The Rapp for Oct. 26

Fourth Estate Friday

The end of October is upon us and Election Day is fast approaching. No better time to brainstorm with Rappahannock News staff — 9 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 27 — at the Country Cafe in Washington. We call the gathering Fourth Estate Friday, held on the fourth Friday of every month.

Bring us your story ideas for future editions, and provide us your thoughts on past editions — print, online, or both. Better yet, get to know the faces behind the bylines. The coffee’s on our dime, er, dollar.

Oktoberfest, et al.

The fall foliage in Rappahannock County has been trying its best to cooperate with October’s calendar, although clearly the prominent shade this far into the warmer than normal autumn season has been yellow. A dry yellow. But just this week we’re starting to see some vivid oranges and reds.

Any unusual howling heard at night in Woodville could be attributed to this
Wolfman-like creature terrifying a home along Route 522. By John McCaslin

While waiting for the leaves to change, there’s plenty to keep county residents and tourists occupied, too much in fact to fit into this space. Visitors by the hundreds will be arriving for Saturday’s annual “End of Oktoberfest” beer (and a whole lot more) festival, hosted by Pen Druid Brewing in Sperryville. Hours are noon to 8 p.m., and this 5th such festival on River Lane promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Participants besides Pen Druid include Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works, Wasmund’s Distillery, Wild Roots Apothecary, Heritage Hollow Farms, the Farm at Sunnyside, Little Hat Creek, Number 1 Sons, Flourish Root Florals, and Copper Fox Antiques.

Meanwhile, don’t forget the ever-popular 19th annual “No Ordinary Person” shows at the RAAC Community Theatre this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28. The lineup of autobiographical storytellers features Rappahannock residents Bill Dietel, Pete Pazmino, Nadia Itraish and Joyce Abell, who will recall a 4th grader’s first love, discovery of a passion for writing, growing up as the child of Fresh Off the Boat parents, and escaping the clutches of 16th Century Puritans.

Shows start at 8 p.m. and all four performers will appear both nights. Following each performance, Abell will sign copies of her just released memoir, “Prickly Roses: Stories from a Life.” It was Abell who first brought “No Ordinary Person” to the stage and who has directed the show since its inception. Reservations may be made via the RAAC website or call 1-800-695-6075.

A Halloween tradition will be returning to John Henry’s Stone Hill near Flint Hill on Saturday, Oct. 28. Except this year a mentalist is joining the Spectacle. “The Man Who Knows” will challenge your perspective of reality. Bring a kitchen spoon and Alain Nu will bend it with his mind before your very eyes. Nu is an International Spy Museum attraction and entertains at inaugural balls. The Spectacle begins at 3 p.m.

Finally, Halloween falls this year on a Tuesday, Oct. 31 of course, and no better place for the county’s ghosts, goblins, zombies, tramps and Trumps to scare the heck out of everybody than on the streets of Little Washington. Trinity Church’s Parish Hall will once again be transformed into a haunted house, and many of the town’s restaurants, shops, businesses and homes will be happily filling trick or treaters’ bags with candy and no doubt a few obligatory apples. Halloween fun begins at dusk, although don’t look for Butch Zindel to appear until it’s good and dark.

Not inmates

Keep your eyes peeled this Saturday, Oct. 28, for VDOT orange-clad trash picker uppers on Route 211 between the Rappahannock County Library and Massie’s Corner.

Looking more like Baltimore Orioles, the local political bunch known by the acronym RCDC (Rappahannock County Democratic Committee — not Rappahannock County Department of Corrections) will be out in the late morning filling orange bags with the detritus of Rappahannock County. The group tends to a stretch of 211 twice a year.

If you would like to join the Democrats on Saturday morning it doesn’t mean that you have to vote for Democrats on Nov. 7. They will not only welcome you to the road crew and lend you a RCDC orange vest, they will buy you a sandwich and coffee at the end of the chore. The group will assemble at the Library at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

Discovering roots

A genealogy workshop sponsored by the Fauquier Court House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be held this Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main Street (at the Fifth Street entrance).

The workshop is free, open to the public and lunch will be provided. The speaker, Yvonne Liser, will present “Specialty Lineage Research: Helping Prospectives with African American Heritage.” Also featured will be classes on family history research and resources, and personal assistance will be available for questions on your family history. Space is limited. Contact Cat Schwetke, DAR Genealogy Consultant, at or call 540-272-8802.

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