The Rapp for April 23

Fourth (Estate) Friday

The still-standing staff of the Rappahannock News will once again be seated at Washington’s Country Cafe at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 24) for our monthly Fourth (Estate) Friday community story conference — your chance to suggest, criticize and discuss stories and coverage, past and future, with the people who put out this newspaper. Coffee’s on us until 10 a.m.; breakfast upgrades are encouraged but not included. Call us at 540-675-3338 or email if you have any questions.

Fodderstack Weekend (No. 37)


By Steve EasthamSteve Eastham

Spring has sprung — but the weather could be pleasantly cool by Saturday’s 37th running of the Fodderstack 10K.

Registration for the annual spring benefit race starts at 7:30 at the Flint Hill fire hall; the cost to run or walk to Washington is $30. Please make sure to leave enough time to get to the starting point, which is about a half-mile north on Zachary Taylor Highway (U.S. 522). The gun goes off at 9 a.m. sharp.

“We have 80 females and 59 males registered for a total of 139 at press time,” says chief race promoter Jean Lillard. “Rappahannock has always been well represented, with 31 pre-registered.”

She points out that the Culbertson family, who have won the Ike and Quita Parrish Family Award and individual awards, are back in full force again this year. The Jeffries family (five from Illinois) will be running in memory of Dr. Mervyn Jeffries, a longtime member of the Fodderstack family who passed away last year at the age of 85.

Reports Lillard: “One of our favorites, Jenks Hobson, is back again. Robert Gurtler, 80, is also returning this year. He placed third last year. The top three male runners of 2014 have yet to register! Two of the top female finishers have registered. So go for it! Rick Meyers, of Woodville, is returning to see if he can win first place again; Ann Kerr of Castleton is returning to take first again; Lisa Jones of Sperryville is also returning to see if she can take over first or second in her age group: Jane Smith will take on the challengers for her first-place award; Steph Ridder is also back to try to take over her age category!

“And where are the Parrish runners? We do hope to see some of you on the Fodderstack Road!”

Lillard adds that the Inn at Little Washington is again the race’s top sponsor, paying for all the T-shirts for runners.

For more, visit

Ready for some neo-acoustic folk/funk?

Jacob Johnson
Jacob Johnson

The Theatre at Washington welcomes Jacob Johnson for an engaging evening of neo-acoustic folk/funk at 8 p.m. this Saturday (April 25).

“Johnson sounds like Norman Rockwell paintings and the open road,” said the Florence (S.C.) Morning News. “He is a virtuoso, expressing a working comprehension of dozens of techniques and styles. He has blended and blurred the lines of genres to craft a sound he calls ‘Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk.’ ”

South Carolina native Johnson is a young, energetic performer who has shared stages with songwriting masters from Edwin McCain to David Wilcox, and he hangs out with guitar heroes like Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Keaggy. While it’s his flashy guitar pyrotechnics that might grab your attention, his songwriting, personality and performance style are what set him apart from the rest of the pack of other young guitar-slingers. In short, to quote Tommy Emmanuel, “Jacob rocks!”

“Along comes Jacob Johnson with sparks flying from his acoustic guitar and a wonderfully polished storytelling vocal-style. . . . He isn’t going to shake his ass like Elvis did, he isn’t going to moonwalk like Michael Jackson, and he won’t have any laser beams, dry ice and giant pigs on stage like Pink Floyd. He has no special effects, that is to say, unless playing the guitar like a wizard isn’t special effects enough. Prepare to be dazzled. I was.” — John Apice, No Depression

Tickets are $20 ($10 ages 17 and younger). For reservations, call 540-675-1253 or visit

Indian dance is off, Dancing Hearts on

This weekend’s Castleton in Performance show by classical Indian dancer Padmarani Rasiah Cantu was cancelled due to health issues, but the Dancing Heart Ensemble will instead perform a “Sounds of Spring” concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Castleton’s Theatre House.

Dancing Heart’s mission — to transform audiences as well as themselves — will be accomplished via “Fables” by Scott Wheeler, “Yesterday” by the Beatles, Sonata for flute and piano by Carl Vine, “Prelude to a Kiss” by Duke Ellington, “Elegy” for flute, piano and vibes by Israeli composer Gilad Rabinovitch and “Mountain Songs” by Robert Beaser, among others.

The group’s members have performed with Stevie Wonder (flutist Karen Johnson), Plácido Domingo (pianist Carlos César Rodríguez) and the National Symphony Orchestra (percussionist John Kilkenny).

Says classical pianist Brian Ganz: “Dancing Heart isn’t just the name of this wonderful group, it’s the effect they have on their listeners. Their exciting, innovative programs fill audiences’ senses and leave hearts nourished and inspired.”

Tickets ($20) available at or 866-974-0767.

Movie: ‘The Trip to Italy’

"The Trip to Italy" screens at the Theatre May 9.
“The Trip to Italy” screens at the Theatre May 9.

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC) presents writer-director Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip to Italy” on Friday, May 1 at the Theatre at Washington. Admission is $6 to the 8 p.m. screening of the comedy-drama that stars Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Rosie Fellner. The film is unrated and runs 108 minutes — after which RAAC’s Friday film series takes a break until fall. Popcorn, candy and water available. For more, visit

Popular fencing program ends soon

The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District offers many programs to support conservation management practices on local farms, but for the past two years or so a much-sought-after program has been Virginia’s 100-percent reimbursement initiative for stream fencing and rotational grazing.

“This initiative has quadrupled the sign-up for practices associated with grazing management,” says District manager Greg Wichelns. “The local response has been tremendous and the telephone continues to ring.”

But the 100-percent initiative ends this June 30. Anyone waiting to sign up for it should contact the conservation district as soon as possible to get on their work plan list. There are many benefits from establishing a grazing system and utilizing stream exclusion fending, including improved utilization of forage, extended grazing seasons and improved soil moisture.

It has been reported that after July 1, the cost share rate will be reduced, probably to 80 percent, with a maximum amount allowed per producer per year. Currently there is no maximum amount on this practice. “Any producer interested in eventually fencing pastures may think over their options during the next few months,” Wichelns says. “We have been able to fund some very large projects and we encourage that consideration.”

Contact the conservation district at 540-825-8591 or 540-672-1523.

Stroke, TIA lecture May 13

Fauquier Health will host a lecture on Stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack) by neurologist Kristin Williams of Fauquier Health Neurology. The 7 p.m. presentation is Wednesday, May 13, in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and the number-one cause of long-term disability in the U.S. During this presentation, Williams will explain the difference between a TIA and stroke, and the signs and symptoms of both. In addition, she will discuss the latest diagnostic tools and treatment options available and how to determine if someone is having a stroke or a TIA.

Williams explains the intricacies of these serious medical conditions in laymen’s terms and uses clear visuals during her lectures. She will take questions from the audience before closing.

Register at 540-316-3588 or by visiting

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