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.

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.

Thursday, April 8-Saturday, April 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-percent off coupon for use at any Goodwill store. The Goodwill Industries has a trailer at the Forest Grove Church School to accept donations going through April 10. Donations will be received 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 to 2 Saturday.

Friday, April 8-April 26
The Middle Street Gallery, a non-profit artists’ cooperative based in Washington, will present a special exhibition of works by its new members 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.

Thursday, April 8-Monday, May 3
The Rappahannock Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office has extended office hours from April 8 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.

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.

Monday, April 12
The last day to register to vote in the town election. Office hours from 8 a.m – 4 p.m. Town election will be held May 4th. Absentee voting is available now in the office at 262A Gay Street. Last day to vote absentee is Saturday May 1. Office number is 540-675-5280.

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.

Friday, April 16
RAAC Film: “Julie and Julia” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, at 8 p.m. Cost for adults $6. The Theatre, 291 Gay Street. No reservations.

Friday, April 16
Piedmont Chapter: Virginia Tech for life Blood Drive from 2-7 p.m., at Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Drive, Culpeper. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. If you are interested in volunteering your time or if you need additional information, please contact Andrew Moody at Please come out and donate! new

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, April 17
Concert Pianist Naoko Takao plays music of Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Ravel at 8 p.m. at the Theatre of Washington, 291 Gay Street. Cost for adults $20; $5 under 18. For reservations, phone 540-675-1253 or email

Saturday, April 17
Fodderstack 10K race begins at 9 a.m.. Registration at the Flint Hill Fire Hall starts at 7:30 a.m. Awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Any questions, call Jean Lillard at 540-675-3670.

Saturday, April 17
A Grandma’s Attic Yard Sale, bake sale and healthy snacks and drinks will be offered our community at the Washington Baptist Church, starting at 8 a.m. For more information you call call the Church Office at 540-675-3336.

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.

Sunday, April 18
Free movie, “Meet the Robinsons,” at Flint Hill United Methodist Church, 4 p.m. Everyone welcome. For more information call 540-675-3370.

Sunday, April 18-Thursday, April 22
Revival services at the Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church, Washington, 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Evangelist David Sommerdorf from Alaska, the guest speaker. Special singing and nursery nightly. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Pastor John K. Burke at 540-937-4944.

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

Wednesday, April 21
Rappahannock Free Clinic from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Health Department, Main Street, Washington. 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 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.

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
Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville, offers a class on Felt n Stitch Pillow Top from 9 to 1, taught by Nan Crawford of Felting Frenzy. Class includes all materials and supplies. Sample of finished product can be seen at Cost is $65. Register by calling 540-987-8251 or email

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, April 24
Healthy Horses, Heathy Bay: A Workshop for Horse Owners is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Madison Fire Hall. Topics include mud management, ways to feed hay and complete chores more efficiently and local success stories. For information contact Culpeper Soil & Water District at 540-825-8591 or visit the calendar section at Workshop fee is $15, which includes lunch and door prizes for hay, grooming supplies and tack store gift certificates.

Sunday, April 25
Open House at Hearthstone School, Sperryville is 2 to 4 p.m. Nursery/Kindergarten to 12th grade, state-licensed daycare. Classes for home schoolers available. Visit our school, see classrooms, meet the teachers and view student work. For more information call 540-987-9212.

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 1
Do You Wanna Dance? Get out those dancing shoes, dust off your Fred and Ginger moves and get ready for a night of cheek to cheek at the Link, 8 to 11 p.m., for $25 ($35 at the door). Dress in your best “country elegant,” enjoy light refreshments/sodas and an evening of swing, foxtrot, waltz, lindy, cha-cha and more. Cash bar. Come at 7 for instruction. Call 540-675 -1373 or 540-675-3152 for reservations. Proceeds will go to the Link, Rappahannock’s Non-Profit Center.

Saturday, May 1
“Bringing in the May” Ocean Quartet: fiddle and accordion, Morris Dancers, Celtic song, and the ancient Green Man at 8 p.m., at The Theatre at Washington, 291 Gay Street. $20 adults; $5 under 18. For reservations, phone 540-675-1253 or email

Saturday, May 8
Smithsonian at Little Washington. Sonatas by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. Ian Swensen, violin, Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano, 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Washington, 291 Gay Street. Cost for adults $20; $5 under 18. For reservations, phone 540-675-1253 or email

Friday, May 21
RAAC Film: “It’s Complicated” starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, at 8 p.m. Cost for adults, $6. The Theatre, 291 Gay Street. No reservations.

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.

Saturday, June 5
Laurence Juber (one of the top acoustic guitar players of all time, according to Acoustic Guitar Magazine) in a solo guitar recital, 8 p.m. at the Theatre at Washington, 291 Gay Street. Cost for adults $20; $5 under 18. For reservations, phone 540-675-1253 or email

Saturday, Nov. 6-Sunday, Nov. 7
The sixth annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour, sponsored by RAAC. Prospective open studio artists will be scheduled for visits April 5-16. Watch the newspaper, Rappnet and for more information. new