Washington column for June 11

Rappahannock honors Jenks and Molly

At the Washington fire hall last Sunday, the cake for Jenks and Molly Hobson’s party came in the form of the retiring Trinity rector’s ubiquitous Volvo, decorated with a picture of Jenks in a fire hat. | Rappahannock News
At the Washington fire hall last Sunday, the cake for Jenks and Molly Hobson’s party came in the form of the retiring Trinity rector’s ubiquitous Volvo, decorated with a picture of Jenks in a fire hat.

The Washington fire hall was filled with people from all over Rappahannock County Sunday afternoon as our community gathered at an ice-cream social to thank Molly and Jenks Hobson for their 42 years of service and to wish them well on the occasion of pastor Jenks’ retirement from Trinity Episcopal Church, reports Russ Collins.

John McCarthy was emcee of the event, with special appreciations expressed by a lineup of speakers for Jenks’ service on the board of the Fauquier Health Foundation, as a member of Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and in support of the Rappahannock Food Pantry, Benevolent Fund, the town of Washington, and so many other activities and people in our county.

“Jenks is not just your pastor, he is pastor to the whole community,” said Helen Williams, who also noted that “there are only three people who have run every Fodderstack Race, and Jenks is one of the three,” and that Jenks has been a member of the Washington Fire and Rescue for 40-some years of his life in Rappahannock.

Washington Mayor John Sullivan and Food Pantry manager Mimi Forbes were just a few that brought smiles and applause from the community gathered for an ice cream social, and a chance to say goodbye to Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III and his wife, Molly. With a cake in the shape of his lime green Volvo, and decorated with his picture in a fire hat and a signpost for Fodderstack Road, among other memories, and ice cream and toppings for all, it was a great party, celebrating his retirement from the official ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church, and their move into another kind of life.

“Jenks is the most beloved person in Rappahannock County,” Sullivan said, with emotion. Forbes, with great flair and on behalf of the Food Pantry, said “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” and “Jenks gives even bigger hugs than I do.” (And with that received one of Jenks’ huge, off-your-feet bear hugs.)

In his remarks, Jenks said that he loves Rappahannock County and “what an honor it has been to serve this community,” and thanked everyone for their efforts and for coming together to meet with he and Molly.

He explained that while he will no longer be involved at Trinity, he and Molly will still reside in Rappahannock and look forward to continuing old friendships and making new friends in the years ahead.

Both of his children, son Jennings and daughter Berkeley and her husband, John, were there for this special occasion.

McCarthy also presented Molly with a lovely bouquet of flowers in recognition of her community service alongside Jenks for so many years.

Reynolds Baptist pastor Jon Heddleston’s band played for the gathering.

Jenks and Molly, we wish you both the best.

Camp time

Waiting for the bus to 4-H day camp in Front Royal are (back row, from left) Garrett Smoot, Jeremiah Turner, Kayla Butler, Christy Smoot and (front, from left) Maeve Ciuba, Julianna Butler, Carter Goff and Lilie Halko. | Rappahannock News
Waiting for the bus to 4-H day camp in Front Royal are (back row, from left) Garrett Smoot, Jeremiah Turner, Kayla Butler, Christy Smoot and (front, from left) Maeve Ciuba, Julianna Butler, Carter Goff and Lilie Halko.

With the kids out of school, it is time for the 4-H camp in Front Royal — and such a nice sight it was at 8 a.m. on Monday morning on my walk around the town, the kids anxiously awaiting the school bus outside the Country Cafe, to take them to the 4-H day camp in Front Royal that started this Monday (June 8).

Camp can be fun, making all kind of crafts, going hiking, meeting new friends, swimming, horseback riding or just roasting marshmallows by the campfire at night while a scary story is told by one of the counselors. I really enjoyed going to camp in the summer, with my favorite memory being hiking in the moonlight.

Bible school

Rappahannock children learn about rising to life's challenges at Washington Baptist Church's Vacation Bible School last week, co-sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church and the Methodist Charge. | Rappahannock News
Rappahannock children learn about rising to life’s challenges at Washington Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School last week, co-sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church and the Methodist Charge.

Fun and laughter was the order each day last week for 38 Rappahannock children at this year’s Vacation Bible School. Sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church and The Methodist Charge, the kids arrived at Washington Baptist Church eager and excited for each morning’s activities. These activities included singing along with Richard Brady, Fred Catlin, and Doug Bywaters, playing old-fashioned games such as musical chairs and tug of war, creating papier-mâché Yetis in keeping with the Everest theme, learning Elijah stories from VBS director Noel Laing, and after memorizing a Bible verse each day, trading in the rewarded gold coin for a goodie from the Bible School Store. Of course snack was a big hit, too — which expanded to lunch on Friday after a concert by the One-Man Band.

The older student volunteer helpers were outstanding. These included Madison Haines, Morgan McKinney, Brooke Woodward, Kayla Jean Butler, Camron and Carrington Wayland, Danielle and Bryce Fryant, Cydney Chambers, Ryan Williams, Allie Phillips, Christy Smoot and Virginia and Phillip Wyatt. Many of these student volunteers visibly developed in leadership skills during the five days. All were a great help with the little ones.

Although no tuition is charged for VBS, children and their families give a free will offering, and this year $500 was collected to benefit the people of Nepal.

Great kudos go to Noel Laing and the other adult volunteers for providing a wonderful and happy week for so many Rappahannock children.

Book Barn sale

The Book Barn having are children’s books — for all ages on sale on Saturdays starting this Saturday (June 13) and continuing on June 20 and June 27 from 9 to 3. Stop by and get your children’s vacation reading at half price, and also browse for yourself in their hard- and soft-cover novels. Remember that all books are donated, all the work is done by volunteers, and all the profits go to the library, so stop by the Book Barn on Library Road, next the the library, and support your community, literacy and the library — all at once.

Scones back

Guess who back at Tula’s? Yes! Mark Heinle, famous scones making. Although he has few irons in the fire these days, along working with the football team at the Rappahannock County High School and his bookkeeping business, he still find the time to bake at Tula’s.

Mark usually in fairly early baking those delicious scones, quiche, espresso brownies, etc. before they open (7 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday). He said they may extend the hours till 11, but that is in the future a bit.

So stop by for coffee and try one of his scones. I can vouched for his scones, they are yummy to the tummy.

Thank you Ken Thompson for bringing him back.

Stay cool and have a wonderful week.

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