Sperryville column for April 19

Rugged Mountain Goods opens on 211

THE NEW OLD PLACE: George Dodson and Lisa Wimer are the new operators, and recent renovators and reorganizers, of the longtime roadside stand opposite Estes Mill Road on U.S. 211 west of Sperryville.E. Raymond Boc
THE NEW OLD PLACE: George Dodson and Lisa Wimer are the new operators, and recent renovators and reorganizers, of the longtime roadside stand opposite Estes Mill Road on U.S. 211 west of Sperryville.

The roadside stand opposite the intersection of U.S. 211 and the bridge at Estes Mill Road (Route 667) has long been known for its selection of cast iron pots and pans. This season that stand is open under new management by George Dodson and Lisa Wimer, whose enthusiasm for the shop is evident in the care they have taken to paint and organize the building.

The cast iron products are still the No. 1 bestselling item, but George and Lisa have completely renovated the building and offer an expanded selection of items. This includes honey, jam, applesauce and a growing selection of used furniture, antiques, country primitive decor items, baskets and more. And you can indulge your sweet tooth with some of George’s sister’s banana cake with black walnuts, or whatever she may have made for that day.

George grew up at the base of Old Rag Mountain and left home for Northern Virginia when he was 14. Although he has lived in Orange County and in Warrenton too, he’s happy to be back home again in Sperryville. Besides operating Rugged Mountain Goods, George is an independent masonry contractor. He also deals extensively in antique furniture. If you want to contact George about laying stone and flagstone, call 540-987-8119. To reach the shop, open seven days a week, call 540-987-9720.

The Waterpenny Plant Sale

Our spring may have come early this year, but it is not really spring until we have all been to the the 11th annual Rappahannock Plant Sale, which is 9 to 3 (rain or shine) at Waterpenny Farm, on Waterpenny Lane off U.S. 211 in Sperryville, on Saturday, April 28. In addition to the joy of community camaraderie, this is the easiest way to enjoy one-stop shopping and find an extensive selection of native plants, vegetables and flowers all in one place. If you have been inspired by the RLEP workshops to stop mowing and convert your yard into a bird, butterfly and wildlife garden, this is the place to go to find the plants you need to get started!

Grandparents, beware!

Since our county is increasingly populated by grandparents, we are passing on a scam that has been circulating. If you get a call from an attorney telling you that your grandson or granddaughter has been in an accident involving alcohol and is in jail, listen carefully to what follows. Recently scammers have found out what grandchildren call their grandparents and even have someone posing as the grandchild, talking with the grandparent and using the affectionate names used in the family. Of course, the bottom line is they want you to wire money to get your grandchild out of jail. Beware of this scam!

Next week

We may, or may not, have a guest columnist next week while I am in Washington state visiting my son’s family. If you have any news be sure to send it to sperryvillenews@gmail.com and we will try to get it into the paper. While I head out to the land of rain and clouds, my husband Ray will stay here to water the garden. You may call him with news at our home (540-987-9706) and he will also help us get it to the right person.

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