The Rapp for Aug. 6

Closing on a high note at Castleton

Ensembles of the high school jazz students who were tutored for two weeks by Marsalis and company performed first at the JALC Orchestra concerts.
Ensembles of the high school jazz students who were tutored for two weeks by Marsalis and company performed first at the JALC Orchestra concerts. Rachel Rowland

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy closed out this year’s Castleton Festival, with an inaugural two-week session in which hand-picked high school jazz musicians from around the country studied with Jazz at Lincoln Center director Wynton Marsalis and his band (and faculty) of all-stars. The last weekend featured terrific performances by the student ensembles, and shows on Saturday and Sunday by the JALC Orchestra and jazz superstar trumpeter Marsalis — who’d worked out the education-focused collaboration between the New York-based Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Virginia foothills-based Castleton Festival with festival co-founder Lorin Maazel before the maestro’s death last summer.

The jazz orchestra’s performances — according to at least one longtime music appreciator — were “dazzling.”

Wynton Marsalis (in the back) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra put on memorable shows at Castleton's closing weekend.
Wynton Marsalis (in the back) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra put on memorable shows at Castleton’s closing weekend. Rachel Rowland

“This was my first time at Castleton,” said Griffin Tavern executive chef Rachel Rowland, a longtime Rappahannock resident who’s spent a significant portion of those several decades in one highly rated restaurant kitchen or another, and doesn’t get out as much as she would like. “The kids came out first and they were awesome, but then when Marsalis and the band came on — oh my, you could feel it. It was just shivery goodness.”

Rowland’s tickets — a gift from Griffin owner Debbie Donehey — put her in the second row center. “I am a huge fan of all music,” she said, “but I love jazz. And it was incredible.”

Local food for thought

Rural Madison sponsors a screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 of “Food Patriots,” a new feature-length documentary film that’s part of a wider campaign to get everyone to improve their buying and eating habits by 10 percent — 10 percent more fresh fruits and veggies, organics, locally grown foods, 10 percent more from where you are now. The event, which includes networking and Dink & Di’s almost-famous oatmeal and chocolate-chip cookies, is 7 to 9 p.m. at Madison Presbyterian Church. There’s a suggested $6 donation.

Food Patriots features urban farmers, organic entrepreneurs, food activists, chefs, eighth-graders and high schoolers, college athletes and, most surprisingly, a conventional farm family that grows corn and soy while raising thousands of hogs in confinement. This film documents how a family learns to grow together, challenge the status quo and become engaged citizens, and what happens when Jennifer and her college football player son go to Capitol Hill to inform congress about antibiotic resistant superbugs.

For more information, visit

‘Annie’ auditions at RAAC Theatre

Come on, admit it, you know you’ve belted out “the sun will come out tomorrow” in the shower or stuck in traffic. Now you can get your “Annie” on for real. The RAAC Community Theatre is holding auditions Aug. 15-16 for the popular musical inspired by the comic strip. Auditions are 2 to 4 p.m. both days at the theater (310 Gay St., Washington). Director Stephanie Mastri promises a fun audition of singing, dancing, reading from the script and improvising scenes. If you wish, you may prepare a song ahead of time, not necessarily from the show. Roles are open for all ages and experience levels, so everyone is invited to try out. Performances are scheduled for the first two weekends in December.

For more information, contact Stephanie at

Route 231 closed two nights Aug. 10-11

Route 231 (F.T. Valley Road) in Rappahannock County will be closed overnight Monday, Aug. 10 and Tuesday, Aug. 11 for drainage pipe replacement work. Nethers Road will also be closed for repairs for part of next week.

The Route 231 work area, from about a tenth of a mile south of Route 652 (Poortown Road) to Route 608 (Ashby Road), will be closed to through traffic from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. Driveway access will be maintained throughout the project.

Southbound motorists should take U.S. 522 (Sperryville Pike) south to Route 604 (Round Hill Road), and then right onto Route 707 (Slate Mills Road), which carries traffic back to Route 231. Northbound motorists will reverse the detour.

Message boards and detour signs will be in place to notify motorists of the closure.

At 8 a.m. on Tuesday Aug. 11, part of Route 602 (Nethers Road) will be closed while crews restore a section of eroded riverbank on the Hughes River, which runs alongside Route 602 at the Rappahannock/Madison county line.

The road will be closed between Route 231 (F.T. Valley Road) and Route 601 (Nethers Road) and is expected to reopen the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 14, weather permitting. Access to driveway entrances will be maintained during the closure.

A detour has been established for motorists during the closure, including those wishing to reach the Old Rag Mountain trailhead at Shenandoah National Park. Motorists should use Route 231 and Route 601 (Peola Mills Road) as the detour route.

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