The full Rapp Happenings calendar is on page 2 – and the really full version can be found 24-7 at RappNews.com – and some highlights this coming weekend would certainly include Saturday’s breakfast with Santa and the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk in Washington, the Hearthstone Holiday Bazaar in Sperryville and, between the two villages, the start of Gadino Cellars’ pasta/wine days on Schoolhouse Road. On Sunday, Santa sleds over to Gray Ghost Winery in Amissville, and the Blue Ridge Chorale and Culpeper Presbyterian Church Bell Choir perform at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville at 4.
Ginger Hill Antiques and the Turkey Ridge String Band (pictured here) are co-sponsoring a party to raise funds to help the four children of the Kopjanski family of southern Rappahannock County with college expenses. Their dad, Gary, passed away recently following a long struggle with cancer.
The fundraiser is this Sunday (Dec. 9) from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ginger Hill Antiques, on U.S. 211 west of Washington. The family-friendly event features snacks and free non-alcoholic beverages. Brooke Parkhurst of Triple Oak Bakery will be selling tasty hors d’oeuvres in the Acorn Cafe at Ginger Hill, and Narmada Winery will be on-site pouring some of their signature wines.
Entertainment begins at 2 with Brian Taylor and Narrow Path Bluegrass, followed at 3:30 by Charles Tompkins and the Turkey Ridge String Band. Donations of any amount are appreciated, and those wishing to write checks will have a tax-deductible option available.
High school’s winter concert/raffle
Mark your calendar: The Rappahannock County High School band and chorus holds its annual Christmas-basket raffle and winter concert next Thursday (Dec. 13) at the high school auditorium. You can buy raffle tickets for the baskets – donated by band student families, band alumni, local businesses and other supporters – both before the 6:30 p.m. concert and during intermission, when light refreshments will also be served.
Apparently Peter himself, and the rest of the cast of RAAC Community Theatre’s holiday production of “Peter Pan,” were such hits in the Washington Christmas parade that the entire two-weekend, five-show run (including an added matinee on Saturday, Dec. 15) is sold out.
If you haven’t already gotten tickets, we’re told you might be able to sit in on the company’s final dress rehearsal at 7:30 this Friday (Dec. 7) at the theatre on Gay Street.
Our roundup last week of the many Rappahannock people and places to make national headlines in November did not include some recent real-world recognition of Washington’s own Virginia Chutney Co. – which, as you might have heard, is working diligently on a plan to move its cannery from Pennsylvania to a new facility at the former Aileen plant in Flint Hill sometime next year.
Those included a mention in the Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy” blog, which suggested Virginia Chutney as the perfect topping for a number of recommended gourmet cheeses, and another mention in Women’s Health magazine – and the otherwise little-known but major honor of having mini-jars of the company’s Spicy Plum Chutney included in the favor bags given to the 125 VIPs at the recent Kennedy Center Honors last week. Nevill and Clare Turner weren’t sure they’d be starting up any “Recommended by David Letterman and Led Zeppelin” marketing campaigns anytime soon, but it was the second year in the row that Cowgirl Creamery and the Kennedy Center chose Virginia Chutney for their famous guests to take home.
The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) announced an extension of the usual fall fire-ban season to next Monday (Dec. 10). Since more than 95 percent of Virginia wildfires are the result of human activity, citizens are reminded to be cautious with outdoor fire. Weekly evaluations of conditions will determine if additional extensions are needed.
“Looking ahead into December, we don’t see a significant break in the overall rainfall pattern and are, therefore, planning for continued fire activity,” said John Miller, director of resource protection at VDOF.