The Rapp for Feb. 16

Feasting in February

If you get hungry this Saturday, you’re in luck: Start the morning Feb. 18 with the Amissville United Methodist Men, who are serving breakfast from 8 to 10 in the Amissville United Methodist Church at 14760 Lee Hwy. There’s no set fee but donations are gratefully accepted. For dinner Saturday night, your decision could be a tough one. Choose between (or spend some time at all three): Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s annual all-you-can-eat ham and oyster dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. at the company’s fire hall, with fried oysters, oyster stew, country ham, baked ham and lots of sides and desserts. (Admission to the fundraiser is $25; $10 for ages 4 to 10, younger kids free. For more information, call 540-675-3615.) Or get your fill on Italian at the Chester Gap fire department-sponsored benefit all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. (Cost: $7 ages 10 and up $4 ages 4-9, free 3 and under. For more information, call 540-632-3072.) And if you’re out that way, chow down at a fundraiser dinner in Rixeyville for Reves Gillespie from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gourdvine Baptist Church, 7103 Eggbornsville Road. Baked goods will be auctioned off throughout the evening to help Reves recover from his injury. Call Janet Cook (540-937-4342) or Irene Mozingo (540-937-5346) for more information.

Check out our event calendar online for more upcoming events.

Huntly’s historic post office ‘re-opened’

The boxes at the old Huntly building still have the name labels left over from when it served as the village post office. A stairway leads upstairs in the log structure.
Gary Anthes | Rappahannock News
The boxes at the old Huntly building still have the name labels left over from when it served as the village post office. A stairway leads upstairs in the log structure.

Local post offices are a dying breed. In Rappahannock County, the friendly, rural outposts have disappeared one by one, victims of government cost-cutting and consolidation. Though some 35 post offices existed in the county (usually located in a store, a mill or a home) at one time or another, just four remain. For example, the post office at Huntly – opened in 1814 as the Sandy Hook Post Office – shut its doors in 1988.

But the historic old log building, which still stands, will make a comeback of sorts. From 3 to 5 p.m. next Sunday (Feb. 26), the Rappahannock Historical Society invites the public to tour the former post office and will present a special program remembering the local post offices of days gone by. Speakers at the event will include Bud Corder, son of Dorothy Lewis, the last postmistress at the facility.

Gary Anthes | Rappahannock News

The building has worn many hats over the years, serving as post office, gas station, private residence and house of horrors. Yes, three people were murdered in the building in 1941. Today the building houses the offices of architects Jay Monroe and Rosa Crocker, at 1600 Zachary Taylor Highway.

Refreshments will be served at the Huntly event. Admission is free, but the Historical Society welcomes a $5 donation. For more information, call 540-675-1163 on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays between 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

– Gary Anthes

Dixieland returns to the Theatre

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At 8 p.m. next Saturday (Feb. 25), Mike Flaherty’s Dixieland Direct Jazz Quartet will play at the Theatre at Washington. The lively and energetic band, based in Washington, D.C., specializes in traditional New Orleans Dixieland music. The Dixieland Direct Jazz Band was winner of the 2010 French Quarter Jazz Festival Battle of the Bands.

Many of the Theatre’s patrons have been asking for the return of “Dixieland.” The distinctive style of jazz has not been heard in Little Washington since the Federal Jazz Commission band broke up in 2008. That break up marked “the end of an era, it’s going to leave a void,” said band member Henning Hoehne at the time.

Hoehne subsequently joined the Dixieland Direct Jazz Quartet, where he plays clarinet and soprano sax.  He enjoyed jazz as a youngster growing up in Germany, spent 24 years playing in U.S. Navy bands and is quoted in The Washington Post as saying of Dixieland, “I like the warmth of the music, the feeling that it comes from your heart, not your head.”

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger.

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

New PDRC board members, officers elected

Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center (PDRC), a Piedmont United Way agency, elected two new members to its board of directors and new officers at its January annual meeting. Joining the board are Spencer Baumgardner, a Warrenton resident and Rappahannock County attorney, and Diane Muzzy of Culpeper. New officers are: president, Jim Lawrence of Lawrence Direct Marketing; vice president, Jason Blandford, a certified public accountant; treasurer, Brian Scheulen of Scheulen, Patchett & Edwards; and secretary, Sylvia McDevitt of the Fauquier Times-Democrat.

Elected to a second term on the board was Mary Jo Browning of Culpeper. PDRC also recognized outgoing board member and Warrenton attorney Karen Hedrick for her seven years of valuable service to the center.

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