Washington column for March 28

Easter is hopping

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail. Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way. Bringing every girl and boy baskets full of Easter joy, things to make your Easter bright and gay.

And here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down Firehouse Lane. Look at him stop, and listen to what he has to say . . . which is, that the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue is having its breakfast and free Easter egg hunt this Saturday (March 30).

Breakfast is 7 to 11 a.m., followed by the egg hunt at 11. It’s free to all children, so bring a basket. The Easter bunny will also be present during breakfast, so parents, bring your camera and get that shot of the Easter bunny with your child. Remember: a picture is worth 1,000 words. In years to come that picture will tell a story.

Trinity Episcopal Church is holding several Easter services on March 30. Their sunrise service atop Massie’s Mountain begins at 6:45 a.m. Other eucharist services are being held at 8 a.m., 9:15 and 11 a.m. The church’s Easter egg hunt is at 10 a.m.

Oh, here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail. Hippity hoppity, rolling lots of Easter eggs your way, wishing everyone a Happy Easter Day!

Live, Laugh and . . . bake

If you’re busy coloring those eggs for Easter on Saturday and don’t have time to bake any goodies, Carolyn’s Live, Laugh and Love Relay for Life team is having an Easter bake sale this Saturday (March 30), from 8:30 a.m. until the goodies run out at the 211 Quicke Mart. Stop by and help support the team by picking up your Easter baked goods for Sunday. For more information, call 540-635-4673.

The Inn’s Easter menu

Come out of your winter shell and celebrate spring with the Inn at Little Washington on Easter Sunday. The menu has several surprises in store for you – not the least of which is a special, seven-course Easter tasting menu created by chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell for $138 per person.

The Easter menu includes hors d’oeuvres, braised pork belly with apple puree, miniature buckwheat blinis with house-smoked salmon, oxtail consomme with gruyere de comte gougere (egg in an egg), lightly scrambled eggs from the hen house with creme fraiche and osetra caviar, crispy Napoleon of chilled maine lobster with minted English pea puree, fricassee of potato gnocchi with wild morel mushrooms, asparagus and slivers of Virginia country ham.

Your choice of pan-seared pekin paradise duck breast with date puree, blood oranges and glazed turnips or parsley-crusted Jamison Farm rack of lamb with potato puree and spring vegetables.

Dessert choices include a miniature strawberry-rhubarb cobbler, limoncello pudding cake and rhubarb frozen yogurt Easter bonbons.

The complete a la carte menu is also available for $178 per person. Seatings begin at 4 p.m. For reservations or additional information contact the reservations department at 540-675-3800 or visit theinnatlittlewashington.com.

Washington Baptist news

The children of Washington Baptist Church are presenting an Easter play titled “What’s News for Easter” on Sunday, April 7, at the 11 a.m. worship hour. One week later (April 14), the Southern Gospel Group Genesis provides the music at the 11 a.m. service. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call the church at 540-675-3336.

Coffee house cancelled

Unfortunately the RCHS Band coffee house originally scheduled for April 6 has been cancelled due to the unexpected illness and subsequent absence of the high school’s band director. The band boosters sincerely apologize to all the musicians who have already donated their time and talents, as well as the families and community members who have given so much time and effort. They appreciate the support of all the band families and greater Rappahannock community, and look forward to holding this event again in 2014.

Special ladies

Birthday wishes go out to Annie Hawkins of Washington, who’s celebrating her special 95th birthday Saturday (March 30). Your children and grandchildren wish you a very special day and love you very much.

Lisa and Ronnie Dodson would like to wish their daughter, Amber, a happy birthday and say that they are very proud and love you very much. Amber turns 17 on Wednesday, April 3. Lisa works at the treasurer’s office and Ronnie works at the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office.

Lisa Dodson and Deanna Wayland would like to wish Frances Foster a happy birthday. Frances is celebrating her special day today (Thursday, March 28). All three ladies work at the treasurer’s office.

Happy Easter!