Kids and Family

Photos: Fodderstack stars

Photo by Stephen Eastham

At ODH, interest high for younger hunt set

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March 27
Ross Salter, huntsman for the Old Dominion Hounds, rides the ODH youth group home during a meet earlier this winter.

Members of the Old Dominion Hounds were back in the saddle March 22 for a Junior Meet, a fox hunt held several times a year by the 90-year-old organization to keep interest in the sport alive in the next generation.
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Rappahannock Youth Basketball 2014

Girls 7-9 Champions are (from left) Ashley Herzog, Belle Perdieu, Katie Courhah, Coach Herzog, Savannah Loving, Faith Kennedy, Payton Cillo and Kammie Brown.

Bonfire: Now it’s Jan. 17

Christmas Tree Bonfire-goers (pictured here at last January’s event) have a second chance this Friday (Jan. 10) to warm up the new year at the postponed event.

The Christmas Tree Bonfire already once-rescheduled for tonight has again been postponed due to weather — to Jan. 17.
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Bonfire postponed

Last year’s first-ever Washington Christmas Tree Bonfire made for an inviting and warm evening. This year’s is Friday, Jan. 3.

Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue and the town of Washington decided to postpone tonight's Christmas Tree Bonfire for a week — until next Friday, Jan. 10 — due to the forecast for ultra-cold temps and continued gusty winds.
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Photos: ’Tis the season to . . .

By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

The tree is ready; the parade is on, provisionally

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The tree is ready, and the Christmas in Little Washington parade is on — but check back after 7 a.m. Sunday.
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Photos: Farm Tour, Civil War Heritage weekend

Photo by Gregorio Photography

Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival chief organizer Cathie Shiff said every report she’d heard from participating farms, attractions, artisans and restaurants in last weekend’s (Sept. 28-29) event were positive; she was kept busy both on a cloudy-but-comfortable Saturday and a sunny Sunday at her own Wits End Farm in Amissville, while Bryant Lee...
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Photos: Back to school — but first . . .

Photo by Molly M. Peterson

New buses to get back to school with — but first, the pool.
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4-H club shows well at CMR

Christian McCracken and John Riedel prepare John’s goat for the meat goat show at this year’s CMR Farm Show. Photo courtesy John Riedel.

The CMR Farm Show, held July 11-15 in Culpeper, was a great success, as 4-H and FFA members from Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties came to show their various livestock projects and display them to the public.
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Outstanding in their field — and ours, too

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July 18, 2013
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Here in the mostly wooded center of Rappahannock County, you'll get some fresh examples of the sort of classical music and opera performances taking place this July in a big tent-topped theater in the middle of a former hay field.
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Photos: The Fourth, family-style

Photo by E. Raymond Boc

A whole gallery of photos from Rappahannock County's annual (and highly successful) July 4 celebration in Sperryville.
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Photos: Rides and rainbows in Amissville

Photo by Beverly Exline

The Amissville Volunteer Fire & Rescue company held its annual carnival last week, which was, as always, enjoyed by the community.
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Big day at the Derby

First-place winner Gabe Beroza (left) and seventh-place winner Grayson Galeone pose with their respective trophies and Galeone’s Wakefield-sponsored Super Stock car. Courtesy photo.

Rappahannock County’s youngest racecar drivers made a strong showing at last weekend’s 10th annual Culpeper Soap Box Derby, with six of the county’s 14 competitors bringing home trophies — including first place in the Super Stock division.
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The Rapp for June 27

Photo by Joyce Harman

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to the Public House, "Oysters for Life" joins the July 4th activities, "Copperhead" screens at Culpeper's State Theatre, the Public House becomes a TripAdvisor top pick, RAAC announces its Mitchell Arts Fund winners and Gray Ghost wins more gold medals in this week's Rapp column.
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Letter: Of interim positions and lasting connections

This week I will conclude my five months as interim superintendent of the Rappahannock County Public Schools. I have truly enjoyed my time in this position, working with the school board members, the central office staff, the principals, the teachers and the families, as well as becoming acquainted with and growing fond of many...
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The Rapp for June 20

Kirsten Keyser works on her aerodynamics as her Soap Box Derby car, sponsored by the Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Department — and one of 16 cars and drivers sponsored by Rappahannock organizations — is inspected before this weekend’s race in Culpeper. Courtesy photo.

Meet the director of the new Civil War movie "Copperhead," catch the fireworks at the county's 4th of July show and Castleton Festival, honoring the many Hospice volunteers and more things to do this weekend in this week's Rapp column.
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Washington column for June 13

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June 13, 2013
J. Bernard Bolen once owned the Bolen Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Wayne Baldwin.

Remembering dads on Father's Day (by treating him to a WVFR breakfast), cleaning up the Bolen Cemetery, Tula's new hours, the closing meeting of the Relay for Life and all kinds of wishes (birthdays, speedy recoveries and congratulations) in this week's Washington column.
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Home schooling on the rise in Virginia

Amy Wilson, left, director of governmental affairs at Organization of VaHomeschoolers, sits with the organization’s president, Parrish Mort, at a recent conference. Photo by VCU CNS.

The number of home-schoolers in Virginia has increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade, to more than 32,000 children. If they were a school district, it would be the ninth-largest in the state – with almost as many students as the Norfolk Public Schools.
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Rappahannock Park, ramped up and ready

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May 23, 2013
Aidan Gould’s completed Eagle Scout project has everything a skater could want: two quarter pipes, a fun box, grind rail and picnic table. Photo by Matt Wingfield.

While most Rappahannockers probably can’t tell the difference between a nosegrind and a darkslide, anyone who’s interested now has the opportunity to learn, with the unveiling of the county’s newest addition – a brand new skatepark.
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The Rapp for May 16

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Rappahannock's annual Relay for Life this weekend, "Uncle Vanya" takes the stage at the RAAC Theatre, Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist returns to the Theatre at Washington, the Public House is throwing its first summer festival, R.H. Ballard is honored in a reader's poll and Spicy Plum Chutney makes waves in this week's Rapp column.
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Photo: DARE to change

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May 16, 2013
Photo: DARE to change

Nathan Corbin, a Rappahannock native who now calls Fairfax County home, delivers an emotional but upbeat talk Monday at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program graduation ceremony. As past and current DARE officers, respectively, Jeff Brown (left) and Robbie Fincham, listened along with a roomful of fifth-graders, the sheriff and...
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The Rapp for May 9

Photo by E. Raymond Boc

"Caveboy" takes center stage at RAAC's Friday at the Library series, TRG offers an all-day Mother's Day menu, SVFD plans its next July 4 celebration, RDA hosts a studio stroll, pianist Audrey Andrist returns to the Theatre, Narmada hosts a fundraiser and wine-making class and the NPCF gets accredited in this week's Rapp.
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Healthwise, county in top third  

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May 2, 2013

Rappahannock County is the 37th healthiest of Virginia’s 133 counties, according to a yearly health ranking provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The rankings track a number of different health-related statistics, including mortality, morbidity, clinical care and social and environmental factors for every county in Virginia.
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The Rapp for May 2

The cast of “Uncle Vanya,” on for May 17-18 at RAAC Community Theatre. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Musicals at two Rapp schools this weekend, chamber trios at the Theatre, the Studio School's open house, RAAC's "Uncle Vanya," a new Middle Stree exhibits, the Virginia Chutney Co.'s in the running for an impressive award, recycling with RAWL and more in this week's Rapp.
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And the winner is . . . Rappahannock!

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April 25, 2013
Alex Ramey again shares the Eva Smith award with Julia Wood, an RCHS freshman who was the first female to cross the finish line.

The overall winner of this year’s Fodderstack 10K was Hugh Toland of Fairfax, with a time of 35:57, but Rappahannock County residents took the spotlight!
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One weekend, two student shows

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April 25, 2013
Some of the those behind Belle Meade School’s original musical “Twigs to Branches” — from left, students Ava Landman-Hession and Celeste Breeden Blankenship, teacher Dontez Harris and student Elliott Eaton — pose for a photo this week at the Sperryville school. Courtesy photo.

Next weekend puts Rappahannock students in the spotlight, literally, with performances of two plays: the perennial favorite “Anything Goes” at Rappahannock County High School, and “Twigs to Branches,” an original musical written and composed by music teacher Dontez Harris and his Belle Meade School students.
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Castleton-bred stars return for fifth festival in July

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World-renowned singers, many of whom launched their performance careers at the Castleton Festival, will appear in the festival’s fifth-anniversary season this July at Castleton Farms.
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The Rapp for April 4

Detail of William Dunlap’s “Blue Ridge-Hunt and Peck,” part of an April exhibit at Middle Street.

Just this weekend alone: The Old Dominion Point-to-Point, artist Bill Dunlap's opening in Sperryville, a James Bond movie and a ragtime piano encore in Washington, a RappKids concert in Flint Hill, a library lecture on the meaning of photography, farm tour changes and more.
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Sperryville column for April 4

Sperryville column for April 4

The grand reopening of Skyline Trout Farm, one of Sperryville's own featured in a San Antonio art exhibit, a reminder of the many point-to-point races and congratulations to Dr. Tom Massie for his "Veterinarian of the Year" award in this week's Sperryville column.
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Washington column for April 4

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April 4, 2013
Washington column for April 4

Celebrating Easter with family, the WFVR's 24th successful egg hunt, where to (still) catch the Easter Bunny and a reminder on when the county decals are due in this week's Washington column.
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VaHomeschoolers celebrates 20th anniversary

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March 29, 2013
VaHomeschoolers celebrates 20th anniversary

Interested and anxious parents and rambunctious and excited students packed the Cultural Arts Center last weekend to share a common interest: home schooling. The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers celebrated its 20th anniversary while providing introductory information for interested attendees and a new perspective for home-schooling parents and students.
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The Rapp for March 28

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March 28, 2013
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Russell Wilson's ragtime music returns to the Theatre, "The Recycling Pirates" teach kids the four "ARRRRS," Bruce Hornsby headlines the State Theater in Culpeper and RAAC screens the 22nd James Bond movie, "Skyfall," in this week's Rapp.
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Photo: Pinewood, done good

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March 28, 2013
Photo: Pinewood, done good

Washington’s Cub Scout Pack 123 held their annual Pinewood Derby competition in January at the Washington fire hall, racing cars that take them hours of work to make from a block of wood. With adult supervision, some spend as many as 100 hours designing, shaping and adjusting weight, wheels and axles to maximize speed....
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The Rapp for March 21

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March 21, 2013
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In this week's Rapp: Fourth (Estate) Friday for us, Friday specials in Sperryville, a Mutt, Mix and Mingle at Gadino Cellars, a landmark Virginia landscape exhibit at Middle Street, Castleton connects art and human rights in a Saturday concert, Hearthstone has karaoke and the Emporium has a post office.
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Washington column for March 21 

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March 21, 2013
Washington column for March 21 

Condolences on the passing of long-time Rapp resident Daniel Norman, welcoming spring (and Easter) with the county's sunrise services, "Messiah in the Passover" and the Easter Bunny in this week's Washington column.
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With nature in their paths, kids will learn

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March 14, 2013

By Cindy Ross “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard All along the creek are miles and miles of beaver dams in all stages of construction and deterioration. Behind dry, deserted dams, the silt is built up to dam level, making it clear that it was...
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Schools to tell parents about eating disorders 

Parents of Virginia public school students will be given educational information about eating disorders under a bill passed by the General Assembly.
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‘After-School Extravaganza’ Thursday

The Rappahannock County Public Schools/Headwaters after-school program hosts its “After-School Extravaganza” at the elementary school auditorium at 5 p.m. this Thursday (Feb. 21). Stop by to see: Dancing Stars Original Rag Doll Dance Lego Mania: Motorized Lego Monster Duels Mad Scientists:  What will they do today? “Our children have worked hard, played hard, and...
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Letter: Make fitness part of the art of aging

Recently, I attended a RAAC-sponsored lecture on “The Art of Aging in Rappahannock” at the county library. Among the many topics presented and discussed, one of the most notable concerned health-care issues. As somebody who recently relocated permanently to Rappahannock County after almost 25 years as one of those “subspecies” called weekenders, I was...
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