Calendar: Rapp Happenings

The Rapp Happenings section lists events, generally in Rappahannock County, on a space-available basis. (The web site always lists all calendar items we receive.) If you your event absolutely must appear in the paper, on a certain date, please call Rappahannock News advertising consultant Patti Engle at 540-878-2417.

Listings must be received by 3 p.m. Monday for the following Thursday’s paper. Email to; please include a name and contact information we can publish.

March to April
The annual spring clean-up of Rappahannock County’s roadsides, streams and other unsightly spots is underway. For details, contact perennial clean-up coordinator Hunt Harris at 540-987-3366 or; you can also call the county administrator’s office at 540-675-5330. Let’s all grab a bag and help keep Rappahannock County beautiful.

March 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, March 4
Hospice of the Rapidan offers 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’ cooperative, holds a juried exhibition of regional artists at the gallery in Washington. The Regional Showcase will feature the works of 13 artists from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and D.C., chosen by juror and artist Jane Livingston. Opening reception is 2 to 5 Saturday, March 6; prizes will be presented to three winning artists by Livingston at 4.

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 for kids 4 to 12; younger kids eat free. All proceeds to benefit the fire department. Call WVFR at 540-675-3615.

Saturday, March 6
Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School, Flint Hill, hosts the one-day conference “What’s Next? The Adolescent in Montessori” for parents, educators, administrators and all those interested in sustainability and education. Gourmet lunch by Thornton River Grill included in the $40 registration fee (checks and credit cards accepted). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference ends at 4. For details or to register, call Susan Holmes at 540-675-1011, or register on-ine at

Saturday, March 6
Three Sunday rehearsal dates for this year’s 4-H Share the Fun Talent Show also include March 14 and 21 at Rappahannock County Elementary School auditorium, all from 2 to 4 p.m. Anyone 5 to 18 may participate, for free, in the program: Sing, dance, juggle, tell jokes or perform another act on stage. All acts must be 4-H appropriate (G-rated) and last less than four minutes. Up to four people may be in one act. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 540-675-3619 to register, or register at the first rehearsal March 6. All participants should have a parent or guardian with them at each rehearsal. The show is 2 to 4 Sunday, March 28 at the RCES auditorium.

Sunday, March 7
Piedmont Softball Association, a girls’ fast-pitch league based in Amissville, holds open registration from 1 to 3 Bill Payne Auctions, U.S. 211, Amissville. A final spring season registration will also be conducted 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 13, during the league’s annual fundraising Chili Bowl. All girls ages 7 through 18 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; $5 discount for the second and subsequent players registered from the same household. Financial assistance is always available for those in need. 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.

Sunday, March 7
The Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge hosts First-Sunday Community Music from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Link in Sperryville. Please join us in making music — no experience necessary — at this casual, improvisational, collaborative and fun gathering. We will offer a bit of structure with traditional songs and music and also the space in which to create something unique. In addition to your voice, bring: instruments, lyrics, sheet music and song books if so moved. Our facilitator will be Susan Holmes, director of Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School, where she teaches voice, guitar and songwriting. Details at

Monday, March 8
Rappahannock County Farm Tour Planning Committee meets at 6 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension office, 311 Gay Street in Washington. Anyone interested in helping to plan this year’s tour (September 25-26) is encouraged to join the committee. Opportunities include marketing, sponsorships, weekend events and programs and more. Contact Laura Overstreet, Rappahannock County Office of Tourism, or Candy Wroth at 540-675-5330.

Wednesday, March 10
Rappahannock Republican Committee meets 7 p.m. at Rappahannock County Library, Washington. For more information contact Terry Dixon at 540-937-7940.

Friday, March 12
Master craftsman and local resident Edmund Kavanagh is the featured speaker at 8 p.m. at the Second Friday at the Rappahannock County Library Series sponsored by the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC). Kavanagh has created one-of-a-kind gold and silver pieces for the British House of Commons and many dignitaries around the world, including the President of the United States, as well as ceremonial maces for U.S. military bands and 15 SuperBowl trophies.

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 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 information.

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 13
Open Mic at 7 p.m. in the Hearthstone School Community Room. Come out and share your talents or enjoy the music, poetry and comedy of others; performers of all ages welcome. Snacks and drinks available. Call the Hearthstone office at 540-987-9212 to sign up or sign up at the door. Admission is $5 for adults, ages 18 and younger free. This is an alcohol- and smoke-free event. Hearthstone School is on U.S. 211 two miles west of Sperryville.

Saturday, March 13
Old Fashioned Country Breakfast Buffet is 7 to 10:30 a.m. at Reager School (beside the Willis Chapel United Methodist Church), Huntly. Cost is $6, $3 ages 11 and younger. To benefit Rappahannock Relay for Life/Reager Team. Sponsored by Willis Chapel UMC. Breakfast prepared by Pat Jenkins and Shirley Frye.

Tuesday, March 16
RAWL offers affordable spay/neuter services to Rappahannock and neighboring county dogs and cats. Partnered with the Shenandoah Low Cost Spay/Neuter Veterinary Clinic to allow clients to spay/neuter pets at a fraction of the ordinary cost (fees range from $50 to $90). For details call the RAWL shelter in Amissville at 540-937-3336 or 540-937-3283 or visit our website:

Wednesday, March 17
The Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance (RCCA) celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill. All tips collected from 6 to 9 p.m. will go to RCCA. Come join us at Griffin Tavern to celebrate a green Rappahannock on March 17. For more information, please go to our website at or contact Nathan Jenkins at 540-987-9118.

Wednesday, March 17
Meeting of the Rappahannock County Garden Club at Washington Fire Hall will feature a demonstration by Louise Bondelid on building a modular and portable cold frame. Actual assembly of the cold frame to be donated to the Montessori Farm School will take place. Plans for the cold frame will be available. Following construction, Sylvie Rowand will speak on effectively using a cold frame for your garden. The Garden Club meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., the program at 8; both are free and open to the public. Call Mary Collins at 540-987-9030.

Wednesday, March 17
Rappahannock Free Clinic from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Health Department, Main Street, Washington. Also open April 7 and April 21. Call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.

Saturday, March 20
The Rappahannock Derby, a fund-raiser for Panther sports brought to you by Nite at the Races and the Rappahannock County School Sports Association (RCSSA), at The Link, Sperryville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; post time is 7 p.m. A prelude to the spring racing season, the RCSSA’s event is worthy of Derby attire and, best of all, we do all the tailgate prep for you! Great food, beverages, and a whole lot of fun are waiting for you and your group of thoroughbred lovers. Even if you’re a novice at the track or point-to-point, a great time is guaranteed as races are video-fed from the country’s top tracks – place bets and collect winnings through a draw-down format. Losing bets are eligible for door prizes. Enter to win one of four grand prize raffles. Admission ($25 per person) includes buffet-style tailgate fare and beverages, or choose to be a Triple Crown Sponsor, Rail Sponsor or Race Sponsor. Must be at least 21 to attend. Details at All proceeds benefit Panther athletics.

Saturday, May 22
Sixth Annual Rappahannock Evening View, hosted by the Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance (RCCA), at Meadow Grove Farm. Details will be posted soon.

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.

Saturday, March 27
Spring Ball at The Link in Sperryville at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Rappahannock Non-Profit Center. Come join the Gourdvine String Band and caller DeLaura Padovan for a night of contra dancing. Beginners welcome. Admission is $10, kids 11 and younger free. Call Kendra Hendren at 540-937-7818 or The Link at 540-987-9750.

Sunday, March 27
Easter Cantata will be celebrated at the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Center, 15044 Ryland Chapel Rd., Rixeyville sponsored by the Young Adult Ministry. The Workshop Choir will be under the direction of Missy “Octavia” Lewis Yates and psalmist Eric Armstead. Rehearsals for the workshop choir are March 19, 20 and 26. All voices are welcome including the youth division. Workshop fee is $6 adults; there is no fee for student participants. There is no fee for the Cantata on March 27; a free-will offering will be taken. For more information on the workshop or the service, call 540-547-3969 or Nan Butler Roberts at 540-661-2013.

Wednesday, March 31
The sixth annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour, sponsored by RAAC, will be held Nov. 6-7. March 31 is the deadline for all artists, returning open-studio hosts and others, to contact Robert Ballard at 540-675-1411 (email or Joanne Hilty at 540-675-2205 (email Galleries participating last year should call or email as well. Prospective open studio artists will be scheduled for visits April 5-16. Watch the newspaper, Rappnet and for more information.

Thursday, April 15
The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Culpeper Chapter #73, deadline for any student of Rappahannock County (public, private or home schooled students) wishing to participate in the chapter’s 2010 essay contest. Rules and essay topics may be found at Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School in Flint Hill, Hearthstone School in Sperryville and at the Rappahannock County Public Library. Essays due April 15. Contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or with questions.

Saturday, May 1
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.