The Rapp for June 6

Your to-do list is calling

You’ll need to consult the Rapp Happenings calendar for decision-making purposes.

This Friday, for instance, there are several routes to take: You could take Gay Street to RAAC’s final film of the season — the highly regarded “Lincoln” — at the Theatre in Washington. Or you could stop by the Laurel Mills store for the season’s first soft-shell crabs. Or you can introduce yourself to Culpeper’s new State Theatre and see the show by Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions.

On Saturday, if you’re in Sperryville’s River District, you’ll want to stop by River District Arts or Middle Street Gallery sometime after 3 p.m., when there will be artists receptions at each for two different exhibitions that are opening.

Pre-Festival CATS performances

CATS members helped lend a cast-of-thousands feel to last year’s Castleton production of “The Barber of Seville.” Courtesy of Castleton Festival.
CATS members helped lend a cast-of-thousands feel to last year’s Castleton production of “The Barber of Seville.” Courtesy of Castleton Festival.

The Castleton Artists in Training (CATS) – 40 young singing professionals attending the Castleton Festival’s artist training in Virginia in June and July – are performing four public concerts this month in nearby Prince William and Orange counties in preparation for the month-long classical music and opera festival itself, which runs July 3-28 at the Maazels’ Castleton Farm complex.

CATS participants are performing three free 5 p.m. Saturday shows at Wegman’s Food Market in Gainesville, starting this Saturday (June 8) with “Italian Night” and continuing on June 15 with “Comedy Tonight” and June 22 with “An Evening of Spanish Music.” (The group’s June 16 “American Songbook Favorites” performance at James Madison’s Montpelier is already sold out, according to the festival website.)

See these stars of tomorrow, including students from Winchester and Stafford, plus 19 other states and countries, before they take to the world stage. Visit castletonfestival.org or call 540-937-3454 for more information.

St. Peter’s award-winning Knights

The Knights of Columbus council at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Washington has won a major award for the best program in Virginia serving families in need.

Bill Jarrett (center left) and Walter Longyear of Washington, members of the St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus, delivery a pickup-load of donated food to the Page One Food Pantry in Luray, as part of the local Knights’ program to supply food to seven area food pantries, including Rappahannock Food Pantry. The women are volunteers at Page One. Courtesy photo.
Bill Jarrett (center left) and Walter Longyear of Washington, members of the St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus, delivery a pickup-load of donated food to the Page One Food Pantry in Luray, as part of the local Knights’ program to supply food to seven area food pantries, including Rappahannock Food Pantry. The women are volunteers at Page One. Courtesy photo.

The local Knights group was the winner of a statewide competition sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Virginia, for a program that provides free food to the Rappahannock Food Pantry and similar food pantries serving needy people in six nearby counties. The food supplies are provided by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.

The local Knights provide the logistics, vehicles and drivers to deliver the food from a depot in Front Royal to the food pantries in Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison, Page, Shenandoah and Orange counties.

Each year the statewide Knights of Columbus organization invites its 130 councils, or local chapters, in Virginia to compete for state achievement awards in six categories of activities. The St. Peter’s Church Knights group, formally named the Father Maurice du Castillon Council, won the best-in-state award in the “Food for Families” category, which involves local programs to feed the hungry in Virginia.

The local council’s program was organized and managed by Fred Eggers of Sperryville, who worked with Catholic Charities in early 2011 to set up a system of providing food aid to the more remote, rural regions of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Under the program, the Knights of Columbus of St. Peter’s Church provide the vehicles and drivers to distribute food provided by Catholic Charities to the six food pantries in the western region of the diocese.

Since the program started in 2011, more than 20 of the council’s 50 members have volunteered to deliver more than 30,000 pounds of food to the seven food pantries. In the past year, the work has involved 163 man-hours of volunteer time and 1,919 miles of driving, with Knights devoting their Saturday mornings to the trips from the food depot in Front Royal to the various pantry locations.

Joe Reinboldt of Viewtown, left, a member of St. Peter’s parish Knights of Columbus, picks up a truckload of food at the Loaves and Fishes food depot in Front Royal for delivery to the Page One Food Pantry in Luray. Courtesy photo.
Joe Reinboldt of Viewtown, left, a member of St. Peter’s parish Knights of Columbus, picks up a truckload of food at the Loaves and Fishes food depot in Front Royal for delivery to the Page One Food Pantry in Luray. Courtesy photo.

In addition, council members led by Eggers organized and conducted a Fall Harvest food drive at St. Peter’s church last September, in which parishioners donated 1,226 pounds of food and $1,352 in cash and gift cards to help support Catholic Charities in its anti-hunger program. The parish also held a bake sale last month that netted over $1,380 in cash for the Rappahannock Food Pantry.

At the annual convention of the Knights of Columbus of Virginia in Roanoke in April, these combined efforts were recognized by the statewide organization as the best program of its kind in Virginia.

Park neighbors appreciated June 15

Shenandoah National Park invites its community neighbors to enjoy a day in the park as a part of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day on Saturday, June 15. That day, the park waives entrance fees for residents in counties bordering the park, which means you — or anyone who lives in Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham or Warren.

“Shenandoah National Park provides a nearly $74 million economic benefit to our neighbors, but it is certainly much more,” said park superintendent Jim Northup. “National parks are also part of the larger fabric of our communities, providing recreation and health benefits. We want to celebrate our adjacent communities and encourage our neighbors to experience these benefits by waiving entrance fees. We hope many neighbors will take advantage of the activities offered in the park during Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day.”

DNC, the park’s official concessioner, is offering a 10-percent discount on select items in retail stores, food and some beverage items. The Shenandoah National Park Association, which supports the interpretive and educational activities of SNP, is offering a 20-percent discount on all items in their bookstores located in the Dickey Ridge and Byrd Visitor Centers.

Visitors wanting to take advantage of the Neighbors’ Day discounts are required to show proof of residency by showing their Virginia driver’s license. For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park, or for information about park activities, call the park at 540-999-3500 or visit nps.gov/shen.

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