Ringing in the Fourth

Defying a heat index approaching 100 degrees, several hundred county residents and visitors brought picnic baskets and blankets to the lawn of Washington’s Avon Hall, on Sunday evening, to witness retired U.S. Marine Col. John Bourgeois lead his orchestra of current and former military musicians in an “All-American” salute to 1776. […]


A concert to remember

Rappahannock-based Kid Pan Alley songwriters Paul Reisler and Cheryl Toth wrote and composed songs with the young high school band members. The accomplished, Col. John Bourgeois, the former conductor of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, stepped in and arranged the music for the band. […]


Bluegrass superstars to Rappahannock

The Gibson Brothers’ are performing this Saturday and their title song of their latest album, “In the Ground,” speaks to the end of the family farming era, when men and women could support themselves and their families on the acreage around them. […]


Bluemont Concert Series ends its programs

Effective January 1, 2018, the Bluemont Board of Directors has with great reluctance released our award winning Executive Director, Lily Dunning Widman and her staff. The Board greatly appreciates Ms. Widman’s outstanding professional service and we wish her much success in her future endeavors. […]


‘One Little Song Can Change the World’

Children and adults alike will find themselves listening intently to every word of Kid Pan Alley’s new album, “One Little Song Can Change the World.” Each of this unique album’s 10 songs, written exclusively by children, delivers a much-needed lesson about bullying and respect […]


Bach to blues to . . . Bill Harris 

The fifth video in the Artists of Rappahannock series is different from the rest — for one, it’s a profile of a musician rather than visual artist: renowned jazz pianist Bill Harris, who shares a historic home in Flint Hill with his wife, Stella Liong, Rappahannock’s only resident dentist. […]


Washington column for Sept. 7

As he does each birthday, the Louisiana-born Bourgeois, who resides in Tiger Valley, hosted an outdoor luncheon last Thursday featuring genuine Cajun food — which he himself spends days preparing — for dozens of his Rappahannock friends. […]


The Rapp for March 30

“Photographs of Italy” opens this Saturday at Middle St. Gallery; and the play “Galileo’s Torch,” originally performed at Stonehill Farm, will have a concert performance this evening (March 30) in Washington, D.C. at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. […]


The Rapp for March 23

The News hosts its monthly Fourth Estate Friday discussion at Sperryville Trading Cafe & Market Friday morning, Kid Pan Alley is featured in Julie Andrew’s new Netflix series and more in this week’s The Rapp. […]


The Rapp for March 9

PEC’s resources for farmland seekers and landowners; the Artisan Trail’s doors are open this Saturday; this Friday at the Library, a former NASA scientist speaks on “How to Age Better and Other Space Stories.” […]


Washington column for Feb. 2

The Lions Club has some new members and an update on the 2017 Bland Music Contest, Ballard’s shop offers ornate Valentine’s Day flower arrangements, and the Thrift Shop has some tempting winter pricing. […]