Calendar: Rapp Happenings

The Rapp Happenings section lists events, generally in Rappahannock County, on a space-available basis. (The web site will always list 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. E-mail to; please include a name and contact information we can publish.

The annual spring cleanup of Rappahannock County’s roadsides, streams and unsightly spots is under way. For details, contact coordinator Hunt Harris at 540-987-3366 or or call the county administrator’s office at 540-675-5330.

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 state-licensed nursery program and kindergarten program. For more information: 540-987-9212.

Aging Together in Rappahannock County is starting a support group for caregivers of older individuals, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Larry Stillwell, a family and volunteer caregiver, is an Alzheimer’s Association-trained support group leader. Watch this space for a June date for the first meeting. Contact Stillwell at 540-675-2531 or to join.

Thursday, April 15
The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Culpeper Chapter #73, has a deadline today for essays from students of Rappahannock County (public, private or home-schooled) participating 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. Contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or

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

Friday, April 16
Piedmont Chapter: Virginia Tech for life Blood Drive is 2 to 7 p.m., at Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Drive, Culpeper. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. To volunteer or for more information, contact Andrew Moody at

Friday, April 16
The Rappahannock County Tourism Advisory Group accepts applications through April 16 for part-time volunteer positions to staff the Rappahannock County Visitors Center at Avondale Farmhouse, scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend or soon thereafter. Time commitment is a minimum of two four-hour shifts per month. Volunteers get professional training for duties to include providing information on history, accommodations, dining, shopping, events and activities for visitors, customer service instruction and more. Applications also sought for a part-time paid Visitors Center manager. Good communications skills required. Customer service and/or retail experience a plus, basic knowledge of Rappahannock preferred; basic Internet skills or willingness to learn. Submit letter of interest with applicable background to Rappahannock County Office of Tourism, PO Box 519, 290 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747 or by e-mail to

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 begins at 8 a.m., Washington Baptist Church. For more information, call church office at 540-675-3336.

Saturday, April 17
Third Annual Car Show is 8 to 2 at Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department on U.S. 211 west of Sperryville, sponsored by the Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church. Over 80 trophies will be awarded in 10 categories. Event supports the church building fund. Call Richard Smith at 540-270-0161 for more information.

Saturday, April 17
Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville, has a 9 to 11 a.m. class on drop spindle spinning taught by Carol Soaper of Carol’s Handmaid in Marshall. Class includes spindle and 8 ounces of local Jacob Sheep Roving. Fee is $35 Register at 540-987-8251 or

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. Event benefits the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Contact Deanna Wayland at 540-987-8366 or

Saturday, April 17
Bluegrass music, open to all, 7 to 9 p.m. at Sperryville United Methodist. Featuring Bob Chappell and Hollowbound from Rappahannock County; other musicians welcome to participate. Refreshments. For information call Pauline Aylor at 540-987-8136.

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

Sunday, April 18
“Planting Peace, Teaching Hope” is a talk and and dialogue with Daoud Nassar of Tent of Nations, 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington. Palestinian Christian farmer Nassar and his family work their 100-acre farm and olive grove near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. The family members, including children, strive to maintain a haven of peace and brotherhood through activities at Tent of Nations, a peace and local education center ( where Palestinian neighbors, international visitors and interested Israelis join in conversations, tree planting, children’s camps and other nonviolent activities. For details call 540-675-3716 or e-mail, or contact Beverly Hunter at 540-937-4744 or Tax-deductible donations can be made at the event or at any time through Friends of Tent of Nations North America (

Sunday, April 18
Benefit fundraiser by Katherine Todd Team for Relay for Life: a spaghetti lunch, yard sale, raffle drawing from noon to 3 at the Washington Fire Hall. All are welcome. Call 540-522-6656 for more information.

Sunday, April 18
Benefit fundraiser by Rappahannock National Bank’s Relay for Life team is an 8:30 a.m. bake sale at 211 Quicke Mart. All are welcome. Call 540-522-6656.

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

Sunday, April 18
Macedonia Ushers’ Ministry 58th anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest preacher will be Rev. Nathaniel Butler accompanied by his choir and congregation from Good Hope Baptist Church, Culpeper. Lunch at 1:30 p.m. Ushers, please dress in uniform.

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 is guest speaker. Special singing and nursery nightly. 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 for 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 between 11-4 p.m., on Tuesday to pre-register for the Rappahannock clinic on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 21
Rappahannock County Farm Tour Kick-Off Meeting is 6 p.m. at The Link, Sperryville. Owners of all Rappahannock County agriculturally focused businesses, including farms, wineries, orchards, horticultural nurseries, farm markets and other related businesses, and those wishing to volunteer in planning the 2010 Rappahannock County Farm Tour (Sept. 25-26) are invited. The Farm Tour Planning Committee will outline details for this year’s tour and discuss the application process for tour participation. RSVP the Rappahannock County Office of Tourism at or call 540-675-5330.

Thursday, April 22
Spring cleaning of Rappahannock County’s roadsides, sponsored by the Rappahannock Democratic committee. Meet 8 a.m. at Massies Corner. Work continues until noon (coffee provided free by Central Coffee, plus snacks). For details, call Melissa Harris at 540-987-9299.

Thursday, April 22
Staff representative from Congressman Cantor’s office will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. to discuss constituent concerns at the Rappahannock County Library Conference Room, Washington. For more information call 202-225-7440.

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. 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
Free Self Defense presentation from 10-11 a.m., at Rappahannock County Elementary School gym. Sponsored by Department of Social Services (DSS) and Services to Abused Families (SAFE). For more information call Gina Mullins at 540-825-8891.

Saturday, April 24
Healthy Horses, Heathy Bay: A Workshop for Horse Owners is 9 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 of $15 includes lunch and door prizes for hay, grooming supplies and tack store gift certificates.

Saturday, April 24
Rappahannock Republican Committee’s Annual Reagan Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Fire Hall. Gen. John K. Singlaub will be the keynote speaker. Free admission, bring a dish to share. For more information call Terry Dixon at 540-937-7940.

Saturday, April 24
Rappahannock Seniors are having a Bake Sale/Yard Sale, 9 to 1 at the 211 Quicke Mart. Proceeds benefit the Rappahannock Seniors.

Saturday, April 24
Hymn Sing is 7 p.m. at Flint Hill Pentecostal Church, Aileen Road. For more information call 540-636-2497.

Saturday, April 24
The Afro American Historical Association (AAHA), museum at The Plains, VA, presents Nan Butler Roberts, a local writer/speaker from 1-2 pm., for a dialogue entitled, “The Stories of 3 bold, beautiful, strong, intelligent African American Women”, featuring the life stories of Madame C.J. Walker, Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Dorothy C. Butler. Contact the museum at or phone 540-253-7488.

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 the school, see classrooms, meet the teachers and view student work. Call 540-987-9212.

Wednesday, April 28
Rappahannock National Bank is sponsoring an inaugural business networking event to be held at The Link in Sperryville sanctioned by the Rappahannock Non-Profit Center. The “meet and greet” free event, from 5-7 p.m., is the first in a series of open quarterly business networking events planned at The Link.

Monday,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, a stained glass artist from Sperryville; 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. The Gallery is located next to The Inn at Little Washington.

Friday, April 30-Sunday May 25
The Middle Street Gallery is pleased to present “ARAWAK “ the solo show of new work by gallery member Patricia Underwood. Opening reception with artist on May 2 from 2-5 p.m. “Arawak” comprises a series of mixed media prints on wood veneer inspired by Native American culture. Underwood was inspired by pictographs she discovered and photographed in a cave while visiting the island of Aruba. Her studio is located in Castleton. The Middle Street Gallery is an independent, non-profit cooperative gallery located next to The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va. Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, see or call the gallery on weekends at 540-675-3440.

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
Sperryville volunteer fire department auxiliary will be having a spring pickin’ party at 4 p.m. and high on the hog bbq. Call Michelle Jenkins at 540-987-9440 for more information.

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 St.. $20 adults; $5 under 18. For reservations, phone 540-675-1253 or e-mail

Saturday, May 1
Benefit fundraiser by Rappahannock National Bank team for Relay for Life: a car wash, 211 Qmart at 9 a.m., Call 540-522-6656 for more information.

Sunday, May 2
The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be at Little Fork Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Oak Shade Road in Rixeyville, noon-4:30 p.m. The blood drive is co-sponsored by the Church and Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. Donors will receive a Red Cross water jug as a thank-you gift. Appointments can be made by calling the church office at 540-937-4306 or e-mailing

Monday, May 3
The Rappahannock Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office has extended office hours 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.

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 St. Cost for adults $20; $5 under 18. For reservations, phone 540-675-1253 or e-mail

Saturday, May 8
Benefit fundraiser by Rappahannock National Bank team for Relay for Life: a bake sale, 211 Qmart at 8:30 a.m., Call 540-522-6656 for more information.

Saturday, May 15
Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad’s yard sale is 2 p.m. at the squad building on Main Street. Call Sally Price at 540-987-9166 regarding items to donate.

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 St. 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.

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 S. Cost for adults $20; $5 under 18. For reservations, phone 540-675-1253 or e-mail

Saturday, June 12
The Madison Women’s Four Miler Training Program, led by Jean Link of Syria, Va., prepares female walkers and runners ages 10 and older for the Charlottesville Women’s Four Mile Race to benefit the UVA Cancer Center Breast Care Program, scheduled for Sept. 4 this year. Training starts at 7 a.m. at the Madison County High School track. Sign up information to be announced. Contact Link at 540-923-4038 or

Wednesday, June 16-Saturday, June 19
Contestants for carnival queen and Miss 4th of July sought for Sperryville carnival for June 16-19. Call Michelle Jenkins for more information at 540-987-9440.

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. Contact 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. Open to children with special needs. 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, 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.