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Beach Party Time!

“Senior Prank” is a tradition at RCHS. This year, the graduating class turned the school’s front bus loop into a beach party!

Senior Pranksters in the photo are, from left, back row, Austin Burnett, John Kennedy; from left, front row, Tessa Taylor, Heidi Rechin, Taylor Light, Sarah Garrison, Jacob Williams, Joe Vickers and, kneeling, Allie Dore. The pranksters also set up a large Moon Bounce to add ambience to their beach-style party.

John Jackson’s legacy

Raised in a large, musical farm family in Rappahannock County, Virginia, John Jackson (1924-2002) was the most important black Appalachian musician to come to broad public attention during the mid-1960’s, in the words of the Smithsonian. Now a new album of his work is available. It’s called “Rappahannock Blues.”

This recording is the fifth in the Smithsonian’s Folkways African American Legacy Series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Jackson learned guitar and his wide-ranging stock of songs as a youth from family and 78-rpm recordings. He then enthralled major audiences during more than three decades with his vintage style and repertoire. Culled from hundreds of live concert recordings in the Smithsonian Folkways archives, the 20 tracks of Rappahannock Blues highlight John Jackson the way he most wanted to be remembered — as a bluesman.

A review in The Washington Post said that like John Hurt, Jackson “radiated such a genial spirit that he could charm audiences without flexing a finger. Yet his nimble, often ragtimey agility is on full display here. ‘Getting good now, yeah!’ interjects Jackson, commenting on his live, engaging performance of Mississippi John Hurt’s ‘Candy Man.’ And good as it is, it soon gets better.”

RCHS student wins drama honor

RCHS is currently applauding one of its rising 11th-grade students, Austen Cloud, who has been accepted into the prestigious Boston University Summer Theatre Institute. To assist in the tremendous expense of the program, drama club peers (and drama teacher Russell Paulette) have organized a drama club and RCHS band joint production for the Rappahannock public.

The play is entitled “Homework Eats Dog and Other Woeful Tales” (by Alan Haehnel). It’s a one-night production on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. It’s free to the public, but the students are asking for donations (suggestion of $5 each). This will be a comedy production and a great opportunity for the community to support a local student.

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It’s cleanup & wildlife time

Rapp FLOW is planning a cleanup day for the Rain Garden and Riparian Buffer at the Link in Sperryville on Friday (June 18) at 6 p.m. Volunteers are welcome. The plans are to clean out some of the weeds and thin out some of the plants that have been flourishing in the rain garden as well as planting trees in the riparian buffer.

“If we run out of daylight on Friday evening, a few of us are planning on working Saturday morning to finish up, but I believe the work should not take too long,” said Rapp FLOW President B.J. Valentine.

On Saturday (June 19), the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) invites you on an eye-opening tour of four wildlife-friendly farms in the county. Wildlife experts at each site describe what you see, how to implement some of these measures on your own, where to get technical help, and what the approximate costs are.

Learn how to attract bobwhite quail, plant a prairie, encourage butterflies and bees, construct wetland for waterfowl, and create a beautiful and healthy place for wildlife. For more information: pecva.org

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