The Rapp for Oct. 4

Solar you say?

The National Solar Tour is coming to Rappahannock.

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, several properties in the county will be open to visitors as part of the National Solar Tour. Rappahannock residents are invited to stop by the properties to see what different systems look like (roof mounted vs. ground mounted) and how they work.

Learn why folks in the county have gone solar, and connect with others interested in solar energy. The open houses are free and open to the public — everyone is welcome to attend.

Go to to learn more, locate the properties in the area participating in the tour — along with their opening hours — and RSVP.

Bus to Big Apple

Here’s your chance to support the Rappahannock County High School Class of 2021 while enjoying the Big Apple decked out in holiday splendor.

Sit back and allow a luxury charter to whisk you to the beautiful city of New York. Enjoy the day sightseeing, shopping, and taking in a show or just taking in the beauty and sounds of Central Park amidst a dazzling array of Christmas spirit and decorations.

The bus will depart Rappahannock County High School at 3 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, allowing an entire day of doing whatever interests you. The bus promptly leaves New York at 7:30 p.m. for the return to the RCHS. Participants will park in the back parking lot of RCHS for the day.

Tickets are $100 per person per seat. The bus has an on-board lavatory, television screens for video and DVD viewing, and large storage bays to ensure the trip is comfortable. All students must be accompanied by a parent.

Tickets are on sale now, limited to 55 seats and sold on a first come first served basis. No refunds will be issued. Please contact Janet Robey at Rappahannock County High School, 540-227-0745 or by email for the purchasing of tickets.

Notes from the News

The thank-you letter to volunteers and donors submitted last week by the Taste of Rappahannock turned out to be from 2017’s dinner. The correct letter surrounding this year’s dinner will appear in next week’s issue of the Rappahannock News.

Reaves honored

Rev. Sanford Reaves Jr., has been recognized for his service to church, community and family. Courtesy photo

The Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association Ministers’ and Deacons’ Union in Rixeyville has recognized Reverend Sanford Reaves, Jr., for his dedication, vision and strong leadership role as the past Ministers’ and Deacons’ Union Moderator.

Reaves, the Union noted, has played an outstanding role in the community, within the churches and in his family. He has served on the Culpeper County Planning Commission for over 20 years, is former president of the Culpeper Chapter of NAACP, which he now serves as vice president, and is a board member of the Salem Educational Foundation and the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce.

Holding a Master’s of Divinity, Reaves is also an entrepreneur — owning and managing Sanford and Sons Construction and Janitorial Services

His greatest achievement and gift to all, in the words of Reaves: “God has blessed me, and He wants me to be a blessing to someone else, so as I climb the ladder I will reach down and help someone else to come up too.”

Reaves received a plaque of recognition and appreciation on Sunday at the Ministers’ and Deacons’ Union September session.

Second Saturday

Find your favorite events and mark your calendars now for Second Saturday — October 13th — sponsored by the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail.

Open Door Tour


Gray Ghost Vineyards: Sip wine and relax in the garden or Mosby Lounge. Order a picnic or bring your own, and enter the free drawing for passes to the Fall Art Tour! 11 to 5.

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery: Enjoy music by singer-songwriter Maddi Mae with blues, rhythm, folk, and reggae-rock from 2 to 5. Uncle Vinny’s BBQ’s has delicious food from 12 to 5 pm! The tasting room features craft wines paired with cheese and chocolate 11:30 to 5:30.

Narmada Winery: First Annual Grape Stomp! Take your shoes off for an unforgettable experience mashing Chambourcin grapes. Open to the first 100 participants for $5 person, 1 to 3. Open 11 to 7.

Flint Hill

Griffin Tavern: Andre Fox Band plays motown music with a funky twist. The house gets full so come early and dine on one of Chef Rachel’s specialties. Music from 8 to 11.

Old Rag Photography at Griffin Tavern: Enjoy Dark Skies, Joyce Harman’s exhibition of nighttime photography printed on metal. Harman will be present 2 to 5

Rappahannock Cellars: There’s no better way to enjoy American Craft Week than by tasting agri-artisan wine and craft cocktails. Dine with Hazard Mill Kitchen food truck 12 to 5 and drop your name in the hat to win passes for the Fall Art Tour. 11:30 to 6.


Martin Woodard Art Studio: Examine fine handmade jewelry from Ridge Line Designs, beautiful pottery handcrafted at Juba Mountain, and paintings by Martin Woodard reflecting beautiful Piedmont vistas. 12 to 5.

River District Potters: Potter Sara Adams will teach you to create a ceramic marker to designate flowers and vegetables in the garden, or mark a pet’s grave. Workshop 11 to 3. Fee $5. To reserve: text 202 256-7005.

Sperryville ARTists Cooperative: Draw with blocks of colored beeswax on a heated metal plate and transfer the art onto paper. Ages 10 to 100 are invited to a workshop with artist Jane Forth. $10 covers all materials. Two sessions: 11 to 1:30 and 3:30 to 4:30.


Eastwoods Nursery: Specializing in Japanese Maples, ginkgoes and dwarf conifers, and wooden planter boxes from locally harvested wood. Fri., Sat. and Sun. is open house from 10 to to 4. Get answers to your questions and tree needs. Signs point the way from Rts. 211/522.

Gadino Cellars: October brings a Three-Pack Special that includes a 2016 Vidal Blanc, 2015 Merlot, and 2014 Delfino Rosso. Come by for a tasting or a glass of your favorite; then stock up with the Three-Pack. Open 11:30 to 6.

Hazel River Arts and Antiques: Artist and craft demos and displays include weaving, basketry, turquoise Inlay, copper dowsing rods & banjo mutes, carved signs, rug hooking, punched needle felting, Adirondack chairs, pottery, glass designs and stone carving. Jim Mello’s loom weaving, Sally Mello’s rug hooking and needle felting and the paintings of Bonnie Dixon featured, 10 to 5.

Middle Street Gallery: Solo show of the beautifully polished sculptures of Robert E. Bouquet, known for using hand tools and a direct carving method — an exhibition perfectly suited to American Craft Week. Artist reception 3 to 5. Open 11 to 4.

Quievremont Winery: The Ben Mason Experience plays 3 to 6. CDs of album, “Flesh and Bone,” available for purchase. Patty Sevre will be engraving glass, taking custom orders and offering pieces, 12 to 7.

The Inn at Little Washington: The Village Market offers BBQ lunch plus gourmet meats, jams, pickles, preserves, baked goods, and botanicals as well as handcrafted items, 10 to 2.


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