Sperryville column for Oct. 28

Travis Dodson (kneeling) paused for a photo with organizers of the Oct. 16 day-long benefit for him at the Link. They are, from left, co-chair Angie Baker, chef Doug Mueller, co-chair Amy Fincham and sister Heather Dodson. More than $4,000 was raised to support his fight against cancer.

With less than five weeks to Thanksgiving and the launch of the holiday season, it is time to think about scheduling those fix-up projects for ourselves and for the house.

Face time . . .

Did you know that you don’t need to travel out of the county to get stress-reducing first-class facials and body care?

Terri Freeborn at Nature’s Way Day Spa at 11576 Lee Highway in Sperryville offers a variety of services that range from a one-hour aromatherapy facial to her five-hour “Nirvana” package, which includes the facial, citrus body polish, a 90-minute river stone massage and a spa manicure and pedicure. Men, don’t feel left out. Terri has a three-hour VIP package for you.

Terri has more than 25 years experience in the business. She is a member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing. In April 2008, she received medical massage certification in Costa Rica. Call Terri at 540-987-9777.

Trish Noll was trained at the Washington Skin Care Center and owned a skin care salon in Warrenton for 24 years. Her current salon is in the middle of the living room where you will be surrounded by the grand piano and her eclectic treasures from her travels around the world. Trish now specializes in European-style facials and microdermabrasion treatments. The latter is a mechanical form of exfoliation that helps give a smoother, fresher appearance to the skin. It is also used to diminish the appearance of sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and coarse-textured skin. Call Trish at 540-551-5052

. . . and fridge time

After Dennis and Annie Williams moved to Sperryville a few years ago we soon discovered the healing talents of Annie at Mountainside Physical Therapy. But did you know that her husband can help you make over your kitchen? Kitchen Krafters was formed about 1989 by Dennis and his partner Mike Shiflett.

Bring your own ideas to discuss with Dennis or work with one of his three kitchen designers in your home to help you solve all those tricky planning challenges. Dennis will custom make and install all your countertops in any material that you wish. He has a wide range of cabinet choices. Whether you order a new refrigerator or other appliances, Dennis can install them all. His second company is D&M Electrical Services, which also provides bucket and trenching services and installs home generator systems. Call Dennis at home at 540-987-8824 or at his Fredericksburg showroom at 540-891-7678.

P.S.: Congrats to Annie and Dennis, whose new grandson was just born in North Carolina!

Rappahannock ‘Examined’ . . .

The Office of Tourism recently hosted travel writer Tamar Fleishman, who was obviously enchanted with everything she saw and tasted in Rappahannock County. The Baltimore edition of The Examiner covered the county’s wineries and distillery on Oct 11, its food on Oct. 14 and the Inn at Little Washington on Oct 15. A number of local businesses have been written about in this enthusiastic and lengthy series of articles.

. . . and Weekend-ed

Congratulations to the Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock! A full-page feature in the Weekend section of last week’s Washington Post is a tribute to your collective effort to market one of our primary agricultural-tourism attractions. According to Rappahannock’s Office of Tourism, an individual winery is seldom strong enough to be the subject of an entire feature, but a group of wineries with a distinctive identity and personality is enough to make a story.

The county tourism office wrote and distributed the press release when the group was launched this summer. Tourism consultant Laura Overstreet notes that this “partnership marketing” model can be adapted for other groups of similar businesses. Contact Overstreet at laura@visitrappahannockva.com.

Get-well wishes

Janet Alther is recovering from back surgery and Jeanne Dodson has recently been in the hospital. We hope that both these fine ladies get stronger very soon.