The Rapp for Dec. 19

A holiday double-issue Dec. 26

Don’t know about you, but our Christmas shopping has fallen way behind — and then we have to pack!

Rappahannock Media, home of the Rappahannock News and Piedmont Virginian magazine, is moving by the first of the new year to 309 Jett St. — the historic little two-story house on the northeast corner of Main and Jett streets. (Not changing: our phone number, 540-675-3338, and our mailing address, P.O. Box 59, Washington VA 22747.)

For this and other reasons, next week’s (Dec. 26) edition of the Rappahannock News will be a double issue — meaning it will be on newsstands, or your fruitcake-enhanced coffee table, for two weeks.

Moreover: Christmas week’s paper has to be printed early, so get your notices and ads to us by tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 20). If you get the paper by mail usually on Thursdays, you should get it on Christmas Eve.

Our next paper will be out Jan. 9. Between then and now, three requests from all of us here at the Rappahannock News: Check for any between-the-editions news, events and updates (you did ask Santa for broadband, didn’t you?). And have a merry Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year!

Pianist Harris joins RappHappy Holidays concert

Renowned jazz pianist Bill Harris will be part of Alma and Ben “Cooter” Jones’ free RappHappy Holidays Concert this Saturday night (Dec. 21) at the Theatre in Washington. Harris, who lives in Flint Hill, has performed internationally and has made several appearances at the Theatre in the past.

“Bill Harris is as good as anybody anywhere,” says Jones, who will bring his Cooter’s Garage Band to the event. “Bill is a world-class player, and when he sits down at that great piano at the Theatre, it’s about as good as it gets. We are delighted that he is joining us to play a few Christmas classics. That’s special.”

Direct from the North Pole, Santa Claus will greet theatregoers at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby; the music starts at 7. Admission is a contribution to the Rappahannock Food Pantry: canned goods and nonperishable foods are welcome (as are nonperishable cash and checks).

Contact the Rappahannock Food Pantry (603 Mt. Salem Ave.) for more information at 540-675-1177 or

And the winner is . . .

The Cause for Paws winners are selected.
The Cause for Paws winners are selected. Mary Ann Kuhn

Pictured here: RappCats volunteer Laura Dodd, left, holds a jar of raffle ticket stubs from which board member Beverly Sullivan draws the winner of the seventh annual Cause for Paws raffle. Mary Lou Bywaters of Amissville won dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington and an overnight stay at Middleton Inn. “I’m tickled pink,” said Bywaters when she was notified last week. Bywaters, it turns out, has over the years helped homeless animals in Rappahannock County. The Cause for Paws raffle was created by Gary and Michelle Schwartz in memory of their beloved cat Toby who was killed by a speeding car on Main Street in Little Washington. All proceeds from the raffle go into RappCats Spay & Neuter Fund. RappCats is a non-profit cat rescue group in the county.

‘MUD’ screens Jan. 3

Matthew McConaughey stars in “MUD,” RAAC’s film Jan. 3 at the Theatre in Washington.
Matthew McConaughey stars in “MUD,” RAAC’s film Jan. 3 at the Theatre in Washington. Courtesy photo

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) resumes its Friday movie series at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 at The Theatre in Washington with “MUD,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland and Reese Witherspoon. The film, directed by Jeff Nichols, is rated PG-13 and the concession stand will be open for its usual fare (popcorn, candy, water). For a review (and other RAAC events), visit

Smith (as in Sisters)

Smiths and sisters Debi (left) and Megan reunite, as the folk-singing Smith Sisters, this Sunday at the Birchmere in Alexandra.
Smiths and sisters Debi (left) and Megan reunite, as the folk-singing Smith Sisters, this Sunday at the Birchmere in Alexandra. Courtesy photo

If you happen to be around that other Washington this weekend, Flint Hill resident Megan Smith — most recently seen on stage at the RAAC Theatre as a maudlin Mock Turtle (in RAAC’s “Alice in Wonderland” holiday production) — returns to a slightly better-known stage Sunday (Dec. 22). Megan and Debi Smith, who used to tour as the folk-singing, D.C.-based Smith Sisters, reunite on stage for the first time in a decade, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Birchmere in Alexandria. The reunion’s part of a CD release concert for Debi Smith’s newest compilation, and features special guest Tom Paxton. Tickets ($25) and info are available at

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  1. Hey, Cheryl Lynn, you should have left a link so that our thousands of readers (okay I might be exaggerating a bit) can see some of your excellent work. All I could find was your LinkedIn page but we’re a bit rushed today so I didn’t give it the effort it deserves. — Roger

  2. I was excited to see the story about the Smith Sisters in the paper this week. Thought you’d be interested to know that yours truly, a Rappahannock County resident, did the graphic design for Debi Smith’s latest album mentioned in the article. It’s called “Hits & Holidays.” I have designed several of her albums in recent years. CLFH

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