This summer Rappahannock County Public Schools (RCPS) and the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC) offered an arts workshop for Rappahannock County youth.
The Sperryville Bicentennial Plus One celebration will culminate in a Community Potluck on Sperryville’s Historic Main Street on Tuesday, July 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The potluck is open to all Sperryvillians and Friends of Sperryville. We encourage participants to bring a salad and/or dessert to share. Free ice cream will be on offer and sandwiches, pizza and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors.
For those of you who have been asking why I haven’t had a column in our paper recently, I thought maybe I should tell you. For the last 15 years or so, the Rappahannock News has printed just about every column I have sent them. And I want to say publicly that I very much appreciate that. The reason you haven’t seen any of my columns lately is because I haven’t submitted any to the paper.
The Headwaters Foundation hosted a Summer Chorus concert Friday night at Rappahannock County High School, welcoming more than 200 students, parents, school staff and community members. Highlights included “History Has Its Eyes On You” from the Broadway blockbuster “Hamilton” and a playful ma…
Clyde the Border Terrier is two points away from becoming a Grand Champion. At the 2021 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York held in June, he and his owner/handler, Charlotte Wagner, took home an award of merit, placing in the top six.
It’s been several years since locals and visitors last rubbed elbows at the Blue Rock Inn on Route 211, but with new ownership and crisp modern wallpaper, the inn will soon welcome back tourists and county residents alike. Dowling said he hopes to open the five-bedroom guest house sometime in July, along with a full-service restaurant and a tasting room serving wine, beer and spirits.
Even the smallest backyard naturalizing project can boost biodiversity and offer better opportunities to enjoy nature, as I was reminded recently in Gid Brown Hollow.
In the gardens of Thom Pellikan’s backyard on Red Oak Mountain last Saturday with a breathtaking view of Rappahannock and beyond, nearly 100 guests were treated to performances by Castleton’s world-class musicians. The evening featured Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and tenor Paul Groves, as well as Castleton Chamber Players Eric Silberger, Daniel Lelchuk and Bradley Moore. They performed favorites like Gershwin’s “Summertime,” “The Swan” for cello and “Silent Lips” from Léhar’s “The Merry Widow.”
The town had been without a resident physician for many years until 1974, when Werner Krebser, M.D., and Jerry Martin, M.D., purchased a 0.871-acre parcel straddling town lots 42 and 43. Krebser and Martin obtained permission from the Washington Town Council to build a full-time medical clinic on the property and, in January 1975, the new brick building housing the Rappahannock Medical Clinic was opened.
Life is returning to normal: friends are greeting with hugs; children are getting back to familiar summer routines; restaurants and other businesses are welcoming more visitors inside as well as out; and the many fine Rappahannock artists and galleries are eagerly anticipating the return of the Fall Art Tour, sponsored by the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community, on Nov. 6 and 7.
I have fallen victim in recent months to the impression that people in general are self-serving and uncaring. I am humbled to say that residents of the Washington/Sperryville area have proven this narrative false and renewed my faith in the goodness of people.
The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation (SSPF) recently held a spring celebration and luncheon at the beautiful Magnolia Vineyards in Amissville. As this was their first opportunity to be together since early 2020 before COVID-19, the group celebrated the past, present and future with 20 board members and guests.
One cold day last February, Jennifer Matthews and her sister Penelope Ferguson were sorting through their family storage and happened upon a stack of papers. In it, the sisters found an official Purple Heart certificate signed on behalf of the United States of America.
In the early 1920s, African Americans in Rappahannock County’s Hampton District organized the Parents’ Civic League with the intent to erect a public school building for their children, who were excluded at the time from attending school with white children.
On Friday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Executive Order 79, establishing what he called a “new normal.” The new executive order relaxes the state mask mandate. The only remaining mask mandate pertains to K-12 schools, where all students, faculty, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor school settings. Masks can be removed outside if they can maintain at least six feet distance.
After living in the bizarro times of Covid-19 for more than a year and tiring of the icy weather at the end of winter, I was looking forward to the warmth and increased opportunities to view nature that spring usually brings. But this spring, cold, dry weather has presented challenges to wild species and we winter-weary humans.
“Every year I visit the Veterans Memorial in the Sperryville Cemetery around Memorial Day,” says Sperryville resident and photographer Ray Boc. “On May 28, 2007, a large part of our community, led by the Sperryville Veterans of Foreign War Post 1150, gathered together to dedicate this monume…
R. H. Ballard is having a sale in the shop and on the website this weekend May 28-31, with 30 to 50 percent off select items throughout the shop, including vintage items, tablecloths, placemats, towels, home decor, puzzles and children’s items. Rugs will be 20 percent off. If locals purchase online, they can choose local pickup and receive free shipping.
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In 1964, more than fifty people met at the Rappahannock County courthouse to organize the Rappahannock Historical Society. Judge Raynor Snead chaired the meeting, and William Carrigan and Dorothy Davis helped explain the reasons for the formation of the society.
Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC) has announced this year’s grants to 14 Rappahannock artists and organizations. In keeping with the vision of the Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund, the grants reward and encourage individual artists of all ages and organizations who are working to foster the arts in Rappahannock.
This building is located on the eastern half of the original town lot 22. On 12 May 1856, Tamar Spiller sold lot 22 to Robert Deatherage and Robert S. Bell, trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Washington, for $350. The deed specified that the eastern half of the lot, measuring 132 feet along Gay Street and 82.5 feet along Calvert Street, should be held by Deatherage and Bell in their capacity as trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Washington for the purpose of establishing “a house of worship for the use and benefit of the said church.”