‘Cool Jazz’ to benefit Rappahannock’s homeless cats

Suzy, a RappCats foster cat who is still available for adoption.

By Pat Snyder
Special to the Rappahannock News
A Rock Mills resident was gardening when a car pulled up and, to her horror, the driver hurled a cat over her three-board fence.

Six kittens were dropped off in the winter rain in the backyard of a house in Woodville.

A real estate agent opened the door to a foreclosed home in Castleton and found 19 cats abandoned inside during last February’s snowstorms.

These discarded family pets were saved with the assistance of RappCats, the cat rescue group in Rappahannock County run by a small group of volunteers.

But RappCats needs money to continue its work to help homeless, abandoned and abused cats in the county. It is holding a fun evening of jazz music in October to raise money for day-to-day cat rescue expenses and, ultimately, for a community cat shelter. Rappahannock is the only county among its adjoining counties that does not have a publicly supported cat shelter.

The Catstravaganza event, “An Evening of Cool Jazz for Cool Cats,” will be held at the Middleton Inn on Friday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, jazz, raffles and a live auction at this third annual event. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at www.rappcats.org.

The evening entertainment features the well-known jazz musicians pianist Bob Boguslaw, saxophonist Dontez Harris, and vocalist Monica Worth.

Boguslaw has appeared with such jazz greats as Wynton Marsalis, Louie Bellson and Vinnie Colaiuta. In 1991 he joined the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and he often performs at the White House and for the Marine Commandant.

Harris performs with Black Sheep, a five-member band that fuses American musical flavors with reggae’s African rhythms. He teaches at Belle Meade and Hearthstone schools.

Worth has collaborated with such jazz artists as Keter Betts, longtime bassist for Ella Fitzgerald, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, who recorded with Miles Davis. Worth is president of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection.

Guests will have an opportunity to bid on a weekend stay at the five-star Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. The two-night stay includes a Sunday champagne brunch. John Fox Sullivan, mayor of Washington, Va., will be guest auctioneer of this item.

Other items on offer will include an original framed oil painting, “White on White in Warsaw” of a white cat sitting in a window in Warsaw by Rappahannock artist Ruthie Windsor Mann, a fifth-generation iPod Nano donated by BlueRidgeMac, a framed print titled “Tabby Road” of four cats walking across the famous Abbey Road a la the Beatles, and a beautiful hand-quilted wall hanging of a cat.

Sponsors include BlueRidgeMac, Jefferson Hotel, Jessamine Hill Farm, Fran Moore Krebser, Middleton Inn, Rappahannock Co-op, Rappahannock National Bank and Xpress Copy & Graphics, Culpeper.

The Middleton Inn is celebrating its 15th anniversary by hosting this event.

If You Go

What: “Catstravaganza: An Evening of Cool Jazz for Cool Cats” to benefit Rappahannock’s homeless cats
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1
Where: Middleton Inn, Washington, Va.
Tickets: $50, available at www.rappcats.org or 540-987-8099

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