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!”