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A Message From Director Jane Shelhorse

First off, let me say thank you to those many wonderful individuals and their families who volunteer their time to support our department. We depend a lot on volunteers, especially when it comes to coaches for our youth sports programs. Thank you for donating your time to make the difference in the life of a child. It is because of dedicated people like you that we are able to offer our sports programs at such reasonable prices. LCPRT is all about partnerships, and we work with lots of individuals and organizations in our community to enrich the lives of our citizens in many ways. This fall and winter we will continue with this tradition.

During October we partner with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for our Annual Coat Drive. Donate a gently used coat (adult or child) that will be given out to someone in our community who needs one. Last year, thanks to support from the Louisa CART team, we opened our first Haunted Trail on our disc golf course at the Betty Queen Center. This year the trail promises to be bigger and scarier and will have expanded hours. Call Chris at 540.967.4424 for more info on the trail, and how you can get involved. We are always looking for more volunteers, especially if you like to dress up and scare people! Mark your calendar now for our 11th Annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 18th at Walton Park. Once again, we will be partnering with the Town of Mineral and Mineral Farmers Market for a day of family fun. The Farmers Market moves to the park for the day and opens at 8 a.m. Our craft show starts at 9 a.m. and children’s games start at 10 a.m. Everything wraps up at 2 p.m. The activities, entertainment, hay rides, craft show, and delicious foods make this a day that everyone can enjoy. Call us to find out how you or your organization can become a vendor. The Historical Society was one of our partners for the 150th Anniversary of Trevilian Station Reenactment that was held in June, when more than 2,000 people got a glimpse of what life was like during the 1860s. We continue that partnership this fall with some very interesting programs being held at the Sargeant Museum and even a Civil War Dance at the Betty Queen Center. The Quarters Auction, our newest special event is truly a group effort. Brought to you by the organizations at the Betty Queen Center (LCPRT, JABA, VOL and ARC), this combination of bingo, raffle, Chinese Auction offers everyone a couple of hours of shopping, laughter, and fun! Our next Quarters Auction is scheduled for November 14th (page 11). Each time we have one, the crowd grows, so come early to make sure you get a seat (and a paddle). This summer, our joint effort with the Louisa Arts Center enabled us to bring you our Summer Cinema Series. This November-December we will join them again to bring you our Holiday Series, where you can watch great movies like The Santa Clause, The Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street for only $3! Finally, our Christmas Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Festival and Christmas Parade are four very special events that come together thanks to the effort of lots of individuals and organizations. The big tree on the Courthouse lawn is filled with ornaments that are sponsored by community groups and lights from families who dedicate them to loved ones. Breakfast with Santa enables families a chance to come together and share a meal with the volunteer elves and take photos of the kids telling our volunteer Santa all they want when they wake up on Christmas morning. The festival not only has crafters, but also groups selling food, crafts, or other raffle items to raise money for their cause. The parade is full of organizations proudly marching down Main Street to help the community get in the Holiday Spirit.

The volunteers and these partnerships are part of what ties LCPRT to our community and makes Louisa such a great place to live and play. We want to say “thank you” to all those individuals and groups that support our department and help us to accomplish our mission to improve the quality of life to all our citizens. We could not do it without you!

Jane Shelhorse

Louisa County Parks, Recreation & Tourism
P.O. Box 864 / 522 Industrial Drive - Suite A,
Louisa, Virginia 23093
(540) 967-4420 / Fax (540) 967-4450
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.