Sperryville column for Jan. 24

Fourth Friday in Sperryville

January blues have not deterred the 29 members of Shop Sperryville from opening late for you this Friday (Jan. 25). At Old Rag Photography you can enjoy a 30-minute lecture and slideshow by Bette Hileman on her travels and adventures in the the Canadian Rockies. There are two viewings, one at 5:30 and one at 7 p.m. Coterie is gearing up for Valentine’s Day and will be open 5 to 8 so you can find that special something for your sweetheart; there will be Cocoa Bella Tastings, new jewelry and specially made valentine goods; they’ll put together a gift basket for your Valentine filled with locally made goods.

Therapeutic movement class

Here is something really special for those for whom movement is a challenge. Mountainside Physical Therapy, in conjunction with its neighbor, Mountainside Dance Center, holds a therapeutic movement class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Though designed for people struggling with recovery from injury, disease-oriented movement issues, age-related issues and habitual or injury-related coordination problems, those interested in exploring a larger range of movement options are encouraged to join.

Anne Williams is a physical therapist and Philip Rosemond is a dance and movement specialist. Together they “tag team” to work with the class as a whole, as well as with each client on specific problems. The class is designed to use simple movements beginning with the arms and head, working through the body to the legs. No student is pushed to work beyond his or her ability; rather they are encouraged to work towards better mobility, flexibility and stamina.

They use chairs, the ballet barre, fitness balls and other simple tools to help participants with their specific issues. Some of the techniques incorporated in the class are drawn from floor work, yoga and other movement modalities designed to help both general as well as specific movement issues. I saw three people going into that class this and it really is wonderful that this service is available.

Call MPT at 540-987-9390 for more information.

Wine, art and oysters

Little Washington Winery has put together a winning combination: As the arctic freeze covers our area, come warm your heart and soul and gather from 11 to 4 this Saturday (Jan. 26) at River District Arts for fresh Rappahannock River oysters (and, of course, wine)! This event is always fun and such a delectable treat. Be sure to RSVP so there will be enough oysters to go around. For more information, visit the winery’s website (littlewashingtonwinery.com).

Birthday wishes

Dr. Harold Berman, our favorite dermatologist, was taken to London by his wife, Barbara, for his 85th birthday celebration. This was a theatre tour that included seeing 15 plays, a concert and ballet of “Sleeping Beauty” as well as four museums, all in 14 days! They enjoyed the daily educational lectures and their fellow travelers, many of whom were connected to drama in some way. Happy birthday, Dr. Berman!