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Athletic director . . . gone?

The Rappahannock County Schools started advertising yesterday for a new athletic director — which means Athletic Director Bob Czekaj, who also teaches at the high school and could not be reached for comment before deadline yesterday, will not be doing the job next school year. Superintendent Robert Chappell recently reversed the decision three years ago to pursue a semi-independent, private-school sports schedule. That original decision had been supported by Czekaj and high school administrators. Now Chappell recommended to the school board that the school system rejoin the more competitive Bull Run District.

One Food Pantry, two Washingtons

Food and wine lovers — and those who just love Rappahannock’s Food Pantry — are invited to join Washington, D.C., notables on Saturday, April 24 in the original Washington for a pair of events benefiting the Rappahannock Food Pantry.

The Rappahannock Food Pantry, in Washington. Photo by Roger Piantadosi.

A well-known home to food and wine aficionados, Rappahannock will that day see some of the best Virginia has to offer while benefiting an important local charity that distributes food to those in need.

From 3 to 5 p.m., Washington’s R. H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home will host a book-signing and tasting event to celebrate the food writing of the late, legendary New York Times journalist and gourmand R. W. “Johnny” Apple Jr.

The event will include readings and remembrances by Betsey Apple and a number of Apple’s friends, all of whom will then collectively sign copies of “Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R. W. Apple, Jr.” — including CBS White House correspondent Bill Plante, wine collector and aficionado; noted food and wine experts and writers Marian Burros, formerly of The New York Times, and Clark Wolf, author of “American Cheeses”; and John Fox Sullivan, who is publisher at large at Atlantic Media Company — and a Town Council member in Washington.

Ballards will offer award-winning wines from Chester Gap Cellars, farmstead cheeses of Stonyman Gourmet and Cowgirl Creamery and items from Warrenton’s Red Truck Bakery. The wines, cheeses, and baked goods will be also available for purchase. This event is free and open to the all. A portion of the day’s sales will benefit the Food Pantry — which will also have a truck parked outside Ballards for those who just want to drop by and make food or other donations.

After the Ballards event, the Food Pantry truck will move at 6:30 p.m. up the road to the benefit party sponsored by Flavor magazine at The Meadows, the historic home of Beverly and John Fox Sullivan.

Roasted lamb and pig from Blue Ridge Meats will be served alongside dishes prepared by Thornton River Grill Catering. The top Virginia wines as chosen by D.C.’s top sommeliers in a blind tasting will be available for tasting. Wine auctions will feature selections from The Inn at Little Washington’s cellar and from Johnny Apple’s own cellar. Tickets are $75 and are limited. Tickets are available for purchase online at

Chuck Redd on the vibes.

The Redd brothers

Music of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington comes to the Theatre in Washington April 3 when well-known jazz musicians Chuck Redd and his brother Robert Redd will give a concert beginning at 8 p.m. The Redds are extraordinary entertainers and players and should not be missed.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for those 17 and younger. To make reservations, contact the theater at 540-675-1253 or

Roger Piantadosi
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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.