The Rapp for August 19

Monarchs teammates are (from left): Josh Willoughby, Ian Oakes, Chris Turner, Andrew Pittman, Jacob Dodson, Eddie Putnam, Ben Willoughby, Nick Willoughby, William Keller, Coach Duane Willoughby, Ervin Phillips and Jason Wiese.

Monarchs advance to championship game

The Rappahannock Monarchs earned their way into the championship game against the Culpeper Red Devils by downing the Shenandoah Indians-South by a score of 16-2 on Aug. 15. The Monarchs will finish out their season on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Culpeper High School.

Art and antiques

The subject is beauty, as it often is in Rappahannock County, for two popular upcoming events. On Sept. 18 at Washington School auditorium will be the annual Antiques Appraisal sponsored by the Rappahannock Historical Society. On Nov. 6-7 is the annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour, for which this year’s artists’ studios and galleries have been chosen.

Apple harvest shiny and bright

The drought of 2010 has been hard on many of Virginia’s agricultural crops, but the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) says the outlook for the 2010 apple crop is very good.

The earliest apples were ready for harvest approximately a week earlier than usual, starting with Paula Red apples in July, followed in late July/early August by Ginger Golds and Galas. Favorites such as Red and Golden Delicious apples are harvested in September followed by Rome apples in early October, York apples in early to mid-October, Winesaps, Staymans and Granny Smith apples in mid-October, and then Fujis in late October or early November. Many pick-your-own farms also offer heirloom and heritage varieties of apples.

The unusually high temperatures this summer slowed the apple growth, and some of the earlier varieties may run slightly smaller than normal. The sugar content is up, however, and growers expect the apples to have a fantastic taste. The recent rains should help the later varieties reach their normal sizes. As the harvest moves later in the season, evening temperatures will begin to drop and that will give the apples the red color Virginia is known for.

New Sperryville store

A store selling “primitive country home decor” items, in the words of its owner, will soon open in Sperryville. Amy Payne Perdieu plans to open her shop called Primitive Blessings, at 11951 Lee Hwy., Labor Day weekend.

“I’ll be selling primitive items — reproductions to look like they’re from the 18th and 19th centuries,” Perdieu said. The goods will include furnishings and items to hang on walls and place on tabletops. “When I think of primitive I think of simple,” she said by way of explanation of the style.

Amy Payne Perdieu

Perdieu is a registered nurse who has “always loved antiques and things that look very primitive. I’ve always wanted a store in Sperryville.”

Wine Society speaker

Al and Cheryl Kellert, owners and winemakers of Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery in Amissville, will represent the Commonwealth as speakers at the 43rd National Conference of the American Wine Society in Cincinnati in November.

The annual conference features American and international speakers conducting seminars and lectures on all aspects of wine appreciation, wine production, grape growing and cuisine. The Kellerts will present the history of grape-growing and winemaking in the Commonwealth and then lead a tasting of Gray Ghost’s wines.

The American Wine Society is a national, non-profit consumer-oriented organization devoted to educating people on all aspects of wine. Its members include wine experts, novices, grape growers, amateur and professional winemakers, chefs, wine educators and restaurateurs.

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