The Humane Society of Warren County “Polar Plunge” delayed from February 20 due to “too-polar” weather here in northwestern Virginia has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 13 – Don’t worry, it will still be a “Polar Plunge” because it’ll still be winter then, though hopefully for the plungers with a continuation of the current turn toward spring-like 60 degree temperatures! In its inaugural year of 2020, the event became a popular fundraiser supporting the Humane Society’s efforts on behalf of the local animal community and the HSWC’s Julia Wagner Animal Shelter.
As reported in the original press release on the event: this year’s “plunge” is made possible through the sponsorship of City National Bank, Cool Techs Heating and Air, Ellen Aders State Farm, AirPac, MDUB Chauffeur Services and Cavalier Kennels. This year’s event is expected to help raise as much as $12,000 for the Humane Society.
There were 35 plungers initially signed up to take a dip in the icy water, each working to help raise much-needed funds for homeless animals in Warren County. There are 15 new plungers, and 20 returning plungers who will all run into the Culpeper Lake at the 4-H Center, followed by a warm-up at the fire pit.
The event team will be ensuring that all CDC Covid-19 guidelines are followed, and masks will be required at this outdoor event.
In 2020, pre-pandemic, the top fundraiser was Molly Llewellyn, who raised over $1,000 for the shelter. There was also an award for best dressed. Both of these awards will be returning for the 2021 event.
The Humane Society of Warren County is a non-profit animal shelter that houses homeless, neglected, abused and unwanted animals. While primarily dealing with cats and dogs, the shelter has also been home to livestock, birds, reptiles and more.
Executive Director Meghan Bowers avoided taking the plunge last year, but is leading the charge into the water in 2021 dressed as a shark, so far raising about $467 from friends and family.
Hot drinks, Strites Donuts and music will keep participants warm during the run up and aftermath of the short but stimulating plunge.
For more information on this event or others, please visit HSWC Events Page.
Sons of the American Revolution participate in multi-event commemoration ceremony
On April 17, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a multi-event commemoration ceremony. The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter sponsored a Patriots Day event, coupled with a grave marking, for Brigadier General Edward Stevens at the Masonic Cemetery in Culpeper. We gathered, in part, to honor Patriots Day.
After the French and Indian War, Great Britain enacted a series of measures to raise revenue from the American colonies. This included the Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend Acts, which created a great deal of tension in the Colonies. Resistance was exceptionally strong in Boston, resulting in the 1770 Boston Massacre and the 1773 Boston Tea Party. On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry had warned, “The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!” Less than a month later, that clash of arms occurred on April 19th at Lexington, Concord and the Battle at Menotomy.
On April 18, 1775, Dr Joseph Warren (namesake of Warren County) learned the British were marching that night on Concord to search for arms. Warren dispatched Paul Revere and William Dawes to alert residents of the news. At dawn on April 19th, several hundred British troops arrived in Lexington and met 77 militiamen on the town green. A shot was fired, resulting in several British volleys. Eight militiamen were killed with nine wounded. The British continued into Concord and not finding the arms they anticipated began burning the town. Hundreds of militiamen met a contingent of British soldiers at Concord’s North Bridge. The British fired in what became known as the “shot heard ’round the world”.
As the British set out to return to Boston, almost 2,000 militiamen began attacking the retreating column. The fighting continued as the British reached Lexington and met reinforcements, and the battle continued into the town of Menotomy, which became the bloodiest half-mile of the British retreat. With this battle, the Revolutionary War began. The colonists had proved they could stand up to one of the most powerful armies in the world at that time. This day became known as Patriots Day to honor the beginning of American independence.
Immediately after this ceremony, General Edward Stevens was honored with a grave marking ceremony. General Stevens had joined the Culpeper Minutemen in 1775 and commanded a battalion at the Battle of Great Bridge. He would serve as Colonel of the 10th Virginia Regiment, gaining honor for himself at the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown. Less than two years later, he resigned. In 1779, he became Brigadier General in the Virginia Militia, taking 700 men to join General Horatio Gates’ Army in the south. They fought at Camden, South Carolina, and at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, where he was wounded in the leg. He later led a brigade at the Siege of Yorktown.
Emceeing the ceremony was Culpeper Minutemen (CMM) Chapter President and Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) dual member Charles Jameson.
Participating in the event from CJWII were Dale Corey, Sean Carrigan, Barry Schwoerer, Jacob Schwoerer and Sean Schwoerer. Dual members included Bill Schwekte (CMM), Mike Dennis (CMM), Ken Bonner (Fairfax Resolves) and Mike Weyler (Colonel William Grayson and Order of Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA)).
A musket salute was fired by Ken Bonner, Sean Carrigan, Dave Cook and Barry Schwoerer.
Presenting wreaths were Virginia SAR President Jeff Thomas, Charles Jameson (CMM), Mike Weyler (Governor, OFPA), Dale Corey (CJWII), Barry Schwoerer (Colonel William Grayson), Dave Cook (Fairfax Resolves), Ken Morris (George Mason), Paula Schwoerer (Elizabeth McIntosh Hamill, DAR) and Jacob Schwoerer (Colonel William Grayson Society, Children of the American Revolution).
Empty Bowl Supper “To Go” on Main Street – April 24, 2021
Come out to enjoy our favorite fundraiser to benefit the House of Hope! The Empty Bowl Supper “TO GO” will be held on Saturday, April 24th, in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia from 12pm-3pm, with extended entertainment and Main Street enjoyment until 6pm. The Empty Bowl Supper has been a well attended fun community event for several years. This year it is taking on a new “look” as we change the event to a “TO GO” style due to some of the restrictions the pandemic has put on events. Never fear, these changes have created exciting new growth for the event.
Registration will begin at 12noon on Saturday in front of the Visitor’s Center. Check in with the House of Hope volunteers at the event table and receive your soup tickets, “TO GO” bag, and learn about an exciting “Stay-Cation” raffle prize donated by Warren County Tourism!
Tickets are sold online or at Explore Art & Clay (100 E 8th St, Front Royal, VA 22630). With every ticket purchase you receive one hand painted ceramic bowl and two “TO GO” pre packaged soups.
Have you been on Main Street lately? If so, you may have noticed bowl displays in some storefront windows! Local potter Arline Link at Explore Art & Clay has been extremely busy throwing and preparing about 200 bowls for the event. Community groups and individuals have been painting the bowls to be ready for selection on the day of the supper. After registration, you will set off on the hunt to find your perfect bowl to go with your soup!
The Soup Station will be inside Downtown Market. Not only will you be stepping inside to select your two soups, you will be stepping into a wonderful business that is the home of approximately 78 local vendors! Perhaps you will depart Downtown Market with more than just your soup!
Soups you can look forward to and the establishments who are donating:
- Blue Wing Frog – Vegan Butternut Squash
- Vinova Tapas and Wine Bar – Gumbo
- PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse- Chicken Dumpling Soup
- Soul Mountain Restaurant – Tomato Basil
- The Mill Restaurant – Cream of Broccoli, Beef Vegetable, Chili, Loaded Potato, and White Bean Chicken
- The Apple House – Loaded Baked Potato
- Mountain Home – Chestnut Apple Soup
- Manor Line Market – TBD
- Paladin Bar & Grill – Brunswick Stew
- The Blue Door Kitchen & Inn – Ribolitta (sausage, beans, vegetables)
- The Front Royal Brewery – New England Clam Chowder
- Downtown Catering – TBD
- Daily Grind – White Bean Chili
- Royal Spice – TBD
- House of Hope – www.warrencountyhomeless.org
- El Maguey – TBD
- Try Thai – TBD
Although some things are changing, some things remain the same when it comes to the music in the air. Passage Creek Rising will be playing live music at the gazebo for the first half of the event. Once Passage Creek wraps up we can expect JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience. Be sure to pack your lawn chair and your dancing shoes.
Proceeds of the Empty Bowl Supper will go to the House of Hope. The House of Hope is a local program in Warren County to help homeless men who are ready to make a permanent change in their life. At the House, men are given life skills training, career counseling, and moral support. Providing a roof and a safe place to live, the men are able to maintain a steady paying job and save money. The goal is about 6-9 months of residency before graduating the program into independent living.
Main Street will be closed from: 10:30am until 7pm. The Town has partnered to help launch this wonderful event at it’s new location on Main Street. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Avery, House of Hope board member at 540 683 0790 or email@example.com.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of April 16th
Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 30% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.
Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, April 16:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $10
- Child (under 12): $7
- Military: $8
- Student (college): $8
- Senior: $8
- Matinees, All Seating: $7
- “Mortal Combat”
- “Wrath of Man”
- “Finding You”
- “A Quiet Place: Part II”
Sons of the American Revolution participate in the 278th Anniversary Commemoration of the birth of Thomas Jefferson
On April 11, 2021, members of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (Virginia SAR) participated in the 278th Anniversary Commemoration of the birth of Thomas Jefferson. The ceremony was held at the Tuckahoe Plantation, Virginia. This was the boyhood home of Jefferson from the time he was two-years-old until he was nine-years-old.
Tuckahoe is a mostly complete plantation complex started about 1714 by Thomas Randolph. It has a plain clapboard exterior, but the interior is an example of outstanding craftsmanship from the eighteenth century. William Randolph inherited the complex from his father. He and his wife, Maria Judith Page, had three children. William and Maria died young; She in 1742 and he in 1745, leaving three young children as orphans. Peter Jefferson had married William’s first cousin, Jane Randolph, and they had become good friends. One of William’s last requests prior to his death was to have Peter care for his children until the eldest son was old enough to assume the responsibilities of managing the plantation.
Thomas, along with his parents and younger sister, lived at Tuckahoe for seven years. The children were taught lessons in a one room schoolhouse which is still present next to the main house. This was built at the direction of William Randolph in his will to ensure his son’s education was at home. In 1752, Thomas Mann Randolph at age 11 was deemed old enough to assume the management of the plantation. He died in 1795, operating Tuckahoe for 43 years. His namesake son married Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha.
The ceremony was conducted by David Cooke, President of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Society. Participating with the Virginia State Color Guard were Colonel James Wood II Chapter members and dual members. These included Marc Robinson (President, Colonel James Wood II Chapter), Dale Corey, Brett Osborn, Ken Bonner (Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander, dual member from Fairfax Resolves (FR) Chapter), Bill Schwetke (Past President Virginia SAR and dual member from Culpeper Minutemen Chapter (CMM)), Charles Jameson (dual member and President of CMM Chapter) and Mike Weyler (dual member Colonel William Grayson Chapter and Governor, Virginia Order of Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA)).
Wreaths were presented by Brett Osborn, Charles Jameson and Mike Weyler among the 21 laid in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Included from the Fauquier Court House Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was Cat Schwetke who provided a wreath and photographic support for the event.
The Family Yoga Project: Disconnect to reconnect for school-aged children
FREE 4 WEEK EVENT offered to school-aged children and their family. Meet the instructors, Laura Ruby (owner of Ruby Yoga, LLC), Joanna Martin (owner of Playful Explorations), and Joey Waters (long time Warren County educator) as they talk about this FREE offering! Move your body, work on breathing, practice mindfulness, and let go of stress during your Family Yoga time. Does your child need a few minutes away from screen time to reconnect to the rest of the family? Here is your chance!
Help your children disconnect from technology and reconnect with themselves!
- Wednesday, April 14 at 4:30pm
- Near Fantasyland Playground and Bing Crosby Stadium
- Bring your body and a towel or yoga mat to practice on
National Pajama Day pet adoption event at the Winchester SPCA
Friday, April 16th is National Pajama Day, and the Winchester SPCA is celebrating in a big way! Wear your PJ’s and adopt a pet for just $16.
Offer good to approved adopters. One day only: April 16th, from 10am to 5pm, at 111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601.
Pajamas should be appropriate to wear in public.