For our usual Fourth (Estate) Friday public story conference, among the usual questions and comments about our coverage of the county welcomed by the editorial staff will be, we hope, suggested questions for the fifth congressional district’s man in Washington, Rep. Robert Hurt, who’s expected to stop by Little Washington for an interview with us next week. (See this week’s editorial for more about that.) As usual, the coffee’s on us — at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 23) at Tula’s off Main in Washington. Call us at 540-675-3338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sperryville resumes its monthly Fourth Friday open-late shopping celebration, including a blue-ribbon sale at Coterie (everything with a blue ribbon is 20 percent off), as the shop gets ready for new inventory of its unique, locally made art and artisanal wares. Next door at Knit Wit Yarn Shop in the Sperryville Schoolhouse, everything is discounted 10 percent, and summer clothing is 40 percent off, plus there’s foodie samples from the Women’s Bean Project. New neighbor Headmaster’s Pub is now serving dinner from 5 to 9 Fridays and Saturdays and has some Fourth Friday specials in store.
Old Rag Photography, the cooperative gallery in Sperryville’s River District, is hosting a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. this Saturday (Aug. 24), featuring new water-themed works by Joyce Harman and Doug Norton. Harman’s work features local waterfalls, while Norton displays images of his recent trip to the Oregon coast.
At the same time, Francie Schroeder exhibits black-and-white prints made in Rappahannock County in 1983. This show also introduces new member Jason Howard, a Marshall-based photographer who travels the region in search of natural and unnatural landscapes. Old Rag Photography, the red building at 4 River Lane between River District Arts and the Copper Fox Distillery, is open 11 to 5 Friday-Sunday.
The Rappahannock County Library hosts an inaugural book party for “Pickups: A Love Story,” a new book from author and photographer Howard Zehr, featuring photographs and personal stories of more than 60 pickup truck owners across Virginia — many of whom live and work in Rappahannock County.
The party is 11 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, and features a slew of pickup trucks (and their proud owners) parked at the nearby Book Barn. Copies of the book are available for sale and the author, along with other truck owner/lovers, will be on hand to sign autographs and share stories with visitors. For more information, call the library at 540-675-3780.
What do women want? We may never know for sure, but we can come closer to knowing in a production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” by Nora and Delia Ephron, Sept. 20-21 at the RAAC Community Theatre in Washington.
Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, the play has received many awards, including the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and the 2010 Broadway.com Audience Award for favorite new off-Broadway play.
RAAC’s production opens when a group of friends gather at a restaurant for a “girls’ night out.” Through a series of monologues that form the basis of the play, the narrator, Gingy, weaves her life story, including the death of her mother, her extended family, three marriages, motherhood, the death of a child and her granddaughter’s budding interest in fashion. As she goes, she illustrates the clothes that have marked the turning points in her life. Her goal is to leave a legacy for her children and grandchildren, to remind them that she had another life besides being a mom.
The other women punctuate the play with their own stories — at once hilarious, poignant and nostalgic. The stories resonate not just with women, but also with men who share a journey through life with their mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and friends.
Directed by Patty Hardee, the production includes actors familiar to local theatregoers, as well as some new faces: Elizabeth Lee, Deverell Pederson, Cynthia Johnson, Mimi Forbes, Petrina Huston, Sharon Kilpatrick, Stephanie Mastri and Carolyn Thornton.
Performances are 8 p.m. at the RAAC Community Theatre (310 Gay St., Washington) Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21. Tickets are $15. To make a reservation, visit raac.org and click the link for “Community Theatre.” You will be able to reserve the performance of your choice and, if you wish, pay in advance using PayPal or a credit card. All reservations will receive an automatic confirmation. If you do not have internet access, call 800-695-6075.
— Bruce Sloane
Take a ride through the hills of the county Sept. 21 with the Rappahannock Rough Ride, the popular bicycle event that draws participants from around the region. There are multiple route options, including a family-friendly 12-mile loop through Little Washington and Flint Hill, two paved/unpaved road Rough Ride options and the full 63-mile paved route.
Entry fees have increased to $40 for adults ($30 for ages 12 and younger); all riders now receive a full lunch upon return to the start/finish line. As always, rest stop food and drink is available. Breakfast will be available at the fire hall for an additional $8 cash. All proceeds from meals support the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
Check in must be completed by 9:30 a.m. (onsite registration is available on ride day at fauquierfreeclinic.org, where you can also find more information about the event). The ride begins at the WVFR station (10 Firehouse Lane, Washington).
The ride is a fundraiser for the patients of the Fauquier and Rappahannock Free Clinics. All pre-registered participants get a free T-shirt. Rough Ride hats are also available for $20, as are high-quality cycling jerseys ($75), which can be ordered at check in.
Some of the items thus far donated to the huge annual yard sale, hosted by the Rappahannock Democratic Committee and opening at 9 a.m. on the final day of August:
There’ll be a hanging pewter candle holder
And a Santa Nutcracker not much older.
There’s a grown-up’s bike, ready to ride,
And a nice wood desk you’d keep inside.
We’ve a high-class spotter,
And with it a tripod.
See lots more with this
Than you could with an iPod.
A two-wheel bag holder to roll down the fairway
And an Oreck that’ll work if you clean out its airway.
Hang up a suet cage, it’s all for the birds,
Plus two straw hats, too snazzy for words.
A nice iron item will sure please your mate:
Lug home this brand new fire iron grate.
One more item, and no tomfoolery,
A tiny palm tree, Jimmy Buffett jewelry.
There are thousands of other items, far too many to rhyme, at this event at the Washington fire hall next Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1. Doors open at 9 a.m. each day and stay open until 4 p.m. There’ll also be coffee and cookies available, as well as a bake sale. For more information, or to donate items for the sale, call Ross at 540-987-8019 or Jed at 540-937-3780.
— Jed Duvall