The Rapp for Jan. 17

Fiddler joins bluegrass band


Fiddler Michael Feagnes joins the Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band for the band’s concert this Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Theatre at Washington, the theatre announced this week. Feagnes is coming up from Nashville, where he is a regular on the Cumberland Highlanders show on RFD-TV. Tickets for the concert are $25 ($10 for those 17 and younger). For reservations or information, contact the Theatre at 540-675-1253 or

John Eaton’s ‘Fabulous Forties’

Celebrated jazz pianist John Eaton returns to the Theatre at Washington on Sunday, Jan. 27, for a solo performance at 3 p.m. consisting of music from “The Fabulous Forties,” as Eaton calls the era.

Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

“The 1940s, in spite of the cataclysm of World War II, produced an amazing array of music,” Eaton said, listing everything from the big band music of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington to the groundbreaking musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein (“Oklahoma,” “South Pacific” and “Carousel”). Then there were the classic musicals of Irving Berlin (“Annie Get Your Gun”) and Cole Porter (“Kiss Me Kate”).

“New brilliant voices included Frank Loesser, Leonard Bernstein and Julie Styne, and in the jazz scene, Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie and Thelonius Monk,” continued Eaton, who draws on all this rich material in an afternoon of piano performance and song.

A graduate of Yale, Eaton combines superb piano playing with a delightful wit and humor, as well as erudite insights into the history of the Great American Songbook. He became a Steinway concert artist back in 1988, and has been entertaining audiences in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond for more than 50 years.

Among the many local venues at which he’s well known are the Barns at Wolf Trap, where he appears regularly, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has played at the White House and for National Public Radio.

Tickets are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger). For reservations, contact the Theatre at 540-675-1253 or

Master Naturalists starting next class

The Old Rag Master Naturalists, a chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) Program, is now accepting applications for its 2013 class. Formed in 2006, the chapter serves Madison, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Greene and portions of Fauquier and Orange counties. It graduated its first class in 2007 and now has logged more than 14,000 hours of volunteer work in our community.

Photo by Gwen Behan
Photo by Gwen Behan

The chapter’s goal is to produce a corps of citizen volunteers to help further understanding of the natural environment. The first class is an orientation and introduction session at 6 p.m. March 20; training classes begin the following week. Training costs $135; class size is limited to 25. The application deadline is Jan. 31.

The 40-hour training teaches prospective Master Naturalists skills in education outreach, environmental stewardship and citizen science. The training program covers the full spectrum of natural sciences, including basic ecology, biodiversity, botany, forest ecology, native fauna and more. Old Rag’s training focuses on the ecosystems in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge regions of Virginia.

Training consists of 12 classroom sessions and five field trips. Classroom sessions are held at the Madison Volunteer Fire Hall in Madison on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Field trips are on Saturday mornings at locations in the chapter’s service area. Participants must also give 40 hours of volunteer service and take an additional eight hours of advanced training annually to be certified as Master Naturalists under the program.

For more information, visit the chapter’s website (, call Jack Price, ORMN education committee chair, at 540-987-9166 or email

4-H camps fired up for 2013

It is time to talk about 4-H camping! This year, 4-H will be offering Rappahannock youth opportunities to take part in seven camping programs, including four new “travel camps.”

The 2013 camp schedule includes:

4-H Winter Camp, Feb. 22-24 ($100), for ages 9 to 13. Campers will enjoy spending the weekend at the 4-H Ed Center where they will participate in workshops, games, a dance, and a chance to have a fun, event-filled weekend. This year’s theme is “Out of this World!” Registration is now open for 4-H Winter camp, and will end on January 25.

Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock 4-H Overnight Camp, June 9-13 ($220), for ages 9-13. Campers stay in lodges at the 4-H Ed Center and will spend their days learning such skills as swimming, rocketry, makeup/hair/nails and canoeing, and participating in evening activities that include a swimming party, dance and carnival; each night ends with a campfire.

Rappahannock County 4-H Day Camp, June 24-28 ($65), for ages 6-13. Campers spend five days at the 4-H Ed Center. Includes morning workshops on woodworking, performing arts, cooking, fishing and more, and a T-shirt, snacks, project supplies, daily swimming and transportation to and from camp.

4-H Travel Day Camps ($210) are new this year: 4-H is offering four weeks of themed-based travel day camps for 9- to 12-year-olds. Busing provided to/from Rappahannock County Elementary School (RCES), where the day camps are based; campers will travel four of the five days each week in and around Rappahannock County, to participate in hands-on learning activities based on the week’s theme. The $210 fee includes busing, program supplies, snacks, a T-shirt and all entry fees to field-trip destinations. The themes and dates are:

• Animals, July 8-12: Campers learn about, see, touch and in some cases feed many different types of animals while visiting places such as a large-animal clinic, local farms and the Luray Zoo.

• Civil War, July 15-19: Campers are immersed in Civil War history while traveling along the Virginia Civil War Trails and visiting such historic places such as the battlefields at New Market and Cedar Creek at Belle Grove Plantation.

• Environment, July 22-26: Campers learn about the natural environment as well as the creatures that live in our streams, sky and woods with stream ecology sessions, guided nature hikes, bird watching and more hands-on activities.

• Outdoor Adventure, July 29-Aug. 2: Swim, hike, canoe, and zoom down a zip line, to name just a few of the many activities offered this week.

Teenagers 13 to 19 (as of Jan. 1) may apply to be Counselors-in-Training (CITs) or teen counselors, who help supervise children, lead games and songs and act as mentors to the campers. Being a CIT or a teen counselor is fun and also looks great on college and employment applications.

For the first time this year, eight teen counselors (ages 15 to 19) will be hired to work with the new travel camps. Teen counselors will be paid $350/week. To apply for a CIT or teen counselor position, please call the Extension office (below) to receive an application. Interviews will be arranged for each applicant.

Registration for all summer camps begins Feb. 1 at the Rappahannock County Extension Office, 311 Gay St., Washington. Registration forms will be distributed to schools on Jan. 29 but registrations won’t be accepted until Feb. 1, when those that are mailed will be opened in the order in which they were received. In-person registrations will have priority over those in the mail.

Those who are unable to register in-person are encouraged to have someone submit their registrations on their behalf. Each camper must have a completed registration and a $50 nonrefundable deposit – per camp. A limited number of scholarships are available and will be reviewed after completion of scholarship application.

For more information, call the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Rappahannock office at 540-675-3619.

– Jenny Kapsa

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