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Sunny day(lilies)

The first Stella d’Oro daylilies are peer­ing out as Amissville tem­per­a­tures rise. One can al­most hear the soil dry out, even though tor­ren­tial rains hit the area just over a week ago. I am be­gin­ning to worry about the sec­ond cut­ting of hay. But I al­ways worry about the sec­ond cut­ting of hay.

Straw­berry re­port

Hunter Call of Muskrat Haven Farms re­ports that straw­ber­ries will be avail­able for pick­ing for ap­prox­i­mately two more weeks. He says the lit­tle crim­son orbs have not been af­fected by the early heat and dry spell, but he was about to start up the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem to make sure. They are also be­gin­ning to ir­ri­gate the blue­berry and rasp­berry fields.

Com­mu­nity at the Link

Dur­ing a beau­ti­ful Rap­pa­han­nock Satur­day, I saw a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing Amissvil­lians at last week­end’s Com­mu­nity Sale at the Link. Jan Makela, co-or­ga­nizer of the event, looked natty in her saf­fron ker­chief which served as her badge of of­fice. She be­gan the day di­rect­ing ven­dor traf­fic and worked steadily all day un­til the end of the event at 5.

Jan’s hus­band Ron set up the Food Pantry’s dis­play of raised gar­den plant­ing beds. Pro­ceeds of the sale of the raised beds pro­vide es­sen­tial fund­ing for our lo­cal food closet. Con­structed of in­sect-and rotre­sis­tant cedar, they make sup­port­ing the pantry a means of en­hanc­ing one’s own pantry. I’ll soon have a cou­ple in ser­vice for rais­ing greens al­most year round. Hal Hunter and Noel Laing, both ac­tive and long­time food pantry boost­ers, were at the booth at times dur­ing the day.

Seated be­hind her gleam­ing ear­rings, bracelets and neck­laces, de­signer Vic­to­ria Miller ex­cit­edly de­scribed her new line of enam­eled jew­elry, which she pro­duces en­tirely in house uti­liz­ing a new kiln and lots of tal­ent. Hus­band Steve was on hand sell­ing cool­ing vests – sales stock left over from pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ment. Two days later, I wished I had pur­chased one.

Donna McCann of Golden Re­treat for K9s at­tended the sale. She has opened a “lux­ury pet re­sort” on View­town Road fea­tur­ing a 3,800-square-foot ‘’doggy ho­tel,” where pam­pered pooches are tended with lov­ing care. Next week I’ll write about her up­com­ing open house to in­tro­duce her fa­cil­ity to area pet own­ers.

Pat Sher of Lazy S Llama Ranch came look­ing for bar­gains. “Llama mama” to a herd of al­most 50 an­i­mals, she said she is re­search­ing how she can have their llama fiber clipdyed prior to hav­ing it spun into yarn. The yarn is then knit­ted, cro­cheted and wo­ven into beau­ti­ful items that they sell on­line and at the farm.

The Amissville Car­ni­val

One of the most im­por­tant lo­cal fund-rais­ing events of the year is com­ing up near the end of the month. The Amissville Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment will have its car­ni­val Wed­nes­day, June 22 through Satur­day, June 25, with the pa­rade of fire and EMS ap­pa­ra­tus and oth­ers on Thurs­day, June 23. This year, strong sup­port from the com­mu­nity is par­tic­u­larly vi­tal, as they have pur­chased a state-of-the-art KME res­cue en­gine.

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