Rapp at Home Events

American Festival Concert

Featuring the Bourgeois Concert Band

Sunday, July 1, Concert starts at 5 p.m.

(RSVP by Saturday, June 30 to kathryn@rappathome.org for access assistance – see below)

Location: Avon Hall, 22 Avon Lane, Washington, VA

Join your neighbors and Rapp at Home friends for “an old fashioned family celebration of America” with a concert and picnic on the lawn. The concert will feature the Bourgeois Concert Band. Colonel John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret.), was the 25th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, with a distinguished career that spanned nine presidential administrations, from Presidents Eisenhower to Clinton. He leads a stirring concert of American musical favorites that should not be missed.The event is free and open to the public.
Rapp at Home members will save a spot close to the driveway, under the trees, to the left of the house and the band (if you’re looking at the house). Look for the Rapp at Home signs. We’ll have a bench and a few chairs. but bring a blanket or whatever special chair you prefer. You can bring snack-type food to share and your own drinks. Rapp at Home will bring plates and cups.The Lions Club will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers, and there will also be watermelon and lemonade for sale. However, remember that this time of year is often sweltering HOT, so please remember to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated!!
The lawn area opens at 3 p.m. and the concert starts at 5 p.m. We recommend arriving by around 4:30 p.m. Folks with limited mobility (even if you don’t have a handicapped sticker) can park on the driveway, and Rapp at Home will have a golf cart available to drive you to where you want to sit.  Please contact kathryn@rappathome.org,or call the office, by Saturday, June 30, to arrange for transportation in the golf cart.There will be a handicapped porta potty. 
Watch the Fireworks!
Wednesday July 4th, 5 p.m. Location:
Ben Venue Farm, Flint Hill, VA
It’s that time of year! The annual Rappahannock County fireworks celebration will be held this year at historic Ben Venue Farm in Flint Hill. Enjoy the views, the spectacular fireworks, the music, lots of neighbors and your Rapp at Home friends at this fun event. Rapp at Home will save a spot near the “Accessible Parking Area” for a pot-luck dinner. So bring chairs, a dish to share, and beverages. Or, just stop by and say Hi even if you don’t plan to stay for dinner. This is a great way to enjoy the 4th. However, please remember temperatures can be very hot this time of year so bring plenty of water to stay hydrated!
Conversations on Aging

Friday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m. [NOTE temporary change of day – normally held on Wednesdays]

Location: The Rapp at Home Office

Topic:  ” Life Transitions”

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.


Book Group Discussion: “All the Pretty Horses,” by Cormac McCarthy
Tuesday, July 10, 2:30 p.m.

Location: Rappahannock County Library

All the Pretty Horses is the first book in the “Border Trilogy” by American novelist and playwright Cormac McCarthy. It won both the U.S. National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It is the coming of age story of 16 year old John Grady Cole, who leaves his family’s Texas ranch after the death of his grandfather to head across the desolate and dangerous Mexican border. He finds there brutality and romance, violence and beauty. The story is often grim, at times comic, filled with poignant prose as young John Grady discovers not only the evil that exists in the world, but must also confront the evil that arises from the ignorance and pride within his own soul. Cormac McCarthy received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his novel The Road, and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Back to Nature Camp with the Kids

Wednesday, July 11, 10:00 a.m.

(RSVP by Tuesday, July 10, to kathryn@rappathome.org or call the office)

Location: Singing Creek, Sperryville

Explore the wonders of nature with the kids at the Rapp Nature Camp, run by the iconic Lyt Wood since 1986. The goals of the camp are “to awaken an interest in our wonderfully beautiful and diverse natural surroundings, to observe living plants and animals in their natural habitats, to understand the role of human beings in this shared environment, and to have fun and make new discoveries every day.” The 12 -16 year olds are so delighted and excited to share their discoveries with us. This is a charming morning of  interaction with the kids, and lots of fun learning too! Bug spray and water are recommended.



Daylily Garden and Senior-Friendly Home Tour

Thursday, July 12, 9:30 a.m.

(RSVP by Wednesday, July 11, to kathryn@rappathome.org or call the office)

Location: Member’s Home, Sperryville, VA

Members Madlyn and Bill Bynum have graciously agreed to offer a tour of their lovely daylily garden and their home, artfully designed for senior-friendly living. Join the Bynum’s for this interesting and informative display of living well in our retirement years. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Rappahannock’s Beautiful Birds – Discussion and Bird-Watching

Tuesday, July 17, 9:00 a.m.

Location: Rapp U., Lee Highway, Sperryville

Join this morning talk on the birds here in Rappahannock, presented by local birding expert and member Ralph Bates. We’ll learn what to look for, and the head outside to see the real thing. This will be a fun time, chock full of eye-opening information about the birds that surround us.


Writing Group with Patty Hardee

Thursday, May 28, 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 writing skills in this friendly and personalized setting.