The Rapp for Nov. 25

Five more stars for the Inn

Forbes Media announced last week that for the 21st consecutive year, The Inn at Little Washington has earned its prestigious Five Star Award, making it the longest running five-star restaurant in America and the only restaurant in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area ever to earn the award.

There are only 23 other restaurants with the Forbes Travel Guide’s five-star rating. (Forbes Travel Guide was formerly Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the ratings and certifications and of comprehensive reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958.)

The Inn’s 18 luxury guest rooms also once again received Forbes’ five-star rating — for the 22nd consecutive year, making it one of only two hotels in the D.C. region to be so honored.

“In our industry, it is often said that keeping Five Stars is even harder than earning them for the first time,” said chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell. “We’re doubly proud of our team for their ability to continually rise to the challenge and are honored and humbled to be in such rarefied company along with the finest restaurants and hotels in America.”

The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Christmas in Washington

The town of Washington welcomes all for the sixth annual “Little” Washington Festival and Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 to 4.

Visitors will find gifts and treasures at the Artisan’s Market, Town Hall and RAAC Community Theatre, where local artists, craftsmen, specialty food and wine vendors will show their wares.

The holiday parade down Main and Gay Streets will kick off at 1 p.m. with the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps (shown here) making its second Rappahannock appearance.

The parade’s grand marshal will be “Steve’s Amazing Grace” trick performance mule (as seen in the movie “Get Low” with Robert Duvall). There will also be llamas, horses, dogs in their finest Christmas outfits, antique cars, floats, horse- drawn carriages, elves, marching bands and Santa Claus.

Special programs will continue throughout the day at Stoneyman Gourmet Farmer’s Market Town Square, including Ben Jones’ Cooter’s Garage Band, Amazing Grace tricks and visits with Santa. Each child who meets with Santa at 2 p.m. will receive a gift.

The Langley High School Madrigal Choir will also perform at 2 p.m. in The Theatre at Washington.

Christmas in “Little” Washington is sponsored by the members of the Rappahannock Hospitality and Visitors Association.

All events are free.

Gavin Jenkins, left, and Julie Wood.

Picking up medals on the run

Two of Rappahannock’s up-and-coming runners gave standout performances Nov. 20 at the U.S. Track and Field regional cross-country championships in Williamsport, Md.

Julia Wood, a seventh-grader at Rappahannock County Elementary School (shown here), placed seventh out of more than 60 runners, earning her a medal and qualifying her for the national championships in Hoover, Ala. on Dec. 11.

Gavin Jenkins, a sixth-grader at RCES (shown here), also had a great race, finishing 12th out of more than 90 runners. He also won a medal and qualified for the national championships.

After they won the district cross-country championship for the Rappahannock Middle School team, both runners entered the Junior Olympics — where both placed first at the Virginia State Championships held last week in Richmond. They qualified for the regional championships.

Julia is the daughter of H.B. and Angela Wood of Woodville. Gavin is the son of Mark and Holly Jenkins of Flint Hill.

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