Sperryville column for March 17

The wearing of the green

This was the motto for Sperryvillians this past Saturday. Throngs lined Main Street in anticipation of joining the parade. Whether two-legged human or four-legged friends who think they are human, all were decked out in their Irish (or a variation of it) green best for the People’s Parade.

Thank you so much to Jim Gannon and the Rappahannock Lions Club, and the many volunteers, for organizing yet another St. Patrick’s Day event! A great parade followed by great food, great music, and incredible dancers entertained a sold-out crowd at the Link.

Perhaps next year someone will sponsor a dog decorating contest. This year’s winner could have been any of the twenty-plus dogs and ponies who wore their version of “the Green.” Colorful kerchiefs, creative headgear, green leashes and collars abounded. And who could not love the bow-wows too tired to walk the whole way being carried by their humans.

Many thanks to the Sheriff’s Office for leading and ending the parade – making a very happy and safe march for all involved, from the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad to the Link.

Fifteen years old!

Hunter Jenkins turns 15 on Friday (March 18). Be sure to wish him a very special “happy birthday.” Maybe for next week’s column he will tell us what made that day so special for him.

SVFD needs you

Support the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department. If you can’t donate money towards the addition at the firehouse, please volunteer to help at one of their events, provide physical labor on the building, or, even more critical, volunteer as a firefighter!

We as a community are in dire need of more firefighters. For additional information, visit sperryvillefire.com or call the firehouse at 540-987-8124.

Mark your calendar for the SVFD Texas Hold ‘Em fundraiser from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 26. To reserve a seat, send a $50 donation to SVFD, Box 233, Sperryville, VA 22740. For additional information, call Michelle Jenkins at 540-987-8840 or Larry Grove at 540-987-8612, or email him at grove9577@aol.com.

A clean sweep for spring

That’s what is needed throughout our village now that spring is arriving. Join the annual Spring Clean-Up that Hunt Harris announced has officially begun! Watch this column for a “spring cleaning weekend” within the next few weeks and come volunteer. Help will be needed sweeping the sidewalks and removing debris along Main Street; and for a street and river cleanup along Water Street and U.S. 522. We will get those orange bags that Hunt reminded us are available at VDOT and get the program scheduled.

Plan for pottery camp

Summer Clay Camp will again be held at Sperryville Pottery under the guidance of Suzanne Zylonis. Dates for the sessions are July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5; classes go from 9 to 1 Monday through Friday. Call 540-987-1000 for details and registration or email Suzanne Zylonis at zylonis@yahoo.com.