The Rapp for Nov. 10

Pianist Audrey Andrist
Pianist Audrey Andrist

Audrey Andrist at the Theatre

Classical pianist Audrey Andrist performs 3 p.m. Sunday at Little Washington Theatre (291 Gay St.). Hailed as a “stunning pianist with incredible dexterity” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, Andrist has thrilled audiences around the globe and performed in North America’s most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Place des Arts in Montreal, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and Alice Tully Hall in New York. For tickets ($25, $10 ages 17 and younger) visit or call 540-675-1253.

Bel Canto’s fall concerts

Come away with Bel Canto! The local vocal ensemble’s fall concert, “Over the River and Through the Wood,” features travel- and transportation-themed works by Rossini, Thompson, Porter and more. The concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Trinity United Methodist Church (143 W. Main St. in Orange) and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at Madison’s Piedmont Episcopal Church (214 Church St.).

Bel Canto's fall concerts are Nov. 18 in Orange and Nov. 20 in Madison.
Bel Canto’s fall concerts are Nov. 18 in Orange and Nov. 20 in Madison. courtesy photo

Bel Canto is a small vocal ensemble that draws its voices from the surrounding counties, including Rappahannock. There is no charge for the concerts, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Lauren Estes at 540-962-5885.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program that will be coming to Rappahannock County in the spring. There’s a volunteer meeting next Thursday (Nov. 17) at Hearthstone School in Sperryville, the Rappahannock base for the program — which is open to girls in grades three through five, and helps them develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. The program’s season ends with a community 5K run. For more information, contact Julie Lohr at 540-497-1491 or visit

Food & Wine & Rappahannock

Food & Wine magazine last week came up with “Nine New Reasons to Visit Virginia Wine Country” — and six of them turned out to be in Rappahannock County, according to travel writer Christina Liva’s report posted Nov. 2 at magazine’s website (

Of the best new places to drink, eat, stay, shop and relax, the following were to be found in (as the magazine put it) “stunning Rappahannock County, where regulations against stoplights and chain stores make it feel like a step back in time”:

In the “Drink” category: Sperryville’s Pen Druid Brewing, which “feels more like Belgium than Virginia, where people of all ages come to connect with family and mingle with neighbors at the long and narrow communal tables.”

In the “Eat” category: Tula’s in Washington, where you can “sit outside in the courtyard when the weather permits and enjoy what they do best — fresh, reliable, classic Americana lunch fare, like Chicken Salad on sourdough, made with chicken raised on a nearby farm.”

In the “Stay” category: The White Moose Inn in Washington, which “offers a contemporary (read: cool) alternative to the ornate and wallpapered country inns and B&B’s that were once the area’s only options. With Scandinavia-meets-Napa-inspired design” and where “expansion plans slated for 2017 include an additional cottage and a pool, furthering the wine country resort feel.”

And under “Shop,” the Inn at Little Washington’s Village Market, which
“brings together an incredible network of local farmers, artisan producers, and craftspeople in a small, charming alley in Little Washington,” and Sperryville’s Waterpenny Farm, which is “not new, but probably the best-kept local secret in the area is [the farm’s] drive-through stand.”

Finally, for the “Relax” category, Little Washington Wellness Spa got Food & Wine’s blessing for “pulling off a palpable holistic vibe in this full-service spa, the first of its kind in the area — from the book of mantras in the waiting room to the salt lamps by the massage tables to the full line of high-end organic products by covetable organic skincare label Eminence.”

Santa Claus will be on hand at the Sperryville Schoolhouse Dec. 11.
Santa Claus will be on hand at the Sperryville Schoolhouse Dec. 11.

Celebrate with Santa at Sperryville Schoolhouse

Sperryville Schoolhouse is hosting a visit from Santa next month, with special activities both Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 for kids and families. Activities on Saturday include demo games for kids to play — meaning the many antique and vintage games to be found at Schoolhouse Antiques, plus product tastings, including cookies, cider, coffee, preserves and chocolate. Santa will be in the house from 10 to noon on Sunday. For more information, contact Maggi and Nicole at 540-987-9750 or

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