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The Rapp for Sept. 18

A Gary Anthes photograph of Japan on exhibit at Middle Street.

The fall season brings a slew of events this weekend, Middle Street hosts a new all-photography exhibit, R.H. Ballard debuts Viviane deKosinski’s “View with a Room,” the Historical Society explores the history of Amissville, the new ping pong club is already a success and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Galleries gear up for 10th annual art tour 

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Sept. 11
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All seven of Rappahannock’s art galleries are holding special exhibits during the 10th annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery tour Nov. 1-2, transforming Rappahannock County into an art mecca.
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Grown, picked, crafted, aged, roasted (and more) in Rapp

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Sept. 11
A Jersey cow takes a break at Reality Farm in Gid Brown Hollow, one of the 33 venues of the Sept. 27-28 Farm Tour.

Scheduled this year for Sept. 27-28, the 2014 Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival is bigger than ever, with 33 venues offering almost three dozen ways to learn and have fun.
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The Rapp for Sept. 11

A family of Rough Riders signals their readiness for last year’s event (from left): Sabrina, Sherry, Madeleine, Ava and Chris Hayes.

Second Friday at the Library features a talk by Cliff Miller, the annual Rough Ride is Sept. 20, CAST performs “Much Ado About Nothing,” RCHS hosts a trivia night, CDSMP discusses how to manage chronic diseases and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Organizers promise pumpkin chuckin’ blast at first Harvest Fest

Remi Frazier selects a pumpkin at Cows-N-Corn, one of the vendors for the upcoming Piedmont Harvest Fest in Fauquier County.

The first Piedmont Harvest Fest, a new festival at the Fauquier Fairgrounds, will treat guests to barbecue, farm fun and pumpkins hurled from a catapult.
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Letter: Sincere sesquicentennial thanks

Sesquicentennial committee members (and weekend participants) included, from left: Ron Frazier, Art Candenquist, Sandra Maskas, Rudy Segaar and Jim Massie. (Missing in action: Sam Foreback and Tim Ayers.)

Thank you all for your wonderful support and help to making this last Rappahannock County Civil War Heritage Days event a success. Despite the heat on Saturday, we had a wonderful parade and “pass-in-review” ceremony in town. Sunday’s skirmish was a lot of fun and the weather was much more cooperative. Throughout the weekend...
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Sperryville column for Sept. 11

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Sept. 11
Dragon dancing was the highlight of Gordon Wicks’ recent qigong workshop at Stonewall Abbey. Photo by Chris Doxzen

Qigong master Gordon Wicks leads a workshop in Stonewall Abbey, and two dozen cats and kitten are in need of new, permanent homes in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Bee health remains fragile

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Sept. 4
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Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate throughout Virginia, according to a Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) survey that found between last October and this April nearly 33 percent of managed honey bee colonies perished.
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Headwaters hires Next Step and Starfish directors

Next Step director Kathryn Habib.

Headwaters, Rappahannock County’s education foundation, announced the hire of two new program directors for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
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Homes away from home

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Sept. 4
The view from the patio and pergola of The King Mountain House in Washington.

Because of the county’s rural nature, tourists might think they have to seek lodging in a motel in another county. But nestled inconspicuously among the fields are vacation rental homes and B&Bs that offer something no motel can — a true taste of Rappahannock County living.
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The Rapp for Sept. 4

The cast of “Salt & Pepper” includes (from left) John Lesinski, Mimi Forbes, Gary Grossman, Petrina Huston, Geoff Gowen, Barbara Black and Donna Chabot.

The third sesquicentennial Civil War celebration starts this weekend, “Salt & Pepper” debuts at the RAAC Theatre, new running and walking clubs meet soon, jazz guitarists return to the Theatre, Mullany Art Studios offers two new classes and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Sperryville column for Sept. 4

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Sept. 4
Stonewall Abbey founder and yoga teacher Susan Huff.

In this week's Sperryville column, Gordon Wicks talks of Stonewall Abbey as a hallowed place, a place of ambiance, quietude — and multiple reincarnations.
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Old business, new business in town

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Aug. 28
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More changes are afoot in the town of Washington, as the town council now promises that a thrice-delayed public hearing will definitely happen at its Sept. 15 session and Eve and Stew Willis’ Rare Finds plans a return to Main Street.
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Free Clinic expands dental care

The Fauquier Free Clinic has received $51,000 to hire a part-time dentist who will offer pediatric dental services and enable the dental clinic to expand its hours of operation.
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Photos: Fantastic night

Photo by Don Audette

Photo: Welcome to WCDS

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Photo: Choice cheese

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Photo: Branch offices

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Aug. 28
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Sperryville column for Aug. 28

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Aug. 28
The Lord Paget Hotel in 2009, when it was a Quality Inn.

Rick Wasmund’s Sperryville-produced whiskeys are so in demand that plans are underway to open a second manufacturing facility in Williamsburg.
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Video: Butch and the bucket

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Aug. 27
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In front of his real estate office on Gay Street last week, Butch Zindel accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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Miller plans to fill Schoolhouse with antiques

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Aug. 21
The (new) view from outside the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex. Photo by Don Audette

Cliff Miller IV, owner of the Sperryville Schoolhouse, has notified three retail tenants in the complex’s main building that starting early next month he will be taking over the entire building, primarily for what he says is expansion of his burgeoning antiques business.
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The Rapp for Aug. 21

Ella Schultz of Amissville in “The Tempest” at American Shakespeare Center’s summer-camp performances at Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday is cancelled, Tula’s hosts a tomato-themed dinner, tickets are going fast for this year’s Taste of Rappahannock, two local students spend their summer performing Shakespeare and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Sheriff’s office doesn’t buy surplus military gear

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Aug. 21

Scenes of heavily armed police in military uniforms and gear in Ferguson, Mo., last week brought the issue of “police militarization” into the national debate.
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The Rapp for Aug. 14

Bel Canto during a June performance.

RAAC performs “The Real Inspector Hound,” Bel Canto holds open singing auditions, “En Plein Air” opens at RDA and Knights of the Vine visit Narmada in this week’s Rapp column.
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Michael T. Brown joins Walker Jones

Michael T. Brown joins Walker Jones

Walker Jones is pleased to announce that Michael Brown has joined the firm as a member and is managing its new Rappahannock County office in Washington.
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Photos: Rooftop restoration

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Letter: Headwaters thanks Union First and local restaurants

On behalf of the Headwaters Foundation and all the Rappahannock County Public Schools staff, we thank our local restaurants for providing a fabulous meal for the teachers, administrators and support staff of our public schools, and we thank Union First Market Bank for underwriting the luncheon. On Aug. 6, after a morning of speakers...
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Chester Gap column for Aug. 14

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Aug. 14

Spend a few hours with Lisa and Scott Jenkins, the current owners of Mountain Home Bed & Breakfast in Front Royal, across from the entrance to Lake Front Royal, in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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The Rapp for Aug. 7

“The Rangers,” a local indie web series, shoots in Rappahannock later this month.

PEC hosts a Pollinators Walk through Bruce Jones’ nature preserve, the Panthers cook up a spaghetti dinner football fundraiser, Rappahannock doubles as Andrasil for “The Rangers” and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photo: Building ‘Earth Allegiance’

Photo by Larry “Bud” Meyer

Photo: Cannery show

Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Washington column for Aug. 7

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Aug. 7
Family and friends gathered for the memorial service for Herbert Wayne Jenkins last Saturday (Aug. 2) at the Washington Masonic Cemetery.

Tula’s off Main is the new place to be in (this) Washington, the RCSO cracks down on speeders and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Video: Cannery show

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Nevill Turner of Virginia Chutney in Flint Hill celebrated his birthday with a tour and lunch for the Lunch Bunch at the chutney maker's cannery, which he said hopes to increase production this year to 400,000-plus units of the family's famous chutney.
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Rock Mills grapes, Bull Run wines

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July 31
Vineyard owner Jonathan Hickox says his 3-year-old daughter Delaney is quickly being outpaced in height by the vines.

Innkeepers, artists, musicians and others have sunk roots in Rappahannock County, and now so has Jonathan Hickox — literally, in his case, as he’s recently planted grapevines on part of a 115-acre parcel of land he bought along Rock Mills Road.
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Recovery continues, say forum speakers and recent sales

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July 31
Pie charts and graphs proliferated as speakers presented views on the housing market and economy in Warrenton last week. Here, GMU researcher David Versel offers his interpretation of data to an audience of realtors and public officials.

There’s reason for those who make their living in real estate to feel better about the nation’s economy, and by extension the economy of the state of Virginia and the Piedmont area.
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The Rapp for July 31

Grass Fed’s Brian Chafin, Dan Mudge and Colin Chinsammy.

Gadino Cellars hosts an RLEP benefit to “Stop the Pipeline,” Hearthstone and Belle Meade offer their final day camp sessions and Living Sky celebrates its new home at RDA with a two-day fundraiser in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for July 31 

Summer school attendees try their hands at some improvisational techniques.

Panther football practice kicks off, Castleton Alive! enriches students at WCDS and in Headwaters’ summer school sessions and more in this week’s school and sports news.
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Spectra vs. Rappahannock County

Spectra, a $6 billion company proposes to force a pipeline through Rappahannock County, which would carry natural gas from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to Duke Energy in North Carolina. Say no!
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Washington column for July 31

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July 31
Jerry Burke retired on Friday (July 25) after 14 years of service.

Jerry Burke retires (and moves to South Carolina) after 14 years at Flatwood, the Book Barn’s August sale begins and Gadino hosts a fundraiser for RLEP in this week’s Washington column.
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Chester Gap column for July 31

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July 31

A tour of Chester Gap Cellars (and its fine tasting offerings), looking out for triathletes in training and the fire department’s monthly meeting in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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