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The Rapp for July 24

Great Falls artist Jill Banks painted this while in town earlier this month for RDA’s first Plein Air Paint Out.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Cafe, painter Nedra Smith is featured in the AIS National Art Exhibit, RAWL raffle tickets are still available, BizRapp starts a new membership year, Skyland Resort celebrates blackberries and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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‘Madama Butterfly,’ and multi-generational moments of magic

A scene from the Castleton Festival’s production of “Madama Butterfly.”

My 13-year-old daughter and I were sitting at a table on the crowded patio of the Castleton Festival tent during intermission of “Madama Butterfly,” drinking iced tea. It was a clear, balmy night.
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Sperryville column for July 17

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Artist Kevin Adams in the studio, surrounded by many of his works.

Kevin Adams is an artist, a poet with a prodigious palate. His works are world renowned, his passion for Rappahannock obvious in his richly painted landscapes and architecture.
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The Rapp for July 10

The winery as it appears now.

Gray Ghost Winery celebrates 20 years this weekend, Kevin Adams (and two RCHS Panthers) paint a mural for CCLC, Laurel Mills reopens under new management and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Washington column for July 10

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Artist Jill Banks paints along Main Street.

Washington hosts 14 plein air artists, the WVFR hosts its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast and the Fourth of July was another successful show in this week's Washington column.
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18 years and $1 million later, CCLC’s ‘Fab Five’ get a limo ride

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CCLC's "Fab Five" got a well-deserved limo ride.

It’s not easy to surprise five hard-working women volunteers an hour before a fundraiser. But, after almost 20 years and nearly $1-million in fundraising, the Friends of CCLC’s “Fab Five” finally got to relax.
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Sperryville column for July 3

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One of Davette’s custom pet portraits.

Davette Leonard’s vibrant works are spotlighted in this week’s Sperryville column.
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The Rapp for June 26

From left, Old Rag Master Naturalists volunteeers Charles Fortuna, Jenny Fitzhugh, Caroline Watts, Dee Dee Lyon and Ed Dorsey take a break Monday at Washington’s Nature Trail.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to Sperryville, the Nature Trail officially opens, the Amissville carnival returns, Middle Street gallery shows off “Photos, Fiber and Stone,” the CMR Farm Show starts July 12 and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for June 19

Little Eldon Farm is the site of CCLC’s Summer Solstice Garden Party fundraiser this Saturday.

Castleton and Sperryville’s 4th of July celebrations, the Virginia Equine Artists Association’s new RDA exhibit, CCLC’s summer solstice party, RLEP’s house and garden tour, Artifacts-on-Main’s opening and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Sperryville column for June 12

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Though Fred Kahler doesn’t usually title his works, the Smithsonian curator calls this piece “The Dragon,” a title Kahler likes.

Exploring the complex art of Fred Kahler, inside Antics and Antiques' summertime makeover and behind the scenes of Cliff Miller IV's bike trip across Germany in this week's Sperryville column.
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The Rapp for June 5

The Stone Hill Amphitheater is ready to rock this Saturday in Flint Hill.

John Henry offers an inaugural play in his stone amphitheater, the Inn opens its campus for a tour, Jeanne Drevas returns to Haley Fine Art, SNP teaches hikers to go “Beyond the Trailhead” and the Public House hosts a wine and craft beer tasting festival in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photo: Happy trails to . . . local artisans!

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Photo by Dennis Brack

The Rapp for May 29

“Virginia Farm House,” a 24-by-30-inch oil on canvas, is one of two Kevin Adams paintings headed to Burkina Faso courtesy of the state department.

Have a pint for the endangered P-horse, watch “Philomena” at the Theatre, get cooking with the Castleton Festival’s newest offerings, learn the history behind the “First Washington,” sample Grey Ghost and Narmada wineries’ newest award-winners and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for May 22

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Our Fourth (Estate) Friday resumes tomorrow at 9, the Castleton Festival’s artists need homes away from home, Sperryville gears up for its July 4 fireworks, Laurence Juber returns to the Theatre, Janet Davis’ Hill House opens its gardens and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photos: Rappahannock Americana Festival

Mandalele and a few younger fans. Photo by Carl Zitzmann

Robin and Linda Williams, at home in Americana

Robin and Linda Williams, in town Saturday evening.

After more than 40 years of traveling and performing together — including to this Saturday’s first-ever Rappahannock Americana Music Festival here in Washington — Robin and Linda Williams have heard it all.
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Photos: Next-generation art

Photo by Matt Wingfield

The Rapp for May 8

A garden painting by Middle Street artist Nancy Brittle.

Relay for Life begins at RCHS, Sam Mullany opens at Haley Fine Art, renowned chef Frederik De Pue visits the White Moose Inn, Middle Street opens a new exhibit, Avon Hall hosts Americana music and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for May 1

“The Book Thief,” tomorrow at the Theatre.

RAAC screens “The Book Thief,” RCHS hosts its coffee house, Americana music comes to Avon Hall, the Mitchell Fund grant winners are announced, Jessamine Hill hosts a Pantry Day dinner and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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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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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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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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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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