Author: Don Audette

FARM TO TABLE – HOW THE LIONS DO IT (PT 2)

The making of Lions apple butter, part 2… It starts at 4:00 am on Friday morning, September 23.  Six members of the Lions Club meet in the parking lot outside the old Sperryville school, and depart for Keezletown. The day before, 42 bushels of apples were cut and prepared in a marathon session by the Lions Club members.  (Read Part 1 of this story here.)  Today, the six Lions and the bags containing the apples were on their way to a cannery for processing. The Rappahannock Lions Club makes apple butter at the Keezletown Community Cannery, in Keezletown, Virginia,...

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FARM TO TABLE – HOW THE LIONS DO IT (PT 1)

  The making of Lions’ apple butter, part 1… A pint jar of apple butter made by the Rappahannock Lions Club.  It is one of their primary fundraisers and something that the Rappahannock Club has been doing for over 50 years. The local Lions Club is one of the few remaining Lions Clubs in the United States that still makes this traditional Lions Club delicacy.  This particular jar of apple butter was made on Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Keelzetown Community Cannery, in Keezletown, Virginia, the only remaining “can-your-own and non-profit” cannery in the State of Virginia.  The...

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A MOST FANTASTIC CAMP

  Once more, volunteers from Rappahannock County provided Camp Fantastic with a spectacular late afternoon and early evening event for children, ages 7 to 17, who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Held annually for a week since 1983 at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center south of Front Royal, Tuesdays have traditionally been Rappahannock’s day at Camp Fantastic, and so it was again on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  Medical staff and volunteer attendants from the National Institutes of Health were on site providing medical care as needed, but the aim was to let the kids be kids, to dance...

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MOVIE NIGHT IN SPERRYVILLE — 1930

In June 1930, the Lyric Theater in Sperryville Shows a Popular Movie By Don Audette  It was fair weather and around 80 degrees in Sperryville on Saturday evening, June 21, 1930, when people gathered at the Lyric Theater to see “The Greene Murder Case.”  The Lyric Theater was in the old Masonic Hall built in 1906.  It was located in about the middle of the southern side of Sperryville’s Main Street.  A house with a picket fence currently occupies the site. The movie “The Greene Murder Case” was quite popular at the time.  It starred William Powell and Jean...

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A Saturday Evening in Rappahannock — February 1900

The above photo, taken in 1899, shows the use of the Delsarte system of exercises to improve one’s grace, poise, and beauty while participating in singing or dance performances.  Such poses would be familiar to people in Rappahannock County back in the early 1900s.  Let’s take just one specific example, but where a different purpose was involved. On Saturday evening, February 17, 1900, in Washington, VA, there was an “entertainment” for the benefit of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).  The “entertainment” made use of Tableaux, Recitations, Pantomimes, and Dialogues.  These were routine entertainment techniques back then, often used...

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