The Rapp for Oct. 21

RLEP’s 40th anniversary

This Friday evening (Oct. 22), the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) will “remember and celebrate 40 years of growth” at Wakefield Country Day School, where members and others interested in the organization are invited to gather for RLEP’s 40th anniversary annual meeting from 7 to 9 p.m.

Marshall Jones of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), a member of RLEP’s board, will provide a keynote presentation on the changes at the institute, including evolutions in the organization’s mandate and its local initiatives and partnerships. There’ll be a live auction of “Rappahannock Experiences,” memories will be shared and ideas discussed for RLEP’s fifth decade. Current RLEP members (and you can become one by making a donation anytime) will also conduct the official business of the evening: Electing members of the board of directors.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served and all attendees will have a chance to catch up with neighbors and friends who share their passion for the natural world.

For more information visit www.rlep.org. To make reservations for Friday’s meeting, email office@rlep.org or call 540-317-1449. (Reservations are not required but help with planning for the event.)

Saturday storytellers, from left, Geof Gowen, Sallie Morgan, Joyce Abell, Nevill Turner and Steve Carroll. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

True tales, told Saturday

Rappahannock’s Joyce Abell founded the “No Ordinary Person” storytelling evening a dozen years ago and has been its director ever since. This year’s four local storytellers share funny, touching and often surprising stories, reflecting four very different lives: Sallie Morgan, Neville Turner, Steve Carroll and Joyce Abell. Morgan tells what happened when her life intersected the lives of inmates in a state prison. Turner’s amusing tale takes us back to his early childhood in England during World War II, living with his highly eccentric and forever-battling family until, at the age of only 5, he was sent away to two boarding schools (one Dickensian, one merely eccentric). Steve Carroll describes when and how he encountered the three most important influences on his life: a Catholic priest, a beautiful Jewish holocaust survivor and a “bunch of drunks.” And Joyce Abell returns to the stage to reveal who, to her surprise, turned out to be the great love of her life.

Tickets are $15, and the performance is at 8 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 23) at the RAAC Community Theatre, 310 Gay St., Washington. For details, visit www.raac.org or call 540-675-3193 (or email bsmah@stoneledge.net).

Linn Barnes, right, and Allison Hampton perform at the Theatre Oct. 30.

A Celtic musical harvest

Autumn is definitely in the air in Rappahannock, and the change in season signals the return to the Theatre at Washington of the popular duo of Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, for their annual fall concert of Celtic music. This year they’ll be joined by a special guest, percussionist Steve Bloom.

Barnes and Hampton tour throughout the U.S. and abroad, frequently visiting the countries of the Celts from which they derive their inspiration. There, with Irish harp, guitar, lute, pipes and percussion, they gather the bounty of lively jigs and other festive music. Barnes and Hampton consistently perform their own special interpretation of Celtic music and, with the date of their concert being so close to Halloween, likely a few unusual pieces appropriate to the season will be included.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students 17 and younger. For reservations call 540-675-1253 or email TheatreVA@aol.com.

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