Tourism

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 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. 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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Visitors Center’s big year

Visits to the Rappahannock County Visitors Center reached a record-high monthly tally of 600 last September, according to figures released by the county administrator’s office this week.
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Castleton Festival announces 2014 season

Maestro Lorin Maazel shakes hands with Festival Orchestra members after a concert at the 2010 event. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

‘Don Giovanni,’ ‘Madama Butterfly,’ concerts of Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Maazel among 18 performances June 28-July 20 at the 2014 Castleton Festival in Rappahannock County, Va., organizers announced yesterday.
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Town tourism revenue on the rise

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Dec. 12, 2013

A day after its biggest event of the year was cancelled by Sunday’s snow and freezing rain, the Washington Town Council heard that its meals-and-lodging tax revenues, the town’s most reliable indicator of tourism trade, were heading steadily up.
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Room for smaller golf courses added to zoning law

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Dec. 5, 2013
The fire-damaged remains of the old Lombardy restaurant might be in violation of Rappahannock’s derelict building ordinances if improvements aren’t made.

At their meeting Monday night (Dec. 2), the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted to amend the county’s zoning ordinance to allow construction of golf courses smaller than 18 holes — on a case-by-case, special-use permit basis.
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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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Letter: Ninth time’s the charm

Last weekend’s Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) ninth annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour was a great success! Proceeds from the weekend are a major source of funding for Claudia Mitchell Fund grants, such as the one given recently to Paul Reisler’s Kid Pan Alley program at Rappahannock...
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Banner tour weekend for RAAC’s artists

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Nov. 7, 2013

The hills and by-ways were alive with art lovers last weekend, as the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community held its ninth annual Artists of Rappahannock Open Studio & Gallery Tour.
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The zoning board vs. the neighbors?

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Oct. 31, 2013
Harmony Manor’s proposed expansion from two rooms to five was approved Oct 23 over the neighbors' objections.

There’s an old saying that the best compromises leave everyone unhappy, and despite (or perhaps because of) the four hours of acrimonious testimony, no one seemed happy at the conclusion of last week’s Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.
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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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Planners say no to Clark Lane B&B expansion  

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Oct. 24, 2013
Harmony Manor’s proposed expansion from two rooms to five was approved Oct 23 over the neighbors' objections.

After a tense, two-hour public comment section that saw numerous supporters both for and against Harmony Manor Bed and Breakfast’s desire to expand from two bedrooms to five, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission voted to recommend denial of the expansion.
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BZA approves Clark Lane B&B expansion

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Oct. 24, 2013
Harmony Manor’s proposed expansion from two rooms to five was approved Oct 23 over the neighbors' objections.

After a four-hour meeting Wednesday night (Oct. 23), and over the objections of the neighbors, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved Randall and Kimberly Fort’s request to expand Harmony Manor Bed and Breakfast from two rooms to five.
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Two days, 20 studios, 60 guest artists, 7 galleries: $10  

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Oct. 24, 2013
Kerrie and Tom Mullany pose amid the works in progress at their Studio School in Flint Hill, where Tom Mullany’s work makes its debut on RAAC’s annual Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 2-3. Photo by Megan S. Smith.

Local artists and gallery owners are gearing up for this year’s spectacular ninth annual “Artists of Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour.” The tour runs 10 to 5 both Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, and costs $10 total for the two days.
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Photo: Hills, hollows, arts, marketing

Photo by Molly M. Peterson

Sherri Smith, director of the Artisan Center of Virginia, highlights similar projects elsewhere in Virginia for attendees of Tuesday night’s (Oct. 22) trail-naming forum.
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Sperryville column for Oct. 24

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Oct. 24, 2013

Celebrating a successful busy weekend and prepping for another with Fourth Friday’s doings around town, and helping Brittani Dodson return to Panama in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Rappahannock galleries ramp up for the artist tour 

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Oct. 17, 2013
Robert Ballard, R.H. Ballard Galery owner, is hosting a special exhibit featuring a sampling of the region's significant art community. Photo by Molly M. Peterson.

Who would think a county that’s among the least populated in Virginia (87th of 93) could be so rich in artistic talent and venues? Rappahannock, with its scant population of 7,456, is the home of seven art galleries, all of whom are pulling out the stops for this year’s tour.
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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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Fully schooled, and fired-up, for November’s artist tour

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Oct. 10, 2013
Kerrie and Tom Mullany pose amid the works in progress at their Studio School in Flint Hill, where Tom Mullany’s work makes its debut on RAAC’s annual Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 2-3. Photo by Megan S. Smith.

RAAC welcomes one new host artist (and many returning) in this year’s ninth annual Studio and Gallery Tour Nov. 2-3. Flint Hill artists Tom and Kerrie Mullany are opening the doors to “The Studio School” for the first time, while potter Lynne Horning fires up her kiln and returns to the tour.
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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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Letter: Thanks to all who made the Farm Tour successful

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Oct. 10, 2013
Her annual Farm Tour duties finished, Cathy Shiff of Amissville’s Wits’ End Farm apparently couldn’t sit still; she’s shown here helping the Rappahannock Lions Club stir their apple butter last week at the Keezletown Community Cannery. Photo by Don Audette.

On behalf of the dynamic team that made the 2013 Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival a success, I would like to thank the following people: I thank the 31 tour venues who opened their farms and businesses — and hearts — to visitors for, in most cases, an entire weekend. The variety of...
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Wait. Are they making fun of us?

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Oct. 3, 2013
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They might be, just a little — but Lee Powell's good-natured look at how folks are weathering the shutdown in "that other Washington" (in this case, he means us) is definitely worth seeing.
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History, and family, fill the rooms of Milly’s Cabin

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Oct. 3, 2013
The 1740 Milly’s Cabin, a three-level log home, is the oldest house on this year’s tour. Courtesy photo.

Going down the hill on U.S. 522, over a low water bridge and up the mountain leads to what was once called “O’Leary’s Cabin,” the old name for the three-level log cabin built in 1740 — making it the oldest house on the tour this year.
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Leaf-season shutdown could hurt economy

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Oct. 3, 2013
Shenandoah National Park is closed until further notice.

There are many who live in Rappahannock County who like to boast that “it’s not on the way to anywhere,” but this week, many business owners who depend on visitors are worried about the consequences of a continued closure of the one thing Rappahannock is on the way to: Shenandoah National Park.
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Editorial: Elections (and words) have consequences

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Oct. 3, 2013

I don’t know which is more lamentable: (1) The closing of the Shenandoah National Park or (2) Rep. Robert Hurt’s Orwellian misuse of the English language in justifying the U.S. House of Representatives votes leading to a government shutdown.
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Guess who’s permitted at dinner?

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Sept. 19, 2013

After serving as the driving force behind the recent creation of a special-use permit allowing bed and breakfasts to serve meals to non-guests, John and Diane MacPherson, owners and operators of the Foster Harris House, became the first successful permit applicants at the Washington town council’s monthly meeting Monday night.
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Using space artistically at Little Windbury

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Sept. 19, 2013
The center of the one-room studio-home of Ruthie Windsor-Mann functions as a living room. Photo courtesy F&E Schmidt Photography.

What comes first for an artist, the studio or the house? That question was never really asked of Ruthie Windsor-Mann, but it’s been answered nonetheless — the artist’s studio is completely built, the house site is empty so far and the studio is doing double duty as both.
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Castleton receives $50K Virginia Tourism grant

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Sept. 19, 2013
Elan Sapir works on his viola, and his tan, between performances at the Castleton Festival last week. Photo by Suri Xia.

The Castleton Festival received a $50,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Grant Fund program, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced recently. The grant covers the 2013, fifth-anniversary season of the festival, which was founded by Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel and successfully concluded its run this summer on July 28. This year the festival partnered...
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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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Rappahannock tourism 2.0

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Sept. 5, 2013

Several efforts are underway to increase tourism in Rappahannock County, and decrease the amount of time and effort local visitor-dependent businesses must spend to promote their attractions in the wider world, including a new county tourism website.
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BZA approves Bird tourist home  

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Sept. 5, 2013

One new tourist home was approved by the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals in a very brief meeting last Wednesday night (Aug. 28).
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Apartment denied, tourist home approved

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Aug. 29, 2013

A tourist-home permit was approved and an efficiency apartment request was rejected at the Rappahannock County Planning Commission’s monthly meeting last Wednesday night (Aug. 21).
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Audio: Robert Hurt interview, Aug. 27, 2013

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Audio excerpts of our interview with Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th) at the Rappahannock News world headquarters on Main Street in Washington, Va.
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Tourism up 12 percent

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Aug. 22, 2013

Tourism-related tax revenue is rising throughout Rappahannock County, and the mayor of Washington says it’s also rising dramatically in town, which is also undergoing a significant building boom.
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Letter: Castleton Festival: more, please

The Laurel Mills Store also benefited from the recent Castleton Festival and we would like to join all our neighbors in celebrating its success. Here at the store we tended to see the crew and the performers before and after the performances, of course, and we would like to thank them all for their...
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With permit, B&Bs can add a D

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Aug. 15, 2013

After a very brief public forum — which saw only one comment from the small crowd gathered at town hall Monday night (Aug. 12) — the Washington Town Council unanimously voted to allow bed and breakfasts to serve meals to non-guests, provided they receive a special-use permit.
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Flowers drying, houses set for 58th tour 

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Aug. 15, 2013
Lynn Sullivan’s Swan Lake Farm was built to take advantages of the open spaces and sweeping views on Rediviva Lane. Photos by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

The 58th annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour, sponsored by Washington’s Trinity Episcopal Church is set for Oct. 19-20. This annual event raises money for local, national and international charities, and has been a feature of the autumn season in Rappahannock County since it began in 1955.
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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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For BizRapp: new name, new leaders, new focus

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Aug. 8, 2013

The Rappahannock Hospitality and Visitors Association (RHVA) has renamed itself and begun the process of redefining its mission as an organization that represents, and promotes, all the county’s businesses, and is now called Business of Rappahannock, or BizRapp for short.
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