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 25-28
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.

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
Sperryville’s Long View Gallery holds an open-house reception 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the expected completion by Pittsburgh realist Drew Ernst of his life-sized painting of an Angus, the bovine subject encountered by the artist in a Rappahannock pasture on an earlier trip. Meet the artist and see his seemingly larger-than-life work. The gallery is open 10 to 6 Thursday through Monday; call 540-987-1000 for details.

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
Flint Hill Pentecostal Church, Aileen Road, Flint Hill, holds a Hymn Sing at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 540-636-2497.

Saturday, March 27
Love and Faithfullness Church will hold a hymn sing 7 p.m. The music will be presented by Evangelist David Clanagan and Free Spirit, Evangelist Randy Thompson and special guest will be a new group called Atonement. The church is located at 321 south royal ave. Front Royal,Va. All are welcome. For more information call 540-987-8937.

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.

Saturday, March 27
Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Tournament is 2 to 11 p.m. at the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department hall. First-place winner takes home a 32-inch HDTV; lots of other prizes. Buy-in is a $50 donation; all donations benefit SVFD. Tournament is limited to 120 layers, so make reservations early. Call Larry Grove for details at 540-987-8612. Tournament rules posted at

Saturday, March 27
The Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band will make its first appearance at the Theatre at Washington, at 8 p.m. While new to the Theatre, the band is well known throughout the Piedmont area (and beyond) for their lively renditions of bluegrass music. Band members are Paul Fincham, five-string banjo and harmony; Larry Haynes, guitar and vocals; Buck Morris, mandolin and vocals; Hank Utz, bass, and Bob Cook, lead guitar and vocals. Reserved-seat tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for those 17 and younger. Call 540-675-1253 or email to make reservations.

Sunday, March 28
The Promise Lane Baptist Church, Washington, holds a 3 p.m. service of recognition for the two oldest members of the church, Sister Margaret Poles and Mother Mildred Butler. Former pastor Rev. John R. Pendleton will be the preacher.

Sunday, March 28
4-H Share the Fun Talent Show is 2 to 4 p.m. at Rappahannock County Elementary School auditorium. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 540-675-3619 for more information.

Monday, March 29

Rappahannock County High School National Honor Society’s annual spring Red Cross Blood Drive fis 8:30 to 2:30 in the gymnasium. All persons 16 and older are eligible to donate; those 17 and younger must have parental permission and should contact NHS sponsor Chris Collins at RCHS for details. The donation goal is 44 pints of blood.

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 1
Easter Sunday celebration at Little Fork Episcopal Church, Rixeyville, begins with the Maundy service, which is the traditional foot-washing ceremony at 7:30 p.m., in the church. Two programs of Stations of the Cross will take place on Good Friday, April 2. The children will observe Good Friday with a special Stations service written especially for them, starting at noon in the church sanctuary (16461 Oak Shade Rd., Rixeyville). The traditional Good Friday and Stations of the Cross program will begin at 7:30 p.m. On April 4 the Easter Sunday celebration will begin with a contemporary Eucharist service at 8:30 a.m. followed by an Easter egg hunt on the church grounds. Children are reminded to bring their own baskets for collecting eggs. At 11 a.m. the congregation will celebrate the risen Christ with the traditional Holy Eucharist. Coffee and other refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall following each worship service. For more information and directions, call the church office at 937-4306 or visit

Saturday, April 3
Glassworks Gallery and Oldway Art Center open house is 1 to 5 p.m. Meet many of the local artists we represent; the majority of the work at Glassworks Gallery is by Rappahannock artists and many will be on hand to explain what they do and answer questions. Our 27 artists average over 20 years experience at their disciplines and the work they produce is of the highest quality. Among the artists on hand will be glassblower Eric Kvarnes, stained glass artists Patti Brennan and Melanie Winslow, woodworker Michael Saulnier, sculptor Charles Flickinger, photographer Steve Schultz, metal sculptor Steve Berry and more. More details at 540-987-8474 or

Saturday, April 3
Benefit Fundraiser for Relay for Life from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Rappahannock County High School. Bake Sale, 9 a.m., and Fish Fry, 11 a.m. Lots of Easter decorated items. Sponsored by Team: Melvin Crusaders, Ellen Timbers – Team Captain
Individuals are encouraged to come out and register teams and pick up Luminaria forms for our May 15, 16, Relay. New

Saturday, April 3
An Easter Bake Sale, a fundraiser by the Katherine Todd Team for Relay for Life, is 9 to noon in front of Country Cafe and the Washington Post Office. Call 540-522-6656 for more information.

Saturday, April 3
All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet and Egg Hunt at Washington Fire Hall is 7 to 11 a.m. Cost is $8 adults, $4 for kids 10 and younger. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance! The egg hunt itself — open to all county children — is free, with lots of prizes.

Saturday, April 3
Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Sperryville, holds its Easter Eggstravaganza, a morning of games, food and fun for the entire community, from 10 to noon. With a large turnout of families and children expected, the church provides a nationally known puppet show, plenty of food and activities for everyone and an Easter Egg Hunt that ensures every child leaves with more than a basket of smiles. Many special prizes for the children. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 30-April 1
Hopewell Baptist Church, Sperryville, holds it’s Pre-Easter services at 7:30 p.m., each night. Tuesday, Rev. Ludwell Brown from Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Haywood, Va., Wednesday, Rev. Ada Summers from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Crigleville, Va., and Thursday, Rev. Arthur Green from Swiftford Baptist church. Crigleville, Va. new

Saturday, April 3-10
Forest Grove Baptist Church, Viewtown, has partnered with the Good Will Industries to collect clothing and goods which in turn will be used for this area. For every 300 pounds of goods received we will receive coupons that the church will use to help families in need that they can use to purchase items at the Good Will Industries. Individual’s donating items will also receive at the time of their donation, a tax deductible slip and a 20 percent discount coupon for their direct use at any Good Will Industries store. Good Will Industries will place a donations trailer at the Forest Grove Church School April 3 through April 10 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 to 2 Saturday, noon to 4 Sunday). On April 3 at 9 a.m., the Vice President of Good Will Industries and the local store managers will be present to meet the public as well as folks from Forest Grove Church. For more information call 540-825-6691.

Sunday, April 4
Shiloh Baptist Church, Woodville holds its Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. Breakfast will be served after the morning service. There will be no 11 a.m., service. Everyone is welcome. new

Sunday, April 4
Easter Breakfast will be served at the old Forest Grove School , Viewtown from 7-9 a.m. Scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, home fries , fried apples, biscuits and pancakes will be served. This is a community event sponsored by the Forest Grove Church. All are welcomed and there is no charge for the meal. Come see our beautiful old schoolhouse and enjoy the food and fellowship. For more information call 540-825-7799. new

Sunday, April 4
Hopewell Baptist Church, Sperryville, holds its Sunrise service at 6a.m. Pastor Garry Brown will be preaching. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call Helen Fletcher at 540-987-9318. new

Wednesday, April 7
Rappahannock Free Clinic from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Health Department, Main Street, Washington. Also open 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.

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

Sunday, April 11

Come and spend a day of rejoicing and fellowship at Bethel Baptist church, Amissville. The 11 a.m., service will be preached by Pastor Homer E. Jones. Lunch will be served following the 11 a.m., service. Guest for the 3:30 p.m., service will be Jericho City Of Praise Church, Landover Md., and Minister Aarif Bradley will preach the message. He is a 15 year old young man who has a word for young and old. new

Tuesday, April 13
Meeting of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board and Area Agency on Aging (RRCSB-AAA) at 1 p.m., at its office at 15361 Bradford Road, Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting should contact Kimberley Martin at 540-825-3100, ext. 3146 or TTY 540-825-7391. new

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

Sunday, April 18
Benefit fundraiser by Katherine Todd Team for Relay for Life is hosting a Spaghetti lunch from 12 -3 p.m., at the Washington Fire Hall. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 540-522-6656. new

Monday, April 19
Meeting of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) at Rappahannock County Library AT 7 p.m. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend to learn more about helping the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) in its work to sustain and enhance the county’s natural resources and rural character. For more information, go to or call (540) 317-1499.

Tuesday, April 20
Spay and neuter van trip sponsored by Rappahannock Animal Welfare League. RAWL offers simple and affordable spay/neuter services to Rappahannnock and neighboring county dogs and cats. Partnered with the Shenandoah Low Cost Spay/Neuter Veterinary Clinic, we coordinate trips for twenty or more animals at a time. The program presents animal owners with a chance to spay/neuter at a fraction of the ordinary cost (fees range from $50 to $90). For more information please call the RAWL shelter in Amissville at (540) 937-3336, (540) 937-3283, or visit our website: new

Saturday, April 24

An Across the Years Reunion for graduates of Rappahannock County High School from the 1960s through the 2000s, and teachers past and present, is 7 p.m. at The Link community center in Sperryville. Heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by the Thornton River Grill and deejay are included in the $30 per person admission, plus a cash bar. Register and pay for admission online at or RSVP by April 17 by sending a check payable to Rappahannock Alumni Association, c/o Karen Sanborn, 15 Apple Blossom Lane, Sperryille, VA 22740.

Saturday, April 24
Table community yard sale is a fundraiser by Katherine Todd Team for Relay for Life at Graves Mountain Lodge. Anyone with unwanted items to donate to the sale should call Katherine Todd at 540-522-6656.

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.

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.

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

Wednesday, Aug. 18-21

Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department is seeking young ladies (ages one to 21) and young men (ages one to eight) to participate in its annual carnival. Contestants will be selling raffle tickets on a 2010 Ford Ranger pickup truck. For more information call Karen Williams at 540-635-4673.

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.