Sperryville: Come out and support the Lion’s Club parade

The Lion’s Club is again sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, luncheon and party in Rappahannock County. On March 13, come at 11 a.m. to watch the parade (begins at the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Hall, down Main Street, over the bridge to the Link Community Center) and then enter the world of Irish food, step dancing and laughter. What began locally as a private celebration of St. Patrick’s Day by Jim and Joan Gannon evolved to a raucous party at the Griffin Tavern, then moved last year to the streets of Little Washington and now comes to Sperryville, whose Main Street will be decked out by merchants in green — including, we hope, signs of spring.
Come enjoy the parade the and purchase your tickets in advance for the Irish lunch, party and plenty of blarney! Contact Jim Gannon at gannon54@comcast.net to reserve tickets or purchase them directly at the Sperryville Corner Store, Roy Wheeler Realty or Rappahannock National Bank.

Wedding Congratulations
Well wishers tromped through snow and mud to join Rick Wasmund and Chelsea Stone for their wedding at Wasmund’s Distillery on Valentine’s Day. Japanese lanterns, red and white roses, a pyramid of chocolate and red-frosted cupcakes and a model train hauling — what else? — Wasmund’s whiskey, transformed the distillery into an enchanting wedding party for close to 250 friends and family. The Sperryville community sends warm wishes to Rick and Chelsea.

Stonewall Abbey
The Compton family has restored an historic landmark on Main Street in Sperryville; the former Episcopal church’s window frames, doors, arches, wood floors and altar area were all carefully uncovered to reveal an elegant charm. It is with great regret that we acknowledge the closing of this family business and we recognize the important architectural and business contribution this family made to the Sperryville community. Denise Gentry’s decadent cheese cakes will long be remembered and the gathering for coffee and cappuccino each morning at the Abbey is a ritual that will be missed. Thanks to the Comptons for their effort to create a wonderful gathering place. We wish you all well.