Tourism

Editorial: The Castleton spirit

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July 5
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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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Hazzard Homecoming: a special reunion

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If the ace mechanic who kept Hazzard County rolling is correct, a weekend in August in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is going to be a turbocharged delight for the faithful fans of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
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The Rapp for June 21

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It's the Fourth (Estate) Friday of the month, so we'll see you in Sperryville; lots to do, including theater auditions and the start of the fourth annual Castleton Festival this weekend; a butterfly outing next month; local Eagle Scouts get their wings.
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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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Sperryville column for May 31

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May 31

Original edibles from Sperryville! Music news, both local and international, and Main Street beautification to enjoy at a leisurely 25 mph speed limit.
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Photos: Tale of two villages

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It is often alleged that the town of Washington and the village of Sperryville are different sorts of places, attractive to somewhat opposite ends of the diverse spectrum of folks who, together, make Rappahannock County such an interesting place. Rarely, however, is there photographic proof. These photos, taken at roughly the same time last...
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Town’s 9-acre deal seen as a potential conservation model

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The town of Washington plans to purchase one of the county's most develop-able commercial real estate tracts and, if all goes right, never develop it — except as a showcase of conservation.
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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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Fodderstack 10K: Winners and pictures

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Winners, and photos, and Jean Lillard's report, from Saturday's Fodderstack 10K, the traditional spring race from Flint Hill to Washington.
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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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Editorial: Good news, bad news

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April 26

The bad news: Rappahannock residents have to drive everywhere, whether to go shopping or to visit friends.  The good news: we live right next door to miles and miles of some of the best hiking and walking trails not only in the country but also the world. Like the proverbial “elephant in the room,”...
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The Rapp for March 22

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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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Sperryville column for March 22

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March 22

4-H news, World Water Day, and Shenandoah Ntt Park and the economy
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Public House — and Flint Hill — back on the map

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March 15
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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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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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Town focuses on its more . . . fetching qualities

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March 15

The Washington Town Council, without much to vote on besides paying the monthly bills at its regular meeting Monday night (March 12), found itself engaged mostly in talk about appearances –  specifically, the keeping- and/or shoring-up thereof. For example: The town’s new website (found at washingtonva.gov), though it’s been online for several weeks, had...
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Issue of the day: infrastructure

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Infrastructure, bridge replacements, tourism statistics, school budget and Castleton's polling place.
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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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Town trail and garden sprout ideas

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Feb. 23

As site work began this week at the Butterfly Garden and Nature Trail in Washington, Mayor John Sullivan and other town council members are thinking bigger. At last month’s council meeting, council members peppered Don Hearl, one of the members of the Old Rag chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists (ORMN) who first proposed...
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Editorial: Made in Rappahannock

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Feb. 23
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You lose money on every unit sold, but you make it up in volume. So goes the old joke, which perhaps encapsulates what was wrong with the “old” economy – the same globalized, mass-production, industrial-scale, high-volume, scaled-up, low-margin economy that ground to a virtual standstill four years ago. Now that this economy appears to...
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Castleton venue can now seat 650

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Hosts of the summer’s annual Castleton Festival are now allowed to increase the seating capacity for their classical music and opera events by more than 60 percent.
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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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The Rapp column for Dec. 29

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Virginia's First Lady awards the Castleton Festival one of her "Opportunity Seal of Approval" awards; RAAC's Friday night movies resume Jan. 6 with "Midnight in Paris"; the Visitors Center prepares for winter hibernation.
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Letter: Arrestingly lovely

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I have been visiting relatives in the Sperryville area for holidays for the past five years. I am told of how Massies Corner, where you get from Lee Highway to Front Royal, has had a high number of car accidents. I think I know why. It is because the view, when you arrive at...
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Dec. 4: Christmas in Little Washington

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The 7th annual “Christmas in Little Washington” festivities, sponsored by the Rappahannock Hospitality & Visitors Association (RHVA), are Sunday, Dec. 4.
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The Rapp for Nov. 17

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Another winning photo for Molly Peterson, a star-studded Smithsonian at the Theatre concert, a singalong at Trinity, Business Link at the Thornton River Grille, a visitors center open house and more.
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This weekend: Trinity house tour and flower sale

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Everything you need to know about this weekend's 55th annual Trinity Dried Flower Sale and House Tour.
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Seronera’s views reach around the globe

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Seronera is a colorful and comfortable family home, with spectacular views of Old Rag and the Blue Ridge and a profusion of flowers and shrubs outside. An eclectic interior reflecting four generations of world travelers – and celebrating the work of National Geographic photographers – completes the second house on the 55th annual Dried...
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Rose Hill: The bloom is back

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Sept. 29, 2011
THE DINING ROOM at Rose Hill. Photo by Piers Freezer.

If you go What: Trinity Episcopal Church’s 55th annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour When: Oct. 15-16 Where: Three homes are on the tour (11 to 5 Saturday, 1 to 5 Sunday), with tea served at the Middleton Inn, Main Street in Washington. Tickets: $30 (includes tea), available at Trinity Parish Hall, Gay...
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Washington: If it’s fall, it must be dried flower time

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Sept. 29, 2011
COLOR GUARD: From left, Helen Williams, Lois Snead and Charlotte Laing work this week at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, where they’ve been busy for weeks creating floral masterpieces for the church’s 55th annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour Oct. 15-16. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

On Oct. 15-16, hundreds of visitors will come to Rappahannock County, as they have been for more than half a century, for the annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington.
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Studio and Gallery Tour video

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This video was done for the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) by video artist Forrest Marquisee to help spread the word about RAAC’s annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour, which is Nov. 5-6 this year. Enjoy. RAAC ANNUAL STUDIO & GALLERY TOUR from Forrest Marquisee on Vimeo.
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Farm Tour vendors wanted

The Rappahannock County Farm Tour’s “All Things Rappahannock Market” at The Link is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25. Space is available for vendors to sell produce, plants, food items, textiles, soap, crafts, etc. or to provide information regarding their organization. Vendors and organizations must have ties to the land and/or farming in...
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The Rapp for Aug. 4

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Aug. 4, 2011
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A candidate update from Bill Fletcher's place and the Democrats monthly meet-up . . . A photography contest in Rappahannock . . . the end of an era as the Chapmans leave for Lexington.
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Up in the Hollow: Hazzard County is our county on Aug. 13-14

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July 28, 2011
About a hundred of these restored specimens -- the General Lee -- will be in Sperryville Aug. 13-14.

Here comes Hazzard Nation for a two-day get-together in a beautiful field in Rappahannock County. We are calling it “Hazzard Homecoming.” So far, we have visitors coming from 36 states and from as far away as Scotland and New Zealand. If you are new here, it is hard to explain, but basically it will...
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Tourism up countywide, many report

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March 31, 2011
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More unfamiliar but welcome faces are apparently showing up in the streets, guest rooms and dining tables of Little Washington and elsewhere in the county.
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Farm tour gears up

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March 24, 2011
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.

Spring farming season is here and plans are already underway for the 2011 Rappahannock County Farm Tour, to be held September 24-25.
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Town finds tourism up for 2010

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March 17, 2011
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After shrinking for three years, Washington's tourism-fueled tax receipts are growing again.
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Innkeepers offered a PBS series

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March 17, 2011
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It appears that innkeepers John and Diane MacPherson of Washington’s Foster Harris House will soon have a lot more to make than breakfast and bike trips. After nearly three years of work on a food/lifestyle/cooking pilot called “In Season,” the MacPhersons were offered a broadcasting and distribution deal by PBS this week.
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Planners OK two more cell towers

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Jan. 27, 2011
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The county’s board of supervisors will consider at its next meeting on Feb. 7 AT&T’s applications to build two more 199-foot cellular-service monopoles in the county. Both were recommended for approval by county planners last week.
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40+ attend cell meeting

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Jan. 20, 2011
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Rappahannock citizens concerned about AT&T’s application to erect two more 199-foot cell phone towers in the county attended an “informational” meeting on Monday to voice their concerns and hear their options. The meeting sponsored by the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP), the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and private citizens, came in the waning...
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