Culpeper Times • February 16-22, 2017 DOWNTOWN DESTINATION
Mardi Gras celebration scheduled for Feb. 25
Plan to be in the next issue - Call 540-812-2282
RICH CROWLEY’S SNAPSHOT OF CULPEPER
Laissez les bon temps rouler! On Feb. 25, join the excitement of Mardi Gras in Downtown Culpeper brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Fun for the entire family including: live music, performing artists, wagon rides, New Orleans inspired food, crafts for children, Mardi Gras photo booth, costumed living historians, and balloonmagic. Enjoy the traditions of Mardi Gras with beads and masks for all. Explore Historic Downtown Culpeper, while experiencing all that the Culpeper Downtown Carnival has to offer: eat savory, shop, listen, learn, and eat sweet for your chance at an amazing Downtown Gift Basket. Entry cards along with the schedule of events are located in shops and restaurants throughout the downtown district, so be certain to pick one up. Families can prepare to be mesmerized with Wes Iseli magic shows with one beginning at 11 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. at The Culpeper Center for FREE, seating is limited, first come, first serve. Enjoy all day in-store specials with downtown’s many unique specialty shops opening at 10 a.m. Restaurants will serve up delicious Mardi Gras themed specials from sweet French Quarter beignets and King Cake, to savory gumbo and po’ boys that is sure to please. The Burgandine House at 807 South Main Street will celebrate both Carnival and George Washington’s birthday all day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. featuring history, period costumes, food tastings; a lot in a little house. The Museum of Culpeper History located at 113 South Commerce Street in the Depot will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit the museum for new exhibits, crafts for kids, selfie photo booth, and balloon animals from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Keep up with the latest Downtown Culpeper Carnival information at www.facebook.com/culpepercarnival or contact Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. at 540-825-4416 or visit www. culpeperdowntown.com.
New traffic pattern on Route 29-666 interchange As construction continues on the Route 29-666 interchange project, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to shift traffic to use the new Route 666 (Braggs Corner Road/ Greens Corner Road) bridge that spans Route 29 (James Madison Highway) in Culpeper County, near Eastern View High School. The new traffic shift started Feb. 14. Once traffic is shifted to the bridge, the existing signal at Route 29 and Route 666 will be removed. Motorists should expect brief delays and use caution approaching the area while crews adjust signs and traffic control devices. Travelers should be aware of the following changes to the traffic pattern: · Route 29 northbound traffic will temporarily access Route 666 via Route 721 (Poor Farm Road). · Route 666 traffic will access Route 29 southbound via a temporary loop ramp. In the remaining months until construction is complete in August, crews will focus on constructing the ramps south of the bridge. Message boards will be in place to notify the public. Completion date is Aug. 18.
Preschool and kindergarten registration
PHOTO BY RICH CROWLEY
We have a Hallmark store in Culpeper! Every time I go in that store the clerks tell me that regularly someone comes in who tells them that they had no idea there was a Hallmark store in town. There is and it is a nice one with everything you need. It is located on the strip mall near Petsmart and Staples, behind Glory Days. Now you know. This is one of the sales assistants Shawn Motes. He will help you find everything. ➤ Check out Rich’s blog at facesofculpeperva.blogspot.com and Faces of Culpeper on Facebook
Children who turn five (5) on or before September 30, 2017, are eligible to attend kindergarten. Children who turn four (4) on or before September 30, 2017, and meet Title I or VPI income requirements are eligible to attend preschool. Preschool programs are dependent upon federal, state and local funding. Kindergarten registrations times: March 2: Sycamore Park 1-6 p.m. 825-8847 March 7: A.G. Richardson A-L 9-11 a.m. 825-0616 March 7: A.G. Richardson M-Z 12-2 p.m. 825-0616 March 10: Farmington 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 825-0713 March 13: Yowell 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 825-9484 March 16: Emerald Hill A-L 8:30 11:30 a.m. 937-7361 March 16: Emerald Hill M-Z 12 - 3 p.m. 937-7361 March 23: Pearl Sample 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 825-5448 What to bring to kindergarten registration Remember to bring: your child who will attend kindergarten; your child’s birth certificate; your child’s immunization record; custody papers, if applicable; and proof of residency. Contact your family physician now to set up a date for your child’s physical.