Second Saturday: October 14, 2017

October kicks off the most wonderful time of the year to visit Rappahannock County, Virginia: Autumn! The air is cool and crisp, the leaves are changing and the mountains are a riot of color. Located close to Washington, DC, and the DC Metro Area, the County is the perfect place for a day or weekend getaway, and there’s so much on offer in Autumn: craft demonstrations, art instruction, open studio experiences, gallery openings, culinary experiences, wonderful brews and wines, live entertainment, special rates and more! With the Shenandoah National Park in our back yard, the options for hiking and enjoying the outdoors abound. And, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our many wonderful orchards and farm stands, chock full of locally grown apples, cider, pumpkins and more!

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, or at any of the participating venues, or check it out online here.


Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, October 14, 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).


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

Hot Cider and Knit!  Join us in our gallery and studios, on a beautiful October day in the country.  We feature local artists’ work in ceramics, glass, jewelry, fine art paintings, prints, and hand-dyed yarn and silk scarves. Get a leg up on Holiday shopping! We’ll have hot cider, a selection of teas and coffees, and treats in the gallery. Bring your knitting and hang out with us for a while!  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contemporary Color – Trail Site #110 (82 Resettlement Rd, Huntly, VA  22640)

Monotype Demonstration  Join artist Carolyn Roth in her studio as she demonstrates how to create a multi-layered monotype.  Roth’s work, expressed in paintings, prints and mixed media, embraces aspects of the natural world, cultural diversity, and the subconscious.  Noon – 4 p.m.


De’Danann Glassworks – Trail site #4 (23 Spyder Mountain Lane, Sperryville, Va 22740)

Making Fused Glass Earrings  Fused glass is the process of melting glass together in a kiln at a high temperature. Artist Patricia Brennan will teach students how to cut glass and explain the process of using a glass kiln. Working with small pieces of different colored glass, students will each create 3 pairs of earrings in this class. They will make and fuse the earrings on Saturday and arrange a time to pick up their projects after the earrings are out of the kiln and cooled the next day. Call 540-987-8615 or email if you are interested or would like more information.   $30 covers instruction and all materials  10 a.m. – Noon

Glassworks Gallery  – Trail Site #42 (11774 Lee Hwy Sperryville, VA 22740)

Glass Engraving  Master engraver Patty Sevre demonstrates hand-carved and engraved illustration on fine crystal and glass. While you watch, Sevre will custom engrave a design for you on wine glasses, decanters or other items with special pricing.  Sevre creates her unique engravings with little more than revolving stones, copper and diamond wheels, and cooling water. Come see her unique hand engraving firsthand!    10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Wine Bootcamp   Spend 2½ hours and become a certified wine snob!  This is an advanced class on all the basics.  Led by winemaker Carl, it is in plain English. The session includes 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.

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

Communication ART  Art For All.  You are invited to join artists Jane Forth and Cherl Crews for this simple, yet personal creative workshop.  Draw, paint or collage a postcard and send it to a friend or someone in need of cheer. All materials are provided.  Drop in anytime from  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Suggested donation $5.00 per person.  Reservations encouraged.  540-987-9288

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

Live Music  Join us for an afternoon of entertainment with music by Grass Fed, a local favorite from Flint Hill, VA. We are excited to welcome back Dan and Brian to our tasting room! Grass Fed plays an acoustic mix of funk/groove and reggae with both original songs and covers.  Normal $10 tasting fee applies   2 – 5 p.m.


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

Nancy Brittle Exhibition  “Completing the painting in one sitting works best for my goals of freshness of both idea and paint,” says Brittle on her alla prima painting style.  “For the last year, I have been consciously working with looser but more precise brushstrokes on smaller canvases. I work from life, the subjects usually being my family and my home. These works reflect my effort to create a painting, not a picture.”   Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Artist talk from 3 – 4 p.m.

Narmada Winery – Trail Site #62 (43 Narmada Lane, Amissville, VA 20106)

Harvest Fest   After the harvest in ancient India, the Festival of Lights, or Diwali, marked the end of the farming year. As grape growers in Virginia, Sudha and Pandit keep the tradition alive and the Indian harvest festival of DIWALI is one of our most anticipated events of the year.  Dinners or antipasto and cheese platters are available by pre-order.  There will be a dance performance followed by a Bollywood dance lesson and then freestyle dancing. All ages and skill levels are welcome.  The evening concludes with a fireworks display at 7:30 p.m.   11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Ridge Line Designs – Trail site #33 (10 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740)

Artisan Jewelry Demonstration  Jeweler Gina Irwin will be demonstrating the art of sheet and wire construction, using sterling silver and assorted stones.  See Irwin at work while enjoying apple cider and assorted snacks.  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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

Play With Clay!   Potters will be working in the studio, answering questions, sharing techniques and introducing new products.   Join in the free “play with clay” workshop from 2 – 4 p.m.  Studio open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Warmglass Designs – Trail site #109 (Located at Ginger Hill Antiques, 12625 Lee Hwy, Washington, VA 22747)

Glass Suncatcher Workshop  Artist Jennifer Webb will teach you how to fuse glass to make your own suncatcher.  A round clear base and colored glass are provided to make a mandala – a circular pattern that starts from the center.  All tools and materials are supplied.  Suncatchers will be fired off site and ready for pick-up within a week. Fee: $10.00 (Additional $5 fee if shipping needed.)    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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Second Saturday Featured in the Rappahannock News!

The Rappahannock County Artisan Trail was featured in the September 7, 2017 issue of the Rappahannock News. The following article was written by Sally Latham Haynes,
Special to the Rappahannock News.

“It’s all about collaboration,” says Patti Brennan, a stained glass artist, when asked about the evolution of the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail. When the Artisans Center of Virginia, a nonprofit that mentors Trails throughout the state, reached out to Rappahannock, Brennan stepped forward. Despite being busy with work, kitchen renovation, family, gardens and travel, she could envision the benefits of a program that brings together artists, businesses and the community to promote business and tourism. Brennan raised the $15,000 necessary to kick off the Trail, and has worked persistently to recruit members and develop public awareness of activities and events. Three and a half years later she is beginning to see the payoff.

Patti Brennan, stained glass artist extraordinaire and relentless force behind the development and success of Second Saturday, shows off the Rappahannock Artisan Trail map. Visitors can pick up the map at the Visitors Center, Artisan Trail sites or online.

Rappahannock County’s Trail is one of 18 around the state, formed under the Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV). The Trails are organized to promote tourism in the different regions of Virginia and invite the public to come explore and enjoy the byways and back roads, artisan studios and galleries, gardens and farms, wineries and breweries, restaurants and eclectic shops, and historical and cultural points of interest.

Today, the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail has 65 plus members and Brennan leads a management team of twelve volunteers. This team came up with Second Saturday — a day each month for Artisan Trail members to sponsor special events that appeal to tourists and locals alike. “Rappahannock County has had great success attracting visitors with annual events like the Farm Tour, Art Tour, Film Festival and House Tour,” Brennan explains. “With Second Saturday we have created twelve more special opportunities to generate tourism, which is vital to the County’s economy.”

Greenfield Inn Bed & Breakfast in Washington, VA.

When Second Saturday was launched in February, Audrey Regnery helped kick it off. She manages the magnificent and historic Greenfield Inn Bed and Breakfast, which she owns with her husband Alfred. Built between 1767 and 1769, the Inn is a testament to gracious living. Says Regnery, “Nothing I do is just about me. At Greenfield, we try to add to what’s here in the county and share with the community as much as we can.” Second Saturday fits perfectly with her philosophy.

For June, Audrey invited Beverly Shepherd, an animal portrait artist, to showcase her Paw Print Portraits at the Inn. Regnery supplemented the Artisan Trail’s Second Saturday publicity with her own evites to friends and acquaintances. To her satisfaction, about 25 people showed up at Greenfield throughout the day to see Shepherd’s work and, incidentally, to take in the Inn’s sylvan charm. Three people ultimately commissioned portraits of their pets. Concludes Regnery, “Joining forces with others for events as well as publicity multiplies our appeal. It just makes sense.”

Jeweler Gina Irwin in her studio at Ridge Line Designs in Sperryville, VA

Gina Irwin seemingly has the energy of a three-year old and chitchats about her shop as she opens Ridge Line Designs for the day. Her pleasure in her work and her shop is evident. Ridge Line offers Irwin’s original jewelry designs as well as vintage and estate jewelry chosen for its uniqueness. Gems and stones are her specialty, while her partner Sweatt works with minerals and fossils and carves items from wood and bone. His many one-of-a-kind pieces are showcased strategically around the shop, including a striking piece of slender smoothed driftwood with an animal head artfully carved on one end.

Says Irwin, “We would be crazy not to be on the Trail; it’s such a great opportunity. We participated in March and again in May when we did a Mother’s Day special, and we have planned events for the next two months. We are definitely on board and will be a Second Saturday participant more often in the future.”

Wine Tasting at Magnolia Vineyards in Amissville, VA

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery in Viewtown is one of the newest wineries in the county, but owners Glenn and Tina Marchione did not waste any time before joining the Artisan Trail and signing up for Second Saturday. In August, the band Grass Fed from Flint Hill performed their Beatles covers, 70’s hits and original tunes, and local glass artist Patty Sevre was on hand to engrave wine glasses, decanters and other glass items for customers. Noting that one couple came from Warrenton specifically to buy items from Sevre and two others commissioned pieces from her, Tina said, “It would be really great to have a painter set up an easel on site, or a jeweler bring some of their work. We’d like to team up with more Trail members!”

Pottery on display at River District Potters in Sperryville, VA

Sara Adams and Nancy Nord sit quietly, seemingly intent on painting, but when the doorbell signals a new visitor, one or both call out a cheery, “Hello, come on back and see what we’re doing!” Sara is working on a bowl and Nancy is painting a ceramic sign in their River District Potters studio where they greet Second Saturday visitors.

The award-winning Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, VA.

Friends Jen Brougham of Fairfax and Hilary Riffle of Grafton, W.V., browse tables and shelves brimming with the potters’ works. They intend to tour the Copper Fox Distillery next and are delighted to learn there is also a brewery just steps away.

Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville, VA

It’s common for Trail members to refer tourists to each other’s venues. When a couple from Staunton finishes touring Middle Street Gallery’s latest exhibition in Sperryville, the staff suggests the duo drop by Blue Ridge Artisans to see local fine art and craft such as textiles, stained glass items and oil paintings.

Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA

After investing so much in the Artisan Trail and Second Saturday, Brennan is thankful to reap its rewards. “My own Second Saturday workshops have led to students returning for entire series of classes as well as signing up for open studio instruction,” she says with a smile and sparkling eyes. “I’m very pleased with the results for De’Danann Glassworks as well as the County!”

“With Second Saturday, we are off to an excellent start and we’ve had wonderful support from the Rappahannock News. When we embarked on this journey, I said we would get out of it as much as we, the community, put into it. Awareness is building. Participation is increasing. It’s happening. The Rappahannock County Artisan Trail is getting set to amaze us.”

For more about the arts and venues on the Trail, see our listing at Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, and check out our calendar of upcoming events.

Rappahannock County, VA is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Come see all that Rappahannock offers!

Second Saturday September 9, 2017

Across Rappahannock County, Artisan Trail sites are featuring a diverse collection of special events, art classes, exclusive open studio experiences, and gallery openings!

Click each site’s link below to navigate via their online map or for more information on their activities year ‘round. And, be sure to pick up one of our Artisan Trail maps / brochures at one of our member sites!

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

Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, September 9, 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)

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

Knitting in the Vineyard – Visit Spirit Trail Fiberworks at Blue Ridge Artisans, make a purchase of either yarn or silk scarves, and receive a coupon for a free wine tasting for two at Gray Ghost Vineyards in Amissville, VA. Take your knitting and enjoy a lovely afternoon, tasting the fabulous wines at Gray Ghost Vineyards.

(Coupon is valid for a free wine tasting for two and must be redeemed at the time of tasting. Not redeemable for cash or special event entry. Tasting room is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11 – 5. Coupons available while they last.)

Glassworks Gallery  – Trail Site #42 (11774 Lee Hwy Sperryville, VA 22740)

Needle Felting Demo – Come join Jennifer Kvarnes Doyle for a free needle felting demonstration at Glassworks Gallery in Sperryville VA from 12pm-4pm. Jennifer finds this medium fascinating and would like to share her love of fiber art with you.


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

Ren Crawford’s Solo Show “Spirit Dance” & Gallery Member Summer Show – Middle Street Gallery will present nine abstract water media paintings by Ren Crawford, August 3 – September 10, 2017

This series of work emanates energy as the spirit pirouettes and leaps on the mind’s stage. In this strong work, Ren uses color as both the medium and message. She allows the spirit to speak by inundating the viewer with visual experience.

Opening for the show is Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00am – 5:00pm

Old Rag Photography – Trail Site #46 (12625 Lee Hwy Washington, VA 22747)

New Talent; New Work – Come and see new work by Old Rag’s members and meet new talents, Patricia Temples and Alan Dranitzke, who will be showing for the next 6 months. This event is primarily to introduce fellow photographers  Temples and Dranitzke who will be exhibiting in the gallery with us. At the same time, regular members Ray Boc, Joyce Harman, Bette Hileman and Francie Schroeder will be showing new work.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:00pm – 4:00pm

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

Studio Open for Visitors – Potters will be working in the studio, answering questions and enjoying visitors all day. They have some new techniques they are working with and new products to share with you.


Rappahannock Cellars –  Trail Site #63 (14437 Hume Road, Huntly VA 22640)

Wine Release Weekend! – Releasing our latest vintage (2016) of Vintner’s Select Cabernet Franc. Enjoy Hazard Mill Kitchen Food Truck Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY ARTISAN TRAIL, and CLICK HERE to find out what’s being featured next on the trail’s “Calendar of Events”

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