The Rapp for May 30

RAAC’s film finale: ‘Lincoln’

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community is showing Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” as the last film of the spring season at 8 p.m. on June 7 at the Theatre in Washington (291 Gay St.).

Daniel Day-Lewis (middle) in “Lincoln.”
Daniel Day-Lewis (middle) in “Lincoln.”

Daniel Day-Lewis won a best-actor Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th President; the film also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Walton Goggins, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Hawkes. The movie chronicles the President’s time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with politics and personal demons during the Civil War, and is rated PG-13.

Admission is $6 ($4 for students); the concession stand has popcorn, candy and water. RAAC films will resume in September. For information on this and other RAAC events, visit

Bee aware!

Heard the buzz? The Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) is hosting a bee forum at the Theatre in Washington from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The panel includes international bee expert Ann Harman, local beekeeper and honey producer Bob Duxbury and Virginia apiary inspector Bob Wellemeyer, all of whom will be speaking and answering questions.

There’s no charge for the talk; reservations are appreciated but not required. For more information, call 540-317-1449 or email

A Thousand Questions, one new theatre

Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions are performing at 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the State Theatre in Culpeper. The completely restored showcase theater opened earlier this month on Culpeper’s Main Street with concerts by Bruce Hornsby and Lyle Lovett.

A Thousand Questions’ Paul Reisler (middle) plays the new State Theatre with Howard Levy (left) and Amy Speace.
A Thousand Questions’ Paul Reisler (middle) plays the new State Theatre with Howard Levy (left) and Amy Speace.

The Thousand Questions collaboration features original music by Rappahannock’s own Reisler, joined by harmonica and piano virtuoso Howard Levy (of the Flecktones), vocalists Amy Speace and Heather Mae, and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Tom Teasley.

It’s direct and emotional music that cuts across borders – combining American roots, world music eclecticism, classical precision and mysticism with the vitality and energy of contemporary pop music. Reisler’s music, as The Washington Post said, “climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up the Himalayas.”

Tickets are $22.50 to $29.50; call the theatre at 540-829-0292 or visit

River District Arts goes spontaneous

Ask any artist why they paint with watercolors and the response is usually because of the unpredictability of the medium – they love the element of surprise! “Spontaneity!” is a two-month show opening tomorrow (June 1) at Sperryville’s River District Arts.

Featuring more than 30 paintings by four watercolorists, the exhibit and sale runs through July. The artists include Mary B. Allen, Trish Crowe, Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki and Chee Kludt Ricketts.

Work by Mary B. Allen.
Work by Mary B. Allen.

Allen is a native of South Carolina and an active member of the Windmore Foundation for the Arts in Culpeper, a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Virginia Watercolor Society and a studio artist at RDA. Crowe is founder of Firnew Farm Artists Circle in Madison County. Before her retreat to the idyllic countryside, she had a successful career in illustration and design in Washington, D.C., and London.

Gawarecki is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Virginia Watercolor Society, Washington Watercolor Association and was the president and founder of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.

“Watercolor fascinates me with its challenge of maintaining a balance between control and spontaneity,” said Gawarecki. “I always have a plan, but I try to allow for the unexpected nuances that appear when paint and water mingle.”

Ricketts’ professional affiliations include Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle, Piedmont Council of the Arts, Virginia Watercolor Society and Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, of which she is a past president. She conducts workshops and teaches classes in addition to an extensive exhibition schedule.

River District Arts (3 River Lane, Sperryville) is open 10 to 5 Friday-Sunday.

A new Taste sensation

Mark your calendar, and your map – this year’s Taste of Rappahannock is Sept. 7, and it’s moving to the Miller Barn, at Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville. For those who haven’t yet attended, the Taste of Rappahannock is a gala fundraiser featuring fine local food and drink followed by a lively auction. All proceeds from the event support Headwaters Foundation programs that benefit the county’s school children.

Headwaters was founded 1997 by a group of public school parents to provide independent support for the public school system and to increase community involvement in education. Their mission is to foster educational excellence in Rappahannock County by cultivating the cooperative spirit and resources of the whole community to benefit all students. Headwaters partners with RCPS and supports the following programs: Farm-to-Table, Next Step-Career and College Access Program, Starfish Mentoring and READ, the After-School Program and Teacher Mini-Grants.

For more information about Headwaters or the Taste of Rappahannock, contact Headwaters’ executive director Jane Bowling-Wilson at 540-987-3322 or, or visit

Celebrate National Trails Day at SNP

Celebrate National Trails Day in Shenandoah National Park this Saturday (June 1) from 9 to 3:30 p.m. at “Beyond the Trailhead.” In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills, as well as get hands-on demonstrations from experienced hikers throughout the day.

Beyond the Trailhead is designed to give novice hikers the information they need to leave their cars behind and venture beyond the trailhead to enjoy SNP’s numerous hiking trails. Experienced hikers can discuss new ideas with PATC members at displays on “Leave No Trace,” outdoor ethics and wilderness first aid techniques. Everyone can participate in a hands-on demonstration of the traditional tools used to maintain trails in wilderness, such as crosscut saws, provided by the SNP trail crew.

A variety of hikes guided by experienced Trail Patrol members will be offered for people of all ages and experience levels – hikes suitable for families with children as well as easy, moderate and advanced hikes for adults. Hikers need to meet at the registration table at Byrd Visitor Center 15 minutes before the hike to sign in. All hikers should wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the season and bring food and plenty of water (and a trail lunch for the advanced hikes).

The following hikes meet at Byrd Visitor Center:

Story of the Forest Trail: easy, 1.8 miles, 10 a.m.; Appalachian Trail Ramble: easy, 2 miles, 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Dark Hollow Falls Hike: moderate, 1.4 miles, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Rose River-Dark Hollow Falls: advanced, 3.8 miles, 10 a.m.; Rapidan Camp National Historic Landmark: advanced, 4 miles, 9:45 a.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged but you can also register on June 1 at the Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline Drive). To pre-register, email by tomorrow (Friday, May 31) with your name and the hike you wish to join.

There are no fees to attend or participate, save for a $15-per-car entrance fee to the park (good for seven days). For more information about the event, visit the PATC website ( or contact Trail Patrol at For more information on the park, visit

Virginia State Parks support Get Outdoors Day June 8

All 35 Virginia State Parks are hosting special programs and events next Saturday (June 8), as part of the fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Scheduled programming offers opportunities for families to experience traditional and nontraditional types of outdoor activities – from hiking to geocaching.

“In this time when many of us are less connected to the outdoors – our kids spend 6.5 hours a day watching screens – GO Day is intended to reach first-time visitors to our parks, as we help them reconnect with nature,” said state parks director Joe Elton. “For the first time, American children are predicted to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. National events like GO Day help bring awareness to this crisis. Virginia State Parks are part of the prescription to make better choices toward healthier lifestyles.”

Programs across the state include guided nature hikes, geocaching, canoeing and kayaking. Visitors wishing to explore on their own can rent GPS units or enjoy self-guided hikes. Many parks have backpacks with binoculars, field guides and other tools available for checkout. A list of such programs can be found at The Virginia State Parks search tool makes it easy to search by program, date or specific park at

June 8 is also part of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Free Fishing Weekend; an opportunity to grab a fishing pole and head out to a Virginia State Park to fish without paying for a license. Select state parks will offer special GO Day fishing programs.

Last year, more than 138 official GO Day sites across the nation welcomed more than 70,000 new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors. GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially youngsters, to seek out active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. For more information on National Get Outdoors Day, visit

Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about park activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call 800-933-PARK or visit

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