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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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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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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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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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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

By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

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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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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Turkey Day for 10 costs $2.78 more than last year

Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for a little more than $5 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
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The Rapp for Oct. 24

Washington’s Foster Harris House already has its creep on, in anticipation of Oct. 31′s costumed visitors. Photo by Roger Piantadosi.

Details on our (and that other) Fourth Friday, several Halloween and Christmas parties come to the town of Washington, RappCats opens Nov. 3, Ben Jones and friends throw a Rally in the Hollow, Naoko Takao returns to the Theatre and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Oct. 17

Nancy Keyser's oil is on display on this year's art tour.

Details on the first ever RCHS fall festival and cornhole tournament, Narmada’s Indian-themed dinner, Ginger Hill’s birthday celebrations, a second screening of “Copperhead,” Naoko Takao returns to the Theatre, Copper Fox’s newest whiskey and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Winery books a room in town

About five years after it opened a smallish facility with expansive Blue Ridge views on Christmas Tree Lane, the Little Washington Winery is expanding into . . . Little Washington.
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The Rapp for Oct. 10

From left: Kari Paludan, Alex Hassan and Doug Bowles perform at the Theatre’s “Gilbert and Sullivan and the D’Oyly Carte Tradition” Oct. 20.

Some alternative events to partake in, in lieu of the parks still being shut down; a musical story of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to the Theatre; and the first (hopefully annual) fall festival comes to RCHS, complete with helicopter rides for those who reserve their seat, in this week’s Rapp column.
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Dinner is served

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Sept. 26, 2013

Between raising 7-year-old son Finn, and running a B&B and a seasonal bicycling-and-dining tours for most of the last decade, John and Diane MacPherson don’t get out very to dinner very often. Now, however, they have a plan to solve that — by bringing diners to their B&B.
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Letter: A ‘Taste’ of excellence

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Sept. 12, 2013

Many thanks for the amazing support for this year’s 16th annual “Taste of Rappahannock.” Headwaters is immensely grateful to all the volunteers, teachers, students, businesses and members of the community who donate time, auction items and service to make this event happen. Without you, it would not be possible! Our community supported this year’s...
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The Rapp for Sept. 5

Alexia Scott’s “Just Off Rt.17″ is among the works on exhibit at Middle Street’s opening fall show this month.

RDA explores our “Apple Heritage,” Middle Street spotlights its new artists, Shakespeare and CAST return to the Theatre, the local Republicans host a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Obenshain, WCDS explores the “Making of America” and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The new ‘Taste’ sensations

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July 18, 2013
Cliff Miller’s recently renovated dairy barn serves as the new headquarters for this year’s Taste of Rappahannock. Courtesy photo.

For the Taste of Rappahannock this year: a new place, a new time and some new faces. This Sept. 7, the Headwaters Foundation’s 16th annual fundraiser, for many the social charity event of the year, moves to the 95-year-old gambrel-roofed former dairy barn at Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville.
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Inn sous chef is ‘Best Young Chef’ in U.S.

Inn at Little Washington sous chef Daniel Gorman at work during the 2013 Best Young Chef competition in Chicago earlier this month. Courtesy photo.

Daniel Scott Gorman, the 26-year-old Tournant chef at the Inn at Little Washington, took top honors in the national “2013 Best Young Chef” competition sponsored by the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs.
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The Rapp for June 13

Owner Bill Sharp (standing, center) holds forth with guest on the porch at the Laurel Mills Store at its First Friday seafood party last week. Photo by Chris Doxzen.

Get into SNP for free this weekend, sign up for summer camps, meet the director of "Copperhead," attend a bee forum and learn how valuable those busy little insects are, audition for RAAC's new play and join the First Friday festivities at Laurel Mills in this week's Rapp column.
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Photos: Vintage vehicle

Photo by Molly M. Peterson

Narmada Winery, like many local wineries, contracts with Harrisonburg-based Landwirt Bottling when it’s time to get its vintages into bottles.
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