The Rapp for March 1

Smithsonian at the Theatre

This Saturday (March 3) is your last chance this season to visit with fortepianist Kenneth Slowik and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, it being the closing concert in this 20th season of the Smithsonian at Little Washington series at the Theatre in Washington. The 8 p.m. concert features trios by Joseph Haydn and concludes with Mozart’s Trio in B-flat Major, featuring Slowik (whose comments on the music is always major plus of these concerts), cellist Lorette O’Sullivan and violinist Ian Swensen. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger). Call 540-675-1253 or email to reserve now.

‘J. Edgar’ in Washington

RAAC’s movie at the Theatre this Friday (March 2) is “J. Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover (shown here, left, with Armie Hammer). Shot in part in Warrenton and other locations in Fauquier County, the film starts at 8, and it’s $6 ($4 students). There will be popcorn.

Dolnick: a look at art – and avarice

Local author Ed Dolnick is featured at 8 p.m. March 9 at Rappahannock County Library in the next of the Second Friday at the Library series sponsored by the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC). Dolnick will draw on two acclaimed non-fiction books he has written to offer a different take on the arts – namely a look inside the art underworld of fraud and theft.

Dolnick, who shares a Rappahannock home with his wife, Lynn, began his writing career as a journalist and eventually became the chief science writer at the Boston Globe, moving on to magazines and eventually, and almost exclusively, to books. The books Dolnick will feature in this program include “The Rescue Artist” and “The Forger’s Spell.” The first is a cops-and-robbers story focused on a team of bumblers who stole the Edvard Munch painting, “The Scream,” and the eccentric detective who chased them down. “There has never been a better book on art crime,” said ARTnews. “The Forger’s Spell,” which spent time on the New York Times bestseller list, is the stranger-than-fiction story of a Dutch forger who made millions from his fake Vermeers in occupied Holland during World War II.

The Second Friday programs are free and open to all.

Trash or treasure? Find out March 10

That dusty old object in the corner of your attic may be a worthless piece of junk. Or it might one day fetch six figures at a New York auction house.

Most likely it is something in between. But why not find out? Dust it off and bring it to the Rappahannock Historical Society’s fourth Annual Antiques Appraisal (and Bakery Boutique) in Sperryville March 10.

Gary Anthes | Rappahannock News

One of several professional appraisers will inspect your furniture, book, print, silver, firearm, toy, train, vintage kitchenware, old building hardware, picture or objet d’art and give you an informed opinion – but no guarantees – of the item’s fair market value. If you have nothing in your house made in pre-Walmart days, the bakery boutique will offer for purchase “terrific baked goods from recipes antique and modern,” according to the gourmets at the Historical Society – itself an authority on attic treasures, some of which residing in the society’s attic – where the Historical Society Museum is found – are shown here.

Appraisers include Sarah Hayes and Kathy Shumate, general antiques; Robert Jordan, rare books; George Rosenbaum, firearms, old house parts and house dating by pictures; Beth Pollack, toys and vintage kitchenware; and Phillip Rosemond, art.

The Rappahannock Historical Society asks for a donation of $10 per item, or $25 for three items. The appraisal is 10 to 2 in the former home of Antique Tables Made Daily, at the Sperryville Schoolhouse. For more information, call 540-675-1163 or email


Last week’s feature on stone carver Pete Bracken listed an incorrect phone number for those who might want to contact him: The correct number: 540-987-3373.

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