Join us for the Spirit of Giving throughout December including Second Saturday

Festive greens, mulled wine and cider, holiday paper, ribbon and bows. As signs of the holidays begin to appear, we extend a warm welcome to people from near and far to join us as we celebrate the Spirit of Giving! We look forward to meeting new friends and creating new traditions as we open studios, galleries, restaurants, B&B’s, inns, wineries, distilleries, and shops for your enjoyment. It’s our pleasure to share with you a bountiful holiday season in this beautiful place that we call home. Experience Rappahannock!

DECEMBER 1 – 31

Narmada Winery– 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106

Narmada Winery is hosting “Walking by Narmada,” a series of photographs by Etan Rozin who remarks, “The Narmada River is a holy pilgrimage route in India. Out of the blue, I had the chance to join a group walking along the route for a couple of weeks. I wasn’t prepared for how moved I was by the beauty of the land, the kindness of the people, and shared experience with my friends. Selecting photographs for this exhibit was especially challenging because each has a story attached and special meaning; hopefully some of the beauty and character of the people comes across.”

Rozin integrates his degree in industrial design, career developing user interfaces and knack for technology to create images and look at the world through them.

Open Fri – Sun 11 am – 5 pm

Quievremont Winery  – 162 Gid Brown Hollow Rd., Washington, VA 22747

Anita Zymolka Amrhein’s recent works are on display at Quievremont Winery through the end of Dec.  Take a break from the holiday rush with a pleasing tour of art and wine.  See how many figures you can find hidden in layers of her intricate water colors! Thurs.-Sun Open at Noon.

DECEMBER 6 – 7

RAAC Community Theatre, 310 Gay Street, Washington, VA

This new musical is based on the book The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and adapted by writer-composer Paul Reisler and children from around Virginia.  This production will star a crew of talented local young people.  Performance Details

DECEMBER 6 – 8

Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747

Middle Street Gallery features artists Rosabel Goodman-Everard, Fae Penland and Wayne Paige in the exhibit “Color, Mark, Shape.”
Exhibit Dates: December 6 – December 29, 2019

Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, December 14, 3-5 PM
Other Middle Street Gallery member’s work will also be displayed.

DECEMBER 6 – 21

Sperryville ARTists Cooperative– 3 River La., Studio 1A in the River District, Sperryville, VA 22740

2019 Online Auction and Open House by Living Sky Foundation to support youth enrichment programs in music, art and environment. All items have been donated and may include new, lightly used, blemished stock, vintage and antique items. This link will take you to Facebook where you may bid on items beginning Dec. 6, 2019.

DECEMBER 7

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

Enjoy all your rock and roll favorites with the Tower Blues Band from  7:30 – 10:30 pm

Hazel River Arts and Antiques-12625 Lee Hwy. Washington VA 22747

1000 Ornament Extravaganza   –   10-5 pm

Come join us, you all, for our extravaganza
You will probably think you’ve hit the bonanza. 
You will find ornaments galore on TreeCycle trees
As you journey throughout we are certain to please. 
They’re in rooms and booths and on the main floor
Some hand made and felted – you’re sure to adore. 
We have old ones and new ones and some in between
All beautiful, unique and just must be seen. 
Hazel River Artists put on a display
Handmade are many of wood, glass and clay. 
There are bunnies and gnomes and mice that are felted
So snuggly and cute my heart just melted. 
What else to say I’m on the last stanza
Come join us, all, for an extravaganza!!! 

Heidi Morf Studio, 808 Fodderstack Rd., Flint Hill, VA 

Artist Heidi Morf will be joined by stained glass artist Patricia Brennan in presenting handmade and heartfelt gifts at this Christmas Open House. Follow them on Instagram for sneak peeks: oliver522 and  dedannanglass   11 am – 5 pm   540-675-1827

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Relax to the music of Caleb Hacker, a singer-songwriter born and raised in northern Virginia. His melodic voice and acoustic guitar bring together a sound all his own – an eclectic mélange of indie rock and old school soul, with a sprinkling of pop.  Performing 2-5 pm  Tasting fee $10. 

Wild Roots Apothecary– 4 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

Kitchen Witching: Building Immunity and Wellness Workshop. Cut down on visits to the doctor with quick, easy remedies for everyday ailments. Learn the basics of herbal medicine including how to……

-use common foods, herbs and spices to promote winter wellness
-make remedies for the common cold and flu
-heal digestive troubles and burns with herbal ingredients
-identify herbal allies already in your pantry 

We will prepare several classic kitchen apothecary recipes that you may sample and reproduce at home. You will walk away with a bounty of remedies valued at $45 and a notebook full of info on your capacity to be a healer to keep family and friends healthy this season.  Begins 4:30 pm
Any questions? Email for answers:  hello@wildrootsapothecary.com TICKETS

DECEMBER 7-8

Gadino Cellars– 92 School House Rd., Washington, VA 22747

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting and Mini Holiday Market – Enjoy a flight including four award-winning Estate Nebbiolo wines and sample our not yet released Nebbiolo Rosé Reserve along with cheese and charcuterie pairings. Bill Gadino will discuss the vineyard year and characteristics for each of the wines. Following the tasting, Aleta Gadino will discuss Di Giovanna Gerbino Extra Virgin Olive Oil from our “sorella della cantina” (sister winery) in Sicily. Guests are also invited to shop for local, hand-made gifts from artisanal vendors at our Holiday Market. 1 – 5 pm

Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy. Amissville, VA 20106

Revel in the festive holiday atmosphere of the all new Christmas Cork and Cheese Festival!  View the world’s largest cork Christmas display containing decorations crafted from more than 120,000 corks!  Experience the winter wonderland and……. 

  • enjoy listening to live holiday music 
  • sample award-winning wines with local and regional artisan cheeses 
  • guess the number of corks on the newest decoration to vie for a selection of Gray Ghost wines! 
  • collect the 25th in a series of limited edition holiday wine glasses 
  • accompany Al on one of his entertaining and informative winery tours! 

Admission of $25 includes festivity, live music, wine tasting, cheese tasting, dessert, winery tour and collectible holiday glass.   Open 11-5  Winery tours: 1:00 and 3:00.  Live music both days 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

DECEMBER 8

Christmas in Little Washington

Christmas in Little Washington, a wildly popular annual event, is celebrated with a parade, artisans market, vendors and non-profits’ booths all about town. The parade kicks off at 1:30 pm with the theme of Christmas At the Movies. The artisans’ market, nearby, is open 11 am – 4 pm. It’s a great occasion to see old friends, make new ones and find the perfect gifts for people you love!

DECEMBER 11

De’Danann Glassworks – 23 Spyder Mountain, Sperryville, VA  22740

Celebrate the holiday season by making an ornament or tree in this glass fusing workshop. There are three classes available. The workshop fee is $20.00. Each project will have a separate material fee as follows: Star – $6 each, Tree – $15 each, Ball Ornament – $5 each. Make one or all of the items.  Good for all ages 6 and above. Requires no previous experience.  10 – 12 pm TICKETS

DECEMBER 13 – 15

RAAC Community Theatre – 310 Gay Street, Washington, VA

This new musical is based on the book The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and adapted by writer-composer Paul Reisler and children from around Virginia.  This production will star a crew of talented local young people.  Performance Details

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DECEMBER 14 – SECOND SATURDAY

Beech Spring Gift Shop, 11600 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740

Meet Santa who will be passing out samples of hot mulled cider and going over your last minute Christmas wishes! Large cups of cider are $5 and we have gifts galore for your shopping pleasure. 12 noon-3 p.m. 540-987-8704

Little Washington Theatre 291 Gay St, Washington, Virginia 22747

“The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today” –Brian O’Donovan WGBH, National Public Radio

Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the traditions in which they sing. Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as they present Song on the Times about working class movements for peoples’ rights from the past 400 years.

Windborne has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world. The group was catapulted to new heights when a clip of them singing Song of the Lower Classes went viral, and 2,600 people in every State and 22 countries contributed to their Indiegogo project. $25 – Adults $10 – Under 18

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Acoustic guitar and vocal duo, Steven Shaffer and Bruce Turner, play a wide variety of classic rock, rhythm and blues that is sure to have you singing along to some awesome oldies but goodies!   Patty Sevre, local master glass engraving artist will also be in the tasting room selling beautiful engraved glass items that make perfect gifts!  You may have custom engraving done on assorted items including wine glasses. Music 2 – 5

Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747

Middle Street Gallery continues to feature artists Rosabel Goodman-Everard, Fae Penland and Wayne Paige in the exhibition “Color, Mark, Shape.”
Exhibit Dates: December 6 – December 29, 2019
Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, December 14, 3-5 PM
Other Middle Street Gallery members’ work will also be displayed.

Ridge Line Designs– 10 River La., River District of Sperryville, VA 22740

Join us for a special Open House to see our one-of-a-kind treasures and toast the holidays with light refreshments. Open 11 a.m. – 5 pm.

River District Potters – 7 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

Holiday Open House – Holiday shopping, studio demos, nibbles, music, chatting, cheer! 11 am – 5 pm

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Sperryville ARTists Cooperative– 3 River La., Studio 1A in the River District, Sperryville, VA 22740

Enjoy the Shops of River District Holiday Open House and Village Walk. 2019 Online Auction by Living Sky Foundation continues from Dec. 6 onward. Check out the Living Sky Foundation online fundraising auction and see items displayed. ONLINE BIDDING ends at midnight .This link will take you to Facebook where you may bid on items beginning Dec. 6, 2019.

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Scrabble School Preservation Foundation– 111 Scrabble Rd.,Castleton, VA 22716

The public is invited to an Open House to celebrate the holiday season, as well as to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in America and the 10th Anniversary of the restoration and reopening of Scrabble School.  Special guests will be members of the Tucker Family, descendants of the first Africans to arrive in America. 1 – 3 pm.

 The Inn at Little Washington– Middle and Main Sts., Washington, VA 22747

May we suggest the perfect one-size-fits-all gift? 

The Inn at Little Washington Gift Certificate.

Each gift certificate is lovingly hand-written with your personalized message and beautifully packaged in a gift box with tissue paper and ribbon, shipped directly to that special someone.

https://theinnatlittlewashington.com/gift-certificates/

Warmglass Designs– 12625 Lee Hwy. at Hazel River Arts & Antiques

Make a Christmas tree sun catcher in a fused glass class, $25 per person, all materials included. 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM   Refreshments compliments of Hazel River Arts & Antiques.

DECEMBER 15


Middle Street Gallery
 – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747

Middle Street Gallery continues to feature artists Rosabel Goodman-Everard, Fae Penland and Wayne Paige in the exhibition “Color, Mark, Shape.”
Exhibit Dates: December 6 – December 29, 2019
Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, December 14, 3-5 PM
Other Middle Street Gallery members’ work will also be displayed.

Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy. Amissville, VA 20106

Santa visits Gray Ghost from 1 – 4 PM.  Children of all ages are invited to bring their wish lists and visit Santa Claus.  Free gift for each child.  Cameras encouraged. 

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Patty Sevre, local Master glass engraving artist will be in the tasting room selling beautiful engraved glass items that make perfect gifts!  You may have custom engraving done on assorted items including wine glasses.

DECEMBER 20

Wild Roots Apothecary– 4 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

Learn the Bitter Truth in this BeSpoke Bitters Workshop.  Thanks to the inflection of flavor that can play off any spirit, bitters are a key element in the cocktail cabinet. The right bitters will add just the twist you need. Add playful brightness to your French 75 with a Chamomile & Cardamom Bitter element or add seasonal nuances to your Old Fashioned with Pecan & Peach Bitters.  

This workshop is a hands-on creative experience for the cocktail lover in each of us. We will start with a base flavor and make two small batches of bitters or Amaros that will be your own creation. Practicing herbalist Colleen O’Bryant will guide you and explain all the benefits of the bitter elements that you choose for your palate.  TICKETS

DECEMBER 20-22 & 27-29

Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747

Middle Street Gallery continues to feature artists Rosabel Goodman-Everard, Fae Penland and Wayne Paige in the exhibition “Color, Mark, Shape.”
Exhibit Dates: December 6 – December 29, 2019
Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, December 14, 3-5 PM
Other Middle Street Gallery members’ works will also be displayed.

DECEMBER 22, 2019

Headmaster’s Pub – 12018 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, Virginia 22740

Holiday Beer Dinner with Parkway Brewing. Welcome beer and snacks served at 6:30 followed by a five course dinner curated by Chef Joshua Riesner . Details and register here.

Fall Art Tour

of the Artists of Rappahannock

The 15th annual Fall Art Tour of the Artists of Rappahannock will be Nov. 2-3, 2019. The Tour starts at the Washington School, 567 Mount Salem Avenue, Washington, VA, with a gallery exhibition of works by many of the artists.

More than 125 artists in 27 studios and 12 galleries will be showing works that include painting, sculpture, pottery, glass, forged ironwork, jewelry, textiles and photography. Many of the award-winning artists are nationally and internationally recognized.

The Fall Art Tour is a program of Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community or RAAC. Take a peek at tour preparations on Instagram and Facebook.

hARTvest Time – Second Saturday – Oct. 12, 2019

As grapes, apples and fall vegetables are being harvested for renderings of fine wines and delicious dinners and desserts, artists are filling the halls and walls of their studios with art in preparation for the Fall Art Tour, the first weekend of November. Chefs are experimenting with new menus and inns are plumping pillows in anticipation of a rush of visitors eager to Experience Rappahannock in its full Fall finery.

Before and After  – 31 Main St., Sperryville, VA 22740

Enjoy a Wine and Cheese/Charcuterie Tasting featuring Virginia wines as well as local and international meats and cheeses.  Come celebrate Virginia Wine Month by sampling a selection of regional wines in tasting flights, by the glass, or take home a bottle from our wine wall that features wine from 33 Virginia wineries.  From 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

Eastwoods Nursery –  634 Long Mountain Rd, Washington, VA 22747

Open house all weekend, showing Japanese maples, ginkgoes and dwarf conifers. Also find planter boxes elegantly designed and crafted from locally harvested wood.  Fri. & Sat 10-4; Sun. 11-4

Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy. Amissville, VA 20106

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and Gray Ghost is honored to be selected to produce one of the commemorative wines – Gray Ghost’s Lovers Blend…the Romantic Rosé.  Bring a picnic and enjoy our southern hospitality, beautiful grounds and spacious indoor facilities. Meet our knowledgeable staff and ask about the most popular volunteer harvest program in the Commonwealth!  Open 11 am – 5 pm Fri-Mon. this holiday weekend.

Gadino Cellars– 92 School House Rd., Washington, VA 22747

Nebbiolo harvest

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with a Governors Cup Gold Medal Two Pack Special of 2015 Delfino Rosso and 2013 Nebbiolo for $74 plus tax….club members $70 plus tax. These two Gold Medal wines retail for $92. This offer good only for the weekend of Oct. 11-14.

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

Robbie Limon Band rocks the pub with a mix of 70’s to 90’s classic covers from 8 to 11 pm. Bikers, hikers, and winery tours welcome as well as children (no leashes necessary) and pets on leashes.  If you prefer, take advantage of call-ahead or take-out. Delicious home style meals, 9 beers on tap and a fully stocked bar.  11:30 am – 10 pm.

Hazel River Arts and Antiques– 12625 Lee Hwy. Washington VA 22747

Harvest art! Come to the paint-in!  Experienced or not, try your hand at art. Canvas and paints will be set up and waiting for you. Grab a brush and add to the painting in progress. Follow on instagram to see how your painting is coming along. When this one is finished, we will start another. This community project includes residents and visitors to our beautiful county. 12 – 4 pm every Saturday.

Kevin Adams  – exhibition at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Adams has a solo exhibition (in the other Washington) in the prestigious Watergate Gallery at 2552 Virginia Ave., NW, near the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The show runs through Oct. 26.   Open Sat. 12-5 pm; Mon-Fri. 10 am – 6 pm

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with live music and fabulous food. On Saturday we have Divine Swine BBQ food truck and music by Nilce (NIL-see).  Nilce is an indie-pop singer-songwriter from the nearby mountains of Madison County. Her performances include an eclectic mix of personalized covers and originals with a range of both genre and style. Can’t make it Saturday? On Sunday, we have SoBo food truck and music by Josh Lowe. Music 2-5 pm. Winery is open Thursday through Monday 11:30 – 5:30 pm.

Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747

Enjoy a group exhibit by all members of this artist-owned gallery established in 1983 to  promote quality and innovation in the arts.  Members’ work includes all aspects of the fine arts: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, mixed-media, and photography.  Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Narmada Winery– 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106

Jason Frye entertains with a mix of covers and originals, ranging from folk to classic rock. Performing 2PM-5PM.  Enjoy our award winning wine, delicious food and beautiful vineyard, open from 11 am Thurs through Monday.

Quievremont Winery  – 162 Gid Brown Hollow Rd., Washington, VA 22747

Anita Zymolka’s A Teaching Moment

Celebrate the relationship between art, the environment, and wine as the talented Anita Zymolka Amrhein shows her beautiful and inspiring works.  Meet the artist herself Saturday from 1–5 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine grown here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge as you feast your eyes on the natural and artistic splendor of Art by Zymolka! Opening Thurs. through Sunday at noon.

Rappahannock Cellars – 14437 Hume Rd, Huntly, VA 22640

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend at the winery with patisserie, wine, and live music!  Discounts on tasting fees are offered based on one/two/three/four bottle purchases.   Open daily 12 – 6 pm.

Ridge Line Designs– 10 River La., Sperryville, VA 22740

Come for our Open House and browse custom designed and crafted jewelry made from beautifully cast metals and polished stones.  Necklace shown has sterling silver wings and skull, and  lapis beads.  Open 11 am to 5 pm.

River District Potters – 7 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

Play with clay to create an earthenware wine cooler in a workshop from 12 to 2 pm. $40 per person. Register at: https://www.facebook.com/events/498923917555791  For questions email riverdistrictpotters@comcast.net or text: 202 256-7005.

Warmglass Designs–12625 Lee Hwy. at Hazel River Art & Antiques

Go rustic or neon as you design your own fused glass suncatcher or ornament in the colors of  Fall.  Choose a pumpkin or leaf motif or another design.  Workshop led by artist Jennifer Webb from 11-2 pm  $25 covers all materials.  Reserve your space at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-your-own-fused-glass-suncatcher-tickets-72262945415?ref=eios

Wild Roots Apothecary– 4 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

If you’ve wanted to make homemade soap but are nervous about working with lye, this is the class for you. In two hours, we’ll discuss how to make soap, then divide into groups of 2-3 people and make batches of cold process lye soap that you will take home. Learn to use a lye calculator and batch record, measure ingredients, combine them to make soap, add fragrance and color, pour into a mold, insulateand take home your own homemade batch of soap.   Workshop 4 – 6 pm  

Great Works! Second Saturday – September 14, 2019

Great works of industry, great works of literature, great works of art….. September is a great month to celebrate great works.  And you can find them all over Rappahannock!

Enjoy the pristine scenery – one of our greatest works – while you explore the many creations to be found in studios, galleries, restaurants, wineries, distilleries, markets, shops, B&B’s and other points of interest.

Before and After  – 31 Main St., Sperryville, VA 22740

At a 4 pm reception, meet the local artist with great works hanging at Before & After!  Lori Wallace-Lloyd is a former military officer once stationed in Italy where she became fascinated with Italian painting. Through rigorous atelier training, she built her own skills as a painter and has won many awards for her realist figurative work. View her works and learn about her perspective as an artist.  Her current show hanging at Before & After and named Floribunda, reflects her love of combining flowers, insects and animals in a variety of mixed media.  It is inspired by historical botanical illustrations and the spectacular beauty and nature of Rappahannock County. Join us for the reception 4 – 6 pm.

Belle Meade B & B– 353 F.T. Valley Rd., Sperryville, VA  22740

Mid-September is a beautiful time at Belle Meade Bed and Breakfast!  The pool is still open, the water inviting!  Hike nearby Old Rag Mountain while the weather is pleasant and enjoy a complimentary bag lunch at the top of the trail. Our setting in the valley surrounded by mountains is beautiful and our farm fresh meals will satisfy any appetite. Extend your adventure by exploring Sperryville’s antiques emporium, art gallery, gift shops and hiking – camping specialty store.  Reservations 540-987-9748 or www.bellemeade.net

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

Come for the food; stay for the music.  May as well have a beer while you’re here. Kick back with Vinyl Tracks, a classic rock band presenting an eclectic mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music, and a wonderful repertoire of the Beatles great works!   Performance from 8 to 11 pm.  

Kevin Adams  – at Gay Street Gallery, 337 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747

Kevin Adams, Ruthie Windsor-Mann and Shawn Ireland present a trio of great works at Gay Street Gallery. Paintings and prints by Adams are on display across the United States and a number of his American landscapes hang in embassies around the world. Windsor-Mann also has work in collections throughout the world.  Since moving to Rappahannock, her inspiration has been the nature surrounding her studio, while Ireland’s trips to Italy have inspired him to take a sculptural direction in the form of zoomorphic candlesticks, vases and bowls that he calls Animalware.  Open 10 am – 5 pm

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Acoustic guitar and vocal duo, Steven Shaffer and Bruce Turner, return to the tasting room!  Acoustic Soul plays a wide variety of classic rock and rhythm and blues that is sure to have you singing along to awesome oldies but goodies! Open at 11 am. Performance 2-5 pm


Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747

Exhibition by Jo Levine and Gary Anthes illustrates how photography adapts to different subjects and perspectives. Anthes’s photographs of mostly urban landscapes span three continents and hint at the mysteries he finds there. Levine’s photographs of the beautiful Palouse countryside in Washington state range from a dreamlike quality to abstractions created from patchwork farmland. Meet the artists in a reception from  3-5 pm.   Open 10 am – 5pm

Old Rag Photography  at Griffin Tavern 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

Joyce Harman takes you on a photographic journey through the life cycle of trees, from birth to death and beyond. Trees are among the oldest living things on the planet and contribute to its health in many ways.  They provide shade, a place for kids to climb, food for animals, building materials for people and carbon dioxide recycling through photosynthesis. Harman has collected images of trees many years and they never cease to fascinate her.  Reception in upstairs gallery 3 to 5 pm. 

Sperryville ARTists Cooperative – 3 River La., Studio 1A in the River District, Sperryville, VA  22740

Earth Allegiance© is a new world pledge created by Living Sky Foundation founder Cherl Crews.  The pledge, originally illustrated by students to celebrate earth day in 2010, includes images of more then 500 species native to Rappahannock County and identified as conservation concerns. This great work was donated to the Shenandoah National Park to commemorate its 75th anniversary and housed there for two years before being returned to Rappahnnock and installed at the Sperryville ARTist Cooperative,  This summer the mural was restored by a team of local volunteers and you are invited to  join them and featured artists for a mural unveiling and open house from 12-3 pm.  

The Inn at Mt. Vernon Farm– 147 Mount Vernon Ln., Sperryville, VA 22740

Great works come in many forms and our latest is a beautiful new nature trail through grounds and woods above the inn.  Stay with us for a weekend to remember and be one of the first to hike the trail with its sweeping views of Sperryville and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.  Take advantage of our multi-night discount by staying two or more nights. You’ll be glad you did!  Reservations at 1827inn@gmail.com or phone 540-987-8115.

Wild Roots Apothecary– 4 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

It’s fun and a labor of love to make your own soap, guided by Lisa Ference, owner of Signal Mountain Artist.  Groups of 2-3 people will make batches of cold process lye soap, measuring and combining the ingredients, adding fragrance and color, and pouring into molds.  All necessary ingredients and equipment are provided. Bring your sense of adventure! $65 per person. 4- 6 pm  For more details and reservations click here.

Celestial Moments – Second Saturday Aug 10, 2019

The ethereal beauty and mystery of the skies prompts us to cast our eyes upward as eagerly today as fifty years ago when Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon.  A vast unexplored universe wraps us within velvety nights where we wish upon twinkling stars billions of lightyears away.

In Rappahannock County you can see the Milky Way! And trace the constellations in our beautiful Dark Skies. Come see for yourself! And spend your days with art, hiking, sightseeing, meals of fresh produce and more. Visit a winery, distillery, brewery or cidery and enjoy a nightcap with your night skies. Experience Rappahannock!

Shenandoah National Park will be holding the 4thAnnual Night Sky Festival Aug 9 – 11 with stargazing, Ranger talks, kids’ activities, and guest presentations on space weather, space travel, and our future in space.  Be prepared for the weather and bring a flashlight with a red filter. All events are free with park admission.

https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/night-sky-festival.htm

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has given us a keyhole view towards the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy, where a dazzling array of stars reside. Most of the view of our galaxy is obscured by dust. Hubble peered into the Sagittarius Star Cloud, a narrow, dust-free region, providing this spectacular glimpse of a treasure chest full of stars. Some of these gems are among the oldest inhabitants of our galaxy. By studying the older stars that pack our Milky Way’s hub, scientists can learn more about the evolution of our galaxy.

Before and After  -31 Main St, Sperryville, VA 22740

George Mason, author of the trilogy The Tale of a Woods Colt, The Call of the Whipoorwill, and The Crags of Old Rag, will speak at 7:00 PM. Mason brings back to life Rob Nickersen, who was born in the Sperryville area in the 1870s and lived 94 years.  He reveals in incredible detail the life of a mountain man who lived off the land and moonshining, through two world wars and the creation of the park, and whose life reflects many of the ideals of this area we have come to love .  Join us for the book discussion and slide show of Nickerson’s life and home.  The books are for sale and Mr. Mason is happy to sign them.   Come for an unforgettable history lesson and wine, beer, tea and other beverages that will be for sale during the evening.

De’Danann Glassworks – 23 Spyder Mountain, Sperryville, VA  22740

Create your own Celestial Star – one that will shine day or night. Begin by choosing colors of stained glass to make a star with a glass nugget in the center. Learn to cut the glass, foil and solder the pieces together, and decorate the star with wire. The star will go home ready to dance in the sunshine. This project is good for all levels of experience.  Time: 9:30am – noon.   Fee: $30.00 Workshop is taught by glass artist Patricia Brennan.  For more information contact her at: 540.987.8615.

Hazel River Arts and Antiques– 12625 Lee Hwy, Washington VA 22747

The large expressive paintings of Maggie Carlson, a multifaceted artist, will be displayed from August 3 to September 1.  Join her in a reception 12-4 pm on Second Saturday in August.

Kevin Adams  – at Gay Street Gallery, 337 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747 

Painters Kevin Adams and Pam Pittinger along with potter/painter Shawn Ireland continue to be featured in Gay Street Gallery’s spring exhibition.  Open 10 am – 5 pm

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery– 200 Viewtown Rd, Amissville, VA 20106

Join us for entertainment by Madonnas in a Field Duo, a rockin’ country Rappahannock-based family band. 2- 5 pm. Enjoy delicious wines in the new winery or on the lawn.

Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St, Washington, VA 22747

Come for the last day of an exhibition of fine art by 21 gallery members, also featuring new members Carol Iglesias and Fae Penland. Iglesias works in oil paintings and pastel, capturing the subtleties of color and light by painting outdoors. Penland has been creating art for over forty years in watercolor, oil and drawing and is influenced by visual rhythms, shapes and color. 

This artist-owned art gallery is run by its artist-members. It was established in 1983 to support quality and innovation in the arts and promote members with work in all aspects of the fine arts: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, photography and mixed-media.  Visit the gallery Friday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Narmada Winery– 43 Narmada La, Amissville, VA 20106

Janna Audey has been singing professionally since she was 15. She cherishes the connection between live music and people, and the stories and conversations that are exchanged. Performing 2 to 5 pm   Winery open from 11 am to 7 pm 

Old Rag Photography  – at Glassworks Gallery, 11774 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740

Photographer Francie Schroeder will be present noon to 2 p.m. introducing her amazing exhibition Birds including beautiful metallic prints.  Schroeder has a real talent for tracking birds in the wild, catching them in interesting activities and taking spectacular photos.  You will enjoy seeing the colors and compositions, including at least one that will have you wondering “which side’s up!”