The Rapp for Feb. 9

‘In Season’: Your chance to be a producer

Washington innkeeper John MacPherson, left, is host of "In Season," to be distributed by PBS — with your help.
Washington innkeeper John MacPherson, left, is host of "In Season," to be distributed by PBS — with your help.

“In Season” is Foster Harris House innkeepers John and Diane MacPherson’s food- and farm-focused TV series-in-progress, a project PBS last year agreed to distribute. The project team has been actively working to get funded for the last six months. “We are now talking with a number of corporate partners to help with the funding of the show,” said John MacPherson – who’s the host of the show, which combines its gourmet cooking and food focus with travel to the places where one finds those who produce the products that lead to great meals. “We have a few product sponsors on board, but as you know, you can’t produce a cooking show with just pots, pans and olive oil . . . you need the money!”

“In Season” has thus begun a campaign this week – being a “crowd-funding” site where anyone can contribute to a project and get rewards for their pledge. The rewards for helping “In Season” meet its $125,000 goal include T-shirts and cookbooks and much cooler stuff – including stays at Foster Harris House and one, for top-tier contributors, that involves a dinner made by MacPherson and shared with Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan, his wife Beverly Sullivan, and New York Times food writer Marian Burros.

Check out the “In Season” Kickstarter page, where you can also see the pilot episode and hear MacPherson talk about the show’s evolution.

Black history at historic Scrabble School

The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation’s “Celebration of Black History” at Scrabble School starts at 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 11) with guest speakers Rev. Reginald Raginald Green, who in 1961 participated in the Freedom Rides that challenged Jim Crow segregation laws on interstate buses, and Cleo Coleman of the Rosenwald School in Port Royal, Va. There will be music by the Unity Choir, and a Heritage Soup Supper follows the program. Free and open to all at the school, which is at 111 Scrabble Road, Castleton, (a half mile from U.S. 522). For more information, contact Bob Lander at 540-987-8504 or visit online. For more events this week, see our online event calendar.

More work, then play

Volunteers are needed this week to help assemble equipment and prepare the grounds for the new Rappahannock County Elementary School playground today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-10). If you have time – and especially if you have a three-eighths-inch ratchet and/or  9/16th-inch wrenches and sockets and know how to use them – the school could use your help from 11 to 3 this Thursday (and again from about 8 to 3 Friday, when equipment assembly will segue into serious mulching). For more information, contact Vickie Miller at RCES at 540-227-0200, ext. 3007, or

The Beatles, and you, are invited to audition

Hearthstone School in Sperryville is calling all musicians, bands, singer, actors and dancers to participate in a variety show (March 23) to show off local talents with a Beatles theme. All musical covers of songs by the Fab Four are welcome, in any style (or any other music-driven format, including movement, dance and acting). The only requirement is the act must feature a Beatles tune. There will be a house band who can accompany vocalists.

Open auditions for the variety show are Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25, and again on March 2-3, from 4 to 6 p.m. each day. If you have questions, call Hearthstone at 540-987-9212 or email

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