The Rapp for April 14

‘Give Local Piedmont’ is May 3

w-givelocalWith the third annual Give Local Piedmont event approaching May 3, excitement from more than 150 participating nonprofits and community members throughout the four-county area is on the rise. And this year’s event—running from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 3—includes many nonprofits participating for the first time.

The first two years of Give Local Piedmont raised just shy of $1.4 million collectively for area nonprofits on May 6, 2014, and May 5, 2015, while increasing awareness for these organizations to much higher levels. The PATH Foundation (formerly Fauquier Health Foundation) has stepped up once again, generously providing a $100,000 bonus pool to be shared proportionately with all nonprofits according to their donation totals. An additional $30,000 in cash prizes donated by generous sponsors will be awarded as well.

Two sets of grand prizes in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,250 will be awarded to the top three nonprofits (with operating budgets totaling less than or more than $250,000, respectively) that receive the highest number of unique donations of $10 or more. In addition, one Grow the Grassroots prize of $2,500 will go to the organization with an operating budget of less than $100,000 that receives the largest number of unique donations. Four $1,000 Power Hour prizes will go to the organizations that raise the most money during specific hours throughout the day while 12 Golden Ticket prizes ($500 each) will be randomly drawn every other hour beginning at 1 a.m. Each nonprofit can earn up to two prizes, or a maximum of $5,000 in prize money.

Spearheaded by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, Give Local Piedmont is part of the national Give Local America event, sponsored by the Council on Foundations.

All eyes will be on the Leaderboard at, which will post donation totals in real time throughout the day, beginning at midnight. Pledge to be part of this historic day that will benefit  nonprofits, and by extension, the community as a whole.

Established in 2000, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation is a public charity that builds philanthropic capital to enhance and preserve the quality of life in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, and Rappahannock counties and to strengthen the region’s nonprofit organizations.

The weavings of textile artist Laura Dillon Rogers blow in the wind and enjoy the sunlight and nature as their backdrop. Her weavings can be viewed at the Art Trunk Show on Saturday.
The weavings of textile artist Laura Dillon Rogers blow in the wind and enjoy the sunlight and nature as their backdrop. Her weavings can be viewed at the Art Trunk Show on Saturday at Flourish Root Florals & Wild Roots Apothecary. Courtesy photo

Art trunk show

Join Flourish Root Florals & Wild Roots Apothecary for a weaving/glass art trunk show by Laura Dillon Rogers, on Saturday, April 16, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the shop, located at the Copper Fox Complex, 7C River Lane, Sperryville. There will be green inspirations and notions from Flourish Root Florals, tunes by members of Gold Top County Ramblers, herbal teas from Wild Roots Apothecary and cold brew from Central Coffee Roasters. For more information, contact or 540-742-0097.

‘Old Tools from the House and Barn’

Rappahannock Historical Society hosts an event with longtime county residents, Dr. Noel Laing and his wife, Charlotte, on Sunday, April 17, at the Washington Town Hall at 2 p.m. They will bring parts of their collections of old wooden tools and sewing and needle-working aids. They encourage attendees to bring any puzzling items they might have for possible identification. For more information, call 540-675-1163. Everyone is welcome.

Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour

If you are a Rappahannock artist interested in joining RAAC’s annual Art Tour for the first time, please email Heather Wicke, Chair, Art Tour Planning Committee, by April  22, the application deadline.

The first step in joining the Art Tour is to schedule an informational visit by several committee members to your studio or gallery. After this meeting, you will receive an application to be returned to the Art Tour committee by May 20, along with the $200 registration fee.
Over the past 11 years, the Art Tour has been one of the highlights of RAAC’s activities celebrating Rappahannock’s vibrant arts community and scenic beauty. New local artists are most welcome to join in the fun and satisfaction. This year’s Art Tour is scheduled for Nov 5 and 6.

Earth Day Talk: Alternative energy

Cliff W. Hamal
Cliff W. Hamal

Dominion Virginia Power and Microsoft Corp., are teaming up to build a solar electric power plant in Fauquier County. This begs the question: Is now the time to ask if alternative energy is fertile ground for business development in the county? Are we at a place where small businesses and residential low-carbon energy investments make sense?

Hear answers to these and other questions on Tuesday, April 19, at the Earth Day Talk, sponsored by the Warrenton Climate Change Group (WCCG) and the Fauquier Chamber at 7 p.m., in the Falcon Room of the Fauquier County High School, 705 Waterloo Rd, Warrenton. Admission is free.

In the WCCG’s third consecutive talk, electricity industry expert Cliff W. Hamal of Washington, D.C. based Navigant Consulting will explain where we are today in changing our electric generation mix and what to expect in the future. For more information, contact:

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