‘The free state of Rappahannock’

For years the Carrigans graciously opened their beautiful Avon Hall property for all to come together and celebrate Independence Day. The town of Washington, in turn, hosted the craftspeople and concessions that lined Gay Street. […]


Red, white and blue is everywhere

Wherever it’s celebrated in the U.S. of A., the Fourth is a unifying holiday. It’s a day to count our blessings, including the privilege of living here in the “Jewel of Virginia.” So…Happy Fortha Joo-lye! Strike up the band! […]


Debbie Keyser’s disappointing departure

The position, Keyser shares, unfortunately proved thankless, requiring her to work six and sometimes seven days a week within a noxious and politically charged environment. She had high hopes and dreams of making changes to benefit county residents. […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Thrilled’ with Grimsley

I am thrilled at the appointment of Shannon Grimsley for Rappahannock County [School] Superintendent! Shannon will provide the direction needed to further the school system and prepare our youth for the future. […]

Letters to the Editor

Celebrate Independence Day

Let’s all get together to join in the celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration. Come by the Democrats’ tent at the Sperryville VFD July 4th festival to share in the occasion. […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Provoking argument’ over the empire

John Kiser’s “Blow back,” Comment page has provided a convenient map of the planned carving up of parts of the soon-to-be-defunct Ottoman empire…his other points in his rambling essay seem designed to provoke argument and I’m sure they will. […]


Get the easy stuff right

At the June 5, 2017 meeting, 11 sets of minutes were presented for approval, and two sets of minutes were presented for reapproval, encompassing more than 50 hours of board deliberations that occurred over nine months […]

Washington Column

Ms. Hayden’s new adventure

Long-serving Inn PR director, Rachel Hayden, sets out for a new adventure; RappRocks summer craze is here; get an early start on the 4th holiday this Saturday with the American Festival Concert at Avon Hall. […]


Hope and opera

Charlottesville Opera’s 2017 Young Artists sing excerpts from the company’s summer season of “Rigoletto” and “Oklahoma” at the Rappahannock farm of Judy Hope last weekend. […]


Private showing

Artist and musician Linda Heimstra last year was awarded a Claudia Mitchell Grant from RAAC to, as she put it “study the amazing art of painting portraits with oils.” Her first subject: fellow musician Wendi Sirat. […]


Pink for parade day

John Vest, with grandsons Julian and Graham, represented Settle’s Cars and Trucks in Amissville for the parade last Thursday along U.S. 211, the Amissville VFD’s biggest fundraising event of the year. […]