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.

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 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. 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 29-Friday, May 1
The Rappahannock Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office will be open from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday for personal property taxes and and state and estimated income tax which is due by May 1. For more information call 540-675-5370.

Friday, April 30
Live music returns to Blue Rock. Join the crowd on the patio for a rare visit from Michael Russell and his partner Mfa Kera. They will be joined by Dontez Harris for a mix of afro-soul, blues, jazz and gospel. First set at 6 p.m., music ends at dusk. The Blue Rock Inn, 12567 Lee Highway, Washington. Call 540-987-8010.

Kids Knit on Fridays, from 4 to 5:30 at Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville. Two sessions, includes yarn and needle. Register in advance 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 to 6. For more information, see or call the gallery on weekends at 540-675-3440.

Saturday, May 1-Sunday, May 2
Stamp Show Benefit – Flint Hill Postmaster Lee Morrison will present a display of his extensive private stamp collection from 8 to 5 Saturday and noon to 5., Sunday at the Flint Hill fire hall. The event is sponsored by the Flint Hill Fire & Rescue company and the Flint Hill United Methodist Church as a fund-raiser for Relay for Life. Good food and baked goods will be on sale. The postmaster will be on hand both days to discuss the history and stories behind the stamps and to show one of the largest private collections in the region. Contact Lee Morrison, 540-675-3430.

Come to Blue Ridge Botanicals 27th Annual On-the-Farm Plant Sale from 9 to 2 on both days, at 607 Bessie Bell Mountain Road, Castleton. Blue Ridge has specialized in herbs plants for 27 years and offers a selection of herbs, flowering vines, heirloom tomatoes, perennials, shrubs, natives. For more information call 540-937-3125.

Saturday, May 1
The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation and the Rappahannock Senior Center hosts an open house for alumni and the public, from 1 to 3 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 to 5 on Saturday, and on Sunday from noon to 5. Proceeds benefit the Relay for Life. For more information call 540-675-3291.

Photo courtesy of Donna L. Barker

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 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.

“Bringing in the May” at the Theatre at Washington, 292 Gay St., celebrates the arrival of spring with Celtic music and song at 8 p.m. In addition to the Ocean Quartet and singers from the chorus of the Washington Revels, fiddler Rosie Shipley performs the Cape Breton-style of Scottish traditional fiddle playing. The evening promises some surprises – including an appearance by the ancient Green Man. Tickets $20 for adults and $5 for those under 18. For reservations phone (540) 675-1253 or send email to

Sunday, May 2
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Little Fork Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Oak Shade Road in Rixeyville, noon to 4:30. 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

Sunday, May 2
Beginning Crochet Sundays 4:30 to 6, 3 sessions. Students pick project. Includes yarn and hook, fee $60 at Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville. Register in advance 540-987-8251.

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.

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

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 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

Friday, May 14
Vintage Faith Program: The Knights of Columbus of St. Peter’s Catholic Church will host a “Vintage Faith” discussion at Gadino Cellars in the winery tasting room. The speaker will be Jonathan Brand, headmaster at Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, who will speak on the value and role of Catholic education in today’s society. A social period with wine and cheese will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the speaker and follow-up discussion at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited, so call to reserve space. Call Barbara Cioffi at 540-937-2504 or e-mail to

Saturday, May 15-Sunday, May 16
The American Cancer Society will hold the annual Rappahannock County Relay for Life at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Opening ceremony at 4 p.m. For information, contact Tim Grove at 540-667-2315, Ellen Timbers at 540-987-8402, or Gary Schwartz 540-675-3207. More details will be in next week’s paper.

Saturday, May 15
Yard sale by the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad, from 9 to 2. 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 to 1, 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

Breakfast Buffet cooked by Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue with all proceeds to support their operations. From 7 to 11 a.m., at the Washington Fire Hall. Come for an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet: eggs, pancake, sausage, biscuit, gravy, bacon, potatoes, stewed apples, juice & coffee. $8 for adults, $4 per child 10 and younger. For more information call 540-675-3615.

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 the James Fletcher Massie family’s Meadow Grove Farm. Gala event with a gourmet dinner and live auction, to recognize landowners who have donated a conservation easement in the last year and to raise funds for the county’s Farmland Preservation Program (FPP). For details on the event, or the RCCA $100/100 Raffle or to learn more about conservation in Rappahannock, contact the RCCA at 540-987-9118 or or visit

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.

The Rappahannock Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (Aaron Mt. Strutters) will be holding their 3rd Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Link. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the buffet dinner catered by David Huff~County Cafe will be served at 6:36 p.m. The evening will be fun-filled with raffles, games, silent & live auction, scholarship presentation and door prizes. For tickets or more information; e-mail or call Darryl Jenkins at 540-364-9104.

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 St. 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.

Monday, July 26-Friday, July 30
Sperryville Pottery Summer Clay Camp, also Aug. 2-6; 9 to 1 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.