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“Gaining Ground” author to hold book signing in Culpeper

Forrest Pritchard, author of  “Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm,” will hold a book signing on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Culpeper County Library.

In his book, Mr. Pritchard, a professional farmer, writer and public speaker, recounts his ambitious and often hilarious endeavors to save his family farm in Clarke County, near Berryville.

“Gaining Ground” was named a Top Ten Book by Publishers Weekly, Washingtonian magazine, and NPR’s The Splendid Table. His book will be for sale for $18 at the event.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Culpeper County Library and the “Be a Culpeper Local” program.

An excerpt from “Gaining Ground” was published in the summer 2013 issue of the Piedmont Virginian magazine, p. 34-35.

 Who: Forrest Pritchard, professional farmer, writer and public speaker

 What: Book signing event

Where: Culpeper County Library

 271 Southgate Shopping Center

Culpeper, VA  22701

 When: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1

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Easter Egg Hunt and music on the patio at DuCard — this weekend!

This weekend, DuCard Vineyards will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt with music on the patio on Saturday, March 30, 2013, from 12-5 PM. Come out and enjoy the beautiful mountains and weather (and delicious wine!) while having fun with the family. Caroline Glattly will be performing on the patio and there will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny too!

DuCard Vineyards is nestled at the base of beautiful blue ridge mountains, on the eastern edge of  Shenadoah National Park. From there you can admire soaring Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon. DuCard offers a gorgeous tasting room and strive’s to respect the environment and support local businesses in everything they do.

Here are a few more upcoming events at DuCard in April!

Wings Over Wine Country
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 1-6 PM
The Virginia Wildlife Center will be here with live raptors –  hawks, owls and other ‘ambassadors’ and talk about their efforts to rehabilitate injured wildlife in Virginia.  This has become a great tradition at DuCard, so bring the family for a unique and up-close look.   No charge, but contributions welcome, with matching by DuCard.

Winemaker’s Brunch catered by l’etoile Restaurant
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 11:30 AM
Chef Mark Gresge from l’etoile in Charlottesvillewill be providing a four course meal to be paired with DuCard wines.  Live music by Vicky Lee on the harp will accompany this elegant brunch, and with good weather you’ll dine on the patio too.  Seating is limited and advance reservations are required with 72 hour cancellation policy.  $50 per person plus tax and gratuity (15% discount for Wine Club members, always).  Menu is here.  For reservations click here

Oyster Festival at DuCard
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12-5 PM
It’s an R month so oysters are in season.  The Rappahannock River Oyster Company will be on site with oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, crabcakes and related delectibles for purchase.  We think they all pair well with DuCard’s Signature Viognier and Gibson Hollow Whitef.  Live music by great local group Trius – a fun afternoon ‘up country.’

We hope to see you at one of their upcoming events!!


WARRENTON, VA, October 26, 2012 – John Anderson completed the most grueling cycling race
in the country — not once, but twice. The Race Across America begins in Oceanside, California and
ends 3,000 miles and just over seven days later in Annapolis, Maryland. It is impressive for anyone to
complete it, but John Anderson is a diabetic.

Anderson spoke at Fauquier Hospital last year about the challenges he has faced, and was so inspiring
that he has been invited back. His story and down-to-earth healthy advice are useful to anyone, not
just diabetics. The public is invited to attend the event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 8 in Fauquier
Hospital’s Sycamore Room.

Anderson has dedicated himself to educating others about living well with the disease. He does so by
walking the talk. He has learned to successfully manage diabetes by leading an exceptionally active,
healthy lifestyle.

His message isn’t about becoming a marathon cyclist; it is about helping people lead a healthier life
by making manageable lifestyle changes. Anderson understands the denial that comes with diabetes;
he lived in denial for many years. But when a medical emergency forced him to confront his illness, he
made a promise to himself and his family to change his life.

Since then, Anderson has kept his promise, not only by maintaining control of his health, but by
putting his athleticism to work raising money for those in similar situations. In 2007 and 2008, he
ran in the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for Diabetes Action Team, a nonprofit company
committed to research. And in 2009, he was happy to start cycling with Team Type 2.

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