Washington column for April 23

Piedmont travelers in Bordeaux

From left: Aleta Gadino, Linda Wright, Elliott Perny, Anne Robertson, Cooper Wright, Sally Perny and Bill Gadino tour Nadalie, a modern French oak barrel factory near Bordeaux, France.
From left: Aleta Gadino, Linda Wright, Elliott Perny, Anne Robertson, Cooper Wright, Sally Perny and Bill Gadino tour Nadalie, a modern French oak barrel factory near Bordeaux, France.

Rappahannock County — northern Virginia, really — was well represented this month on a Viking River Cruise of Bordeaux and the Rivers of the Aquitaine. The occasion: Winemaker Bill Gadino’s latest “Birthday with a Zero” (someone claimed it was 70; can that be?). The travelers included Bill and Aleta Gadino of Gadino Cellars, Anne Robertson and Bud Meyer of Long Mountain Road, Linda and Cooper Wright of Amissville and Sharon and Tom Imler of Vienna. While on board they met, by coincidence, fellow cruisers Elliott and Sally Perny of Warrenton. The eight-day cruise visited southwestern France’s wine regions, home to legendary premier grand cru classe vintages Chateau Margaux, Chateaux Lafite, Mouton-Rothschild and Latour. Highly recommended, the travelers tell me.

Free Clinic

Rappahannock Free Clinic is open at the Rappahannock County Health Department on Main Street in Washington on Wednesday, on May 6. Registration is from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.

Movie night

The Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC) presents “The Trip to Italy” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 1 at the Theatre at Washington. Written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, the comedy/drama stars Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Rosie Fellner. The film is unrated and runs 108 minutes. Admission is $6. It’s the last film in RAAC’s spring season. As usual the concession stand will be open for popcorn, candy and water. For more, visit raac.org.

Food Safety Training

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers a Food Safety Training ServSafe Manager Certification Course from 9 to 3 on May 12 and May 17 at the Rappahannock Extension Office (311-J Gay St., Washington). Participants will complete the requirements for a Food Protection Manager Certification of the National Restaurant Association. After completing the classroom work, participants will take a national certification exam. Registration deadline is April 28; cost is $150. For more information, call 540-727-3435.

Birthday wishes

Virginia and Bud Corder from Washington would like to wish Ernie Crane a happy birthday. Ernie will turn 90 next Tuesday (April 28). For anyone who would like to send him a card: 3 Robin Lane, Flint Hill, VA 22627

Work day

The Old Rag Master Naturalists are having a work day from 9:30 to noon tomorrow (Friday, April 24). If you can spare an hour or two and would like to help at the Washington nature trail and gardens at the corner of Leggett Lane, please contact Gail Swift at gailswift@gmail.com or 540-675-1003 for details.

Discussion

The St. Augustine discussion group reflects on “The Nature of Evil from St. Augustine’s Confessions” on from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. next Monday (April 27) at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 12762 Lee Hwy. Washington. Everyone is welcome.

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