Washington column for April 14

The horse, drawn

On view this month at the Ice House Gallery are the exquisite drawings of Murray Muldofsky, whose contributions to the art of the horse-racing world are recognized internationally.

Muldofsky’s renderings of Man o’ War and the famous Cigar are included in this exhibit, a prelude to August’s show at Ice House featuring Muldofsky’s equine oil paintings.

Muldofsky studied at the Art Students League of New York and went on to become an art director in several advertising agencies in New York. For the past 25 years he has worked full time as a painter, earning awards and accolades and, through the Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America, a slot for three of his dog paintings in a show currently traveling through 19 states in the U.S. and Canada. Gallery visitors will remember Muldofsky’s Best of Show winner, “The Vaquero,” at last October’s second annual Little Washington Miniatures Exhibition.

The exhibit runs through April 25 at the gallery (291-B Main St. Washington). The gallery is open 10 to 6 Thursday through Sunday or by appointment. Call 540-675-3039.

Raymond Anderson, 67, on the ladder, and Gary Good, 55, both of Luray, take advantage of a clear day weather to paint the steeple of the First Baptist Church in Washington. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

Another sign of spring

One can tell that spring has finally arrived.

Washington’s First Baptist Church is getting a new paint job on its steeple, after which the roof will get a new coat of paint. Church member Andy Blaker said some of the church windows are also being repaired, and the fuel tank has gotten a new coat of paint as well. After work is finished on the church, Blaker said, the church’s community center across Fodderstack Road will be painted, too.

Kidnapped

As I was out and about last Friday, I overhead something which made my ears perk up.

On April 7, the clerk of the Rappahannock Combined District Court was kidnapped! Yes, I said kidnapped!

Ms. Patricia Davis was last seen at the Riverside Dinner Theater in Fredericksburg at a surprise celebration of her birthday.

The kidnappers remain at large.

From what I have heard, Ms. Davis is still celebrating her birthday, which reliable sources said was her 29th.

Happy belated birthday, Pat!

Spaghetti lunch

Nothing to do on Sunday? Stop by the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad for a spaghetti lunch. Sponsored by the Extreme Team Relay for Life team, the lunch will cost $10 ($5 for ages 10 and younger). For more information, call Katherine at 540-522-6656. Proceeds benefit the Rappahannock Relay for Life.

Elizabeth C. Hawkins Switzer celebrated her 90 th birthday on Sunday, March 13. Photo by Hazel Haines.

A time for celebrating

On Sunday, March 13, Elizabeth C. Hawkins Switzer had a few friends visit to celebrate her birthday. It was her 90th birthday, and more than 130 friends and family came to celebrate it.

The party for Switzer, who is a member of Washington’s Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church, was given by her daughters and granddaughters at the Castleton Volunteer Fire Department. Food provided by Country Cookin’ of Culpeper was enjoyed by all — as were two large cakes, since one wouldn’t have been enough for the huge crowd.

Good News Gospel Singers from Culpeper had everyone’s feet tapping, and the birthday girl received flowers and gifts, most of which she waited to open until she got home. Her daughter, Hazel Haines, said the shock from from the party and good wishes still hadn’t worn off the next day for Switzer, who was born in Rappahannock County in 1921 to the late Clark Corbin and Betty Jane Jenkins.

Hazel River Poet, Part II

The Hazel River Poet left me with another poem for my readers this week. (I’ll have one more from our mystery poet for next week.) Enjoy!

War
When change gets stuck in the mud —
A big thud —
Fear breaks out within — and far away comes now war — not quite a coup —
But true —
Tragically, war hastens change
Time to re-arrange the human portfolio
Look around —
Afghanistan — 4,000,000 children couldn’t read — now going to school
800,000 Americans with brain injuries needing care — everywhere
AH yes — Afghanistan!
Understan? no

Missing cats

Jefferson and Scarlett, very friendly house cats of the Middleton Inn on Main Street, have been missing since April 2. If anyone has seen or has any information about the cats, please call Mary Ann Kuhn at 540-675-2020.

Alcohol awareness

Remember that April is Alcohol Awareness Month.

The Department of Motor Vehicles’ Virginia Highway Safety Office, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation are encouraging everyone to take the Highway Safety Challenge during April by following these calls to action:

1. Drive drug- and alcohol-free
2. Buckle up
3. Share the road
4. Avoid distractions
5. Obey speed limits

Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself but maybe someone else. So please take time out this month and reflect on the dangers associated with drunk diving.

Have a great week!

Roger L. Foster also contributed to this column.