Sperryville column by Gail Swift

Wishing for fall?

It was lovely to have this past Monday as a holiday. For many of us, Labor Day marks the end of summer, the beginning of school, and a day off for most workers and students. But did you know: The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland made reconciliation with the labor movement a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

Photo by Gail Swift

Thank you, VDOT!

Sperryville residents who have been so concerned about cars and trucks speeding through the village want to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in getting the speed limits reduced to 25 and 35 mph on U.S. 522 south of town. Special thanks to supervisors Eddie Wayland (since retired) and Mike Biniek for keeping it a priority, and to Dave Cubbage at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for making it happen!

We ask that everyone please enforce their own speed limits when driving through Sperryville, and that the Sheriff’s Office monitor and enforce the new speed limits as much as possible. This will make our village much safer for all the adults, children and animals who walk, run and ride bikes along our roads. It was a long two years in the making, but having the limits lowered will, in the long run, ensure a better place to live, work and play.

Fiber fun for charity

If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, now is the time to jump into one of Knit Wit Yarn Shop’s classes or find a private lesson or a friend to teach you. Make your own music with needles! Starting in October, go visit our own yarn shop on Main Street to make an item for charity. The kits will be free — you just have to knit and return the finished project to the store. The first local organization selected is the Scrabble Seniors Center — thank you, Rebecca, for helping us to give to back to the community.

If you know of other local charities that would benefit from handmade items, please let us know, call the shop at 540-987-8251 or stop by and see Rebecca at Knit Wit.

Farm tour time

This year as last, the Link (and the whole county for that matter!) will be humming with activity Sept. 25-26 during the second annual Rappahannock Farm Tour. If you can volunteer for two or more hours at registration or one of the venues that may need assistance, please e-mail the volunteer coordinator (Gail Swift) at farmtourvolunteers@gmail.com. Last year was a great success, with people lined up before 9 a.m. on Saturday to get tickets. Plan to enjoy the festivities and educational opportunities and visit the “All Things Rappahannock” marketplace at the Link.