The Rapp for Oct. 28

It’s Halloween all over

Saturday night, for the second year, the Link (and the Rappahannock Non-Profit Center, which runs the community center) holds its Halloween Country Dance. There will be prizes for the best costume, and Sperryville columnist Barbara Adolfi reports that two of the prizes (one for a child’s costume and one for adult) will award free use of the Link for an event — a daytime child’s party and a weekday evening gathering, respectively, to be arranged for a date mutually convenient to the prize winner and the Link. The party starts at 6:30 with a dance lesson and music by Gourdvine; there’s no charge for children with parents, and goodies for ages 10 and younger. Advance reservations are $15 per couple, $7.50 for a single. It’s $10 per adult at the door. To reserve, call 540-987-9750 or e-mail

Saturday night at the Theatre at Washington, there’s a Celtic/Halloween concert with a twist. See the story here.

In Washington on Sunday, the traditional spontaneous house-to-house trick-or-treat-fest starts usually around dusk, and even if you aren’t among the 200 or so lucky kids-in-costume, it’s worth a (careful) drive, or better still, a walk through town. Trinity Episcopal Church has an open house — tables and chairs for rests, hot dogs for protein amid the sweets and most businesses in town are open — including this one, the Rappahannock News, where someone might be standing by with candy and costumed as a 21st-century newspaper publisher (jacket, no tie, not enough sleep, etc.)

More Halloween weekend events are listed in the Rapp Happenings calendar.

A work by Washington artist Kevin Adams from his new Shenandoah National Park collection.

Shenandoah’s 75th and you

Shenandoah National Park is inviting its neighboring communities to join the Park in celebrating its 75th anniversary year by hosting local events that will incorporate the Park’s messages of history, land stewardship, wildlife conservation and other similar themes.
At 6 p.m. Monday at the Washington Town Hall, the Rappahannock County Office of Tourism will host an informational meeting for local organizations that sponsor events that could be included in the calendar of official events of the park’s 75th anniversary year and could benefit from a broad marketing campaign, including a listing on

Tourism officials and Shenandoah National Park officials will be on hand to explain the application process for becoming a sanctioned event and will give suggestions for adapting an ongoing annual event to tie in with the Park’s anniversary. Applications will be available at the meeting.

Rappahannock County is already involved in the celebration, thanks to two of its local artists. Painter Kevin Adams has donated an original painting titled “Old Rag and The Piedmont” (pictured here) from which a series of limited-edition, signed and numbered prints will be made and sold during the year as a fund-raising effort. On Nov. 21, The Inn at Little Washington hosts a ticketed reception to present Adams’ collection, “Our Heritage, Our Park: New Paintings of Shenandoah National Park,” also a fundraising event that includes a silent auction of one of Adams’ new paintings.

Eric Kvarnes commemorative medallion.

Well-known and respected local glass artist Eric Kvarnes has created an original glass medallion (also shown here) that the Park will sell as an official memento of the year-long event.

As Shenandoah National Park’s closest neighbor and biggest fan, Rappahannock County’s events and its people are important to the success of its 75th anniversary year. For details on the Nov. 8 meeting or how to get your event involved, contact Laura Overstreet at or the Rappahannock County Office of Tourism at 540-675-5330.

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