The Rapp for May 31

Amissville’s got talent also

Maryland-born Drew Stevyns, the budding country-pop singer who got noticed when he made it to the finals on “America’s Got Talent” and has since played Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go and opened for Charlie Daniels, Shelly Rann and others, will be in Rappahannock on Saturday, June 16 – at the open-air pavilion at Narmada Winery from 5 to 8 p.m., to be specific. Tickets for the show are $5 if you’re a member of the winery’s Maharaja Wine Club, $10 otherwise. Details at narmadawinery.com.

Bring your best friend to Flint Hill

Mutt Mix & Mingle
Mutt Mix & Mingle

On Friday, June 8 (rain date June 15; visit rawldogs.org to confirm), consider joining the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) for the next “Mutt, Mix & Mingle” event – this time at the already mutt-friendly Flint Hill Public House.

Admission is $15 per person ($0 per dog) for the festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Inn’s Pet Patio, where well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers will be available to humans, as will wine at a special discount of $4 a glass ($1 of that donated to RAWL). Free fresh water, with or without ice, will be available for canine attendees. A bluegrass performance by the Chesham Creek Band will add to your enjoyment.

The Public House is quite the dog-friendly place, beginning with an extensive pet-friendly menu which includes the likes of the Quarter Hounder, the Woof Waffle and the Haute Dog. An intriguing addition to the dog theme is the involvement of the Inn’s owner, William Waybourn, in a dog therapy group – associated with the American Red Cross – that works with injured veterans.

If you get to meet Waybourn, ask him to tell you the incredible story of Hank, a German Shepherd therapy dog.

– Beth Gyorgy

The Japanese aesthetic in Sperryville |

“Egret, Assateague Island,” by Gary Anthes
“Egret, Assateague Island,” by Gary Anthes

It’s a beautiful idea, the haiku – expressing the soul of an idea in one breath. Dozens of these simple, three-line poems will be on display during June at the Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville. Some of them have been written by Japanese masters, and some have been created by gallery members, but all will accompany the artists’ paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia works, as the photo here – “Egret, Assateague Island,” by Gary Anthes is paired with the haiku penned in 1810 by Kobayashi Issa:

birdsong in bamboo grass –
too shy
for the fence

“Art inspired by haiku, haiku inspired by art – it’s a different perspective,” says gallery president Patti Brennan. “It allows us to bring many different forms of art together in an exhibit with a common thread.”

Gallery photographer Jo Levine says she was inspired in part by the recent centennial celebration of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees by Japan to the U.S. And, she says, “The special exhibition is part of our effort to set ourselves new artistic challenges for ourselves.”

There’s a reception, with Japanese-inspired refreshments, from 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday (June 2) at the gallery at Rappahannock Central (3 River Lane, Sperryville.) Call 540-987-9330 or visit middlestreetgallery.org for more information.

More artistic pursuits in Sperryville

“Breakfast in the Garden" by Mary Allen
“Breakfast in the Garden" by Mary Allen

From 2 to 5 Sunday (June 3), there’s a reception just down the hall from Middle Street at River District Arts’ Confluent Gallery for watercolorist Mary Allen’s “Garden Party” show, which went up a couple of weeks ago and will be on exhibit through June 24. Allen’s sunlit and simultaneously intense and serene works (including “Breakfast in the Garden,” shown here) paintings explore the beauty and peace that a garden brings. For more information, visit RiverDistrictArts.org or facebook.com/riverdistrictarts, or call 540-987-8770 (ext. 3).

"Hallway," by Rex Slack
"Hallway," by Rex Slack

Already running in the village at Haley Fine Art is a totally notable show called “Alumni,” which features the work of six local and regional artists whose careers were shaped by experiences at the Corcoran in Washington, D.C., which is co-presenting this exhibit with Haley.

Included are works Alex Bay, Caleb Fey, Charles Flickinger, Thomas Mullany, Maggie Rogers (her “Everyman” drypoint etching is shown here) and Rex Slack (whose “Hallway,” shown here, is one of several works in the show).

"Everyman" by Maggie Rogers
"Everyman" by Maggie Rogers

“The special focus of both organizations on regional artists,” gallery owner Andrew Haley wrote, “is rooted in the notion that the arts are improved by an association with the context from which they derive. The artists in ‘Alumni’ bring life-long commitments to the expression of their unique visions; commitments shaped and informed through experiences at the Corcoran and years of effort.”

Haley Fine art is at 42 Main St., Sperryville. Call 540-987-1000 or visit haleyfineart.com for more information.

Bowling for . . . seniors!

The fifth regional Bowl-For-Seniors event is at Mountain Run Bowling Center in the Culpeper Town Mall on Saturday, June 23. The five-county event, from noon to 4 p.m., encompasses Culpepr, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties, and is a fundraiser for Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services (RRCS), which, not coincidentally, provides services to more than a thousand seniors in that same region.

The RRCS is looking for sponsorships, pledges and donations, which will go directly to all RRCS aging service programs in Planning District Nine, programs that include home-delivered meals, adult day care, advocacy, transit services, social interaction, a hot nutritional meal as well as educational and recreational activities. These programs rely on local support from local government, Piedmont United Way, client donations and fundraising efforts such as the Bowl-for-Seniors event.

Friends, family and co-workers can organize teams of four and come enjoy an hour with us and support this worthwhile event! Talk with your churches and civic organizations about getting teams together. There will be prizes awarded based on the amount of paid pledges, as well as from drawings. RRCS is actively seeking corporate sponsors; there are several sponsorship levels, all of which involve receiving publicity by having your company or organization’s name on the back of team T-shirts, plus event-releated publicity in local media and the RRCS newsletter.

To find out more about the event or sponsorships, call Judy Seale at 540-825-3100 (ext. 3013) or Lola Walker at 540-825-3100 (ext. 3358).

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