The Sperryville column for Dec. 2

Claus for a cause

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Dec. 12! Santa has promised to visit the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department during the holiday breakfast there. Watch this column for details next week.

New art, old favorites

Stop by Haley Fine Art at 32 Main St. to enjoy new work by artists Carol Rowan, Drew Ernst (the “resident artist” at the gallery), and Stacie Albano. And mark Dec. 11 on your calendar. From 5 to 8 a reception will be held for visitors to meet Thomas Spande and see his new work.

Shop ‘til you drop

And never leave Sperryville. Let’s continue last week’s Small Business Saturday and take advantage of the many opportunities to get your holiday shopping done in town and support the businesses here.

When you are at Haley Fine Art on Dec. 12, be sure to see the lovely jewelry, silk scarves and wood; then stop next door and see Suzanne at Sperryville Pottery. Gifts for all budgets abound, from lovely original pieces of pottery never to be duplicated, to little felted soaps, wooden utensils, suede-wrapped journals, and much more.

Three doors west of Haley Fine Art, Knit Wit Yarn Shop at 36 Main St. is not just all about yarn. From finger puppets at $4.50 to gourd ornaments, candles, lotions, all under $10, to lovely alpaca gloves, hats and scarves. Or how about a bird nesting kit – a package of suet, and the holder for it filled with wool that birds will steal away for their nests so you can then put out the suet for them. Smart birds …

And what coffee aficionado would not cherish a special bag or two of Central Coffee Roasters’ special beans. Stop by 11836 Lee Highway and then get one of those great coffee cups at Sperryville Pottery, to go with it, and a bag made of recycled materials from Knit Wit to put everything in.

Holiday shopping hopefully reminds those who can afford to do so to help others who cannot. Pick up a small gift or ornament to donate to the rescue squad, fire department or a local church. If you sew, knit or crochet, make something warm for someone who needs it.