Dining/Food/Wine

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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Rappahannock in the news

Bill Williams of Slate Mills posed with his model of the Chinquapin house for The Post’s John Kelly.

Of course Rappahannock is in the News. We’re talking about the news. Herewith, a quick rundown of attention paid to various Rappahannock County businesses, artists and others in the D.C. and national media world over the last month.
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Chester Gap column for Sept. 25

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Sept. 25

Naughty Girls Donut Shop offers delicious sweets (and generates some controversy), and the CGVFD opens its doors for an open house in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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Town weighs ‘balance,’ approves tourist home

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Sept. 18
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After three months of delays, the Washington Town Council held a public hearing on a special-use permit application Monday night at town hall that would allow White Moose Inn owner Jim Abdo’s hotel staff to book and manage an occasional tourist home at 199 Main St.
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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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Letter: An excellent ‘Taste’ 

Many thanks to all our community for your amazing support of this year’s 17th annual Taste of Rappahannock! Headwaters is immensely grateful to all the volunteers, teachers, students and businesses who donated time, auction items and service to make this event happen. Without you, it would not be possible. Thanks go out to the following...
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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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New online tool brings farmers and chefs closer

In an effort to strengthen the agricultural economy and get more local food into area restaurants, the Piedmont Environmental Council has created and launched Farmer-Chef Express, an interactive website that connects local food buyers and sellers.
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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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Chester Gap column for Sept. 11

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Sept. 11

The CGFVD holds an open house (and still has tickets available for its gun raffle), while Rappahannock Cellars’ wine is featured in Skyland Lodge’s monthly wine dinner in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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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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Photos: Table-to-farm talk

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Photo: Choice cheese

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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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Chester Gap column for Aug. 21

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Aug. 21

If you’ve visited Rappahannock Cellars lately, you may have noticed the construction underway in the back of the building. The long awaited unveiling takes place this weekend (Aug. 23-24), in this week's Chester Gap 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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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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Sperryville column for July 24

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July 24
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Creekside Bakery will open its doors (and ovens) in August, while Cherl Crews’ Living Sky Foundation finds a permanent home (and accompanying mural) in this week’s Sperryville column.
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The Rapp for July 3

The Turkey Ridge String Band performs at the Culpeper State Theatre.

A busy weekend of concerts and fireworks begins today (July 3), the Public House is accepting nominations for a surprise party and the Turkey Ridge String Band heads to the Culpeper State Theatre in this week’s Rapp column.
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Beer deliveries coming to a head for Griffin owner

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June 5
The Griffin Tavern, lit up at dusk on U.S. 522 in Flint Hill.

Beer is still being poured at the Griffin Tavern, but owner Debbie Donehey is tapped out when it comes to patience with her Chantilly-based supplier, Premium Distributors.
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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 15

A sample of chef John MacPherson’s work in the kitchen at Foster Harris House.

RLEP (and its guest speakers) talk trees, the Historical Society examines the founding of Washington, John MacPherson offers an all-levels cooking class, the 2014 Farm Tour begins its planning and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Letter: Stonyman wants to stay

Last week’s article reported that Stonyman Gourmet Farmer declined to exercise its right of first refusal to purchase the mercantile and gardens it has occupied since 2008. We would like provide clarification. Upon learning that the property might become available for sale, Stonyman Gourmet Farmer expressed interest in purchasing it. When we heard that...
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Sperryville column for May 8

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May 8

El Quijote, an authentic Spanish restaurant offering hot and cold tapas choices, opens to delicious results in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Photos: Welcome to Tapas-hannock

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Washington column for May 1

Pat Davis was all smiles while celebrating her 64th birthday on April 11 (with her son Kirk by her side).

Pat Davis celebrates 64 with friends and family, the Extension Office teaches you how to keep food fresh for longer and the WVFR holds another buffet breakfast in this week’s Washington column.
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The Rapp for April 24

RCHS performs "The Music Man" this weekend.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to Tula’s off Main, El Quijote opens its doors, the Fodderstack 10K gets underway, RCHS performs “The Music Man,” Frances Foster is honored with an outdoor social, Larry “Bud” Meyer speaks at RAAC’s last Second Friday and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Washington column for April 24

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April 24
Trinity Episcopal Church congregants celebrate a sunrise service Easter morning (April 20) on Massie Mountain.

Celebrating Easter around the county with sunrise services, egg hunts, family dinners, Stonyman Gourmet dinners and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for April 17

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April 17
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Remembering the life of Jane Batchelder, exploring a moonlit dinner in Huntly, town sunrise services and more in this week’s Washington 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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Clean-up on Middle Street

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Have you seen The Washington Post's Home section feature on how Inn at Little Washington midnight custodian Jack Judd and others keep the Inn's famous kitchen looking clean and new every day, and why chef Patrick O'Connell likes it that way?
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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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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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Washington column for March 6

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March 6
The sunrise over a horse farm on Tiger Valley Road on the morning of March 4, the day after Monday’s (March 3) most recent snowstorm.

March comes roaring in, Relay for Life meets Tuesday, Gadino celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, the WVFR throws a ham and oyster dinner and Lenten services rotate through the area’s churches 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.

The Rapp for Jan. 16

Lambert Orkis (left) and David Hardy perform a matinee concert at the Theatre in Washington Jan. 26.

The Christmas tree bonfire is back on, the Theatre hosts an MLK celebration, drum circles begin at Belle Meade, “Mostly Bach and Mendelssohn” returns to the Theatre, RDA hosts its third annual oyster-and-wine fest (and numerous exhibits), Rossman P. Irwin receives the Presidential Early Career Award and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Winter times a’coming

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Dec. 12, 2013

Some time for reflection, brought on by the winter and holiday seasons, in this week's Clark Hollow Ramblings.
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Thompsons purchase Tula’s

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Dec. 5, 2013
Darla Morres (center) poses with Thornton River Grille chef Tom Nash (left) and owner Andy Thompson at Tula’s Tuesday afternoon after the sale was announced.

The owners of several of Sperryville’s most successful businesses, including Thornton River Grille and the Sperryville Corner Store, have reached an agreement with proprietor Darla Morres to purchase her Tula’s off Main cafe and coffee shop in Washington.
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Washington column for Nov. 28

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Nov. 28, 2013
Both adults and children enjoyed singing at Trinity Church’s singalong last Friday (Nov. 22).

A gentle reminder to take some time and be truly thankful this holiday season, and, for those who may not feel like cooking, how to get a delicious Thanksgiving meal (or pie) at the Inn in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 7

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Nov. 7, 2013
Owner Carl Henrickson (left) and Logan Jones get ready for the opening on Nov. 11 of the Wine Loves Chocolate Boutique at the former Goodine’s shop on Main Street.

The Wine Loves Chocolate Boutique opens its doors, the Cause for Paws raffle is already nearly sold out and Cherub Trees are once again in season in this week’s Washington column.
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