The Rapp for June 23

Fourth (Estate) Friday tomorrow

Story ideas: Have some? Need some? Want to weigh in on some of ours? Be at the Country Cafe in Washington at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, June 24) for our monthly Fourth (Estate) Friday, a one-hour gathering with the newspaper staff at which we’ll buy your coffee and keep relatively quiet while you talk. Email or call 540-675-3338 if you have questions.

Lessard joins NPCF board

Rick Lessard of Sperryville joins community foundation board.
Rick Lessard of Sperryville joins community foundation board. Roger Piantadosi | Rappahannock News

Richard “Rick” Lessard of Sperryville is the newest addition to the board of directors of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, beginning his three-year term on June 1.

Lessard and his wife, Dot, retired to Rappahannock County in 2007 but have owned property there for 30 years. The couple have been longtime supporters of serving their community. Lessard is a career architect who put his expertise to use both on the executive development board at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning, and the Advisory Council of the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture. He currently serves as a member of the Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority. His wife serves on the Headwaters Foundation board and volunteers regularly at the Rappahannock Food Pantry.

Lessard learned more about the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation when Jane Bowling-Wilson — whom he and his wife had known for years through Headwaters — took on her role as its executive director last summer. When Bowling-Wilson asked Lessard to join the community foundation’s board of directors, he didn’t hesitate.

“It’s important to give back,” Lessard said. “There’s always someone who’s less fortunate.” He had been introduced to the community foundation through the launch of Give Local Piedmont in 2014, but hadn’t been aware of how many nonprofit organizations it has impacted in the four-county area over the years. Lessard was especially impressed with PATH Foundation’s philanthropic program that gave $25 to each high school senior in Culpeper, Fauquier, and Rappahannock counties during Give Local Piedmont. “If you give, you always receive,” he said. “Introducing young people to the concept of giving will impact them for a lifetime.”

Lessard looks forward to sharing the NPCF’s mission with the many personal and professional contacts he has made over the years. “I want people and organizations to get involved because we all need to help each other.”

Established in 2000, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation is a public charity that builds philanthropic capital to enhance and preserve the quality of life in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties and to strengthen the region’s nonprofit organizations.

The Farmer’s Market at Little Washington

In about a week, the Inn at Little Washington will start up the Village Market, a Sunday farmers market in the courtyard of the Inn’s Parsonage that will give visitors and neighbors a taste not only of the Inn’s exclusive products but those of local farmers, artisanal food makers and craftspeople.

The farmer’s market runs through October. Over the last four decades, the Inn has developed an extensive network of local farmers and artisans, and the market provides a perfect opportunity to introduce them to guests and neighbors.

Each week a rotating roster of local vendors and artisans will be offering meats, cheeses, soups, produce, tea, jewelry, pottery and more. In addition, The Inn’s kitchen will provide a selection of breads, pastries, jams and pickles as well as North Carolina-style pulled pork barbeque. The Inn’s in-house floral designer Andrew Gromek will have a selection of bouquets and floral arrangements for sale. There will be live bluegrass music by the Plank Stompers.

“A market in Little Washington is something I’ve wanted to do for years” says chef/proprietor Patrick O’Connell. “When Joneve Murphy, our former farmer-in-residence, returned from a year of teaching farming techniques in developing nations she was eager to take on a new project. We talked and the stars aligned. Everyone here is excited about this new undertaking. I’ll be in line for barbeque and hope to see you there.”

The full 2016 Village Market vendor list includes the following farmers and artisans: Full Moon Farm, herbs and tinctures; Sara Schneidman, artist; Natural Pure Honest, soaps and bath products; Karmic Kindness, jewelry; Great Greens, family farm; Urban Wood Studio, jewelry; Heritage Hollow Farm, family-run pasture-based livestock farm; Heirloom Kitchen, vegetarian prepared soups; The Silver Spun Rabbit, jewelry and weaving; Sweet Valley Dairy, goat and cow cheese and ice creams; Loose Leaf Tea Company, tea; Donna La Pre, fiber art and lotions; Full Moon Farm, herbs; Ridge Line Design, jewelry; Oak Shade Farm, weaving, rugs and honey; The Inn at Little Washington, baked goods, jams, sandwiches and flower arrangements.

Weekly vendors and schedule can be found online at

Middle Street celebrates the park service

Dry Tortugas, a photo by Gary Anthes, is part of Middle Street's show at Haley Fine Art.
Dry Tortugas, a photo by Gary Anthes, is part of Middle Street’s show at Haley Fine Art. Gary Anthes

Middle Street Gallery joins with Shenandoah National Park and Shenandoah National Park Trust in a series of special exhibitions this summer to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Photographers, painters, sculptors and print-makers present new works inspired by sites all over the U.S., from Acadia National Park in Maine to Grand Canyon National Park to Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. The art will especially spotlight Shenandoah National Park.

Middle Street Gallery's national park-inspired exhibit at Haley Fine Art includes this work by artist Rosabel Goodman-Everard.
Middle Street Gallery’s national park-inspired exhibit at Haley Fine Art includes this work by artist Rosabel Goodman-Everard.

Among the tenants of River District Arts who lost their home this month, Middle Street is happy to have the show hosted by Haley Fine Art in Sperryville. The exhibit by the cooperative’s 22 members will be on display from June 24 through July 24.

Haley Fine Art will host a public reception 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday (June 25). Representatives from Shenandoah National Park and the Trust will will attend.

On Aug. 4, the show will move to Skyland Resort and to Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park. The works will be on display there through Oct. 31. The art will be for sale at all three locations.

The Shenandoah National Park Trust, the park’s official philanthropic partner, will receive a portion of all sales from the show. The Trust invests in programs and initiatives to ensure that the national park remains a crown jewel of the Park Service, an economic driver for the region and a national treasure.

The National Park Service, created on August 25, 1916, is charged with a mandate “to conserve the scenery, the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein, and to . . . leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Today, the [Service]is responsible for 410 areas deemed to be of such national significance as to justify special recognition and protection. These areas include a wide variety of designations including national parks, battlefields, monuments, seashores, lakeshores, historic sites, scenic trails and more. Some 307 million people a year visit these places.

Shenandoah National Park encompasses 200,000 acres along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia between Waynesboro and Front Royal and is enjoyed by more than 1.3 million visitors a year. Its wooded mountains and meadows can be explored by driving 105 miles of the Skyline Drive, or by hiking some 500 miles of trails. The park is home to a wide diversity of plants and animals, and there are many ranger-led programs available to learn about the park’s natural and cultural history.

Come and enjoy this special collection of art celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, and remember that any purchases of art will help to support the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

Haley Fine Art is open 10 to 6 Thursday-Monday at 42 Main St., Sperryville. Call 540-987-1000 or visit for more information.

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