Special to the Rappahannock News
Last weekend’s heavy downpour washed out plans for the Lions Club’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Sperryville Saturday, but it put no damper on the indoor fun at the traditional Irish luncheon and music program at The Link community center. The Link was packed with nearly 200 green-clad attendees who sang along with an Irish pub band and applauded the high-stepping Irish dancers for their jigs and reels.
“It was a big disappointment to have to cancel the parade, which so many had prepared for, but the weather gave us no choice,” said event chairman Jim Gannon. Inside The Link during lunch, some people kept a wary eye out the back windows at the fast-rushing Thornton River, which rose close to flood stage as the music and dancing went on undeterred.
The corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and green-tinted desserts provided for lunch by David Huff and his crew at Washington’s Country Cafe drew rave reviews, as did the rousing music of pub band King Golden Banshee of Charlottesville. The fast-paced dancing of the colorfully costumed Irish step dancer was provided by Warrenton-area students of Applause, Applause Performing Arts — and they drew lots of applause, applause.
“We sold out all tickets in advance for the second straight year of this event,” Gannon said, adding that it was a highly successful fund-raiser for the Lions, which will use the profits for community projects and causes. “I want especially to thank our local sponsors who donated generously to help underwrite the costs of the celebration,” he said.
The sponsoring businesses and individuals were: Roy Wheeler Realty, Real Estate III, The Inn at Little Washington, Belle Ridge Farm, Copper Fox Distillery, Settles Grocery and Garage, Gay Street Inn, Mount Vernon Farm, Narmada Winery, Sperryville Corner Store, Rappahannock National Bank, The Bagley Group, Linda and Bill Dietel, Anilori’s Celtic House, Mountainside Physical Therapy, Kreyling Construction, Central Coffee Roasters, Rappahannock CFC Farm & Home Center, Swift Global Results, Barbara Adolfi and Wakefield Country Day School.