The Rapp for June 11

Goodbye auction, hello Avon Hall

Avon Hall, which has gotten a facelift since this 2013 photo was taken and will be open for the curious, is the site of CCLC's garden party June 20.
Avon Hall, which has gotten a facelift since this 2013 photo was taken and will be open for the curious, is the site of CCLC’s garden party June 20. | Rappahannock News

After more than a decade of holding a fall auction party to raise funds for the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC), a new fundraising event begins the summer season in Rappahannock County on Saturday, June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Washington’s Avon Hall estate.

CCLC’s first-ever Summer Solstice Garden Party, saluting the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland,” will have the usual wonderful food and drink and will feature a silent auction along with lawn games (croquet, bocce, horseshoes and corn hole). Other surprises are planned.

For almost 40 years, CCLC has been providing a nurturing, natural environment for infants, preschoolers, summer campers and elementary afterschoolers in Rappahannock County. Proceeds from the Garden Party will allow CCLC to offer tuition assistance, making its services available to all of the county’s families.

Avon Hall be open for the curious (and ensures that the event will go on rain or shine). Tickets for the event are $50 per person and are available at the door.

Rappahannock at the Derby

Rappahannock County is well represented in this year’s Piedmont Area Soap Box Derby (Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, at the Derby’s track in Culpeper County), with 13 county-sponsored cars driven by local students who’ve just completed clinics, trial runs and final inspections in preparation of this event. Woodville resident Thom Pellikaan, a Derby board member, stopped by the office to share some details: the participants include eight rookie (first-time) drivers and cars will represent the local fire departments, sheriff’s office, Rappahannock County Elementary School, Wakefield Country Day School, Cub Scout Troop 123, Castleton Festival, Copper Fox and the Lunch Bunch. Drivers and families hope to be joined by sponsors and supporters of their respective cars. The track is located at 10388 Carol Anne and Andrew’s Landing in Culpeper. For more information, call 540-987-8447.

Senior Supper Club

Fauquier Hospital’s Bistro on the Hill hosts the Senior Supper Club every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., when healthy, multi-course meals for the 55-and-older crowd are offered for a discounted price of $5.47. It’s a chance for good food and fellowship, and many seniors make it a regular part of their week.

Next Tuesday (June 16) the Senior Supper Club will celebrate the beginning of summer with a White Linen event. The special menu will include roasted turkey with gravy, herbed stuffing, red bliss mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and fruit cobbler with ice cream. A Fauquier Health dietician will speak on nutrition, and a violinist will provide dinner music.

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