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To add or update the information about your organization, send an email to the Communications Coordinator. Please provide your name, telephone number, as well as the organization's name.

Current contact and meeting informatin can be found here or in the Fire and Rescue LOW Directory or Lake Currents.


Description Contact Information
Alzheimer's Related Disorders Counseling services meets the third Wednesday of the month, 10 AM-11 AM, The LOW Church, Room 21. Annie Peterson, 434-973-6122
Arts Alive!

Arts Alive!, a free summer concert series held at Taylor Park in downtown Orange, offers a variety of outdoor music concerts. Programs vary from jazz to bluegrasss and rhythm and blues, Irish music to Beatles tributes, as well as vocal and instrumental performances by popular area and national bands. in case of rain, performances are held in the Firehouse Theatre across the street from the park. Watch Lake Currents for the summer concert schedule.

Orange Downtown Aliiance (ODA)
Blue Ridge Chorale This community chorale serves central Virginia counties and communities.
 The Chorale benefits from a diversity as well as music. We have members who've sung professionally and members who previously had mostly sung in the shower! Our Director blends our voices to give us all the joy of producing beautiful music. And what music! The works of classic and modern composers, popular and show tunes, carols and folk tunes, sea shanties and operettas blend into concerts which are challenging, inspiring and great fun.  Our youth choir (ages 7-14) enjoys a featured role in our concerts as well.
Chorale members meet and rehearse at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Culpeper on Monday evenings from September through April. We offer concerts in the winter and spring. Take a look at our website: for much more information, and call us!

4-H Clubs The mission of 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. Designed for age nine to 19, projects include fashion, food preparation, sewing, quilting, photography, animal husbandry and floral arrangements.


Childhelp LOW Auxiliary

Our Auxiliary was formed in 1996, by a small group of volunteers here at Lake of the Woods. It is not necessary to live at the Lake to join the auxiliary. Our group supports the ongoing efforts at Alice C.Tyler Village, which is an outstanding residential facility (nationally known) for the treatment and healing of severely abused and neglected children between the ages of 4 and 14. The Village is located in Lignum, just a few miles down the road from us and because of close proximity our volunteer efforts are unique in that we provide direct, personal support for the children residing at the Village. 

Besides our cooperation with other volunteer groups to help make the Village’s holiday parties a success, we participate in special enrichment programs for individual children on a one-to-one basis, which are outlined below.

  • We create a birthday basket for every child who celebrates his/her birthday at the Village, children who may never have celebrated a birthday before.
  • Another initiative is the Library program whereby a member may read to one or more children as well as help to improve children’s reading skills.
  • Special Friend initiative is another individual program where a member may have a one-on-one relationship with a child and are willing to spend a few extra hours each month to provide support, love and attention to a child on a consistent basis.

Our main fundraiser is the annual Harvest Moon Dinner Dance which is usually held in October. The evening features a gourmet meal, big band music a silent auction, and cash bar.

President Linda Noggle

Jill Humphries,
Membership Chair

Harvest Moon Info:
Carleen Delio 
540-412-9608 and
Maureen Francis

national Childhelp organization

Four County Players This non-profit volunteer community theatre group provides musical, play and concert experience for amateur and professional thespians alike. The players put on several programs a year at the Barboursville Community Center in Barboursville, and are known for their popular "Shakespeare at the Ruins" performances held at the Barboursville Vineyards in season. Current and upcoming show dates and ticket prices can be found on their web site. Discounts for seniors and children.
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield

FoWB is a non-profit volunteer group that assists the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in efforts to preserve the Wilderness Battlefield in Spotsylvania and Orange Counties. The Friends provide advocacy, educational programs and service projects for the battlefield and are in the process of raising capital for the restoration of Ellwood House, a Civil War landmark located on Route 20, one-half mile south of Route 3.

Dwight Mottet, President


Habitat for Humanity Rapidan Habitat for Humanity helps local low-income working families have a decent, affordable place to live by holding fundraisers, soliciting donation of building materials from local businesses, and finding both skilled and unskilled volunteers to help build homes for area families in need. Rapidan Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 545
Locust Grove VA 22508
Hospices Hospice of the Rapidan
P.O. Box 1715
Culpeper VA  22701

Hospice Support Care
1701 Fall Hill Ave Suite 109
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

James Madison Museum

Located at 129 Caroline Street in the town of Orange, the James Madison Museum features exhibits detailing former President Madison's many contributions to the founding of our country, and a Hall of Agriculture that showcases colonial farming practices. Special exhibits are also on display
Knights of Columbus Battlefield Council

Grand Knight, Edward S. Gryczynski


Mary Washington ElderStudy

Mary Washington ElderStudy is an organization of retirement-age people who share a love of learning. ElderStudy is run by the members, with most classes led by professionals or college staff. Approximately 40 two-hour programs covering a wide variety of subjects are offered each semester on the Fredericksburg campus.

Members Matter

The purpose of Members Matter is to uphold  the values that are an integral part of the Lake of the Woods community.  These are, primarily:

  • a safe and secure  community, effectively administered
  • a range of amenities that meet  the needs of the majority of residents at a reasonable cost.
  • common property (buildings, parks etc)  professionally maintained
  • to provide a forum for exchange of information on proposals and projects that affect LOW residents,
  • to submit, via email and other methods, a balanced viewpoint to the Board  of Directors. on proposals and projects that affect LOW property owners.
  • to encourage fiscally conservative candidates to serve on the  BOD and committees.
  • to make the case for  reasonable and fiscally responsible assessments.
  • to seek practical, clear and  transparent methods by which the BOD is obligated  to consider  the views of the members on major expenditures before a decision   is made.

Members Matter is an organization open to all residents/property owners of Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove, Virginia.



Montpelier Montpelier, the former home of James Madison, fourth president of the United States and his wife, Dolley, is located on Route 20, a few miles south of the town of Orange. Montpelier has undergone a major renovation to return the main building to what it looked like during Madison's presidency. Visitors can enjoy audio tours, landscape walks and spend the day at the 2,700-acre estate. The Montpelier Hunt Races held on the grounds every November and summer evening concerts in the garden are popular events. Admission fee; membership available. Open year-round.
Orange County Historical Society The Orange County Historical Society maintains a research and archival collection of more than 2,000 books, periodicals, maps and nearly 1,000 files on local families, historic buildings and sites. the Society publishes books on local history and sponsors lectures, historic site inventories and archeological digs.
Orange County Humane Society

The mission of OCHS is to help homeless animals through financial and volunteer efforts, and educate the community on responsible pet-ownership. Volunteer opportunities include cleaning shelter facilities, performing office work, bathing and exercising animals, transporting animals, helping with fundraisers and providing foster care. OCHS also supports the work o fthe Orange County Animal Shelter by donating funds and providing pet adoption services at the PetSmart store in Fredericksburg from 11am to 5pm every weekend.
Project EXCEL Volunteers for Project EXCEL donate one hour a week to work iwth selected local elementary and middle school children in grades kindergarten through sixth to help improve reading, math or science skills. An annual orientation and workshop is held in August. Interested volunteers should contact the Project EXCEL coordinator Terri Miles, 661-7055
Sierra Club Battlefields Sierra Group, the local chapter of the national Sierra Club, provides volunteer opportunities to help protect and restore the quality of our natural environment at the grassroots level. Monthly group meetings with speakers focus on local environmental issues and education, and monthly outings give members and guests an opportunity to explore and enjoy nature. Membership fee. Linda Hiross, 972-9640
Bill Hulse, 972-0070

The Arts Center in Orange

The Arts Center in Orange is a non-profit community arts center with a mission to enhance the quality of life in our community by promoting an appreciation for quality contemporary arts with a diversity of styles and ideologies. this is done by providing education, a forum to promote articitic excellence, and a venue of ro artists and artisans to work, teach and exhibit.

129 East Main Street
Orange, VA 22960

TRIAD TRIAD is a partnership involving the Orange County Sheriff's Office and AARP or other older/retired community volunteers who agree to work together to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to this high-risk group. Activities include dissemination of information on crimes that target the elderly, senior safety, File of Life, home security, telephone reassurance programs, victim assistance and advocacy, Adopt-a-Senior visits for shut-ins, and volunteer training programs, among others. Please contact TRIAD if you are interested in either receiving or volunteering services

Dick Bradie or Kathleen Bradie, 540-308-5507

Windmore Foundation for the Arts

Windmore is a non-profit community-based group in Culpeper that sponsors theatre productions, workshops, arts, crafts and creative writing groups. "Arts in the Park" is a summer art program for children age six to 12, and a children's theatre program is available for age nine to 13. Adult and junior volunteers keep the programs running.



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