Sperryville column for March 24

Celebrate mutts with wine

For a double treat, come “Mix and Mingle for the Mutts” at Gadino Cellars from 5 to 8 Friday (March 25), a benefit for the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL). Mike Russell, a jazz, blues and soul guitarist, will perform. This is a special treat. Mike is only in town for a few more weeks before returning to Germany. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see him perform solo, locally, up close and personal. Mike, who is the son of the late James D. Russell, played at the Link for his father’s memorial celebration in January.

Hors d’oeuvres are generously supplied by Whole Foods, and the winery has graciously offered to donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to RAWL.

Hunter Jenkins, in the center in the black T-shirt, celebrates his 15th at the Sperryville fire hall with a few friends and (in the back) deejay Matt Terry. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Hunter Jenkins’ birthday

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department is like a second home to Johnny and Michelle Jenkins, who donate many hours of their lives to firefighting and fundraising. So, of course, they celebrated their son Hunter’s 15th birthday there last Friday evening. Pizza fed the hungry teens and a deejay kept them hopping. Happy birthday, Hunter!

Rudy’s Pizza expands

Corner Store owner Andy Thompson is taking down the wall between the store and Rudy’s Pizza next door. Remodeling plans changed about three times in one day upon discovery of a chimney in the middle of the wall, but they’re open again and customers will now find expanded space and sitting areas at Rudy’s — as well as that excellent pizza.

Clean Sweep Day: April 2

Meet at 10 April 2 at the 14 Water Street garage to get orange bags to use along the river on Water Street.

Is there a daring and fit young person who will go down the bank by the one-lane bridge to collect accumulated debris?
Bring your brooms, shovels and buckets to collect gravel and debris on Main Street. Please come!

Adult ballet

Indulge your long-desired dream to dance with adult ballet classes, held from 4 to 5:30 every Tuesday and Thursday at Mountainside Physical Therapy. Veteran dancer and teacher Phillip Rosemond can accommodate both beginning and experienced dancers.

Classes are based on the Russian Vaganova method. Agrippina Vaganova graduated in 1897 from the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg. She danced professionally with the school’s parent company, the Imperial Russian Ballet.

In 1921, Vaganova returned to the school to teach. She devised her own method of classical ballet training, fusing elements of French, Italian and other methods as well as influences from other Russian dancers and teachers. In the 30 years she spent teaching ballet and pedagogy, Vaganova developed a precise dance technique and system of instruction. Tenets of the Vaganova method include the development of lower back strength and arm plasticity, and the requisite strength, flexibility and endurance for ballet.
For fun, grace and fitness, call Phillip at 540-622-7308. Classes are $26 each or can be purchased less expensively for multiple classes.

School board vacancy

There will be a vacancy for the position of the Stonewall-Hawthorne District school board representative. (Story here.) The current board member, Elizabeth Hilscher, is moving to Richmond. This district covers Woodville, Boston and Castleton. If you are passionate about education issues and want to serve our children and community, call school board clerk Mel Paratore at 540-987-8773 for information.