The Rapp column for March 29

The Races at Ben Venue: April 7

As the newspaper went to press, it appeared that all subscriber tickets for the annual Old Dominion Point-to-Point Races at Ben Venue had already been sold out. But general admission tickets were still available, organizers said, to be purchased at the gate on the day of the races – Saturday, April 7. The first race is at noon. For more information:

WWI trio, times two, equals ‘Heroes’

Cast of "HEROES": Steve Carroll. Geoff Gowen, Mike Mahoney, Hoard Coon, Andy Platt, & Peter Hornbostel with The Dog
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Cast of "HEROES": Steve Carroll. Geoff Gowen, Mike Mahoney, Hoard Coon, Andy Platt, & Peter Hornbostel with The Dog

RAAC Community Theatre presents Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of “Heroes” at 8 p. m. on April 20-21 at the troupe’s theater in Little Washington.

“Heroes” is the tale of three retired WW I military officers reminiscing about their time in the Great War and scheming to escape the Veterans’ Home where they live. Like many old friends, their strong affection is well seasoned with cranky observations about each other’s characters and past exploits.

The dramatic comedy was adapted by Tom Stoppard from Gerald Sibleyras’s Le Vent De Peupliers (The Wind in the Poplars). The Daily Telegraph called the play “Hilarious and moving…achingly funny and piercingly sad.”

RAAC Community Theatre Artistic Director Peter Hornbostel conceived of this production as staged readings. Characters will be in costume, on a set, but will refer occasionally to printed scripts.

Hornbostel decided to use two different casts and two different directors for the production. “There are many terrific mature actors in the county. It didn’t make sense to choose only three.” More important, says Hornbostel, “Having two performances of this staged reading offers audiences the opportunity to see how two different directors and casts approach the same material. We hope that many will take advantage of this opportunity, and we have reduced the price of these performances to encourage patrons to see both.”

On Friday evening, April 20, Hornbostel directs Mike Mahoney, Geoff Gowen and Steve Carroll. On Saturday, April 21, Howard Coon, Andy Platt and Peter Hornbostel perform under the direction of Mike Mahoney.

Both performances are at 8 p.m. at the theatre (310 Gay St., Washington). Admission is $10 each night to encourage patrons to attend both performances. Early reservations are recommended, by email if possible, at If you do not have email, call 540-675-3193.

Marilyn, meet the Theatre

"My Week with Marilyn" at the Theatre in Little Washington.
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"My Week with Marilyn" at the Theatre in Little Washington.

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community will show the film “My Week with Marilyn” at 8 p.m. April 6 at the Theatre in Washington.

The R-rated film stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, a role for which she’s nominated for a best-actress Oscar. Eddie Redmayne plays Colin Clark, the young film student.

Kenneth Branagh portrays Sir Lawrence Olivier, another Oscar-nominated performance. For a review or more information, visit

Spring’s in, tourism’s in bloom

Spring tourism season is here and that means more visitors will be coming to Rappahannock County. New tourism-related businesses are opening and, together with Rappahannock favorites, all are offering visitors many more reasons to come for the day, the weekend or longer. The Rappahannock County Visitors Center opens March 30 with its regular seasonal schedule: 9 to 5 Fridays-Saturdays, noon to 5 Sundays, 9 to 5 holiday Mondays.

The Rappahannock County Office of Tourism has announced a number of marketing opportunities for tourism-related businesses: The new 2012 Rappahannock County Visitors Guide is available for tourism-related businesses and organizations to display. A supply of guides may be picked up at the County Administration office weekdays or at the Visitors Center on weekends. Complimentary plastic holders will be provided to display the guide.

The new Visitors Guide is also a “must have” for all Rappahannock residents and their guests. It is packed with places to go, things to do, dining and accommodation options.

Businesses and organizations who are members of the Visitors Center, please be sure to keep your marketing brochures and other information fully stocked at the center. Call the Visitors Center at 540-675-3153 to check with volunteer staff on your brochure supply. Not yet a member? Become a member and reap the benefits!

Tourism-related businesses and organizations can meet one-on-one with marketing staff of the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) on April 11-12. One-hour appointment slots are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a great opportunity for businesses to talk about specific marketing goals and needs and to learn about opportunities offered by VTC that tailored to particular marketing goals. All appointments will take place at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center. To reserve a time slot or for more information, email or call 703-403-7172.

The Office of Tourism invites all tourism-related businesses and organizations to celebrate spring at a reception at 6 p.m. April 11 at the Visitors Center. Welcome spring with your tourism colleagues and meet VTC staff Wirt Confroy and Paige Worthington. RSVP to by April 9.  

Ad space is available at any time of year on Rappahannock’s tourism website, For information, please email

Tourism-related businesses are invited to list events on on the site and to post events news on Through print and web advertising, as well as Facebook and Twitter, potential visitors are linked to businesses.

For more information about tourism-related opportunities, email

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