Sperryville: A summer season in full swing

Dontez and Friends help set the mood with musical entertainment on the patio at the Blue Rock Inn. Photo by Ray Boc.

Residents and visitors alike soaked up the official opening of summer on Memorial Day weekend in a variety of ways. Thornton River Grille’s rooftop dining/restaurant/pizzeria was resplendent with food, flowers and diners. Music by Dontez and Friends provided entertainment as the Blue Rock Inn pub and patio hosted a lively group of diners and dancers. Sperryville’s most familiar dancing couple, Jeanne Drevas and Carl Aplin led the way. Private parties, such as one hosted by Sylvie and Keith Rowand, featured locally raised lamb by Jerome Niessen. Visitors who filled our vacation rental homes and B&Bs biked and hiked the Shenandoah National Park, paddled on the Shenandoah River, and dined and shopped. The long, snowy winter is behind us. Viva the summer season!

News EMTs at SVRS

Chris Garcia and Brigit Brown-Kosene have both graduated from the EMT training course, passed the state exam and are now fully certified EMTs. We are delighted to have them as part of the team of dedicated volunteers with the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Our thoughts are with Josh Woddell and his family as he prepares to be deployed once again with his reserve unit for one year.

Visitors Center

“God willin’ and the creek don’t rise” . . . the Rappahannock County Visitors Center will open June 11. A dream long sought is coming to fruition through a public/private partnership and all businesses are invited to participate either as a business member or as a founding member. If you have not received a letter of invitation, please let us know at the e-mail address above and we will forward necessary information to you. With the leadership of County Administrator John McCarthy, the Office of Tourism and the Tourism Advisory Group, the Avondale Farmhouse will be a gracious and welcoming introduction to the county for visitors and a valuable resource for residents.

The Veterans Memorial in Sperryville Cemetery, installed on Memorial Day 2007, stands as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of our military service members. Photo by Ray Boc.