Sperryville: Link hosts Castleton rehearsals and more

The Castleton Festival opera orchestra rehearses at the Link in Sperryville last week. Photo by Ray Boc.

The historic Schoolhouse in Sperryville, now known as the Link, is undergoing facility improvements and expansion of its repertoire of events.

Most notably, an acoustical analysis completed several months ago by the board of directors of the Rappahannock Non-Profit Center, which operates the facility, resulted in a matching grant to purchase wall panels and ceiling baffles to substantially improve sound quality for performances.

For the second year in a row, Chateauville Foundation’s Castleton Festival has reserved the space in June and July for rehearsals for orchestra and opera performances. In the spirit of cooperation typical of this community, the foundation generously made available the equipment needed to install the ceiling baffles — and rehearsals began the next day.

Enthusiastic and skilled young performers spend the day at the Link, with lunch provided by Chateauville and served by members of the Link board. We welcome these young performers and staff to Sperryville.

The Link hosts diverse events to serve Rappahannock’s community. This includes the second annual Farm Tour the last weekend in September, Blue Ridge Workshops for photographers, weddings, private parties, yoga, tai chi, community yard sales and dances. Now that the acoustics have been improved perhaps additional groups will offer musical events.

Call Ellen Berg at 540-987-9750 or email info@rnpc.org for reservations and information about the Link.

More music on deck

Music on the deck of the Thornton River Grille/Rudy’s Pizza from 5 to 8 p.m. will resume on July 11. There is no doubt that Sperryville continues to be a lively destination and offers shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

Veterans benefits increased

Any veteran who was on active duty between Jan. 1, 1957 and Dec. 31, 2001 qualifies for a higher Social Security payment for their military service. Up to $1,200 per year of earnings credit will be credited at the time of application. Take your DD-214 to a Social Security office and ask for this benefit.

Every $300 in active duty basic pay for service from 1978 through 2001 earns an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 per year. If you enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980 and didn’t complete at least 24 months of active duty or your full tour, you may not be able to receive additional earnings.

The benefit is not automatic; you must ask for it. For details on the Web: www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm.

Brian Ross gives a Sperryville Rescue Squad ambulance a final once-over before it headed to Amissville’s parade last week. Photo by Ray Boc.

It’s official: SVRS looks good

Brian Ross’ efforts earned a first place as the Best Appearing ALS (Advance Life Support) vehicle in the Amissville Carnival parade last week. Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad also placed second for the Best Appearing EMS (Emergency Medical Support) unit in the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department parade a week earlier. Remember that new volunteers are always needed and welcome. Contact SVRS for information about training and service opportunities that can lead to employment options. Call 540-987-8085 for information.