Washington column for Nov. 4

Halloween in Washington

It was the most boo-ti-ful time Sunday night when ghosts, witches, creepy crawlers, spiders and cute little faces paraded to the Rappahannock News for candy.

They came in droves, but everyone in town, as always, was prepared for the fun and nobody left without candy. Informal counts said more than 200 kids roamed the decorated streets in costume. Children and their parents went up and down the streets, calling out “trick-or-treat.” There were children from Madison, Etlan, Culpeper and Luray as well as Rappahannock.
It’s hard to tell who enjoys Halloween the most in Rappahannock — the tricksters or the treaters.
Photo gallery is here.

Sympathy

Sympathy goes out to Dorothy Hawkins, Washington, upon the death of her son, Stewart Willis Hawkins, who passed away on Oct. 24 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Also remember in your prayers Stewart’s brother, Ron Hawkins. A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday (Nov. 6) at Washington Masonic Cemetery.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a very special friend of mine, Sheila Haun of Washington. She is celebrating her special day today. Happy birthday Sheila!

Cherub trees

Rappahannock’s Department of Social Services is sponsoring “Cherub trees” for children this year. This is in addition to the Angel Trees for the elderly program run by Darcy Canton at the Scrabble Senior Center.

Families who want their children sponsored for Christmas gifts should contact the department by Nov. 10 at 540-675-3313. Children from newborns to 18 years old are eligible.

Those who wish to adopt an angel or cherub to provide gifts for Christmas may do so at Union First Market Bank (formerly Rappahannock National); BB&T Bank in Flint Hill; Reynolds Baptist Church in Sperryville; or the Rappahannock Library. The trees will be in place on Nov. 18.

Holiday spirit

Getting ready for the holidays? Don’t forget the Garden Club has made-to-order wreaths, garlands and centerpieces for sale. They will be available on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Washington fire hall for pickup. Prices are the same as last year except for a new tabletop arrangement. Call Susan Hornbostel at 540-987-9620 or contact Bette Mahoney at bsmah@stoneledge.net for a brochure or to order online. Call Fawn Evenson at 540-675-1424 for more information.