Sperryville column for Oct. 9

Cottage industry

Comfort and Knit Wit Yarn Shop are hoping to reopen in their new home — the cottage at 45 Main St., between the post office and Hopkins Ordinary — Saturday (Oct. 11) in Sperryville.

Having recently left the Sperryville Schoolhouse, Rebecca Abecassis and Susan McCarthy, co-owners of the Comfort fair-trade clothing and gift shop, will once again combine their wares in a shared space. Rebecca’s Knit Wit operation will again offer a selection of yarn and fiber products and locally sourced knitting supplies — and knitting events, including her popular Tuesday night “Sit and Knit” gatherings.

The new cottage shop’s brightly lit shelves will be filled with colorful yarns and carefully selected goods, including coffees and teas, wools, linens, silks, felting supplies and notions. Knit Wit will continue its classes and other special events. Susan and Rebecca have been working diligently for the last month to ready their new digs, a “cozy, cute little house,” as Susan says, that they affectionately called “the cottage.”

We wish you the best in your new move and look forward to the grand opening planned for later in October. (That “GAP-fantastic-cowl,” featured on your Facebook page, is sure to be a runaway bestseller.) For more information, contact Rebecca and Susan at 540-987-8251.

A marriage, ‘Fine Tuned’

Surrounded by friends and family, Nina and Colby May recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The dinner and dancing took place in their beautiful home under starlit skies, and included childhood friends, college buddies and the close friends they’ve welcomed into their lives over the years.

Nina and Colby May recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary under the Rappahannock stars.
Nina and Colby May recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary under the Rappahannock stars. Karla Henwood

Included among the guests — some of whom travelled thousands of miles to attend — was Hollywood glitterati Tony Lo Bianco, the character actor who’s starred in more than 300 films, perhaps most famously as Salvatore “Sal” Boca in “The French Connection.” (Lo Bianco will be appearing at this year’s Castleton Festival on Nov. 14.)

Nina and Colby’s wealth shines, not only in their professional successes, but also in the richness of friends and family. Colby is a brilliant rags-to-riches attorney in Washington, D.C., while Nina is a renaissance woman, painter and producer of films. Her most recent production, “Life Fine Tuned,” was filmed primarily in Rappahannock and has garnered worldwide acclaim. Their son Parke was the handsome and charming master of ceremonies.

Congratulations, Nina and Colby! You bring much happiness to each other and to the lives of those who know you.

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.