Rapp Notes

New Sperryville cafe?

Heard on country lanes: a new Sperryville cafe might be in the offing. Not just any cafe — but an Artist Cafe in the old Coop building as part of the Rappahannock Farm and Art market. The Cafe is expected to open this spring and will initially serve coffee (e.g. lattes), soup, sandwiches, local food and beer and wine and will feature eclectic music performed by musicians from the greater D.C. and Charlottesville areas. The cafe’s owners hope it will be a place where artist, locals and tourists can hang out, play some chess or cards, listen to music and enjoy something to drink and eat.

Ben Jones reports….

We are going to do the pilot for “Uncle Buster’s Homemade Medicine Show” on Friday night, Feb. 26th at 7p.m.
The show will be the production of a pilot episode for a radio program that would originate from Rappahannock. It will have two hours of all kinds of music, skits, and comedy. But mostly music: Blues, standards, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, folk, and traditional country. Guests will include Bill Harris, Lisa Meadows, and the Garage Band. The show is called “Uncle Buster’s Homemade Medicine Show”.

There will also be some audience participation with a rendition of “Stars and Stripes Forever”, played by all upon the kazoo…”Be kind to your web-footed friends….”

Comedy skits will include the Cow Chorus (sort of a Greek Chorus of Rappahannock Cows..) and a running sketch about two retired “rasslers” entitled “The Heavy Brothers, Private Detection and Small Engine Repair.”

The “conceit” is in the character of Uncle Buster himself, the last Medicine Show man, who is ageless. He knew Buffalo Bill, fought with the Rough Riders, boxed Jack Dempsey, still chases women and still sells snake oil.

In Memoriam

The Rappahannock County art community is mourning the death of Tucker Hill. After the initial shock over his untimely death on Feb. 12, friends and fellow artists have vowed to go forward with a previously planned show of his newest monotypes this spring a Caulfield Gallery. Although Tucker lived just across the county line in Etlan, at foot of his beloved Old Rag, some of his finest landscapes captured Rappahannock County exquisitely and singularly.

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