Washington column for Oct. 31

Trick-or-treat!

Little Washington’s annual Halloween festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 31) — and last until 8:30, well after the sun’s gone down.

Washington’s Halloween festivities, for costumed revelers of all ages, begin at 5:30 p.m. today.Courtesy photo
Washington’s Halloween festivities, for costumed revelers of all ages, begin at 5:30 p.m. today.

Trick-or-treaters of all ages can stroll around the town and visit both homes and businesses, many of which will also be decorated, for goodies and treats. Be sure to wear your costumes and join in one of Rappahannock’s most enjoyable and family-friendly events! Also be sure to visit Trinity Episcopal Church’s parish hall, which opens its doors at 6 to offer hot dogs and treats. (You can also stop by the Rappahannock News!) Let’s hope for good weather tonight.

Kreplin’s photography workshop

With beautiful fall weather, blue skies and the right amount of wind blowing, professional photographer Gordon Kreplin and members of the Northern District of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association (VPPA) presented a program on the practical and philosophical aspects of portrait photography last Monday (Oct. 21) in Washington.

Professional photographer Gordon Kreplin presented a program on the practical and philosophical aspects of portrait photography outside Geneva Welch Gallery.Photo by Jan Clatterbuck
Professional photographer Gordon Kreplin presented a program on the practical and philosophical aspects of portrait photography outside Geneva Welch Gallery.

“Photography has been a lifelong passion for me — from watching my dad develop prints in the dark room when I was small, to photographing my travels in Europe when I was a student, to my present day work with families,” said North Carolina native Kreplin.

His first career as a concert guitarist provided the aesthetic tools for understanding color, composition and rhythm in visual art. “For me, these are the essence of both music and photography and they are the foundation of storytelling. When I photograph clients it is imperative that their story is told in the imaging.”

Kreplin’s group had a terrific lunch at Tula’s off Main. All the staff joined in to serve the nearly 30 guests with great efficiency, said VPPA member James Sanders.

After a morning session at the RAAC Theatre, Kreplin demonstrated some of the finer points of lighting and posing in a session with Robert and Joanie Ballard at R.H. Ballard, and had several teenage models work with him outside Geneva Welch Gallery. Kreplin completed the afternoon with a visit to the Foster Harris House to photograph John and Diane MacPherson and their son, Finn, for a family portrait.

Sanders said the VPPA group really appreciated the assistance of Sallie Morgan and Andy Platt, for allowing them to use the RAAC Theatre and for making sure it was heated and ready to go.

Toys for (Rappahannock) Tots

For the first time ever, Toys for Tots is officially available in Rappahannock County. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to disadvantaged youngsters to motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Toys for Tots utilizes fundraisers and provides donation boxes at various locations for the collection of toys for children. In accordance with the national foundation’s guidelines, donations raised within a community remain within the community, meaning toys collected in Rappahannock will stay in Rappahannock. Collection boxes will open starting tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 1) at the Child Care and Learning Center, Hackley’s General Store, the library and Union First Market Bank. All items will be picked up by Dec. 11 and distributed on Dec. 13.

Applications are available at the Department of Social Services (354 Gay St., Washington); online submissions can be made at toysfortots.org. For more information, email toysfortotsfauquier@gmail.com.

Inn Saveur-s its victory

Saveur magazine recently announced the winners of its first-ever Culinary Travel Awards, which recognizes top destinations and travel providers in 13 categories from around the world. Among the winners was The Inn at Little Washington, which was the reader’s choice for hotel restaurants (in the under-100-rooms category).

“It is great honor to be selected as the best hotel restaurant by such well-traveled readers in this first international poll,” said Inn chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell.

An expert panel of judges from the food and travel world — including celebrity chefs, award-winning photographers, travel bloggers and others — hand-selected their top picks in September. Additionally, the magazine’s readers rated their favorites in an online survey. The awards are featured on the magazine’s website, receive print coverage in the November issue and will come to life next month when Saveur hosts a celebratory event in New York City.

Visit saveur.com/travelawards to view the full list of Best, Outstanding and Notable winners.

Looking good, feeling better

Congratulations to the ladies at the Hair Gallery, who were able to raise $310 to benefit an organization that helps women recovering from cancer. Kim and Chandra would like to thank all who took the time to come and enjoy a haircut for $10 and help someone else’s life get a little bit better by way of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation. They really enjoyed helping this cause and enjoyed having an opportunity to give an affordable service to their clients. Way to go, ladies!

Spring forward, fall back

Remember to turn your clocks back an hour this Sunday (Nov. 3). Daylight Saving Time changes are also the perfect reminder to do as our fire departments recommend: change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Have a wonderful week!