“Second Saturday” – April 14 on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail

April on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail is a time for renewal, for getting out and about, and for trying new things. Have you ever dyed yarn, made your own jewelry, stayed in a 1700’s mansion, been a wine critic, or listened to a real Italian play a real accordion?  Now you can do all these things and more!!! April offers great opportunities to embrace the weather and find the fun on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail! 


Click each featured site’s link below for more information on activities and to navigate via the online location map.  When in the county, pick up an Artisan Trail map/brochure at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center just outside Washington, VA.

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

Click here to “like” our Artisan Trail Facebook page for special stories and updates!

Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, April 14, 2018:

(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 – 2018 B Lee Hwy., Sperryville, VA 22740

Dyeing Yarn.  Learn the basics of dyeing yarn from artist Jennifer Tepper Heverly.  You will dye three skeins of fingering weight superwash merino yarn using three different techniques: kettle dyeing, hand-painting, and speckling. Dye skeins to work together in one project, or two or three different projects!  Fee of $160 covers all materials. Must be 18 years or over to participate. Tickets must be purchased online.   No tickets available at the door. Workshop 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.




Contemporary Color – 82 Resettlement Rd., Huntly, VA 22640

Making Monotypes.  Create a trio of monotypes guided by artist Carolyn Roth.  Monotypes are called the “painterly prints.”  Different than the two most well known branches of print making – intaglio and relief – monotypes employ no cutting of the plate. As “mono” indicates, each print is unique. Come and try your hand at this print-making method. $40.00 materials fee.  Reservations required.  Email carolyn@contemporarycolor.net   Class is 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 




De’Danaan Glassworks – 23 Spyder Mountain, Sperryville, VA  22740

Fused Glass Jewelry. Instructor Patricia Brennan will explain fusing, the process of melting glass together at high temperature in a kiln, and teach students to cut glass. Working with small pieces of different colored glass, students will design and create three projects of fused glass earrings and/or pendants. We will make and fuse the items on Saturday and arrange a time for pick-up after they come out of the kiln the next day.  Call 540-987-8615 or email dedanannclasses@gmail.com for a reservation. $30 covers all materials and instruction.  Class 1 – 3 p.m.



Gadino Cellars – 92 Schoolhouse Rd., Washington, VA 22747

Spring Special. Take advantage of Gadino’s estate selected SPRING WHITE WINE SPECIAL Three Pack all day long and receive a 20% discount on your purchase.  Relax and enjoy the day including listening to owner Bill Gadino play tunes on his venerable accordion between 1:30 and 5pm.  Open 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.



Greenfield Inn Bed and Breakfast – 30 September Song La., Washington, VA  22747

Relax in Luxury.  This Georgian-style 1700’s mansion sits on 83 beautiful acres amid rolling hills and woodland and with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The pillared entrances welcome you into the lap of luxury where elegantly casual sitting areas and garden spaces invite you to unwind.  Your stay includes a complimentary round-trip ride to any restaurant in Washington, VA!   After a restful night, enjoy a three-course gourmet breakfast. When you reserve, mention the Artisan Trail for a 20% discount off a two-night stay for Second Saturday weekend.


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

Night Life.  Work off a delicious meal with dancing to the classic rock of Vicki Marie’s All Stars. Vicki’s powerful voice and her talented band will have you swinging to your favorites from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  There are full food and bar menus with many delicious choices. Band 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.




Little Washington Winery  72 Christmas Tree La., Washington, VA.  22747

Wine Bootcamp.  Led by wine maker, Carl, this seminar is “all about wine in plain English.” Learn how to achieve aeration perfection, how to select and order in a restaurant and other tidbits you didn’t know to ask. The session includes sandwich and chocolate pairings and our Dirt Road Wine Tour.  Book online. Class 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Winery open until 5 p.m.



Magnolia Vineyards and Winery – 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville, VA 20106

Enjoy the return of Andrew O’Day with his acoustic guitar and versatile sounds including soulful constructions of rhythm and blues, fun cover songs, and original music.  From 2-5 p.m.  Order a wine tasting, glass or bottle and relax for a while in our cozy tasting room.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.





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

Art Opening – Marilyn Armor’s solo exhibit “Nature and Abstract Fantasies” opens Friday April 13 with a reception on Saturday 3-5 p.m. Ms. Armor’s abstract water-media paintings express her love of nature, shapes, color and texture. The inspiration for her work comes from places as diverse as the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cape Cod, and Taos, New Mexico.

Exhibition Apr. 13 – May 12.   Open Fri – Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 14 – Artist Reception 3 – 5 p.m







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

Art and Wine.  Come to Quièvremont Winery for a meet and greet with local artist and musician Peregrine North. Peregrine, a citizen of the U.S. and United Kingdom, uses art to reflect her American home. America’s Native people are the focus of her art that consists primarily of graphite and charcoal portrayals of representatives of Native American nations and tribes. Native America has captivated her since childhood and she hopes to pass on some of her inspiration through art.  Join us beginning at 1 p.m. and through the afternoon for wine, original artwork (available for sale) and stimulating discussion with the artist. Questions? Email: info@quievremont.com or call: 540.827.4579  Hours: Noon–7 p.m.


Ridge Line Designs – 10 River La., Sperryville, VA 22740

Jewelry Bonanza – Come see what’s new!  Gina has been busy on the workbench; it’s time to check out her new one-of-a-kind designs.  Selected items of our large selection of jewelry will be on sale. Open 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.





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

Play with Clay.  Potters Doris Jones and Susan Hornbostel will teach you to make a large colorful ceramic tile for your wall or table using various painting, drawing, stamping and carving techniques. Design and make a large, 11”x8”x ½” ceramic tile.  You will be working on leather-hard clay using vibrant under-glaze colors and experimenting with stamping, drawing, painting and carving to make your own design. Please bring drawings or other inspiration and we’ll have samples, too.  The tiles will dry and be bisque fired in our studio and finished with a transparent food-safe glaze. There will be a final firing before the tiles can be picked up in mid-May. This workshop is for all levels of experience, ages 13 and up.  Limit 6 students. $30 fee. For reservations email  susan.hornbostel@gmail.com   Class 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Wine Loves Chocolate – 353 Main St., Washington, VA 22747

World of Malbecs – Once every decade or so a wine grape comes along to become a brand unto itself transcending region, winery, and even common sense. Malbec has now joined that illustrious club of brand unto-itself varietals. We will taste and compare eight Malbec wines from around the world, and discover the similarities and differences in aromas, flavors, and food pairing ability.  Fee $40. Class 2:30 – 4 p.m.


For more detail, refer to the Calendar of Events


Special thanks to our supporters: