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 your event absolutely must appear in the paper, on a certain date, please call Rappahannock News advertising consultant Patti Engle at 540-878-2417.

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The Rappahannock Rage Wrestling Club Team is accepting boy and girls ages 4-17 who would like to learn how to wrestle. This is a year-round club that competes in tournaments weekly. Practices are held at Rappahannock County High School on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:45 to 7 p.m., for advanced wrestlers ages 14-17 and for beginning wrestlers ages 4-14 from 7 to 8 p.m. Contact coach Jamie Harris at 540-742-9704 or coach Jason Spence at 540-522-1645 or

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 runs 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, $5 per hour per child. Hearthstone also offers a state-licensed nursery program and kindergarten program. For more information: 540-987-9212.

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.

Meeting of the Rappahannock Eldercare Coalition at 1 p.m., at the Rappahannock Library, Washington. The group welcomes help in providing services and information to older citizens and their families. On the agenda this month: formation of a new support group for caregivers. Rappahannock Eldercare Coalition meets the fourth Thursday of every month. For more information, contact Larry Stillwell at 540- 675-2531 or

Friday, April 23
Kids Knit on Fridays, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville. Two sessions, includes yarn and needle. Register in advance at 540-987-8251.

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?” 8 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15; tickets at the door or call RAAC at 540-675-3193.

Saturday, April 24
Food Pantry Benefit, 3 to 5 p.m., book-signing with Betsey Apple, the widow of journalist R.W. Apple Jr., who will read and sign “Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R.W. Apple Jr.,” with some of the writer’s friends. Free; sales proceeds benefit the Rappahannock Food Pantry. At R.H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home gallery. 307 Main St., Washington. Call. 540-675-1411 or

Food Pantry Wine and Food Benefit at the Meadows, starting at 6:30 p.m.Roasted lamb and pig from Blue Ridge Meats, dishes prepared by Thornton River Grill Catering, Virginia wines chosen by D.C.’s top sommeliers, cheeses from Stonyman Gourmet, baked goods from Red Truck Bakery and desserts from Mom’s Apple Pie Co. $75. 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Rappahannock Food Pantry. More information: 540-987-9299 or

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.

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

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.

Free Self Defense presentation from 10 to 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.

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

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

Sunday, April 25
Beginning Crochet Sundays 4:30 to 6 p.m., 3 sessions. Students pick project. Includes yarn and hook, fee $60 at Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville. Register in advance 540-987-8251.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 27
Bring your knitting or crochet project, sit and knit on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., at Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville. Free of charge. For more information call 540-987-8251.

Friday, April 30-Sunday May 25
The Middle Street Gallery presents “ARAWAK “ the solo show of new work by gallery member Patricia Underwood. Opening reception with artist on May 2 from 2 to 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.

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.

Flint Hill United Methodist Church Team is having a stamp show/bake sale and yard sale along with hot dogs and barbecue at Flint Hill Fire Hall from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Saturday, and on Sunday, May 2 from 12 to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Relay for Life. For more information call 540-675-3291.

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.

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

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 to 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.

Tuesday, May 4
Meeting of the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee at 7 p.m., at the Rappahannock County Library in the Jamieson Room. Kathy Clements from the Hospice of the Rapidan will speak, as will Rick Waugh, who is running for Congress in our district. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Steve Beatty at or 540-522-2588. new

Friday, May 7-Saturday, May 8
The drama students at Rappahannock County High School have been working hard for the upcoming musical production “The Little Shop of Horrors” directed by Russell Paulette. The curtain opens at 7 p.m. on May 7 and 6 p.m. May 8. Advance tickets are now available on the Web at For $10 each, up to four tickets will be held per name and buyer pays at the door. (We reserve the right to sell uncollected tickets five minutes prior to curtain.) Reserved tickets paid for in advance are $7. (Tickets will not be resold, and can be picked up at the door.) Send checks to Mrs. Volk in the RCHS main office, checks made out to RCHS.

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

The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) is having a yard sale to benefit the shelter at the Amissville Fire House on Route 211 and gently used donations are being accepted starting Friday (April 23) at the shelter located by the landfill in Amissville, during regular shelter hours, 7:30 a.m, to 1 p.m., every day except Sunday and Wednesday. There will be designated area for donations, and someone will be there to answer questions. The following will not be accepted: Computers, monitors, old televisions, anything containing freon (if you cannot dispose of it at the Amisville Landfill for free, we cannot take it). Items in working order are always better than broken ones.
For more information call the shelter at 540-937-3336.

Thornton Hill Hounds Spring Trail Ride at Mountain View, 10 a.m. From Sperrryville, 522 South toward Culpeper for 4.5 miles make a right on 618, travel approximately 1.5 miles parking on left marked by Thornton Hill Hounds sign. Approximately two hours in length, no jumping. Refreshments provided. Cost $20 adults and $10 children. For questions call 540-987-8338. In case of inclement weather call 540-987-8302.

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

Tuesday, May 11
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.

Wednesday, May 12
Two-day workshop on “Tending & Creating the Woods in Your Backyard” also on Wednesday, May 19. Adam Downing of the Virginia Cooperative Extension uses the award winning book The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas. The workshops take participants through the manual, exploring planning and implementation of various land management concepts and tools. Co-sponsored by the Biodiversity Initiative of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection, the workshop is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library. Charge for the workshop is $20/person or $25/couple, which includes the book and an accompanying resource CD. For more information or directions, contact Rappahannock County Extension agent Kenner Love, extension agent, at 675-3619 or, or download the brochure from the Extension Web site’s calendar at

Saturday, May 15
Yard sale by the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad, from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m. It will be held at the squad building on Main Street. If you have any items that you are willing to donate, please call Sally Price at 540-987-9166.

RAWL Rabies Vaccination Clinic, donated to RAWL by Drs. René & John Nolan, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) located on Route 639 off of Route 211 (160 Weaver Road) in Amissville by the landfill. Cost $10 per animal — dogs and cats. All proceeds go to RAWL. Vaccinations will be available for cats and dogs from any county. (pets must be at least 4 months old) For more information call 540-937-3336 or visit

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.

Thornton Hill Hounds Spring Trail Ride at Walker’s High Meadow Farm, 10 a.m. Approaching Flint Hill from the south on 522 north, make a right on 647, Crest Hill Road, travel approximately two miles to High Meadow Farm on right. Approximately two hours in length, no jumping. Refreshments provided. Cost $20 adults and $10 children. For questions call 540-987-8338. In case of inclement weather call 540-987-8302.

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

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.

Tuesday, June 1
Seeking contestants for carnival queen and for Miss Rappahannock County 4th of July. Sperryville carnival is June 16-19. For more information call Michelle Jenkins at 540-987-9440.

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

Monday, June 14
Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue is now seeking contestants for the upcoming carnival to be held June 23-26.
Honorary Fire Chief (ages 14-20), Junior Miss (ages 8-13), and Little Miss (ages 3-7). For tickets and more information contact Sandi at 540-937-4218. The parade is Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The winning contestant will be announced on Friday the June 25 at 9 p.m. The grand prizes will be given away on Saturday June 26. Games , rides and food will be available each night. new

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.