Sperryville column for Dec. 16

RAAC to Boc: Drop by anytime

Sperryville’s own Ray Boc, photographer extraordinaire, got a surprise Friday evening at the RAAC Community Theatre. Thinking he was going onstage to take a photo, Ray was honored for his dedication and involvement in all aspects of RAAC productions over the past 10-plus years. Ray has shown up with his camera at both rehearsals and productions, taking photos, making DVDs for the cast and crew and designing collages. What a joy to have Ray as part of our community. He always goes above and beyond.

Shop until we drop

By shopping locally, you’ll find a great variety of things to buy right here in Sperryville. Continuing our ideas for holiday gifts, visit the Rainbow Market, 11576 Lee Highway, and put together a variety of goodies for someone, whether it be organic soaps, lotions and herbal oils, or a basket of organic ingredients for your favorite cook. And how about a bar of organic chocolate for that special someone’s stocking?

A Country Cabin by the artist Straterra is among the works to be found at Glassworks Gallery.

Have you visited the Glassworks Gallery, 11774 Lee Highway, lately? Open 10:30 to 6 every day except Wednesday, the gallery features Eric Kvarnes’ amazing glass bowls plus work by his students and 13 local artists. Buy a special, one of a kind piece of jewelry or pottery, ironwork, lovely wooden bowls and ornaments. There are also paperweights by a young glass blower we’ll learn more about at a later date. There are too many possibilities to mention in one paragraph so go on a personal tour of Glassworks Gallery, which has been in business for 25 years.

This weekend (Dec. 18-19) promises to be an exciting one at Rappahannock Central’s River District Arts. The Studio at Firnew Farm is hosting a show to raise funds for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Blue Ridge Conservancy. Visit this Saturday and Sunday at 3 River Lane (the corner of River Lane and Water Street) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a special reception Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. to find that perfect work of art for someone on your gift list.

Special thoughts for special people

Ronnie Dodson celebrates his birthday on Dec. 21. Please wish him well on his special day. And if you see Marshall Dodson, his birthday was Dec. 7, so wish him belated happy birthday!

Condolences to Ray Boc on the loss of his uncle Myron Boc, and his aunt Stefanie Boc this past week.