The Rapp for May 14

Cooter’s country

Cooter's in the Country opens in Sperryville.Courtesy photo
Cooter’s in the Country opens in Sperryville.

You’re invited this weekend to Ben “Cooter” Jones’ and Alma Viator’s grand opening of Cooter’s in the Country, the latest addition to the family’s small chain of museum/gift shop/eateries that celebrate all things “Dukes of Hazzard,” the iconic still-rerunning ’80s sitcom. Stop by for food outside, cold soft drinks, ice cream, a small collection of General Lees and music by Lisa Meadows and Cooter’s Garage Band, rising star John Robert Rimel and bluegrass by the Page County Ramblers. The opening runs all day Saturday and Sunday at 12167 Lee Hwy. (in the former Old Hollow Store) just east of Sperryville. Call 540-987-8844 for more.

Flint Hill Public House third festival is June 13

Mark your calendar: There’s a tent full of tastings from local vineyards and some of Virginia’s top craft brewers, music by three popular local bands and more at the Flint Hill Public House Restaurant & Inn’s third “backyard festival” on Saturday, June 13 on the spacious meadow out back.

Wine tastings provided by Desert Rose Ranch & Winery, Fox Meadow Winery, Gadino Cellars, Gray Ghost Vineyards, Mountain View Vineyard & Winery, Philip Carter Winery of Virginia, Rappahannock Cellars, Narmada Winery, Ducard Vineyards and Three Fox Vineyards. Craft beers include Bold Rock Hard Ciders, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Starr Hill Brewery, Legend Brewing, Cobbler Mountain Cellars and Three Brothers Brewing Company.

Music by the Gold Top County Ramblers, the Shenandoah Travelers Bluegrass Band and the Bradley Davis Duo throughout the day and early evening.

Tickets to the tasting and music are $35 and available online at Entertainment-only tickets (or tickets for ages 20 and younger) are $10.  

The Flint Hill Public House Restaurant & Inn is a popular fixture in Flint Hill, so attendance and parking in the immediate area is limited.  Guests must be 21 or older to drink and an adult must accompany children at all times; all pets must be on leashes. Seating is not supplied, but guests can bring quilts or lawn chairs. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available from the grill for a nominal fee and the restaurant’s full menu will be available indoors or on the patio.

The Public House has more than tripled the size of this year’s event, according to John Gruber, managing partner for the popular restaurant, inn and five-acre country estate.  “In addition to our deck, covered patio and pavilion, we have opened up the back yard to accommodate more vineyards, breweries and for the first time, local businesses,” Gruber said.        

Festival guests will be able to tour the Public House’s 5,000-square-foot garden that produces fresh vegetables for the restaurant. For more information or reservations, contact Theresa Baldwin at  540-675-1700 or

Hill House’s open house May 23

Lobelia cardinalis, aka cardinal flower, aka the hummingbird magnet, is among the native plants cultivated at Hill House Nursery in Castleton.Courtesy photo
Lobelia cardinalis, aka cardinal flower, aka the hummingbird magnet, is among the native plants cultivated at Hill House Nursery in Castleton.

Another date to save: Hill House Nursery, which specializes in native plants, trees, shrubs and perennials and habitat-friendly landscaping, holds its spring open house from 9 to 4 on Saturday, May 23 at 631 Scrabble Road in Castleton. Stroll Hill House’s wide selection to find native plants for any garden spot and create your own habitat-rich landscapes. For more information, call 540-937-1798.

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