The Rapp for Feb. 24

Your table is waiting

Actually, with all that seems poised to happen soon, there could be lots of waiting — both on and for tables — in the county as tourist season begins in earnest this spring.

For one, Rappahannock Central, the farm food and art center being coaxed carefully into existence over the last year by entrepreneur Jerome Niessen, is having a job fair this Saturday (Feb. 26) from 10 to 2 at 3 River Lane (the old apple packing shed) in Sperryville’s River District — and it’s the place’s second job fair in a month. (The first attracted some 40 people to talk to representatives of RappCentral’s Cafe Indigo, Natural Foods Coop and River District Arts, who’ll all be there again.

Niessen says RappCentral is looking for servers, bartenders and kitchen staff for the cafe, an assistant art director for the arts collective and a cashier and intern for the farm store operated and owned by the Rappahannock Natural Foods Coop. For details, call 540-987-8770 or visit RappCentral.com.

Meanwhile, Tom Sietsema’s Washington Post Dining Guide earlier this month gave the county’s most famous restaurant its highest score — that’s four stars for the Inn at Little Washington, which Sietsema said “remains the region’s most romantic destination and counts among the wittiest,” adding that “Patrick O’Connell and company continue to spin dreams into reality . . .”

And the Blue Rock Inn’s cooking classes with chef Gerard Pangaud continue next month with a Vietnamese cooking session March 19. Like previous classes and those scheduled through May, Pangaud’s two-hour demonstration starts at 10 and is followed by a seated lunch of the dishes prepared in class, which Pangaud pairs with wines. The class is $75; call 540-987-3388 or visit thebluerockinn.com for details.

Some camp counseling

We interrupt this column, and not unhappily, to bring you this brief emailed appeal from Toni Egger, executive director of the Headwaters Foundation:

Summer’s coming! If you’re a student in Rappahannock County you should be thinking about what you want to do with all that time off. The Headwaters Foundation wants to help. Please visit our Web site atHeadwatersfdn.org for a list of nearby day and overnight camps and summer enrichment programs. Don’t see one you like? We can help you find what you’re looking for. Just give us a call at 540-987-3322 or stop by the Next Step office in the high school. Can’t afford it? Many programs offer scholarships, and Headwaters can help, too. There’s even a program that will pay you to attend. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation pays a stipend of $500 for students ages 14 to 17 to work in assigned state parks for three weeks in the summer to complete environmental projects. No more excuses. The time for summer dreams is now!

‘Kids Are All Right’ at RAAC

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community will show the film “The Kids Are All Right” at The Theatre in Washington on March 4 at 8 p.m.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (pictured here) star in the film that earned Bening a best actress Academy Award nomination. The film is rated R and runs for 104 minutes.

Two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father and bring him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. The father is found and family ties have to be redefined as a result.

The concession stand will be open for popcorn, candy and water. For a complete review of the film and more information visit RAAC’s Web site at raac.org.

Jim Ramsay, Janet Brome and Linda Tarry will discuss their work at Middle Street Gallery. Photo by Gary Anthes.

Artists show, also tell

The Middle Street Gallery in Washington will put on a three-person show from March 4 through March 27, featuring the eclectic works of Janet Brome, Jim Ramsay and Linda Tarry.

The three will give informal presentations to the public on their works, methods and artistic philosophies. The March exhibition is called “Show and Tell.”

There will be a reception for the public, with refreshments, on March 19 from 2 until 5 p.m. Brome, Ramsay and Tarry will talk about their work beginning at 3 p.m., with a question and answer period following. Ramsay will talk about his colorful and thought-provoking abstract paintings, while Tarry will present and explain her unique and whimsical sculptures made out of various materials, including pieces of tile and ceramic. Brome will explain the background behind some of her wire and screen sculptures.

“I enjoy starting a piece with an idea and letting the content dictate the medium and the approach,” Brome says. “I am currently intrigued by metal screen and what it does when manipulated. When working with screen, I simply try to be open to what the material wants to do.”

The gallery, a non-profit artists cooperative, is located next to The Inn at Little Washington. Beginning in March, the gallery will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-675-3440 or visit middlestreetgallery.org. — Gary Anthes

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