The Gregsons plan to plant bulbs in the fall and offer cut flowers next spring - as another offering for visitors and as another pollen source for the bees. Last year they harvested 175 pounds of honey and had to hold some back at Christmas because people expect it. It makes a great stocking stuffer. As for the Christmas trees, that’s still the main attraction in the winter. They offer Canaan Firs, Norway Spruce, some White Pines and White Spruce and few Scotch Pines. Jeff, the President of the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association, agreed that last winter was a tight market due to the recession in 2007-2010. “After 2008 a lot of big growers down in Southwest Virginia, they were stuck,” Jeff said. “People were cutting back. This is one industry where you have to think out seven, eight or nine years.” Bees and Trees were lucky, they had enough to satisfy their customers until they sold out at the third week of the season. People were on the hunt for trees, which is part of the allure of the tree farm. “What we’ve learned is it’s experience,” Jeff said. “Some people

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have been coming for years. It’s a tradition.” A fire pit sits outside the barn and Teresa sells smores. Families flock to find the perfect tree and enjoy each others company. “What we wanted to do was we wanted to create a family experience,” Teresa said. “It’s about creating memories.” Those memories include the friendly goats and a chance to pick out your own eggs from the hen house. Santa and Mrs. Claus usually come the third weekend of the month and the Gregsons hook up the wagon and take the kids for a ride while picking up folks cutting their own tree. They have between 6 and 7 acres, with approximately 2,500 trees on them. Last year, they sold more than 500 trees, with a little more than 300 of them from the farm. This year they’ll be selling an anniversary coffee, and with the advent of their ABC license, they’ll offer local craft beers and wines to go along with local cheeses they hope to soon offer along with their private label of jams, sauces and salsas. “We feel very strongly about local,” Teresa said. “We really support the idea of buying local.” Bees and Trees is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday beginning May. 4.

WE NEED YOU! VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED FOR LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

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PHOTO BY JEFF SAY

Sherri Azais, left, hosted a High-Heeled Happy Hour to benefit the Culpeper Pregnancy Center May 1.

Sherri Azais is living proof adoption can be positive By Jeff Say

Culpeper Times Staff Writer Sherri Azais wants people to know adoption isn’t a bad thing. She’s living proof that miracles happen in different ways to different families.

Azais, the owner of Premier Partner Services, LLC, has known almost her whole life she was adopted. She just didn’t know from whom. Born in Canada and adopted through Catholic Charities as ➤ See Azais, Page 10

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Join our volunteer teams in Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Orange and Madison. Be a compassionate driving force, transporting your neighbors to their healthcare or legal appointments. Training and support provided Flexible hours and destinations. Basic Requirements: • • • •

Safe, licensed Virginia driver 5+ years driving experience Compassion No compensation available Please call Lola Walker at 540-825-3100, ext. 3358 for more information.

Saturday, May 5th - Lenn Park, 19206 Edwin Way, Culpeper VA Come on out for the 9th Annual Wicked Bottom 5K and experience the fun everyone had last year! This Cross Country run starts from the scenic grounds of Lenn Park. The course circles the northern side of the Park then crosses over to Old House Vineyards where you will pass the rows of vines while following the gravel road, then return to Lenn Park.

Registration Opens at 6am - Only 47 Spaces Available | Closes at 8am or Sell Out

FREE YOGA with Pranapiloga • FREE WINE TASTINGS by Old House Vinyards (21yrs ) FREE MASSAGE FOR PARTICIPANTS • DOOR PRIZES • MUSIC by Mo Safren Child care for ages 3yrs+ by KidCentral during the 5K

5K Registration Fee: $35 | Race Starts at 8:30am 1/2 Mile Registration Fee: $15 | Race Starts at 8:15am Exact Change, Cash or Checks Only

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE EVENT CHAMPION

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER www.CulpeperRecreation.com l 540-727-3412

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