Washington column for April 5

Easter tradition

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way. Bringing every girl and boy baskets full of Easter joy . . . so, you’ll wake up on Easter morning and you’ll know that he was there when you find those marshmallow chocolate bunnies that he’s been hiding everywhere. And the day before Easter Sunday, here goes the Easter Bunny hopping down the bunny trail to . . . the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue fire hall – which is having its annual free Easter Egg Hunt for all Rappahannock County children. Bring a basket, and come early for the WVF&R’s all-you-can-eat breakfast benefit from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday (April 7); it’s $8 adults, $4 ages 10 and younger. We hear the Easter Bunny will be present for breakfast, so bring your camera, moms. I wonder who the bunny is?

Silhouettes and services

The Easter season is upon us, and the Amissville United Methodist Church has already placed its well-known silhouettes along U.S. 211 in Amissville to illustrate the events leading up to to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and several churches in Rappahannock County will hold sunrise services on Easter Sunday this weekend.

Trinity Episcopal Church’s sunrise service is at 6:30 Sunday on the Massies Mountain property of Jane Batchelder. (From Washington, take Harris Hollow Road, Route 654, to a left on Route 652.) There are also services at the church at 8 and 9:15 a.m. (followed by an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m.) Refreshments will follow.

The churches of the Rappahannock Methodist Charge (Willis Chapel, Flint Hill and Sperryville) will be sponsoring a sunrise service on the Settle farm on Jericho Road, just north of Flint Hill, at 6:30 a.m. A community breakfast sponsored by the Flint Hill United Methodist Church will then follow at the Flint Hill fire hall and everyone is invited to attend. Also, services on Red Oak Mountain at 6:15 a.m. are sponsored by Woodville, Amissville and Forest Grove Baptist churches. Look for signs as you enter Woodville (coming south from Sperryville on U.S. 522, turn left on Red Oak Mountain Road). Those attending should get there before the sun rises (approximately 6:15 a.m.) Rev. Ronald Poe will be speaking and the Amissville Baptist Church Choir will be singing.

An Easter gathering is something that almost every family looks forward to. It is a time when family and friends gather and have a great time enjoying each other’s company.

Most families will get up early on Easter Sunday and get all dressed up to go to the Easter service at church, and the children will be so excited because they have special new clothes for the family gathering. They will have lunch or dinner together. The Easter gathering is to celebrate their special bonds as well as the resurrection of Christ. Children with their Easter baskets are a tradition that has been passed down for many years. Small children will bring their baskets to the family gathering for the Easter egg hunt. The older people then hide the eggs outside while the children wait patiently. They try to hide them in great places so the children will find them with much excitement. Most children want to find the prettiest eggs, and they usually want to find more eggs than the other children for their Easter basket.

Of course, it does not matter how you spend your time on Easter Sunday, as long as you are with your family and your friends. You can make memories and special bonds that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Good Friday service

On Good Friday (April 6), Washington Baptist Church holds a Good Friday Meditative Worship Service for the community at 7 p.m. The service will feature readings from the Gospel of John and quiet music for reflection. All are welcome.

Hair Gallery winners

Kim Nelson announced the latest winners of the Hair Gallery’s drawing for a free haircut at the Main Street establishment. They are: Mary Ann Kuhn of Washington, Jeanne Garner of Castleton and Philip Rosemond of Flint Hill.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Patrick Lee today (April 5). Also to a dear friend of mine, Lois Alther, whose special day is Friday (April 6). Happy birthday, Lois! Clyde Pullen will celebrate his day next Thursday (April 12).

Congratulations

Congratulations go out to Gary and Stephanie Wharton on the birth of their son, Bryce Henry. He was born at the Fauquier Hospital on Jan. 30, weighing in at 6 pounds 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Albert and Joyce Wharton of Sperryville and Thomas and Jennifer Breeden of Linden. Stephanie is a teller for Union First Market Bank, Washington.