Sperryville: A Bolly good time at Narmada

A Bollywood dance class at Narmada Winery.

Laughter and fun quickly energized the group that went to Narmada Winery in Amissville last Saturday for the first Bollywood dance and exercise class held in the tasting room. Led by Kumud Mathur, who is trained in Kathak and folk dances of India and has taught for more than 30 years, young and old alike quickly responded to her infectious spirit as they were led into the world of Indian movement and low-impact exercise.

Bollywood is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. Bollywood dance is a mixture of many styles of dance. It’s inspired by and deeply rooted in the classical styles from India of Bharatanatyam and Kathak. Bollywood dance blends the Indian folk dance Bhangra with movement from belly dancing and many other styles. Giving it even more dimension, it is mixed with ideas and elements from popular styles in the West including modern, jazz, and hip hop dancing.

Want to learn to dance “Jai ho,” from the award-winning soundtrack from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire?” If there is enough interest from the community, more Bollywood dance/exercise classes will be scheduled. Call 540-635-9398.

Keeping up with an exercise program is hard to do, but having a variety of interesting and varied options is a help. Bollywood dance and exercise would be a welcome addition to classes already available in the county. Mountainside Physical Therapy offers Zumba classes every Saturday morning (led by Ellie Clark). This is a fitness program inspired by Latin dance whose name is Spanish slang for “to move fast and have fun.” Competence, skill and a positive attitude have contributed to the development of a large and growing number of faithful followers of Cindy Markart, Pilates instructor at Mountainside Physical Therapy. Open enrollment strength training classes are Monday and Friday at 3 p.m. and open enrollment Pilates mat classes are held every Monday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. Three-person Reformer classes are scheduled according to need and interest (there are several per week) and private lessons are available by appointment. Call 540-522-9062. Come join the fun and stay fit!

One of nature artist and potter Jeanne Drevas’ distinctive landscapes-in-the-round works.

Landscape in the round

Are you looking for a wedding or retirement gift that safely takes you away from the world of a gift registry? One of our local artists has developed a style that is uniquely Rappahannock and would undoubtedly be well received, but not likely to appear on a gift registry. Jeanne Drevas does landscapes in the round on large bowls and platters that capture the spirit and pastoral beauty of the county . . . in Jeanne’s unique style. Recently a group of us commissioned a platter for a colleague who is retiring to her home near Old Rag Mountain. Jeanne captured the home, shed, Old Rag Mountain and even found a small space to tastefully insert the dates of our friend’s employment. Jeanne’s pottery is high-fired and durable as well as beautiful. Keep this type of gift in mind if you have a special occasion to commemorate. Call Jeanne at 540-987-3113.

Looking ahead

The Sunday evening concert at the Castleton Festival brought to an end three weeks of world class music and performance in Rappahannock County. We are all grateful for the extraordinary effort it took to mount this festival. We await summer of 2011 when the hills will be again alive with the sound of music.

Rappahannock’s wine trail

Hats off to the five wineries that have created our own wine trail — Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock. An immediate benefit is that the new and elegant rack card will provide visitors with consolidated contact information and a map to more easily direct them to the wineries. We hope that the opening event, Festa Rappahannock, to be held at Rappahannock Cellars next weekend, will be well attended and that we can anticipate collaboration on future events that will encourage visitors to enjoy our boutique wines. Be sure to come and support this event.

Well wishes

It is just not the same at Wasmund’s Distillery without the watchful eye of mother Helen. She is recovering from back surgery she had two weeks ago, but she plans to return home soon to resume her supervision of her whiskey-making brood. Get well soon!