Washington: Blizzards and a benefit for the Food Pantry

This month’s blizzards took a toll on the Rappahannock Food Pantry, which closed two days because of the snow. The good news is that generosity abounds, fair weather or foul. A great example was Griffin Tavern owners Jim and Debbie Donehey and chef Victor McLawhorn.

Starting this Thursday, McLawhorn will collect food for the pantry from those who gather for Griffin Tavern’s weekly trivia night (Thursdays, 8 to 9). Meanwhile, the Farm at Sunnyside continues providing pantry folks with eggs, greens and other produce from its hoop houses, despite the cold. Mimi Delozier is still arranging for periodic milk deliveries. Judy de Sarno has brought in several hundred dollars worth of food this winter. One of Judy’s deliveries came in just after the big snow, and her timing was terrific because the van that restocks the pantry couldn’t make it out and the shelves were pretty bare.

Flavor magazine will hold a benefit for the Rappahannock Food Pantry on Saturday, April 24 at The Meadows in Washington, the historic home of John and Beverly Sullivan. This promises to be quite an event – with entertainment by Mark Russell, a wine judging and auction, local foods and more. Tickets are $75 and likely to go fast. For tickets and information: go to www.flavormags.com, email info@flavormags.com or call 540-987-9299.

Bible study at WBC
The public is invited to attend a Bible study on the topic of heaven, 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at the Washington Baptist Church. Leading this study will be the pastor, Rev. Phil Bailey. Call the church office at 540-675-3336 for more information.

Special wishes
Birthday wishes go out to a special friend of mine, Betty Grigsby of Washington. She will celebrate her special day on Sunday.

Also, welcome to the community Robert and Shirley Franey, who live in Harris Hollow.

Condolence go out to a neighbor of mine, “Ginger” Etta Young Miller, and family on the death of their mother, Sarah Virginia Reed Young of Huntly; Mrs. Young died Friday at Loving Arms Rest Home in Front Royal. A funeral service was held held on Tuesday at Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal with Rev. Leah DeLong. Interment followed in Willis Chapel Cemetery, Huntly.

Ice House celebration
The date has been set for the Ice House Gallery’s first-year celebration. Artist Linda Lawler still has the bubbly and will be getting more chocolates and strawberries for the big day: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 7. So plan to come out and help Lawler celebrate her first year at 291B Main St., Washington.

Also, as originally planned, the newest set of four notecards in the “Little Washington” series is now available. All purchasers of art during the celebration will receive a free box of notecards as a thank you.

Red Truck at Ballard’s
A reminder that R.H. Ballard is now carrying Red Truck Bakery items every Saturday, doors opening at 10 a.m. You can go to www.rhballard.com to see the menu for that week. Items like ham and cheese scones, harvest wheat bread, coffee cake, rum cake, muffins and tea breads have all been really popular. Let Joanie Ballard know what baked goods you would like to see at the shop, as the menu changes each week.

Gardening workshops
Personal chef, gardener and local food advocate Sylvie Rowand is offering six gardening workshops starting this Sunday through the end of March. Four of the workshops focus on starting your own vegetable, fruit, herb and edible flowers from seeds. You’ll learn what and when to start, how to take care of the seedlings, how and when to transplant them. During the practical hands-on sessions, you’ll actually sow a flat of seeds to take home (choosing from Rowand’s extensive seed collection). In late March, she is also offering a Kitchen Garden Primer workshop. Costs are generally $45 per person (all supplies included) with some discount for multiple classes or students sharing a tray, and include detailed handouts. Give her a call at 540-675-3725 or e-mail info@LaughingDuckGardens.com.