Sperryville RCES’s watershed experience

Lucky sixth-grade students at RCES, thanks to the Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District and its partners, on Wednesday experienced along the Thornton River the final phase of what has been a four-week classroom experience of learning about watersheds, water assessments and pollution sources. Watch for photos and more details next week.

Easter temptations

Time for the Thornton River Grille’s special Easter Brunch Buffet — get your reservations early for this Sunday! TRG is cooking fresh and local ham, lamb and beef and preparing a “river of fruit.” Also being prepared fresh are saffron linguini with scallops and smoked salmon quiche. There will be other surprises but no one is telling … call 540-987-8790 for reservations before they are all gone.

“Rappahannock” sold

If you haven’t been by Long View Gallery yet to see Drew Ernst’s finished Rappahannock cow, it will be there for three more weeks. “Rappahannock” has been sold and Andrew will be installing it in the new owner’s home in late April. What a treat it has been for Sperryville to have Drew as an “artist in residence” at Long View Gallery, being able to watch the creation from start to finish was such a wonderful experience. We look forward to his possible return this summer and watching another incredible work as it unfolds before our very eyes. You can follow Drew at www.drewernstart.com and watch for announcements of his next residency at www.longviewgallery.com.

Speaking of resident artists, part of the restoration of the building housing the Rappahannock National Food Co-op will be artist studios — how exciting to have more artists in residence who can be viewed as they paint, carve, weave, work with clay, etc. Sperryville’s artists and arts community is another road that this column will travel down.