Sperryville column for Sept. 23

Photo by Gail Swift

Smoke alarms: A sound you can live with!

The National Fire Protection Association has adopted a smoke alarm theme for Fire Prevention Week Oct. 3-9, the 90th year the group has sponsored the observance.

This year’s campaign is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection. This is a great time to remember to change those batteries. Don’t wait until it is too late.

Also, support the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Oct. 9, when it holds an open house from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. along with an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be volunteers to talk with you about joining the department, plus informational displays and gift bags for children.

Touring, bobbing and dancing

The Second Annual Rappahannock Farm Tour kicks off Saturday morning, Sept. 25, with registration and an “All Things Rappahannock” Marketplace at the Link starting at 9 a.m. For only $5 per person (good for both days — children under 15 free), you can visit more than 20 venues — farms, orchards, vineyards, etc. and support our great community.

On Saturday evening, the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection’s annual barn dance will keep us on our feet under the stars at Rappahannock Central on River Lane. Enter or enjoy the contest for apple desserts, bob for apples, listen and dance to The Trouts, and more. Visit www.rlep.org for details and tickets.

Then on Sunday there will be an Oktoberfest at the Thornton River Grille. From 1 to 5 p.m. listen and dance to the great polka band Fairfax Alte Kameraden, enjoy Oktoberfest beer, bratwurst and potato pancakes. The deck and the tent in the back parking lot will be the gathering spots for celebrants.

New name, same game

The Long View Gallery is no more: Haley Fine Arts is now the name of Andrew Haley’s wonderful gallery and framing studio. Be sure to stop by to congratulate him on the new look — the sign is certainly spectacular! Also, Drew Ernst is moving toward completion of his incredible new work being painted in the gallery, another spectacular piece by this very talented artist. How lucky we are to have him again as artist in residence; it is quite a feat to achieve a work of this magnitude.