You probably don’t need to check the newspaper for things to do on Thanksgiving, but if you’re looking for ways to work off some of that holiday indulgence on Friday and beyond, without spending a lot of time in the car, you’ll find some options in our online events calendar. Among the highlights:
• Rappahannock PTO’s second annual alumni basketball tournament is Friday and Saturday (6 p.m. both nights) at the RCHS gym, where you can see Rapp stars of the court from the long-ago past, and not-so-long-ago, support the PTO and student organizations, and pay $5 each at the door ($2 ages 6 to 12, younger kids free). The PTO used some of last year’s funds raised by the tournament to purchase a new PA system for the gym — and it was installed in time for this year’s tournament. Details from PTO president Crystal Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-987-9660.
• And yes, you can brave your way through a much more scenic Black Friday, and not have to fight any parking wars, either: There’s a holiday market and sales at Coterie in Sperryville (1 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 to 5 Sunday; Heritage Hollow farm store next door also has its grand-opening party Saturday), and artist Donna LaPre has a holiday open house at her studio Friday on Fodderstack Road near Washington. Check the calendar for details.
• Friday night, composer and choral leader Ysaye Barnwell leads a Community Sing at 7 p.m. at the RAAC Community Theatre in Washington, a benefit for Kid Pan Alley. Reserve a ticket online at bit.ly/ysaye13 or call 540-322-2022.
The annual Amissville Holiday Food Drive is in full swing, with local businesses and churches providing collection boxes and grocery sacks to assist those in need. Also, collection jars will be placed this weekend at businesses in the eastern part of the county, with the money used to purchase turkeys for the needy families.
The event committee, chaired by Frank Fishback, invites volunteers to come to Bethel Baptist Church (on Viewtown Road, not far from U.S. 211) on Thursday, Dec. 19, to help sort and box the donated food. Laboring in the church basement, the joyous throng will work from 5 to 7 p.m., while singing Christmas carols and munching on hot dogs or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. More volunteers are needed on Saturday, Dec. 21, to assist in delivering the food boxes to the families. The process begins at 10 a.m. at Bethel Baptist. For more information, call Frank (540-937-4910) or Jan Makela (540-454-0547).
— Cathie Shiff
Among the award recipients across the state recognized by the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (VHTA) at the Hampton Convention Center last Wednesday (Nov. 20): Lorraine Gilb of Flint Hill’s own Griffin Tavern, named as VHTA’s Restaurant Employee of the Year for 2013.
Said Griffin owner Debbie Donehey, who with VHTA member Allison Dugan presented the award to Gilb in front of the convention’s 350 attendees: “The restaurant business is a difficult business. My career as an independent restaurateur is definitely the most challenging job I’ve ever had. Luckily I have stars that brighten my days. I am very excited to say that I have a beacon that has been with me for more than eight years. She is a light that draws in our regulars and the shining light that welcomes our new regulars-to-be. Please join me in congratulating Lorraine Gilb — the beacon of Griffin Tavern.”
Gilb, recognized for her outgoing personality and welcoming nature that she brings to the restaurant’s customers and staff, was one of just eight hospitality-industry folks who received awards at the annual event sponsored by the VHTA.
Looking for the perfect after-parade activity? The 2013-2014 Castleton in Performance season continues Sunday, Dec. 8 with a 4 p.m. performance at Theatre House (664 Castleton View Rd.) by actor, mime and magician Leland Faulkner.
In his one-man show, “World of Wonder,” Faulkner starts with the amazing and lost art of shadowgraphs or hand shadows, conjuring an amazing menagerie of silhouettes using only his hands. Discover magic from the Far East as a Japanese magician lets folded paper butterflies fill the air with color. Faulkner charms audiences of all ages with his actor’s imagination and wit, mime’s skill and conjurer’s craft.
Tickets are $30 ($10 for ages 18 and younger) and are available at castletonfestival.org or by calling 866-974-0767.
An actor, mime, and magician for more than 30 years, Faulkner has partnered, toured and taught with master mime Tony Montanaro and served as artistic director of Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. In the years following, he has taught and performed at major venues, schools, colleges, theatre festivals, cultural exchange programs, international circuses and in private workshops for professional performing artists. He has also created magic and special effects for both motion picture and stage productions. He works now as an independent filmmaker and performing artist in New England, where he continues to develop projects for stage and screen.
Don’t miss the folk trio Brother Sun as they connect to their audience with humor and open-heartedness in their third appearance in the area at 7 p.m. next Friday (Dec. 6) at the Theater in Washington (with opening act, and Rappahannock’s own, A Thousand Trees). Tickets are $25 ($12 for 17 and younger) for the concert, sponsored by Universal Unitarians of the Blue Ridge (UUBRidge). Visit UUBRidge.org or call Ellen Adams at 540-937-4670 for details or tickets.
It’s that time of the year again — when we get to go shopping for the seniors represented by the Senior Angel Tree. The Rappahannock Senior Center has 139 participants that you can “adopt” for Christmas, their angels hanging on the beautiful tree at Union First Market Bank — waiting for someone to sign them out, go shopping using the wish list on the angel and return the gifts wrapped (or gift-bagged) to the bank no later than Monday, Dec. 16. “Don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity to be a blessing to some of the most beautiful seniors in the world!” says senior center manager Darcy Canton, who freely admits to not being objective about Rappahannock’s seniors. If you have questions, call Darcy at 540-987-3638 (or Kelly Jo Settle at the bank, 540-987-8384).