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Let us jour­ney to the ver­dant Vir­ginia coun­try­side to peek at a fundraiser who pro­vides much needed funds for lo­cal stu­dents. Rea­gan his­to­rian and best-sell­ing au­thor Craig Shirley will host a gra­cious event Satur­day in a grand, Ge­or­gia-style manor home that was built in 1730.

Lo­cal restau­rants, winer­ies and ale-mak­ers have do­nated fine good­ies for the event, which ben­e­fits Rap­pa­han­nock Com­mu­nity Col­lege; these folks have raised about $800,000 so far for their cause, and plan to con­tinue. Ladies, mean­while, are en­cour­aged to wear hats of the fabulous va­ri­ety in a nod to the Preak­ness. And of course, there’s a lit­tle pol­i­tics thrown in.

“We are also auc­tion­ing off signed books by Newt Gin­grich, Mark Levin, Laura In­gra­ham, John Meacham and some guy named Craig Shirley,” Mr. Shirley ad­vises In­side the Belt­way.

He is the au­thor of four sig­nif­i­cant books on Ronald Rea­gan and his pres­i­dency, along with “De­cem­ber 1941” and “Cit­i­zen Newt: The Mak­ing of a Rea­gan Con­ser­va­tive.”

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