Washington column for March 7

Calling all RappCats

The RappCats folks have their annual meeting at 1 p.m. on March 17 at the Middleton Inn. Topics of discussion include a summary of 2012 activity and achievements, as well as goals for 2013.  Members have the opportunity to vote on the proposed slate of directors for 2013. For more information, email rappcats@rappcats.org.  

Bluegrass Brunch

The third annual Blue State Bluegrass Brunch is 10 to 1 March 23 at the Washington fire hall (10 Firehouse Lane). Smiggy and his Guitars are providing the music. Special guests include Sen. Mark Herring, candidate for Virginia attorney general; lieutenant governor candidate Aneesh Chopra; and House of Delegates candidate Colin Harris. The price of admission is “a smile and a handshake.” For more information, call Jed Duvall at 540-937-3780 or visit rappdems.org.

Fodderstack Race

The 35th annual Fodderstack 10K race is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Get out your pen, and circle that date in red on your calendar so you save the date for one of Rappahannock County’s most hallowed traditions.

Longtime local runners, some Rappahannock weekenders and the dedicated runners from all over travel to Rappahannock for what is often the first great day of spring. Better register now before you even finish reading this column! If anyone needs more information, call Jean Lillard at 540-675-3670 or John McCarthy at 540-675-5330.

Remember the sick

Let’s continue to remember Harry Smoot in our prayers each day.

Relay for Life meeting

Be sure to attend the Rappahannock Relay for Life meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday (March 12) at the Washington Baptist Church (180 Gay St.). For more information, contact Katherine Todd (540-522-6656 or katherinec07@aol.com), Ellen Timbers (540-987-8402) or Tim Grove (540-667-2315 or tim.grove@cancer.org).

March birthdays

Birthday wishes go out to Sam Snead, who celebrates his day on March 13, Stacy Clark (whose special day is March 19) and to a very special little girl, Aubrey Taylor Burke, who celebrates her day on March 18.

Other wishes for the month of March go out to my grandson, Jackson Brady Carter Clatterbuck, who celebrates his special day on March 22, Barbara Hudson on March 23, Ivy Racer on March 24 and to a dear friend of mine, Frances Foster, whose special day is March 28. Further wishes go out to my daughter, Christie Kay Ralls, who celebrates her special day on March 30.

Spring forward!

Don’t forget daylight savings time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday (March 10). It’s almost time to “spring forward” an hour.