Washington: Bring your ‘can-do’ attitude

Photo courtesy of Sylvie Rowand

Many people are interested in knowing how to can food so they can preserve some of the harvest for the winter. If you have never canned before and want to learn, or if you need refresher, you might be interested in the canning workshops offered by Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery in Washington.

Owner Sylvie Rowand is offering a series of workshops starting this month through mid-October designed to provide participants with a full understanding of water-bath canning. In this hands-on, “can along” series of workshops participants will learn when it is safe to can using the water-bath method, understanding the process, safety and hygiene requirements, practical tips, observe a canning demonstration, and can a sample to take home.

Handouts and recipes will be provided. Each class costs $40 and a discount is offered for multiple classes. The dates and times as well as other information about the workshops can be obtained by calling 540-675-3725 or by going to the Web site laughingduckgardens.com. Private lessons for groups or individuals may also be arranged.

The list of workshops follow below. Check them out and give Sylvie a call today and sign up for a class.

Wednesday, July 28 – 5 to 7:30 p.m. – Peaches and Other Fruit
Monday, Aug. 9 – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Tomatoes
Wednesday, Aug. 18 – 5 to 7:30 p.m. – Tomatoes
Monday, Aug. 23 – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Pickles
Wednesday, Aug. 25 – 5 to 7:30 p.m.- Pickles
Wednesday, Sept. 8 – 5 to 7:30 p.m. – Tomatoes
Monday, Sept. 27 – 2 to 4:30 p.m. – Apples and pears
Tuesday, Oct. 5 – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Apples and pears
Wednesday, Oct. 13 – 4 to 6:30 p.m. – Apples and pears

Calling all artists

Ice House Gallery invites all artists 18 years or older to enter the 2nd Annual Little Washington Miniatures Exhibition and Competition. Deadline to enter is Sept. 1, Ribbons and $800 in cash awards will be given. To obtain a prospectus and an entry form, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to, Ice House Gallery, P O Box 365, Washington VA 22747 or go to icehousegallery.com.

Paul Poling’s spirit lives on

Cheryl and Judie, the community was saddened to hear that your father, Paul A. Poling, from Amissville, passed away on Tuesday, July 13. A man of principle, values, integrity, honesty and respect, he was admired by everyone who knew him and will be missed dearly. His spirit will live forever.

Car wash

Need a car wash? Members of the Rappahannock County High School Band will wash and dry your car under the watchful eyes of their director, David DeBoer on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at RCHS. While waiting for your car, you can enjoy a BBQ sandwich.

Thought for the day

The power of truth is such that you need never be concerned about proving it. You need only be concerned with being it and living it. Truth is always revealed at the right moment and at the right place.