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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.”

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.

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Yip Harburg, the composer of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, said, “Words make you think thoughts. Music makes you feel a feeling. But a song makes you feel a thought.” And that’s been the goal of Kid Pan Alley’s “Because We Have Music” virtual concert series over the last year — to help us feel deeply in these times of numbness and separation.

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If you weren’t part of the dulcimer community, it’s unlikely that you would have heard of a man named Ralph Lee Smith. Ralph played a significant role in the folk revolution of the 1960s and ’70s and was also a groundbreaking researcher of the history of the Appalachian dulcimer, a wooden instrument with three or four strings and frets that is played on the lap.

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If it had not been for a hive of honeybees, John R.Bourgeois may never have become the director of the “President’s Own” Marine Band. In his new book, “Play On!: A Marine’s Musical Journey from the Bayou to the White House,” Bourgeois tells the story of how he came to lead the oldest continuously active professional music organization.

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Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled innumerable arts events over the past year, the Rappahannock arts community is still alive and well. The Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community has created several different ways to keep artists and audiences connected virtually.

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My name is Devin Sherwood. I was born in Rappahannock, currently live in Woodville and have been drawing since I was a child. In recent years, I started to draw more from my day-to-day life. 

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Rappahannock County is fortunate to possess the eye of Gary Anthes, a member of the Middle Street Gallery artists’ co-operative and gallery in Washington, whose fine-art photographs have appeared coast-to-coast in newspapers and magazines to exhibitions and solo shows to breathtaking books.

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Last Friday, Sept. 25, children from Renee Estinola’s Child Care and Learning Center class toured the gardens at the The Inn at Little Washington. My granddaughter was one of those to visit. She had so much fun that when she came home she could not stop talking about the fun she had. She especially loved the llamas. 

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Following the screening, there will be a live discussion with the former Chairman of the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) Trevor Potter, who is a leading expert in campaign finance and president of the Campaign Legal Center.

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