The Rapp for Nov. 4

Set them back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

Set those clocks back

Remember, Sunday (Nov. 7) at 2 a.m. is the time to set your clocks back one hour to Eastern Standard Time. If you forget, you might be an hour early for church (though heaven knows there are worse things you could do).

About next week’s paper

Those of you who get the Rappahannock News delivered at home — and thank you for subscribing! — will not get a paper next Thursday as the Postal Service is closed for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. You should receive your paper Friday.

Helen Mirren

Movie Friday at the Theatre

This Friday (Nov. 5) “The Last Station” screens at 8 p.m. at the Theatre at Washington. Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren (shown here) and Paul Giamatti star in a historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (Again, there are worse things you could do.)

Admission is $6; the concession stand has popcorn, candy, water and hard-working volunteers. Visit for details.

Parade director Denise Chandler with Santa in 2009.

Note to Christmas paraders

Even while the sun is shining, tourists are visiting artists’ studios and leaves are turning, organizers of Little Washington’s annual Christmas Parade are busy planning the Dec. 5 cavalcade of floats, ponies, performers, music and Santa. If you wanted to be in the parade but forgot to tell anyone yet, now’s the time to contact Denise Chandler, parade director, at 540-522-0188, while there are still spaces for a half-dozen more groups.

10th annual pie sale

There’s also still time to order your pumpkin ($12), pecan ($15) or local apple pie ($12) or pumpkin cheesecake ($25) to support Rappahannock High School’s annual pie sale — orders and payment must be received by Nov. 16. Contact Mary Arthur at 540-987-8575 or right now.

Young (Mitzie) at any age

Longtime Washington resident Mitzie Young turned 90 last week, and though she says she had worked very hard to keep her age a secret, she stopped by the newspaper office the other day to pass on how “dumbstruck and overwhelmed” she was at the cards and gifts sent by those who found out about her birthday, either on (not likely) or through a few good friends, which included Rick and Kay Kohler. “They organized such a very, very pleasant party,” Young said, “and I am so appreciative.
“I didn’t really believe that anyone was aware of how old I was, and while I appreciated the recognition and was going to write notes to thank everyone, I’m a bit overwhelmed by the prospect.”

Please consider the note written, Ms. Young.

Eat Local challenge runs through Nov. 15

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is challenging students and families to find as much of their food as possible from local sources during the Eat Local Challenge, a contest running from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, in conjunction with Virginia Farm-to-School Week.
The Farm-to-Table program will bring the contest to all students in the Rappahannock County Public Schools. Families throughout the Piedmont region are also invited to take part, and can find the contest online at

Participants get an Eat Local Challenge “bingo” card, with squares that list local foods available in late fall — such as salad greens, pumpkin seeds, apples, meat, eggs, dairy, honey, jam, preserved foods and cool-weather vegetables. When they eat one of these foods, they can mark it on their card and list the source of the food, which must be grown within 100 miles of their home. For every row of five squares that a participant completes, his or her name will be entered that many times in a drawing to win prizes from local businesses.

Prizes will be awarded through two drawings, one for families and one for students in the Rappahannock schools. Local businesses and individuals that have donated prizes include:

  • Beech Spring Gift Shop in Sperryville
  • Black Bear Bistro in Warrenton
  • The Farm at Sunnyside in Washington.
  • Lee’s Orchard in Washington.
  • Millers Farm Market in Locust Grove
  • Moo Thru Ice Cream in Remington
  • Oak Shade Farm in Culpeper
  • Real Food in Orange
  • Stone Hearth Christmas Tree Farm in Leon
  • Toni Egger in Rappahannock
  • Triple Oak Bakery in Sperryville

Students in Rappahannock will get a boost on their Eat Local Challenge cards, when the county schools celebrate Local Foods Day on Tuesday, Nov. 9, providing local hamburgers, salad and apple crisp in all of the cafeterias.

To find other ingredients on the Eat Local Challenge card, students and families can turn to the Buy Fresh Buy Local holiday guides, which PEC is producing for the Charlottesville area and the northern Piedmont. The guides are available online at
Melissa Wiley, director of PEC’s Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign, says, “It’s definitely more of a challenge to find local food in November than in the summertime. But a wide variety of local foods are available throughout the colder months if you know where to look. Both the Eat Local Challenge and Buy Fresh Buy Local holiday guides can help people discover more of these year-round opportunities.”

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