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Orange County Visitor Center

Visitor Center Hours:

Monday, Wednesday-Saturday

10 am - 4 pm

Tuesday and Sunday 11 am - 3 pm

Closed for some holidays.

540-672-1653

 

Location:

122 East Main Street, Historic Train Depot,

Orange, Virginia

We are a Virginia State certified Visitor Center.

 

Gordonsville Visitor Center

Visitor Center Hours:

Monday -Thursday 10 am - 4:30 pm

Friday and Saturday 10 am - 4:00 pm

Closed on Sunday and for some holidays.

540-832-1735

 

Location:

Next to Town Hall at 200 South Main Street,

Gordonsville, Virginia

 

 

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Upcoming

Local Events

DECEMBER 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Town of Gordonsville Memorial Tree Lighting

The lights on the tree are in memory of loved ones who are no longer with us during the holiday season.

Hours:

5:45 pm

November 22 - December 15, 2019

Irving Berlin’s
WHITE CHRISTMAS

Four County Players is Central Virginia’s longest continuously operating community theater. November 22 – December 15 on the Mainstage

Hours:

see website for show times 

Wednesday, Dec. 4 & Thursday Dec. 5, 2019

Wreath-Making Workshop

This all-inclusive workshop will provide a wreath base, all of the greens, wire, and ribbon you need to create your wreath. 

Hours:

10:00 am-12:00pm

Saturday,December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 2019

Enchanted Extravaganza 2019 at The Market at Grelen

Featuring holiday decor, handmade gifts from local artisans, Grelen trees and greens, ready to hang wreaths, you can even visit Santa*... Enchanted Extravaganza has it all!

Hours:

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday, Dec.5 - Jan. 31, 2020 

Morin Gallery Exhibit- A Common Thread:The Art of the Quilt at The Arts Center In Orange

Hours:

10:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday, Dec. 6 - Sunday, Dec.17 

Gingerbread House Contest at The Arts Center In Orange

Come cast your vote for your favorite Gingerbread House! Houses will be displayed for voting and judging Dec. 6-17. Winners will be announced on or about Dec. 18.

Hours:

10:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday, December 7, 2019

James Madison's Montpelier Holiday Open House

Join us for a FREE community holiday event. Take a break from the holiday frenzy to relax and enjoy the season with a bit of history, tradition, and family-friendly activities.

Hours:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Music and Merriment on Main

Activities will be occurring on East Main and Short Streets...
Santa at the Train Station; Music by the Orange County High School Jazz Ensemble;
Old-time music and storytelling by Dena and Donald Jennings;
Music by Mike Henry;
Gingerbread house display: Arts Center in Orange on Main Street; 
Music by Kate Hohman: Taylor Park; 
Roasted chestnuts, coffee and hot chocolate for sale: Taylor Park; 
"Sneak Peek" of OSPA's The Nutcracker: Firehouse Theatre on Main Street; plus more!

Hours:

11:30am - 4:00pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Orange Christmas Parade

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Orange, the 2019 parade theme:Lights, lights, lights, Christmas lights....show the world how you light the way during the Christmas season.

Hours:

4:30 pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019

40th Annual

Community Memorial

Christmas Tree Lighting

The Community Memorial Christmas Tree has been lit on the first Sunday in December at Taylor Park in the Town of Orange since 1978. 

Hours:

estimated 5:30pm

December 13,14, & 15, 2019

The Nutcracker

The  Orange School of Performing Arts presents The Nutcracker. 

December 13, 2019-

  • OSPA Firehouse Theatre 7 pm

December 14, 2019-

  • OSPA Firehouse Theatre 2 pm

December 15, 2019-

  • Piedmont Virginia Community College 2 pm

Hours:

see FB page

December 14 - December 31

Orange County Tacky Lights Tour

A driving tour full of fun and festive displays by local resident enthusiasts in the community! More details of the route to come. Displays will be available to enjoy from 7 pm-9 pm during the posted days.

Hours:

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Hoilday Craft Activity: Quilled Snowflakes at The James Madison Museum

Join us at the Museum to learn how to make a quilled paper snowflake! We will talk about Christmas decorations of the past and you will get to take home your very own snowflake! This activity is free. 

Hours:

10:00 am-11:00 am

Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15, 2019

36th Annual Singing Christmas Tree presented by the Orange Baptist Church

The Singing Christmas Tree at Orange Baptist Church is a Christmas tradition that you don't want to miss this Christmas season. Make plans now to attend one of the four performances listed below. No ticket is required.

Hours:

5:30 pm &  7:30 pm shows

Saturdays, December 14 & 21, 2019

Fairy Garden Workshop at The Market at Grelen

Bring out the family for an interactive workshop taught by Plant Designer Farley Farrar. 

Hours:

10:00 am 

Saturday, Dec. 14 & Sunday, Dec.15, 2019

Victorian Christmas at Ellwood Manor

Saturday, Dec. 14  9 am - 2 pm

(Santa will be there from 9 am - noon)

Sunday, Dec.15th  noon - 3 pm

Hours:

See Website

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Messiah Sing-Along 

Presented at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Conducted by Alan Miller

accompanied by strings and organ.

For more information, call the church office at 672-3761.

Hours:

 7:30 pm 

Every Saturday, Nov 30 - Dec 21, 2019

Santa Visits Grelen!

He's making a list, checking it twice, & making a special trip down to The Market from the North Pole EVERY Saturday through the holiday season. November 30th until December 21st. Visiting with Santa is FREE! 

Hours:

11:00am - 2:00pm

Friday,December 20, 2019 & Friday, January 24, 2020

Wine Dinner at Vintage Restaurant at The Inn at Willow Grove

Vintage will be pouring tastings from their wine library to complement a menu created by our culinary team.  Seating begins at 6:30 pm. Friday, December 20, 2019 or Friday,January 24, 2020.

Hours:

6:30 pm

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christmas At The Exchange 

Join the Exchange to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Hours:

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Santa visits Main Street Gordonsville!

Join us for some holiday cheer when Santa stops by the shops on Main Street, Gordonsville.

Hours:

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 22, 2019 

Christmas Lunch Celebration at Barboursville Vineyards

Enjoy a four course feast paired with Barboursville wines, prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford.  

Celebrate the new year with a five course feast paired with Barboursville wines along with live Brazillian music from Beleza Duo, prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford.

Hours:

1:00 pm

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 

New Year's Eve Dinner and Celebration at Barboursville Vineyards

Celebrate the new year with a five course feast paired with Barboursville wines along with live Brazillian music from Beleza Duo, prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford.

Hours:

7:30 pm

January 2020

Thursday, Dec.5 - Jan. 31, 2020 

Morin Gallery Exhibit- A Common Thread:The Art of the Quilt at The Arts Center In Orange

Hours:

10:00 am-5:00 pm

Monday, January 6, 2020

History of Boy Scouts in Orange

Come out and learn about the history of the Boy Scouts in Orange with Ray Ezell. Ray has written about the organization in Orange and will be here to share his work. Bruce Monroe will also be here to talk about his experiences.

Hours:

 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, January 11, 2020

OCHS JROTC Chili Cook-off

Please join Orange County Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps for a day of Chili and Community in support of the many programs sponsored by American Legion Post 156. There will be judging categories for HEAT!, Beans, No-Beans and Kid Chefs... 

Hours:

8:00 am chili cookers

11:00am -2:00pm chili tasting  

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Acclaimed Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, Cellist James Wilson and Oboist Gustav Highstein in Concert

The Orange Music Society and the Eckhart Ensemble presents these nationally acclaimed musicians at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Free musical event!

Hours:

4:00pm

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Ghost Hunt with the Tennessee Wraith Chasers

Investigate with the Tennessee Wraith Chasers at the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum! Featured on A&E’s History Channel, rated the 15th Most Haunted place in the US! … and 2nd Most Haunted place in Virginia!

Hours:

7:00pm – 2:00am

Friday, January 17, 2020

Palettes at the Players at Four County Players

We invite you to sip Barboursville wine and support YOUR new backstage. We provide the supplies, a beverage of your choice, and an expert art instructor.

Hours:

7:00 pm-10:00 pm

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Lou Messa at The Art Center In Orange

Acclaimed artist Lou Messa will offer a workshop including demonstrations and individual hands-on coaching and assistance. “If you get into trouble, Lou can get you out!” You will work from your landscape photos; Lou will provide the painting surface.

Hours:

 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Free Last Saturday Art for Kids at the Arts Center in Orange

On the last Saturday of each month, the Arts Center In Orange offers a free one-hour art class for children! Please register by calling the Arts Center so we have enough supplies for all!

Hours:

 10:00am–11:00am

Saturday, January 25, 2020 

Capturing Winter Beauty In Watercolor at the Arts Center in Orange

Join us for a fun day of painting simple winter scenes in watercolor. Discover how to paint soft shadows in snow, falling snow, and wintery sunsets. Along the way, you will learn essential skills in watercolor.

Hours:

10:00am – 3:00pm 

Sunday, January 26, 2020 

Valentines Day Quilling at the James Madison Museum

Quill your special someone a Valentines Day Card. $10 fee to cover supplies. RSVP required for supplies and seating. 

Hours:

2:00pm – 4:00pm 

February 2020

Friday, January 31-Sunday, February 9, 2020

Dear Edwina Presented by Four County Players 

A TEEN ARTS PROJECT PRODUCTION  presented in the Cellar theater at Four County Players. 

Hours:

See website for show times

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Lou Messa at The Art Center In Orange

Acclaimed artist Lou Messa will offer a workshop including demonstrations and individual hands-on coaching and assistance. “If you get into trouble, Lou can get you out!” You will work from your landscape photos; Lou will provide the painting surface.

Hours:

 10:00am – 4:00pm

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day Celebration at Barboursville Vineyard, Palladio.

Enjoy a four course feast paired with Barboursville wines prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford.
$320 per couple, all inclusive.  Reservation required.

Hours:

7:00 pm

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Horton Vineyards Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Join Horton at their annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing! There is one sitting at 11:30 AM. Ticket prices are $45 per person and $85 per couple, which includes 6 tastings of some of our VINTAGE wines paired with a uniquely hand crafted chocolate made by Jennifer Mowad of Cocoa & Spice.

Hours:

 11:30am – 3:30pm

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Presidents' Day Symposium at James Madison's Montpelier

Montpelier's staff will share their expertise and insights into the U.S. Constitution, James and Dolley, archaeological discoveries, visitor recollections of the Madisons, and African Americans at Montpelier.

Hours:

11:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday, February 21, 2020

Decorative Arts House Tour at James Madison's Montpelier

Explore the Madisons' home and furnishings! Go behind the scenes with Montpelier's curatorial staff, learning about the Madisons' domestic spaces and how the made the decisions to furnish and refurnish. 

Hours:

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Drew Lanham: How Nature Can Heal the Wounds of the Past at James Madison's Montpelier

Noted naturalist, author, and poet Dr. J. Drew Lanham, Montpelier's ecologist-in-residence, will discuss his exploration of Montpelier's naturally reclaimed plantation landscape as a site of contemplation and healing.

Hours:

4:00pm – 5:00pm

more events to come...