Rapp Notes

Join in Rappahannock’s MLK celebration

James Russell
James Russell
Everyone is invited to the 19th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Rappahannock at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Theatre, Gay Street, Washington.

This year’s program features the youth of our community, with a presentation by Rappahannock County Elementary School’s chorus, and community leaders who will highlight the writings and speeches of Dr. King.

The 2010 “Dream Keeper” Award will be presented to James Russell of Sperryville, a community leader who has demonstrated the ideals that Dr. King lived, fought and died for. After a lifetime of work, Russell became an author at the age of 80. He is a direct descendant of slaves in Rapphannock County and jas written much about his grandmother, “Caroline.” He has traveled frequently giving lectures and presentations based on the oral histories he learned as a young boy at the knee of his beloved grandmother. The MLK observance is sponsored each year in cooperation with The Theatre at Little Washington and the Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee. There is no entrance fee; donations in support of the scholarship will be accepted. For more information or directions to the Theatre, please call 540-399-9815 or 540-987-8064 or email nb_roberts@msn.com  . Last year was my first opportunity to attend the uplifting celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy. I was deeply moved by it and am looking forward to this year’s celebration. If you never have been to Rappahannock’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, I strongly advise you make it your first. More items about happenings in the village can be found in my Washington column .
— Jan Clatterbuck

The Inn’s Stimulus Package is back

The Inn; photo by Bob Franklin
The Inn; photo by Bob Franklin

The Inn at Little Washington’s Local Stimulus Package is back by popular demand, according to Rachel Hayden, director of marketing at The Inn at Little Washington After such an amazing response last year they are offering their Local Stimulus Package for January, February and March 2010. A special “friends and family” rate of $108 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and beverage) will be available Sunday –Thursday (excluding holidays) to residents of Rappahannock, Madison, Fauquier, Warren and Culpeper Counties. (Proof of residency will be required.)

To make a reservation, call 540-675-3800 or visit The Inn’s web site.  

Celebrity Bartenders for RLEP

Leaders of the county’s three fox hunting clubs – Old Dominion Hounds (ODH), Thornton Hill Hounds and the Rappahannock Hunt – are set to be “celebrity bartenders” at Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill, January 20.

All the tips earned during the 6-9 p.m. event will go to the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP).

“All the hunts owe RLEP a tremendous debt,” according to Margaret “Douglas” Wise, Joint Master of Fox Hounds at ODH.

Greater Rappahannock

The animating spirit of what makes Rappahannock doesn’t have to end at the county line. The latest issue of the quarterly magazine Piedmont Virginian is off press and now available for purchase at The Rappahannock News office.

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