Rev. Jennings (Jenks) W. Hobson III and Merrill Parrish Strange from Trinity Episcopal Church led a group of 11 on a pilgrimage to Paris from Feb. 27-March 7. Six had actually made the same trip last year. These annual trips are not the typical tour led by guides; instead, each pilgrim is a teacher instructing the other students on his chosen field of interest.
Every person specialized in a saint and at least one visited site. Before reading became widespread, the masses learned religious stories through paintings and the visually recognized saints and Biblical figures became paramount to the essence of the stories.
The group spent eight days and nights in Paris, which allowed them sufficient time to see the major sites and explore much of the city on foot. Even though the major focus was on scrutinizing churches, cathedrals and art, experiencing Paris in other ways was encouraged, including an evening view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, a side trip to Reims, a cruise down the Seine, a visit to the Pasteur institute and an expanded trip to Versailles. A highlight was worshiping with other English speakers at the American Cathedral in Paris.
Ever-mindful of the weather in Rappahannock, the group fortuitously arrived home the day after the major snowstorm.
The Rappahannock News would like to apologize for the newspapers that were delivered late to your mailboxes two weeks ago (Feb. 28). There was a bit of confusion around the delivery schedule and the post office wanted to make sure the newspapers were received by their proper owners. Last week, however, we made sure that all of you received your newspapers on time, even in the midst of the “snowquester” brought on by the first snowstorm of 2013!
We would like to thank all of our subscribers for their patience and offer a big thank you to our newspaper carriers and Sam Hottle for their hard work last week making deliveries in the snowy conditions.
The Blue Rock Inn is offering an Easter brunch buffet from 11 to 3 on March 31. The menu includes, among other choices, carved ham with grilled pineapple, leg of lamb with artichokes, salmon with shrimp and made-to-order omelet and pasta stations. To view the complete menu, visit thebluerockinn.com. The cost is $40 ($20 for children 12 and younger). Reservations can be made by calling 540-987-3388.
Congratulations to Learra Williams for winning a first-place trophy in sparring in her age group at the Champions Martial Arts Center in Culpeper. She took part in the U.S. Capital Dragon Young-In Martial Arts Tournament at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville on March 2. Learra is 10 and has been practicing taekwondo for more than a year, earning her yellow belt in the discipline. Her proud parents are Grace and Larry Williams of Culpeper and her grandparents are Mary and Marilyn Bailey from Washington. Good work, Learra.
Congratulations also to Katie Sharp, a member of the 4-H Golden Horseshoe Junior Hippology and Horse Judging Team, who recently were named High Point Team overall at the Northern District competition. Katie and her three teammates are off to the State Equismartz competition March 22-24 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. Katie is the 11-year-old daughter of Bill and Marion Sharp.
Birthday wishes go out to my son-in-law, Fred Singleton, from Crown Point, Ind., who celebrates his special day this Sunday (March 17).
Condolences to the friends of Louise Van Dort of Scrabble (see the Appreciation on page 1). Louise passed away on Sunday at Jackson House Assisted Living in Boston. I got to know her when Mary Ann Kuhn was the editor of the Rappahannock News; Louise would often stop in and chat with us. I don’t believe there was ever a time that we were not laughing at some point in her conversations. I am forever grateful that I got to know her.
There was no “cutting to the chase” with Louise: she made sure to get straight to the point and always told you what was on her mind. Louise was a dear, wonderful friend to many and will be greatly missed.
She was also the founder of BlueRidgeMac in Woodville. Rest in peace, my friend.