The Rapp for April 21

Morgan G. Harris
Walker’s Run, which will play Saturday at the Theatre at Washington, has developed a loyal following in and around the Appalachians for its unique, improvisational mountain-music. Morgan G. Harris

38th annual Fodderstack race

The Fodderstack 38th Annual 10K race begins Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.) at the north end of Flint Hill, ending at the courthouse in Little Washington. Families of three or more, $20 per person; race-day price is $30. For more information, visit

Dark skies on Earth Day

What better way for a county that prizes its natural beauty than joining like-minded souls on Earth Day Friday, April 22 for a special program sponsored by the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection at The Theatre at Washington on Gay Street from 7 to 8 p.m. Free admission.

Learn more about the benefits of dark skies and reducing artificial light for rural communities. Maintaining dark skies ranks among the top 10 issues county residents care about, according to the recent Foothills Forum survey. RLEP is the county’s longtime leader in preserving and maintaining the county’s natural beauty.

The speakers are Paul Bogard, author, “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light” and Laura Greenleaf, co-leader, Virginia Chapter of the International Dark Skies Association. Visit for more information.

Join RappCats for fun evening, help raise funds

Kick off the weekend on Friday, April 22 at Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill and raise critical funds for RappCats. Have an enjoyable time from 6-9 p.m., in an English pub-like atmosphere at 659 Zachary Taylor Highway while making a difference in the lives of needy cats.  

Karaoke with Vicki Marie begins at 8 p.m., and guests can sing for the cause if they like. Celebrity bartenders, including Washington Mayor John Sullivan and Rappahannock News columnist Chris Doxzen, will serve drinks and door prizes will be awarded. Bring cash for tips for your favorite celebrity bartender.

Since 2007 RappCats has worked with the Rappahannock community to spay/neuter cats; rescue stray, abandoned, and injured cats; provide shelter and medical care for homeless cats; and find loving homes for needy cats. RappCats is an all-volunteer, private non-profit organization that receives no government financial support. The group relies entirely on the donations of generous supporters to continue essential rescue efforts and operate RappCats’ Adoption Center.

Please contact or call 540.987.6050 for additional information. To learn more about RappCats visit If unable to attend the event, donations can be made through the website.  

Walker’s Run at Theatre Saturday

Catch the band, Walker’s Run, Saturday, April 23 at the Theatre at Washington at 8 p.m. Its music stretches beyond the realm of traditional Appalachian folk music, incorporating world music, jazz, and punk influences. The band has appeared on prestigious stages throughout the United States and overseas, including the Kennedy Center and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. While Walker’s Run’s origins are in Rockbridge County, Va., the band currently is split between Washington, D.C., Charlottesville and Brooklyn, N.Y. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students under 18. For reservations, please visit or send email to

Premier performance Saturday at Tula’s

There’s a new band in the county. Enjoy a delightful evening of jazz standards and blues performed by Linda Heimstra & The Nethers Hot Club Saturday, April 23, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Tula’s Off Main Restaurant and Bar in Little Washington.

Offering the great songs of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller as well as French and Brazilian favorites, this premier performance of The Hot Club features the sultry vocals of guitarist Linda Heimstra, with Rannie Winn on clarinet, sax, and vocals; Bob Williams on guitar; Joe Pipik on bass; and Ralph Getsinger on congas. No cover charge. Come and enjoy the great music of the ’30s, ’40s and beyond.

The performance depends on Mother Nature. If the weather is nice, the band will play on Tula’s patio. If not, space will be tight and the band might not have a stage. The band will head next to Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville to play on Friday, May 6, from 8 – 11 p.m.

Trash free Rappahannock

Let’s get Rappahannock clean and green again. April is Earth Month and RLEP is supplying the orange VDOT bags and orange vests for anyone who wants to clean up the county roads. Free bags and vests may be picked up at Settles Grocery in Flint Hill, The Corner Store in Sperryville, Rappahannock Co-Op, Hackleys Store in Amissville, Laurel Mills Store and Real Estate III in Washington. Grab your friends and have a party. Leave bags on the side of the road and call 540-454-0547 (or) email for pickup.  

Bluegrass trio event at State Theatre

Fiddle your way to the State Theatre on Friday, April 29 when it will host three bluegrass bands in an evening of traditional bluegrass, Appalachian rock and southern soul – flavored with guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and foot stomping percussion. This triple header begins at 7:30 p.m., in the theatre’s Halsey Auditorium, and each band will jam for 45 minutes.

Bands include Winston Salem, North Carolina’s Big Daddy Love (rock, bluegrass, southern soul and psychedelic sounds), Nashville, Tennessee’s Forlorn Strangers (five published songwriters from Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Minnesota with a sound rooted in family harmonies) and Martinsburg, West Virginia’s Circa Blue (traditional-contemporary Bluegrass).

To hear any of these bands visit this link: Ticket prices per person are: $37 front orchestra; $32 rear orchestra; $27 balcony. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the theatre’s box office Wednesday- Saturday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and one hour prior to the event.

Rapp at Home expands services, joins Give Local campaign

Rapp at Home has launched a new service for members—grocery pickup and delivery. On Thursdays, the Rapp at Home grocery coordinator will pick up grocery orders from the Harris Teeter in Warrenton. Members who wish to participate may email or call the Rapp at Home office at 540-937-HOME (540-937-4663). The coordinator will send instructions on how to take part..

The organization is also negotiating with pharmacies in Warrenton, Culpeper, and Front Royal that would like to participate in a prescription pickup and delivery program. Watch for further information on this service and other programs Rapp at Home is developing.

Rapp at Home has joined the list of nonprofits across the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s four-county region of Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties participating in Give Local Piedmont on May 3. Give Local Piedmont is the community’s one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all. For more information on how to donate, go to For more information about Rapp at Home, go to or call 540-937-HOME (540-937-4663).

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