AN­NUAL EVENTS

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JAN­UARY

Celebrity Waiter Din­ner: An­nual themed ben­e­fit din­ner, with cos­tumed lo­cal-celebrity wait staff whose an­tics are meant to raise money, like the din­ner it­self, for the Rappahanno­ck Benev­o­lent Fund. The Benev­o­lent Fund raises money to pro­vide emer­gency as­sis­tance to lo­cal fam­i­lies. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Jane Whit­field at ja­nee­[email protected] com.

APRIL

Fod­der­stack 10k Clas­sic Race: The an­nual race course fol­lows the his­toric hills be­tween the towns of Flint Hill and Wash­ing­ton and has been held for more than 35 years, drawing hun­dreds of runners of all lev­els from the re­gion. Usu­ally co­in­cides with art fes­ti­vals in Wash­ing­ton and else­where around the county. Con­tact Jean Lil­lard at 540-675-5330 or visit fod­der­stack­10k.com. Old Do­min­ion Hounds Point-to-Point Races: Held at his­toric Ben Venue Farm, on Route 729 at U.S. 211. Con­tact the joint-mas­ters at 540-364-4573 or 540-636-1507 or visit old­do­min­ion­hounds.com. Rappahanno­ck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety An­tiques Ap­praisal: An­nual fundraiser for the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety fea­tures ap­prais­ers who will tell you what you have (from the item you brought, or some good photos of it); with food and re­fresh­ments. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Judy Tole at 540-675-1163 or visit rap­pa­han­nock­hist­soc.org.

MAY

Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety Re­lay for Life: The Re­lay for Life is a com­mu­nity event in which teams take turns walk­ing in the re­lay to raise money in the bat­tle against can­cer. For in­for­ma­tion, call 800-227-2345 or visit re­lay­for­life.org.

JUNE

Amissville car­ni­val and pa­rade: This an­nual event ben­e­fits the Amissville Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue squad. Usu­ally in late June. For in­for­ma­tion, call 540-9374218 or visit amissville­vfr.org.

JULY

Fourth of July Cel­e­bra­tion and Fire­works: Held on the fields of the Thorn­ton Hill race course on U.S. 522 south of Sper­ryville, pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Sper­ryville Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment. Lots of food, live mu­sic, games and dis­plays. Fire­works start at dusk. Con­tact Richie Burke at 540-9878570 or Gary Set­tle at 540-9879333.

SEPTEM­BER

Taste of Rappahanno­ck: An­nual fes­ti­val of foods and wine from lo­cal chefs and vint­ners ben­e­fits Head­wa­ters, Rappahanno­ck County’s ed­u­ca­tion foun­da­tion. To re­serve or for more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Head­wa­ters at 540-987-3322 or [email protected]­wa­tersfdn.org, or visit head­wa­tersfdn.org. Rappahanno­ck County Farm Tour & Fes­ti­val: This two-day, free event — the ninth an­nual tour in 2017 takes place Sept. 23-24 — show­cases farms and re­lated busi­nesses pro­duc­ing the very best in lo­cal food, award­win­ning wines and ar­ti­sanal prod­ucts, set against the back­drop of the county's ex­tra­or­di­nary beauty. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 540-675-5330 or visit rapp­farm­tour.org.

Rappahanno­ck Rough Ride: Mul­ti­ple bi­cy­cle races and events for all lev­els of fit­ness and skill. This out­door chal­lenge ben­e­fits the Rappahanno­ck and Fauquier Free Clin­ics. Call 540-347-0394, or visit rap­pa­han­nock­roughride.org.

OC­TO­BER

Trin­ity Flo­ral Art Sale and House Tour: For more than half a cen­tury, the women of Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church in Wash­ing­ton have held this char­i­ta­ble tour of three dis­tinc­tive and/or his­toric homes in Rappahanno­ck County and ends with an Even­song ser­vice, con­cert and re­cep­tion at the church, which is head­quar­ters for the tour — sched­uled in 2017 for Oct. 15-16. Call 540-675-3716 or visit trin­wash.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

NOVEM­BER

Artists of Rappahanno­ck Stu­dio & Gallery Tour: Spon­sored by the Rappahanno­ck As­so­ci­a­tion for the Arts and the Com­mu­nity (RAAC), the tour draws hun­dreds of art lovers to Rappahanno­ck County — this year, 2017, sched­uled for Nov. 4-5. This self-guided driv­ing tour be­gins at the Wash­ing­ton School, which is set up as an art gallery for the event, with sam­ples of artists' work. Tour at­ten­dees re­ceive a map that di­rects them to the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists’ stu­dios and the county's many fine art gal­leries. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit raac. org or call 800-695-6075.

DE­CEM­BER

Christ­mas in Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton: This an­nual event is held the sec­ond Sun­day in De­cem­ber and in­cludes a Christ­mas pa­rade, ar­ti­sans’ mar­kets, a visit from Santa and ac­tiv­i­ties and open houses by lo­cal busi­nesses and churches. For more in­for­ma­tion about the day, one of Rappahanno­ck’s most pop­u­lar fam­ily-friendly events, visit wash­ing­tonva.gov.

BY RUTHIE WIND­SOR-MANN

The Wash­ing­ton Christ­mas pa­rade

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