Car wash, yard sale, bake sale for Williamsburg trip

From left, seventh-graders Emily Massie, Kate Moreno, Maddie Heneghan and Miranda Shaw will help out at Saturday’s car wash.

This Saturday (May 22), Rappahannock County seventh graders hold a final fundraiser for their annual Williamsburg trip. The combination car wash, yard sale and bake sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Rappahannock County High School.

Seventh-grade students have been making the trip to the restored Colonial community since 1970. Seventh-grade civics teacher Natalie Hathaway recounts the one time when her own class became “the class that could not go.” The reason was the oil embargo of 1974. Hathaway says she considers it her “mission” to ensure that all seventh graders do not miss out again.

The Panthers have encountered a few roadblocks this year. With tough economic times, more student requests for financial assistance have been received than any previous year. The students were not able to raise as much money because of the cost of participating in fundraisers.

The class is asking for donations of yard-sale items, baked goods, drinks and other food items they may sell. They will be grilling too, so any condiments and grill-ready foods would be particularly helpful. The students ask that all items be dropped off at the high school at 9 a.m. Saturday.

You can help make the seventh-grade Panthers Williamsburg trip happen by coming by on Saturday. Let’s help to get these Panthers to Williamsburg!

Band dinner and show

Later Saturday afternoon, the Fifth Annual Panther Band Coffee House fundraiser gets under way for the benefit of the high school band program. There will be a rotini and red sauce dinner and four hours of continuous entertainment by incredible local talent, including the Rappahannock County High School Jazz Band.

The fun starts at 5 p.m. for just $15 at the Rappahannock County Elementary School gym. All proceeds benefit the Rappahannock County High School Band, which this year won the statewide ranking of Virginia Honor Band. For more information call 540-987-7841 or 540-675-1373.

Celebration of a life

Friends are invited to join the family in a celebration of the life of Nona Genebach on May 24 at 2 p.m., at the Town Hall, Gay Street. Genebach, the mother of Sharon Luke, passed away on June 1, 2008.

Breakfast at WVFR

Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue held its monthly fund-raiser breakfast on Saturday (May 15), serving a hearty fare of pancakes, potatoes, scrambled eggs, gravy, biscuits, sausage, bacon and stewed apples. Seventy-three people came for breakfast. While that number was less than the usual contingent of 120 people or so who normally come for breakfast, everybody seemed very happy and had plenty to eat. WVFR thanks everyone for their continued support and want to remind the public people that the annual fund drive is on.

Don’t forget that all the rescue and fire squads are volunteers who must raise a significant portion of the funds needed to operate.

Thrift shop reopens

The Thrift Shop reopens June 5 under the new auspices of the Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue squad. There’s a $5 per bag sale from 9 to 5 that Saturday and noon to 4 Sunday (June 6) at the building next to the fire hall. For more information call 540-675-3615.