The Rapp for Aug. 11

Good cause, clean car

Gary Jenkins Jr.’s former coaches, teammates and their parents are sponsoring a fundraising car wash this Saturday (Aug. 13) from 11 to 3 at the Washington fire hall. Stop by not just for the spiffed-up car or truck but also for grilled burgers and hot dogs, chips and cold drinks, moon bounce, dunking booth — and a corn hole tournament. All the money raised will go to Gary and his family for his continued therapy and recovery from a serious accident last month while he was responding to an ambulance call for the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, where he’s a volunteer.

If you can’t make it to the car wash, WVFR’s own fundraising effort continues — and there’s more about that online at

Maeve Ciuba on ‘Broadway’

Maeve Ciuba played a monkey in this summer's Allegro Community School for the Arts's production of "The Jungle Book."
Maeve Ciuba played a monkey in this summer’s Allegro Community School for the Arts’s production of “The Jungle Book.” By Patty Hardee

At age 11, Maeve Ciuba already has an acting resume that would make many professional actors jealous. She has appeared in five productions at RAAC Community Theatre beginning in 2011 as a gnome in “St. George and the Dragon.” Since then, she has charmed audiences as Tinkerbell in “Peter Pan,” Toto in “The Wizard of Oz” and a feisty orphan in “Annie.”

For the last two summers, Maeve, who lives in Castleton with her parents Deverell Pedersen and Bart Ciuba, has studied musical theatre at the Warrenton-based Allegro Community School for the Arts. The school offers an intensive three-week Broadway bootcamp for students 6 to 18, who must audition to be accepted.

This summer, Maeve was able to attend the camp thanks to a grant from the Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund that paid half the tuition. The Mitchell Fund rewards and encourages individual artists of all ages and county organizations who are working to foster the arts in Rappahannock.

At the end of each Broadway camp, the kids stage a major production. Last year’s show was “Seussical,” bringing together some of Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters in an energetic musical romp. This year’s students danced and sang through a glittery and imaginative version of “The Jungle Book.”

Maeve could not be reached for comment, as she is attending another camp, but her mother says that Maeve enjoys the Allegro experience. “After Sunday’s show [of “The Jungle Book”], she was already speculating about what show they would pick for next year,” says Deverell.

— Patty Hardee

Old Rag Photography at Culpeper Medical Center

Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center is now exhibiting artwork from Old Rag Photography. The display changes quarterly and features works from local artists.

On display through the end of September, Old Rag Photography’s work provides serene nature scenes from the mountains to the coast. The Rappahannock-based group is a cooperative of six artists from diverse backgrounds who find inspiration in the local environment as well as in their travels, both real and imagined.

Guests can purchase the pieces from the changing art show. To learn more about what’s on exhibit at the hospital, email Ray Boc at

Park celebrates Middle Street’s park celebration

Some of the Middle Street Gallery member works on view through October at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park.
Some of the Middle Street Gallery member works on view through October at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park. Courtesy photo

In celebration of the National Park Service 100th birthday, a collection of regional and national artwork is featured through Oct. 31 at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park — including artwork by the artists’ cooperative Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville, photographers, painters, sculptors and printmakers inspired by park sites all over the nation, including Acadia National Park in Maine, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. The framed artwork will be displayed in the lobbies, restaurants, taprooms and other public areas at Skyland and Big Meadows.

There’s an opening reception, free to park visitors, from 3 to 5 tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 12) in the Great Room at Big Meadows Lodge (a mile off Skyline Drive at mile 51).

Shenandoah National Park Trust and the Middle Street are partners in the exhibit. The Shenandoah National Park Trust, the official philanthropic partner of Shenandoah National Park, will receive a portion of all sales from the show.

Bel Canto, in search of new tenors

Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble’s auditions for new tenor voices are 7 to 9 p.m. next Tuesday (Aug. 16) at Piedmont Episcopal Church, 214 Church St., Madison. Potential tenor singers rehearse with Bel Canto’s current members for the first hour and audition one-on-one with the director for the next, the auditions including pitch-matching, a range check and a few vocal exercises. Bel Canto is a mixed-voice community chamber choir with a diverse repertoire ranging in character from the silly to the sublime. Based in Madison, its members are drawn from surrounding counties. More at or email

Audis on Gay Street

Automotive writers and Audi execs arrived Friday for lunch at Tula's in 15 freshly picked models.
Automotive writers and Audi execs arrived Friday for lunch at Tula’s in 15 freshly picked models. By John McCaslin

Some 30 of the country’s top automotive writers and Audi USA executives from the car company’s Reston headquarters got to a) hit the road in 15 of Audi’s newest high-performance sedans and then b) have lunch at Tula’s Restaurant & Bar on Gay Street in Washington, as part of an “Audi Summer Driving Day” luncheon event. “Very impressive,” said Tula’s co-owner John McCaslin of the fleet, parked on Gay and Jett streets and looked after, very attentively, by uniformed attendants.

Rapp at Home discounts, open house

Rapp at Home is partnering with Mountainside Physical Therapy and Mountainside Dance Center to offer discounts to Rapp at Home members. The discounts of 30 percent apply to the facility’s Open Gym Program (5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 1 Saturdays; the Therapeutic Movement class (10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays); and the Aquatic Program (4 p.m. Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Fridays). Mountainside is located at 12625 Lee Hwy., Washington.

Eve Brooks, on the board of Rapp at Home, worked with Mountainside to establish the discount program. “Members who take full advantage of the offer,” says Eve, “could save half their Rapp at Home membership fee. And be healthier too.”

For more information, visit or call Trisha at 540-987-9390.

And plan to attend Rapp at Home’s community open house 10 to noon this Saturday (Aug. 13) at their new offices in the Washington School (567 Mt. Salem Ave.). Enjoy coffee and pastries, meet the board and other members and learn more about the organization’s programs, plans, membership structure and volunteer opportunities. Contact Rapp at Home at or 540-937-4663.

The Taste approaches

A getaway to a lovely vacation home on the Maine coast is one of the exciting auction items available at the 19th annual Taste of Rappahannock. The gala to benefit the Headwaters Education Foundation starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Mount Vernon Farm (Miller’s Barn) in Sperryville with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Dinner featuring the best of locally grown meats and produce and locally prepared cuisine will precede the exciting live auction, where one lucky bidder will be able to get away from it all at a house on the Maine coast. For Taste tickets, call 540-987-3322.

RAAC Theatre’s holiday show auditions

RAAC Community Theatre will hold auditions for this year’s holiday production on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, from 2 to 4 p.m. both days. This year’s production is an original script based on the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” by award-winning D.C. playwright, Renee Calarco. The play has lots of fun, zany roles for kids and adults. Come ready to read from the play and have a good time. At RAAC Community Theatre, 310 Gay St., Washington. For more information, contact director Patty Hardee at or 540-675-2506.

Dems need your stuff!

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee’s Dog Days of Summer Indoor Yard Sale and Fund Raiser is right around the corner — Sept. 3 and 4 at the Washington fire hall — and the RCDC needs the gently used stuff that is cluttering your life.

They are looking for art work, books, collectibles, costume jewelry, DVDs and CDs, electronics (but no computers or analog TVs, please), fabrics, furniture (except overstuffed chairs and sofas), holiday items, kitchenware, lamps, linens, pet equipment, picture frames, pottery and glassware, small appliances (nothing larger than a breadbox), sports equipment, tools and hardware, toys, and other items — in good condition, please!

The group will not be accepting clothing for the sale, but clothing may be donated anytime to the Thrift Shop on the fire hall grounds.

To donate items, please deliver them to the Washington fire hall 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, or noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. If you cannot bring the items yourself, please call Jan Makela (540-454-0547), Andy Platt (540-937-4527) or Ross O’Donoghue (703-303-5695) to arrange for pickup.

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