The staff of the Rappahannock News will be at the Country Cafe (389-A Main Street) in Washington promptly, and possibly pre-caffeinated, at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 24) for our monthly public story conference. Come by and tell us what you think — about any of the headlines in today’s paper, or the ones you think should be in future editions (or the ones that shouldn’t). We’ll be there, and the coffee’s on us, until 10. Call 540-675-3338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
➤ Not including the Christmas-related extravaganza below, the town of Washington’s annual Halloween celebration has to be one of Rappahannock County’s most enjoyable, family-friendly events. Relive your childhood (or let your kids live theirs) next Thursday (Oct. 31), when Halloween trick-or-treaters of all ages are welcome to stroll around town, where most homes and businesses will be treat-enhanced. Trinity Episcopal Church opens its doors, as usual, at 6 p.m. for parents seeking coffee and a chair, and kids looking for something more substantial than candy (hot dogs and such).
➤ This Saturday (Oct. 26), meanwhile, Halloween comes a little early to Stone Hill, the home of John Henry and Ann Crittenden on Springwish Lane (off Crest Hill Road, not quite three miles east of Flint Hill), where they’ll host another outdoor performance, among the giant stones and Blue Ridge views, by Peggy Schadler’s 1000 Faces mask troupe. Come in costume — a costume in which you can comfortably walk over at least one hill and one dale, by the way — starting at 4 p.m. for bagpipes, border collies and beautiful scenery. The 1000 Faces performance of Schadler’s “The Psyche Circus Comes to Our Town” is at 5:45, and a presentation by D.C.-based astrologer and “visionary activist” Caroline Casey follows. For more information, contact Peggy Schadler at 540-987-8823 or email@example.com.
The Little Washington Christmas Parade Committee announced this week that the Rappahannock Food Pantry will be sponsoring this year’s Christmas in Little Washington parade and celebration on Sunday, Dec. 8. The parade — again featuring the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and some surprises — starts at 1 and festivities will be going on from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. around town.
The theme is “Christmas Is a Time for Giving,” and in the weeks before the event collection sites will be set up for canned goods to be donated to the Pantry. During the event, artisan markets will be running at the Town Hall, the RAAC Community Theatre and the Packing Shed (Gay Street at Mount Salem Avenue) and there will be food vendors, music (including bluegrass-playing columnist Richard Brady, and a crew of Castleton Festival singers), pony rides, face painting, hayrides, a petting zoo, magician and more. If you want to participate in the parade, or need any other details, contact parade coordinator Chris Doxzen at 540-987-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re invited by Ben “Cooter” Jones and Alma Viator their Harris Hollow home this Sunday (Oct. 27), where the actor and former congressman and his Cooter’s Garage Band will perform for a “Rally in the Hollow” starting at 2 p.m. There’s no admission charge, and there is food, soft drinks, free parking and guests including former Democratic congressional candidate Brig. Gen (retired) John Douglass and General Assembly Democratic candidates Colin Harris (from our own 18th District) and the 86th District’s Jennifer Boysko. The organizers promise short speeches, good mingling and good food. The Jones place is 2.7 miles from Washington’s Main Street on Harris Hollow Road; listen for the sounds of Democrats having a good time (and yes, that sound will be coming from your left). Call Jed Duvall at 540-937-3780 for more information.
This Friday (Oct. 25) at 8 p.m., the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community re-screens Ron Maxwell’s “Copperhead” for free (and with new, working equipment) at the Theatre in Washington, to make up for malfunctioning equipment earlier this month.
And on Friday, Nov. 1, RAAC shows the last of its fall films at the Theatre, “Quartet,” at 8 p.m. Directed by Dustin Hoffman, it stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon and is rated R. Tickets for “Quartet” are $6 and the concession stand will be open for popcorn, candy and water. For a review of the film visit raac.org. (RAAC’s Friday film series resumes Jan. 3.)
Concert pianist Naoko Takao returns to the Theatre at Washington for a recital at 8 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 26). The program includes works by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann and Mendelssohn. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger); for more information or reservations, call 540-675-1253 or email email@example.com.
The Castleton in Performance season continues Sunday, Nov. 3 with a 4 p.m. show at Theatre House in Castleton by Berta Rojas, whom Classical Guitar magazine called the “ambassador of the classical guitar,” seconded by guitarist Magdalena Duhagon in an innovative program of South American works. Tickets are $30 ($10 for those 18 and younger). Tickets at casteltonfestival.org or call 866-974-0767.
Renowned for her impeccable technique and innate musical mastery, Rojas is one of the most outstanding female classical guitarists of the day, and has been praised as a “guitarist extraordinaire” by The Washington Post. Duhagon has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and teaches classical guitar at George Washington University; she has also presented master classes at the Guitar Festival of Ireland, the Conservatoire D’Alexandrie in Egypt and Catholic University.
RappCats will be holding a grand opening of its new Flint Hill Adoption Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, with Sheriff Connie C. Smith on hand to do the ribbon-cutting duties. RappCats is an all-volunteer organization that works to help stray, abused and unwanted cats of Rappahannock County. Look for more details about the opening in next week’s paper, or in the meantime, visit rappcats.org or call 540-987-8099.