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In This Issue
Old Year, New Year!
International Dance Class
BAGC Raffle
Meet David Lipscomb
Hamner Happenings
Treasure Chest Bag Day

April 9, 2011

Robin & Linda Williams

and their

Fine Group


R&L Williams
 Concert: 7:30 PM

Watch for more details!

The evening's music is partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts

and the National Endowment for the Arts.

RVCC Annual

Meeting on

March 29, 2011

New board members will be elected at this meeting.  

If interested, contact Sarah Jane Stewart at 434-361-0331 or sarahjane@

Figure Sculpture



Flick Class

January 29th & 30th, 2011
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Includes 1.5 hr. lunch break
$200 includes clay/model fee (regular class fee is $235) Come for one day $115
Call 434-361-2126 or
email to sign-up!
Every Friday,
lunch at RVCC
from Claudia's Cafe

A la carte ~ salad, soup, varying entrees, desserts & beverage

Noon - 2pm

to everyone who partici- pated in the December 12th RVCC Winter Gathering!  Kim & Jimbo Cary played music and Sue Chase taught International dances. The Rockfish River Elementary Chorus under the direction of Sonia Azaravich & the Tye River Elementary Chorus under the direction of Beverly White also performed. It was a festive evening of music and dance that really helped us get into the spirit of the holiday. Also a BIG thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success and to all those who came and gave their support!
Tye River
Tye River students sing at the Winter Gathering.
RVCC Tenants

Cathy Kiehl

Christine Davis

Claudia Gibson Catering

David Lipscomb

Flickinger Studios

Habitat for Humanity

Leslie Alexander

K. Robins Design

Rockfish Seniors

Rose Valentino

Susan Gorman

Wren Shoumate

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After a busy December, January seems quiet, but we've got a new tenant settling in at RVCC, a sculpture workshop scheduled, and the February 5th pancake breakfast and Indoor Market coming up.  Read on to learn more about RVCC and what's happening.

December Activities
Showcased RVCC in Full Swing! 
Looking Forward to a
New Year of "Happenings"!


I'd like to start the new year on a note of gratitude to all who came to RVCC in December for one of our many activities in celebration of the holidays.

  • The Holiday Market grossed over $11,400 for our vendors, according to market manager Donna Kincaid. It washoliday marketcomplemented

    by the pancake breakfast serving 139 people.

  • The Winter Gathering attracted a crowd to hear the elementary school choruses, to engage in international dances, and to savor cookies and cider and knock down a piņata! 
  • The Hamner Theater's

    Gift of the Magi

    "Gift of the Magi: Then and Now" brought sold-out audiences from near and far to delight in the classic O'Henry tale about giving, and to take away the Christmas spirit.

  • The Rockfish Seniors hosted the Staunton Senior Club as guests of their Christmas lunch and harp and handbell concert, attracting 100 people!


  • With the sale of over 80 Christmas trees, RVCC provided many of you with a fragrant Fraser Fir to last through the holidays, and put some proceeds in our coffers.

Most heartening of all is the support of those who paid $20 or $40 to join or renew as RVCC members, now numbering 283.  Some of you made extra donations of tens and hundreds of dollars to help us through another year.  Your membership brings discounts to events and purchases, and forms a network of communication.  Through our email newsletters and notices, we keep you abreast of happenings at RVCC. 


Our tenant base has expanded to the point that all of our rooms are rented!Just recently one of the market vendors, David Lipscomb, decided to locate his Rockhound Shop at RVCC.We're delighted that he has settled in. (See article below.)

Leslie's wedding

On New Year's Eve, one of our tenants chose the Center as the site of her wedding. Leslie Alexander, who teaches driver's training at RVCC, was married in the beautifully decorated auditorium!  

We wish her years of happiness
with her new husband! 


As we move forward into a new year, we invite you to become involved in the activities of RVCC.You can volunteer to help with an event, work in the Treasure Chest, do physical labor outdoors or indoors, act or assist in the theater, or just be "on call" to help.If you'd like to be a part of the leadership of the center, we invite you to consider board membership or participate on a committee.The annual meeting will be held on March 29.We're looking for potential board members now, so let us know if you're interested. 


We now own a grand old building and grounds that need tending and care and thrive on activity inside and out!  Come and be a part of RVCC activities throughout the year!


Happy New Year!

 Sarah Jane Stewart, President


A tribute to Pat Gooch: 

At the December Board meeting, Pat was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her four years of service as a member of the RVCC Board and as a dedicated volunteer.  Pat and her husband Michael are moving to Amherst this spring.  RVCC always has a professional published look thanks to Pat's graphics, which she will continue to provide to us.  Her energy and leadership as the chief organizer of Rockfish Nights for four years, and the auction chair last November have resulted in significant fundraising proceeds and smooth running events.  PAGShe has organized and promoted the indoor community markets and consignment sales. The community knows what RVCC is doing thanks to her ads and media releases and website work.  She is one dependable, involved volunteer whose presence we will sorely miss.  Thank you for your past service, Pat, and for continuing to help RVCC.

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International Folk Dance

Class to Start at RVCC!

Looking for something new to do alone or with family & friends?Come and join us for this beginning International Folk Dance class, Tuesday evenings, 7 to 8:15 PM.This class is for beginners although experienced dancers are very welcome. Each class will start with a teaching period, followed by a review of the dances taught.Most of the dances are done in circles, semi-circles or straight lines.  Recorded music will be used, with live music on special occasions.

This class is open to ages 8 and above.  Children between the ages of 8 - 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  Young and older can participate & enjoy dances from around the world. No partner necessary.  Folk dancing is a great way to get exercise, meet new friends, learn about other cultures and promote a sense of community and fun.

This eight week class will begin on Tuesday, February 15, at 7 PM in Room 14. Those who join after Feb. 15 are welcome & will have a prorated fee to be determined by the instructor. Classes canceled due to inclement weather will be made up. Please sign up by February 11. We need at least 8 participants to get this class going!

Cost for this 8-week class: 
~ RVCC Adult Members:  $35 

~ Non-Members:  $40

~ RVCC Family Members under 18: $15 

~ Non-Members under 18:  $20

For information or to register for the class,

please contact instructor: Sue Chase 
 540.456.8176  |


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Support the Boys and Girls

Club of Nelson County

The Steering Committee of the future Nelson County Boys and Girls Club is working hard and raising money to launch the program in September 2011, to coincide with the start of the school year.


Our financial goal is $200,000 for the first one and a half years of operation. Working toward that goal we are having a Reverse Raffle that is going on now. Only 249 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Prizes will be $3,000, four $250 prizes and the grand prize of $6,000.


The drawing is planned for April 2, at the First Saturday breakfast and market at RVCC. One does not need to be present to win. (The orginal drawing date was the first Saturday in February, but with the busy holidays we extended the time.)


We need your support! For tickets and information, please call of email:

Bo Holland | RVCC Center Manager | 434-361-0100

Agnes Schrider | 434-361-2650
Ann Ashton | 434-361-1137


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David Lipscomb

Meet RVCC's

Newest Tenant: David Lipsomb, Rockhound

I began collecting rocks and minerals in the early 90's after finding fool's gold on a construction site in Charlottesville. This find lead me to the Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Resources where I found a book titled "Minerals of Virginia" which has led me on many a trip to find treasures in Virginia and elsewhere.  


I have acquired a lot of rocks from self-collecting and purchases of older collections. Having discovered that there is hidden beauty inside the rocks I have discovered how to unveil some of it through the use of lapidary equipment. I have also discovered the art of silversmith and wire wrapping as a means to present the polished stones for personal use and display.


In 2006 I sold some my rocks, minerals, jewelry at the local Gem Club show in Waynesboro.

was my next step and I have been selling online, at Gem and mineral Shows, art and craft shows, and farmers markets. My new studio at RVCC gives me a permanent display of some of my rocks and gems, as well a great area to work with the stones.  


It's not set in stone yet but I hope to be giving lapidary classes (using a diamond saw and polishing unit) and possible wire wrapping classes. If you think you might be interested in this please send me anemail, and I'll add you to my list to notify once a schedule is complete


I welcome you to visit, and see some of natures gems from VA and elsewhere.


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The Hamner Theater is planning a three day V-Day event, Feb. 18, 19 and 20.  V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, best known perhaps forThe Vagina Monologues

by Eve Ensler, founder of the movement.


This year the Hamner will produce A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls which is a collection of writings by many different authors running the gamut from Edward Albee to Alice Walker, for both male and female actors. All proceeds from this production will go to SHE (Shelter for Help in Emergency.) If anyone is interested in being more directly involved, please feel free to call the theater, 434-361-1999, or email

And here's something to look forward to ... Oscar Wilde's incomparable comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be coming to the Hamner for one weekend only May 26-29 ... this production is coming to the Hamner straight from Four County Players in Barboursville and is not to be missed!

And last but not least, the Nelson County Shakespeare Festival will return in June with a production of Merry Wives of Wintergreen ... stay tuned for details.

If you are on our email list, you will receive word of the upcoming VPSI readings, Hamner Club evenings and other events scheduled.  To join our email list, please visit our website,


If you've not discovered The Hamner,

you're in for a treat!

For more info, visit the Hamner website here

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Remember your Member Benefits

at the Treasure Chest

As if it wasn't already the best deal around, RVCC members now get a discount at the Treasure Chest.
So be sure your membership is current and come take advantage of the following:
  • 20% off on Friday's.
  • $2 off per bag on Bag Days (First Saturdays of every month)
Call 434-361-0103 or email
bag day ad

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Like to flip pancakes?

Join us on Saturday, February 5!!

Cooking PancakesThe much-loved and well-attended monthly pancake breakfast at RVCC is in need of some volunteers. A morning in the RVCC kitchen on the first Saturday of the month is a highly recommended way to support the community center ... and have fun!

This monthly program helps to fund general operation and program costs at RVCC.

So if you are a regular participant of the breakfasts,
consider being an occasional volunteer.
Call Bo Holland,434.361.0100 or to sign-up.

And thanks!
We invite you to join us at the
Rockfish Valley Community Center ...
Where Community Happens!