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.
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.