The Rapp for Dec. 23

Rocknoceros

Rocknoceros coming to county

RappKids will host a children’s music concert featuring the award-winning group Rocknoceros at 5 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Link in Sperryville. Doors open at 4:15 p.m.

Rocknoceros (pronounced sorta like “rhinoceros”) is three D.C. Guys — Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Benny, shown here — who write and perform rock/pop music for children. The trio won the 2009 Wammy Award for the D.C. area’s Best Children’s Artist.

RappKids is a committee of Rappahannock County mothers of young children who seek to offer fun, educational and cultural experiences for young children.

Pizza by the slice from Rudy’s Pizza and beverages and craft beers from The Corner Store will be available for purchase at the concert.

RappKids is seeking sponsorships from both area businesses and individuals to cover event costs. RappKids will recognize all sponsors in promotional materials. Sponsors will also be able to advertise at the event.

Tickets are $5 for adults and children ages 1 and older. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact RappKids (Nikki Brady, Missy McCool or Jen Perrot) at 540-675-3736, RappKids9@gmail.com or Box 51, Sperryville, VA 22740.

Visitors Center sets closing

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center will close for the winter beginning Christmas Day weekend. The Center will be open for both Martin Luther King Day weekend, Jan. 14-17, and Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 18-21. Tourism staff will continue to stock the kiosk outside the Center with County Visitors Guides. Fliers on events of interest to Rappahannock visitors may be taken to the Office of Tourism, County Administration Office, 290 Gay St. during regular business hours. Staff will review the information for possible inclusion at the kiosk.

The center will reopen for the spring in March. For information on tourism-related matters: go to VisitRappahannockVA.com online, email info@VisitRappahannockVA.com or call 540-675-5330. Find the Visitors Center Facebook page at facebook.com/visitrappahannockva.

RCCA President Larry Grove, right, presents a poster-size check to Supervisors Chairman Roger Welch representing a $20,000 donation to the county.

RCCA to county: $20,000

At the December meeting of the Rappahannock Board of Supervisors, Roger Welch accepted a $20,000 donation from Larry Grove, president of the Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance (RCCA), bringing RCCA’s cumulative contribution to $120,000 for farmland protection. All of these donations are eligible for matching funds from the state.

Grove originally announced the 2010 donation at RCCA’s annual meeting, which was held on Nov. 16 at Wakefield Country Day School. Also at that meeting, Grove recognized outgoing RCCA board members Cheri Woodard and Alan Zuschlag. They each provided a full six years of service, the maximum consecutive tenure allowed by RCCA bylaws. Both were dedicated volunteers and instrumental to the success of RCCA’s annual gala dinner and auction, The Rappahannock Evening View.

Following this recognition, Grove spoke briefly about the importance of being responsible stewards of our land, whether in conservation easement or not. Grove then introduced John McCarthy, county administrator. McCarthy thanked RCCA for its commitment to the Farmland Preservation Program (FPP). The FPP is a purchase of development rights program, designed to provide farm and forest landowners with a cash incentive for a voluntary conservation easement. Most recently, the county’s FPP committee approved funding for 234 acres of farmland in Amissville.

McCarthy also spoke about the Comprehensive Plan and the trends he expected to be revealed with the release of the latest census data. The current Comprehensive Plan is up for review beginning early next year and McCarthy stressed the importance of being actively involved in the process — a unique opportunity to engage in community and county planning that is uncommon in other jurisdictions.

RCCA was proud to showcase many foods from Rappahannock farms. Jennifer Aldrich and Nathan and Kara Jenkins prepared deviled eggs from Waterpenny Farm eggs; the Farm at Sunnyside’s broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and turnips went into veggie trays; meatballs came from Mt. Vernon Farm’s beef, lamb anpork; and ham biscuits derived from Belle Meade’s sugar-cured ham.

For more information about RCCA, conservation easements or the Farmland Preservation Program, please contact RCCA at 540-987-9118 or info@rccava.org.

Scrabble School Preservation Foundation president Robert J. Lander, center, presents Scrabble School baseball caps to Bob Rosenwald, left, and Steven Reiss.

Scrabble ‘Rosenwald School’ welcomes a Rosenwald

From contributed reports
Bob Rosenwald of Kilmarnock, Va., made a six-hour round trip Dec. 2 to visit one of the few Rosenwald Schools in the country to be restored and to learn the secret of its success.

Rappahannock County’s Scrabble School, one of the early 20th-century schoolhouses that came to be known as “Rosenwald Schools” after the benefactor who made many of them possible, had first come to Bob Rosenwald’s attention because of the professionalism of its Web site, he said. But experiencing it in person didn’t disappoint. He was equally impressed by its interpretive exhibit as well as the second life of the historic property — as evidenced by the lively senior center and community involvement, such as the Farm-to-Table program of the Rappahannock County schools.

Bob Rosenwald said he became interested in the history of Rosenwald Schools when he “literally stumbled upon a Virginia Historical Marker adjacent to the decaying two-story, eight-classroom Julius Rosenwald High School in Reedville,” on Virginia’s Northern Neck.
He knew virtually nothing about his great-great-uncle or the Julius Rosenwald Fund responsible for building more than 5,000 schools for African-American children during the segregation era of the early- to mid-20th century.

He since has attended a Rosenwald family reunion in Chicago and joined forces with the Rev. Dr. T. Wright Morris, many of whose congregation at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Reedville are school alumni or their descendants.

Dr. Morris has also organized several reunions over the years to bring together former students and faculty from across the country to honor their high school’s history. A newcomer to their effort to preserve the school is Steven Reiss, an architect working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to locate and document Rosenwald Schools in Virginia.

The Reedville group has formed a 501(c)3 charitable organization to acquire, restore and reuse the Julius Rosenwald High School and its adjacent vocational/elementary school.

Hoping to learn from Scrabble’s experience, Rosenwald and Reiss met with Scrabble School board members Dorothy Warner, Melanie Kopjanski and Bob Lander, who described the strategies that took Scrabble School from a derelict backdrop for the county landfill in the 1990s to the lively community asset and restored historic property it is today. When Dorothy’s husband Frank Warner first began his efforts in the 1990s to restore Scrabble School, she recalled, the task seemed as daunting as it does now to the Reedville community.

To see the virtual tour and learn more about Scrabble School and its history, visit scrabbleschool.org.

Froeling attends vet convention

Dr. Jana Froeling of Amissville attended the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 56th annual convention in Baltimore earlier this month.

The convention unites more than 3,000 equine veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians annually. This year’s meeting featured scientific presentations about the newest treatment options and research findings, industry forums, equine welfare sessions and business management workshops.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, head­quartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than five million horse owners through its 10,000 members worldwide. It is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

Disability advocates organize

The Arc of North Central Virginia, dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with mental and physical disabilities, is organizing advocacy efforts in Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties. The Arc strives to help the disabled reach their fullest potential. Since its inception, the national Arc organization has participated in the formulation of public policy with respect to the rights of, and services and supports for, people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities.

Closer to home, the Arc of North Central Virginia has collaborated with the Rappahanock-Rapidan Community Services Board to help gain final approval of two group homes for adults with disabilities in Warrenton. Also, Warrenton’s Aquatic and Recreation Facility, with the support of The Arc of North Central Virginia, applied for and was awarded a grant to provide swim lessons for children with disabilities.

All members of the community are invited to join The Arc. For more information, visit www.arcofnorthcentralva.org or send an email to information@arcofnorthcentralva.org.

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