Clark Hollow Ramblings

Gone fishing, and . . .

I wrote an article several years ago about fishing in Canada, and received some nice phone calls from readers with similar experiences. Well, I did it again. A lot of my friends think I’m crazy […]


Sperryville: A Bolly good time at Narmada

Laughter and fun quickly energized the group that went to Narmada Winery in Amissville last Saturday for the first Bollywood dance and exercise class held in the tasting room. Led by Kumud Mathur, who is trained in Kathak and folk dances of India and has taught for more than 30 years, young and old alike quickly responded to her infectious spirit as they were led into the world of Indian movement and low-impact exercise. […]


RAWL Dogs: Gunny

I am only three years old, but have already learned the secret to making a successful long-lasting relationship. It comes from the great 20th century American philosopher Henny Youngman. It is to have dinner out […]


The Rapp for July 22

The passing of Amissville ‘cornerstone’ Paul Poling; the impressive showing of Rappahannock County’s 4-H Club at the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show; a Hospice benefit July 31-Aug. 1 kicks off a new Rappahannock ‘Artisanal Wineries Trail’ […]


Mullany: Stay tuned . . .

Rappahannock artist Tom Mullany didn’t win’s Next Great Cartoonist contest a few weeks ago — the voting was online, and he was not surprisingly (though no less disappointingly) beat out by a student cartoonist […]


Washington: Bring your ‘can-do’ attitude

Many people are interested in knowing how to can food so they can preserve some of the harvest for the winter. If you have never canned before and want to learn, or if you need refresher, you might be interested in the canning workshops offered by Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery in Washington. […]


RAWL Dogs: Harriet

The yearbook entry says my name is Harriet, and I am a 4- or 5-year-old Pointer. The description is of a “very, very nice dog.” I’m thought to be a quiet companion, but when you […]

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Sperryville Column

Sperryville: Hogs in Heaven

How nice to open the Washington Post Magazine this past Sunday and see our own Cliff Miller sitting with some of the pigs at Mount Vernon Farm talking about the stewardship of the land that […]


The Rapp for July 15

Top basketmakers at the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show; more work (and more play for you) at the Castleton Festival; local 12-and-under team heads to the state baseball tournament; and more. […]


Castleton: The shows go on, with locals’ help

Pulling off a music series like the 2010 Castleton Festival takes the work of a lot of helping hands both behind the scenes and in front.
The music festival is in its second year. It features performances by a 200-member company of young artists under the guidance of conductor Lorin Maazel. This year’s festival includes performances of works by Puccini, Britten and Stravinski, among others. […]


Sperryville: Virginia Web site features village

We all delight in the tranquility and scenic beauty of Sperryville and Rappahannock County. Now those assets are well represented on the state film marketing Web site. Check out, then search for Sperryville and you will find 66 photos taken in and around our little village. If you search for Rappahannock County you will see other wonderful locations, including many farms and inns. […]


RAWL Dogs: Peanut

Peanut is my name, but that is merely a cover, a “nom de shelter.” Inside me, deep in my soul, I am “Lion.” I am so ferocious, so thoroughly in command, that the captain of […]


RappCats: Suzy

Suzy is still looking for a home. She is a beautiful long-haired cat, perhaps a year old, with a number of Maine Coon attributes. More shy than outgoing, Suzy would probably be best as the only feline in the household where she would certainly add affection and companionship. Please consider giving her a home. […]