Your Business Female World War II Fighter Pilots Celebrated in Night Witches Play & Community in Action Youth for Tomorrow Hosts 32nd Annual Country Fair & Auctions It’s time again for the 32nd Annual Country Fair & Auctions to support Youth for Tomorrow (YFT), a residential home and private school for at-risk teenage kids that was founded by former Redskins’ coach Joe Gibbs. Join the fun on October 7 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at YFT’s Bristow campus (11835 Hazel Circle Drive). Admission—only $10, and free for kids ages 3 and under—includes more than 80 rides and amusements, pig races, a STEM ZONE hosted by Northern Virginia Community College, live music, a kids’ building workshop hosted by The Home Depot, pony rides, and more activities for children and adults. A variety of food concessions will be available for sale, as well as a market square with unique vendors. Finally, a live auction is featured at 12:30 p.m. under the big tent on the midway. Parking is free, so bring your whole family, but please leave your pets at home. To learn more, visit Mike Kniceley Honored by Babe Ruth League In honor of his 25 years of involvement with the little league program, Mike Kniceley, longtime Rankin’s Hardware & Sports employee, was recently inducted into the Babe Ruth League Hall of Fame. Each year, the Babe Ruth League—an international youth baseball and softball league—recognizes individuals and organizations that have played a vital role in the development of baseball and softball programs for young people ages 5–18. Mike first got involved with the little league program in Rappahannock County when his son was playing, and has since served as a coach, commissioner, and tournament director. Extending the family involvement in little league, Mike’s son now coaches his own son. For more information, visit New Mural Depicts Culpeper’s History Thanks in part to a Virginia Main Street Grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Culpeper has a new mural created by local artists Tom and Kerrie Mullany, graduates of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Working from their studio in Flint Hill, the couple designed the mural and then set up their painting station at the corner of N. Main and W. Cameron Streets in Culpeper to create the masterpiece, which depicts young George Washington working as a surveyor. Tom and Kerrie’s studio— which celebrates five years in business this month—offers classes for beginner and experienced artists. For more information about Mullany Art Studios/The Studio School, visit https:// mullanyartstudios. The Soviet Union’s 588th Night Bomber Regiment—made up of 112 girls ages 17–26—is the focus of an upcoming play, Night Witches, to be performed at multiple locations in Manassas, Warrenton, and Culpeper. Inspired by Anne Noggle’s book, A Dance with Death, the play portrays the story of female Soviet pilots who bombed Nazis flying in flimsy airplanes. The first show is at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on October 7 & 8 at 7:00 p.m., with tickets available for purchase online at https:// The show then moves on to the WarrentonFauquier Airport (5075 Airport Road, Midland) on October 9 at 7:30 p.m., and the final local performance is October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Ground Rush Farm (20634 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper). Tickets for both the Warrenton and Culpeper shows are free and can be reserved by sending an email to nightwitchesplay@gmail. com. Please include your name and number of tickets requested. Spiritual Care Support Ministries Embarks on New Building Project Since they have outgrown their current facility, Spiritual Care Support Ministries (SCSM) embarked on building a new ministry center this summer. Located at 6394 Airlie Road, the facility will allow SCSM to help more people find renewed hope and healing. The new building will feature multiple private rooms so counselors can reach more people on an individual basis. In addition, larger rooms for support groups and training classes will be available, and an expanded kitchen will provide ample space for preparing snacks and occasional meals. Volunteers will also have more space at the new SCSM facility as they carry out a variety of projects. Finally, landscaping and gardens will help promote healing and peace, and the new handicap-accessible facility will have more parking. SCSM is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), nondenominational organization that provides free support, education, and a faith-based perspective to those who are ill, dying, grieving, or experiencing personal loss, and to those journeying with them. For more information, visit The 2017 White House Ornament Has Arrived! Again this year, the Warrenton Lions Club is selling the official White House Christmas ornament. Available for purchase at Rankin’s Furniture and Rankin’s Hardware, the 2017 American-made ornament honors the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served as the 32nd president for a historic four terms. The ornament features a zinc cast design inspired by the eagle cartouche that adorned the speaker’s stand at Roosevelt’s first inauguration. The 37th official ornament offered by the White House Historical Association continues the tradition of honoring U.S. presidents in sequential order or marking a significant White House historical anniversary with the annual ornament. For more information, call Rankin’s at (540) 349-0617. 34 Discover Fauquier ■ October 2017 ~ Sarah Smarrelli To advertise: 540-349-8060