Washington column for Sept. 13

Fall’s around the corner

As we turnthe calendar page to September, we begin to think of summer ending and fall just around the corner. The signs are all around us – school has started, the dogwoods have begun to change color and the nights are cooler. For a group of Trinity Episcopal Church parish women, the closing of summer is marked by the processing of foliage for the dried flower arrangements for the Trinity’s annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour in October.

The weather in fall is great: still pretty warm in the sun, but with a crisp edge so you’re aren’t boiling. My favorite time of the year.

Richard Krammes from Boston is having a presentation on bees starting at 2 p.m. next Wednesday (Sept. 19) at the Washington fire hall. He will be talking about the colorful history of bees and beekeeping, what is happening now with bees and what we must do to ensure healthy bees for the future.

The big smile on Richard Krammes’ face shows how he feels about his 21 beehives. Courtesy photo.
The big smile on Richard Krammes’ face shows how he feels about his 21 beehives. Courtesy photo.

Krammes began beekeeping in 1955. An article in “Boy’s Life” magazine first stimulated his interest in keeping bees. Now, 57 years later, he’s still at it. “The honeybee and beekeepers have had a very colorful history,” said Krammes. “In my bee yard I work with my charges in a way based only on observed scientific facts.”

He will also have some interesting beekeeping artifacts on display.

“I’m proud to say over the years he has not lost a hive to disease or bear, which can be a challenge,” said Mary Ann, his wife.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this presentation and find out how Richard and his bees have produced their best tasting honey ever. Sponsored by the Rappahannock County Garden Club, the presentation is not only for the garden club members, but for anyone who would like to know about bees. For more information, call 540-987-9459.

Local angus breeders recognized

Several local breeders have the distinction of being honored for their efforts in the new fall edition of the “Sire Evaluation Report.” Published by the American Angus Association, the report is issued in both the spring and fall, and features the latest performance information available on 6,067 sires, including three in Rappahannock: D. Brooke and Ann H. Miller, and J. Newbill Miller of Washington own two bulls listed in the report, while J. Newbill Miller Jr., also from Washington, owns one bull listed.

“This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd,” says Sally Northcutt, genetic research director.

Congratulations to the Miller family.

Charity bicycle ride

Would you like to take a nice bicycle ride through the country? This Saturday (Sept. 15), the Rappahannock Rough Ride – a charity bicycle ride that benefits the Rappahannock and Fauquier Free Clinics – starts at 10 a.m. at the Washington fire hall. There are three courses to choose from, accommodating any riding skill level from beginner to expert. Courses include 12-, 35- and 60-mile rides over paved roads or a 20- or 30-mile ride over mixed terrain. Pre-registration is $25 ($15 for ages 11 and younger) at fauquierfreeclinic.org (through today, Thursday, Sept. 13). Register the morning of the ride for $30.

Since the Washington fire hall is the registration site for the Rappahannock Rough Ride that day, one can enjoy breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11; WFVR is also hosting a Firehouse Cafe for lunch from 11 to 3. Proceeds go toward operations at the fire department.

Trinity reception and forum

Trinity Episcopal Church hosts a reception and public forum at 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 16) at the parish hall (Gay Street, Washington) to illustrate Trinity’s support for Trouin, Haiti, through the St. Marc School; the help the church has provided and the trip earlier this year to Trouin by Russ Collins, Lorraine Duisit, Mary Frances and Harold Beebout and Jenks Hobson. Bev Sullivan, wife of Mayor John Sullivan, will display some of the Haitian art she has collected and explain how it illustrates life in Haiti. Free and open to everyone. For more information, call 540-675-3716.

Pet portraits, pastels workshop

Former Ice House Gallery artist and proprietor Linda Lawler will teach a workshop Sept. 22 on the process of creating a pet portrait in charcoal or pastels, at the Studio Frame Shop in Warrenton. From 11 to 3 that day, under the guidance of Lawler, each student will create their own pet portrait. Bringing a photo of the pet to work from is recommended. Lawler will demonstrate topics such as creating a realistic eye, different types of fur and color theory.

Richard Compton and crew prepare space behind the Kramer Building on Gay Street for official duty as a parking lot. The building’s newest tenant, the coffee shop and lunch spot Tula’s Off Main, is expected to open sometime this month. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.
Richard Compton and crew prepare space behind the Kramer Building on Gay Street for official duty as a parking lot. The building’s newest tenant, the coffee shop and lunch spot Tula’s Off Main, is expected to open sometime this month. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

Studio Frame Shop is on Alexandria Pike in Warrenton, above The Paint Store. Cost of this workshop is $70 and the class is limited to seven students. Prepayment and registration is required. Please call 540-364-4043 or 540-341-1933 to register.

Artist reception and talk

Rappahannock artist Kevin H. Adams of Washington is having an concurrent show with Patricia Underwood, of Washington, D.C., with an opening reception from 2 to 5 this Saturday (Sept. 15) at Middle Street Gallery, 3 River Lane, Sperryville. More information on the show and upcoming shows call 540-987- 9330 or visit middlestreetgallery.org.

Birthday wishes

Birthday greetings for the month of September go out to Katherine Leggett, who celebrated her special day on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and to Helen Williams, who celebrated her day on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Birthday wishes also go out to Russ Collins, who will celebrate his special day on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Have a great week and enjoy the cooler weather.