This time of year, all sorts of wondrous aromas begin to fill kitchens everywhere, from cookies and pies to jams, jellies and fruit butters. The cooler air is thick with cinnamon, cloves and other glorious smells that tell us fall is here and the holiday season is just around the corner.
Apples are certainly among the most popular flavors of fall and the inspiration for countless delicious recipes. It makes my mouth water to think of all the different varieties of apples and the many dishes that can be created from them. Apple pie, applesauce, apple cakes, baked apples and, of course – apple butter.
Apple butter is one of those simple pleasures that is as much fun to give as it is to receive. Stop by the 211 Quicke Mart starting this Saturday (Sept. 29) and chat up the friendly guys and gals in the yellow and blue caps over the next three weekends for that annual autumn ritual – stocking up on Rappahannock Lions Club’s apple butter. Lions Club members are selling that delicious, dark, rich spread in pint jars for $5 each from 8 to 4 Saturday and 10 to 4 Sunday for the next three weekends.
The Lions planned to cut and cook 45 cases of apples this week; proceeds of the sales will benefit various Rappahannock County causes. For more information, contact Larry Grove at 540-987-8612.
Nothing says autumn like apple butter and fall foliage – and, let’s not forget, the annual Trinity Dried Flower Sale and House Tour.
From 11 to 5 Saturday, Oct. 20 and 1 to 5 Sunday, Oct. 21, hundreds of visitors will flock to Rappahannock County for the 56th annual flower sale and house tour at Trinity Episcopal Church, the event’s sponsor. Tickets for all three houses – including tea from 2 to 5 at the Middleton Inn – are available for $30 at Trinity’s parish hall on Gay Street in Washington and at each of the houses. Admission to a single house is $10. For more information, call Helen Williams at 540-937-4279 and be sure to mark Oct. 20-21 on your calendar now!
We hear that the impatiently awaited Acorn Cafe hopes to open next Friday (Oct. 5) in the new Shops at Ginger Hill on U.S. 211 next to the farmers’ coop. Brooke Parkhurst’s cafe will be open 11 to 4 Friday-Monday. Also, the grand opening for the whole of Ginger Hill’s expanded antiques mall is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13.
Washington Baptist Church is having an ordination service to the Gospel Ministry at 3 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 30) for new minister Stephen Wayne Dareing. The church would like to announce this event to the community as Steve lived and worked here (including at the Rappahannock News) for many years, and knows a lot of folks in Rappahannock County.
Washington Baptist Church will be celebrating the 130th anniversary of their Homecoming Day at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 with Rev. Jim Ailor from the Virginia Baptist Mission Board as guest speaker. A covered-dish lunch follows. All are invited. For more information, call 540-675-3336.
Family and friends met for the second group trip to the Bolen Family Cemetery last Saturday (Sept. 22), and after weed-whacking, mowing, picking up sticks, raking and cutting branches from a fallen tree, everyone gathered around tables full of food prepared by the ladies.
Those attending included Mike Beahm of Washington, Patrick Alther of Slate Mills, John W. Bolen Jr. of Triangle, Lester Mills, Florine Baldwin of Slate Mills, Mary Bolen Burner and her sister, Beulah Bolen, from Luray, and Henry Stanley and Tommy Vander Ark of Manassas.
Sympathies go out to the family of Dollie Stringfellow following her death on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. Dolly lived in Rappahannock and also was a member of the Washington Baptist Church many years ago before moving to Culpeper.