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The Rapp for April 17

Thornton Hill's annual point-to-point is this Sunday (April 20).

New places open (and old ones return), Thornton Hill holds its point-to-point, Smithsonian Chamber Players return to the Theatre, Pantry Day preparations are underway, UUBridge tries to go green and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photo: Careers to-be

Photo by Robin Bolt

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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Washington column for April 10

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Rev. Jennings Hobson (right) lead a flock of 15 Rappahannock residents on Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual pilgrimage last week — this year to Vienna, Austria, where the group took in cultural and religious sites.

Mail carrier Bobby Brown joins the Million Mile Club, Trinity Church returns from its Austrian sightseeing tour, CFC holds an open house and Easter is on its way in this week’s Washington column.
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Roy’s Orchard: A farm store with more

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April 3
Roy and Janet Alther pose with one of their signature pies ordered earlier that day (in this case, cherry). They plan to continue operating the store until old age forces their retirement.

At first glance, it looks like a normal orchard and farm, complete with a split-level home surrounded by numerous outbuildings, perched at the top of a hill. But at the end is an eclectic wonderland with hundreds of items one would expect in an orchard and farm store — and hundreds one wouldn’t.
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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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2014’s snowfall put a blanket over business

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Many retail and visitor-related businesses in Rappahannock County — where business is never anywhere as good in January and February as it is in spring and fall — can’t wait to see the winter of 2014’s record snowfall get into the record books — and off the streets.
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Rappahannock’s Facebook Top 20

By Dennis Brack/Rappahannock News

Though the web might not be as big a fact of life within Rappahannock County as it is elsewhere, certain organizations and businesses located in the county have built impressive fan bases on Facebook.
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The Rapp for March 27

Paul Reisler (third from right) and Howard Levy (left) perform at A Thousand Questions’ concerts April 5 in Charlottesville and April 6 in Little Washington.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday takes a month off, Piedmont Softball’s Chili Bowl 2014 is open to entrants, RAAC screens “Captain Phillips,” Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions perform two local concerts, the Master Naturalists guide visitors through Montpelier’s forest and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Washington column for March 27

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March 27
This set of corbels (the brackets holding up the shelf) is still for sale at Ginger Hill Vintage Finds and Antiques.

Ginger Hill makes it on “American Pickers,” Trinity welcomes its new members, Ecumenical Lenten Services continue and spring is finally here in this week’s Washington column.
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Wild Ideas: Spring finally arrives . . . sort of

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March 27
A father teaches his young daughter to fish on opening day at Skyline Trout Farm, near Sperryville.

It’s official — it’s spring. Although a warm Saturday was followed by another plunge in temperature, Pam Owen notes that spring officially arrived with the vernal equinox last Thursday. Days are now getting longer, animals are reappearing and Skyline Trout Farm has reopened.
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The Rapp for March 20

Seventh-graders assemble raised-bed frames at RCES last week.

Pianist Audrey Andrist returns to the Theatre, RAAC presents two comedies later this month, Heritage Hollow Farms is “Outstanding in the Field,” Lion Jim Blubaugh is honored by the organization 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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Green golf course hits yellow light

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Feb. 27
Detail of Cliff Miller IV’s planned schoolhouse golf course, which was tabled at Wednesday’s meeting.

After recommending a change to the zoning code in November to allow such a thing, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission last week tabled Cliff Miller IV’s application for a permit to build a nine-hole golf course.
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The Rapp for Feb. 27

The moon as seen from near the summit of Old Rag Mountain.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday continues tomorrow at the Cafe, Hunt Harris’ Mary’s Rock and moonlit hikes resume, RAAC screens “Enough Said,” Donna LaPre teaches a needle felting class, balalaika music returns to the Theatre and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photo: The artisans of tapas-hannock

Photo by E. Raymond Boc

“Makin’ It In Virginia,” a collection of hand-made crafts highlighting artisans making a living by crafting, opened Feb. 15 at RDA.
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Photo: They’ll be back

Photo by Dennis Brack

This sign appeared over the weekend on the Laurel Mills Store door — which will apparently remain closed until April.
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Letter: BizLink’s growing success is thanks to . . .

Our quarterly Rappahannock Business Link Networking Social, held last Wednesday at Gadino Cellars, boasted the largest turnout ever! Perhaps it was because more of you are learning about Businesses of Rappahannock and long to become more involved in the business community — or maybe it was just cabin fever? Regardless, we couldn’t have been...
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Washington column for Feb. 27

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Feb. 27
Andrew Haley and Keir Whitson at the American Birkebeiner ski marathon in Wisconsin last weekend.

Andrew Haley and Keir Whitson complete the American Birkebeiner, Aging Together's caregiver training begins March 5, "Friends and Neighbors" continues at the Inn, the Book Barn offers a DVD sale and Ecumenical Lenten services rotate through area churches in this week's Washington column.
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Sperryville column for Feb. 27

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Tom Taylor (right) poses with son Brian and designer Tom Crouthamel (left) at the company’s Sperryville headquarters, just west of the village on U.S. 211.

Inside T.G. Taylor & Son’s successful local construction business and Jen Perrot’s new business venture, “Flourish Root,” in this week’s Sperryville 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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Council approves spa’s overnight rentals

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Feb. 13

The Washington Town Council approved one special-use permit allowing Jackie Meuse to rent out an apartment above the Little Washington Wellness & Spa.
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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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Photo: Cookie skills

Photo by Molly M. Peterson

Amy Fisher Chan teaches a cookie decorating class last Saturday at Triple Oak Bakery.
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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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Topping off the tank

Workmen lower the lid of a grease-catching concrete tank at Washington’s Kramer Building in preparation for the upgrade of Tula’s Off Main to the town’s third full-service restaurant. Tula’s might reopen by the end of February; for now it’s open for coffee and baked goods 8 to 11 daily.

Valley Green, a Rappahannock natural

Some of Valley Green’s 31 product offerings include all-natural bath soaps and facial (and foot) creams.

From its humble beginnings in Cynthia and Arthur DeVore’s former Fauquier County kitchen, Valley Green Naturals has spread from Maine and Japan — and now into Amissville as well.
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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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The visible benefits of farm and forest

Molly M. Peterson, Photographer

Rappahannock County’s implementation of land-use taxation — the now-entrenched but often misunderstood process Virginia legislators came up with in the early ’70s for preserving agricultural land, forests and open space throughout the state — has had its consequences.
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The Rapp for Jan. 30

Steve Monfort (in beard and two-toned shirt) observes a wild animal examination — and tells “Secret Tales” at the Library Feb. 14.

Rare glass harmonica virtuoso Dean Shostak visits the Castleton Theatre House, RAAC screens “Blue Jasmine” and hosts a special Valentine-themed Friday at the Library, BizLink has its quarterly social meeting and a local “DreamKeeper” is honored in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Of farms and fiscal policy

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We’re so busy focusing on the amount of taxes that We the People have to pay that we often forget their purpose is more than simply to generate government revenue. Taxes also influence people’s behavior, and, in Rappahannock’s case, encourage farming. If only it were that easy in Big Washington!
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Healthgrades awards CRH for orthopedic excellence

Culpeper Regional Hospital (CRH) recently received awards for orthopedic surgery and joint replacements from Healthgrades, a national organization that independently analyzes more than 4,500 hospitals each year.
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Letter: LED signs: ‘A blight on the vistas’

I absolutely concur with Beth Plentovich’s letter last week lamenting the two LED signs which now, sadly, mar our main road through Rappahannock. What is to stop more businesses from following suit unless we, the residents of this unique and beautiful place, express our displeasure with such a blight on the vistas we so treasure?...
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Washington column for Jan. 30

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Jan. 30
A group had its Education for Ministry class last Friday morning (Jan. 24) at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Trinity goes back to Haiti and offers Education for Ministry classes here at home, the Thrift Shop gets you outfitted for winter with a Bag Sale, Biz Link gathers at Gadino, R.H. Ballard begins a Valentine’s sale and two new babies enter the world 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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