Calendar: Rapp Happenings

The Rapp Happenings section, which now includes the Religious Notes column, lists events in Rappahannock County on a space-available basis. (If your event absolutely must appear in the paper, please call the Rappahannock News advertising rep at 540-342-4222.)

Listings must be received by 3 p.m. Monday to be included in the next edition. Email to; please include a name and contact information we can publish.

January to May

Parent/Child Group ongoing enrollment at Hearthstone is 8:45 to noon Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Choice of either day, or both days. Activities include storytelling, watercolor painting, beeswax sculpture, sewing, rhythmic movement and dance, snack time and more. Ages from 18 months to 6 years old, cost $5 per hour per child. Hearthstone also offers a Virginia State Licensed Nursery Program and Kindergarten Program. For more information: 540-987-9212.

Sunday, Feb 21

The 27th Annual James A. Bland Music Contest, sponsored by the Rappahannock Lions Club, is 2 p.m. at The Theatre, Washington. Family, friends and the public are invited to be entertained by the county’s talented student vocalists and instrumentalists in grades 1-12. For information, call Bob Lander at 540-987-8504.

Monday, Feb. 22

RLEP meeting is 7 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection’s work to sustain and enhance the county’s natural resources and rural character. Details at or 540-317-1499.

Wednesday, Feb. 24-27

Fellowship Assembly of God, just east of Sperryville at Lee Highway and Gid Brown Hollow Road, invites you to join them in a Revival of Restoration at 7 p.m. on all these three dates – as well as on Sunday, Feb. 28, for both 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services.

Rev. Stephen Michael Leach will be guest speaker for this revival. Rev. Leach is an author, evangelist and missionary to Papua, New Guinea, and will proclaim a message that far exceeds the legalistic doctrines of men and reaches deeper than the false prosperity of liberalism — the Message of Consecration. Contact Pastor Joel Cress at 540-987-8230 for more.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Rescheduled RappCats annual meeting is 7:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library, Washington. RappCats is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization committed to providing refuge and treatment for cats, placing them in good homes, and promoting humane education. Annual membership dues are $25 and are used to help needy cats. For more information call 540-987-8099.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Come and celebrate Beverly’s return to F. T. Valley Grocery with a Grand Re-Opening from 11 to 3 p.m. at F. T. Valley Grocery, Sperryville. Entertainment: Danny Seabolt and others. If you play any instruments please bring them along and join in the fun. Homemade soup, chili and desserts. Details, call Michelle at 540-987-9440 or Chrissy at 540-987-9412.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Attention all teens: You are invited to an “Olympics Gala” 5 to 8 p.m., at Reynolds Baptist Fellowship Hall in Sperryville. There will be games, pizza, drinks, desserts and a live band. College students from Liberty University will be speaking at this “True Love Waits” youth event about dating and the benefits of abstinence. Come, have some fun and bring a friend! For details call 540-987-8315.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Late registration for (U-6 and up) spring 2010 soccer is extended through Feb. 27. No games April 3 or Memorial Day weekend. All registration is online at

Saturday, Feb. 27

Flint Hill Pentecostal Church, Aileen Road, Flint Hill, holds a Hymn Sing at 7 p.m. For more information call 540-636-2497.

Thursday, March 4

Hospice of the Rapidan is offering a free four-week Coping with Grief Winter Support Group on Thursdays, March 4 through March 25. The support groups meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center at 33 N. Calhoun St. in Warrenton. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary. Reservations and additional information are available from Craig Wilt at 540-825-4840.

Saturday, March 6

The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation and the Rappahannock Senior Center at Scrabble School holds an open house for school alumni and the public from 1 to 3 p.m. Free event to thank the community for its support of the Scrabble School project over the past several years and to unveil the Rappahannock African-American Heritage Center at the grand opening of this newest point of interest in the county. A program, light refreshments and conversation are highlights of the event. Contact Bob Lander ( or Darcy Canton at 540-987-3638.

Saturday, March 6

The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s All-You-Can-Eat Ham and Oyster Dinner is 4 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse. Tickets are $20, $10 ages 4 to 12; younger kids eat free. Come out and enjoy a great dinner. All proceeds to benefit the fire department. Call WVFR at 540-675-3615.

Saturday, March 13

Piedmont Softball Association’s 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off is 3 to 7 p.m. at Bill Payne Auctions in Amissville. The varieties of chili range from basic recipes, exotic and hottest. Prizes are awarded for the overall favorite entry. The all-you-can-eat price is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 5 to 12; younger kids eat chili free. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase also. Enjoy cake walks, baked goods, socializing with your neighbor and voting for your favorite chili. All proceeds to benefit the girls of Piedmont Softball Association.

March 13 is also last chance to register your daughters for PSA’s spring season. Girls 7 to 18, regardless of experience, are welcome. To enter your chili or for more details, contact Donna Sheffield at 540-937-5595 or or

Saturday, March 13

The second annual Rappahannock County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration moves to Sperryville with the parade stepping off at 11 a.m., followed by traditional Irish Luncheon and music program at The Link Community Center at noon. Tickets to the lunch are $15 each, available for sale at Rappahannock National Bank and in Sperryville at the Corner Store, Stonewall Abbey Café and Roy Wheeler Realty. Parade entries welcome (call Steve Kerchner at 540-675-3905). Sponsored by Rappahannock Lions Club to benefit community projects. Contact Jim Gannon at 540-675-3657 for more.

Saturday, March 13

Four-County Master Gardeners (Rappahannock, Orange, Culpeper and Madison counties) presents “A Fresh Look at Your Landscape” with featured speakers Robert McDuffie and Alex Niemiera (Virginia Tech) discussing Top Ten Worst Landscape Design Ideas, Woody Plants You Can’t Live Without, Tough Plants for Tough Times and Gardens of England and Wales. Event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Germanna Community College, in Culpeper. Lunch provided. Reservations by Feb. 27 please; cost is $35 ($30 active Master Gardeners). Mail check to Four-County Master Gardeners, Virginia Cooperative Extension-Madison, Box 10, Madison, VA 22727. Contact Margaret Hutcheson at 540-543-2220 or

Saturday, March 27

Annual auction and wine tasting hosted by the Mountain Laurel Montessori School at the Phillip Carter Winery in Hume, Va. All proceeds from the auction benefit the school. Event tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance. The evening features a silent auction and wines from Phillip Carter Winery. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and award-winning wines while bidding on services, travel packages (including a Broadway theater weekend and Florida and South Carolina beach weeks), gift baskets and other unique items. Bidding starts at 7 p.m. MLMS is currently soliciting donations of auction items. To donate items or to purchase advanced discounted admission to the event, e-mail or call 540-636-4257. Additional updates about auction items and artists can be found at

Saturday, March 27

Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department is selling raffle tickets for an 887 Remington shotgun and a 22 Rueger deluxe long rifle. Tickets are $5 each, first ticket winner gets first choice of gun. Guns will be raffled at 8 p.m. following a fund-raiser chicken dinner at the Flint Hill Fire Department. Dinner is 5 to 8 p.m. for $10 per plate ($5 ages 10 and younger). Buy tickets from fire company members or call 540-675-3286.