Dining/Food/Wine

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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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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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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Washington column for June 14

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Washington column for June 14

Fifth-graders help with Visitors Center project; remembering Gene Leggett, Dareing speaks at Sunday services, Garden Club presentation, birthday wishes and Fathers Day celebration and remembrances.
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Virtual office, cafe in the works along Gay Street

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Many Americans may still have to go out of their way to find encouraging economic news, but certain Rappahannock County entrepreneurs are going about quietly making their own.
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On June 16, it’s a tuneful ‘Evening View’

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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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Sperryville column for June 7

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Sperryville column for June 7

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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The Washington column for May 17

The Washington column for May 17

Mother's Day in Washington, and a successful benefit for the Food Pantry. Passings in our community and Relay for Life is Saturday.
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Letter: A ‘joyful evening’ at Montpelier

Letter: A ‘joyful evening’ at Montpelier

The Belle Meade School community would like to thank all those who attended our fundraiser at Montpelier on Saturday evening (May 12). We are especially grateful to to Sarah and Jim Wildasin for opening their beautifully restored, historic house and grounds. The combination of the spectactular setting, Sylvie Rowand’s (Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery)...
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Food Pantry draws a caring young crowd of helpers  

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This Saturday’s Food Pantry Day is giving youngsters an opportunity to develop a sense of responsibility for their community and build the habit of helping neighbors less fortunate than themselves.
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Washington column for May 10

Washington column for May 10

Mother's Day greetings, Civil War trail marker, Food Pantry benefit, Thrift Shop sale, Fire and Rescue breakfast, birthday wishes and get-well-soons.
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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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Williams fund dinner is May 19

Williams fund dinner is May 19

The committee administering the Mary Beth Williams Memorial Fund will host its annual fundraiser and dinner on Saturday, May 19. The 4:30 p.m. event takes place at High Thicket on Fletchers Mill Road. Mary Beth Williams was tragically killed in an automobile accident on May 14, 1997. The memorial fund established in her name...
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The Rapp for April 26

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Fourth (Estate) Friday; internationally known pianist Audrey Andrist at the Theatre; "The Decendants" at RAAC's movie night; time to start planning for the fall's Farm Tour; turning wine into gold and more.
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Guests enjoy informal, inspiring Reagan dinner

Guests enjoy informal, inspiring Reagan dinner

By Angela Deavers President Barack Obama wrote, “When the future looked darkest and the way ahead seemed uncertain, President Reagan understood both the hardships we faced and the hopes we held for the future. He understood that it is always ‘Morning in America.’ That was his gift, and we remain forever grateful.” On a...
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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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Washington column for April 12

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GOODIES: The Easter Bunny helped sell Easter treats Saturday at the Quicke Mart, including to W.K. Harris of Fodderstack Road, to help raise money for a Relay for Life team. Phyllis Grogg and her daughter, Juanita Canard, are enjoying the sales pitch. The goodies were made by employees of Union First Market Bank.

Easter festivities, Fodderstack Race, Reagan dinner, anniversary wishes, and Food Pantry's Lemonade Stand - coming in May!
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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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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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Washington column for March 29

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BUNNY CLUB: The 4-H Cloverbud Club’s members celebrated spring at their last meeting by making bunny masks. All 5- to 8-year-olds are invited to join the free 4-H club, which meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Rappahannock County Elementary School cafeteria. For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.

Remembering Howie, Theatre concert, church revival and sale, and don't forget your county sticker!
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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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Ag department asks you to buy $10 worth of local foods a week

The Farm at Sunnyside production manager Emily Cook, furthest from the camera, sells produce to visitors who came to the Washington organic farm for the 2010 Farm Tour last weekend. Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is asking Virginians to spend at least $10 per week on locally grown foods and beverages.
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Public House — and Flint Hill — back on the map

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Though the recent cultural revival of Sperryville is well documented, less than 15 miles to the north another county village has emerged as a visitor destination for food and art. The restored Flint Hill Public House and Country Inn is the latest cosmopolitan addition to the rejuvenated town.
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Editorial: Dog days

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Republicans or Democrats: that’s probably not the way most Rappahannock residents would categorize themselves. Rather, we’re either “cat people” or “dog people.” And so-called political Independents, it could be said, like both cats and dogs equally. But whether dog or cat, Rappahannock is the place to be. Here we have articulate advocates and fine...
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Washington column for March 15

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Civil war memorials, Dames d'Escoffier, a St. Patrick's Day fire and rescue breakfast, and more in Washington this week.
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Sperryville column for March 8

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A trip to Costa Rica, options for Movement in Sperryville, and local eats.
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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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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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Washington column for Feb. 23

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Lent begins; fundraising for Sperryville Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Relay for Life; birthday wishes and antique appraisals.
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Sperryville column for Feb. 23

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Foodways in Sperryville: hiker's meals, picnic lunches, and nutrition by guest columnist Monica Worth.
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The Rapp for Feb. 16

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Feasting around the county this weekend; Huntly's historic post office; Dixieland returns to the Theatre.
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The Rapp for Feb. 9

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How you can help fund the Washington-based PBS show "In Season"; a Black History Celebration this Saturday at Scrabble School; volunteer your assembly skills at the elementary school playground; show your stuff (and the Beatles') at Hearthstone.
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The Rapp for Feb. 2

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About wild (and natural) things in your backyard; the Inn crowd (and the in-the-area crowd); more gold for Gray Ghost; baroque but happy at the Theatre.
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Sperryville column for Feb. 3

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A winning winter combination of wine, oysters, web-marketing and lots more; Trudi Spires' bares her polar bear soul.
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A good time, and $40K toward a good cause

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More than 125 folks enjoyed an evening of good food and fun at the Washington fire hall for the benefit of the Benevolent Fund Saturday night. With tasteful decoration in bistro style and tables full of plates of tasty nibbles and drinks, the hall had become the place for enjoying oneself while doing good...
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Cafe for lease but Rapp Central stays

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Reports of the death of Rappahannock Central have been greatly exaggerated.
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The Rapp for Jan. 26

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Another Fourth (Estate) Friday meeting with our staff; two Friday films; oysters, Little Washington wine, art and a fundraiser Saturday; Israel at Trinity; uranium at the Theatre.
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Washington column for Jan. 26

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A special birthday party; Civil War history and music; ham and oysters at the fire hall and more.
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Sperryville column for Jan. 26

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Qi Gong at the School House; artist Barbara Heile's kitchen works; oysters and wine, birthdays and more birthdays.
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