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The Rapp for May 21

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A Fourth Estate Friday session, Democrats at Gadino, a bestseller in Washington, broadband and a Ballard exhibit in Millwood in this week's The Rapp.
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The Rapp for May 14

Cooter's in the Country opens in Sperryville.

Cooters in the Country's grand opening, Hill House Nursery's open house May 23 and Flint Hill Public House's annual backyard party coming up June 13, in this week's The Rapp.
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Letter: A wonderful evening at El Quijote

Wow! I just had the best shrimp of my life and as one who grew up in the Caribbean and has travelled extensively elsewhere eating seafood of all kinds, that should be saying something. In fact, all the tapas we ordered at Sperryville’s El Quijote were excellent. The squid was perfectly cooked, not an...
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The Rapp for May 7

“Island” is among the arresting works by BK Noh at Haley Fine Art in Sperryville this month and next.

A full weekend, new exhibits at Haley Fine Art and River District Arts in Sperryville, a new performance coming up at Stone Hill's unique amphitheater, Paul Reisler and friends at the Hylton Center in Manssasas, and recent awards for Gray Ghost Winery.
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Griffin’s Donehey elected chair of VHTA board

Debbie Donehey of Griffin Tavern

Members of the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association elected Rappahannock County restaurateur Debbie Donehey chairman of the board at the statewide association’s annual membership meeting last month at Massanutten Resort.
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Letter: Thank you for mixing, mingling and supporting RAWL

The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) would like to thank the community for coming out to “Mutt, Mix & Mingle” May 1 at the Flint Hill Public House. We were thrilled with the tremendous turn out, it was great to see so many friends with their dogs enjoying the event. The weather was perfect,...
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The Rapp for April 30

One of the intricate drawings by visionary artist Fred Kahler on view at River District Arts.

Art, music, movies, play, dance and more this weekend, plus the RCHS Band's upcoming Coffee House fundraiser and a talk by PEC president Chris Miller in this week's The Rapp.
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Pet parade, flowers, food and fun for Pantry Day May 9

Dog and sheep get to know each other at the 2014 Food Pantry Pet Parade.

It’s time to join friends and neighbors for a lively day commemorating Food Pantry Day in Rappahannock County on Saturday, May 9 — a day that includes a pet parade and flower sale and ends with a gala dinner.
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They’re here!

By Larry Sherertz

The Rapp for April 16

The finish of one of last year’s first-ever Stick Horse Stakes at the THFVH races last year in Sperryville.

Steeplechase races at Thornton Hill in Sperryville, Burgers N Things is back, Audrey Andrist's piano recital at the Theatre, a Reagan dinner, solar info session and Indian classical dance in this week's The Rapp.
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Sperryville column for March 26

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March 26
Owner Brooke Parkhurst says she plans to expand into the building adjacent to the current home of her Triple Oak Bakery (shown on the right).

Brooke Parkhurst of Sperryville’s Triple Oak Bakery says the bakery will expand soon into a cafe space next door.
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The Rapp for March 19

Elementary students sing at Kid Pan Alley’s last songwriting program and concert at RCES.

Kid Pan Alley circles back to its Rappahannock home for a songwriting residency and concert, and Narmada Winery takes a "giant step" in Richmond in this week's The Rapp.
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The Rapp for March 5

Flint Hill stone connoisseur John Henry speaks at the Library at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13.

John Henry talks about his stone obsession, there's bluegrass at the Theatre, Alec Baldwin headlines a human- and animal-rights program at Castleton, the Flint Hill Public House goes southern, a healing workshop for those with movement disorders.
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Washington column for March 5

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March 5

Waiting for spring Looks like the month of March is coming in like a lion. Let’s hope that by the month’s end, it will go out like a lamb. Here I thought spring was just around the corner for us, warm temperatures and the days getting some length to them. I am ready to...
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The Rapp for Feb. 26

Ben Affleck stars in "Gone Girl" at the Theatre March 6.

Fourth (Estate) Friday this week, ragtime at the Theatre at Washington, "Gone Girl" next weekend, the Rappahannock Historical Society's annual Antique Appraisal coming up and more in The Rapp.
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Virginia bans powdered alcohol

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Cocaine isn’t the only white powder on drug authorities’ radar these days. They’re also targeting Palcohol — powdered alcohol that can turn a glass of water into a mojito. The General Assembly this week gave final approval to legislation that would outlaw the possession, sale, purchase or use of powdered or crystalline alcohol in...
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Sperryville column for Feb. 19

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Feb. 20
One of Virginia Costello’s paintings, on display at her RDA studio.

Signs of spring Tired of dreary, cold and barren days, unending snow, ice and slush, gray skies and monochrome mountains? Spring may not yet be busting out all over, but at River District Arts, spring and summer themes are definitely in the air — or in the works of two new artists at the...
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The Rapp for Feb. 19

Belle Meade’s Equestrian Club sponsors a fundraising trail ride April 12.

Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds move their race to warmer times in April, 10 more Forbes Travel Guide stars for The Inn at Little Washington, a musical art competition for Rappahannock visual artists, ragtime at the Theatre and more in this week's The Rapp.
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Stop taking ’cides

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Feb. 19
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Vaccines or none, human resistance is going haywire. So it appears from health headlines. Writer Liza Field has a few antibiotic-free ideas.
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The Rapp for Feb. 12

Percussionist and 21st-century one-man band Tom Teasley performs this Sunday at Castleton.

A "Decisions and Consequences" Library lecture, two abstract artists seeing "I" to "I" at Middle Street, percussionist Tom Teasley at Castleton and more in this week's The Rapp.
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Chester Gap column for Feb. 12

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Feb. 12

Rappahannock Cellars on VA Wine Time Rappahannock Cellars owner John Delamare and winemaker Theo Smith will be speaking today (Thursday, Feb. 12) at 7 p.m. with VA Wine Times blogger Frank Morgan. They will be reviewing three wines: 2014 Viogner (pre-release wine!), 2013 “Black Label” Chardonnay (wine club only wine!) and 2012 Meritage. The live web chat can...
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The Rapp for Feb. 5

With vocalist Tracy Walton and conductor Peter Jaffe, Paul Reisler and school kids perform last month with the Stockton Symphony in California.

The Inn’s looking for your snapshots from their first year (yes, 1978); Kid Pan Alley performs with a California symphony; the founders explain themselves on Presidents Day in Little Washington; Bel Canto auditions and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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Rappahannock will be your Valentine 

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Feb. 5
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An exclusive Rappahannock News roundup of food, gifts and fun available for your Valentine's Day in Rappahannock County.
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The Rapp for Jan. 22

Learn to make out-of-the-ordinary chocolate from Joy Bliss Raw’s Thu Hoang Feb. 14 at Narmada Winery.

Fourth (Estate) Friday, jazz on Saturday, chocolate on Valentine's Day, a Benevolent Fund dinner on Jan. 31 and more in The Rapp.
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Gourmet farm-to-table

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Washington column for Jan. 22

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Jan. 22
At Sunday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, essayists Jane Humphreys of Culpeper County High School (left) and James Hensley of Belle Meade School (right) pose with  guest speaker Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater (second from left) and Dr. Pamela Simpkin of Macedonia Baptist, Flint Hill, the event’s emcee.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, a raffle and dedicated volunteers to support the Rappahannock Free Clinic and more in this week's Washington column.
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The Rapp for Jan. 15

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in education workshops in Havana, Cuba, 2010.

Distinguished diplomat speaks on Gay Street Sunday, good press for The Inn, jazz luminaries at Castleton (in a season that also brings Alec Baldwin to town), pianist Bill Harris plays the Theatre, the Relay for Life campaign kicks off and a working woods walk in this week's The Rapp.
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Washington column for Jan. 15

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Jan. 15
Olivia Grace enjoys her tie-dye birthday cake at her party on Saturday.

Books on sale The Book Barn next to the Rappahannock Library has its history books on half-price sale this month and next — local, national and international subjects, pictorial histories and more. Prices are $1.50 for hardback history books, and 50 cents for softcovers. Other books with special prices will be half price as...
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The Rapp for Jan. 8

From left: Roger Welch, Mike Biniek, Geneva Welch and Harold Beebout cowboy’d up last January (the Old West being the theme of last year’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner).

Authors talk Friday at the library, Washingtonian responds to The Inn, a raffle to benefit the Free Clinic, celebrity-waiter dinner raises funds for the Benevolent Fund and more in this week's The Rapp.
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A peas-ful New Year’s Day

The crowd in the parking lot at Laurel Mills store on New Year's Day.

Washingtonian: Just being ‘honest’

An illuminated Inn at Little Washington brightened the night.

Washingtonian restaurant critic Todd Kliman posted a take-no-prisoners response today on the magazine's blog to Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O'Connell's statement last week implying the magazine was seeking attention rather than being ethical when it dropped The Inn from No. 1 to No. 22 on its annual top-100 "Very Best Restaurants"...
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The Rapp for Jan. 1

The cast and director of RAAC's "Wizard of Oz" production take their bows.

Washingtonian bites The Inn, plus a “100 Foot Journey,” a wonderful “Wizard of Oz,” beekeeping classes, RAAC’s spring film festival and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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Copper Fox Distillery expands to Williamsburg

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

Rick Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery, opened in 2004 in Sperryville’s River District, will build its second malting, production, aging and tasting facility in the city of Williamsburg, Va.
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Table it

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Jan. 1
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With holidays bringing people with disparate views together for meals, columnist Liza Field sees food as the great connector — person to person, people to planet.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The year in food groups      

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Jan. 1

Dividing the seasons into food groups, Richard Brady finds winter to be the season of protein.
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The Rapp for Dec. 18

Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal  in “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Jan. 2 at The Theatre at Washington.

Rappahannock News takes a break over Christmas, RAAC kicks off its winter film season, and guest bartenders help raise money for the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund at Griffin Tavern, in this week’s The Rapp.
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Sperryville column for Dec. 18

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Dec. 18, 2014
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Industry rankings — from Guide Michelin, Zagat, Saveur, to name a few — are often coveted awards. And then there is Southern Living’s list, the South’s Best Bed and Breakfasts. In the most recent edition of the magazine, Sperryville’s own Inn at Mount Vernon Farm is among the eight B&Bs listed. “The most important...
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Washington column for Dec. 18

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Dec. 18, 2014
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A new gift and antique shop opens, Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa and more, in this week’s Washington column.
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Blue Rock restaurant will close

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Dec. 11, 2014
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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Little Washington’s big Christmas

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