Washington column for Feb. 16

Variety Show a success

Kevin Broome
THE SONG: From left, Learra Williams, Lilyan Jenkins, Larry Williams and Kayla Butler act out the Christian song, “He’s Still Working On Me” at the variety show at the Theatre.

Washington Baptist Church held its 15th annual Variety Show last Saturday (Feb. 11), and despite the cold blustery weather had an excellent turnout — which is good, since the theme of this year’s show was “Follow Me” (as in, “and I will make you fishers of men”). Performances ran from bagpipes to African drum, bluegrass music, skits, comedy, songs, children’s acts and much more. Chili and soup were served before the show at the church’s fellowship hall. The desserts were provided by members of the Rappahannock County Senior Center. It was reported to be a great evening of fun, fellowship and inspiration for all.

“Much thanks is due to Wendy Weinberg for the use of the Theatre at Washington again for this special event,” said Rev. Phil Bailey. “We are grateful for all who came to support this year’s show.”

Picture-perfect wedding

Even the cold, drizzling rain mixed with snow could not stop the warm feelings at the wedding of my daughter, Christie Estep, to Matthew Ralls.

The two have known each other since their childhood days in Rappahannock County, but they both had gone their separate ways over the years. On that special day in January 2011, they ran into each other in Luray, not knowing they both once again lived in the same county.

Starting with their first date, the courtship blossomed over the course of a year. 

That perfect day finally came with family and friends, at the home of the groom’s parents, Dennis and Joyce Ralls of Luray, on Saturday, Feb. 4. Pastor John Thomas performed the ceremony. For their mom, daughter Alexandra (Allie) served as a beautiful maid of honor and son John Michael Fox as the best-ever best man.

The joining of the couple’s hands and hearts began their path together toward many good memories.

Remember: There will be memories of the times you shared, both bright and gloomy days, memories of your kindness and your friendly thoughtful ways, memories of your laughter and your bright smiles, that add a highlight to each day and make life more worthwhile. Good memories of the things you both will plan, each friendly little chat, when you will get together and just talk of this and that over coffee. And when you recall these memories along life’s way, you will find they will grow more precious with each passing day.

Congratulations to you both!

Good job

Congratulations go out to eleventh grader Zachary and eighth grader Austin Huff, for making the “A-B” Honor Roll. They are the sons of Danny and Hope Huff of Washington and grandsons of Mae Racer of Washington and Annie Huff of Flint Hill. Keep up the good work, boys!

Ham and oyster benefit

Mom’s looking for a night off from cooking. Head down to the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue on Saturday, Feb. 18 . There will be a ham and oyster dinner from 4-8 p.m. Cost will be $25 for ages 10 and under $12. For more information, call 540-675-3615. Remember you will be helping a good cause.


Condolences go out to the family of Etta Bell Jenkins (my aunt). Etta, 84, died Sunday, Feb. 12, at Montvue Nursing Home in Luray. The family will receive friends tonight (Thursday, Feb.16), from 6 to 8 p.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel with Pastor Earl Painter officiating. Interment will follow in Sperryville Cemetery.

Etta lived in Old Hollow, Sperryville before going into Montvue Nursing Home.