The Rapp for Oct. 13

The tale end of October

The ever-popular “No Ordinary Person” show comes to the RAAC Community Theatre for the 18th year on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. This year’s autobiographical storytellers include Dick Raines, Paul Smith, and Sallie Morgan, with stories ranging from murder to coming out to supporting friends through major life challenges.

Storytellers (from left) Paul Smith, Sallie Morgan and Dick Raines will tell their tales Oct. 28-29 at the RAAC Theatre.
Storytellers (from left) Paul Smith, Sallie Morgan and Dick Raines will tell their tales Oct. 28-29 at the RAAC Theatre. By E. Raymond Boc

Paul Smith will share s story of coming out, straddling a semi-out and semi-closeted status for several years, and then suddenly being catapulted into the role of the most prominent LGBT attorney in the country as a result of successfully arguing the Lawrence vs. Texas case before the Supreme Court.

Both Raines and Morgan tell stories about events from the distant past which were suddenly and unexpectedly revisited for each of them in recent months or years. Not long after purchasing property in the county, Raines witnessed a traumatic event, and three decades later that event suddenly resurfaced, revealing an unexpected connection with another county resident. Morgan shares a story about supporting a friend through a life crisis, only to find the tables suddenly turned in the past year.

Morgan, chair of the RAAC Theatre Committee and organizer of RAAC’s Soup and Soul series, is also executive director of the Mental Health Association of Fauquier, and has lived in Gid Brown Hollow with her husband Tod since 1976.

For the last 21 years, Raines has run Carfax, the highly successful Internet company that provides vehicle history information. He and his wife Nancy split their time between their home in Arlington and their farmhouse on the flank of Red Oak Mountain.

Smith, who moved to Flint Hill in 2012 with his husband Michael Dennis, is currently a partner in the law firm of Jenner and Block in Washington D.C. He has had an active Supreme Court practice for three decades, including oral arguments in 19 cases involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure. He has been recognized as one of the “Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” by the National Law Journal (with similar accolades from several other prestigious entities).

“No Ordinary Person” is directed by Joyce Abell and Sallie Morgan. The shows begin at 8 both nights at RAAC Community Theatre, 310 Gay St., Washington. and all three performers will appear both nights.

Tickets ($15) are available online at, as are reservations (prepayment guarantees your seat regardless of arrival time). Patrons who elect to pay at the door need to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance. Reservations can also be made at 800-695-6075.

Cool-cat jazz at Catstravaganza

RappCats is again hosting Catstravaganza, its popular annual evening of jazz to benefit the abandoned cats of Rappahannock County. Vocalist Monica Worth and pianist Bob Bennetta will blend their musical talents in an intimate setting.

At RappCats' Cat Cafe this Sunday, you can meet the shelter cats (including this guy) and learn more about the cat rescue organization; at Catstravaganza Oct. 28, you can support RappCats and hear some first-rate jazz.
At RappCats’ Cat Cafe this Sunday, you can meet the shelter cats (including this guy) and learn more about the cat rescue organization; at Catstravaganza Oct. 28, you can support RappCats and hear some first-rate jazz. Courtesy

The concert will support day-to-day cat rescue expenses and shelter operations. Rappahannock County is the only county among its adjoining counties that does not have a publicly supported cat shelter.

Catstravaganza starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the Meadows, the Washington home of John and Beverly Sullivan, 260 Porter St., where your $50 ticket includes the live jazz music, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased online at, by check (to PO Box 307, Washington, VA 22747), by phone at 540-987-6050 or at the door..

Founded in 2007, RappCats rescues abandoned, homeless and abused cats in Rappahannock County and operates an adoption center. RappCats also spays or neuters an average of 100 cats per year. RappCats is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supported entirely by private donations.

Monica Worth has performed as a vocalist for nearly 40 years, including collaborations with Keter Betts (longtime bassist for Ella Fitzgerald), drummer Jimmy Cobb, pianist Larry Willis and Steve Novosel (bassist for Roland Kirk, Al Grey and David “Fathead” Newman). In 2000, Worth recorded the album “Never Let Me Go” with the Larry Willis Trio. In recent years, Worth has enjoyed life in a small corner of Rappahannock County, Virginia, performing regularly for local audiences. Bob Bennetta is a jazz pianist, educator and composer from Charlottesville, where he has been performing for 25 years. The past two years have yielded a fruitful musical relationship between Bennetta and Worth, in duo or trio formats and with the big band Sentimental Journey.

At this Sunday’s RappCats Cat Cafe, meanwhile, you can enjoy a snack, meet RappCats’ shelter cats and learn more about RappCats’ work to help stray, abused, abandoned and injured cats from 11 to 2 at RappCats’ shelter, the only community cat shelter in the county, a cageless, no-kill facility at 714 Zachary Taylor Hwy. in Flint Hill. For more information, call 540-987-6050 or email

A Masonic Lodge open house

Washington’s Masonic Lodge will be holding an open house this Saturday — to invite the public to see where Masons meet and to understand what the Masonic fraternity is all about. (Contrary to widely held opinion, Freemasonry is not a secret organization, nor is it a religious organization.)

Washington Lodge No. 78 is located in Washington Baptist Church. The lodge meeting place is above the sanctuary of the church, accessible by steps at the front of the church. Washington Lodge was chartered in 1841, and is the second oldest lodge of the six Masonic lodges in the 3rd Masonic District of Virginia, which includes lodges in Front Royal, The Plains, Strasburg, White Post and Winchester.

The open house is 10 to 2 Saturday (Oct. 15), and the public is cordially invited to meet on the front steps of the Washington Baptist Church (180 Gay St.) and be conducted upstairs to the lodge room. Members of Washington Lodge will be on hand to conduct tours and answer any questions concerning Freemasonry in general and the Washington Lodge in particular.

Christmas in Little Washington

Save that date: The 12th annual Christmas in Little Washington celebration — with an iconic parade for all ages, local food vendors and an artisan market — goes from 11 to 4 on Sunday, Dec. 4, with the parade beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The parade again features the Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Rappahannock County High School Marching Band, antique cars, local fire and rescue trucks and Santa Claus. Following the parade, children may visit with Santa Claus at his workshop, who will have a small gift for every child.

Local and regional food vendors include Tula’s Restaurant and Bar; Griffin Tavern; Pen Druid Brewery; Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works; Etlan’s Little Country Store and food trucks from SoBo Mobile and the Bratwurst King. The artisan market will feature locally made and handcrafted wares from artists and shops around the county and the Virginia Piedmont.

For more information, email event coordinator Keir Whitson at

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