Sperryville column for Dec. 3

A kind and generous place

Kristin Davis of Charlottesville wrote last week to thank some special folks in Sperryville who helped her out during a recent visit to our tiny hamlet:

Thanks for the kindness of strangers

I want to thank the many kind people of Sperryville who helped me and my dog Penny a few Sundays ago. We traveled from Charlottesville to meet a friend in town before hiking in the Park. Ten minutes into our visit, Penny gobbled a delicious-but-illicit Morning Glory muffin with dozens of raisins in it. Raisins are toxic to dogs and can lead to kidney failure. I needed to call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center right away but without cell phone service, I had no way to get the number or make the call. Over the next few hours, however, numerous customers, business owners/employees and passersby came to our rescue. A few hours later, Penny was “in the clear” and we took off on our hike.

So many, many thanks to every kind person who helped us, including: Creekside Bakery & Deli who offered a landline and supplies; the kind customers there who offered up an internet connection on their smartphones, directions to the other supplies we needed, the use of their home as a “base of operations,” and one who even came to check on us later; the Corner Store which had the other needed supplies; Thornton River Grille which let me use their landline several times; and the kind woman who stuck around to help us. Clearly, your town is full of kind and generous people. I look forward to many future stops in Sperryville. Thank you.

Kristin Davis

A Christmas dance for Castleton

Nina and Colby May and the Castleton Festival have a special Christmas celebration in store. On Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., the large opera house at the Castleton Farm will be filled with the sounds of music, specifically the “musical powerhouse” Jeff Watson and the Downtown Band (downtownband.com). For $50 per person, with all proceeds going towards the Castleton Festival, you will enjoy a “great dance band,” in Nina’s words. “There will be a dinner buffet and open bar. It will be in the large opera house at the Castleton farm where they perform the operas and symphonies.”

When asked about dress, she says: Be festive . . . anything is fine, smart casual up to cocktail, it’s about celebrating Christmas and all that means with the joy, the love, the beauty, the peace . . . the looking really good, ha ha.”

I think most of us would be challenged to find a Christmas celebration so close to home, right here in Rappahannock, with such a bring-down-the-house band, open bar, great food and Jeff Watson belting out the best of Elvis, Van Morrison, the Beatles, BB King, Marvin Gaye, Tom Jones, Aretha, the Bee Gees, Neville Brothers, and many more. Wear your dancing shoes as you will most assuredly be tapping your heels but most definitely filling up the dance floor. To purchase tickets and for further information, visit castletonfestival.org/christmasparty.

RIP, ambassador Scout

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Scout will be missed.

Berni Olson, of Ginger Hill Antiques, well known in the county and a special lady, a generous soul who gives her heart to helping others, recently lost her four-legged best friend. Berni is the quintessential volunteer for all things Rappahannock and many are familiar with her lovely antique store on 211 in Washington. Many are also therefore familiar with Scout, her beautiful boxer, Ginger Hill’s unofficial concierge. Writes Berni: “When I met Scout she was a shy, timid boxer and then I got to be graced with her loving kindness for four years. She departed yesterday with much love. She was the store’s dog ambassador and did a fantastic job. She will be greatly missed by many!” Yes, indeed Berni, she’ll be greatly missed, she was your heart walking outside of your body, and you were her entire world. She’ll be missed by many.

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