Of course Rappahannock is in the News, the local paper you’re reading at this moment. We’re talking about the news.
Herewith a quick rundown of attention paid to various Rappahannock County businesses, artists and others in the D.C. and national media world over the last month:
• Veteran New York Times food writer Marian Burros’ comprehensive and complimentary eight-page spread in the fall issue of Edible DC covers the ever-increasing breadth of Rappahannock’s restaurant scene, from the venerable Inn at Little Washington to the steadfastly home-cooking Country Cafe across the street, and almost everything in between, from Sperryville’s El Quijote, Flint Hill’s triple threat (24 Crows, Griffin Tavern and the Public House) and the Blue Rock Inn (which is for sale again, but operating at speed until further notice).
Burros also delves briefly into the recent controversy over development, by Jim Abdo and others, in Little Washington, and quotes the Inn’s Patrick O’Connell, who’s been there before (“The resentment against a business catering to outside clientele, even if it brings money into town, is not unique”), as well as an optimistic David Huff of the Country Cafe (“Washington, Va., is probably more beautiful today than it’s ever been”).
Burros, who researched the piece over three long weekends here, was back again last weekend, in part to see satirist Mark Russell’s show at the Theatre in Washington (at which Russell, who’s been converting controversy to comedy since Watergate, referred to the goings-on in town as “Abdo-gate”).
• SouthwestArt, a glossy magazine for art collectors, included Rappahannock County painter Nedra Smith in its October issue, a glowing portrait of her being part of an article titled “Ones to Collect.”
• Saveur, the food and wine connoisseur’s trusted almanac, included Sperryville’s Triple Oak Bakery in its “Best of the Blue Ridge” feature in September. (The same article also mentioned Red Truck Bakery, whose owner Brian Noyes decided in the meantime not to open a commercial bakery and cafe in the building on Washington’s Main Street, as Abdo had hoped. That development was covered on The Washington Post’s business pages last week.)
• Speaking of The Post: Bill Williams, 76, who lives in Slate Mills, was featured last month in The Post’s “John Kelly’s Washington” column. Kelly had written a column a month earlier about Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory, specifically its days as an actual torpedo factory during World War II — about which Williams had written to Kelly.
Williams’ father, Lewis, was a machinist at the Naval Torpedo Station and his family — his dad and mom, their two sons and two daughters — all shared a three-bedroom duplex in the Chinquapin factory housing complex. Last year, though Williams told Kelly, “I don’t know why,” the Slate Mills retiree spent three months fashioning a detailed scale model of the house where his family lived (the actual housing complex is long gone, replaced by a park). “I just had it in my head I needed to make a Chinquapin house.” Kelly’s article included a photo of Williams with the Chinquapin model.