Washington Column for Sept. 30

Remembering James J. Kilpatrick

Friends and family attended a funeral service for journalist James J. Kilpatrick at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington last Saturday afternoon. Granddaughter Alina Kilpatrick of Elko, Nev. read a lesson from the Book of Wisdom. Grandson Douglas Kilpatrick of Sterling read a selection from “The Foxes’ Union,” his grandfather’s book of reminiscences of life in Scrabble. All three of Kilpatrick’s sons were there, six of his seven grandchildren and both of his great-grandchildren as well as his widow, Marianne Means, and much of her family. Friends from the time the Kilpatricks lived in Richmond as well as Rappahannock County attended. The service was followed by interment in St. Paul’s cemetery in Woodville, followed by a reception at Sharon Kilpatrick’s home.

Those who wish to do so may make a contribution to the James J. Kilpatrick Writing Award given each spring to the best writer in the Rappahannock County High School senior class. Checks should be made out to Headwaters (with “JJK Scholarship” in the memo line) and mailed to Headwaters at Box 114, Sperryville, VA 22740

Scarlet (black and white) and Clinton, adopted last year by Mary Ann Kuhn, will be serving hors d'oeuvres Friday at Middleton Inn. Photo by John Tole.

‘Cool Jazz for Cool Cats’

Katharine Leggett Miller and Jeff Benson, both cat lovers, caterers extraordinaire and residents of Gay Street, are organizing a delicious buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres to be served while jazz musicians entertain guests this Friday (Oct. 1) during an evening of “Cool Jazz for Cool Cats” at the Middleton Inn on Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. Don’t miss this fun event while helping out a good cause.

Middleton Inn, a RappCats supporter, is celebrating its 15th anniversary by hosting the event.

Auction and raffle items include a Ruthie Windsor-Man painting of a white cat she saw looking out a window while visiting Warsaw; an iPod Nano from Louise Van Dort’s Blue Ridge Mac, a turquoise necklace from Katie Pricer; Red Truck Bakery gift certificates; a Wegman’s gift basket; a Warrenton Florists display; and a framed print titled, “Tabby Road,” of four cats walking across the famous Abbey Road, a la the Beatles, donated by Pat Snyder.

A weekend getaway to the luxurious Jefferson Hotel in Richmond will be auctioned off by Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan.
Rapp’s own jazz vocalist Monica Worth and saxophonist Dontez Harris will perform with jazz pianist Bob Boguslaw, a member of the President’s Own U.S. Marine Band, who performs at the White House.

Many of Rappahannock’s businesses and individuals are generous donors and sponsors of the event, including the Rappahannock Bank, Rappahanock Coop, BlueRidgeMac, Mary Dobrovir, Jessamine Hill Farm, Fran Moore Krebser, John and Beverly Sullivan and Middleton Inn.

Funds raised from the event will go toward veterinary and foster care for homeless cats in the county and ultimately a community cat shelter. Tickets, $50 a person, are available at rappcats.org or by calling 540-987-8099.