I hope that all the mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day. We had beautiful weather. Many churches had special services in which they honored mothers of the congregation. Pastor John Burke, of Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church in Washington, honored the oldest and the youngest mom. Every mother received a gift.
The French conversation group continues to meet in town every Friday at 1 p.m. for dejeuner (lunch). They now meet at the Country Cafe, since Stonyman Gourmet has closed. Anyone wanting to practice their French language skills is welcome! For more information, call 703-967-8049.
Mike McCormick of Ladybug Mountain Farm on Fodderstack Road reports great colors and smells as the over 200 peonies bloomed in the warm spring weather. Bearded iris (aka flags) are in full bloom and available as a cut flower or dug up for planting. Peonies are available as a cut flower with a few available in pots. McCormick invites people to come by to reserve peony divisions which can be chosen now while in bloom, then dug up in the fall for planting. Peonies take about three years to establish. First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap. Some of the peonies at Ladybug Mountain Farm date back to the late ’80s in McCormick’s native state of Wisconsin. Spring garlic and Egyptian walking onions are also available now. Later in the season, gladiolas, tuberose and calla lilies will be available. Call 540-675-1233 or stop by Wednesdays or Fridays.
Save the date now for a gala ice cream social at the Washington fire hall June 7 to celebrate Jenks and Molly Hobson’s 42 years in our community. This affair is 3 to 6 p.m. that day, and everyone is invited to enjoy ice cream and cake and reminisce about all the past 42 years. Come hear about some of their many activities through the years, sign their quilt and the guest book, and help wish them a happy retirement. For more information, contact Helen Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget the all-you-can-eat breakfast at Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday (May 16) at the fire hall. . All your favorites will be on the stove and ready by 7 a.m. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, hash browns, pancakes, fried apples, coffee, and orange juice. Cost is $8 (ages 10 and younger eat free). For more information, call 540-675-3615.
Birthday wishes go out to Warren Foster of Washington. He will celebrate his day on Monday (May 18). Thelma Jenkins will celebrate her special day on Monday, May 25.
Condolences to the family of Helen Virginia Gray, 86, of Sperryville. Helen passed away on Friday, May 8, at her home. A funeral service was held on Tuesday (May 12) at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Rev. John Burke. Burial followed in Washington Masonic Cemetery.
Helen was born in Washington and lived in town on Gay Street for years. She was a member of Gid Brown Baptist Church.
Rappahannock Free Clinic is open at the Rappahannock County Health Department on Main Street in Washington on Wednesday, May 20. Registration is from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.
Stay cool and have a wonderful week!