Conversations on Aging

Wednesday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m.

Location: The Rapp at Home Office

Topic:  ” What is Your Identity Now?”

Note: Member Judy Desarno has kindly volunteered to lead the group this month while Danny is out of town. Thank you Judy!

All Rapp at Home members are invited to join in these discussions on the first Wednesday of each month to ponder and discuss various aging-related topics.

Note that in order to encourage a greater depth of conversation, group members are asked to hold in confidence discussions and comments of a confidential nature.

More about Danny:  
Danny made Rappahannock his home in 2010 after spending the last 40 years enjoying time in the county.  Professionally he has studied and taught gerontology, and has as a psychotherapist, worked with older adults for many years- focusing especially on issues related to caregiving and end-of-life.  In his words, nurturing one’s social community is essential to healthy aging.


“Health Issues for Older Pets” 

Dr. Kevin Jones, DVM, Rose Hill Veterinary Practice, Washington, Va.

Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m.

Location: Rapp at Home Office

Dr. Jones will present information on the special health issues and care recommended for our beloved pets as the grow older. Join Dr. Jones, an experienced vet at Rose Hill Veterinary practice in Little Washington, for a discussion on how you can keep your furry companions healthy and comfortable as they age. Rapp at Home members are welcome to bring a guest to this very important discussion.








Book Group Discussion: “The Quantum Labyrinth” by Paul Halpern

Tuesday, April 10, 2:30 p.m.

Location: Rappahannock County Library

A story about the unlikely friendship between the two physicists who fundamentally reshaped the notion of time and history.

April Happy Hour

Thursday, April 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

Location: Tula’s, 311 Gay Street, Washington, Va.

Join us for conversation and hors d’oeuvres to welcome spring (we just KNOW it’s coming soon!). Members, guests and those who wish to learn about Rapp at Home are welcome.

      HOME IN ONE  Golf Tournament  

 Friday, April 20, Registration at 1 p.m., tee off at 2 p.m. (reception immediately following the event)

Location: At the Schoolhouse Nine Golf Course, Sperryville

This is our second annual charity golf event to benefit Rapp at Home. Register to golf at this fun, community-oriented event. And if you’re not a golfer, come to thank our golfers and sponsors, and attend the reception following the event. (If you wish to attend the reception, please RSVP to by April 13th.)

This is a fun time, a chance to visit with friends and meet new folks. Proceeds from Home in One will help ensure that our services and membership are affordable to everyone over 50 in our community.

Walk the Limberlost Trail in the Shenandoah National Park (an accessible trail good for all skill levels)

Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m.

Location: Meeting Place TBD (contact Rapp at Home office for more information)

The Limberlost Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers, birds and native plants. It’s lovely stands of native Eastern Hemlock suffered greatly due to infestations of the hemlock woolly adelgid  The walk will be led by Rappahannock’s Mark Malik, a retired National Park Service Landscape Architect who helped plan and design the Limberlost Trail. Mark will be assisted by a SNP naturalist. This trail is flat, wheelchair and baby-carriage friendly, and good for all skill levels. The walk is expected to take under two hours.

From:    “This trail has a little history to it.  Addie Pollack bought 100 of the large hemlock trees in the area for $1000 to help preserve this land in 1920 from logging.  Her husband named it the Limberlost Forest after the novel A Girl of the Limberlost.  The Pollocks were responsible for establishing Skyland as a resort destination.  The large hemlock trees are now gone (killed by an accidentally imported insect – the  hemlock woolly adelgid), but there are still some large spruce trees in the area.

Tour of Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) (NOTE: RSVP required by April 16th)

Tuesday, April 24, 1 – 3 p.m.

Location: Meet at SCBI, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal

Rapp at Home members are invited to join a private tour of this Smithsonian Institute field research station dedicated to saving wildlife species from extinction.In addition to seeing stunning rare species, learn about the fascinating history of this property. It was first purchased in 1909 by the U.S. Army, before the onset of World War I, as part of a program to establish four major “remount depots” to supply horses and mules for military operations. While  much of the tour will be in a van, some walking will be required. RSVP to by April 16th to reserve your spot.

Writing Group

Thursday, April 26, 2:30 p.m.

Location: Rapp at Home Office

This is led by writer Patty Hardee to assist members in writing life stories and other topics of interest. Exercise your imagination and improve your skills in this friendly and personalized setting.