. . . and so has the Fodderstack 10K race, this Saturday (April 20)! Though early registration for the race is lower than usual this year, at least 177 have signed up for the 35th annual race. We have a great field of 50 Rappahannock residents already signed up – including Julia Woods, winner of last year’s Eva Smith Memorial Award, who was second overall among women, and Julia Estes, who won first in her age group.
The faithful “Fit Sisters” are out in full force! Ellie Clark, their fearless leader, has Beverly Hunter, Susan Jones, Margaret Baumgardner and Judy Segaar out training for the big day.
We have quite a few of our families participating – the Culbertsons, who won The Ike/Quita Parrish family award in 2011; Meryn Jeffries and his family, winners in 2010; the Nocco family is participating for the second year. We have new families – the Larners, the Salwens and the Heverley-Tepper family – all possible future winners of the Parrish family award.
This year we have twins walking the race. Karen Williams, a faithful volunteer who recorded finish times for most of the race’s 35 years (a job replaced by electronic transponders this year), is walking with her sister, Dee Vest, who is an active race committee member. Go girls!
The race starts 9 a.m. Saturday at the Vierlings’ packing shed in Flint Hill. Registration opens at 7:30 at the Flint Hill fire hall. Come out and enjoy a great day of running, walking or cheering.
There will be lots of activities happening race day. The Washington Baptist Church is having its “Grandma’s Attic” sale, as well as a hot dog stand. Trinity Episcopal Church is having its annual arts, crafts and music festival. We will be selling Rappahannock County T-shirts and insulated water mugs for $5 each near the finish line, with all proceeds benefiting our county park. Plus all the shops are open for business.
– Jean Lillard
To ensure the performer receives a proper Rappahannock welcome, the Theatre at Washington is offering complementary or $10 tickets (your choice) to this Saturday’s (April 20) 8 p.m. show by up-and-coming Chinese pianist Yiming Zhang to anyone who calls or emails to make an advance reservation for the unusual show – bookended by classical Western pieces by Liszt and Mozart but focusing on music of contemporary Chinese composer Wang Lisan.
A student of piano since age 4, the young pianist is studying with Grammy-winning pianist Lambert Orkis (well known to Theatre audiences as a member of the Castle Trio), who says that Zhang’s performances, “while more than satisfying the musical expectations of Western audiences, opens up a refreshingly new sonic world, giving music lovers insights into a glorious and proud 5,000-year musical tradition.”
To make a reservation, call 540-675-1253 or email email@example.com.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, expected to be the Republican Party’s candidate for governor in this November’s election, is in Rappahannock County this weekend to be honored at a reception and fundraiser.
The event is at 7 p.m. this Saturday (April 20) at Rappahannock Cellars winery (14437 Hume Rd., Huntly). The fundraiser, hosted by The Friends of Ken Cuccinelli, features wine, food, live jazz and an opportunity to meet and talk with the candidate.
Cuccinelli was elected as attorney general in November 2009 after serving as a member of the Virginia Senate from 2002 to 2010. In both his legislative career and as attorney general, he has earned a reputation as a strong conservative and defender of the Constitution and a proponent of low taxes, limited government, individual rights and the right to life of the unborn.
Tickets to the Huntly reception ($150 per person, $250 per couple) are available from Peyton Knight at 703-786-0943. Local sponsors for the event include Terry and Mary Dixon, David and Evelyn Kerr, Jeff and Regina Knight, Al and Audrey Regnery, Jim and Demaris Miller, Bill and Sarah Walton, and Richard Viguerie.
Historian John Tole believes the Civil War was, and remains, the defining epic event in America’s history. The reasons are many – and heard often as the war’s sesquicentennial years are commemorated these days – but our fascination with the war often focuses on the iconic battlefields, military and political leaders of the times.
In a talk at 2 p.m. this Sunday (April 21) at the Washington Town Hall, Tole, president of the Rappahannock Historical Society, will focus on the war’s impact in Rappahannock County – a place where, thanks to location and circumstance, no major fighting took place. “People say ‘Nothing happened here,’ ” Tole says, “but if one looks beyond actual military combat, the county’s wartime experiences were deeply intertwined with those of both the South and the nation as a whole. Devastation and death there were in plenty. And indeed, if it is people who ‘make’ history, then Rappahannock produced and/or was touched by many who created or took part in many notable war-related events.”
Those people and their stories have been recorded in the more than 30 Virginia Civil War Trails roadside markers erected throughout the county (thanks to Tole’s stewardship of the five-year project): A prominent member of John Brown’s raiders could trace his roots to Rappahannock. Other local African-Americans had military and civilian ties extending far beyond our borders, including one whose descendants would mix the blood of Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass and another with ties to the very heart of the most famous spot on the war’s best known battlefield.
Union and Confederate armies marched, camped and sometimes left their dead here. Among those who came this way: the entirety of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, bound for a place called Gettysburg; George Custer, who narrowly avoided making his last stand in Rappahannock County; and JEB Stuart, who also missed meeting his end here, quite literally by a hair.
A large percentage of the county’s mid-19th-century residents did their share of the marching and dying, mainly in Southern units but also as members of Union outfits, including the U.S. Colored Troops. John Pope’s short-lived Union Army of Virginia visited for a month in 1862, during a lull between thrashings by Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley and at Cedar Mountain, and shortly thereafter by Robert E. Lee at Second Manassas. Pope’s army brought with it disease, the first instances of the deprivations of “total war” on civilians, and a complex mix of patriotism, racial prejudice and xenophobia surrounding the Union’s large-scale recruitment of German and other Eastern Europeans. Either because of, or despite these and other factors, a number of these men would go on to great fame or great tragedy, or both, within the following year.
There were also instances of kindness, humor and extreme heroism that transcend the lapse of 150 years. Taken together, the Rappahannock experiences encapsulate nearly all important aspects of the origins, conduct and aftermath of the Civil War and serve as a reminder how all our lives are related to those long-ago – yet still relevant – people and events.
Tole’s 2 p.m. Sunday talk is free, but donations to the historical society are gratefully accepted. Call 540-675-1163 or visit rappahannockhistsoc.org for more information.
From 9 to 1 this Saturday (April 20), Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS) invites you to join them for a continental breakfast – for several reasons, including: to thank you for your support; to show you the new state-of-the-art ambulance and the remodeled building’s new bay, meeting room and parking lot; and the answer your questions about how SVRS serves the community.
SVRS’s new ambulance has been in service for a few weeks with both patients and EMTs appreciating the improved features. These include:
• The ambulance box is manufactured by Marque Inc. and mounted on a 2012 Chevrolet G4500 chassis. Patients and EMTs appreciate the quiet and smooth ride.
• The vehicle allows manual and electronic patient monitoring equipment to operate more effectively.
• EMTs like the full-height box which keeps them from bumping their heads while treating patients.
• Spacious, well-laid-out work areas provide convenient storage of patient treatment supplies.
• Electronic monitoring of oxygen supply and climate control.
• Drivers appreciate drop-down chains, which provide traction in slick road conditions at the flip of a switch in the cab.
Have you been considering volunteering for SVRS? Remember that you only need to give as many hours as you wish, even just a few days a month or a few times a year. Come ask questions of the volunteer staff and discover opportunities available for direct patient service or for administrative support.
The current squad includes highly trained and experienced volunteers like Dave Hawn and Jennifer Kindall, the 2013 recipients of the highest national honor emergency medical service professionals can receive – the prestigious National Star of Life award of the American Ambulance Association. The squad also includes many who volunteer to occasionally drive the ambulance, and others who support SVRS by helping maintain the vehicles, building and grounds, monitor computer equipment, provide publicity or help with fundraising. All are welcome to become part of the SVRS team. Check out the new website at sperryvillevolunteerrescuesquad.org for more information.
SVRS had a 99-percent response rate for all service calls in 2012. Come meet the folks who made that happen, and who want to thank you for your support. It takes a village . . . and Sperryville is that village.
– Barbara Adolfi
An informal meeting will be held at the Town Hall in Little Washington at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 to have a community discussion on the “who” and “how” everyone fits into this format, what benefits come from being part of it and how to move forward with this opportunity. Send questions by email to Patti Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ever wondered what magic goes into making theatre? Do you have organizational skills that you would like to use in a creative environment? The RAAC Community Theatre is looking for volunteers to help with stage manager-type duties during its ambitious 2013 season of four productions, including the always-surprising, cast-of-thousands holiday show. Stage managers work side-by-side with the director to provide practical and organizational support. Members of the theatre are holding an information session from 2 to 3 p.m. May 19 at the theatre (310 Gay St., Washington) to discuss the upcoming season and production needs.