Sperryville column for Feb. 3

A year of rescues

Congratulations to our rescue squad for another year of outstanding service. In 2010, volunteers responded to 352 of 378 calls received (93 percent). Top runners responding to calls were Judy Reidinger (220 calls), Harold Beebout (188 calls), Brian Ross (124 calls) and George Swett (113 calls). We express our deep appreciation to these folks, and all the members of the squad, for their outstanding service. Be sure to say thank you when you see any of our dedicated volunteers. Please remember, too, that a volunteer organization needs new members to stay viable and continue to serve you. For training opportunities that are available to you contact Ray Boc at eraymond.boc@att.net

Pageant nears

It’s that time of year again. The Miss Rappahannock Pageant will be held on April 16, with registration on April 10 at Rappahannock Elementary School. Soon you will see rescue squad members selling raffle tickets for the drawings at the pageant. The pageant is the squad’s major fundraiser of the year and its members look forward to your continued support.

Attracting visitors

The Sperryville committee of the Rappahannock Hospitality and Visitors Association met for the first time at Hopkins Ordinary Bed and Breakfast on Jan. 27. It will hold quarterly meetings. Sherri Fickel was elected committee chairperson. The group decided to have the Sperryville Village signs repainted. There are currently 18 Sperryville businesses that are members of RHVA. If you are interested in joining, contact Jay Brown: rhvapresident@gmail.com

Valentine’s Day

We are so fortunate to have many options to celebrate Valentine’s Day in our county. Gadino Cellars is offering Pasta e Vino on Feb. 12 and 13 (information call 540-987-9292). Narmada Winery is offering an Indian dinner on Feb. 14 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. (or reservations call 540-937-8215). Thornton River Grille, usually closed on Mondays, will be open Feb. 14 for dinner. Both Blue Rock Inn (reservations call 540-987-3388) and Griffin Tavern (call 540 675-3227) have special dinner menus planned. Rappahannock Cellars is offering two new wine releases and a special chocolate and wine tasting, featuring Copin’s locally made chocolates (information call 540-635-9398). Gray Ghost Vineyards & Winery will have its 16th annual treat of decadent chocolate desserts and Cabernet. The fee includes a collectable Valentine glass (information call 937-4869). Sharp Rock Vineyards is reopening from its winter break that weekend. The Inn at Little Washington is offering a nine course tasting menu (reservation 540-675-3800). Whatever you decide to do that weekend, enjoy what our county offers to you!

More than 200 attended Saturday's Benevolent Fund celebrity waiters dinner. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Benevolent Fund dinner

What do Revolutionary War soldiers, prisoners in ball and chains, 1920’s flappers, hippies, German frauleins and a notable male realtor in a woman’s nightgown have to do with each other? These were just a few of the costumes of some of our most notable residents who attended the Benevolent Fund Dinner at the Link on Saturday evening (see next week’s Rappahannock News for a photo feature of the event).

Each table had a team of waiters/waitresses who developed a theme for their table and devised ways to entice the diners to contribute funds to the Benevolent Fund (a flexible fund primarily administered by a committee of local ministers). During this silly and fun event, you had to pay Terri Lehman to not squirt you with pink silly string, pay Linda Heimstra to sing French café songs and pay Mike Leake (in security guard garb) to let you have cocktails. Hats off to the committee that put together this second annual fun fundraiser dinner that was certainly enjoyed by all. Thanks to all the waiters whose ingenuity and creativity helped put a bright spot into the end of a cold January. A special thanks goes to the donor who will match all funds raised at this event for an excellent cause.

Lunch coming to you

Triple Oak Bakery has announced that is offering a soup and bread combination dish that will delivered every Wednesday to your place of business or home if you are on the delivery route that includes the town centers of Sperryville, Washington, Amissville and Flint Hill and any location on U.S. 211 between the bakery (formerly Cooter’s) and Amissville or on U.S. 522 between Massies Corner and Flint Hill. Pickup at the bakery is also an option. Lunch will be a 12-ounce container of soup or stew and a yummy bread product to go with it. All the food is made from scratch at the bakery. To order, call or email the bakery by 5 p.m. Monday for that Wednesday’s delivery: 540-987-9122 or tripleoakbakery@gmail.com. Payment by cash or check only. Next week’s offering is white bean with Swiss chard and a cheesy rosemary bread stick, $7. Thanks to Brooke Parkhurst for creating yet another option for the community.

Get well soon

Rebecca Abecassis, owner of the Knit Wit Yarn Shop, fell on the ice, broke her ankle and is recovering from surgery. We are sending her our thoughts for a smooth recovery.