Cut your own Christmas Tree

By Julie Reardon Cut your own Christmas Tree You may notice the cost of a live Christmas tree is a little higher this year. Fewer lots are open for business, and those that are open, have a smaller and pricier selection than in years past. That’s because we’re experiencing a shortage of available trees. This […]

Artists of Rappahannock

Fall Art Tour By Bob Tagert Artists of Rappahannock As you will learn in this issue, October is Virginia Wine Month and a perfect time to drive out to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tailgating Virginia Wine Month is the 14th annual Fall Art Tour of the Artists of Rappahannock County the first weekend of November. […]

Everyone’s favorite park is waiting for your fall visit

Everyone’s favorite park is waiting for your fall visit By Julie Reardon Every fall, we try to share scenic drives people can enjoy within an hour or so from Alexandria where you can see peak fall colors and perhaps an interesting stop or winery to visit along the way. With more wineries and local markets […]

Happy Trails To Neighbors In Orlean, VA

By Julie Reardon Happy Trails To Neighbors In Orlean, VA Long before any of them were acquainted with social networks online, a group of friends and neighbors envisioned opening a series of connected trails in Northwestern Fauquier County near the small village of Orlean. The group, mostly horseback riders and residents of two major roads […]

Players Announced for the 8th Annual Polo Classic

Players Announced for the 8th Annual Polo Classic The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is excited to announce players for its 8th Annual Polo Classic, to be held Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Great Meadow in The Plains. This year’s event will again include two top tier matches, the Founders Cup and the Mars Cup; […]

How to give a chicken a bath (and win a barnyard beauty contest)

By Julie Reardon How to give a chicken a bath (and win a barnyard beauty contest) Yoga with goats, chicken bathing tutorials, watermelon seed spitting contests, lawnmower races and junk food—you know you want to! It is county fair season in Virginia and Fauquier’s fair has these interactive events and more July 11-14th near Warrenton. […]

History, Tradition and the Modern Horse

History, Tradition and the Modern Horse By Julie Reardon Show horses are arriving from all over the country for the granddaddy of all horse shows, the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. Started by a local farmer whose descendants still live in the area, Upperville is the country’s oldest horse show and will be holding its […]

Virginia Is for Horse Lovers in May

By Julie Reardon   Virginia Is for Horse Lovers in May The first Saturday in May is home to what may be the most popular horse race over fences in the country: the Virginia Gold Cup. Kentucky may have the Kentucky Derby on the same day, but here in our area, that first Saturday is […]

Budding Interest

Budding Interest by Julie Reardon   Who doesn’t love to peek through the closed doors and through the windows and walled gardens of others, especially the wealthy? There’s a bit of voyeurism in all of us, and online pictures and videos can only scratch, not satisfy, that desire to really see how others live. Even […]

Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring by Julie Reardon Despite some unseasonably warm 75 and 80 degree days in February, technically spring’s not here quite yet. But the days are noticeably lengthening and the sun is stronger; in sheltered areas daffodils and crocus are already blooming. They might just be mixed up due to those balmy days, even though […]