An evening about Haiti and its art

Rappahannock News - - WASHINGTON - JAN CLATTERBUCK jan@rapp­; 675-3338

One doesn’t nor­mally as­so­ciate Rap­pa­han­nock and Haiti, but last Fri­day night (Sept. 29), more than 75 peo­ple at­tended a gath­er­ing at Bev­erly and John Sul­li­van's in Wash­ing­ton to learn more about Haiti and Haitian art. The event, held in con­junc­tion with Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church, fea­tured James Du­racin from Haiti who man­ages a self-help eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pro­gram there. Trin­ity is a sig­nif­i­cant sup­porter of the pro­gram as part of its outreach ef­forts.

Trin­ity’s Russ Collins spoke about the church’s ef­forts in Haiti. Also speak­ing was renowned Haitian art ex­pert Toni Mon­nin, who talked about the coun­try and its artists in the lovely set­ting of the Sul­li­vans’ art­filled home. Rap­pa­han­nock's own John Burns also of­fered ob­ser­va­tions based on his many years of liv­ing and work­ing in Haiti. A good con­ver­sa­tion fol­lowed the talks.

Not your typ­i­cal night in Rap­pa­han­nock, said John Sul­li­van, but an ed­u­ca­tional and fun night for sure.


Rap­pCats is kick­ing off its


Con­grat­u­la­tions go out Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fice Vickie Miller and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Of­fi­cer Jas­mine Weaver for com­plet­ing the 1st Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ba­sic Academy Class held at Sky­line Mid­dle­town Va. Vicke and Jas­mine com­pleted the 80 hours course on Thurs­day, Sept. 21.


Ac­cord­ing to Gary Aichele, the Rap­pa­han­nock Clergy As­so­ci­a­tion’s Teacher Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Lun­cheon was held last week (Sept. 27) in the Rap­pa­han­nock County El­e­men­tary School cafe­te­ria. The lunch was the RCA’s way of ap­pre­ci­at­ing the teach­ers and staff of Rap­pa­han­nock schools for do­ing such a great job of ed­u­cat­ing and car­ing for our stu­dents.

Some 75 teach­ers and staff at­tended, as well as a dozen or so mem­bers of the RCA and sev­eral mem­bers of lo­cal churches who came to help set up the buf­fet lunch and clean up af­ter­wards. The RCA hopes mem­bers of the com­mu­nity will con­tinue to keep our schools — teach­ers, stu­dents, staff and their fam­i­lies — in their prayers in the days and months ahead.


Birth­day wishes go out to Skip Giles, Bill Scog­gin and Mike Massie of Wash­ing­ton; they all cel­e­brated their special day on Wed­nes­day (Oct. 4). Also, happy birth­day to my brother, Ray Burke, on Sun­day, Oct. 9, and to Chris Keyser on Oct. 11, Jonathan Moore on Oct. 15 and to Mayor John Sul­li­van, whose special day is Thurs­day, Oct. 19. Birth­day wishes also to Ruthie Wind­sor-Mann and John Clark (Oct. 24).


Con­grat­u­la­tions to Rick and Kaye Kohler, who will cel­e­brate their day Oct. 15; to Kim and Bruce Nel­son, whose an­niver­sary is Oct. 18; and to a cou­ple very dear to me, Doug and Mar­garet Baum­gard­ner, who cel­e­brate theirs on Oct. 29.

Lets re­mem­ber Ellen Mus­toe in our daily prayers each day. Ellen is un­der the weather, she in the Fair­fax Hospi­tal. Ellen is al­ways on the go ev­ery day help­ing oth­ers in need. Also Laura Jenkins from Wash­ing­ton has been un­der the weather. I wish you both a speedy re­cover and be back home soon.

Have a won­der­ful day!


Rap­pa­han­nock Clergy As­so­ci­a­tion’s Teacher Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Lun­cheon, was held last Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27, in the Rap­pa­han­nock County El­e­men­tary School cafe­te­ria. The lun­cheon was the RCA’s way of say­ing “thank you” to the teach­ers and staff of the...


Wash­ing­ton Mayor John Fox Sul­li­van, right, and his wife Bev­erly hosted an event in their Haitian art-filled home to raise aware­ness for Voices & Ac­tions for Haiti, a group that helps de­velop self-sus­tain­ing agri­cul­tural en­ter­prises in the im­pov­er­ished...

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