Sperryville Column

Sperryville column for July 17

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Artist Kevin Adams in the studio, surrounded by many of his works.

Kevin Adams is an artist, a poet with a prodigious palate. His works are world renowned, his passion for Rappahannock obvious in his richly painted landscapes and architecture.
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Sperryville column for July 3

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July 3
One of Davette’s custom pet portraits.

Davette Leonard’s vibrant works are spotlighted in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for June 19

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June 26
Senior center manager Darcy Canton (right), bus driver Ronnie Dennis (left, across from Canton) and a group of seniors dined at the Headmaster’s Pub as part of their bimonthly day trips.

Chris Doxzen had the privilege of meeting some of Rappahannock's seniors while they were lunching at the Headmaster’s Pub and shopping at the Sperryville Schoolhouse retail establishments — part of their bi-monthly day trips.
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Sperryville column for June 12

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June 12
Though Fred Kahler doesn’t usually title his works, the Smithsonian curator calls this piece “The Dragon,” a title Kahler likes.

Exploring the complex art of Fred Kahler, inside Antics and Antiques' summertime makeover and behind the scenes of Cliff Miller IV's bike trip across Germany in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for May 15

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May 15
At the start of the day, pets — dogs, a horse, a couple of goats — participated in the annual Pantry Pet Parade co-sponsored by the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League at the Food Pantry on Mount Salem Avenue.

Pantry Day pulls off “An Italian Feast” with aplomb, while Susan Hoffman and Mike Biniek’s Belle Meade School hits the century mark in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for May 8

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May 8

El Quijote, an authentic Spanish restaurant offering hot and cold tapas choices, opens to delicious results in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for May 1

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May 1
Dave Yowell (right) and his son Robert recently opened a new Sperryville office for their IT and computer repair service, Runamok Systems.

Runamok Systems, local computer expert Dave Yowell’s IT and computer repair service, recently opened a new office in downtown Sperryville.
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Sperryville column for April 17

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April 17
Nina Shepardson's intricately decorated Easter eggs.

Molly Peterson embarks on a cross country photography job and Easter is in the air in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for March 27

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March 27
RCHS students Courtney King, 17, also volunteers for Sperryville Fire.

Honoring some of the many "top guns" voluntarily serving in the SVRS — and doing a fantastic job of it — in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for March 20

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March 20
Barbara Heile and her “spontaneous process” paintings are now on display at River District Arts.

This week’s Sperryville column explore the ongoing renaissance at River District Arts, which features several new artists already on display and more set to join in April.
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Sperryville column for March 6

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March 6
Lilly the miniature horse made a recent therapeutic hospice-care visit in Great Falls.

A lot of folks in Rappahannock County know of Sally Petty, whose training has resulted in so many well-behaved dogs. But now her therapy animals have branched out to include miniature horses.
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Letter: ‘Thanks for reawakening those memories’

My wife and I and our girls were delighted to see Chris Doxzen’s recent Sperryville column about Loring Anderson. The picture she painted of him is so accurate, of a unique, independent and self-sufficient man with the kind of loyalty and readiness to help friends and neighbors that you just don’t see so much...
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Sperryville column for Feb. 27

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Feb. 27
Tom Taylor (right) poses with son Brian and designer Tom Crouthamel (left) at the company’s Sperryville headquarters, just west of the village on U.S. 211.

Inside T.G. Taylor & Son’s successful local construction business and Jen Perrot’s new business venture, “Flourish Root,” in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Feb. 13

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Feb. 13
Loring Anderson, a Rappahannock mountain man without compare, used to "walk" his rattlers on baling twine-leashes.

Recalling the life and times of Loring Anderson in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Jan. 30

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Jan. 30

Inside the newest transformation of the Sperryville Schoolhouse (and its accompanying businesses) in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Jan. 23

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Jan. 23

One Year Only takes the winter months off (and returns as One MORE Year Only) and “Life Fine Tuned” premieres at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Jan. 9

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Jan. 9
Twig, the Jack Russell terrier, and turkey hen Henrietta keep each other warm.

Mother Nature works in mysterious ways, as with Kim McKiernan’s menagerie of animals and a Jack Russell and wild turkey hen “adopting” each other; meanwhile, the Conyers House B&B’s favorite guests return for an anniversary in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Nov. 28

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Nov. 28, 2013
Fred Giles and his 10-point buck.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the village and deer season is already highly successful in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Nov. 21

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Nov. 21, 2013
Pat Saltonstall celebrated her 86th birthday at the Thorntion River Grille — coinciding with the restaurant's 10th.

Two longtime Rappahannock fixtures — Pat Saltonstall and Thornton River Grille — celebrate coinciding birthdays, while the 80-year-young Jim Ramsay joins the Six Packers on display at RDA in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Nov. 14

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Nov. 14, 2013

Traffic stops to watch a young black bear cross the road and the ladies of One Year Only teach the art of bow-making in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Nov. 7

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Nov. 7, 2013
Charles Butka of King George and grandson Jacob show off a catch at Skyline Trout Farm.

The changing leaves signal booming businesses, as Heritage Hollow Farms enjoys a successful first two weeks, the Old Hollow Store is rebranded and reopened, and Skyline Trout Farm reopens its waters in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Oct. 24

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Oct. 24, 2013

Celebrating a successful busy weekend and prepping for another with Fourth Friday’s doings around town, and helping Brittani Dodson return to Panama in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Oct. 17

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Oct. 17, 2013
Central Coffee Roasters proprietor Maggie Rogers shows one of her Diedrich gas-powered roasters some appreciation. Photo by Chris Doxzen.

Stepping inside the intimate atmosphere of Central Coffee Roasters and exploring the shutdown’s impact on the businesses of Sperryville in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Oct. 10 

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Oct. 10, 2013
Moody Aylor sits comfortably atop one of the 15 horses currently in his stables. Photo by Chris Doxzen.

For Rappahannock legend Moody Aylor, 79 years young, it is still all about the horses.
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Sperryville column for Sept. 19

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Sept. 19, 2013
Mike and Molly Peterson are excited to take over the management of Mount Vernon Farm, which will soon become their very own, brand new, Heritage Hollow Farms.

In an email going out this week to Mount Vernon Farm’s many direct-buying customers, owner Cliff Miller is announcing that the farm’s operations and marketing will soon be taken over by Mike and Molly Peterson.
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Sperryville column for Sept. 5

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Sept. 5, 2013
Sperryville’s Brittani Dodson has dedicated her life to helping children with special needs, not just locally, but abroad as well. Courtesy photo.

Celebrating the life of Logan McKiernan, who would have been 20 this week, and the effect he had on others, including Brittani Dodson, who’s dedicating her life to helping special needs’ children, in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Aug. 22

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Aug. 22, 2013
The deer garden at Sperryville’s ever-popular Beech Spring Gift Shop. Photos by Chris Doxzen.

Exploring the good new days along U.S. 211, courtesy of the Emporium, Beech Spring Gift Shop, Sonny's Place, and Eddie and Barbara Gore's Bushels and Pecks of Bliss in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Aug. 8

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Aug. 8, 2013

It's time to get to Hearthstock, Hearthstone school's second annual outdoor music festival, in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for Aug. 1

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Aug. 1, 2013
Michele Burke (left) and Stacey Coffey are the proud new owners of the Sperryville Barber Shop, along with Coffey’s dog, Eli. Photo by Chris Doxzen.

The women of the Sperryville Barber Shop, and what's cooking at the Old Hollow Store in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for July 25

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July 25, 2013
Sperryville column for July 25

Marianne Clyde lives in Rappahannock County, near Five Forks, with her husband of 25 years, Bob, and two boisterous labs, Mojo and Pepper, and just released her newest book, "Peaceful Parenting," which is already garnering praise and online buzz.
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Sperryville column for July 11

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July 11, 2013
John Elmo Clay (second from left) receives a certificate of appreciation from VFW Commander Russell Claar and Valerie Clark (right), ambassadors for the Department of Defense KW60 program to recognize Korean War veterans. On the left is Clay’s sister, Emma Ferris. The presentation took place at the Sperryville Emporium, where Elmo works (and the certificate now hangs). Courtesy photo.

John Elmo Clay, who works for (and lives just behind) the Sperryville Emporium, was recently recognized by his country for his valor and service in the Korean War, also sometimes called the “Forgotten War,” in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for July 4

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July 4, 2013
Barrel racer Maeghan Boucher and her horse, Hokie. Courtesy photo.

Catching up with the talented barrel racer Maeghan Boucher and examining the (limited time only) transformed former Old Rag Photography building, One Year Only, in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for June 27

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June 27, 2013
The Old Hollow Store opens July 2, says McNear, with wifi, coffee, home-cooked food, Mount Vernon Farm grass-fed meats, picnic tables, a toddler park, the Smoots’ nursery next door and both Sperryville proper and Roy’s Orchard not far away. Photo by Chris Doxzen.

Behind the scenes with owner Dick McNear and the soon-to-be-opened Old Hollow Store -- formerly the old Attic Treasures -- in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for June 20

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June 20, 2013
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Examining the inspiration and music of Judy Reidinger and catching up with Roy and Janet Alther and their many tasty offerings available at Roy's Orchard in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for June 6

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June 6, 2013
Maeghan Boucher, daughter of Waggin’ Hearts’ Sally Petty, helps miniature horse filly Feisty, born May 29, get used to those new legs. Photo by Chris Doxzen.

Inside the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad's hosting of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads' district 10 meeting and checking in with Feisty, a mini-horse and newest addition to the Waggin' Hearts family in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for May 23

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May 23, 2013
The newly expanded Knit Wit is more than a yarn shop. Photo by Chris Doxzen.

An insider's tour of and information on the Knit Wit Yarn Shop and browsing Cliff Miller's new soon-to-be-open Headmaster's Pub in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for May 16

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May 16, 2013
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Exploring the unique trail rides offered at Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds and showing off the many things that make Rappahannock the special place it is in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for May 2

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May 2, 2013
Sperryville column for May 2

Going inside the Emporium's new deli and the opening of a second High on the Hog in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for April 25

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April 25, 2013
Sperryville column for April 25

Exploring the results of the Rappahannock Hunt's Hunter Pace, eating at Merry Moo's and getting thrifty at the newly opened Samantha's in this week's Sperryville column.
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Sperryville column for April 18

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April 18, 2013
Sperryville column for April 18

The opening of a new plant and garden store, a Rapp resident rocks out with some Nashville stars and the McNears welcome a new granddaughter to the world in this week's Sperryville column.
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