The Rapp for Dec. 18

A (working) Christmas vacation

Important news: Rappahannock News will not be published next Thursday, Dec. 25.

Unlike last Christmas, we are not moving our world headquarters, which remain on Jett Street in Washington — but we are moving all of our advertising sales, design, pagination and billing systems to a new system that needs to be up and running before the next paper comes out Dec. 31. (That’s right, the Thursday, Jan. 1, edition of Rappahannock News will be printed and delivered a day earlier than usual.)

Our usual Fourth (Estate) Friday public coffee-and-talk session, which would occur on Dec. 26, is also canceled this month. It will return Jan. 23 to a location we’ll announce in this very spot in the Thursday, Jan. 22, paper.

As always, we’ll post news and event updates on between print editions.

‘The 100 Foot Journey’ . . . to Gay Street

Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal  in “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Jan. 2 at The Theatre at Washington.
Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal in “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Jan. 2 at The Theatre at Washington.

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC) begins its winter film season on Friday, Jan. 2, with “The 100 Foot Journey,” a PG-rated comedy-drama starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. It tells the story (in 117 minutes) of a feud between two neighboring restaurants. Showtime is 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Washington; admission is $6. There’s popcorn, candy and water at the concession stand. For a film review or more details, visit or call 800-695-6075.

Benevolent bartenders

This Friday (Dec. 19), starting at 6 p.m., Griffin Tavern will again be raising money for the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund by allowing amateurs, good sports all, to make and serve drinks and donate their tips to the worthy cause. The lineup: John Vest at 6, Butch Zindel at 7, Wade White at 8.

Griffin is also donating 10 percent of its net from 6 to 9 p.m. (and has been donating to the Benevolent Fund a percentage of sales of Tennant, of its top-selling beers, since August). Front Royal country singer Ryan Jewel is donating his time and talent, says Griffin owner Debbie Donehey, and will be performing from 7:30 to 10:30 in the bar.

For more information, visit or call 540-675-3227.

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