Sperryville column for Dec. 9

Breakfast with Santa

From 7:30 till noon Sunday (Dec. 12), be sure to take the little ones to visit with Santa at the Sperryville fire hall. Bring your camera, have some breakfast and snap away! No need to go to a crowded mall to capture those photos that kids, parents and grandparents love to have! The breakfast will be plentiful and it’s a good time to catch up with friends. Children four and younger eat free; admission for ages 5 to 10 is $5, adults $8. Come support your local volunteers and the services they provide to you!


Traditions, like old friends, give us that good feeling inside. Often we mindfully create new traditions as our families grow and change. Traditions provide us with the opportunity to spend time with loved ones and reconnect with visits, shared meals and activities. As the earth rests in winter, and as we give thanks for all our loved ones, we can also be mindful of those who may be alone and those who work and serve the community throughout the holidays. If anyone would like us to mention traditions that you have found particularly meaningful, let us know and we will pass them on.

Soup for you on Main Street

These frigid temperatures call for soup! This week I returned from early-morning travels and work and found incredible beet soup at the Corner Store for lunch and then my husband Ray brought terrific Maryland crab soup from High on the Hog for supper at my office. I just wanted to remind you all that Main Street now has two places to take out healthy homemade soups and they are particularly appreciated in this cold winter weather.

Happy Birthday

We don’t want to forget those December birthdays, and particularly want to send our warmest wishes to Anne Williams, whose birthday is on Dec 12.

Shop for a gift of health

Send your loved one to a make-it-and-take-it Herbal Spa Day on Jan. 15 in an exotic yurt right off Rock Mills Road. Call herbalist Teresa Boardwine at Green Comfort Herbal Apothecary (540-937-4283) to sign up for an experience not soon forgotten of one of Rappahannock’s unique treaasures.

As we all plan to work out and get healthy after Jan 1 — it’s a perennial New Year’s resolution — you can help make that come truewith a gift certificate for a private Pilates lesson with Cindy Markart at Mountainside Physical Therapy. Call Cindy at 540-522-9062.