The whole upstairs of the Washington School could be converted to a dance hall, and dances also took place on the second floor of Thornton’s Garage. The expansive upper space in Thornton’s building evolved into the town’s first community entertainment and recreational center. Over time, there was a barroom, poolhall, poker and cardroom, dance hall, basketball court and a theater to show movies.
The Castleton Volunteer Fire Company will have house numbers available for purchase at their Open House on Saturday, May 8 from 1-4 p.m. Rappahannock County Seniors get free house numbers. Kids get free fire stickers and hats. Snacks will also be provided. 593 Castleton Ford Rd., Castleton.
On Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at Rappahannock County Park, 7 Park Lane, join the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA), Rappahannock County Park Foundation, Friends of the Rappahannock, Piedmont Environmental Council, Old Rag Master Naturalists, Rappahannock Fauquier Master Gardeners, and local volunteers as they clean up the Rush River to ensure its safety for our community.
The Theatre House at Castleton Farms is opening its doors for the first time in 15 months. Join the Castleton Chamber Players tonight, Thursday April 22 at 7:30 p.m. for a performance of Beethoven’s Horn Sonata, Strauss’ Violin Sonata and a selection of Art Songs. Violinist Eric Silberger and cellist Daniel Lelchuk will be joined by pianist Bradley Moore and operatic tenor Paul Groves.
The historic Scrabble School, a Rosenwald School in Castleton, will be the subject of yet another documentary to be released in May 2021, this time in cooperation with Education Week, an independent news organization that has covered education since 1981.
On Friday evening, the Castleton Chamber Players will perform for a live audience — for the very first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic 15 months ago.
June 12, 1986: Mike Brown, owner of B and B Service Center on Rt. 211 just west of Washington, has opened a parts department in his station. Mr. Brown, well-known to Rappahannock residents for more than nine years, has become part of the National Automotive Parts Association dealer network.
Baldwin’s Grocery has a new face working at the store: Lori-Anne Moss of Castleton. She has been in the cashier business for five years. I got to know her when she work at Hillsdale. With Ashley Mills showing her the ropes at Baldwin’s, she will catch on fast.
Yip Harburg, the composer of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, said, “Words make you think thoughts. Music makes you feel a feeling. But a song makes you feel a thought.” And that’s been the goal of Kid Pan Alley’s “Because We Have Music” virtual concert series over the last year — to help us feel deeply in these times of numbness and separation.
If you’re in Alexandria in April or May, stop in at the Athenaeum Gallery in Old Town to see Rappahannock artist Patricia Underwood’s solo exhibition. Opening today, Thursday, April 8, the show will run through May 16 with socially-distanced meet-and-greets scheduled April 10, May 1, and May 15. An artist talk will be held via Zoom on May 15.
If you weren’t part of the dulcimer community, it’s unlikely that you would have heard of a man named Ralph Lee Smith. Ralph played a significant role in the folk revolution of the 1960s and ’70s and was also a groundbreaking researcher of the history of the Appalachian dulcimer, a wooden instrument with three or four strings and frets that is played on the lap.
In 1935, a new waterworks system provided potable water to the town, and that led to the organization of the first Washington Volunteer Fire Department. Franklin Clyde Baggarly was elected chief of the new department and was asked by the Town Council to develop a constitution and bylaws.
This Saturday, March 27, Flint Hill Fire and Rescue will host an easter egg hunt for kids of all ages and a special prize will be awarded to the winners of each age group with the most eggs. There will be a vendor selling hotdogs, chips and drinks, and families are encouraged to keep an eye out for a “special visitor” with long ears and a fluffy tail.
Join Gay Street Gallery this Saturday, March 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a Virtual Artists’ Talk. The event will showcase the gallery’s newest exhibition featuring Barbara Heile, a Rappahannock resident who is well known both locally and nationally. This is her first show at Gay Street Gallery and they are very excited to be presenting her new, non-objective work.
The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors last week became the first and only county governing body to denounce the regional college board’s decision to “abandon” the name of Lord Fairfax.
The Rappahannock County Library will reopen for patron visits beginning Monday March 15, 2021. Patrons may visit in-person Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Curbside delivery will continue for patrons who are not comfortable coming inside. Masks and social distancing are required and respectfully requested. Please do not enter the library if you have a fever or are ill.
Dec. 31, 1981: By late spring, sedentary secretaries, lawyers, clerks and other office workers in the town of Washington will be able to chin-up, push-up, squat, jump and jog their way through lunch hour on the new one kilometer fitness trail that will be part of the county’s first park.
By the year 1930, Rappahannock County had struggled through the chestnut blight, the loss of many apple crops from frost and the clear-cutting of the mountains whose woods had provided major income to many families. The brutal drought of the early 1930s and the Great Depression were two more blows to this rural population.