A hot July; a very cool Castleton

The Castleton Festival ended last weekend with a bang. Actually several.

One was related to the weather. A microburst — or, as one of technical director Terry Robey’s crew put it, “the world’s biggest dust devil” — approached the 400-seat Festival Tent between performances Sunday afternoon as a “cold” front arrived, following a spate of 90-degree-plus days that roughly coincided with the four-week festival itself. “There was a loud pop — the pressure inside the tent just reacted to the pressure drop outside,” he said. “Nothing bad happened.” The front continued on, and wound up taking out much of the electric power in an unnamed cultural center 70 miles east of here. […]


Summer snapshots

It’s been an eventful July in Rappahannock. Top left, fire and rescue squads across Northern Virginia attended Paul Poling’s funeral last week in Warrenton; trucks from Warrenton and Culpeper squads crossed ladders and held an […]


Flowers and houses and tea, oh my!

Like it has since 1955, the Trinity Episcopal Church community in Washington is preparing for its annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour. Flowers are growing in gardens from Amissville to Boston for later drying and the three houses for this year’s tour are being readied for visitors. […]


Rapp Facts

Did you know that . . . What is now Ben Venue was once called Gaines Cross Roads, located at the intersection of the Warrenton-Thornton Gap Turnpike (now U.S. 211) and Richmond Road (Route 729). […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter: The best of all possible worlds

It is at my own hazard that I cross pens with the Duke of Sperryville, but being as this is Rappahannock County where the tradition of Virginia’s colorful eccentrics lives on, I’ll take another stab […]

Clark Hollow Ramblings

Gone fishing, and . . .

I wrote an article several years ago about fishing in Canada, and received some nice phone calls from readers with similar experiences. Well, I did it again. A lot of my friends think I’m crazy […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thanks to all

On Thursday, July 22, James Samuel Wines, our father and husband, went home to our Father in heaven. We would like to thank Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department for its response to our home and […]

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Letter: Scenic River controversy flows on

I just finished reading for the third time the July 15 front-page article about the Rappahannock Board of Supervisors delaying a vote on a State Scenic River designation for the Hazel River in Rapphannock County, […]


Sperryville: A Bolly good time at Narmada

Laughter and fun quickly energized the group that went to Narmada Winery in Amissville last Saturday for the first Bollywood dance and exercise class held in the tasting room. Led by Kumud Mathur, who is trained in Kathak and folk dances of India and has taught for more than 30 years, young and old alike quickly responded to her infectious spirit as they were led into the world of Indian movement and low-impact exercise. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and notices

• On Monday, Aug. 2 the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors will hold a 2 p.m. session and convene again at 7 p.m. for a public hearing. Both meetings will be at the Rappahannock County […]