Sperryville column for April 21

New happenings at Before & After espresso bar

An industrial art sculpture made by local artists Nol Putnam and Brenda Van Ness will be shared with patrons of Before and After espresso bar in its soon-to-be-completed garden courtyard. The steel and parachute piece was exhibited at the Watergate in Washington, D.C.Brenda Van Ness
An industrial art sculpture made by local artists Nol Putnam and Brenda Van Ness will be shared with patrons of Before and After espresso bar in its soon-to-be-completed garden courtyard. The steel and parachute piece was exhibited at the Watergate in Washington, D.C.

Before & After, the magical espresso bar at 31 Main Street, owned by Kerry Sutten and run by Jess Sutten, his beautiful niece, is now offering delectable delights such as quiche, muffins, scones, lunch items and what Jess calls, “fudge to pair with coffee.”

The espresso bar also has coffee flavors of the month for which April is lavender and cold brew coffee for spring, in collaboration with Central Coffee Roasters.

Lunch items now available include paninis and salads. Jess said they have teamed up “with lots of Rappahannock County cutting edge farmers to make this happen. We want to support local businesses and thrive together.”

Before & After is trying to complement Creekside Bakery hours said Jess. Currently the espresso bar is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

But when they acquire additional staff and a wine license, “we’ll grow hours to Monday and beyond,” she said, adding she hopes to receive a license for an evening wine bar in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

“We are working on expanding into our market named, “During,” which will include grab-and-go foods for hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. It will feature wines — both local and foreign — meats and cheeses, artisanal treats, and other local retail products,” Jess said.

And soon, she said, they will have an enchanting backyard garden courtyard for people to relax  and enjoy the spring weather. She also mentioned that there are two office rentals above the cafe available for anyone who’s interested.

For further information contact Jess at 540-987-8392 and check out their Facebook page.

Soap Box Derby

The annual Soap Box Derby Yard Sale will be held Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Old Sperryville Schoolhouse/Headmasters Pub. According to Thom Pellikaan, Rappahannock’s derby committee member, a “large assortment of household items, garden and landscape planters, springtime plants and locally grown herbs” will be offered. Donated items are welcome. For pickup, call Thom at 540-987-8447. No books or clothes. All proceeds benefit the Rappahannock County Soap Box Derby drivers. (Rain date is Sunday, May 1.)

The Piedmont Area Soap Box Derby will be held at the derby’s Paul Bates Raceway in Culpeper County, June 11 and 12. For the first time since 2008 there will not be one of the five O’heir brothers, all Wakefield CDS students, racing,” said Pellikaan.

Rappahannock County drivers are: Zander Woyciechowski, (rookie) driving for Sperryville VFD, Super Stock Car #275; William Eborn (rookie), driving for Wakefield Country Day School, Super Stock Car # 289; Ethan Lewis, driving for the Castleton VFD, Super Stock Car # 271; Jacob Newlin, driving for the Lunch Bunch, Stock Car # 1002; Joy Foscato, driving for the Castleton VFD, Stock Car # 184; Joshua Foscato, driving for the Castleton Festival, Super Stock Car # 284; Jeremiah Foscato, driving for the Rappahannock County Sheriff, Super Stock Car # 286;

Alex Diehl (rookie), driving for The Inn at Little Washington, Super Stock Car # 270; Olivia Gibson (rookie), driving for the Rose Hill Veterinary Practice, Super Stock Car # 290; Jadon Torosian, driving for the Rappahannock County Elementary School, Stock Car # 199;

McKenna Torosian, driving for Copper Fox Antiques, Stock Car # 197; and Jack Gerard (rookie), driving for Boy Scout Troop 36, Super Stock Car # 2004.

“These drivers hope to accomplish what Flint Hill VFD former Super Stock driver Gabe Beroza did when he captured the Championship in his division, and represented the local derby and Rappahannock County in 2012 in the All American Derby held annually in Akron, Ohio,” said Pellikaan.

Interested sponsors of future soap box derby cars should contact Thom Pellikaan, Rappahannock County Derby Committee Member at 540-987-8447 or brookhillthom@gmail.com

Sunday concert at The Roastery

“The Sunday Concert Series at The Roastery” is host to an extraordinary array of musical talent. Small ensembles of bluegrass, jazz, celtic banjo, contemporary, vocals and guitar grace the stage in Central Coffee Roasters intimate setting. Dana Lyons, a world-renowned singer/songwriter, champion of the environment, an eco-troubadour, is performing Sunday, April 24 from 7 – 9 p.m. Admission is free, suggested donation $10. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 6:55 p.m. For information call 540-987-1006. Central Coffee Roasters is located at 11836 Lee Highway in Sperryville.

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