The Rapp for Jan. 12

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Dr. Decker Tapscott
Rev. Dr. Decker Tapscott

The 21st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Rappahannock starts at 4 p.m. this Sunday (Jan. 15) at The Theatre in Washington. All are invited to this year’s program, which features the announcement of the “Dream Keeper” award to a local citizen who embodied the essence of King’s life and work. The 2012 recipient, Rev. Dr. Decker Tapscott, founder and senior pastor of Warrenton’s Faith Christian Church and International Outreach Center for more than 20 years, will also speak at the event – as he does frequently at conference gatherings in the U.S. and abroad. The MLK Celebration is sponsored each year as a joint effort of the Theatre and the Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee. Admission is free; donations and a freewill offering will be accepted to support the scholarship. Along with Tapscott, others in the program include the Rappahannock County High School Jazz Band; soloist Ebony Brown; and Scottie Williams’African drumming. For more information, call 540-661-2013 or email

Shopping for a good cause

Community idea guy Hal Hunter’s shop-with-a-neighbor program, mentioned in this column a while back, is picking up steam. If you’d be interested in picking up – your home-bound neighbors, that is, who you’d take shopping and then take home – call Darcy Canton at the Rappahannock Senior Center, who is coordinating volunteer drivers (a few more of which are needed) at 540-987-3638.  An orientation meeting is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27 at the county library.

The 4-H Report

Don’t miss the Jan. 20 registration deadline for the Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock 4-H winter camp held Feb. 10-12 at the 4-H Education Center in Front Royal. The camp is available to children ages 9 to 13 and costs $95.

Campers arrive at the 4-H center Friday (Feb. 10) evening, after dinner, and spend the next day and a half participating in workshops and games centered around a “Harvest Halloween Hoedown” theme. Campfires are held each evening, and on Saturday, there’s a costume party and “monster mash” dance. A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available.

On Feb. 1, the Extension office also starts taking registrations for the June 10-14 Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock 4-H Overnight Camp ($220 per camper, ages 9 to 13) and the June 18-22 4-H day camp ($50 per camper, ages 6 to 12).  The Overnight Camp is five days and four nights at the 4-H center, with workshops, swimming and evening programs (a pool party, a talent show, a carnival, a dance) that end with a campfire. For the Day Camp, also held at the Blair shelter at the 4-H Education Center, buses will be provided throughout the county to campers and teen counselors for the  9 to 3 p.m. programs. Campers will participate in morning workshops such as cooking, tie-dye, outdoor sports and fishing, will swim each afternoon, and will take part in a group activity each day.  For $50, campers will receive transportation, snack, a T-shirt, daily swimming, program supplies, and one of the best experiences of their lives!

For more information about all the 4-H camps, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619. Camper enrollment is limited, so act quickly.

– Jenny Kapsa

Jazz, Blues and Broadway 

John Eaton
John Eaton

Celebrated jazz pianist John Eaton will kick off a new season at the Theatre at Washington with a solo concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students younger than 17).

A graduate of Yale, Eaton combines superb piano playing with delightful wit and humor, erudite insights into the history of the Great American Songbook and an exceptional appreciation and understanding of the genre. He became a Steinway concert artist in 1988 and has been entertaining audiences in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond for more than 50 years.

“Tastes are formed early in life and you enjoy listening to what you know,” Eaton says.  “[The] nostalgia for these fabulous songs lives on.”  At the upcoming concert, he is planning to play music from across the spectrum, and specifically music by Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Duke Ellington.

For reservations, or for a copy of the Theatre’s spring 2012 schedule, call 540-675-1253 or email

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