The Rapp: ‘Selma’ cancelled, Mark Russell still on

‘Selma’ for Scrabble School postponed

The Selma to Montgomery marchers arrive in Montgomery. At center are Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, with Ralph Abernathy's three children.Abernathy Family via Wikimedia Commons
The Selma to Montgomery marchers arrive in Montgomery. At center are Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, with Ralph Abernathy’s three children.

A fundraiser to benefit the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation, which was to be RAAC’s Friday movie night for October, has been cancelled due to weather. (It was to be at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2; RAAC President Matthew Black reported Friday morning that the event will be rescheduled to a later date at the at the Theatre at Washington.)

The Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community’s screening of the award-winning historical drama “Selma” was to be followed by a discussion led by Culpeper native Hortense Hinton Jackson, former provost of Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas campus and a past president of the local NAACP chapter. The event — for which the usual $6 movie admission will go up to $10 ($5 for children) — is a cooperative effort by RAAC, the Scrabble School foundation and the Rappahannock Historical Society.

“Selma” chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Martin Luther King Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The PG-13 film stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Jim France and Oprah Winfrey. For more information about the rescheduled film night, visit

The Scrabble School is one of more than 5,000 schools built across the South under the leadership and beneficence of Sears Roebuck co-founder Julius Rosenwald and the African-American educator and leader Booker T. Washington.

RAAC picnic cancelled

Because of likely rain through Monday, and in the interest of avoiding soggy barbecue and soaked supporters, RAAC has cancelled its members picnic scheduled for this Sunday (Oct. 4). “We will find another picnic date in the spring,” said RAAC’s Black.

An evening with Mark Russell

Mark Russell hits the keys, and the usual suspects, at the Theatre at Washington this Saturday.Courtesy photo
Mark Russell hits the keys, and the usual suspects, at the Theatre at Washington this Saturday.

This Saturday (Oct. 3) at 8 p.m., political satirist Mark Russell returns to the piano on stage at the Theatre at Washington, one of the venue’s most popular events of the fall season. (As of late Friday morning, the Theatre’s Nancy Raines said the show will still go on.)

Many recall Russell’s widely acclaimed television shows on PBS as well as his regular performances at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. — where, as he does for a similarly packed house in our much smaller Washington, Russell transforms the day’s headlines into stand-up comedy, accompanying himself on the piano. He finds the humor hidden in the pomposity of public life and takes the audience along for the ride, laughing all the way.

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

At the spa, the doctor is in

Cosmetic surgeon and aesthetics specialist David Duhamel, the physician who’s the driving force behind Falls Church’s One U center (, will be at the Little Washington Spa & Wellness Center this Saturday (Oct. 3). The spa will be scheduling appointments for Rappahannock clients with Duhamel for Botox treatments, Juvaderm and Voluma fillers and “Clear & Brilliant” laser treatments, which addresses fine lines and wrinkles. Call Little Washington Spa at 540-675-1031 or email

RAWL’s second annual Trail Challenge

Last year's canine winner of RAWL's first-ever Trail Challenge, Olivia, had her portrait done by Rappahannock artist Carol Pivarnik.
Last year’s canine winner of RAWL’s first-ever Trail Challenge, Olivia, had her portrait done by Rappahannock artist Carol Pivarnik.

The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) sponsors its second Trail Challenge next Sunday (Oct. 11) at the shelter’s Amissville headquarters (rain date is Oct. 18), and you and your up-for-anything dog are invited to compete in a one-mile trail course, with 10 obstacles (some man-made, some natural), on which both of you will be scored.

The cost is $10 (proceeds all benefit RAWL), or $5 if you just want to walk the trail without competing in the Challenge. Bring a proof of your dog’s current rabies vaccination on the day of the event.

Grand prize is a gift certificate for an ink and watercolor sketch portrait of the winning dog by local artist Carole Pivarnik. For more, visit the event’s Facebook page at or, or call 540-937-3283.

Oct. 24: Stone Hill’s annual Halloween bash

Get your costume ready for the annual end-of-October spectacle at Stone Hill, the home of John Henry and Ann Crittenden, on Springwish Lane (off Crest Hill Road, not quite three miles east of Flint Hill). The afternoon includes another outdoor performance by Peggy Schadler’s 1000 Faces mask troupe and musicians led by Wendi Sirat — the company’s first among the giant stones of Henry’s new amphitheatre.

The spectacle begins at 3 p.m, with a welcome by the City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums, and traditional Irish session music in the amphitheatre starting at 3:30 p.m. The 1000 Faces performance, as usual an up-to-the-minute but ancient original play by Schadler, starts at 5:30. Afterward, the bagpipers and drummers lead a torch-lit procession to the Circle of the Standing Stones, where a bonfire will be lit.

“If you are good with a camera, bring it,” Henry writes. “We would like to see how you capture the spirit of the spectacle. We plan to do a picture book. If your images are used, we will give you a copy of the book with acknowledgment. We will be giving out books for last year’s spectacle to the photographers who made the book.”

If you have questions, email Henry at

Fauquier Health to award $1 million

The Fauquier Health Foundation announced last week that it will award $1 million total to selected community projects and programs in 2016.

“We’re very excited to be able to provide one million dollars in grants to community projects and programs, especially those that meet our four priority areas—childhood wellness, mental health, senior services and access to care,” said Christy Connolly, president and CEO of Fauquier Health Foundation, in a press announcement. “There are so many worthwhile programs and organizations that will greatly benefit from our financial assistance and be able, in turn, to help so many more people. For this reason, we’re allocating a larger amount of grant money in 2016.”

The grants program in 2016 will have one grant cycle that will provide $250,000 through Make It Happen! grants and another $750,000 for planning and programs.

The past year was the first year for the Make it Happen! program, which awarded funding to more than a dozen projects throughout the region. From a community garden to outdoor volleyball courts, the programs were creative, educational and beneficial to overall health and well-being.

In 2016, Make It Happen! will operate, as it has from inception, with a rolling deadline. What is different, in addition to the fact that the program will provide more money, is the division of two types of Make It Happen! grants. As with grant applications last year, one of the grant categories will provide funds for small and rapid projects that can be completed within 90 days with requests of $10,000 or less. The second category will fund mid-size projects that can be completed within six months with requests of $25,000 or less. Both grant types will be processed on a shared application form, and foundation staff will respond to applicants with a final determination within 30 days.

As in the past, applicants may apply for successive Make It Happen! grants during the year, if previous projects have been successfully completed. The grants will not be awarded for the continuation of past projects. Eligible applicants include 501(c)3 nonprofits, government entities and religious organizations for nonreligious purposes that service Fauquier, Rappahannock and Northern Culpeper counties.

For the $750,000 grants programs, 12-month grants will be offered to support programs and planning. No grants will be made for unrestricted general operations in FY2016. The maximum eligible request is $100,000, with most grants being lower. Requests must relate to one or more of the Foundation’s four priority areas. Projects and programs may be new or ongoing. Planning grants will be considered for a variety of processes, including strategic planning, board development, master facility plans, surveys and evaluations, pilot programs and more.

Planning and project grant applications follow a different process of submitting a letter of intent by Oct. 30, with full application requests being made by Jan. 22, 2016, and grant recipients announced in the spring.

For more information, visit

Important election dates and deadlines

From the Rappahannock County Registrar of Voters office, some important dates for the upcoming Nov. 3 general election:

  • Oct. 13: Deadline to register to vote or update registration with new address/name change.
  • Oct 24 and 31: The last two Saturdays for in-person absentee voting (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • Oct. 27: Last day to request absentee ballot by mail.
  • Oct. 31: Last day for in-person absentee voting.
  • Nov. 3: Election Day.

For more information, visit or the Virginia Department of Elections website at (on the state site, you can update your registration, print absentee ballot application, see what’s on your ballot and more).

Note: This article was altered from the Oct. 1 print version to reflect weather-related schedule changes.

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