Sept. 1, 1966: Rappahannock’s generally quiet Harris Hollow echoed with shouts of glee and vibrated with music Saturday as 47 handicapped youngsters of the Metropolitan area frolicked on the hillsides at an all-day outing sponsored by the Downtown Jaycee Chapter of Washington, D.C.
Declaring that “Lord Fairfax doesn’t represent anything we are about,” the Lord Fairfax Community College Board will rename the college to better reflect the vision and mission of its students and surrounding communities.
If it had not been for a hive of honeybees, John R.Bourgeois may never have become the director of the “President’s Own” Marine Band. In his new book, “Play On!: A Marine’s Musical Journey from the Bayou to the White House,” Bourgeois tells the story of how he came to lead the oldest continuously active professional music organization.
William Grimes, the fugitive runaway slave who became famous for authoring the first-ever narrative of an enslaved African-American, wrote that he endured continuous physical and mental abuse while kept at Col. William Thornton’s “Montpelier” plantation along today’s F.T. Valley Road in Rappahannock County.
Given all the ice and snow around here of late it’s hard to fathom the spring wildland fire season — and accompanying “4PM Burning Law” — is upon us. The ban officially began Monday, Feb. 15, prohibiting burning before 4 p.m. each day between Feb. 15 and April 30 if a fire is within 300 feet of woodland or else burning in brush or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
February 11, 1960: A nationally known garment manufacturing company is very interested in locating a plant in Rappahannock County. The company would employ from 125 to 150 people, 90 percent of whom would be women with an annual payroll of a quarter of a million dollars.
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled innumerable arts events over the past year, the Rappahannock arts community is still alive and well. The Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community has created several different ways to keep artists and audiences connected virtually.
To rename or not to rename? That will be the question surrounding Lake Pelham - which is believed to be named after a Confederate soldier - during a Feb. 9 Culpeper Town Council meeting.
This comes after a town committee consisting of elected officials recently forwarded a recommendation to the council that the lake be renamed.
Dec. 1, 1999: Elizabeth Lee-Harris went before the Rappahannock County Planning Commission on Nov. 17 with an application to change a 36.4 acre plot of land near the town of Sperryville from agriculturally zoned to rural residential. The commission decided not to approve the application. But Lee-Harris will present another application to the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 6.
Firehouse Fred (our resident groundhog) invites you to our 2021 Grand Reopening of Firehouse Treasures on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Come shop and check out all of the great new inventory. They are so excited to reopen and welcome back their awesome customers!
With his hallmark wit and eloquence, Rappahannock County exemplar Col. John R. Bourgeois, USMC (ret.) now gives an autobiographical account of his life and career as a musician from humble roots who rose through the ranks to become the twenty-fifth director of “The President's Own” United States Marine Band — an acclaimed career that spanned nine presidential administrations, from presidents Eisenhower to Clinton.
When the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation and Culpeper Media decided on a fitting theme — "The Fierce Urgency of Now" — for Sunday evening’s virtual musical production in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, little did they foresee this month’s deadly insurrection of the U.S. Capitol.
Join Gay Street Gallery this Saturday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the Virtual Artists' Talk surrounding the new exhibition featuring Sara Adams, Mike Howat, Doris Jones, Andrew Morgan, Nancy Nord and Kevin H. Adams talking about their work and process.
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles — and now Patrick O’Connell. The chef proprietor of the Inn at Little Washington will join impressive ranks tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 15) in receiving an honorary degree from the College of William and Mary.
The Middle Street Gallery in Washington. is putting on its annual Members and Friends exhibition, on exhibit from Friday through Feb. 14 will be a rich variety of colors, textures, subjects, and media from some two dozen artists.
Powhatan referred to the Manahoac tribe as Anchanachuck — “those who hunt in the mountains.” The small band of Native Americans — barely a thousand strong when wiped off the map in the early 1700s — are among the proclaimed “indigenous peoples” of Rappahannock County.
As we turn the pages of the calendar and welcome another year — and decade — there is considerable optimism that 2021 will be better than ever for everyone. It just has to be. Let’s have faith that this COVID-19 will disappear for good and we can get our lives back to normal.
Sept. 16, 1998: In an informal work session, the Town Planning Commission reviewed one-half of the 24 pages of the Town of Washington’s Comprehensive Plan. The commission made changes in the text that corrected grammatical and typographical errors, and updated changes in the town’s business community and sewage system planning.
Of course, they are not big enough to be a threat to a human, but it was interesting to read about one more critter that has come to love Rappahannock. Maybe we should see if we can’t get some sort of charity drive started so the shrews can have a decent place to live and stay out of my garage.
To start the new year right, my late mother-in-law had to cook her black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Why do you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day? If you’ve never heard of the tradition, it’s likely that you’re not very close with people raised in the South.
Beverly, a longtime county resident, is celebrating 30 years in the kitchen with chef/proprietor Patrick O’Connell. In her role as chief steward, she plays “a key part in receiving and organizing hundreds of daily deliveries and in keeping the kitchen functioning smoothly.”
When a friend said that I should do a cartoon for the Rappahannock News, I thought it was a terrific idea. So, I am excited for the opportunity to share my drawing with the county and I hope that they are enjoyed.
Thirty-two alumni, friends, and family shared their stories over two weekends recently about Rappahannock County’s segregated schools. All were affiliated with at least one of the four Rosenwald Schools in the county, which were located in Scrabble, Washington, Flint Hill, and Amissville and closed with integration in 1968.