As winter sets in, we welcome 2020 and the prospect of crisp clear sparkling days and starry sparkling nights! Share in the sparkle by spending Second Saturday in our hospitable shops, studios, galleries, wineries, breweries, distilleries, meadery, restaurants, inns and B&B’s!
Winter sparkles and so do the views at Belle Meade Bed and Breakfast. Take in mountain scenery from the privacy of your room and rise and shine to a delicious farm breakfast compliments of our happy and healthy chickens. As you explore the farm or hike nearby trails, you will be surrounded by stunning vistas. Join us for a two-night stay and enjoy 20% off. For reservations phone (540) 987-9748 or go to www.belllemeade.net
Enjoy Gray Ghost’s PREMIER red wine by the glass or by the flight. Shake off winter blues with a tasting to compare three extraordinary vintages:2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon , 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. $15 flight. Or enjoy any one of the three by the glass. Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is not normally available for tasting or by the glass because of limited production. Open 11 am – 5 pm.
For one night only, Five By Five will reunite to play at Griffin Tavern. They will bring back some of the music they haven’t played in a while to kick off 2020 with style. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a fabulous evening. 7:30-10:30 pm.
We are excited to welcome acoustic guitar and vocal duo, Steven Shaffer and Bruce Turner back to our tasting room! Acoustic Soul plays a wide variety of classic rock, rhythm and blues and Steven and Bruce are great entertainers who enjoy engaging with the audience! Help us begin a sparkling new decade with wine, music and a fun afternoon! 2–5 pm
What sparkles more than gems? Your eyes – when you see the special selection of jewelry in our discount treasure chest! Choosing a unique item for a loved one or yourself is a great way to put some spark into 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com or phone 540-987-8115.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!”
July is a time for family fun. Rappahannock County hosts a spirited Independence Day celebration on Ben Venue Farm with live music, face painting, moon bounce, children’s games and more! (www.sperryvillefire.com)
Return on Second Saturday for a good time with our artists and inns and wineries and restaurants. Take in the views, take in a hike and then take in some of our great offers for wining and dining and practicing your artistic skills. For a complete experience ,take in our Dark Skies and then spend the night in a comfy bed in your choice of lovely places to stay.
Take a country vacation! Hike Old Rag or White Oak Canyon and then plunge into the pool. Indulge in a farm breakfast and relax with scenic views. Make reservations at www.bellemeade.net. 10% off for a three-night stay! Call for more information 540-987-9748.
Our $99 menu is offered to all our Rappahannock friends for $69 Thursday and Friday evenings in July and Second Saturday! (Seating limited to 10 diners.) Taste the difference when Chef Jose prepares one of his spectacular six-course dinners. Phone 202-413-7690 for reservations.
Celebrate the winery’s 25th Anniversary with a weekend filled with fun! Festivities include wine tastings, winery tours, vineyard tours and live music on both Sat. and Sun. Visit our website for the up-to-date schedule of events. 11 am – 5 pm
Local Author Richell Lindinger will be autographing her new book The Flowerless Garden. This is a great opportunity to bring your children and start their first edition collection. Refreshments provided.12 – 3 pm Also sign up for the fused glass workshop by Warmglass Designs held 11 am til 2 pm
It’s our Fifth Anniversary celebration AND we are in the new winery! Two great reasons to join us and here’s one more: we’ll have live music both days. Leon Rector is on Saturday. The Happy Family Ranch food truck will also be on-site both days.
A presentation of fine art from our 21 artists including two new members: Carol Iglesias, an artist working in oil paintings and pastels and Fae Penland in watercolor, oil and drawing. Exhibition includes all aspects of the fine arts: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, mixed-media, photography as well as new developments in art-making. Open Fri – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm
Potter Sara Adams will instruct you on creating an imprint of a memory. Imprint clay with crochet doilies, a symbol, or anything that represents a memory for you or your family. Bring items you want to use such as buttons, leaves, shells, etc. All ages welcome. Allow two hours to create and glaze your imprint. $15 per person Open 11 am – 3 pm.