The Rapp for March 22

Fourth (Estate) Friday — at our place

Our monthly Fourth Friday open-to-the-community editorial meetings have been cheeringly well-attended by folks with ideas, suggestions, complaints and more since we started holding them in January. We’ve always intended to move the meet-and-greet to different locations around the county, so this Friday (March 23) we’re having our session at 10 a.m. at the Rappahannock News offices, 249 Main St., Washington. The pine-paneling-enclosed nerve center has only one element in common with Thornton River Grille in Sperryville, site of the last three sessions, and that’s coffee from Central Coffee Roasters. Please drop by and have a cup, let us know how we’re doing – or what we’re not doing – this Friday at 10.

The first full (very full) weekend of spring

Beatles-themed show at Hearthstone
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You can tell spring started this week, because this weekend is the official start of the too-many-things-to-do season. There’s more about each of these events in the calendar.

On Friday, there’s Hearthstone School’s Beatles-themed variety show and dinner fundraiser for the Sperryville school, which starts at 6 p.m. – at the Sperryville fire hall. Tickets ($30; couples $50; $10 ages 13 and younger) include make-your-own pasta buffet, salad, bread, beverage and dessert – and Beatles-inspired musical and artistic performances, with Karen Henderson as emcee, Robert “Smiggy” Smith leading the house band and other local and out-of-town artists. Beer and wine cash bar. Save $5 on advance seats by calling 540-987-9212.

Also Friday is the first part of a two-day Improv workshop with teacher and director Gary Jacobs at RAAC Community Theatre in Washington (Friday it’s 7 to 9:30; Saturday’s workshop is 10 to 5). Send an email to if you haven’t signed up yet.

Parissi Quartet
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On Saturday, a very busy day starts with the Rappahannock Democrats’ Blue State Bluegrass Brunch at the Washingon fire hall; it’s free, with music by the Gold Top County Ramblers, and a chance to meet and talk to 5th district congressional candidates Peyton Williams of Albemarle County and John Douglass of Fauquier County. For more information, call Linda Dietl at 540-987-9191. There’s a barrel tasting at Gray Ghost Vineyards in Amissville that starts at 11 (and continues 11 to 4 Sunday; call 540-937-4869), and a stream and riparian buffer cleanup sponsored by RappFLOW form 2 to 5 on the Thornton River next to the Sperryville School House (call 540-987-9381 for details).

Later Saturday, the world-renowned Parisii Quartet veers slightly off its New York-Los Angeles-Toronto-Washington-St. Louis tour axis for a performance at 3 p.m. this Saturday (March 24) at Castleton Farms’s intimate Theatre House. The Parisii is noted for its performances of distinctive and unusual repertoire of 18th- through 21st-century string quartet works. Call 540-937-4969 or email for tickets (which are $45 each).

I AM film
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Finally on Saturday, Belle Meade School on F.T. Valley Road in Sperryville is hosting a soup-and-film program Saturday at 6 p.m. (homemade soups and other goodies served) with the film, “I Am,” a unique and engaging documentary made by a Hollywood comedy producer whose life changed after an accident, starting at 7. Suggested donation is $10 ($25 per family); you need to call ahead, because seating’s limited, at 540-987-8970.

If Sunday’s your day to be out and about, there’s a RappCats annual meeting at 1 p.m. at Rapphannock County Library (call 540-987-8099 if you’re interested in joining or hearing more), and the first of a planned half dozen every-other-Sunday concerts at Central Coffee Roasters in Sperryville, starting at 6:30 p.m. (Call 540-987-1006 for more information.)

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