The Rapp: ‘Selma,’ ‘Annie’ and Santa’s big weekend

‘Selma’ fundraiser benefits Scrabble foundation

A scene from "Selma," which screens at a special fundraiser tomorrow (Friday) at the Theatre at Washington.
A scene from “Selma,” which screens at a special fundraiser tomorrow (Friday) at the Theatre at Washington.

Tomorrow night (Friday, December 4) , the usual Friday movie night at the Theatre at Washington is a special joint fundraiser by Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC), the Rappahannock Historical Society and the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation.

The 7 p.m. screening of “Selma” will be followed by a moderated discussion led by Dr. Hortense Hinton Jackson, a noted educator and former provost of the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College. A native of Culpeper, she has served on numerous boards and is past president of the local chapter of the NAACP.

This acclaimed film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. The 128-minute movie (rated PG-13) stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Jim France and Oprah Winfrey.

RAAC’s next First Friday at the Movies presentation is Feb 5. More at raac.org.

The big weekend

Olivia Devening as Annie and Howard Coon as Daddy Warbucks rehearse the RAAC Community Theatre production of "Annie," opening this Friday (Dec. 4).Raymond Boc
Olivia Devening as Annie and Howard Coon as Daddy Warbucks rehearse the RAAC Community Theatre production of “Annie,” opening this Friday (Dec. 4).

You’ll find more details in today’s Washington column of Sunday’s (Dec. 6) Christmas in Little Washington parade and celebration, the centerpiece of a busy weekend in Rappahannock. RAAC Community Theatre’s holiday production of “Annie” also opens Friday (Dec. 4). Jazz guitar wizards Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo perform at the Theatre at Washington Saturday with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi. There are festive holiday-themed fundraising events at Hearthstone School in Sperryville and Gadino Cellars in Washington.

And there are details on all those and much more happening through the end of the month, in the Events Calendar.

The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort

If you missed your chance for tickets to this Sunday’s sold-out performance by the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Orchestra at Castleton, there’s another Christmas concert you’ll not want to miss in Rappahannock this season: the Celtic Consort’s 4 p.m. performance Sunday, Dec. 20 at Castleton’s Theatre House.

The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort is actually Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton, longtime Rappahannockers who are also longtime virtuosos on Celtic harp, lute, guitars, mandolin and viola da gamba; they’re joined by Joseph Cunliffe on a variety of flutes and whistles and percussionist Steve Bloom on bodhran and other instruments from his bag of tricks. The quartet will perform seasonal carols, ancient airs and traditional music from Ireland, Galician Spain and Scotland done right. Tickets ($20 to $40) at castletonfestival.org or 866-974-0767.

MADD’s ‘Tie One On for Safety’

The Rappahannock Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is once again encouraging the community to support MADD’s holiday initiative, Tie One On for Safety (TOOFS). The program is timed to the holiday season to encourage people to designate a non-drinking driver before celebrating, host parties with non-alcoholic drinks or provide transportation or accommodations for guests who have been drinking.

Kim McKiernan, the founder of the local chapter, lost her son to a drunk driver several years ago, an event that led her to become an advocate of MADD. “Unless someone is touched directly,” she said, “they don’t think drunk driving is a problem in our community. There were several DWIs on the district court docket today and one of them was a second offense. Unless they are continuances, those are arrests that happened in our community in the past month or so.”

For people wanting to show their commitment to choosing a designated driver, McKiernan has cards with “ribbons that people can tie onto their cars, she said. “But this year being the 35th anniversary of MADD, people can go to the MADD website and get a limited edition ribbon or decal with the number 35 on it.”

She hopes that restaurants and wineries will want to participate, as well.

The next Rappahannock chapter of MADD meets 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 (and the second Monday of the month) at the Rappahannock library. For more information about the meeting and Tie One On for Safety, email stopdrunkdriving22747@gmail.com or text/call 540-229-1112.

— Patty Hardee

Rock the Jingle Bell 5k

Winners and finish times are announced at the Washington School after last year's Jingle Bell 5K — which is Dec. 19 in Washington this year.Raymond Boc
Winners and finish times are announced at the Washington School after last year’s Jingle Bell 5K — which is Dec. 19 in Washington this year.

Enjoy the holiday season with a run/walk through the beautiful and historic town of Washington on Saturday, Dec. 19. The venue, the town, and the holiday fun all come together to make this run one of the year’s best! The fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk is sponsored by the 4-H Community Club to benefit the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office “Shop with a Deputy” program. Registration at 7:45am at the Old Washington School (567 Mt. Salem Ave); walk starts at 8:45, chip-timed run at 9:00. Pre-register on active.comfor $25 for the run ($30 on race day) or walk for $20 (includes jingle bells, shirts, awards, goodies and fun). For more information, call Amy Burnett at 540-675-3873.

Christmas with the Friends of Liberty

Richard Viguerie
Richard Viguerie

The Friends of Liberty hold their annual Christmas party at the Grey Ghost Winery on Friday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Richard Viguerie, chairman of Conservative HQ, is the guest speaker and will discuss the current Republican presidential candidates. Free and open to all. For more information, call 540-937-6394.

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