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Governor announces $2 million Copper Fox Distillery in Williamsburg

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces the Williamsburg distillery project; Copper Fox's Rick Wasmund is at left.

As part of a $2 million partnership with the state and city, Sperryville's Copper Fox Distillery will open its second malting, production, aging and tasting facility in the city of Williamsburg.
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There may be room at the Inn for a post office

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Dec. 11

Negotiations between the U.S. Postal Service and The Inn at Little Washington are reported to be focused on keeping the post office in the same building at Main and Middle streets that the Inn has leased to the postal facility for more than 25 years.
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Blue Rock restaurant will close

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Dec. 11
The back patio at the Blue Rock Inn still has one of the best westward views in the county.

The Blue Rock Inn is closing down its restaurant on Dec. 28 but will keep open its five-room B&B and its wedding-and-event trade, although the whole property has been for sale since last summer.
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Sperryville to be a two-brewery town

In the final step of the special-exception permit sought by the Carney brothers to build and open a brewery and brewpub in Sperryville’s River District by next spring, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the plan.
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Washington Post Office loses its lease

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Dec. 4

The Washington Post Office is losing its lease on Main Street; both the lessee and lessor say it wasn't their idea.
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Supervisors will decide if housing project goes  forward

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Nov. 27
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project Wednesday night.

As it turns out, allowing apartments in a highway commercial zone — the zone along U.S. 211 west of Sperryville where community-action organization People Inc. has proposed to build a 28-unit affordable housing complex — is in the hands of the county supervisors after all.
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Letter: Thanks to all our Linked businesses

Our recent quarterly Biz Link event, planned under the umbrella of Businesses of Rappahannock, was great fun and a tremendous success! Hosted by Magnolia Vineyards (Tina and Glenn Marchione), the hoards of business professionals in attendance enjoyed Magnolia wines and were fed delicious treats by co-underwriter Rudy’s Pizza (Andy Thompson) and our sponsor Triple...
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Sperryville column for Nov. 27

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Nov. 27
Triple Oak Bakery owner Brooke Parkhurst and her right arm, Katie Long, go over orders.

Owner Brooke Parkhurst plans to expand her gluten-free Triple Oak Bakery into a tea and coffee shop, in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Washington Column for Nov. 27

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Nov. 27

A time of remembering and giving thanks, birthday wishes to Lois McFarland, Donna LaPre’s annual Christmas studio sale and the Town of Washington’s Christmas party, in this week’s Washington column.
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Affordable apartments at former Emporium site?

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Nov. 13
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County supervisors and planners are heading into the holidays with their plates already full, with decisions about a proposed apartment at the former Sperryville Emporium site, the sheriff’s budget and a proposed new brewery.
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Big news a-brew at Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works 

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Nov. 13
Hopkins Ordinary B&B owners Sherri Fickel and Kevin Kraditor pose with Ale Works brewing partner David Litaker (right) behind the bar of the Sperryville nanobrewery last week.

Sperryville innkeepers Kevin Kraditor and Sherri Fickel, along with their partner, David Litaker, are deliberately starting small with the Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works — but the important point is . . . they’ve started.
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Town council approves White Moose permit extension

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Nov. 13
Manager of the White Moose Inn can continue to live up the block.

The Washington Town Council approved everything on its agenda, including a special-use permit allowing the White Moose Inn’s manager to live off-site, and also passed a resolution to open up nominations to fill former council member Dan Spethmann’s seat.
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The Rapp for Nov. 13

From left: Wendi Sirat, Smiggy Smith and Lorraine Duisit of Mandalele.

R.H. Ballard Gallery opens a holiday-themed art show, the Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase is at River District Arts, Mandalélé performs at the RAAC Community Theatre, jazz musicians perform at the Theatre at Washington and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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New roots in Sperryville

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Nov. 13
By Cathie Shiff

Sperryville column for Nov. 13 

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Nov. 13
Valley Green Naturals’ new home in Sperryville’s River District.

Sperryville continues its journey into Destination-ness, with the opening of Valley Green Naturals and lots more happening around the village.
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Washington column for Nov. 13

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Nov. 13
New flags were raised high last Sunday at the Washington Masonic Cemetery.

A gift of flags, Trinity's Sing-a-Long, a Christmas parade preview, a seasonal concert at Washington Baptist and more in this week's Washington column.
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 13

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Nov. 13

June 20, 1974 Dr. Jerry Martin and Dr. Werner Krebser plan to open a full-time medical clinic in Rappahannock’s seat in Washington. If their request for a use permit is approved by the Town Council next month, which seems likely, construction on the new building will begin about the middle of July. The doctors hope the...
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Walton joins Rappahannock Media as partner

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Rappahannock Media LLC, which owns this newspaper along with the weekly Culpeper Times and quarterly Piedmont Virginian magazine, has taken on Bill Walton as a minority owner.
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The garden club’s long, happy history with holiday greens

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Nov. 6
A recent example of the wreaths produced by Rappahannock County Garden Club volunteers.

How long have people been making wreaths? The history of wreaths goes back far into ancient times, when the first ones were worn on the heads of kings, emperors and military heroes. Hanging them on doors came much later, and the first recorded ones celebrated the harvest, not Christmas. But wreaths were prevalent enough...
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News briefs for Nov. 6

Sheriff’s Office asks landowners to call first before burning brush or debris; two hospices merge; the number of turkeys raised in Virginia is up this year.
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The Rapp for Nov. 6

A scene from a Salzburg Marionettes performance.

Piano and 'strings' at Castleton, "Chef" and then piano and soprano at the Theatre, a Kid Pan Alley benefit concert at Coterie, Veterans Day at RCHS, chamber music, Lester Brown at the library, Mandalele's CD release and more in this week's The Rapp column.
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Salsa Halloween

Photo by E. Raymond Boc

Theatre getting a new, like-minded owner

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Oct. 30

Theatre at Washington founder and owner Wendy Weinberg announced this week that she will be selling the theater to longtime Rappahannock resident Nancy Raines.
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The Rapp for Oct. 30

Mennonite writer and teacher Kirsten Beachy speaks Nov. 9 in Huntly in a Rappahannock Historical Society program.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is at the Country Cafe, the movie “Chef” and a classical recital are coming to the Theatre in Washington, plus a whiskey-paired dinner at Skyland, an Aging Together Expo in Culpeper and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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Photo: It’s a wrap

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Sperryville column for Oct. 23

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Oct. 30
New Old Hollow Store proprietors Kathy Settle (left) and Christie Ralls (right) are planning a grand reopening this Saturday.

Conyers House celebrates 33 years and Old Hollow Store announces changes and gets ready for a grand reopening celebration this Saturday (Nov. 1).
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Hurt: Private sector jobs are Job No. 1

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Oct. 23
Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th)

Jobs: That’s the No. 1 issue Republican Rep. Robert Hurt says he is hearing about from constituents across Virginia’s vast North Carolina-to-Northern Virginia 5th District. A Q&A with the congressman who is campaigning for a third term.
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The Rapp for Oct. 23

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Oct. 23
A character from a previous 1000 Faces performance at Stone Hill.

Fourth Friday moves to the fifth Friday this month, festivities and people in masks head for Stone Hill’s annual spectacle and folks on horseback for Flint Hill’s annual trail ride this weekend, plus worthwhile art exhibits, Molasses Creek at the Theatre, free chamber music and another distinction for The Inn in this week’s The...
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County revisits, sheriff defends budget

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Near the end of last week’s monthly supervisors session, County Administrator John McCarthy had asked Sheriff Connie C. Smith to be present for a follow-up discussion of the sheriff’s office budget after the RSW Regional Jail had been open for three or four months.
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Settlement for Stonyman?

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Stonyman Gourmet Farmer owners Alan and Susan James are negotiating a settlement with parties involved in the pending sale of the property they’ve leased on Gay Street since 2008.
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Three artists, three mediums

Printmaker Maggie Rogers’ eye-catching designs utilize the complex 15th century “intaglio” process.

Interested in finding out how an artist finds passion in different mediums? Then you’ll want to visit the studios of Linda Tarry, Hans Gerhard and Margaret “Maggie” Rogers during the 10th annual Artists of Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour (Nov. 1-2).
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The Rapp for Oct. 16

One of the glass-on-glass works made at Candace Clough’s last workshop at Mullany Studio School.

It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend, as “No Ordinary Person” returns to the RAAC Community Theatre with a two-night show, while Gilbert & Sullivan return to the Theatre and much more; meanwhile, Gray Ghost increases its medal count and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Letter: Thanks for your support of Biz Link

The quarterly Rappahannock Business Link (Biz Link) networking socials continue to thrive! The latest event, hosted by Flint Hill Public House (thanks to the efforts of John Gruber, Marvin Swaner and their wonderful staff), was attended by approximately 45 members of our Rappahannock business community, with flyers and business cards in hand! Thanks to...
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Chester Gap column for Oct. 16

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office offers one of its annual medication disposal days, while an old access road saves a hiker’s life, in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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Wild Ideas: Fine weather and great fall outings

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Visitors to the ACF walk up Race Track Hill to see the view of the SCBI campus below and the Blue Ridge beyond.

Pam Owen and her brother Dana recently took advantage of some intermittently fine fall weather to enjoy the Autumn Conservation Festival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and to hike in Shenandoah National Park and the Chester F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area.
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Pond news is good news

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After a brief discussion of recent challenges to the town’s charter and government the Washington Town Council listened at its monthly meeting Monday night to an update on the Avon Hall pond by RappFLOW founder Beverly Hunter and others who’ve helped with recent efforts to clean it up.
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News briefs for Oct. 9

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Stonyman Gourmet’s suit against the sale of their property continues; SNP files first fall color report (updated weekly) and announces facilities’ closing dates; deer migration begins and drivers are urged to be more alert; fall wildfire season begins; and the SNP Trust gives the park $200K.
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The Rapp for Oct. 9

Kit Habib, whose mugs are pictured here, is among the artisans you can meet at Coterie this weekend.

Play some corn hole or get a helicopter ride at the RCHS fall festival, celebrate Craft Week with Coterie, win a lifetime membership to the Schoolhouse Nine course, view the photographs from SNP’s first artist-in-residence and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Letter: Headmaster’s: A perfect fall capstone

This past weekend was one of those magical Rappahannock weekends for me and my daughter. Not only was it perfect weather, but all of our local haunts had the spirit and atmosphere of an old-fashioned Christmas Eve afternoon where people are happy and helpful and just plain wonderful. Now, fasten your seatbelt, because our...
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Sperryville column for Oct. 9

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Nina and Colby May recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary under the Rappahannock stars.

Comfort and Knit Wit Yarn Shop reopen their doors in their new “cottage,” while Nina and Colby May celebrate 40 years together in this week’s Sperryville column.
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