The Rapp for Dec. 9

Help them ‘Shop with a Cop’

Especially around the holidays, one realizes how many good causes there are in and around Rappahannock County, so please forgive us if we burden you with one more good-deed-doing worthy of your support. That would be the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office’s annual “Shop with a Cop” program — now in its 14th year — in which the sheriff and deputies take some of the county’s neediest kids on an early-morning shopping trip to Front Royal’s K-mart, where the kids can pick out $100 worth of presents. After that, it’s breakfast at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue fire hall, where they can also visit with Santa, and where parents can pick them up with their presents now wrapped and a food basket in hand.

Not many folks besides deputies and the kids themselves get to go on these trips, but anyone who has will not forget it. The Sheriff’s office was hoping to take 80 kids to Front Royal this coming weekend, and the way to help is to make a tax-deductible contribution to the program. Check out the ad on page B4, and send in yours today.

The members of Cobalt; photo courtesy of Chateauville Foundation.

Classical holiday at Castleton

Castleton’s annual holiday event this year is a young affair for both young and old: a program of both classical and seasonal works played by a brass quintet of future all-stars formed 18 months ago at the famed Juilliard School. The concert is 4 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 12), and in addition to festive music by the Cobalt Brass Quintet (whose members are shown here), a reception with holiday cookies and other seasonal treats is included in the $25 to $30 ticket price.

If you have not yet been to the Maazel family’s (acoustically and otherwise) merry and bright Theatre House yet, this might be the moment to call 540-937-4969 or visit and do something about that.

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck

It’s a Girl Scout thing

The county’s Girl Scouts — here shown singing carols just outside the Rappahannock News office last Friday (Dec. 3) — have been busy preparing for the holidays with a variety of activities. On Nov. 19, all troops in the county came to make ornaments and decorate the tree outside the office at the elementary school. Last Friday, before they headed through town a-caroling with leaders and parents, the Girl Scouts returned to ornament making at Trinity Episcopal Church, where they made bird-friendly ornaments to decorate the wildlife tree outside the county courthouse. The younger troops participated in the Christmas parade in Little Washington (see page B1) while the two cadet troops served hot chocolate, hot Dr. Pepper and cookies to chilly parade watchers. And on Nov. 24, Troop 628 continued with their tradition of preparing Thanksgiving meals for delivery to senior citizens in the county; once again coordinating with the Rappahannock Senior Center to provide meals for many seniors during this holiday season.

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