The Rapp for Sept. 9

Participants in last year's Sept. 11 service at Reynolds Baptist Church prepare to release doves.

Honoring Rappahannock’s first-responders Sept. 11

All Rappahannock County first-responders and their families are invited to a dinner and prayer service from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, 3748 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville.

The event is a commemoration of Patriots Day — the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
“We join all Americans on this day to remember the innocent citizens and first responders who lost their lives and all the brave first responders who risked their lives to save others,” said Reynolds’ Rev. Jon C. Heddleston.

A smoked pork barbecue and chicken dinner with other special dishes and dessert will be served at 6 p.m. in the church’s new fellowship hall. White doves will be released at 7:15 and an honor and prayer service will follow from 7:30 to 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Rev. Heddleston at 540-987-8137.

Will Haynes jumps a fence at last year's Thornton Hill races. Photo by Camden Littleton.

Thornton Hill kicks off fall season

Race officials for Saturday’s Thornton Hill Hounds Point-to-Point have been anxiously eyeing the weather forecast, hoping for rain to soften the late summer drought-parched ground and worrying that their Sept. 11 entries could be adversely affected.
They need not have been concerned.

Horsemen have been lining up in support of the 2010 fall steeplechase season kickoff event, with strong entries in eight carded races. Interest in the maiden turf and maiden hurdle races might even call for splits. Even the junior field masters’ chase attracted seven entries by press time.

Post time is 12:30 p.m. The Thornton Hill races are held at the club’s kennels on U.S. 522 just south of Sperryville. To secure premium reserved parking call 540-987-8338.

Included on the card are races on the flat, over hurdles and over timber. New this year is a SafTFence hurdle that will be tried in the hurdle races. One jump on the circuit (of four) will be the new jump design, with a slightly lower frame and a box made of plastic not steel.

The lineup of fall steeplechases includes the Sept. 18 Blue Ridge Races in Berryville as well as a short ‘chase card at Colonial Downs in New Kent County, the Sept. 26 Foxfield Fall Races in Charlottesville, the Oct. 2-3 Virginia Fall Races in Middleburg, the Oct. 9 Morven Park Races in Leesburg, the Oct. 16 International Gold Cup Races in The Plains, and the Nov. 6 Montpelier Races near Orange. Details are online at — Betsy Burke Parker

‘Tempest’ opens Theatre season

William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” opens the new fall season at the Theatre at Washington with performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. This is a Cambridge American Stage Tour (CAST) production involving 16 directors, producers, actors and designers from Britain’s Cambridge University.

“The Tempest” tells the story of Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda, of the spirit Ariel and of the slave Caliban. The audience is drawn into a world of young love ignited at a glance, of bruised egos and damaged pride. The play is romantic and tragic, eerie and magical. It deals with loss and betrayal, with murderous hatred followed by abundant comedy. “The Tempest” is thought to be Shakespeare’s last play and it is widely believed to be his farewell to the stage before he left London to return for good to his home in Stratford upon Avon.

The production is directed by Mark Maughan, a fourth-year Cambridge undergraduate.

Tickets for the performances at the Theatre are $20 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under. For reservations, call 540-675-1253 or e-mail

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