Washington column for Sept. 26

Apple butter’s in the air

This time of year, all sorts of wondrous aromas begin to fill kitchens everywhere, from cookies and pies to jams, jellies and fruit butter. The cooler air is thick with cinnamon, clove and other glorious scents that tell us fall is here and the holiday season is just around the corner.

Apples are certainly among the most popular flavors of fall and the inspiration for countless delicious recipes. It makes my mouth water to think of all the different varieties of apples and the many dishes that can be created from them: Apple pie, applesauce, apple cakes, baked apples and, of course, apple butter. Apple butter is one of those simple pleasures that is as much fun to give as it is to receive.

It’s hard to find any apple butter, let alone good apple butter, in the grocery store these days. Did you know the fall apple butter sale by the Rappahannock Lions Club generates about a quarter of the club’s annual contributions back into the community?

The Lions are already gearing up for this autumn’s sale, which begins Oct. 9 at the farmer’s coop on Lee Highway, where club members and their volunteers will cut some 45 bushels of apples. The following morning, it’s all hands on deck for a full day of cooking. Sales begin at 8 a.m. at Quicke Mart that weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13), and continue the following weekend until all jars are sold. Apple butter is $6 per pint jar (two for $10); a case of 12 pints is just $48.

Be sure to come out and support the Lions Club by purchasing a jar or two from them. Proceeds benefit Rappahannock County causes and service projects. Apple butter makes a great holiday gift, too! For more information, contact Larry Grove (lgrove9577@aol.com) or Bud Meyer (540-675-3629).

Condolences

Sympathy goes out to the family Tammy Rae Ricketts. God received another beautiful angel last week as Ricketts, 49, passed away on Sept. 16 at Oak Springs Nursing Home in Warrenton. Ricketts was the sister of Sheila Haun and aunt of Tamara Estes. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten; she will always be in our hearts. She was always a loving person, but now she is rejoicing with her son Lee and the heavenly Father. Rest in peace, sweet girl!

Honor your loved ones

Across our community, families and friends of domestic violence victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of someone they loved and trusted. In remembrance of those who have lost their lives to violence, SAFE (Services to Abused Families) is creating visual memorials in our community for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

While honoring those who have passed so violently, we hope to remind everyone that there is no place in our homes, neighborhoods, schools or workplaces for domestic violence. Please join in at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 1) at the Rappahannock County Library for a visual memorial and moment of silence.

Ice House Gallery update

For those who might have wondered how to find former Ice House Gallery artist and proprietor Linda Lawler, she’s moved her Western View Studio to Gore, Va., after 28 years in Fauquier County. Those of you who are familiar with her work will still be able to visit her at her studio (or online) while she searches for another location (in the Winchester area) for her Ice House Gallery. To contact Linda, call 540-686-6107 or email her at sha45rps@starpower.net. You can also read about the day-to-day happenings at Western View at monthlymasterpiece.blogspot.com.

Fall festival . . .

Rappahannock County High School’s fall festival is Saturday, Oct. 19. There will be barbecue, yard sale, car wash, inflatable slide and moon bounce, face painting, carnival games, vendors, food and more. The Turkey Ridge String Band performs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and there are pony rides from 12:30 to 3:30.

. . . and cornhole tournament

Cornhole or bean bag toss — call it what you will, but come and have fun competing at the RCHS Cornhole Tournament on the same day as the fall festival at the RCHS practice field. Registration forms and payments will also be accepted at the high school. The entry fee is $25 per team registered by Oct. 17; after that, the fee is $30 per team registration (registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19). Tournament fees are nonrefundable. For more information, contact Karen Sanborn at 540-227-0745 (ext. 3465) or kmsanborn@rappahannockschools.us. All proceeds benefit the class of 2018.

1,866 miles and counting

Alex Baumgardner, son of Douglas and Margaret Baumgardner of Washington, is now in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The 31-year-old has hiked more than 1,866 miles through 13 states and still has about 319 miles and one more state (Maine) to go. He is hiking some of the toughest terrain on the entire trail, mountainous and treacherous, but also beautiful. The Appalachian Trail ends on Maine’s highest mountain, Katahdin, in Baxter State Park.