Washington column for Feb. 17

Gallery offers sneak preview

The Ice House Gallery is showing three paintings by Great Falls, Va., artist Adrienne J. Kralick as a preview of a larger exhibit of her work.

The three impressionist paintings are a taste of an exhibit called “Beach Babies” coming in May.

Kralick exhibits and teaches at Avenue Beau Sejour gallery in Great Falls.

Ice House is also currently having a Presidents Day sale. In the window are busts of presidents and other historical figures for sale. Be sure to check out the oil portrait of President John Adams. Artist Linda Lawler is accepting commissions for presidential portraits in miniature and currently is working on an entire set of presidents for a private collection.

Kralick and Lawler studied portraiture together at the Art League School in Alexandria.

The Ice House Gallery, located at 291-B Main St. Washington, is open Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment by calling 540-675-3039.

How many jellybeans?

Speaking of presidents, Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans. Guess how many jellybeans are in the jar on the counter at the Washington post office for a chance to win a sheet of Reagan postage stamps. The winner will be announced on Feb. 24. Frank (you know who I mean), even you can take part in this one!

Happy anniversary

Belated wedding anniversary wishes go out to Danny and Hope Huff of Washington, who celebrated their special day on Monday, Valentine’s Day.

Special wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a special friend of mine, Betty Grigsby of Washington. She will celebrate her special day on Monday, Feb. 28.

Lenten services

Washington Baptist Church will host community Lenten services beginning Wednesday, March 16 and continuing each Wednesday through April 13. This year’s theme is “John 16.” The Methodist churches of Flint Hill, Sperryville and Willis Chapel; Trinity Episcopal, St. Peter’s Catholic, and Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church will participate. Each service begins with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., followed by worship at 7 p.m. Child care is provided free of charge.

For more information, contact Rev. Phil Bailey, Washington Baptist Church, at 540-675-3336. Everyone is welcome.

Relay for Life meeting

Team captains of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will meet on Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Washington Baptist Church to make plans for the race to take place on May 21 and 22 at the Rappahannock County Elementary School. More information can be obtained by contacting Katherine Todd at 540-522-6656 or katherinec07@aol.com.

A journey through decades

The Rappahannock Historical Society will sponsor a talk on Feb. 27 by Shenandoah Park Ranger Karen Beck-Herzog titled “A Journey Through The Decades: Celebrating Shenandoah National Park’s 75th Anniversary.” The program will begin at 3 p.m. at Rappahannock County Library. Beck-Herzog will review the history of the park from its dedication in 1936 to the present. A $5 donation is requested. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Historical Society at 540-675-1163 or rapphistsoc@comcast.net.