First, we should point out that Rappahannock County does have its own natural-foods niche market – the small but lovingly stocked Rainbow Market down at Hearthstone School (hi, Kathy), open every day but Sunday – and also that an ever-growing selection of organic and natural foods can be found at the Sperryville Corner Store (hi, Terri). But if you’re headed to Culpeper this weekend for the Old Rag Master Naturalists’ “Wild in Your Backyard” habitat, conservation and garden-related open house at Eastern View High School, the area’s newest natural and organic food store is having its grand opening this weekend not far away – it’s the Native Harvest shop across from Dominion Skating Center on Route 229. The store carries organic and local meats, vegan products, coffees and teas. The grand opening is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with live music, taste samples, door prizes and a ribbon cutting at 11. Visit nativeharvestmarket.com for more information.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his wife Maureen (pictured here with Inn at Little Washington chef and owner Patrick O’Connell) came to dinner at the Inn this past Saturday night (Jan. 28) – and while high-profile celebrities can often be seen at the five-star restaurant and hotel, chef O’Connell again hopes to attract more of the local in-crowd, with its “Friends and Neighbors” program.
Through March, the Inn offers its dinner menu at a significantly reduced price to residents of Rappahannock, Culpeper and Warren counties: $98 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and beverage). When making your reservations, mention if you wish to take part in the “Friends and Neighbors” program. To make a reservation, or for more information, please call 540-675-3800 or visit www.theinnatlittlewashington.com.
Gray Ghost takes sixth California gold
Amissville’s Gray Ghost Winery was awarded a gold medal for its 2010 chardonnay in the National Women’s Wine Competition held in California in November. In a competition dominated by California entries, Gray Ghost’s chardonnay was one of only two awarded gold-medal status, making it their sixth gold medal awarded in California in 2011. With this award and Gray Ghost’s 2010 Adieu taking silver, Gray Ghost completed the 2011 competition season having garnered 128 medals in international, national and regional wine competitions.
Baroque but happy at the Theatre Saturday
The only music from the baroque era to be included in this 20th season of the Smithsonian at Little Washington concert series will be heard at the Theatre at Washington this Saturday.
Perhaps not the best known of baroque composers, Jean-Philippe Rameau was certainly “the most important French composer of the 18th century,” according to Kenneth Slowik, who will be playing some of Rameau’s music in the 8 p.m. concert this Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Theatre.
Smithsonian at Little Washington regular Slowik heads the Smithsonian Chamber Music program and will be playing the harpsichord Saturday, joined by Canadian violinist Mark Destrube (first violin with the Axelrod String Quartet and concertmaster of the Orchestra of the 18th Century) and charasmatic Italian viola da gambist Paolo Pandolfo, who packed the Library of Congress at his solo concert there a week ago. Slowik describes Saturday’s music as “splendid . . . at once refined and approachable.” A popular feature of the Theatre’s Smithsonian concerts, in fact, are Slowik’s own informed, sometimes humorous and always enlightening remarks about the music.
Tickets are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger). For reservations, call 540-675-1253 or email TheatreVA@aol.com.