It’s spring in the Northern Neck. The days are getting longer, and the gardens are waking up. With the COVID vaccine is reaching folks, perhaps it’s time to start hopeful thinking about when, how and where people can gather again.

The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, like most performing art organizations, has been devastated without live performances for the past year. While the Arts For Youth programs have been virtually presented to Lancaster County children through the Lancaster Primary and Middle Schools and at Chesapeake Academy, adults have not benefited from such performances. And while the 2020-2021 RFA season was cancelled, arrangements have been on-going with performers, agents and venues to reschedule promised shows.

“It is RFA’s hope that in-theater live performances can again be enjoyed by our loyal patrons starting in the fall of 2021,” said Jamie Tucker, RFA Board President. “We’ve been fortunate to offer the make-up dates for the five previously scheduled groups,” she added.

Though the local audiences are disappointed that the entertaining Capitol Steps has disbanded, RFA is pleased to offer as a replacement, a Second City Comedy show on October 22, 2021 instead. No doubt this Chicago-based comedy club where Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and many more familiar comedic names learned their craft, will be a crowd pleasing show. Furthermore, Face-2-Face, the Elton John/Billy Joel tribute, has been rescheduled to perform on January 29, 2022, followed by Leahy, the Canadian Celtic troupe, on February 26, 2022. RFA patrons will revel in the rousing “competition” by Motones vs. Jerseys on April 2, 2022. In place of the Russian String Orchestra whose show was permanently cancelled due to COVID-19 visa restrictions, the Richmond Symphony Chamber Orchestra will showcase their virtuosity and skill on April 30, 2022.

RFA ticket holders for these previously cancelled shows from 2020 and 2021 can be assured that their single seat or subscription seat selections will be honored. All seat assignments and purchase information has been retained, so if patrons can’t find their tickets, they can call the RFA for replacements at 438-5555.

“As we enter into another year of pandemic isolation, the possibility of sharing in the joy of live performance art with one another is a light at the end of the tunnel for audiences and performers alike. RFA is grateful for the ongoing commitment of artists’ to their craft, and to the patient RFA patrons as we continue to navigate this new terrain,” said Jamie Tucker. “We are excited that four additional shows will be added to these five rescheduled shows to complete the 2021-2022 season, We’re Back on Track. The complete performance schedule of the performers names and dates will be announced in the RFA On Stage brochure in the coming month.”