The Rapp for Nov. 7

Main Street shuffle

Some updates to your business map of Little Washington might be in order.

By the end of the year, the Rappahannock News will be moving to the former Leggett House, the bright yellow, two-story historic building on the northeast corner of Jett and Main streets.

The sale of the newspaper’s current home at 249 Main St. is reportedly underway to D.C. developer and longtime Rappahannock weekender Jim Abdo — whose Ridge LLC will soon open the completely renovated six-room White Moose Inn at 291 Main (the former Heritage House B&B), and which also recently purchased the former Pullen House, the long-empty place two doors down at 349 Main, to house the White Moose’s manager, and a rumored retail or restaurant operation downstairs. Abdo hasn’t returned phone calls placed in hopes of confirming that rumor — or the other one about the newspaper’s soon-to-be-former home becoming a pizza place.

Tom Papke’s Capitol Metro Physical Therapy, meanwhile, has moved to 338 Gay St. (at the rear of Rappahannock Medical Center) from its six-year home at 261 Main. And Little Washington Wellness & Spa, whose proprietor Jackie Meuse and her husband own the building, is expanding the wellness and spa operation upstairs to front on Main Street, next to the Hair Gallery. — Roger Piantadosi

Auction and action at CCLC

The Child Care & Learning Center of Rappahannock’s annual fundraising supper and auction is this Saturday (Nov. 9). Starting at 5:30 p.m., there’s food and drink, silent and live auctions and a slew of smaller items for sale at the old Washington School on Mount Salem Avenue. The evening’s proceeds benefit CCLC’s pre-school programs by providing assistance to families unable to pay full tuition, and the evening itself is always a memorable and fun experience.

Auction items include a magnificent crystal chandelier, trips and vacations, old and new furniture, kitchen and cooking goodies, art works, silver, crystal and china, which you can peruse during cocktails and bid on after a buffet supper. Admission to the 18th annual CCLC Fall Auction and Party is $45 at the door. Preview night on Friday (6 to 8 p.m.) offers absentee bidding and a glass of wine. For more information, visit or call 540-675-3237.

RAWL’s canine calendar pin-ups

RAWL’s 2014 photo calendar is out.
RAWL’s 2014 photo calendar is out.

Contest-winning photos are featured in the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League’s (RAWL) 20th anniversary calendar, and they’ll definitely prettify, or at least adorable-ify, your office wall or refrigerator door. To get your copy, or extra copies for your holiday shopping list, visit online, or the shelter itself at 160 Weaver Rd., Amissville (open 8 to 1 daily) or any of the dozen venues around the county who will be selling the $15 calendars (also available in 10-packs for $100).

Sponsors of the 2014 RAWL Calendar include Coterie, Flint Hill Public House Restaurant and Inn, Griffin Tavern, Haley Fine Art, Hot Tub Heaven Vacation Cabins, Opitz Construction Consulting, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Rappahannock News, Rappahannock Real Estate Resources, Virginia Equestrian, Williams Tree Service and X-Press Copy of Culpeper.

Consecutive classics at the Theatre

This Sunday (Nov. 10) at 3 p.m., Russian-born pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky presents a recital of Schubert (Sonata in B flat major), Brahms (Six Pieces, Op. 118) and Scriabin (Sonata No. 2, Sonata-Fantasy and Preludes) at the Theatre in Washington (291 Gay St.).

Pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky performs at the Theatre in Washington this Sunday.
Pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky performs at the Theatre in Washington this Sunday. Courtesy photo

Then, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, the 22nd season of the Smithsonian at Little Washington concert series begins with a program of sonatas for violin and piano by Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, featuring National Symphony Orchestra violinist Heather LeDoux Green and Smithsonian Chamber Music Society artistic director and pianist Kenneth Slowik.

The Nov. 17 concert includes the Sonata in D Major, D384 and the Sonata in G Minor, D408 by Franz Schubert; the Sonata in B-flat Major, K454 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata, the Sonata in F Major. Three more Smithsonian concerts are scheduled for the spring of 2014 at the Theatre.

Tickets for both Sunday concerts are $25 each ($10 for students 17 and younger). For reservations, call 540-675-1253 or email

Angel, cherub trees a-growing again

The holidays are quickly approaching and the Rappahannock County Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Rappahannock Senior Center are again sponsoring “Cherub Trees” and “Angel Trees,” respectively, this year.

Last year, more 80 children were served by the DSS’s Cherub Tree program, thanks to Rappahannock’s generosity, and there are close to 150 senior angels from the community who’ll be up for “adoption” via the Senior Center’s Angel Tree (which goes up Nov. 22 at Union First Market Bank). The Cherub Trees go up Nov. 18 at Trinity Episcopal Church and Rappahannock Library.

If you know a child who needs Christmas gifts, contact DSS at 540-675-3313 between Nov. 11-22 to complete an application. And to “adopt” a senior for a holiday gift, check out the gift suggestions on the tree’s angels and sign up there at the bank after Nov. 22, or call senior center manager Darcy Canton at 540-987-3638.

Middle Street Gallery turns 30

Middle Street Gallery, the nonprofit artist cooperative named for its former location in Little Washington, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. Relocated to Sperryville, the gallery is also offering an exhibition of paintings by artist-member Helen Berliner.

Sperryville’s Middle Street Gallery turns 30 this year.
Sperryville’s Middle Street Gallery turns 30 this year. Courtesy photo

The gallery moved to its new, larger space at Rappahannock Central next to River District Arts two years ago. “Our new space is bright and airy, and has a gallery hanging system that eliminates the need for hammers and nails — a good thing, since I’m all thumbs,” says member photographer Jo Levine. Of the former gallery space, in an ancient building next to The Inn at Little Washington, she recalls, “It had a lot of quirks. The front room didn’t have a single straight wall, and there were so many nail holes that the walls were like Swiss cheese.”

Running an art gallery as a cooperative has its drawbacks, most members would say. Without a management hierarchy, good ideas can come and go without being realized. But, says Thomas Spande, a local artist and longtime member, “The Gallery’s internal functioning is a great success. It’s a small democracy with by-laws passed down and amended by current members, to assure all procedures are carried out effectively and fairly, in the name of allowing excellent art to flourish and be seen by visitors year after year.” 

During November and December, each member will have a small section of the gallery for his or her works, including three new members — Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Kathleen Willingham and Steven Wolf.

Meanwhile, Berliner is showing “Earth: The Powerful Golden Ground,” paintings and works on paper evoking the richness of element earth. “Earth is solid (unlike space), heavy (unlike fire) and unmoving (unlike water and wind),” Berliner says. “It supports physical and mental stability, abundance and overall quality of life. It also supports a sense of generosity, dignity and even splendor — and creates a sense of place, presence and being present. This body of work builds upon an ongoing exploration of natural elements in relation to human nature and inherent well-being.”

Detail of Helen Berliner’s “God’s Gold” at Middle Street Gallery.
Detail of Helen Berliner’s “God’s Gold” at Middle Street Gallery. Courtesy photo

Berliner is a practitioner and teacher of contemplative arts and design, and author of “Enlightened by Design.” She lives and teaches at Lotus Garden Buddhist retreat center in Stanley.

Dan Lewis of Woodville co-founded the gallery in the basement of Clopton House as a for-profit gallery in December 1981. A little more than a year later, he moved his gallery and framing shop across the street to a building next to The Inn. He converted the gallery to a nonprofit cooperative in 1987.

As the region’s nonprofit art center and cooperative, the gallery has taken its responsibilities to the community seriously over the years. It often opens its doors to non-member artists, giving some of them what would be their first opportunity to exhibit in a gallery. Some of these exhibits feature students at nearby schools and colleges.

The works of member artists often focus on subjects from Rappahannock County, Virginia’s Piedmont region and the Blue Ridge Mountains, but the gallery often strikes out in fresh directions. Recent shows have featured haiku and themes such as “obsession” and “extreme.”

“I’m surprised the gallery has lasted this long,” said founder Lewis five years ago on the gallery’s 25th anniversary. “It’s a tribute to the artists and the community. As long as the energy is there, I think it will go on indefinitely.”

The gallery is open 10 to 5 Friday-Sunday. For more information, call 540-987-9330 or visit

Culpeper Regional Hospital retains an “A”

Culpeper Regional Hospital (CRH) retains an “A” in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

This is the third consecutive year CRH has been awarded an A by the Leapfrog group, which challenges hospitals to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare in the U.S. by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. An A-grade means that the chances of a patient suffering healthcare related harm at that hospital are much less than at other hospitals.

To see CRH’s scores, as they compare nationally and locally, visit, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Connolly heads Fauquier Health Foundation

Fauquier County residents are familiar with the Fauquier Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Fauquier Health. For decades, the foundation has been generously supported by the community, providing needed funds to help keep Fauquier Hospital growing and improving.

Because of Fauquier Health’s new partnership with LifePoint Hospitals, the foundation will separate from Fauquier Health and become an independent organization dedicated to developing health-related programs and services for the community. The Fauquier Health Foundation of the future will have assets in excess of $100 million and great responsibility for the future health needs of this community.

Christy Connolly is the new president and CEO of the Fauquier Health Foundation.
Christy Connolly is the new president and CEO of the Fauquier Health Foundation. Courtesy photo

Christy Connolly, vice president of Strategic Services for Fauquier Health, has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of Fauquier Health Foundation. While at Fauquier Health, Connolly has not only served as president of Fauquier Health Foundation, but also has had oversight for the health system’s strategic planning, board development, decision support, volunteers, marketing, information systems, environmental services and emergency preparedness.

Marshall Doeller, chairman of the Fauquier Health Board of Directors, has worked alongside Connolly for years. “Christy is the perfect fit for this position. She has the intellect, the experience and, most importantly, the heart for this work.”

Her work experience includes the American Red Cross and the American Lung Association of Virginia. She has served on task forces of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, and the boards of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce and Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. She is the president of the Rotary Club of Warrenton. Connolly has also been an adjunct faculty member with Lord Fairfax Community College.


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