Middle Street Gallery Moves Back to Middle Street!

Rappahannock Artisan Trail member Middle Street Gallery is excited to announce their upcoming relocation back to Middle Street, in Washington, VA. The gallery’s new address will be 325A Middle Street, Washinton, VA, adjacent to The Inn at Little Washington!

Middle Street Gallery will be located in the back of this beautiful, historic building, next store to the Inn at Little Washinton

Gallery members are hard at work preparing for their grand reopening on December 8. The space has been painted and hanging systems installed, with a new lighting system installed soon. The space is lovely and bright, with a view out to the gardens behind the building. Middle Street Gallery is delighted to be back on ground level, accessible to all.

Part of Middle Street Gallery’s new space on Middle Street.
Rosabel Goodman-Everard will be the featured artist for Middle Street Gallery’s first show in their new location, with her series “Doodling in the Dark”. They will also have a group show of work by all member artists.
work by Rosabel Goodman-Everard
The opening reception will be Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 3 – 6 pm, which also debuts the reopening of Middle Street Gallery in Washington, VA, at its original address on Middle Street. Washington’s Mayor, John Fox Sullivan, will perform the ribbon cutting ceremony.
work by Rosabel Goodman-Everard
Goodman-Everard describes her work for this show as, “Doodling in the Dark is a series that I started in the Fall of 2016, as the sight of the good citizens of the Not-Anymore-So-United States of America clawing at each other’s throats required an antidote: a new, for me at least, approach to art that had to be colorful and beautiful, relaxing to create, and with an intense flow that would distract me.
“So I embarked on a series of small panels that I spray-painted in various intense colors, starting each piece by laying down abstract truncated tree shapes (which you will find, in one form or another, in all my work), which later developed into various other and less abstract depictions of trees.

“Then, using acrylic paint pens in many vivid colors, I continued by covering the panels with marks and patterns: little circles, dots, squares and rectangles, bark patterns, thorns, nets, drops of water or blood, foot prints. I blended drawing with painting.
“Figuration also introduced itself: ants, tadpoles, leaves, flowers, fruits, clouds, chains, helicopters, the moon, ropes and nails, prisoners behind barbed wire, clouds. Nothing was forbidden – I used black, gold and silver, as well as hot pink, I glued canvases and panels together and covered the seams with garnet gel. While working, I listened to Mozart, and Beethoven’s Overtures, and Shakira and my beloved Afropop, drank wine and “WhatsApped” endlessly with all my friends all over the world.
“Every panel was an adventure, nothing was ever planned, all results were unexpected and nothing ever came out a failure. It has turned out to be the most fun I have ever had making art.”
Work by Middle Street Gallery members.
For more information, please see Middle Street Gallery’s website, and for news and announcements, follow Middle Street on Facebook.

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday on the Trail!

Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to get away for a short day or weekend vacation, and a perfect time to visit Rappahannock County. As usual, there’s lots happening on the  Rappahannock County Artisan Trail!

Black Friday Events, on November 24, 2017:

Black Friday Holiday Gift Fair at Narmada Winery! Avoid the crowds and shop small, and stay for a wine tasting, and delicious Indian tastings menu. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for all the special people on your holiday shopping list, handmade by some of our local Rappahannock County Artisans. Among other local artists, Trail Members Jennifer Webb and Gina Irwin will be participating in the Fair with their fused glass and jewelry. You’ll find jewelry, crafts, Tupperware and more while you relax and enjoy Narmada’s delicious wines and live Christmas music by John Tole.


Live Music at Rappahannock Cellars! Mark Clay, 1-4 pm. Tasting room open 11:30 am – 5 pm. Enjoy Rappahannock Cellars’ absolutely gorgeous tasting room and award winning wines.


Start your holiday season with Gray Ghost Vineyards!  Enjoy one-day only gift specials and live music by Valerie Von Fange: 2:30 to 4:30 pm on Friday, November 24, 2017.  This is the perfect event to entertain guests!  The world’s largest Christmas display made entirely from corks will open on Friday, November 24! The display will remain up for viewing through Christmas Eve.  The tank room then goes back into winemaking activities, so the display is not available to see after Christmas Eve. Please plan your visit accordingly!



Live Music at Griffin Tavern! Local favorites Madonnas in a Field will be performing their distinctive blend of bluegrass-americana in the pub from 8 – 11 pm. Madonnas in a Field are reminiscent of Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, Michael Hurley, and Jonathan Edwards, but very much stand in their own right by putting an unusual twist on folk music.

Come for dinner, stay for the music. Griffin Tavern is a gem of a restaurant, and a local favorite in Rappahannock.


Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA is open from 12 noon – 5 pm. This lovely gallery and shop, with two working artist studios on the premises, is the perfect place to find that special, one-of-a-kind gift. Come browse jewelry, ceramics, fused and stained glass, prints, hand-dyed yarns, hand-painted silk scarves, woodworking, oil and acrylic paintings, all created by local Rappahannock County artists!


Magnolia Vineyards Holiday Wine specialSome of our wines pair so nicely with your Thanksgiving Turkey (or Tofurkey!) leftovers, we’ve decided to keep the 2014 Viognier AND 2014 Black Walnut White as the Holiday wine specials through Sunday for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday both! Available at 25% off bottle purchases, 50% off 6 or more!

Small Business Saturday Events, on November 25, 2017:


Live Music at Griffin Tavern! A favorite at Griffin, Vinyl Tracks, will be performing in the pub from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Vinyl Tracks, which evolved from the Beatles-tribute band Glass Onion, is a classic rock band based in Front Royal, VA, that dishes out an eclectic mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music from a song list currently at 200+ songs and growing.

Come for dinner, stay for the music and dancing. Griffin Tavern is a gem of a restaurant, and a local favorite, in Rappahannock. Well worth a visit ~ we bet it will become one of your favorites, too!


Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA is open Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm for Small Business Saturday. Shop their fabulous collection of local fine art and crafts in their gallery full of unique gift items, including jewelry, ceramics, fused and stained glass, prints, woodworking, hand-dyed yarn, hand-painted silk scarves, oil and acrylic paintings. All created by local Rappahannock County artisans.

While you’re here, enjoy a cup of hot cider, from one of our local apple orchards!


Wine Boot Camp at Little Washington Winery from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (tasting room open from 11 am – 5 pm. You could call this Wine 301 – an advance class on all the basics of wine. Spend 2 hours with Little Washington Winery and they’ll turn you into a certified wine snob! Led by their wine maker, Carl, this seminar is the snob free zone in plain English all about wine. Learn how to achieve aeration perfection, how to behave in a restaurant, and all the tidbits about wine nobody will tell you. The session includes a molecular pairing experiment with a sandwich, a chocolate pairing session & the Dirt Road Wine Tour.


Live music by Dan & Chuck at Narmada Winery. Come for a wine tasting, enjoy the music, gorgeous view and pairings with the Indian tasting menu. Open 11 am – 5 pm.


Live music at Rappahannock Cellars: Marie Miller, 2 – 5 pm. Tasting room open 11:30 am – 6 pm. Award-winning wines in a gorgeous setting.


This plus much more in Rappahannock County over Thanksgiving weekend. Come try one of our many wonderful restaurants, tastings at local wineries, micro-breweries, and our distillery, shops and galleries, orchard stands, and gift shops. Hope you’ll join us for a day, or the weekend!


Rappahannock Cellars Launches Dida’s Distillery

Dida’s Distillery opens a new frontier in Virginia craft distilling with 100% grape-based spirits.didas.jpg

Rappahannock Cellars, a renowned and award-winning Virginia Winery located in Rappahannock County, recently announced the opening of Dida’s Distillery at their Huntly, VA winery & tasting room. With a combined 30 years of grape growing and wine making experience between California and Virginia, Rappahannock Cellars is the first Virginia winery to capitalize on Virginia’s booming craft distilling industry by specializing solely in spirits made 100% from premium grape wines produced on site.


With regard to the expansion into the spirits industry with a sole focus on distilling from grape, Rappahannock Cellars founder John Delmare says, “Grapes have some major advantages over grains; they have a lot more flavor and aroma. More flavor and aroma going into the still provides more flavor and aroma in the final spirit. And not only as brandy: grapes also make for incredibly smooth and flavorful Vodkas and Gins, with character you can’t get from grains. Making exceptional wines isn’t easy, or cheap; distilling them is much more difficult and complex. But with three decades of winemaking experience, we’re crafting world class wines and distilling them into exceptional spirits.”


To launch Dida’s Distillery (pronounced “did-uh’s”), Rappahannock Cellars spent nearly three years planning and navigating the unique challenges of distilling from grape, from permitting, to the unique logistics of wine making, to the timing of it all around one annual harvest where the fresh wine needs to be immediately turned into spirits.

The name Dida means “grandfather” in Croatian, and is tribute to Paul Mariani, the Delmare family’s grandfather, who established the family legacy of fruit farming.

Dida’s is open for walk-in tastings from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday. Its initial lineup includes Pressed Vodka, Immature Brandy, and coming soon, a barrel-finished Pressed Gin. Its first barrel-aged signature Brandy will be ready in two years.

For more information and reservations see www.DidasDistillery.com


Rappahannock Cellars is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery located in Huntly, VA. After selling their California winery and moving to Virginia in 1996, the Delmare family founded Rappahannock Cellars, and has been producing internationally acclaimed wines since 2000. Rappahannock Cellars & Dida’s Distillery is a member of the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop, and the American Distilling Institute.

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Second Saturday, November 11, 2017

This month’s Second Saturday falls on Veterans Day on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail: We salute active and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and thank them for their service!

Rappahannock County Artisan Trail members invite you to indulge in creating your own art and crafts, browsing art exhibitions, supporting animal welfare, enjoying live entertainment and shopping for holiday gifts!  Also, enjoy culinary experiences, a variety of delicious beers or wine-tasting while appreciating the beautiful rolling countryside and mountains.

Click each featured site’s link below for more information on activities and to navigate via their online location map.  When in the county, pick up an Artisan Trail map/brochure at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center just outside Washington, VA.

Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, November 11, 2017:

(The featured trail sites below are listed in alphabetical order.  Click the linked name to learn more about each member, their Google map location and the activities, artists, and specialties they are featuring)

Belle Meade School – Trail Site #79  (353 F.T. Valley Rd., Sperryville, 22740)

Crop in the Country – Work on your craft of choice at your own 5’ round table. Marsha Melkonian’s Stampin’ Up team will be on site with supplies for purchase and projects to try.  Two felting classes with local fiber artist Regina Yurkonis will be on Saturday.  Meals provided from dinner Friday to lunch on Sunday.  Fee $200.   Belle Meade’s beautiful Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable rooms on site. Rates run from $160-$220/night. Stay two nights and save $20/night!   540-987-9748


Blue Ridge Artisans – Spirit Trail Fiberworks – Trail Site #106 (12018 B Lee Highway, Sperryville, VA 22740)

Knit and Purr! Purchase yarn or silk scarves and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to our local animal shelters: Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) and RappCats (10% to each).  A worthy cause, and a great opportunity to purchase some unique Holiday gifts!  Our gallery also features local artists’ work in ceramics, glass, jewelry, fine art paintings, prints, as well as hand-dyed yarn and silk scarves. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastwoods Nursery  Trail Site #55 (634 Long Mountain Road, Washington, Va. 22747)

Trees! Trees! Trees!  We are here to answer questions, help visitors select trees for particular spaces, and just enjoy the Fall weather.  Maples keep their leaves longer than many trees so there should be some good color. Thinking about Christmas?  We have gift certificates on hand!   There will be signs on Rt. 211 to direct you toward the nursery.  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Little Washington Winery – Trail Site #60 (72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA 22740)

Wine Bootcamp – Become a certified wine snob in this two-hour class.  The session includes lots of aha moments – a molecular sandwich pairing, three chocolate pairings and the Dirt Road Wine Tour!  Register online and save 50% with coupon code: wb358   Class from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Winery open until 5 p.m.

Sperryville ARTists Cooperative  – Trail Site #44  (Sperryville ARTist Cooperative, 3 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740)

Adam Disbrow will create a live painting and discuss the meaning behind his art and the impact it has on society.  Disbrow’s work is a commentary on the history and culture of man. The paintings address current and ancient issues of relationship, spirituality, sexuality, beauty, duality, relativism, nature, and dominion. Freedom, entropy, life, death, and time are key concepts. Each piece is intended to draw attention to different aspects of humanity in order to provoke analysis and deeper understanding.  Free event  1- 3 p.m.

Magnolia Vineyards and Winery – Trail Site #61 (200 Viewtown Rd, Amissville, VA 20106)

Gemstones, Beads, and Pearls – Christmas is just around the corner and we’re featuring handmade jewelry creations by Gina of Ridge Line Designs. Get one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets, set in sterling silver or 14k gold.  Check out semi-precious stones and a selection of Estate Jewelry from antique to modern.   From 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Music Man – Tom Robbins is a solo artist who hails from Natchez, Mississippi, and has been a bluesman for the past 25 years.  He plays traditional folk blues from the Delta to the electric sound of Chicago.  Normal $10 tasting fee applies.   Open 2 – 5 p.m.

Middle Street Gallery  – Trail Site #45 ( 31 Main Street, Sperryville, VA 22740)

Member Exhibition  – Enjoy a group exhibition with strong and clear artistic vision by twenty accomplished artists who are members of the gallery.  Artists work in a full range of media and their works encompass many art forms.  Browse from landscape to abstract to still life to sculptural.  Exhibition runs through the month of November.   Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

River District Potters  – Trail Site #32 (7 River Lane, Studio 7B Sperryville, VA 22740)

Make an Ornament – Potters will be in the studio helping guests make and paint holiday ornaments. Bring your children or your older self. Free! Studio open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Click here to plan your visit using our online Artisan Trail Map

CLICK HERE to find out what’s being featured next on the trail’s “Calendar of Events”

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