Sperryville column for Sept. 13

A village full of activity and art

The cool weather brings many visitors to Sperryville who will have the good fortune to immerse themselves in the diverse activities and creativity of the artists represented in our businesses and galleries.

Do you want to express the artist in you? Try your creative hand at sculpting with wool? Come to the Needle Felted Sheep Class and make an adorable sheep to take home. Taught by fiber artist Donna LaPre, the class is 10 to 1 this Saturday (Sept. 15) at Coterie, in the Sperryville Schoolhouse. All supplies are included in the class fee of $65. Pre-registration required. Call Coterie at 540-987-8249.

Don’t forget that you can have dinner on the deck of the Thornton River Grille and the magical music of Mandalele from 5 to 8 this Sunday (Sept. 16). Reserve (strongly recommended) at 540-987-8790.

Detail of “Autumn Leaves” by photographer Douglas Norton, whose work is part of a show opening Sept. 22 at Old Rag Photography.
Detail of “Autumn Leaves” by photographer Douglas Norton, whose work is part of a show opening Sept. 22 at Old Rag Photography.

Old Rag Photography hosts a reception from 2 to 5 Saturday, Sept. 22 featuring not only the work of coop members Ray Boc, Cameron Harrington, Better Hileman, Francie Schroeder and Joyce Harmon but also of guest artist Douglas Norton, whose use of vibrant colors in landscape photography is the sustaining feature of his work. The show runs through Sept. 30.

Stonewall Abbey’s Fall Equinox Celebration is also Sept. 22. From 2 to 4, learn yoga practices that will help you manage stress and leave you feeling rejuvenated. Reserve a space for this special class by emailing stonewallabbeyyaoga@gmail.com.

Take a look at the poster on the gable end of Haley Fine Art on Main Street and you will know why you don’t want to miss the one-man show from Sept. 27-Oct. 29 of the work of “pop culture shaman” Michael Fitts.

Rappahannock’s Hille helps with radio launch

Betsy Green Hille is well known in our community for helping to promote local programs such as RAAC’s annual studio and gallery tour. Her professional life has recently taken her in a new direction, as she is now part of the team that recently launched the CBS Radio All-News 99.1 WNEW, serving greater Washington and Baltimore area with breaking news, traffic reports, weather and the latest financial, lifestyle, entertainment and sports news. This is a news utility, with 50 headlines an hour. The weather forecast is updated every four minutes and traffic reports (with Lisa Baden) every 10 minutes. So now, when we must leave our Rappahannock haven to go into the D.C. area, we have a second choice for trying to avoid those hated traffic jams !

Bridge update

As we go to press, the bridge looks all done [see photo, page 1] , but . . . they are waiting for the bolts to install the last of the guard rails! As we drive wistfully by, it looks beautiful, but . . . so far the only traffic is that of the motorcyclists who have been sneaking through the orange barrels. Soon . . .