The Rapp for June 12

Gold Top County/Colorado Ramblers

The Gold Top County Ramblers at last year’s Castleton Festival.Raymond Boc | Rappahannock News
The Gold Top County Ramblers at last year’s Castleton Festival.

What the Gold Top County Ramblers, Rappahannock’s bluegrass maestros, will perform this Sunday (June 15) at Central Coffee in Sperryville is a two-hour preview — of what they’ll be playing at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the renowned, four-day annual event happening the following weekend in Colorado.

“We’ve been trying to get in to Telluride for a couple of years,” said band member Adam Rogers. “And this year — it worked! We’re going to Telluride.”

The Father’s Day concert at Central, home of the Rogers family’s roastery and picking-party dynasty, starts at 4 p.m. in the backyard garden. The show is free. Writes Jesse Rogers: “Please join us . . . and maybe throw a coin or two into our Telluride Gas Can while hanging out with some of the coolest Dads this side of the Continental Divide!” More information at or call Central Coffee at 540-987-1006.

Paul Farmer memorial hike

As president of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP), Paul Farmer dedicated many years to create a lasting legacy of active service benefiting the community. Farmer, who passed away in 2012, was committed to preserving the natural resources and rural character of Rappahannock County. In his own words, he seized “the opportunity to set an example of how to do it better, how to organize our lives and space in a way that makes sense.”

He also enjoyed hiking in Rappahannock and the Shenandoah National Park, and to honor Farmer’s memory, RLEP is organizing what will become an annual hike in Shenandoah National Park. The first hike is this Saturday (June 14) at 10 a.m.

The Paul Farmer Memorial Hike is an hour-long trek on the Buck Ridge Trail, led by a park ranger. The hike is free — and so is your entry into the park, if you meet up at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Sperryville Schoolhouse. For more information, contact RLEP at or call 540-675-RLEP.

RappCats flea market

RappCats is holding its first-ever fundraising flea market this Saturday (June 14) in the parking lot of the Vierling warehouse at 714 Zachary Taylor Hwy. (U.S. 522) in Flint Hill, adjacent to the cat rescue group’s shelter, where there’ll be an open house. (Something to keep in mind: Just across the highway at about the same time, the Flint Hill Public House Restaurant & Inn is having its second annual Backyard Festival, with music, food and more. Visit for more about that.)

Some of the items for sale Saturday at RappCats first-ever fundraising flea market in Flint Hill.Courtesy photo
Some of the items for sale Saturday at RappCats first-ever fundraising flea market in Flint Hill.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vierling warehouse, RappCats cat care volunteers will be selling new, designer and vintage clothing; Depression glass, Limoges china, antiques, and furniture; electronics; books and records; and household goods.

The yard sale is meant to raise funds for the county’s homeless cat population. In addition to operating an adoption center, the nonprofit RappCats organization helps families to spay or neuter their cats and provides food, litter and vet care to needy families caring for cats.

Shoppers are welcome to tour the adoption center and play with the center’s cats. RappCats has also slashed its adoption fees to celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month. For more information or to donate household items, antiques or collectibles, books or clothing, email or call 540-987-8099.

SNP neighbors appreciated June 21

Each year Shenandoah National Park staff invite community neighbors to enjoy a fee-free day in the park in celebration of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day. This year’s day is Saturday, June 21, when the park will waive entrance fees for those residents living in counties bordering the park, including: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, and Warren.

This year, the celebration has been expanded to include a “Community Connections Tent” to showcase the rich heritage and activities park neighbors and visitors will find in our surrounding communities. The Community Connections Tent will also showcase the activities our park partners undertake to support Shenandoah National Park.

“Shenandoah National Park is one part of the fabric of our communities, providing nearly $76 million in economic benefit, as well as health benefits and recreational opportunities,” said park superintendent Jim Northup.  “The park’s surrounding communities enrich our lives and our visitors’ experiences through vibrant downtowns, agritourism, and historical resources, including Civil War battlefields and so much more. Each year we take the opportunity to celebrate our adjacent communities and encourage our neighbors to discover more about the park and other communities by waiving entrance fees. We hope many neighbors will take advantage of the activities offered in the park during Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day.”

Shenandoah National Park’s partners, DNC Parks Resorts at Shenandoah, Inc. and the Shenandoah National Park Association, are offering discounts to residents of the nine neighboring counties. Bring your driver’s license to take advantage of the offers. For more information, visit or call 540-999-3500.

Everything but the kitchen sink

The Dog Days of Summer will soon be upon us and that can only mean one thing (well, besides bugs and hot weather) — the annual Rappahannock County Democratic Committee “Dog Days of Summer” indoor yard sale and fundraiser is approaching. This year, it is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31 (Labor Day weekend) at the Washington fire hall.

The Democrats are actively seeking stuff to sell, and that’s where you come in. They are now accepting donations of practically everything but the kitchen sink. “We actually had a kitchen sink donated one year,” said RCDC president Jed Duvall, “and we had a heck of time getting rid of it.”

An A to Z of what the Democats are looking for: art work, books, collectibles, costume jewelry, DVDs and CDs, electronics (but no computers and analog TVs, please), fabrics, furniture (except overstuffed chairs and sofas), holiday items, kitchenware, lamps, linens, pet equipment, picture frames, pottery and glassware, small appliances (nothing larger than a bread box), sports equipment, tools and hardware, toys, and other items in good condition.

Duvall also said the group will not be accepting clothing for the yard sale, but clothing may be donated at any time to the Thrift Shop on the Washington firehall grounds.

Donated items should be delivered to the Washington fire hall on Thursday or Friday (Aug. 28-29). If you cannot bring the items, call Jan Makela (540-454-0547) or Jim Blubaugh (540-675-2001) to arrange for pickup.

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