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THURSDAY, APRIL 14
IRISH MUSIC: An evening of the real thing when it comes to Irish music and dance! The vivid and colorful presentation of The Young Irelanders, is on stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Culpeper County High School. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. There’s plenty of free parking. Come early to get a good seat in this large and comfortable theater with its excellent acoustics. StageAlive! is an all-volunteer, nonprofit community concert organization based in Culpeper and serving seven nearby counties and surrounding areas. For further information, call 540-522 9216.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15
CASTLETON IN PERFORMANCE: “A Time to Break Silence,” 7:30 p.m. Princeton Professor Gary J. Bass speaks about the great Virginian diplomat Archer Blood and the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh. Renowned photographer Kay Chernush discusses modern day slavery in the Thai fishing industry and human trafficking around the world. Castleton alumnus and rising opera star Davone Tines joins Rappahannock’s multi-talented musician Forrest Marquisee, Bangladeshi songwriter Nazmus Saquib and Tabla player Syed Arefinul Haque to perform traditional, classical and spiritual music. Tickets: Adults $30; Students $15. FREE reception, refreshments and art exhibit. Theatre House at Castleton. castletonfestival.org or contact the box office at 1-866-974-0767
BLUE RIDGE SINGERS’ CONCERT: The Blue Ridge Singers’ spring concert, “I Saw Water Flowing…,” conducted by BRS artistic director Dr. Jeffrey Alban, features sacred and secular works about water at 7:30 p.m., Front Royal Presbyterian Church. A $10 donation is requested. For information www. blueridgesingers.com or call 540-671-5647.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16
Amissville breakfast: Amissville United Methodist Men serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church at 14760 Lee Hwy. Donations accepted; all proceeds are used in service to others. For more information, call 540-987-9001.
VWL SEEKING BIRD SURVEY HELP: Virginia Working Landscapes ( VWL) is looking for skilled birders for bird surveys in the Madison and Sperryville areas. The mandatory training is from 9 a.m. to noon on April 16. If interested, contact Amy Johnson at John[email protected] or go to vaworkinglandscapes.org/grassland.
SHEARING DAY AND LAMB LUNCH: Wits End Farm, 369 Hinson Ford Road, Amissville, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. As we shear the sheep, learn how wool is transformed from sheep’s clothing into yarns and spinning fiber. Also serving a delicious artisanal lamb sausage lunch. For more information, call Cathie Shiff at 540-219-8396 or email her at witsend[email protected]hoo.com.
POKER RUN: ABATE of Virginia Culpeper Chapter hosts a 100-mile scenic Motorcycle Poker Run ride ending at Antheneans Restaurant (621 Sperryvile Pike, Culpeper). Sign up from 11 a.m. at the restaurant. Cost is $20 per hand; cash prizes. Proceeds to benefit motorcyclists’ rights in Virginia. For more information, call 540-397-3924.
WVFR HAM/OYSTER DINNER: Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s Annual Spring All You Can Eat Ham and Oyster Dinner, 4 - 8 p.m. at the station. Enjoy fried oysters, oyster stew, raw oysters, country ham, Virginia baked ham, numerous sides and desserts. Adults/kids 11 and older $25; kids 4-10 $12. Questions, call 540-675-3615 and speak with one of our members.
SUNDAY, APRIL 17
UUBRIDGE SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. at Hearthstone School (11576 Lee Hwy., Sperryville) “Moving From Convictions to Action” by Russ Savage. All faith traditions undertake action for social and environmental justice based on their convictions. But none is more forceful in this than Unitarian Universalists. What are the steps in getting from conviction to action? Let’s take a look at some of the practical ways this can be done. All are welcome. For more information, email Ellen Adams at [email protected]
A DAY AT MARRIOTT RANCH: Due to the inclement weather this past weekend, the From the Rappahannock, For the Rappahannock event have rescheduled the event for Sunday April 17, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have already registered for a volunteer spot or a ticket, we thank you and hope we will see you on Sunday. Join Friends of the Rappahannock, Piedmont Environmnetal Council, and the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District for a day at the iconic Marriott Ranch in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a working farm that the Rappahannock River flows directly through. All attendees who join us for the restoration project are invited to join us for the celebration free or charge. Children under 14 welcome at no charge. We will have Rappahannock River oysters from the Oyster Company of Virginia, catered barbeque from Marriott Ranch, local wines and beers from the Piedmont, live music, hay ride tours of the property and conservation practices, and more. Staff from a variety of conservation organizations will be available to answer questions and talk about
conservation practices and cost share programs available in the region. For more information, email Bryan. Hof[email protected]friends.org or call 540-373-3448, ext. 112.
“OLD TOOLS FROM THE HOUSE AND BARN”: Rappahannock Historical Society hosts an event with longtime county residents, Dr. Noel Laing and his wife, Charlotte, at the Washington Town Hall at 2 p.m. They will bring parts of their collections of old wooden tools and sewing and needle working aids. They encourage attendees to bring any puzzling items they might have for possible identification. For more information, call 540-675-1163. Everyone is welcome.
ORATORIO SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT: The Front Royal Oratorio Society announces its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, 115 Luray Ave. It’s continuing a 50-year tradition of bringing great choral music to the community. We will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s thrilling “Gloria” and Gabriel Fauré’s inspirational “Requiem” with chamber orchestra and organ accompaniment.The concert is free, open to the public and lasts about 75 minutes. Families are welcome and day care is provided. For more information call, 540-635-4842.
BLUE RIDGE SINGERS’ CONCERT: “I Saw Water Flowing…,” conducted by BRS artistic director Dr. Jeffrey Alban, features sacred and secular works about water 4 p.m., at Opequon Presbyterian Church, 2317 Opequon Church Ln., Winchester. A $10 donation is requested. For information, visit www.blueridgesingers.com or call 540-671-5647.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY EVENT: “Alternative Energy – Is it Finally a Good Investment?” will be the subject of the third annual Earth Day Talk at the Fauquier High School at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Warrenton Climate Change Group, in conjunction with The Fauquier Chamber. Local solar and geothermal businesses, and those using the systems they sell, will share information about the value and costs of a more climate-conscious lifestyle right now, and Cliff Hamal, an energy expert with Navigant, will give us a preview of what tomorrow’s energy mix and costs may likely be.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
WILLIAMS ORCHARD MEETING: Rappahannock Extension Office’s series of in-orchard meetings continues at 11 a.m. at Williams Orchard (13415 Crest Hill Rd.) with a tour, followed by a discussion of current insect and disease control recommendations and other management practices. Afterwards, brown-bag lunch (BYO) with drinks furnished by the host. For more information, call 540-675-3619.
Free Clinic: Rappahannock Free Clinic is open at the Rappahannock County Health Department on Main Street in Washington. Registration is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
SENIOR CENTER BREAKFAST: The Rappahannock Seniors host a breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Rappahannock Senior Center (111 Scrabble Rd., Castleton). Special music from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Lots of door prizes. Strictly donation basis. For more information, call Darcy at 540-987-3638.
BLUE RIDGE CHORALE’S BIG YARD SALE: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Osborn’s residence, 14445 Glen Verdant Drive on Rt. 226 (the Rixeyville Rd, north of Culpeper, at the second right past the Emerald Hill Elementary School). It will be made up entirely of items which have never been used, or have only very gently been used. Also, local authors Alex ter Weele and Rob Stone will be there to visit with you about and sign their books. Proceeds of the sale will help support the Blue Ridge Chorale, your community chorus. Come to look, enjoy and buy! If you’re interested in participating in the yard sale with your table, or if you have quesitons, contact us at [email protected]sings.com.
GRANDMA’S ATTIC YARD SALE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Baptist Church. For more information, call 540-675-3336.
HOOVER RIDGE SHEEP DOG TRIALS: Come out to beautiful Hoover Ridge Park in Madison for the Hoover Ridge Sheepdog Trial (SDT) on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, starting at 9 a.m. Watch dog handlers from Canada, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the Carolinas work with their border collies as they control sheep through a series of obstacles. See them send their dogs on outruns of 125 to 300 yards to gather sheep. This is an amazing event you won’t want to miss! Free admission, concessions will be sold. Organized by Wink Mason. For more information, call 540-308-1247.
RAPPAHANNOCK RESOURCE FAIR: The Rappahannock Aging Together Team is happy to bring you it’s first Rappahannock Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Sperryville. A day committed to seniors, caregivers and their families. This free event will provide you with vital information and local resources to support your life, health and leisure. A pharmacist will be on site for a medication brown bag check, free health screenings, Raffle prizes and much more. For more information Contact Dianna Banks 540-829-6405 or email [email protected]ingtogehter.org.
OPEN HOUSE AT HEARTHSTONE SCHOOL: 11576 Lee Highway, Sperryville, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reasonable tuition based on income. Nursery/ Kindergarten to 12th Grade, VA State Licensed Day-Care. Classes for homeschoolers available Visit our school, see classrooms, meet the teachers and view student work. Inspired by the Waldorf Curriculum, bringing academics to life. For information call 540-987-9212.
MOUNTAIN MUSIC: Catch Walker’s Run on Saturday, April 23, at the Theatre at Washington, at 8 p. m. Walker’s Run has developed a loyal following in and around the Appalachians for its unique, improvisational mountain-music. Walking the fine line between tradition and exploration, Walker’s Run stretches beyond the realm of traditional Appalachian folk music, incorporating world music, jazz, and punk influences. Tickets for the performance are $ 25 for adults and $ 10 for students under 18. For reservations, please visit TheatreWashingtonVA.com or send email to [email protected] TheatreWashingtonVA.com.