Calendar: Rapp Happenings

The Rapp Happenings section lists events, generally 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.

Thursday, Feb. 25-27
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 both 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.

Friday, Feb. 26
Area youth are invited to participate in a 7 p.m. Youth Choir Workshop at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Culpeper with Sister Octavia “Missy” Yates, recording artist and Mt. Olive minister of music, in preparation for the 33rd Annual Black History Month program on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Center, Rixeyville. Workshop is free; Black History Month T-shirts will be available for sale. Tickets in advance for $5 (adults) for Sunday’s program; student tickets are $1 at the door. Call 540-547-3969 or 540-661-2013.

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.

Sunday, Feb. 28
Woodville Baptist Church will be having its annual African American Heritage at 2:30 pm. Garcia Madison from the Emanuael Christian Center in Ruckersville, Va., will be our guest minister and the Providence Baptist Church Youth Choir from Orlean, Va., will be providing the music. All are welcome to attend and lunch will be served from 12:30-2:30 p.m. new

Sunday, Feb. 28
Piedmont Softball Association, a girls’ fastpitch league based in Amissville, is holding open registrations, also on March 7, from 1-3 p.m., each day at Bill Payne Auctions, U.S. 211, Amissville. A final spring season registration will also be conducted Saturday, March 13, from 3-7 p.m., during the league’s annual fundraising Chili Bowl. All girls ages 7 through 18 (born 1991-2003) are invited; regular and post-season programs are available from beginner level through most experienced. Registration fees are $40 per girl age 12 and under and $45 for girls playing 13 and up; there is a $5 discount for the second and subsequent players registered from the same household. Financial assistance is always available for those needing it and will not bar any girl from participation in PSA. Residents of Rappahannock and all surrounding counties are eligible to participate in PSA’s programs. A copy of each girl’s birth certificate is necessary at time of registration. Email or call Donna Sheffield at 540-937-5595.

Tuesday, March 2
The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee’s general meeting, open to the public, is 7 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library. Jill Duvall will give a short presentation on campaign finance reform, and there will time after the meeting for snacks and socializing.

Wednesday, March 3
Rappahannock Free Clinic will also be open March 17, April 7 and April 21, at county health department, Main Street, Washington. Call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.

Wednesday, March 3
Potluck suppers will be held each Wednesday during Lent at Little Fork Episcopal Church in Rixeyville. Church families and their guests can bring a dish to share to the suppers on Lenten Wednesdays March 3, 10 and 17. Each of the suppers, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall on Oak Shade Road, is followed a different program (children welcome) that will include music, Bible Bingo, a Seder and an evening with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Call 540-937-4306 or email

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.

Friday, March 5-28
The Middle Street Gallery, a non-profit artists’ co-operative, will hold a juried exhibition of regional artists at the gallery in Washington. The Regional Showcase will feature the works of 13 artists from Va., Md. W. Va. And D.C. chosen by juror and artist Jane Livingston. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, March 6 from 2-5 p.m. Prizes will be presented to three artists by Livingston at 4 p.m.

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.