The Rapp for Jan. 31

Farewell to our Sperryville columnist

As she announced a couple of weeks ago, Sperryville columnist Barbara Adolfi is indeed moving on to better (or at least more fun) things: After six years of weekly contributions to this newspaper, her last column, and her own parting words, can be found in this week’s Sperryville column.

All-media team Ray Boc and Barbara Adolfi of Sperryville plan to do more traveling.
All-media team Ray Boc and Barbara Adolfi of Sperryville plan to do more traveling.

Barbara came to Rappahannock County in 1987 and moved here full-time in 1998 after a 25-year career as a school social worker in Fairfax County Public Schools special education programs. She re-met her childhood friend Ray Boc at a 40th high school reunion in 2000, each finding with some interest that the other was divorced; they were married in 2004. Until former News editor Anita Sherman discovered her talent for writing and community-building, Barbara’s real job was as a psychotherapist – and still is, between family commitments and tourist-home operations, and service on the county’s Economic Revitalization Advisory Committee. Now she and her “favorite photographer” Ray plan more travel, and there’s a family cookbook project, and – well, she tells it better in her column, as usual.

Before you go there, a small but important postscript: We would love to find a contributor – or contributors –  interested in continuing the Sperryville column. If you’re interested, or think you might know someone who is, please email or call us at 540-675-3338.

Or let Barbara know; you’ll be seeing her just as often around the county as before. She’ll just look more relaxed.

– Roger Piantadosi

2013 Nature Camp: Now’s the time

During these cold days of January and February, it’s not too soon to make plans for the warm sunny days of summer. It’s time to sign up for the 2013 Rappahannock Nature Camp!

Participants in the first Rappahannock Nature Camp pose, in June 1987, with co-directors Lyt Wood and Hunt Harris, and counselor Chris Moyles, at the Shaw House at Rock Mills. Photo by Teresa Currie.
Participants in the first Rappahannock Nature Camp pose, in June 1987, with co-directors Lyt Wood and Hunt Harris, and counselor Chris Moyles, at the Shaw House at Rock Mills. Photo by Teresa Currie.

This year’s camp will be June 17-28. We meet every day, Monday through Friday, at Singing Creek, three miles south of Sperryville on the Hazel River.

The first Rappahannock Nature Camp met at Rock Mills in 1987. Don’t believe me? The photo above provides documentary evidence.

Every year, we never tire of telling each other stories about our own observations and adventures. Every living thing, from the smallest tadpole in our Frog Pond to the immense constellation that we call Leo, has its own life’s story. So our theme for study this year will be “Stories.” These will include fairy tales, songs, personal experiences . . . all kinds of stories old and new.

We will explore all of our old haunts: the Hazel River, Frog Pond, Secret Garden, Puckwedggie Tree, Azalea Rocks and all of our hiking trails. If we’re lucky, we might catch a glimpse of a mythical White Horse or a Bouncing Bug or a real Puckwedggie. Don’t believe me? Ask some of our former campers!

Most important: By sharing our individual experiences and skills, we hope to be inspired to begin our own explorations and create our own stories in years to come.

If you are interested in joining our camp community in June, please contact me and I will send you a copy of last year’s News from Singing Creek, along with an application for the 2013 camp. Or you can pick up an application from our sponsor, the Piedmont Environmental Council, in the old bank building in Washington. I will also leave some blazing orange brochures at the kiosk in front of the Washington Post Office.

There’s a good article about the Rappahannock Nature Camp at

I can be reached at 540-987-9530 or

Oh yeah, one more thing. You can apply only if you are age 8 to 12.

See you at camp!

– Lyt Wood

‘To Rome With Love’: This Friday

Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love” shows at the Theatre Friday.
Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love” shows at the Theatre Friday.

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC) screens “To Rome with Love” at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 1) at the Theatre at Washington. This R-rated comedy stars Woody Allen, Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin. Run time is 112 minutes; admission is $6. The concession stand has popcorn, candy and water. For more information on this film and other events, visit

4-H camp registration

4-H Summer Camp registration starts at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 1) at the Extension office (311-J Gay St., Washington). Six 4-H camping programs are being offered this summer, including a day camp, an animal theme camp, a Civil War theme camp and more. A full list of camps and prices is available on the registration forms.

Registration forms were delivered earlier this week to all schools in Rappahannock County, as well as at the extension office. Registration forms will not be accepted until Feb. 1, when those mailed will also be opened in the order they were received. Each camper must have a completed registration and a $50 non-refundable deposit per camp. For more information, call the extension office at 540-675-3619.

Mardi Gras on Gay Street

On Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., Mike Flaherty’s Dixieland Direct Jazz Band returns to the Theatre with a program to celebrate Mardi Gras. The set list includes all-time favorites such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “The Tin Roof Blues,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and many more.

Mike Flaherty's Dixieland Direct Jazz Band brings Mardi Gras to the Theatre at Washington on Feb. 9
Mike Flaherty’s Dixieland Direct Jazz Band brings Mardi Gras to the Theatre at Washington on Feb. 9

Dixieland Direct is composed of Henning Hoehne, who plays clarinet and soprano sax, pianist Bob Boguslaw, drummer Mike Flaherty and bass player Dallas Smith. The band has been performing together for almost two decades and was the winner of the 2010 French Quarter Jazz Festival Battle of the Bands in New Orleans.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults ($10 age 17 and younger). Reservations are recommended. To make reservations, call 540-675-1253 or send an email to

‘The Art of Aging’ is Feb. 8 topic

Next Friday (Feb. 8) at 8 p.m. the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community features Sallie Morgan, chair of the Aging Together Partnership, speaking about “The Art of Aging in Rappahannock” as part of RAAC’s Second Friday at the Library series.

“I actually came to Rappahannock a couple of years out of graduate school because I was hired to start the Area Agency on Aging in the region, and I quickly learned that the greatest pleasure of this new job was meeting an amazing variety of people who had for the most part grown up in the area . . . For someone who loves stories, I was in heaven,” said Morgan.

“Sometimes I find myself lying awake in the middle of the night wondering how I will manage to continue living out here . . . if I get to the point I can’t drive, for instance? And I know I’m not the only one in our community having those same thoughts.”

Morgan shares information about Aging Together’s goals and successes in this region, which include increased transportation resources, access to free prescription medications, training and support groups for caregivers, work with local hospitals to reduce readmissions, training for first responders and work through local teams in each county to come up with ideas for making our communities good places to grow older.

The program is also an opportunity to share perspectives on the joys and challenges of aging in this community, as well as ideas about how those of us who are “aging together” in Rappahannock can help each other prepare for the coming decades.

Upcoming programs in the Second Friday at the Library Series include photographer Jackie Labovitz (March 8), art and photography curator Merry Forresta (April 12) and poet Mary Sherman Willis (May 10).

Cabin Fever RX

In an effort to relieve local residents of cabin fever doldrums, River District Arts is hosting a Cabin Fever RX event each weekend during February and March.

Events for February include the opening of a contemporary quilt show this Saturday (Feb. 2). Mary Bowden of Lexington will discuss the evolution of quilting and its Shenandoah heritage during a gallery talk at 2 p.m.

The following Saturday, Jon Simpson demonstrates how he creates his heirloom wooden bowls with hammer and chisel and no mechanical devices. He will also bring a collection of his bowls to sell.

On Feb. 16, local artist and author Carole Pivarnik is at RDA from noon to 4:30 to sign her recent book, “Doggitude,” 36 endearing dog portraits with funny “dog think” haikus. Ten percent of the artist’s proceeds will be donated to RAWL. Carole is also doing a painting demo and talking about her subjects on the hour throughout the afternoon.

Michael and Cathy Wolniewicz round out the month on Feb. 23, when they display the custom furniture, sculpture and mixed media spirit boxes (exotic and rare wood bases with ceramic lids and precious stones) they create in their Huntley studio.

River District Arts is open 10 to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. There is no admission fee for the events, all of which are handicapped accessible.

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