The Rapp for April 19

Besides the Fodderstack . . .

Scared of a little rain? Old football injury? Have an even better excuse for not running in Saturday’s Fodderstack 10K, which finishes in Washington? Don’t hide away in shame. There’s a lot going on in town that day:

The Washington Baptist Church hosts its traditional Grandma’s Attic indoor yard sale from 8 to 1, Trinity Episcopal Church has its second annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 11 to 5, and you can peruse the CCLC’s Indoor Flea Market from 8 to 2 at the Washington School on Mt. Salem Avenue.

And on Saturday night, there’s the annual Ronald Reagan potluck dinner starting at 6:30 at the Washington fire hall; starting at 8, RAAC presents “Heroes” for the second night in a row at the RAAC Community Theatre. And if you’re not into Reagan or WWI vets – or your love for pasta and local musicians outweighs both – check out the Rappahannock school band’s annual Coffee House/Dinner starting at 5 in the elementary school auditorium. Featured performers will include Smiggy Smith, Andy Thompson, Charlie Thompkins, Hal Hunter, Robert Glasker – and the award winning RCHS Jazz Band itself.

For details, and for more upcoming events, see the Rapp Happenings calendar on page 5 (or check out many more events on

Take someone out to the ballgame

This Friday (April 20), it’s “Come Back to the Ballgame” night at Rappahannock County High School’s baseball and softball fields (which are actually on Schoolhouse Road behind the elementary school). As part of the promotion, all Rappahannock Lions Club and Rappahannock Farm Bureau members will be admitted free of charge to that evening’s games against Bull Run District rival Madison County.

The games start at 7 under the lights, but the gates open at 5:30 for horseshoes and cornhole games and live music, which continue to just before the first pitch. The concession stand, operated this year by a local Relay for Life team, will be well stocked to feed all those who come out for the activities and stay for the game.

“The fields have been alive with the sounds of our young ballplayers all spring,” says RCHS athletic director Jimmy Swindler. “Come on out this Friday and help bring the stands alive, too, as you cheer on our ballplayers to do their best on the diamond.”

For those of who prefer soccer, the Lions Club and Farm Bureau free-entry special is also good at Panther Stadium behind the high school, where Rappahannock’s JV and varsity girls soccer teams’ play begins at 5:30 the same night.

Get in the park free; be a Junior Ranger |

Connecting children to nature will be the focus as Shenandoah National Park celebrates National Junior Ranger Day this Saturday (April 21). Visitors of all ages are invited to examine antlers, animal tracks and curiosities of nature on touch tables and to try on ranger uniforms at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51).

Participants will be able to check out a park patrol vehicle or ambulance and try their hand as a wildland firefighter working a fire hose. Children can earn a special National Junior Ranger Day certificate and patch. Regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will also be offered. The complete activity schedule is posted on the park website at .

All activities are free. Park entrance fees will not be charged April 21-29 in celebration of National Park Week.

Two local artists collaborate on shadows

Ann Currie Shedding Light
Gary Anthes | Rappahannock News

The two artists could hardly be more different – one does sculptures made of colored wire and metal screen and the other is a painter – yet both have collaborated on an exhibit that unites them in a creative and unique way. Sculptor Janet Brome and painter Ann Currie will show their works during May at The Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville.

The artists are calling their show “Shedding Light,” a reference to both the subject matter and a shared artistic view. Currie found some molted deer antlers, or “sheds,” in the woods near her house and was immediately captivated by the bold form. But her watercolor and colored pencil renderings of the sheds in this show are about more than form; the antlers  are a springboard for exploring the relationships between light, shadow and form.

Janet Brome Shedding Light
Gary Anthes | Rappahannock News

Brome’s works explore shadow more directly. Her 3D sculptures – which resemble antlers  and other natural objects in an abstract way – are mounted on the walls and illuminated by colored lights. The shadows on the wall take on different colors and become part of the art.

“By collaborating over several months to create a new and coherent body of work, we have inspired each other to explore new avenues of expression, and it has taken us to places we  would otherwise not have gone,” Brome says. “For both of us, the involvement of the viewer is important. Common subject matter, the engaging power of light and shadow and a harmonious color palette are evidence of the collaboration.”

The show will run from May 4 through May 27 at The Middle Street Gallery at River District Arts in Sperryville. The public is invited to the opening reception from 2-5 on Sunday, May 6. Gallery hours are 10-5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to or call 540-987-9330.

– Gary Anthes

4-H Camp Update

The 4-H Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock overnight camp is June 10-14 at the 4-H Education Center in Front Royal. For $220, 9- to 12-year-old campers will spend a fun-filled week participating in workshops that include swimming lessons, canoeing, high ropes, horses, outdoor cooking, make-up, and many more. Campers will also enjoy daily swimming in the pool and taking part in evening activities such as a pool party, a dance and a talent show. Each night ends under the stars at the giant campfire, where campers learn many camp songs.

These spots fill quickly and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are interested, please call our office to have a registration packet mailed to you. If you have any questions about this 4-H overnight camping program, please call 4-H Coordinator Jenny Kapsa, at 540-675-3619.

In this week’s 4-H club news:

4-H Crafts with a Cause (ages 5 -18) meets from 3:30-5, April 23 at the RCES cafeteria.  Participants will enjoy making crafts; one to keep and one to donate.

– Jenny Kapsa