The Rapp for May 28

Grammy-winner guitarist at the Theatre

Laurence Juber performs Saturday night at the Theatre at Washington.
Laurence Juber performs Saturday night at the Theatre at Washington.

This Saturday (May 30) at 8 p.m., celebrated composer and acoustic guitarist Laurence Juber returns to the Theatre at Washington for a solo concert on his tour of the East Coast from his home base in California. These annual concerts are always among the most heavily attended at the Theatre, which Juber has called “one of my favorite venues to play [since] it has just the right combination of intimacy and pure acoustics.”

Laurence Juber received his first Grammy as a young musician when he was lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s band Wings. His arrangement of “The Pink Panther” earned him his second Grammy. Juber composes, arranges and performs extensively — when he is not on the road playing to audiences stretching from Little Washington to London. He has recorded 22 solo albums.

Says Acoustic Guitar magazine: “It’s not just Juber’s considerable chops that impress and satisfy; it’s the subtle, jazzy chord extensions, the tender legatos and, best of all, the reinvention of iconic guitar parts, which sound recognizable yet fresh. The result is a keenly pleasurable journey through some of the best music ever created.”

Tickets ($25, $10 ages 17 and younger) available at or by calling 540-675-1253.

Foster Harris in TripAdvisor’s ‘Hall of Fame’

Foster Harris House Inn and Restaurant was recognized as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The certificate celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on; the “Hall of Fame” was created to honor those businesses that have earned TripAdvisor for five consecutive years.

“We’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to write a review on TripAdvisor,” said John and Diane MacPherson, owners of the Foster Harris House. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers.”

Also in May, Flint Hill Public House Restaurant and Inn also announced it had been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

‘Country Roads,’ take me to Sperryville

Joyce Harman's "Slave Cabins" is among the photos comprising Old Rag Gallery's "Country Roads" exhibit at RDA. | Rappahannock News
Joyce Harman’s “Slave Cabins” is among the photos comprising Old Rag Gallery’s “Country Roads” exhibit at RDA.

Old Rag Photography Gallery at River District Arts in Sperryville has a new show and opening reception from 3 to 5 this Saturday (May 30). The exhibit’s theme is “Country Roads.” Says gallery member Francie Schroeder: “The back roads of America breathe an air of mystic romance and history. Sometimes it is the roads themselves that fascinate, other times it is the sights along these roads from aging buildings, sinuous fence lines and luscious animal pastures to evidence of America’s changing times with urban expansion and new technologies. It is with these sentiments in mind that members of Old Rag Gallery have created their latest show.” More about the show, which features photos by Schroder and Bette Hileman, Ray Boc, Joyce Harman and Geoffrey Archer, in the Sperryville column.

Cabaret performer Michael Shea is back

Michael Shea returns to Rappahannock for a RAAC benefit performance June 27.
Michael Shea returns to Rappahannock for a RAAC benefit performance June 27.

Michael Shea, Washington, D.C. psychotherapist and cabaret performer, brings his show “My Analyst Told Me” back to the stage in Rappahannock on Saturday, June 27, for an evening of music as a benefit to support the RAAC Community Theatre. The show’s title comes from the Jon Hendricks/Annie Ross tune of the same name, made famous by Joni Mitchell. Michael performed an evening of cabaret music to benefit RAAC several years ago, singing for a packed and enthusiastic audience.

Shea performs at 8 p.m. at the Theatre at Washington (not the RAAC Theatre). Reserve and purchase tickets ($20) at

‘Odd Couple’ auditions

“The Odd Couple” is one of Neil Simon’s funniest and best-loved plays featuring neatnik Felix Ungar, slob Oscar Madison, their equally funny poker buddies and the dim-but-cute Pigeon sisters who live upstairs. RAAC Community Theatre is holding open auditions from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14 for six male roles and two female roles. Auditions will be readings from the script, which will be provided. Performances will be March 25-27, 2016. (Yes, 2016!) There will be a few read-throughs during this summer, with rehearsals beginning in earnest in early January. For more information, contact director Patty Hardee at 540-675-2506 or

The ‘Taste’: Sept. 12

The "Taste of Rappahannock" is Sept. 12 at the Miller Barn.
The “Taste of Rappahannock” is Sept. 12 at the Miller Barn.

Save the date for the 18th annual “Taste of Rappahannock”: Sept. 12 at the Miller Barn in Sperryville.  For 18 years the community has gathered to celebrate and support the Headwaters Foundation’s work for young people in Rappahannock County. The “Taste” features all-local cuisine from our county restaurants, farms and growers and tastings from local vineyards and distilleries. Sylvie Rowand and Laughing Duck Gardens and Cookery with Chef Kurt Streu and the amazing Rappahannock County High School culinary arts department are planning epicurean delights for all. Reservations may be made any time by calling Headwaters at 540-987-3322 or emailing


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