Sperryville Column

‘Rappa Hang On’ to flicking corn kernels

Rappahannock residents Lois Snead and Carolyn Tholand Thornton took their audience back in time during Rapp at Home’s popular Local Voice Series. Carolyn is the widow of Philip Lee Thornton, of the original Thorntons of Thornton Gap, and an always welcoming face volunteering at the Food Pantry. Lois is a 95-year-old Rappahannock Force of Nature, also filled with stories of local lore. […]

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Growing up Rappahannock: Alice Anderson relives her childhood

Rapp at Home is a “village” organization that hosts a Local Voice Series entitled “Growing up in Rappahannock.” At their most recent meeting, Alice Anderson, whose family roots in Rappahannock extend back many generations, shared remembrances of life growing up in the county. […]

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Hans Gerhard: A veritable renaissance man

There I discovered his artistic talent, from whimsical creatures carved from wood, to abstract paintings, and fantastic sculptures welded into metal objects displayed around the farm. Hans has an exhibit currently at Hazel River Arts & Antiques between Sperryville and Washington, and it’s a splendid display of some of his current work. […]

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Woodville woman’s act of selfless kindness

Perhaps her most daunting accomplishment, however, is this summer’s decision to donate a kidney to Lake Lester. He is a man she barely knows. He is not a family member, nor neighbor, nor close friend. He is simply a man in her professional network suffering from final stage renal failure. […]

Sperryville Column

Remembering Buddy Whorton

The soul of a beloved local man now rests eternally in the arms of the Prince of Peace. Franklin Lee Whorton, better known to all as Buddy, leaves behind hundreds of mourners; his bereaved wife Betty, their children and grandchildren, and the countless lives he touched. […]

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Celebrating ladies behind the Blue Door

The Ladies Lunch Bunch savored the ambiance and every morsel of Andrea Pace’s, executive chef par excellence, culinary gifts and we appreciated his offer to arrange a tailor-made menu, sensitive to the group’s make up of women from every economic means. […]

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New art and fitness studios open in Sperryville

According to the announcement: “Stonewall Abbey Wellness isn’t just a gym. It’s a community wellness and fitness center in the heart of Sperryville, delivering an unrivaled experience from training to regeneration. Our 5,000 square foot facility is a perfect blend of historic beauty and modern function. […]

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A miracle on Viewtown Road

Her heart stopped, and within seconds of her fall — miraculously — a gentleman in a white pickup truck, driving along Viewtown Road, seeing her collapse, pulled up and applied CPR. The congregation knows not the identity of this man who showed up seemingly out of nowhere. […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville column for Jan. 25

Sperryville’s renaissance continues unabated. New businesses are opening and some old businesses reinventing themselves, such as Burgers N’ Things roadside restaurant being run and managed now by Chuck Shewbridge of Rixeyville. […]

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Sperryville column for Jan. 4: Rappahannock friendships

Neighbors are practically family, equipment is shared, pastures leased, bartering is commonplace and sir and ma’am are always ready words on the lips of children and adults as well. Respect is earned, hard work expected and in such hamlets and villages, folks are all on a first name basis. […]