Sperryville column for Sept. 6

Shop Sperryville

Many of the businesses in Sperryville have begun to organize a cooperative marketing program. Shop Sperryville, planned for the fourth Friday of the month, will be fun for those of us who live here, for visitors, and for guests of local vacation rental homes and B&Bs. There will be demonstrations, “meet the artist” opportunities and Fourth Friday special discounts. A central information tent will be located at the Sperryville Schoolhouse parking lot to distribute the town map shopping trail, with examples of each participating business’ wares and news of specials available. The first Fourth Friday event will be Sept. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.

As the village and West End businesses have open and expanded, this is an opportunity for the business community to work together and for all of us to Shop Local, Shop Sperryville.

The renaissance continues

Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery has purchased the building just in front of their distillery. When we went for a delicious breakfast at the newly reopened Cafe Indigo, I noticed that the newly acquired Wasmund building is getting a new coat of paint and starting to look spiffy. Rick Wasmund has some exciting, still evolving, plans for that building, hereafter called the Malt House. By early October, Paul Erlenborn will occupy the airy front space with his unique furniture and other creations. By early spring, Wasmund will have completed renovations to the center space where the distillery will house its expanded floor malting (an old-school method of malting barley). Look for more news later this fall when Rick will release some new products.

SVRS wins cots grant

Dick Reidinger spearheaded the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad’s proposal for a grant from the Jesse and Rose Loeb Foundation to purchase two Stryker Power Pro cots. These cots will be a tremendous help with heavier patients as they raise and lower the patient into and out of the ambulance using built-in power. This is particularly important to SVRS, as the average age of the squad’s top five runners is 64, and the cots will help prevent injuries to volunteers and increase safety for patients..

The Loeb Foundation provides financial support to local charitable organizations that benefit the citizens of Fauquier County and surrounding areas. The foundation’s primary interest is in funding specific tangible projects for educational institutions, public safety agencies, social service agencies, healthcare organizations and arts and cultural organizations.

Congratulations to SVRS for taking the initiative to bring yet another improvement in services for the Sperryville community.

Master Gardeners help desk

Help is again available for you from local Master Gardeners. They will be staffing a help desk at the Rappahannock CFC Farm & Home Center (the Coop) this Saturday (Sept. 8) and again Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. The Coop also encourages you to come to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Coop, where you can safely dispose of oil- and latex-based paint, old gasoline and other fuels, hobby chemicals, paint thinner, solvents or cleaners, household batteries, pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. (Sorry, no motor oil, antifreeze or vehicle batteries.)

More about deer

I learned two surprising (for me) pieces of information last week as a result of last week’s photo of the buck parenting two fawns.

First, from our local wildlife expert, Amo Merritt, I learned that when a doe dies, a buck may very well take over care of the fawns. One day last week a badly injured doe was with the fawns and young buck, but we have not seen her since.

Second, Richard Brady sent me this note: “While it is rare, the occasional doe will grow antlers . . . I know this because many years ago deer season around here used to be ‘bucks only, with visible antlers.’ The fish and game people had to change that to ‘antlered deer’ because more than one person checked in a doe with horns. I kind of hope your deer is a buck . . . because that would be even rarer than a doe with antlers.”

I checked with binoculars and, yes, this yearling deer with antlers is definitely male. Of course, now I am worried about hunting season!

Editor’s Note: An attentive village columnist remembers countless birthdays over the course of a year in her weekly column – so we wanted to wish her one herself, for a change. We hope this Tuesday (Sept. 4) was an especially happy birthday for you, Barbara!