The Rapp for Nov. 9

Loving v. Virginia

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The much-discussed film “Loving,” which tells the story of Loving v. Virginia — which hit pretty close to home one half century ago — is being presented by the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation tomorrow evening, Friday, Nov 10, at 6:30 at the historic Rosenwald school for African-American children (111 Scrabble Road, near Rt. 522).

Loving celebrates the courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard Perry Loving and Mildred Jeter Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family. The white husband and African American wife had been sentenced to one year in prison in Virginia for violating the state’s anti-miscegenation statute.

The resulting civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court — argued before then Chief Justice Earl Warren — which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry and invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

The film was nominated for numerous awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for Edgerton and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Negga. Rated PG-13, the film is 123 minutes. Susanna Spencer can answer any questions at

Preserving Rapp

The all-important annual meeting of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) will be held this Saturday evening at Gadino Cellars, 92 Schoolhouse Road near Washington, from 6:30 to 8:30. It’s a great opportunity to become a RLEP member.

All current members are invited to attend, and prospective members may join in advance on-line at or else at the door. There is no charge. The annual meeting-celebration will include a brief update on current happenings and feature some light fare. Obviously there will be a glass or two of Gadino wine poured.

RSVP to Rick Kohler at or else reach his better half Kaye at 540-675-1373.

Pair of Eagles

By Roger Pierson

If the banner space in this column was larger the proper headline would read: “Rappahannock County Fledges Deserving Eagle Scouts.”

Connor Culbertson (seen at left) and Patrick Bowerman of Boy Scout Troop 316 successfully passed their Eagle Scout Board of Review held at Washington Baptist Church last Wednesday, Nov. 1. Troop 316 is sponsored by Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville.

Thanks to Roger Pierson, chairman of the Boy Scout Council’s Shenrapawa District Committee, for capturing this photo of the ceremony.

BizRapp first

Another first for Businesses of Rappahannock will take place today now that BizRapp has decided to welcome new businesses to the community with ribbon cutting ceremonies.

“Our first ceremony will happen . . . at LeFay Cottage in Little Washington,” according to BizRapp President Theresa Wood. “This event is a co-hosted by The Fauquier Chamber so please come out and enjoy this opportunity to mix and mingle with our neighboring business community and to welcome LeFay Cottage to Rappahannock.”

Festivities, which include food, wine and whiskey tastings, and live music, will begin at 4:30. Washington Mayor John F. Sullivan will lead the ribbon cutting at 5:15. Other dignitaries and guests representing both counties will be in attendance at the cottage located at 41 Christmas Tree Lane.

Scrooge returns

Award-winning actor John Hardy returns to Castleton to perform an amazing one-man rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Adapted by Hardy from the original Dickens novel, this Castleton in Performance (CiP) holiday show at the 140-seat Theatre House portrays Hardy in more than 40 roles, telling the beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas journey of self-discovery.

Award-winning actor John Hardy performs a one-man rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Castleton Theatre House on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Courtesy photo

“It is a loyal adaptation of the book,” said Hardy. “A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known stories in the world and I wanted to retain, as much as possible, the essence of the book in its original form.”

The play follows the original story, scene by scene. From the beginning of the play through the end, Hardy never changes costume or leaves the stage, portraying all 40 characters through variations in accent and speech pattern, as well as physical traits.

“Being an actor myself I appreciate the enormous challenge such a one-man show with multiple characters represents,” said Castleton CEO and Artistic Director Dietlinde Maazel. “I am in awe of Mr. Hardy, who combines astounding theatrical virtuosity with deeply moving, honest acting.”

Tickets will go fast for this one-of-a-kind CiP play and range from $20 to $40. Call 703.489.8704 or visit to purchase tickets.

Second Saturday

Locals and visitors alike are invited to head out onto the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail this Saturday, the Second Saturday of the month, for a day of visual, culinary and environmental delights.


Belle Meade School: Crop in the Country — Friday to Sunday. A Stampin’ Up team will offer projects and fiber artist Regina Yurkonis will have two felting classes. Meals provided from dinner Friday to lunch on Sunday. Fee $200. Belle Meade B&B offers rooms from $160-$220/night. Stay two nights and save $20/night! 540-987-9748

Blue Ridge Artisans: Spirit Trail Fiberworks — Knit and Purr! Purchase yarn or silk scarves and 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) and RappCats. A worthy cause, and a great opportunity to select unique Holiday gifts! We feature local artists in ceramics, glass, jewelry, fine art paintings, prints, as well as hand-dyed yarn and silk scarves. 11 to 5 Saturday.

Middle Street Gallery: Member Exhibition — Group exhibition by 20 accomplished gallery members. Artists work in a full range of media encompassing many art forms. Exhibition runs through November. 10 to 5.

River District Potters: Make an Ornament — Potters will be in the studio to help you make and paint holiday ornaments. Free! 11 to 5.

Sperryville ARTists Cooperative — Adam Disbrow will create a live painting while discussing his art.  His works address issues of relationship, spirituality, sexuality, beauty, duality, relativism, nature and dominion.  Free. 1 to 3.


Magnolia Vineyards and Winery: Gemstones, Beads, and Pearls — Featuring handmade jewelry creations by Gina of Ridge Line Designs. Get one-of-a-kind pieces in sterling silver or 14k gold. Check out semi-precious stones and a selection of Estate Jewelry. From 11:30 to 5:30. Music man Tom Robbins, a solo artist from Natchez, Mississippi, plays traditional folk blues from the Delta to the electric sound of Chicago. Normal $10 tasting fee applies. 2 to 5.

Narmada Winery: Veteran’s Day — Celebrate with complimentary wine tastings for all service personnel! Open 11 to 5.


Eastwoods Nursery: Trees! Trees! Trees! — Select trees for particular spaces and enjoy the fall colors and weather. Thinking about Christmas? We have gift certificates on hand! Watch for signs on Rt. 211 to direct you toward the nursery. 10 to 4.

Little Washington Winery: Wine Bootcamp — Learn how to taste like a pro, how to choose the perfect bottle in a wine shop, how to pair food with wine and more! Includes one sandwich and three chocolate pairings.  Register online and save 50 percent with coupon code: wb358. Class from 11 to 1:30. Winery open until 5.

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