Washington column for Oct. 3

Dried Flower Sale and House Tour

Midway through October, hundreds of visitors will come to Rappahannock County, as they have for more than half a century, for the 57th annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour, sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington.

Some of the women hard at work preparing for the Dried Flower Sale and House Tour sale are (from left) Nancy Weitz, Molly Hobson, Helen Williams and Jo-an Getsinger. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.
Some of the women hard at work preparing for the Dried Flower Sale and House Tour sale are (from left) Nancy Weitz, Molly Hobson, Helen Williams and Jo-an Getsinger. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

When you look at an uncut field on any one of the beautiful roads in Rappahannock, you think of its treasures. If the bright orange of a butterfly weed in the field makes you want to pull over and grab your gardening gear, or if your garage or attic is now full of hanging flowers dried in the August heat, you must be getting ready for the Trinity church women’s annual sale and tour.

Drying flowers seems a very old-fashioned thing to do, with the abundance of silk flowers available nowadays and a floral section in every supermarket, but finding and preserving nature’s bounty has its own rewards.

The dried flower arrangements also will decorate the three houses chosen for the tour this year: Swan Lake Farm, Milly’s Cabin (built in 1740) and The Windbury. The event is Oct. 19-20, from 11 to 5 Saturday and 1 to 5 Sunday. Tickets ($30 total or $10 per house) can be purchased at any house on the tour or at Trinity Parish Hall on Gay Street in Washington. Middleton Inn is serving tea from 2 to 5 p.m. both days. For more information, call Helen Williams at 540-937-4279.

Mark it on your calendar now!

Blessing of the animals

This Sunday (Oct. 6), Rev. Jennings Hobson will be harkening back to the days of St. Francis of Assisi with Trinity Episcopal Church’s yearly Blessing of the Animals. The blessing is held in the area right across from the church (379 Gay Street). Everyone is invited to attend with a favorite pet.

Revival services

Gid Grown Bible Baptist in Washington starts revival services this Sunday (Oct. 6) through next Friday (Oct. 11) at 7:30 p.m. each night. The guest speaker is Evangelist Mark Rogers from Fairbanks, Alaska. There will be special singing and a nursery provided each night.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Bill Scoggin and C. E. “Skip” Giles III, who are celebrating their special day tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 4).

McNears’ vacation

Dick and Jeanie McNear (and their yellow lab, Fancy) stop along the road to view Mt. Katahdin. Courtesy photo.
Dick and Jeanie McNear (and their yellow lab, Fancy) stop along the road to view Mt. Katahdin. Courtesy photo.

Dick and Jeanie McNear left on vacation Aug. 5 and returned home Sept. 5, joining up with 24 other couples in Houlton, Maine, who like themselves, had Excel RVs. They camped and explored several parts of Canada, including New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, travelling around 5,000 miles. Dick said they had a wonderful time and are already looking forward to the next vacation.

Homecoming services

A quick reminder that Washington Baptist Church’s homecoming service begins at 11 a.m. this Sunday (Oct. 6) with Roger Roller as the guest preacher; a potluck dinner follows. Revival services start at 7 p.m. Monday (Oct. 7) and Tuesday (Oct. 8). For more information, call 540-675-3336.

‘No Ordinary Person’

RAAC Community Theatre offers two performances of its 15th annual “No Ordinary Person” storytelling show at 8 p.m. both Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the theater (310 Gay St., Washington). Reservations may be made through raac.org or by calling 800-695-6075. Tickets are $15; patrons who elect to pay at the door need to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance as seats will not be held after that time.

Christmas in Washington

Christmas in Washington starts a little early this year, as the festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8 and continue till 4 p.m. with many rich and exciting post-parade activities. This year’s theme is “Christmas Is a Time for Giving.” The Artisan Fair again offers wonderful wares at both town hall and the RAAC Theatre. Vendors will also be serving foods and a host of lively entertainment includes Santa and Mrs. Claus. The day’s highlight — the parade itself — begins at 1 p.m.

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