Washington column for Oct. 24

Dried flowers bloom again this fall

It was autumn in Washington this past weekend and the colorful leaves and cool temperatures made it a beautiful weekend for the House Tour and Dried Flower Sale.

Cashiers at last weekend’s highly successful 57th annual House Tour & Dried Flower Sale included (from left), Lois and Itty Bitty Snead, Peggy Ralph and Margaret Baumgardner. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.
Cashiers at last weekend’s highly successful 57th annual House Tour & Dried Flower Sale included (from left), Lois and Itty Bitty Snead, Peggy Ralph and Margaret Baumgardner. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

To the delight of many Rappahannockers — as well as others from as far away as Wichita, Kan. — Trinity Episcopal Church put on its 57th annual House Tour and Dried Flower Sale this past weekend. This is always a huge undertaking and months go in to the preparation of the growing, drying and arranging of the flowers, to the house selection and cleaning, and the research and writing about them for the newspaper.

Those are just the most famous parts; significant time is also spent on the designation and participation of parkers, cashiers and docents; to the crew that sets up and cleans up the Parish Hall; the staging and fluffing of the Parish Hall and some of the houses; the Cowboy Barbecue and more. A special thanks to those in the Trinity community, as well as the community at large, who donate their valuable time and effort.

There are still some beautiful arrangements left, so call the church office at 540- 675-3716 to make sure someone can help you with viewing and purchasing.

Texas Hold ’em

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue holds its Texas Hold’em Charity Tournament (sponsored by Union First Market Bank) at 4 p.m. on Nov. 9 (check-in begins at 3). The $50 buy-in includes a free meal; all entrants must be 18 or older. First prize is a Marlin XL7 .308 with scope; second place is a Mossberg 500 with choke tubes; third prize is a Marlin XT-22 MR bolt-action .22 Magnum. For more information, call 540-270-3203 or 540-675-3615 and speak with Danny, Bobby or Keith.

As you probably have already noticed that the mornings are getting chillier, why not start your day with a nice hot meal at the WVFR’s next all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 on Nov. 16 at the station? The cost is $8 (kids 10 and younger eat free). All proceeds are used to fund daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Greens workshop

The Rappahannock County Garden Club is gearing up for the annual Greens Workshop to make wreaths, swags, centerpieces and garlands to help support scholarships to local children for their higher education or to attend Nature Camps. The workshop itself is a lot of work but also a lot of fun, and if you have ever wondered what the Garden Club does, the workshop is a great way to volunteer and get to know the club.

Members will be cutting greens in their neighbors’ yards Dec. 2-6, and will be making the decorations at the Washington fire hall from 9 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9-13. Items will be ready for pickup on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 11) or Thursday morning (Dec. 12). Items will also be available later this year to make sure they are as fresh as can be and will last the entire holiday season. If you have purchased before, you will be contacted by the club’s sales team. If you are thinking of ordering for the first time, email fawnevenson@gmail.com soon, as some of the items are limited.

Happy Boo-rthday!

Birthday wishes go out to Steven Alther, who’s celebrating his special day on Halloween. Hope your day is filled with spooky fun and laughter!

News from Harris Hollow

Adrianne Harris Moore and William “Liam” Burns Garland recently announced their engagement. Courtesy photo.
Adrianne Harris Moore and William “Liam” Burns Garland recently announced their engagement. Courtesy photo.

Charles and Diane Moore of Harris Hollow are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Adrianne Harris Moore, to William “Liam” Burns Garland, son of William A. Garland, of Arlington, and the late Kathryn R. Garland of Springfield.

Adrianne is a 2007 graduate of James Madison University. She is working on her master’s degree from George Washington University and is employed by a defense contractor in Arlington. William is a 2005 graduate of Mary Washington College and is a commercial property manager for Lincoln Property Co. in Washington, D.C. Their wedding is scheduled for April 2014 at the Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C.

Congratulations to you both on this happy occasion!

In other happy Harris Hollow news, Eva Sharon Klumb was born to Lea and Michael Klumb on Oct. 15, weighing 7 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. The proud grandparents are Michael and Sharon Pyne of Harris Hollow. According to Sharon, the baby is doing well.

Rally in the Hollow

Newborn Eva Sharon Klumb was born to Lea and Michael Klumb on Oct. 15. Courtesy photo.
Newborn Eva Sharon Klumb was born to Lea and Michael Klumb on Oct. 15. Courtesy photo.

Ben “Cooter” Jones and Alma Viator invite you to their home (507 Harris Hollow Rd.) at 2 p.m. this Sunday (Oct. 27) for a fundraiser for Democratic House of Delegates candidates Colin Harris (18th District) and Jennifer Boysko (86th District). Jones, along with the rest of Cooter’s Garage Band, will perform; the special guest is Brig. Gen. John Douglass (retired). Admission is free and includes lunch. For more information, visit rappdems.org or call Jed Duvall (540-937-3780).

Have a wonderful week!