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Fourth Es­tate Fri­day

Meet with the Rap­pa­han­nock News staff to dis­cuss the news that shapes our community!

We will gather at the Coun­try Cafe on Main Street in Wash­ing­ton at 9 a.m. this Fri­day, April 26. The monthly gath­er­ing is called Fourth Es­tate Fri­day, usu­ally held on the fourth Fri­day of ev­ery month.

We look for­ward to greet­ing every­body and pour­ing your cof­fee.


Sper­ryFest 2019 is upon us — Satur­day, April 27 — promising a lively street fair on Sper­ryville's his­toric Main Street co­in­cid­ing with the an­nual “Great Rub­ber Duck Race Down the Mighty Thorn­ton River.”

Sper­ryFest brings lo­cal and re­gional ar­ti­sans, food ven­dors, mu­si­cal acts, as well as family and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties to Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rap­pa­han­nock County winer­ies, brew­eries and cideries will host a tast­ing venue.

This year’s race fea­tures 1000 yel­low rub­ber ducks and

will com­mence at 2 p.m. from the Main Street bridge next to Happy Camper Equip­ment Co., fin­ish­ing at Head­mas­ter's Pub off Water Street.

Raf­fle tick­ets re­main avail­able from lo­cal Sper­ryville busi­nesses for $10/each. Prizes will be an­nounced at the finish line. Funds raised by Sper­ryFest will sup­port community beau­ti­fi­ca­tion ef­forts, traf­fic calm­ing and pedes­trian safety, and family-friendly community ac­tiv­i­ties, such as Sper­ryville Hal­loween and fu­ture Sper­ryFests.

Main Street will be closed to traf­fic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Event park­ing will be avail­able at Head­mas­ter's Pub and on Wood­ward Rd. Signs will di­rect at­ten­dees to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, which are an easy walk­ing dis­tance to Main Street.

Water­penny plants

The for­ever pop­u­lar an­nual Rap­pa­han­nock Spring Plant Sale at Water­penny Farm is this Satur­day, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Now in its 18th year, the county tra­di­tion of­fers lo­cally grown plants from some of the ar­eas more ex­pe­ri­enced grow­ers. Plan to stop by the sale be­fore plant­ing gar­dens and learn about lo­cal plants. And en­joy some mu­si­cal tal­ents while there!

Water­penny Farm is lo­cated in Sper­ryville just off Route 211 at 53 Water­penny Lane.

Oys­ter fes­ti­val

DuCard Vine­yards “Spring Oys­ter Fes­ti­val” re­turns this Satur­day, April 27, in the shadow of Old Rag Mountain.

“It's an 'R' month after all, so we're host­ing our Oys­ter Fes­ti­val from noon to 6 p.m.,” the win­ery quips.

No­mini Bay Oys­ter Ranch will pro­vide fresh oys­ters from the North­ern Neck: raw on the half shell, steamed, grilled, and with top­pings. Rap­pa­han­nock River crab cakes will also be of­fered, along with other food options. Throw in mu­sic on the pa­tio by Kat and the Travelers and beau­ti­ful mountain views and you've got it made.

Oh, and there will be DuCard wine, per­fect for pair­ing with the oys­ters and crab meat.

Ocean rocks Rapp

The Ocean Orches­tra will bring soar­ing vo­cals and fiery bag­pipe and fid­dle tunes to their own Amer­i­can take on Celtic folk-rock— this Satur­day at 8 p.m. at the Little Wash­ing­ton The­atre.

Fair­port Con­ven­tion’s Si­mon Ni­col says they “get right inside the spirit of the folk mu­sic of the Bri­tish Isles,” and Steel­eye Span’s Maddy Prior calls their song­writ­ing “stun­ning.” Ocean has long fol­lowed their own Amer­i­canCeltic vi­sion, strut­ting like Mo­town and jan­gling like the Byrds, blend­ing folk and pop with global beats and bag­pipes.

With their fresh takes on tra­di­tional songs and award­win­ning orig­i­nals by Jen­nifer Cut­ting, Ocean has won over 25 Wash­ing­ton Area Mu­sic Awards, a #3 spot on the na­tional Folk DJ Charts, and a tri­umphant appearance on NPR’s “Mountain Stage.”

Re­served seating: $25 Adults; $10 un­der 18. Visit [email protected]­tle­wash­ing­tonthe­ or call 540-675-1253.

Gallery 3 opens

Gallery 3, Sper­ryville’s newest fine art gallery, has of­fi­cially opened its doors to the community with three work­ing studios and gallery show­ing the works by print­maker/painter Kate An­der­son, ab­stract wa­ter­col­orist Marilyn Ar­mor, and water­color re­al­ist Mary Allen.

Please join the artists for a re­cep­tion on Satur­day, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. to cel­e­brate Gallery 3’s move to the neigh­bor­hood — be­hind Cot­tage Curator and next to Head­mas­ter’s Pub.

Re­fresh­ments will be served.

So­lar har­vest

The So­lar­ize Pied­mont campaign re­turns to Rap­pa­han­nock County start­ing to­day through June 14.

Run by with The Pied­mont En­vi­ron­men­tal Coun­cil (PEC), Lo­cal En­ergy Al­liance Pro­gram (LEAP), the North­ern Vir­ginia Re­gional Com­mis­sion (NVRC) and the Rap­pa­han­nock Rap­i­dan Re­gional Com­mis­sion (RRRC), the campaign pro­vides an af­ford­able and con­ve­nient way for home­own­ers to go so­lar. The current spring campaign also of­fers a stream­lined process and dis­counted pric­ing.

So­lar­ize Pied­mont of­fers free so­lar satel­lite as­sess­ments and con­nects res­i­dents with trusted, vet­ted con­trac­tors, ac­cord­ing to PEC. It’s also more af­ford­able. Over­all, the cost of home so­lar has dropped more than 70 per­cent since 2010. Prices have come down 25 per­cent from 2014 to 2017.

Be ad­vised 2019 is the last year for the full 30 per­cent fed­eral tax credit. After this year, the credit de­creases each year, phas­ing out com­pletely in 2021.

Contact LEAP di­rectly at [email protected], and men­tion So­lar­ize Pied­mont to get sched­uled for the check-up. Ryan Van Pat­ten is So­lar Man­ager of the Lo­cal En­ergy Al­liance Pro­gram — [email protected] org or phone 703-517-7251.


The Ocean Orches­tra will bring fiery bag­pipe and fid­dle tunes in their own Amer­i­can take on Celtic folk-rock to the Little Wash­ing­ton The­atre this Satur­day evening.

“Storm,” a water­color by Marilyn Ar­mor, can be viewed at Sper­ryville's newest art gallery.

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