The Rapp for Sept. 27

Fourth (Estate) Friday

If you haven’t gathered by the falling acorns, September’s fourth (and final) Friday is already upon us.

Fourth (Estate) Friday, this newspaper’s monthly invitation to readers to join us for coffee and dialogue, begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 28) at the Country Cafe in Washington. Rappahannock News staffers are eager to hear your thoughts, whether it surrounds the Washington Post Office skipping town or the proposed pathway connecting the county’s two public schools.

Questions? Email or call us at 540-675-3338.

Farm Tour

Tell your friends to tell their friends that the Rappahannock County Annual Farm Tour is just a day or two away, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30. Here are the featured farms opening their barn doors and selected pastures:

Bean Hollow Grassfed, Belle Meade Farm, Caledonia Farm, Crowfoot Farm, Freestate Llamas, Garden of Eatin’ at the Inn at Little Washington, Happy Henz, High Meadow Farm, Hinson Ford Cider and Mead, Kattle 1 Beef, Lee’s Orchard, Narmada Winery, Rock Mills Farm, The Farm at Sunnyside, and Whippoorwill Farm.


Farm to theatre

RAAC is presenting a Special Farm Tour Edition of Talk-Back this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Little Washington Theater on Gay Street.

Tomorrow (Friday) evening, the 2016 Audience Choice Award Film “Seed: The Untold Story,” will be screened. The thought-provoking film is provided by the Shepherdstown Conservation Film Festival.

Saturday evening, four short films will be shown — Soil Carbon Cowboys, Pollinators Under Pressure, Fix and Release, and Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission — none longer than 15 minutes. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has lined up speakers for discussions after the films.

Both evenings RAAC will be accepting contributions to benefit Virginia Working Landscapes.

Turn in nuts

Have any nuts around your house?

The Virginia Department of Forestry is seeking 12 species of acorns and nuts that can be planted into tree seedlings to become the forests of tomorrow. Rappahannock residents interested in collecting acorns or nuts should follow these guidelines:

Place nuts in a breathable sack or bag (no plastic). Acorns can have caps or not. On the bag, label the species and date of collection. Place them in a cool area until dropping them off at any local VDOF office (including 675 Frost Avenue in Warrenton) no later than Oct. 17.

Species needed: black oak, black walnut, Chinese chestnut, chestnut oak, Northern red oak, pin oak, sawtooth oak, Southern red oak, swamp chestnut oak, swamp white oak, white oak and willow oak.

For help with tree identification call Joshua of VDOF at 540-363-7000.

Ride to Thrive

The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP) will hold the 12th Annual Ride to Thrive Polo Classic this Saturday, Sept. 29, at Chetwood Park in The Plains. Gates open at 1 p.m.

Participants will enjoy an afternoon of polo, live and silent auctions, music, drinks and dining on a private estate. The event benefits NVTRP’s mission to provide equine-assisted activities to children and adults with disabilities, youth-at-risk, military service personnel and their families.

Proceeds will subsidize lessons for NVTRP riders and assist with farm operations. Tickets are $85 through

Annual aroma

Courtesy photo

Smell the apple butter? Rappahannock Lions Club members have kept busy slicing and cooking up apples, assisted here by Bryant and Brittney Lee of Lee’s Orchard. The mouth-watering apple butter is being sold — $6 per pint; two for $10 — once again this weekend outside Quicke Mart and points beyond.

And what are the Top 10 reasons to buy Lions Club apple butter?

10. Tastes great on toast and biscuits

9. Makes a tasty topping for pancakes

8. Moistens your favorite pound cake recipe

7. Adds a hint of fall to morning oatmeal

6. Makes cheese and crackers come alive

5. Livens up cooked carrots

4. Adds a unique twist to ham

3. Pairs with pork loin or chops

2. Sweetens sweet potatoes

1. Supports the Lions Club and its numerous charitable Rappahannock projects

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