Sperryville column for Jan. 17

SVRS explores fundraising options

Charlie Tompkins was among the performers at the Doneheys’ chili cookoff benefit for the Food Pantry, one of two food-related events on what turned out to be a warm and sunny day last Saturday. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.
Charlie Tompkins was among the performers at the Doneheys’ chili cookoff benefit for the Food Pantry, one of two food-related events on what turned out to be a warm and sunny day last Saturday. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

The Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS) is changing a portion of its fundraising strategy and has decided to replace the Miss Rappahannock Pageant. There has been a significant decline in pageant participation in recent years, and the event requires many hours from a small group of volunteers, several of whom expressed the desire to devote their time to the mission of the squad and better serve the community.

In the coming months you will be hearing about their new fundraising plans. SVRS thanks all those who supported the pageant in the past and anticipates your continued support in the future.

One more statistic for you: SVRS responded to 99 percent of all calls for service in 2012! It is only because of the dedication of your squad that this performance level was achieved.

Condolences

Condolences to the JD Hartman family on the loss of James “Pops” Hartman. Our thoughts are with you. JD called and asked me to tell you that he needs some time to grieve for his dad and will reopen Jan. 25.

Rappahannock thrives everywhere

Here is a bit of news about some of our dear friends who have moved away.

Jeanne Drevas and Carl Aplin, who somehow managed to leave amazing Rappahannock County and move to Oregon, are spending the winter working on their passive-solar house. Jeanne says she will always miss Rappahannock, her home for 40 years, and the community she left. You can read and see photos about building the new house on her blog, jeannedrevas.blogspot.com, and get information on how to contact her. She sure would like to hear from you!

Roger Klinger and Marvin Bennett are solidly ensconced in the art community of Asheville, N.C. Roger’s garden sculptures are magnificent and their garden prolific. Jean Elizabeth, also formerly of Rappahannock County, is their neighbor and we all had a delightful New Year’s Eve together.  All is well with our creative friends who have moved a bit farther south.

Food events

Sylvie Rowand demonstrates preparation of local food at Narmada Winery last Saturday. Photo by Mary Ann Dancisin.
Sylvie Rowand demonstrates preparation of local food at Narmada Winery last Saturday. Photo by Mary Ann Dancisin.

It was supposed to be a cold January day with food events to warm your heart. Instead, last Saturday was warm and sunny, and the crowds turned out. The Local Food event at Narmada Winery featured our own Sylvie Rowand of Laughing Duck Gardens demonstrating how interesting and varied winter foods and root vegetables can be. She dazzled the crowd with many tidbits, including spicy sweet potatoes and roasted watermelon radishes.

On that same day, Griffin Tavern and the Doneheys generously hosted a chili cook-off fundraiser in the Doneheys’ barn to benefit the Food Pantry. The 18 chili contestants provided amazing, delicious chili and the musicians were no doubt happy to be able to play in warm weather. Best of all, this event raised more than $3,000 for the Food Pantry!

Jeff Benson’s chili took first place, Noel Laing’s entry was second and Scott Montgomery’s finished third.