Sec­ond Satur­day

Rappahannock News - - NEWS - By Sally latham hayneS Spe­cial to the Rap­pa­han­nock News ➤ In­ter­ested in be­com­ing an Artisan Trail site? Go to www. ar­ti­san­scen­terofvir­ginia.org for mem­ber­ship in­for­ma­tion.

Rap­pa­han­nock Artisan Trail mem­bers are rolling out the red car­pet on Satur­day, Sept. 9 with new art, new wine, new tech­niques and new deals. Come see what your artisan and agri-artisan neigh­bors are of­fer­ing:

Make a pur­chase of ei­ther yarn or silk scarves at Spirit Trail Fiber­works in Sper­ryville from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and re­ceive a free wine tast­ing for two at Gray Ghost Vine­yards.

Join Jen­nifer Kvarnes Doyle for a free nee­dle felt­ing demon­stra­tion at Glass­works

Gallery in Sper­ryville from noon to 4 p.m.

Spend 2.5 hours at the Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton Win­ery and be­come a cer­ti­fied wine snob. Wine Boot­camp is in plain English. Ses­sion in­cludes a molec­u­lar sand­wich pair­ing, 3 choco­late pair­ings and the Dirt Road Wine Tour. Reg­is­ter on­line and save 50 per­cent. Class from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Patty Sevre, lo­cal mas­ter glass en­grav­ing artist, will be at Mag­no­lia Vine­yards and Win­ery in Amissville from noon to 5 p.m., of­fer­ing cus­tom en­grav­ing on wine glasses and as­sorted glass items while you wait.

Mid­dle Street Gallery in Sper­ryville show­cases Ren Craw­ford’s solo show “Spirit Dance.” Nine ab­stract wa­ter me­dia paint­ings are fea­tured through the week­end.

Old Rag Pho­tog­ra­phy in Wash­ing­ton is where to meet new tal­ents Pa­tri­cia Tem­ples and Alan Dran­itzke. Also new work by Ray Boc, Joyce Har­man, Bette Hile­man and Fran­cie Schroeder. Noon to 4 p.m.

Rap­pa­han­nock Cel­lars in Huntly will re­lease its lat­est vin­tage (2016) of Vint­ner’s Se­lect Caber­net Franc, 11:30 am to 6 p.m.

Ridge Line De­signs in Sper­ryville is giv­ing away one free watch battery per cus­tomer.

River District Pot­ters in Sper­ryville will have pot­ters work­ing in stu­dio, an­swer­ing ques­tions and en­joy­ing vis­i­tors all day.

“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.

Rap­pa­han­nock’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 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.”

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.”

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. Ir­win and part­ner John Sweatt orig­i­nally opened their store in Front Royal and op­er­ated there al­most 10 years be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Sper­ryville’s River District in 2015. She says, “It was like start­ing all over.” De­spite the in­con­ve­nience of mov­ing, they have been thrilled with the re­sult. “Artists here are a com­mu­nity,” says Ir­win, “there is more net­work­ing and re­fer­ral. It’s great for busi­ness.”

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-akind 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.”

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!”

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.

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.

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 tex­tiles, stained glass items and oil paint­ings.

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.”

PHO­TOS BY SU­SAN L. HUFF

Katie Ste­wart of Sil­ver Spring shows off sou­venirs of her Rap­pa­han­nock va­ca­tion pur­chased in Glass­works Gallery in Sper­ryville.

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 and Artisan Trail sites or find it on­line: www.dedanann.net

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