Sunday Supper Club – March 18, 2018

Please save Sunday, March 18, 5:30 – 7:30 for the March meeting of the Sunday Supper Club.  This is not our usual second Sunday so that we could accommodate the candidates for the Democratic nomination in the 5th Congressional District.

The meeting will be hosted by Bob Zwick at Dondoric Farm.

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SSC Holiday Gathering December 10th

Please join us on Sunday, December 10th, for our holiday gathering, which will be hosted by Bob Zwick at Dondoric Farm.  We will meet at our usual time of 5:30. If you can, bring a friend.  The covered dish or dessert to share, but there is always plenty of food.  Bob is hosting the Fauquier County Democratic Committee earlier in the afternoon, so there will probably be ample opportunity to see both old and new friends.

Hope to see you there!

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September 17 Potluck at Petrilli Home

We hope you will be able to join us for our quarterly SSC meeting Sunday, September 17 at 5:30 pm, at the home of Whitney Petrilli, at 7122 Baldwin Ridge Road.  Join fellow progressives for some lively conversation and good food.

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July 1 SSC Gathering at Zwicknic

Our July get together will be Bob’s Zwick’s 15th annual “Zwicknic” Saturday, July 1st, 6-10 PM, at Dondoric Farm, 5098 Dondoric Farm Road, The Plains.   Bob will provide burgers and hotdogs; bring your favorite drink and a side dish or dessert to share.  Music will start about 7 PM and we will watch the Great Meadow fireworks display starting about 9:30. This is always a fun evening with good friends, food, and music, and fireworks to end the evening beautifully.

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Potluck Sunday May 21

All are welcome at our potluck dinner on Sunday, May 21, at the home of Whitney Petrilli at 7122 Baldwin Ridge Road.

We have two speakers lined up for what should be an interesting evening.

Member Warren Darrell will make a short presentation about his experiences this year in Honduras, where he volunteers with the Ecologic Development Fund, which promotes environmental protection, clean drinking water, sustainable agriculture, and human development for rural families in Central America.

Our second speaker is Tim Cywinski, the Communications Director for Virginia21– a non-profit, non-partisan, millennial advocacy organization committed to enhancing the influence of young Virginians in state and local politics. After graduating from Roanoke College, he became a community organizer and activist working on issues related to reproductive rights, social justice, public health, and college affordability. Before college Tim worked in a variety of capacities on a number of state and federal campaign in Virginia and completed an internship with Senator Tim Kaine’s Office. He is now responsible for crafting message strategies, building press relations, maintaining Virginia21’s online presence, and recruiting students to help lobby the General Assembly Session. Tim regularly speaks to community organization and other socially conscious groups around Virginia to help them understand how to directly influence decision-makers during the General Assembly Session and beyond.  Tim will give a brief discussion of how the legislature works and how best to influence the process.  

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Pot Luck March12

Join us for a Pot Luck Dinner at the Jim and Lynn Chinnis home in Warrenton this Sunday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7:30.  Foria Younis has agreed to speak on the Muslim community’s reaction to the administration’s immigration policies. If you can’t bring a dish to share, please come anyway, there is always plenty of food.

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Upcoming Events

Remember the OneVirginia2021 meeting on gerrymandering, this Thursday February 16 at 7:00pm at the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton.

For those in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District (and on Facebook), Congressman Tom Garrett will be holding Facebook Live Town Halls Monday February 13 and Wednesday February 15th at 9pm. Garrett provided no details on how to present questions or concerns for these “events.”

The next SSC meeting will be on Sunday, March 12.

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Pot Luck Dinner This Sunday

Join us for a Pot Luck Dinner at the Jim and Lynn Chinnis home in Warrenton this Sunday, January 8, from 5:30 to 7:30.  We will informally discuss some of the possible, or probable, effects that the policies of the incoming administration will have on this country and actions we can take, or organizations we can support, in response.

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Holiday Potluck Dinner December 11

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting with old friends and making new! We’re having our annual holiday potluck dinner on Sunday, December 11th at 5:30 pm. The gathering will be hosted by Bob Zwick at Dondoric Farm.  Bob is also hosting the Fauquier County Democratic Committee earlier in the afternoon, providing ample opportunity to spend time with friends.

Also save the date  January 8, 2017. Although we are a non-partisan group, most of us will agree that the proposals made by our president-elect are counter to progressive ideals.  Therefore, the SSC “organizing committee” has decided to have a January meeting rather than waiting for the quarterly meeting in March. We have no speaker or specific topic, but welcome some discussion of organizations which will need support in the next few years. If there are suggestions for other specific topics of discussion, please email me. Otherwise we will just enjoy being with like-minded folks.

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Sunday Supper Club Meeting September 11

We hope you will be able to join us for our quarterly SSC meeting this Sunday, September 11, at the home of Whitney Petrilli. I’m sure there will be some lively discussion about the upcoming elections, as well as some catching up with folks we’ve not seen for a while.

We will meet for our usual potluck supper at 5:30. If you can’t bring anything for the potluck, please come anyway; there is always plenty of food and good conversation. If anyone wants to speak, make an announcement, or bring up an item for discussion, please let Whitney know. Otherwise just enjoy being with other like-minded folks.

Member Penny Perry will not be able to attend the meeting and has asked us to pass on this announcement from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy:

“Forum on Juvenile Justice, November 16, Warrenton Community Center, Sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

— Why does a youngster’s disruptive behavior lead to criminal activity?

— When does this antisocial behavior begin?

— What is the current state of the juvenile justice system in our community?

— What is the role of parents, schools and a faith community to reverse the course?

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will explore these questions and others on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Avenue.

Dr. Andrew K. Block, Director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, is the keynote speaker. Joining him are experts from the juvenile courts, the public schools, the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County, the Piedmont Dispute Resolution center as well as the Fauquier sheriff’s department and Warrenton Police Department, the Boys and Girls Club and the Department of Social Services. The evening, from 7 to 9:30 pm will include panel discussions, video clips and handouts.”

We hope to see many of you on Sunday.

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Sunday Supper Club Gathering on June 12

The next quarterly meeting of the Sunday Supper Club will be June 12 in Warrenton. Melissa and David Wiedenfeld will host at their house on Fishback Court, just off of Old Alexandria Pike. Directions will follow in the invitation next week.

Our guest will be Jane Dittmar who is running for Congress in the 5th District. We look forward to meeting her and hearing her views. If you can’t attend the SSC meeting but would like a chance to talk with Jane, Linde Pranke will be hosting a meet-and-greet on July 8.

Please join us–newcomers are welcome!

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Sunday Supper Club Gathering on March 13

The Sunday Supper Club will meet on Sunday, March 13, for the quarterly meeting.  The weather should be beautiful, so the beginning of Daylight Savings Time may actually feel like spring.  Jim and Lynn Chinnis will host the meeting in Warrenton. Directions will be posted later in the week.

If anyone would like to speak, raise a topic for discussion, or even invite someone to speak, please let us know. 

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Sunday Supper Club Holiday Gathering

We hope you will be able to join us at 5:30 this Sunday, December 13,

for our annual holiday gathering.  We will be hosted by Bob Zwick at Dondoric Farm,

west of The Plains on Dondoric Farm Road.

Please bring a dish to share and whatever you would like to drink,

and join us to celebrate the holiday season.

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September 2015 Sunday Supper Club Meeting

Please join us this Sunday, September 20, at 5:30, for our quarterly meeting. As always, it will be a potluck supper, and will be at the home of Penny Perry and Chris Bonner.

Since we are now a mostly social group, the schedule will be fairly unstructured with plenty of time to chat with old and new friends.

Sara Townsend, Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 31 House District, is scheduled to join us.

 As always, if anyone has information that will be of interest to the group, please speak up at the meeting.

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“A Place at the Table”: An Interfaith Event on Ending Hunger

The Northern Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Germanna Presents! invite you for an afternoon of information and inspiration as we seek to end hunger in our community. This event will challenge stereotypes, provide education on the main causes of hunger, and inspire participants to work to end food insecurity in our community. The program will feature a panel of interfaith religious leaders, clips from the movie “A Place at the Table”, and lively discussion with area organizations already fighting hunger in our neighborhoods.

This event will be held on Oct. 11, 2014 at Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center, 18121 Technology Dr, Culpeper, VA 22701. Registration and Refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the program from 4:30-6pm. For questions leave a message for Pastor Kate Costa at St. Luke Lutheran Church at 540-825-8358. Or, contact Barbara Taylor at 540-834-1096,

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Sunday Supper Club Meeting this Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Sunday Supper Club will meet this Sunday, June 14 2015 at Whitney Petrilli’s house at 5:30pm.  The speaker will be Sarah Yakel, the Executive Director of Leadership Fauquier (

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SSC – September Meeting

September 14, 2014

Our speaker will be Andrew Patrick of Virginians for Responsible Guns Laws (VRGL). He will talk about what VRGL is, how they were  founded, and what they hope to accomplish, including Universal Background Checks on all gun sales and stronger laws that will prevent Domestic Abusers from easy access to firearms.

Andrew is a VRGL organizer in Northern, Central, and Southwest Virginia.  He is a native of Asheville, NC and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2006.  He has been in the Washington, DC area since 2007 where he has worked on Capitol Hill and organized for various campaigns.  Andrew has been with VRGL for one year and will continue to work on stronger gun laws in the Commonwealth.  He lives with his wife of four years, his newborn son, and his beagle mix in NW Washington.

Information on VRGL can be found at: or

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Summer Hiatus

Due to the lack of a host for June and the problem of conflicting summer schedules, we will not have meetings in June, July, and August. Please check back for information on our fall schedule.

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SSC – March Meeting

March 9, 2014

This meeting will be held at the home of Jim and Lynn Chinnis, 29 Brookshire Drive, Warrenton.

Our speaker will be Laurel Schaepmann of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, which has recently expanded into Fauquier County.  CASA is a network of 933 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

For more information on CASA click here

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SSC – February Meeting

February 9, 2014

We will meet at the home of Whitney Petrelli,  7122 Baldwin Ridge Road, Warrenton

Our speaker will be Maggi MacQuilliam of the Piedmont Environmental Council.

Maggi is a native of Fauquier County where she grew up on Wildcat Mountain, surrounded by hundreds of acres of farmland and forestland under permanent conservation easement. Her surroundings inspired her to pursue land-use and planning issues and she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Geography and Urban and Regional Studies from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

She worked for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program performing environmental review before first joining the PEC in 2008 as the Land Conservation and Stewardship Coordinator. Maggi worked for PEC in this capacity until she left for graduate school to pursue a MA in Community Development and Planning from Clark University’s School of International Development, Community, and the Environment in 2011.

After completing her master’s, Maggi returned to PEC in April 2013 as the Southern Fauquier and Culpeper Land Conservation Officer, where she works with landowners, counties, and conservation organizations to protect critical land and resources in the region.

Maggi will talk about the conservation successes that Fauquier County, and our portion of the Piedmont overall, has experienced and what the landscape for future conservation will look like. PEC’s effort not only encompasses work to preserve our open spaces, historic resources, and farmland, but also includes  issues such as wildlife habitat, working farms and forests, transportation solutions, clean air and water, and thriving communities. There are several Fauquier specific projects that PEC is working on, namely the Thumb Run Wildlife Habitat Corridor Project, assisting with the expansion of the Warrenton Branch Greenway trail to trail, and the expansion of our Fauquier Land Conservation Fund to now assist landowners in western Fauquier with the expense of working through a conservation easement project on their property.

She will also provide an update on the current status of the Bi-County Parkway if there is interest.

For more information click on the links below:

Thumb Run Wildlife Habitat Corridor ProjectThumb Run Wildlife Habitat Corridor Project

Warrenton Branch Greenway Expansion

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