Come see the preview screening of the new Civil War movie “Copperhead,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Highland School (597 Broadview Ave., Warrenton). Not only can you see the movie before it hits theaters, you’ll also have a chance to meet the director, Flint Hill resident and filmmaker Ron Maxwell, in person. Maxwell is also the screenwriter and director of the films “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals.”
Tickets for the preview screening are $10 ($12 at the door). All proceeds of the Highland screening benefit the nonprofit Rappahannock Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee’s commemorative event Sept. 28-29. For more information, call 540-270-4849.
The movie is based on the 1893 novel “The Copperhead” by Harold Frederic, who was a child during the conflicts of the Civil War. The title refers to the name given to Northerners who wanted to negotiate a peace settlement with the Confederates, and the story portrays the war’s effects on both families and communities.
The film stars Billy Campbell as Abner Beech, an anti-war farmer who defies his community, and Angus Macfadyen as Beech’s neighbor and enemy, Jee Hagadorn. Two-time Academy Award nominated actor Peter Fonda plays the character of Avery.
“I wanted to explore something . . . intimate,” director Maxwell explained. “My previous pictures focused on officers and leaders, but, in reality, the war was fought by teenage boys, most from small towns whose families ended up devastated by the war even if no battles were fought nearby.”
“Copperhead” also will be shown at 7:30 p.m. next Friday (June 28) in the restored State Theatre in Culpeper (and again at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30). Maxwell will be present to introduce the film. Tickets for the State Theatre shows are $15. For more information or to order your tickets, call 540-829-0292 or email email@example.com.
Just before the fireworks start at Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department’s annual July 4th, family-friendly fun, food, music and fireworks fest at Thornton Hill Racecourse in Sperryville on Independence Day afternoon and evening, there will be a drawing for raffle cash prizes that could set off its own fireworks — since the cash prizes total $10,000.
SVFD is selling only 250 tickets ($100 each) for the raffle, which offers a first prize of $7,500 (second prize is $1,500, third prize $1,000); those are some favorable odds, plus you’ll be helping support SVFD operations. Email Sperryville chief Richie Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact any company member for a ticket. For tickets to the event itself ($25 per vehicle, $50 per vehicle for tailgating spots) call 540-987-8124 or visit sperryvillefire.com.
Meanwhile, the month-long Castleton Festival kicks off with its own Family Night fireworks the night before (Wednesday, July 3), preceded by a concert at the Festival Theatre with country-folk-Americana legends Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group. That concert (tickets: $25) starts at 7 p.m., but the grounds open at 5, when grilled food will be offered at affordable prices by the Castleton Community Fire Department. Proceeds from the cookout will benefit the volunteer fire company. For tickets or information to the Castleton kick-off (the festival itself starts the following Saturday, July 6), call 866-974-0767 or visit castletonfestival.org.
The Soap Box Derby races at the Paul Bates Raceway in Culpeper start at 7 a.m. Saturday, though the most exciting races often take place on Sunday. Rappahannock County organizations are sponsoring 18 young drivers this year in the competition, whose qualifying winners will head to the national event in Ohio. For more information, visit culpepersoapboxderby.com or call 540-825-8799.
More information can be found in the calendar on page 10 about the weekend’s other goings-on, which include:
• Saturday’s 50th reunion of the Rappahannock County High School class of 1963 to Flint Hill Public House from noon to 4. Contact Sally Latham Haynes (480-947-4824) or Mary Norman Wiley (540-937-7535) if you haven’t already.
• Sunday’s free Bee Forum is sponsored by Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) at the Theatre in Washington from 1 to 3 p.m. Reservations appreciated but not required; call 540-675-RLEP (7537) or email email@example.com.
• Sunday is also Morningside Farm’s plant swap: For the farm and nursery’s annual traders’ day at 7855 Griffinsburg Rd., Boston, dig some overgrowns out of your garden and share them with like-minded garden friends. Come enjoy the company, the refreshments and the new garden treasures. For more information, call 540-547-3726.
Finally on Sunday, Virginia Chutney has its grand opening tea party and tour. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the company’s new cannery, office and warehouse at 113 Aileen Rd., Flint Hill, from 3 to 5 p.m. Plus forklift lessons for children and an assembly line demonstration. For more information, call Oliver Turner at 540-675-1984 or visit virginiachutney.com.
Don’t forget: Next Wednesday (June 26) is the start of the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company’s annual annual carnival, which opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with games, rides, food, pageantry — and, on Thursday (June 27) at 7, a parade along U.S. 211. For more information, call 540-937-4218.
Among those honored at Hospice of the Rapidan’s annual volunteer recognition dinner at the Reva fire hall May 2 were three Rappahannock County residents: Elizabeth Blubaugh of Washington and Kim Nelson of Amissville were each recognized for three years of dedicated service to patients and families. Julie Music of Sperryville was among the 10 hospice volunteers honored for having served more than 200 hours in 2012.
Pat Bankhead, one of the founders and original board members of Hospice of the Rapidan and guest speaker for the evening event, described the inspiration that prompted her to gather together interested community members to form the original all-volunteer organization nearly 30 years ago, each demonstrating the difference one individual can make.
Hospice of the Rapidan, which provides compassionate care for terminally ill patients and their families, has over 130 trained volunteers who provide direct services to patients and their families, as well as administrative, special event and public education services. For more information, or if you are interested in providing volunteer services to Hospice of the Rapidan’s patients and families, call volunteer services director Ruth Pavlik at 540-825-4840 or visit hotr.org.
Courtney Logan Pooton is exhibiting Angus cattle at the 2013 Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show in Harrisonburg this Friday-Sunday (June 21-23). Pooton, a Sperryville resident and junior member of the American Angus Association headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 177 young Angus breeders from 23 states who have entered a total of 342 head to compete for championship honors.
Judge Alan Miller will determine the winners in divisions for bred-and-owned heifers, bred-and-owned bulls, cow-calf pairs, owned heifers and registered Angus steers.
The Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show is sponsored by the American Angus Association and the Virginia Junior Angus Association. It is one of seven junior Angus shows sanctioned by the national organization for more than 5,000 junior Angus members in the U.S. and Canada.