Arts & Entertainment

The Rapp for July 12

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Castleton Festival's upcoming weekend and beyond, historic doings in Chester Gap, a show-saving piano donation, a deal for Shenandoah National Park visitors, fighting invasive plants and lots more.
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At Castleton after the storm, the show very much went on

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The first hint of trouble came in the intermission of “The Barber of Seville.” The house lights in the Castleton Festival Theatre had dimmed, so we assumed the second act was about to begin. It wasn’t.
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The Rapp for July 5

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It's a Saturday of art openings and more in Sperryville at Old Rag Photography Gallery, River District Arts, Middle Street Gallery and more; RAAC awards its Mitchell Fund honors to Wakefield graduate Amanda Carroll of Castleton.
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Editorial: The Castleton spirit

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At the Castleton Festival, there apparently is no obstacle that cannot be overcome, including the most damaging (non-tropical) storm in Virginia’s history.
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The Rapp for June 28

Fireworks went off without a hitch.

Ready for tailgates, food, music and fireworks in Sperryville on Wednesday? July 4; the Amissville carnival and parade; Flint HIll's 24 Crows is Roadfood-worthy; successful 4-H camps; SNP's Neighbors' Day; Wakefield's poker tournament; online help for caregivers.
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Washington column for June 28

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From left, Ora Roy, Nina Peyton, Marie Atkins and Phil Drevas from the Rappahannock Senior Center sell baked goods of many kinds at CFC Farm and Home Center’s Customer Appreciation Day Saturday.

Patriotic readings; Salem Education Foundation's scholarship available; customers appreciated at CFC Farm and Home Center; Cooter's "Hazzard Homecoming" is coming to Ben Venue.
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The Rapp for June 14

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This weekend's events and beyond, a Community Day at your local Visitors Center, a call for items to sell at the Democrats August yard sale, a culinary tour and an artists and studio tour lineup.
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The Sperryville column for June 14

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New creative collaboration at the Schoolhouse, birthday greetings, clean energy company relocates to Washington, and a book club with a cause.
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On June 16, it’s a tuneful ‘Evening View’

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June 7
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Dawn Landes, the singer-songwriter who has recently graced the stage at Wolf Trap and Lincoln Center, is coming to Rappahannock to perform at the Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance’s (RCCA) eighth annual Rappahannock Evening View on Saturday evening, June 16.
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The Rapp for June 7

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An amazing 4th coming up preceded by Soap Box Derby. Art in Little Washington and National Get Outdoors Day - time for an outing!
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Sperryville column for June 7

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Mt. Vernon Farm hosts weddings, art directory for Sperryville, and community greetings.
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The Rapp for May 31

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Talent from "America's Got Talent" in Amissville, mutts and mingling at Flint Hill Public House, lots of art in Sperryville and bowling for seniors in Culpeper.
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Editorial: Summer vacation!

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June is upon us, and that means school is almost out! Even for aging adults, like yours truly, the school calendar remains a reflexive organizing principle of life. That means summer always should equal no homework. And no homework translates into fun. Growing up in this part of the world, I found my boyhood...
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The Rapp for May 24

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Fourth Estate meetings will resume in June; Paul Reisler and friends to appear at Airlie; 4H sponsors jr. master gardner program; Theatre update on June 1 movie and guitarist Laurence Juber; and the Thrift Store in Little Washington showcases our community's "synergy."
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Castleton Festival ‘gets ready to get ready’

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Although, in just over a month, three full-scale operas will need to be almost-simultaneously rehearsed in the shed that houses his desk, in the Festival Tent next door and the nearby Theatre House, Castleton Festival production chief John D. Harris is calm, cheerful even.
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The Rapp for May 17

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Miss Rappahannock, Relay for Life and more this weekend; Pennsylvania bluegrass at the Theatre; how to learn more about Future Farming and invasive plants; another mural shaped in Flint Hill and shipped out; "students" return to Scrabble; a Father's Day folk date.
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Photos: City boys, ‘Rappahannock Girls’

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After a tight-lipped, high-stress Sunday afternoon of editing, the film “Rappahannock Girls,” was submitted to the judges with one minute to spare.
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The Rapp for May 10

The view from the porch at Montpelier.

It's Food Pantry Day, plus Saturday night's fundraiser for Belle Meade at F.T. Valley's historic Montpelier, and news of the Mary Beth Williams Fund annual fundraising dinner and bluegrass gala.
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The Rapp for May 3

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An "open-eye meditation" at Confluent Gallery; pianist Audrey Andrist plays it again (Schumann's "Carnaval") Sunday at the Theatre; your award could be a reward for your mom at the Inn at Little Washington; award-winning filmmakers in town this weekend to make a 48-hour impression; a new Junior Master Gardener Club.
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Washington column for May 3

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Collectible cars, drama at the high school, Historical Society, and celebrating life and art this week.
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Letter: Generosity and great music: the Band Coffee House

Letter: Generosity and great music: the Band Coffee House

Thanks once again to the generous folks of Rappahannock who, on April 21 at Rappahannock County Elementary School, came through with flying colors to support music in our schools! Are we surprised? Certainly not. It happens time and time again. As always the audience, entertained by some of Rappahannock’s best, continued throughout the evening...
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Historic Montpelier open for Belle Meade fundraiser

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Montpelier was built in F.T. Valley by the valley’s namesake, Francis Thornton, in 1746.

For the first time in nearly five years, Montpelier, the iconic F.T. Valley landmark and historic mansion, will open to the community – well, to generous and education-minded members of the community, for the moment.
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Letter: Thanks, from Trinity Arts

The Arts Committee of Trinity Episcopal Church would like to thank the Rappahannock News for their help in publicizing our second annual Trinity Arts & Crafts Festival held April 20-22. Thanks also to the community who came out to support us in our endeavor. The festival met our goals of showcasing the visual artistic...
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The Rapp for April 19

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Besides the Fodderstack . . . Scared of a little rain? Old football injury? Have an even better excuse for not running in Saturday’s Fodderstack 10K, which finishes in Washington? Don’t hide away in shame. There’s a lot going on in town that day: The Washington Baptist Church hosts its traditional Grandma’s Attic indoor...
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The Rapp for April 12

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Spring arts popping up, including this weekend at Middle Street/River District Arts (along with oysters and wine), another take on pre-Shenandoah National Park local history; Molasses Creek is coming back to the Theatre; grants to help Scrabble School tell its story; the RCHS band's annual Coffee House.
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At Trinity, arts and crafts are a rite of spring

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In an effort to celebrate and promote the artistic gifts from its own visual artists and to raise funds for its programs, Trinity Episcopal Church is holding its Second Annual Arts & Crafts Festival over the April 20-22 Fodderstack 10K weekend.
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The Rapp for April 5

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Stinkbugs vs. ladybugs, Cooter and friends at the Theatre, author Stephanie Deutsch at the Library, a spring festival at Middle Street and Rappahannock in Hollywood.
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The Rapp column for March 29

RAAC Theater presents "Heroes"

Ben Venue races this weekend, Heroes, Marilyn, and springtime in Rapp Cty brings tourists!
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Sperryville column for March 29

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NEIGHBOR Amber Dodson models one of Beech Spring’s Easter hats.

Bridge repair update, tasty Easter treats (and fashion!), and Old Rag Gallery greets spring with a reopening reception.
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Photos: Irish, aye!

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If it’s March, we must be Irish – if recent events in Rappahannock are any indication, at least. Irish Step Dancers of Warrenton prepare to enter, stage right, at the Lions Club’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Sperryville fire hall March 10. On St. Patrick’s Day afternoon, members of the Gold Top County...
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The Rapp for March 22

Beatles-themed show at Hearthstone

Community editorial meeting Friday, meet the Beatles, learn improv, get political, and/or see a movie! All happening this week in Rappahannock!
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The Rapp for March 15

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Jazz piano at The Theatre, The Inn evolves, and after-school programs for 3rd-5th graders.
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Sperryville column for March 15

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ROOF WORK: The Sperryville School House auditorium, closed since a fire in the heating system in late November, is getting a new roof and will soon reopen for community activities.

Time for bridge replacement and Schoolhouse repairs, Beatlemania and Bug-zooka, photography classes, and more in Sperryville this week.
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The Rapp for March 8

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Civil War painterly photos at Middle Street and a benefit art show in Madison; update on AT&T cell towers and Piedmont Broadband plans; the annual county cleanup is underway; Angus news around the county.
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RCHS’ Virginia Honor Band repeat performance

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The award-winning Panther Band became the history-making Panther Band last Saturday (March 3) at Millbrook High School when, for the second year in a row, they earned Virginia Honor Band status.
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Washington column for March 8

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IN SNOWY FRANCE: Rappahannock’s Merrill Strange, Judith Anderson, Noel Laing and Sharon Kilpatrick (in the back at right) take a walk after a visit to the medieval Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres.

A winter trip to France, Trinity Arts and Crafts Fest, Daylight Savings begins, and more.
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The Rapp for March 1

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Haydn and Mozart at the Theatre in Washington; "J. Edgar" is this month's RAAC movie; author Ed Dolnick speaks at the Library; find out if your antique is trash or treasure March 10.
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Letter: A word of thanks to a Washington jewel

One forgets sometimes to say thank you and to acknowledge delightful experiences made possible by the efforts of passionate, committed people. Little Washington, methinks, has numerous jewels, and one of them is Wendy Weinberg of the Theatre at Washington. She nimbly orchestrates world-class entertainment and, in her charming, gifted way, she attracts top-tier talent...
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Stone work is in Boston carver’s blood

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Some artisans may say they were born for their craft, but Boston resident Pete Bracken has proof for his claim.
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The Rapp for Feb. 23

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Fourth (Estate) Friday at Thornton River Grille; music by Haydn and Mozart at the Theatre's last Smithsonian concert of the season; "J. Edgar" comes to town; an improvisation workshop.
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