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Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market Expands SNAP in a Healthy Local Food Initiative - Posted September 30, 2014

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market celebrated the bounty of summer with an inaugural Farm-To-Table Dinner which highlighted quality fresh and local products. The event attracted 50 attendees to the Culpeper Center in the historic downtown shopping district. Culpeper Center Executive Chef Garth Hansen’s culinary excellence created an amazing farm-to-table experience in support of the local farm community.

Proceeds from the successful event will further benefit a healthy local food initiative at the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market. Terry Osborn, Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market Chairman, is excited about this new opportunity to further the local food movement, “I am thrilled the dinner was eagerly met by residents and I am pleased that the market will be able to make these quality fresh and local items more readily available to the community.”

With more than 30 vendors, the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market is the longest running and most successful market in the Culpeper area. The market is open every Saturday, through November 22, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. until Noon. Nestled at the end of Davis Street, the market offers a one-stop shop for all things local. For years the Culpeper Department of Human Services, Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market, and Culpeper Renaissance, Inc have partnered to provide the ability to use SNAP tokens at the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. Now SNAP participants will be able to double their money when they purchase tokens at the market, up to ten bonus tokens per visit. That means if you swipe your EBT card for $8 of tokens, you will receive $16 of tokens to use at the market. This program kicks off at the October 4th Farmers Market and will last through the end of the market in November or until the matching funds are exhausted.

Dorenda Pullen, Culpeper Human Services Manager, welcomes the expansion of this program. “It is so rewarding to see families browse from vendor to vendor with their children and hear the conversations of how the food is grown. I heard one little girl ask her Mom, ‘Did they buy all of this at Walmart?’ Her mom chuckled as she was receiving her tokens and said ‘No they grew it on their farms.’ Seeing first-hand how our local market showcases our local farming roots really emphasized how important this partnership is. Culpeper Human Services looks forward to promoting and continuing our partnership as we aim to serve even more families in the future.”

“This partnership further promotes Culpeper Renaissance’s goal for the market of enhancing community life in downtown Culpeper by bringing residents and local growers together in a market setting that is friendly, fun and packed full of quality local products. Expansion of the program will greatly benefit the families of Culpeper by providing these healthy local products.” says CRI President Kelsey Carlson.

For further information on the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market visit http://www.culpeperdowntown.com/farmers-market.html or www.facebook.com/CulpeperFarmersMarket or call (540) 825-4416.


Join us on Sunday, November 23 for Downtown Culpeper's kick off for the Holiday Season from12 Noon until 5:00 pm with a Community Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm! - Posted September 29, 2014


Make Your Reservation Now for the 6th Annual Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week, October 13-19th. This is one culinary trip you won't want to miss! - Posted September 26, 2014

2014 Fall Edition of the Destination Downtown Culpeper - Posted September 25, 2014


Help the Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Design Committee beautify downtown Culpeper for the Fall with the placement of cornstalks! - Posted August 8, 2014

On Saturday, September 27th the 2014 "Corny Crew" will meet at Piedmont Steakhouse located at 110 E. Cameron Street in historic downtown Culpeper at 9:00 am.

Decorations for this year will include small bundles of cornstalks placed on downtown light poles with bows donated by Randy's Flowers.

Donuts and juice will be provided for a quick on the go breakfast, water will be provided throughout the day and lunch will be provided at Piedmont Steakhouse compliments of Design Committee Chair a owner of Piedmont Steakhouse, Steve Miller!

All volunteers will receive a No Pain, No Grain - The Corney Crew of Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. t-shirt.

Please contact the CRI office at 540-825-4416 or criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com if you are interested in volunteering.

2014 Summer Edition of the Destination Downtown Culpeper - Posted June 19, 2014


The Culpeper Architectural Review Board and Culpeper Renaissance Inc. to host FREE Seminar for Historic Property Owners - Posted May 22, 2014

The Culpeper Architectural Review Board (ARB) and Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) will host a FREE seminar “Tips to Maintain Your Old Building” on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Culpeper Center located at 137 South Main Street.  Pre-registration is required as space for this event is limited.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Are you the owner of a historic building, full of character, charm and in need of tender loving care? If so, you'll be interested in this public seminar about owning, and maintaining a historic building.

An expert in the field will lead each seminar. Come prepared with your problems and questions, and leave with some solutions and answers.

Kathleen Frazier, Principal of Frazier Associates will present “Maintenance of Downtown Buildings”.  Kathleen She has extensive experience in historic preservation and is familiar with historic tax credit funding mechanisms.  She currently oversees the design services for the Virginia Main Street Program, and an affiliate of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. 

Christopher Hamilton will present “Understanding Old Brick and Mortar” with a brick care demonstration.  Christopher is a class A contractor specializing in older buildings, committee member of the CRI Economic Restructuring Committee, member of the State Theatre Board of Directors, and Chair of the ARB.

Michael Lysczek will present "Understanding the Role of the Architectural Review Board in Maintenance, Preservation and Revitalization".  Michael is the owner of Michael Lysczek Architect and Board member of the Town of Culpeper Architectural Review Board.

Kelsey Carlson, President of Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. will discuss services that are offered to Downtown Property Owners through Culpeper Renaissance, Inc.

Chris Martin, Chair of the Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Economic Restructuring Committee states “The goal of the seminar is to provide owners of historic homes and buildings with a basic knowledge of issues related to restoring and preserving their investment.  Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. maintains its strong commitment to providing tools and knowledge to businesses and property owners to enable them to prosper and contribute to Culpeper’s economic vitality.”

To register or for more information please contact the CRI office at 540-825-4416 or criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com

FREE Cooking Activities for Children at the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market! - Posted May 15, 2014

4-H Family Nutritional Program, the Culpeper Department of Human Services, Culpeper Renaissance, and the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market are partnering in a special nutritional program at the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market all summer long. Georgette Mosley, family nutritional educator, has put together an exciting FREE educational opportunity, “I’m SOW Healthy”, for area children. Georgette will host cooking activities on the 4th Saturday of each month starting May 24th and ending September 27th. The cooking activities are offered in three convenient, 30-minute sessions (Session 1: 9:00-9:30 AM, Session 2: 10:00-10:30 AM, and Session 3: 11:00-11:30 AM) each week. The goal of this program is to promote healthy eating to area youth, the local farmers market, and the use of SNAP benefits at the market. Join us!

May 24th - Veggie Pots *children will make homemade veggie dip served in a reusable pot that can later serve as a planter for their very own fresh vegetables. This week’s activities sponsored by: Barajas Produce

June 28th - Red, White and Blueberry Parfaits *just in time for 4th of July…children will layer creamy yogurt with juicy strawberries and blueberries a top with yummy, whole-grain granola. This week’s activities sponsored by: Piedmont Growers

July 26th - Sparkling Berry Lemonade *children will have fun squeezing fresh lemons and smashing juicy berries to make a refreshing glass of berry lemonade. This week’s activities sponsored by: Corvallis Farms

August 23rd - Rainbow Pasta Salad *this pasta salad is bursting with bright colors and bold flavorful veggies. This week’s activities sponsored by: C&T Produce

September 27th - Zucchini Fritters with Herbed Yogurt Dip *children will make zucchini fritters and dunk them in delicious, fresh herbed yogurt dip. This week’s activities sponsored by: Whole Heart Farms

Culpeper Downtown 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series Kick-Off - Posted April 24, 2014

Culpeper, VA. Thursday returns as the “new Friday” when Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. kicks-off its 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series on June 19, 2014, directly in front of the Depot. Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. is a development organization dedicated to enhancing, celebrating and enriching Culpeper’s historic downtown. H...ank Milans, 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series Chairman, is eagerly anticipating the arrival of this year’s Concert Series. “We’re thrilled with the stand-out band selection for this year; it has been met with great excitement from the community and surrounding region.”

The musical festivities begin on June 19, 2014, with “feel good sounds” from The Embers featuring Craig Woolard. One of the greatest bands ever to come out of the Carolinas, The Embers have been making music for decades, playing a mix of rhythm and blues, heart and soul. To say "The Embers play Beach Music" is an understatement. After seventeen albums and numerous single releases, The Embers are one of the most popular bands, as well as one of the most active groups, in the country. They've been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and were named North Carolina's Official Musical Ambassadors. The Embers have opened for the Rolling Stones, made commercials for Budweiser, performed at the Olympics and during former President Clinton's inauguration.

July 17, 2014 features The Worx, an award-winning mid-Atlantic, Southeastern group. The Worx perform modern and classic rock ‘n’ roll covers as well as original material with such energetic enthusiasm that everyone will be on their feet for this highly-anticipated show.

The 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series finale will be held August 21, 2014, with The Fabulous Hubcaps, one of the nation’s most sought after oldies and rock show bands. Their career has been as diverse and colorful as the bowling shirts they wear. In 2005, The Hubcaps were proudly inducted into The Southern Legends Entertainment and Performing Arts Hall of Fame. This high-energy band continues to captivate audiences with their tributes to original artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Sonny and Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, Elton John and Frank Sinatra. With an extensive repertoire of doo-wop group harmony, classic rock ‘n’ roll, rock-a-billy, Motown, and R&B music, The Fabulous Hubcaps are heralded as one of the best oldies show bands in the country. This is one concert Culpeper music lovers should not miss!

The 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series is in full swing September 18, starting with the foot-tapping beats of Groove Train. Guests won’t be able to resist dancing to a popular blend of well-known disco songs. Groove Train also offers plenty of entertainment with groovy costumes, big hairstyles and outrageous showmanship. Concertgoers are sure to enjoy this fantastic voyage back in time.
Grab your dancing shoes, a lawn chair, and family and friends, and join CRI from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, directly in front of Depot on Commerce Street in downtown Culpeper for great music and good times. With 2014’s 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series line up, it’s easy to see why Culpeper was selected as a 2012 Great American Main Street winner.

Advance tickets are available for $5 per concert or a DISCOUNT SEASON TICKET for all 4 concerts may be purchased for $15 (that amounts to one free concert). All are available until the day before the event at the following locations: Pepperberries located at 102 North Main Street, Museum of Culpeper History at 113 South Commerce Street, Randy’s Flowers at 211 West Evans Street, all Union Bank offices throughout Culpeper (formerly StellarOne), and the Culpeper Renaissance office located at 127 West Davis Street. General admission the day of the event is $7 at the gate for those 21 and over. KIDS ARE FREE! Come and enjoy historic downtown Culpeper throughout the summer with great performances from Groove Train, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, The Worx, and The Fabulous Hubcaps. The 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series is made possible through the generous support of the Town of Culpeper; Appleton Campbell; Best Western – Culpeper Inn; Clore-English Funeral Home; Culpeper Media Network; Culpeper Times; Kid Central; Randy’s Flowers; Spacewalk of Fauquier; SWIFT; Starr Hill; and Virginia Eagle Distributing.

All are welcome! Bring friends, family and a lawn chair! Please remember no pets and no coolers, but picnic baskets will be allowed. For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at (540) 825-4416 or criinfo@culpeperdowntown.c
om or visit us on the web at www.culpeperdowntown.com .

Please note: Due to the high risk of thunderstorms, high winds, and excessive rain expected for the evening of Thursday, May 15th, and to ensure public safety - CRI’s 3rd ThursdaySummer Concert featuring Groove Train was postponed. The concert has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2014. Alladvanced tickets will still be honored for the September 18th concert. If you have any questions, please contact the CRI office at 540-825-4416.

2014 Spring Edition of the Destination Downtown Culpeper - Posted April 19, 2014

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. and the Town of Culpeper receive Virginia Main Street Milestone Awards for volunteer and private investment in downtown revitalization efforts - Posted March 21, 2014

Richmond – On Wednesday, March 19, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) and the town of Culpeper were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of over 30,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown and for creating an environment that has encouraged more than $55 million in private investment in the town’s historic commercial district. The awards were presented at Richmond’s historic Hippodrome Theater.

At the ceremony that focused on the results of Main Street efforts, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones spoke to the audience of nearly 90 downtown revitalization volunteers and professionals from around the state about the visible results of their hard work.

“This year, you have been thinking outside of the box and using entrepreneurship as a keystone to successful downtown revitalization,” said Secretary Jones. “With entrepreneur development strategies like business boot camps and even an Ideaspace, you are bringing new ventures and amazing growth to your downtowns.”

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Bill Shelton said, “In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $217 million in private investment in their districts.” Shelton continued, “As a result, last year, there was a net collective gain of 453 jobs across the 25 Main Street downtown districts.”

"Entrepreneurship is key to revitalizing our communities. Given the proper support, anybody can pursue their dream of starting a business,” said keynote speaker Toan Nguyen, co-Founder of Impact Investment Consulting, C’ville Central, Community Investment Collaborative and C’ville Coffee. “Communities that are participating in Virginia Main Street are in a unique position to leverage their organizational skills, contacts and methodology to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in their communities."

Kelsey Carlson, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Board President states “We are always grateful for the private investors, who have chosen to invest their money in our community and have contributed in our achievement of this milestone. One specific project that needs to be spotlighted is the renovation of our historical State Theatre; the investment in this project was a large factor in our achievement and is an unmeasurable addition to the Culpeper Downtown.”

Jonathan Krawchuk, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Board member states “30,000 volunteer hours, simply put, is people caring about their community. Without the generous help of the Community, Culpeper Renaissance could not be as successful as we have been.”

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) uses the National Main Street Center's successful Four-Point Approach® of Promotion, Organization, Economic Revitalization, and Design as the foundation for local initiatives to revitalize the economic vitality of the downtown commercial district.

CRI Downtown Promotions take place in many forms including advertising, special events throughout the year and marketing campaigns to communicate Culpeper's unique businesses and special activities occurring downtown. Promotions are a key component of attracting the entire community to enjoy all that downtown has to offer, as well as new businesses and investors. This is also a big contributing factor to theEconomic Revitalization. The Organization aspect drives consensus among those in the downtown commercial district in the form of committees and through volunteer-driven revitalization programs. Without the organization of these groups promotions would not be possible. Design is critical to creating and maintaining a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers and visitors of the downtown commercial district. This includes giving attention to the rehabilitation of historic buildings providing guidance in the areas of new developmentand long-term preservation. Overall, CRI and the National Main Street Center's Four-PointApproach is instrumental in highlighting the downtown and showcasing a vibrant and appealing retail enterprise while maintaining the historic charm of Culpeper.

Currently, there are 25 designated Virginia Main Street communities: Abingdon, Altavista, Ashland, Bedford, Berryville, Blackstone, Bristol, Culpeper, Farmville, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, Luray, Lynchburg, Manassas, Marion, Martinsville, Orange, Saint Paul, South Boston, Staunton, Warrenton, Waynesboro and Winchester.

The Virginia Main Street program, managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, provides assistance and training to help communities increase the economic vitality of their downtown commercial districts. Virginia Main Street uses the National Main Street model to help communities revitalize their downtowns by focusing on their unique heritage and attributes. The program helps communities implement a comprehensive revitalization strategy that creates economic growth and pride in downtowns.

For more information about Virginia Main Street program, call (804) 371-7030 or visit www.dhcd.virginia.gov/MainStreet.

For more information about Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., call (540) 825-4416 or visit www.culpeperdowntown.com .


Back With More Brews: Culpeper’s Second Annual 'Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest' Craft Beer Festival- Posted March 19, 2014

Culpeper, VA. Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to serve up its second annual beer festival this April. With the excitement still surrounding 2013’s Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, attendees palettes’ can look forward to 10 more breweries on tap and a wider variety of mouth-watering local food. Located in the historic Downtown Culpeper area, this craft beer festival is sure to be nothing but “gnarly.”

Taking place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from Noon – 6:00 PM in the Spencer Street Parking Lot, the Gnarly Hops brewfest returns with live music and over 70 different beer selections. Sample Virginia and nationally brewed beers, including area favorites like Devil's Backbone, Starr Hill, Blue Mountain, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Bold Rock Hard Cider will again be available in two refreshing flavors: Hard Apple and Draft Cider. A few well-known out-of-towners will also be on draft, like Goose Island, Sweet Water, Omegang, and Lagunitas Brewing Company. CRI guarantees there will be a craft beer to suit any taste– beer enthusiasts might even find a new favorite!
Kelsey Carlson, President of CRI, is eagerly anticipating the arrival of this year’s beerfest. “Planning has been in the works for months. We’re thrilled to be bringing back a majority of the breweries from last year and welcoming many new additions.I have no doubt that attendees will be impressed with the committee’s craft beer selections.”

Culpeper, a Great American Main Street Award winner, boasts delicious local eats that will also be on hand to accompany the cold brews. Food from Glory Days, Kababs‘N’More, Piedmont Steakhouse, and many more. Live music by Shenandoah Alley will kick off the festivities followed by "the genuine songwriting and voice" of Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts with a special guest appearance by Krista Polvere. A variety of hip local artisans will be attending the event as well, presenting their unique, handcrafted goods, furniture and jewelry to festivalgoers.

With only a limited number of advanced tickets available for the Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, CRI is encouraging those 21-and-older who would like to attend to purchase tickets early to ensure a spot at this popular downtown event. Advance tickets are available for $25 and may be purchased now at Culpeper Cheese Company, Vinosity (both located on Davis Street in downtown Culpeper) and Randy’s Flowers (211 West Evans Street) and on the web at www.gnarlyhops.eventbrite.com.
$5 non-drinking tickets will be available for purchase at the gate on the day of the event.

All are welcome, but please remember no pets and no coolers. The Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest is made possible through generous friends and supporters, such as the Town of Culpeper; Culpeper Times; Best Western – Culpeper Inn; Bold Rock Hard Cider; Gayheart & Willis, P.C.; Green Roost; Goose Island; Vinosity; Virginia Eagle Distributing; and Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson.

If you’re looking for the most dynamic beer tasting experience in Central Virginia, then come thirsty and ready to enjoy a day at downtown Culpeper’s signature craft beer festival. For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at (540) 825-4416 or http://www.culpeperdowntown.com/beerfest.html, visit us on the web at www.gnarlyhops.com www.facebook.com/gnarlyhops and follow us on Twitter @gnarlyhops.


CRI has numerous volunteer opportunitties for volunteering! Whether you like to sit and stuff envelopes or are up to organizing an entire festival, we welcome your energy and talents! New to town? Volunteering is a great way to begin and forge new friendships. Please contact CRI if you are interested in the following: Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest, 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series, Farmer's Market, 4th of July Car & Bike Show, Taste of Culpeper, Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House, Downtown Culpeper Carnivale, Design Committee, Promotions Committee, Economic Restructuring Committee, or Organization Committee. Be a part of the Culpeper Community, volunteer! Contact CRI at 540-825-4416 or crievents@culpeper

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