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In This Issue
From the President
Rockfish Nights
Ivy Rowe in August
Volunteer Profile
Tenant Spotlight
Hamner Happenings


There will be pancakes!

Cooking Pancakes Sometimes in July, many of our trusty Twae Kwon Do volunteers head to the beach ... so the pancake breakfast is canceled. But not this year!

Saturday, July 2

Pancake Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 AM 

Bag Day at the

Treasure Chest

9 AM to 3 PM 

Good Foot Dance Co. at the Hamner

Friday, July 1!

good foot

Good Foot Dance Co. is back, making a surprise appearance at the Hamner!

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see special guest dancers, live musicians and, of course, Matthew Olwell and Emily Oleson.

Join  Good Foot Dance Company, Nic Gareiss, Ellie Grace, Caleb Teicher, fabulous live musicians and special guest dancers from the first ever BEAT RETREAT for an evening of percussive dance.

Admission: $10/adults, $5/children



Friday lunch at

Claudia's Cafe


will be on vacation  

until the fall.

Look for further news here in your Rockfish Reader! 

Contract Position Available: RVCC Membership Coordinator 

What:  Flexible hours part-time at $400 per month for 7 months

Location:  RVCC office; some work at home office permissible

Function:  To maintain and expand the membership program of RVCC.

Summary of Duties: 

Maintain database weekly and provide lists for newsletter and other mailings

Implement membership program

Develop new materials

Maintain online renewal/donation process

Acknowledge memberships and donations

Develop opportunities to recruit new members

Produce monthly reports to the Board

For complete job description, email  

Center Manager.

Send resume to:   

Bo Holland, Center Manager at  or mail to RVCC, P.O. Box 106, Nellysford, VA 22958

Closing date: July 15, 2011

RVCC Tenants

Leslie Alexander

Megan Atthowe 
Larry Cabaniss 

Christine Davis

Greg Ebelherr 

Flickinger Studios

Claudia Gibson  

Susan Gorman

Habitat for Humanity

The Hamner Theater 

John Helfrick 

Cathy Kiehl 

Rebecca L'Abbe

David Lipscomb

Sandra Pleasants 

K. Robins Design

Wren Shoumate 

Treasure Chest 

Rose Valentino

Brian Webb  


RVCC Board of Directors 2011-2012
Gifford Childs
Vice President
Bill Howard
Connie Muscenti
Bob Kinney
Sue Chase
Margaret Clair
Tim Gorman
Sarah Jane Stewart
Bob Yoder
Quick Links

July 2011 


 The Rockfish Valley is heating up, but nothing's slowing down at RVCC.  Check us out! 

Hello Friends of RVCC:

      The spirit of volunteering is stronger than ever at RVCC.One of the major projects this year is to stabilize the exterior walls of Treasure Chest thrift store and the Hamner Theater.Over the years this section of the building suffered damage from water leaking into the cinder block from the windows and cracked sills.

      Recently, David A. Snyder and Vinny Valentino came to the rescue to preserve the exterior walls.Not only do these guys know what needs to be done and know how to do it, they are willing to volunteer their time to get it done. David A. sealed all the windows and sills to prevent further damage.Vinny repaired all the cracks and holes to help get this section of RVCC ready to paint. 

      Another volunteer who has helped RVCC significantly is David Collins. David is a local Land Surveyor and Professional Civil Engineer. Thanks to David, RVCC has an up to date Topographic and Boundary survey. David donated his time to survey the property a couple of years ago but the new boundary with the waste and recycling center made it out of date.Without asking, David generously updated the survey. RVCC is very fortunate to have so many highly skilled friends committed to helping their community.  Please give them a big thank you when you see them.

      Also, this month's newsletter has an article about our newly renovated bleachers. Thanks go to volunteers Henri and Elaine Weems.  It feels good to be part of an organization where so many good people are working together and progress is being made.If you have a few hours to spare this summer and would like to help on a project, we have a long list.   

      Contact me or call Center Manager Bo Holland, 361-0100, if you feel inspired.    


Thanks for your continued support! 

  Gifford Childs

RVCC President

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Rockfish Nights 

Save the Date: Rockfish Nights 2011

will be on Saturday, November 12.  

If you'd like to volunteer for this annual fundraiser, let us know.


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Mark your calendar:  For "Ivy Rowe"

      On August 14, Barbara Bates Smith will perform "Ivy Rowe", an Appalachian character from Lee

Ivey Rowe

Barbara Bates Smith

as "Ivy Rowe"

Smith's novel Fair and Tender Ladies, with accompaniment on the mountain lap dulcimer by Jeff Sebens.  Barbara & Jeff performed in 2009 at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival. A benefit for RVCC in memory of photographer Jeff Byron, this performance will begin at 6 pm in the Hamner Theater, with a reception at 5 pm

      Tickets are $20, or $35 with the heavy hors d'ouvres reception; tickets will be available on the website, at the Treasure Chest, or purchased from Mary Jo Russell. 

      From Barbara's website: This spunky mountain woman from Fair and Tender Ladies takes us, in a flashback, through her life of "livin' on love." With a sensuous nature and a flair for storytelling, she paints a vivid picture of 20th Century revivals, mine disasters, rural electrification, the Depression, and three wars.

"A rare and heartfelt performance that pays tribute to the women of  Appalachia." -  Herbert Mitgang, New York Times


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Volunteer Profile: Henri and Elaine Weems  










      Attending the pancake breakfast and donating to the Treasure Chest Thrift Store and Silent Auction have been gateways to involvement with RVCC for Elaine and Henri Weems.  Living half time here and half time in northern Virginia, the Weems bring things scavenged from "up there" to "down here" for the Treasure Chest.  Henri sees a bench, a ladder, and a dolly cast off for trash, fixes it up and donates it for sale or to use at RVCC.  Having observed his "fix it up" skills, Bo Holland asked Henri to paint the bleachers at the side of the soccer field.  With his usual thorough approach and the help of Elaine, Henri stabilized the bleachers, flipped the boards and applied sealer paint.   

      Now the two are ready to paint the other outdoor benches and tables, and are looking for volunteers to join them!

      Henri and Elaine are both retired and are willing to be involved in committees and office assistance work, as well as the hands-on projects.  Henri has volunteered on two trips to New Orleans to rebuild houses in the Ninth Ward.  Woodworking is a hobby, and was a good outlet after working his daytime job in medical/pharmaceutical research for the Armed Forces Medical School for 30 years. Elaine is a nurse whose career was primarily in medical malpractice defense.  

      RVCC is privileged to benefit from their interest and involvement.  

Thank you, Elaine and Henri!


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LeslieLeslie Alexadnder Simpson  

of Alexander Driver Training School 

      RVCC is still a school as far as Leslie Alexander Simpson is concerned.  Born and raised in Nelson County, Leslie attended the Rockfish Elementary School and remembers the teacher who taught Physical Education in the very classroom in which she now teaches.  Leslie has come back to school, this time as a teacher of driver education, the only private instructor in Nelson County.  She even uses the blackboard to convey her key points. 

      Leslie explained that driver training is required by law in order to get your first license.  Classroom time is 36 hours, and behind the wheel instruction is 14 hours.  She notes that the high school provides this instruction for a fee, but there are waiting lists.  Therefore parents contract with her to provide primarily the behind-the-wheel training.  She schedules this training one-on-one for a fee of $250, or $325 if classroom instruction is included. 

      Driver improvement class is also offered by Leslie to adults who have been referred by the court, the insurance company, or DMV; or people who want to add points to their driving record.  The eight hour class is taught usually on Saturdays, sometimes Sunday or weeknights as needed; the fee is $65.   To schedule any class with Leslie, call 434-906-3304. 

      Leslie heard about space available at RVCC from Bea and Pete Perdue, fellow church members, when she was looking around in 2008.  It was an ideal fit.  She feels so at home at RVCC that she got married on New Year's Eve 2010 in the auditorium, which she decorated beautifully! 

      Leslie has a Bachelor of Science degree in P.E., health, and driver's education from Norfolk State University.  She teaches at the Louisa County High School 8:00-3:00, where she was formerly the head basketball coach.  Now she spends after school hours teaching people to drive safely and knowledgably. 

       RVCC is proud to have Leslie still using those blackboards and filling the room with students of all ages!



We welcome new tenant John Helfrick,  

owner of Afton Laser Arts.  

John will be featured in next month's newsletter.


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Hamner TheaterThe Return  

of the Hamner  

Nightclub Series!

We are very happy to announce  the return of our cabaret style entertainment. There may be no more music in Batesville, but there will be music at the Hamner Theater!


 hit new 

Coming Saturday, July 9 at 7:30,  

an evening of
Improv with Bent and HIT

for an evening of  

unscripted hilarity.


dueling pianos


Coming Friday, July 15 at 7:30.

Hod O'Brien and Jim Wray  

will put their hands together  

for an evening of

dueling jazz pianos.



There is a $12 cover for each of these events and there will be a la carte food and drink - local beer and wine, fruit and cheese or charcuterie plates. For reservations and further info, please call 434-361-1999.



The Hamner will be presenting Joel Jones' play Life Insurance  



Good things cooking at the Hamner! 

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