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.

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.

Sunday, March 7
Piedmont Softball Association, a girls’ fast-pitch league based in Amissville, holds open registration from 1 to 3 p.m., at 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.

Thursday, March 11
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 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 Super Bowl 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 in Sperryville steps off at 11 a.m., the parade followed by traditional Irish Luncheon and music program at noon at The Link. Rain or shine. A limited number of tickets may be available for sale at the door Saturday at $15 each. In addition to the lunch and program inside The Link, the sponsoring Lions Club will offer food and drink at the Lions tent outside the hall after the parade. Info: Jim Gannon, 540-675-3657.

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.

Saturday, March 14
Two Sunday rehearsal dates for this year’s 4-H Share the Fun Talent Show also include March, 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.

Monday, March 15
Meeting of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) is 7 p.m. at Rappahannock County Library. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend to learn more about helping RLEP in its work to sustain and enhance the county’s natural resources and rural character. Visit or call 540-317-1499.

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. Pre-registration is now possible for upcoming clinics. You may call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394 between 11-4 p.m., on Tuesday to pre-register for the Rappahannock clinic on Wednesday.

Thursday, March 18
Meeting of the Rapp FLOW at The Link, Sperryville. Nat Gillespie, fisheries scientist and director of Eastern Lands Protection Project for Trout Unlimited will be discussing trout habitat and methods for monitoring Goldwater streams at 6:30 p.m. So, if you are interested in water quality monitoring or if you just want to learn about water quality issues in the Rappahannock County area, please join us. For any questions, contact B.J. Valentine at 540-675-3949.

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, March 20
The RCHS Quiz Bowl Team’s second annual Community Quiz Bowl Tournament is 1 p.m. at the high school, benefitting the the team to pay for registration expenses for future tournaments. Teams interested in participating should contact David Naser at RCHS by Wednesday, March 17. The cost is $25 per team.

Sunday, March 21
Randolph Macon Academy’s Bell Choir will be at the Flint Hill Baptist Church for the 11 a.m., morning services . Public is invited. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

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.

Thursday, March 25
Meeting of the Aging Together Rappahannock Team at the Rappahannock Library, Washington, 1 p.m. All are welcome to join a committed, enthusiastic team of Rappahannock citizens sharing ideas and working to improve services for ourselves and our neighbors. For details, contact Aging Together county resource specialist Larry Stillwell at 540-675-2531 or

Thursday, March 25
Rappahannock County Elementary School, Parent Open House for interested transfer students and incoming kindergarten students, at 10 a.m., includes overview, tour and light refreshments. Classroom visits can be scheduled on request for grades 1-7; kindergarten visits will be available during registration in May. RSVP to RCES office at 540-987-8259.

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
Open registration for the Miss Rappahannock pageant is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sperryville Volunteer Rescue
Squad. For details contact Deanna Wayland at 540-987-8366 or

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
Chester Gap Volunteer Fire & Rescue invites everyone to its 50th anniversary covered-dish dinner. Please bring a covered dish to share. Chicken, ham and beverages will be provided. Come see our scrapbook of pictures from our founding till now. Charter and lifetime members and past officers will be recognized and honored, and awards for 2009 will be presented! Social hour at 5, dinner at 6. Contact Stephanie Crawford at 540-635-5091. Donations welcome.

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.

Sunday, April 11
Miss Rappahannock pageant registration and rehearsal to be held at the Rappahannock County Elementary School.
Registration at 1 p.m., rehearsal at 2. All contestants are encouraged to attend the rehearsal. Contact Deanna Wayland at 540-987-8366 or

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, April 17
Miss Rappahannock pageant is 3 p.m. at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Raffle drawing, bake sale, live auction and plenty of food. Please come out and support the contestants as well as the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Contact Deanna Wayland at 540-987-8366 or

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.

Monday, July 26-30
Sperryville Pottery Summer Clay Camp, also Aug. 2-6; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Exciting new techniques and projects in store. For details: 540-987-1000 or

Thursday, Sept. 30
Skyline CAP Head Start, at Rappahannock County Elementary School, is a preschool program for 3- to 5-year-old children. Applications for the 2010-2011 school year are now being accepted. Children must have turned at least 3 years of age by Sept. 30. Children with special needs are encouraged to apply. Skyline CAP Head Start is a free program for income eligible families and works closely with the public school system to help insure adequate preparation for a smooth transition into kindergarten. The only cost to the parents is a small amount of time each month. For more information, please call Becky Thorpe at 540-987-8817.