Washington: A home-schooled graduate

Saturday marked the graduation ceremony for Joy Virginia Alther of Washington. Proud parents, grandparents and friends gathered to celebrate the special occasion at Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church in Washington.

Joy Alther

Pastor John K. Burke introduced and offered the opening invocation. He thanked the Lord for the blessing of Joy Alther. It was a heartfelt prayer that graciously led the way for the rest of the program.

Dr. Vinton Williams of Warrenton and Evangelist David Sommerdorf from Alaska delivered the message that focused on Joy’s development of a commitment to academic excellence, a lifestyle of learning and a sincere love and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.

For 13 years, Joy’s mother, Judy Alther, has given her life to teaching Joy the basics of education; it was as much a graduation for her as it was for Joy. She taught her how to read, write and do math. But most importantly, she taught her about the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

With a big smile on her face, Joy accepted her diploma for the graduating class of 2010 from Christian Liberty Academy from her grandfather, Pastor John K. Burke. Afterwards she moved her tassel from right to left on his mortarboard hat. A closing prayer from the pastor that encouraged Joy to use her life in God’s service.

Joy is the son of Steven and Judy Alther of Washington, granddaughter of John K. Burke and the late Edna Burke and Roy and Josephine Alther of Sperryville.

Calling all singers

A reminder that the Rhappsody Singers meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Washington Baptist Church social hall. New singers welcome!

RAAC comedy plays

Get a few laughs on Friday (April 23) and Saturday (April 24) when the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community Theatre (RAAC) presents the comedy play “What’s So Funny” at 8 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m., on Saturday at the theater on Gay Street, Washington.

The production consists of several short but highly entertaining vignettes guaranteed to make you laugh.
There are three parts to this production:

“Checkers” by Dale Doerman, starring Joyce Abell and Andy Platt, tells the story of an elderly couple on the verge of losing their marbles who use the game of checkers to wage and win old battles.

Howard Coon will be on hand to perform a couple of monologues from Mark Twain’s “Extracts From Adam’s Diary.” Listen to Adam, our theoretical ancestor, as he complains about the new and bossy creature that has come into his life.

Four vignettes from Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor” will be presented last. Each vignette is a loving, good-natured spoof of Anton Chekhov short stories. Done as only Simon can, these stories are taken to hilarious, over-the-top conclusions. The scenes feature Norman Getsinger, Stephanie Mastri, Andy Platt, Gary Grossman, Erin Switzer, Donald Chandler, Patty Hardee and Peter Hornbostel.
The price of admission is $15 per person. The RAAC Community Theatre is at 310 Gay St., Washington.

For more information and reservations, call RAAC at 540-675-3193 or send e-mail inquiries to bsmah@stoneledge.net. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. You’ll experience an evening of uplifting entertainment while supporting the arts and some of your favorite local actors.

Get well wishes

Let’s remember Judy Tole, a dear friend of mine in our prayers each day. Judy has recently had back surgery. She volunteer hours at the Rappahannock Historical Society.