Throwback Thursday: First wine festival in Warrenton
July 1993: “In Good Taste” festival organizer Bud Hufnagel and financée Shannon Province sample an Oasis Vineyard wine on the terrace at Napoleon’s in Warrenton.
25 Years Ago From The Fauquier Citizen edition of July 16, 1993
Warrenton’s first wine festival takes to the street
Ernest “Bud” Hufnagel positively bubbles with enthusiasm for his latest project — “In Good Taste,” the first wine festival ever to take place on Warrenton’s Main Street.
Set to uncork from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the festival’s success may hinge on the weather, says Hufnagel, who negotiated with town officials and business leaders for months to win approval of the event.
“If it’s 86 degrees, it will seem cool,” says the organizer, noting that the recent record-breaking heat wave may help to make people more tolerant of ordinary warm weather.
Five Virginia wineries and a dozen local restaurants will offer samples of their finest wines and gourmet foods at café tables beneath striped tents. Tom Cunningham and his 10-piece orchestra will play big band favorites.
Panel recommends closing 2 schools
A community task force Monday advised the school board to close Central Elementary in Warrenton and Northwestern Elementary near Rectortown.
Central should get converted to offices for the school administration, the panel suggested. It offered no recommendation for Northwestern.
The 35-member committee of citizens and school administrators also recommended major renovations for Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Margaret M. Pierce Elementary in Remington and W.G. Coleman near Marshall.
The committee estimated the repairs and construction would cost $26.9 million over five years.
Bed-and-breakfast wins town approval
The Warrenton Town Council this week granted a special use permit for a bed-and-breakfast inn on Culpeper Street.
Barbara H. Wilson received approval to operate a small-scale inn at Mecca, her 19th-century Italianate home at 194 Culpeper St.
As a condition of approval, Mrs. Wilson agreed to post no sign and do no advertising of the inn. She will open no more than three rooms to guests, because of insurance limitations, said Mrs. Wilson, who owns Loveladies Antiques on Main Street.
Habitat for Humanity to dedicate first home
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its first completed home for a local family at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, in Warrenton.
The ceremony will take place at the new 91 Haiti St. home of Charles and Annabell Gibson. The Rev. Decker Tapscott Sr. of Warrenton’s Faith Christian Church and International Outreach Center will lead a short prayer service. The First Baptist Church Choir will provide music.
Local real estate broker William G. Burke will receive a special award for his work as a founding member of Fauquier Habitat.
A public picnic across the street in Eva Walker Park will follow the dedication.
Wallace plays in state all-star game
Fauquier High basketball star Kendra Wallace scored 6 points in her final scholastic contest, the 22nd annual Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game on Monday at the Hampton Coliseum.
The 6-foot-1 center helped lead the West to an 83-58 victory over the East.
“It felt good just to be chosen to play in this game,” said Wallace, the only Cardinal Conference representative. “I consider it a great honor.”
The Lady Falcons’ all-time leading scorer, she will enter the University of Rhode Island on a basketball scholarship in the fall. Her parents, Donald and Beverly Wallace, and FHS Coach Margaret Lowry made the trip to Hampton for the all-star game.
Delays possible on bridge at Kelly’s Ford
Motorists next week may encounter delays on the Route 620 bridge that crosses the Rappahannock River at Kelly’s Ford.
State inspectors will erect scaffolding to look for structural defects in the century-old, steel-truss bridge.
Built in 1898, the one-lane, wooden-deck bridge was reconstructed in 1937 and 1943 after floods washed away parts of it. Structural deterioration has limited bridge capacity to 3 tons, said Brent Sprinkel, a bridge engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
It’s That Time of Year!
Peaches — Harry will sell no peach before its time. He lets them hand on the trees until he is sure they are ripe, and you’ll need a napkin because the juice runs down your chin when you bite into these.
Corn — Silver Queen, picked fresh daily and rushed from the field to our store.
Tomatoes — Vine-ripened, fresh from the garden.
Fresh Flowers — Stop in and ask Kim to fix one of her special arrangements for you.