Washington Column for Oct. 14

Newlyweds Katherine (Katie) Hope Nelson and Sgt. Spencer Dominic Schaepman left church in a 1928 Hudson Essex Super 6 driven and owned by friend Gregory Dixon. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Picture-perfect wedding

The autumn colors were spectacular on a beautiful wedding day for Katherine (Katie) Hope Nelson and Sgt. Spencer Dominic Schaepman.

The Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III presided at the wedding held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington on Sunday (Oct. 10).

The couple met when both worked as counselors at a 4-H camp in Front Royal more than nine years ago. They remained friends after Katie went to school and Spencer joined the Army.

The courtship blossomed after Spencer returned last summer from a tour in Korea. The engagement and date were set just prior to his deployment to Iraq. He returned safely home nine months later.

After the wedding they were taken from the church in a 1928 Hudson Essex Super 6 driven and owned by Gregory Dixon, a family friend.

The reception was held in Luray at the Mimslyn Inn.

The couple will settle in Maryland where Spencer is stationed at Fort Meade.

Congratulations Spencer and Katie!

One-act play festival

RAAC Community Theatre, Washington, will be participating in the Regional Center for Performing Arts of Luray’s (PAL) second annual one-act play festival Nov. 13 at the BB&T Performing Arts Center in Luray. Actors Andy Platt, Erin Switzer and Peter Hornbostel of Rappahannock County, Gary Grossman of Madison County and Stephanie Mastri of Fauquier County will present two comic scenes from Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor,” reprising their performances from earlier this year at RAAC Community Theatre. Rappahannock resident Patty Hardee is the director. The actors and director are familiar faces to local theatergoers.

Belated birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go to Skip Giles. He celebrated his birthday on Oct. 4. Also belated wishes go out to my brother, Ray Burke of Vermont. He celebrated his special day on Oct. 9. Chris Keyser turned one year older on Oct. 11.

Remember the sick

Let’s remember John Eubank, Helen Smoot, and Mary Tharpe in our daily prayers each day. They have been under the weather.

RCHS performances

The Rappahannock County High School Choir, under the direction of Ian Richards, will be singing at 11 a.m. Sunday at Washington Baptist Church on Sunday (Oct. 17). Everyone is welcome.