Washington: Oh, happy (surprise) day!

A note from Steve Norman:

What a perfect day Sunday (April 25) turned out to be for a birthday party. Daniel and Bessie Norman were the guests of honor for the celebration held at the Rappahannock County Park pavilion in Washington. Clear and sunny skies prevailed over the forecasts of rain, hail and thunderstorms.

More than 100 friends and family gathered for the fun, food and bluegrass music. The party was a complete surprise for Daniel, who turned 75. Bessie was in on the secret but was just as thrilled. If you’re ever invited to a bluegrass concert and it’s close to your birthday, be suspicious. Daniel said with misty eyes “a surprise like this is hard for a guy to take.”

Short notice made planning tricky but everyone pitched in and made the party a success.

Cobbler Mountain Grass was a-pickin’ and the audience was a-grinnin’. Feet were tapping and hearts were dancing. If you like bluegrass, these guys jam!

Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the good food.

Daniel, Bessie and family would like to thank all for sharing their unforgettable happy day! We love you all.

I have known Daniel and Bessie for years, and whenever you see them they always have a smile on their faces and thanking the Lord for their blessings each day.

Steve and Kenny Norman and family members arranged the party.

Mother’s Day gift

Looking for that special Mother’s Day gift? What is better than a Foster Harris House Cookbook for mom?

You can order a cookbook online or over the phone by Friday (April 30) and it will be shipped with a specially designed “Happy Mother’s Day” gift card valid for $25 off a stay at the Foster Harris House. (Additional shipping charges apply to orders placed outside the continental U.S.) Cookbooks must be purchased and shipped by Friday to obtain the gift card offer. Or just stop by in person and pick one up.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Darlene Moore, Tammy Ricketts and to Jeanie McNear. They celebrated their day on Friday (April 23).

Birthday wishes also go out to one of the hollow boys, Chuck Moore of Harris Hollow. He celebrated his special day on Tuesday (April 27). And to Sandra Gourley, who will celebrate her day on Friday (April 30).

Weekend guest

A weekend guest of Anna Clatterbuck and daughter Mae was Helen Smoot of Chester Gap.

Helen is the sister to Anna and live with her son Wayne and daugher-in-law, Shirley and grandson, Todd on Chester Gap Mountain. Helen told that Todd really enjoyed reading the Rappahannock News and that no one reads it until he has read it first.

Keep up the reading Todd!


Sympathy goes out to the family of Benjamin B. Roy known to many as Benny Roy of Harris Hollow. He died on April 18. A funeral service was held at the First Baptist Church, Washington and burial was in the church cemetery.

Let’s remember Claybert Smoot of Washington in our prayers each day. He has been under the weather for a while.