October – hARTvest Time 

As grapes, apples and fall vegetables are being harvested for renderings of fine wines and delicious dinners and desserts, artists are filling the halls and walls of their studios with art in preparation for the Fall Art Tour, the first weekend of November. Chefs are experimenting with new menus and inns are plumping pillows in anticipation of a rush of visitors eager to Experience Rappahannock in its full Fall finery.

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

Enjoy a Wine and Cheese/Charcuterie Tasting featuring Virginia wines as well as local and international meats and cheeses.  Come celebrate Virginia Wine Month by sampling a selection of regional wines in tasting flights, by the glass, or take home a bottle from our wine wall that features wine from 33 Virginia wineries.  From 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

Eastwoods Nursery –  634 Long Mountain Rd, Washington, VA 22747

Open house all weekend, showing Japanese maples, ginkgoes and dwarf conifers. Also find planter boxes elegantly designed and crafted from locally harvested wood.  Fri. & Sat 10-4; Sun. 11-4

Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy. Amissville, VA 20106

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and Gray Ghost is honored to be selected to produce one of the commemorative wines – Gray Ghost’s Lovers Blend…the Romantic Rosé.  Bring a picnic and enjoy our southern hospitality, beautiful grounds and spacious indoor facilities. Meet our knowledgeable staff and ask about the most popular volunteer harvest program in the Commonwealth!  Open 11 am – 5 pm Fri-Mon. this holiday weekend.

Gadino Cellars– 92 School House Rd., Washington, VA 22747

Nebbiolo harvest

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with a Governors Cup Gold Medal Two Pack Special of 2015 Delfino Rosso and 2013 Nebbiolo for $74 plus tax….club members $70 plus tax. These two Gold Medal wines retail for $92. This offer good only for the weekend of Oct. 11-14.

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

Robbie Limon Band rocks the pub with a mix of 70’s to 90’s classic covers from 8 to 11 pm. Bikers, hikers, and winery tours welcome as well as children (no leashes necessary) and pets on leashes.  If you prefer, take advantage of call-ahead or take-out. Delicious home style meals, 9 beers on tap and a fully stocked bar.  11:30 am – 10 pm.

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

Harvest art! Come to the paint-in!  Experienced or not, try your hand at art. Canvas and paints will be set up and waiting for you. Grab a brush and add to the painting in progress. Follow on instagram to see how your painting is coming along. When this one is finished, we will start another. This community project includes residents and visitors to our beautiful county. 12 – 4 pm every Saturday.

Kevin Adams  – exhibition at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Adams has a solo exhibition (in the other Washington) in the prestigious Watergate Gallery at 2552 Virginia Ave., NW, near the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The show runs through Oct. 26.   Open Sat. 12-5 pm; Mon-Fri. 10 am – 6 pm

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

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with live music and fabulous food. On Saturday we have Divine Swine BBQ food truck and music by Nilce (NIL-see).  Nilce is an indie-pop singer-songwriter from the nearby mountains of Madison County. Her performances include an eclectic mix of personalized covers and originals with a range of both genre and style. Can’t make it Saturday? On Sunday, we have SoBo food truck and music by Josh Lowe. Music 2-5 pm. Winery is open Thursday through Monday 11:30 – 5:30 pm.

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

Enjoy a group exhibit by all members of this artist-owned gallery established in 1983 to  promote quality and innovation in the arts.  Members’ work includes all aspects of the fine arts: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, mixed-media, and photography.  Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

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

Jason Frye entertains with a mix of covers and originals, ranging from folk to classic rock. Performing 2PM-5PM.  Enjoy our award winning wine, delicious food and beautiful vineyard, open from 11 am Thurs through Monday.

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

Anita Zymolka’s A Teaching Moment

Celebrate the relationship between art, the environment, and wine as the talented Anita Zymolka Amrhein shows her beautiful and inspiring works.  Meet the artist herself Saturday from 1–5 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine grown here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge as you feast your eyes on the natural and artistic splendor of Art by Zymolka! Opening Thurs. through Sunday at noon.

Rappahannock Cellars – 14437 Hume Rd, Huntly, VA 22640

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend at the winery with patisserie, wine, and live music!  Discounts on tasting fees are offered based on one/two/three/four bottle purchases.   Open daily 12 – 6 pm.

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

Come for our Open House and browse custom designed and crafted jewelry made from beautifully cast metals and polished stones.  Necklace shown has sterling silver wings and skull, and  lapis beads.  Open 11 am to 5 pm.

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

Play with clay to create an earthenware wine cooler in a workshop from 12 to 2 pm. $40 per person. Register at: https://www.facebook.com/events/498923917555791  For questions email riverdistrictpotters@comcast.net or text: 202 256-7005.

Warmglass Designs–12625 Lee Hwy. at Hazel River Art & Antiques

Go rustic or neon as you design your own fused glass suncatcher or ornament in the colors of  Fall.  Choose a pumpkin or leaf motif or another design.  Workshop led by artist Jennifer Webb from 11-2 pm  $25 covers all materials.  Reserve your space at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-your-own-fused-glass-suncatcher-tickets-72262945415?ref=eios

Wild Roots Apothecary– 4 River La., Sperryville, VA  22740

If you’ve wanted to make homemade soap but are nervous about working with lye, this is the class for you. In two hours, we’ll discuss how to make soap, then divide into groups of 2-3 people and make batches of cold process lye soap that you will take home. Learn to use a lye calculator and batch record, measure ingredients, combine them to make soap, add fragrance and color, pour into a mold, insulateand take home your own homemade batch of soap.   Workshop 4 – 6 pm