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.


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!”

Second Saturday – July 13

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.

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

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.

Foster Harris House– 189 Main St, Washington, VA  22747

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.

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

Celebrate our 15th Anniversary!  KATTLE 1 beef will be on site grilling their grass-fed beef burgers to order and will have cuts of beef for sale.  Musical entertainment to be announced. Fun for all!

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

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

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

Robbie Limon Band rocks the pub with our favorite classic rock covers! 8 pm – 11 pm.  Start with dinner; stay for dancing!

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

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

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

Kevin, Pam and potter/painter Shawn Ireland are featured in Gay Street Gallery’s spring exhibition.  Open 10 am – 5 pm

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

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.  

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

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

Narmada Winery– 43 Narmada La, Amissville, VA 20106

In addition to fine wines you’ll find live music by Janna Audey from 2 to 5 pm. Winery open from 11 am to 7 pm.

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

Francie Schroeder introduces her new show of bird photographs. Schroeder will be on hand in the upstairs gallery 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

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

Patty Sevre demonstrates her glass engraving craft and offers pieces for sale. Have your name engraved on a bottle or glass while you wait! Open 12 – 7 pm

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

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.

Warmglass Designs– 12625 Lee Hwy at Hazel River Art & Antiques, Washington, VA  22747

Make a star spangled sun catcher of fused glass in a fun class with Jennifer Webb. All materials included, $25 per person. Light refreshments provided by Hazel River Arts & Antiques  11 am – 2 pm  

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

Visit the River District Artisan Market and the companion Farmers Market to get beautifully fashioned artisan goods, botanicals, fresh produce and bakery items. 11 am – 3 pm