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Conference rooms in Warrenton are open!

Looking for a bigger meeting space? The conference rooms in Old Town Warrenton are now available for rent on a daily or hourly basis.

The professional building at 70 Main Street provides flexible, reasonably priced conference space.

“The business community spoke and we listened,” said Val Riccardi, owner representative.  “We are very pleased to be part of the Warrenton business community and are dedicated to being responsive to the needs of the businesses in our area.”

The large conference room accommodates 75 attendees for side-by-side training, 50 attendees for board room meeting format, and 24 attendees for classroom training style for $100 an hour or $500 per day.

The small conference room is suitable for 25 attendees for side-by-side training, 12 attendees for board room meeting format, and eight attendees for classroom training style for $50 an hour or $250 a day.

Rentals include tables, chairs, use of audiovisual equipment, television, use of a mini-kitchen with unlimited coffee, soda, and water, and a set-up and clean-up fee.

Catering is available for an additional fee or you may arrange for your own catering.

Contact Val Riccardi, owner representative, at or 540-351-6005 for additional information.

Poet Launches New Book at Cobbler Mountain Cellars Dec. 8

Local poet, Raymond E. Vickery, Jr. launches his second book of poetry “Farm Poems: Tales from the Four Suns” at Cobbler Mountain Cellars in Delaplane on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. The book is dedicated to his 95 year-old mother, Clarene H. Vickery.

According to Vickery, Virginia’s Piedmont is a “hallowed place—the most beautiful on Earth. To gaze from the Ashby Gap above Paris, down the Crooked Run Valley toward Goose Creek is a spiritual experience,” he explains. “Big Cobbler Mountain from any angle, but especially from our Four Suns Farm, is inspiring in every season.”

The Vickerys have owned Four Suns Farm in Delaplane, next door to the winery, for 45 years. The family created a conservation easement on their land through the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF), which protects about 675,000 acres of open-space in Virginia, mostly through easements.

“Over the seasons, we have observed his dedicated visits to the family-farm. Leaving the city and briefcase behind…he spent many days in denim on the tractor or at his writing desk on the farm,” says Laura McCarthy Louden, partial owner of Cobbler Mountain Cellars.

In honor of Vickery’s book and his passion, the winery will share 10% per bottle sales the day of the Book Launch Reception, to the Friends of the Hollow Organization in his name.

To reserve a spot at the book dedication and author reading, e-mail or call 540-364-2802. Following the ceremony, a wine reception with live holiday music by Terry Dearmore’s Big Band  “Jazz A La Carte” will kick-off the book sale and author signing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Books are $15 each or three for $35. Holiday orders may also be taken over the phone for purchases to be held for pick-up on a later date or to be shipped.

 About the poet

Vickery served three terms in the Virginia House of Delegates where he was a leading voice for land use planning and environmental preservation. A former Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration— he is a public policy author, attorney and international consultant.

 WHO:  Poet, Raymond E. Vickery, Jr.

WHAT:  Book Release of Poetry

“Farm Poems: Tales from the Four Suns”

WHEN:  11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

11 a.m. Dedication & Author Reading

11:30 a.m. Wine Reception

12:30 Live Jazz Music, Book Signing & Sales

WHERE:  Cobbler Mountain Cellars 5909 Long Fall Lane

GPS: 10363 Moreland Road

Delaplane, VA 20144



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