Washington column for Oct. 18

A cut-a-thon above

Hair Gallery’s Kim Nelson and Chandra Graves, Beauty Box’s Darlene Moore and Shear Designs’ Missy Brackenridge and Ashley McNeely partnered with Sexy Hair in a “cut-a-thon” last Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the Rappahannock County Park, as part of a nationwide fundraising effort for Look Good Feel Better, the nonprofit organization that helps women who are undergoing cancer treatments cope with the devastating appearance-related side effects.

From left, Ashley McNeely, Missy Brackenridge, Kim Nelson, Chandra Graves and Darlene Moore partnered with Sexy Hair for a charity cut-a-thon last Wednesday. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.
From left, Ashley McNeely, Missy Brackenridge, Kim Nelson, Chandra Graves and Darlene Moore partnered with Sexy Hair for a charity cut-a-thon last Wednesday. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

The ladies offered haircuts to their clients in exchange for a $10 contribution; some people even donated without getting a haircut. All proceeds – more than $600 – went to Look Good Feel Better. Way to go, ladies!

Congratulations and thanks

Congratulations to the Country Cafe for their 23 years of services to the community. Owner David Huff opened the Cafe in 1989 and hasn’t missed a beat since. For the celebration this Tuesday (Oct. 16), David and his staff served turkey with all the trimmings and a free – yes, free! – piece of pumpkin pie. Reached by phone last week, David thanked the community for its constant support, saying “It’s a blessing to work and live in the same community.”

With Chandra Graves on scissors, County Administrator John McCarthy was one of the many who stopped by for a $10 haircut. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.
With Chandra Graves on scissors, County Administrator John McCarthy was one of the many who stopped by for a $10 haircut. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

Stop in and thank David and his staff for the good food and the great service they provide for our community. Remember if it was not for these dedicated people – David Huff, Annie Huff, Betty Crawford, Deborah Mills, Mae-Mae Racer, Michael Horton, Darcee Camp, Andrea Ostdendorf, Katherine Todd and Terrah Stum – there wouldn’t be a Country Cafe.

The farm and the art

R. H. Ballard Gallery hosts an opening reception for a new exhibit of works by Washington artist Nora Harrington from 4:30 to 7 this Saturday (Oct. 20); the exhibit runs through Nov. 11 at the Main Street gallery.

Nora Harrington walks the Farm at Sunnyside with her painting gear-filled backpack. Courtesy photo.
Nora Harrington walks the Farm at Sunnyside with her painting gear-filled backpack. Courtesy photo.

The show is titled “Presence of Place – Paintings from The Farm at Sunnyside.” The opening reception features a brief talk by plein-air painter Harrington and Sunnyside owner Nick Lapham about The Farm at Sunnyside, its mission and how this exhibition of paintings (all created at the farm) relates to the mission. There’s also live music by Lorraine Duisit and award-winning wine from Rappahannock Cellars, along with light fare from Tula’s Off Main. The exhibition is Ballard’s second in a series of three; their next showing features the works of Thomas Mullany. For more information, visit rhballard.com or call 540-675-1411.

Thanks, from CCLC

This thank-you note came by email from Lisa Pendleton:

“CCLC would like to thank the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue for once again providing our children the opportunity to see the fire engine and ambulance up close at our school. Your professional, educated and friendly staff fosters a trust with our community that makes our county very special. We are so grateful that you take the time to teach our children each year and provide them activities that are hands-on and at their own pace. CCLC is so lucky that WVFR also provides the first aid and CPR manequins for our yearly certification for our program staff and families. Thanks so much for all you do for CCLC and our community.”

Special days

Birthday wishes go out to Mae Smoot, who will celebrate her day today (Oct. 18). Happy birthday, Mae!

Belated anniversary wishes to Ernest and Ellen Fletcher, who celebrated their special day on Monday (Oct. 15). Happy belated anniversary, Ernest and Ellen!

Serving cake here . . .

Michael Cannon, store manager of the Rappahannock CFC Farm & Home Center, is planning on serving cake to customers who come in to the store this Saturday (Oct. 20), in celebration of the store’s 80th anniversary.

. . . ham and oysters there

The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue squad hosts their all-you-can-eat Ham and Oyster Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the fire hall. Come enjoy all your favorites, including fried oysters, oyster stew, country and baked ham, sides and desserts, all prepared by your local fire and rescue volunteers. The cost is $25 per person ($10 ages 4 to 10; kids 3 and younger eat free). All proceeds help fund daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Seniors bake sale

Rappahannock Senior Center holds a bake sale from 9 to noon on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the 211 Quicke Mart, Lee Hwy., Washington. Delicious homemade goodies for sale and special music by Amissville Family Gospel. All proceeds go toward the Senior Center.

Holiday greens

Thanksgiving is early this year, but the Rappahannock County Garden Club is preparing to have everything ready not long after, to help you get ready for the holidays. The Garden Club has handmade, made-to-order wreaths, garlands and centerpieces for sale, with several new and beautiful items this year. Of special note is a new seasonal wreath in autumn colors. All profits help send county children to nature camps or provide scholarships.

They will be available for pickup at the Washington fire hall from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, and again from 9 to noon on Thursday, Nov. 29. All orders must be placed before Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving, to insure availability. All previous supporters will be contacted shortly, and early ordering is recommended. Visit laughingduckgardens.com to see the promotional piece; call Pam Rubin at 540-987-9459 to order.

Sympathy

Our sympathy goes out to Sharron Proper, Susan, Wendy and Carl Grigsby on the death of their sister, Angie Carter. Angie passed away at her Maryland home on Saturday, Oct. 6. The funeral was held last Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Faith Christian Church and International Outreach Center in Warrenton.