Washington column for Oct. 28

Thirty late-model and vintage Porsches rested in front of Stonyman Gourmet Saturday after the Porsche Club came to town.

Sunshine and music

The Porsche Club arrived in Washington for its second Autumn Tour to Little Washington last Saturday. Thirty late-model and vintage Porsche cars in front of Stonyman Gourmet Farmer on Gay Street heralded the beginning of a superb autumn weekend of glorious weather and colorful fall foliage.

Porsche owners were serenaded by Lisa Meadows singing celebrated contemporary and traditional melodies. Lisa, who hails from Patsy Cline’s childhood home in southern Page County, has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and will soon be featured on her own show on the Country Music Channel.

“We were delighted to see so many Porsche enthusiasts make the drive to Little Washington. Attendance doubled over last year as the club came to enjoy lunch at Stonyman Gourmet Farmer’s Mercantile and Garden. This year’s weather was perfect!” said Stoneyman’s Alan James.

For more information on Stonyman Gourmet Farmer’s hours and events, call 540-860-9090 or 540-675-2005.

At the annual tea for the House Tour and Dried Flower Sale, Washington resident Molly Hobson (seated) helps with the pouring. Photo by Ruthie Windsor Mann.

Busy Middleton Inn

Middleton Inn has been bustling during the month of October, not only hosting overnight guests coming to look at the leaves but also hosting charity fundraisers.

On Oct. 1, RappCats held its annual Catstravaganza event at Middleton to raise money for spaying and neutering stray cats, to buy medical supplies and, ultimately, for a community cat shelter. The party proved to be a successful evening filled with a raffle of numerous prizes, an auction called by Washington Mayor John Sullivan, cool jazz, scrumptious food and good people.

On Oct. 16-17, the inn hosted the annual tea for Trinity Episcopal Church’s House Tour and Dried Flower Sale. Washington residents Molly Hobson and Beverly Sullivan helped pour afternoon tea for an appreciative group from Rappahannock and beyond. It was the biggest turnout in years, organizers said. (During the tour, the vestry held a cowboy barbecue next to Trinity House where the Blessing of the Animals occurred on Oct. 3. The Rev. Jenks Hobson was elated that only dogs and cats showed up to be blessed as he doesn’t take kindly to snakes.)

Coming up on Middleton’s agenda is a yard sale extraordinaire on its front lawn on Saturday, Nov. 13, to benefit the Rappahannock County drivers in the area Soap Box Derby competition to be held in June. Youngsters are driving cars for the county’s volunteer fire departments, Sheriff’s Office and Rappahannock County Elementary School. Donated items are welcome. Contact Thom Pellikaan at 540-987-8447. The sale is from 8 a.m. until noon.

Stories to remember

This past Saturday evening at the RAAC Community Theatre on Gay Street, Washington resident Nevill Turner brought down the house with his portrayal of life growing up in England during World War II. He was one of four performers during the “No Ordinary Person” storytelling evening. His British accent, the incredible but true stories, and Nevill’s overall marvelous sense of humor were met with thunderous applause. The performances of Joyce Abell, Steve Carroll and Sallie Morgan also were extremely well-received.

WVF&R dinner a success

The Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue had a very successful ham and oyster fund raiser on Saturday. Almost 200 guests — a record! — attended and feasted on fried and stewed oysters (they also had raw oysters, but did not have too many takers), corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, baked ham, country ham, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, coleslaw, and mixed green salad. There were also numerous desserts to satisfy any sweet cravings: pecan, apple and pumpkin pie; German chocolate, coconut, pineapple, carrot, pound and velvet cake; pumpkin bread pudding, double-chocolate brownies, cookies and much more. Many of the desserts were baked by WVFR members.

Not only was the local crowd well represented, but there were also several out-of county guests: people from Madison and Fauquier counties as well as four guests of Conyers House Bed & Breakfast, and a couple from Ohio spending the weekend in Culpeper. They missed the dinner last year, so when they returned this year, they made sure to look for it. On the way out, they remarked how great a dinner it had been, and how it gave them a chance to meet and mix with local people.

WVFR thanks everybody who attended. The squad is planning two fundraisers in November: Fire House Cafe (lunch on Nov. 6 and 7, the weekend of the annual Studio and Gallery Tour) and a buffet breakfast on Nov. 20.

4-H has new officers

Rappahannock 4-H Livestock members met on Monday (Oct. 25) at the Rappahannock Cooperative Extension Office and held elections. Officeholders are President Allie Yowell, Vice President Kristen Jenkins, Treasurer Cassie Woodward, Secretary Kourtney Yowell, Reporter Courtney Dodson, and Historian Julia Estes.

Jim Massie is the 4-H leader for the club. New members are welcome. If you would like to join, their next meeting is Monday, Nov. 15 at the Cooperative Extension office in Washington.