The Rapp for Aug. 28

Friday night lights

Rappahannock County High School’s varsity football Panthers start their season tomorrow night (Friday, Aug. 29) with the team’s home opener at Panther Stadium against Roanoke Catholic.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m., and athletic director Jimmy Swindler says coach Mark Heinle and staff are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting game.

Ticket sales start at 6; a good-sized crowd is expected. Visit for details.

Dems’ yard-sale weekend

The Rappahannock County Democrats’ Dog Days of Summer Yard Sale is this weekend — 7 to 3 Saturday, 10 to 2 Sunday — at the Washington fire hall. Money raised from the Democrats’ annual weekend sale goes not only to raise money for candidates and elections, but also helps support RCHS athletics, the annual farm tour, road cleanup, the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Company, the Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and Women’s Auxiliary, homeless programs in Culpeper and more. Have a last-minute donation? Bring it to the fire hall today or tomorrow, or call Jan Makela (540-454-0547) or Jim Blubaugh (650-675-2001) to arrange for pickup.

Vendors, aerial sightseers, alumni sluggers wanted

Rappahannock County High School’s second annual fall festival — a fundraiser for student activities — is Oct. 18 on the school grounds, the same weekend as the 58th annual Trinity Dried Flower Sale and House Tour. RCHS fall festival organizers are looking for vendors of all types ($10 per site). Contact Karen Sanborn at 540-227-0745 (ext. 3465) or to sign up or for more information.

The Panthers’ Austin Huff gains yardage during a preseason scrimmage last week. Home opener is Friday night at 7.
The Panthers’ Austin Huff gains yardage during a preseason scrimmage last week. Home opener is Friday night at 7. Bobby Nordin

Meanwhile, Sheriff Connie C. Smith, who held a simultaneous fundraiser across U.S. 211 during last year’s festival, says the department plans more of the same this year on the grounds of the Blue Rock Inn — the funds being raised for the Rappahannock Children’s Foundation (which pays for Shop with a Deputy and other programs), and the funds being paid by anyone who would like a 15-minute four-seater helicopter ride over their favorite part of Rappahannock. Stay tuned for more details.

The sheriff is also sponsoring an alumni softball tournament in a couple of weeks at the elementary school softball field — free to the public, and open to any Rappahannock County schools alum willing to pay $20 to play in a tournament to raise money for Rappahannock County schools’ girls J.P. basketball program. The tournament is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Team sponsorships ($200) and concessions also available. Check the RCSO’s Facebook page for applications and information.

‘American Hustle’ on Gay Street

Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle,” Sept. 5 at the Theatre in Washington.
Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle,” Sept. 5 at the Theatre in Washington.

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) begins its fall Friday film program Sept. 5 with “American Hustle.” Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams star in David O. Russell’s period crime drama about a reckless FBI agent and his scheme to ensnare corrupt politicians — starting at 8 p.m. at the Theatre on Gay Street in Washington. Tickets are still $6; the concession still has popcorn, candy and water. Visit for more.

Viguerie speaks on Republican party’s future

Richard Viguerie, a national leader of the conservative movement in the Republican party, will speak on the “civil war” within the GOP and discuss his new book, “Takeover,” at a book-signing party from 6:30 to 9 next Thursday (Sept. 4) at Gray Ghost Vineyards in Amissville.

Viguerie, a Rappahannock County resident as well as a frequent guest on national political-talk shows, has spent a lifetime working for conservative causes and candidates and is known as one of the key strategists and fundraisers for the modern conservative movement within the Republican party. “Takeover,” published in April, is the latest of the several books he’s written on conservative politics and the GOP.

The Gray Ghost winery event is open to all and free of charge. Copies will be available for purchase and Viguerie will sign the books for attendees. The event is sponsored by Friends of Liberty, a local citizens’ group that supports conservative principles and Constitutional government.

Richard Viguerie signs books and speaks at Gray Ghost Vineyards Thursday, Sept. 4.
Richard Viguerie signs books and speaks at Gray Ghost Vineyards Thursday, Sept. 4. Courtesy photo

Viguerie’s book describes what he calls “the 100-year war over the soul of the Republican Party and how conservatives can finally win it.” He traces the struggle within the GOP to 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican who served as President from 1901 to 1909, founded the Progressive “Bull Moose” party and split the GOP vote in 1912.

Since that time, Viguerie writes, the party has been dominated by a progressive “Establishment” wing supported by business interests who have promoted “Big Government Republicanism.” Fifty years ago, with the presidential campaign of Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, conservatives joined the battle for control of the party, which continues today, renewed by the modern Tea Party movement.

Viguerie has been involved on the conservative side of the struggle since the Goldwater campaign, becoming a leading strategist and fundraiser for the so-called New Right since the 1970s. Drawing on the lessons from wins and losses over 50 years, he will outline the steps conservatives must take to win the GOP “civil war” and govern America by the year 2017.

The winery is at 14706 Lee Hwy. in Amissville. Light refreshments and a variety of wines will be available at a cash bar.

— James P. Gannon

Be the park’s first artist-in-residence

National parks have served as a source of inspiration to countless artists during the last century, and this fall Shenandoah National Park will bolster the tradition with its first artist-in-residence program. One selected artist will have the opportunity to live, work and contemplate the wonders of the park during a two-week period in September.

The program invites visual artists (drawing, painting and photography) to apply for this year’s residency program, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act and is meant to celebrate Shenandoah’s own unique Wilderness areas by focusing on wilderness-inspired work. Artwork completed under the program will serve to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Shenandoah National Park through the vision of the selected artist.

Program information and an application form are online at

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