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

Help clean up Rappahannock.

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.

April 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.

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

Thursday, April 1
The Rappahannock Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office has extended office hours from April 1 through May 3. The office will be open 8 to 5 Monday through Friday to assist taxpayers with state income taxes, personal property forms and tax relief for the elderly. Call 540-675-5370.

Thursday, April 1
Willis Chapel United Methodist Charge, Huntly, is hosting a Maundy service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. For more information call Rev. Leah DeLong, at 540-675-3370.

Thursday, April 1
Hopewell Baptist Church, Sperryville, will hold its Pre-Easter service at 7:30 p.m., with Rev. Arthur Green from Swiftford Baptist church. Criglersville, Va.

Friday, April 2
Willis Chapel United Methodist Charge, Huntly, hosting a Children’s Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Friday, April 2 at 9 a.m. Sperryville, United Methodist Charge, Good Friday service is scheduled for 7 p.m. For more information call Rev. Leah DeLong at 540-675-3370. new

Friday, April 2-26
The Middle Street Gallery, a non-profit artists’ cooperative based in Washington, will present a special exhibition of works by its new members from April 2 through April 26. Patti Brennan, an artist from Sperryville who works in stained glass, Paula Endo, a photographer from Amissville and Patricia Underwood, a print-maker from Castleton and Washington, D.C. will show their works. Mary Brownstein, a sculptress from Marshall, will show her works in May. There will be an opening reception for artists and the public from 2-5 p.m., on Saturday, April 10. The Gallery is located next to The Inn at Little Washington.

Saturday, April 3
Glassworks Gallery and Oldway Art Center open house, 1 to 5 p.m. Meet many of the local artists; the majority of the pieces at Glassworks Gallery are by Rappahannock artists; many will be here to explain their work. Among those 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. Details at 540-987-8474 or

Saturday, April 3
The 34th running of the Old Dominion Point-to-Point at Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Va. Come and enjoy the thrill of the ‘chase at the Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point. Eight races, starting at noon. Don’t miss the featured Leeds Don open timber challenge!
Ben Venue is located off 211 West in Rappahannock County. From Warrenton take 211 West and proceed 16 miles to Route 729. Turn right. The course is a quarter mile on the right. For information: 540-364-4573 or 540-636 1507

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 the Melvin Crusaders team, Ellen Timbers, Captain.
Individuals are encouraged to come out and register for the Relay on May 15 and 16; you can pick up the Luminaria forms.
For information call Ellen Timbers at 540-987-8515.

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. For information, 540 -675-3615

Saturday, April 3
Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Sperryville, will hold its Easter Eggstravaganza, a morning of games, food and fun for the entire community, from 10 to noon. There will be a nationally-known puppet show, plenty of food and activities, 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. 540 987 9191

Saturday, April 3-10
Forest Grove Baptist Church, Viewtown, has begun a new missionary ministry focusing specifically to the folks of Rappahannock County. We are partnering with Goodwill Industries to collect clothing and goods which will be used in this area.
For each 300 pounds of goods received we will receive coupons that families in need may use to purchase items at Goodwill Industries. Individuals donating items will also receive a tax deduction slip and a 20 % off coupon for use at any Goodwill store.
The Goodwill Industries will place a trailer at the Forest Grove Church School to accept donations beginning April 3 through April 10. Donations will be received Monday through Friday 7 a.m. till 9 p.m;, Saturday 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.;and Sunday 12 p.m. till 4 p.m.
On April 3rd 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 will hold 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. For information: 540-987-8515

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 welcome 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.

Sunday, April 4
Hopewell Baptist Church, Sperryville, will hold 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.

Sunday, April 4
The Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge will host First-Sunday Community Music at 4 p.m. at The Link in Sperryville. Please join us in making music — no experience necessary. This 90-minute gathering will be casual, improvisational, collaborative and fun. 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, the director of Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School where she teaches voice, guitar, and songwriting. For more details see

Sunday, April 4
The Rappahannock United Methodist Charge will hold an Easter sunrise service, at 6:45 a.m., on the farm of Richard and Ester Settle on Jericho Road, north of Flint Hill. A breakfast follows at the Flint Hill Fire Hall. Easter worship services are: Flint Hill UMC – 8:45 a.m., Willis Chapel UMC – 9:55 a.m., Sperryvlle UMC – 11:30 a.m. For more information call Rev. Leah DeLong at 540-675-3370.

Sunday, April 4
Please join the congregation of Fellowship Assembly of God church, Sperryville, in an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. The Resurrection morning worship will begin at 10 a.m. There will be no evening service.

Tuesday, April 6
The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library in the Jamieson Room. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Steve Beatty at 540-522-2588 or

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.

Friday, April 9-Sunday, April 11
Living Whole Health and Green Comfort present a weekend at Belle Meade Farm. Come together with other women to tune into your body in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Join us for a whole foods organic cooking class, daily yoga and an herbal workshop led by Teresa Boardwine. Local Saturday day rate is $99 if booked before April 4, $125 otherwise. For details contact Cheryl Mirabella at 703-599-8791, or

Saturday, April 10
Wakefield Country Day School hosts an open house with tours and refreshments from 10 a.m. to noon. WCDS is a private college-prep, preschool-to-12th-grade day school offering a rigorous classical education focusing on both character and intellect, with an unbroken tradition of 100 percent four-year college acceptance. At 1059 Zachary Taylor Hwy. (U.S. 522), Flint Hill. For more information call 540-635-8555 ext. 227 or check Bus service available from eight area counties.

Saturday, April 10
In celebration of 100th anniversary of scouting, the Friends of Scouting Breakfast will be held at the Amissville United Methodist Church Hall at 8 a.m., with guest speaker Ron Maxwell, director of “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals.” For details call Walt Longyear at 540-675-3679 or Tom Junk at 540-987-8617.

Saturday, April 10
Hearthstone School’s Live Auction begins at 5 p.m., viewing and silent auction begin at 4 p.m. Appetizers, wine and cheese will be served. No cover charge. Auction items include antiques, artwork, jewelry, gift certificates for a wide range of goods and services, gift baskets, baked goods, toys, pottery and more. At 11576 Lee Hwy., two miles west of Sperryville. Details at 540-987-9212.

Saturday, April 10
Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville, offers a class on tapestry weaving from 1 to 4 p.m., taught by Linda Witt of Misty Mountain Farm in Amissville. Class includes beka loom and yarn, but participants are encouraged to bring their own leftover yarns as well. Cost is $85. Register by calling 540-987-8251 or email

Sunday, April 11
Miss Rappahannock pageant registration and rehearsal at 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., with minister Aarif Bradley, a 15-year-old man who has a word for young and old.

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 should contact Kimberley Martin at 540-825-3100, ext. 3146 or TTY 540-825-7391.

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: a spaghetti lunch from noon to 3 at the Washington Fire Hall. All are welcome. Call 540-522-6656 for more information.

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). All are encouraged to attend to learn more about helping RLEP work to sustain and enhance the county’s natural resources and rural character. More at, or call 540-317-1499.

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

Wednesday, April 21
Rappahannock County Prevention Coalition (RCPC) sponsors a Teen Summit on “Underage Alcohol Use Prevention” 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rappahannock County High School Auditorium. For parents, youth, church groups, community agencies, individuals who work with youth and all who want to help create a healthy community. The summit provides information about underage alcohol use and RCPC programs. A 50-50 raffle will support the After School Arts Program. Contact RCPC vice chair Dani Pond at 540-987-8575 or

Friday, April 23, Saturday, April 24
The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) begins a series of one-act comedy plays and performances at the RAAC Theatre on Gay Street in Washington with “What’s So Funny?” — Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Admission is $15; tickets at the door or call RAAC at 540-675-3193. Please come out and help us celebrate the start of our 2010 season of great community theater!

Saturday, April 24
An Across the Years Reunion for graduates of Rappahannock County High School from the 1960s through the 2000s — including teachers past and present — starts at 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, a fundraiser by Katherine Todd Team for Relay for Life, will be held 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 hosts an open house for alumni and the public, 1 to 3 p.m at the school. No cost for this event, which includes the grand opening of the Rappahannock African-American Heritage Center. A program about the county’s history, 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 to come.

Monday, July 26-Friday, July 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-Saturday, Aug. 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. Call Becky Thorpe at 540-987-8817.