Washington Column for Oct. 21

Documenting our history

On Sunday, Nov. 14, the Historical Society lecture series will feature Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke, who will share some of his experiences in discovering and documenting home and burial sites in the Blue Ridge region. Luke has compiled a fine set of drawings and photos accumulated during his years of hiking in the mountains of Rappahannock and surrounding counties. He’ll share a few examples during his talk. The program will begin at 3 p.m. at the Town Hall on Gay Street. After the presentation, refreshments will be served. Make plans to attend the afternoon event. For more information call 540-675-1163.

Donna LaPre uses this 20-by-48-foot hoophouse to keep a supply of fresh greens and root vegetables growing into the winter months.

Rhythms of nature

Donna LaPre is offering tips on growing fresh greens and root vegetables using a hoophouse. Join her for an afternoon of looking, listening, feeling and some “nature-thinking” on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 130 Fodderstack Road, Washington. The cost is $45 per person.

You will learn how to prepare and set up your own growing structure, how to prepare the soil and irrigate, suitable vegetable choices, ventilation, and soil preparation and maintenance. Learn why planting in the existing ground as opposed to importing soil is preferable, why raised beds with lumber framing cause problems; why installing roll-up sides, using inner row covers and building a compost pile in the hoophouse will improve the quality of food.

Give Donna a call at 540-675-2365 or e-mail info@fieldandflower to reserve a space or find out more information.

Colorful flower sale

The 54th annual House Tour and Dried Flower Sale had beautiful weather this past weekend. The tour was sponsored by the women of Trinity Episcopal Church, who had dried flower arrangements for sale in the parish hall. There were many varieties in different colors and sizes.

The beautiful dried arrangements were truly works of art. The amount of work and preparation to complete them can be appreciated once you see the finished product.

Serving ham and oysters

Remember to head down to the Washington Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday (Oct. 23) from 4 to 8 p.m. for the department’s ham and oyster dinner. The cost is $20 per person and $12 for children 10 and under. All proceeds go to the Washington Volunteer Fire Department. Here’s betting you won’t leave hungry.

Yard sale fuels Derby

Rappahannock County Soap Box Derby Driver’s Yard Sale will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, on the lawn of Middleton Inn in Washington.

Make plans to attend this yard sale and get some good deals. All proceeds are used for the derby cars entered and driven young representatives of the county’s volunteer fire departments, the Sheriff’s Office and the Rappahannock County Elementary School. Donated items are welcome. For information contact Thom at 540-987-8447.