The Rapp for May 21

Fourth (Estate) Friday

Once a month, the staff of the Rappahannock News holds its Fourth (Estate) Friday open story-conference meeting, at which everyone is welcome (and everyone gets free coffee). This month’s meeting is tomorrow (Friday, May 29) at the Country Cafe in Washington. We’ll be there for an hour starting at 9 a.m. and hope to see you there. Call 540-675-3338 or email if you have any questions.

The Democrats of spring

Rappahannock County Democrats are holding a Spring Gathering at Gadino Cellars this Sunday (May 24) from 6:30 p.m. till whenever, with special guests Democratic Party consultant Jim Duffy and state senate candidate April Moore (who is running against incumbent Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg in Virginia’s 26th District, which includes Rappahannock County), and music by Dontez. Tickets are $30 and available from Ross O’Donoghue at 540-987-8019 or at the door, and include two glasses of wine and light Italian fare.

A New York Times bestseller in town

theRappBookKim-21 theRappBookInn-21Chef Patrick O’Connell’s lavish new hardcover book, “The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession,” made it onto the venerable New York Times bestseller list last week (along with two other books by publisher Rizzoli authors — but not including the book of another Rizzoli author, Kim Kardashian, whose “Selfish” did not make the list). We’re assuming Kardashian didn’t make the list because everyone’s already seen online the selfies that comprise much of her memoir, while O’Connell actually tells some interesting stories about the making of what has long been Rappahannock’s most popular tourist attraction.

Broadband forum is July 8

A free Community Broadband Forum sponsored by the Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors (GPAAR) and Rappahannock County has been scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 on Wednesday, July 8 at Rappahannock County High School. The forum, open to all, will include a panel of experts and stakeholders who’ll discuss the benefits of broadband expansion, including small-business and agribusiness impacts, healthcare implications and effects on community character. The keynote speaker is Basil I. Gooden, state director of the USDA’s Rural Development program. GPAAR, awarded a $5,000 grant last year by the state association of Realtors to organize the broadband forum, says that a General Assembly delegation and members of the governor’s cabinet have also been invited.

Ballard exhibits in Millwood

Detail of "Sunrise," a 31x19 acrylic on canvas painting, among artist Robert H. Ballard's works on exhibit at Duvall Designs in Millwood next month.
Detail of “Sunrise,” a 31×19 acrylic on canvas painting, among artist Robert H. Ballard’s works on exhibit at Duvall Designs in Millwood next month.

Washington artist and longtime gallery operator Robert H. Ballard has an exhibit of 20 new paintings at Duvall Designs Gallery in Millwood, through June. Ballard is exhibiting with artist Julie Miles of Clark County, and there’s an opening reception at the Millwood gallery from 4 to 6 on June 6. While he’s shown and sold his work at his Main Street gallery for years, Ballard has also exhibited paintings on both coasts, in numerous one-person and group shows, and his work is included in several public and private collections.

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