Washington column for Sept. 23

Members of the Sperryville Fire Department enjoy breakfast at the Washington fire hall Saturday morning. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Breakfast crowd

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue had a busy morning last Saturday when 117 hungry people showed up for its breakfast fundraiser. The first customers to arrive came just a few minutes before 7: They were members of the Sperryville fire company, on the way back from an early call.

The WVFR wants to thank everybody who came. All proceeds from the breakfast are used to support the company’s operations. The next fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 23, when the squad’s ever-popular ham and oyster dinner will be served. Mark your calendar.

It was a busy weekend for the WVFR; on Sunday it held its annual company picnic. Keith Rowand got up in the wee hours of the morning to cook the pig on his rotisserie, a process that took all day. Everybody agreed it was succulent, and so it should as it was a local pasture-raised pig from Belle Meade Farm. Members brought side dishes to share.

Ross Collins, Mary Collins, Bobby Smoot and Preston Angel were recognized for their dedication and long hours of work to make sure the company runs smoothly. Opi Crawford received a lifetime award in recognition of his more than 20 years with WVFR.

Ice House Gallery

Fall is always the busiest time of year at the Ice House Gallery and this year is twice as busy. Linda Lawler is expecting to welcome her first grandchild and will be going to Chicago shortly for the baby’s shower. She also hopes to travel out for the birth around the second week of October. She says numerous wonderful friends have offered to keep the gallery up and running, and contingency plans are in place. If you happen to come out to the gallery during October, you just may get to meet the model for Lawler’s “Saint Alice of Assisi” or “Apollo” paintings.

This is also the busiest time of year for pet portraits. If you are looking for that perfect holiday gift, call Lawler at 540-675-3039 and schedule yours early.

Also at Ice House, this year’s Little Washington Miniatures Exhibition and Competition runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 25. On Oct. 2, Lawler hosts a reception for the artists and judge from 3 to 6 p.m. Out-of-towners can make plans to come out that weekend to enjoy the Shenandoah National Parks’ beautiful foliage as well as the tiny treasures from around the world at the exhibit.

The Artists Studio Tour is scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7 this year — another fabulous weekend to view nature’s glory and Lawler’s little slice of heaven. Once again Ice House Gallery will be on the tour and will serve hot mulled cider.

Good times

Blue Rock Inn is rocking!

On Friday nights (as well as other nights), you may see friends and neighbors there at the restaurant and pub located on U.S. 211 across from the high school.

This past Friday we saw several “Little Washingtonians,” including Chris Doxzen, Katharine Leggett and Roger Riggins, Mary Ann Kuhn, Pat Snyder and Bob Kramer, Beverly and John Sullivan and Louise and Ben Goddard. Most of these residents happened to meet there by chance and it was a pleasant surprise — a happy time was had by all. What a community gathering! Close to home also that evening was Katie Pricer, the gracious bartender, who lives in Little Washington and recently was married to Frank Pintado, son of Katharine Leggett.

Sympathy

Our condolences go out to the family of Mike Grigsby, who passed away Monday at his home. The family will receive family and friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, Culpeper. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m., at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Burke officiating.

Summer’s end

Summer ends and fall begins today for us. I would like to leave this thought for the day with the readers.

Summer, is a time to enjoy the summer sun, flowers and fruits . . . but, summer, like everything else, doesn’t last forever. If summer was forever, all the energy and potential would reach its limits and inertia would set in. And so slowly but surely, the cycle turns; everything moves on. Everything has its own time, its own season. Remember, the end of something good means the start of something also good. All you have to do is be connected and in tune with the natural flow of nature’s energies.

Have a good week!