Arts & Entertainment

The Rapp for April 10

Learn more about the attempt to bring this horse back from extinction this Friday.

RAAC’s library series covers SCBI’s attempts to save an endangered horse, dulcimer virtuoso Madeline MacNeil performs at Flint Hill Baptist, “Rappahannock Creates” opens at RDA, PEC honors Belle Meade’s garden and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for April 3

Detail of a work by Wayne Paige in Middle Street’s April exhibit.

SNP launches a special quarter, Leipzig String Quartet visit Castleton, Bach and Sinatra share a weekend at the Theatre, Middle Street open a new show, the Taste of Rappahannock is scheduled and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Piedmont art show jurors announced

Jurors for the second annual Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase have been announced according to Jim Allmon, art and marketing director of River District Arts.
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Sperryville column for March 20

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Barbara Heile and her “spontaneous process” paintings are now on display at River District Arts.

This week’s Sperryville column explore the ongoing renaissance at River District Arts, which features several new artists already on display and more set to join in April.
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The Rapp for March 13

Flint Hill Public House chef Marvin Swaner.

A Flint Hill chef is named one of the best in the south, pianist Audrey Andrist returns to the Theatre, Coterie celebrates St. Patrick’s Day one day early, Tom Mullany mounts another one-man exhibit at R.H. Ballard and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Letter: Antique Appraisal a success, thanks to . . .

The Rappahannock Historical Society’s recent Antique Appraisal was a great success. Our thanks to Ashleigh Cannon, Anna and Sophia of Copper Fox Antiques who kindly hosted the event making us very welcome. We sincerely appreciate the donations of time and expertise by appraisers Sara Hays, Beth Pollack, Philip Rosemond, George Rosenbaum and Kathy Shumate....
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The Rapp for March 6

Part of the "Monochrome" exhibit at Middle Street Gallery.

Guitar and balalaika music return to the Theatre, “Memoirs of a Geisha” author Arthur Golden explores the writing process with RAAC, “Monochrome” opens at Middle Street Gallery, the Community Clean-Up rings in spring and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Feb. 20

Photo by Liz Callar

Guest bartenders compete for tips for RappCats, Thornton Hill kicks off the point-to-point season, RAAC’s studio tour is accepting applications and Stonyman’s Susan James chairs a program on backyard farming in this week’s Rapp column.
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Letter: A student masterpiece, thanks to a mosaic of help  

The finished work is on view at Union First Market Bank.

The Headwaters/Rappahannock County Public Schools After School Program just finished its third session at Rappahannock County Elementary School and many students participated in a special project.
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Chamber concert at Theatre cancelled

Robert Mealy performs with Kenneth Slowik at the Theatre Saturday.

Saturday's Smithsonian Chamber Players concert at the Theatre in Washington has been cancelled due to weather.
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The Rapp for Feb. 13

Photo by Mary Ann Kuhn

Smithsonian chamber players perform Bach’s sonatas at the Theatre, “Pride and Perseverance” benefits the Scrabble School, “Makin’ It in Virginia” opens at RDA, SNP opens for Presidents Day and celebrity bartenders invade Griffin Tavern (for RappCats’ benefit) in this week’s Rapp column.
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Washington column for Feb. 13

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Feb. 13
The Wine Loves Chocolate Tasting Room is sporting an exclusive tasty treat from Cocoa Mill Chocolatier in Lexington.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with Wine Loves Chocolate and the WVFR, the Ladies Auxiliary hosts another $5 Bag Sale, Zachary Huff is named an RA at UVa and the Trinity playground is open for use in this week's Washington column.
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The Rapp for Feb. 6

Campers at last year’s Rappahannock Nature Camp pose for a group shot at Singing Creek.

A tapas restaurant opens in Sperryville, Nature Camp offers a second session for teens and adults, Bach sonatas grace the Theatre, “George Washington” visits his namesake for President’s Day and the Inn is honored (and expands) again in this week’s Rapp column.
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Washington column for Feb. 6

The tree of hearts now on display in R.H. Ballard’s front window was created by Joanie Ballard for Valentine’s Day.

Two Washington artists are on display in the Members & Friends show (through March 2), Girl Scout Cookies are now on sale, Trinity shows off its talented needlepoint work, R.H. Ballard preps for Valentine’s Day and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Sperryville column for Jan. 30

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Jan. 30

Inside the newest transformation of the Sperryville Schoolhouse (and its accompanying businesses) in this week’s Sperryville column.
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You can take this ‘Party’ elsewhere

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Stop dragging "Dukes"-watchers down with promos for your "Party Down South" sleazefest: An open letter to Viacom and the Country Music Television network (CMT) from Ben ‘Cooter’ Jones.
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Washington column for Jan. 16

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Jan. 16
Nancy Weitz prepares individual bowls of fruit for the women of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Ruth Anna Stolk’s rescued dog Chester debuts in the “Members & Friends” show, Trinity hosts two book clubs for the community, “Mostly Bach and Mendelssohn” returns to the Theatre, the WVFR hosts a buffet breakfast, details on two workshops to help plan for the future and more in this week’s Washington column.
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The Rapp for Jan. 9

Maryland photographer Colleen Henderson’s works are paired with work by Middle Street’s Jo Levine in the gallery’s Artists and Friends show.

Dark Hollow returns this Saturday (Jan. 11), Tula’s reopens, Middle Street Gallery and R.H. Ballard welcome new (and many returning) artists this month, Old Rag Photography offers photography classes, Dabney Kirchman teaches a six-hour felting workshop and Mitchell grant season officially begins in this week’s Rapp column.
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Washington column for Jan. 9

The Living Nativity was sponsored by the United Methodist Churches at the red shed next to the county library.

Welcome in the new year with the town’s Christmas tree bonfire, healing services at Trinity and piano lessons with Wendy Aichele; meanwhile, Antics & Antiques opens in the Sperryville Schoolhouse in this week’s Washington column.
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Bonfire postponed

Last year’s first-ever Washington Christmas Tree Bonfire made for an inviting and warm evening. This year’s is Friday, Jan. 3.

Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue and the town of Washington decided to postpone tonight's Christmas Tree Bonfire for a week — until next Friday, Jan. 10 — due to the forecast for ultra-cold temps and continued gusty winds.
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Castleton Festival announces 2014 season

Maestro Lorin Maazel shakes hands with Festival Orchestra members after a concert at the 2010 event. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

‘Don Giovanni,’ ‘Madama Butterfly,’ concerts of Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Maazel among 18 performances June 28-July 20 at the 2014 Castleton Festival in Rappahannock County, Va., organizers announced yesterday.
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The tree is ready; the parade is on, provisionally

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The tree is ready, and the Christmas in Little Washington parade is on — but check back after 7 a.m. Sunday.
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The Rapp for Dec. 5

A typical scene — antique trucks, dressed-up dogs and your basic decorated dromedary — from the 2011 Christmas parade in Washington.

Christmas begins this weekend in Little Washington, Brother Sun and jazz guitarists return, Larry “Bud” Meyer autographs copies of his new book, the Studio School teaches everyone to make Christmas ornaments and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Washington column for Nov. 21

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Nov. 21, 2013
Serra Stone from Maryland repaved the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot last week.

The parking lot is paved, Merrill Strange and Donna LaPre are holding open houses, Brittani Dodson is holding a bake sale to help send her back to Panama, “Shop with a Deputy” begins Dec. 14 and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Sperryville column for Nov. 21

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Nov. 21, 2013
Pat Saltonstall celebrated her 86th birthday at the Thorntion River Grille — coinciding with the restaurant's 10th.

Two longtime Rappahannock fixtures — Pat Saltonstall and Thornton River Grille — celebrate coinciding birthdays, while the 80-year-young Jim Ramsay joins the Six Packers on display at RDA in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Letter: Ninth time’s the charm

Last weekend’s Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) ninth annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour was a great success! Proceeds from the weekend are a major source of funding for Claudia Mitchell Fund grants, such as the one given recently to Paul Reisler’s Kid Pan Alley program at Rappahannock...
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The Rapp for Nov. 7

Sperryville’s Middle Street Gallery turns 30 this year.

CCLC’s 18th annual auction is days away, RAWL’s calendars are now available, ’tis the season for Angel and Cherub trees, Middle Street Gallery turns 30, Fauquier Health Foundations gets a new president and CEO and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Oct. 31

Photo courtesy of F&E Schmidt Photography

A busy weekend includes the ninth annual Studio & Gallery tour, the return of the Six Pack Gallery and the official opening of the RappCats shelter; Mikhail Yanovitsky brings his piano talents to the Theatre; get vaccinated against the flu at RCES; and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Kid Pan Alley is music to my ears

Paul Reisler (left) leads kids in songwriting as part of Kid Pan Alley’s new “Stand Up and Be Heard” program, which debuted at Rappahannock County Elementary School last week.

Traci Dippert's normal routine at Rappahannock County Elementary School took an interesting turn on Oct. 14, as a Kid Pan Alley songwriting team took over her morning classes.
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Two days, 20 studios, 60 guest artists, 7 galleries: $10  

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Oct. 24, 2013
Kerrie and Tom Mullany pose amid the works in progress at their Studio School in Flint Hill, where Tom Mullany’s work makes its debut on RAAC’s annual Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 2-3. Photo by Megan S. Smith.

Local artists and gallery owners are gearing up for this year’s spectacular ninth annual “Artists of Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour.” The tour runs 10 to 5 both Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, and costs $10 total for the two days.
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Rappahannock galleries ramp up for the artist tour 

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Oct. 17, 2013
Robert Ballard, R.H. Ballard Galery owner, is hosting a special exhibit featuring a sampling of the region's significant art community. Photo by Molly M. Peterson.

Who would think a county that’s among the least populated in Virginia (87th of 93) could be so rich in artistic talent and venues? Rappahannock, with its scant population of 7,456, is the home of seven art galleries, all of whom are pulling out the stops for this year’s tour.
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The Rapp for Oct. 17

Nancy Keyser's oil is on display on this year's art tour.

Details on the first ever RCHS fall festival and cornhole tournament, Narmada’s Indian-themed dinner, Ginger Hill’s birthday celebrations, a second screening of “Copperhead,” Naoko Takao returns to the Theatre, Copper Fox’s newest whiskey and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Fully schooled, and fired-up, for November’s artist tour

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Oct. 10, 2013
Kerrie and Tom Mullany pose amid the works in progress at their Studio School in Flint Hill, where Tom Mullany’s work makes its debut on RAAC’s annual Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 2-3. Photo by Megan S. Smith.

RAAC welcomes one new host artist (and many returning) in this year’s ninth annual Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 2-3. Flint Hill artists Tom and Kerrie Mullany are opening the doors to “The Studio School” for the first time, while potter Lynne Horning fires up her kiln and returns to the tour.
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Photos: Farm Tour, Civil War Heritage weekend

Photo by Gregorio Photography

Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival chief organizer Cathie Shiff said every report she’d heard from participating farms, attractions, artisans and restaurants in last weekend’s (Sept. 28-29) event were positive; she was kept busy both on a cloudy-but-comfortable Saturday and a sunny Sunday at her own Wits End Farm in Amissville, while Bryant Lee...
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The Rapp for Oct. 3

Detail of Kevin Adams’ “Save Me!” oil on canvas, among his works at Middle Street this month.

The Castleton in Performance season begins, Mandalele and Tinsmith perform this weekend, RDA hosts a Piedmont Artists showcase and apple harvest festival, RAAC screens “Copperhead” and explores “Baseball and the Road to God,” and Ben Jones reunites with some of his “Old Friends” in this week’s Rapp column.
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A place where swans, and friends, are welcome

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Sept. 26, 2013
Living space at Swan Lake includes a red leather sofa and an antique Portuguese fireplace. Courtesy photo.

The newest house on the tour this year is Swan Lake Farm, a 13-year project of owner Lynn Sullivan, who has lived part time in Washington for the past 25 years. She first built the blue barn for her horses and now delights in the open spaces and sweeping views of her finished home.
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Arts fed, Forrest nourished 

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Sept. 19, 2013
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Forrest Marquisee, one of the 2013 recipients of the Claudia Mitchell Art Fund, is using the grant money to finance the filming, recording and production of music videos for local musicians — at no cost to them.
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The Rapp for Sept. 19

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Sept. 19, 2013
A contingent from last year’s Rappahannock Rough Ride poses for a pre-race photo at last year’s benefit race for the Fauquier/Rappahannock Free Clinic. Courtesy photo.

A quick rundown of all the events this very busy weekend has to offer, Jacqueline Neimat performs at the Theatre, Castleton’s fall and winter seasons begin in October and SNP hosts National Public Lands Day in this week’s Rapp column.
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Castleton receives $50K Virginia Tourism grant

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Sept. 19, 2013
Elan Sapir works on his viola, and his tan, between performances at the Castleton Festival last week. Photo by Suri Xia.

The Castleton Festival received a $50,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Grant Fund program, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced recently. The grant covers the 2013, fifth-anniversary season of the festival, which was founded by Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel and successfully concluded its run this summer on July 28. This year the festival partnered...
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The Rapp for Sept. 5

Alexia Scott’s “Just Off Rt.17″ is among the works on exhibit at Middle Street’s opening fall show this month.

RDA explores our “Apple Heritage,” Middle Street spotlights its new artists, Shakespeare and CAST return to the Theatre, the local Republicans host a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Obenshain, WCDS explores the “Making of America” and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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