Sperryville Column for Oct. 14

Fall joy in Sperryville

This past weekend was an absolutely glorious fall weekend in Sperryville. Little Annabelle Cicotello from Fairfax, her mom Amber (formerly Amber Hathaway of Rappahannock County) and her dad went up to the top of Mary’s Rock, where the little girl smiled in delight at the cool wind and the thrill of being so high.

Elsewhere, visitors stopped at roadside stands that brimmed with all shades of reds and yellows from apple, cider and honey products for sale. Neighboring chapters of the Christian Motorcyclists Association set up tents to greet and offer respite to the throngs of bikers passing on U.S. 211 into and out of Shenandoah National Park.

Haley Fine Art celebrated 10 years in Sperryville with a packed reception where guests and patrons warmly greeted the artists and their extraordinary work.

All the vacation rental homes, B&Bs and restaurants were packed with visitors and shop owners on historic Main Street and the west end of U.S. 211 received strolling visitors who stopped by. The weekend of 10/10/10 was certainly a big 10 in terms of perfection.

And there is more to come. Beech Springs Farm will have an old-fashioned apple butter boiling this Saturday (Oct. 16). Check out its new jewelry and beautiful gifts, not to mention the ever-changing quilt inventory. Also on Saturday, Knit Wit Yarn Shop will have alpacas from Platinum Alpacas in Culpeper and sheep from Wit’s End Farm, right here on Main Street. Come help the shop celebrate its one-year anniversary in Rappahannock. There will be spinning demonstrations plus locally made hot apple cider and cake from Triple Oak Bakery. You can also win door prizes and draw a discount of from 10 to 20 percent off your purchase, excluding consignment items.

And still more: The group Mandalele (Wendi Sirat, Lorraine Duisit and Frances Miller) will be performing on the deck at Thornton River Grille Sunday (Oct. 17) from 5 to 8 p.m. Don’t miss these extraordinary ladies.

Leap Start preschool

Crystal Smith has been instructing our little children for four years. She is an experienced Virginia-certified teacher for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and taught previously at Rappahannock County Elementary School before opening the preschool at 11865 Lee Hwy. in Sperryville. Smith specializes in pre-K and Kindergarten preparation. Leap Start provides a small group setting for individualized preschool education and offers both half-day and full-day programs and tutoring for school age children. It is currently enrolling students for the 2010-2011 school year. Contact ecsmith03@verizon.net.

Get well

Our thoughts are with John Eubank who is in the hospital. Also, Janet Alther has been struggling with a really painful back, but still keeps going on crutches at the market. We hope that you are both better soon.

Meditation in the mountains

Mark Oct. 30 and 31 on your calendar for a weekend of meditation with a Korean zen master who will be in Sperryville. Details coming next week.