Washington: Ice House turns one, warmly

Last Sunday, Linda Lawler Portrait Studio at the Ice House Gallery celebrated its first anniversary. The gallery officially opened on Valentines Day 2009, but this February’s blizzards forced Lawler to delay the celebration.

The gallery served Italian prosecco, strawberries and chocolates to Lawler’s invited guests, clients and friends.
When asked why she chose to open a gallery during a recession, Lawler replied: “Sometimes events all come together in such a way that you just have to take a leap of faith and follow a lifelong dream. Everything was simply falling into place, the rent was right and the location perfect. And the timing for me was perfect.”

Lawler was proud to point out that she actually made a profit even in this terrible economy, although she also chuckled that it was a small profit, amounting to “my little K-Mart salary.” Even so, most startup businesses do not post a profit for the first three to five years, she said.

She adds that controlling her overhead and keeping her startup costs to a minimum were the major factors for her success. Initially she was just looking for a studio away from the distractions of her home studio. At home, she said, there is always another load of laundry to do or something that needs cooking or cleaning — and being away from that has helped her productivity immensely. She also felt that she needed to be more visible, and said that being an artist is a solitary occupation but she is really enjoying all the new acquaintances and friends she is making. She invites visitors to sit and watch her while she works and to talk about art.
The gallery is open 10 to 5 Friday through Monday (till 6 when the days get warmer and longer).

Birthday wishes
Birthday wishes go out to my grandson, Jackson Brady Carter Clatterbuck, who will celebrate his special day on Monday, March 22, and to Frances Foster who will celebrate her special day on Sunday, March 28. Also wishes go out to my daughter, Christie Kay Jones who will celebrate her special day on Tuesday, March 30.

Fridays at The Inn
The Inn at Little Washington has extended its special Local County Resident rate to include Friday nights due to several requests from those who can’t make it during the week. The rate, good through the end of March, is $108 per guest for dinner (not including tax, beverages or gratuity). Only one person in the group needs to be from the local county. This offer is for Sunday through Friday dinners. Call the reservations office at 540-675-3800.

Dinner a success
Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad’s ham and oyster dinner Saturday was a big success. More than 185 people came to partake of the plentiful buffet put together by the volunteers to raise funds for the company.
Many Rappahannock residents attended, including some who recently moved here, but there also were guests from Madison, Warrenton and even a couple from Fredericksburg who were on their way home, saw the road sign and decided to come in. They were glad they did.

And what a feast: fried oysters, the most decadent mashed potatoes you’ve ever had (complete with sour cream, cheese and bacon), corn, green beans, pasta salad, cole slaw, baked ham, country ham, fresh green salad, stewed apples, mac and cheese and desserts that were out of this world.

It’s a huge undertaking to feed so many people, and more than 20 volunteers contributed by shopping, prepping, baking, cooking, setting up, serving and cleaning. WVFR wants to extend special thanks to David Huff of the Country Cafe, who helps procure needed supplies at cost. Thank you, David for you continued support of WVFR! Thank you also to all of those who came for the dinner! Your support is appreciated.