Sperryville column for April 21

Master gardeners at the Coop

Six master gardeners and two trainees will be staffing a help desk from 9 to noon Saturdays at the Farmer’s Coop every week during the spring season, and then alternate Saturdays during the summer months. They will offer free gardening advice, provide gardening literature from the Agricultural Extension Office and samples of topical interest (meaning insects, plant galls — whatever is current). Sperryville master gardener Sally Price hopes that you will find these services interesting and helpful.

For SVRS, a new medic

The Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad continues to improve and to provide comprehensive services to you. Paramount in this effort is staffing with trained, dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. SVRS is pleased to announce that Brian Ross completed the rigorous state training program, passed all state testing and is now a certified medic with the squad.

For the intensive six-month training, Brian worked 160 hours in hospitals on medic units, in the emergency room, in labor and delivery, in both pediatric and adult intensive care units. He also is certified in cardiac life support, pediatric life support and international trauma and life support.

The squad also welcomes Manny and Joan Garcia as new members and Meddie Arismende as a new associate member/driver.
If you are interested in volunteering , call Ray Boc at 540-987-9706. In March the squad responded to 25 of 30 calls, and needs your help to improve the squad’s ability to respond to 100 percent of its calls. The top call-responders in March were Harold Beebout with 17, Dollie Atkins with 15 and George Swett with 10.

Happy birthday to . . .

Beverly Hunter just had a birthday April 19; husband Hal’s birthday was the day before. We send our loving thoughts to them both on this important day and wish her a speedy return home from the hospital.

Back on the Grille deck

One of the joys of spring in Sperryville is al fresco dining at the Thornton River Grille. This past Sunday, after the storm, the deck opened for the spring season and will be open for those who want pizza and other light fare on Easter Sunday. Of course, Chef Tom Nash will be offering his magnificent Easter Brunch at TRG.

Concert in Sperryville

The Blue Ridge Chorale honors the 75th anniversary of Shenandoah National Park with a new composition by composer Paul Ferlan at a concert in Sperryville at the Link on at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Come hear your neighbors sing! For tickets to the Blue Ridge Chorale’s “Songs of the Mountains” dinner concert call 540-937-2574 by Friday (April 23) or visit brcsings.com

Stock up — on tickets, that is. The stocks are not for public punishments but to advertise Chelsea Academy’s fourth annual “Renaissance in Rappahannock” fundraising event May 7 at the Link.

Renaissance in Rappahannock

Noticed the medieval stocks next to the Link sign recently? Do your children and grandchildren love stories of knights slaying dragons and princesses in the castle? Chelsea Academy in Front Royal invites you to an evening of medieval fun and food on Saturday, May 7, at its fourth annual “Renaissance in Rappahannock” fundraising event. Jousting and equestrian performers will be outside, while jugglers, jesters, a harpist and strolling violinist will wander the property and the “castle halls” entertaining guests. There’s chamber music and “The Books of Sir Thomas More,” a short play by Rappahannock’s William Ryan. Tickets are $75; call 540-635-0622 or visit chelseaacademy.org.

Community yard sale

A new community event for you: The Rappahannock Non-Profit Center (RNPC) is sponsoring the biggest-ever community yard sale and expo from 8 to 5 Saturday, May 28 at the Link. Already 20 exhibitors have purchased space, but many more are available for the low cost of $25 each. Come to celebrate and sell all those wonderful homemade foods, furniture, soaps, knitwear and more. Call Jan Makela at 540-675-1375 for information. Sponsored by the RNPC to help support the Link and its programs for our community.

Waterpenny’s plant sale

Saturday, April 30 from 9 to 3 . . . I know you have this on your calendar, but we want to remind you that this has become another ritual of spring and a gathering of the community in Sperryville. What draws us there is the outstanding selection of native plants, flowering shrubs, herbs, annual and perennial flowers and vegetable starts, as well as handcrafted garden items. Refreshments for sale and gardening advice, along with seeing all our friends, make this a fabulous day. See you there!