The Rapp for Sept. 12

Shakespeare and satire at the Theatre

Max Upton as Angelo in CAST’s “Measure for Measure,” this Sunday afternoon at the Theatre.
Max Upton as Angelo in CAST’s “Measure for Measure,” this Sunday afternoon at the Theatre.

In their version of Shakespeare’s dark comedy “Measure for Measure,” on stage at 3 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 15) at the Theatre at Washington, the Cambridge American Stage Tour (CAST) students have set the play in modern-day Vienna and assigned its leading character Angelo a military uniform and heavy makeup.

Angelo rules “in a way that is harsh and autocratic . . . The sense of order that comes with the uniform is intended to contrast with the impression of loucheness and perversion that stems from his greasy complexion and heavy make-up. The law no longer has any hold over the citizens of Vienna . . . the sex trade has taken over the shadier pockets of society. Left in charge, the brittle Angelo assumes power with relentless spite, but after meeting the enchantingly willful Isabella, he can’t adhere to his own rules. Deceit, hypocrisy and scandal spiral out of control.” Tickets for CAST are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger).

Mark Russell un-retires in town Saturday evening, Sept. 21.
Mark Russell un-retires in town Saturday evening, Sept. 21.

Deceit, hypocrisy and scandal will no doubt come up again the following weekend at the Theatre, when American political satirist and entertainer Mark Russell has “retired from retirement” to  perform his trademark piano-side repartee at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Russell says he’s also bringing some friends (all 435 members of Congress, the President, the Supreme Court and other usual suspects).

Get your reservations (recommended; Russell’s shows typically sell out) at 540-675-1253 or; tickets are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger).

Wellness Festival: It’s Sept. 21

The first-ever Rappahannock Wellness Festival is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, principally along Gay Street in the town of Washington. You’ll find an exhibitor’s tent with vendors and wellness practitioners from the area offering demonstrations and consultations, plus a workshop tent with such topics as making flower essences at home, the importance of detoxification, holistic pet care, introduction to craniosacral therapy, hypnotherapy and more.

Speakers at the town hall include Marianne Clyde (author of  “Peaceful Parenting”) and Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine founder Teresa Boardwine (speaking on the subject of herbs to slow the aging process and boost vitality). There are kids’ activities in the beautiful Stonyman Mercantile Garden between Main and Gay streets, along with henna tattoos from Desiree Cripps of Ten Moons Midwifery. Admission is $10; kids free. Visit or contact Cara Martin at 540-878-7085 or for more information.

While at the festival, also head down to 261 Main St. from 3 to 7 for the official grand opening of Little Washington Wellness & Spa, one of the festival’s sponsors, for healthy refreshments, free skincare consultations, chair massages and $245 in services to be given away. Ingrid Jolly of Avillion will be there with her Aura Imaging equipment to take your photo and give you an aura reading. Visit for more details.

Sept. 28-29: Farm and Civil War doings

Because the next couple of weekends are packed with events, a heads-up: The Rappahannock Farm Tour & Festival and a weekend of Civil War encampments and reenactments and other events are coming up next Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, so call your out-of-town friends now and tidy the guest room soon.

Rudy Segaar holds a Napoleonic-era musket as he explains Civil War field tactics at last September’s reenactment. Photo by Matt Wingfield.
Rudy Segaar holds a Napoleonic-era musket as he explains Civil War field tactics at last September’s reenactment. Photo by Matt Wingfield.

The farm tour, with free self-guided visits to more than 25 farms, orchards and wineries, also includes a weekend artisans’ market with wine, organic produce and art and handmade goods supplied by the vendors set up in tents around Washington’s Avon Hall, with its adjacent butterfly/nature trail.

Farm tour maps and venues are found in the tour guidebook, available online at; printed copies are available at the Corner Store in Sperryville, Merry Moo Market in Flint Hill, Wits End Farm in Amissville and at the Avon Hall artisans’ market during the tour. For more information about the Farm Tour and Festival, call Cathie Shiff at 540-219-8396.

Dedicated local historical and Civil War commemoration groups will camp all weekend Sept. 28-29 at the Visitors Center, off U.S. 211 just east of Washington, to fire artillery, charge their cavalry mounts and much more. This year’s event features a parade on Saturday afternoon (starting from the Visitors Center at 2:30 and heading through Little Washington, with an honors ceremony at the Confederate Memorial) and a skirmish on Sunday at 1 just behind the Visitors Center.

Food and drink will be available (sold by the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department) near the encampment’s “streets” of tents, where soldiers will cook over open fires, participate in drills and fire muskets and artillery starting about 9:30 a.m. both days. There’s also period music and dancing performances, a youth “boot camp” and talks (at the library next door) by Civil War film director and screenwriter Ron Maxwell and local Civil War experts Danny Hitt and Art Candenquist. Generals Lee, Jackson, Early and Pope, and Col. Mosby, will be on hand to talk to you personally. This may be your chance to correct history before it is too late.

Three more Mitchell Fund Arts grants

Rappahannock Association for Arts and the Community (RAAC) is pleased to announce three more Claudia Mitchell Art Fund grants, totaling $6,730 — to Peggy Schadler for an Oct. 26 public performance of 1000 Faces; to Forrest Marquisee for a video series featuring local musicians; and to Sarah Grenzeback for drawing classes.

A scene from a 1000 Faces performance last fall in Flint Hill by Peggy Schadler, one of the latest recipients of a RAAC Mitchell Fund grant. Photo by Roger Piantadosi.
A scene from a 1000 Faces performance last fall in Flint Hill by Peggy Schadler, one of the latest recipients of a RAAC Mitchell Fund grant. Photo by Roger Piantadosi.

“The board is delighted to support these three artists,” said RAAC president Joanne Hilty. “Peggy is a Rappahannock treasure who has been working for decades to bring community-based mask and performance art to the county. Forrest is a multi-talented emerging artist — mentee of Scott Willis, videographer and musician, and Sarah is an aspiring young artist who continues to deepen her education.”

RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Art Fund, established in 2009 by RAAC with a bequest from Mitchell’s estate, rewards and encourages county organizations who are working to foster the arts in Rappahannock and local artists of all ages, especially emerging ones. A total of $15,255 has been given this year. Other 2013 Mitchell Fund grantees included Mandelele, Headwaters, The Studio School, Child Care & Learning Center, Kid Pan Alley, Nicole Espinola and Sam Mullany. The 2014 grant cycle will be announced later this fall, after which applications and guidelines will be available at

Learn photography at Old Rag Gallery

Old Rag Gallery is getting you back to school with some classes this fall, including an iPhone photography class with Joyce Harman from 9 to 4 this Sunday (Sept. 15), and a “Point and Shoot” class on Oct. 13 with Harman and Ray Boc.

Harman’s class explains how to optimize the camera apps on iPhones (other smart phones are welcome also, though some apps might not be available on all platforms) before doing some practice shots, and processing them back at the gallery. The class also covers basic processing techniques, as well as some more creative apps.

“Phones these days can take wonderful and gallery quality photographs. Many of my photographs on display in the gallery are taken with the iPhone, and most importantly, were processed entirely on the iPhone,” remarked Harman.

The Point and Shoot class covers the workings of point and shoot cameras, which are amazing these days, but can be complex to use. Harman and Boc will get you up to speed on your camera and show you how to be in control of your photographs.

For more information, or to register for the classes, contact Harman ( or or Boc (

Pete Pazmino Awarded Fellowship by the VCCA

Writer Pete Pazmino finished his second fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts recently. Courtesy photo.
Writer Pete Pazmino finished his second fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts recently. Courtesy photo.

Pete Pazmino of Chester Gap was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). The VCCA is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Earlier this month, Pazmino was among 25 VCCA fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.

A typical VCCA residency ranges from two weeks to two months, during which each artist is provided with a comfortable private bedroom, a private studio and three prepared meals a day. VCCA fellows have received worldwide attention through publications, exhibitions, compositions, performances, and major awards and accolades, including MacArthur grants, Pulitzer prizes, Guggenheim fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts awards and Academy Award nominations.

Writer Pazmino says his main goals for his second VCCA fellowship stay in two years were to finish up a new short story and to complete a short story collection, both missions accomplished. Pazmino’s work has been published in Gargoyle Magazine, Memorious, Monkeybicycle, JMWW, The Santa Fe Writer’s Project Journal, A Cappella Zoo and elsewhere. There’s more about him at, and more about the VCCA program at (or call 434-946-7236).

Panther Pride golf tourney: last chance

Sept. 20 is fast approaching and team slots are filling up fast for the Rappahannock County School Sports Association’s annual Panther Pride Golf Tournament. Come spend the day at beautiful Blue Ridge Shadows in Front Royal, play golf, and have some great food and beverages. Receive a nice golf shirt courtesy of Rankin’s Sports, a hat from the Anderson Company, and golf balls from Racer Construction.

If you cannot attend the tournament but would like to support the boosters, at all home games until the 20th we will be selling chances for a dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington. The winner will be announced at the tournament. (Come find me at most home games and meets.) Flyers are available at the website.

Please help support our 37 sports, theatre, academic and band teams!

— Amy Hitt

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