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The Rapp for July 2

Fireworks and music on July 4th in Sperryville; bluegrass and fireworks Thursday (July 2) at Castleton Festival, which also announces it will provide live streams of all its major performances this summer; open house in the River District and more…
Wild Ideas: Birds do it, butterflies do it . . .

Signs of reproductive success among many plants, animals and fungi were plentiful this spring. Ticks and gnats seem to have had a really good start this year . . . unfortunately. And despite the predation I witnessed by native birds…
The Rapp for June 25

Fourth (Estate) Friday postponed till July, but the Amissville Carnival is this weekend, there are still seats for Castleton Festival's opening gala, plus a Businesses of Rappahannock picnic and a benefit cabaret at the Theatre.
Wild Ideas: The beautiful, amazing milkweed

While there are many great native plants that attract butterflies, there is one genus that is a star in this regard — milkweed. Historically loathed by farmers, some have beautiful blooms and offer great value to wildlife.
Family outing

Two adults and three never-been-to-Canada goslings march in formation up Porter Street in Washington, likely on their way to Avon Hall Pond.
Washington column for June 18

The vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church has called the Rev. Bill Queen Jr. to serve as their interim rector to help prepare the congregation for their new rector.
Wild Ideas: Red fox, gray fox

There are two species of fox in our area — the gray fox and the red fox, but figuring out which is which is not as easy as their common names imply, as Pam Owen explains in this week’s Wild…
Clark Hollow Ramblings: Growing time

I trust you have had your belly full of morels by this time. I only went out a couple of times, but I did learn something new: my grandkids can eat them as fast as I take them out of the skillet. I…
Wild Ideas: Native plants: Do not disturb  

As beautiful native wildflowers continue to pop up and bloom, it’s tempting to pick them, or move them into our gardens for our viewing pleasure. But if you care about these natural treasures, don’t!