The Rapp for Jan. 20

Celebrating Russell’s life

Join a celebration of the life of James D. Russell from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Link in Sperryville. Bring a potluck dish to share. Mike Russell, MFA Kera, Dontez Harris, DJ Gino of the Voice of America and others will perform their music. Books written by Mr. Russell, who died Jan. 5, will be available for purchase. If you would like to participate in the traditional “second-line” parade (jazz funeral procession), meet at the Link parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Bring white handkerchiefs to twirl and parasols if you have them. For more information, call 540-937-2737.

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All that jazz

Renowned jazz guitarist Frank Vignola will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Theatre at Washington. He will be joined by the gifted young guitarist Vinny Raniolo (at left in photo with Vignola). Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 17 and younger. Reservations are suggested. Call 540-675-1253 or email

Evergreen Shade

Civil War era music

On Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. the Rappahannock Historical Society offers a concert featuring a wide array of music from the Civil War by Evergreen Shade. Anne Howard and John Tole sing and play guitar, banjo and percussion. Evergreen Shade has performed at Belle Grove, Stratford Hall, Mount Vernon and the National Archives, as well as numerous Civil War battlefields and other historic locations in the mid-Atlantic. The Jan. 30 concert will be at the historic Flint Hill Baptist Church, 630 Zachary Taylor Highway.
A donation of $5 in support of the Historical Society will be encouraged and refreshments served. For more information, contact the Society at 540-675-1163 or

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A new Eagle

On Nov. 23, Luke Guyant (shown receiving his award from Scoutmaster Nelson Brittle) received the rank of Eagle Scout among his family and friends at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at McMahon’s Restaurant in Warrenton. Luke grew up in Amissville and has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 180 in Warrenton since 2003. His Eagle Scout project consisted of rebuilding a picnic site on the Rush River at the Rappahannock Park that was washed away in a flood in June 1995.

The bus to Charlottesville

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services agency began running a Foothills Express Shuttle Bus service in November. It continues to gain riders among area residents in need of transport to Charlottesville for medical appointments and other purposes. The handicapped-accessible shuttle bus makes three round trips to Charlottesville every Tuesday and Thursday, with departures from the Culpeper Regional Hospital and Madison Plaza Food Lion.

Passengers must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance and can specify their destination in Charlottesville. Fares are $3 one-way, $5 round trip; exact change is required. Vouchers are available to human service agencies and non-profit organizations across the planning district whose clients are unable to afford the fare. Children ages 5 and younger ride free.

Also, volunteer drivers are now being recruited to operate the Care-a-Van that provides handicapped-accessible dedicated transport to the Foothills Express Culpeper and Madison departure locations. The Care-a-Van service is available to residents of all five counties in Planning District 9 for passengers who are 60 and older. For information, visit or call 540-445-1826.

Gallery seeks artists for spring festival

The Middle Street Gallery is seeking local artists to show their best works at a new Spring Art Festival. Throughout April, the two-room gallery in Washington will combine the the works of its 16 members with selected works from non-member guests. Artists applying for the juried show should submit their entries by Feb. 16. The festival is intended to salute the artists, musicians and artisans of Rappahannock and nearby counties. The gallery will hold a free artists’ reception and festival celebration for the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Artists wishing to submit up to three works for consideration may download an entry form from the gallery’s Web site at Completed forms and photographs of the entries should be mailed to gallery president Patti Brennan at, and questions may to put to her at that email address or at 540-987-8615. Photos should be in jpg format and no larger than 300 dpi for a six-inch image. Original works may be in any medium and not bigger than four feet in any direction or heavier than 50 pounds. All work will be for sale. There is no entry fee, but the non-profit gallery will retains a 40 percent commission on works sold.

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