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The Floral Artistry of Becky Parrish

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How I Became a Crazy Chicken Lady
Backyard chicken “farming” has become quite popular over the past few years. The fact is, it’s easy, inexpensive, and just about anyone can do it.
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Treasures of the Piedmont
A Case of Horse Feathers: Antiques specialist Kirsten Dueck discovers an “old” horse head is neither antique or unique.
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Old Towns: Gordonsville
In Gordonsville, History — and Historically Good Fried Chicken
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Upcoming Events


21st Annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival
May. 24, 2014 through May. 25, 2014
@ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This annual event features luscious strawberries (for sale in pints, sundaes and shortcake), musical entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors, and crafters. Daily admission car passes are $20 in advance, $25 per car at the gate ($15 for motorcycles). Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. 540-364 - 2772


FCPS Science / Sustainability Energy and Art EXPO.
May. 10, 2014
@ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Fauquier High School renovation and addition will be a key feature of the Science/Sustainability Energy Art Expo (S/SEA) scheduled for Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at the school. The new wing at Fauquier High will be open for student-conducted tours focusing on energy features including solar tubes, water retention, natural and efficient lighting, white roofs, and the geothermal heating and cooling system. Featured at the Energy Art Expo will be 24 projects from the recent FCPS Science and Engineering Regional Fair, more than 50 art exhibits from the FCPS Arts Festival, results of a Fauquier High School Expo Logo contest, a 3D printer with school-made products, FCPS art made from recycled materials, information on rocket clubs, plant sales, live bands, school booths on eco-friendly programs, Fauquier County Environmental Services booth and workshops, John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District lectures, Green Hill Mechanical geothermal on student-guided tours, as well as other local businesses, non-profits and subject matter experts.


"In - Land" The War of 1812 Commemorated in Old Town Warrenton
May. 10, 2014
@ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

It is a day of history to commemorate the War of 1812 and share history with the public about life during this period. Sponsored by the Southern Fauquier Historical society and the Fauquier Historical Society, Inc.  National Speakers will give lectures, Authors, puppet shows, U S Marine History Corp on Exhibit, and the Grand opening of a new 1812 exhibit at the Fauquier History Museum, with the planting of a memory garden at the Fauquier Bank. Dolly Madison, will be joining us and Francis Scott Key from Ft. McHenry will be on hand to meet you as will as many other members of the militia, such as the Asquith Sharpshooters from Maryland.   Visit, Court, Hotel and Culpeper Streets and see on street demonstrations by Living Historians, Crafts men, and local non-profit groups relating to the early years and life in Fauquier during the period 1800 to 1815,  1812 scavenger hunt through old town stores, and much much more. A Day trip and fun for the whole family. IF you want to be a Vendors and participate contact Lory Payne at  


Opus Oaks, "An Art Place" Summer Camps and Workshops for Kids ages 4-18
May. 01, 2014 through Aug. 30, 2014
@ selected dates and programs

Register early!
Summer Camps begin in May and go through August.  Check out our schedule for fun summer camps:  Junior Art Camp, Comic Book Camp, Environmental Studies & Art Camp, Painting Big & Small Camp, Two different Animation Camps, Paint a VW Car Camp, Copper Forging & Wood Sculpture Camp, Metal Water & Tools Camp, and Photos at the Fair Camp.
We also have a great selection of workshops for all ages: Blacksmithing, Landscape Oil Painting, Several Fashion Design Workshops, Fused Glass, Comics & Sequential Art, Clay Sculpture, Two different Jewelry Workshops, and Silk Painting!
Fees include all materials and a healthy snack.

2330 Crums Church Rd, Berryville. Call Gale Bowman-Harlow at 540-955-4226, or email at


Historic Garden Week House & Garden Tour- Walking Tour of Historic Gordonsville
Apr. 26, 2014
@ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Historic Garden Week with a special walking tour of Gordonsville on April 26, 2014 from 10am to 5pm sponsored by the Dolley Madison Garden Club.  Gordonsville, a charming southern town of quaint shops and galleries, features a noted Civil War museum and critically acclaimed restaurants in the heart of historic central Virginia.  The Historic Garden Week walking tour will include three private homes and gardens as well as special events and very special cuisine. Tickets are available on-line at  Proceeds go to the Garden Club of Virginia for use in restoring historic gardens throughout the Virginia.


Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest in Downtown Culpeper
Apr. 26, 2014
@ 12-6 p.m.

Hop to Downtown Culpeper this spring for CRI's second annual Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest. This event will feature live music, great local food, and of course great brews. With over 70 different craft beers available in one place for you to sample, you are sure to discover a new favorite. Only a limited number of advanced tickets will be on sale, so get your tickets beginning March won't want to miss Culpeper's Brewfest, happening in Downtown Culpeper, winner of the 2012 Great American Main Street award!
East Spencer Street Parking Lot, Downtown Culpeper. Cost: $25.00 in advance ($5.00 non-drinking tickets will be available on the day of the event). Tickets: on-line at or Culpeper Cheese Company, Randy’s Flowers, and Vinosity. Contact: Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI). 540-825-4416. or Twitter @ gnarlyhops

Prince William

Intersections of Art and Life by William Woodward & Becky Parrish
Apr. 15, 2014 through May. 24, 2014

William Woodward and Becky Parrish bring to light Intersections of Art and Life through their artistry depicting both visual and emotional compositions including some of Woodward’s “Seven Deadly Sins Series”. Parrish counteracts Woodward’s boldness with her works of serene beauty and layers of grace. Artist/Organization: Arts Consulting International, LLC. Gallery Reception: Thursday, April 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10 am-6 pm, Thur., 10 am-8 pm and two hours before performances. For more information about the current exhibit, visit  


Events at River District Arts
Feb. 12, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014

  • Makin' It in Virginia - Artisan Center of Virginia  February  15 -  April 13. A collaboration between the Artisan Center of Virginia and River District Arts featuring a collection of fine hand-made craft by juried members of the Artisan Center of Virginia at RDA  to highlight the creative talent of artisans who are makin' a living makin' craft in Virginia. In conjunction with this exhibit, there will be a series of five Makin' It in Virginia seminars for artisans to fine tune their business aptitude and an enrollment desk for artisans and other enterprises who want to participate in the Artisan Trail that is being developed in Rappahannock County. River District Arts, 3 River Lane, Sperryville. 540-987-8770, Ext # 3.
  • Second Annual Rappahannock Creates  April 19 - June 15. Artistic talent abounds in Rappahannock County. This spring exhibit brings well deserved attention to the artists who create paintings, photography, sculpture, fine craft and furniture here in Rappahannock County.  
  • Virginia Equine Artist Association June 21 -  August 10. A group exhibit featuring equine and canine paintings, photographs and sculpture by members of the prestigious Virginia Equine Artists Association. This ain't your typical dog and pony show!   
  • Plein Air Shenandoah  August 16 - October 12. A group exhibit by artists who were invited to participate in multiple plein air paint outs to create paintings that capture the natural and timeless beauty of the Shenandoah experience.  This show has also been humorously referred to as Fifty Shades of Green! 
  • Second Annual Piedmont  Virginian Artist Showcase October 18 - December 28. Establishing itself as the premier annual art exhibit in the Piedmont, this juried exhibit is sponsored by Piedmont Virginian Magazine and hosted by River District Arts.  You won't find a better art exhibit in the Piedmont region!
River District Arts, 3 River Lane, Sperryville. 540.987.8770.
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