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2018 Fall Edition of Destination Downtown Culpeper- Posted September 13, 2018

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Be sure to check out the Culpeper Renaissance Inc.'s publication Destination Downtown Culpeper in the Culpeper Times newspaper!
* HOP N HOG - The Culpeper Block Party brings Live Music and BBQ downtown
* David Billet celebrates 50 years of David Eddy's
* Liz's List takes a look at all of Culpeper's fall offerings


 

HOP N HOG – The Culpeper Block Party celebrates fall Sunday, September 30, 2018 - Posted September 12, 2018

 

Culpeper, VA. Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to present Hop N Hog – The Culpeper Block Party. Hop N Hog will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2018, from Noon – 5:00 PM in the Depot District in Downtown Culpeper. Event attendees can look forward to LIVE Americana Music, the best in regional BBQ, craft beer, Virginia cider, lawn games and fun for families, and an added bonus for wine lovers too with carefully selected wines to enjoy! Downtown Culpeper, a Great American Main Street Award winner, is known for its natural beauty and historic charm and is the perfect stage for this fall festival of BBQ, Beer, and the Community!

Entertainment includes LIVE Americana music by two phenomenal bands, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Gold Top County Ramblers. The day’s festivities open up with the "rockin’ new-age bluegrass" sound of Gold Top County Ramblers. The Ghost of Paul Revere keep the Block Party going with “robustly played, masterful amalgamation of bluegrass, folk, and gospel for the Millennial Generation... The Ghost of Paul Revere prove that superior roots music can come from anywhere. The Maine-grown, foot-stompin’ holler-folk quartet create the type of music for which festivals are made.” In addition to our musical line-up we’ll have a variety of lawn games with prizes for adults and a kids area with moon bounce, face painting and more.

For the Hop, the festival will serve up Downtown’s very own Far Gohn Brewing Company and Beer Hound Brewery craft beer selections. A variety of Virginia craft beer including Blue Mountain, Strangeways, and Devil’s Backbone join the line-up, and refreshing Bold Rock Cider in a variety of flavors. As if it couldn't get any better, wine lovers will enjoy a selection of hand-picked wines that make perfect pairings. CRI guarantees there will be plenty of craft beer, wine and cider to suit anyone’s taste!

Now for the HOG! We have four regional pitmasters bringing their A game to the event. Burnt Ends BBQ, Divine Swine BBQ & Deli, Spanky’s BBQ, and Uncle Elders will each feature their typical delicious menus along with $2 sample serving options. You be the JUDGE and help us bestow the BEST BLOCK BBQ award for the day.

Jon Krawchuk, Hop N Hog Committee Chairperson, is thrilled to kick off this exciting new event. “Our team has been hard a work to create this amazing Block Party for our community. We love seeing the streets of Culpeper filled for events downtown...so much so that we decided to create the perfect event to enjoy the beautiful Virginia fall season. What more could you ask for than a perfect day downtown full of beer, wine, great food and music?"

Delicious local eats and specialty foods to compliment all the offerings will also be available for purchase. Festival food provided by Cap'N Corbin's Seafood, Moo Thru Ice Cream, Chocolate Moonshine Co. and Perfect Pop. Creative displays and works of art from Pietra Metalli, LLC, Girls Day Out, Wire and Rocks, CrafTshirts, more will be attending the event as well, presenting their unique, handcrafted goods and jewelry to festivalgoers.

General advance tickets are available for $10 and may be purchased now at Vinosity, Endless Creations, and Far Gohn Brewing Company and on-line at www.hopnhogculpeper.eventbrite.com. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate on the day of the event for $15.

All are welcome, but please remember no pets and no coolers. HOP N HOG – The Culpeper Block Party is made possible through generous friends and supporters, such as The Town of Culpeper, Culpeper Times, Far Gohn Brewing Company, Martin’s Grocery, WJMA 103.1, and Be a Culpeper Local.

For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at (540) 825-4416 or visit us on the web at www.culpeperdowntown.com www.facebook.com/CRIDowntown, https://www.facebook.com/events/2119233941649223/ or follow us on Instagram #culpeperdowntownva

 


 

WARNER & KAINE ANNOUNCE $75,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES IN CULPEPER - Posted on August 15, 2018

United States Senate
Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

CONTACT:

Rachel Cohen (Warner) 202 228 6884
Sarah Peck (Kaine) 202 228 1174

WARNER & KAINE ANNOUNCE $75,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES IN CULPEPER

~ Federal grant will help local organization revitalize Historic Downtown District and create new jobs ~

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) will receive $75,000 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist small or emerging businesses in the Historic Downtown District in Culpeper, Va. CRI plans to use this funding to set up a financing mechanism that will allow local businesses to leverage loans that will help develop and expand their businesses.

“We are pleased these federal funds will give local businesses in Culpeper the ability to expand, innovate, and invest in their own community,” said the Senators. “We look forward to continuing to support the work local entities are doing to revitalize the Culpeper downtown region and spur business investment that will benefit the local economy.”

Designated in 1988, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) is a member of the Virginia Main Street program. The Main Street program was organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help revitalize the economic vitality of downtown commercial districts. The funds provided by CRI will be used for the acquisition and development of land, easements, and rights-of-way, loans for startup operating costs, and working capital, and other business needs. This project has a total cost of $90,000, with $15,000 provided by the local organization while the rest is being covered by USDA through this grant.

The USDA Rural Business Development Grant Program is designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. Sens. Warner and Kaine have long fought for increased funding to help support rural communities, most recently voting in support of legislation that provided funding for this federal program.

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Please Join Us For A Ribbon Cutting Event For Boom Fitness - Posted August 6, 2018


 

Rescheduled Date for The Worx - Posted August 6, 2018

The Worx concert has been rescheduled for August 29, 2018. Come out and enjoy this award-winning group and the most consistently requested band of the series.  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 sought-after 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. 

Be certain to join us from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, directly in front of Depot on Commerce Street in historic downtown Culpeper, for great music and an enjoyable evening for the entire family!

Advance tickets are available for $5 per concert or a DISCOUNT SEASON TICKET for all 4 concerts may be purchased for $15 (that’s one free concert). All are available up until the day before the event at the following locations: Pepperberries located at 102 East Davis Street, Museum of Culpeper History at 113 South Commerce Street, Randy’s Flowers by Endless Creations at 211 West Evans Street, and Oak View National Bank 450 James Madison Highway. General admission the day of the event is $7 at the gate for those 21 and over. KIDS ARE FREE!

The 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series is made possible through the generous support of the UVA Community Credit Union; Town of Culpeper; 103.1 WJMA/105.5 SAM FM; Appleton Campbell, Inc; Be A Culpeper Local program; Culpeper Media Network; Culpeper Times; Maloney & Ward Insurance Agency, Inc.; Davies, Barrel, Will, Lewellyn, & Edwards., PLC; Clore-English Funeral Home, Virginia Eagle Distributing Co., SWIFT, and Martin’s Food Market. This project is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Come and enjoy historic downtown Culpeper throughout the summer with great times and the great sounds of The Worx, The Fantastic Shakers, The Hackens Boys, and En’Novation Band.

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


Culpeper Renaissance, Inc, downtown businesses, and the Culpeper Police Department partner once again for National night Out on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - Posted July 30, 2018

Culpeper Renaissance Inc., downtown businesses, and the Culpeper Police Departmentwill partner once again for National Night Out in preventing crime. This year the event will take place on Tuesday, August 7, 2018!

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

 


 

Hop n Hog - The Culpeper Block Party - Posted July 24, 2018

Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to serve up Hop N Hog - The Culpeper Block Party. Hop N Hog will take place on September 30, 2018, from Noon – 5:00 PM in Downtown Culpeper directly in front of the Depot. This event will feature live music, savory regional BBQ, specialty foods, local artists, lawn games, a selection of wines, and of course great brews. You won't want to miss CRI’s NEW signature Block Party, happening in Downtown Culpeper, winner of the Great American Main Street award!

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Depot District, Downtown Culpeper
http://www.culpeperdowntown.com/map-parking.html
Cost: $10.00 in advance and $15 at the gate, available August 15
BBQ! Games! Live Music! Local Artists! Craft Brews!
Contact: Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI)
Phone: 540-825-4416
Web: www.culpeperdowntown.com


 

Please join us for the Ribbon Cutting Event for Naciones Radio & Bilingual Business Magazine, Virginia - Posted July 23, 2018

Culpeper Renaissance Inc. and the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to attend the
Ribbon Cutting event for Naciones Radio & Bilingual Business Magazine, Virginia.

Please join owner, Renato Cruz as he celebrates his ribbon cutting for Naciones Radio: a virtual radio station playing a variety of music and current topics & Bilingual Business Magazine, Virginia: a magazine that promotes businesses in two languages.

For more information please contact Naciones radio and Bilingual Business Magazine, Virginia at (540) 222- 4714 or visit www.nacionesradio.com/

 


 

Join in the fun at the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market for Customer Appreciation Day! - Posted June 7, 2018


 

2018 Summer Edition of Destination Downtown Culpeper- Posted June 7, 2018

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Culpeper Renaissance’s Culpeper Downtown 2018 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series June 21st, July 19th, August 16th, September 20th - Posted May 21, 2018

Culpeper, VA.Join us in historic downtown Culpeper directly in front of the Depot for the kick-off concert of the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series, brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., a downtown development organization dedicated to enhancing, celebrating, and enriching Culpeper’s Downtown, and this year’s stage sponsor UVA Community Credit Union. Aaron Martinak, 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series Chairman, is eagerly anticipating the arrival of this year’s Concert Series. “I'm really excited about this year's musical lineup for this year's Third Thursday concert series. We have a great mix of fan favorites and some excellent first-time bands.”

The summer concert series begins on June 21, 2018, with The Worx, an award-winning group and the most consistently requested band of the series.  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 sought-after 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. 

July 19th features The Fantastic Shakers known as the "South's Finest Show Band".  South Carolina's Grand Strand has become the band's summer home and their hit single "Myrtle Beach Days" catapulted The Shakers to the top of the Carolinas musical groups. Their experience and longevity has allowed The Fantastic Shakers to possess a level of versatility few other groups can match. With five lead vocalists and up to four horns, they can perform almost any style of music from Carolina beach, up-tempo dance and rock.  The music is GREAT but what sets The Fantastic Shakers apart is the personality of the group. The fun starts at the first note and doesn’t stop until the last.  A performance by The Fantastic Shakers is not just a party, it is an EVENT!

The festivities continue on August 16, 2018, with the high energy show from The Hackens Boys. Voted Best Band in the Shenandoah Valley 6 times by the Daily News Record, The Hackens Boys have been a staple of Virginia music over their 12-year history! Following the release of their 2014 album “On The Run”, the group has continued to provide the Valley with high-energy performances full of country and southern rock favorites guaranteed to have you on the DANCE floor!

Join us for our final concert of the summer on September 20, 2018, with the high energy show from En’Novation Band.  En'Novation is a highly talented Richmond based band made up of extremely well-seasoned singers and musicians that have decades of combined experience.  En’Novation performs hit after hit with stunningly smooth vocals, pitch perfect harmonies, and a high charismatic stage presence.  GRAB your dancing shoes; this is one concert Culpeper music lovers should not miss!

Be certain to join us from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, directly in front of Depot on Commerce Street in historic downtown Culpeper, for great music and an enjoyable evening for the entire family!

Advance tickets are available for $5 per concert or a DISCOUNT SEASON TICKET for all 4 concerts may be purchased for $15 (that’s one free concert). All are available up until the day before the event at the following locations: Pepperberries located at 102 East Davis Street, Museum of Culpeper History at 113 South Commerce Street, Randy’s Flowers by Endless Creations at 211 West Evans Street, and Oak View National Bank 450 James Madison Highway. General admission the day of the event is $7 at the gate for those 21 and over. KIDS ARE FREE!

The 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series is made possible through the generous support of the UVA Community Credit Union; Town of Culpeper; 103.1 WJMA/105.5 SAM FM; Appleton Campbell, Inc; Be A Culpeper Local program; Culpeper Media Network; Culpeper Times; Maloney & Ward Insurance Agency, Inc.; Davies, Barrel, Will, Lewellyn, & Edwards., PLC; Clore-English Funeral Home, Virginia Eagle Distributing Co., SWIFT, and Martin’s Food Market. This project is supported in partby the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Come and enjoy historic downtown Culpeper throughout the summer with great times and the great sounds of The Worx, The Fantastic Shakers, The Hackens Boys, and En’Novation Band.

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

 


 

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Presents The Annual Culpeper Downtown 4th of July Car & Motorcycle Show - Posted May 16, 2018
Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Culpeper Downtown - The Depot & Davis Street

The 4th of July Car & Motorcycle Show will take place in historic Downtown Culpeper on Davis Street and in front of the Depot. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. and includes custom, classic, and antique cars, hot rods, street rods, motorcycles, and trucks – all are welcome. The goal of the Culpeper Renaissance 4th of July Car and Bike Show is to provide free, family friendly entertainment by showcasing America’s love of cars and motorcycles on the Day of our Independence in a designated Great American Main Street community. There is no charge for spectators and vendors are on site selling items such as barbeque, ice cream, hamburgers etc. A deejay plays oldies and patriotic music throughout the day for all to enjoy. This year the show welcomes Velocity’s hit show ToyMakerz with a display of their featured custom builds. David Ankin, ToyMakerz star personality, joins the event as a guest judge.

This is an open show with registration for participants from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration is suggested. Judging begins at 10:00 a.m., and the Awards Presentation starts at 2:45 p.m. with more than 50 trophies awarded.

This year’s show celebrates Antique and Custom Trucks with Antique Trucks prominently displayed directly in front of the depot and Custom Trucks on Display in the Davis Street parking lot.

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc.
540-825-4416
Pre-registration $15
Day of Registration $25
Premium Parking and Pre-Registration $40
crievents@culpeperdowntown.com
http://www.culpeperdowntown.com/4th-july-car-bike-show.html

Please Click on the image below to print registration forms.

Car Registration form:

 

Motorcycle registration form:

 


 

Please join us for the Ribbon Cutting Event for Versatile Title and Escrow - Posted May 10, 2018

 


 

Please join us for the Ribbon Cutting Event for Vivid Creative - Posted May 3, 2018


Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Celebrates Contributions of Volunteers - Posted March 30, 2018

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Cul­peper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) held a Volunteer Appreciation event at Pied­mont Steakhouse located in historic downtown Culpeper. CRI volunteers gathered in celebration of their hard work and dedication to our commu­nity. Those in attendance enjoyed a bevy of appetizers, spirits and good company.

CRI is a 501c3 charitable organi­zation charged with supporting the growth and vitality of Culpeper’s his­toric commercial district. Downtown Culpeper is a designated Virginia Main Street Community and CRI is the organization designated by the state and the Town of Culpeper to car­ry out the Main Street activities.

Volunteers donate time, talents and energy to make a positive impact on the Culpeper community. In fact, 3,563 hours have been do­nated by volunteers in 2017, with a total of 46,993 volunteer hours having been contributed through CRI special events and projects since 1997. This equates to a value of $1,129,583.02 of volunteer time invested in our community.

CRI Board President, Jonathan Krawchuk states, “When someone volunteers, they are making a commitment to share that most precious of resources; their time. Our volunteer’s willingness to share their time and talent to lend a helping makes the greatest difference and we at CRI are touched by their generosity, and thank them.”

Each year CRI carefully selects a Cham­pion of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Partner of the Year. These individuals are highlight­ed and celebrated at the CRI Volun­teer Appreciation event.

This year Kelsey Carlson Settle re­ceived Champion of the Year. The Champion of the Year Award recog­nizes the efforts of one volunteer who has supported and worked to promote CRI’s efforts in making downtown a destination for locals and visitors alike. Kelsey has been involved with CRI since 2011 and has volunteered for the organization in just about every capacity - event volunteer, committee member, committee chair, board member, and Board President. She volunteers for nearly every single “day of” special event. You can see her working from beginning to the very end at the Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest, making sure the event goes off without a hitch. Kelsey is always quick to let others know about all the good work CRI does for the community.

Kim Kelly received the Volunteer of the Year award. This award recognizes one individual se­lected from among all of our volun­teers for their selfless commitment to outstanding volunteerism. Kim has been involved with CRI since 2009, volunteering for events, and serving on the CRI Board of Directors from 2010 – 2014 in many capacities including Board Member, Treasure, Secretary and Vice President. She continues to serve on the Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest Committee. What many do not know is that she works behind the scenes; for many hours to be sure that attendees to the Gnarly Hops event enjoy an amazing beer and hard cider line up. Kim is always willing to lend a helping hand.

The Town of Culpeper received the Partner of the Year award. This award highlights CRI’s partners. Without the Towns partnership, CRI would not be able to build and sustain the growth of downtown Culpeper. The Town has been a strong supporter of CRI since 1987 and continues to partner in making our community better. Most of the time you do not see the work it takes in making downtown a beautiful destination. The Town helps CRI with placement of banners, flower baskets, and holiday décor. You do not see the behind the scenes work that goes into making sure events have the proper power, or when fencing and the stage goes up, or when the streets get cleaned after large events. We all are able to enjoy safe community events because of their very presence. CRI thanks the Town departments of Planning and Community Development, Public Works, Light and Power, and last but certainly not least, the Town of Culpeper Police Department.

Steve Miller received CRI’s Appreciation Award. Steve has gone above and beyond with his involvement with CRI. He has volunteered at events, worked on several downtown projects; highlighted CRI at speaking engagements, as well as made monetary denotations. Throughout his time with CRI we have come to learn of his versatile skills which include masonry work, construction work, public speaking, leadership and vision. He has truly been CRI’s Renaissance man. CRI has been fortunate to have had his leadership. Miller has served as CRI Board President from 2015 – 2017 and continues to serve as an advisor on the CRI board.

CRI Executive Director, Jessica Jenkins states, “Volunteers are the cornerstone of our organization. It is only through the work of our volunteers that CRI is able to fulfill our mission of enhancing, celebrating, and enriching Culpeper’s Downtown and our community. We hold CRI’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration event to show our volunteers that their contributions are recognized, appreciated, valued and cherished.”

If you are interested in volunteer­ing with Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. please contact the CRI office at 540- 825-4416 or criinfo@culpeperdown­town.com. For more information visit www.culpeperdowntown.com

 


Please join us for the Open House and Ribbon Cutting Event for Able Heating & Air - Posted March 18, 2018

 


 

Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper County Economic Development, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., Small Business Development Center at Culpeper, and Town of Culpeper Tourism and Economic Development Presents: "Making It Happen All Year Long" - Posted March 8, 2018

Making It happen All Year Long is a A FREE Seminar with retail and marketing expert Marc Willson.
This Seminar will highlight: *Local Events * Marketing Your Event * Do the Basics During the Year * The Big Three * Give Your Customers a Reason to Shop * Events in Your Store * Do Something Special * Create a Buzz * Start Planning for Next Year * 4 Must Haves for Small Business


Wednesday, April 4, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Economic Development Center
803 South Main Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

Refreshments Will be Provided

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pre-registration is required as space for this event is limited.
Please submit registration form to Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. at criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com



 

The Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market, brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., announces the 2018 season. - Posted February 14, 2018

Join us for opening day Saturday, May 5th, with the market open every Saturday through November 17 from 7:30 a.m. until noon at the East Davis Street and Commerce Street parking lot in historic downtown Culpeper.

The Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market offers nearly 30 participants for this season’s market. Be certain to stop by the market to pick up locally grown produce while supporting regional farmers. The Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market has become a Saturday morning destination in the downtown district. Stroll through the market for locally grown fruit, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and vibrant flowers.  Taste the very best farm fresh eggs, delicious baked goods, locally raised beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and much more. Buy Fresh! Buy Local! You’ll be amazed by what’s around! For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at 540-825-4416 or visit our website at www.culpeperdowntown.com . “Like” and “follow” the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CulpeperFarmersMarket to check out the latest offerings and information on the market.

 


 

Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. : March 5 - 11, 2018 - Posted February 2, 2018


If you've been waiting for a special occasion to explore the robust and diverse mix of downtown Culpeper restaurants, you now have one: Culpeper Renaissance's Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week. Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week encourages diners to break out of typical work-week patterns and share a meal with family and friends. With specially priced menu options -- $25 per person includes a 3-course dinner of appetizer, entrée, and dessert -- it's a great excuse to revisit old favorites or try something new.


 

Now for something Gnarly! Culpeper’s Sixth Annual 'Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest' Craft Beer Festival celebrates spring April 28, 2018 - Posted Janaury 17, 2018

Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to serve up its sixth annual beer festival this April. Craftier than ever, Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest will take place on April 28, 2018, from Noon – 5:00 PM. This event will feature live music, great local food, and of course great brews. With over 70 different craft beers available in one place for you to sample, you are sure to discover a new favorite.  Only a limited number of advanced tickets will be on sale, so get your tickets beginning March 15th.  You won't want to miss Culpeper's Brewfest, happening in Downtown Culpeper; winner of the 2012 Great American Main Street award!

Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Depot District, Downtown Culpeper
Gnarly Eats! Live Music! Local Artists! Craft Brews!
Contact: Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI)
Phone: 540-825-4416
Web: www.gnarlyhops.com
www.facebook.com/gnarlyhops


 

 

Downtown Culpeper Carnival – an all-day Mardi Gras celebration in the heart of Downtown Culpeper - Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Posted Janaury 11, 2018

Laissez les bon temps rouler! On February 10, 2018, join the excitement of Mardi Gras in Downtown Culpeper, Virginia 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, strolling costumed performers, and face painting. 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 today.

Families can prepare to be mesmerized with Wes Iseli magic shows at 10:30 am and 4:30 pm located 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 AM. 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. 

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.

 


Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Announces their 2018 Calendar of Events - Posted December 29, 2018


 

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. is Happy to Announce the Winners of the Holiday Open House Store Front Decorating Contest - Posted November 29, 2017

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. is happy to announce the winners of this year’s Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House Store Front Decorating Contest: 1st place Seriously Sweet on Davis Street with a $300 donation to POCUPC, 2nd place Pepperberries with a $125 donation to Pamper Me Pink Fund, and 3rd place to Latchkey Mercantile with a $75 donation to SAFE – Services to Abused Families.  Honorable Mentions to both, Charlotte and Green Roost.  Many thanks to the Culpeper Garden Club for judging this year’s contest. 

As part of the Annual Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House, businesses in the downtown district were invited to participate in the Store Front Decorating contest and members of the Culpeper Garden Club carefully judged the beautifully decorated spaces.  To further promote the Holiday Open House’s “Giving Locally for the Season”, the businesses each selected a non-profit that is near and dear to their heart, to which a first, second, and third place proceeds would be donated by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. 


 

Culpeper Downtown Small Business Saturday - Posted November 3, 2017

November 25, 2017
Historic Downtown Culpeper, VA 22701


Enjoy many in-store specials in Downtown Culpeper during Small Business Saturday!

Small businesses are the heartbeat of our community.

They're the corner stores that create jobs. The hardware stores that help build our economy. And the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood, your neighborhood.

The Shop Small Movement inspires people to shop with and support these small businesses as well as give back to the places that have given their communities so much.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY The Day We All Shop Small. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.

Contact: 540-825-4416
Email: criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/350504842056582/?active_tab=about


 

Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance,Inc. - Posted October 27, 2017

Join us for Downtown Culpeper's kick off for the Holiday Season!

Culpeper Downtown Holiday Open House
Sunday, November 19, 2017 ~ 12:00 (noon) to 5:00 PM
Community Tree Lighting 5:15 PM
Start your holiday shopping in Historic Downtown Culpeper. You’ll find something for everyone on your gift list in one of our many specialty shops: from delicious chocolates, unique art, distinctive clothing, and specialty foods to bird feeders and repurposed furniture, plus so much more. So, come enjoy the convenience of shopping downtown and the personal service our merchants always provide!

Merchants will have their stores all decked out for the Holiday Season. If your gift list requires the ultimate in unique gifts, these are sure to be found in any of the specialty shops located in Historic Downtown Culpeper.

Be sure to stop by and enjoy: in-store specials, door/storefront decorating contest, horse and carriage rides, trolley rides, wagon rides, live holiday music, children's story time, Museum of Culpeper History open house, and of course a visit from Santa Claus himself. Complete this wonderful day with a Community Tree Lighting at 5:15 p.m.! Join in with carols, warm cider, and cookies.


Happy Holidays from Culpeper Downtown!
Be A Culpeper Local! Shop Local! Eat Local! Enjoy Local!
This special event brought to you by:
Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. ~ www.culpeperdowntown.com ~ 540-825-4416

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Culpeper Downtown for the Fall - posted October 20, 2017

Culpeper Renaissance Inc. would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Downtown Harvest Light Pole Decorating Contest:
1st Place - "It’s Raining Cats & Dogs" by Reigning Cats & Dogs
2nd Place - "Walk the Dog" by Beer Hound Brewery
3rd Place - "It’s A Seriously Sweet Fall In Culpeper" by Seriously Sweet on Davis Street
Facebook Fans Choice - "Let Your Hair Down" by Mane Street Hair Salon LLC with a whopping 462 likes!

Honorable Mentions:
Deli*icious – “Deli*icious”
Chikpea Graphics/Le Monkey House – “Monkey Business”
Edward Jones – “Save with Edward Jones”
Lollipop Station – “Welcome Great Pumpkin”
Able Heating & Air – “Jackapillar”
Village Frame Works & Art Gallery – “Framous Amos”

Congratulations to all! Thank you to all downtown businesses who participated in this fun and festive contest for our community to enjoy!

Thank you to:
Piedmont: A Virginia Steakhouse for your very generous donation to the winners of this fun competition.
Bill Inskeep for donating cornstalks and last but certainly not least the CRI Corny Crew for making downtown festive for Fall.



 

Culpeper Downtown Trick-or-Treat held on Thuesday, October 31, 2017 - Posted October 1, 2017

 


 

2017 Fall Edition of Destination Downtown Culpeper- Posted August 18, 2017

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Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. receives award for Best Downtown Public Improvement Project – Posted July 25, 2017

 

Richmond – On July 12, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. was presented with a Virginia Main Street Merit Award for Best Downtown Public Improvement Project for their E. B. Wood Community Park project at the Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections workshop in Winchester, Virginia.

“Our Virginia Main Street communities are truly making a difference in our beautiful downtown districts,” said DHCD Director Bill Shelton. ”In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $186 million in private investment in their districts, and as a result, there has been a net collective gain of 4,600 jobs across our Main Street downtown districts.”

This award is given to the municipality or Main Street organization that has designed and implemented attractive and sympathetic improvements to improve the built environment within a Virginia Main Street Program area.

Through partnerships, donations, many volunteer hours, and a Virginia Main Street Downtown Improvement Grant, the E. B. Wood Community Park was completed and opened to the public on September 30, 2016. The park remediated a vacant lot created from the loss of a building due to the 2011 earthquake. The Park now serves as a valuable contribution to the character and image of downtown.

CRI Board President, Jonathan Krawchuk states “We are honored to receive such an award for the work that this community has put forth. Partnership with the Wood family, volunteers, local businesses, and generous donors has created yet another vibrant gathering space for Downtown Culpeper. This award, coupled with the constant community use of what was once a dilapidated empty lot, is a perfect example of what we can achieve with CRI, the town of Culpeper and the Culpeper community working together.”

“Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. has amazing volunteers, donors, and community partners. We thank them for making this project possible. The E. B. Wood Community Park has removed blight and provided a destination in its place by creating an appealing environment for all to enjoy in the heart of Culpeper downtown.” States CRI Executive Director, Jessica Jenkins

The Virginia Main Street program, managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), 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 or visit www.culpeperdowntown.com.

 


 

 

2017 Summer Edition of Destination Downtown Culpeper- Posted June 8, 2017

 


 

The Culpeper Downtown Wall Mural Program Receives Grant - Governor McAuliffe Announces $95,000 in Virginia Main Street Grants - Posted on June 1, 2017

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 31, 2017


Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
Email: Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Contact: Barbara Dodd
Phone: (804) 371-7006
Email: barb.dodd@dhcd.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces $95,000 in Virginia Main Street Grants

~Funding includes grants for design and economic vitality projects in seven localities ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $95,000 in Virginia Main Street funding for seven projects in the towns of Culpeper, Marion, South Boston, and Wytheville and the cities of Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, and Staunton. In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have generated more than $159 million in private investment in their districts, resulting in a net collective gain of 4,400 jobs across Virginia’s Main Street downtown districts.

“I congratulate these seven localities on receiving these grants and look forward to seeing these projects become a reality,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Community revitalization is key for our Virginia Main Street communities and for our efforts to build the new Virginia economy. By continuing to invest in these downtowns, we are creating a catalyst for economic development, job growth, and additional private investment.”

The Downtown Investment Grants, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), are for design and economic vitality projects targeting areas of specific need in historic downtown neighborhoods located in designated Virginia Main Street communities. These grants are available to designated Main Street organizations to accelerate the economic revitalization of their downtown districts by helping implement innovative strategies, plans, and programs that create an environment for increased private investment.

“The Virginia Main Street program has been working to invigorate local communities since 1985, helping to generate more than $960 million in private sector investment and supporting the creation of nearly 21,000 new jobs in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “Through investments of grants and technical assistance, these communities can beautify their districts, educate retailers, and institute new promotional activities to attract more people to live, work, and visit downtown communities.”

In 1985, DHCD adopted the Main Street program for Virginia to help prevent downtown districts across the Commonwealth from economic decline and possible demolition. This unique program works to re-energize economic development of downtown communities, while utilizing their cultural assets and character. This is further accomplished by pooling the resources of their local civic and business leaders who are determined to bring their Main Street communities back to life. The innovative Four-Point Approach program uses design, promotion, economic vitality and organization to reach their goal to help localities build better communities. The Virginia Main Street program is comprised of 28 designated communities and more than 70 Commercial District Affiliates throughout the Commonwealth.

2018 Virginia Main Street Downtown Investment Grants:

Organization

Project Name

Award

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc.

Walls of Culpeper Mural Project

$5,000

Downtown Wytheville, Inc.

Downtown Wytheville Project

$5,000

Marion Downtown Revitalization Association

Marion LOVE Sign

$5,000

Destination Downtown South Boston

John Randolph Hotel Area Redesign

$25,000

Fredericksburg Main Street

Branding/Ambassador Program

$10,000

Lynch’s Landing Foundation

Downtown Lynchburg – A New Brand

$25,000

Staunton Downtown Development Association

StauntoNites Program

$20,000

TOTAL:

$95,000


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Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Announces a New Downtown Beautification Project - Posted on February 11, 2016

To better reflect the open and inviting atmosphere of Downtown, Culpeper Renaissance has partnered with the Wood family to give back to Culpeper.  For many months now, the property at 118 North Main Street has been an empty lot.  The current state of the property does not reflect the vibrancy of Downtown Culpeper.  The Wood family has graciously donated the use of their property to CRI in order to build a pocket park.

This pocket park, which will be named “E. B. Wood Community Park”, will add much desired recreational space to our Downtown. A dedicated committee has been formed to head up this project. These volunteers will work to make sure that the community park fits the aesthetic of our Downtown, grants are found to move the project forward, and donations are solicited from our Community. Currently, plans are underway for design and construction.

Beginning this month, we will ask the residents of Culpeper for their valuable input towards this unique feature. Whether this input is through donations, time, or effort, we are proud to partner with the Wood family and the residents of Culpeper to continue to beautify our Downtown.

To see initial concept designs, log on to www.culpeperdowntown.com.  For more information, to make a donation, and for general inquiries, please contact CRI Program Manager Jessica Jenkins at criinfo@culpeperdown.com.

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Pocket Park Campaign sign to be erected on site of future E.B. Wood Community Park

CRI Board President, Steve Miller and property owners, Caleb Wood, Rosia Wood, and Aaron Wood break ground for the future site of the E.B. Wood Community Park

 


Culpeper Receives Virginia Main Street Milestone Awards

- Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. and the Town of Culpeper receive award for volunteer investment in downtown revitalization efforts –- Posted March 26, 2015

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. Awards Grants to Downtown Business Owners Through Their Façade, Sign & Awning Improvement Grant Program - Posted March 23, 2015

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 criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com


 

 

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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