“Second Saturday” & Mother’s Day Weekend – May 12-13 on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail

Explore the many ways to give Mom a unique experience on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail beginning with complimentary wine tastings and roses. Treat her to live music, wine tastings with truffle bears, yarn dyeing and knitting workshops, or the Nature and Abstract Fantasies art exhibition! You can wine and dine her at a selection of restaurants and wineries or treat her to a class or workshop where she can learn about wine, create jewelry or make pottery.  And, if you really want to give Mom a treat….. stay for the weekend at one of our fine B&B’s!


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.

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Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, 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
Saturday: Freaked over Fair Isle? This is the workshop for you! Renowned author, designer and knitwear teacher Tanis Gray will cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters and tackle common issues, proper technique, how to trap floats, Latvian braids and more. You’ll knit an exclusive unisex Fair Isle cowl designed in Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn. Some materials will be sent to you for homework to be completed prior to the workshop. Jennifer Heverly, owner of Spirit Trail Fiberworks, will teach yarn dyeing basics and you will dye two skeins of yarn using two different techniques – kettle dyeing and speckling – to create the perfect contrasting yarns for colorwork projects.
9 am – 12 pm: Fair Isle Knitting with Tanis Gray
12 pm – 2 pm: Lunch break.
2 pm – 5 pm: Yarn Dyeing with Jennifer Heverly
Fee: $265 per person, reservations required. Click here for complete details.



De’Danann Glassworks – 23 Spyder Mountain, Sperryville, VA 22740
Saturday: Artist and instructor Patricia Brennan will teach you to cut glass and design and create unique fused glass earrings and pendants. Each student will be able to create three pendants or three pairs of earrings (or a combination) and pick them up after they come out of the kiln the next day. Call 540-987-8615 or email dedanannclasses@gmail.com for a reservation or more information. $30 covers all materials and instruction. Class 1–3 pm



Eastwoods Nursery – University of Virginia’s Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Ln, Boyce, VA 22620
Saturday and Sunday: At this Garden Fair and annual celebration of spring and Mother’s Day, Eastwoods Nursery will be selling their Japanese Maples, ginkgoes and dwarf conifers. A large number of plant vendors will be present and this is a great time to find just what you need to fill a space in your garden. Talk to plant experts and see glorious displays of flowering trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Parking: $15 per car $10 advance online Hours: 9 am- 4:30 pm both days


Gadino Cellars – 92 Schoolhouse Rd, Washington, VA 22747
Saturday: Truffle Bears tasting flight. Shenandoah Park is Springing to Life…in particular the BEAR population is out of hibernation and hundreds of these amazing creatures have already made their yearly trek down to Gadino Cellars to enjoy our Governor’s Cup award-winning red wines. As you may know, Shenandoah Park Bears are very creative and left Dark Chocolate Truffle Caricatures of themselves (with a little help from Birrn Chocolates of Vermont). Come by and enhance your wine flight with a couple of chocolate bears! Open 11:30 am-6 pm
Sunday: Mom gets a complimentary truffle bear with her wine tasting and everyone will enjoy live classic rock music! Open 11:30 am-5 pm.


Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy, Amissville, VA 20106
Saturday: Begin Mother’s Day festivities a day early by treating Mom to a relaxing afternoon with live music by Valerie Von Fange from 2 – 4 pm. Free admission. Wine tastings are only $5 per person and picnics are welcome. No reservations needed. Open 11-5 pm
Sunday: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a day filled with fun! Enjoy free wine tastings for Mom and her guests, winery tours and live music by Tess Miller in the afternoon from 1-4 pm. Bring a picnic or purchase a gourmet picnic special. No reservations required. Open 11 am-5 pm


Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Flint Hill, VA 22627
Saturday: Bring Mom for an early treat of lunch, or choose dinner followed by live music (band to be announced).
Sunday: Reservations are recommended for Mother’s Day Brunch. Mom deserves a treat and we’ll be sure to pamper her! The Brunch menu features Spicy Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Eggs Benedict, Home Made Scones and many other delights. Enjoy outdoor seating, weather permitting. Reservations are highly recommended! Brunch 10:30 am-3 pm Dinner 4-9 pm

Little Washington Winery – 72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA. 22747
Saturday and Sunday: We could call this class Wine 301 – an advanced class on all the basics of wine. Spend 2 hours with us and we’ll turn you into a certified wine snob! Led by our winemaker Carl, this seminar is in plain English all about wine. Learn how to achieve aeration perfection, how to behave in a restaurant, and all the tidbits about wine you never thought to ask. The session includes a molecular pairing experiment with a sandwich, a chocolate pairing session, and the Dirt Road Wine Tour. Reserve online $40 11 am–1 pm
Sunday: Cheeseology- A delicious, educational and lively seminar on the basics of cheese and wine pairing. You’ll taste from all 6 categories of cheese with 6 different wines as you discover what makes a cheese and wine pairing successful. You’ll also learn how to choose and serve artisan cheese and how to taste to get the most from your palate! 2:30-4 pm

Magnolia Vineyards and Winery –  200 Viewtown Rd, Amissville, VA 20106
Saturday: Catch a fun afternoon of half-price wine tastings for Mom and great music with local musician Josh Lowe! Josh is a member of the Dubious Brothers band, but plays solo acoustic in our tasting room. He will regale you with lively tunes from oldies to 80’s to now. We always enjoy his energy and love having him as a Magnolia Vineyards “regular”! $10 tasting fee. Music 2 – 5 pm
Sunday: Celebrate Mother’s Day with us! All Moms will receive a half-priced tasting featuring a special chocolate treat at the end! From 2-5 pm enjoy a special Mother’s Day performance by rising musician Alton Peters whose music has an acoustic and modern feel. His love for music is evident in his performances, enjoyed by audiences of all ages. $10 tasting fee. Open 11:30 am–5:30 pm



Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747
Friday-Sunday: Marilyn Armor’s solo exhibit, “Nature and Abstract Fantasies” expresses her love of nature, shapes, color, and texture. Her inspiration comes from places as diverse as the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cape Cod, and Taos. The artist will be in the gallery on Saturday, from 1-3 pm. Hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10am-5pm.




Narmada Winery – 43 Narmada Ln, Amissville, VA 20106
Saturday-Sunday: Complimentary wine tastings and roses for Moms all weekend! Doug Parks’ blues duo will play Saturday from 2-5 pm and Anderson Paulson Project will play Sunday 2-5 pm. Try delicious food and wine pairings all weekend and special activities like chair massages for Mom. Narmada’s signature wine MOM – an appealing white wine with tropical notes of pineapple and passion fruit – makes a great gift for Mom, Grandmom, Mother-in-Law, and, hey, you’re a Mom too, right? We’re offering 15% savings on each bottle; it’s a good time to stock up! Open Sat. 11 am-7 pm and Sun. 11 am-6 pm




Quièvremont Winery – 162 Gid Brown Hollow Rd, Washington, VA 22747
Saturday and Sunday: Bring your mother for a free tasting to celebrate Mother’s Day! Nothing says “thank you” for all that Mom has done like a great bottle of wine aged to perfection. Hours: Noon to 7 pm




Rappahannock Cellars – 14437 Hume Rd, Huntly, VA 22640
Saturday: Artisan Gina Irwin from Ridge Line Designs will be in the winery beginning at noon. Gina has been busy at her workbench this winter and is excited to display her new and unique jewelry designs. (Her shop, Ridge Line Designs, located in Sperryville, Va, has a large selection of vintage, estate, and Native American jewelry.) Jewelry Display 12 – 6 p.m. Open 11:30 am–6 pm


River District Potters – 7 River Ln, Sperryville, VA 22740
Saturday: Make a spoon rest for Mom. Potters Sara Adams and Nancy Nord will teach you to create one from a clay slab. Free and no reservation needed! Workshop 11 am–3 pm Open til 4 pm
Sunday: Shop for Mothers’ Day pottery gifts during hours of 11am to 4 pm.



The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation – 111 Scrabble Rd, Castleton, VA 22716
Saturday: The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club will give a presentation at noon about the history of African-American servicemen known as the Buffalo Soldiers. A fried chicken dinner with all the fixings will be available for a suggested donation of $10. There will also be music, a raffle, photo opportunities and more. 10 am-2 pm
For event information: Nan Butler Roberts, President, text/call 540-661-2013 or email contact@scrabbleschool.org
For motorcycle club information: http://bsmcnova.com/history-2/
For Buffalo Soldiers information: National Museum of African-American History

Sperryville ARTist Cooperative – 3 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740
Saturday: Attend an exhibition and reception to celebrate the life and work of Frederick Kahler and raise funds for a limited, second publishing of his book, The Art Speaks. Mr. Kahler, a long time Rappahannock County resident, made intricate pen and ink drawings about the existence of humanity and all beings throughout the history of the universe. Mr. Kahler was not just an artist, but a Universal Historian, Sage, Story-teller and Friend. A founding member of the Sperryville ARTist Cooperative, his pieces are now housed in the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Two pieces of Kahler’s work are on display through the summer of 2018 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Collection of Self~Taught and Folk Art. Please join us for coffee and conversation. Book pre-orders and donations will be accepted during the event and online via PayPal. For more information email lsf@livingsky.org Share stories of the artist in an open discussion from 2-3 pm. Open 11 am–5 pm.

Wine Loves Chocolate – 353 Main St, Washington, VA 22747
Saturday: Bordeaux – Guess the $100 bottle – The Bordeaux region of France is the most famous and highly coveted wine region in the world. The Gironde estuary cuts through the center of the region creating two banks: a left bank and a right bank. Come learn your left bank from your right bank as we taste eight Bordeauxs, and proclaim Ooh-la-la as we discover the differences. 2:30 – 3:30 pm


For more detail, refer to the Calendar of Events


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