“Second Saturday” – September 8 on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail

Appreciate the abundance of fall harvest and enjoy a farm-to-table meal at one of our welcoming restaurants. There’s still time for outdoor entertaining and taking in the wondrous landscape along with the fabulous food! Inns and B&B’s are opening their doors to visitors from far and wide, and area artisans are eager to display their handiwork and even teach YOU how to create your own masterpiece.  Here are activities created with you in mind for September 8!


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, September 8th:


Before and After – 31 Main St., Sperryville, VA 22740

Virginia Wine Tasting! Attend the launch of a whole new wine tasting experience in Before & After’s new “Duringmarket space.  Enjoy a casual tasting experience for those interested in sampling the diverse landscapes of Virginia produced wine. These tastings will allow you to choose and compare wines from across a spectrum of Virginia vineyards including the wines of Rappahannock County.   Open at 8 am  Reception from 5-7 pm



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

Beginners Stained Glass Workshop. Did you ever wonder how stained glass items are made? In this workshop learn how to cut glass and make a small glass panel from start to finish! All supplies and tools will be provided. Time: 10 am – 2 pm Cost: $55.00. Call De’Danann Glassworks @ 540-987-8615 for more information.



Hazel River Arts and Antiques – 12625 Lee Hwy., Washington VA 22747

One-stop Festival!  Ceramic artist Dawn Mickel will demonstrate how to make hand-built pottery and handmade tiles, and local author J. Stuart Willis will be signing his two books, “Gestation Seven” and “Deadly Highway.”  Divine Swine BBQ will be serving up deliciousness. All from 12-4 pm





Magnolia Vineyards & Winery – 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Wine and Music. Join us at Magnolia Vineyards as we welcome Dan Barry back to our tasting room! Dan is a singer-songwriter who blends influences of rock, jazz, folk, and soul into a unique sound. Dan will be playing acoustic tunes from 2pm-5pm. Our tasting room is open from 11:30-5:30 so feel free to arrive early for a wine tasting. Our tasting includes 8 wines that we pair with cheese and chocolate!  Music 2-5 pm



Narmada Winery – 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106

Musical Interlude. Singer-songwriter Jessica Weaver & The Silver Linings perform country, gospel, and bluegrass covers plus original songs.  Go along on their musical journey from 2 – 5 pm.  Enjoy small plate food pairings, or a glass or bottle of wine to enjoy in the tasting room or on the patio or grounds.  Open Sat. 11 am – 7 pm




Old Rag Photography at Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Flint Hill, VA 22627

Work Hard. Old Rag Photographers presents the first of several special shows in the upstairs gallery at Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill for the month of September. The first of these exhibitions will be “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” by Francie Schroeder.  Says Schroeder, “Americans eat out frequently and for several years I have taken my camera into restaurants to photograph the patrons, the décor, the staff at work, the food and sometimes even the restrooms!” Lots of people write reviews about where to eat and photos may accompany these reviews but this exhibition is strictly visual with a focus on the social function restaurants play in people’s lives.  Browse the exhibit and then settle down for a great lunch made with fresh local produce.



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

Barns of Page County.  Katrina Ann’s solo show was born from driving back roads, jumping cattle gates, and befriending neighbors.  Exploring farms, she realized barns are treasure chests for painters, creating endless possibilities with their various textures, colors, and designs. Says Katrina, “I love building up the oil paints to capture textures in a field of harvested corn or the peeling paint on a barn door.  These barns are a part of a simpler way of life. They tell the story of hardworking farmers connected to the land. My paintings aim to reconnect people with the land. I can often be found exploring the Shenandoah Valley, gathering inspiration. Art is constantly developing in my mind and taking over my senses. I open the front door, explore the land, and drift into an imaginative state.”  Show runs through Sept. 23 on Fri.-Sun. from 10 am – 5 pm www.katrinaannart.com



Rappahannock Cellars – 14437 Hume Rd., Huntly, VA 22640

HARVEST IS UPON US and Rappahannock Cellars + Dida’s Distillery are celebrating with Live Music in our historic barn, fabulous food from Hazard Mill Kitchen Food Truck, and GREAT wine and craft cocktails all day long! Join us in the barn – no reservation needed.  The food truck is open 12 – 5 pm and Nashville Standard will entertain 2 – 5 pm. Hours of Operation: 11:30am – 6pm



Sperryville ARTists Cooperative – 3 River Ln., Studio 1A in the River District, Sperryville, VA  22740

Introduction to Jewelry Making. Local artisan Maureen Day recently returned to Rappahannock after a five year residency in California where she learned the art of metal-smithing.   Join Ms. Day for a metal-smithing demonstration and jewelry making workshop.  You will be provided with all materials needed to create your own pair of forged copper earrings or a pendant. $35.00 fee includes materials.  1-3 pm

RSVP to artiststudio@livingsky.org



The Inn at Little WashingtonMiddle and Main St., Washington, VA 22747

Village Market.   Look for fall vegetables and artisan products at the The Inn at Little Washington’s weekly market.  Have some deliciously chilled lemonade or sweet tea as you stroll under the trees of a bricked courtyard to view offerings from a diverse selection of vendors. You can walk away with baked goods, canned vegetables and jams, gourmet sausages, jams, and more. Plus wearable art and home goods! A portion of proceeds benefits the Rappahannock Food Pantry.  10 am – 2 pm


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