Washington column for Jan. 24

Inn turns 35

The Inn at Little Washington is turning 35 and kicking the celebration off on the anniversary of their original opening date (Jan. 28) by revisiting menus from bygone days to select the most popular dishes from the last three and half decades for a special anniversary tasting menu. The special menu will be offered Monday, Jan. 28, Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 for $178 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and beverages). The Inn’s regular menu is also available on those nights. Give them a call at 540-675-3800 or visit innatlittlewashington.com for reservations.

WVFR breakfast

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief Gary Jenkins shakes hands with new president Bill Walton on Saturday at the all-you-can-eat breakfast to welcome the 2013 officers. Photo by Hope Huff.
Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief Gary Jenkins shakes hands with new president Bill Walton on Saturday at the all-you-can-eat breakfast to welcome the 2013 officers. Photo by Hope Huff.

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue held their fundraising breakfast on Saturday. The company members served meals to hungry customers, who dug into scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes and sausage, hash browns, cinnamon apples and huge quantities of bacon. What a feast they had! WVFR would like to thank all of the residents of the county who came out to support the squad.

Birthday celebration

Last Saturday evening, Beverly and Doug Exline took Beverly’s grandmother, Anna Clatterbuck, and mother, Mae Racer, to Massanas for a night out on the town at American Steakhouse for their birthdays. Mae’s birthday was Dec. 31; Anna celebrated her 85th birthday Sunday afternoon (Jan. 20) at Cracker Barrel with family and friends. Those in attendance were Mae Racer, Mary and Melvin Gochenour, Bud and Louise Clatterbuck, Cindy, Skylard Glascock, Sheila, Matthew and Brittney Winters, James Walker, Jayden and Cody Christenson, Hope Huff, and Steve and Jan Clatterbuck.

Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and fellowship. After the meal, everyone went back to Melvin and Mary’s house for dessert. We just could not make up our mind which to try first. Bud could not stop eating those chocolate cookies!

That afternoon, we treasured our family and friends and those memories became a treasure we can hold in our hearts forever.

Birthday wishes also go out to Linda Clark of Washington, who celebrates her day on Monday (Jan. 28).

Homemade thoughtfulness

Monday morning, I came in the office for several hours to work, and Lois McFarland, who had made homemade vegetable soup over the weekend, sent some with her daughter Betty to give to me. I had the soup for lunch; the only thing wrong was there just wasn’t enough! Thank you so much for the delicious soup, Lois! You and your daughter are always thinking of me. Just another example of the community pulling together and being thoughtful.

‘Rock Out’ at Relay

Lets get ready in Rappahannock County to “Rock Out Cancer” at the Relay for Life May 18-19 at Rappahannock County High School. The more teams and team members we have, the better.

The relay is one of the largest community events in Rappahannock County and is a fun event, reinforcing the message that today, more and more people are surviving cancer. Relay for Life is also our way to honor cancer survivors and to remember those we have lost to cancer in the fight.

Sad to say, I lost my Mom to this dreadful disease. I am sure that other folks have lost a loved one as well. The bright side is that we can give hope and strength to others who are fighting this disease.

The relay teams set up campsites and the survivors walk the first lap, symbolizing the progress they have made. Evening ceremonies memorialize those special people who have lost their battles with the disease and celebrate those who have survived.

For more information, call 540-987-8384. Register online (rapprelay.org) or send an email to tim.grove@cancer.org before Feb. 5 to win a stadium cup with a coin slot lid.

And remember the motto: “There is no finish line until we find a cure.” For me this means that no matter how tired we may be, the work has to continue for the sake of our family, our friends, and ourselves. Have a great week!

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