The Rapp for March 17

The winners of the Rappahannock County Lions Club's 28th annual James A. Bland Music Competition.

Lions’ music contest topped by Will and Grace

Eleven Rappahannock students competed last month in the Rappahannock County Lions Club’s annual music contest for an audience of some 75 persons at The Theatre in Washington, including aspiring musicians from second through 11th grade, who display their vocal and instrumental talents in the 28th annual James A. Bland Music Competition.

William Jacob T. Mullany

First-place winner in the high school instrumental group was William Jacob T. Mullany, an eleventh-grader at Wakefield Country Day School. William gave a polished and virtuosic performance on guitar of his own piece, “Untitled Instrumental #3.”

Michelle Joanna White, a ninth-grade flute player at Rappahannock County High School, placed second; third place was won by pianist Alexandra Maria Cancio-Bello. Katie Rose Brown, a sophomore Wakefield pianist, and Elijah Lucas Wheelock, a ninth- grade home-schooled pianist, won honorable mentions.

Grace Lynn Albert

In the vocal competition among high school students, Grace Lynn Albert took first place with her version of “My Immortal” by Evanesence. Grace’s friend and fellow Bland participant, Katie Rose Brown, accompanied her on the piano. There were no vocal competitors at the elementary school level.

In the elementary school instrumental competition, Julia Katherine Wood, a seventh-grader at Rappahannock Elementary, won first place playing Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” on piano. Second place went to Tadeusz Anthony Wojcik, who played “Sleepy Hollow Legend” on piano. Placing third, on piano, was Jacob McKay Love, a sixth-grader at Rappahannock Elementary. Jacob played a striking rendition of Henry Mancini’s “Moon River.” Honorable mentions went to Anthony Elar, a Wakefield fifth-grader, on alto sax, and Jenna Ashley Robey, a second-grader from RCES, on piano.

The two top winners, Mullany and Albert, compete at the next level of the Lions’ statewide competition. The regional competition is 1 to 4 this Saturday (March 19) at Gainesville United Methodist Church.

The Bland music contest is named after James A. Bland, a 19th-century African-American minstrel and composer who wrote more than 700 songs, including Virginia’s state song, “Carry Me Back to Ol’ Virginny.”


A new 4-H horse club

Ed and Gayle Connelly will be the leaders of new 4-H horse club, which will hold its first meeting from 2 to 4 Sunday, March 27. The Connellys (that’s their horse, Tobiana) have been working with horses for 35 years and have a polo arena on their property in Flint Hill. They are enthusiastic about the new 4-H club and have a list of activities and games that will help their members learn basic horsemanship skills.

Members in the 4-H club will not ride the horses but will learn to care for them. Club members will learn to groom, saddle and bridle, lead a horse, and the basics of the game of polo. It’s open to all between the ages of 9 and 19, and is free to join. To register or for more information call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.

After-school, after all

The board of the Headwaters Foundation voted unanimously a few weeks back to take the next step in moving forward with an after-school activity program proposed for next fall.

The plan was set back when county supervisors declined last year to provide a portion of the first-year’s budget. Headwaters will hire a consultant to “put meat on the bones of the program,” said John Lesinski, who is chairman of the foundation’s after-school program advisory group. The consultant, in collaboration with the advisory panel, will produce a detailed plan that will include the number of students Headwaters can serve with the program, the classes to be offered, and a business plan to help craft a sustainable financial future for the program, should it be piloted in the fall.

Lesinski said the board clearly felt there was a need for the program, as opportunities for classes in areas such as the arts, languages, technology and homework help are limited for all students, and non-existent for those without transportation in Rappahannock County.

Conflict workshops start Sunday

Conflict: It is all around us; in our families, in our community (cell towers and county budget) in our country (health care, government, and politics) and certainly worldwide as evidenced by the news reports from Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. Some questions are: Can we recognize the early indications of conflict and how we handle it?

Trinity Church is offering a three-part series of workshops that will be held at the church’s Parish Hall, the first of which is from 3 to 5 Sunday, March 20. The first session is a reflective course on how to recognize the ways we acknowledge and approach conflict in our lives.

The second and third sessions, for which dates will be determined, talk about tough issues and why we have a hard time communicating with each other, and about transformation: how those who cause conflict can work with their victims for healing.

Rebecca Metcalfe-Stone of Charlottesville and whose family lives in Rappahannock County, is the moderator of this dynamic and thought-provoking series. She has a B.A. in English and Environmental Thought and Practice from U.Va. She is pursuing a master’s degree in conflict transformation.

This workshop is open to all within as well as those outside of our community without regard to church affiliation. Refreshments provided. For further information, contact Fran Moore Krebser at 540-631-0821 or

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi

Artists and galleries: Tour deadline March 31

The seventh annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour, sponsored by RAAC, will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 this year — but Thursday, March 31 is the deadline for all returning artists and galleries, and any new artists or galleries interested in applying to join the tour, which includes such well-known Rappahannock artists as Sperryville’s Jeanne Drevas, whose studio is shown in the photo here.

Please contact Robert Ballard (540-675-1411, or Nancy Raines (540-937-5693, by that date. Prospective open studio artists will be scheduled for visits April 4-15.

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