RAWL Dogs: Bailey

I’m a medium-size, five-year-old dog and I am part Hound, part Lab. That’s a deep, rich, chocolate brindle coat that I wear. My name is Bailey, but I don’t really need a name, because you hardly know that I am there. Some people think I am part cat, because I am so clean and so quiet that I blend into the background.


The Rapp

Updates on the Sperryville July Fourth Celebration, an upcoming visit by guitarist Laurence Juber to the Theatre, and the latest on this summer’s Castleton Festival. […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville: Honoring our heroes

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates American men and women who died while in military service. First enacted to honor Union […]


RAWL Dogs: Buddy

If I am outside when you drive up to the shelter here in Amissville, you will hear me. My bass voice – rather musical, if I may say so – will ring out as you approach. In truth, it makes me sound bigger than I really am. This sound of greeting, or warning, will go well at your place, especially at night, should intruders on four feet or two feet venture near.

My name is Buddy. There’s Shepherd and Great Dane in my DNA. I’m only a year and a half old, and in my short time here I’ve learned what a leash is for, and how we use it together. […]


The Rapp

Calendar items — including those you can submit to us online || Rae auctions off everything || You can be an extra in a film being shot in the county || Farm-to-Table news […]


Sperryville: Delightful Blue Rock brunch

The inspiration and influence of executive chef-consultant Gerard Pangaud guides the delectable French-inspired menu at the Blue Rock Inn while the execution by chef Rachel Rowland is sumptuous and elegant. At Sunday brunch Chef Roger’s […]


The Twain is still running

By the time he was 30 years old, Samuel Langhorne Clemens used his nom de plume of “Mark Twain” every time he went out his front door into the public life. That way, he said, […]


RAWL Dogs: Boon

Greetings! I am Boon and I am just 10 weeks old. I’m just a small ball of hair, kind of like a four-footed mop. You could roll me around the living room and, with a little tickling, I’d laugh all night long. You could have friends over and spend time guessing what heritage I might come from. Since it’s all mixed up, I become the catch-all: Rappahannock Mountain Dog. Tell you what: make up some papers and send them up to the AKC and watch them faint! […]

Chester Gap Column

New firehouse plans

A meeting has been scheduled for 2 p.m. June 6 at the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department’s banquet hall to discuss plans and considerations for the proposed new firehouse to be constructed. Department Vice President […]

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A Tucker Hill retrospective at Caulfield Gallery; frost damages some vineyards; this year’s Rappahannock Evening View benefit has a distinctly local flavor. […]


One ‘Little Shop,’ one big hit

“Little shop, little shop of horrors . . . bop sh’bop . . . little shop of terror . . .” The mammoth undertaking of a full-length musical production surfaced in the seemingly innocent and most unlikely of places – the Rappahannock County High School auditorium!

Last weekend, in a two-night sensory extravaganza (May 7-8), the RCHS drama club collaborated to produce Howard Ashman’s and Alan Menken’s classic, “Little Shop of Horrors.” […]

Clark Hollow Ramblings

Of snipe hunts and timber doodles

Hasn’t this been a gorgeous spring? I don’t think I have ever seen the redbud trees in such splendor as they were a few weeks ago. They are always beautiful, especially alongside the dogwoods, but […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville: Village’s sidewalk is lovely again

The brick sidewalk at the pedestrian bridge that was so badly damaged during the winter snows has been repaired thanks to the hard work of Nick Rustig. Special thanks go to Jerome Niessen for assigning him to our community project! As you walk by to see the great work Nick did, you may see Charles Dodson weeding or mowing . It is volunteer work such as this that helps keep our village shining! […]


RAWL Dogs: Sid

Please look again at my picture. Identify the movie star that I resemble, if you can.

Got it? My looks, and hence my name, are those of Sid in “Ice Age.” That is what movie experts in Amissville have concluded. So, I am Sid. I am a small hound, one that likes children and likes to retrieve, of all things! I am two years old and mature enough not to be flustered when you come around asking for autographs. […]

Washington Column

Washington: A legacy lives on in Rappahannock County

Our deepest sympathy goes to family of Ester Settle. Ester passed away on Monday (May 10) after a long battle with cancer. She devoted so much of her life helping others with cancer and also raising money to find a cure.
She was a loyal friend of the highest principles and values who would smile and always would listen. She loved Rappahannock County, its people and her heritage. She adored her family. […]