The Rapp for April 21

Scott Jenkins

Jenkins’ bid for (Culpeper) sheriff

Scott Jenkins, chief deputy for the Rappahannock Sheriff’s Office since January 2008, announced this week he’ll be trying again for the job of Culpeper County sheriff.

Jenkins was hired by Sheriff Connie C. Smith shortly after he lost a bitter race in 2007 against Jim Branch.

“We talked about it a while back,” says Jenkins, 39, a lifelong Culpeper resident, speaking of discussing with Smith his decision to seek a rematch against Branch (who hasn’t yet announced whether he’ll seek reelection). “She’s been very supportive. It’s been a privilege to have the job here — and on the chance I am not successful, I plan to continue on here.”

With Sheriff Smith’s help, “I’ve been able to do here a lot of what I wanted to do in Culpeper,” says Jenkins, who has worked in law enforcement — mostly in Culpeper — for 21 years.

“It’s almost like a reversal — when I came here, I felt like I was leaving family. Now I feel again like I’d be leaving family behind.”

Fodderstack? Miss Rappahannock?

No, neither was rained out — the 33rd Fodderstack 10K went off as planned Saturday morning, just as the sky started falling, and Jean Lillard says in her letter that it was as encouraging an event as ever (if somewhat soggier).

For the story on Miss Rappahannock — an indoor event that happened just as flooding began and likely left a few of the 250 family and friends attending unable to get home — go here.

Photo by Steve Eastham

In the photo here, the Culbertson family — from left, Chris, Connor, Holly and Skylar — are presented with the Ike and Quita Parrish Family Award by Chris Parrish and his sister Merrill Strange. The Culbertsons of Amissville have been running the Fodderstack together since 2005.

A Celtic celebration

Wanting to welcome spring the old-fashioned Celtic way? May 7 at Stone Hill, John B. Henry’s distinctive and ever-so-aptly-named place off Crest Hill Road, there’ll be everything you need to feel Celtic — and spring-like — including bagpipes, border collies rounding up sheep, tours of the amphitheater under construction, a bonfire, an astrological “oracle” and, at 6 p.m., a sunset performance by 1000 Faces. For information: 540-675-3883.

Travel globally, play locally

This Saturday’s 8 p.m. show at the Theatre in Washington brings together an unusual jazz quintet — trumpeter Lalo Conversano and trombonist Danilo Moccia have just flown in from Europe for a short tour, mostly in New England; Bill Harris, Rappahannock’s own jazz pianist, is also joined onstage by the likewise well-known Brooks Tegler on drums and Tommy Cecil on bass. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students 17 and younger). Call 540-675-1253 or email

Courtesy photo

Support your local soapbox

The Culpeper Soap Box Derby isn’t until June 25, but you can act now to support the building of a new permanent race facility not far from Rappahhannock’s southern edge by . . . dancing.

There are more Rappahannock kids in the race every year; this year’s 13 local entrants include RCES student Vance Kocsis, shown here as he maneuvers the shell of his Castleton VFD-sponsored car onto the reconstructed floorboard in preparation for a final inspection.

The dancing happens Saturday, April 30 at the Arena — Inn at Kelly’s Ford in Culpeper. The 6:30 p.m. dinner and auction is meant to raise funds for the Soap Box Derby’s permanent track off U.S. 522 in Culpeper, and includes hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, an iPad 2 raffle, cash bar and lots of fun dancing to the sounds of Short Biggie. Tickets are $50; call Frankie at 540-272-1848 to get one.

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