The Rapp for June 28

Fourth of July festivities

Kelly Jo Settle

The biggest event in the county this coming week is next Wednesday down at the Thornton Hill Racecourse south of Sperryville on U.S. 522: The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Company’s sixth annual Rappahannock County 4th of July Celebration.

The gates open at 1 for a full day of fun: You already know about the fireworks at dusk, so let’s mention  gates that open at 1 for: music by Narrow Path Bluegrass, Dontez Inferno and the Gold Top County Ramblers; food, antique cars and tractors; local nonprofit displays, children’s games, face painting, Tubs-O-Fun Kiddie Ride, Stars & Stripes Mechanical Bull, moon bounce, cliff hanger slide, dunk tank, Medi-Vac Helicopter display and more.

A 2012 Kawasaki Mule 4010 4×4 Realtree Camo will be raffled off at 9 p.m.; since only 250 tickets will be sold, your chances are not bad.

General admission is $20 per vehicle. If you want tailgating space – room to put up an 8-by-8-foot tent – that’s $40. (If you, your company or organization still haven’t purchase a sponsorship, which gives you lots of space and shade, you can still contact Gary Settle at

Other vendors on hand July 4 include RAWL, Hospice of Rapidan, Rapp Cats, Boy & Girl Scouts, Sheriff’s DARE  Program, Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, F.T. Valley Baptist Church, Wakefield Country Day School, Children’s Miracle Network, Operation Home Front and the county’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.  

The rain date is July 5. For more information, call 540-987-8124 or visit

And happening right now . . .

That means today (Thursday, June 28):

Tonight at 7 is the big parade along U.S. 211 for Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s annual carnival, which continues through Saturday at the fire hall. It’s a happy event you won’t want to miss. For more information about the annual benefit carnival, call 540-937-4218.

Also tonight at 7, all are invited to the Rappahannock County Republican Committee’s meeting at Rappahannock County Library in Washington to hear guest speaker Commander Robert Klaus, USN (Retired), former commander of ballistic-missile submarines, who will offer his reflections on the Constitution and military service today. For more information, contact Evelyn Kerr at 540-937-2650 or

24 Crows: Road-worthy

Photo of 24 Crows dining area courtesy of Michael Stern /
Photo of 24 Crows dining area courtesy of Michael Stern /

24 Crows, the eatery-in-an-art-gallery in Flint Hill, made it onto “Splendid Table” contributors Jane and Michael Stern’s radar not long ago – and not surprising, considering the first-rate sandwiches, lunch entrees and desserts that go up on the chalkboard every Wednesday through Sunday and then come out of Vinnie Deluise and Heidi Morf’s kitchen.

Stern visited, and last month wrote a glowing review – and threw in some of the sort of photos that just make you hungry – for the website, in which he said:

“Don’t let the apparent modesty of 24 Crows fool you. There are masters in this kitchen, and while it is basically a sandwich shop (and really interesting art and craft gallery), it is run with the care and expertise of a four-star restaurant. ‘I suggest you put a sweater or hat on a table, just to claim it,’ suggests the host [that would be Deluise] when we walk in, advising us that the dozen or so seats indoors and on the front porch get occupied very quickly at lunchtime. He explains to us how service works (order, eat, pay), precisely describes dishes about which we have questions, and generally makes us feel right at home the way a welcoming maitre d’ might do.”

"Not your ordinary BLT. The Club Trout sandwich adds a crisp-edged fillet of Idaho trout to the formula, says Stern."
Michael Stern/
"Not your ordinary BLT. The Club Trout sandwich adds a crisp-edged fillet of Idaho trout to the formula," says Stern.

Stern had especially good things to say about 24 Crows “club trout” and chicken sandwiches, and Heidi’s homemade ice cream, “reason enough to make a pilgrimage to 24 Crows.”

As the pilgrimage is just a short drive for those of us lucky enough to live here, keep a couple of things in mind: They’re open just 8:30 to 5 Wednesday through Saturday (and 9 to 4 Sunday) at 650 Zachary Taylor Hwy., and lunch is served just 11:30 to 2:30. Before and after that, there’s good coffee and excellent scones and other pastries (though more likely before, since the baked goods don’t last long). Oh and there’s an unmatched selection of arts, crafts and unique items kind of hanging all around you if you’re lucky enough to get one of those tables at lunch.

(In a separate post made during the same trip, Stern also raved about Rudy’s Pizza, which itself happily claims to make “the best pizza in Sperryville,” a place where no one else makes pizza. But Stern said Rudy’s pizza would be a contender for first place in a much wider geographical area.)

A ‘Li’l Flea’ at Ginger Hill Antiques

Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 8, Ginger Hill Antiques will come out from behind their building at 12625 Lee Hwy. (opposite Rock Mills Road) for an outdoor “Li’l Flea Market” out front until about 2 p.m. Spaces are $10 each and proceeds benefit the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund. Vendors need to bring their own tables and supplies. Contact Dan Lewis or Berni Olson at 540-987-8440 by July 6 to reserve a space.

If you’re a vendor looking for more than a morning’s worth of selling space, meanwhile, the first half of Ginger Hill’s expansion is complete, Olson says, adding: “We are seeking quality art, antique, vintage, retro, modern, salvage and industrial dealers to fill 12 spaces.”

The 4-H report: camp success

Campers from Rappahannock County enjoyed two weeks of back-to-back 4-H camps. The Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock 4-H overnight camp began June 10 at the 4-H Education Center, with 50 campers from Rappahannock and 30 teen counselors attending. Campers spent the week tie-dying, swimming, making crafts, cooking, playing sports, zooming down the zip-wire, and ending each evening with a campfire.

Many of these same campers, and more, attended the Rappahannock County 4-H day camp the following week (June 18-22) at the Blair shelter at the 4-H Education Center, and campers spent the week with each person participating in three of 16 morning workshops, swimming in the pool after lunch, and participating in an afternoon activity.

Many thanks to the 4-H volunteers who stayed the week at the 4-H overnight camp and to those who helped lead workshops or acted as bus stop chaperones at the 4-H day camp. Another thank you to our teen counselors, without whom 4-H camping would be impossible.

Registration for the 2013 4-H overnight camp and and the 4-H day camp is Feb. 1, 2013.

The Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock (CMR) Farm Show, meanwhile, is July 12-16 at Agricultural Enterprise in Culpeper. The family-friendly event is fun for all; come and watch the 4-H members show and sell the animals that they have raised; vote on your favorite Little Mr. and Ms. CMR, and submit your best handmade work of art, your most delicious pound cake, or your most beautiful flower at this year’s Homemakers building, where your items will be reviewed and judged. For more information about the CMR show, visit

– Jenny Kapsa

Park neighbors appreciated July 21

Neighbors get in free as Shenandoah National Park celebrates its annual Neighbors’ Day on July 21.

Park entrance fees are waived that Saturday for residents of the counties adjoining the park, namely Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham and Warren.

Superintendent Martha Bogle said the park’s 75th anniversary celebration last year enhanced communication and relationships among the park and its neighboring communities. “We hope this fee-free day will continue this momentum into the future,” she said. “We encourage our neighbors to continue reconnecting with the park and enjoy a day with their friends and families and getting to know their park better.”

The Shenandoah National Park Association will also provide residents of the nine counties a 20 percent discount on all items in their bookstores at the Dickey Ridge and Byrd visitor centers.

Visitors should bring proof of residency – a Virginia driver’s license. For more information, visit or call the park at 540-999-3500.

Wakefield’s poker tourney: Aug. 11

Wakefield Country Day School plans to hold its annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The entry fee is $50 per player; as in previous years, Larry Grove will serve as tournament director. Contact Wakefield’s athletic director, Mike Costello, at 540-635-8555, ext. 224 (or for more information.  All proceeds benefit the school’s athletic department.

Free Alzheimer’s training available to caregivers

The local Home Instead Senior Care office is offering a unique approach to area families to help manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence. Free training for families caring for these older adults is now available through online e-learning modules available at

The Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE (Changing Aging through Research and Education) training program offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home, where 60 to 70 percent of them live, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Until there is a cure, we offer an interim solution,” said Karl Karch, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office that serves the counties of Orange, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison, Page, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Westmoreland and Caroline and the city of Fredericksburg.

The foundation of the Alzheimer’s CARE program is an approach called “Capturing Life’s Journey” that involves gathering stories and experiences about the senior to help caregivers provide comfort while honoring the individual’s past. Because people with Alzheimer’s disease have difficulty with short-term memory, the approach taps into long-term memory.

The Home Instead Senior Care network assembled top experts in Alzheimer’s disease to develop the CARE approach. “The training we’re offering to families is the same kind of training our professional CAREGivers receive,” Karch noted.

For more information about free family caregiver training or a free copy of the “Helping Families Cope” booklet, contact Home Instead Senior Care’s Culpeper office at 540-825-7180 or visit

About Staff/Contributed 5561 Articles
The Rappahannock News welcomes contributions from any and all members of the community. Email news and photos to or call us at 540-675-3338.