The Rapp for July 15

Photo by Hazel Zinn-Day

Standout basketmaker

Kayla McGhee, daughter of Cindy and Kenny McGhee of Sperryville, won a first-place blue ribbon for her basket at last week’s Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show. Kayla is part of the 4-H Basket Weavers Club run by Kim Nelson and her mother, Nancy Wheaton. Another club member, Kori Smith of Amissville, also received blue-ribbon recognitiion in the basket-weaving competition at the CMR Show.

The photo here was kindly sent in by Hazel Zinn-Day of Rock Mills, who won herself a CMR Best in Show ribbon for her echinacea flower.

Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi

All work, more play

Those who’ll be at work so you can play, or at least enjoy music and more at the Castleton Festival, include young people – like conducting fellow Yorgos Kouritas, studying yet another score as he sat in the audience during a rehearsal – as well as us generally older folks who live here and volunteer our time and homes.

The schedule this coming week, meanwhile:

Performances of “The Beggar’s Opera” are 7:30 p.m. Thursday (July 15) and Saturday (July 17). John Gay’s theatrical landmark is conducted by maestro Lorin Maazel.

The Castleton Festival Orchestra performs in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday (July 16). The orchestra performs each of the four weekends under the direction of Maestro Maazel and the festival’s resident conductors. The orchestra consists of promising young players from top conservatories around the United States, as well as students from the Royal College of Music in London.

Puccini’s “Il Trittico will be staged at 2 p.m. Sunday (July 18). The Italian master’s triptych of beguiling one-act operas is being performed in the festival tent each weekend.

The festival’s Little Washington Recitals continue with one scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday (July 19) at the Theatre at Washington. The program consists of Brahms’ Die Schone Magelone featuring tenor Dominic Armstrong and narrator Dietlinde Turban-Maazel.
Tickets for any of the performances can be obtained through the festival’s Web site at More information is available by calling 866-974-0767 or 540-937-4969 from 10 to 5 weekdays.

Courtesy photo

Winners on the field

The Rappahannock Athletic Association/Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball 12-and-under all-star team won the recent District IX Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Tournament to advance to the Virginia State tournament and a game today. The team, managed by Wayne Dodson of Amissville, soundly beat the Winchester All-Star team in double elimination play, 13-3 and 16-1. The Rapp team played sound defense; offensively, they were on fire. The team travels to Rockville, Va. today (July 15) to compete in the 10-team double-elimination state tournament. Winners move on to regional play in Lakeland, Fla. Good luck to the Rapp team!

More Gray Ghost gold

Gray Ghost Winery earned a gold award for its 2009 Adieu wine at the San Francisco International Wine Competition held this year from June 18 to 20.

The Amissville winery has won 52 medals in international wine competitions in this year alone. The San Francisco competition drew more than 3,500 entries. As a top medal winner, Adieu will be featured in the August issue of The Tasting Panel magazine.
Gray Ghost Winery is located at 14706 Lee Hwy.; call 540-937-4869.

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