Sperryville column for Oct. 24

Fourth Friday doings

At the small building at the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex, for this week’s Fourth Friday in Sperryville (Oct. 25) open-late arts and shopping ops, Coterie plans its second annual pumpkin carving and painting out in front of the shop from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be tastings of Cocoa Bella’s new chocolate chai, Triple Oak Bakery will have treats and goodies, and the new Heritage Hollow Farm Store (formerly the Mount Vernon Farm store) will be open for business downstairs (in the old Rae’s Place) to show off their new space; the store opens this weekend, with 11-to-5 hours both Saturday and Sunday.

Last weekend’s many doings

Much ado in our beautiful county this past weekend, with helicopter rides benefiting the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office Children’s Foundation/Shop With a Deputy program, the Rappahannock County High School Fall Festival, a sold-out “No Ordinary Person” storytelling weekend (see the story on page 3), the Theater in Washington hosting a Gilbert and Sullivan tribute concert, Ginger Hill Antiques celebrating their birthday, and, of course, the Lions Club’s annual apple butter sale, among other activities in this bustling, happy place filled with wonderful people and hearts of good will.

And what would a Rappahannock autumn be without a country outdoor wedding at the foothills of the magical Blue Ridge. Well, there was a wedding, a Gid Brown Hollow wedding, celebrated on the Weitz family’s glorious Greenwood Farm acres, the enchanting Cooper clan, matriarch Joyce and patriarch Paul celebrating at their Greenwood Lane place the marriage of their beautiful granddaughter Heather and her Dean.

The sun shone, the air was crisp, guests arrived in four-wheelers, pickups and cars, a big white tent filled with white-clothed tables and vases filled with aromatic lilies, the bar stocked to the brim, and Big John’s Cooking there to ensure all the guests were also filled with dang good cooking. Throughout the night city guests could be heard remarking about how breathtakingly gorgeous it is here. Yes, it is. Congratulations to Heather Randall and Dean Satterwhite.

Brittani Dodson’s next step

Not long ago we published a story about Brittani Dodson of Sperryville, a third-year nursing student at Shenandoah University who has been traveling to Panama with other students to help set up the country’s first special-needs orphanage. Her adventure began with a university sponsored program and since then, Brittani, an impassioned volunteer with a vision to help special needs children, has traveled there using her own resources, working and fundraising.

She will be traveling to Panama again in December with 10 other students to train prospective health-care workers and caregivers at the orphanage, Casa Providencia, which will house 60 children when it opens, tentatively in January.

On Nov. 2, the Sperryville fire hall hosts an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. to raise funds to help with the trip. The cost is $25 per couple ($15 singles, $7 for ages 6 to 12, younger kids free). All donations will go toward airfare, accommodations and Christmas gifts for the children. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted as well, and Brittani can be contacted at 540-423-7808. Let’s help support this wonderful young lady who is making a difference in the world.

Chris Green
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Chris Green (formerly Chris Doxzen) is an an executive recruiter by profession who enjoys exploring and writing about all things Rappahannock. Friends and neighbors with potential stories for her Sperryville column should email her at chrisdoxzen@gmail.com.