The Rapp for Nov. 3

In addition to artists . . .

This weekend’s annual art tour brings many visitors, and possibly houseguests, to Rappahannock. A few ideas for entertainment this weekend:

“Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African-American Communities” screens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the Little Washington Theatre.
“Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African-American Communities” screens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the Little Washington Theatre.

Friday: “Rosenwald,” the remarkable story of a Jewish partnership with African-American communities, screens tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Little Washington Theatre, co-hosted by Scrabble School Preservation Foundation, Rappahannock Historical Society and RAAC, with a post-film Q&A featuring Stephanie Deutsch, historian and author appearing in the film. Tickets ($20) admit one adult and one student; additional students, $5. Proceeds benefit SSPF.  Additional information and a trailer available at

Saturday: Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s Texas Hold’em Charity Tournament starts at 4 (check-in at 3). Buy-in is a $50 donation and includes your meal. There are some coveted prizes, most of which come with a scope. Tickets at the door. Limited to 60 players age 18 or older. Donation is nonrefundable. Contact Bobby Smoot or Danny Huff at 540-675-3615 or 540-270-2507 for more. Later Saturday, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s Potomac Fever vocal ensemble performs 8 p.m. at Little Washington Theatre. Potomac Fever is the acclaimed 14-voice, a cappella close-harmony pop group of the GMCW. Tickets ($25, $10 ages 17 and younger) available at 540-675-1253 or

Sunday: Grammy-nominated music historian John Hasse is joined by members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Octet in a discussion and performance of the music and life of jazz legend Miles Davis, 4 p.m. at Castleton’s Theatre House (663 Castleton View Rd.). Tickets ($20 to $40) available at 540-937-3454 or

Young RAAC actresses featured in plays, video

Grace Raiford of Amissville in costume at the RAAC Theatre.
Grace Raiford of Amissville in costume recently for an RCHS production. By Mark Raiford

Two local young actresses have been making their marks in theatre and video of late. Celia Cooley, 12, of Culpeper, and Grace Raiford, 15, of Amissville, are both featured in the RAAC Theatre holiday production of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Celia plays Dot, one of the two lovestruck Turtledoves, and Grace brings comic villainy to her role as the Christmas Hoarder.

These are not the first roles for these young thespians. Celia is a veteran of RAAC holiday productions, having appeared in several over the years. She has also performed at the Fauquier Community Theatre and Markham Theatre, among others.

Now, her short video “Oh, Romeo” has been selected as a featured video in the “Shakespeare Shorts” competition presented by the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives program. In the video, shot by her father, Mark Cooley, Celia portrays Juliet looking for her Romeo. No spoilers here — you’ll have to watch the video to see who her Romeo is. You can find it (and cast your vote for it) at

Grace attends Rappahannock County High School and has performed in several RCHS productions, including “Grease” and the recent first-place winner of the Rappahannock River Conference’s One-Act Theatre Festival, “Thieves of Mercy: A Tale of Hamlet on the High Seas.” The one-act play was written by English and drama teacher Russell Paulette and now moves on to the regional competition in Essex later this month.

Kudos to these young talents.

— Patty Hardee

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