The Rapp for Jan. 3

‘Artists and Friends’

Janet Brome’s screen bug sculptures are paired with friend Cindy Redmon’s page-bound bug paintings (below) in Middle Street’s annual “Artists and Friends” show, opening Saturday. Courtesy photo.
Janet Brome’s screen bug sculptures are paired with friend Cindy Redmon’s page-bound bug paintings (below) in Middle Street’s annual “Artists and Friends” show, opening Saturday. Courtesy photo.

Sperryville’s Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville is preparing its annual “Artists and Friends” show, in which members of the artists’ cooperative show their works alongside those of selected guest artists. This year’s show runs from this Saturday (Jan. 5) through Feb. 24.

The show features a broad array of styles and media from 30 artists, many of them from Rappahannock County. There is an artists’ reception, open to the public, on Jan. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m., with guest artists introduced at 3.

Gallery member Janet Brome said of her friend Cindy Redmon, “I had been hearing great things about the art teacher at our local high school. Then she and I were invited to show our work together at the Shenandoah Arts Council Gallery in Winchester. For that show Cindy had painted various bugs on a background of pages from discarded textbooks. They were lovely, and I thought they would complement my screen bug sculptures nicely if we showed them together.”

Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

The gallery is located at River District Arts, 3 River Lane, in Sperryville and is open 10 to 5 on weekends. For more information, call 540-987-9330 or visit middlestreetgallery.org.

– Gary Anthes

Wakefield’s Public House partnership

Wakefield Country Day School and the Flint Hill Public House have entered into a new partnership for the Public House to provide the lunch food at the independent school. The arrangement began in December and is working out well, with student subscriptions for the lunch program tripling in a few weeks time.

“The Flint Hill Public House Restaurant & Inn is delighted to serve lunches to the students, faculty and volunteers at Wakefield Country Day School,” said John Gruber, Public House’s managing partner. “The program provides us with a great opportunity to fulfill a portion of the students’ daily nutritional requirements. Chef Marvin Swaner is already planning great menus with many healthy choices for the coming weeks. As part of the Flint Hill community, we are honored to have been selected and look forward to a long relationship between our kitchens and the school.”

“Wakefield is proud of its new partnership with the Flint Hill Public House,” said Wakefield’s head of school, Jessica Lindstrom. “Chef Marvin Swaner has created a wonderful daily hot lunch menu for students and faculty. The response from all who have tasted these delicious meals has been enthusiastic!”

RCHS wrestler Hitt passes 100-win mark

Rappahannock County High School wrestler Dylan Hitt earned his 100th victory Dec. 22 at the Madison County High School Duals Tournament, and is set to break the school’s all-time wrestling-victory record (108, set by Jeremy Diley) while still in his junior year.

Dylan Hitt, left, faces off with his Madison County High School opponent last week in what became his 100th victory match. Courtesy photo.
Dylan Hitt, left, faces off with his Madison County High School opponent last week in what became his 100th victory match. Courtesy photo.

Hitt has wrestled on the RCHS varsity squad since his freshman year, and earned his 100th win in a match against Stonewall Jackson High School of Quicksburg, Va. Hitt typically wrestles at the 152-pound weight class but earned his 100th win wrestling at the 160 level, giving away eight pounds to his opponent. He went on to win two more matches, bringing his career total to 102 wins by the end of the day.

Some of Dylan’s previous honors are most outstanding wrestler at the 2011 Montrossity, a seventh-place finish in the 2012 VHSL Single-A state championships, and winning the 152 pound title earlier this month at the Max Hortz Invitational in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

The Panther wrestlers, away at Strasburg for a four-team dual on Dec. 19, also reached a team milestone when they defeated Bull Run District foe George Mason, 46-27, also beating East Rockingham, 40-39. The match ended in a 39-39 tie, but because David Smoot’s opponent elbowed him in the ribs during their match, the Panthers won on technical violation. At one point in the match against Strasburg, the Panthers were in the lead, 33-0. Strasburg, perennial home to state champions in the lower weight classes, forced the win to come down the 145 match. Zach Armor put up a good fight, but the Rams came out on top. Rappahannock came away with a 2-1 record on the night, the first time ever RCHS’ team has defeated a Bull Run District opponent.

Rapp will wrestle next on Saturday (Jan. 5) at the Bison Duals Tournament at Buffalo Gap High School, and then again next Wednesday (Jan. 9) in their only home match of the season, against Central and Clarke County high schools, starting at 6 p.m. The road to the state championships begins in earnest on Feb. 2 at Clarke County High School, when the Bull Run District Tournament starts at 10 a.m.

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