The Rapp for Sept. 30

Laura Overstreet, left, and Sandra Maskas cut the ribbon at the new Rappahannock County Visitors Center. Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi.

It’s built, and they are coming

To the 30 or so well-wishers and hard-workers assembled for last Thursday evening’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, Rappahannock Board of Supervisors chairman Roger Welch spoke briefly from the U.S. 211-facing front porch of the county’s new part-time Visitors Center (the same porch on which tourism coordinator Laura Overstreet, on the left in the photo on this page, and center manager Sandra Maskas, cut the official ribbon).

Things used to be different, Welch recalled — when “lots and lots of people” passed through Rappahannock on the way to Shenandoah National Park, Luray and points beyond. But since the late ’80s, he said, “we’ve been talking about a visitors center to bring back those who stopped coming this way. Well, now we have one, and it’s one we can be proud of. And what we can be even more proud of is the volunteers it took to get it here.”

The Visitors Center opened last month and has had more than 400 walk-ins so far during its Friday through Sunday business hours, Maskas said.

Andy Garcia in City Island

‘City Island,’ country movie

This month’s Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) movie at The Theatre in Washington starts at 8 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 1) — that’s correct, Friday as always, despite several mismatched days and dates in last week’s Rapp Happenings calendar.

“City Island (admission is $6 for adults) stars Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies in a funny, touching and smart family tale. Call 540-675-3193 or visit raac.org for details. “City Island” is rated R. This week’s Rapp Happenings event calendar, which is rated G (for the Great number of happenings coming up in and around Rappahannock), can be found online here.

Jacqueline Neimat

Lovely songs at the Theatre

An eclectic mix of songs will be heard at the Theatre at Washington this Saturday (Oct. 2) at 8 p.m.

The soldier tenor, Antonio Giuliano, will give a solo rendition of the beautiful hymn “Amazing Grace,” as well as join in duets with the other performers at the concert, baritone Bryan Jackson and soprano Jacqueline Neimat (pictured here). Neimat, well known and loved by Theatre audiences, will again sing arias — from “La Traviata,” this year — before she and her colleagues change the mood with light-hearted operetta and one or two Broadway melodies. Tickets $20, $10 for students 17 and younger) can be reserved at 540-675-1253 or TheatreVA@aol.com.

Haley Fine Art, formerly Long View Gallery, celebrates 10 with 10 in Sperryville.

In Sperryville, ‘10’ for 10

Haley Fine Art (formerly Long View Gallery) celebrates its 10th anniversary with the group show titled “10.” The show features 10 paintings by 10 artists and opens on Oct. 10 (aka 10/10/10).

The gallery opened in 2000 as Blue Ridge Artisans, and has transformed itself several times. Originally on the south side of the building, Andrew Haley and Suzanne Zylonis started selling Zylonis’ pottery along with the work of local artists. Later, Martin and Cheri Woodard opened Long View Gallery in the front; the following year the four formed a partnership. In 2005 the Woodards moved on to careers in real estate.

“Our success in Sperryville was built on the shoulders of great artists and collectors in the region; they were here long before us perfecting their craft; their commitment to excellence made it easy. Ten years in, it was time for the next level,” Haley said of the name change. “We have updated the look and redoubled our focus on truly exceptional regional art.”

For more details, call 540-987-1000 or visit haleyfineart.com. For more on Sperryville happenings, see this week’s Sperryville column by Barbara Adolfi.

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