Washington column for Dec. 13

Christmas at town hall

Washington residents, business owners and employees gathered for a potluck dinner on Sunday in the town hall to celebrate the Christmas season. The hall was beautifully decorated with cedar and pine greenery, candles in the windows and the tables and Christmas music playing in the background.

Residents, business owners, employees and families turned out for the town’s annual Christmas party Sunday evening. Photos by Jan Clatterbuck.
Residents, business owners, employees and families turned out for the town’s annual Christmas party Sunday evening. Photos by Jan Clatterbuck.

Ray Gooch and Mary Ann Kuhn were seen greeting guests as they came in the front door, while the joint blessing of the food was given by Rev. Phil Bailey and Rev. Jennings Hobson III. The food was out of this world; no one left hungry.

Then, out of nowhere, Santa appeared with gifts for the little ones. Some of the older ones were looking for their Christmas presents, too. The town’s newest trio, dubbed the Rappahannock Jingle Rock, and composed of Aaron Oyster, Roger Riggins and Andy Flathers, had the party rocking with their a capella renditions of Christmas carols. Way to go guys!

What a bright time, it’s the right time . . . it’s the Rappahannock Jingle Rock, also known as (from left) Aaron Oyster, Roger Riggins and Andy Flathers, who rocked the night away at the Washington Christmas party.
What a bright time, it’s the right time . . . it’s the Rappahannock Jingle Rock, also known as (from left) Aaron Oyster, Roger Riggins and Andy Flathers, who rocked the night away at the Washington Christmas party.

Thanks go to Laura Dodd, Jerry Goebel, and John and Beverly Sullivan for the beautiful decorations. Laura and John also decorated the signposts on the street corners, while Mary Ann Kuhn helped Laura plant pansies in the town barrels. Everyone had a great time and left in the Christmas spirit.

New face at the post office

Tina Brooks is the new face behind the Washington post office counter, and she is here to stay. Tina started with the postal service in 1988 in Merrifield as a motor vehicle service driver.

Washington Postmaster Tina Brooks begins her day with a smile as she sorts the mail.
Washington Postmaster Tina Brooks begins her day with a smile as she sorts the mail.

She was promoted to transportation supervisor in 1992 and became a network specialist in 1996, routing mail all across the country. During that time, she wanted to work closer to home and travel less, so she took a postmaster’s course offered by the postal service and became an officer-in-charge at several post offices in Loudoun and Prince William counties, before becoming postmaster at Hume in 1999.

She became postmaster of the Flint Hill post office in July, and as of Dec. 1, left there to become postmaster of Little Washington. A lifelong resident of Fauquier County, she lives in Hume with her husband, Dale, and two daughters, Leila and Brady. Her husband is a mechanic with J.D. Newman in Culpeper. Both girls were involved with the Casanova Warrenton Pony Club and are going to college and working part-time.

With her friendly smile, Tina makes you feel as if you have known her forever. Stop in and make her feel welcome. She is looking forward in getting to know people and working with them. Welcome to our community, Tina!

Winter Concert

Don’t forget – the Rappahannock County High School band and chorus has its Winter Concert tonight (Thursday, Dec. 13) at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 for a basket raffle.

Christmas shopping

Stop by R. H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home on Main Street to find a nice selection of gifts for that special person on your list. For the ladies, Goodine’s Designs in Gold & Silver is the place, just up the street. The Inn at Little Washington Gift Shop is another great place to shop for the holidays, as are Geneva Welch Gallery nearby and Ginger Hill Vintage Finds and Antiques on U.S. 211. I’m sure you can find that special Christmas gift at one of these locations.

Christmas boxes

The Rappahannock Food Pantry is making Christmas dinner boxes available to clients for the holidays, thanks in part to a generous gift from the Hampton Foundation. The Pantry still needs help to prepare and distribute the boxes. If you can help from 9 to 1 Dec. 19; 9 to 12:30 (or noon to 4) Dec. 20; or 9 to 12:30 (or noon to 4) Dec. 21, please call Mimi Forbes at 540-675-1177 or email mimi@rappahannockpantry.org.

Christmas trees for sale

Just before the town Christmas party, I had someone ask if there was anywhere nearby offering lives Christmas trees. For anyone wondering the same thing, Evergreen, Etc. has a selection of white pine, norway spruce, Canaan (southern Fraser) fir and a few other species available as live trees or choose-and-cut. Choose-and-cut is self-serve; digging and balling is done by appointment.

Did you know that Christmas trees are good for the environment? After the holidays, Christmas trees can be reused as mulch and large ones can be piled up as soil erosion barriers. Sometimes the trees are put in ponds as fish habitat or placed in the back yard and decorated with food for birds to eat over the winter.

Evergreen, Etc. is located at 285 Rock Mills Rd., Woodville. They are open all the time until Christmas (some people even cut trees by moonlight). For more information, call 540-937-5850 or email jandjtole@evergreenshade.com.

Evergreen, Etc. is a relatively small operation that has been raising trees for almost 30 years and always provides a nice supply of pines and spruce in as relaxed a setting as one can find. Both the pines and Norway spruce transplant nicely in the Rappahannock environment and may be used as either windbreaks or specimen trees.

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