The Rapp for Oct. 25

Fourth (Estate) Friday this week

It’s been a beautiful October, as Ruthie Windsor Mann’s photo of Trinity Episcopal Church last weekend (pictured here) attests, but it’s almost over. And that means it’s Fourth (Estate) Friday, the Rappahannock News’ monthly public story-conference meeting where anyone is welcome to drop by with ideas, constructive criticism – or just a cup of coffee with the newspaper’s editorial staff.

Photo by Ruthie Windsor Mann.
Photo by Ruthie Windsor Mann.

We’ll be there at 9 a.m. this Friday (Oct. 26) at Tula’s Off Main on Gay Street in Washington, and we’ll buy your coffee (but, when it comes to Tula’s many baked temptations, you’re on your own). Call us at 540-675-3338 if you need to know more.

River District Arts’ newest exhibit

Local artists Margot S. Neuhaus and Elise Wiarda are currently featured in a two-person mixed-media exhibit at River District Art’s Confluent Gallery. An artists’ reception for the collaborative exhibit, entitled “Between the Lines,” is 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 27).

Artists Margot Neuhaus, left, and Elise Wiarda. Courtesy photo.
Artists Margot Neuhaus, left, and Elise Wiarda. Courtesy photo.

Neuhaus is a Washington, D.C. resident with a home and studio in Sperryville (which is also featured on the eighth annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 3-4.) She received formal art training at Escola de Artes Visuais in Rio de Janeiro and holds degrees in psychology from the Universities of Illinois and Chicago.

Having participated in numerous exhibitions both in America as well as internationally, her career as an artist has spanned both two dimensional and three dimensional art to include abstract sculpture, photography, watercolor and mixed media. Most notably, her art is in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Art Museum of the Americas.

Elise Wiarda was born and raised in the Netherlands and is a graduate of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program. Her art is influenced by her background in healing, and her textiles have a calming, restorative aspect to them. She has more than 30 years of private practice experience in various forms of body-centered therapy and has taught numerous workshops in healing. This is her first exhibition in Rappahannock County.

“Between the Lines” continues through Nov. 25 at River District Arts, which is open 10 to 5 Friday-Sunday.

Fourth Friday Alert: On Friday evening (Oct. 26), timed to coincide with Sperryville’s now-monthly Fourth Friday shopping and gallery-hopping cooperative event, photographers Gary Anthes and Jo Levine, who have the current show at Middle Street Gallery – next door to River District Arts – are giving a “Better Photography in Three Easy Lessons” talk at 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Starting at 5 p.m. up at the Sperryville Schoolhouse, Coterie is offering pumpkin carving out front, where Mount Vernon Farms will also be grilling grass-fed beef burgers, brats and sausages.

RAAC’s final movie of the season

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC) will be showing “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” as the last movie of the fall at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the Theatre at Washington. Admission is $6 for adults ($4 for students).

A scene from “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” RAAC’s final movie of the season.
A scene from “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” RAAC’s final movie of the season.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas, “Salmon Fishing” was brought to life by the screenwriter of “Slumdog Millionaire” and the director of “Chocolat” and “Cider House Rules.” The movie is rated PG-13 and runs for 107 minutes. As usual the concession stand will be open for popcorn, candy and water. For a review and more information, visit (RAAC movies will resume on Jan. 4.)

A comedic conversation with Mark Russell

This Sunday (Oct. 28) the Theatre at Washington hosts “A Conversation with Mark Russell.”

Comedian Mark Russell takes the stage this Sunday for an evening of joke-telling and musical satire. Courtesy photo.
Comedian Mark Russell takes the stage this Sunday for an evening of joke-telling and musical satire. Courtesy photo.

As the celebrated comedian himself describes this forthcoming dialogue, Russell will “submit to relentless interrogation by . . . Mayor John Fox Sullivan, in an evening of name dropping, joke telling and musical satire. Think waterboard meets keyboard.”

Tickets for the 5 p.m. performance are $25 for adults ($10 for students 17 and younger). A sell-out crowd is expected, so call 540-675-1253 or email now.

Park begins winter operations schedule

Shorter days and cooler nights signal the end of the autumn travel season and the closing of facilities at Shenandoah National Park. Park Superintendent Martha Bogle announced recently that facilities will begin closing at the end of October.

Dickey Ridge and Harry F. Byrd Visitor Centers close on Nov. 25, while Mathews Arm and Loft Mountain Campgrounds close on Oct. 28. Lewis Mountain Campground closes on Nov. 4, and Big Meadows Campground closes on Nov. 25.

Loft Mountain Campstore and Showers/Laundry close on Oct. 28; Elkwallow Wayside, Big Meadows Lodge and Loft Mountain Wayside close on Nov. 4. Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore closes on Nov. 11, while Big Meadows Wayside and Showers/Laundry close on Nov. 25. Skyland Resort closes at noon on Dec. 2.

Elkwallow, Pinnacles, South River and Dundo Picnic Grounds will remain open year-round, weather permitting. Lewis Mountain Picnic Grounds closes on Nov. 4. The Dickey Ridge and Big Meadows Picnic Grounds close on Nov. 25. Loft Mountain Picnic Grounds remains closed.

Skyline Drive is open year round but may be temporarily closed on short notice due to winter weather conditions. For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park, go to or call the park at 540-999-3500.

Free flu shots

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine will protect you against the three most expected flu strains, and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is offering free vaccinations at clinics in Culpeper and Madison on Monday, Nov. 5 – where 200 doses of free vaccine will be available at each location for anyone 3 or older. The free clinics are 9 to noon at Eastern View High School (16332 Cyclone Way, Culpeper), and 1 to 4 p.m. at Madison High School (68 Mountaineer Lane, Madison). For more information, visit or the state health department’s website at

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