Tourism

The county in court

The county government — or, more specifically, attorneys for the school board and supervisors whose fees are paid by government liability insurance policies — has been spending more than the usual amount of time in circuit court these last few past months.
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Letter: Dark skies, bright spirits

Dark skies star cluster photo by Filip Lolić via Wikimedia Commons

Have you noticed more lights at night around our county? I have. From where I sit on a farm in the F.T. Valley, the number of field and garage beacons illumined in the valley at night has increased, or so it seems.
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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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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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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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Letter: Big Christmas in Little Washington

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It takes not just a village but a whole county to make Christmas in Little Washington come to life — a whole county and months of work and a multitude of volunteers. The heart of the celebration is the parade — and what a parade it was! The person who made that happen —...
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Little Washington’s big Christmas

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Big news a-brew at Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works 

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Nov. 13, 2014
Hopkins Ordinary B&B owners Sherri Fickel and Kevin Kraditor pose with Ale Works brewing partner David Litaker (right) behind the bar of the Sperryville nanobrewery last week.

Sperryville innkeepers Kevin Kraditor and Sherri Fickel, along with their partner, David Litaker, are deliberately starting small with the Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works — but the important point is . . . they’ve started.
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Gallery central

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50 artists, 7 galleries, 2 days: This weekend

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Oct. 30, 2014
Detail of a work in Arches paper and watercolor by Sperryville artist Margot Neuhaus, from her “Light Motives” series.

The hills and byways of Rappahannock will be alive with art this Saturday and Sunday during the Rappahannock Association for Arts and the Community’s 10th annual Artists of Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour.
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Sperryville column for Oct. 23

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Oct. 30, 2014
New Old Hollow Store proprietors Kathy Settle (left) and Christie Ralls (right) are planning a grand reopening this Saturday.

Conyers House celebrates 33 years and Old Hollow Store announces changes and gets ready for a grand reopening celebration this Saturday (Nov. 1).
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The Rapp for Oct. 23

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Oct. 23, 2014
A character from a previous 1000 Faces performance at Stone Hill.

Fourth Friday moves to the fifth Friday this month, festivities and people in masks head for Stone Hill’s annual spectacle and folks on horseback for Flint Hill’s annual trail ride this weekend, plus worthwhile art exhibits, Molasses Creek at the Theatre, free chamber music and another distinction for The Inn in this week’s The...
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Washington column for Oct. 23

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Oct. 23, 2014
A nice crowd at the Trinity Evensong, ending the busy past weekend in Washington.

A trip to Italy, a weekend of color and visitors thanks to Trinity, WVFR’s ham and oyster dinner and more in this week’s Washington column.
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The Rapp for Oct. 16

One of the glass-on-glass works made at Candace Clough’s last workshop at Mullany Studio School.

It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend, as “No Ordinary Person” returns to the RAAC Community Theatre with a two-night show, while Gilbert & Sullivan return to the Theatre and much more; meanwhile, Gray Ghost increases its medal count and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Washington column for Oct. 16

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Oct. 16, 2014
Kevin Adams (right) and Jay Brown, partners for the last 16 years, tied the knot last Sunday (Oct. 12).

Longtime partners Kevin Adams and Jay Brown tie the knot, Trinity hosts its 58th annual House Tour, the Bland Music Contest returns, the Garden Club’s holiday greenery is on sale, the library hosts a spooky storytime and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Artists explore dreams and inner music

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Oct. 9, 2014
Photographer Matthew Black is working on a new series that grew out of powerful archetypal dreams.

When you visit the shared studio of Matthew Black and Darien Reece on Fletchers Mill Road, you will find a special space. Located in a wild flower field, it is used in many creative ways: for photography, painting, sculpture, meditation and movement classes.
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The Rapp for Oct. 9

Kit Habib, whose mugs are pictured here, is among the artisans you can meet at Coterie this weekend.

Play some corn hole or get a helicopter ride at the RCHS fall festival, celebrate Craft Week with Coterie, win a lifetime membership to the Schoolhouse Nine course, view the photographs from SNP’s first artist-in-residence and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Grand, dramatic, cozy: the 2014 tour

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Oct. 2, 2014
Castleton’s Twinbrooks is open to light and air on all four levels.

This year, Trinity Episcopal Church will do what it has been doing for 57 previous years — host the House Tour and Dried Flower Sale (Oct. 18-19) to raise monies for its local, state and national charities.
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Potter, painter, more: Back on the tour

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Oct. 2, 2014
Painter Benita Rauda Gowen returns to the RAAC studio and gallery tour this Nov. 1-2.

In addition to the new artists on the Rappahannock Artists and Gallery tour this year (Nov. 1-2), several popular Rappahannock artists will be returning, including painter Benita Rauda Gowen and potter Susan Dienelt, who’s hosting guest artists Jeanne Drevas and Davette Leonard.
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Photos: Agritourist draw

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Tourism numbers, funding on the rise

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Sept. 25, 2014
A table-to-farm dinner put on by the Outstanding in the Field company, which produces such on-farm events around the country for foodies, brought 100 diners to Sperryville last weekend from as far away as Colorado, Texas and Australia.

Meals and lodging tax revenue, traditionally Rappahannock County’s best indicator of the health of the local tourism industry, has risen steadily since 2012.
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Through the Tiger Valley looking glass

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Sept. 25, 2014
Ruthie Windsor-Mann’s “Odd Man In” is just one of her “nest obsession” series on display during this year’s art tour.

In a conversation with Ruthie Windsor-Mann, her artistic energy is palpable. The charming, genteel artist is happily slated for her first appearance in the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s upcoming 10th annual studio and gallery tour Nov. 1-2.
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The Rapp for Sept. 25

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Sept. 25, 2014
1000 Faces brings its magnificent masks to Stone Hill on Oct. 25 for a Halloween performance.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Old Hollow Store, RAAC screens “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 1000 Faces returns to Stone Hill, Mark Russell performs at the Theatre, “No Ordinary Person” preps for its 16th season and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Galleries gear up for 10th annual art tour 

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Sept. 11, 2014
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All seven of Rappahannock’s art galleries are holding special exhibits during the 10th annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery tour Nov. 1-2, transforming Rappahannock County into an art mecca.
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Grown, picked, crafted, aged, roasted (and more) in Rapp

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Sept. 11, 2014
A Jersey cow takes a break at Reality Farm in Gid Brown Hollow, one of the 33 venues of the Sept. 27-28 Farm Tour.

Scheduled this year for Sept. 27-28, the 2014 Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival is bigger than ever, with 33 venues offering almost three dozen ways to learn and have fun.
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Meet the artists: Ben Mason and Christina Leigh

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Sept. 4, 2014
Mixed-media artists Ben Mason (right) works on a piece about a dog bite he received as a paperboy, while Christina Leigh looks on.

The Castleton property of artists Ben Mason and fiancee Christina Leigh is an art piece in itself and well worth a visit during the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s 10th annual Studio and Gallery Tour held Nov. 1-2.
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Homes away from home

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Sept. 4, 2014
The view from the patio and pergola of The King Mountain House in Washington.

Because of the county’s rural nature, tourists might think they have to seek lodging in a motel in another county. But nestled inconspicuously among the fields are vacation rental homes and B&Bs that offer something no motel can — a true taste of Rappahannock County living.
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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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10 years, 50-plus artists: Art Tour gears up

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Aug. 14, 2014
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The Rappahannock Association for Arts in the Community (RAAC) is getting ready for the 10-year anniversary of the Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour, scheduled this year for Nov. 1-2.
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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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Park visitor spending down but still worth $72.4 million

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park, down from the park’s 2012 tally.
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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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Editorial: The show must go on

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July 10, 2014
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The danger of living in Rappahannock County is that we might begin to take its natural beauty for granted. A noiseless, reverent silence reinforces that beauty. When the silence is broken, that, too, is beautiful — for the sounds most likely emanate from the Castleton Festival.
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Letter: Appreciating Rappahannock

From the time I first climbed Bald Mountain as a kid in the Adirondacks in New York, I have wanted to live in the mountains. In 1987, I bought five acres with a shack and no running water on a no name road on Oventop Mountain and in 1995 bought a small log cabin...
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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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One week left to get on Artisan Trail map

There is only one week left to sign up for the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail if you are interested in being included on the printed artisan trail map.
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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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‘Everything sounds better on the banjo’ 

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May 22, 2014
Piedmont blues performer Jeffrey Scott performed Saturday afternoon (May 17) at Avon Hall.

The first ever — but certainly not the last — Rappahannock Americana Festival took place over the weekend, as organizers Ben Jones and Alma Viator brought multiple live music acts to the Avon Hall grounds and Theatre at Little Washington.
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