Berryville M ain Street Fall 2013
Miss Ruth
A Berryville mainstay
By Robin Cardillo
On Saturday afternoons in the 1940s,
Ruth Loughborough would pile into
the family’s green Chevy four-door and
ride into downtown Berryville from the
outskirts of town. The family would park on Main Street and linger
into the evening to visit with other farmers who had ventured to town.
“That’s one of my best memories of Main Street,” says Ruth. “I really
liked coming to downtown on Saturday. We’d buy groceries, maybe go
to a clothing store, and sit in the car and watch people go by. The whole
community was there, so you’d see a lot of friends.”
Back then, says Ruth, the charms of downtown included a theater,
three clothing stores, two eateries, and four grocery stores. (“The
grocery stores even delivered,” she laughs.) Today, Miss Ruth, as she’s
called, is a Berryville icon. Shuffling through the century-old Berryville
Farm Supply store near the railroad tracks on Main Street, she wears a
breezy summer frock, lifting small bags of seed, handwriting receipts,
and shrewdly negotiating with vendors on the phone. She knows Main
Street like few others.
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“Sweet Pea’s” – Much More Than A Children’s Shop
By Sherry Craig
Venture up the stairs at 5 D East Main Street in Berryville and check
out Sweet Pea’s Children’s Shop. Sherry Craig, owner, opened 6 years
ago with mostly children’s clothing, toys, accessories and a few handmade items. At that time, the shop also featured a small ladies gift
area. Today, 30 local crafters produce nearly half the sales volume at
the shop. Included in those crafters are eight very talented children
from ages 7 to 15!
In the children’s area, you will find all kinds of hand-made wood trucks,
trains, and doll furniture. For the American Girl Doll Collection there
are two different wood wardrobes, a dresser, a bed, a canopy bed plus
lots of hand-made clothing and accessories. For the children, there are
hand-made rocking chairs, rocking horses, “Time Out” benches, table
and chair sets, crayon aprons, pillow cases and book marks. Hand-made
baby tag blankets, diaper cakes, knit sweaters and crochet hats are very
popular for shower gifts! For little girls, the list goes on and on –hair
accessories, beaded socks, purses, jewelry, professionally designed lines
of clothing, crochet hats, ear warmers, ponchos and matching hats and
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lots of matching items for their dolls!
Berryville Main Street,
Barns of Rose Hill & Clarke
County Farmer’s Market
Present the 1st Annual
Saturday, October 12th
5pm….Mix and mingle
6pm….Eat a little pig
7pm….Dance a little jig
and whee whee whee all the way home!
Tickets $50 per person
Luanne Carey 955-4001/
[email protected]
Morgan Morrison 955-2004/
[email protected]
We are looking for:
Volunteers, Donations, Sponsorships
Yuletide In Berryville
Mark your calendars
November 1st – “Light Up the Town”
forms available – (see page 5)
December 1st – Meter Contest
begins (get forms at BMS)
December 4th – Judging to begin
for Meters
December 6th – Christmas Tree
Lighting in Rose Hill Park 6pm
› Refreshments at Barns of
Rose Hill
› Community Band & Choir
December 7th – Christmas Parade
at 12 noon
December 8th – More activities
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A special thanks for your continued support of Berryville Main Street…
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Business Services
Berryville Farm Supply
Family Trust Numismatics
Berryville Chiropractic
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Antiques Restoration
Clarke County
Historical Society
Lesley Moran
The Strand
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Shockey Companies
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as a jail prior to 1891, when the
new jail was built in the county
courthouse. Historical Sanborn
Insurance maps from 1891-1920
show a new building erected.
Flower Shop
Reed’s Pharmacy
Santorini Grill
The First Town of Berryville Jail
Have you ever wondered where the
jail is in Berryville? Several years
ago our Chief of Police, Neal White
told me that we did not have a jail
because we do not have criminals in
Berryville! Funny. It seems many of
the people charged and found guilty
of crimes in Berryville are taken to
the Northwestern Detention Center.
If you notice, our county courthouse
has several windows with steel bars.
I had hoped to find the history of
our first jail, instead I was told about
the building: 29 Main Street—the
Main Street Barber Shop. Surprised?
Sweet Pea’s
Children’s Shop
Sometime, when you are walking on
Main Street, look at the stonework
on the sides of the buildings. As one
of the oldest buildings in Berryville,
it has been home to a variety of
businesses. In 1928 it was Charles
Rowland’s general store. In 1932
Clarence, “Shorty”, Hennerson had
a barber shop there. John Lee took
over in 1934 and Ross Sirbaugh
bought it from Marvin Carlisle in
1935. In 1986, Ms. Norma Yonker
became the owner of the former jail
and barbershop and became the first
female barber in Berryville.
The first Berryville Jail was built
around 1850 and ceased operating
During the 19th century, many of
the railroad workers had too much
fun, got too rowdy and got locked
up in “Battletown”. The town
code even prohibited “hootin’ and
hollerin’(sic)” on Berryville street
corners after 11PM.
Local legend has it that Daniel
Morgan “engaged (sic) in combat
with young toughs” at the
intersection of what is now Route 7
and Buckmarsh Street. He would
pile large stones nearby to use for
ammunition. Upon his return from
the Revolution, this local hero
was reputedly one of the most
quarrelsome patrons of the new
tavern known to us today as the
Battletown Inn.
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Clarke County
By Laura Chrisitansen, Director
Founded in 1939, the Clarke
County Historical Association
(CCHA) is dedicated to preserving
the historical resources and
records of Clarke County and
fostering their use, enjoyment and
understanding through education
and stewardship. Headquartered at
32 E. Main Street, CCHA operates
a museum, library and archive,
but is probably best known for
preserving the Burwell-Morgan
Mill in Millwood. An 18th Century
grist mill, the Burwell-Morgan Mill
produces a variety of flours that are
sold locally. Twice a year the mill
literally grinds to a halt for Art at
the Mill, exhibitions featuring more
than 1,000 works of art in each
show that attract a large number of
visitors to Clarke County. Art at
the Mill is the major fund raiser for
CCHA and funds a scholarship for
a Clarke County art student.
Curiously, for an organization
steeped in history, CCHA spent
much of 2013 looking ahead.
In January CCHA’s Board of
Directors decided to take a step
back and envision the future of the
Association– and to create a strategic
plan that will help guide the
organization to achieving that vision.
CCHA emerged from the strategic
planning process with a clear vision
including three specific goals:
•To be known as the source for
Clarke County History
•To preserve and protect the history
of Clarke County. To be the
repository for resources and records.
•To be an outstanding source for
outreach and education.
•Education is the primary focus
of all these goals. The plan is
available on CCHA’s website, but
a few exciting new projects are
already in the works.
CCHA’s main goal for 2013-2014 is
to get people out and engaged with
history. The museum will unveil
new additions to our collections and
updated exhibit spaces to display
treasures in CCHA’s collection
with fascinating stories to tell. An
ongoing series of workshops for
anyone interested in learning more
about researching their family or
local history will continue, and will
expand to offer tours, lectures and
living history events.
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Saturdays 8am – 12 noon
BMS Fall Yard Sale
Sept 14, 2013 – 8am–3pm
Farmer’s Ball
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I hope you
are enjoying
the historic
1798 flag
in downtown Berryville. Many
thanks to Locket Van Voorhis and
Jeanne Krohn for their tireless
efforts to improve the look of our
town and thanks to Jay Arnold
and Rappahannock Electric for
installing the banners.
I also hope you have been
enjoying the Music in the Park
performances on Friday nights.
Many thanks to Bill Johnston and
others for their efforts to provide
this free entertainment. We have
had some great performers with
a substantial turnout of residents
of and visitors to our town. There
is more to come! Among other
events, we are looking forward to
our fall yard sale in September.
And lastly, I would like to thank
the other many volunteers for
their dedication and efforts on
behalf of Berryville Main Street
and the Firehouse Gallery.
With their continued help and
yours we hope to continue to
improve the downtown business
community for the benefit of
all. If you have some time and
energy to add to our efforts or
if you would just like to know
more about Berryville Main
Street I would encourage you to
stop by the Firehouse Gallery
and meet Luanne Carey and Kate
Petranech or to contact me or any
of the other directors. We look
forward to meeting you in person
or hearing from you as to what
improvements you would like to
see and/or able to assist with.
Board Members
Jerry Johnson, President,
Economic Restructuring
Susi Bailey,
Tricia James,
Promotions Committee
Kathy Pierson,
Promotions Committee
Jay Arnold,
Merchants Committee
Sherry Craig,
Merchant’s Committee
Lockett Van Voorhis,
Design Committee
Will Dillinger
Michael Haymaker
Luanne Carey,
Berryville Main Street Director
Kate Petranech,
Firehouse Gallery Director
Jerry Johnson,
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jewelry including bracelets,
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and lanyards. There are several
different varieties of hand crafted
scarves, crochet hats, ear warmers,
candles, journal books, headbands,
book marks, coasters and cards for
all occasions.
The two best selling hand-made
items this year have been clothing
to fit the American Girl Dolls
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little girls and, of course, the
dolls. Sweet Pea’s future plan is to
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Berryville Main Street in conjunction
with the Town of Berryville and the
Barns are pulling to these events help
ring in the holiday season. I hope you
can attend.
Light Up the town is a way to
remember or honor your loved ones.
Placards with the names are placed
around the base of the trees on Main
Street. $10 per name, Registration
forms at Firehouse Gallery.
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& Happenings
Gallery News
Berryville Main Street
Receives Its Third $5,000
Grant from the Virginia
Commission for the
Arts and National
Endowment for the Arts
Funding Will Help Organization’s
Fire House Gallery Expand
Efforts to Promote Art and Artists
in Our Community
Berryville Main Street was thrilled
to learn that – for the third
year in a row – it would receive
a 5K grant from the Virginia
Commission for the Arts and
National Endowment for the Arts.
Huge thanks goes to the Town
of Berryville which applied for
the Local Challenge Grant again
this year. The award will enable
the Fire House Gallery – the
2nd Annual Fabulous
Fibers for All Opens
Friday, October 18th
The Fire Gallery is delighted to
reprise last fall’s highly successful
fiber arts show, which
opens Friday evening, October
18th with a reception from 6pm
to 8pm and closes November 9th.
Possibly the largest show of its
type in the region, this year’s
exhibit will feature the work of a
dozen highly accomplished artists
organization’s largest and most
visible economic revitalization
initiative – to increase its reach in
the community and beyond.
For starters, the funding will
support programs to increase local
traffic – such as the gallery’s new
monthly “Little Shows,” focusing
on the work of a single artist. This
endeavor launched in August with
an exhibit of stunning landscapes
in oil by Patricia Perry.
[Ed. note: See related story below]
It will also be used to fund vital
and much needed improvements
to the gallery’s website, critical to
attracting visitors from “over the
mountain”, more photographs of
the collection to whet peoples’
appetites for a live visit and
more coordinated publicity for
upcoming events to give out-oftowners another reason to make
Berryville a week-end destination.
Key drivers in the planning are
the 70 artists who show and sell
including: Joyce Badanes, Norma
Colman, Rebecca Fox, Chantal
Gabard, Sue Groundwater,
Marilyn Jeltes, Karen Kimble,
Keith Lilly, Maureen Pritchard,
Jane Radford, Barbara Runkle, and
Lauri Sisney.
Virtually every type of fiber art to
adorn oneself or one’s home will
be on available to see and purchase
– from felted bags to painted table
runners to quilted coasters to
woven scarves – literally hundreds
of items in all.
through the gallery. At press
time a date was being fixed for a
brainstorming session to explore
ideas for “big” shows and other
activities which will foster art
– as the grant mandates – while
contributing to the commercial
growth and development of the
downtown historic district.
Samantha Yonkers tries her hand at the
loom under the watchful eyes of fiber artists,
Sue Groundwater and Barbara Runkle
during a demonstration at last year’s show.
Confirm dates and times for this year’s
demos at firehousegalleryandshop.com
after October 1st.
Weaving, knitting, and spinning
demonstrations will be offered
on Saturday during the show’s
run, giving visitors a chance to
ask questions about the technique
being demonstrated and gain an
enhanced appreciation for the
enormous skill required to create
these beautiful works of art.
Gallery Launches “Little Shows”
with Oil Painting Exhibit by
Patricia Perry
August 12 – September 30
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attempt to represent her personal
connection with the natural world
and her deep regard for its beauty
and mystery.
Perry lives with her husband in
Jefferson County, West Virginia.
Her paintings are found in private
collections in Philadelphia,
Annapolis, Washington, D.C.,
Seattle, Pasadena, California and
Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
She teaches oil painting at her
studio near Shepherdstown.
“I love the smell of [oil paint] –
the buttery texture … and the
richness you get with it.”
Patricia Perry paints a little bit of
everything – but right now she’s
focusing on landscapes. It’s an apt
subject given her life-long love
of travel to places ranging from
Turkey to Costa Rica to New
Zealand. The latter inspired a
beautiful painting, “On the River:
Christ Church, Zealand, which
you will see in the show.
offering at the gallery, which
highlight the work of one
of its 70 artists. This endeavor is
funded in part by a grant from the
Virginia Commission for the Arts
and the National Endowment for
the Arts [Ed. note: See related story
to the left].
Meet Perry and learn more about
her work while enjoying light
refreshments at the gallery on
Thursday, September 5th.
“Little Shows” is a new monthly
Born in the US, Perry moved to
Europe when she was 19. She
lived in Bad Homburg, Germany
and studied at the Goethe Institut
in Kochel am See before moving
to Paris for a year and enrolling at
the American College in Paris.
Inspired by the works of Goya,
Rembrandt, Turner and Blake,
which she saw in museums,
she enrolled as an art student
at UCLA after returning to the
U.S. There she studied under
noted abstract artist, Richard
Diebenkorn, who came to define
the California school of Abstract
Expressionism of the early 1950s.
After graduating with a BA in fine
art from UCLA, she worked at the
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“I like to talk to the people who come in, to get to know them,” she confides.
She’s worked at the supply store since November 16, 1957, first as a secretary
and now as the store manager. Over the years, the clientele has changed.
“Urban people shop here now,” she explains. “Horse people from as far away
as Round Hill and Purcellville come in to buy horse grooming products, feed,
medical supplies. You know, the horse industry is big in Clarke County. Cattle
are still important, but there aren’t as many farm people.”
Miss Ruth has witnessed Main Street changing, too. Her advice for a new
business setting up shop downtown? “Hire good employees. You’re never
any better than your workers. I’ve got good workers. We’re a team. And
you need to understand the importance of your customers. You need to
take care of them. They don’t have to shop with us – and when they do,
they’re doing us a favor.” At 74 (she confirms her age by tapping on the
calculator at her desk). Miss Ruth isn’t focusing on retirement, as many her
age would have done well before now. Instead, she still gets to work by 7:30
a.m. six days a week. But she has worries – about things like jobs, changing
demographics, and local farmers.
“Growing up on a farm makes you appreciate farmers,” she points out. “I never
lived any other place than a farm.” Her family’s homestead was on what is now
Wickliffe Road, where they grew hay and grains and ran a small dairy. “I think
we need to show some appreciation for the farmers’ market here. It’s good for
the community, and it helps all our businesses by bringing people into town.
And it helps the farmers.”
As for the landmark Berryville Farm Supply building, Miss Ruth hopes it will
remain a farm store for a long time. “Customers from the area have supported
us, and I’m very grateful,” she says. “They’ve made it possible for us to be here
for 56 years. I think Berryville should always have a farm and feed store.”
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