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

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.

Friday, May 7
Rappahannock County Elementary School Kindergarten Registration for all children who will be five years old by Sept. 30, 9 a.m, to 3 p.m. Call 540-987-8259 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, May 7-Saturday, May 8

Clockwise from left are Carly Day, Austin Cloud, Addie Swindler, Mairead McLoughlin and Kelsa Settle. Photo by Maureen Day.

The drama students at Rappahannock County High School present two performances of the musical “The Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by drama teacher Russell Paulette. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday. Advance tickets are now available on the Web at For $10 each, up to four tickets will be held per name and the 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.) Call Cynthia Volk in the RCHS main office at 540-987-8575 to purchase tickets or for more information..

Friday, May 7-Sunday May 25
The Middle Street Gallery presents “Arawak,” the solo show of new work by gallery member Patricia Underwood. “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. Hours are 11 to 6 Friday through Sunday. Details at or 540-675-3440.

Saturday, May 8
Smithsonian at Little Washington’s final performance of the season in Rappahannock County features sonatas by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. Ian Swensen, violin, Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano, 8 p.m. at the Theatre at Washington, 291 Gay St. Reserved seats are $20, $5 for those 17 and younger. For reservations: 540-675-1253 or

The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) benefit yard sale is 8:30 to 2 at the Amissville Fire House on U.S. 211, and gently used donations are being accepted at the shelter located next to the landfill in Amissville (during regular shelter hours, 7:30 a.m, to 1 p.m.). The following will not be accepted: Computers, monitors, old televisions, anything containing freon (if you cannot dispose of it at the Amissville landfill for free, we cannot take it). Items in working order are always better than broken ones. Details 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 starting at 8:30 a.m., Call 540-522-6656 for more information.

Benefit fundraiser by Katherine Todd team for Relay for Life: a bake sale/flower sale, in front of Country Cafe and the Washington Post Office from 9 a.m., to noon. Call 540-522-6656 for more information.

Sunday, May 9
Beginning Crochet Sundays 4:30 to 6, three sessions. Students pick project. Includes yarn and hook, fee $60 at Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Sperryville. Register in advance at 540-987-8251.

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 (RLEP), 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. Contact Rappahannock County extension agent Kenner Love at 675-3619 or, or download the brochure from the Cooperative Extension Web site’s calendar at

Training for volunteer staff at the new Rappahannock County Visitors Center is 9 to noon at the Link community center in Sperryville. for anyone interested in serving as a part-time volunteer for the center. At least 12 part-time volunteers are sought to share staffing duties at the Visitors Center, which will open over Memorial Day weekend and be open to the public 9 to 5 Fridays through Sundays at Avondale Farmhouse on U.S. 211 next to the library. Time commitment is a minimum of two four-hour shifts per month. Training will include the history of the county, information on accommodations, dining, shopping, events and activities for visitors, customer service instruction and more. Contact Laura Overstreet at the Rappahannock County Office of Tourism at or call 540-675-5330.

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’s annual Rappahannock County Relay for Life is 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.

Saturday, May 15
Yard sale by the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad is 9 to 2 at the squad’s headquarters 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 doctors René and John Nolan, from 9 to 1, at Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL), on Route 639/Weaver Road off of U.S. 211 in Amissville, next to the county landfill. Cost is $10 per animal, dogs or cats. All proceeds benefit RAWL. Vaccinations will be available for cats and dogs from any county (pets must be at least four months old). Details at 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 and coffee. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 ages 10 and younger. For more information call 540-675-3615.

Jon Spelman, a professional storyteller since 1980, presents an evening of warm and funny stories, “Tales from the American Landscape,” at 8 p.m at the RAAC Community Theatre in Washington. Tickets are $20. Reservations, highly recommended, can be made by calling 540-675-3193 or sending an e-mail to and leaving your name and phone number (or e-mail address) and the number of tickets you would like. Your reservation will be confirmed. Unless sold out, tickets also will be available at the door.

Sunday, May 16
The First Baptist Church family of Washington will be celebrating pastor Rev. Dr. Wendell Grant’s 33rd anniversary at 3 p.m. Rev. Howard Frye and his church family from Nazareth Baptist Church, Boston, will be the afternoon guests. Lunch will be served after morning service. All is welcome. For more information, call 540-675-3706.

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. to about noon. No jumping, Refreshments provided. Cost is $20, $10 children. Approaching Flint Hill from the south on U.S. 522 north, make a right on Route 647, Crest Hill Road, travel approximately two miles to High Meadow Farm on the right. Call 540-987-8338 for information; for latest information 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., buffet dinner catered by David Huff and County Cafe will be served at 6:30. Raffles, games, silent and live auction, scholarship presentation and door prizes. Email or call Darryl Jenkins at 540-364-9104 for more information.

Thursday, May 27
Meeting of the Rappahannock Eldercare Coalition at the Rappahannock Library at 1 p.m. The Coalition, a community partnership for the county’s older adults, caregivers, family members, service providers and the business community, meets the fourth Thursday of every month. For more information, contact Larry Stillwell, Aging Together county resource specialist, at 540-675-2531 or at

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.