The Rapp for April 14

Staying busy this weekend?

The bottom line is, you won’t have any trouble keeping busy this weekend.

On Friday afternoon (April 15), if you’ve admired the work of Rappahannock artists Hans Gerhard, Jeanne Drevas or Nina Moore, you’ll want to show up at Warrenton’s Gallery 251 (between JoAnn Fabrics and Tropical Smoothies in Warrenton Village Center) for an opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m., of the show that the three will share with artists Nancy Brittle, Tom DePree and Jack Frazier for the next two months.

Gerhard will be showing both his found metal sculptures and paintings; Drevas her “bark art,” including “New Old Growth” shown here (all natural, local materials used!), and Moore her handmade paper, including “Startled,” shown here.

On Saturday, it’s Fodderstack 10K day, plus both Middle Street Gallery and Trinity Episcopal Church will be showing off lots of art (and music by Mandalele, at Middle Street), while Washington Baptist hosts a Grandma’s Attic indoor yard sale from 8 to 2. There’s a story here about what to look for at the Trinity art show – which continues on Sunday.

Also Saturday is the Miss Rappahannock Pageant, starting at 3 p.m. at the elementary school – an annual gala for all ages that benefits Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad and is always great fun. And Reynolds Baptist Church’s annual car and truck show at the Sperryville fire hall. And a potluck dinner and (another) Mandalele concert at Belle Meade Schoolhouse.

And Celtic music by Iona at the Theatre in Washington Saturday night.

For details of all that and more, you really need to check out the event calendar.

Cleanup on Aisle 211

A few months ago, we noticed a lone figure on a sunny but cold afternoon picking up litter along U.S. 211 at Massies Corner. Then we noticed that it was . . . Mike Massie, whose family has farmed that corner for more than a few generations, and gave it its name.

Because next Saturday (April 23) is Earth Day, you have an excuse to act likewise and join the Rappahannock County Democrats for their annual litter pickup, which starts at Massies Corner and works its way to the library further west. For more info, call Jed Duvall at 540-937-9934 or Hank Gorfein at 540-675-3515.

We should probably point out that you probably won’t see Mike Massie out there on the 23rd – mostly because – well, for a lifelong cattle farmer like Mike, every day is Earth Day. See his latest “View From Massies Corner” column here.

Picasso up for grabs!

Well, okay, not an original but a monumental recreation by Wakefield Country Day School students of Picasso’s “Weeping Woman” – in the medium of . . . rug.

The hand-felted homage to Picasso’s painting was a project of the entire student body, from preschool to high school art students.

In conjunction with the project, the older students visited the Musee de Picasso exhibit currently showing at Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond. The rug, on display in the main lobby of the Flint Hill school, is among the items to be auctioned at Wakefield’s annual spring fundraiser dinner/auction. For more about that, call 540-635-8555 email development director Jim Hart at

Gray Ghost goes gold

Gray Ghost’s 2010 Adieu captured gold at the 2011 Monterey Wine Competition in King City, Calif. As a result of this award, the Amissville winery’s Adieu will be featured at the 18th annual Monterrey Wine Competition Grand Tasting in May.

Gray Ghost swept two additional California competitions. At the Grand Harvest Awards in Healdsburg, the 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Reserve Chardonnay all received medals.

At the Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi, the 2009 Reserve Chardonnay took silver and the 2010 Riesling and 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon took bronze. The Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi is unique in that it is the only California-based wine competition that solely utilizes consumers to evaluate entries.

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