Rappahannock’s 2014 Relay for Life and Carnival for a Cure starts at 2 Saturday afternoon (May 10) at Rappahannock County High School with an opening ceremony followed by a survivors/caregivers lap, a kids lap and a team lap — after which the all-night walkathon and community camp-out to raise funds for cancer research continues.
There’s a 3 p.m. concert Saturday by Steve Foster and Amazing Grace and The Mule, after which there will be music by deejays Aubrey Diggers, Abby Lopez and Parker Critzer for the duration.
Show your support for the fight and come by the high school for the event, which includes tent site judging at 4 and an always-moving luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. There’s food from Relay team member Jackie Estes, who’ll be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries, chips and soda, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Relay for Life effort.
The final concert in the Smithsonian at Little Washington season is 8 p.m. Saturday (May 10) at the Theatre at Washington — and it’s something quite different from the earlier concerts in the series: English music of the 16th and 17th centuries, played on rare antique viols by four of America’s leading viola da gamba performers.
Tickets ($25) available at the box office or by reservation. Call 540-675-1253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More of the White Moose Inn’s fun-for-foodies events is tomorrow (Friday, May 9) at the new hotel, as it hosts a dinner with celebrated D.C. chef Frederik De Pue (of the acclaimed restaurants Table and Menu/MBK), one of the city’s most sought-after chefs. De Pue is serving a gourmet five-course dinner with wine pairings for $130 per person; reservations for both the table and a room at the inn are found at whitemooseinn.com. If you don’t make it in time to be among the lucky 12 guests, sign up there for notice of future such events at the White Moose, “where foodies and romance meet.”
Local high schooler Sam Mullany, a junior at Wakefield Country Day School, has his own exhibit at Sperryville’s Haley Fine Art running through Monday (May 12) — a compilation of a school year’s worth of artwork, apparel and music that comprises “Sam’s Mixed Media,” and grew out of a year of his independent-study art class at WCDS. There’s a reception for Mullany (Rappahannock artist Tom Mullany’s youngest son) from 4 to 6 tomorrow (Friday, May 9) at the gallery. Haley Fine Art (42 Main St., Sperryville) is open 10 to 6 daily (closed Tuesday-Wednesday). Call 540-987-1000 for more information.
In cooperation with Businesses of Rappahannock, the next quarterly Biz Link Networking Social is 5 to 7 p.m. this coming Tuesday (May 13) at Narmada Winery in Amissville. Bring your business cards or flyers to meet and get to know other members of the Rappahannock business community.
The May 13 event is underwritten by Narmada’s Sudha and Pandit Patil and Emilio Fontan of Sperryville’s newest restaurant, El Quijote. Sponsors include Madison’s Stretcher Pack, Virginia High School Sports Magazine, Rappahannock Real Estate Resources, Tracy’s Tempn’, Far Ridge Ceramics, Ginger Hill Antiques, Golden Retreat for K-9s and Green Comfort Herbal Center.
Call Jan at 540-675-1373 for more information.
The first-ever Rappahannock Americana Festival is Saturday, May 17, and features two concerts (and a likely all-star picking party in between, during a dinner break at Stonyman Gourmet’s backyard garden). The evening concert at the Theatre on Gay Street starts at 8 and features legendary Nashville troubadour David Olney with famed guitar-slinger Sergio Webb, and Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group.
The noon-to-6 p.m. afternoon concert, on the grounds of Avon Hall, features folk, roots and bluegrass acts, including Irene Kelley, Craver Hicks Watson & Newberry (three of the four being founders of the Red Clay Ramblers), Rappahannock’s own Gold Top County Ramblers and Mandalele and concert organizer Ben “Cooter” Jones, who’ll be appearing not-quite-incognito, as Big Buster & The Dirty Dawgs.
Olney is considered to be one of the pioneers of much of what’s now called Americana music, and is often compared to singer/songwriters like Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan. He has recorded 20 albums in his more than 40 years of nonstop singing, writing and international touring. His songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury and others.
Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group have won the affection of Americana music aficionados through their recordings, their tours — and their many performances on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” show as well as Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Grand Ole Opry. Their stirring concerts have won them a large body of fans over the years and their songwriting has won them the respect of their musical peers. Their original songs have been covered by country music greats such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris and The Seldom Scene.
Tickets to each concert are $25 ($40 for both). For a $5 discount on single-show tickets, visit rappahannockamericana.com, click on “tickets” and, when the time comes, enter the code “local2014” for the discount. Reservations for the evening concert can also be made by calling 540-675-1253 or emailing email@example.com.
The Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville will show scenes of the Virginia outdoors by member artist Kathleen Willingham from May 16-June 22. Her exhibition, “Land, Sky, Water,” captures “the enjoyment and sense of peacefulness that I feel while on-site or remembering the place at a later time,” she says. Willingham, a former art teacher who has lived in Fauquier County all her life, offers paintings of Virginia places from the mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. Many of her works are “plein air,” or painted on location.
“I enjoy painting near water, fields, gardens and wooded areas within sight of mountains when possible,” she says. “I use the medium of soft pastel, and I enjoy the richness and purity of color that come from the strong pigments. Manipulation of the pastel to creates textures and visual expressions that happen with this medium is just fun.”
Five members of the non-profit artists cooperative will show smaller collections, including a suite of garden paintings from Nancy Brittle. “As the farmer’s daughter, digging in the earth is part of me,” she says. “After the work is done, I love to sit in the garden in all seasons to read, reflect and paint.” One of her paintings shows her two 10-year-old cousins helping her in the squash patch.
Rosabel Goodman-Everard’s three pieces are based on contour drawings of her left hand, “with the hand representing the mind.” Thomas Spande will show four framed pencil drawings of zoo elephants, rendered with confident and energetic lines. Photographer Jo Levine will show moody architectural scenes and semi-abstract images, while Gary Anthes will show a suite of four photographs of the identical farm scene in Rappahannock County, each in different seasons and weather.
There’s an opening reception for the artists and the public from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the gallery (3 River Ln., Sperryville). The gallery is open 10 to 5 Friday-Sunday. For more information, call 540-987-9330 or visit middlestreetgallery.org.
The Masonic Lodge of Washington has extended an invitation to the people of Rappahannock County to join them for a meal and an informative program on how the Bible plays a key role in the life of a Mason. Washington Lodge No. 78, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, is hosting a meal in the fellowship hall of the Washington Baptist Church (180 Gay St.) at 6:30 p.m. Monday (May 12). Following the meal, Ned Mamula, a Mason affiliated with the lodge in The Plains, will present a short talk on how the Bible plays a key role in a Mason’s life. Brother Ed Brown will receive recognition for his 50 years of Masonic affiliation.
Washington Lodge No. 78 was chartered in 1841 and is one of the oldest Masonic lodges in this part of Virginia. Part of the Third Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, which includes lodges in Winchester, Washington, Strasburg, Front Royal, White Post and The Plains, the Washington Masons have enjoyed a close relationship with Washington Baptist Church for more than 160 years and meet on the second Monday of the month in the rooms above the church’s worship hall.
There is no charge for the dinner and presentation, and the public is welcome. For more information and to make a reservation, call Lodge Master George Glavis at 540-636-3802.