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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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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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The Rapp for Aug. 28

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Panther football kicks off tomorrow night, the Democrats host their annual Dog Days Yard Sale, RCHS and the RCSO plan fall fundraisers, RAAC screens “American Hustle,” local Richard Viguerie speaks on the future of the Republican party and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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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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The Rapp for Aug. 14

Bel Canto during a June performance.

RAAC performs “The Real Inspector Hound,” Bel Canto holds open singing auditions, “En Plein Air” opens at RDA and Knights of the Vine visit Narmada in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Aug. 7

“The Rangers,” a local indie web series, shoots in Rappahannock later this month.

PEC hosts a Pollinators Walk through Bruce Jones’ nature preserve, the Panthers cook up a spaghetti dinner football fundraiser, Rappahannock doubles as Andrasil for “The Rangers” and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for July 31

Grass Fed’s Brian Chafin, Dan Mudge and Colin Chinsammy.

Gadino Cellars hosts an RLEP benefit to “Stop the Pipeline,” Hearthstone and Belle Meade offer their final day camp sessions and Living Sky celebrates its new home at RDA with a two-day fundraiser in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for July 24

Great Falls artist Jill Banks painted this while in town earlier this month for RDA’s first Plein Air Paint Out.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Cafe, painter Nedra Smith is featured in the AIS National Art Exhibit, RAWL raffle tickets are still available, BizRapp starts a new membership year, Skyland Resort celebrates blackberries and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for July 17

Tom Nash, executive chef of Tula’s Off Main, takes a break in the restaurant’s newly opened bar.

Tula’s off Main enters “phase two” with the opening of its new bar, while Russell Paulette returns to the RAAC Theatre to direct “The Real Inspector Hound” in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for July 10

The winery as it appears now.

Gray Ghost Winery celebrates 20 years this weekend, Kevin Adams (and two RCHS Panthers) paint a mural for CCLC, Laurel Mills reopens under new management and more in this week’s Rapp 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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The Rapp for June 26

From left, Old Rag Master Naturalists volunteeers Charles Fortuna, Jenny Fitzhugh, Caroline Watts, Dee Dee Lyon and Ed Dorsey take a break Monday at Washington’s Nature Trail.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to Sperryville, the Nature Trail officially opens, the Amissville carnival returns, Middle Street gallery shows off “Photos, Fiber and Stone,” the CMR Farm Show starts July 12 and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for June 19

Little Eldon Farm is the site of CCLC’s Summer Solstice Garden Party fundraiser this Saturday.

Castleton and Sperryville’s 4th of July celebrations, the Virginia Equine Artists Association’s new RDA exhibit, CCLC’s summer solstice party, RLEP’s house and garden tour, Artifacts-on-Main’s opening and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for June 12

The Gold Top County Ramblers at last year’s Castleton Festival.

Central Coffee hosts a Father’s Day bluegrass concert, RLEP hikes in memory of its former president, RappCats puts on a benefit flea market, SNP appreciates its neighbors with a fee-free day and the Democrats are seeking items for their annual yard sale in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for June 5

The Stone Hill Amphitheater is ready to rock this Saturday in Flint Hill.

John Henry offers an inaugural play in his stone amphitheater, the Inn opens its campus for a tour, Jeanne Drevas returns to Haley Fine Art, SNP teaches hikers to go “Beyond the Trailhead” and the Public House hosts a wine and craft beer tasting festival in this week’s Rapp column.
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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 22

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Our Fourth (Estate) Friday resumes tomorrow at 9, the Castleton Festival’s artists need homes away from home, Sperryville gears up for its July 4 fireworks, Laurence Juber returns to the Theatre, Janet Davis’ Hill House opens its gardens 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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The Rapp for May 8

A garden painting by Middle Street artist Nancy Brittle.

Relay for Life begins at RCHS, Sam Mullany opens at Haley Fine Art, renowned chef Frederik De Pue visits the White Moose Inn, Middle Street opens a new exhibit, Avon Hall hosts Americana music and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for May 1

“The Book Thief,” tomorrow at the Theatre.

RAAC screens “The Book Thief,” RCHS hosts its coffee house, Americana music comes to Avon Hall, the Mitchell Fund grant winners are announced, Jessamine Hill hosts a Pantry Day dinner and more in this week’s Rapp 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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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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