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Culpeper, VA.Thursday returns as the “new Friday” when Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. kicks-off its 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series on May 28, 2015, directly in front of the Depot. Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. is a development organization dedicated to enhancing, celebrating and enriching Culpeper’s historic downtown.
The 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series is in full swing May 28th, starting with the foot-tapping beats of the Hotcakes, East Coast’s #1 dance band. Guests won’t be able to resist dancing to their mix of the latest top 40 hits, as well as some Motown, Beach, Oldies, and a touch of Country. Bring your dancing shoes and join in the festivities and see as they live up to their dance party reputation.
The musical festivities continue on June 18, 2015, with Souled Out’s soulful lead vocals and sweet flowing harmonies. This high-energy group of musicians really know how to please the crowd. This six member band blends soul, funk, rock, and country in a way that is sure to get the party movin’ and folks on the floor groovin’ from the first beat to the last.
July 16, 2015 features The Worx, an award-winning 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. From their amazing head-turning classic rock-n-roll covers (you won't be sure you're not hearing the original artists) to their owncrowd-pleasing hits, The Worx deliver an exciting show. Come to the Depot area ready to dance and sing;you'll see why crowds across Virginia love The Worx.
The 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series finale will be held August 20, 2015, with The Woodshedders and The Dry Run Band. Opening the show Southern country-rockers The Dry Run Band has taken its wide range of influences and backgrounds to create a blend of twang and grit, all while understanding the purity of traditional mountain music. The Woodshedders consists of a five piece group of top-notch musicians who have released three original albums, with a fourth one in the making. They bring an upbeat, dance-inducing sound that instantly engages the crowd and never disappoints!
Grab your dancing shoes, a lawn chair, 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 2015’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) and will be available May 1. 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 the Hotcakes, Souled Out, The Worx, The Dry Run Band, and The Woodshedders. All are welcome! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on the web at www.culpeperdowntown.com .
Culpeper, VA. Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to serve up its third annual beer festival this April. Over the past six months, the team has been planning the best Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest yet. Ticket holders can look forward to 8 new breweries on tap and a wide selection of mouth-watering local food. Located again in the historic Downtown Culpeper area, this craft beer festival is sure to live up to its “gnarly” name.
Taking place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from Noon – 6:00 PM in the Spencer Street Parking Lot, the Gnarly Hops brewfest is back with live music and over 70 different beer selections. Sample Virginia and nationally brewed beers, including area favorites like Devil's Backbone, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Starr Hill, Blue Mountain, and newcomers Hardywood Park and Beer Hound. A crowd favorite from 2014, Crabbie’s also returns serving its refreshing ginger beer in a variety of flavors. A few well-known out-of-towners will be on draft, like Goose Island, Terrapin, Dogfish and Longtrail. CRI guarantees there will be plenty of craft beer and cider to suit anyone’s taste!
Kelsey Carlson, President of CRI, is thrilled to be the returning Chairman of Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, “This year we’re excited to offer you even more craft brews, great local food and some rockin' live music. Our committee has been working hard to guarantee we’ll bring you an afternoon in Culpeper you won't want to miss!”
Culpeper, a Great American Main Street Award winner, also boasts delicious local eats that will be on hand to accompany the cold brews. Food from Croftburn Market, E San Thai, Piedmont Steakhouse, Uncle Elder’s BBQ and many more. Live music by Midnight Moonlight and William Walter will kick off the festivities followed by the "rockin’ new-age bluegrass" sound of Gold Top County Ramblers. Local artisans such as Le Monkey House, The Beer Lasso, The Sterling Peacock and more will be attending the event as well, presenting their unique, handcrafted goods 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 to pick up 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), 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 and Barley Fest Craft Beer Festival is made possible through generous friends and supporters, such as Culpeper Auto Parts, Inc., Culpeper Times, Fauquier Times, Green Roost, Goose Island, Shock Top, Vinosity, Virginia Eagle Distributing, Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson, Beer Hound Brewery, Far Gohn Brewing Company, Gayheart & Willis P.C., SWIFT, Brentamental Media, and Kash Design.
If you’re seeking the most dynamic beer tasting experience in Central Virginia, look no further. Arrive thirsty on April 25th and ready for a beautiful 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, follow us on Twitter @gnarlyhops and Instagram @gnarlyhops.
Richmond – On Thursday, 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 35,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown’s historic commercial district. The awards were presented at Richmond’s historic John Marshall Ballroom.
“The Virginia Main Street program is a vital part of building a new Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “The work throughout the 25 Virginia Main Street communities and the many affiliates has created sustainable and vibrant downtowns that make Virginia communities a great place to live, work, play and do business.”
At the ceremony that focused on the results of Main Street efforts throughout the past 30 years, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones spoke to the audience of nearly 100 downtown revitalization volunteers and professionals from around the state about the visible results of their hard work.
“In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $148 million in private investment in their districts,” said Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Director Bill Shelton. “As a result, last year, there was a net collective gain of 607 jobs across the 25 Main Street downtown districts.”
Kelsey Carlson, CRI Board President states "This award is a testament to our community's commitment to keeping Culpeper an amazing place to live. Without our volunteers, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. would not have been able to achieve all the successes we've accomplished over the past 25 years. As always, we're grateful to all the people, who selflessly give their extra time to both our organization and our community."
Currently, there are 25 designated Virginia Main Street communities. 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 the 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 0r visit www.culpeperdowntown.com .
Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) launched an incentive plan to support and revitalize the historic downtown corridor on June 13, 2014. Over the past 26 years, Culpeper Renaissance Inc. has assisted in the rejuvenation of downtown. This program is encouraging façade improvements ranging from minor repairs to full façade renovations.
The Culpeper Renaissance Inc. Façade, Sign & Awning Improvement Grant Program is designed to assist with the maintenance and rehabilitation needs of buildings within the CRI footprint. The investment is to offer 50/50 matching grants to interested and qualified building and business owners.
Main Street Hair Studio owner Erin Stickler was the first recipient of the grant program being awarded $495.03 to assist with new exterior signage for her business located at 102 N. Main Street. Stickler states “I am so thankful to have been awarded the grant for our sign. The salon is much more visible thanks to CRI. Many, many heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes these grants available to downtown merchants.”
Grants may be awarded for up to 50% of the total cost of qualified façade restorations, repairs or rehabilitations. With a maximum grant award of $2,500 for facades, and $500 for signs or awnings. The annual budget for this program is $10,000. Funding for the program has been made possible through CRI’s fundraising efforts.
“As a new merchant in historic Downtown Culpeper, we are so pleased we chose the fabulous town of Culpeper to establish Poppy + Chalk,” said Poppy + Chalk owner, Linda Dohl. “Culpeper Renaissance Inc. has, and continues to be instrumental in providing us the tools necessary to succeed. The Signage Grant is just another example of the help CRI has extended to us. Thank you again!” Poppy + Chalk was awarded $500.00 to assist with new exterior signage for their business located at 115 S. East Street.
Downtown Culpeper is the focal point of the community and it is important for the area to look well-kempt for the visitors, both local and from farther away as economic health plays a large part in the impression people have of the area. Building and business appearance plays an important role in creating a positive image of the community. Funding for façade, sign, and awning improvements encourages customer traffic, attracts more private investment, improves appearance, and support the long-term viability of Downtown Culpeper.
Deli-icious owner Gayle Dodson used her $386.90 award to assist with new exterior signage for their sandwich business at 128 N. Main Street. Dodson states “Since becoming a small business owner in Novovember, 2014, I have become very familiar with other downtown businesses and different programs available. This is all due to having such a great Culpeper Renaissance program. I would like to thank them for informing me about the grant program for the signage and how helpful this was for a brand new business.”
“"The sign grants are a product of the CRI board and volunteers remaining focused on our core goals and supporting positive change. We are proud to support retailers efforts to improve their image as Culpeper continues to grow and flourish as a great destination town"”, states Steve Miller, CRI Design Committee Chair.
"Being a small business owner, I understand how valuable any financial assistance in overhead costs can be. I'm thrilled that Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. is able to help local small businesses with these costs and hope it will help to continue growing the entrepreneurial spirit in our town." Says Kelsey Carlson, CRI Board President
For more information on the Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Façade, Sign or Awning Improvement Grant program please contact the CRI office at 540-825-4416 or email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.
2014 Summer Edition of the Destination Downtown Culpeper - Posted June 19, 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 email@example.com