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Discover Fauquier December 2017
Your Business
in Action
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
Take in the Magic of the Season with the Living
Christmas Tree
Now in its 17th year, the Living Christmas Tree is an annual
outreach concert hosted by Warrenton United Methodist Church
(WUMC). Gina Renfro-Smith, who has served as WUMC's director
of music and worship for the past decade, explains that a broad
range of songs are performed, and each one is accompanied by a
programmed light show featuring brilliant LED lights.
The 25-foot tree, which is primarily metal scaffolding, takes a large
crew several hours to assemble inside the sanctuary for the 5060 singers who eventually
perform "inside" of it. Singers are accompanied by an orchestra, and theatrical skits performed
in between some of the songs help to tell the story. This year's theme is Scrooge, with parts
played by Josh Vest (narrator), Joel Saunders (Scrooge), Samantha Low (Tiny Tim), and
Pastor Tim Tate (Bob Cratchitt).
Performances will be held on
December 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 & 10 at 4:00
p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at WUMC (341 Church Street). Tickets are complimentary, but a freewill
offering is encouraged, with 10% of donations going to local charities. To learn more, call
347-1367 x129, or visit for tickets.
KRHS' Chris Smith Named Secondary Art Educator
for Blue Ridge Region
In early November during the Virginia Art Education Association's (VAEA) annual state
conference, Christena Smith, who teaches art at Kettle Run High School and serves as lead
art teacher for Fauquier County Public Schools, was named Secondary Division Art Educator
of the Year for the 20 counties in the Blue Ridge region. One of her former students noted that
Ms. Smith was the perfect teacher to win the award. "She helped me find myself in my artwork,
a gift I have enjoyed throughout my entire adult life as an artist," she said.
Several Fauquier County Public Schools art teachers attended the conference to learn about
the changes in the Virginia visual arts standards of learning,
review project-based learning strategies, and gain ideas for new
classroom lessons and techniques. Tisha Burke and Marisa
Pappas co-presented a session on the benefits of starting a
National Art Honor Society for middle and high school students,
with a goal of bringing awareness of the opportunities for students
who are NAHS/NJAHS student members. Brumfield Elementary
art teacher Jess Beach, along with other committee members, led
an hour of art making, giving attendees several ways to promote
their art programs across their school, county, and state.
Christena Smith
Wreaths Across America at Culpeper National Cemetery
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, tens of thousands of wreaths are laid on the graves of veterans who gave their lives
in service to the country. In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, wreath-laying ceremonies occur at more than 1,200 additional locations in all
50 states, abroad, and even at sea.
You don't have to go as far as Arlington to experience one of these moving ceremonies. The Culpeper National Cemetery (305 US Avenue) will
host a ceremony that follows the national theme of remembering our fallen U.S. veterans, honoring those who serve, and teaching children the
value of freedom. There are several ways that the public can participate. Sponsoring a wreath is perhaps the most important. Each tax-deductible
wreath is just $15, and you can purchase one or more online. Culpeper National Cemetery has over 10,500 graves, and the goal is to place
a wreath on each one. Please note that online orders for wreaths going to the Culpeper National Cemetery need to be ordered by Monday,
November 27. Volunteers are also needed prior to and during the wreath-laying ceremonies. To learn more about Wreaths Across America, visit To learn more about getting involved in the Culpeper National Cemetery wreath-laying ceremony, visit their
Facebook page.
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