The Rapp for Feb. 25

Fourth Estate Friday

Join us on Friday (Feb. 26) for coffee and conversation about local issues and the things your local newspaper should be covering. For the first time, we’ll gather at Triple Oak Bakery, 11692 Lee Hwy., Sperryville. See you at 9 a.m.

Important election FYIs

Virginia’s primary is next Tuesday, and Rappahannock County’s Director of Elections Kimberly McKiernan has two important reminders.

The Registrar’s office, 262A Gay St., Washington, is open this Saturday (Feb. 27) for the last day of in-person absentee voting. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to bring a valid photo id.

Also, despite reports of candidates withdrawing from the presidential race, the Virginia Department of Elections has not received written withdrawals for any of them except Sen. Lindsey Graham. So, all candidates remain viable except Graham. Ballots had to be printed more than month ago in order to facilitate absentee voting.  

But there will be no Republican “loyalty oath” to sign for voters wishing to vote the GOP ballot. That has been officially rescinded.

For more information: 540-675-5380 or email

Portrait of Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy (1791)
Haydn: Coming (in music) to the Theatre at Washington this Sunday (Feb 28). Portrait of Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy (1791)

Haydn (and the Smithsonian) at The Theatre

As part of the 24th season in the Smithsonian at Little Washington concert series, Heather Green, violin; James Lee, cello; and Kenneth Slowik, piano, will present a program of Haydn Piano Trios. Over the course of his 106 symphonies, Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn became the principal architect of classical music.

Slowik, the pianist for this concert, is artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. During his long and distinguished career, Slowik has been associated with numerous orchestras including the National Symphony, and the Baltimore, Vancouver and Quebec Symphonies.

Green joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and became a member of the first violin section in 2007. She was previously the assistant concertmaster of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and a member of the Fort Worth Symphony. She has performed with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto, Sun Valley, Music in the Mountains, and Round Top.

Lee was born in the San Francisco bay area, where he made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. He received his bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his master’s degree from the Juilliard School. That same year, he became a member of the National Symphony.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 under 18. To reserve or purchase tickets, please visit or send an email to or call 540-675-1253

Improv workshop for kids

Renee Calarco will teach a kids improv workshop at the RAAC Community Theatre.
Renee Calarco will teach a kids improv workshop at the RAAC Community Theatre.

Is your kid dramatic or funny? Like to sing, act or be different characters? Well, the RAAC Community Theatre has just the thing to help channel and direct that creativity. On March 19, the theatre will hold an improv workshop for kids 10 to 18, to be taught by Renee Calarco, an award-winning playwright, actor, director, and comic improviser extraordinaire.

“We’ll play some standard theater games to warm up,” says Renee, “then some improv games. If there is time and the kids want to, we can use improv to create simple scenes.” For instance, a scene can be built using only three-word sentences or incorporating sound effects. She starts by introducing basic improv principles and builds on those as participants feel more comfortable and confident.

Renee urges participants to dress comfortably and be prepared to move.They should bring lunch and snacks. Water will be provided.

Renee was a founding member of the popular DC comedy group Dropping the Cow. Her plays include The Religion Thing (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Short Order Stories (2007 recipient of  the Charles MacArthur Award), and If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. She teaches playwriting and comedy improv at The Theatre Lab, and playwriting at George Washington University.

  • RAAC Improv Workshop for Kids, March 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20. Scholarships available. At the RAAC Community Theatre, 310 Gay St, Washington. Space in the workshop is limited to 15, so make reservations now at If no internet access, call 1-800-695-6075.

— Patty Hardee

Rapp Nature Camp: Sign up now

Local arborist and wildlife expert Lyt Wood is hosting the 31st-annual Rappahannock Nature Camp June 13-24 on his 11-acre Singing Creek Farm, at the Hazel River’s edge two miles west of Rt. 231 in Sperryville.

Convening Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. over two weeks, campers 8-12 years old will explore the forests, rivers, meadows and ponds of Singing Creek and surrounding areas, including the Shenandoah National Park, which is within walking distance. There’s an overnight campout the last night. Tuition is $250 per camper, and since space is limited, early registration is required. Financial aid is available for families who may be deterred by the cost.

For more information, contact the Headwaters office at 540-987-3322.

  • Next week: a profile of Lyt Wood’s Nature Camp
Magnolia Vineyards & Winery won silver and bronze medals in the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition.
Magnolia Vineyards & Winery won silver and bronze medals in the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition.

Rapp wineries win Governor’s Cup medals

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery’s Marya Johnson reports that Magnolia is one of several Rappahannock wineries to receive Governor’s Cup medals

“This is the first year that we have entered our wines in the competition, so it was very exciting for us,” Johnson says.

The county winners:

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery
Silver: 2012 Hawkins Run Red (Meritage-style Red blend)
Bronze: 2012 Cabernet Franc

Gadino Cellars
Gold: 2010 Nebbiolo

Narmada Winery
Silver: 2011 Chardonnay
Bronze: 2011 Malbec, 2011 Merlot, 2012 Yash-Vir (Meritage-style Red blend), 2013 Reflection (Red Hybrid/Vinifera Blend), 2014 Mom (Hybrid White Blend)

Bronze: 2013 Cabernet Franc

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