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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Rapp for Jan. 23

Detail of “Virginia Bluebells,” by Jackie Bailey Labovitz.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is tomorrow at the Country Cafe, there are still some open spots at the Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner, Jackie Labovitz’s photos are named one of D.C.’s ten best and Mandalele (with its new member) performs at Coterie’s next benefit concert in this week’s Rapp column.
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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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The Rapp for Jan. 9

Maryland photographer Colleen Henderson’s works are paired with work by Middle Street’s Jo Levine in the gallery’s Artists and Friends show.

Dark Hollow returns this Saturday (Jan. 11), Tula’s reopens, Middle Street Gallery and R.H. Ballard welcome new (and many returning) artists this month, Old Rag Photography offers photography classes, Dabney Kirchman teaches a six-hour felting workshop and Mitchell grant season officially begins in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Dec. 26

Last year’s first-ever Washington Christmas Tree Bonfire made for an inviting and warm evening. This year’s is Friday, Jan. 3.

The News takes a week off to move, Washington preps another Christmas tree bonfire, Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band returns to the Theatre and the Democrats hold their reorganization caucus in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Dec. 19

Smiths and sisters Debi (left) and Megan reunite, as the folk-singing Smith Sisters, this Sunday at the Birchmere in Alexandra.

Rappahannock Media packs up and moves, renowned pianist Bill Harris joins Ben Jones’ “RappHappy Holidays Concert,” the RAAC movie season begins again with “MUD,” the folk-singing Smith sisters reunite for the first time in a decade and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Dec. 12

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Dec. 12, 2013
A scene from last weekend's (currently sold-out) performance of "Alice in Wonderland."

Ring in the holidays with Ben Jones’ free concert (benefitting the Food Pantry), marvel at the magic of RAAC’s “Alice in Wonderland,” adopt a senior angel and see conservative “founding father” Richard Viguerie speak in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Dec. 5

A typical scene — antique trucks, dressed-up dogs and your basic decorated dromedary — from the 2011 Christmas parade in Washington.

Christmas begins this weekend in Little Washington, Brother Sun and jazz guitarists return, Larry “Bud” Meyer autographs copies of his new book, the Studio School teaches everyone to make Christmas ornaments and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Nov. 28

Rachel Summers and her son help out at the Amissville Food Drive.

Some (other) things to do this Thanksgiving weekend, including how to help with the Amissville food drive; Griffin Tavern’s Lorraine Gilb is named Restaurant Employee of the Year; Leland Faulker’s “World of Wonder” comes to Castleton; and the Angel Tree is up in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Nov. 21

Joining the parade: The Rappahannock Hunt, its horses and hounds.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday is tomorrow at Tula’s, the Citizen of the Year gets named next week and will lead the Christmas parade, RLEP holds its 43rd annual meeting and Second Friday at the Library features Doug Norton and climate change in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Nov. 14

Cast members of “Alice in Wonderland” rehearse next month’s Christmas play at RAAC Community Theatre.

Journey down the rabbit hole with RAAC on Dec. 6, buy a homemade pie from RCHS, sing along with Trinity Episcopal, celebrate Diwali at Narmada, play basketball with RCHS alumni, join Kid Pan Alley for their annual Community Sing event and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Nov. 7

Sperryville’s Middle Street Gallery turns 30 this year.

CCLC’s 18th annual auction is days away, RAWL’s calendars are now available, ’tis the season for Angel and Cherub trees, Middle Street Gallery turns 30, Fauquier Health Foundations gets a new president and CEO and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Oct. 31

Photo courtesy of F&E Schmidt Photography

A busy weekend includes the ninth annual Studio & Gallery tour, the return of the Six Pack Gallery and the official opening of the RappCats shelter; Mikhail Yanovitsky brings his piano talents to the Theatre; get vaccinated against the flu at RCES; and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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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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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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Permit news of note

Two planning/zoning issues of interest to Rappahannock County residents: Cliff Miller IV is looking to build a nine-hole golf course, while Harmony Manor B&B is looking to expand its two-room operation to five rooms.
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Rapp business update

Photo by Dennis Brack / Rappahannock News

Another project in the works on Main Street in Washington, the return Nov. 1 of the Old Hollow Store and more . . .
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The Rapp for Oct. 3

Detail of Kevin Adams’ “Save Me!” oil on canvas, among his works at Middle Street this month.

The Castleton in Performance season begins, Mandalele and Tinsmith perform this weekend, RDA hosts a Piedmont Artists showcase and apple harvest festival, RAAC screens “Copperhead” and explores “Baseball and the Road to God,” and Ben Jones reunites with some of his “Old Friends” in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Sept. 26

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Sept. 26, 2013
Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum has named Inn at Little Washington chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell as its Grand Visionary this year. Photo from “Washington Monuments,” courtesy of Melanie Dunea.

It’s Fourth Friday again in Sperryville, the annual Farm Tour and Civil War Heritage Days intersect this weekend, RAAC screen Ron Maxwell’s “Copperhead,” chamber music returns to the Theatre, the Lions prep their annual ChiliFest, Patrick O’Connell is named a Grand Visionary and Gray Ghost wins more awards in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Sept. 19

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Sept. 19, 2013
A contingent from last year’s Rappahannock Rough Ride poses for a pre-race photo at last year’s benefit race for the Fauquier/Rappahannock Free Clinic. Courtesy photo.

A quick rundown of all the events this very busy weekend has to offer, Jacqueline Neimat performs at the Theatre, Castleton’s fall and winter seasons begin in October and SNP hosts National Public Lands Day in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Sept. 12

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Sept. 12, 2013
Rudy Segaar holds a Napoleonic-era musket as he explains Civil War field tactics at last September’s reenactment. Photo by Matt Wingfield.

Shakespeare and Mark Russell return to the Theatre, details on the first annual Wellness Festival, Farm Tour and Civil War Heritage Days, RAAC awards three more Mitchell Fund grants, Old Rag Photography teaches you how to take better pictures with your iPhone and one last chance to join the Panther Pride Golf Tournament in...
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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 Rapp for Aug. 29

Detail of Richard Young’s “October Smiling” oil painting, part of the Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle show.

Our building is for sale but we’re staying put, previews of the fall season for RAAC and the Theatre, author and historian James Reston proposes a new theory on JFK’s assassination, the Firnew Fine Artists’ Circle come to Virginia and SNP celebrates its 13th annual Wilderness Weekend in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Aug. 22

Riders return to the town of Washington, starting and ending point of the different loops of the Rappahannock Rough Ride, a benefit for the Free Clinic. Courtesy photo.

Fourth Friday activities in Washington and Sperryville, Old Rag Photography debuts some new works, "Love, Loss and What I Wore" premieres at the RAAC Theatre, the Rappahannock Rough Ride returns on Sept 21 and the Democrats' massive yard sale returns in this week's Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Aug. 15

Pencil drawing by Jeff MacNelly, cartoonist and Headwaters supporter whose wife, Susie, always offers some prints of her late husband’s Rappahannock-centric work for the Taste auction.

There's still time to secure your tickets for the 16th annual Taste of Rappahannock; meanwhile, RAAC's ticket reservations debut a new online service in this week's Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Aug. 8

A basket of materials used at the artisan's market. Courtesy photo.

Church listings take a summer break, the annual Farm Tour is looking for talented artisans, old truck tailgates get a new lease on life, register to vote online and how to receive payment for farm easements in this week's Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Aug. 1

The Hunt Room at Glen Gordon Manor, now part of the Select Registry. Courtesy photo.

Businesses, all types, invited to join RHVA at a picnic and in its new mission; two Rappahannock attractions are officially top-of-the-line; a celebration of 100 years of landscapes at RDA; audition for parts in "Alice in Wonderland," RAAC's Christmas play; a class in spontaneous painting, and a desktop stormwater calculator, in this week's Rapp.
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The Rapp for July 25

Detail of a painting by John S. Corraro that’s part of the Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase this fall at River District Arts.

Our monthly Fourth (Estate) Friday returns, a Wellness Festival is planned by Jackie Meuse and the Little Washington Spa, sign-ups for the Farm Tour begin, the Piedmont Virginian Showcase comes to River District Arts and the USDA offers another way to mitigate the damage from Sandy in this week's Rapp column.
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