Gadino Cellars’ annual summer release party is also a “Stop the Pipeline” fundraiser. The music of Robbie Limon fills the air as Gadino’s tasting room on Schoolhouse Road releases the winery’s 2012 Viognier for all to enjoy; local author Larry “Bud” Meyer will be around to sign copies of his comic environmental novel “Mother Fracker” — set in part at Gadino and elsewhere around Rappahannock County. “Mother Fracker” is the general fiction winner at the 2014 Green Book Festival.
Come out to “drink in” a late summer day while enjoying a picnic, and help the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) muster a “Stop the Spectra Pipeline” effort to keep fiction — fracked natural gas moving through Rappahannock — from becoming fact. Music is 2 to 5:30; a portion of tasting fees and book sales will be donated to RLEP. Call 540-987-9292 for more information.
Two opportunities for kids to be out, about and learning new things in Rappahannock in the last weeks before school starts can be found at Sperryville’s two independent schools, Hearthstone and Belle Meade.
Hearthstone School’s last one-week day camp of the season (for ages 3 to 12) is next week (Aug. 4-8) from 9 to 3 p.m. daily at the school, and includes storytelling, watercolor painting, beeswax sculpture, candle making, movement and dance, water play, cooperative games, felting, basketry, beadwork, paper making, drumming, baking, nature walks and art from nature — which is not hard to find at Hearthstone, along the Thornton River and on the edge of Shenandoah National Park. The activities are led by artist and musician Janet Kerig and teacher and dancer Kitty Keyser. Details at hearthstoneschool.org/camps or call 540-987-9212.
Belle Meade School’s last summer camp session (for ages 6 to 13) also starts on Monday (Aug. 4) and runs for two weeks at the school ’s 138-acre farm, which features a pool, pond and pavilion (and a bed and breakfast), on F.T. Valley Road. Activities include swimming, excursions and nature hikes, pond activities (including canoeing), archery, writing, drawing, games, arts and crafts, and stories and singing. The activities are directed by Belle Meade’s own Susan Hoffman and camp counselors; the school offers transportation to and from pickup points in Amissville, Washington, Sperryville, Madison and Culpeper. For more information, call 540-987-9748 or email Susan Hoffman at email@example.com. (And check out Belle Meade’s summer camp video, made by counselor Joshua Lyons of Banco; there’s a link on rappnews.com.)
Living Sky Foundation holds its open house this weekend — a two-day fundraiser to support the children’s education and outreach organization from 10 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 2-3) at Living Sky’s new home at River District Arts (3 River Lane, Sperryville).
The $15 suggested donation is your ticket to music and arts, workshops, vendors, artist meet-and-greets, food and drinks (including tapas and sangria on the porch, courtesy of the River District’s El Quijote restaurant) and more.
The performances start at noon Saturday with Dontez Inferno; Eclectic Circus featuring Dani and Shawn Davison; and Kiaya & Sweet Poppa William. Sunday at 1 it’s Madonnas in a Field and Grass Fed, and then folk trio Mandalélé closes the festivities with a 7 p.m. house concert (limited seating; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-987-9288).
There will be performances throughout the weekend by Eclectic Circus (hoop dancing and circus arts) and by Rappahannock’s own masked dance troupe, Peggy Schadler’s 1000 Faces. For more information, visit livingsky.org or call 540-987-9288.
Hours are changing, or have changed, at several local establishments:
• Tula’s off Main, the restaurant and bar on Gay Street in Washington, is now open 11 to 9 Thursday-Monday.
• The Old Hollow Store on U.S. 211 in Sperryville is closed Sundays, starting this weekend. The store and deli are open 7 to 7 the other six days of the week.
• Sperryville’s El Quijote, the tapas and Spanish cuisine restaurant in the River District, is open 11 to 9 Thursday and Sunday, 11 to 10 Friday-Saturday.