It’s Fourth (Estate) Friday tomorrow (Feb. 27), the Rappahannock News’ monthly public story-conference meeting where anyone is welcome to drop by with ideas, questions, constructive criticism — or just a cup of coffee with the newspaper’s editorial staff. We’ll be there at 9 a.m. this Friday at the Country Cafe on Main Street in Washington, and we’ll buy your coffee (upgrades are on you). Call us at 540-675-3338 if you need to know more.
Theatre at Washington favorite Russell Wilson goes on at 8 p.m. this Saturday (Feb. 28) with a mix of music from the 1890s to the 1920s, plus a bit of Stride music of the ’20s and ’30s, including those of James P. Johnson, and Scott Joplin’s ever-popular piano rags.
Wilson calls it “Dixieland jazz for solo piano”; sometimes, he says, ragtime music can sound as if the tuba and banjo are being played by the left hand while the melody in the right hand is being played on a trumpet or clarinet. Wilson joined the President’s Own U.S. Marine Band in 2002, while he was a junior in college; he still performs with the band, playing all kinds of styles on piano, harpsichord, accordian and keyboards in public concerts and private events at the White House and around D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
For reservations and tickets ($25, $10 for students 17 and younger), call 540-675-1253 or visit theatrewashingtonva.com.
‘Gone Girl,’ here March 6
The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC) screens “Gone Girl” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6 at The Theatre at Washington. Admission is $6 for the R-rated drama/mystery from the novel and screenplay by Gillian Flynn. Directed by David Fincher, it stars Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, Neal Patrick Harris and Rosamond Pike. There’s popcorn, candy and water at the concession. For more, visit raac.org or call 800-695-6075.
The Rappahannock Historical Society’s seventh annual Antique Appraisal and Bakery Boutique is 10 to 2 Saturday, March 14 at Copper Fox Antiques (7 River Lane, Sperryville). Clear out your attic, garage and trunk to find that priceless item and head out to Copper Fox so the historical society’s appraisers can identify and evaluate your treasures. For more information, contact RHS at 540-675-1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Gov. Terry McAuliffe Tuesday night awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) 2015 Governor’s Cup to Shenandoah County’s Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-style blended red wine, the judges also included a Rappahannock-made wine among the 11 other winners in the Governor’s Cup Case: Narmada Winery’s 2010 Yash-Vir, a Merlot-dominated Bordeaux blend.
Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony in Richmond, McAuliffe said, “I am honored to present this year’s award to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio. Robert Muse and his wife, Sally Cowal, embody the entrepreneurial spirit of Virginia winemakers: a vision for excellence, a relish for hard work in the vineyard, and an aptitude for risk and experimentation. Thomas Jefferson would be proud of Robert and Sally’s efforts and I congratulate them for winning the 2015 Governor’s Cup.
The 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition was conducted over four weeks of preliminary tastings, held at the Capital Wine School in Washington, D.C. in January. The final round of tastings of entries, all of which are made with 100 percent Virginia fruit, was held at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in early February. The Governor’s Cup award winner and the other 11 wines that make up the 2015 Governor’s Cup Case, are the top 12 highest scoring wines chosen from 390 entries of both red and white wines, from 94 wineries.
Two years ago, Rappahannock Cellars’ 2010 Meritage was among the 12 gold medalists chosen from more than 400 entries in that Governor’s Cup competition. The Huntly winery is also the only winery in the county that has won the top prize, the Governor’s Cup itself (in 2005).