Sperryville column for Jan. 23

One more year on Main Street

In the summer of 2013, Sperryville welcomed a new business at 29 Main Street. A pink-trimmed, whimsical gingerbread house, with a magical garden on the babbling Thornton River: A shop called One Year Only, a “Last Hurrah for Aging Artists.” It is the lighthearted brainchild of a delightful crew of seasoned and talented artists who, over the years, built a friendship on the Virginia art show circuit.

Peggy Severson, Eva Malerich, Lynn Schultz, Wynn Ludwig, Kris Ratches and Linda Elliff offer an eclectic mix of reasonably priced wares ranging from hand-painted furniture to home accessories, miniatures, jewelry, fabric designs (including creative ties) and all sorts of treasures geared toward each artist’s specialty.

These ladies are all about humor, especially the self-deprecating sort when it comes to their age and experience. Grandmothers several times over, they’ve decided on a limited-edition “last hurrah” and thus the name, One Year Only.

However, according to the ever-entertaining Peggy, the “aging artists are tackling the challenge of winter weather and claim that old ladies and winter hazards have a checkered past, and, therefore, will temporarily close the store in January and February. We call it hibernating. The artists will be back in full force in March with new inventory and an array of their creative best. With the success of our first six months, not only with in-stock sales but with special orders, the ladies have concluded — after much deliberation — that it would be wise to extend our one year commitment.”

Look for their new sign to read: One MORE Year Only.

A ‘Fine Tuned’ second chance

The award winning, family-friendly movie, “Life Fine Tuned,” filmed predominantly in Rappahannock, premiered recently at the Culpeper State Theater. Unfortunately, the ice, sleet and snow prevented many people from enjoying the movie.

Fortunately, Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville has graciously offered the sanctuary for a free showing of the movie at 7 p.m. next Friday (Jan. 31). DVDs will be available for purchase, while the trailer can be viewed at lifefinetuned.org. A production of Renaissance Women Productions, many of you will recognize friends, neighbors and local officials in the film, including our own Sheriff Connie Smith.

If you are interested in attending, please call 571-858-9905 and leave a message, as space is limited.

Chris Green
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Chris Green (formerly Chris Doxzen) is an an executive recruiter by profession who enjoys exploring and writing about all things Rappahannock. Friends and neighbors with potential stories for her Sperryville column should email her at chrisdoxzen@gmail.com.