Washington column for Aug. 21

The final Civil War celebration

“Give me liberty or give me death.” — Patrick Henry

The Rappahannock County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee has hosted a Civil War Heritage Days event for the last two years at the visitor’s center. This year is their third — and probably last — event, as the 150th anniversary of the war ends early next year. This year also includes a school day event to start the weekend, with Rappahannock County Elementary School and Hearthstone participating.

The third — and probably last — 150th Civil War celebration is Sept. 6-7. Photo by Don Audette
The third — and probably last — 150th Civil War celebration is Sept. 6-7. Photo by Don Audette

Come and experience the war as it was in Rappahannock County, 150 years ago. on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 6-7) at the Rappahannock Visitor’s Center on U.S. 211, just outside Washington. (Follow the signs — and cannon smoke — for parking.)

The theme for this year’s free event is “The Civil War: Up Close and Personal.” The program includes uniformed actors conducting skirmishes, artillery demonstrations and cavalry drills at a reimagined encampment. The 19th Century provides the music both days; there will also be lectures about the history of the war, and actors will offer insight about what it was like in those difficult days.

The program runs from 9 to 5 p.m. on Saturday (9 to 3 Sunday). Saturday features a parade at 2:30, which ends at the Civil War memorial in front of the courthouse (and a rifle volley to honor Rappahannockers who died in the conflict). Be sure to cover your ears if you’re nearby. A reenactment of the Skirmish of Battle Mountain (known more famously as “Custer’s Last Stand”), which took place in Rappahannock, begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.

A high-tech wedding

In a very small, yet global and high-tech wedding, Gael Monnin and Felipe Munevar were married by Mayor John Sullivan Friday (Aug. 15) at The Meadows, his and wife Beverly’s home. The bride, a long-time friend of the Sullivans, hails from Haiti, while the groom is from Bogota, Columbia. Both now live in Washington, D.C. Gael runs a Haitian art gallery and Felipe works with the United Nations

In addition to the bride and groom, guests at the intimate affair included the Sullivans, Ruthie Windsor-Mann (who served as the photographer), three cavalier spaniels and one German shepherd.

Best of all, in this day of digital interconnectivity, the couple’s parents participated long-distance courtesy of Skype — the Munevars from Bogota and the Monnins from Haiti! While John conducted the service, Ruthie took the pictures, dogs meandered about and Beverly juggled the two iPhones connecting the wedding in our town of Washington with exuberant parents thousands of mile away. Following the wedding, everyone (excepting the dogs) adjourned to Tula’s for a wonderful dinner.

Fresh corn!

Dick McNear has peaches-and-cream corn for sale at his Old Hollow Store and at the Farmer’s Co-op. The corn is picked fresh daily, so stop in and buy some. Speaking of the co-op, their fall mums are now for sale. A sure sign fall is on the way, the mums come in many different colors. Bet you can’t buy just one!

Wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Hope Huff. She will celebrate her special day on Friday (Aug. 29). Wishes also go out to my dear friend Yvonne Darrel, who celebrates on Saturday (Aug. 30).

Condolences

Condolences go out to Paul Baldwin and family on the death of his mother, 97-year-old Bessie Lou, who passed away at her home on Aug. 12. The service was at 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 16) at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel in Culpeper, with Rev. John Burke officiating. Interment followed in Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

‘Lake Ladies’ gather for first time

The “Lake Ladies,” (from left) Donna Foster, Lois Welch, Shirley Jones and Pat Davis, pose with their party hats and shirts.Lisa Welsted
The “Lake Ladies,” (from left) Donna Foster, Lois Welch, Shirley Jones and Pat Davis, pose with their party hats and shirts.

Pat Davis invited several friends to spend the weekend at her lake house at Lake Anna in Madison last month. In addition to the beautiful weather, Pat presented each of the ladies with a gift bag, which included a party hat and a nightcap shirt. Those invited were Donna Foster, Lois Welch and Lisa Welsted.

The ladies enjoyed a wonderful tour of the lake and its surroundings, as well as a delicious homemade meal courtesy of Pat’s neighbor, Shirley Jones. Any other details of what transpired that weekend remain secret because, as Pat said, “What happens at the lake stays at the lake.” She also said this is intended to be the start of an annual tradition.

Trinity picnic

Trinity Episcopal Church had its annual picnic at the Rappahannock County Park on July 17, and reports that everyone enjoyed the good food.Ruthie Windsor Mann
Trinity Episcopal Church had its annual picnic at the Rappahannock County Park on July 17, and reports that everyone enjoyed the good food.

Late Sunday afternoon (Aug. 17), Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated the end of summer with their annual picnic at a new venue — the Rappahannock County Park. The weather reports were sketchy throughout the day, but the sun and temperature cooperated just in time for the event to be well-attended and enjoyed by all. The church provided the chicken and the attendees each contributed a dish to the meal.

New coin box

A Rappahannock News coin box has been placed at Burke’s Antiques and Consignments Store in Woodville. Mabel Burke has been especially kind in helping to spread the word about it. Thank you so much, Mabel!

On a final note: School’s in session and the yellow buses are out and about, so let’s be aware of the speed limits in school zones, slow down and watch out for children. Have a great week!