Cochlear implant leads to new sounds — and book

It started over 30 years ago when Sloane reported to an ENT a constant ringing in his ears. A few years later, he received his first pair of hearing aids. Then, three years ago, his audiologist approached him with the idea of getting a cochlear implant. After some indecision, he went through the tedious process of applying, and, a few months later, underwent surgery. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for July 11

A man named Henry Lillard of Amissville, known as the Amissville whittler, would carve things with a pocket knife. Recently, granddaughter Cheryl Taylor donated some wonderful carvings by her grandfather to the Rappahannock Historical Society so people could stop in to see his amazing work. Henry didn’t use any fancy tools, only a barlow pocket knife that he had found. […]


‘Chills’ during patriotic American Festival Concert

“It was an awesome patriotic concert,” praises Sperryville resident Ray Boc, referring to retired U.S. Marine Col. John Bourgeois’ American Festival Concert this past Saturday evening atop the sweeping lawn of Washington’s Avon Hall, featuring the Bourgeois Concert Band assisted by members of the Madison County and Rappahannock County high school bands. […]

Food and Drink

Quarter century of Gray Ghost Vineyards

Gray Ghost Vineyards, the oldest winery in Rappahannock County, celebrates 25 years of winemaking excellence this weekend, July 13 and 14. The celebration will begin with a reception at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Richard Leahy, author of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, the definitive book on Virginia wine, will make remarks. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for July 11

Amissville’s own Hinson Ford Cider & Mead donated nearly 1,150 pours of their ciders and meads to support the just-concluded Smithsonian Institution’s 2019 Folklife Festival on the National Mall; and The Shenandoah Music Festival encourages Rappahannock residents to cross the mountains and experience “One Giant Leap,” celebrating the 50th anniversary to-date of the first moon landing in 1969. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for July 4

Open or not? Sure it’s a holiday, but there will be no shortage of food and beverages being served in Rappahannock County on the Fourth of July; and RAAC Community Theatre and Rapp at Home have a treat for you: not one, but two summer community readings of popular old time radio scripts, plus maybe an Agatha Christie radio play or a Golden Girls script, just for fun. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for July 4

Let’s take a step or two back in time, say around the 80’s and 90’s, when Little Washington used to have their big July 4 celebration all day long; and firehouse Treasures Thrift Shop operated by the wonderful Washington Ladies Auxiliary will be having a big July 4 sale on July 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for June 27

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be hosting Fire Camp on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at the station. Camp will be open to all Rappahannock County students grades 3-12 and will offer campers a chance to see what it’s like to be a firefighter for the day. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for June 27

All-female musical group Túumben Pax from Mexico perform in the “9th Choral Festival” at Castleton; Middle Street Gallery in Washington extends show, “Summertime,” through August 11; and join the Rapp News for coffee and conversation at the Country Cafe Friday morning. […]


RAWL Dogs: Meet Ramey, your new best friend

I am a Beagle/Border Collie mix, about 1-2 years old. I came to RAWL as a stray and the RAWL staff call me a “ready to move in” dog. They say I have really good manners. And another good thing: I love cats and dogs. I need to mention my eye. My vet has checked it out and thinks that it was injured early in my life or that it’s a birth defect. It doesn’t hinder me in any way. […]


Pellegatta publishes ‘Lyric’

Rappahannock wordsmith and photographer Ted Pellegatta Jr., has a new book available via — print and Kindle editions — titled, “Lyric: Words on a Page.” “Stories of almost eight decades of living,” explains the Sperryville resident, “the whole world to Rappahannock County.” […]

Letters to the Editor

RAWL around the world

Thanks for the beautiful story on Wesley. Your story has been read from California to Kauai. He’s been a great dog for us. He didn’t know how to sit when we first met him but he was an old soul. After a week of intense training, he was able to fly on a jet round trip in the cabin. He is lovin’ life on the West Coast. […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville column for June 20: Going ‘Off the Grid’ in Sperryville

Sarah’s vision is to have a Net Zero Cafe, meaning they source all their own energy. The foods are locally sourced and global, in fact Ivan related, “Taste Global, Eat Local” using locally sourced foods. The menu, which will enjoy core offerings, will have ever changing choices and will be seasonal and include vegetarian, vegan and what Ivan called Flexitarian, meaning meats eaten responsibly. […]