The Rapp for July 11

Gadino’s anniversary

The view from the deck at Gadino Cellars.
The view from the deck at Gadino Cellars.

Gadino Cellars celebrates its eighth anniversary this Saturday (July 13). Paula and Troy Haag of Magick Kat perform from 2 to 5:30; the tasting room opens at 11:30 a.m.

Come out and be a part of La Famiglia as the Gadinos complete their eighth year! Admission is free; tasting fees apply.

For more information, contact the winery at 540-987-9292.

Washington artist in national exhibition

Talk about making a good impression: The American Impressionist Society — the country’s premier organization devoted to Impressionist art — has selected an oil painting by local artist Nedra Smith for inclusion in the group’s prestigious National Exhibition.

Detail of Nedra Smith’s “Gotcha Covered” painting, headed for the American Impressionist Society’s national exhibition.
Detail of Nedra Smith’s “Gotcha Covered” painting, headed for the American Impressionist Society’s national exhibition.

The painting by Smith, a Washington resident and member of the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC), was selected from among hundreds of works by artists around the country, a remarkable accomplishment for someone who has been painting professionally for only about six years. She declared herself “stunned and grateful to be included,” especially since this is the first time she’d submitted a work for a show of this caliber.

“I never dreamed I’d be accepted first time out. I am both honored and thankful to all the wonderful people in our community who have been so supportive as I have worked to improve my painting skills,” Smith said.

The work is entitled “Gotcha Covered,” and depicts a scene from an Idaho rodeo — two safety riders keeping pace with a young rider on his first bucking bronco. The exhibition runs from Sept. 28-Nov. 2 at the M Gallery of Fine Art in Charleston, S.C.

CMR Farm Show

The Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock (CMR) Farm Show runs July 11-15 at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprise. Those who enjoy baking can enter the pound cake or apple pie contests; gardeners, artists and seamstresses may enter items in the Homemakers’ building, where their entries will be judged; and everyone can enjoy looking at the many animals that have been raised by 4-H members and attending the animal shows. Come out and show your support! For more information about the farm show, visit

Taste with the experts

Join winemaker Sudha Patil and Dave Barber of the American Wine Society at Narmada this Saturday (July 13) to preview the newest reds and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the production process.

Barber is a certified wine judge and evaluates wine in numerous competitions throughout the country. He is a co-chairman and chief statistician for the annual American Wine Society Wine Competition and was recognized as the Outstanding Member of AWS for 2011. He’s also a charter member of  the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine. He can even open a bottle of champagne with a saber!

Tickets are $25. There are two sessions, at 1 and 3 p.m. Admittance gives you access to the private futures sale. For more information or to order your tickets, call 540-937-8215 or email

Narmada also recently received not one, but two gold medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013. The honors went to Narmada Winery Viognier 2011 and Narmada Winery Reflection 2010, a 100-percent Chambourcin wine made in a dry style.

Of the 56 wines entered from Virginia, only four gold medals were awarded. Narmada took two, and Barboursville Vineyard received a gold for Cabernet Franc and for Octagon. Octagon was the top winner this year at Virginia’s Governor’s Cup Wine Competition.

Jackson fundraiser July 19

E.W. Jackson, the Republican Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor in this November’s election, will be in Rappahannock County next Friday (July 19) to be honored at a reception and fundraiser.

The GOP candidate will meet and greet friends and supporters starting at 6:30 p.m. at Grey Ghost Vineyards (14706 Lee Highway, Amissville). The fundraiser, hosted by The Friends of E.W. Jackson and the Republican Party of Rappahannock County, features wine, hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to meet and talk with the candidate.

Jackson secured the Republican nomination in an upset at the party’s May convention. His background includes three years of military service in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Three years later he graduated from Harvard Law School. While in law school, he was accepted into the Baptist ministry and studied theology at Harvard Divinity School.

Jackson’s family history in Virginia dates back to the time of the Revolutionary War. According to the 1880 census, his great grandparents, Gabriel and Eliza, were a sharecropper family in Orange County. His grandfather, Frank Jackson, moved to Richmond and then to Pennsylvania where Jackson was born.

Tickets to the Amissville reception are $50 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jeff Knight at 703-894-8000 or

RC Baseball update

Congratulations to both the 12U and 9U Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball all-star teams on their performance last weekend. The 12U team won both games and are going to the state tournament as the District 9 champions! Great job players and coaches! They begin play against Gloucester at 5 p.m. today (Thursday, July 11) in Staunton. Best of luck to all.

The 9U team held on for a close win Saturday against Summit Point to face Winchester Sunday and made things interesting late, but came up short against a very good Winchester team. Congrats to Winchester; they will represent our district well. Our 9U team played hard, practiced hard and were very well prepared. RC Baseball is very proud of this team!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support these tournaments by watching games, buying concessions, lining fields, keeping score and cheering on all these teams over the weekend.

— Chris Dibble

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