Washington column for Feb. 6

Washington artists included in Sperryville show

Middle Street Gallery’s annual “Members & Friends” show opened with an artist’s reception on Jan. 25. The show runs through March 2 and features Washington’s own Kevin Adams (center).Ruthie Windsor-Mann
Middle Street Gallery’s annual “Members & Friends” show opened with an artist’s reception on Jan. 25. The show runs through March 2 and features Washington’s own Kevin Adams (center).

Washington artists Kevin Adams and Ruthie Windsor-Mann are two of the many member artists included in Middle Street Gallery’s annual Members and Friends exhibit (which runs through March 2 at the Sperryville gallery).

A reception and opening was held on Jan. 25 for the popular annual event, for which each member artist invites a friend to exhibit with them. To the delight of all, some of the pairs coordinated their work to produce a themed showcase. Member artist and co-president Susan Raines invited painter Rosabel Goodman-Everard, at work on a vast series of trees, to exhibit with her. Therefore, Susan, ever the photojournalist, complemented Rosabel’s work with an entertaining photographic series of chopped wood.

The diverse exhibition is displayed to present each piece of artwork, whether two- or three-dimensional, to its best advantage, so plan to stop by before March 2 for a unique experience. Middle Street Gallery is located in the River District Arts building (3 River Lane, Sperryville).

Yummy to your tummy

Cadette Troop 692’s Girl Scout Cookie Sale started on the first of the year and runs through March 31. The troop, composed of kindergarteners (daisies) and second graders (brownies), consists of 12 girls, and is headed by troop leaders Lauren Guiffre and Heather Keyser. The troops meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The cookie sale is an important part of Girl Scouting, as it not only fund programs and activities, but also teaches the girls important life skills such as setting goals, handling money responsibly, greeting the public and answering questions, and following through with commitments. The wonderful thing about Girl Scout cookie activities is that they raise critically needed funds in a way that provides girls with a positive experience that develops character and skills.

The cookies are $4 a box; of that, the troop gets $0.63 a box to use for supplies, camping, field trips and more. In addition to returning favorites like the ever-popular Thin Mints (the third most popular cookie in the U.S.) and Caramel DeLites, one new cookie is available this year: The Cranberry Citrus Crisps (made with whole grains).

To place your order, email gstroop692@gmail.com. The troop will also have a cookie booth set up this  Saturday (Feb. 8) at Settle’s in Flint Hill.

When you purchase five boxes of cookies, you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a year’s supply of cookies (and there’s no limit to how many entries you can earn)! Just remember that spring is around the corner, and we can walk the pounds off.  

Trinity news

This past Sunday (Feb. 2), the needlework and altar guilds of Washington’s Trinity Episcopal Church put on quite a show of treasures. These beautiful and historic items — all made by church members — included needlepointed kneelers, communion vessels and altar linens. Guild members were present to help explain the symbolism while sacred music played. In addition to the visual and auditory senses, a savory treat was provided by Noel Laing and his friends, who cooked and served breakfast to everyone following each of the three services.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Rock Smoot, son of Charles and Mae Smoot in Harris Hollow, who will celebrate his special day tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 7); and to Frank Moffett, who has a birthday on Saturday (Feb. 8).

Valentine’s Day is around the corner

The tree of hearts now on display in R.H. Ballard’s front window was created by Joanie Ballard for Valentine’s Day.Joanie Ballard
The tree of hearts now on display in R.H. Ballard’s front window was created by Joanie Ballard for Valentine’s Day.

That time of the year — Feb. 14, specifically, when romance is officially in the air — is almost here. Who can quarrel with that? Wouldn’t we all like to be loved?

One expression of that love is on view in the front window of R.H. Ballard’s on Main Street. The tree of hearts you’ll see there was created by Joanie Ballard as a special holiday decoration — and is for sale, hearts and all. (Sure would look nice in my front window.)

If you were planning to treat your valentine to decadent chocolate desserts, there’s still plenty of time to plan a special getaway. Remember, no matter what you choose to do — a simple gift, card or something more elaborate — it’s the thought that counts.

Estate planning workshop

Julie King and Rebecca McCoy provide a comprehensive overview of available legal and financial mechanisms for transferring rural land between generations from 5 to 8:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Feb. 6) at the Washington fire hall (10 Firehouse Ln.). The cost is $10 per family (including dinner). To reserve a spot, contact Maggi MacQuilliam at 540-347-2334 (ext. 24) or mmacquilliam@pecva.org.

Six more weeks . . .

Punxsutawney Phil might not have been able to predict the winner of the Super Bowl Game on Sunday, but he made his weather forecast: Six more weeks of winter, according to Phil. Guess we’ll have to huddle together and prepare for the worst.

Have a wonderful week!

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