Sperryville: Miss Rapp now includes Ms., more

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m. for the Miss Rappahannock Pageant at the elementary school, where a new category — “Ms. Rappahannock” — will be open to all ladies 20 and older.

Ward Lee Cash IV and Kyla Bozkaya were winners in the Friends category in the Miss Rappahannock Pageant last year.

Last year the pageant organizers at Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad heard many requests that such a category be added, and so it is.

The deadline to enter the pageant has been extended to the Thursday before the pageant, April 15. Another change to this year’s event is that the 2009 category winners will crown the 2010 winners.

Categories for this year’s event include: Baby Miss (up to 11 months old); Wee Miss one to three years); Tiny Miss (four to six years); Little Mister (two to six years); Little Miss (seven to nine years); Junior Teen Miss (10 to 12); Teen Miss (13 to 15); Miss Rappahannock (16 to 19); Ms. Rappahannock (20 and older); Friends; Siblings; and Mother/Child. The registration fee is $35.

Registration is $35. Pageant contestants must either be a resident of Rappahannock County or attend school or daycare full-time in the county. Pre-registration is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, and rehearsal is Sunday, April 11 (open registration at 1 p.m. and rehearsal at 2) at the rescue squad hall. Door prizes, bake sale and a raffle will add to the fun of this event, which is a major fund-raising event for the rescue squad.

Please come out and support the participants as well as the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Applications are available by contacting pageant director Deanna Wayland at 540-987-8366 or deannaleigh8@msn.com.

Spruce up for St. Pat’s Day
Time to get out those brooms and shovels to clean up the gravel and dirt from our sidewalks on Main Street. Parents with children in strollers and the elderly will really appreciate it. Let’s make Friday our local Clean Sweep Day. Merchants on Main Street will have flags and bunting to add to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities –- set to go off rain or shine -– so come join the fun on Saturday and be sure to get your ticket for the lunch party at The Link community center following the 11 a.m. parade, which starts at the Fire Hall on U.S. 211 and heads down Main Street. Put on your green and join the fun.

Harbingers of spring
Ray and Pat Wood, whose beautiful garden adorns the remains of the old factory on Water Street, have some of the first flowers of the season. Bright yellow crocus are peeking up to help us transition from our snowy February to the promise of spring and renewal. Need a boost? Drive by and take a look at these colorful signs of warmer days to come.

Merchants upgrade, diversify
The news of business closings has all of us concerned, but within our community several merchants have begun to make changes and upgrades to what they offer to us. High on the Hog has an expanded breakfast menu during the week, featuring Mary Ann Jenkins’s sausage gravy and biscuits. In response to community request, High on the Hog will now serve coffee from Central Coffee Roasters for the breakfast crowd.

Roy and Janet Alther have now filled their red building with many of the grocery items that were previously crowded into their main store. In addition to that fabulous Trickling Springs Farm milk, they have a large glass-front freezer filled with a bountiful selection of flavors of Trickling Springs Farm ice cream.

Of course, we are all delighting in the variety of produce and prepared foods by Terri Lehman at the Sperryville Corner Store. Please support our community and shop local.

Rae Gaedke surrounded by her personal flea market at her former restaurant on Main Street in Sperryville. Photo by Roger Piantadosi.

Rae’s bargain sale
“Good Grub” has been her trademark in Rappahannock for many years, but as Rae Gaedke prepares to move on to a new chapter in her life, she is selling both commercial restaurant items and personal belongings out of her former restaurant site on Main Street. She’s calling it Rae’s Bargain Sale, and you can find everything from antique beds to bulk ketchup in the store. Come support Rae and help her down-size and move forward. The sale will continue Thursdays through Sundays, Gaedke says, until the end of May. You can also browse by appointment by calling her at 540-987-9425.