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Mark your/our calendar

Among the events coming up around the county are this Saturday’s Panther Band Coffee House (last year’s shindig pictured here), which runs from 5 to 9ish at the Rappahannock Elementary School, and includes dinner (rotini with red sauce) and music by, among others, the RCHS Jazz Band, Donald Chandler, Bob Chappell (yes, that Bob Chappell), Robert Glasker, Dan Lewis, Jeff Light, Berni Olson, members of the Gold Top County Ramblers and others. It’s $15; call 540-937-7841.

Speaking of calendars, the Rappahannock News events calendar, printed each week in the paper as space allows, runs in full every week on — where, starting this week, you can also sign up to contribute calendar items directly — to the web site as well as the newspaper. To become a contributor, send an email to and we’ll send instructions.

Rae’s auction house

As owner Rae Gaedke prepares to head south, after many years — and restaurants and other ventures — in Rappahannock County (see this week’s Out of the Attic), she’s having an auction at her former Sperryville restaurant, the latest to carry her name, this Saturday starting at 11. Restaurant equipment, home furnishings, everything must go. If you’re in need of everything, you must go.

You oughta be in pictures

A brief note from Chris Doxzen of Washington arrived the other day: “A wonderful friend of mine, Nina May, owner of a Virginia TV station is a talented screenplay writer, nationally known, a producer of films, director, etc. and is filming a feature-length film here in Rappahannock. She is looking for extras for a specific scene to be shot near Eldon Farms on Saturday, May 29. and has asked me to be a coordinator of extras for that shoot.”

The film is called “Life Fine Tuned,” and if you’re interested — and you don’t mind people telling you how to dress and act — contact Chris at 540-675-3933 or

Farm-to-Table student Chris Garcia demonstrates a raised-bed garden.

Farm-to-Table news

Rappahannock’s Farm-to-Table program, a Headwaters Foundation project in the Rappahannock County public schools, last week received a $95,000 from the Young Farmland Preservation Fund, a fund established in memory of longtime Washington resident Bill Young. The Young fund also provided the initial $11,000 grant to get the program started in 2002 with a greenhouse at the school, erected with the help of the Sunnyside Institute, Kreyling Construction and others.

“This program would not exist without the generous support of community members who think that agricultural and nutritional education is important for students here in the county,” Farm-to-Table program director Trista Scheuerlein wrote yesterday. “I love the tie-in between the community giving to educate our students about agriculture, and our students, in turn, giving produce back to the community. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn about agriculture and the value of serving and being a giving part of your community.”

As an example, Scheuerlein pointed to the fact that on May 2, senior horticulture and Building Trades student Chris Garcia (that’s him in the photo) “spent his post-prom afternoon demonstrating how to build a raised bed at the Rappahannock Food Pantry and Plant-a-Row site. This raised bed will grow food for the Plant-a-Row recipients and will serve as a model for how much food can be raised in a relatively small space. The lumber was donated by Hal Hunter and the soil was donated by David Smoot of Sperryville.”

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