Much ado in Sper­ryville

Rappahannock News - - SPERRYVILL­E • COURTHOUSE ROW - CHRIS DOXZEN chris­[email protected]

Jen­nifer Ca­ble Per­rot cel­e­brates her Flour­ish Root Flo­rals & Wild Root Apothe­cary Stu­dios & Shop Grand Open­ing on July 3, when hors d’oeu­vres and re­fresh­ments will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. The shop will fea­ture ce­ram­ics by Kat Habib and fresh flower ar­range­ments, pot­ted plants, herbal prod­ucts and work­shops and classes. What a lovely way to start the fourth of July week­end!

Of course, along with your hors d’oeu­vres with Jen­nifer’s crew, why not also en­joy a short stroll around the cor­ner and sa­vor tra­di­tional Span­ish dishes, paella, ta­pas and san­gria with Emilio at his fan­tas­tic res­tau­rant, El Qui­jote. Sam­ple ta­pas such as cro­que­tas (hand­made crisp breaded cro­quettes with creamy fill­ing, a choice of spinach or Ser­rano ham) or piquil­los rel­lenos de pas­cado ( roasted Span­ish piquillo pep­pers stuffed with salmon over piquillo sauce). Or how about frit­ura marinera (fried shrimp, cala­mari and white­fish with aioli sauce)?

Emilio tells me he has plans this com­ing month for more fla­menco en­ter­tain­ment, such a pop­u­lar event in Sper­ryville. Res­tau­rant hours are 4 to 9 Thurs­days, noon to 10 Fri­day-Satur­day and noon to 9 Sun­day. More at elqui­jote­vir­ginia.com or 540987-8187.

Re­cently I’ve had the plea­sure of see­ing photos from Rap­pa­han­nock Se­nior Cen­ter’s ac­tiv­i­ties on their Face­book page. This is def­i­nitely a group of so­cial nymphs. They have so much fun that I asked Darcy Can­ton, the cen­ter’s di­rec­tor, what age one needs to be to join. Turns out it’s 60 so I’ll have to wait — but folks can still vol­un­teer.

Here’s a sam­pling of up­com­ing events in July: an af­ter­noon of get­ting glam­our shots; Oliver dee­jay­ing your fa­vorite tunes; a show and tell where you can bring unique items and stump the group; take a trip to Fauquier Fair, trans­porta­tion pro­vided; en­joy “The Mu­sic Man” at Shenan­doah Univer­sity, again trans­porta­tion pro­vided; join Char­ity as he dis­cusses “Our hair ( or lack thereof) as we age”; lis­ten to a ser­e­nade by the Coun­try Troubadour­s or en­joy ice cream sun­daes, or a corn­hole tour­ney, celebrate Na­tional Lol­lipop Day and make lol­lipops or en­joy Christ­mas in July with a gift ex­change and hol­i­day party. I know — I’m al­ready ex­hausted and haven’t be­gun to re­lay all the ac­tiv­i­ties in July.

If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the group, or volunteeri­ng, con­tact Darcy at 540-987-3638. They meet at the Scrabble School. You might see me there, I’m ei­ther go­ing to vol­un­teer or lie to Darcy about my age and join.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

The cur­rent corn­hole tour­na­ment win­ners at the Rap­pa­han­nock Se­nior Cen­ter are (from left) the third-place Robins (Thelma Martin and Irene Tim­bers), the first­place Tigers (Dot Scott and Daniel Keyser) and sec­ond-place Cougars (Johnny Broyles and Carol...

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