Washington column for March 24

Harris Hollow bridge update

The bridge crossing the Rush River in Harris Hollow is closed for repairs. Workmen are replacing the superstructure with cast-concrete supports. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

New concrete sections of the bridge over the Rush River on Harris Hollow Road, about two miles from town, were delivered and installed by VDOT contractors Tuesday. Fabricated in West Virginia, according to construction manager Charles G. Massie of Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA), the pieces were set in place with a crane and a crew of experienced hands. The bridge was closed March 14, and the work was expected to take a month to complete.

Washington humming

The Middle Street Gallery was busy this past weekend, with Washington artists Jim Ramsay and Linda Tarry, along with Front Royal artist Janet Brome, discussing their work and creative processes for an enthusiastic crowd. Their works will be on display until the end of March at the gallery, which is open 11 to 6 Friday-Sunday. Stop in and take a look at their creative work.

While you’re in Little Washington, you can confirm that it is a town blessed with treasures of art by stopping in to R. H. Ballard Gallery, Geneva Welch Gallery, the Inn at Little Washington Gift Shop and Caulfield Gallery and Studio. With the price of gas keep climbing, it’s good that one doesn’t have to travel far to see such beauty.

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue was also busy with a breakfast on Saturday (March 19). It was a big success: More than 100 people, maybe encouraged by the almost-spring weather, came to enjoy breakfast. Since all proceeds are used to help fund the operations of the company, all the volunteer keenly appreciate the support.

The squad’s next fundraiser is for all you card sharks. Come play for yourself, or send in your favorite card player. On Saturday, April 9, WVFR is putting together a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament (includes dinner) with fabulous prizes.

Call Bobby Smoot or Danny Huff to secure your spot soon (540-675-3615 or 540-270-3203). Also on Saturday, April 23, WVFR will hold its April breakfast with the Easter Bunny in attendance (bring your cameras) as well as the traditional free Easter Egg Hunt open to all county children. More information at washingtonvolunteerfireandrescue.org.

Horse drawings

Equine enthusiasts will want to be sure to stop by Ice House Gallery and see the beautiful and tightly rendered drawings of New York City artist Murray Muldofsky during the gallery’s April show, “A Fine Line.” The exhibition of drawings by several invited artists includes Muldofsky’s portraits of Man o’ War and Cigar, and three other works by him. This show is a prelude to gallery’s August show of equine paintings.

Mr. Muldofsky studied at the Art Students League of New York and went on to become an art director in several advertising agencies in New York. For the past twenty five years he has worked full time as a painter, earning an extensive list of awards and accolades.

Gallery visitors will remember Muldofsky’s Best of Show miniature painting, “The Vaquero,” at the second annual Little Washington Miniatures Exhibition last October at Ice House.

The exhibit runs April 1-25 at the gallery, 291B Main St. The gallery is open 10 to 6 Thursday-Sunday or by appointment at 540-675-3039.

Better late than . . .

Belated birthday wishes go out to a special little girl, Aubrey Taylor Burke. She celebrated her day last Friday (March 18). Also, wishes go out to Stacy Clark, who celebrated his day on Saturday (March 19).


Sympathy goes out to the family of Richard Burke. Burke passed away March 10.

Also, I was sorry to hear that William “Bill” Harrison, of Richmond passed away March 8. Mr. Harrison was my English teacher years back at Rappahannock County High School. He will be dearly missed by so many. My condolences to his family.

The bag sale goes on

The Washington Auxiliary Thrift Shop bag sale continues through the end of March, and there are still plenty of bargains. You can stuff a shopping bag with whatever you choose for just $5. They have lots of kids’ clothing, especially jeans and tops in size 7 to 14; ladies’ pants and sweaters; and large-sized men’s clothing. Hours are 10 to 5 Monday and Wednesday, 9 to 3 Saturday.

Roger L. Foster also contributed to this column.