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BY DONNIE JOHNSTON
It has been almost a year since a magnitude-5.8 earthquake centered in Louisa County shook Virginia and the East Coast.
Culpeper was one of the hardest-hit towns, with dozens of damaged buildings. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on East Street sustained about $1 million in minor structural and cosmetic damage.
Now St. Stephen's, whose congregation will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2014 (the sanctuary was built in 1821), is trying to raise money to help pay for repairs that have already been made or still need to be made.
"Our Generous Hearts committee is working very hard to book at least one fundraising event each month until the goal of $500K is reached," church Communications Director Karen Rosica said in a news release. "Our target date to meet this goal is on our 200th birthday, Nov. 2, 2014."
To help, Atheneans restaurant on the Sperryville Pike is donating 20 percent of its Wednesday evening gross sales through Aug. 29. Other fundraising events include:
Sept. 13: Battlefield Travel will present information at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall on a seven-day May 2013 Royal Caribbean Cruise to Bermuda. Costs start at $989 person. St. Stephen's will receive $50 per person for the booking and another $50 per cabin.
Sept. 29: English-style high tea from 2-5 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, or tables may be purchased. For tickets, contact Lina Frank at:
Oct. 20: A formal cocktail party and dance will be held at Salem Volunteer Fire Hall.
Dec. 1: Third annual murder mystery dinner, "Who Melted Frosty," begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Early reservations are suggested. For tickets, email communications
2014: Gray Ghost Vineyards will release two special vintage wines with St. Stephen's private labels. 2014: Commemorative 200th birthday book with the church's history, photos and timeline.