Sperryville column for Nov. 4

Fall feasts

Mark your calendar for Sunday’s (Nov. 7) Community Potluck at Belle Meade Schoolhouse — with dinner at 5:30 and a Mandalele concert from 7 to 9. All are welcome to bring a dish and join in the festivities.

Mandalele is three local singer/songwriters: Lorraine Duisit on guitar, mandolin and bass guitar, Frances Miller on violin, viola, hang drum and percussion, and Wendi Sirat on ukulele and percussion. If for some unimaginable reason you have not heard them, more information on this very talented local group at www.listn.to/mandalele.

What could be better than Rappahannock apple cake with Wasmund’s glaze? Not much! That is, unless you also start the meal at High on the Hog, which is now offering this special dessert in addition to its barbecued main courses, sandwiches and soups. The apple cake is only available for a short time during the fall apple season and is a great excuse to check out High on the Hog’s constantly expanding menu. Now is the time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Go visit J.D. at High on the Hog (15 Main St.; 540-987-8113) and get your order in for a smoked turkey and/or ham.

And, to accompany the feast, go see Roy and Janet Alther at their Old Hollow Road store — Roy’s Orchard & Fruit Market, 540-987-8636 — for squashes galore and more! Pick out your favorite squash and breathe in the air filled with apples just picked and waiting in bushels for you to use. And just as you think you have had enough, walk into the store and see their ever-expanding spices, dried fruits and everyone’s favorite chutneys. A visit there is always a treat.

Making the rounds in Sperryville for Halloween were, from left: Emmakatewood Jenkins, prom queen Faith Yowell and Julianna Jenkins as a cat (right) and Julianna Jenkins as a cat, who came up from Etlan. Photo by Gail Swift.

Goblins abounded . . .

. . . as did princesses, devils, Iron Men and other creatures too numerous to mention. Traveling the streets of Sperryville to scare everyone watching — from the Methodist Church’s trunk ’n’ treat to the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department’s exciting lights flashing on all the equipment where even more ghosts appeared for candy (rumor is that the SVFD went through 65 bags of candy!). Thanks again to the Sheriff’s Office for a deputy on duty to help slow the traffic down. It truly is incredible how fast people drive through our town even when there’s a cruiser present with its lights flashing.


To Ray Boc on the loss of his uncle, Edward Suleski, who passed away last weekend at the age of 86 in Westernville, N.Y.