The Washington column for Dec. 2

From left, back row, are Pat Grigsby, Destiny Compton and bank President Michael T. Leake. Front row, from left, are Stephanie Wharton, Phyllis Grogg, Sharon Woodward, Carol Marangoni, Kelly Jo Settle and Sharon Luke. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Tree lighting at Union First

Hospice of the Rapidan’s 19th annual Tree of Lights celebration on Monday (Nov. 29) at Union First Market Bank in Washington was an opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to celebrate the memory of loved ones who are no longer with us.

The lights adorning the tree in the bank lobby were placed in memory or in honor of someone special.

This was the third year for the bank to host the celebration.

Hospice volunteer Kelly Jo Settle, executive administrative assistant at the bank, went out of her way to decorate the tree in beautiful ornaments of silver and teal blue with six blue dolphins, the symbol for Hospice of the Rapidan.

Take time to stop by and look at the beautiful tree in the lobby.

There was a holiday message delivered by the Rev. Jon Heddleston, pastor of the Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Sperryville. Everyone joined in singing.

John Hagarty, master of ceremonies, introduced special guests Kathy Clements, executive director, Hospice of the Rapidan, and Michael T. Leake, regional president of the bank.

The bank presented a check in the amount of $500 to Hospice of the Rapidan.

The tree was lit by Carol Marangoni, wife of James Marangoni, former Hospice of the Rapidan patient.

Local businesses and individuals provided refreshments. Desserts you would not believe were made by bank employees.

Union First Market Bank deserves thanks for everything they do for our community. They are always there when in need.

Feeling of Christmas

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas as folks prepare for the Christmas in Little Washington festivities and parade on Sunday (Dec. 5).

Some of the businesses in town have decorated their shops.

Washington Baptist festivities

Washington Baptist church will host a Christmas stamp show by Lee Morrison on Sunday (Dec. 5) from 12:30 to 7 p.m. during the Christmas in Little Washington event.

Upcoming events at the church include the annual Children/Youth Christmas play on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., a Christmas cantata titled “A Christmas Song” during the 11 a.m. worship on Dec. 19, and a 7 p.m. candlelit service on Christmas Eve. This year’s play will feature the traditional nativity story as told in the Bible.

For more information about any of these programs call the church office at 540-675-3336.

Living Nativity

The Living Nativity scene can be seen Saturday, Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the “Red Shed” beside the Rappahannock Library, Washington.
Take a moment from the busy season and experience the joy of Christ’s birth with re-enactors and live animals. The Nativity can be seen from U.S. 211.

The Living Nativity is sponsored by the United Methodist Churches of Rappahannock.

Appreciation party

Volunteers, growers, donors and all friends of the Rappahannock Food Pantry and Plant A Row are welcome to join in a potluck to celebrate yourselves on Saturday (Dec. 4) at Washington Baptist Church social hall from 2 to 5 p.m. Bring an appetite, a dish to share, and any ideas for improving the Food Pantry. For more information call 540-987-7208.