Sperryville column for Nov. 25

We are all familiar with the contemporary “Black Friday,” the frenzied shopping day after Thanksgiving, but this year the airwaves and Facebook are also promoting “Small Business Saturday.” Aren’t we lucky that every day is a small-business shopping day in Sperryville! Each week, for the next four weeks, my co-columnist and I will try to uncover some shopping treasures for you that we hope will entice you to stay close to home, avoid crowds and find top quality gifts. Be sure to start your shopping with a gift to your favorite charity, rescue and fire squad or educational foundation.

At Beech Springs Farm, you can start by picking up a large basket made in Kenya. Fill it up with treasures from this shop and others. Bobette Swindler has added a new line of jewelry this year. She is featuring faux-Pandora bracelets.

One of the hottest items in the store, Pashmina scarves, are only $19.95 and have been selling out as fast as they come in. The Appalachian Glass friendship balls there can be hung in a friend’s window as a reminder that friendship has “no beginning and no end” and the “witch balls” will hang there to “ward off the evil spirits.” Colorful and sparkling trinket boxes in the shape of a Christmas tree, reindeer, pig, giraffe and other animals can also be a unique gift. Nestled among the quilts, neck scarves and dolls are also a variety of antiques such as old crocks. There is an interesting collection of old brooches for only $35.

So enjoy your shopping at Beech Springs and fill up that basket. While you are there be sure to check and see how Bobette is recovering from her third surgery resulting from a freak boat accident several months ago. Get well soon.

Barbara and Eddie Gore’s Corner Fruits and Crafts roadside stand is easily spotted on U.S. 211 by the selection of blankets hanging on the line. I parked in front of the white tiger today! Barbara and Eddie can supply you with Jim’s Happy (country) Ham for $2.60 per pound and block or sliced bacon, all prepared at Kite’s Ham House in Wolftown, Va. If you are a newcomer and don’t know how to prepare country ham, just ask and Barbara and Eddie to help you out. Eddie will be going into the mountains next week to gather greens and Barbara will soon have her wreaths available for your front door. Eddie made two batches of apple butter and, of the over 200 jars produced, he only has 16 left. Don’t miss out on his excellent apple butter.

Dexter Lake Club Antiques on Main Street has some unusual and interesting lamps. Check out the lamps made from French wall paper rollers and the surveyor’s tripod that the talented owner Jimmy made into a lamp. Somewhat more traditional and lovely is an early 20th century alabaster base table lamp. These are interesting options to help bring that holiday glow into your home. I don’t know what one would do with a 19th century cranberry scoop, but it is so very unique and would make a lovely accent piece in your home. During the holidays Donna Kevis will be offering cider and cookies to their customers. The shop is open 11 to 6 Friday-Sunday.

New chef adds to the menu

JD Hartman, owner of High on the Hog BBQ on Main Street, has brought on board his friend of more than 20 years, chef and restaurant manager Jamie Burnell. Jamie started working at Blue Ridge Seafood in Gainesville at age 14 and has spent most of his life in the restaurant business. His most recent experience running a 200-seat restaurant ended when the owner decided to move farther south and JD brought Jamie, his culinary skills and extensive knowledge of seafood to us in Sperryville.

His Maryland crab soup has already become famous among patrons and visitors. His crabcakes are made with lump crabmeat and almost no filler. Jamie plans to rotate the soup menu and we can look forward to his gumbo, cream of crab soup and chili with corn muffin, to name a few.

Order your hams and turkeys for you holiday dinners and perhaps try one of JD’s deep fried turkeys for Christmas. The restaurant is open 11 to 7, closed Tuesday-Wednesday. Call 540-987-8113 to order your takeout meals or to have a party catered at your home or business.

Veteran support

For many veterans the current war in Afghanistan is triggering old wounds. If you are interested in a three-session support group, at no charge, contact Barbara Adolfi, LCSW, at 540-987-8682 or adolfibarbara@verizon.net.